I have looked around, and I tend to like the forums. I am looking forward to learning to critique others works, and hence learning to better critique my own. I am 29, and a mother of 3 young girls, and had never considered putting pen to paper for any real purpose until november last year; though I have known I feel comfortable writing, all my life, having kept a journal when I was younger. There is nothing quite like the newness of a fresh writing pad. The potential is inspirational - I just never knew what to write. I enjoy - no, I really enjoy - writing my fantasy themed story, and some poems to go along with it (some of which didn't make much sense at first, but they are coming along nicely, I think! lol). I have found that when I am not writing it, my mind is dwelling on where it will go next, plot possibilities and the like. It's totally encompassing. Hopefully sometime soon I can post the first chapter of the story I have started (after I have learnt how to review and critique it better myself!), and see what everyone thinks of it. Looking forward to participation, Elistara oh, and favorite authors included Roald Dahl as I was growing up, but now Terry Goodkind.