I've been lurking for a few weeks and have decided to register. These last few years I have been caught up with school, thus I have not had a lot of time for reading or writing. Though I'm getting more busy with school and work, I have had a soft spot for both reading and writing for a number of years and have decided to no longer neglect such activities. In the past, I have enjoyed writing short stories and poetry. Some of my favorite authors include O. Henry, Agatha Christie, Louisa May Alcott, and Michael Crichton. I like more classical reading as well as sci-fi and mystery. I suppose my writing in the past could also be associated with those genres. I look forward to participating on this forum and learning more about critiquing and review!