Hi there : ) I've joined because I feel I need criticism and help to improve my writing. I mostly write poetry, but I have some short stories and am currently planning to write a novel. I am into my fantasy and sci-fi. I have just read the Tiffany Aching series of Terry Pratchett's and I loved it. Now I'm reading something called The Sight and it's by the guy that did Firestarter (the thing with the deers) and it seems okay. I'm a residential carer, I volunteer with animals and I am passionate about conservation and politics. This influences my writing although I'm careful not to be too preachy.