Wishing merely to say hello. I'm a writer of short fiction. I've attempted to write a couple of novels, but when you don't get past 6,000 words that too qualifies as short fiction. I'm from Mississippi, and yes, I do fit all the stereotypes. John Grisham grew up to the west of me while William Faulkner died a short distance to the east. Meanwhile, I'm stuck in the middle with no talent. I'll try to critique a couple of writers in this forum, and then everyone will see how little I know. Later, I'll post some of my own work. Be firm, but be gentle.