I joined here yesterday and I'm still finding my way around. I've read the new members bit - twice (yes, I mean the bit that you click on as well) I take it start a conversation is the equivalent of mail - to the people in involved in the conv. only - not that I want to do that at the moment. So far I'm impressed with the way everything is organised and I'm still finding more as I dig deeper. Not much to say about me. I read a lot more than I write. I've been trying to write for a few years and I'm simply not the compulsive writer that everyone else seems to be. I made the short list of the CWA DD award last year but never got round to completing the novel. However, the story I have submitted this year is complete. I await missing the short list in 3 comps and rejection by 1 agent. I've tried writing other genres (and find most crime books boring). Once I've been rejected this time I'll try another genre - haven't decided which yet. Suppose I'll have to carry on with Crime till then. Hang on - beginning to bore myself here - so that's enough. I suppose if/when I press that Create Thread button, then this will be posted. Ooooh ... Errr... ooh - what's this poll stuff? Better leave that alone.