Well, I hoped to just start writing, but the time allotted for that is gone with signing up for a free account, and trying to get oriented. I must wait to get questions answered. I searched for "copyright," but got no hits. My first question is: how can I be sure if I submit my writing, it is copyrighted? So people will not copy it? It was suggested I introduce myself. First, I always write too much, whatever the occasion. Second, I was a typist by profession. Third, it's both a blessing and a curse, but I'm a proofreader. I can't believe how many typos are in good, new, published books! If I have the time, I submit the corrections, but it is time consuming. I'm married and the moter of four adult children. We have no grandchildren. I've lived in the Midwest, Upstate New York, a short stint in San Diego, CA; but mostly in Utah, where we now reside. We would love to live in Texas, which we visited in 2010. I am disabled. I say this so that you will know if replies are customary, it may take days, not hours, for me to answer. Also, so that you may better understand my time priorities. On Writing in General I think what I wish to learn (and practice) is if I have any talent either an essayist or an editorialist [I think that's the correct spelling.] I'm not sure which category I fall into. Perhaps writing here will help me figure it out. I have written some poetry. What I learned about me and poetry is: it must be inspired as I can only write it when I feel strong emotions about something. However, I'm pretty good at lyrical adaptations, like Weird Al. If there's a song: I can rewrite the words, but that's usually with humorous songs. Something else about my writing: My journaling and letter writing are legendary. Letter Writing: To me, personal correspondence is a hobby. In the last few years, I was thrilled to find Sealing Wax and Stamps to add to my personal correspondence. And I'm happy to say that upon being introduced to letters with wax seals, all the neighbor children (including the boys) were enthralled by it. "Letters are life, girl" is a quote from a reader's digest article, which which I agree. "Your letters are so detailed," was said to me by a friend once, which is also true, for better or worse. And I think if we ever become a paperless society (as some say is inevitable), it will be one of the saddest days in history. In the meantime, I will write. Journaling: Not only does it help me emotionally, but as for my family, we've used our journals to help with such things as: health care and taxes. But it brings up a problem. What is to be be done with the scores of journals I've written? It turns out my daughter is worried she'll be saddled with the task. And although she IS a published writer, I can understand her feeling burdened by that. So do I, now that I think of it. Well, I think that's enough to begin with. Hello everyone. If you've read all of this, you really are considerate, a reader and/or writer and I'm impressed. Nowadays, people only read a few lines or one screen full. How much they miss [generally speaking, not about my writing]! Sincerely, Tessie B.