Hello, I'm a thirty-something writer who's spent most of his life writing something or other. I started when I was fifteen, with journals, and it's always been something I've wanted to do. I've wanted to be a writer forever, it seems. My current favorite writer is Carson McCullers, of whom I read about obsessively. I constantly re-read February House, a book about a few young artists in New York, with Carson McCullers in there. I tend to love biographies. It's sort of like Van Gogh's paintings: the paintings aren't all that miraculous, but we love his life story and so we love his paintings. I love to read about the lives of artists, writers most of all. I read stuff online constantly (wikipedia is my main addiction), which is what led me here. And, I have to say, I agree with the moderators on the idea that criticizing the work of others is a useful tool for learning to write oneself. Developing a critical eye. So, I'll probably spend more time reading the various posts around here than actually posting. Hopefully make some friends. I'm writing a novel. I've been working on it for about a year. Some parts are good, others are embarrassingly bad. It's hard work. Sometimes I don't know if a particular section is any good until stepping away from it for a time, then the bad stuff might seem good, or the good stuff might seem bad. But, anyway, I'll probably be a lurker more than anything, posting short criticism and reading more. I'd like to post my own work for criticism as well, and especially post some of the plot ideas I'm working on and see if I can gather some ideas (I'm a terrible plotter, so that's what I need help with the most). See you in the forums.