I've been writing since I learned to read. Through my years in grade school, I was forced into several contests by teachers and won a few small town awards. Aside from that, I'm very picky about my own writing and switch between being quite proud of it to retraining myself from taking a lighter to it. But I hear that's pretty common. I've never sent anything in to a publisher as a result, though I'm in the process of sending out a short story. I'm also in the first draft of a fantasy novel (novels are my heart ) and am not looking forward to the inevitable process of cutting out the lengthier bits. Let's see... when I'm not writing I enjoy reading, playing video games, and watching the new season of Nip/Tuck ... I'm also a bit of a horror buff.