My name it Ron Matt..I'm a retired Graphic Designer and Illustrator..fortunately, one who did well. Although I've written my share of 'ad copy' over these many years, I've never done any serious creative writing. I have, of course, unfinished, about 435 novels, 2,497 short stories, and an untold number of outlines. ( if this gets boring, just click off, I won't mind ) Most of what I write is from experience. I got married and settled down late in life, but up to that point, I was 'hell on wheels'. My life's experiences include growing up in the 50's, a product of a broken home, fractured actually, belonging to a street gang that ran errands for the mob. Being in the Marines, in a recon unit. Getting out a lost soul, to wander the world ala Kerouac. Being a dreadful painter, but successful wine drinker in North Beach in the early 60's. I've mined gold in Northern California and Alaska, I've been a Blackjack dealer in Vegas. I've done so much so much in my life that I wish now I'd kept a journal. But didn't. , My son and daughter want me to get serious and write my memoirs. I've kept them entertained for 30 odd years with my stories. So I've decided to join a forum, mostly to experiment and learn before I tackle the 'big commitment,\', I will be writing those memoirs. I'm 70 now. Time to get started doing something new in life...before I get old. That's why I'm here. Thanks for reading this, if you did.