I've written 30 pages worth of story that is in present tense. So instead of writing out "Frowning, he lit his cigarette and looked the other way...", I might write "He frowns, lights his cigarette and turns to look the other way." Ah you know the drill, so present tense. On another site, there was someone asking questions about present tense and there was a couple posts that were being negative about present tense, saying that it's more difficult to write and also to read in present tense. They didn't go particularly in depth, I think they were mostly just going with what's the standard and the norm. And today I found an article, someone giving his two cents about present tense and past tense. I agree with some of the things he said, and if it's really just tradition and social norm to write in present tense, I don't see that as reason enough for me to adjust and go with past tense. I've always felt that present tense leaves the right taste in mouth in my story, and it's not based on just some shallow urge to show off and be stylish, but it has function and deeper reasons. Plus it is in accordance with my urge to include rationalism as a strong theme throughout, meaning that it questions everything. Any social norm, any authority, any prejudices. There's a great saying. "Truth does not fear investigation." And so far by investigating present tense I get the feeling that maybe I should go with it no matter what people who follow the norm says. But I've just scratched the surface, and I'll be glad to hear the input of all of you to help me make my choice so that I don't overlook some key factor.