Hi everyone! I am so excited that I found a place where I can talk to other new writers, like myself, and get feedback from people with more experience. I think it is exactly what I need. To begin, I am more of a biologist then a writer, but I have been writing on and off for the last few years. I have a "graveyard" folder in my computer full of the beginnings of countless novels. I get new idea faster then I can write. I finally started something I think I can finish. My new novel is sci-fi that I am having trouble describing. I am sick to death of all these action focused, space marine saturated, evil alien, and gun filled science fiction stories. I want to write something that actually takes the science seriously. If any of you have read Jack McDevitt you will know what I mean. I set out to write a story about a group of scientists stepping onto a new planet for the first time, and the huge magnitude of excitement and scientific curiosity that would come with it. A biologist in a new world would be like a drug addict in a room full of the new super drug. I want to take things in consideration that most sci-fi stories ignore. For example, I hate when people in stories step foot onto a new planet, realize the air is oxygen and take their suites off and our fine. There is so much more to take in consideration! If this new planet supports life, there is no doubt an abundance of cellular organisms unknown to our bodies immune system and microbiota. Even on Earth, before vaccinations, if you went to a new continent and interacted with a new culture you would most likely get sick. I am writing this book to explore those ideas. I chose to do it differently (despite the internet's warnings) and post my book, chapter by chapter, on a blog. thedaughterofasclepius.blogspot.com I know, I know, if it is posted on the internet then it makes it harder to publish. I am honestly not looking to get this book published; I just want to get it written. If I like the final result I might try to self publish on Amazon. By blogging the book I am keeping myself motivated to get these chapters rolling out. It has been helping greatly. I am looking forward to being a part of this forum, and reading all those great things in the writers workshop. I honestly feel like I struck gold here.