I was part of this community a few years back under a different screenname (I don't even remember what it was now). I'm sure it has changed a lot since then, but I'm eager to get back into the thick of it. A little about me...I live in Boone, NC, right in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. I run our local writing group here and host a writing blog of my own as well as one for that group. I was surprised to learn a few weeks ago that English Majors get a very small dose of grammar. It appalled me. How can people who go on to teach English not know the basics of the grammar? As for my writing background...I've been writing since I was 12. That makes 13 years. I've self-published one novel for the sake of my family and friends. While it would be nice to see my work published in one of the major publishing houses, it is not what drives my writing. I write because I love words and the way they slot together to form stories. I write both fan fiction and original fiction.