Hi everyone, I'll go by Cecil here. So, about me: I suppose I've always liked writing, but I never really got into it, or thought of it as a potential career, until high school. Unfortunately, my single biggest difficulty in writing at the time was laziness. Nowadays, I have the will and desire to write, but not the time. Since writing is not a reliable source of income (unless you really make a name for yourself in the industry), I am studying to become a teacher, probably of English, and probably at a high school level. I get around the lack of time (somewhat) by taking creative writing classes. That way I earn needed credits while I do something that I want to do anyway. Though whether or not those courses actually help my writing is pretty debatable. As for my writing, I'm all about sci-fi, fantasy, and supernatural stuff in general. I'm also really fond of vampires (or perhaps just vampire archetypes). However, I like my vampires to be scary, so I go for more of a horror effect rather than a romantic or fantastic one. And for the record, i have neither read nor seen any Twilight, but based on what I've heard, I don't think I would like it. My dream is to write books that people enjoy reading and have a good time with, while "serious literary value" is just a secondary objective. As for reading, my favorites are probably C.S. Friedman and Orson Scott Card. I've also enjoyed some of Anne Rice's earlier stuff, but not as much. One of my biggest weaknesses as a writer is probably getting my ideas onto paper. Thinking of ideas is almost innate for me, but actually writing them in a coherent and interesting way can be tricky. Also grammar. Sometimes I feel like I must have been sick during key lessons in elementary school, though I am getting better as I write. Also, due to time constraints, I probably won't be doing much writing for the forum for at least a while. I'm more here to get information and ask questions and stuff. Incidentally, what's the attitude here for people who don't post their work? I can see myself asking for or about ideas, or writing about my work, but actually posting it seems like a bad idea form a "get published" standpoint.