Hello, Writers! I've lurked the forums for a little while and have decided to risk registering. It's even likely I will have a few things to say and I might, just might, also have a few bits of my own writing to post for your pleasure or pain, depending on your mood, your taste and my own writing ability. (Or lack of all the above.) I'm of the male persuasion, in my 40s and have been doing some independent study of writing for a few years, now. I'm a very avid reader, fully capable of consuming an entire library's worth of texts in very short order.. should I live so long. I'm also a heavy consumer of books on writing and of biographies and interviews that feature notable writers. In short, I've taken the plunge into writing, choosing to wade in the not-so-shallow and sometimes treacherous genre of Fantasy and Science Fiction writing. It's not the first time I've done this, either. I wrote my first book around age five to seven, or so. (Short story, really. But, I called it a "book" back then and so it remains until someone tells me different!) I also had a short story published when I was ten, though a local publication featuring kid's stories doesn't count for much. (Dragons, castles, knights.. you get the idea.) I have yet to complete a true novel. But, like many writers, I have lots of uncompleted manuscripts, begging for attention. I have recently decided to focus on honing certain skills using short fiction, novellas and practice writing, rather than stumble through attempts at complete novels, for now. In that regard, I take Bradburry's advice to heart - You can spend a year or two writing one novel, or you can write one short story a week. At the end of the year, you might not finish a novel and, even if you do, it might not be any good. But, if you write short stories, you'll have fifty-two of them and one of them is probably good. (Paraphrased) So, I hope to offer submissions and am willing to gamble that the Universe's random number generator will be something I can influence by honing some skills over many attempts, rather than just one or two. Anyway, thanks for letting me in the door!