A humble greeting to all, as I am new to this particular forum. First off, my name is Rachel, though a common nickname I bare is Rochelle. I am fourteen years of age, with my date of birth being the ninth of December. I have been writing for several years now, though I haven't much to show for it. Most of my past works have been scrapped and discontinued for personal reasons, some being that they were absolutely horrid as in my earlier days, and some for the simple reason that I couldn't get myself to enjoy writing or reading it anymore. I am currently working on a new novel, which is in the earlier stages, but I have high hopes for it. I do wish to delve into more short fiction writing, as well as poetry and the writing of lyrics. My preferred genre is Fantasy, closely followed by mystery and science fiction. I do not read as much as I would like, but I do enjoy reading, about as much as I enjoy writing and drawing, another passion of mine. I have a particular liking of mythical and fantastic creatures, such as Mer, Angels, Fairies, Centaurs and other things of the sort. I come to these forums for several reasons. A main one being to discuss story, character and plot with fellow fiction novel writers. Just a small conversation on character development between a few people can be enough to spark an amazing idea, and help tremendously. A second reason, and an easy one to achieve, meeting and befriending other writers. People to have intelligent conversation with, and not worry about not being about to read their "chat speak" and bad grammar. I can be silly and lighthearted, or I can be serious, down to Earth and mature. Either way, I hope I get to know some great people, and that I make a great new friend for somebody as well.