Hello, I am glad I found this forum for I have been writing copiously for 4 years now and long for feedback and community. It all began with a good deal of killing time before work and a small criticism. I had the privilege of teaching my daughter at home just before she entered high school and after reading one of her short stories I offered a criticism she felt was undeserved. "If you think it's so easy, you do it!" I thought that I would write a short story to show solidarity (and maybe show off a little) but I became ensnared by the project and before long I'd written a novella. This was strange to me. I had done well in writing in high school but the process had bored me. I was an obsessive reader of the other people's works. I would rather be dragged behind a car than write. Now thirty years later I find that I love to tell stories. I have written three unpublished novels, one rewritten and one in the works-all science fiction. Every morning before work with four hours to myself I slogged my way through plots and character development, clicking away on my new laptop bought just for this new hobby. I bought books on writing and bugged my more talented daughter for critiques. I admit a tad shamefully that my first works was pure fan fiction. It was easier to work on someone else's cool character than mine own. Then magic happened, an incidental character began to live and breathe. And the rest is history, or rather, text. I want to finish my novel. I want it to be good, readable, diverting. I want to give back now what I have been given.