I have been posting in the creative writing forums for about a week now and today realized there was more on this site and that's how I found this forum. I am enjoying reading about everyone, their lives, their ideas and so forth. Here's a little about me. I'm 51 years old, always loved to read, enjoy writing short stories for my own amusement although until recently haven't done it in years. I have a BS in Sociology, went to college for the first time when I was 30 and got my degree in three years. Looking back kind of wish I had taken my time and pursued something like English Education but I was in a hurry to get out so I could get working to support my son who was three at the time. I have worked a variety of jobs, had a variety of relationships (only married once and once was enough), lived in several different states including MN, TN, GA, AL and OH. I was raised in Ohio and by choice rather than circumstance I currently live in TN. My son is now almost 24 years old and a junior in college, he is a History Education major and works as a substitute teacher during the school year a couple of days a week. He lives at home with me and I think he is a very strong writer and he often times helps me when I get stuck with my writing. I am going back to school this fall - I want to pursue a Master's in English - Creative Writing but I kind of feel like I would be jumping off the diving board into the deep end of the pool by going straight in after 18 years so I am going to take a few laps around the shallow end first to wake up the muscles before diving into the deep end called Grad school. So this fall I am taking some undergrad level English classes, I want to take at least one literature anthology course and at least one creative writing course. The other two are debatable and will depend on what's available when I am able to register next week. My ultimate goal is to write a novel but I am also interested in either working for a small local publishing company (I am not interested in relocating more than two hrs from where I currently live) and I am also interested in possibly being an adjunct English teacher at a local college or even for the college that has been so good to me over the years The Univ of TN, Chattanooga. Currently I work two jobs, I have been an internet marketing research assistant for over three years but the work isn't steady lately so I can't depend on it. So I work at a call center, I've been at the call center for almost a year now. When school starts in the fall I plan to go back to substitute teaching, something I did when my son was in grade school for about five years. I want a schedule that is flexible and I have some control over if I want to work or not and substitute teaching offers me that. So hello everyone. I am enjoying getting to know all of you.