Happy to have found this forum. A little obligatory introduction. A bit about my writing history: I started writing religiously in 1992, and in 1997 I had what most writers would consider a breakthrough---I had three short stories accepted for publication in literary magazines. They didn't pay well or anything at all, but that wasn't the point. Only a fool writes for riches. That same year my life underwent some changes. I moved, changed jobs, and, for reasons I still don't understand, I stopped writing. I lost that spark, my voice, the drive to sit and transcribe the stories in my head onto paper. In hindsight, I kick and curse myself for my lack of motivation at that time. Nearly twenty years is a long damn time to have writer's block. Life is replete with turning points, and in 2015 I found myself in the same environment, in the same living conditions, that existed for me in 1997. And so, with a lot of free time, I resolved to try again, hoping I could muster the voice within and communicate the stories swirling inside my head. That's where I sit today. I'm starting to rediscover that voice. At nearly fifty years old, I am convinced that through hard work and dedication, I can find the success I first discovered nearly two decades ago. I believe writing is a calling: we don't chose to be writers, writing is in our blood. Some days I manage a paragraph. Other days I can muddle through several pages. My current goal is to write and revise every day, and try not to concern myself with how many sentences, paragraphs, or pages I complete on any given day. Writers have good and bad days. That's a given. Currently I am polishing two short stories, and am about fifty pages into a novel that's developed in my head over many, many years.