Greetings Writers, I'm Stephen. I live in the desert, which means I spend a lot of time trying to shed excess heat. Hopefully some of that becomes engaging writing. It's likely that I'll take my time learning the ropes before becoming noticably active. There's a certain pleasure in learning new things, new ways, new places that jiggles my neurons. And frankly, it takes a certain amount of internal confidence, built on a foundation of self-perceived 'knowing,' to launch me off the deck and into the deep end of most new experiences. That said, my initial perception of this site registers high on the comfort scale (an arbitrary and frequently changing measure currently based on perceived rules, enforcement of same, respect for the process, but a liberal openness to pretty much anything else). I love critiquing and may have some measure of ability in that area. So, that's enough for now, don't you think?