I couldn't resist. Stan Lee just has a way with introductions. Hello everybody! I was looking for a place where I could communicate my ideas and thoughts with like-minded people and I've definitely found it. Everyone here looks friendly and helpful and this is just the place where I want to be. I have finished my first manuscript after developing it for the better part of 8 years. So far, I've gone through 2 revisions and I'm working on the third (the real nit-picky one). Using some of this downtime, I started to query a few agents and publishers. I've also toyed with the idea of self-publishing the book on Amazon (mostly as a "worst case scenario"). My career as a creative writer probably started the same time everyone else starts, in school. In Junior High, I was awarded a prize (which name slips my memory at this point in time) for the most creative short story and was published in a short release compendium of stories written by students my age. Ever since then, my creative juices never stopped flowing. During college, I was bored and toyed with the idea of fan-fiction for some of my favorite franchises. They were a good way to blow off some creative steam that had been building within me. I ended up writing over 250,000 words in the span of a few months to some positive reviews. It was at that time where I developed the idea for my current novel and what do you know, I finally got around to completing it... Just a little behind schedule. Currently, I'm in the final quarter of my M.B.A. program at CSUSB and will be graduating in June of this year. My list of hobbies can stretch all the way down the Pacific Coast Highway so I've always got something I'm tinkering with. Currently its website design and drawing. Sorry for the novel length intro . I'm excited to meet and chat with all of you.