Hello everyone, I'm from Iowa. I dare not pin it down much more than that because I have moved several times in recent years. I actually write quite a lot during the course of a day. The thing is that it's all of an academic nature. I've been a student at the university for several years now and have since cranked out thousands of pages of historical excellence. I must say however that while I am very proud of my writing recently it fails to sooth the itch. I was not always a stuffy academic. Once I was quite the crafter of creative musings. I used to shape sentences like the skilled blacksmiths of old, that is before I was trained in how to form them in a factory with steam presses. I mean not to discourage academia, just to say I have another craving. My purpose for joining the forum here is twofold. Firstly, as is most common with many people who join this forum, I would like a place to float my ideas around. A wall to bounce the tennis ball off is always nice to have. Secondly, and perhaps even more interesting to me, is a place where I can find interesting things to read and experience. I look forward to what I might find in this forum. Every great writer is an even greater reader. So that's my story, I probably won't stick to it. I like to change things up. In closing I just want to say something simple and it is this: hello.