Hi everyone, I am an amateur writer who has been "writing" poems and stories in my head since childhood. I've decided to finally purge my head of the stories and get them on paper, maybe others will like what I write, maybe not. At least the words won't be floating around in my head. So far, I have started, abandoned, then resumed a book blog--I love reviewing books, it feels like being an author advocate. I also stated a blog which is more personal essays, like a bona fide diary, to help me document the journey from where I am to where I want to be. Criticism is as appreciated as encouragement, so please don't be shy about telling me how you really feel. Thanks so much, I'm excited to join the discussion.