I guess I'll get the boring biographical info out of the way first, since that's the easiest stuff. I'm a 24 year old guy, living in the south west of the UK and I currently "work" in a pub, and by work I mean hang around and give people drinks in return for money or, occasionally, cook things. My experience with writing is mostly from an academic angle: I studied International Relations at a degree level, and so I'm pretty used to writing lengthy papers, building logical arguments, using evidence and so on and so forth. Creative writing I don't have so much experience at, aside from a couple of aborted attempts at NaNoWriMo with my friends. But I'm willing to give it a go. As my job isn't very demanding, I have a lot of spare time to read (trust me, not much else going on down here), and as a result I have a lot of ideas and similar buzzing around my head, which I think fiction may be a good outlet for. I also got addicted to a particular Wikipedia-like site I wont name (I don't want to appear like a spammer, at least on my first post) but that many of your members are probably aware of, since it is devoted to detailing various fictional styles and functions appearing in all kinds of media. That also helped, in that it added a level of analysis to how I approached fiction, and allowed me to conceptualize more clearly things I did and didn't like about certain books, as well as how to possibly mix together various ideas or styles in interesting and creative ways. While I can't name a favourite writer (you might notice that section of my profile is blank), I do have several writers I would highly rate. A few of these would be Terry Pratchett, (who I was introduced to at an early aged and permamently altered my sense of humour) George RR Martin (probably my favourite serious fantasy writer), Cormac McCarthy (whose books are always worth the effort), Neal Stephenson, Neil Gaiman, Joseph Conrad, Hunter S Thomspon and Thomas Pynchon. I also have a liking for many Greek and Roman classics. Well, I think that's about all, so I'm off to explore the forum a little more.