I just joined the group and am excited to participate. In a former period of my life, I was a high school English teacher but found that the ever-growing pressure and demands in public education left me feeling used, abused and disillusioned with what I felt my students needed. Now I work in health care which affords me more time to focus on my hobbies and interests, with writing being one of them. I have started many different projects over the years only to either give up or lose them but my goal is to actually finish something of my own creation. I've written fan fiction in the past as a way of honing my skills but I'm ready to move beyond that realm and into the realm of my own creative worlds. My personal life has enough fodder for many stories (I'm a child-free, custodial step-parent and both my step-daughters are special needs). I look forward to sharing and interacting with the rest of you!