Hi all. I've been trolling for a while, but finally took the plunge and registered. I've decided to try my hand at short stories. At present they're more for my own edification than anything else, but we'll see what happens over time. I've always had two passions: English and history. Next year I'll enroll in a teaching course and hopefully get the chance to teach (Renaissance to Reformation is my era). I would perhaps like to write historical fiction eventually. At present, I'm concentrating more on my oddball life experiences than anything else. With the bizarre life I have led, I thought it would be a good place to draw influence from. I'm 43 years-old, married, with a twelve year-old son. We live in upstate New York, but we are relocating to Europe in a few short months. Nice to meet you all!