Hi, my name is Sam. I am proud to join the forum and offer greetings and such. How's it goin'? How's ya mama? Now a little about me. I started really reading in about 4th grade, and I have only recently slowed down (I have my own school age kid now). I never thought of writing as something fun really, though I find a lot of joy in it. It is simply something I have to do. I have never published a thing, and of the (I don't know, billion?) stories I've started, I've finished five. English and Art class were the only class I got A's in; I failed out of high school and got a GED. The first real day of 9th grade, we had to read a story called Cold Equations; I've never felt the same about literature since. It was like seeing the dark, maggoty underbelly of writing. From that moment on, I had no other choice but to write. I hope that some day, it bears fruit. Or cash. My favorite author is Stephen King because I like his characters and his horror scares the shit out of me. Horror is my favorite genre; all of fantasy/fiction is second. I don't like vampires; I'm more of a werewolf person. I have no interest in The Hunger Games because I hated Battle Royale; it blows. I love the The Lord of the Rings movies, but think the book is long and boring as hell. Incidentally, I read The Hobbit when I was really young and for years, I had no idea what the Lord of the Rings was. Finally, when a friend told me about it, I said, quite confidently, "No, you're wrong. That ring Bilbo found was just an invisiblity ring. It has nothing to do with this stupid book." I am so glad that this incident happened about five years before the movies came out and I don't know that person anymore. What an embarassing conversation that would have been! I recently started writing (something I thought was a throw away time killer) and fear that I am now totally infected with this story. I can see the things happening in my mind, the characters chase me around, talking to me all day. If for whatever reason I actually finish what I have started, it will be a three novel series. I may never so much as have a first draft, but I am afraid that this story will haunt me until I die. I'm sort of liking the idea so far. That's it. It was a pleasure to meet you. Have a good one.