Decided it was finally time to step into a larger body of writers as I do not know many dedicated ones personally. Been writing (or rather attempting to write) for almost as long as I have been obsessed with reading. Began actively reading of my own volition in the 4th grade. Began to devour every horse book I could get my hands in the 5th, and by 6th grade had discovered a love for High Fantasy that has never faded. I do occasionally pick up other genres, but not often. 'Real world' tales tend to bore me. I might have begun attempting to write a story in the 5th grade, but the story I have longed to pen has been with me (and obviously evolving) since I was five. I suppose some would claim 'imaginary' friends became my cast of characters, but they grow and develop with you (and remaining a nattering presence in the back of your mind forever) 'imaginary' is a bit of an insult. My goal as a writer is to create a story a person can lose themselves in. A story where you can sit down and forget about everything for a little while. Relating to, learning about, and watching a character grow and develop into something more than what they started has is always a pleasure for me. My desire is to introduce a reader to a person they believe they could meet walking down the street and hold a conversation with. Despite being a fantastical setting I want people to be able to envision a world where magic is the everyday. My first love in fantasy would be Tamora Pierce, and even now a bit of her down to earth, real as day writing is something that brightens my day and lifts my spirits. Terry Goodkind, author of the Sword of Truth series is a close second and my obsession with George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire is something that is impossible to deny. When I am not reading (and not writing like I ought to be) I can usually be found on online horse Sim games to waste my time. I am a casual gamer, have one specific MMO I lurk about in, and occasionally try to progress in a few of the console based RPGs my family owns. My favorite TV shows run the line of cheesy mainstream Science Fiction, everything from Star Trek to Star Gate and back to Doctor Who. Taste in music varies all over the map. Everything from Christian Rock, Filk and Folk music, a dabbling in Country and some lighter toned Heavy Metal. Hoping that stepping in here will improve my writing and re-inspire me.