Hi everyone. I am writing a (rather long) first novel, that grows in fits and spurts, work and kids permitting. I've been picking at it for four years and realise as I stare down the dog days of my 30s that I need to get the thing finished. I am really enjoying writing now, and have a lot of ideas for future projects, and may have a go at non fiction if I can't get anywhere with fiction. I also have an unfinished novel that my mother wrote in the 90s, she died shortly after finishing it. This has complicated my view of writing as I wasn't terribly old when she passed and used to resent all the time she spent alone writing quite a bit. So i have these yellowing typed manuscript pages all out of order in a box. I find them very hard to read, partly because it brings up a lot of stuff, but also because disappointingly it doesn't seem to be very good. She was utterly convinced that she was going to send it off to an editor and receive a huge cheque in the mail by return. But I guess I've got to do something with it, and am now getting over my negative associations with people writing that dogged me for a long time. I'm happy with my work. So that's me.