Hello everyone, I have already begun participating in the songwriting forum (both my own work and reviews of others) but I figured I'd officially start an introduction thread. My name is Robert; I'm 22 years old, an aspiring musician, fiction writer, and an avid reader. Some of my favorite authors are Ray Bradbury, George R. R. Martin, R.A. Salvatore, C.S. Lewis, and Guy Gavriel Kay. I came here to learn a few things, offer my own knowledge and, really, to be part of a writing community. I am from Des Moines, Iowa of the USA, which is strictly flyover for most of my fellow Americans, and really look forward to offering whatever services I can to my fellow writers. I was in a rock band for two years, which had moderate local success, but due to a conflict of interests, had to say goodbye. It was one of the toughest things I've had to do for some time. I've been writing mostly lyrics and poetry lately, but I do have a novel in the works. I suppose it could be labeled fantasy, though not in the traditional sense. None of my work has ever been published, but I hope to begin searching for an agent as soon as I've got the plot holes worked out. Thank you for having me, I'm sure we'll get along fabulously.