I'm new here. Unlike a few other new people I perused, I am not a pre-existing writer. I'm pretty sure I took English in grade 10. I'm 25. What got me here was a lengthy and somewhat whiny discussion involving me and being bored combined with someone yesterday somewhat presumptuously asking me whether I thought I had a book in me. Well, what really got me here was Google and the words "creative writing forum". A little about me: I work full-time (somewhat menially) in a bookstore. People constantly tell me I speak obtusely. I play weiqi. My friend/personal trainer informs me I am currently "bulking up". I would like to be able to skilfully produce short stories and short poetry, but have no idea how; I'm here to learn. Also I am apparently verbose. I don't watch TV. What I'm gradually and alternately reading: Savage Anxieties - Robert A. Williams (Slowly. It's a little eye opening on a subject very removed from myself.) Lives of the Poets - John Newton (Somehow I pick this up, reread a part I've already read, put it down, and it never quite leaves my thoughts or gets finished) Mountains of Madness - HP Lovecraft (A little too dry for me to finish quickly, I guess) And Another Thing - Eoin Colfer (My kindle tells me I'm almost finished) The Games of Honinbo Shuei Volume 1 by John Fairbairn (Technical weiqi book) I have enjoyed: Everything I've read by Louis Carrol, Sylvie and Bruno Concluded included. Edgar Allan Poe, including his explanation of why The Raven is so great. Mark Twain CS Lewis (just my young self reading Chronicles of Narnia, Screwtape Letters, despite my own non-religiosity. Douglas Adams I am regretting buying: A Game of Thrones (really not my cup of tea).