Hello there, name's Dan, Pumpkin, P-kun will do, not fussed really... Before anybody asks the name comes from the Smashing Pumpkins, my first musical love... am contemplating SP avatar... we shall see... Er... wow they put me on the spot with my fave author and fave book section of the personal profile... I just put down the first thing that came into my head but I guess I don't really have one that stands out leagues above the rest... Fave Bands/Music: Smashing Pumpkins (Gish + Siamese Dream era predominantly), NIN, Kyuss, QOTSA, Tool, Mastodon, Geinoh Yamashirogumi (did the Akira soundtrack), Japanese Blues-Jazz movement, Gregorian Chanting and Trio Medaeval. Music is a big part of my writing, it helps me get into the mood, perhaps of a particular setting or character, eg Geinoh Yamashirogumi's traditional Japanese music if I'm working on some Feudal Japan/ Samurai tale etc. For any Mangaheads out there: I enjoy manga, currently reading Bleach, need to get up to date with Blade of the Immortal and Air Gear, need to read the last 2 chapters of Tenjou Tenge, recently started One Piece, and I follow Naruto with vague on and off interest. Look forward to getting to know some of you! See you around the forums I'm sure.