Hi For me fiction is escapism, an alternative to reading technical manuals, of which I’ve done quite a bit. I’m still developing my own style. I’ve written short stories, and several novels in all about half a million words to date. I like to set myself a challenge, so I haven’t ruled out any particular genre, apart from comedy or romance maybe! In between writing my novels I dabble at poetry. It might be old fashioned nowadays but I like rhyming verse, usually in quatrains, of which their may be just one or several depending on the subject matter. I also make use of the limerick. I call my style of verse Functional Poetry, it’s a great diversion, doesn’t take long to get a result and can be fun. Here’s just a taste Skin Cosmetics So everyone’s gone nuts and ideological, Over skin products, called derma-logical, If you want to be young and looking good, Exercise and eating well is what you should, But if that scene is really hard to contemplate, The cosmetic industry assures it’s not too late, For if you desire to keep skin looking shinier, Then exfoliate and hydrate with a moisturiser. Wild Oats You should have kept better notes, On the conquests you so often quotes, For at the end of the day, Is the price that you pay, For Wildly sowing your Oats. I’m married with three children all grown up, well near enough. Now in my mature years I like to think I’m reasonably fit. I live in Mid Wales a hilly area, not far from the sea and I tend to do a lot walking. In no way would I call myself academic (not in the way of study) but dare I say it, I like the solitude, the somewhat unsociable act of locking yourself away to investigate the realms of the imagination. That’s the introvert in me. The extrovert in me likes to communicate and discuss the technique, the editing, proofreading, or any other angle to the construction of a creative piece of work. Attaching myself to this forum, I hope will put me in touch with scribblers of diverse backgrounds. I look forward to reading and participating with them in the noble art of discourse. Oh! Pennib is a nickname from my school days. Pined on me as at the time when I had no ambitions to write, maybe it will turn out to be a fortuitous classroom witticism after all.