Hey everyone. It's been ages since I've participated in any forum or really had a deep-seated level of passion in interacting with another creative community so I'm excited to be here. First, some basic boilerplate info about me: I currently live in Washington state, just turned forty this past year, I'm male, I'm married to a wonderful wife, and have two incredible daughters. I've been fortunate enough to have a fairly uneventful life apart from the usual stuff that comes with the passage of time. I've worked a variety of jobs/professions including fast food, retail, web design, tech support, construction, architecture, and engineering/medical animation and multimedia projects. However, I've spent the majority of the past fourteen years working in various disciplines as a developer in the game industry with emphasis on the creative side of development but I get my hands dirty in technical work too. I consider myself a life-long casual writer, natural story-crafter, meticulous world builder, and relentless thought experimenter. Of these qualities, writing is what I would consider to be my weakest skill. As you might guess that's why I'm here. Prose and dialogue is what I hope to focus on and development most, but I know I'm going to need to continually sharpen all my tools so I look forward to what I can learn here from either those who've been down this path before or those who are on a similar journey. It's taken me years of introspection and evaluation to realize that I'm a chef who put all of his culinary efforts and passion into the wrong cuisine. I once had high aspirations for the narrative potential and interactive world experiences that might be delivered in the medium of video games but now have come to realize that the landscape of game development as it currently exists is only interested in fast food or candy with very few exceptions. I feel like a chef that's been holding out hopes that one day he'd have the opportunity to make a satisfying and sophisticated full-course meal in the cuisine of game development only to realize that market forces and the complacency of industry standards/conventions won't allow it. I now realize that there is this other cuisine that I've always enjoyed and had a passion for that I could really thrive in - that would allow me to finally make those satisfying full-course meals I've been looking to prepare. Going forward I have to compartmentalize in my mind that working as an artist in the game industry will be like working at the candy shop making sweets and that coming home to work on my writing is where the chef inside me will finally get to find more rewarding work. Even though I can't wait to sprint ahead in order to absorb and share as much as I can there is a realization that I need to treat this journey as a marathon and appropriately modulate my involvement. I still have to work as a full-time artist at the moment as my day job and since the studio I'm working at is currently trying to ship it's first game in the next few months that obligation is going to require more time than I'd like. Still, I'm going to try to jump on here as often as I can to learn and contribute. Fortunately or unfortunately, I'm working from home now due to COVID-19 so I'm reclaiming at least a bit of time not having a commute. I hope everyone is staying safe and look forward to interacting with you all soon. Edit: Almost forgot perhaps the most important part; what genre I'm interested in. I'm primarily interested in sci-fi and fantasy. I like to read almost anything, but when it comes to actually writing it's really just these two genres that capture my interest. My first work is actually a sci-fi epic that has actually been in development at different levels of engagement for about twenty-eight years now. It's really the unsung passion project that is my life's work. Can't wait to share more in the near future.