Well, maybe not blank or it would be but a ream. I've been away from the world for a while, but now I'm back I want to make the most of life and I believe I have a book in me. The thing is... I'm not a big reader. Well, not for many years now. Yes, yes, I know that I should read 10 000 books before I set to write one, but no-one told me that when I started reading and I didn't think to keep count. I honestly don't know how many books I've read or if I've read enough. I'm willing to take the chance. If I put some colour in my reasons for being here, then maybe I might find help of the useful kind - I would add if I'm lucky but I'm not religious, and I know that luck is what's left over for those who don't believe in God or magic. I happened on this site last night when looking for a synonym for smile (yeah, I found out what I couldn't see was all of that which I already knew to be) then as I realised what a fabulous and practical resource it could turn out to have to hand and when I had more time, I joined today. The plot of my book is very contemporary with a shelf life and will have to be researched and completed with as much haste as can be mustered, but involves some rather technical matters that have to be right and I am heavily ignorant. So there's that. But in the main, I need pointing to/help with grammar and punctuation suitable/accepted/acceptable for what is intended to be a 100 000-ish word novel. I have, over my time, developed irregularities and peculiarities in my writing style, particularly with grammar and punctuation that, while I realise they are not in fact the right way to do things, it's never been of consequence beyond my own need to be understood... and I know I take liberties with scrupulous, meticulous and other ouses. I realise there must be a standard, deviations from which would be covered under the title of etiquette but I know not what they are. To sum; I would say that I hope to find... but then again I never hope, for hope is all there is for the ones who are never lucky. Let's just say I believe! With that then, I'll just put this out there. I need, and I know my need's resolve is out there looking for me. Oh, and just for the record, I'm not a taker. Quid pro quo Clarice at least and fair exchange is not robbery. I have much to offer, if only enthusiastic, exuberant eccentricity.