Hello Fellow Forum Members I joined this forum to better work the mechanics of my writing. I've read more than I've written, and as a drop out I did not really learn the technical side of writing very well. Speaking of which my favourite author is Henry David Thoreau since I relate to living a premeditated life. As an older male I'm working on a project which discusses the conflict of masculinity, age, and the identities they develop. While I was finally able to graduate with an associates degree last year, on my third attempt. The best thing I could say about the process of graduating was the rekindling of my desire to write. Through a rich history developed by failure. I've become a great problem solver with the ability to develop unique approaches to common every day problems. For instance, when I quit smoking after thirty years I used two breathing techniques to manage my craving's, and that was in 2009 with out a relapse. Since the process is based on breathing and affirmations. I was able to share the approach with others who also succeeded in their efforts to quit. The passion which moves my pen across the provable paper, is fueled through the knowledge that I must begin, before I'm able to learn. Through that first step I'll be able to kindle the motivation which provides me comfort in the early days of learning to control my flow. For now I strive to simply write and share those words with hope of feedback. Because I know a good story provokes a response.