Salvete omnes! I just thought that before I began posting I would first introduce myself. My name is Lorenzo Perring Mattiassi, I am an 18 year old student (hopefully going to uni in a few months to study Ancient History!) from England. Officially I am half English and half Italian, but my Italian side of the family also shares ties with Austria and Italian-speaking Istria. I am extremely enthusiastic about military history, particularly that of Europe in the Ancient and Late Medieval/Renaissance periods, and I am involved in a number of other activities revolving around these subjects e.g. I am an active member of the RomanArmyTalk and MyArmoury forums, and a member of the Roman Military Research Society (RMRS). Creative writing, I have found, has given me a great opportunity to bring what history I learn to life, and also forms an entertaining way of conveying its wonders to others. Creative writing is also one of the most profound forms of self-expression, something which is very valuable in life. I shall try to find some free time during study-leave to post some material on here and also to view that of others and perhaps even give some advice. Yes, I am young and rather inexperienced at writing for certain audiences, and I freely admit that I have a lot to learn, but that is why I am here: to learn from others and to share my ideas. I hope that I get along with you all very well. - Lorenzo.