Greetings everyone, Don't get me wrong, I do want to say hello. Though I thought it prudent for you to understand how important your site and the personal time you take to help, is to a writer like myself who dreams to be more. Coming from a poor family, I didn't have any additional education outside of high school, and though I finished with honors, that's where I let my hopes of writing die. I remember one teacher pulling me aside and telling me, "Whatever I should choose to do with my life I should not waste the rare talent given to me. His opinion was clear, if I did not care for it, water it, bring it into the light each day, it would wither away. Odd the things you remember. The years go by, first my wife gets sick and I care for her for a good decade, then another decade goes by and it's me who's sick. So here I sit, Ill, 45 and still waiting for me to scrounge up the pennies and go back to school to chase that dream, all the time watching it float away on some random breeze. Well, I have had enough of that. Hoping that time will someday come when money is free and my health is improved is for the birds. About a year ago, I picked up my confidence off the mat and started getting serious about reaching for that dream before it is truly gone. Well since then.. There are things I am proud of. I did get two short stories and one poem published. (not much, but it is what I have) More importantly. I finished my first novel, first draft true, but it is written. Twenty three chapters and just shy of five hundred pages, it's not War and peace. It is a start. I am very proud of how it came out, to me it's very good and I tend to be highly critical of my own work, but like all lumber right out of the woods, it needs sanding. My tools are dull, I can tell a story well, better than many, but my craft needs love. My punctuations and sentence structure are my challenges, and I am in need of help. Also I am so confused with the online vs print vs kindle vs agent, ect.. it makes my head spin on how to make it happen without being ripped off because I am naive, or worse, forgotten because I have put my eggs in the wrong commercial basket. I am learning much from reading the critiques of others, so I am doing more reading at the moment. Though I will be soon adding my thoughts on story line and feel to the work I read, I think it is only fair if others are stepping forward to help me. This is my second attempt, I was on this board a while ago before I became ill, and let it drop as everything went upside down. But again, I am tired of waiting. I want to be what I was meant to be. With your help I may get there, so Yes, I want to say hello, but mostly thank you. Dave..