Hello all, I've been lurking around this forum for a few months now and have decided to slowly make my way out of my hiding place. I've greatly enjoyed what I have been reading and learning since signing up and while intimidating, I appreciate the honesty and "reality checks" given. I did make my first post a few days ago asking some questions about potential obstacles with my most recent work, and while I'd searched for them before creating my own OP, it was still too similar to others and deleted. I understand fully but was still disappointed since I really tried to be original! Oh well...no hard feelings and I expect it won't be the last time, haha. I'm a mom to two young children and use writing as my "me" time. I've mostly written fiction and poetry but have recently taken on the the seemingly impossible task of a memoir. I'm my own worst enemy and my brain too often makes me second guess my heart. I will perservere, though! I don't expect to be an extremely active member but I'm very fond of the forum rule requiring critiques before submissions - it makes me very comfortable in knowing if and when I share my work that I will receive appropriate reviews from other committed writers and receive the same respect I deliever. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be apart of this forum!