Hi Folks, I hope this finds you well and full of inspiration for your next story! After eight years in the US Army and another thirty-two traveling the world for a global engineering firm I find myself out of a job (too old I guess) but not ready to retire. Standing at this crossroads in my life I have decided to make a bold move and set out on my own as a science fiction novelist. I am serious about my new career and devote six to ten hours of every day to perfecting my new sci-fi novel, as yet untitled, but with 95k words (about 315 pages) on paper as of this writing I am nearing the finish line on my first book. I’ve never had so much fun, nor felt so fulfilled in all my 58 years of life. I understand that I’m a ‘babe in the woods’ and that the rigors of securing an agent, and a contract, and a publisher, and promoting my book, and all the other joys of being a professional writer yet await me. I hope. Which is why I am joining this forum. What I am hoping for, what I need, are honest, detailed comments from fellow writers that address the strengths and weaknesses of my work so I can polish it to a brilliant shine for eventual submission to an agent when (yes dammit, I said when) the opportunity finally comes. My plan is to post mainly in ‘Workshop’ where I will also read and give sincere, intelligent comments on as many of the newer postings as I can manage (2 for 1 baby, I got it!), hoping to receive the same in return. This is my first foray into the literary community, and I must say that I admire your rules that require actual interaction and contribution to the site as a whole. I already feel a kinship with many of you just based on the posts I have read as a guest and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Thanks, and may you write a thousand words today!