I was quite reluctant to join a writing forum. For me, I find it all too tempting to sit here with my laptop and talk about writing, mine and others, and not work on the actual project that prompted me to look for this forum in the first place. As distracting as it is, I have found it quite helpful and the advice well rounded, insightful, and sometimes quite funny. As for introductions, here's me in a nutshell: according to a personality test on Facebook, I'm empathetic, innovative, intellectual, curious, warm, creative, sympathetic, reckless, original, and poised. According to my acquaintances, I'm a surfer dude who's laid back, easy going, and an all around nice guy. According to my friends, I'm thoughtful, a little weird, smart, and have a "peculiar sense of humor" (meaning: I have no sense of humor, no matter how much I try. I'm just not funny. After years of therapy, I'm okay with that now.) According to my wife, I'm a dork. According to my kids, I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Finally, according to me... In my head, I'm type-A, super cool, witty, attractive, hilarious, and way-awesome! In real life, I'm a little anal when it comes to the clothes in the closet and dirt on coffee brewers, in touch with nature, able to perform great feats in small bursts of high energy in short periods of time, and often appear lazy when I'm not performing these super human activities (ex. I completely rehabbed our current home -to the studs- in 3 weeks, just in time to move in - literally, I didn't sleep more than an hour or two every night). I haven't done anything since. I'm still worn out from that! Okay, now, if anyone has read this far, I'll be amazed. I mean, really, who cares about what I think about me? If you really want to see what I'm all about, check out my Chapter 1 submission in the novels section under Lost Pyrate Confessions!