Hello from New England, USA I just made a quick flyby of the forums and it’s nice to see such a diverse community! I wasn’t sure where the best place was to post stupid questions, so I’m hedging my bets on the newbie quarantine here :redface: I’m a "hobbyist" writer in my mid-twenties. Although the idea of publication is appealing (I don’t think many would disagree), it’s not something I’ve seriously considered. Right now, I’m just trying to finish what I start as I have a bad habit of leaving my work unfinished. I don’t even know if I can write a story that doesn’t end in a cliffhanger or dangling plotline. As for what I enjoy reading: I cut my teeth on the pulpy stuff—Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert Jordan, China Meiville. SF and Fantasy makes up the bulk of what fills my bookshelf though I do enjoy the “literary” stuff as well. At the moment I’m reading The Crossing, by Cormac McCarthy, which is an awesome book by an awesome writer. A few questions: Is there any poll on member demographics here? Political preferences, publication status, favored genres—any of that stuff I find really interesting. Also, I understand that it is etiquette here to review another’s work before posting your own. I’m horribly ashamed of my own writing, but I enjoy reading other people’s stories and I find that dissecting and discussing them leads to improvements in my own. As a matter of personal opinion, would you rather receive critique from someone who has walked-the-walk and presented their own material or does it not matter? Thanks! I’m looking forward to knowing you all better!