I'm very new, so I don't know too much what to say about myself. I'm a high school senior taking college classes at the same time (that gets hectic.)
I've been reading since I was two years old (no joke) and read just about anything. My favorite authors are Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, C.S. Lewis (especially), J.K. Rowling, Michael Crichton, Mark Twain, and Robert Jordan. These are just off the top of my head.
I've been writing for a couple of years and noticed that despite how much science fiction and fantasy I read, most of my stuff tends to be mainstream. Hasn't made much sense to me, but oh well.
Other than that, I'm the oldest of six kids, I'm addicted to ice cream, getting my driver's license in a week, ready to graduate, and looking forward to meeting all of you.
Ooh, what a list! Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, OSC, C.S. Lewis (He ROCKS!) J.K. Rowling, Michael Crichton, Mark Twain--sounds like a chunk of my list. Don't recognize Robert Jordan, though I feel like I should.
Welcome and good luck here! There are some awesome people here, and I think you'll enjoy it.
Jaina: Robert Jordan writes the Wheel of Time books (published by Tor... I think). They've been quite popular for a number of years now. I haven't read them myself but they're around.
Welcome, Ray. If you want some insights, and a few laughs, check out one of Twain's essay collections--IIRC it's called "How To Write A Story" or something similar. It contains, among other things, the infamous "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses." You may have already read it since you're a Twain reader, but if not, you're in for a treat.