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Hello all. I've been visiting this website for quite awhile and never really ventured beyond OSC's writing lessons and his essays. I was astonished to find this "workshop" forum and had to be a part of it immediately. I'll go ahead and leave everyone with a short biography if they're interested. I look forward to meeting all of you and sharing our works to read and critique!

My name is Cory Patrick and I am a Senior at Jacksonville State University majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in English. I chose Criminal Justice because it had the lowest math requirements of any other major I could find and I had no clue what my life's ambitions were. I figured by the end of my second year I would have found a more suitable major and changed it. It wasn't until half way through college that I realized the reason I could never find a career path that appealed to me was because my passion was for literature. I changed my minor to English at that point ( I was already so close to graduating with my B.S. in Criminal Justice it seemed a waste of time to completely change.) At this point in my life I've decided to search for a career within the CJ field that will still afford me the time to write in the evenings and weekends. My soon-to-be wife is currently getting her Master's degree in accounting. I currently live in Alabama and have for close to ten years since moving from Cincinatti in 1999.

Thank you all!
-Cory Patrick

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Welcome, Cory Patrick.

Here's your link to the Hatrack Utility Belt, also known as the H.U.B., and I hope you have fun with it.

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Brad R Torgersen
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Welcome, Mr. Patrick.

Your entry into college sounds a lot like mine.

Ergo, I had no clue what I wanted to do either, but I also had a big fancy for reading and literature; at least SF and F.

Criminal Justice major, eh? Still working on it? Ever consider ROTC? (No, I am not kidding...) We need good officers.

Anyway, you've got the HUB. Now here is your TA-50 as well. Hope you find one or both useful.

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Welcome to Hatrack!
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Crystal Stevens
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At least you went to college. I never made it because I had no idea where I wanted to got with my life, and look where I ended up... working in a factory. I wish I knew then what I know now. My life would've ended up quite different, I'm sure.

So would you like to come inside? Looks like it could start raining, again. Here, let me take your coat. This way please. Is this recliner to your tastes? And speaking of tastes, I'm sure refreshments will be along shortly.

Welcome to Hatrack .

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Thanks I appreciate the welcome. The TA-50 as well. I am still going to school. I am set to graduate at the end of this semester though. I'm just hoping to find a job that pays well enough to take care of the bills and give me some free time to write and spend with my family. I have no desires whatsoever to climb any ladders to any high paying positions. I have considered ROTC though, on numerous occasions. When I was going to Auburn both of my roomates did Airforce ROTC and a guy I work with is doing Army. I think, however, I don't care to move around too much which seems to be a necessity in military life. I spent most of my childhood moving from one place to the next I think I'll take a break for a decade or so. I agree with the "if I knew then what I know now" statement. I think we all feel that way sometimes, but then again that's cheating, we have to go through the crap to learn those valuable lessons, and sometimes it's easier for others, which is frustrating, but all we can do is take what we know now and apply it to the future. Once again thanks for the welcome I look forward to posting some stuff on here and reading others stories as well.

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hello Cory Patrick! Welcome, from a native in the Heart of Dixie! Our family is spread out from Decatur/Hartselle all the way down to us, we live about 20 min from Gulf Shores. Ten years practically makes you southern, (unless you put clothes on your dog on a regular basis). Lotsa good authors live in Al. the author of Forrest Gump lives just down the road from me. I think its because when you live in Alabama for long enough, you have to have a good imagination. Well, glad you came and congrats on your soon-to-be-wedding!
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Greetings! Have some chess pie!
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Hello, Cory -

Welcome to Hatrack! I had a similar experience in college, except I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do and ended up doing something very different (several things, actually). I changed my major the second half of my junior year from English to Sociology, which, as you know, is very similar to CJ. There are many careers in your field that will allow you the time that you want.

I am the community cinemaphile, and I screen a movie each month. This month's movie is already over. However, tell me, is there a movie that inspired your love for sci-fi?

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Welcome fellow newcomer.

Your studies will make for a great base for mystery novels. By the way, I didn't do it.

Good luck,


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