I wanted to think of a clever way to introduce myself- but my two year old is running around in his underwear screaming and making gorilla calls, which made thinking extremely difficult. So, I thought I would go with the normal approach. Something like, "Hi, I'm Sam, and I like to write," but that sounded too much like an anger management meeting. Simply put, I have been "writing" since I was a young boy. It started with amazing fantasy epics of thirty pages or so. Stuff that would make awesome summer blockbuster movies, or amazing cartoons to spice up my Saturday mornings. Then I grew up- or at least I got older- and realized that while my stories were semi-cute, they were way too embarrassing to call them serious attempts at creating something worth reading. A few years ago I earnestly began to "develop my craft". I read a lot and worked through several novel ideas. Some grew into full manuscripts while others didn't. I have completed a couple decent stories, and am struggling to break through the barrier that separates the hobbyist from actual authors. Which is what brought me here. I am working on a new manuscript that I need some fresh feedback on. I still mainly write in the fantasy genre, but I have developed enough skill to at least make them more interesting than, "See Zander. See Zander's sword. See Zander slay the beast." Anyhow... I am looking forward to sharing some of my work and hopefully getting some good feedback. Just one request, be a little gentle with the feedback. I like to think I have developed a thick enough skin to take brutal honesty, but I'm still a little green and tender. You can still be honest- just not brutal.
Welcome, Sam. Your intro was very clever and quite humorous. Just what I needed to start my Monday morning. (Which actually began at 4:30 a.m. with my old dog throwing her breakfast up on my shoes as I was heading out for the day job.)