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Thread: The 40 Year Old Virgin

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    The 40 Year Old Virgin

    Rule number one of writing: Have a catchy title to your thread.

    I just joined over the weekend, and I'm not really sure what I'm going to be doing here. I've always enjoyed writing, from a very young age. I thought, at one point, that I was going to pursue it as a profession. Then I decided to fritter away my best years doing things that I thought were more important.

    During those years, I've been filling notebooks with my scribblings in my spare time, in secret. I've never published anything, and in fact I've never even shared any of my writing with anyone else. The only writing I've shared is the professional and technical writing I've had to do in connection with my work, and I've always been told I'm good at it. Great memo, there, D!

    So, as I'm facing the big four oh next year, I've decided it might be time to indulge the creative impulse I've been feeling all these years. I'm hoping to use this forum to inspire me to write more, first and foremost. And I hope that some of what I write will be good enough to share with the group. I have already learned a lot, just from reading the forum over the last couple of days.

    My interests are varied, and I'm not sure in what genres I'll be writing. Most certainly, short fiction. But I have experience in many different fields, and I'm drawn to write non-fiction as well. We'll see where it goes, won't we?

    Thanks for reading, and I'm looking forward to meeting all of you in the community!

    --- D

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