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Old 01-28-2013, 12:10 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Greetings from Chicago! I've been perusing a few writing forums over the past week, and this morning finally decided to take that big step and actually register an account.

And what's an introduction without a little background? I grew up in Portland, OR and moved to Chicago about three years ago for work. By day, I work in the online travel industry, managing hotel supplier relations in the Midwest U.S. and Canada. By night, I'm an avid reader and fan of all things fiction.

A while back, out of the blue, I got bit by the writing bug and decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing a fiction novel. At first it was a strictly personal pastime, but as my novel progressed I began to realize that I had a story here that I eventually wanted to share. Two years and 122,000 words later, I finished the first draft of my manuscript. I went through it again for a round of major edits, and then built up the courage to send it over to a literarily-inclined friend of mine to review, with strict instructions that he not try to spare my feelings whatsoever with his feedback.

If he'd told me it sucked, I would have accepted that, scrapped the project, and moved on. Believe it or not, though, he liked it, which means I've actually got to try to move forward with this thing under the premise that maybe--just maybe--others will like it, too. How annoying!

So here I am: completely out of my element but excited and ready to learn. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this community and working together toward making my pipe dream a potential reality.

Thanks for your hospitality!
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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I'm new to AW too... Welcome!
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Mike, that's an inspiring story. Welcome! You'll find a lot here to support you as you pursue this. Good luck with it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:51 AM   #4
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:14 AM   #7
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:38 AM   #8
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Mike,

Welcome to AW! Good luck with your WIP!

Tell me, do you miss the warm wet weather of the Northwest?
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:41 AM   #9
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:05 AM   #10
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Ha--between growing up in the Northwest, going to school in Upstate New York, and now living in Windy City, I really can't seem to luck out with weather. Next time I move, it better be somewhere warm!

Speaking of warm, thanks for all of your welcomes.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:16 AM   #11
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Welcome, Mike. I guess I'll jump on the Oregon bandwagon...grew up in LO, couldn't wait to get out and now think it would have been a nice place to stay. Oh well.

You sound like you're off to a great start on your goal to write. I'm sure you'll find this a great place to find resources and feedback (eventually). Good luck with it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:59 AM   #13
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Congrats Mike, that's a great story. Wish all the best for you and your novel. If your anything like me (who finished my 131,000 word "masterpiece" before I joined the board) you'll realize how much more you can learn hanging around here. Go to the Query Letter Hell section to start the next step. That's where I'm at...
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