Hi Alan! Welcome! I'm Kat. Unlike you I tend to keep books forever. Like you, a burglary once derailed my writing plans.

Seconding Cornflake on the giraffes.

This is a great community—wacky and useful and everything at once. The whole site is lovely, but you'll probably find your people over in Science Fiction/Fantasy and if you like helping other writers, you can share your thoughts at Basic Writing Questions or the AW Roundtable. That's just a smattering of links—our lovely mod, Regdog, will have more.

Enjoy your time here!