Hey guys, I'm happy to be here. I hope to learn a little more about the craft of writing and find a few answers to the hard slog of publishing anything.

I'm a fairly old geezer, and a veteran of several online forums. Some of you may remember the old CDFreaks/MyCE forum, where I'm still active as an admin. The writing bug hit me hard about five years ago, with one stubborn, persistent character who demanded that I learn more about him. That led to my first attempt at writing anything of length since my college days, and I finished that first book in record time. I couldn't type fast enough to keep up with the story as it came pouring out. Two more books followed that first one, and after four years of editing, rewriting and frustration, I decided they should exist in the real world, and not just in my computer. I self published them, thinking they probably wouldn't pass inspection any other way.

Since that first burst, I've written a lot more and hope to find a trade publisher eventually for my later works.

Other bits and pieces? I worked in publishing way back when, though I was a lowly copy editor at the time. Since then, I've worked in the oil fields of West Texas, and been a self employed cabinetmaker/furniture designer for many years. If you need information about wood, wood finishing, construction, or something similar, I can probably help.

See you around the forum.