I am still relatively new, but I like it here, and I think that this place could be a very strong community for writers. I noticed that a bunch of people joined up after me as well. This thread would be a good place for introductions, where the newbies can say who they are, and where the old school members can indroduce themselves to the next gen.
Let me start:
I'm Craig, and my pen name is C.A.Sanders. I used to go with my actual name, but some college football star has the same name and googlechoked me. I write full time now, though I used to teach special education. My twitter handle is CraigASanders, if you want to add me, or you can email me at casanders77 @gmail.
I'm from just outside of NYC, in the Hudson Valley. I grew up in the Bronx for a good chunk of my early life, so I had a very unique childhood. I love the Yankees and the Jets, which gives me a good fan balance of success and failure. I'm 36 and still love cartoons. I think pro wrestling is the highest form of entertainment. I am jewish but I love bacon and shiksas. I eat too much cheese. I have man breasts. I make a wicked Egg Cream. My beard is approaching epic status. i have a pet turtle that I've had since I was 6. His name is Shelvin and he says 'hello'
I just signed a book deal for my first novel "Song of Simon," with Damnation Books (after doing a ton of research and contract talk with lawyers due to their past reputation). I am writing a novel right now called "The Watchmage of Old New York," of which the first half will be serialized on line.
That's about it. I look forward to hearing all about you.