"“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”" I have recently picked up the pen again (or dusted off the keyboard??) after years of neglect. Growing up I was prodded by my teachers to explore my writing abilities, from elementary through high school, which led a few English teachers to despise me because I just wrote it all off as nonsense. After a roller coaster of life experiences and some flirtations in the music world and the business world, I recently found myself writing again....and loving it, flooded with ideas, emotions and words. Aside from what they teach us in public school, I have never had any formal writing lessons, I can count the number of fiction books I have read over the last 5 years on both hands and still have fingers to spare (I wish I were lying..sad), and I have never surrounded myself or been a part of a group or community of people who write as a passion or for a living. So my writing is very raw and probably doesn't follow the proper structure and rules that we are taught to follow. So, I'm not sure where I fit in the world of writing but am hoping to use this site to help me determine my place.