"To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation." -- Yann Martel I am a writing hobbyist. I've written a multitude of short stories and an array of poetry and flash fiction over the years. I've attempted two novels in the past. One was many years ago while I was still in high school; the other was for NaNoWriMo 2008. I unfortunately finished neither. I posted my NaNo effort, To Kill a King, here if anyone wants to read the beginning of a story that will likely never be finished. My hobbies include: softball and volleyball (although I like to watch baseball, football, and hockey) as well as gaming (both analog and digital) and video game programming (I've let this get pretty rusty). I've enjoyed writing since I was very young. I can remember writing short stories as early as eight years old. I've always been told that I had talent, but no one ever provided a form of criticism that could be used to better myself and, as is the case with most, I am my own worst critic. After high school I gave up on writing to focus on other things in life. A few years ago I picked up the pen (or keyboard, as it were) again and decided to start writing. I attempted NaNoWriMo in 2008. I learned many things about my writing habits and style during that exercise and although I didn't finish, I don't view it as a failure. I'm actually contemplating doing 2010's NaNo. I'm hoping to get back into writing again and maybe better myself to the point of publishing something one day.