Another one of those folks just inserting myself in the community
. I won't be able to attend the meetings, as I work until at least 7pm EST every Saturday, but I would like to be active on the forums.
Name: Robert Freund
Writing Style: For a long time I stuck with fantasy, but lately I've been branching out...though I suppose most of what I write still has fantasy elements in it. Mostly, I tend to stick with the fantasy/sci-fi/horror side of everything, and lately my interests seem to be turning towards urban fantasy and what I guess could only be called...historical fantasy?
Started Writing: If I recall correctly (and unfortunately my memory, especially of my childhood, is pretty well shot), I started writing around eighth grade, about the same time I was introduced to Tolkien and (almost at once) D&D. I started writing my own fantasy stories, working in composition notebooks and on a very old computer. By ninth grade, I had decided that writing is what I wanted to do with my life, and I've spent the time since trying to remind myself of that.
Currently Writing: I am currently focusing on short fiction. I tend, as it seems many fantasy writers do, to get rather long-winded and turn ideas into two or three or four or eight book series (which then never get written, in most cases). My hope is that focusing for a time on short stories will allow me to build discipline, tighten my prose, and teach me to cut out the unnecessary. I wouldn't mind selling a few, either, to build up a few publishing credits on the way - though the market for fantasy/sci-fi short stories seems to have dried up in the years that I stopped paying attention to it.