Finished my first novel a little while back. Been plugging along on some short stories lately. They started as pieces of a "novel in parts", but I discovered a character I really like and might work it out for him to be the through-line. I'm only 3 shorts in, so anything is possible. A sequel to the novel is also out there, partially outlined, but I need to do some travelling before I take that beast on. I was naive when I wrote the novel, didn't know what I was getting myself into until I had a 3-inch stack of writing staring back at me that actually made sense. Ignorance truly is bliss.
Been writing for fun since about 6th grade, when I wrote plays for my class to perform. A couple of awards here and there and a stab at doing it for a living, but the great unknown of when the next paycheck is coming was counter to my hard-wired need for some sort of stability.
I do it for fun now, and if the novel gets published, great. Hopefully. Until then, I do it because I love it.
And I live in dread that my posts on here will be taken as samples of my writing ability.