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Ric V. from Los Angeles is reading The Fellowship of the Ring February 8, 2017 - 8:46pm

Hello everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself to the community and make my official first mark on the site.

My name is Ric, 33, and I live in the greater Los Angeles area. I work a full-time job, and I'm also a full-time student at the University of La Verne. I'm an English Major, and I'll be finishing up this year. I was a late bloomer on the educational aspect of my life, but there are no regrets. You learn so much from experiencing the world, and I appreciate my education so much more for it.

Like everyone here, my goal is to write full-time, but I also want to teach Creative Writing as well. I'm still very much a student of the craft and will be for the rest of my life, but I love writing, I love reading about writing, and I love talking about writing.

I joined LitReactor because I've been wanting a community where I can share my work and learn from reading all of yours. Critiquing and being critiqued is invaluable, and it has helped me improve so much through the years. I have an endless list of skills that need improving and from looking around the forums I know I've come to the right place. Courtney's intro thread was very helpful, and I've made sure to understand how to critique submitted work properly.

I'm super excited to be here and can't wait to get to know all of you.

Thanks!

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal February 8, 2017 - 10:35pm

Wow, you sound like one busy dude...

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 8, 2017 - 11:21pm

Welcome to the pit.

I too was a late bloomer. Just keep moving forward, and don't take yourself too seriously. Make sure you keep enjoying it. 

Look forward to seeing you around.

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. February 9, 2017 - 9:22am

Hi. Gail here. Welcome. Nice to have you here. Rock and Roll and write like crazy. As far as being a late bloomer, I have bloomed and died many times.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman February 9, 2017 - 11:20am

Sounds like you're in the right place. Welcome. 

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PeteGoold from the UK is reading Julian Barnes: The Noise Of Time February 27, 2017 - 1:23am

Rather than write my own I thought I'd add to this one, both to say hello to Ric and cast my own net out. So, howdy. I'm based in the UK, terrified about uploading my own writing - but kinda determined to do it anyway.

And if you think that Rik is a late bloomer, I've got +10 years on him!

Nice to meet you all...

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman February 27, 2017 - 12:05pm

Welcome, Pete. No judgment about coming into the game later. I went through puberty when I was 19. No foolin'.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! February 28, 2017 - 9:32am

Welcome Ric and Pete :)

Also Gail: "I have bloomed and died many times." <- I love this line, you should definitely sneak it into a story somewhere!

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smithreynolds from Spokane, WA USA is reading The writing on the wall. March 3, 2017 - 1:20am

Hi Pete. Welcome. Thanks for your review. I am taking a break from reviewing, but when I begin again I will reciprocate. I really do appreciate your giving me your thoughts. I have been off-site for a number of days,so i was slow to respond to your review. I am travelling.

@voodeoo_em. Thanks...I like that line too. I will consider your suggestion.