I found "Where the Map Ends" a few weeks ago but just found this forum--and I'm glad I did.
I was born in 1970 and raised on a steady diet of Tolkien, Lewis, and Anne McCaffrey. I paid for a degree I've never used by writing performance reports and awards packages for aircraft maintainers in the Air Force. After four years, I escaped to follow my husband around for his career. Along the way, we picked up our son from Thailand and recently added the World's Most Neurotic Dog.
I stumbled on writing accidentally. A friend decided to do NaNoWriMo last November and convinced me to join. Due to health issues she didn't get too far, but I surprised myself with an almost readable idea.
Along the way I became reacquainted with Donita Paul, whom I'd met during our previous assignment here. She let me join one of her writers' groups, and I can't express how grateful I am for her guidance and encouragement.
Now I'm just trying to figure out this writing thing. My dream, of course, is to be published. That and to someday be allowed to use commas without direct supervision.