A warm welcome to our newbies; come meet new and not-so-new members of Writing.Com!
Terry Orlick's words are, indeed, true. It's amazing that you have found your passion and even more so that you've continued pursuing it with such amazing goals in mind. As a fan of classics myself, I can't help but root for your resolve to create something deep and thought-provoking just like the masters have done before. I'm looking forward to reading some of your short stories (and, perhaps, once you're finished, even the novel series).
Have fun on this site. I hope you'll enjoy it here a lot.