I'm an American female Army vet, well, as of Aug. 19, 2016. I needed something to take my mind off things and give me a sense of purpose. I've written sporadically (until here). I had been working on a novel but after 115 full-sized pages were accidentally lost, I never went back to it and hadn't really written anything in years. Just prior to joining WDC, I had 5-6 people in several states in just a matter of a few weeks tell me I should give writing another try. I'm focused mostly on short stories and learning right now. I welcome friendly criticism of my writing. I just ask that you don't simply give a low rating with no feedback. Thanks!