IIf you've just joined, or have been around for a bit and haven't said "Here I am" this is a great place to start. You can follow my outline, or go off in a completely different direction. Just let us know more about you.
Name: Ripley Patton
Location: New Zealand
What I write: I write flash and short story speculative fiction and am currently working on my first fantasy novel. This year I've been exploring flash and am happy to say I've sold 4-5 flash pieces already. I like to write magical realism, soft sci-fi and fantasy and am especially interested in promoting women writers and the strong female protagonist in modern genre fiction. I like to consider myself a purveyor of modern myth. I suppose my biggest point of pride recently was having a short story make it to the final ballot of The Sir Julius Vogel Awards in May 2009. I didn't win, in the end, but a friend did, which was almost as good.
Other Associations: I am an active member of Critters online critique workshop (which is free). I am a member of Wily Writers, an international writers group for Spec Fic writers. We have our own website for publishing downloadable Spec Fic and it was recently nominated for a Parsec award.
I am the founder of SpecFicNZ, an association for Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand. SpecFicNZ is still in the development stages, with a group of 15 Kiwi writers and editors creating it but we hope to launch our org and website in early 2010. I am a lurker and wanna be Broad Universian- I just can't afford the membership fee with my paltry New Zealand dollars.
WIP (Work in Progress)- Many short stories and flash pieces in progress. My fantasy novel is about the origins of a fire witch- how she becomes one and her development from a victim to a woman of power.
Favorite authors: Ursula K. Le Guinn, Madeline L'Engle, Lois McMasters Bujold, Octavia Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Sharon Shinn, Sue Monk Kidd.
Why are you here? I consider the community of Speculative Fiction writers my primary community and family. I'm here to find sisters of craft. Besides, I'm an introvert and I prefer to meet people in my own time and on my own terms. The internet works great for that!