Hello! I'm Ben Kozlowski and I'm Signum's newest pesky volunteer creative-writer person. Rather than do something civilized like teach a class, I'm going to spend the month of November writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, and I welcome you to join me. Even if novels aren't your thing, I'm aiming to build a forum for creative writers to chat, offer each other advice, and commiserate over the woes (and joys!) of taking on ambitious creative writing projects. If that sounds even remotely interesting to you, feel free to introduce yourself and drop your elevator-pitch for your most recent literary undertaking. Mine is as follows: I'll be working this month on Werewolf: A Novel (working title), a part-horror, part-procedural detective novel located somewhere between Stoker's Dracula and Chandler's The Long Goodbye. It aspires to sensitively investigate and understand the nature of violence in contemporary America, both in its newspaper-headline-realism and as a device to drive television plots and attract moviegoers. In the process, I hope to challenge some of our assumptions about violence, and, with luck, tell a decent story as I do so.