Okay, first of all--what was up with the forum's Registration "Question"? Sure, "Harry Potter" is a sensible enough answer but last time I checked questions needed a, you know, question mark to signify something is being asked at all. Not that I'm sure that would've helped...
Anyway, I'm Mike and I'm a longtime writer of New Weird, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Speculative fiction (albeit on the smaller scale of shorts and flash). I finished my first full-length novel (UNDERCITY, Contemporary Fantasy) six months ago, spent a bit of time editing it, sent it to a bevy of beta readers, spent even more time editing it, and I'm now angling to get it published. Which I imagine will involve an agent so... here I am. Hooray!
Aside from UNDERCITY, I also run a lit mag called WEIRD CITY (I do like urban spaces...) that focuses on "strange things in dense places". We're actually accepting submissions until the end of the year so if you're interested give our Submission Guidelines a look.
I'm also building a nascent group called the Weird Writers Company that aims to bring together writers from several genres (New Weird, Contemporary Fantasy, Speculative, etc) so that we can grow together and work to get our writing published rather than fight one another for scraps. If that sounds appealing to you, drop me a line.
You can find me sharing writing advice, city observations, and other story-related musings on Instagram (@michaelalwill) and can see the firehouse of my curiosity and curation on Twitter (...@michaelalwill). Come say hi!