I'm Y.M. Pang. You can also call me Michelle. It feels odd to type in a thread titled "New Users! Introduce Yourselves!" Because, well...
I'm not exactly new to the contest. I made my first WotF submission in 2009, back when I was in high school, subs were done by snail mail, and the late K.D. Wentworth was coordinating judge. That story received an HM.
Over the years I've submitted to the contest sixteen times, the latest being Q1 2018 (AKA the quarter we're all twitching about right now). Under K.D. I received Rs mixed with a few HMs. Under Dave I've received a consistent slew of HMs (I did get two Rs, one from a story that received an HM from K.D., one which I turned with an HM with some editing). In Q3 2012, I received my lone, surprising, delightful
Finalist. The evil part of my brain still thinks that was a fluke, since until my recent sales I haven't had any story come that close in any market.
I can't say I'm new to the forums either. I've lurked here occasionally from at least as far back as 2011. (Now that doesn't sound creepy or stalkerish at all...
) After pulling myself out of a three-year rut and resuming with submissions in 2016, I vowed to register for these forums... once I've sold a story.
After 200 rejections over ten years, I finally have made some sales. And, in an achievement my technophobic hermit-dinosaur brain finds almost as incredible: I actually made a website at http://www.ympang.com/
and got on Twitter as @YMPangWriter. I am really excited to join these forums at last, and to support each other on this writing journey!