To be completely fair it's been a little over six months since I became involved in the CFZ but it only really occured to me to write about it today and 'Six Months of the CFZ' works better as a title; it involves a nice round figure.
I have been interested in cryptozoology and pretty much anything Fortean my entire life. I grew up on Fortean TV, my Mum has bought the Fortean Times since I can remember (now it's my turn) and our house has always been filled with books on the subject. However, I was always an armchair Fortean, apart from the impromptu hunt for a haunted curiosity shop in Manchester when I was nine - we didn't find it, in case you're interested.
What's my point? Well, I attended the Monster Weekend in Newcastle a couple of years ago and UnCon last year but I didn't really get just what a comunity our 'world' is. I contacted Jon (then addressing him as "Mr Downes") and Tim ("Mr Matthews") and slowly but surely became part of the wonderful family that is the Centre For Fortean Zoology.
I have been very ill for much of this year and as you all know, was in hospital last week. My life has changed unimaginably in the time I have been part of the CFZ. Hopefully it can do the same for other new members in the future. Thanks guys!