Thanks for the welcome.
Ever since I discovered his essays, I've had an admiration for C. S. Lewis' clarity of reasoning, so he's something of a role model (although his expertise and mine don't have much else in common).
Actually, from what I was reading, this really doesn't surprise me. I thought of him at certain points while reading your posts. And I'd generally say the same of him - I was introduced to Narnia first, of course, and I absolutely love them. But after I discovered his non-fiction, he became my unrivaled favorite author. Over time George MacDonald (who Lewis actually very much admired) has come to tie with him, but really for different reasons. When it comes to logic, Lewis is the author I think I've most tried to model myself after.
Over the years I've developed an interest in essay writing, argument, apologetics, and philosophy.
Heh - I share all these interests except the essay writing. I've got to applaud you for that one; I still get frozen up over essays and papers every single time. I'm terrible at limiting topics (all the interesting ones are too big and too far outside my range of knowledge to do feasibly in the time available), so I spend all my time trying (and failing) to research my large topic adequately, and come down to the very last minute and say, "Hmm. I'm not happy with the material I've got, but if I don't start writing, I'm not going to finish." And so I write, and hate the paper, and grit my teeth and turn it in.
I'm getting plenty of exercise in writing my PhD thesis, which is already between 65 and 70 thousand words (and my supervisors want me to write another chapter).
Hmmm. I never have been able to form a concept of length from word counts. I hope your thesis goes well, though.
Out of curiousity, may I ask what it's about?