I quit music 8 years ago, cold turkey! Just started again a couple months ago. Actually, I wrote a few tunes in May to prove to myself I was serious about getting back into music again before forking out the big bucks for SISS. I've, since, picked up KHSS and Cubase SE.
I bought Alexander's Writing For Strings course and slowly went through the first few lessons. Decided it was time to have some fun, write and record something, learn the string libs and Cubase a little. Now I have to get my non-academic butt in gear, and put some elbow grease into studying this string writing course. Then, eventually, expand into a full orchestra worth of samples, and learn some more.
Anyway, this forum is a great source of info and inspiration. I believe I gain a lot from listening to the music folks post here. So, I figured I'd bite the bullet and show ya some of what I'm working on.
This is SISS with just a bit of KHSS layered in here and there.
Edit: Here's an alternate link if the other doesn't work - Sketch mp3