So I've been sim trading for a while and have had decent success, not new to trading, but options were pretty foreign to me until I started learning about them seriously since late last year, but I think I have a pretty good handle of at least the basics. For some reason tho, due to the involved nature of options (greeks, imp vol, skew, etc.) I think no matter how much I know or think I know, I'm still missing something.. at least with stocks.. it's price you need to worry about, with options, price is just a small part of it.. and while I know even the pros are still learning stuff, I still haven't considered everything important and would miss something obvious that would cost me money when it shouldn't. How does one know when they should put on their first trade, and what would be that ideal first trade? OTM credit spread? Collar? Debit Spread? High Delta long call/put? What is the safest way to get your feet wet in the real world? I think I should be ok with cutting off losses before they get out of hand and not taking profits too soon.. but still a bit wary in options world.. Also.. I'm trading strickly off weekly charts now.. and think they are suited best for options traders.. so exp months are usually 2/3 months out. One last thing.. I've gotton a ton of information from websites and forums and blogs (like Mark's blog) and been thinking about buying a good options book to take with me on holidays soon.. already know about the macmillan one, but am leaning towards options for rookies. Previewed it on google books and I like the writing style.. decently priced too. Got tons of trading and trading psychology books but none on options. Prolly should get a couple its gonna be a long trip.. Cheers!