I've done some stock trading over the years, mostly for long term investments and want to try more. Options have always interested me and I've been reading about strategies and getting more into technical analysis. Now I have information overload. I need some guidance to start my paper trading. I wish to learn more about analysis and spread trades but the only trades I want to do at this time are calls as I cannot risk margining myself. My current employer (auto supplier company) is going out of business and I have till June to learn enough to at least supplement my income. Again I've been reading for months but need better direction for my education. I have a watch list and am able to check the stocks periodically throughout the day. Am I thinking to simplistic that I could catch an option on the rise and then simply add a trailing stop? I use 5 of the more common indicators and paper-trade when the general consensus is bullish for the stock. I know there is a lot more to it than what I have been doing hence the need for a mentor or at least experienced advice.