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Post Earth Saga
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I am, and let's not beat around the bush here, a "twenty-something". I'm at that stage where it's no longer cool to be 20 as it means those teenage years are over, but barrelling towards 30 at a rate of knots (seemingly accellerating every year) and like a rabbit faced with headlights, can't do anything but try to deny it's happening. I am also a civil servant, someone has to be, where there's tape to be red you need a civil servant, some will say they keep the world turning, the sun coming up (well maybe, never tried sacrificing one), and the country in one piece. What can I say? The pension is good and when you are admitting you are a "twenty-something" it's a part of life you start considering. I was born in the wilds of Kent near the French border of the UK, at 20 odd miles wide and very wet it's an imposing border and tends to keep the right people on the relevant side, so I try to venture there as little as possible. I currently reside in a quaint sea-side town with my wife and a pair of cats who like to lick my nose, I don't know why, perhaps they realise that the feeling best described as "wet sandpaper being rubbed on your face" is a sure-fire way of getting attention.

I started writing at some preschool age courtesy of the education of my parents though I like to think myself at that time as well skilled and perfectly capable of penning a novel of the "A is for Apple" variety. By my early teens school had instilled firmly in me that the only people who ever wrote books were Dickens and Shakespeare, which was most off-putting. Non-the-less I managed to look past that meagre education and find some books that were actually enjoyable (though I guess I shouldn't speak ill of the dead), and after an introduction to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series which encouraged me to try turning my hand to writing my own stories. They were part fanfiction and part original, based roughly on the way the Discworld worked, if you've not read his books do so as they are damn funny. Anyway, unfortunately these early attempts at fiction while being fictional were, if I'm to be honest, rather crap. At an age where a 500 word essay seemed like torture and using a DOS based text editor (how did we cope before GUIs, all those damn Fkeys) lead to them being full of swift plot elements and lacking in background and substance. Reasonably warm reception by my friends and laziness encouraged me not to write anymore, and so after a pause of a few years I came back to writing at the latter end of the 90s I decided to try and write something original, it didn't get far as my proof readers said it resembled a cross between Universal Soldier, Terminator, and a few other films, although my background was fairly original and ideas were based on playing Warhammer 40,000 as a teenager, it was put on the back burner until The Matrix was released and yet more similarities smacked the final nail into the coffin.

My university years saw writing sat way back on the back burner. Once those days were gone I became rather involved in the fledgeling genre of MMORPG gaming, scary to think in 5-6 years it's gone from glorified MUDs to the worlds most profitable genre as shown by World Of Warcraft. Anyway, given the bare backgrounds and distinct lack of plotline and built in adventures the early games had, it seemed fun to start creating background stories and adventures for bits, so I started writing fanfictions as I played through various MMORPGs. The success of my early fanfics among the small community I was playing with lead my to try working on another 'original' idea, which was panning out quite well, bouncing ideas off friends, until a friend said "Have you seen X?" (said movie will be nameless for the time being, so as not to ruin plot elements here) after which I rushed off to watch it, confident that although the film was close to my mark I should be suitably different preparation to attempt to write a novella began in ernest, until the release of movie Y (again nameless), which had me thinking I suddenly seemed to be walking a fine line between both movies, and shelved the idea. I went back to writing fanfictions and roleplay elements for various RPGs I played with friends which were again well received. When I stopped playing MMOs in early '05 I was reading a lot more than ever, mostly science fiction and fantasy genres and about halfway through '06 decided to take my earlier shelved project and put a different spin on it.

While 13 months from conception to release seems a long time, the start was a lot of planning and re-writing my backplot and the history of my world. I then looked into how to publish what I was working on. Once I put down the wonderful idea of having my work immortalised in print, and thought about the hassle and effort likely to be required to flog something like this to a publishing house I decided to release online (because laziness really is my guide). Downside of deciding to release online was finding the software to publish it with, while blogging software and content management software could achieve my goal both solutions were unweildy and not quite what I was after. After reading a few web-comics (well been a fan of Ctrl-Alt-Delete for years, and discovered Dominic Deegan - Oracle For Hire early last year) I knew that that simplistic system was for me, unfortunately I couldn't find any software for releasing creative writing as a serial in that style. This lead, after some stops and starts to the idea of adapting some simple webcomic software for use, I found WALRUS and decided to adapt that. A lot of thought and playing with code lead to my abandoning of an adaption and with their ideas as inspiration and a vague outline, this site was coded mostly from the ground up (with footings help from WALRUS). Now at the start of September '07 comes the release and start of the Post Earth Saga. I hope you enjoy it.

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