I was a day-dreamer as a kid and was always making up stories. When I was seven or so my parents even bought me a typewriter. While I used the typewriter only sporadically, I always did avidly consider story elements: scenes, characters, dialog and plots.
In high school I wrote a short novel based on a lengthy Dungeons &Dragons session that had spanned the previous year. Then during Universitythough how I found time, what with all of the Civilization game playing to be doneI wrote a much larger and complex story. That body of work would drag on until well past my graduation, right up to about 1996. Ultimately, a series of media failures (both hard disks and floppies*) caused me to lose a substantial part of that story, and I never completed it**.
Then there was a two year pause. During that time (from 1996-1998), the only writing I did was for a small collection of personal web pages on my company's intranet. Starting at around the same time that I stopped butchering the long-suffering University novel, that intranet site started to snowball. Before long, I'd branched out from the simple technical notes and whatnot, and was adding things like movie reviews andeventuallysome of my photos. That was the foundation of the website you're now reading.
The website went live in 1998, and by that time I'd already started working on Irdiium Sunrise. Well, thinking about it, anyway.
As the website blossomed into something resembling its current form, I started putting pen to paper on the new novel project. That was in 2000. Since that time I've worked on both, and have completed a few short stories as well.
Counting the website, that's over twenty years of writing!
*My son will some day likely ask me, "what the hell is a floppy disk!"
**But I believe I still have some 100,000 words of the original. Maybe some day I'll dust it off, or even start from scratch.