I am a software engineer by training, but my passion is reading and writing speculative fiction (aka sci-fi and fantasy).
I've always enjoyed creative writing and poetry, and I've gone through phases in my life where I have tried writing a novel. My absolute favorite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, so it makes sense to start with snarky science fiction novels. My dream is to become a legitimate speculative fiction writer and share my stories with as many people as I can. In a world deluged by science fiction books this will be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it.
Ideas come from the ether and then are refined by process (plotting). But then you have to just dive in and write. Along the way I find it helpful to do some micro-plotting between chapters where a lot is going on.