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Joined 05-19-09, id: 1940168, Profile Updated: 08-26-14
Author has written 8 stories for Halo, Left 4 Dead, RuneScape, and Homestuck.

My name is Connor.

Creative self-expression could be said to be a major theme of my current life. I am attending West Chester University with a degree in Theatre. Acting and Writing are my two biggest passions. The beauty stems from the fact that any progress I make in one of these fields automatically progresses me within the other. As my writing style improves, so too does my ability to create a character from someone else's text. The reverse is true, as well - my experience with creating characters from text helps me to peg down my own characters' voices in my writing.

I have been writing on this website since 2009. I am a self-taught writer - the stories I write here are my classrooms. My earlier stories are cruder, less refined than my later ones. There are some bits within my earlier stories that make me laugh and cringe when I read them. I am not ashamed of this, however - these early, clunky, 'bad' stories are what got my writing style to where it is today.

I personally find it enjoyable to compare my earlier stories to my later ones. It helps me see how my style is evolving, as well as what I still need to work on.

Current Projects

Ashes to Ashes, Grist to Grist

This is a Homestuck fanfiction that follows the story of eight teenagers who play Sburb, a futuristic game that causes the end of the world. This project has been ongoing for over two years. It is one of my greatest classrooms.

Reclamation, Restoration, Redemption

This is a Halo fanfiction that follows the story of several Sangheili (Elites - a legionary footsoldier, a shipmaster, and a councilor) who participated in the Human-Covenant War. This project is currently on hold. I do not anticipate working on it very much while I am focusing on Ashes to Ashes, Grist to Grist. When I finish Ashes and Grist, however, I may return to this project. There is potential here, and I am reluctant to close this particular door. I also very much appreciate the support I have received from the Halo fanbase active on this site, and am rather eager to rejoin them soon.

The God Wars

This is a Runescape fanfiction that follows the story of a handful of individuals who played key roles in ending the bloodiest (and longest) war in the history of Gielinor. This was a classroom in which I sought to refine my usage of rotating perspectives - a style I first used in Survivors of Gamma Company. I have not updated this story in a long time. I anticipate returning to this after I complete Ashes to Ashes, Grist to Grist.

The Invasion of Earth by ilmiopassato reviews
COMPLETE. Sequel. The Battle of Sigma Octanus IV may have come to an end, but the fight for Earth has just begun. The newly promoted Capt. Natalie Cooper will have to ally with Elites and combat the Flood horror in the defense of the human homeworld.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 46 - Words: 121,562 - Reviews: 123 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 5/12/2009 - Published: 2/25/2008 - Complete
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Ashes to Ashes, Grist to Grist reviews
A loosely-knit group of high-schoolers in the middle of their senior year find themselves caught up, rather abruptly, in the end of the world. Suddenly, the very game that caused the apocalypse becomes their only hope at having any kind of future. Now the only direction left is forward.
Homestuck - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 81 - Words: 460,050 - Reviews: 213 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 5/21 - Published: 1/21/2012
Reclamation, Restoration, Redemption reviews
During the Great War, most Sangheili enter the Covenant military filled with religious fervor and devotion to the Prophets...but the veterans that leave the military are often cynical and jaded towards their leaders. How does this transformation occur?
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 15 - Words: 84,516 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 57 - Updated: 3/27/2013 - Published: 8/21/2011
The God Wars: Growing Darkness reviews
A world needs Order and Chaos to survive. In the absence of zealotry, these two forces can coexist to keep a world civilized, but flexible enough to bring about change. The problem is that there will always be zealots. And Gods are always the worst ones.
RuneScape - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 27 - Words: 137,993 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 3/25/2012 - Published: 9/21/2010 - Enakhra
An American Odyssey reviews
A diverse group of individuals come together in Northwest Pennsylvania as the Green Flu makes headlines. As the US goes to Hell, these people form an unlikely brotherhood, fighting for their very survival as they try to make their way south to Florida.
Left 4 Dead - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 72,412 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 8/10/2011 - Published: 1/15/2010
From Harvest to the Ark reviews
The war lasted nearly thirty years. Only the best of the best had what it took to survive every one of them. That...or maybe it was just luck.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 101 - Words: 408,624 - Reviews: 701 - Favs: 271 - Follows: 151 - Updated: 7/3/2011 - Published: 5/17/2010 - A. J. Johnson - Complete
The God Wars reviews
Takes place during the final, cataclysmic years of the God Wars. Follows three people whose destiny is intertwined with the end of the God Wars. As Gielinor is torn apart by war, these individuals are caught up in the storm. Prelude to Growing Darkness
RuneScape - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 103,502 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/10/2010 - Published: 4/7/2010 - Complete
The Survivors of Gamma Company reviews
2564. The Covenant's defeat has put the Insurrectionists back into business, but maybe they are much more than the rag-tag group of rebels the UNSC believes them to be. Enough to force Spartans out of retirement -Sequel to The Spartans of Gamma Company-
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 70 - Words: 350,189 - Reviews: 129 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 3/16/2010 - Published: 7/23/2009 - Complete
The Spartans of Gamma Company reviews
The story of five of the other 315 Spartan-IIIs of Gamma Company who left Onyx before the events of Halo: Ghosts of Onyx.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 27 - Words: 78,855 - Reviews: 76 - Favs: 59 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 7/16/2009 - Published: 5/22/2009 - Complete