TheAmateur
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Joined 05-19-09, id: 1940168, Profile Updated: 04-01-17
Author has written 8 stories for Halo, Left 4 Dead, RuneScape, and Homestuck.

Hello.

If you are reading me right now, you have likely come from one of my stories.

Thanks for reading!

It's about time I updated this page. Last time was perhaps two years ago? Maybe three. I haven't put much effort into this profile page in the past because I'm really not sure what to say, other than 'Hello!'

These days I am writing Ashes to Ashes, Grist to Grist, a project which so far has spanned over five years. We are getting close to the end, and that's real bittersweet. I spend a lot of time in Ashes and Grist's world, and I'll miss that when it comes time for the story to end. However, that hardly diminishes the excitement of moving on to new projects, and falling in love with new characters.

Sharing my work here is one of the best choices I've ever made. There have been times when I've come close to giving up and leaving Ashes and Grist unfinished, and each time I've pushed through. Mostly because readers such as yourselves made it known to me how my work has touched your lives, and that gives me immense fuel. Without that circuitry in place, without you, I doubt Ashes and Grist would have lasted twenty chapters.

Although right now I am playing within the Homestuck universe, what first drew me to write on this site was Halo. I could not stop thinking about the SPARTAN-IIIs - in Ghosts of Onyx we meet over three hundred SPARTAN-IIIs from Gamma Company, but by the time Plot arrives at Onyx, only three squads of SPARTAN-IIIs are left on the planet. The other 315 SPARTAN-IIIs in Gamma Company had already left Onyx to be deployed, and that is the last we ever hear about them. What happened to them? Where the hell did they go? This curiosity led to the birth of Spartans of Gamma Company, which follows Team Rapier - a five-person team of Gamma Co. Spartans who are deployed to participate in the Battle of Earth.

Survivors of Gamma Company came next, mostly because I loved Team Rapier so much that I wanted to do more with them. I personally think it's a clunky story, but it did lead to greater projects. The best thing to come out of Survivors was Alley Garris. Alley appeared in Survivors essentially as a throwaway character. I had no plans for him, and I had no idea who he would one day become. There was one point in Survivors when Garris mentions that he fought on Installation 04, and although I never went into detail about his experience, somehow I 'knew' that I'd just touched upon one little piece of a powerful story.

Alley Garris never quite left my mind after that. So when I dove back into Halo for a third time, I decided it was time to take a break from Spartans and examine the Human-Covenant War from the perspective of someone without augmentations, someone without fancy armor and energy shields. In addition to this new challenge, after playing the Halo games for years I was feeling immensely dissatisfied with how the marines are viewed as ragdolls. I wanted to help bring awareness to the truth that every single 'disposable' marine has a story, a life, dreams and desires. THEY ARE PEOPLE, NOT FODDER. Alley Garris was a perfect fit for this exploration, and thus From Harvest to the Ark was born.

Even after I started writing Harvest to the Ark, I never anticipated how many people would read it. Even now, nearly six years after completion, I still receive email notifications of new readers following Alley Garris's story, and this is very moving. I've started work on a revised edition of Harvest to the Ark, but I don't see much more progress being made on this project until Ashes and Grist is complete.

I will add more to this profile page as we go along, but I believe this is sufficient for now.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Some people like to post their questions in a review, and I respond to those questions via PM. You can also directly PM me questions. Just be aware that you need to have a Fanfiction(dot)net account for me to be able to respond to you. If you ask a question while reviewing a chapter as an anonymous Guest, I will have no way to answer you.

Enjoy your lives. Being alive is a beautiful thing.

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: 133 - Favs: 72 - Follows: 43 - 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: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 90 - Words: 505,625 - Reviews: 266 - Favs: 126 - Follows: 131 - Updated: 8/18 - 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: 99 - Favs: 75 - Follows: 64 - 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: 11 - 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: 59 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 8/10/2011 - Published: 1/15/2010
From Harvest to the Ark reviews
The Human-Covenant War raged for twenty-seven years. Those who survived were not the best, but the luckiest.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 101 - Words: 408,555 - Reviews: 737 - Favs: 367 - Follows: 196 - Updated: 7/3/2011 - Published: 5/17/2010 - 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: 68 - Follows: 35 - 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: 67 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 7/16/2009 - Published: 5/22/2009 - Complete