A former editor for Writers Digest Books, I now write copy for a software company by day and fiction by night. The latter usually has some kind of fantastic bend to it -- urban fantasy, if you need a pigeonhole to stick it in.
As trite as it may be, I'm a writer because I can't stop. I wish I could, and I mean that sincerely. There are a lot of chores around that house that need doing, for one thing. But every time I tell myself, "This is awful, it's going nowhere, I give up," a new story grabs hold of me and promises that *this* time, it's going to be different. Basically, I'm in an abusive, codependent relationship with my Muse.
Neal Stephenson, Warren Ellis, Neil Gaiman, Elmore Leonard, William Gibson, for a start on the authors. And off of the top of my head for favorite books, "Sandman Slim" by Richard Kadrey, "The Tourist" and "Nearest Exit" by Olen Steinhauser, "Crooked Little Vein" by Warren Ellis, Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow," and my all-time favorite book, "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson.
Glad you liked "Love Rusts". I was wondering if anyone would bother translating the binary and hex. At first, I just had random letters and numbers in those two lines of dialogue, but I decided to make it something meaningful right before I posted the story. Thanks for the fave!