@adamwelton that would seem a very good idea on the short stories, since it'll keep me writing while I don't have time to write for the main story. I shall begin one once I have finished my entry for the LO short story contest.
Absolutely on the issue of writing as a job, many people who know about my writing ask whether I'll be an author when I'm older and I always stress the fact its not something to choose as a full-time occupation. Besides, its hardly work if you enjoy it.
Ahaha, yes I'm definitely not going to end it with the battlesuits of death... that would ruin the fun...
I'll see if I can post up more concept art too to give more insight into the galaxy I hope to create, working alongside the short stories.