Author has written 17 stories for Penguins of Madagascar.
For those of you who want to get to know me:
Name: Classified J. Classified (well, at least the "J" part is real)
Political ideology: Conservative
Professional sports franchises supported: Pittsburgh Penguins (2009 Stanley Cup champions), Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII champions), Pittsburgh Pirates (1979 World Series champions—it's been a while)
Penguins touched: 1 (African penguin at the National Aviary, September 2012)
Shoe size: 10
Other fandom-related accounts: Fanpop (), deviantART ( ), YouTube ( ), Twitter ( )
Date I became a fan of The Penguins of Madagascar: April 1, 2009 (with the episodes "Paternal Egg-Stinct" and "Happy King Julien Day!")
Favorite penguin: Skipper (he's also the one I'm most like—we both focus strongly on results. I am, however, not as paranoid, and I've never been to Denmark.)
Middle and last names: While we do not know what the characters' real middle and last names are on the show (if they even have any), I have invented my own for the penguins, lemurs, and Marlene. Some of these names can be seen in a number of my stories, while others I haven't yet revealed.
Fandom slogan: "Life, Liberty, and The Penguins of Madagascar." (Origin: The second sentence of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which reads, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." For me, The Penguins of Madagascar is part of my "pursuit of happiness.")
Additional work: In addition to the fanfics published here, I have written a short Penguins of Madagascar fanfic which places a few non-fictional humans in a unique situation. Titled Getting Into Character, the 2013 story can be found on my Fanpop and deviantART accounts.
Random monthly trivia about me, updated for May 2013: I don't use chatspeak at all. You'll never see things like "LOL," "XD," "XP," or "U" instead of "you" on the comments I write or the discussions I have, no matter how informal the website or the discussion. I'm the type of person who wishes that italics could be used on Twitter so I could write The Penguins of Madagascar instead of "The Penguins of Madagascar."
Some information about me as a writer and some notes about my writing:
Background: I do not write fiction for a living, and until I decided to get involved with this website, I didn't really write any fiction at all. Until 2009, my writing experience was pretty much limited to writing non-fiction stories, features, and politically related opinion pieces. However, after taking an immediate liking to Nickelodeon's The Penguins of Madagascar cartoon in April 2009, my Internet searches related to the show in the weeks that followed eventually led me here and gave me my first exposure to the concept of fan fiction. It only took watching twenty-two episodes of The Penguins of Madagascar before I began to think that I might be able to develop some stories of my own, figuring that my skills as a non-fiction writer would help me come up with material and include some real-life elements in it. I acted on these thoughts by signing up for an account in July 2009, and before I knew it, I had written and published my first fanfic.
My approach to writing: Fan fiction, by its very nature, is written by authors as a labor of love. However, I believe in approaching it with as much seriousness, dedication, and pride as if were writing non-fiction or being paid for my work. I have a healthy obsession with quality and accuracy and would consider myself to be at least moderately prescriptivist, especially as I learn new things. I own a copy of the sixteenth edition of, and I strive to become more compliant with it each time that I write. But through it all, though I may be my own biggest critic and an occasional Monday-morning quarterback, I find that I am also a fan of my work and that I can surprise even myself sometimes.
When it comes to publishing, I differ from most fan fiction authors in that my full-length stories are not published as "works in progress," as I personally prefer to fully complete my stories behind the scenes before publishing any part of them. This is for two main reasons: (1) because I often write the scenes of my stories out of sequence, just as a movie is typically not filmed in the same order in which its scenes will eventually be placed; (2) because it allows me to ensure that the story as a whole works well and that it is without plot holes, errors, confusing content, or ideas I would have wished I had been able to include earlier. Once a story is complete, I then publish it on a chapter-by-chapter basis, most often by publishing one chapter every two days. On average, it takes between a few weeks and a few months to write a full-length story. (Please note that whenever I mark my stories as "complete," they are complete works that will not be updated further. This does not rule out the possibility of separate sequels, however.)
Unlike some authors, I practice a sort of "personal continuity" in my stories, meaning that no story I write will conflict with the events of one I've already written. (An exception to this rule is A Skilene-Filled September.) I like to think of my works as being extensions of the show and its continuity as well, though occasionally the show has later contradicted material I've written.
As for content, I do not write material that I would object to the characters actually experiencing. Though I have written of difficult and emotional situations, there are always resolutions to these situations, with friendship, trust, love, and/or brotherhood usually playing a role in the resolution. Although she has never read my fanfics, I would never write of anything that I could not defend to my nonagenarian grandmother. You will never find my stories in the M-rated section, a section to which I rarely dare even venture myself.
My favorite work: My favorite among the fanfics I have written is my 2012 story Beyond DNA. I sometimes think that all the fan fiction work I did prior to writing the story was just practice to allow me to write it. The father-daughter relationship between Skipper and MaryRose, although I had the freedom to create it any way I wanted, still touches me whenever I think about it. Although the two stories are unrelated, Beyond DNA can be seen as having a similarity with my 2010 fanfic Injustice: the message that life is a beautiful thing and that all children deserve love. I have received more feedback in support of a sequel to Beyond DNA than any other story, and while I have not yet written one, I continue to explore the possibility.
Your support: I would like to thank all who have taken the time to read my stories, especially those who have posted reviews on them. I truly appreciate your support.
A special thank you also to Fanpop's JediPenguin16 for drawing the artwork used as the cover image of A Skilene-Filled September. You can see the un-cropped version.
Open door policy: If you have any questions or comments about my stories, or if there is something you think I might be able to help you with, you may send a message to me. If a response is necessary, I can usually get back to you within twenty-four hours.
THE LATEST ON MY FAN FICTION WORK
CURRENT WRITING AND PUBLISHING STATUS (2/2/13): On January 25, I published my first Penguins of Madagascar fanfic since spring 2012, a sci-fi comedy titled Getting Into Character, on myand accounts. (The story could not have been published here on FanFiction.net, because it contains a few non-fictional people.) I'm pleased with the feedback I have received on the story so far, and I would love to hear yours. Please feel free to comment on either of those websites or send me a private message here. As for when I will be working on another fanfic for this website, I hope to be able to make some sort of announcement about my future plans sometime within the next several weeks.
My most recent story: La Mademoiselle, published in the early spring of 2012, focuses primarily around two characters, Julien and a foreign OC. The story also features a unique first chapter—one not written by me, but by the authoress jackandjill2.
My second most recent story: Beyond DNA, published January 1–15, 2012, follows Skipper on his "most important mission ever": raising his young chick in the year 2022. But it's not your average "penguin parents" story.
"Our Founding Fathers, here in this country, brought about the only true revolution that has ever taken place in man's history. Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. But only here did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolve the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God-given right and the ability to determine our own destiny. But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free."—Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961
Universal disclaimer: Due to this website's being exclusively composed of fan fiction writings, I feel that it is unnecessary to post a disclaimer atop all of my fanfics because I believe that the nature of this website implies such writings are nothing but works of fan fiction. However, I hereby state the following to serve as a universal disclaimer for all of my writings here related to The Penguins of Madagascar TV show: I, the FanFiction.net user GrandOldPenguin, do not own the television show The Penguins of Madagascar or any of the characters thereof; all rights to said show's characters are held by its creators. While the plotlines of my fanfic stories are of my own invention, the characters involved within them, unless otherwise specified or reasonably implied, I do not own.
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