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Author has written 15 stories for Avatar: Last Airbender, Tsubasa Chronicle, Princess Tutu, and Hunger Games.
Hello, everybody, and thanks for visiting my profile. I've only been writing fanfiction for about a year, but I worked on my writing for a long time before I became a member here, so I hope you'll enjoy what I have to offer. My philosophy on fanfiction is that any story, pairing, or plot can be done well, no matter how ridiculous it seems at the start.
Apart from that, there's not much to know about me. I'm female, if you ever need to know. My previous attempts at writing have mostly been designed to be full length novels, but I recently published a short story in a contest that supports young writers. I like to take my time with character development as it applies to my stories, even if they are branching off from other works.
I love reading all your reviews, and I do mean ALL of them, even the critical ones. I'm perfectly fine with constructive criticism, and if I feel your critique has weight and I can still work it into my story, I may go so far as to replace previous chapters to accommodate the change. Also, I'm open to reviewing stories based on requests, though my experience with certain stories may be limited if I haven't read/seen the source material.
Will you review my story? Yes! I love the idea of reviewing works to make them stronger, better stories. If you want me to read a specific story, just send a personal message. I'll give you as detailed an analysis as I can, and if I like it, I'll keep reading. Just remember, all the reviews I give are designed to improve your writing, not to bash your story or characters. In fact, I also like it when readers send me more detailed critiques, so if you like any of my stories and think they could be better, just send a review saying what changes you'd like to see.
Have you ever written anything outside of fanfiction? I have. In fact, I initially started with my own original characters and plots. I've been writing to entertain others since the fifth grade, and I'm hoping that, soon, I'll be good enough to get my novel published. The reason I started writing fanfiction was to see if there was a market for my style of writing, and to excersize my writing skills even when I had writer's block on my original projects. So far, it's going well. I think I may have to keep writing fanfiction even if I do get published.
Do you have any advice for a budding writer? Tons. The basics are keep writing, don't give up if you want to get published, and make sure to edit every single thing you write before you let anyone read it. Yep, that includes fanfiction, essays, and other works. When others read your work, you don't want them to think that you just blew off the project you set out to do. You don't want them to remember your frequent misspellings and grammatical errors. You want them to remember that you are a skilled and professional writer, and the best way to do that is to have someone critically examine your story and spend some time working out the bugs. One other recommendation I have is studying literature from your genre to write the best story you can. Also, since I think its thousands of pages will enhance your understanding of writing, I'd highly recommend a website for any future writers: tvtropes . org.
Is there anything to avoid in a story? Yes, unfortunately. In fanfiction, you generally want to steer clear of anything that violates canon. In any kind of fiction, however, you want to avoid poor characterization, Mary-Sue character types, motiveless villains, and poor grammar. Each of these can be explained at length on tvtropes.org, but something else that might help is having a friend with a critical eye look over your work.
What stories have you written for this site?
The End of Hope. This is an Avatar: The Last Airbender piece based on what would happen if Zuko had fought alongside Team Avatar at the Crystal Catacombs. It is my first completed project, but be warned: it's rated M for a reason. The plot is a darker than anything you could get away with on a kid's show, and in later chapters, there are lemons. It's a Zutara story, and while the facts of the world don't change, the characters develop differently than they did in the original third season of Avatar.
The End of Mercy. This is a sequel to my previous Avatar: the Last Airbender story, The End of Hope. It starts off right where the previous story ended, after the Day of Black Sun. It is still Zutara. There will still be lemons. I will do my best to update this every few days.
A Song of Earth and Fire. Previously titled Frigid Feelings. This one is set two centuries after Aang defeats the Fire Lord. Peace has reigned ever since the end of Sozin's War, but trouble is stirring in the Earth Kingdom, even as a new Avatar begins his training. In the frigid conditions of the North Pole, a princess is faced with the daunting prospect of an arranged marriage, and rebels against her father's wishes, fleeing to the Earth Kingdom for a chance at freedom, friendship, and love. Violence is guaranteed, and lemon is a very real possibility. This one will be all original characters except for brief nods to history.
Before the Story. A series of drabbles for Avatar: the Last Airbender. All drabbles will be pre-series, and will cover a wide variety of characters, from Team Avatar to their enemies. Many will be humorous, but some will be darker. Requests are welcome.
In Control. A very short oneshot in which Mai meets Jet in an insignificant Earth Kingdom town and has a bit of fun. With knives.
Hated. This is my first fic for Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. It's how I see the story going after the Tokyo arc, if the characters were just a little more bitter than they were the first time around. The mature rating is for violence, and I'm undecided on whether I'm going to include any lemons, or if I'm even going to work through any pairings.
Reversal of Fate. Another Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle story. This is my first T-rated story, so there's less blood and gore to be read. It's how I would imagine the series going if Syaoran had lost his memories instead of Sakura. Since her reactions and personality are different from his, the course of the story will change almost immediately.
All the Missed Moments. A series of drabbles for Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, highlighting Syaoran and Sakura's relationship, as well as illuminating some of the darker moments in the series. Informally complete, in that I'm still accepting requests for new drabbles.
Trees. This is a Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle story, in which Syaoran's clone attacks the real Syaoran. As of now, it's a completed oneshot, but that might change if I find time to write more. This story is very graphic, and includes explicit sexual situations, rape, and violence. Read at your own risk.
The Beginning of Existence. Fujitaka finds Syaoran alone in the rain one fateful day. This is the story of how he became a father.
Between the Light and the Shadow. Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle oneshot. Syaoran's greatest fear has always been losing Sakura, but there is one other thing he fears that steals his peace of mind even as he struggles to hold himself together.
Shatterheart. A Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle story, set in Infinity and progressing to the end of the series. Kurogane/Syaoran yaoi. Not a crack fic, though it does contain a crack pairing. Mostly, I just wanted to see if I could successfully write a multi-chapter yaoi fic.
Love Bites. A Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle three-shot in which Syaoran takes on the duty of being Fai's "game" in Tokyo, which eventually leads to a short-lived, intense romance. Written for Serena-loves-Angst.
A Raven or a Swan? My first Princess Tutu story, written on request of one of my friends who noticed how few Rue/Duck friendship fics there were out there. Oneshot. Slight AU due to the timeline.
That Thing They Call Honor. My first Hunger Games story, told from Cato's point of view and revealing his perspective of the 74th Hunger Games. This is primarily based off the book, though there will be some crossover with the movie when it is applicable.
I will update this section as I write more fanfiction.
Have you ever considered being a co-author with someone else? I have. In fact, I'm currently working on a project called The Intergalactic Games under a joint account named "Flight of the Mockingjays." As of right now, that is the only story I'm co-authoring, but I will consider requests to co-author if I have the time, and if I find your writing style enjoyable. Please understand, however, that there are many shows/books/etc., that I'm simply not interested in writing for, and that if I reject an offer to be your co-author, I am doing so only because I feel it would be unsuitable for me to enter into a pact with you at this time. That does not mean I will not help you with another story or when you've refined your writing skill more, so please do not feel, just because I reject one offer, that I am completely opposed to assisting you.
How often do you update? I try to update something every two or three days. If I can't reach the computer long enough to write a chapter, I generally have a few saved up in the document manager that I can quickly edit and send out. I try not to go more than four or five days without updating, mostly because seeing my stories sink down to the bottom of the search page irritates me. Most of my updates will be between 1500 and 2000 words, but a few may be shorter if I feel it's right to leave the chapter at a cliffhanger, or if writer's block gets the best of me on a day I should really be updating. Additionally, I have priority stories, which I try to update at least once or twice a week. That means my less important projects may get pushed back to accommodate these priority projects.
Do you reply to reviews? Generally, no. If you specifically ask me to PM you regarding a question you pose in a review, then I will probably reply. But the reason I don't reply to my reviews is because I tend to get long-winded when I send messages, which cuts into my writing time. Also, I prefer to keep a professional distance from my readers. Some reviewers find it awkward when an author replies to their reviews, and I don't want to alienate anyone who's willing to give me comments. If you want to get in touch with me, I am always happy to receive Private Messages, and will usually respond within a few hours of receiving one, provided I am not asleep or in school.
Why don't you write more author's notes? When I started writing fanfiction, I made a decision to let my writing stand on its own as much as possible. Of course, the nature of the chapter-by-chapter updates and AU settings means that sometimes, I have to clarify certain points/discrepancies with an author's note. I'm loosening up a little about this, meaning some of my author's notes now include more personal details, but I don't live a particularly exciting life, so don't expect me to post a note every chapter outlining what I did that day. As I said above, I prefer to maintain a certain degree of professional distance on this site.
Will you Beta my project? Yes, provided you meet the qualifications listed in my Beta profile. Also, I only Beta works for Avatar: the Last Airbender, and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, so please be mindful of that.
What is your Beta style? I will underline passages you have written when I need to draw attention to them. Most of the time, I will add either a suggestion or a statement of what is off about that particular segment(comments such as "this is wordy" and "awkward sentence" and so forth). If I underline something and don't give a reason for it, it's probably an adverb or an adjective that you need to delete(most adverbs and adjectives should be deleted, as they only serve to intensify the verb or noun they are modifying. Rather than having adverbs and adjectives, try more specific verbs and nouns to get your point across). Also, if I see a grammatical error, I will fix it and bold the change so you know to change it on your file. If it's a change that is difficult to see, I will put parenthesis around it(I tend to do this when the punctuation is wrong, as it is hard to tell the difference between a Bold Print comma and a regular comma). If any of this is confusing, I have posted a sample paragraph of what my edits/suggestions would look like below.
Sample Beta'ed Paragraph: She walked into the tavern(,) her skirt brushing lightly across her smooth skin. Just wearing the skirt made her chafe(right word?). How any self-respecting spy could wear something so itchy, she could hardly understand(a bit wordy/awkward). How could he(who is "he?" There should be a name or some kind of description/title here to clarify) have subjected her to this(?) It was bad enough(cliche. Consider revising)that she'd spent the last three hours mingling with the wedding-goers--did he really have to make her go to the reception, too?
Explanations on above paragraph: You can see that the first change I made was the addition of the comma after tavern. Since commas can be difficult to notice even when put in Bold Print(as I would have, if FFN wasn't being difficult with me right now), I have enclosed the comma with parenthesis. If you were receiving a document from me, you would add the comma in the indicated place, but not the parenthesis. In the next sentence, I've underlined the adverb lightly and the adjective smooth. In the first case, the verb brushing implies the adverb lightly. In the second instance, smooth is probably unnecessary because, unless this is the first paragraph of your story, your readers probably know enough about your character to know that their skin is smooth(be it through the character's age or previous descriptions of said character). However, if this is the first time you are mentioning this character and the smoothness of their skin is relevant to their characterization or the story itself, then it would be acceptable to leave the adjective in the sentence(this is why I leave your original words in--so you can make those decisions for yourself). In the sentence after that, you can see that I've underlined chafe, which would be the word you'd originally put in the story, and followed it with a comment inside a set of parenthesis. Such comments are always put in bold print so they stand out and so you know that they are my personal comments/concerns/questions. The same thing occurs in the next sentence, where I pointed out the wordy awkwardness of the last phrase, and in the sentence after that, where I questioned who the pronoun he was referring to. After this, you'll note that I changed another punctuation mark, likely a period, into a question mark, using the same technique I used to call attention to the missed comma before. I then pointed out another worrisome sentence, this one containing a cliche, and recommended you do a revision on that. My final correction was to switch the wrong form of to/two/too with the correct form, and because this was purely a grammatical mistake, I merely put it in Bold Print so you would notice the change and fix it.
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