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Author has written 44 stories for Yu-Gi-Oh, Harry Potter, Tokyo Mew Mew, Shaman King, Static Shock, X-Men, Prétear, and Justice League.
So. I'm sakuuya. With a little s.
I guess the word I would use to describe myself is curmudgeonly, which means "bad-tempered, difficult, stubborn, and cantankerous" Yep. That's about right. To that effect: If you came here to flame me because you think I flamed you, get over it. Flames tend to be personally offensive and badly-written. You just got a negative review. I'd love to hear whatever purile trash you can come up with to fling at me (Seriously. DO flame. It makes my day), but you need to realize that not everyone is going to love everything you do, especially if it sucks. If my review is the only one you got that's more than a paragraph long, I'm sorry, but it's very likely that I'm right and none of your other reviewers know what they're talking about.
puts it best: "sakuuya is not a flamer." Usually.
If you're not that person, and I haven't scared you off, welcome! There's nothing terribly interesting here, so you may as well skip right to the stories.
UPDATE (02/22/13): I just want to point out that I've now been on this site for 10 years. If I gotta feel old (and maaan, yes), then you can feel too young. :)
Location: Minnesohta. Yeah. That's right. I've got the accent.
My Top 5 Favorite...
Cartoons: Batman: The Animated Series, Fillmore!, Princess Tutu, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated.
Live-Action Shows: Better off Ted, Community, The IT Crowd, Life on Mars UK, Pushing Daisies.
Comics: Adventure Time, Jonah Hex, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E., The Sixth Gun.
Movies: Brick, Fargo, Heathers, Princess Mononoke, Sweeney Todd (1982).
Authors: Neil Gaiman, Chuck Klosterman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Patricia A. McKillip, Terry Pratchett.
Bands/Artists: Bruce Springsteen, The Hold Steady, Hole, The Replacements, Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Characters: Guy Gardner, Gene Hunt, Magneto, Jamie Reyes, Sam Vimes.
And My 5 Least Favorite...
TMM Stories I Wrote: A Darkling Plain, A Game of You, Model, Stop the World, The Wall Around the World. (I'm not linking to them because I don't want to make it easier for you to read them! D:)
Contests You Should Check Out:
There are no active contests at the moment. :(
I recognize that this makes it look like I win every contest I enter, but that's totally false. I just enter a crap-ton of contests. Odds are that I'd win some of them. XD
Kish's Kittie's Oneshot Contest 2008: Winner (A Darkling Plain)
Other People's Trophies
There are several stories that I've taken down from my profile for one reason or another. This listing of them is mostly to help anyone looking for them: If you want any of these stories, contact me and I'll send you a copy. Few things are more annoying than trying to find a story that no longer exists, since FFN doesn't let the Wayback Machine make archives of its pages.
"The Ballad of Serenity" (TMM Western OC fic, deleted due to terminal unfinishedness)
Rant of the Moment (03/28/13)
Let's talk about first chapters. This rant comes partially out of my horror project, and partially out of a conversation I recently had with another author, both of which lead me to consider, for pretty much the first time, the importance of doing a first chapter well. Because here's the thing: traditionally-published stories break from their originating context once they're, well, published--after a story is out there, the author can't say "Oh, well, what I meant to write was..." because xe no longer has control over how the story is interpreted. For serially-published stories, like most multi-chapter fanfics, that contextual break occurs every time the story is updated.
Or, to put it in less pretentious terms, if I only read the first chapter of your traditionally-published novel and then say, "That was a bad book," it would be reasonable for you to reply, "Well, you should read the whole thing before you make a judgement." However, if I read the first chapter of a story that only has a first chapter, and then said, "This chapter is bad," you don't get to respond with "But cool stuff happens later!" Serial publication is a weird animal, and one of the things serial authors need to think about is how the early pieces of their story stand on their own. Sure, you might be planning to finish the story quickly, but (a) some readers are still going to see the first chapter(s) alone, and (b) you may never actually finish, in which case, if your first chapter is...lackluster, let's say, that lackluster chapter will be the audience's entire conception of your story.
I want to talk about this specifically with regard to horror stories because...well, partially because I think my brain is permanently stuck in "think too hard about horror fics" mode, but also because horror, more than any other genre (ehh, maybe Western) has a very specific mood it tries to evoke. In the course of doing the horror project, I kept running into unfinished fics that, despite their genre designation, were not horror fics, because they consisted of a chapter or two where everything was totally hunky-dory. To return to my earlier point, it doesn't matter if the authors of these stories intended for the scariest thing ever to happen later, because what's actually on the page (site) doesn't suggest horror at all.
The lesson you should take from this is that what you put in the first chapters of an ongoing fic matter, more than anything except for possibly the ending. You don't need to get everything out there right away (in a horror fic, for instance, I don't think you have to kill someone in the first chapter or anything), but you should give an idea of what the conflict in your story is going to be, and if your story stars an OC, xir personality should be evident right from the first chapter--and the same goes if you're using an AU setting. More than anything, though, what I want to see in first chapters is tone. Tone is pretty damn hard to explain and absolutely impossible to quantify, but basically, it's how a fic feels. Take a pretty basic first-chapter-y plot event: Two characters drive to a remote cabin. Now, if this is a horror fic, you want to build an atmosphere of impending dread, but if it's fluff, your atmosphere is gonna be very different. Same goes for if the story is a farce, or a crime story, or any other genre you can imagine within that plot framework. Reading a story where nothing happens in the first chapter except that two characters drive to a remote cabin, a reader should have an idea of what kind of story they're getting into. There are exceptions, obviously, but even if your story is the kind with a serious tonal shift halfway through, the audience needs to buy the original genre in order to make the shift work.
Now go read some stories.
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