|Late to the Party|
Author has written 23 stories for Baldur's Gate, Supreme Commander, and Twilight.
I suppose I ought to write something in here.
...I hate these things.
So, I'm male, British, and write stuff. Sometimes. I guess that'll do for now.
PM me if you want to know more?
So it’s about time I updated this (original post 01-12-11; that’s DD/MM/YY), given the growing number of ficlets I’ve been scribbling away at. Hopefully this will serve as loose category index.
(And companion): Ripples of the Pool: Mirror's Edge, The Prize
The Songbird and the Raven (Titled: "Will you still love me?")
–Mid-Length– (Darker/Serious themes/underlying concepts)
Author’s pick* (it’s really hard for me to choose favourites. I like all of them for different reasons, but if I absolutely had to choose these would be it.)
A ‘little’ bit more:
“Party Management” is the first ficlet I put up here and it sort of took off from there. “I’m CHARNAME” and the ‘mid-length’ series followed, and I can honestly say I’m pleased with how they turned out overall. They could still use a few tweaks, but what piece couldn’t?
“Chiphead” and “Champion” were written as exercises in ‘journal’ format, which is something I’ve not done before. “Loot, Shopping & Harlots” was just for fun, purely as a different take on the game. “Legend of Fyrak” was written in (pseudo)verse form completely on a spur-of-the-moment whim(like most of my ficlets) and entirely for my own amusement.
Every ficlet I’ve written is based off a simple premise: ‘What if…?’ While none of them are perfect, I try to capture a sense of sketching the world without using too many brushstrokes; I don’t always succeed but I hope that little to no prior knowledge of the setting/fandom is needed. If anyone can pick any one of these up and read them as they are, I’ve succeeded; if they’re enjoyable, then my job is done.
Each ficlet explores various themes: some of these cross over, some not so much, but in all of them my goal is to make the characters feel real (as much as any fictional character can). My protagonists are usually OCs(Original Characters for those not versed in fic-speak), and I have a tendency to try to keep them nameless – a name caps a character; the right name seals it, the wrong name changes everything. That in mind, every fic is essentially a writing exercise which involves me playing with possibilities in a variety of styles and prose (though my preference is third-person). Branching out and trying new things is always a challenge, but the aim of any writer is to improve – and some things one can only improve with practice. I make no claim to have actually improved, but one lives in hope…
I’m still relatively new to the site, and while I’m still settling in, I want to thank you for taking the time to look at this page. Please feel free to PM me; I’d love to hear from you; comments, feedback and criticisms(constructive!) are always, always welcome, no matter how great or small. And please, if you have any requests do send them my way (no promises though!).
Finally, all my ficlets are first draft – as much as I’d like to spend hours polishing them to the best possible standard I can achieve, I sadly lack the time – indeed, pretty much every piece is hot off the keyboard. If you spot any typos, do point them out to me – I’ll probably kick myself mentally and feel stupid, but that goes with the first-draft territory. As far as updating goes, I tend to write in bursts and spurts: five fics may appear and then nothing for a few weeks, then another ten chapters out of nowhere. I prefer to post complete fics. Sisters of Light and Dark, and Loot, Shopping & Harlots are the exception.
– LttP. 27-07-12
PS: I still hate these things.
A few words about “Sunlight Through the Night”. This particular ficlet is a writing exercise brought on, in part, by the ‘what if’ of someone returning to a homeland they never knew. Another feature is the style of writing: a narrative in an archaic yet not too old-fashioned tone. Finally, the characters are trapped in an almost absurd situation: they cannot escape, yet they cannot wage open war, but must walk, live and breathe with their foes: thus, they engage in a ‘cold war’. I find situation intriguing.
– LttP. 29-09-12
Also, if you like my writing, check out my Original Fiction. (As of 14-09-12)
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