Author has written 1,266 stories for Shakespeare, Red vs. Blue, Golden Sun, StarCraft, Halo, Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Gear, Warcraft, Metroid, Legend of Zelda, Diablo, Mass Effect, Fire Emblem, Terminator, Resident Evil series, Blade Runner, Firefly, Warhammer, Harry Potter, Killzone, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Starship Troopers, Dead Space, Futurama, Command & Conquer, Resident Evil, Gears of War, Captain Planet, Star Wars, Aliens/Predator, Resistance: Fall of Man, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Star Fox, Marathon, WALL-E, Grand Theft Auto, Power Rangers, Perfect Dark, Fallout, Advance Wars, Duke Nukem, Wind On Fire, Fable, Conker's Bad Fur Day, BioShock, Doom, Universe at War, Stargate: Universe, Dragon Age, Avatar, Chronicles of Narnia, House Of The Dead/Zombie Revenge, Left 4 Dead, Star Ocean, Stargate: SG-1, Ratchet and Clank, Battlefield, Battlestar Galactica: 2003, Interstellar Marines, Star Trek: 2009, Spyro the Dragon, Matrix, Assassin's Creed, Castlevania, FreeSpace 2, Wing Commander, Brute Force, Red Faction, Section 8, Merlin, Ace Combat, Star Wars, Portal, Army Men, Wess'Har Wars series, Greek Mythology, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Saga of Seven Suns, Game X-overs, Pirates of the Caribbean, StarFront, Battlefield Earth, Batman, Mario, Misc. Games, Stargate, StarTrek: Enterprise, Battle: Los Angeles, Hobbit, Mortal Kombat, Fairy Tales, StarTrek: The Original Series, Alice in Wonderland, Rift, SOL: Exodus, My Little Pony, 2012, Rowan of Rin series, StarTrek: The Next Generation, StarTrek: Other, Heroes of the Storm, Terra Nova, Half-Life, Transformers/Beast Wars, Alan Wake, Toy Story, Last of Us, Simpsons, Web Shows, Ultima, Spider-Man, Pokémon, Discworld, Medal of Honor, Prometheus, 2012, A song of Ice and Fire, Hunger Games, James Bond, Legend of Korra, Elysium, Ice Age, Soul Calibur, Elder Scroll series, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Avatar: Last Airbender, Destiny, Dragon Heart, Spectacular Spider-Man, Indiana Jones, Final Fantasy I-VI, Ninja Turtles, Total Recall, 2012, Fuse, Pillars of Eternity, Ecco the Dolphin, Torchlight, Guild Wars, Path of Exile, Deltora Quest, Game of Thrones, Tron, Tomb Raider, Robin Hood, FTL, Dota 2, Dungeons and Dragons, League of Legends, Borderlands, Dragon's Dogma, Oblivion, Brave New World, Titanfall, Ender's Game series, WildStar, Call of Duty, Dying Light, Lion King, Super Smash Brothers, Homeworld, Watch Dogs, Walking Dead, Remember Me, Farscape, Dishonored, Grim Dawn, Animal Farm, Ferngully, EverQuest, Defiance, Minecraft, Strife, Child of Light, Meridian, Ender's Game, Blackthorne, Egyptian Mythology, Bound by Flame, Edge of Tomorrow, Lords of the Fallen, Smite, Angry Birds, 100, Time Crisis series, Broken Age, Starbound, Gravity, Transall Saga, Disney, Guardians of the Galaxy, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Titan A.E., Divergent Trilogy, Darksiders, Lost Vikings, Skylanders, Grey Goo, Flappy Bird, Plants vs. Zombies, Godzilla, Kingkiller Chronicle, Expanse series, Sound of Music, Journey, Shantae, Bloodborne, Silent Hill, Team Fortress 2, Myth, Bravely Default, Civilization Series, System Shock, Misc. Movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Final Fantasy X, Shadow of the Colossus, Martian, Andy Weir, A Bugs Life, Pax Imperia, Misc. Tv Shows, Cowboy Bebop, Andromeda, Evolve, Sunset Overdrive, Jurassic Park, Pitch Black / Riddick, Reign Of Fire, Batman, Star Trek Online, Dungeons and Dragons, SEGA Superstars, War of the Worlds, Overwatch, Shovel Knight, Freedom Planet, Sunshine, Incredibles, Blakes 7, Diana Wynne Jones, Cinderella, Throne of Glass series, Stargate: Atlantis, Oz Series, Deus Ex, StarTrek: Voyager, F-Zero, Treasure Planet, Dark Souls, Aladdin, Troopers, Ghost Recon series, Castle, Chocobo series, Mirror's Edge, Rayman, Beyond: Two Souls, Dune, Frozen, Metal Arms, Walking Dead, Tetris, Inception, Mistborn Trilogy, Superman, Interstellar, Kingdoms of Amalur, Uncharted series, and Atlantis.
Latest Update (June 21st, 2015)
-Posted Having a Blast (Metroid oneshot)
Section 0: Guide
Profile's divided into a number of sections:
Section 1: General Info (about me)
Section 2: Story Info (method of updating and info on homepage, including homepage notices)
Section 3: Background Info (more stuff about me)
Section 4: Writing Info (how and what I write)
Section 1: General Info
Residence: Sydney, Australia
Section 2: Story Info
Due to circumstance, story info is located on my homepage profile. Basically my old profile page had become so large that this site couldn't handle edits to it anymore, and in addition, I've posted so many stories that if one tries to sort my entries by a parameter other than the standard (update date), some stories disapear. And since its size was driven by what I hope was informative material rather than quotes or requests to paste bunnies (nothing wrong with them, just didn't catch on), I've since copied and pasted the data, as wikia seems better able to handle it. I wouldn't say reading the profile is essential, but it does contain stuff such as my stance on certain canon, what amounts to OCs, upcoming stories, etc. The links to stuff I've written is of course on this profile, but I guess my main profile is the story behind the stories, if that makes sense. Read it if you're interested. If not, read what I've posted. Or preferably, do both. :) I update the homepage in sync with this one, with notable alterations/additions noted below.
I post/update once per week on average, but I can miss some updates (e.g. lack of time, Internet loss, etc.).
Homepage url is here.
-Added Tri-Force Heroes to The Legend of Zelda series list
-Projected length of The Broken Seal: Mercury (Golden Sun story) reduced by 1 chapter
-Added notes to Star Fox section concerning continuity
Section 3: Background Info
Feel free to skip this section, as it's basically "how did I get into writing" and all that. Ego trip, yadda yadda yadda.
Well, other authors are happy to list their writing credentials, so, here's my claims to fame:
2014: Nominated for inclusion in Wikia Stars program due to prolific editing on the StarCraft wiki
2014: A Destiny story (A Europan Christmas) comes first in DBO's Christmas fanfic competition)
2012: A Dead Space poem (PTSD) ends up being used in psychiatric practice
2012: Underwent a second writing course at the University of Sydney
2011: A poem of mine was read at an Oxford University dinner
2011: Another poem was included in the forward of an archive book at Macquarie University
2011: Underwent a writing course at the University of Sydney
How/when did I start writing? Probably around 8 or 9, but with stories that were a) crap and b) meant to be told vocally. Mostly based around Sonic the Hedgehog, though I did spend quite a bit of time on Resident Evil timeline deviation. Next stage occurred when I was 12 after writing a 15-plus page story for English titled Hall of the Mountain King, loosely based on Grieg's musical work but with more fantasy elements worked in. Quite impressed my teacher and while I unfortunately no longer have the original work, still provided me with a 'drive' of sorts, one that manifested again at 16 when I discovered this site and submitted my first piece 3 months after registering. Been posting here ever since.
Is there another stage, of me being published? Doubt it. Have joined a writing group that stems from the lessons I had with Dowling, but it's not really going to lead to me being published. Simply doing this for enjoyment really.
Section 4: Writing Info
This is a section designed to help answer basic questions I get every so often, and to give insight into the writing process. Yes, big headed I guess, but if you want to ask me "why do you do x" or "will you ever do y?", the answer can probably be found here.
My user avatar is standard to me on many other places on the Internet. Concerning story covers, I reserve them for multi-chaptered stories, as it would be a nightmare to obtain one for the hundreds of entries I've made. General disclaimer in that I haven't created any of these covers myself. All covers fall under free use/creative commons license or have been used with the artist's permission. Such artists are listed below for reference and thanks:
Denial cover: BannanaHamma (source: Bannana Hamma's Page)
Primordial cover: Garrett Post (source: Garet's CG Hub)
Okay, let's get this out of the way. Canon. Here's my basic approach to it:
-Oneshots/Poems: I will generally stick close to canon, though am more lax with it, and not too worried about deviations/errors. Characters can be as OOC as possible if it makes them funny for instance.
-Multi-chaptered Stories: Will stick as close to canon as possible, or at least, treat it with far more consideration in order to keep the story and characterizations accurate.
-Personal Canon: This is similar to the concept of "headcanon," but I try to avoid that term. "Headcanon" is more based on the concept of "I wish x was y instead of x, so in my mind, x is y." Rather, personal canon is my term for stuff I consider canon to my own stories, but only in that context. This only applies to multi-chaptered stories for the most part, as in, I write a multi-chapter, ergo, it's in my sphere of personal canon, and in other multi-chaptered stories, I can reference it as easily as I can bona fide canon. This includes things such as player characters (as in, will use the same characterization for characters between stories) and material I am willing to use in personal canon from outside sources, things that have been officially acknowledged by powers that be while technically fan works. The scope of this for every media I've written for is detailed specifically on my homepage.
-Inclusionism: When it comes to canon, I drift towards the inclusionist end of the spectrum - if something can be canon, it is canon, as opposed to the de facto approach being something isn't canon unless it's specified otherwise. This applies to spin-offs, EUs, etc. Again, this is detailed for each section on my homepage where relevant.
-AR/AU: Yes, there is a difference, and a key one. "AR" stands for "alternate reality," "AU" stands for "alternate universe." What's the difference in fiction terms? The difference is, AR applies to stories where there's an in-universe precedent for alternate realities/timelines to exist (e.g. Marvel and DC comics, with all the Earth versions). AU however, is a term I use for stories where an alternate setting is presented when there's no in-universe justification for that setting to exist. It's a minor point, but it brings me to the question of crossovers (see below). Either way, AR stories by themselves are a rarity for me, though this doesn't include writing for canon-based settings. For example, Sonic the Hedgehog has numerous settings in comics, games, etc. I'm willing to write for such settings in a pinch because they're published, established universes.
-Crossovers: This is dictated by my oneshot/poem and multi-chaptered canon approach. If they can canonically exist, I can write for them (e.g. television spin-offs) otherwise the only crossovers I do are oneshots. With multi-chaptered oneshots, too often the readers become obsessed with canon and technical details rather than the nature of the story itself, and as they're fundamentally non-canon when there's no in-universe precedent for the medias to cross over, I'm shooting myself in the foot in that outside the story, I can't really build off them. While I'm willing to write multi-chaptered crossovers when an in-universe precedent exists for them (e.g. Marvel and DC), these would be the exception rather than the rule. Again, keep in mind, "crossovers" here only applies to different universes, not a crossover between, say, Doctor Who and Torchwood. Two series in the same universe, ergo, it's not a crossover the same way Marvel and DC would be in that they're different universes. And likewise, crossovers between settings within a same overall universe is something I can do (e.g. Sonic from the games can meet his comic/cartoon counterparts), though not when no in-universe precedent exists (e.g. book Arragorn will never meet movie Arragorn in Lord of the Rings). It basically differs on the media, and this is covered for each case on my homepage.
In quite a few profiles, I've seen people list their OCs and every detail on them. In all honesty, I'll rather adverse to the whole concept - such info should be in the stories themselves, not in profiles. And it doesn't help that many writers seem to see OCs as an end to themselves rather than a means to an end. Anyway, ranting over, here's my stance on characters:
-Canon Characters vs. OCs: Some medias are better suited for OC inclusion than others. Despite the above comments, I'm not opposed to OCs provided they're there for a reason. As per this philosophy, I will generally use OCs only if no pre-existing canon character can fill in the gap and/or is deemed insufficient to fulfill the projected role.
-Player Characters: This is a subset of OCs that needs explaining, and is exclusive to game series. In terms of fanfic, player characters are between canon characters and OCs, based on a character that exists in canon, but whose traits are up to the player and consequently, writer. The Commander Shepards, Dragonborns, etc. of the gaming world. Player characters get listing from me on my homepage in their own section, the difference being that I will regularly use them beyond single oneshots the same way throwaway OCs might. As in, I will always use "my" hero/protagonist, except in some rare exceptions. The sections on my homepage aren't to list off every vital statistic, but the bare bones info.
In my homepage, you'll often see the phrase "stage 5 of drafting." Basically, I don't post info on a story there until it's reached this stage unless it's a story that doesn't require drafting. Quick guide as to the stages-some alternation between them, but basically progresses in this order:
Stage 1: General-core ideas, key plot points, etc.
Stage 2: Character list
Stage 3: Chapter list-loose outline
Stage 4: Characters (as in development of them-in-depth development generally limited to POV characters)
Stage 5: Chapter outline-longest stage, progress is listed
There are exceptions where this format of devising a story isn't used, but they're in the minority.
Favourites and Alerts
You may notice that the lists of favourite stories and authors aren't that long. Now yes, I do a lot more writing than reading for the most part, but I still try to review numerous fics on this sight. That being said, I rarely favourite arbitrarily. There isn't a set point as to what qualifies for inclusion, but whatever it is, it's quite high. Either a single fic needs to be exceptional, or the author needs to provide stories of a certain level of quality that I've read enough of. Also note that alerts are indeed arbitrary. Any fic or any author that qualifies is put on alert so I don't miss updates that I can add to my 'to review' list (see the "reviews" section for info on that).
So yeah. Appreciate it damnit! :)
Medias and Writing Style
Let's get this out of the way - yes, I have written for a lot of medias, and yes, I have written a lot of stories. Having posted on this site reguarly since 2006, is it that surprising? Well, maybe it is. So before you type "OMG, squee!" in a PM, I'll explain my approach.
-Most of the entries are oneshots and poems. Such things are short, written in the span of less than an hour, and are a way of 'writing relaxation.' While I move through multi-chapterers sequentially, oneshots can be done in any media, anytime, anywhere, and if I'm without the drafting material for a multi-chapter, they're the only thing I can write at times. Oneshots are not my cream of the crop, and yes, I freely admit, the oneshots and poems I do are mostly on the basis of quantity rather than quality. I can understand misgivings about that, but my focus of 'quality' goes to multi-chapters, and I can't divert that to oneshots. Hence, oneshots have built up over time for me, to the point where my profile has the number of stories that it does. Though there are exceptions - oneshots can be used as "protest fics" for instance, as in, me protesting against something in narrative form.
-Multi-chapters are fully written before being posted, but are posted one chapter at a time. I find this is the best approach for me. It allows regular updates, but also time between updates to factor in feedback. Note that I only work on one multi-chaptered story at a time. It prevents me from having to divide my focus, and prevents 'psychological spillover' - certain memes/themes work better in some medias than others, and I've found that by writing more than one multi-chaptered story in the past, such memes/themes can spill over from one story to another.
-In addition to having written numerous oneshots and whatnot, there's the fact that yes, I've written for a lot of different medias. And unlike oneshots, which are more a by-product of my writing style, the decision to branch out is intentional. It's based on the following principles:
a) Some sections on this site get more attention than others. By writing for as many different sections as possible, I can give them a fair go, and try and increase their standing if only by having more stories.
b) It's challenging - it's far easier for me to write in some settings than others. But I like a challenge, and it's always good to try something new.
c) It prevents tunnel vision - by familarizing myself with as many different settings as possible, I'm less likely to become a fanboy of any one setting.
d) Despite this, there will always be some medias that recieve more attention from me than others, and have more stories written in that setting than others. While I do try to branch out, I won't deny I have my comfort zones.
Basically, don't do them. With requests, I find it just doesn't work. Oneshots are meant to blow off steam-quick fics that I'm not too worried about how they're recieved. Essentially, I couldn't do a requester justice. And given the amount of time it takes to write multi-chaptered stories, let alone draft them, it's kind of moot to request them as well. And no, I don't do collaberations either. I'm willing to here your ideas if you want, but I won't actually write. Not trying to be snide, but I've got far too much material of my own to work with to take side-trips into other people's work. As for challenges, I'm willing to submit stories for them, but not write stories specifically for a challenge (for the most part). Also, I'm willing to provide feedback on story ideas (to an extent), though still not the written story itself.
One thing I am willing to grant is requests to post my stories elsewhere and/or translate them. Before you ask, yes, people have asked me this quite a few times, so I'm only covering myself. As long as credit is given (as in, this story was written by Hawki, who can be found here), linking to my profile and/or story entry, you're free to do this.
Basic policy on reviews-I'll outright admit that I don't review everything I read. It's an irritation we all have to share. However, I do make a point of reviewing other stories on a fairly regular basis, though this is based on the concept of 'review repayments.' Basically, I repay reviewers for giving reviews by choosing some of their entries and putting them on a 'to review' list. Favorite stories and/or authors automatically qualify for inclusion for review, as in, if I favourite an author, all of their stories end up on my 'to review' list, as does any singly favourited story. The time taken for a 'repayment' can be excessive, especially if it's in a media I'm not familiar with, but I will get around to it eventually. Numerous other factors exist, but this is the basic gist of it.
Also note that I will not beta read. It's general principle I'm afraid, that I prefer to spread out feedback and not be bogged down by any one story. And there's the fact that I'm effectively beta reading for 6 other individuals as per the writing group I'm part of.
Sequels and Series
Applying to both writing and reading/playing/watching/whatever, I'm not opposed to sequels and series. Still, my philosophy with writing at least is that each story should be able to stand on its own. As in, I won't write a story with the explicit intention of making it part one of a trilogy or something like that. It doesn't fit my M.O., and again, it reduces accessibility for subequent stories. There are technically exceptions in that I may novelize certain installments of a pre-existing series, but it's not exactly leaving people on a cliffhanger if they know what occurs in canon anyway. I can write direct sequels, but the predecessor should always conclude in a satisfying manner that doesn't scream out for continuation.
That being said, I do appreciate continuity, hence the series lists on my homepage (as per personal canon). Things people who've read past stories will hopefully appreciate, but not make the story inaccessible to those unfamiliar with past installments.
-Adaptations/Novelizations: I consider it legitimate writing to do both, though obviously a degree of originality should feature. I'm more inclined to novelize than adapt, as in, I'd rather novelize a story within its own setting rather than adapting it to a different setting. However, I am willing to adapt a story within its own setting (e.g. make a story based around a game's multiplayer).
-Epilogues/Prologues: In regards to epilogues/prologues in regards to stories, as to what distinguishes them from chapters in my mind. Basically, there's no set requirement for a chapter's length in a story in my mind, but a prologue/epilogue has to be comparitively shorter.
-Titles: Minor note in that I sometimes assign supplementary titles to stories. While most stories are simply "x" (as in, whatever title), some follow "y: x" (with y being the name of the host media. Main reason is I use this to allow duplicate entries when I have a story of the same name already posted. So while "x" will be the same simple title between stories, "y" will actually vary depending on the host media, allowing me to post them. When"y" is actually the same, where I write the same titled story for the same titled media, I've had to apply special titles to distinguish them.