Author has written 31 stories for Phantom of the Opera, Bleach, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
Nickname(s): Chiyo, Chiyo-chan, Laur-Laur, Ren, Lue, Zoe
Favorite Movies: How to Train Your Dragon, Inception, Coraline, Bridge to Terabithia, Mirrormask, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Powder, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Halloweentown, Pixar films (especially "Up," "WALL-E," and "Toy Story 3"), classic and "new classic" Disney films (Beauty and the Beast, Brother Bear, Lilo & Stitch, Tangled, etc.), anything by Miyazaki Hayao-san and Studio Ghibli, Color of Friendship, Peter Pan (2003), Miracle Worker (1960), and Tuck Everlasting
Favorite Books: Sherlock Holmes, A Wrinkle in Time, Coraline, And Then There Were None, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Illusions (and anything else by Richard Bach)
Favorite TV Shows: Bleach, Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Person of Interest, and Invader Zim
Favorite Internet Hobbies: Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series (LittleKuriboh), deviantART, FanFiction, and YouTube
Other Info About Me: I enjoy many, many things, but my three favorite things to do are writing (creatively), drawing (pencil sketches and manga-style), and self-teaching foreign languages (and generally anything to do with countries outside the US - I went to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and my favorite thing there was the donation box with money from all over the world). My current two "linguistic pursuits" are Japanese and French, with German, Arabic, Spanish, Latin, and Ancient Egyptian on the side.
I flip-flop between being an artsy recluse and a social butterfly. I like to spend time with friends, though I'm an complete introvert (I need my quiet, alone time). As of December 16, 2011, I have my Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, and have finally finished my first college degree!
"Dreams are no different than reality. They just haven't happened yet." - Me
"What is normal, anyway?" - Me
"Everyone does the best they can with the knowledge they have." - My Mom
"Life itself is a risky proposition." - Author Unknown
"There is no such thing as a weird individual. Some just require more understanding than others." - Author Unknown
"And while it is certainly true that the internet is full of fictional works that should have never seen the proverbial light of day, the entire genre of 'derivative' fiction cannot be dismissed based on its lowest common denominator." - A Friend's English Paper (topic: defending the worth of fanfiction)
I could put a quote in here from YuGiOh: The Abridged Series, like the majority of writers for the YuGiOh fandom. But despite my love for the series (and all LittleKuriboh's work, and all the quotes the wonderful authors put in their profiles), I'm trying so very hard to be original... IN AMERICA.
The Phantom's Lullaby - The Phantom of the Opera - My first full-length fanfic. There were always a few mysteries left unanswered about the Phantom. From the details about his past to what happened to him after the story. And perhaps, something even deeper than we thought about the name Christine... A story to answer all of those questions. Complete! Only the first chapter is posted, because as of November 2008, this book is published and available to purchase from Amazon and most other online book sites. EDIT: A note to those who have bought my book, thank you. I mean that, quite genuinely. Sometimes I look back on my decision to self-publish a fanfiction at 14/15 and feel horribly embarrassed, wondering if this will be a stain on my hopeful future career as a writer. And yet I still get kind messages from people who bought my book and even went on to recommend it, and to those people I send my truest appreciation. It's because of you that I will likely leave this book up for sale even when I try to break into traditional publishing: because all the touching feedback I received for it has given me assurance that even in my earliest years, I had hope for a writing future. Thank you.
Missetsu na Kokoro - Bleach - Threeshot. A collection of brief drabbles in regards to various views of the interactions between Orihime and Ulquiorra. First two chapters are from Orihime's and Ulquiorra's POVs, respectively. Third chapter is a bit of a collection on ideas for the future. Possibly UlquiHime, but can be taken however you'd like. Complete! My writing style and characterization has changed a lot since I posted this, but as I am still getting very kind words for it, I'll leave it up. I'm really glad you guys liked it, even though it was in my earlier days!
[All of the following are non-romance/no-pairings unless stated otherwise. Except for those specifically listed, all stories are based on the Japanese anime.]
Yuugi and Yami (pre-, mid-, and post-canon)
Yuki Yuki - Oneshot. After all he's dealt with as the spirit of the Puzzle, the protector of his new "other self," Yami would think that nothing would come as a surprise. Especially when that "surprise" is white powder that the boy seems far too happy to see. Pure humor, friendship, and a bit of fluff ... and some contemplation I never seem to avoid.
Taisetsu - Oneshot. Around the time of episode 52, Yami thinks about all the good Yuugi has done for him, and all the misfortune Yami has caused him in turn. A strange mix of angst and friendship.
Natsu no Naka de - Oneshot. An "end of summer" celebration fic, in the midst of canon, about a month before the Egypt arc according to my anime timeline. Yuugi decides his other self needs a break from saving the world, so he takes him out on a little outing with their friends. But even he knew that a "quiet day at the beach" could hardly be expected when they were involved. Humor, with a touch of contemplation.
Asobou - Oneshot. Shortly before the trip to Egypt, Yami and Yuugi spend one more evening together, remembering the times they've shared and the bond they've forged, and the future they both know they have to face.
Tomodachi - Oneshot. In the immediately aftermath of his decision to leave for the afterlife, Atem starts to wonder what he's truly gained and what he's truly lost. Contemplation, angst, and hope.
Issho ni - Oneshot. Taking place shortly before Yuugi graduates high school. Yuugi lies in bed late one rainy night and has a conversation with himself. But this conversation might not be quite as one-sided as he thought when his own voice starts talking back. Fluff, angst, contemplation.
Ore no Sonzai - Chapter fic, my first in years! Very slight AU. Sharing a body with Yuugi had never been a question for him, nor had he put more than a little thought into wondering what it might be like if he had one of his own. And he certainly wasn't expecting to get a chance to find out. CURRENTLY ON HIATUS. I deeply apologize to all my very kind readers, and I do plan to go back to this when I'm able to get more chapters done. It's just a matter of getting enough done so I can actually post a few before dropping off the map, and so I won't leave you guys on a cliffhanger. I send my greatest thanks to all who have reviewed but to whom I haven't been able to reply!! Thanks for your patience, all!
Otouto - Oneshot. The Kaiba brothers decide to have a little late-night chat, because Mokuba can't sleep, and Seto doesn't know where the draw the line for "late worknights." Angst, fluff. A "transition" scene between the two tournaments in relation to the Kaibas.
Omoide Oneshot. The finishing touch on my "siblings" series. Rishid's view of Malik as he grows and changes over time, and his own role in a family he had never quite been able to join. Yet another bit of fluff, angst, and contemplation. Though probably not as much angst.
Eien ni - Oneshot. A view of the events of YuGiOh and the future after the story ends from someone who's always been in the background, but has never gotten involved and always been kept out of the loop. Yuugi's mother reflects on her son.
Yakusoku - Oneshot. Over seven years of trials and battles, Shizuka reflects on what her big brother means to her. All he has done for her, and all she wishes she could do to pay him back. At times angsty, at times fluffy.
Boku no Kioku - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Yuugi. Something is special about today, Yami doesn't know what, and Yuugi won't tell him. Yami sets out to figure it out. A little story littered with random humor, fluff, and serious topics.
Kyou Dake - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Mokuba. Everyone at KaibaCorp seems to know it's Mokuba's birthday, except the person Mokuba had wanted to spend his day with the most. An odd little meld of angst, family, and fluff.
Momoiro no Sora - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Anzu, slightly post-canon. As "her boys" take her out for their version of a fancy birthday dinner, Anzu thinks over all that has brought them this far, and where they are to go next, and someone she wishes could come along with them.
Tanjoubi - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Ryou, pre-Duelist Kingdom. He tries very hard to enjoy his birthday alone, but there are some things he can never escape, some voices that will not take a moment to be silent. Slight horror, angst, and just a little almost-friendship fluff.
Ichiban - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Seto, a few months post-canon. Everyone wants to celebrate his birthday, except for him. So he decides to spend the day doing exactly what he wants to do: challenging Yuugi to a duel. Though for once, Yuugi might not be quite so willing to oblige. Serious, angsty, but with a silver lining.
Modotte Kuru - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Mai, a few months post-canon. In the midst of finding her own way in the world, Mai comes across three people very much unlike her, and yet like her in ways few others are. But finding her own way may be more difficult when she now has to decide where she truly belongs. A hesitant exploration into Mai's new life.
Ayamari - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Malik, a few months post-canon. Malik has always been the one to make mistakes, and some mistakes are easier to fix than others. But in the midst of one more, he wonders how it is that he can be forgiven, and who he may have who are willing to forgive. An exploration into Malik's new life combined with his old.
Konna Nichi - Oneshot. A birthday fic for Jounouchi, a few months post-canon. Anzu had a million ideas of what they could have done for his birthday. This just wasn't one of them. An odd melding of angst, friendship, and hope.
Yami no Yoru - Oneshot. Halloween fic. He takes on bullies and criminals and anyone who gets in the boy's way. But that doesn't mean he won't make every good use out of all the extra "supplies" to take care of another deserving victim today. Whether or not the boy actually wants it. Humor and friendship, and a teensy bit of horror (no, we're not doing "Nightmare on Elm Street" here).
Kurai Sora no Hoshi - Oneshot. Holiday fic, intended toward Christmas. Yuugi has never had a reason to celebrate this day, and now he has even less. But for him and for the one he misses most, perhaps their new lives may turn out to be not quite as alone as they had thought. A bit of humor mixed in with angst and contemplation, and hope for things to come.
Utsukushii - Oneshot. New Year's fic. Seto said he believed it, and on some level he did. But it had never been quite as real as the strange white-haired girl standing in his window in the middle of the night. Maybe he really had lost it after all. A teensy bit of humor dabbled into a whole lot of contemplation, in one of my most description-heavy pieces yet. Probably the closest thing to a pairing fic for this fandom I will ever write.
Nanimo Nai - Oneshot. In the aftermath of the greatest terrors and losses of their lives, the two who had acted as vessels talk. One had lost his best friend, and the other had lost his longest tormentor. But they have both lost what feels like half of themselves. Angst, hope, post-canon reflection.
Soshite Sannin ga Ita - Oneshot. Malik visits Ryou and Yuugi in the depths of winter, and suggests they go camping. For a reason Yuugi thinks must be pretty stupid, Yuugi and Ryou agree. The three hikaris, all alone in the woods... wait a sec, what's that outside the tent? Much more humor than anything else... but there are other themes, mainly of contemplation, forgiveness, moving forward, and a teensy bit of angst.
Mirai made - Oneshot. Right before Anzu leaves for America, Yuugi calls her out for one last smoothie, as they both remember all the past that they have accepted and all they have yet to face, and think of the future that waits right around the corner.
Birds - Oneshot. A little story idea that came to me upon repeated exposure to a single screencap from Episode 53 of the anime. Yami's POV on his little adventure/outing/get-together/"date" with Tea, mixed in with what happens when you mix an ancient spirit with birds in the park. My one and only dub-based fic, and my first YuGiOh story.
Kono Tenohira - Oneshot. Valentine's Day fic, despite Valentine's Day never appearing during the story. After all the wars have ended, Orihime brings back someone long since dead, and over her first year of college, she finds her own feelings as confusing as his, particularly as he can't seem to do anything the way she expected. One of my extremely rare romance fics. UlquiHime.
Kokoro ka - Collection of connected oneshots following the events of "Kono Tenohira," ongoing. Orihime had certain ideas of the ordinary life she might lead, and none of them turn out to be true. Instead, she discovers how to make her own path with Ulquiorra at her side, living dreams she never thought possible, and some she never even knew she had. This story spans her lifetime, and shows her navigation through college and adulthood, and the responsibilities, triumphs, losses, challenges, and joys she finds along the way. UlquiHime.
Jinsei - Oneshot. Orihime dreamed of five lifetimes, but there were an infinite number of possibilities, of lives she could have lived, people who could have lived or died, and turns she could have taken. And through them all, Ulquiorra reaches out for her, grasping the air around her and rarely, just rarely, managing to take her hand. Interpretable as UlquiHime or not ... though there are parts that are definitely not romantic.
Stories I Will Read
I do not read stories with a ridiculous amount of violence without plot (while I'm a highly nonviolent person in real life, fictional violence doesn't bother me much - as long as it has a point). I do not read stories that make every other word a curse (I don't have a particular problem with cursing, but there's a point where it just sounds silly). I do not read stories with sexual content, no matter who the characters are. This does not mean I discredit the value of these stories: I'm sure there are great stories that contain at least one of these criteria. I just personally don't care to read them.
NOTE FOR REFERENCE: I do not Favorite stories. Not because I don't enjoy them, but because I have so many that I fear my browser would crash every time I came to look at them, and because all too often my favorite stories get deleted by the authors. Also, I change fandoms fairly often, and don't want to be favoriting and un-favoriting stories so quickly every time I do, and/or give the authors the impression that I didn't like their writing, rather than I just no longer read stories for that fandom. I may adore your story and yet it will never show up on my Favorites list. I download stories and store them in a very large folder on my computer.
Stories I Will Write
I've gone through at least six significant fandoms (if not more) since I joined this site eight years ago, but my profile has since been "tidied" and you will find only the better remnants of my old fanfiction days.
There will never, ever, in a million bazillion years, be anything sexual in my stories. Sorry, not my thing. You may, however, see violence and dark themes, though not running rampant, and I give definite warnings in my author's notes. Swear words don't really offend me, but you'll probably never see them in my writing beyond very minor "PG" rude language. I write angst, friendship/family fluff, general contemplation, and occasionally humor. And apparently, I now write romance. Didn't intend to. It just kind of ... happened. Accidentally. A lot. Not ordinary romance, though. And as I said, there shall be no sex.
"The Issue of Yaoi"
(or, in non-anime fandoms, slash - written April 2011)
As I've been browsing fanfiction lately, I've come across an interesting phenomenon: authors sometimes will say in their profiles that they do or do not support yaoi (yuri is usually not mentioned, but that falls into the same category for this discussion, as does shounen-ai and slash and any other word for same-sex pairings), or that they are or are not a "yaoi fan." I find this a somewhat odd statement. I suppose that if you are utterly against homosexuality, then you would not "support" yaoi. Well, that is your opinion, and you are entitled to it, and I'm not going to try to change your mind.
However, it seems to be believed by some (and I may be completely wrong, but I get this impression from a profile here and there) that if you don't not support yaoi, then you must like reading or writing almost any same-sex pairing, regardless of the characters in question (or even that you strongly prefer same-sex pairings and avoid opposite-sex pairings like the plague). Since this issue is very much alive here on this site and in the real world, I might as well say something about my stance on it.
I don't like the phrase "I support homosexuality." That makes it sound like I think everyone should go out and be gay. I don't. It also makes it sound like a lifestyle. It's not. And I don't think that only gay people should be supported. In real life, I support everyone going out and being who they are (responsibly, as in everything), whether you're straight, gay, bi, trans, asexual (yes, this is an actual orientation - Google it), or something else entirely. As long as you are not hurting anybody, I support two people who love each other having the right to be together, gender regardless. Enough said. I have friends that are straight, gay, bi, and "ace" (asexual), and will likely make friends of other orientations and/or gender identities later on. I care for and accept them all the same.
As for fanfiction, I also don't like the phrase "I support yaoi." That gives an impression quite far from my own viewpoint. So I'll rephrase: I support pairing characters together with other characters who suit them (even if that happens to be no one, or if that character prefers to not be in a relationship, because they're aromantic or otherwise). I believe the characters should be true to themselves (discounting crack - crack is, well, crack): I prefer not to read stories that make clearly straight people gay just as much as I prefer not to read stories that make clearly gay people straight. If the character's orientation is truly ambiguous or if they are bi (or something similar), well, then, I just prefer they be paired with someone who suits them. To put my main point in short: I so often see warnings in summaries, such as "warning: yaoi" or "no yaoi" (usually in all caps) or something like that. To make myself clear: to me, whether or not I read a story is not about whether or not there are same-sex pairings in it. It's about the specific characters. One same-sex pairing I may like very much, while another might leave me staring at the screen in confusion and shock. It's all about the specifics. This is the reason most of my stories are labeled "non-romance" or including/not including specific pairings, instead of "non-yaoi."
I will also say this. While all of the stories I've posted here so far have had opposite-sex pairings (if any pairings at all, and most of my stories are non-romance entirely), this is only because these are the specific pairings I imagine with these characters. Yes, there are times when I hear of a pairing for some fandom, and I find it rather creepy. Sometimes these are "yaoi" pairings. But sometimes not. I'm just as creeped out by an opposite-sex pairing that seems highly strange or out there. No, I'm not "offended" by these stories. I just prefer not to read them. So I don't.
But there is one thing I want to make clear. While I support every non-harmful orientation (I say "non-harmful" because I don't support, say, pedophilia, and I suppose some claim that's an orientation - so I just want to make myself clear), that doesn't mean I'm going to take a stance that seems to be common in society today: that two people, gender regardless, cannot be loving and affectionate without implying romance. I mean, really, people. You can love your friends. You can be very caring and affectionate with your friends. That doesn't mean you are romantically interested in your friends. A personal example? In Yu-Gi-Oh, I am a sucker for cute friendly stories between Yami and Yuugi ("puzzle twins," if you will). However, I really prefer not to read anything remotely romantic between the two of them, because I personally view them as soul-brothers of a sort, or even two halves of the same being. Doesn't mean they can't care for each other and have a very strong bond. And it certainly doesn't mean that romantic partnerships, with or without sex, are somehow stronger than other types of bonds.
A final note: you are all free to write whatever you want to write. I don't care if you want to pair Bleach's Kurosaki Ichigo with a goldfish. Go right ahead. I have no problem with anyone writing any pairing whatsoever. There is nothing wrong with writing what you want to write. However, just because I support everyone writing what they like doesn't mean that I want to go out and read all of it. Some pairings/situations/etc. creep me out to no end (like Ichigo with a goldfish). But I avoid stories I don't want to read, and I don't flame the author just because they have a different viewpoint on the story and characters than I do.
I only hope that we can all learn to accept one another, both in real life and online. We are all different people, but we are all people. We may believe different things, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't love and support one another. And yep, that was my own cheesy version of a wish for world peace. Or at least online world peace (hey, that's a start, right?).
And... I just prompted someone to go pair Ichigo with a goldfish, didn't I?
On the Pairing Wars/Other Fan Battles
Sort of in continuation to my little speech above, I think we're all aware of how strongly various fans often feel about their positions in their fandom of choice. Some love certain characters, some hate them. Some love certain pairings, some hate their guts. And some are so utterly convinced that anyone who enjoys any other version of the story than they do (say, the English dub versus the original Japanese, or the anime versus the manga) has terrible taste and is an idiot.
I feel I'm not alone when I say that this really needs to stop.
We're all fans. Be it of Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Mulan, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Batman, Howl's Moving Castle, Jurassic Park, or Spongebob Squarepants. We may not enjoy each other's fandoms, but that doesn't mean we should show them any less respect. The same applies to someone who enjoys the English dub of an originally non-English work, such as Japanese anime or manga (or the anime to the manga, or anything else). I tend to prefer the original Japanese version of many anime myself, but that doesn't mean I respect those who like the dub any less. It's just a matter of preference. Different versions. But we're all fans, just the same.
Pairings, I think, is the biggest one. I run into profiles so often saying how much someone hates a specific pairing (or how they love it and "how can anyone not love it?!"). You are allowed to like or not like whatever pairings you want (or believe that a certain character shouldn't be paired with anyone). Like I said above, you can pair Ichigo with a goldfish. That's your right. I'll admit, I don't particularly agree with you on that one, but that doesn't give me the right to bash you or hate you because of your opinions. It also doesn't give you the right to say that everyone out there should be pairing Ichigo with a goldfish and anyone who doesn't is a big fat idiot. Admittedly, some pairings tend to have more canon evidence than others - that, I don't deny (usually when the characters in question are actually in a relationship, or admit romantic feelings). But that doesn't mean another pairing isn't possible.
What I'm trying to say is you are free to believe whatever you like. No one has the right to tell you you are stupid because of your opinions (well, they have the right of free speech, of course, but doing it is really pretty silly). But you also don't have the right to say that you are the only one who could possibly be right in any circumstance and that everyone else is an idiot, or that they just must love your favorite pairing/version of the story/etc. Believe me, I've been messing around in fandoms for over five years now. I have my experience. I know what fans can come up with (there is no ceiling whatsoever, or walls, or floor). Nothing is ever certain in a fan world, and I think it is the responsibility of fans to accept that and accept that not everyone is going to agree with you. That doesn't mean you're wrong, and that doesn't mean you're right.
Finally, a very strong point to make: if you don't like a pairing, then don't read stories that are clearly labeled as containing that pairing. And please, don't go in and flame those stories for containing that pairing when there is no point in you reading it in the first place.
Good? Good. Now, go out and write your favorite characters and your favorite pairing and your favorite fandom! Remember, we're not getting paid for this (at least not last time I checked). We're all here to have fun! So HAVE FUN!
Weird is good, strange is bad, and odd is when you don't know what to call someone. Weird is the same as different, which is the same as unique, then weird is good! If you are weird and proud of it, copy this into your profile!
Nerds are cool. Nerds are smart. Nerds will one day rule the universe. If you're a nerd and proud of it, copy this into your profile.
For me, crazy is a loose term. Crazy is when you stare at a pencil and laugh when someone asks you just what you find so interesting about the eraser. Crazy is when you have an hour long sob-fest, then start singing and dancing when your favorite song plays. Crazy is when you do or say a totally random thing, like "Do you ever wonder where the eraser bits go?" or start having a thumbwar with yourself. So if you're crazy, copy this onto your profile.
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Racism is wrong and can often times destroy people's self confidence. It's a horrible and cruel way to treat people. To prove that we are all alike, try this simple experiment: Hold your hand up to a light of some kind. You'll see a shadow cast nearby. Now, have someone of a different race hold their hand up too. You'll see, essentially, the same image. Five fingers and a palm. Skin color doesn't matter when you get right down to it. If you are for racial equality, copy this message to your profile.
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