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Joined 05-07-06, id: 1041490, Profile Updated: 12-05-12
Author has written 26 stories for Harry Potter, Chronicle of the Black Company, Tangled, American Gods, Avatar: Last Airbender, Greek Mythology, Lord of the Rings, Cthulhu Mythos, Starship Troopers, Pokémon, Hunger Games, Lost, Battle Royale, Red Dawn, and Batman Begins/Dark Knight.

Rules for writing that I've taken from other, better writers, or that I've learned the hard way:

1. Any following rule may be broken under the right circumstances.
1a. Think very hard before applying rule one.

2. If your story has an antagonist, then for god's sake make him feel like a threat. Nothing's more boring then being unable to imagine how the hero could lose.

3. Don't be afraid to do horrible things to your characters. If everything is going fine in the hero's life, then you're doing your job badly.

4. Clarity is essential. The audience doesn't comprehend what each character wants, what obstacles stop them from gaining it, and what they're doing to succeed anyway, the story is much harder to read.

5. Don't hesitate to blatantly steal from other, better works. If there's a plot element an episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender that fascinates you, then feel free to use implement it in your story about Doctor Who fighting the Cybermen. Hell, Shakespeare wrote perhaps one original play in his life, but he still did a bang up job, because he took older stories and made them his own.

6. Allow the plot to build before the climax. Imagine how boring Lord of the Rings would be if Tolkien had gone straight from introducing hobbits to the Crack of Doom in 1,000 words.

7. Each character should have a different "voice", or "world view". If the hero, the villain, the sidekick, and the love interest all witness the same event, they should all have different reactions to it. It makes the story more realistic, and more interesting besides.

8. If you have writer's block, stop writing- it's your brain trying to tell you that it's running on fumes. Continue thinking about the story, though, and pick it up again later. I've found that switching projects every time one runs dry works pretty well.


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Shadows of the Nameless Empire by Abderan Sophist reviews
An alternate universe, starting with the first book of the south. More focused on the wizards, and mostly centering on Soulcatcher's perspective. The biggest point of departure is that Soulcatcher will be more resistant to Shivetya and Kina's influence, and so act more like she does in the first northern book (more self-controlled).
Chronicle of the Black Company - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 11 - Words: 42,392 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 4/12 - Published: 1/21
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... Ch. 101, Precautionary Measures: Pt. 2.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 101 - Words: 561,157 - Reviews: 23752 - Favs: 13,390 - Follows: 12,299 - Updated: 12/11/2013 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Rex et Regnum by The Bitter Kitten reviews
Being a Victor doesn't mean you've won. OC, cameos and guest stars as the story permits.
Hunger Games - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 66,034 - Reviews: 310 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 11/29/2013 - Published: 6/13/2011
Better Days Than These by pixileanin reviews
Ever wondered about Pansy Parkinson's little-known half-sister? If she's so perfect and everyone loves her, then how come all the people she cares about keep dying? (Mary Sue Parody) If you like fluff and nonsense, wrapped up in an actual plot, it's all in here!
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 25,744 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 8/3/2013 - Published: 6/9/2012 - Draco M., OC - Complete
The One You Never Knew by SunnyStorms reviews
Who you are, whom you love, and where your loyalties lie - Ginny Weasley had never thought all of that could change as a result of a single night. Her postponed wedding to Harry following a Death Eater prison break was supposed to be a mere set back to the life she'd always dreamed of. But driven by anger and pride, she makes a fateful decision that will upend her entire life.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 48,202 - Reviews: 121 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 83 - Updated: 6/27/2013 - Published: 3/16/2012 - [Draco M., Ginny W.] Harry P.
The Somerton Man by Edhla reviews
An unidentified corpse. An untraceable poison. An indecipherable code... and the arrival of the littlest Watson.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Crime/Mystery - Chapters: 15 - Words: 49,716 - Reviews: 281 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 5/25/2013 - Published: 3/26/2013 - Sherlock H., John W., DI Lestrade, Molly Hooper - Complete
Reviews for the One Ring by Gigigue reviews
The One Ring is being sold on Amazon, and the previous owners express their opinions on the product in the form of reviews. One-shot.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 772 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 19 - Published: 4/24/2013 - Frodo B., Bilbo B., Samwise G., Gollum - Complete
Backward With Purpose Part I: Always and Always by Deadwoodpecker reviews
AU. Harry, Ron, and Ginny send themselves back in time to avoid the destruction of everything they hold dear, and the deaths of everyone they love. This story is now complete! Stay tuned for the sequel!
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 56 - Words: 287,186 - Reviews: 3823 - Favs: 4,033 - Follows: 1,377 - Updated: 4/14/2013 - Published: 2/28/2008 - Harry P., Ginny W. - Complete
The Temple of the Spirit by J. Idanian reviews
A collection of one-shots about the characters we all know and love, showcasing some small parts of their eventful lives, past, present, and future. My take on who these people are and what they do. Please Read and Review.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 18,137 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 11/24/2012 - Published: 3/26/2010
Ilyamenie Estel by Madam'zelleGiry reviews
Haleth, son of Háma, fought bravely during the battle of Helms Deep. But no one will ever know the true extent of his sacrifice. Movieverse.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,132 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 11 - Published: 10/27/2012 - Haleth H., Aragorn - Complete
Oliver's Brother by MalkieriJester reviews
A drabble from the POV of Monks. In response to McJunker's challenge posted on TRL,t. ONESHOT. T for language.
Oliver Twist - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 619 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/16/2012 - Complete
Nucleus by ckorkows reviews
Draco is in a dark place. Literally and figuratively. But through the strength of another he finds the will to stand up against everything he was taught and does something right for once. DM/HG.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,082 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/29/2012 - Draco M., Hermione G. - Complete
A Guide to Not Making Your Tribute Suck by FoalyWinsForever reviews
The first and worst, as far as I know. Now rewritten. Again. It's even legal this time, isn't that exciting?
Hunger Games - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Crime - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,848 - Reviews: 290 - Favs: 174 - Follows: 92 - Updated: 8/5/2012 - Published: 8/12/2010 - Other tributes
Between Us Girls by pixileanin reviews
She said he was 'hot'. The thing is, he's really not. Is it wrong for me to judge my nine year old's taste in boys?
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,130 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/3/2012 - Hermione G., Rose W. - Complete
Sweet Spring Is Your Time by The Reviews Lounge Too reviews
"sweet spring is your time is my time is our time" -e.e cummings, "sweet spring is your time" . A collection of multifandom one-shots celebrating spring as written by The Reviews Lounge, Too forum regulars.
Crossover - Misc. Books & Misc. Tv Shows - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 20 - Words: 34,590 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 5/6/2012 - Published: 3/20/2012
Until We Close Our Eyes For Good by pixileanin reviews
Severus Snape has finished Hogwarts and is well into his advanced potions training. Just when he thinks he's finally escaped the wrongs of his past, he gets thrown into a future he wants no part of, all because of the blasted mark on his arm. (Teduced rating to T based on reader feedback. There is war. There is love - sort of -, and a little mind torture, but nothing graphic.)
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 84,544 - Reviews: 210 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 3/29/2012 - Published: 1/9/2012 - Severus S. - Complete
Mandragora by NothingPretentious reviews
Consider the curiously humanoid mandrake root, or mandragora. It is hideously ugly, deadly dangerous, and a powerful restorative. Why would anything else matter? * * A tale of horror. Please review. * *
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,449 - Reviews: 110 - Favs: 326 - Follows: 34 - Published: 2/23/2012 - P. Sprout - Complete
Dumbledore Explains by Dahasmaga reviews
After the Triwizard Tournament, Harry asks Dumbledore 'Why'. Why he didn't notice Moody was actually Crouch, why he didn't help Harry train, why he was allowed to compete. Dumbledore finally answers.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,766 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 1/26/2012 - Harry P. - Complete
Of Birthdays and Confusion by Madam'zelleGiry reviews
It's Minerva's birthday, one of her least favorite days of the year. She's had a rough day and on top of everything else, she feels like the one man she cares about has forgotten.
Harry Potter - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,176 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/5/2012 - [Severus S., Minerva M.] - Complete
Can't Get You Out Of My Head by J-Horror Girl reviews
Out of Arkham and out of his mind, the Joker hits the town with an intangible companion who might be dead but isn't nearly departed. He can't touch her, she can't get away from him, and so they have to make the best of it.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 100 - Words: 177,723 - Reviews: 1827 - Favs: 572 - Follows: 416 - Updated: 5/15/2010 - Published: 7/27/2008 - Joker
Avatar Aang: An Annotated Bibliography by The Big Rocky Eye reviews
How will the historians of the future see Aang and his friends? What books and stories will they write about them? Find out in the driest, most academic fanfic you'll ever read!
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 40 - Words: 21,028 - Reviews: 225 - Favs: 318 - Follows: 114 - Updated: 2/23/2010 - Published: 12/16/2008 - Aang
Great Sights by SiriuslyPeeved reviews
As the Head of House-Elf Relations at the Ministry, Hermione faces a career-changing crisis and is forced to examine her beliefs and actions. Post-DH, epilogue-compliant.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,630 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 9 - Published: 6/5/2009 - Hermione G., Ron W. - Complete
Crushed by Wendy Brune reviews
Voldemort reflects upon the one girl he's ever been attracted to. Not exactly a romance.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,514 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 3 - Published: 5/4/2009 - Tom R. Jr., Voldemort - Complete
Seven by Estora reviews
Breaking Dawn spoilers, very dark themes (trigger warning), AU. Renesemee 'Nessie' Cullen has just turned seven.
Twilight - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 532 - Reviews: 275 - Favs: 283 - Follows: 16 - Published: 9/30/2008 - Jacob, Renesmee C./Nessie - Complete
Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness by Thanfiction reviews
Originally posted as the Dumbledore's Army Series: A novel following Neville and the D.A. through the 7th year at Hogwarts under the reign of Snape and the Carrows. Contains ALL previously posted sections.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 256,506 - Reviews: 1450 - Favs: 2,317 - Follows: 305 - Updated: 6/15/2008 - Published: 6/11/2008 - Neville L. - Complete
Hogwarts Houses Divided by Inverarity reviews
The war is over, and all is well, they say, but the wounds remain unhealed. Bitterness divides the Houses of Hogwarts. Can the first children born since the war's end begin a new era, or will the enmities of their parents be their permanent legacy?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 32 - Words: 205,083 - Reviews: 730 - Favs: 780 - Follows: 177 - Updated: 4/22/2008 - Published: 12/30/2007 - Teddy L., OC - Complete
Mud, Blood & the Sound of Guns by chase glasslace reviews
A different war begins. The people want a saviour who'll protect them from bullets and Harry isn't it. 'Death Eaters killed eleven wizards this week. The Muggles have killed eighty.' [oneshot]
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,491 - Reviews: 123 - Favs: 490 - Follows: 41 - Published: 3/18/2007 - Complete
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Heroes Don't Hate Their Lives reviews
After the War of the Ring, a Gondorian soldier is left adrift in a sea of bureaucracy, alcoholism, and depression.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,811 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/23
The Gunman with a Thousand Names reviews
Desperate to end the threat posed by the Batman, the criminal gangs of Gotham hire an ex-KGB hitman with a new plan of how to kill the Bat.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Crime/Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 10,358 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 12/25/2013 - Published: 11/4/2013 - Complete
Snape's Eternal War reviews
A collection of Snape's letters to Dumbledore. It's like every year there's some new attack on common sense.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 4 - Words: 3,865 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 10/23/2013 - Published: 6/3/2012 - Severus S. - Complete
A Jewish Fistfighter in Panem reviews
A jewish kid from the mean streets of District 3 is chosen for the 71st Hunger Games. He'll do anything to go home again.
Hunger Games - Rated: M - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,350 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 8/24/2013 - Published: 8/8/2012
The Battle Cry of Freedom reviews
A young American joins a grassroots resistance movement against the Russian occupation. Rated T for swearing and nongraphic violence.
Red Dawn - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,306 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/24/2013 - Complete
Eleven Inch Holly Phoenix Feather reviews
The wand chooses the wizard. And some wands fancy themselves insult comics.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 657 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 9 - Published: 3/28/2013 - Complete
Absalom in the Time Viewer reviews
New magical technology allows users to view how the victims of Voldemort's reign died. One Muggle man uses it to view his Auror son's last day alive.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,772 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Published: 3/16/2013 - Complete
Who Do You Like For It? reviews
Two Imperial officers discuss their bets as a the next Battle Royale looms nearer. A response to MessengerOfDreams' challenge on Reviews Lounge, Too forum: Write a story consisting onyl of Dialogue, a minumum of 727 words long.
Battle Royale - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 727 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/21/2012 - Complete
The Redemption Engine reviews
A murderer seeks redemption while in the custody of the Others.
Lost - Rated: T - English - Drama/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,779 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 9/21/2012 - Complete
Four Men with Skull and Snake Tats reviews
Four Death Eaters playing poker during the First War.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,262 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/1/2012 - Severus S. - Complete
Hey! You Have to Fight, Now! reviews
A low level trainer picks a pokemon battle with a high level trainer. Hilarity and horror ensue.
Pokémon - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 636 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 13 - Published: 5/15/2012 - Complete
The BugKawa Invasion reviews
A radio operator on Klendathu gets slaphappy over the net.
Starship Troopers - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,023 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/6/2012 - Complete
Riddle Opens Up and Shares a Little reviews
A polite young man seeks therapy in the days before Voldemort's rise to power.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,810 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 4/14/2012 - Voldemort - Complete
Mud, Blood, & the Sound of Guns All The World Over reviews
The Muggle governments and the Wizarding world drown the world in blood. It's not a question of good versus evil- it's a question of us versus them.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,244 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/7/2012 - Complete
Jeong Jeong at My Lai reviews
The collection of evidence for and against the celebrated Fire Nation Admiral, dealing with his alleged actions at the Earth Kingdom village of My Lai.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,866 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 6 - Updated: 3/7/2012 - Published: 1/7/2012 - Jeong Jeong - Complete
Shapechangers and Espionage reviews
A story from the First Wizarding War. Infiltrators try to crack the headquarters of the order of the Phoenix, and it does not end well for anyone.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,957 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/28/2012 - Complete
The Secret of Eternal Life reviews
Something is offering eternal life. The same way that mobsters would offer a shopkeeper protection. If there was a rating one notch past M, this fic would be there instead.
Cthulhu Mythos - Rated: M - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,163 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/25/2012 - Complete
Thirty Terrible Ideas for LOTR Fanfics reviews
Running dry on ideas for new stories? Just lower your standards and step inside.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,241 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 2/19/2012 - Published: 1/17/2012 - Complete
Fire for Effect reviews
The war has been going on now for 70 years with no end in sight. One young Fire Nation soldier has one hell of a journey ahead of him- and one hell of a past behind him.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 36,147 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/19/2012 - Published: 10/6/2011 - OC
The Order's Chronicles reviews
Four short stories concerning the first war against Voldemort. Sort of a mix of espionage and drama.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,518 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/31/2012 - Complete
Sisyphus! or, the Pitiless Duck of Olympus reviews
The myth of Sisyphus revisited, American Gods style.
Crossover - Greek Mythology & American Gods - Rated: M - English - Humor/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,571 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 11/29/2011 - Zeus - Complete
Honey Badger reviews
The invasion on the Day of Black Sun from an OC's point of view. One-shot.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,083 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/6/2011 - OC, Haru - Complete
The Black Company in Middle Earth reviews
In those days, the Company was in service to the Eye of Barad-dur. . .
Crossover - Chronicle of the Black Company & Lord of the Rings - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 16 - Words: 69,045 - Reviews: 125 - Favs: 156 - Follows: 44 - Updated: 10/22/2011 - Published: 1/19/2011 - Complete
Let Immortality Begin Again reviews
An immortal man is thrown into the Pacific Ocean to drown for eternity. One-shot short story.
American Gods - Rated: T - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,164 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 16 - Published: 5/12/2011 - Complete
Mother Gothel Searches for Truth reviews
Mother Gothel deals with an intruder. Horror ensues. One-shot.
Tangled - Rated: M - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,769 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/3/2011 - M. Gothel - Complete
The Third Wizarding War: The Story of Miles Brand reviews
The story of a Muggle-born criminal, a Pureblood supremacist, and an ex-Auror on the run during in the Third Wizarding War. Expect a lot of violence and some swearing. Mostly canon compliant.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 15 - Words: 26,156 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 3/6/2011 - Published: 12/7/2010 - Complete