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Joined 08-29-01, id: 104389, Profile Updated: 05-30-15
Author has written 8 stories for Evangelion, Battle Angel, Gunnm/Battle Angel, and Wheel of Time.

About viggen:

Currently, I'm a fifth year Physics graduate student, so my time to write has been very limited. (Hee hee, I'm a published author; I will be second author on a paper coming out in 'Nature Communications.' Okay, yeah, this is like my fourth or fifth paper... but, 'Nature!')

Whoever you are, thank you very much for reading my work!

(6-28-12)- Work on fanfic has been regrettably slow; I've actually been focusing on an entirely original piece. My own world, my own characters. I want badly someday to publish a story of my own, but that will never ever happen if all my effort is directed at works owned by others. I'm decent, I see no reason to do anything but try. I do intend to continue my efforts on "Youngest Channeler" if only when there's spare time.

If you're a fic writer, keep it forever in mind that the goodwill you earn from 'your' readership is actually the fruit of someone else's labor. It isn't really your work people love, it's the work your work is based on.

I'm confused about my interests here a little bit; I like making people happy with what I've written and I know people will read my fanfic if I continue to write it, but I'll never be recognized for my own talent if I waste my time living in the shadows of someone like Robert Jordan. But, I may never be able to sell a work of my own, so it's appealing to write fic. It's gratifying that YC routinely floats in the top ten of the lists in the WOT category even though it is an original character fic --fanfic doesn't win audience for being truly original, hence the word fanfic.

(1-8-13)- "A Memory of Light" is out today. Guess what I'll be reading tonight.

(10-22-13)- I've seen a few comments over the years about my depiction of the character Ghedlyn that have had me thinking. People love to use the words "non-neurotypical" and "non-standard character" in their compliments/criticisms. I am not fond of these words. If you are thinking in terms of "neurotypical" versus "non-neurotypical," you automatically lose what makes a character unique as an individual as opposed to a stereotype. Every character you write should be "non-standard" if you're writing character correctly. While I know that Ghedlyn is autistic-like, remember always that the reasons for her illness are entirely fantastical --I don't know that this can be more clearly spelled out in the story than the number of sections devoted to spelling it out, but there you have it. Somebody somewhere is bound to not get that. There is exactly no reason for this illness to parallel the DSMV and I made no effort trying to be completely real-to-life with it. While the character was inspired by autism and savants, her illness isn't autism.

(5-20-15)- "Gunnm Mars Chronicle" First impressions.

After all these years, there are only two manga I still follow: Genshiken, a manga about Otaku which has marvelously written characters and Battle Angel Alita, about which I've written fanfic. As you may or may not know, the most recent Battle Angel title, "Last Order," finally came to an end. When "Last Order" started, some fifteen years ago now, I was in the process of writing my final Gunnm fanfic, the Self Assembler. I never did and never will finish the Self Assembler; the idea is interesting, but why waste it on unoriginal fiction. Up to "Last Order" I had been a diehard Gunnm fan practically from the very beginning and first encountered the title as a flipped comic book way back when. Battle Angel inspired me because it borrowed quite realistically from what I understood of cutting edge science fiction at the time. Sadly, it did not age well next to my education --there's a reason you can't have an orbital elevator as far north as Kansas and I eventually learned enough to know that (and much more). My early impressions of "Last Order" were mired by this time of growth. Kishiro mixed together a fair amount of eastern zen mystic with conspiracy theory/metaphysical garbage and very nearly lost me a few times. The martian Nazi UFO references were the straw that just about broke me. Admittedly, it was sometimes necessary to take 'Last Order' as satire.

Despite all that, I kept with 'Last Order' to its conclusion. I found it curious that Kishiro brought in a brief appearance of Alita's (Gally's... if you prefer) adoptive sister Erica as a full fledged Kunstler near the climax and found it likely that he had story in mind for Mars after the Jeru (Kitheres) arc reached its logical conclusion. If you know anything about Gunnm, you'll know that Kishiro originally completely pulled the plug on the original series in a very hasty, ad hoc conclusion where a flesh and blood Alita ends up with de facto lover Figure Four having defeated the Tipharies computer Melchizedek and prevented the orbital elevator from falling to earth. Kishiro barfed that ending out in an apparent fit of frustration and ran off for a couple years to write 'Aqua Knights.' Eventually, he cooled down and decided he was unhappy with the original conclusion, which compelled him to begin 'Last Order.' So, 'Last Order' began with Kishiro walking back a huge chunk of his original story conclusion and starting at a middling point where he allowed Alita to be reborn from a previous death into a new storyline, thus negating an ending he didn't like. 'Last Order' continued on from there, showing Tipharian civilization and ultimately taking a trip up the orbital elevator to Kitheres, where the bulk of 'Last Order' takes place. I thought it intriguing that the 'Last Order' conclusion roughly resembled the final original conclusion he wrote like a decade and a half ago, but with the provision to continue on into yet another story: having saved the orbital ring system from destruction, a flesh and blood Alita ends up with Figure Four, while a fully robot copy Alita is free for adventures elsewhere (presumably involving Desty Nova off-shoot villain Super Nova and with Erica).

This gives us the intro to Mars Chronicle. If you have not read it and have an appreciation for past Kishiro work, I would recommend taking a look. Mars Chronicle starts on an involved flashback that picks up a story fragment presented at nearly the beginning of "Last Order," immediately after the meeting between Alita and Erica, when both are still kids in a world at war and neither of them know anything about fighting. I have high hopes; I've already survived my reactions to Kishiro's apparently crankery during 'Last Order' and I'm curious about what he has planned, even if he hasn't gotten the science quite right. He does better than many.

(5-21-15)- Playing around with a readability calculator. These estimate the grade level necessary for a reader to read the inputted text.

Interesting. I plugged the first paragraph of Philip K. Dick's "Minority Report" and Robert Jordan's "Eye of the World" into the readability calculator; PKD scored an average 5.9 grade level, while RJ scored a 6.0 grade level. By comparison, the first paragraph of "Youngest Channeler" scored at the 11.5 grade level and the opening paragraph of my current original story scored a 9.8 grade level. The opening line by itself was a grade 11.2! The three paragraphs above concerning "Gunnm Mars Chronicle" scored grade level 15. Higher scores are not necessarily good for an author who is trying to be accessible. The opening line of Tolkien's "The Hobbit" scored 6.7 grade level. "Neuromancer" was grade 6.8, while "Count Zero" was an 8.2. "Deepness in the Sky" by Vernor Vinge finally pinged a grade 9.0.

Thought provoking:

https://readability-score.com/


viggen's work

A Layer of Dust: Written circa 1995 just after I first discovered Gunnm. Not quite my oldest fanfic.

The Hunter Warrior Killer: Written 1996-1997 in several large pushes. Started as a textural experiment, but mutated when I discovered that I really loved the villain. An inverse marysue?

Hidden Virtues: My first uber Marysue, written during the height of my Evangelion obsession in about 1998. Subsequently rewritten about four times and coming to include some of my thoughts about martial arts at that time. The formatting of this story has suffered through the upgrades and alterations to this site: it no longer looks quite like I intended. But, that's okay... I detest this story and keep it around more or less as a reminder of what I won't write again.

Serpent at the Window: My last Eva fic. Not a terrific piece of work, but written in the days preceding and following September 11 2001. This story contains my emotional response to the events of that day. I will not write an Eva fic again and almost decided not to write fanfic anymore after a confrontation with a friend based on criticism of this story. Criticism can be hard and is best not leveled by people you care about.

Self Assembler Saga: High concept science fiction that ended up crossed with an impression of "Calvin and Hobbs." This story died in my brain when the original creator of Gunnm began to write "Last Order" and totally trashed my perspective on the main character: she wasn't supposed to be a Playboy Bunny dammit!

Weaving Luck: Written 2005. This work contains the genesis of my current marysue Ghedlyn. There are actually several characters here that I really liked, including the protagonist Aes Sedai, her Warder and the character/s about which the story was originally named. No, the story was not named for Ghedlyn. This story stalled because I realized that it was going to be prohibitively difficult to write it and keep it perfectly true to RJ's original series, which is a fairly large requirement that I impose upon myself when writing fanfic.

Youngest Channeler: 2006 to present. This is my current focus when I have time to devote to fanfic. It was written as a substitute for a blog when I realized I liked the writing experience that blogging provides, but don't like talking about my own life a la journal-open-to-the-world. This story was for fun. I am still working on this, but my time has been divided lately and work is progressing slowly. The writing strategy here was slightly different than I would prefer if I were writing something like a full novel and I think it diminishes the quality of the work: the chapters are written and presented in an episodic fashion, meaning that there is little editorial interaction between the beginning of the story and the current section. This is disadvantageous because it means I can't correct for drift or strengthen/support new ideas had in the process of writing and it means that far reaching plot points are less structured than I would prefer. The block-at-a-time style does have the advantage that it gives immediate feedback, but I think the whole thing is less than it could be.

Desertion of Reason: Written 2009. I stopped "Youngest Channeler" long enough to write this story. It chases a strange psychological idea that I wanted to explore after reading some Philip K. Dick which I decided was uniquely possible within the WOT universe. This story is pretty dark and uninviting, but it is the first fanfic in recent history that I've written to completion prior to beginning to post it. There is an old theme of familial tragedy in here that I've explored in some of my other work and somehow it matched with the feelings of loss and loneliness existent in my life while I was writing it. I have a proclivity for insane characters and this story followed with that. I have no idea whether people will like reading it or not, but I guess that didn't matter while I was working on it.

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Youngest Channeler reviews
Saidar changes those who channel it, especially the very young. Hidden among girls wearing white, the youngest channeler begins her trip through the white marble halls toward attainment of the shawl, but her enemies are legion. Book 4 Chapter 8 posted.
Wheel of Time - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 64 - Words: 137,486 - Reviews: 224 - Favs: 106 - Follows: 104 - Updated: 2/11/2012 - Published: 1/14/2007
Desertion of Reason reviews
An Asha'man in the throes of the illness from the Taint struggles against all odds to return home to his loved ones before his last hour. Part five of five loaded.
Wheel of Time - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 5 - Words: 7,866 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 3/2/2009 - Published: 2/27/2009 - Complete
Weaving Luck reviews
An unusual Aes Sedai and her Warder stumble onto a platoon of Seanchan capturing a young girl. Conflict steadily unfolds around a prize of Knowledge and Lives. Chapter 4 uploaded... stay tuned for Chapter 5
Wheel of Time - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 18,318 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 4/26/2005 - Published: 1/2/2005
The Self Assembler Saga reviews
AR-11, a Tipharean android with Alita's face and mind, begins the search for her own identity after losing herself. The appearance of Gunnm:Last Order has stumped work on this story.
Battle Angel - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,330 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 4 - Updated: 11/11/2002 - Published: 2/11/2002
Serpent at the Window reviews
A lethal invader pentrates NERV HQ and a fifteen minute game of cat and mouse ensues.
Evangelion - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,779 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/15/2001 - Shinji I. - Complete
Hidden Virtues reviews
A North American division of NERV comes into conflict with an Angel that is attacking an unexpected target. A cripple learns to unleash her latent gift Warning, new cast
Evangelion - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 42,445 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 8/31/2001 - Published: 8/29/2001 - Complete
The Hunter Warrior Killer reviews
A monster stalks the Scrapyard. I moved this story over from GBA because nobody else seems to be posting in this catagory.
Battle Angel - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 17,711 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 5 - Published: 8/31/2001 - Complete
A Layer of Dust reviews
A contemplation of the nature of the world. My very first Gunnm work, now around seven years old... but, what the hey?
Gunnm/Battle Angel - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,869 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/31/2001 - Complete
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