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Joined 08-29-01, id: 104389, Profile Updated: 04-02-14
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.

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.

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.

(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.

(3-19-14)- A little bit dismayed at the moment. I read an interview with Brandon Sanderson and I think it unlikely that I'll ever get to a place where a story of mine is on a shelf anywhere. I haven't the time to do what he did. I just haven't got it. I'm struggling to write the rough draft of a single novel in two years while managing the rest of my life and he had written seven to break through. Seven. What's that? Seventy drafts? I may be able to do seven rough drafts in my entire life. How can a part-time writer ever be known? My voice likes longer work. I'm not happy with short stories. But seven novels from me never making it. Dear heaven. I will be retirement age by the time I finish with that. I just don't know. It seems like such futility. I love writing, but what hope for the dream of writing one that reaches the world? With my background, I can write things Sanderson can't begin to approach, but who will ever read it? I'll never have the experience to polish properly or the contacts to reach out. I think that unless you give everything, you probably won't ever make it --the sad fact is that by giving everything, you lose everything else that might fuel what you would write about. Just because I've spent so much time learning to be a scientist doesn't mean I'm less creative than these people who have only ever learned how to game the system as a writer. (Not sure why you would ever want to "game the system" as a writer... unless you write "The Game of Thrones" or "Hunger Games" the pay is crap.)

(3-23-14)- Even with how I was feeling a few days ago, I've been unusually productive. My original is about to bypass "Youngest Channeler" in length. Maybe it is a spectacular waste of time, but trying to do it gets me closer to that dream than just giving up. If I stop trying, it will never be written at all.


viggen Award

I don't know when, or if I will ever get back to doing this. I just haven't had the time.

The award is for people who write stories exceeding 40,000 words. I did some statistics years ago and found that less than 1 percent of stories written in the WOT category exceeded 40,000 words in length, but that the ones that do tend to march on toward 100,000 or 200,000 words. If you've ever tried to keep writing a long story you'll know that it is huge challenge. My award is for people who surmount those difficulties and manage to continue writing despite the forces that stop most people before they've even really started. If I give you this award, it's for your perseverance!


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 the 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.


Newcomers to the Wheel:

This is a C2 community I made a while ago with the intent of collecting every effort by someone to make a newcomer character in the WOT universe. This includes all the attempts, both good and bad, when someone had the courage to write a story (including self-inserts and the like) surrounding a novel character in Robert Jordan's world rather than co-opting characters that RJ created and wrote. Writing new characters is poorly recognized and demands a greater level of skill than simply repackaging old characters, especially in Fanfic, which thrives because it repackages old, beloved characters.

(3-10-09): I'm trying to update the Newcomers. If you've got a newcomer that I've missed, please send me a personal message and I'll include 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: 139,513 - Reviews: 223 - Favs: 99 - Follows: 94 - 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: 9 - 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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