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I'm xKindredxSoulsx, given name Caitlin if you like. I've been on here a while and figured I might as well write something up, so here it is:
I have been reading some FanFic from here and around the web since I was in high school(class of 07). It probably started with Harry Potter FansFics; I am in fact a HUGE Shoebox Project fan. I didn't really dig in heavily here until shortly before I created this account after discovering The Wraith Archives community thanks to Draco-Stellaris' work on Devient Art. As a result some of my favourite authors are actually from said community. From that community, I highly recommend Draco-Stellaris, Exploded Pen and Queen of the Red Skittles off the top of my mind. I have a tendency to delve fully into one fandom for awhile so while my interests are many and varied, I have mostly been reading Stargate/Stargate Atlantis, Buffy, Croods and Walking Dead/Fear on here.
When it comes to books, television, and movies I am a lover of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, good Young Adult novels and Historical Romance. I never say no to Joss Whedon or AMC.
Favourite real world authors include: Douglass Adams, Ray Bradburry and Tamora Pierce. There are others like Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and Anne Rice for Vamp Fiction. Lois Lowry and Garth Nix for YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Theresa Medieros, Susan Anderson, Hannah Howell, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Lynsay Sands for Romance. I read a lot of those(probably too much) since they're light and easy. I also keep meaning to try Isaac Asmov since I know he's up there with Bradburry and Douglass for Sci-Fi, but I never seem to get around to it.
Some individual books and series I love include: Skipping the one's that are obvious based on afore-mentioned authors...The Martian, World War Z, The Princess Bride(I really want to take a swing at the unabridged someday), Time Travelers Wife and the Parasol Protectorate Series.
On the subject of reviews, I'm lazy and often forget my scattered thoughts by the time I finish reading something, so I don't often review. Kinda hard to do better then "Loved/Hated it" when you forget half of what you wanted to say and are too lazy/excited-to-read-the-next to gather your thoughts. In fact I'm not even sure I've ever left a review on those favourite authors I mentioned above. On the rare occasion I do review it is usually a "Loved it" or that combined with a critique. I have to be highly motivated to do the latter, which usually means I overall liked or even loved what I read. So, please feel flattered if I take the time to critique you.
My Favourites section is currently a hot mess that I need to wade through. I have a tendency to over-favourite things when I get the time to re-read I will thin them out. Authors are the one place I'm conservative with my favourites. I usually only favourite them after I've a read a few works from the author which I may not notice right away. When I do my organize I will probably be adding to my favourite authors. Going forward I want to Favourite only those works that I loved and send everything I only quite liked to my Follows so I can find them again. It will keep me more organized and make a Favourite actually mean something significant.
I haven't done any writing in years as my imagination simply hasn't sent me anything that felt worth writing down, all my roleplays with friends seem to have died out and I had computer loss strike me down for a while. When I was writing I never really wrote fanfiction, only read it. This is because I've never felt comfortable writing the characters from cannon as they are not my own. That's a lot of pressure for me because I don't want to mess them up when I love them the way they are. When I did it was under duress in an RP(I did a pretty good/not at all cannon Remus at one point) or as more background characters. That said, I do have a couple of crossover ideas floating around in my head that I may write someday. If I do it will probably be after a lot of short practice pieces for the characters involved. I may or may not post these I f I do this. It certainly will not happen soon. Time would need found and rusty-ness would need chipped away at.
Any writing that may eventually come from me should come with this WARNING: I am distractible and try to write novel length things, but then loose interest. It was an ongoing problem when I was writing. In fact there are a few unfinished projects still posted over on DA from when I was in high school.
British vs. American Spelling: I am an American who loves the British "u", but also loves the American "z" -insert overdrama here- FEAR AND BE CONFUSED BY MY SPELLING!!!
Ellipses...: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP ME! No seriously, I like ellipses and if I ever start writing on here will likely over use them. Don't be afraid to tell me when I am and don't be offended if I then don't listen. It's like an addiction for me. I'm actually surprised I didn't use them all over on here. Hmm...Self-control in my future?... Nah!
Single Vs. Double-Spaced Paragraphs: Look, I know there's this thing online where people hate single-space paragraphs because they're "harder to read", but grammatically single-space paragraphs are the way to go. Single-Space is for minor topic changes or change in speaker. Double-space is for switching perspective/setting/scene or broad topic in non-fiction and serves a purpose as such to keep the reader from getting lost. I've been using them as intended this whole time for topic changes as I write this. I'm stubbornly on the side of using spacing correctly. It is actually harder for me to read when people use only double-spaced paragraphs. If you don't use single-space paragraphs please for-the-love-of-all-that-is-holy find other ways to denote these changes and break up your writing.
Long Vs. Short Chapters: I have an astigmatism so reading on screens can give me a headache. I need breaks sometimes and like good stopping points for that. I also read on my phone a lot which means when I get interrupted and stop reading I sometimes accidently scroll with my finger and horribly loose my place in longer chapters. Keep in mind there are no pages on here, only chapters and spacing or special character break-lines. If you can provide good break points despite the lack of pages then I won't mind long chapters. In fact the better works usually have longer chapters and I like being able to delve into these. In the end I would say chapters are best when proportional to the overall length of the piece and broken up with spacing and break points when long.
Writing Pet Peeve #1: Walking Dues Ex Machina characters. I hate when someone has an OC that just comes in and makes everything perfect and happy and rainbows. It's not even believable, but if you MUST then be smart about it! When you're character comes in and fixes things because they have superpowers or are just way smarter or more intuitive than everyone else then please God in heaven counter act this! Have there be consequences to these changes, have them mess up other things. SOMETHING! I could honestly rant about this in more detail forever, but I'm gonna be merciful and cut myself short here.
Writing Pet Peeve #2: AU's that lean more towards Cannon, but do not respect the moments that are necessary for character, relationship and story development. If you have to or want to change things in a mostly Cannon AU, that's fine. It's an AU after all meaning you are exploring some change to cannon be it an event or extra character. This will have effects on lots of things. Just make sure you keep in mind how that will affect the things that should stay the same since you are staying largely to Cannon. Do you need to insert a new moment to keep things moving in the same direction now that you have made this change? Then do so. Otherwise just go full fledged hard-core AU.
FanFic Terminology: So thanks to my RPing I know FanFic terminology since there is some overlap. That said, I did my RPing with notebooks and on messenger with my friends, not online in communities. We were using some of the terms wrong and other terms are simply different in RP. Most notably OC and OOC. For us an Original Character meant the cannon characters not our own characters and Out of Character meant we were speaking as ourselves(usually about plot) and chose to include it in the rp. While I understand how the terms are used here, I may on occasion forget and use them in reverse in a review. Bear with me.
Woah, that got long winded. My apologies...