Author has written 9 stories for Sonic the Hedgehog, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy VII, and Avatar: Last Airbender.
Formerly Psychic Genius and/or Destiny's Apprentice. Updated to match my tumblr/A03 accounts to make things less complicated all around.
Current Avatar: Sherlock admiring the London skyline (and totally not considering jumping off any buildings this time or anything) to the shrill cries of fangirls in the distance. Series 3 haters gon h8. How can you not appreciate drunk-deductions?! How did you not get a tear in your eye at the best man sp--(is taken out by one of Mycroft's men).
Short version…not…dead? Really, I'm not. Just very busy with life and all its adventures. I've been kind of idea-less for a while now in terms of fic writing, but I've been dying to write a few Sherlock fics ever since I binge-watched all three series. Check out the upcoming stories for my vague ideas on that front! I'm a little wary of "writing British", so to speak, so I might need some kind of Anglo-beta to help me out with those, to make sure the American doesn't slip in too much.
Ok...so it was more than 24 hours. -_- But it's done, and I'm just tickled pink right now. Lolz. Check out A Fine Line if you have time- it's kind of a stylistic experiment on my part, since I'm trying to branch out and I wanted to see if I could pull off something like that. (Raises glass) Here's to hoping that I succeeded! :D
As of today, I've just been practically clotheslined by a really great idea for a oneshot. Its format is based on a very interesting short story I read for one of my classes. It's gonna be KH, featuring my OTP (w00t!) and if it continues eating away at my mind like this, it'll be up very, very soon, maybe in even less than 24 hours. Although that might be a little optimistic. OTL
Updated Maiko prompts- Seasons, Part 2: Winter! Two more seasons to go...can't wait to see how things resolve themselves :)
Updated the Maiko prompts with #69: Seasons :) Something I wrote a long time ago but didn't post until now because I wasn't sure where I wanted it to go. But now I think I do! Spoiler Alert: There's a part for every season.
YAY, an update!! I've finally gotten back into writing! Posted my new story, Forze dell'Oscurita, my latest project that I'm paying way more attention to than class work. God help me.
Kind of unrelated to fanfiction, but I just officially got my deviantart account up and running! (Only took me 3 years -_-) Go check it if you have a minute!!
Just a quick little message I wanted to throw out for everyone- sadly, although I've thought out nearly every single one of the Maiko 101 Prompts, they may be coming to a standstill sometime soon. I had a few in the works that I could publish with a little tweaking, so I may do that. I think the hiatus is mostly a loss of interest, unfortunately- my interest levels fluctuate and change way more than is healthy or productive :) Instead of that, I will mostly likely be making yet another fandom switch, back to Kingdom Hearts for...well, let's just say that with proper planning, attention, and hopefully interest on my part for a LONG time, it should blow anything else I've written out of the water. My most ambitious project yet, by far. So stay tuned for that!
A Bit About Me:
Well, I’ve been around for quite some time on ff.net and never really given anyone a shred of info about myself...so, after all this time I might as well spill everything! Name’s Christine, I’ve spent 23 long years trying to figure out life, and I recently graduated with concurrent degrees in New Media Art and English. I acknowledge that my name isn’t common these days and didn’t even make the top 500 most popular baby names for the last decade or so, but I find it a good enough title considering my mother almost named me Celeste (middle name Jill...I kid you not!) Fatherly intervention can be a beautiful thing. I’m proud to be blue-eyed, brunette, and mostly Italian, with some German and Hungarian roots that have granted me the gift of being incredibly, unnecessarily fair-skinned. I’m also a fan of wit, well-timed sarcasm, and being as acceptably verbose as possible.
I created this account way back in the middle of seventh grade, I believe. The mind of an almost 13-year-old is an odd mechanism, unfortunately bizarre and sometimes egotistical, and is capable of producing really strange pen names that correspond to these aforementioned characteristics. I decided on Psychic Genius for a host of ridiculous reasons that I'm sure no one really cares about. I promise I at least pretend to be normal now. Well, not really. But at least at this point in time I can fully promise that I am not and will never be either of the things my former pen names suggest I am.
So, while I can’t exactly explain the origin of the pen name, I can explain why I’m here on ff.net. Reading’s always been one of my faves...goes back to the good ole days of trying to pull kiddie-all-nighters with Animal Ark, Boxcar Children, and Harry Potter books and being angry because I fell asleep instead of finishing it. I guess the interest in writing, too, was kind of a natural, corresponding thing.
And even before I knew what fanfiction was, my mind always gravitated toward the “unknowns” in stories. All the juicy bits the authors left out- plot holes, what-if’s. I’d come up with my own theories, as many people do, to try to fill everything in. The story was never finished until I finished it for myself. So add that interest to writing, and you get fanfiction!
Of course, I had to see it for myself and dabble in reading it for a few years before I cranked out anything of my own. I feel slightly inclined to credit a really, really ancient fic that’s hiding somewhere in the depths of cyberspace called The Knothole Chronicles for fully spurring my interest. Now, I wouldn’t advise trying to hunt it down now, (I haven't tried since I first read it), because I don't think it's a particularly outstanding piece of literature, and it's not on this site. But still, it got me hooked for whatever reason, so I had to mention it :)
My interest in certain fandoms tend to grow and wane depending on a lot of factors, but I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed writing for every fandom that shows up on this page. Even if the story turns out to be a train wreck (coughfirststorycoughdon’tlookcough). I've written a few things that I'm proud of, but I have a bad habit of starting chapter fics with tons of excitement about where the story can go, and then losing interest or "switching fandoms". I'm cursed with the problem of not being able to read or write fanfic for more than one fandom at a time. Right now, I’m mainly interested in Sherlock (and have admittedly found myself spending inordinate amounts of time obsessing over the perfection that is Benedict Cumberbatch and brainstorming ways to visit London), House, and Kingdom Hearts every now and again.
Annnd I think I just proved my point about switching too much.
And now, thanks to all of this wonderful years reading fanfiction (among some other factors), I've decided that I like reading and writing enough to do something at least remotely professional with it in the future. In a perfect world, maybe I'll find a way to integrate my love for drawing into my life as well. I'm still trying to figure out exactly how that's going to work. Honestly, I'm open to suggestions!
Sooo, I think that just about covers it all. I promise my stories aren’t nearly as tangent-y as this little blurb is. Nearly.
Over these many long years that I've been reading fanfiction, I've discovered a great many things that are necessary for constructing a decent piece of literature- things that separate good writing from bad writing. These are the top ten tips that I always consider when writing that I will now put into my own words and elaborate upon for anyone who might also be able to use them (feel free to speed read...I warned you):
This is an ABSOLUTE MUST!! I really don’t care if you think you’re all that just because no one’s grading your writing. I guarantee that readers’ opinion of you and your writing will tank if you don’t abide by this rule. The truth is: people do notice. Grammar and spelling rules were invented for a reason- they make your thoughts as easily communicated as possible. They help to convey your thoughts in the best, most accurate way.
2.) Keep characters in character:
In my reviews, this is usually one of the first flaws that I’ll point out in someone’s writing. Red flags go up in my mind as soon as someone isn’t acting the way they should. Most people read fanfiction because they love the characters (as well as plot, but we’ll talk about that later) of the original storyline. Fanfiction helps readers to see their very lovable characters in situations that weren’t addressed in the original plot. So if their very lovable characters aren’t acting their very lovable selves, then we have a problem. Of course, this is completely justified if it’s intentional. But if it becomes unclear why a character is acting a certain way...well, that’s a big no-no. I’ve found that a good way to avoid this problem is reading a character’s dialogue out loud to help envision the situation. If you can’t imagine them saying it, then don’t write it. Or in the case where there is limited or no dialogue, imagine yourself in the same room as them.
I'm going to mention AUs in here as well, because they've been the worst offenders of this rule as of late. I know, I know, AUs are supposed to be "different than canon!" But honestly, come on people. Using AU as an excuse for bad characterization gets really old, really, REALLY fast, and you better believe that your readers will never take it seriously. AU means that as an author, you're taking the liberty of changing some things with the typical canon, whether it be the setting, the plot, etc. But the one thing that should not change significantly in AUs are the characters. It's Alternate UNIVERSE, not Alternate FANDOM. Why then, do so many stories use AU as an excuse to turn all of their characters into one dimensional stereotypes (or worse, whiny highschoolers) that fit the bill for the story or fulfill some self-gratification that share no similarities with their actual characters other than the way they look? Oh, and their name too, I guess. It does the actual character a terrible injustice, if you ask me. How would an author diagnose this problem in their own story? For me, the dead ringer's always been when you can substitute random names for all of the characters and still get the same story. That means that the characters have none of their defining or recognizable characteristics from canon. If you feel that you have enough trouble getting characterization right in normal canon fics, then God help us, DO NOT write an AU! They should be reserved for authors who truly understand the characters and want to experiment a little.
...Yeah. Sorry bout that. That's probably the most scathing I'll get in this little blurb. In my defense, it might be my biggest pet peeve ever.
3.) On description:
I, for one, think it is very silly for anyone to say that description is unnecessary (and believe it or not, I’ve seen and heard people say it!). Isn’t description practically the essential building block of any decent story? I know I use it plenty. Sure, it’s lengthy and can tear you away from the oh-so-intriguing dialogue for a few painstaking seconds, but guess what: if it wasn’t there, there wouldn’t BE a story. Because without description, a fic turns into a script. Which no one likes. If you think you may be a description hater, rethink what you consider to be description. It isn't just a big blocky paragraph of useless information about the surroundings and other things that you don’t care about. Ot at least it shouldn't be. The idea is that you have to make the story rely on the description—make it so that it becomes indispensable information that the reader can’t keep reading without. And make it interesting too; that will help just a little bit. Paint a picture. Think of it as a chance to show off your extensive vocabulary!
4.) Justify your ships (unless it’s a parody/crack pairing):
All right, time to step on some toes. In my honest opinion, if you can’t explain how your pairing came to be or how it makes sense, then it’s definitely not legitimate enough to subject anyone else to reading about it. The reason that I cannot, will not support Zutara (of the A:tLA series) is because nine times out of ten, it’s not justified or explained. Both of the characters in the pairing are, by canon, involved in another CLEARLY defined relationship, yet most cases that this pairing turns up, it isn’t explained how either character ends the previous relationship. I get that sometimes "undoing" canon is time-consuming and oftentimes difficult. And yeah, there are always going to be readers who just want to read about a pairing and aren't invested in finding out how we get there. But a story that works with canon instead of against it is almost always going to turn out better. Think out it like this: all readers have their own understanding of the canon of a fandom, but generally, we're all coming to your story from roughly the same place and with certain facts about the plot, relationships, etc. of canon established. So as soon as an author says, "Okay, it's kind of like canon, but imagine that so-and-so are together now," or "Imagine so-and-so have romantic chemistry even though they kind of really didn't originally," you're asking your readers to suspend disbelief. So in order for a non-canon ship to really work, you're going to have to be as convincing as possible.
5.) On Plot:
In the case of chapter stories, a compelling plot is what really drives the story. It’s the main thing that separates all pieces of fanfiction. It’s probably what got you hooked on fanfiction to begin with (if not, then the characters, as mentioned above). First off, make sure there IS one. Otherwise, you're kind of screwed. Second, give readers something to think about; make it interesting. However, avoid making the plot too far-fetched or too overwhelming from what people expect in the fandom. Also, be careful with the route your story is taking. Often times, planning the whole story out beforehand is a good idea. Because of the nature of publishing fanfiction in parts, having some kind of blueprint to fall back on when you’re in a rut can be a lifesaver, and it also helps to keep you from deviating too much from the earlier chapters. Think of professional novelists. Their writing is oftentimes seamless, as if they wrote it all in one sitting. There’s no indication of stopping and starting points or what parts they wrote on what days. Use them as your models. Make your plot FLOW.
In the world of oneshots and alternate universe stories, some of the aforementioned rules apply while others differ. Oneshots, generally, are much shorter than chapter stories and therefore have less room for plot development. But by nature, the goal of oneshots usually isn’t to develop plot. Most commonly, they deal with analyzing a character’s nature or presenting a specific situation. So if you’re trying to establish a plot in a oneshot, don’t be afraid to be anticlimactic...the best ones I’ve read often end on a rather unexpected note. I think it helps with the impact factor. As for alternate universe...you have a lot more freedom with plot, basically unlimited. Alternate universe is the closest fanfiction comes to being “real writing” because it relies the least on what was originally created and the most on your own creativity. In terms of keeping the story interesting, the same rule applies. The more you change from the original plot, the more expectations you’ll have to live up to. I’ll admit, many times AU stories that vary too much from its original bore me a few chapters in. Whether it’s changing the setting, the way the characters act, or the plot. So please, please don’t abuse your freedom.
6.) Does the story make sense?
This is one that I once thought was a pretty straightforward and reasonable rule. But there’s quite a lot of fanfiction online that really just doesn’t add up. Most of it probably has to do with that very useful “planning in advance thing” I mentioned earlier, or lack thereof. There should never be any details in your fic that directly contradict each other. I know it gets increasingly difficult to keep track of everything as the story gets longer, but I’m sure your readers will appreciate it if you straighten everything out for them as much as possible. No one likes being confused. It’s also very important that you don’t contradict any of the main facts/plots/etc. found in canon (or if you do, acknowledge and justify it!), because chances are there’s going to be at least one crazy, very dedicated fan out there reading your stuff who has every single detail from canon committed to memory. And even if you don’t come across one of those types, you should always write as if they WERE reading your story.
On a slightly shorter, still related note, I feel the need to add a little section on the actual language itself making sense. If you have chosen to write in a language that is not your native tongue (chances are it’s gonna be English), make sure you have an EXTREMELY good grasp on the language. Unfortunately, even if you note that it’s not your first language, people won’t excuse it if you make too many mistakes. And if they’re sitting there trying to make sense out of your writing, they’re not paying attention to what you’re trying to say. So to resolve this, there’s a very simple solution: request the help of a beta like me! I, for one, am more than happy to help anyone with this problem. It doesn’t just help improve your writing and your understanding of the language- it makes whoever is reading your story a ton happier. So there, everyone’s happy!
7.) About OCs: (because we all have problems with them :))
I’ll be the first to admit, seeing an OC mentioned in a chapter summary is a major turnoff for me. In all my years of reading, I’m pretty sure that I can count the number of successful OCs I’ve seen on one hand. But if you’re up to the very daunting challenge (that should NEVER be taken lightly) of creating an OC, consider the following. In any story, the more OCs, the worse the story gets. Period. An abundance of OCs is not only extremely confusing for your readers (is Kisaaru the one with the silver hair? Oh no, that’s right, she’s the one with the really entrancing aqua orbs!), but also downright annoying. People don’t read fanfiction to see what kind of new characters you can cook up. That’s what actual fiction is for. OCs should always play minor roles in stories and should have some pre-designated purpose. If you’re only putting them in the story because you feel like you have to put some element of yourself into it, then you’re at risk for creating a mary sue. Hopefully from this bit I’ve discouraged your use of OCs, but if you’re still up to it...
8.) Don’t be afraid to develop your own style:
Style is the one thing that I think a lot of people underestimate. Your own personal writing style is essential to your success as a writer, whether it be professional or just in the little world of fanfiction. It ties all of your stories together and sometimes even helps boost your reputation. Of course, everyone is completely different, and everyone who reads your stories is equally different, so there isn’t one “winning style” that beats out the rest. Personally, I love wordy styles (bet you would NEVER guess that) and styles that have that little bit of concealed wittiness that makes you snort out laughs out of complete nowhere. Or styles that just flow nicely and sound poetic, yet not cliché. But if that’s not you, there’s nothing wrong with that! Just put as much of your own personality as possible into it. I guarantee that a good half of the people who write boring stories aren’t boring people at all!
9.) If you write smut, choose your words very carefully:
This cannot be stressed enough. Smut requires a very good grasp on vocabulary. If you’re not completely sure how to express certain details of explicit scenes or feel uncomfortable expressing it, then don’t write them. It’s often better and more tasteful anyway. But if the storyline doesn’t allow for a change of scene and you tend to be a little queasy when it comes to scenes of this nature (I definitely am), or if you’re on a mission to write one, characters’ emotions are your best friends. Try to avoid describing the physicality of the scene...focus more on what is running through the characters’ minds. It’s more insightful, less ludicrous and crude, and will definitely garner more respect from your readers. Also, unless you note somewhere that your fic is PWP, I'd make sure that the scene is contributing more than just sexy times. Ask yourself: is this adding something important or letting us learn something about the two that we wouldn't have otherwise? Characterization doesn't stop as soon as an explicit scene starts. If anything, it should be even more abundant; after all, we're seeing more of the character than usual (literally and figuratively ;P).
10.) Don’t abuse betas! And don’t be afraid of negative criticism!:
Just...yeah, don't do it. Betas do not serve as your personal word processor, unless they specifically note that they’re willing to correct all of your spelling errors. A few are okay, but if your whole story shows up with those pesky red underlines in Word, then there’s a problem. Laziness will never be an excuse for anything. If you care about your own writing, then make it presentable, even if it’s being edited by someone else before it hits the web.
Never expect your readers or betas to only give you unending praise. Be prepared to handle negative criticisms. Think of it like real life: you want your friends to be honest with you, right? Sure, it’s nice to have lots of buddies who tell you how awesome your writing is. And I know all about that sinking feeling you get when you see a review from a reader who wasn't feeling your story. But if they have something constructive to offer, LISTEN. It means they're really thinking about what you’re saying and not just breezing through it. Try your best to get to the point where you appreciate good constructive criticism more than empty positive reviews. We're all writers here, so chances are if someone's taking time to point out things you can improve on, it's because they've been where you are before.
Now flaming a.k.a. nonconstructive "criticism", on the other hand...okay. You can get a little offended and defensive about that. If it sounds anything like, "Wow this sucks, my cat can write better than you," you can probably just let that go. If it’s constructive, it usually offers some means of improvement. Flaming is much crueler, mostly sarcastic, and intends to hurt the author. Sometimes, you'll get a review that's a bit of both. If this happens to you, try to see past the scathing remarks/personal attacks and take a look at whatever they're telling you didn't work for them. That's the only part that counts for anything, if it all.
And that's basically my low down on fanfiction. Take what you want from it. Again, this is more or less just a model I've constructed for myself and the rest of the world out of sheer boredom, and is absolutely, positively NOT an attack on any type of writer or fic. Just in case it came across that way.
Favorite Quotes: (In No Particular Order...)
Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. Nelson Mandela
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those who sang best. Henry Von Duke
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask is a fool forever. Chinese Proverb
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I think that when a fictional character starts keeping secrets from the writer, that's when the character becomes real. Steven Moffat
Michael Scott: What is the single most important thing for a company? Is it the building? Is it the stock? Is it the turnover? It's the people. The *people*. My proudest moment here wasn't when I increased profits by 17%, or cut expenditure without losing a single member of staff. No, no, no, no. It was a young Guatamalan guy, first job in the country, hardly spoke a word of English, but he came to me and he went "Mr. Scott, will you be the Godfather to my child?" Wow. *Wow.* Didn't work out in the end. We had to let him go. He sucked: The Office
Michael Scott: Yes. It is true. I, Michael Scott, am signing up with an online dating service. Thousands of people have done it, and I am going to do it. I need a username, and... I have a great one. "Little Kid Lover". That way people will know exactly where my priorities are at : The Office
Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan: A Christmas Story
Jack Sparrow: to Barbossa Well, yes mate. See, I'm dishonest. And a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you need to watch out for, because you never know when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Sokka: My last girlfriend turned into the moon.
Aang: (trying to provide evidence to clear his name) You see, I have very large feet. Furthermore, your… temple matches your statue. But… I was in a painting at sunset? ...So there you have it! I’mmm not guilty! Avatar: The Last Airbender
Let's mosey: Cloud, Final Fantasy VII
I don't care what you are doing, so much as the idiotic way that you are doing it: Vincent Valentine, FFVII
A professional isn't someone who sacrifices themselves for a job. That's just a fool: Reno, FFVII
Reno: (on seeing Bahamut) Hello.
I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity: Edgar Allen Poe
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who only dream by night: Edgar Allen Poe
Our Dear Conspiracy (Sherlock): "And from the way in which you've positioned yourself, you've made it clear that you don't want me to see your left hand, maybe out of shame of a recently acquired imperfection from misbehaving," he spat the last word, grasping her wrist from behind her back none too lightly and pulling it between them, but his next words died on his tongue immediately. He stared a hatefully blank stare, for once only looking and refusing to see. "You're getting a bit slow, Mr. Holmes," she breathed, "It took you two minutes longer than I'd guessed it would."
I'll let you all speculate where this one is going ;)
The Open Window (Sherlock): Now really, it was about time that she learned to use the door. Leaving all these windows open was letting in such an unpleasant draft, and let it be noted that hell would freeze over before Mrs. Hudson let any part of 221B become even slightly unpleasantly drafty. Oneshot. Adlock, as seen from Mrs. Hudson's POV.
You know you want to see this happen. I really love messing with unexpected POVs these days...
When Not in Karachi (Sherlock): On the warmest of nights, rare as they were, he imagines he's there with her, the most unexpected of allies, in Karachi's deserts.. The machete is positioned to kill, but it never does. And yet, even the warm nights seem quite the opposite the more he dwells on it. AU ASiB, if Sherlock hadn't saved the day.
This is actually what I thought had happened at the end of Scandal, at least at first-- that the rescue was all a figment of his imagination because he didn't want to consider the alternative.
Possible House, MD fic: “The Misadventures of Cancer Boy and Dr. Gimp-a-Limp” House finished his unvoiced thought, seemingly awaiting Wilson’s pen filling in the first blank page. It didn’t. “You’re the sidekick?” “I just suggested that dumbass title, and you chose to question your protagonism in your own travel memoir instead?” A pause. “God, and I thought I hated myself.” Post-finale. The road trip. Let the bromance begin.
Forze dell'Oscurita: He stood in the midst of the dying sun and couldn’t help but glance at the charm in his hand, forever a reminder of the friendships of many. He would fight, for them, for the worlds. They were right before- the old man didn’t stand a chance. Post KH2- a vision of what’s to come.
Theorizing about KH3 was definitely a mistake...
Wishing You the Best: 50 sentences of the 50 greatest moments. KH Gen.
Yeah, I'm jumping on that bandwagon. I can't help it- I've always wanted to write one of these!
Maiko 101 Prompts
I have a great many of these in progress at the moment: #69 Season (a four-parter), #98 Sun...and many more!
Sheer Equality: She knew she would prove them all wrong someday. Elena-centric. Relena in later chapters. (Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama)
At a standstill, for now.
Call: She was always the last to hang up. Oneshot. RenoxElena (Genre: Romance, Angst)
This is still a work-in-progress. The title and summary are pretty provisional. But it's an old idea I had once upon a time.
Untitled: He'd left everything in the past. The last thing he wanted was to see it again. A delving into the life of Reno. (Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama)
Again, the summary is temporary. I just wanted to throw the idea on here so people know it's something I've been considering for a while. I've always wanted to offer my theories on Reno's past.
Untitled: You think he would have learned by now that pick-up lines aren't the way to go. But this is Reno we're talking about... (Genre: Humor/Romance)
I know this idea has been used before, but I wanted to take a crack at it. I'm going to try to stick some sort of shallow plot with it to try to set it apart from others, though. I knew it's going to be hilarious to write...
Untitled KH Piece: And to think it all started with such a stupid question. Oneshot. Riku-centric. (Genre: General)
This is just an idea I had. Basically, it's a reflection sort of piece. I'm not really sure when I'll get around to writing it...