Author has written 15 stories for Inuyasha, Dragon Age, Shall we date?: Ninja Love, Shonen Onmyouji, Kuroshitsuji, and Star Wars.
It's been a month since my last profile update. It feels like a lot longer. Things have been really hectic. Sickness, moving, computer meltdown, and top of everything - school and finals. Despite everything, I'm still thinking about my stories and trying to find time to update them. My eternal love - Dragon Age - remains always at the top of my thoughts, and Star Wars: The Old Republic is not too far behind. I want to update more frequently, and I'm sorry for the lack of activity. I know readers wonder if some of my stories have been abandoned. To answer that, I've updated my list of active stories to reflect my current schedule and pipeline. I've also moved that section up so it's more visible.
I know that this is old news, but reviews and private messages really do help spur me along and inspire to keep updating. If you are reading a story that you would like to see updated, please shoot me a message. I'd love to know what is still being read and followed :)
Hello readers! With the release of the new DA:I DLC and Spring Break, I've had some time to sit down and play through the game again. I'm happy to say that the new content is exciting and inspiring, so much so that I've decided to add it to the lore in Path of the Dreamwalker. I'm currently working on cranking out chapter 11 and hope to be finished with it sometime this week! I'll see you guys very soon with the next installment :D
Hello everyone! I'm not sure if anybody actually visits my profile page to check for updates, but I thought I should post this here anyway in case my readers are wondering why updates are taking so long. I see that many are still adding my stories to their favorites and alerts lists, and I want to reward that by saying - "these stories are not abandoned!". School is taking a lot out of me, and between that and my daily activities, I've had very few opportunities to sit down and work on the writing that I enjoy. Don't worry, though. The updates will come! Thank you for sticking with me :)
Active Stories: (These are updated at least once a week to two weeks)
Path of the Dreamwalker, Astray, De Profundis
Semi Active Stories:
Amaranthine Wrath (currently being reworked and remastered)
Temporary Hiatus: (I will resume these when the above are completed)
Under the Sky, Unfettered Aberration, What Binds Us, Limerance, The Saarebas, The Griffon's Cry,
Unknown Length Hiatus:
My Hatred My Obsession, Undefiled Sin
My name is Kyndred Raven.
That's a good place to start this introduction, isn't it? I'm the average, semi anti-social, introverted, college student struggling to find my place in the great wide world. I can't say I have a specific dream or goal that I'm striving for. Maybe that throws me out of the running for being categorized as an ambitious, driven, human being. However, among all of my apathy, there is one thing that makes me truly happy.
If I had the chance to go back to the beginning of college, I would have chosen to get a Bachelor's degree in English. Writing is the single thing in my life that makes living worthwhile. I have a few friends, a significant other, and a few relatives who care about me. They also make me happy. But, what truly fills the unexplained void in my heart is the written word. Reality is, well, reality. It's a set of rules that we can't bypass no matter how good we are at hacking. However, writing gives me a chance to make my own world and to share that world with my readers.
I'm still struggling to get over a few obstacles with this hobby, such as feeling dejected when I don't hear back from readers. Life is busy; the majority of readers are lurkers; just because many people don't reply doesn't mean my work isn't good - I know, right? The logic is there, the spirit is willing, but the emotions weigh me down (I guess that just proves that I'm human after all).
Currently, I'm in the middle of finishing up my first novel that's due to be published at the beginning of next year (if all goes well). While this project is taking up most of my time, I still find myself wanting to expand and work on other things. I've been writing fanfiction since middle school, and although many of my stories have been very successful here, I have a bad habit of getting discouraged in the middle of projects and leaving them unfinished. I took a long break from FF.net recently, you see, and felt terrible for leaving one of my most popular stories unfinished. However, I've recently had a few moments of enlightenment that spurred me to start over. So, I figured it was time to start something new - to turn a new leaf on my writing so to speak. To actually finish something.
If you do like my writing, let me know. I always love to hear from my readers, and I always respond personally to each review. Yes, I'll say those things at the risk of being labeled a "review [insert impolite name for loose woman here]". What can I say? Sometimes I need that little "oomph" of inspiration to help me stay up a few more hours and finish the chapter. Suggestions that lead to my improvement are always welcome.
If you've read this profile text all the way though, I'm very impressed. Feel free to grab a virtual cookie from the virtual cookie jar - organic, gluten free, low fat, and full of genuine affection.
Ways of Finding My Work:
I've recently started expanding across the net in an effort to get more exposure for my writing. Below, I can provide some links to the websites where you can find more about me and my work. These links will take you directly to my profiles.
Archive of Our Own - this is a very interesting website where many talented writers post both their fanfiction and original work.
WDC - this website hosts primarily original work instead of fanfiction.
Nefraj Studios Creative Hub - this is my personal website where both my art and literature are hosted.
Tumblr - I actually just started a blog here and I'm still trying to get used to the layout. This will host pages for my Fateshapers saga as well as Dragon Age fanart, fanfiction, and screenshots.
Kyndred Shorts - A place on Tumblr where you can find all of my Dragon Age short stories and request fills of your own :)
Deviantart - Yes, I love drawing too! If you're curious or want to see my art, please visit my profile here. I'm planning on posting lots of screenshots and fanart for Dragon Age and SWTOR here as well.
SWTOR Official Forums - I recently posted my fanfiction here and received many wonderful replies. If you'd like to visit my thread there, please click the link.
I'm sorry to say that at this time I can't take any more requests to act as a Beta reader. I've been quite swamped with work and writing, and my schedule just won't permit me to make such commitments. However, if you would like your piece reviewed in detail, please let me know. I can provide such reviews and suggestions for smaller works. In fact, I would be very happy to!
As the world of fanfiction has grown and evolved over the years, I've seen a change in attitude towards reviewing. I remember the days when writers would hold their chapters "hostage" until they met a certain review count. This has always puzzled and confused me. I don't feel that readers should be forced to rate/review any works that they read online, even ones they pay for. As writers, we are all here to make others (and most importantly ourselves) happy with our trade. Needless to say, I'm glad those days are in the past.
I do miss the days when my stories would receive more responses than they do today. A lot depends on activity and popularity of the fandom we choose to write for, of course. But, in modern times, more and more readers have become "lurkers" who prefer not to leave a trace of their passing. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I wanted to write a little blurb here about my personal take on reviews and what I feel is the most important question:
Why should you consider leaving a review? - I've been asked this question several times (well, maybe more than several) during my career as a writer by both readers and writers alike. As I moved from lurking into active writing, I noticed that I, myself, often didn't leave reviews for things that I read. Becoming an active writer gave me a new perspective on the topic. Since I realized how important reviews are to me, I began to stop and leave more detailed reviews on people's work in the hopes that someone would be kind enough to do the same for me.
So what's the big deal about reviews? I believe that reviews play several very important roles.
--Reviews give an author confidence. I can't emphasize this enough. If there is any reason to leave a review - even the smallest of encouragements - then this is it. Writers work tirelessly on their stories, especially longer projects. This often involves heavy research and planning. Even the best of writers have down days, and this is when reviews can make the most difference for us.
These aren't the only reasons, but I feel they are the most important. If you've read this far, then I hope you have a better understanding of why we always ask for reviews. I hope that this will encourage more exchanging of such kindness in our community.