Author has written 2 stories for Baldur's Gate, and Pillars of Eternity.
Sod it, I might as well do this. Taken me long enough (three years and eight months really is pushing it), but I suppose I should, and now's as good a time as any.
I like fandoms and 'fics from all over the place, and I'm a very prolific reader. Nonetheless, I like to think that my favourites list, long as it is, is pretty exclusive - they really are what I (do note 'I') reckon are the best of all the 'fics I've read on the site. Favourite authors are those that have got two or more stories that I like enough to be on or very near my Favourites list. This does occasionally mean I delete some stories from Favourites as I move the author to Favourite Authors, but hey. (On the minus side, I've been bookmarking stuff since way back, so there's probably stuff in there I'd completely disown now, but have never read again to re-assess it).
In terms of actual 'fic conventions that I like, it varies quite a bit. Everything I express after this point is absolutely personal opinion - remember that, please.
- I think crossovers have to be done carefully, or they quickly turn into one set of characters slaughtering the other set(s), either on the grounds that they actually have that extra level of power, or the author likes them enough to pull that power out of a hat for them.
- Romances and pairings are fine, but should be well-developed. I tend to insist on love stories being long and giving the characters time to grow into it.
- Time travel is hit-and-miss very often. When it's an excuse for the author to make a super-powerful version of the protagonist who won't make any mistakes, that really kind of sucks. On the other hand, it can be really intriguing to think about how a character would develop in the future, and how this altered character would react to the events of his/her past.
- OCs can be done well, but care should be taken in making them the focus of a story in my books. They are probably easier to handle well if used to add character and colour to the background of your 'fic, not take over the show. Obvious author inserts in any role beyond strict parody are even *more* difficult, to use correctly.
- Just strengthening a character enormously (or even putting them on an entirely different power level to the rest of the cast) can be funny, can be well written, but is, for me, the equivalent of fanfic junk-food. It'll be momentarily satisfying, but what I'll really remember are the 'fics that didn't need to have moments that scream "LOOK, I'M AWESOME", but let the plot, characters, conflict and interaction carry the day.
I do actually have 'fics of my own written. I rather doubt I'll ever let the internet at large see them. One day, maybe, one day ... (Oh, dear, I finally did put one up. What was I thinking?! Although the reviews so far have been very kind...)
That out of the way, some obligatory biography crap, which might just be relevant in the context of my reviews. Especially if I'm bringing you up on charges of abusing Latin because you decided it would be OK, since no-one speaks it. I do, you horrible little peasants! :D
I'm British and currently studying Literae Humaniores (i.e. the Classics - Latin, Greek, Ancient History, Philosophy, Archaeology ...) at Oxford. Thus, lots of big words, attempts at grammar, and formal/archaic/not-normal expressions. That's partly influenced by too much translation of other languages for which only older, less streamlined English has equivalents, and textbooks on said languages which were written when that style was contemporary. It may also be because I'm pretentious. But so're most people at Oxford, so meh. :p
Physically, I enjoy individual sports. Suck at co-operating with teams for whatever reason (often, I guess, because I don't want to drag them down if I screw up), so my main activities are swimming, kendo and fencing.
And from that, you probably guessed I'm pretty tomboyish. I'm not adverse to the cute side of things (except pink. Pink is the colour of the devil), but I'm happier being active or working than I am thinking about my appearance. Then again, that could just be because of my appearance (seriously, I'm a girl. There should be two signs of this which are at least somewhat visible).
I suppose you could say imagination is my passion. Or people. I like finding out not about hard facts, but about things that can be seen from lots of different points of view, or don't actually have one answer. So I'm very much into various groups' languages, cultures, stories, myths, histories and the evolution and interaction of the aforesaid. A certain sort of anthropolgy, you might say. For now, I'm concentrating on the Classical civilisations - Rome and Greece. The Iliad in particular is a great piece of literature (although certain translations leave quite a bit to be desired): do find a decent copy and read it if you can. From the original Greek is even better! In terms of comedy, Aristophanes is an absolute riot, especially if you get the historical background. Love him.
My language learning - Ancient Greek, Latin and French in the main, Japanese and miscellaneous bits of other languages on the side - has given me my own perspective on translation, which is ... not very wide-spread (and for good reason, I do admit). The more explanatory footnotes, square brackets to indicate a concept that doesn't really have a direct translation, multiple suggestions, and general admission that languages are different, imprecise and tricky, the better. I try to keep that kind of writing out of my 'fic, but it's quite adequately demonstrated in this very profile as well everything else I write. Bah.
So, yeah. Thanks for dropping by. _
j n k
PS: Anyone who wants Latin or Ancient Greek translations for bits of their work (titles, chapter headings, attack names, spells, whatever) should be perfectly happy to ask me. I'll try to help you as best I can. (Testing character compatibility: Ἄ ἁ ἐ ὅ ὁ ς)