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Author has written 6 stories for Harry Potter, Arrow, Flash, and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
June 26, 2017 - Due to budgetary issues, I will be cancelling my Internet services as of July 1, 2017, and unless something changes, I will not have them again until October. I will check in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning July 1, and summer projects will be updated once a week, on Saturdays, also beginning July 1. All other projects will be pushed to the Fall, specifically October 2017. For more information on what is considered a Summer Project and what is a Fall Project, please scroll down to the sections labeled My Current Projects and Coming October 2017.
I’m a 31-year-old man with a high functioning form of autism (Asperger’s Syndrome); I was diagnosed with Asperger’s in the 1990s, before it became the ‘go-to diagnosis’ for lazy psychologists. Social anxiety is one of the few aspects I continue to struggle with, which is why I don’t hold down a job. But having Asperger’s has also given me the laser-focus I need to be a writer of any kind, both of original and transformative works.
I fully admit I don’t really have a life outside of writing. This is primarily because of the social anxiety I mentioned earlier. But I persevere with what I have, using my surplus of time to research things for the stories I want to tell, be they original or transformative (otherwise known as fan fiction), so that I can provide at least one service that I have always excelled in to those who desire it: the entertainment of others.
I have been a writer since I was in first grade, and a reader since before I was in Kindergarten. I’ve gone from a voracious reader to semi-experienced storyteller, and as a result I’ve got a lot of experience with writing and storytelling, and I put that to good use on various websites, or at least try to.
I’m not so arrogant as to think I know everything about being a storyteller (even those people acclaim as masters have outright stated that being a storyteller is a state of constant evolution), but I try to be someone people can approach for advice and not be seen as a complete and utter jerk, because let’s face it: there are certainly people like that on various writing sites who spend more time scratching their behinds and telling people how not to write something and far less time either giving examples or encouraging someone, helping them foster the talent with constructive criticism.
If you wish to follow me on Twitter for ‘progress updates’ or anything of the like, you can do so at the following handle: (at sign)AndrusTolero.
Finally, my work will be far less relationship oriented, and when there is a relationship, I won’t put a whole lot of focus on it because A: I don’t like projects turning into the written form of porn, and B: I don’t have a wealth of experience to draw on. I only know from observing actual relationships around me.
Pairings Policy: With regards to my transformative works, do not pester me about doing a specific pairing. It honestly makes me less likely to do that pairing since I won’t have the same excitement as I would if I chose it for myself. For my original works, I’ll see what readers think, but I’ll ultimately let the project decide where it goes. I will not become that which I despise and make characters act OOC because the requirements of plot instead of allowing the plot to be decided by the actions, personalities, and emotions of my characters. The sole exceptions to this is if I’m answering a challenge to, well, challenge myself, such as with Shadow of the Demon and it’s sequel, Mysteries in the Darhk.
Review Policy: I love interacting with my readers, whether it’s with my original works or my transformative ones. However, I have a strict policy about reviews in general: if you want an answer from me, you have to either have a signed account or comment on a project on AO3. The why of this is because I do not like to clog down Author’s Notes with messages to anonymous reviewers, no matter how interesting their comments or suggestions are. While there are certainly authors who will do so, I’m not among them.
Chapter Length Policy: One-shots will be between 500 & 3000 words. Average-length stories will have chapters between 2500 & 5000 words. Episodic stories will have chapters exceeding 15K words.
Story Removal Policy: The fact is that while there are stories that burn brightly in the imagination, sometimes that flame fizzles out before the story is complete. This is the main reason I will remove a story from this point forward. I will create a ‘collection’ come October for what I call ‘reaction fics’, since I have some passionate reactions at times to events in the Arrowverse and other shows, but feel more or less disgusted with how I reacted later on.
The Difference Between Drama & Melodrama
This is an issue that tends to crop up in a lot of discussions I end up having, so I wanted to just clarify what I mean. There are two types of storytelling, no matter what genre or entertainment format (novels, comics, movies, TV) that you write in. These storytelling types are known as drama and melodrama.
Drama focuses around the three-dimensional characters you breathe life into, whether they’re your own original characters (OCs) or canon characters from an established fandom. These characters often have distinct personalities and, in the case of fan fiction, those personalities are dependent upon how the writer views these characters (but that is another topic entirely). Those personalities, the character’s strengths and weaknesses, provide complications to the narrative (i.e., drama) and allow the plot to be dictated by the characters’ strengths, weaknesses, and personalities. A good television example of this is ABC’s Revenge, which recognized what the characters involved were capable of. In particular, they did not force the character of Jack to suddenly become as cold and conniving as, say, Conrad Grayson, and they allowed Daniel Grayson to remain someone who had a deep well of emotions despite his growing depth of cunning, emotions that were consistently toyed with by the two ruthless, calculating women in his life: his girlfriend/fiancé/wife/ex, Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke, and his mother, Victoria Grayson. His ultimate fate, like many other deaths in the series, had the groundwork laid down for it well ahead of time.
Melodrama, on the other hand, is the practice of storytelling in which everything must serve the plot, regardless of any other factors. This leads to characters acting in a manner that doesn’t suit their personality, strengths, or weaknesses. This is referred to as acting Out of Character, or OOC. For example, a person who has been shown to have a strong moral fiber suddenly decides to advocate killing; as another example, someone who has a secret prison where they hold their most dangerous enemies gets angry and argumentative when they discover a government black site run by someone they are involved with. Finally, characters rarely have a great depth to them, and often are modeled after common tropes (the brash hero, the damsel in distress, the arrogant villain, etc.). The CW Network has a very wide range of television shows that fit this model of storytelling, and on the rare occasion a show escapes this tendency towards meaningless tropes (such as Arrow), the CW seemingly pulls some strings so that their ‘brand’ is continued; it’s almost as though they’re afraid of success. . . .
As for myself? I primarily make use of the former, and when I do make use of the latter, it is usually with the intention of mocking it. An example of how I do this (often covertly) is with sentences like, “In another lifetime or universe, he might have made a different choice than killing his enemy; he might have spared them and gone on to regret it. But in this universe, he dealt his enemy a death blow.”
(listed by fandom, in no particular order of preference)
Oliver Queen/Sara Lance – As someone who strongly believes that opposites do not attract, I feel these two had the best chance in the series (not to mention their actors had some of the best chemistry).
Oliver Queen/Earth-2 Dinah Laurel Lance – While I do love Earth-1 Laurel, she more or less became a doormat and put up with far too much of Oliver's shit. My impressions so far of Black Siren have been a character who wouldn't do the same as her Earth-1 counterpart. The only time I've managed to successfully pair Oliver off with E-1 Laurel is when I completely rewrite the character, and she more or less becomes like Black Siren.
Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak - Let’s be clear: I love their dynamic when Felicity is not being written as your stereotypical CW melodrama queen, such as they started doing in Seasons 3 and 4 in the back half of those seasons. She also put up with too much of Oliver’s shit in those seasons where in previous seasons, she called him out on it. Same in reverse; first two seasons, Oliver called Felicity out on things, and they hashed things out like adults. The last three seasons. . . not so much. So I love this relationship when they’re acting like adults instead of teenagers, which is one of the few reasons I despise the fact these shows are on the CW.
Barry Allen/Caitlin Snow - I felt the actors who play these characters have had amazing chemistry and that the only reason they didn't try this out was due to the backlash over Oliver/Felicity from comics fans.
Barry Allen/Iris West - I do find the dynamic between the actors very well. My biggest issue with this pairing in the show itself is the fact they grew up as foster siblings during their teenage years. Even if they didn't see each other in this fashion, it can be... disconcerting.
Caitlin Snow/Julian Albert - I actually do like this pairing and hope it finds fruition in Season 4 of The Flash.
Legends of Tomorrow
Sara Lance/Leonard Snart – I firmly believe that Sara (who is confirmed as bi-sexual) primarily pairs off with women on the show due to the fact that she has to really trust a man before she's with them. She trusted Oliver, and we saw her growing trust in Snart. This stems from my belief that her targeting rapists in the Glades during Season 2 was because she herself was sexually assaulted, likely on the Amazo or in the interim time between the Amazo sinking & Nyssa finding her.
Mick/Amaya - The only other relationship that had decent chemistry so far on this show. I hope we get passed the whole 'Nate/Amaya' thing soon because that was so clearly shoe-horned in so they could have Mick be all broody outcast and turn to the Legion, for however brief a time.
Kara Danvers/Lena Luthor - In my opinion, Melissa Benoist and Katie McGrath have excellent chemistry with one another, regardless of whether Melissa is being Kara Danvers or Supergirl. I am not above reading Kara/Mon-El or Kara/James, but as far as writing goes, this one would be most likely to happen in my works even if it never does in the show. Also, I can’t really root for the male options as of yet. . .
Harry Potter/Hermione Granger – In my opinion, Harry is much smarter than he lets on, and both he and Hermione have been outcasts. Yes, in the books they claim to see each other as siblings, but Rowling has said in recent years that she thinks she should have gone this route, but she didn't as a sort of wish fulfillment.
Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass or Harry Potter/Susan Bones – When I'm reading a project where Harry is more or less politically-inclined, I prefer him to be with someone who seems like they would fit into that world. In fanon, that is often Daphne or Susan, the latter due primarily to her aunt's status as head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement.
Revan/Crossover Pairing – I despise Bastila in-game. I can read projects with this pairing which give insight into the characters, but overall I find Bastila to by whiny, weak-willed, and full of undeserved arrogance.
Han/Leia - Need I say more?
Chloe Decker/Lucifer Morningstar - Their dynamic is hilarious, but I also worry about the pairing finally coming to fruition since this is more or less a ‘buddy cop’ type show similar to Castle and other projects where a ‘non-cop’ becomes teamed up with a cop; usually, if they’re of the opposite sex (which is often), the spark of the relationship seems to die when they finally get together, and so to does the draw of the project itself.
Mazikeen/Amenadiel - Whether its as lovers or friends, these two have the most hilarious dynamic because of how they snipe back and forth.
The following is a listing of all my multi-chaptered projects. For the time being, they will only be found here on FFN. If a project is removed by FFN for violation of the guidelines or whatever, I will move it to AO3, where my handle is Andrus_Tolero. Projects exclusive to AO3 or FFN will be marked as such (meaning they will never be ported to the other).
My Finished Projects
Shadow of the Demon - A mad plan two decades in the making has finally come to fruition and Ra's al Ghul, formerly Harry Potter, awakens in his 14-year-old body. intent on cleansing the Light and the Dark of those corrupting them. To do so, he becomes The Phoenix, and soon discovers that there is a new responsibility on his shoulders: to lead the magical equivalent of the League of Assassins. FFN Exclusive
My Current Projects
Harry Potter and the Mouth of Hell - After the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter threw himself into training, determined to remain strong in the face of any enemy. When the Ministry requests he fulfill a role left bereft since Cornelius Fudge took office, as liaison to the Council of Watchers, the last thing he expected was to find a new war to fight.
Mysteries in the Darhk - Sequel to "Shadow of the Demon". As Ares Peverell sets the next stage of his plan in motion to bring Wizarding Britain out of the muck and create a society worth calling his own, he finds himself embroiled in an unexpected conflict as Damien Darhk, founder of HIVE and the man to kill the previous Ra's al Tanin, arrives on the scene, which attracts attention of a demonic nature. FFN Exclusive
The Green Arrow Chronicles - Oliver Queen is a survivor of untold trauma who channels his unique set of skills and the darkness inside of him into a vigilante persona called the Green Arrow in an effort to help the people of Star City. Dinah Laurel Lance is an MCU detective working out of the Glades precinct and running an off-the-books investigation into her mother's murder. This is their story.
Black Siren: Redemption - What if Oliver Queen, seeking allies in the pipeline against the Dominator threat, had discovered Black Siren and freed her instead of Prometheus? What might have happened then? Redemption is in the cards not only for the Siren, but for Oliver himself as he struggles against his darkest demons.
The Hands of Fate - Discovering the Black Siren locked away in the Pipeline Prison that Team Flash houses their more dangerous foes in while searching for allies against the looming threat of the Dominators, Oliver Queen makes an alliance with the Earth-2 villainess with the face of a former flame which could spell her redemption or his downfall.
(These will be posted as I come up with something to start them off with)
The Quiver - A collection of non-reactionary one-shots for the CW’s Arrow. These will focus primarily on the characters and how they interact with one another, reveal one-shots, and occasionally showing a different take on how this or that event could’ve happened.
The Cortex - A collection of non-reactionary one-shots for the CW’s The Flash. Focusing primarily on the characters and how they interact with one another, reveal one-shots, and occasionally showing a different take on how this or that event could’ve happened.
The Oculus - A collection of non-reactionary one-shots for the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Focusing primarily on the characters and how they interact with one another, reveal one-shots, and occasionally showing a different take on how this or that event could’ve happened.
Kryptonian Archive - A collection of non-reactionary one-shots for the CW’s Supergirl. Focusing primarily on the characters and how they interact with one another, reveal one-shots, and occasionally showing a different take on how this or that event could’ve happened.
Coming October 2017
Harry Potter and the Dragon's Claw – In the aftermath of the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter inadvertently united the Deathly Hallows. The resulting shockwave shattered the wards and allowed the Death Eaters to escape from their well-deserved fates. Harry, darkened by the loss of his two best friends, pursues the Death Eaters and finds himself in a place that can give him new purpose: Nanda Parbat.
Arrow Season 3: The Rewrite - Oliver Queen finds himself playing the role of a pawn in a game of chess between Malcolm Merlyn and Ra’s al Ghul. Felicity Smoak is confronted with a threat from her past after taking a job at Palmer Technologies. The Lance family is forever broken by the actions of one of their own. FFN Exclusive
The Flash Season 1: The Rewrite - Barry Allen awakens to a world that is increasingly hostile to the growing metahuman population. Iris West inadvertently becomes the voice of The Flash (and by default, metahumans) as a journalist at Central City Picture News. Eobard Thawne plots his return home and final revenge against The Flash. FFN Exclusive
Green Arrow: Season 1 - After five years in hell, Oliver Queen returns to Star City with a new understanding of the struggles of the poor and disenfranchised. When he uncovers corruption deep within the heart of his city, Oliver refuses to stand by and do nothing, instead using the skills he has learned over the past five years to bring swift and brutal justice to those who step on the throats of others in order to elevate themselves. A realistic, brutal re-telling of Arrow that will fit the term Elseworld. Not for those who want the quippy hippy who doesn’t ever kill. AO3 Exclusive due to MA level content
Purgatory - A collection of reactionary one-shots for the CW’s Arrow focused specifically on the current season. This is where I’ll post something if I need to write a ‘therapy fic’ due to events in the current season.
The Speed Force - A collection of reactionary one-shots for the CW’s The Flash focused specifically on the current season. This is where I’ll post something if I need to write a ‘therapy fic’ due to events in the current season.
The Vanishing Point - A collection of reactionary one-shots for the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow focused specifically on the current season. This is where I’ll post something if I need to write a ‘therapy fic’ due to events in the current season.
The Phantom Zone - A collection of reactionary one-shots for the CW’s Supergirl focused specifically on the current season. This is where I’ll post something if I need to write a ‘therapy fic’ due to events in the current season.