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Joined 09-30-01, id: 116220, Profile Updated: 03-23-13
Author has written 19 stories for Monster Rancher series/モンスターファーム, Song of the Lioness, Sorcerer Hunters, Love Hina, Teen Titans, Avatar: Last Airbender, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Circle Opens.

Writing is still awesome, I just have less time to do is than I did before. :) ADL is now completely finished, but unfortunately SSS is closed for good. For those of you who want a summary of what the end of the story would've looked like, email me at my listed address and I'll get that out to you as soon as I can. Apparently, the supposed rules about not posting replies in the chapters was total bunk, I think they just get upset if your chapter is more review replies than actual story line itself.

CB

It is with a heavy heart that with the ending of ADL I make my goodbye as a novel-length fanfiction writer. There are a few shortfics on the back burner that have been waiting patiently for me to find time to finish them, but they are going to be exactly that: short. I don't have the time to write another 300,000 word monster, so don't ask. Thank you!

I had someone ask me recently why I don't write fanfiction anymore. So, here is a compiled list that is probably not complete but at least outlines the main bulk of why I am no longer devoting any time to this site.

#1- It doesn't pay the bills. This is just plain old practicality here people, I have a family that needs feeding, a house that needs paying for, a car that needs gas, and lifestyle that includes occasional trips the movie or new books for me to read. And writing fanficiton does not help support any of these things.

#2- The amount of effort I put into this vs how much I get back from my 'fans'. I literally spend a good 20-25 hours on each chapter, if you add in the initial hours putting the world/characters/storyline/etc together, then the rough drafts, second rough drafts, typed drafts, first read through, second read through and finally something starting to approach the final form. If a chapter gets all the attention I want it to have before I post it, I literally read each word at least 10 times to try and makes sure the spelling is right, the characters are right, and I've fleshed out the story as much as possible. One chapter, 20-25 hours of work. And on some of my stories I have more than 100 people who consider this story a 'favorite' of theirs, and yet only an average of 15-20 reviews a chapter. Only 20% of my fans or less feel like they need to tell me how they liked the chapter I just posted. And that's just people who bothered to favorite it, this month alone I've had over 500 views and 3000 visitors, and I haven't received a single review the entire month. I'm sorry guys, but if you want people to want to do more work, especially work that I put so many hours into, you need to give them more than a single review (if any at all!) for a whole story. I do know there are those out there who are good reviewers, and if you're one of them I've probably already thanked you for that more than once. Keep it up please, maybe because of your efforts more authors won't quit the writing game because of a lack of reader-response!

#3- The stories I have left in my head are monsters, and my 5 month old baby is way too cute to spend hours devoted to something that (points to the top two reasons) well you get the picture. Being a parent is very time-consuming, and I'm not shorting my adorable child for something that isn't going to pay for his college or a nice vacation to Disney world.

#4- I want to be published for my stories that aren't fanfiction someday, and to do that I can't keep devoting whatever little time I do have to write to things that can't be published. Tis' sad but true. There are only 24 hours in a day, and I can't squeeze in what I don't have time for.

So there you have it, the reasons I am no longer writing fanfiction. To those of you who continue on with incredible stories despite the overwhelming odds, good for you! I wish you luck and many good reviews!

CB

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A Marriage of Convenience reviews
Because escaping an unwanted return to the family that cast you aside as a child would certainly be convenient. T/B, set years after WotE. Rating M to be safe for later chapters.
Circle Opens - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 254,175 - Reviews: 151 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 9/29/2017 - Published: 4/7/2017
The Librarian's Children reviews
AU, Gar Logan is the new teacher in a small town, where he is slowly accepted into a close-knit rag-tag family that fights incredible odds to stay together. Rae/BB, Cy/Jx, St/Rb, and lots of Melvin, Timmy and Tommy! Epilogue up! The End.
Teen Titans - Rated: T - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 26 - Words: 224,075 - Reviews: 631 - Favs: 660 - Follows: 229 - Updated: 12/26/2009 - Published: 2/15/2008 - Raven, Beast Boy - Complete
A Family Affair reviews
Roy's returned to Central permanently after the events of Shambala, but life isn't quite like it used to be and Riza's about to be saddled with a responsability she never thought she would have. CHAPTER 16 UP. Fini!
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 127,352 - Reviews: 427 - Favs: 204 - Follows: 68 - Updated: 8/12/2007 - Published: 4/9/2007 - Riza H., Roy M. - Complete
Imprisoned reviews
When a plan goes wrong in an attempt to free Iroh, Toph finds herself with an unusual cellmate. Oneshot. No Pairings.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,506 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 5 - Published: 3/18/2007 - Toph, Mai - Complete
The Beast reviews
An AU look at what might have happened with the prophecy if things had turned out a little differently...Beastcentric, slight BBRae
Teen Titans - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 993 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/1/2007 - Beast Boy, Raven - Complete
Gruman's Grandaughter reviews
We all know Riza is related to the General Gruman at Eastern Headquarters. However, when did Roy become privy to that information? Possible scenario when they are first posted out at Eastern HQ. Mangaverse. Implied Royai.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,944 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 59 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/25/2007 - Roy M., Riza H. - Complete
A Bet reviews
Bets in the office area common occurence, however...how often do they get out of hand? Implied Royai but mainly just a bunch of guys making fools of themselves. Enjoy!
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,360 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/25/2007 - Roy M., Jean H. - Complete
A Simple Request reviews
Postseries oneshot. What were to happen should Iroh, on his deathbed, ask Zuko on simple request? Toko
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 15,807 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 264 - Follows: 30 - Published: 1/25/2007 - Toph, Zuko - Complete
The Cat reviews
A couple years after Trigon's little 'attempt', Raven and Beastboy aren't much closer than they were before. However, life has funny ways of making unvoiced dreams come true...COMPLETE
Teen Titans - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 29,054 - Reviews: 107 - Favs: 306 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 10/18/2006 - Published: 10/10/2006 - Raven, Beast Boy - Complete
A Different Life reviews
AU that starts before the anime or manga. A forced engagment, random turtle demons, throw in some new characters, plus an explination of several people's pasts...well... guess you'll have to read it and see...CHAPTER 23 UP. Fini.
Love Hina - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 372,344 - Reviews: 505 - Favs: 480 - Follows: 152 - Updated: 9/29/2006 - Published: 1/28/2004 - Complete
Kisses Goodnight reviews
A short little segement of the CoM character's lives after WotE. Focuses mainly on Tris, Glaki, and Briar a little while before Tris goes off to Lightsbridge to study. Sweet, cute, fluffy, just a mini sliceolife.
Song of the Lioness - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,141 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 6 - Published: 3/2/2006 - Circle of Magic - Complete
Summersea Saga reviews
Sequel to Twisted Tortallain Tale! This time, our fav group of teens are sent to Summersea...and it's crazy boy mage who runs things behind the scenes! Chapter 22 up!
Song of the Lioness - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 314,387 - Reviews: 139 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 1/19/2005 - Published: 3/20/2003 - Circle of Magic
The Spirit Realms reviews
Sequel to Zephyr's Winds. Our friends are faced with another challenge that only a few can over come as the Spirit Realms are held in the balance between good and evil...FINISHED
Monster Rancher series/モンスターファーム - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 52,758 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/30/2003 - Published: 3/1/2003
A Death reviews
Keitaro and Naru are married with three children and everyone at Hinatasou is happily together...and then an untimely death is forced upon them...the result? Changes and then a new beginning...finished
Love Hina - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 30,633 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 8/17/2003 - Published: 8/15/2003 - Complete
Nightmares reviews
Doing this for a friend. Just a side adventure the group goes through after Sacher is defeated, with the usual SH style!
Sorcerer Hunters - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,824 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/26/2003
Twisted Tortallian Tale reviews
Me and some pals get sucked into Tortal, but why?? *Chapters 1-11 reloaded with errors fixed. Others will be shortly!*
Song of the Lioness - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 33 - Words: 411,047 - Reviews: 285 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 2/7/2003 - Published: 12/11/2001
Zephyr's Wind reviews
Genki returns to the monster world several years later to go on another adventure with his friends when the Phoenix askes him too. What surprises lie ahead...Chapter 25up!! #Finished#
Monster Rancher series/モンスターファーム - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 112,249 - Reviews: 105 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 10/27/2002 - Published: 10/20/2001
All Alone reviews
This is another fanfic I've started, Genki comes back to a different Holly and co and wonders what he's going to do...chapter 12 up, come on folks I know you can review!!! *FINISHED!!* *Formatting problems fixed!!*
Monster Rancher series/モンスターファーム - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 12 - Words: 57,424 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 8/14/2002 - Published: 12/23/2001
The Hidden Forest reviews
The Misu sisters meet up with a guy from their past as another case unsures to save a mystical forest from destruction...read the summary inside it's better...*finished!!!* #Fomating problems are fixed!!#
Sorcerer Hunters - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 26,752 - Reviews: 4 - Updated: 8/13/2002 - Published: 7/19/2002