Poll: I'm on a "Harry Potter" kick with too many plot bunnies. As always, I don't promise to write any of these, let alone the one that wins this poll; that being said, which of these long story ideas intrigues you the most? Choose up to 2 options. Vote Now!
Author has written 114 stories for Inheritance Cycle, Invader Zim, Avatar: Last Airbender, South Park, Harry Potter, Total Drama series, Phineas and Ferb, Dollhouse, Family Guy, Psychonauts, Captain Planet, Spectacular Spider-Man, Daria, Legend of Korra, Young Justice, and Animorphs.
Name: In real life, Joseph "Joey" Richard Alte. On the Internet, usually JoeMerl.
Gender: Male, in case the name didn't give that away.
Birthdate: 8 February 1988, which makes me 26 and probably too old to be wasting so much time on this site.
Location: Pensacola, FL, USA.
DeviantArt Account:. I'm hardly a great artist, but I like to think that my creativity and humor make up for a lack of aesthetic skill.
Tumblr Accounts:. I also run the account, so if you like the headcanon that exists in my stories feel free to look that up and drop a question or two.
Political/Philosophical Bent/Overly-simplistic opinions on complex social issues: Why do people put these in their profiles? Just to alienate people who might otherwise read their stories?
Current Avatar: Christmas Shawn. Should probably change it.
My Thoughts on Characters: To me, interesting characters are what make an interesting show, so this is what I tend to focus on. I seem to have a thing for the ridiculously cheery characters (Keef from Invader Zim, Butters Stotch), under-appreciated sidekicks (Ron Weasley, Harry Osborn from The Spectacular Spider-Man incarnation), and well-written villains with interesting motives (most Gargoyles villains). My favorite characters are inevitably weird, geeky guys (I wonder why) or minor characters who barely appear in canon and/or never get any fan attention. I like them in part because they tend to be blank slates that you can develop as you want while still having a framework to work with.
My Thoughts on Plotlines: I get most inspired by things I don't like; my stories are often rewrites or different perspectives on things from canon/fanon that annoy me, and I always try to deconstruct characters and plot elements that don't make sense to me. My stories are usually more character-driven than plot-driven; many of my fics are less "stories" and more just a character's train of thought about a certain issue or event. I try to stick to canon unless breaking from it is important to the story, and even my AUs largely follow the same basic outline of the "real" version. I mostly write one-shots and short story collections, but I'd like to get around to doing more long fics.
My Thoughts on Pairings: I write a lot of romance fics, but I also think genfics are under-appreciated; I try to focus on other relationships too, like family and friendship. My favorite pairings are usually crack ships; I enjoy trying to make them work, seeing how others manage it, and it annoys me when only one or two pairings totally dominate a fandom. My favorite ships are usually the "opposites attract" variety, but I hate when people try to achieve this through OOCness, like getting two mortal enemies to hook up without any logical character development (coughmostZADRcough). My writing is pretty much confined to het. Pairings in my stories often feel vaguely on the line between romantic or platonic, or build up ridiculously slowly.
"Change of Plans" (Total Drama) A Cody/Courtney rewrite of the second half of TDWT, from "The Ex-Files" onward.
"A Weekend at EARL's: House Party of Doom" (Invader Zim) A friendship fic about Dib and Zim's Computer, because my love of crack pairings extends to platonic relationships too. Should be about 10-15 chapters.
"Death of the Dib" (Invader Zim) A long story set mostly in a timeline where Dib died during "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy." It's about halfway complete, but possibly discontinued at this point.
"32 Short Tales About Alagaesia" (Inheritance Cycle) This is the first fic I ever published. I really need to get those last few stories done already.
The Apathymorphs series (Daria/Animorphs crossover) An AU where Jane, Daria, Quinn, Jodie and Upchuck are the ones who must defend Earth from the Yeerks. Possibly discontinued at this point.
"MORE IZ Pairings You've Probably Never Thought Of" (Invader Zim) Each chapter is a different Invader Zim crack couple.
"Total Drama Interactions" (Total Drama) Each chapter is a different "interaction" between two (or more) Total Drama characters, in stories that range from romance, friendship, rivalries, etc.
"Paperpushing It" (Daria) Just a collection of one-shots without any general theme or updating schedule.
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