Author has written 34 stories for Misc. Movies, Mary Poppins, Darling Lili, Sound of Music, Americanization of Emily, Tamarind Seed, Princess Diaries, Hawaii, and My Fair Lady.
The name's Cass. Fourth-year PhD student in Germanic linguistics, lover of Dutch, instructor of German, madly in love.
I used to hate to write, but I tried my hand at fanfiction at the age of thirteen, and from there, the rest is history. Thusly, an acquired FAQ that has come to me repeatedly after nearly fifteen years as a fanfic writer:
Q: Would you please write about [x situation] in a Sound of Music fic?
A: While I would love nothing more than to write all day every day, I have learned that I am not a daily writer, and that to keep my attention and my focus, I must pick my subjects carefully. Therefore, I no longer take specific requests. You will be acknowledged or thanked if an idea of yours inspired me, however!
Q: Will you write smut/premarital love scenes/the hot stuff in the context of my choosing?
A: No. While I indulge in the occasional racy scene, it must serve a purpose, and I also strive for utmost verisimilitude in my writing, but for Sound of Music fics especially. Though it may come off as quite priggish to the outsider, there are limits that I adhere to rather strictly, for myself and also in taking into consideration that Maria particularly is a devout Catholic. I don't think it funny or entertaining to write something that makes blatant mockery of deeply-held beliefs, and that any diversion must be seated in a certain level of reasonable justification and plausibility as well as respect.
Q: Will you read and review my story?
A: If your story catches my eye, I will certainly read it. If you're fishing for a cheerleading squad of reviews, and aren't interested in a conversational dialogue pertaining to the integrity of your story, with a goal of future betterment, then I probably won't review. Otherwise, if your story moves me, and I am drawn into it, you can be certain I will leave a review.
Q: Will you be my beta reader?
A: No. This is mostly a function of the limits on my time, but I also prefer to pick my beta editing relationships with care. If I know you're looking and I'm available, I'll approach you if I think we can agree on a philosophical level about how to shape and guide a story.
Q: How do you write a story the way you wrote "If I Lose Myself"?
A: Organization, goals, outlines, notes, plans, insanity, a disgusting amount of coffee, tears, frustration, perseverance, and READING. Read. Read, read, read. Reading always makes one a better writer. Reading also involves rereading the WIP itself, over and over and over and over again until you can recite it in your sleep. Books which inspired the form, structure, and content of IILM include Those Who Save Us (Jenna Blum), Yes, Please (Amy Poehler), and The Fault in Our Stars (John Green).
Q: Why does it take you so long to update?
A: As you may have surmised from the above information, I am a PhD student and German/Dutch instructor at my university. This is quite time-consuming. I also have an autoimmune disease which can be quite debilitating, and which also has a detrimental effect on my short-term memory, focus, and anxiety during flare-ups. I'm trying, I promise.
Q: What's your favourite movie?
A: If you have to ask, you'll never know. If you know, you need only ask.
Q: Are you a Ravenclaw?
A: *raises eyebrow* A circle has no beginning.
Q: Are you working on anything else?
A: Yes. A Master's thesis, PhD candidacy exams, and a dissertation proposal.
Oh, you meant fanfic? Well, we shall see... ;)