Author has written 4 stories for Chrono Crusade, Inuyasha, Matantei Loki Ragnarok, and Labyrinth.
I am not very comfortable with giving out private information, so it is unlikely that I will ever post my real name, age, or location. I will admit that I live in Canada, I am a university student, and I am female, but most of that is pretty obvious already. The profile picture is "Flight to Freedom" by Josephine Wall (), who is my all-time favourite artist ever. It's a little scary, really: I've got two calendars, over thirty puzzles, and at least ten cards all of her artwork. I'm also working on my Kinuko Craft collection; she does the covers for Patricia McKillip's books.
I am an incurable romantic, so most of my stories lean heavily towards fluff with varying degrees of angst. I've also tried writing funny stories, but I'm cautious about inflicting those attempts upon an unsuspecting public. There are few things more embarrassing than a joke gone flat. So far, all I've tried is getting into one character's head and exploring his or her feelings about something. I think I've got a handle on that, so I'm trying to work in more action and dialogue. One of these days, I may actually attempt an honest-to-goodness plot!
I think my greatest weakness is a tendency to go off on tangents that, while fun to explore, aren't all that important to my intended purpose. I may start writing about a character's reaction to an event or something, but I always seem to end up examining my ideas about his or her relationship towards another character (usually the romantic interest). That turns the piece into an essay at best and a ramble at worst, neither of which would be in-character. It'd be hypocritical of me in the extreme to criticize other writers for turning characters into mouthpieces –coughTerry Goodkindcough– and then ignore it in myself.
Generally speaking, I am leery of romaji (Romanized Japanese) being used in fan fiction. Some writers can work it in quite gracefully and I applaud their skill. Unfortunately, there are far more writers who use it awkwardly or even downright incorrectly. I appreciate their enthusiasm for Japanese (it is a darn cool language), but most of the time, there is an equivalent word in English that would work just as well or better. Cultural words (such as for objects or garments) or words that have been accepted into the English language (sushi, for example) are one thing, but stories in English flow better when they actually use the English language. With that in mind, it is unlikely that any of my readers will need translations, and I will be happy to provide them if necessary.
I base most of my stories on the respective manga, but I'm cheap (see the part about being a university student) so it's usually the free online translated versions. Any quotes I use, probably come from onemanga.com. Honestly, I sometimes wonder how I survived before I found that site...it was like discovering public libraries all over again (I've always been a huge book nerd. Seriously. My first words were "book" and "mama" in that order; my mom has it written down in my baby book). I do watch the anime and film versions, but I can't stand the English voices so it's always in Japanese with subtitles. If I use any quotes from them, I'll specifically mention it. The manga is usually the better quality story anyway; for example, the anime Chrno Crusade went totally bizarre (although I did like the ending for Chrno and Rosette despite the sadness).
Finally, there are reviews. I don't always leave them , so I'm hardly in a position to demand them for myself. I like 'em (they are rather gratifying after all) but I don't need 'em. Praise by itself is lovely. Praise and constructive criticism, or just constructive criticism all by itself, is even more lovely. (Especially the constructive criticism part. I really like constructive criticism, people. Constructive criticism is part of what helps a writer improve. Notice the emphasis on the constructive criticism. Yeah...I'll just turn off the record player now, shall I?) I don't have a beta and I've decided not to actively look for one at this time, but I do have SpellCheck, a working knowledge of the English language, and the ability to do a decent job of researching information. (Just please don't ask for anything like bibliographies; they are evil on the level of pop quizzes after a night of no sleep. Been there, done that.) Mistakes should be few and far between, but they will appear. I appreciate people pointing them out sooner rather than later. Flames, however... I haven't actually got one yet, but I am aware that they exist. If it's just some kind of mistake, I will try to get in touch in order to resolve the matter. If it's because of my pairings or how I portray characters or some other such philosophical difference, I'm a little worried about your blood pressure. It canNOT be healthy to get so upset about fictional characters. If you flame because you get a kick out of being an arse...wow. You are one sad, sorry little person and I pity you. In any case, sign your review. Only a coward throws down a gauntlet and runs away.
Quotes I quite like (because honestly, this is my favourite part of other people's profiles):
"No, you dense, irritating, miniature beast of burden! Ogres are like onions; end of story. Bye-bye. See you later." -Shrek, Shrek (that movie was classic)
"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride (also a classic)
"You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles." -Miracle Max, The Princess Bride
"Inconceivable!" -Vizzini, The Princess Bride
"To die would be an awfully big adventure." -Peter Pan, Peter Pan (2003 version, gorgeous visuals)
"Sharkbait, ooh ha ha!" -tank fish, Finding Nemo
"Donkey, you HAVE the right to remain silent. What you lack, is the capacity." -Shrek, Shrek 2
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup. -Anonymous
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? -Juvenal
Magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.
Brutha: "Vorbis is dead. He's paid."
Brutha: "Does everyone get this?"
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. -Mark Twain
Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. -Albert Einstein
Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.”
If you are going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. -Abraham Lincoln
Man: "Miss, would you sleep with me for a million dollars?"
O'Neill: "So, what's your impression of Alar?"
"Hang the code, and hang the rules. They're more like guidelines anyway." -Elizabeth Swann, The Curse of the Black Pearl
"I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means 'no'." -Barbossa, The Curse of the Black Pearl
"I'm Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?" -Captain Jack Sparrow, The Curse of the Black Pearl
Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke