Author has written 18 stories for Naruto, Kim Possible, Teen Titans, Harry Potter, ElfQuest, and Guild Wars.
I established a forum at EdStargazer's Story Forums to discuss or comment on things brought to my attention on my Naruto stories.
When you are a hero, you find that death itself is not as final as many want to believe it is. Past a certain power or ability level it is merely an ... inconvenience. [from as yet unpublished HP - DC Comics short by EdStargazer]
There comes a time when even a magical castle loses its luster, when spells and enchatments fail to thrill, when magic itself becomes ... mundane [by Hermione Granger in Chapter 6 of Tales from the Cutting Room Floor - Harry Potter by EdStargazer]
In comics: Lex Luthor, Darkseid, the Joker, Dr. Doom, Magneto, the Green Goblin.
They are characters we all know and dislike. They are the reason for the story. The reason the plot moves ahead towards its end. The reason ushers have to sweep up popcorn at the base of the movie screen. No story of any quality can exist without these most important of characters. They are the reason for heroes to exist.
Things About Myself
On My Writing
Sighs deeply and notes that Kishimoto went to the J.K. Rowling school of lousy endings
My Current Thoughts Regarding Naruto (05/10/17)
For the last four years, my Naruto stories have been languishing in a sort of limbo for various reasons. I have plots and plans for them but I cannot get around the disappointment of the canon. It began in the manga during the Sage Training Arc. I find the story stopped being about the characters and simply devoted itself to more and more power [think Dragonball to Dragonball Z and now Dragonball Super] Yes, to abuse the memes; Naruto went over 9000; It jumped the Shark. It were into the realm of Bad Storytelling
It got worse during the Fourth Ninja War battles. Jutsu so large you could see the curve of the planet. Seriously? The manga devolved into Stupidly Bad Storytelling. If these people had so much power at their disposal, why were they so beat up on in the earlier episodes?
The final nail was the lame and cheap ‘Final Battle’ between Naruto and Sasuke ending with Sasuke’s ‘redemption’. That coupled with chapter 700 and a crapuloge worse than the one JK Rowling made which basically took any character development by Naruto and Sakura in the first 690 chapters and deleted it.
I admit I was extremely disgusted with that outcome. I could go any direction on who Naruto ends up with and I have in several idea kernels. I do love the characters that Kishimoto created and I enjoyed many individual moments in the manga and the anime series but in the end I found the final outcome a Pure Fail.
I know the cultural difference played a role in the outcome but I also know I could never forgive a person who snapped my neck and drove a fist through my chest. My thinking will not allow for that no matter the circumstances or future necessity.
In spite of all that, I still plan to write my version of things as it is called Fanfiction for a reason. Do not expect anything close to end canon as I will not go there. My Sasuke will never get the redemption that the manga provides. He will always be powerful. That I have never denied him but he is not part of my ‘good’ list. At best he might enter the range of anti hero in some instances but he is not one of the ‘good guys’.
Sakura remains a sore point as I like the character but the anime destroyed Kishimoto’s early work in her development. Sakura could have been so much more if they had not fallen into the anime tropes with her. The over the top violence, the mood swings that make the worst manic depressive go ‘damn she is nuts’. By the time the quality of her character came out in the manga it was too late to salvage her reputation with fans.
Naruto himself is a puzzle. Fanfiction is all over on his treatment as a child but my take is simpler. Using the images in the manga of all the villagers turning their back on him I get the idea he was not abused as so many like to put. He was just shunned and ignored than anything else. He acts out to gain attention as opposed to simply be destructive. Negative attention is better than none at all.
I wrote in one instance he is a ‘sad lonely boy who just wants to have some ramen’. I still adhere to this sentiment. He hides his true self behind a mask of the Fool. He craves acceptance and friendship and as he shouts out, his ‘precious people’ are worth everything to him.
Sadly, canon Naruto is not as deep as that
Well life has thrown me a few curse but I am still plugging along. A bout of depression caused by medical issues has hit and is fading. To kick-start my muse [or simply kick it] I am posting what I have on my various in progress stories to date over the next week or so. They are rough in places but I need to keep moving forward. I cannot guarantee more than I have but I will say if I ever give up on something permanently.
04/13/2014 A few months back I was asked for and have given permission for someone to use one of my Harry Potter Cutting Room Floor ideas as the base for a larger story. I am keeping quiet on who and which for now but if anyone sees something that looks like one of mine before I update here with specifics, contact me by PM before jumping on another writer. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing how it comes out.
12/18/2013 I logged on to prepare to upload the next chapter of Captured before final edits and noted a curious fact. My inner fanboy geeked and joked. "The hit counter level! Its over Nine [hundred] Thousand!" Final chapter of the Sand Arc is days away as I let the file sit and re-read it in preview online looking for errors.
08/10/2013 Updated profile with a link to my DeviantArt account for as long as FF leaves it here. I am unloading my flash drive of half finished ideas over the next few weeks so people can see some other ideas I had in other genres besides Naruto and Harry Potter.
01/15/2013 Several month of unemployment have taken their toll on my writing but as of today I can sincerely say, "I got a yob again!' (misspelling intentional). The job search and stress involved left me with many frustrated nights and lack of inspirations. but the eye is back to 95% and the rest of the bod working within expected tolerances. My Naruto stories have not grown enough to post new chapters but I hope to remedy that soon as I have numerous ideas scratched down on papers while waiting to see people in offices.
06/22/2012 A health issue came up that required surgery on my eye or end up losing my vision in that particular oculus. Naturally, I opted for the surgery. Bad timing to have this happen but life is not fair. I persevere and am still around as I try to find my muse. So far it is not hiding anywhere I have looked but I know it will be in the last place I look.
03/30/2012 I am trying to keep writing but I find worry about too many other things is hindering that. Writing is a way to relax for me but I will not simply force myself to do so if the fun is not there. I still fully intend to finish everything I started but it is slow. I am experimenting with other non Naruto items to see if I can find my muse once more
03/09/2011 More setbacks. My job is still in jeopardy as the construction business is almost non existant locally and the company is on the verge of closing completely. Not a good combination for inspiration. I try to force it but I am never satisfied with the results. Some ideas still move and I will keep trying to write. Please be patient.
04/21/2010 My writing has suffered many setbacks since I last updated this page. Personal issues and work issues always seem to find a way to interfere with my love of writing. But, writing fanfiction does not pay the bills so it is always a secondary concern. WBIF is nearly 10 months without an update at this point but I am working on it. I estimate a few more chapters on that before I mark it as complete with a sequel in the works already and hopefully started to post by the end of the year. 'Captured' has really taken off as far as popularity and that one has become my primary story. Continuing 'Runaway Hokage' has lost a lot of steam on my part but I have ideas sketched out. I must admit I broke my own self imposed rules on that one. I began it without a clear idea of where I would take it
A few stories I have at the bottom of my Favorites are high quality ones but never quite finished or abandoned by their authors. I do hope that they can take care of them one way or the other. They are too good to remove from my Favorites.
Things I like in HP fanfiction
My Harry Potter snippets (01/15/2013)
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