Author has written 19 stories for Fire Emblem, Warhammer, Warcraft, Dragon Age, Advance Wars, Pokémon, and Final Fantasy I-VI.
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METALLOVER WILL RETURN...
Well, that previous update was weepy as hell. Whoops. My bad. You'd think I'd be better with tone, what with being a goddamn writer and all.
So, let's look back and see what I learned so far as a fanfiction author. In nice neutral tones this time.
Invisible Ties was legit my first long-running story, which I wrote the majority of with no editor and very minimal planning. I think I did okay, but I will agree with the comments on the fanfic recs page of TV Tropes. The story had issues, mostly born of no planning/oversight. Also, you can really tell when my breakup hit me hard during the Valm conflict. It got so prevalent I had to do substantial rewrites. Do not let your emotions effect your work. And pacing, good lord I had problems with pacing back then. I learned a lot from IT, and came out the opposite end better for it. I'm proud of what I've done there. It doesn't hold up, but it's not bad for someone's first long-ass story.
I shouldn't have pulled Future's End for so long, and I definitely should have planned the story better before working on it the first time around; as good as it's become, and I am very proud of the story I've written there, I hurt my reputation bad with the convoluted mess it started as. People. PLAN. YOUR. WORK. I'm also a little salty that I didn't feature Lucina or Aversa more prominently in this story, but in the end it's Robin's tale, and I needed to cut a lot for pacing concerns. See? I learned.
I was in a bad place during A Song of Dusk and Dawn, and honestly? I didn't actually want to write it, and I think that showed. I was so desperate to stay relevant that I went with the story I didn't care about over the one I did, trying to convince myself I could force it. I could not. This also drove a wedge between myself and a lot of longtime readers, for which I hold a deep regret. I think I did okay with the pacing in this one; it was Intelligent Systems that messed up the pacing this time, not me. Yo, I.S., pay attention: WORLD-BUILDING IS NOT OPTIONAL. But yeah, I acted like a pretentious dick-waffle with this story. For which I appologize.
And lastly, the Metallover Self-Insert stories. For a long time I was embarrassed by these stories. But honestly? F*ck it. They're fun to write and fun to read. And more importantly, easy to write. Have I offended some people with them? No more so than the creators of South Park. These stories taught me you can't please everyone. So don't try. Be true to yourself! Also, harems are hard to write.
People make a big deal about wanting to know their favorite artists and writers. There's not much I can say, but I can talk about the four most influential things that shaped me the most in my development to the person I am today. SO HERE THEY ARE, in chronological order!
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park's debut album is probably the most influential musical thing I have ever listened to ever. In my life. This was the album that catapulted me from kiddie pop music into rock and metal, and it was a BIG jump. Basically the first time I heard One Step Closer on the radio my life changed from that very moment. My love of rock and metal comes right back to this album. I still have all the old CD singles they released off it somewhere, too. Crawling was the soundtrack to my 2001, and I still sing along to In the End every time I hear it on the radio. I wouldn't call it an essential album for metal lovers to own (see what I did there?), but it was definitely a big turning point for me. RIP Chester. We miss you.
Neon Genesis Evangelion - I mean the original, not the Rebuild. This anime series from the late 90s didn't make its way to the West (or Australia, anyway) until the early 2000s, but it was life-changing for me when I finally watched it. It confused the ever-loving-crap out of twelve year old me. So I started reading psychological papers online to try to understand it. Which just confused me more, so I started Googling pictures of the anime instead. This series not only served as a gateway into the world of the more adult anime out there for me, but also kick-started my own mental development so I could cope with what I was watching. Doesn't really hold up all that well, though, if I'm totally honest... But it was also my first introduction to doujin works and fanfiction; Eva-R was my first and is probably the best, most amazing fanfiction project I've ever seen in my entire life.
Eisenhorn - Dan Abnett - The omibus edition of Abnett's Inquisition stories Xenos, Malleus and Hereticus, this tome is literally responsible for me beginning to write. I read it, I think, in the summer of 2005 after borrowing it from the library. Then I read it again. And again. And bought my own copy and proceeded to read it again. I read it so many times I had to have it re-bound. I took my copy to Japan. I took it to Canada. I read the digital version in New Zealand (I was traveling light). It's one of the best novels I've read in my life, if not THE best. The story chronicles the career and downfall of an Imperial Inquisitor in the Warhammer 40k universe, and it's essential reading for anyone who wants to write in the first person perspective.
Fate/stay Night - I was a little reluctant to include this one on the list, honestly, but it makes the cut. While I make no secret that my first VN was Katawa Shoujo, after I played the crap out of it I wanted a new VN to love. So I got sucked in by marketing and bought the blandest, most boring school romance story that is School Days, which honestly put me off the genre for quite some time until someone on a Katawa Shoujo Facebook page started talking about Fate. I gave it a go, playing a bootlegged fan-patched copy. Needless to say I now own two copies and every other game in the series, as well as novels and manga and thousands of dollars of merch. Even though Evangelion was responsible for bringing me to anime, Fate is responsible for bringing me to 'otaku'. Also, as much as Nasu-sensei hates the west, I still love his work. Tsukihime remake