Author has written 2 stories for Madness Combat.
I started using FFN seven years ago. I joined on the fourteenth of July apparently. Three days after I turned thirteen. Obviously, being a teenager meant that I was the single smartest human being on this earth. That should tell you about all you need to know about what an ass I used to make of myself around these parts. That is not to say that I want to forget those days though; far from it. I have learned a lot through this place, over the years. I never had much extra money growing up, and the library near my place was a bit too far of a walk in a bit too dangerous of a town, so, being an avid reader from an extremely young age, I figured that the internet was a good a place as any to look for reading material. I certainly found it in abundance here.
I mostly read Pokemon fanfiction as a kid. I never really liked the Anime (even as a child, the misadventures of a borderline retard and his friends NOT winning Leagues just never resonated well with me) but I have always loved the games. My 3DS is sitting right here beside me as I type, and my copy of Omega Ruby is waiting to be played for the hundredth time. It is a passion that I just haven't grown out of, and whatever frustrations I have with the way Game Freak has been handling the last few installations are nothing compared to the joy I get out of starting up a new adventure whenever a new iteration is released.
These days, I am a lot more diverse in tastes. I have watched a lot of absolutely great anime over the years and have read a range of absolutely fantastic and absolutely horrible stories. I used to review a lot more, years ago, but these days I just have not seemed to be able to take the time to do it, out of both a lack of time and a lack of caring. Adding to the view count and not the REview count so often is, in my opinion, absolutely unforgivable, but I am most certainly going to make an attempt to change that soon enough. I understand the power of feedback now. I have written a lot over the seven years that I have been here, and hearing ANYTHING about my works, even just someone dropping by to leave a smiley face, or point out such and such typo on so and so line, is absolutely thrilling. Knowing that out of the thousands of authors out there, my work inspired someone to stop what they were doing, and take even ten seconds to write back at me is seriously one of the best feelings ever, and I hate knowing that I have been depriving people of that.
Most of my works never made it to the internet, but a few of them did around the time I was fourteen and cocky as all hell. Needless to say they are obviously no longer here. It was pretty horrible, to say the least. I am proud to say that I did not abandon my story while I was writing it, however. I had a plot, a conclusion, and a plan to get there. I had a minimum word count and a time hack that I refused to break, and in the end, I had a six chapter, thirteen thousand word story that had COMPLETE in the description. That was and has always been my only absolute hatred about this site- the lack of negative feedback towards genuinely good authors who deserve all the praise they get, and the anonymity that protects them from backlash means that there's really no incentive beyond personal pride to finish what they start. My more recent obsession on this site has been Harry Potter. I never particularly liked how the last book was handled, and love seeing other like-minded individuals (with more talent in their left pinky than in my entire body) give us their interpretation on how things could have gone. The problem is that half of the best stories on this site are unfinished, and, though an optimist I'd love to be, when the last update was in 2012, that's what it was; the last update.
Anyway, long story short, I was stupid, liked to read, grew up a bit, tried to write, grew up enough to realize how awful it was, and moved back to reading, and now I do a bit of both.
I actually consider my more recent works to be fairly readable, if you like the subject matter. Madness Combat is pretty easy to write; there are few set characters with no personalities and you are free to do whatever the hell you want without worrying about upsetting people. I tend to post anything substantial I write on Deviantart, but I'll have a few of them over here soon.
I do not write for any other subject as a general rule, (or at least post what I write. I write quite a bit for stress management) simply because while I am intimately familiar with most of the subjects I love to read about, and would absolutely love to write about, I am, first and foremost, an Engineer and a Mathematician. I have written enough in my free time and taken enough classes to have a firm grasp on the English language, and to have developed my own style of writing, but I am NOT a good writer. I write very concisely and cram as many details into as short a space as possible five days out of the week because when you are designing circuits or writing up reports of machines malfunctioning or what have you, nobody wants ten pages of purple prose.
Unfortunately, this has carried over quite noticeably into my pleasure writing. It is damn frustrating, but there you are.
I also find myself not feeling confident enough in my abilities to adequately portray the subtle details in characters to make them truly feel to readers like the original authors made them feel to me. It would be embarrassing to try portraying someone like, and I bring up the name again because I am well and truly obsessed, Harry Potter, who I have been reading about since I was in Elementary School, and end up failing miserably.
In any event, this spiel is over. It just struck me that it's been seven years since I was a little kid role playing in the forums. I am glad that I am not that kid any more, but I miss the friends that he made and lost in his idiocy. I am truly glad that I never abandoned this site. It has played a significant role in molding me into the person I am today; someone I never expected to be. I am proud of who I am and what I do.
So to anyone that may stumble upon this wall of text and read through it, thank you from the bottom of my heart. If we never say a word to each other, you being here means the world to me. If I used to talk to you, review your stories, peaked your interest somehow or hell, written something you enjoyed, drop me a line! I would love to really get back into the swing of things around here!
Thirteen hundred words and an hour later, and I can truly say that that's all from me! I swear I was telling the truth about normally being too concise! I've had my highest highs and lower lows than I truly thought possible over the last decade. Grown up, been smacked down, met girls I thought I would marry, had my heart broken, and broken a few myself, picked up a few hobbies, dropped more than I care to imagine, and met some of the greatest friends I have ever or will ever known. People I love more than family.
Here's to another seven years!
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