Author has written 17 stories for Vampire Knight, Bleach, D.Gray-Man, Harry Potter, and Seikon No Qwaser/聖痕のクェイサー.
My Place to Rant without Interference
MMNews: I would like to start writing fiction with perimeters to challenge myself--to help me grow as a writer. So, I would like anyone interested in helping me to request a fic you want to read. Please PM me with your ideas and suggestion. Anything will do: a pairing, situation, piece of dialog, and/or song.
Thanks for supporting this project. (For supporting all my projects!) I appreciate it,
The fascinating subject of reviews.
Look, you should respond to everything you read. However, life doesn't always work that way, and/or the fic you just read doesn't inspire you to review. Both are understandable. Of the first, "shit happens." Of the second, not reviewing (silence) often speaks louder than words.
That said, if a fic provokes a stronger reaction and you decide to review, try to write something useful.
Tell the writer:
1) what is good
2) what is bad
3) what they can improve upon
4) how they might improve upon it
5) what is unique/profound/fascinating about his or her work
4 and 5 are touch and go. Sometimes the fic in question doesn't necessitate that sort of review.
In an effort to keep your foot out of your mouth.
Check the little flag on the writer's profile before you call their grammar and/or usage lazy or accuse them of using confusing colloquial speech. BECAUSE sometimes an author's primary language is not English, and/or he or she is from a country other than your own.
This is a primarily American problem. Newsflash for my countrymen: the world isn't inhabited solely by us.
Comedy and Drama.
If art imitates life and life imitates art, then comedy and drama exist in both AT THE SAME TIME. Thus, I conclude that a single work of fiction can be both. Do not pigeonhole yourself or me by allowing one to stranglehold the other.
The infamous flame.
Go ahead. Flame me. But be forewarned, if you flame me, I won't report you. No, I will answer you. For reasons far beyond my cognitive ability to fathom, people who enjoy flaming do not like being challenged in kind. Nor do they enjoy the embarrassment of a public and decisive metaphorical beat down. It's all very ironic. Not that I care particularly because I am going to give my metaphoric arsonist exactly that. So flamer, my response will posted on my profile and in the A/N of the one-shot or next chapter of whichever multichap you flamed.
If your argument consists of nothing more than mindless, incendiary drivel, I will respond with something to the effect of "GO FUCK YOURSELF." And, a few more specific remarks relevant to the exact nature of the flame.
Apart from that, if you have legitimate criticism, I'm more than willing to discuss the problem. I value honest and unbiased reviews. If you do not like something I write, tell me as much and why. My ears are always listening. Actually, poor reviews (as in reviews which are not flattering) are not flames. They are simply reviews.
Egregious breech of contract.
When a writer signs a chapter, "I will not update until I receive (x number) of reviews," they breech the fundemental contract between writer and reader. It is the writer's responsibility to write something worthy of a review. If you are not receiving the desired number of responses, that's a personal problem. Usually a symptom of:
1.) mediocre work. Your fic is neither good nor bad. It just "is." It does not provoke a passionate response from either end of the spectrum.
2.) unoriginal work. Your fic is the merest variation of another writer's story which the reader has already reviewed.
3.) boring work. Your fic puts the reader to sleep. Only the exceptionally talented can review while snoozing. Because "sleep reviewers" are a rare breed, you can only hope to get a few responses at most.
4) sloppy work. Your fic is polluted with grammar and/or usage errors. The readers are annoyed, befuddled, maybe even pissed off because you are butchering the language. Thus, they will not waste their time reviewing a work which you can't be bothered to edit.
5.) qualified work. If your A/N finishes with the closing "until I get (x number) of reviews," thereby qualifying the continuation for your story, the stubbornly silent readers are probably mocking you.
So, what to do... Well, you should start by deleting the closing because it isn't helping your cause. Next, you should look in the mirror and ask yourself, "self, why do I write?"
If you write to satisfy a need for the approval, gratitude, or acclimation of others, then stop while you're behind. The literary world does not need people like you clogging the system and wasting valuable resources.
Conversely, if you write to satisfy a need to express yourself and/or share the power of your imagination, nod and smile at your image in the mirror because "where there's a will, there's a way." Try returning to your story board and identifying the root of the problem. If your story is:
1.) mediocre - expand your vocabulary, read more/write less, and examine the styles of authors you admire and literature which resonances with your individual sensibilities.
2.) unoriginal - nothing for it, you need to scrap the story. Start with something fresh, and try again.
3.) boring - Edit. Edit. Edit again. Go back and delete useless or irrelevant blathering. Extricate purple prose. Break up overwrought or confusing syntax. Rejuvenate diction--seek more exact or interesting words. Cut scenes which have no bearing on the continuation of plot.
4.) sloppy - Listen when your teacher explains the rules of the game, play by those rules, and win over the readers. Prove that your fic is worth both their time and yours. Get a beta.
5.) I already told you what to do about that.
I have no beta. (Tears and woe.) I would like to have one though. If you're interested in joining the craziness, do PM. Or if you are one of my friends and wish to snicker, think better of it, and then tell me why no one wants the job.
Mare the Beta (as in me):
SenbonzaMitsuki27: Lots of Stuff - must reads by a seasoned pro. Read & review. She is magnificent.
Etiena: Catalyst (at the moment) - the most fun I've had in a long time. Read & review (and do not be surprised when she answers you.) A beautiful and sweeping love story written with more heart and passion than I can really... delineate (?) here.
Ryfee: Momentum - the beginning of a great adventure written by a brave girl with more natural zeal and intelligence in her thumb nail than I've in my entire brain. Her story is very funny too. Read & review. And wish her luck because it's just the start of something truly epic.
I am not taking requests at the moment, but that has more to do with preserving a semblance of sanity than anything else. If you would like to talk about it (a legit project, talented writer, and serious intent), I'm all ears. I'm also a sucker, so the chances of a unilateral "no" are in the negative figures.
The Sodom Duet
A massive undertaking in the works.
A Suki-fong/MarginalMary two part multific: Cataclysm & Benediction.
If you do not know of her work (doubtful that you don't but whatever), check it out. Start with "Skin," Toushirou/Karin fans. It's quite excellent.
Beyond that, Suki's awesome, and I dig her style. For reasons unknown, she thinks I'm pretty swell too. Hence: a fic to change the face of AU fanfiction for the ages. (I might be overstating things.)
Coming to an attached profile near you within the next few week. Details will be posted there.
(A spinoff of Catalyst by Etiena if you squint a bit and brush some little details aside.)
Thank you, Canary, for letting me invade your world.
Not-joint ventures (all by my lonesome)
See and Be Seen
Canon Harry Potter. Next generation. Third person omniscient. Past tense. Canon cast with OC children of existing characters. Lily L. Potter and Scorpius Malfoy centric (for now).
1) I'm attempting to be as accurate as possible, so names, dates, and spells will follow Harry Potter Wiki guidelines.
2) I explore the family aspects of the characters deeply, so Lily and Scorpius's romance will build gradually and off to the side for the most part.
3) The language and syntax I've chosen for this project "grows" with Lily. As she matures, the language and tone will reflect her growth.
4) Spelling will flow the British English way of things. American colloquialism will be avoided whenever possible. (On my honour.)
This project is in its infancy. I have no plan. I have no plot. I don't even have a title. ("See and Be Seen" is only a working-title. Probably the chapter title when I begin updating.) I only have some ideas I would like to explore in the future. A murky indistinct future. Hence, for now, this piece will remain a one-shot unless inspiration springs unexpectedly.
I could try to work on it (SLOWLY) while writing my other stories. However, almost everything about "See and Be Seen" is in direct conflict. Past tense verses present. Third person omniscient is metaphorical nomansland by my standards. Likewise, I don't usually write in "K+." All of my work would suffer if I tried to merge my muses. So, I'll put this on hold--at least until "word play" is finished.
Alternative universe. Bleach. Ensemble cast centered around Rukia Kuchiki. Third person. Present tense. Gritdramafuckmance. Integration of canon with liberal re-imaginings of some of the basics.
1) Completely AU. There is no real world equaivelant. Think Gotham Wonderland.
2) The cast is canon centric; however, a few OCs get face time.
3) Personalities will remain true to Bleach but deliberately darker. Like seeing the same person through sunglasses.
4) The inspiration for this fic comes from overflowing trash cans, Poe, and paper cuts. ? (Sukifong and SM27 pushed me in this direction though.)
5) Truthfully, I don't know enough about the plot timeline to tell you how long it will be.
6) A five line poem opens every chapter. And the final line of the poem closes the chapter.
7) Lot of cursing.
8) Will eventually supersede the limitations of "T," settling somewhere in the middle of "M."
In the headings, I tell you which song goes with the proceeding chapter. Generally speaking, whichever song appears there played on repeat while I was working. Listen; don't listen. I'm just giving credit where credit is due.
"word play" occurs to me in fits and starts. So I'll take long breaks, but when I get to it, I'll update almost every day.
On a personal note:
I'm not sure how long "word play" will take me to finish, but I'm already dreaming (nightmaring) of a sequel. And some related one-shots. Within the next year or two, "word play" might expand into a series.
On some level, I know this story is deeply disturbing. But... give it a try.
two bit town
Alternative universe. Ensemble cast centered around Momo/Toushirou/Karin. (It's more complicated than that.) First person. Present tense. Tragicomic. Integration of canon in strange though witty ways.
1) As (American) high school is four years, two bit town spans four years. Each year, the POV flips from Karin to Toushirou and back again. Similarly, the poem which opens each section is written from the opposing point of view, the first being Toushirou's.
2) The cast is manga canon. Though in desperate need, I will pull from the anime and readers. (I'm bizarre, sue me.)
3) Characters' personalities will not change; however, the situations and interactions are purely imagined. Sort of "what would so-and-so do if he or she was locked in the basement with this person?" That said, everything--their history and subsequent actions--connects to canon. Every character fills a role I think is fitting.
4) I draw from manga personalities more so than anime. Some characters are radically or fundamentally different in each, so I choose to go to the source, Kubo. There is sex, violence, and rock-and-roll in the original artwork. I'm basing the plot on that.
5) Characters' physical descriptions reflect the "real them" not the anime version.
6) As a manga reader, I will not be drawing inspiration from the soccer filer. The Momo/Toushirou/Karin relationship will be completely different.
7) This "Karakura" exists only in my imagination. There is no Japan, no suffixes or taking your shoes of when you enter the house. There is no definitive social hierarchy (I say that with serious reservation because it's not completely true.) I suppose I have westernized them in that regard.
8) Truthfully, there is no #8, but I just find odd numbers irksome. (Shrugg)
"This story is brought to you by 'music.'" Totally true in the literal sense that I rip a line or modify a line from song lyrics for every chapter. However, the connection to music runs deeper than that. Each character and relationship is inspired by different pieces music. So, I thought to myself, "Self, if I was a reader, I would like to know what the beat of (enter character name here)'s drum sounds like."
Well, here they are in no particular order: (As a new character is introduced their sound will be added.)
Karin: "L.E.S. Artistes" by Santogold/ "Oxford Comma" by Vampire Weekend
Yuzu: "Everybody Is Changing" by Keane/ "Two Birds" by Regina Spektor
Karin/Yuzu: "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
Isshin: "Do You Realize" by The Flaming Lips
Toushirou: "Can You Read My Mind" by The Killers/ "Good to Sea" by Pinback
Yachiru: "Jenny Says" by Cowboy Mouth/ "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John
Urahara: "All The Right Moves" by OneRepublic/ "Perfect Symmetry" by Keane
Ururu: "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab For Cutie
Lilynette: "Put Your Leather On" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Uliquiorra: "Elite" by Deftones
Rukia: "Nine Million Bicycles" by Katie Melua/ "Hometown Glory (Liquicity High Contrast Remix)" by Adele
Momo: "Kristy Are You Doing Okay" by The Offspring/ "Indie Rokkers" by MGMT
Renji: "Sister Jack" by Spoon
Izuru: "Anything You Want" by Spoon
Rangiku: "Caring Is Creepy" by the Shins
Momo/Toushirou: "Love Always Remains" by MGMT/ "9 Crimes" by Damien Rice/ "Our Finest Year" by Better Than Ezra/ "Roman Candle" by Elliot Smith
Karin/Toushirou: "Building a Mystery" by Sarah McLachlan/ "Missed the Boat" by Modest Mouse/ "Let Go" by Frou Frou/ "High and Dry" by Radiohead/ "Sway" by The Perishers
Yoruichi: "Woman" by Wolfmother/ "Creator" by Santogold
Nniotora: "Pretty Fly For A White Guy" by The Offspring
Mayuri: "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes
Nemu: "Spaceman" by The Killers
two bit town is currently being edited. Thoroughly. For those of you who have read it already, after I update please read it again from the beginning. Or at least from "4 in sight" on.
This will take time. Two weeks at the most. Next Wednesday at the least.
Because I'm killing a few of you who have been waiting for me "to get a move on already!" the next update will be two chapters rather than one. The bones of these new chapters (15 & 16) have already been written, so I'm confident that they can be uploaded together. Consider it my sincere apology.
Upcoming conflicts: hiatuses (what a weird plural), interruptions, or "whatevers" will be posted here.
May 3-June 11, I will be on vacation in the isles. I'll send you a postcard but no updates. Sorry.
Early August, I will be somewhere in California. I'm not sure if they have Internet access. Backward little town, that Las Angeles place.
the human experience anthology
the human experience is an anthology of relationship collages. Thus far, the anthology is comprised of the following titles:
collage 1: chocolate fringe (4 out of 10)
collage 2: robin egg (6.3 out of 10)
collage 3: daisy chain (7.6 out of 10)
collage 4: tin man & scarecrow (9 out of 10)
Note: If you are confused by the parentheses (another weird plural form,) they are merely derived from a self deprecating grading system. How I think they rank on the relative scale.
1.) Chapters are no more than 2500 words.
2.) The point of view differs in each collage, but is connected by the object of the previous becoming the focus of the subsequent.
3.) 1st person. Present tense.
4.) The plot, if you can even call it that, takes place after the epic-Aizen war.
5.) Most events occur outside of the scope of the scene, thus revealed in memory or contemplation.
6.) Collages take place consecutively or concurrently, but need not be read in order or conjunction.
Structure and Style:
the human experience anthology is an experiment in deconstruction, perspective, subjectivity, and minimalism. It bears no resemblance to my previous work.
Each collage examines the perceptions of one character. As such, the text will lie, exaggerate, understate, ect.
There are common threads--an underlying plot revealed in bits and pieces. The entire work acts as a overview of human emotion, hinging on the collective effect of multiple characters' private thoughts, feelings, and observations. the human experience is a series of one-shots based on the subjective impressions of different characters living in the same world. (Read the sentence again, and it might make sense. No promises, though.)
Truth and resolution are the unifying factors. The dark poetic prose is thick; however, the perspectives are firmly rooted in realism.
Due to the emotional drain requisite, updates are "far between." For this fic to be effective as a whole, each collage must be meet certain... I don't know: benchmarks, maybe? Regardless, the process cannot be rushed. These collages are not effective when written on a whim. Thus, I am unwilling to commit to specific dates.
On a personal note:
I'm not sure where this anthology is head; that uncertainty makes me uncomfortable.
Though perhaps, the most indicative of my original work, the human experience is the hardest thing I have ever written. I chos Bleach as a template because the vast store of characters provides ample room to move. Stylistically, this construct is new territory for me. Please be explicit in your criticism. In this, I can't read between the lines.
IN CASE OF DEJA VUE: the human experience was originally compiled into one fic, so you might have read one or all of them before. However, I needed to separate them. Each is a fully functional, autonomous piece. Although I wrote them to be read together, I feel that each collage is more potent when experienced alone. As an anthology. xD
Tricrossed (originally titled "glass dreams")
Structural overview. Future tense, 2nd person experiment. Canon universe. Recent manga chapters.
Premise. A strange square relationship. Imagine the right angles of a square starting with the upper left and then moving clockwise: Yuzu/Toushirou/Momo/Karin. (Of course, there is no girl on girl action.)
1) Flash fiction. 6 chapters.
2) Time jumps. Point of view swaps broken by parallel flash forward sequences.
3) The chapter names are actually just pieces of a sentence. Which happens to be the summary.
4) Liberal interpretation on Canon fantastical-ness.
5) Musical accompaniment found in headers of "real time" chapters.
Inspiration. SenbonzaMisuki27's glue & duct tape.
That said, these two pieces have nothing more in common than Yuzu/Toushirou/Karin. They are not related beyond an underlying connection--her fic drove me to write glass dreams. You need not have read hers to understand mine. Tricrossed is autonomous. The only reason I included this note is I should give SM27 credit for pushing me outside of my comfort zone. (though it was utterly unintentional. xD grins hard) I would not feel right without mentioning her original piece.
This in the best of who I am as a writer. And, I think, the best of who I am as a person.
I enjoyed working on this. It plays to my strengths and incorporates a lot of my worldview. The journey was emotionally draining but ultimately worth every second. Every tear, the sad ones and the happy ones.
When I resume, I will PM all of you with lengthy apologies, pleas for your return, and information about the continuation.
Because the hard drive on which every aspect of Soulless was saved (from the original notes, outlines, and family trees to the future chapter skeletons and epilogue) malfunctioned. I have sent the evil device to a data recovery specialist. I have no idea what this means for Soulless.
Fingers crossed it's nothing irreversible. Whether or not I decide to abandon the project if the loss is permanent is quandary only intensive therapy and finding Jesus will resolve.
I will update my profile as news breaks.
Request: if you are considering reading Soulless, I ask that you don't. I'd hate to disappoint.
On with the legit shit = stories that you will actually read. (Unlike this meandering profile which will only interest sarcastic friends and Lit majors.)