Author has written 8 stories for Harry Potter, Battlestar Galactica: 2003, Pokémon, Inheritance Cycle, Lord of the Rings, and Sword Art Online/ソードアート・オンライン.
Hello, everyone. Name's Ruairí. I have a love for this site, and for writing in general.
Current Progress (the only place you can find frequent updates on my stories):
- Double Jeopardy: Chapter 32, "Werecats" - 0 words
REVISION: improvement of chapters 1-20, as I've been promising for months. Current progress: Chapter One complete!
- Throes of Fate: Chapter 6, "Eragon and Aragorn" - 1500 words (I'll get back to this soon, I promise.)
My Current Favourite Song: Spiritual Awakening (Future World Music) - my all time favourite piece of music, incidentally.
My Current Profile Picture: Vegeta, Prince of all Saiyans
I often get asked why my stories are so darkly poised. To be honest, they're really not. Double Jeopardy is an exception. It is very dark, because that's how I feel like writing it. Simple. That being said, nothing I write in the future (unless specifically noted beforehand with good reason) will be as dark. Throes of Fate is only as malevolent as Lord of the Rings and The First Time will include a good bit of romance, so take that one as you wish.
One thing that continues to amaze me is the diversity of Double Jeopardy's fan-base. I'm sure this is a shared statistic for thousands of writers on this site, but still... each month alone the story has been visited by people from close to fifty different nations, and that, I think, is a beautiful piece of information. It's incredible how widespread it is around the world, and I really couldn't be prouder; not because I've written something recognised in so many countries, but because so many different cultures can come together to enjoy a piece of writing. So, I just want to thank you all for your continual dedication - things like this are why I continue writing and why I always will.
I'm a proud otaku, lover of fantasy and sci-fi rolled into one, as well as a huge gamer and someone who watches a 'lot' of T.V and films. And reads for fun. And dabbles in poetry and prose. And watches football with a passion (along with quite a few other sports). Does that make me the biggest social hermit you've ever met?
-Upcoming Stories (Maybe a year from now, maybe a decade.)-
- Lincoln Cooper/You've Been Served -
Enough is enough. Harry is sick and tired of Dumbledore's manipulations and Sirius's death is the last straw. The solution? Bring the old man down with the help of the finest legal mind in Wizarding history. The catch? Mr. Cooper may feel the Ministry as a whole is too corrupt to continue and decide to bring it down single-handedly. Essentially Harry and Cooper versus Dumbledore, the Wizengamot, the Ministry and Voldemort behind the scenes.
- Solitude and Solidarity. Harry Potter universe. Description -
A nine year old Harry Potter meets Hermione Granger by chance, and his young life is altered greatly. Through the pair developing a close friendship, Harry will enter the magical world of Hogwarts not alone, but with a companion he cherishes and protects more than life itself. The consequences, far-reaching, will either be beautiful to withhold… or devastating to endure.
- Unnamed SAO/AOT Crossover. Description - Eren and co have recently completed their combat training and have successfully defended the town of Trost from Titan incursion. Now, Eren is on trial and the Survey Corps may be his only hope. But who are the mysterious recruits in Squad Levi, and what does the ill-mannered captain himself think of their presence? Together they could be a formidable team, provided Kirito's secrets don't kill them all.
Untitled Harry Potter / Sherlock crossover. Description - Colin Creevey has just been petrified, and the staff is no closer to finding the Heir of Slytherin. One innocuous prompt from Harry is enough to tempt Dumbledore into asking for outside help, despite the misgivings of more than a few characters. Those misgivings aren't deterred when the eccentric detective and his best friend show up to sink their teeth into the matter. This story is an odd one. It acts as my new attempt to juggle more than one story with my outside life, something I've been disappointingly unsuccessful in trying to control up until now. It's unusual in that it'll be like the Sherlock T.V. show in its sporadic manner - chapters will be long, and therefore deliberately infrequent. It won't be published until I have at least 50,000 words written (one tenth of the way there as of January 11th)
- Untitled Harry Potter / DC crossover. Description - From what I have so far, Harry is adopted by Bruce Wayne after Lily and James are killed. Imagine THAT Harry going to Hogwarts.
- Untitled Stargate SG-1 / Battlestar Galactica crossover. Description - SG-1 accidentally travel through a solar flare when attempting to access the Ori galaxy via the Supergate. They are sent back to the midst of the Second Cylon War.
- Unconfirmed Sherlock / Dexter crossover. Who wouldn't want to see this showdown?!
- Unconfirmed Harry Potter / Matrix crossover. Fun idea, I have to say.
I firmly believe that authors personally control any story they publish, so don't expect mine to be 100% loyal to its canon counterpart (or counterparts, if it's a cross-over). Like Double Jeopardy, it will possibly follow the original story-line of the text, but I'll feel free to change some things around when it's appropriate and even when it's not. Otherwise... what's the point? You may as well just ignore the premise of 'FanFiction' entirely.
Always remember when you're writing: it's not what you do, but how you do it that defines you (yes, that is a Batman reference). Don't be overwhelmed by criticism, because it's the only true way an author can grow. I choose to ignore most positive feedback (that being said, I reply to those reviews which people have taken time to write - it would be rude not to). Unless my work is perfect (an impossible feat), I strive for negativity and even occasional rudeness. Don't get upset if I do the same thing when reviewing your work - get determined.
Some favourite book quotes:
"Elia of Dorne. You raped her, you murdered her. You killed her children."
"Real love is to offer your life at the feet of another."
"It's the job that's never started as takes longest to finish."
"People have an annoying habit of remembering things they shouldn't."
"There are no men like me. There's only me."
"Are you OLD?"
"No, I'm twelve. But I've been that for a long time."
"Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles."
"Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced."
"I am I, and I wish I weren't."
"Jaime Lannister sends his regards."
"I want to be a healer, and love all things that grow and are not barren."
"Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?"
"If one's different, one's bound to be lonely."
"Be me a little."
"Shall we dance, friend of my heart?"
"When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man."
"The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without war to multiply them."
"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them."
"We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it."
"A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you'll know the debt is paid."
"Closed his mouth. Then pressed a kiss on Oskar's lips. For a few seconds Oskar saw through Eli's eyes. And what he saw was... himself. Only much better, more handsome, stronger than what he thought of himself. Seen with love."
Real-Life Quotes (some mine, others from friends):
"I never go a day without contemplating the zombie apocalypse. Because life is just too boring as things are."
"Why do you always talk to yourself?"
"It's the only way to be assured of intelligent conversation around here."
"You know I hate you, right?"
"Like Sherlock and Moriarty?"
"No, like Darth Vader and factor five sun-cream."
"How do you know if you love someone?"
"Are you willing to kill yourself to save them?"
"Then you probably need to work on it a little."
My Personal Pet Peeves (I only made this to show you why I may be criticising your story, not to be a troll):
- People who make spelling mistakes and choose to deliberately ignore them deserve to be slapped until they wake up.
- Anybody who writes 'I suck at summaries' is clearly a woeful writer, so don't be drawn in by their promise of a better story.
- Anyone who writes anything about male pregnancy in a positive light deserves to be shanked, and that is not an exaggeration. This is horrendous and I want no part in it. Maybe it's 'cute' for some people out there, but as a man there is not a more disturbing thought I can conjure. Seriously.
- 'Writers' who openly acknowledge plot holes in their own story but refuse to fix them need a big kick up the arse. Show some dedication, why don't you?
- Uptight fan-girls and boys need to get off their astoundingly high horses. Often, you people aren't smart enough to handle impartiality in a debate, so please, go ahead and try your luck. I look forward to it.
- Anyone who writes a story rated 'M' yet still proceeds to write 'NOT SUITABLE FOR KIDS' in the summary should seriously reconsider their writing skills.
- Thou shalt not ask direct questions with anonymous reviews, for the Lord of the Story shalt becometh angry and unleash furious vengeance upon thou. On a serious note, please don't do this for anything of mine that you read. Unless it's a serious issue I won't respond since I can't speak to you personally. It clogs up the chapter with footnotes.
- When challenged by an unnecessarily nasty review, all authors should be as sarcastic as possible in their response. If the reviewer doesn't pick up on said sarcasm he/she is a dumb-ass and must be treated as such, as should their opinion. Again, I enjoy negativity. That doesn't mean I enjoy trolls.
- Low levels of followers and reviews do not necessarily mean the story is sub-par. If you get anywhere near 1000 followers for a single story you should have no complaints (this is a peeve because some people tend to think that 1000 followers is not a lot, even if the genre or category is not very popular).
- Any writer who continues to 'ask for reviews' at the start/end of a chapter needs to realise something: we know how to review. It's an integral part of using this site. Some of us just choose not to.
- If you write 'chappie' as a 'shorter' version of 'chapter' you've automatically lost me as a reader. Plain and simple. Sorry if that makes me seem petty, but to me it's like someone running their nails down a chalkboard.
- The decision to include, as a friend so eloquently phrased it: 'the magical bloody trunk of everything' is one that should never be considered. Cutting corners by solving everything in one fell swoop removes the point of the story and makes the plot flimsier and more laughable than that of Twilight.
- If you try to slam another writer or their story in order to make your own look better, you are a pathetic person and will automatically lose the respect of every user on this site. Trolling attacks are signs of weakness. I think I've said this a few times now, so you know I mean it.
- Writing OCs is not a bad thing. Bad writing itself is a bad thing.
- Typos aren't the end of the world. We all make them. Numerous and continual grammatical errors aren't the end of the world either, although they make me want to end the world in a fit of rage. Why not proof-read or, if you can't be bothered to do so, get help from a friend or nice reviewer?
- I hate Ron Weasley. Therefore I won't read any story in the Harry Potter category where he's portrayed positively without complaining. Please don't take it personally. Same goes for Dumbledore.
- People who complain about plot inconsistencies and logical fallacies/holes within the Harry Potter FanFiction web. You need to realise that the actual series is littered with errors, mistakes and (in)convenient magic when it wants to be. Trying to account for that within FanFiction is IMPOSSIBLE because of how much the characters can theoretically do with magic itself. So, while you're screaming at your computer that Harry should be casting a 'notice-me-not' charm on the Horcrux he's stolen instead of simply hiding it in his magical trunk, or some other such nonsense, the author of the story is either laughing at you, or swearing repeatedly at your childishness. Authors aren't impeccable. If Rowling hadn't formed such a flimsy structure for her magical rules and lack thereof, we wouldn't get caught with our head in the sand every other chapter. For that reason, most of us choose to ignore the 'magic can fix anything' rule that SHOULD exist, and instead employ the good old-fashioned 'these characters are flawed' one instead. IN SHORT, there will always be magical holes in ANY given Harry Potter story. You'll live with it, I'm sure.