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Joined 12-02-08, id: 1759111, Profile Updated: 09-02-13
Author has written 36 stories for Weiss Kreuz, Transformers/Beast Wars, Gundam Wing/AC, Big O, Harry Potter, M*A*S*H, Dark City, Godzilla, Cyborg 009, 9, Samurai 7, Fullmetal Alchemist, Tsubasa Chronicle, and Minecraft.

I'm a mathematician, programmer, and fan of anime. I'm also the husband and primary beta-reader of user Sybil Rowan. I write a lot more code than fanfaction (a relatively recent hobby, thanks to my wife). What I've discovered is that I enjoy finding the interesting things that people don't seem to be interested in. How does a maniac think? What is arithmancy? What's it like to know the future? These types of questions prick at my brain. Some of my stories will have more obvious math/programming influences than others. I think I tend to view the world a bit oddly. If you like my stories, leave a review. If you don't, leave one anyway. I tend to read stories of those who review mine.

For those who want to know more about me, there are two easy ways. 1) You can browse over to the CodeCall programming forum. 2) you can wander over to my blog at WordPress or at LiveJournal. I didn't have to use 73 to make it unique. At CodeCall you'll see what I think about coding and technology. At WordPress you'll see what I think about religion and politics. Here, you'll see my thoughts on stories. If you want to see my random thoughts, many political, you can check out my Twitter account: @WingedPanther73. I've also set up an irc channel, #fanfiction, on irc.rizon.net. PM me if you're interested in connecting, but need help.

Oh, the 73 is because I was born in 1973. I keep running into other people who somehow found the great ID of "WingedPanther". Rather than give up when it's taken, I append my birth year to it. Depending on your age as you read this I could be anything from an old square to a young whipper-snapper. Regardless, I remember when you didn't have to be 18 to watch good movies and "horror" didn't mean "mindless, slightly boring gore-fest".

And if you're reading this, my darling Sybil Rowan, I love you with all my heart.

For those wondering where I play MC, it's at 198 . 12 . 64 . 238 : 25565

Sybil Rowan and WingedPanther's tips for writing GOOD fanfiction.

1) Get a copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style. This has all the latest tips for smooth writing. It also contains up-to-date grammar rules.

2) Sybil always reads everything out loud. It's amazing how much you catch that way. Awkward phrases, incorrect pronouns, and missing commas.

3) Get to know your characters. The whole point of fanfiction is to put the characters you know and love in unique plots and/or settings. If you don't feel comfortable with a character, Winged recommends that you take a scene from your fandom and write it from that character's point of view. It's amazing how much insight you can gain from simply forcing yourself to understand why a character did and said the things he/she did in the fandom. Sybil was able to give Trowa Barton (from Gundam Wing) amnesia without changing his personality. That's why we know this can and should be done. This will also help you avoid problems with #9 below.

4) Always remain in the point of view of the character you're working with. It's never OK to switch from one character's point of view to another's in the middle of a scene. You must either break the scene or make the character with privileged information reveal it either through dialogue or actions (if you're lucky, your character's a telepath, thank goodness for Schuldig and Ivan!).

5) Sybil is a firm believer that you can never have too few “that”s. That is her firm belief. If you say “that” all the time, you get the feeling that you're being repetitive. That gets boring for the reader. That's a really good way to slow down the pacing as well. Don't do that. Winged is a little more lenient, but he also wrote the preceding to make the point, got that?

6) Always eliminate as many state of being verbs and modals as possible. In other words, eliminate “was”, “were”, “should”, “could”, etc. Make the verb active and past tense (unless in dialogue). It's OK to use modals in dialogue, because that's how people speak.

7) Have a point. No one wants to read your stream-of-consciousness experiments. Have a plot. Have a goal. Even a two page story should at least convey something about the characters. You can do experimental stuff (Winged certainly does) and you don't have to plan it all out (Winged doesn't), but you should have a purpose for putting your fingers to the keyboard.

8) Eliminate extraneous words. “Less is more.” This means that you don't have to go into extreme detail about the luxurient, honey-blonde, wavy, shoulder-length hair with red highlights and neatly trimmed bangs on your original character. She's blond. You can mention the highlights later. Nobody really cares. Your goal is to tell a story, not to take a photograph.

9) This brings us to the infamous Mary Sue phenomenon. If you don't know, a “Mary Sue” story is a story with an original character that overshadows the canon characters. You can read Winged's Mary Sue and Gary Stu stories for some parodies on this. Basically, there is nothing wrong with an original character, but that character cannot warp the other characters in order to be the star. For example, if you're writing a Star Wars fan fic, you cannot CANNOT CANNOT have an original character that makes Yoda look like a wimp. Sybil's working with a Battleship Yamato fanfic author who has done a wonderful job creating an original character and blending her into the existing canon. It can be done. You know you're on the wrong track if the most stoic male in canon starts gushing and sending roses and writing love letters. Think Han Solo as a hopeless romantic as something to avoid. See also #3 above.

10) Always have another set of eyes look over your stuff before posting it. You don't want to embarrass yourself. Granted, we find flaws in our stories after posting them, but we keep the errors to a minimum.

11) Your spell checker is your FRIEND! Use it. If you have a grammar checker, use that too. This doesn't replace having another person read your story, but will make things easier on that person. If your proof-reader opens the file and sees a bunch of red squiggly lines, it doesn't make him/her feel respected. That is not how you want to treat someone who's doing you a favor.

12) Eliminate speech tags. These are things like “he said”, “she exclaimed”, “he bemoaned”. Usually, they simply aren't necessary. You should always be able to tell who's speaking by the words being used. If need be, have the appropriate character DO something to keep the reader oriented. A useful experiment is to write a scene as pure dialog, and do it in a way that makes it clear who's speaking at all times. See also #3 above.

13) One of the keys to keeping the story moving is to use short sentences. “Bob hit Joe. Joe collapsed with a sore jaw.” is much better than “Bob struck out at Joe's chin. Flailing wildly, he managed to connect with a loud, crisp smack that sent Joe stumbling backwards, arms windmilling wildly, collapsing despite his best efforts to remain upright.” Unless your scene needs a little drama or comedy, avoid the second. Short, punchy sentences communicate action and speed. Long sentences slow down the action.

14) Find your own voice. If you think one of us has a great writing style, thanks! However, you'll notice that our writing styles are very different. Winged tends to write longer sentences and more analytic stories. Sybil focuses heavily on characters, with shorter sentences and longer, more detailed stories. Winged focuses on scenes, Sybil focuses on action. Your voice will be different from both of ours. Always write from your heart/gut, first. Then worry about editing. A good book to help get you inspired is Zen and the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury.

15) Read a lot. Not just modern novels, but older literature as well. Shakespeare, for example, can give you a lot of inspiration. Knowing the old Greek legends can provide you with lots of ideas. Reading Like A Writer, by Francine Prose, gives a lot of examples of how to pull ideas from other writers and use them to improve your own. This is a particularly important tip for people writing Cartoon/Anime fanfics. You are NOT directing an episode! You are working with a very different medium from the original story. Don't use chibi gimmicks, for example. It works visually, it fails literarily.

16) One other thing: comedy. Don't fool yourself, it is HARD to write. Winged generally avoids this. Sybil enjoys it. The key is word choice. Look at the two examples in #13 above. Notice the great difference in the choice of words, details, etc. Any David Sedaris essay will show you how word choice can make the difference between a slightly dull story and a side-splittingly funny story. You may have to use a few extra words, but it's usually a matter of opening your thesaurus and picking a substitute with a slightly more specific connotation.

17) Use specific language. Don't say things like “The nondescript person walked down the nondescript corridor to an ordinary, somewhat triangular door.” Don't use contradictory or confusing descriptions either. “The masculine girl strolled down the exciting, unadorned passageway towards the oblong, circular door.” It leaves your reader wondering what to believe. Have a consistent message, say it, and move on.

18) Please, learn a few, basic comma rules. You can find them with a simple google search, but once again, make sure you've picked up Elements of Style (only about 10). They're all in there, and they matter.

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A Girl Named Harriet by sasahara17 reviews
Harriet is an ordinary girl who has family, friends and a normal life. She also happens to dream about being a cyborg named Henrietta. What happens when her dreams start crossing over into reality?
Gunslinger Girl - Rated: T - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 7 - Words: 33,389 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 6/29/2010 - Published: 5/9/2010
Wardrobe Malfunction by inertbiscuit reviews
One of Black Ghost's top designers defects to help the cyborgs. Their fashion designer.
Cyborg 009 - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,754 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/3/2009 - Complete
Project Dunkel by Sybil Rowan reviews
Masafumi gets tired of Schwarz interfering with his plans so he creates a genetic replacement Schwarz. His creation gets out of hand and starts causing a lot of problems for everyone.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 12,011 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/14/2009 - Complete
Dark Spark by TehMarishal reviews
What would happen if Transmutate actually survived, and helped Rampage find happiness for the first time in his life? Oneshot, please R&R.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,784 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/7/2009 - Rampage - Complete
Sneaky Maxwell Vs The Goon Squad by Sybil Rowan reviews
Comedy. Duo teases Rasid and bets that he can get past the burley Arab to 'tag' Quatre. Yeah... right.... My very first Gundam Wing story but not my first Gundam story and still a personal favorite! I love writing Duo and Rasid stories for some strange
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: K - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,154 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/30/2008 - Duo M., Maganac Corps - Complete
A Mary Sue Story by CricketBeautiful reviews
Written ... because someone had to do it right.
Gatchaman - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,464 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 2/14/2007 - Complete
A Mary Sue Alphabet by Irony-chan reviews
A's for Amanda Our hero's twin sister Got lost as a baby and Gosh, how he missed her...
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,497 - Reviews: 2548 - Favs: 5,852 - Follows: 341 - Published: 1/12/2005 - Complete
Of the Blood by Edmund Barimen reviews
Story complete! I just wondered what would happen should a Prince of Amber and a mundane Shadow Earth vampire cross paths...
Book of Amber - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 20,400 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/16/2003 - Published: 8/6/2003 - Complete
Bring it On, Mary Sue by Wicked Enough reviews
/OneShot/ It was a typical day in the Cyborg 009 universe, when, out of nowhere, a brave, beautiful heroine comes along and saves the world with her nifty selfmade gun. Please, leave a flame. You know you want to.
Cyborg 009 - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,086 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 8 - Updated: 11/18/2003 - Published: 11/5/2003 - Complete
How Mary Sue Got Killed by Arwen Lune reviews
summary: Mary Sue meets Riddick. [A nasty little fic on realism and Mary Sues.]
Pitch Black / Riddick - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 790 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 5 - Published: 8/30/2001
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A Survivor's Log reviews
A person shows up in the Minecraft world... with a little bit of assistance available.
Minecraft - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Supernatural - Chapters: 41 - Words: 47,675 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 10/15/2013 - Published: 4/8/2013
Feeding Time reviews
Sybil and I gave each other a challenge: write a "shmexy" scene right after Fai became a vampire. This is my response to the challenge. Warnings: Yaoi
Tsubasa Chronicle - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,285 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 10 - Published: 3/9/2013 - Fai, Kurogane - Complete
Introducing Rose reviews
Sybil and I were discussing how annoying mpreg can be. This is my attempt to create a PLAUSIBLE mpreg scenario. I also find the notion of Draco/Ron slash incredibly implausible. I've just combined them :) Warnings: slash, mpreg, allusions to non-consensual sex.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Angst/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,332 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/7/2012 - Ron W., Draco M. - Complete
Last Awakening reviews
I find it interesting to consider what it's like to completely lose a major sense.
Fullmetal Alchemist - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 472 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/18/2012 - Alphonse E. - Complete
Kept AyaChan
This is an idea we SR and I had for Schwarz kidnapping several of the "girls" from the episode. We're writing this in parallel, with me writing the girls, and her writing the guys. Don't ask why, but we both felt that was the natural way to write it.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,229 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 5/6/2012 - Published: 5/5/2012 - Aya-chan F., B. Crawford
Tortured Scream reviews
This is an idea I had for what would make Schreient special, while being reasonably consistent with canon.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 4,013 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/1/2012 - Masafumi T., Hell - Complete
Following Directives reviews
Episode 12: Mystery Island, from Scarecrow's perspective.
Cyborg 009 - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,473 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/26/2012 - Chang/006, Great Britain/007 - Complete
Nagi and the Ladies of Schreient reviews
This is a follow up to Crawford and the Ladies of Schreient
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,161 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/24/2010 - Nagi N. - Complete
Three Perspectives on Love reviews
My take on the characters in episode Bad Spark. Written for Sybil's birthday. Warnings: None Disclaimer: Beast Wars Transformers, its names and characters belong to Hasbro. The dialog is from "Bad Spark", not me. Beta Reader & Birthday Girl: Sybil Ro
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,061 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 9/6/2010 - Blackarachnia, Silverbolt
A Day In The Life Of Nagi reviews
My take on how Nagi experiences the world.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 806 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/22/2010 - Nagi N. - Complete
A Day In The Life Of Farfarello reviews
This is really an attempt to convey my vision of how Farfarello's mind works. Warning: Violence against women.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: M - English - Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 814 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 8/15/2010 - Farfarello - Complete
Wealth Has Its Privileges reviews
Sybil and I are doing another FicTicTacToe. This time, we're doing Nichol and Lady Une with the set Symbols.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,926 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 8/8/2010 - Published: 8/1/2010 - Nikol, L. Une - Complete
Crawford And The Ladies of Schreient
These are my moves in FicTicTacToe. It's part of my challenge with Sybil with topic: Love, character: Crawford.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 2,446 - Updated: 7/26/2010 - Published: 7/25/2010 - B. Crawford - Complete
A Day In The Life Of Schuldig reviews
This is my take on Schuldig's version of telepathy, and his general level of malice.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,033 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/11/2010 - Schuldig - Complete
Clan Wars reviews
Sybil was complaining about inane vampire/Gundam Wing stories that are out there. This is my retaliation. Warnings: language, mild gore
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Horror - Chapters: 9 - Words: 15,124 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/13/2010 - Published: 5/12/2010
Love Your Mother reviews
The origins of Ivan, from his perspective. Warnings: Violence against an infant and woman.
Cyborg 009 - Rated: M - English - Angst/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,382 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 4/24/2010 - Complete
Memoirs of a Nobuseri reviews
This is based on the events of episode 9 Bandits .
Samurai 7 - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 730 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 4/23/2010 - Complete
Wide Open Spaces reviews
I had the idea of writing what it would be like to land on Earth, after living in a colony for your entire life. This is it.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: K+ - English - Suspense/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,174 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/28/2009 - Trowa B./No-Name - Complete
Hunters of Darkness reviews
This was spawned by a discussion with Sybil about the prevalence of vampire cross-overs in fan-fiction. I don't know how many chapters it will be, or when it will end. I make no promises. Each chapter will be written as a stand-alone.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,852 - Reviews: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/7/2009 - Published: 5/17/2009
Being Creative Takes It Out Of You reviews
My vision of how the process of creating the stitchpunks played out. Warnings: Contains references to drinking/alcohol abuse.
9 - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,024 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/18/2009 - The Scientist - Complete
Mary Sue Seduces Everyone reviews
After writing "Mary Sue meets the real Gundam character " series, my wife asked me for this for her birthday. This is the result. Happy birthday Sybil!
Cyborg 009 - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 6,348 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/7/2009 - Complete
Gary Stu Meets The Real Relena Peacecraft reviews
This is the last of my Mary Sues... at least in Wing... for now. If you haven't read them, I enjoyed them. If you have read them, and got them, you won't be confused. Warnings: None.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 757 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/2/2009 - Relena P. - Complete
Mary Sue Meets the Real Chang Wufei reviews
I'm continuing from my Mary Sues. If you haven't read them, I enjoyed them. If you have read them, and got them, you won't be confused. Warnings: None.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 525 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/2/2009 - Wufei C. - Complete
Gary Stu Meets The Real Quatre Raberba Winner reviews
I'm continuing from my Mary Sues. If you haven't read them, I enjoyed them. If you have read them, and got them, you won't be confused. Warnings: Mild Slash.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: M - English - Humor/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 747 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Published: 8/1/2009 - Quatre W. - Complete
Mary Sue Meets the Real Trowa Barton reviews
I'm continuing from my last two Mary Sues. If you haven't read them, I enjoyed them. If you have read them, and got them, you won't be confused. Warnings: None.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 948 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/29/2009 - Trowa B./No-Name
Mary Sue Meets the Real Duo Maxwell reviews
I'm continuing from my last Mary Sue. If you haven't read it, I enjoyed it. If you have read it, and got it, you won't be confused. Warnings: Has a very suggestive scene.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 811 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/26/2009 - Duo M.
In The Aftermath reviews
While watching Rodan, my wife made a comment about building underground. This is the result.
Godzilla - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 444 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/11/2009 - Complete
Building Dark City reviews
A short bit about what might be going on to lead to the movie Dark City.
Dark City - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 407 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/5/2009 - Complete
Charles Winchester: Elegant Procurement Officer reviews
Charles Winchester joins the team to replace Frank. This is a sequel to Frank Burns: Chief Procurement Officer. Warnings: If you are easily offended, don't read this. Don't complain if you read it and don't like it.
M*A*S*H - Rated: M - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,218 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/14/2009 - Charles W. - Complete
A Day in the Life of Aya
A short character study of Aya. He thinks of himself by his given name in this story
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 512 - Published: 4/5/2009 - Aya/Ran F. - Complete
Frank Burns: Chief Procurement Officer reviews
Frank Burns gets in trouble with General Clayton shortly after Potter becomes the commanding officer. It seems he has too low a survival rate for his patients. The MASH team comes up with a unique solution to keep Frank out of trouble. Warnings: If you
M*A*S*H - Rated: M - English - Horror/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,384 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/11/2009 - Frank B. - Complete
Hermione's 6th Year Arithmancy reviews
The events of The Half-Blood Prince as revealed in Hermione's arithmancy notes. Warnings: The author of this story is a mathematician... writing about arithmancy... you do the math.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,443 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Published: 3/1/2009 - Hermione G. - Complete
Monitoring the Computer reviews
My take on the bigger picture of Big-O.
Big O - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 890 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 2/24/2009 - Complete
Mary Sue Meets the Real Heero Yuy reviews
This takes place in episode 2 of the series, shortly before Releena's birthday party.
Gundam Wing/AC - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 481 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/17/2009 - Heero Y. - Complete
A Day in the Life of Rampage
A character study on Rampage. Includes some animal cruelty.
Transformers/Beast Wars - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 847 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/14/2009 - Rampage - Complete
A Day in the Life of Crawford reviews
This is really an attempt to convey my vision of how Crawford's precognition works.
Weiss Kreuz - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 857 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/14/2009 - B. Crawford - Complete
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