Author has written 4 stories for Final Fantasy VIII.
I Made a Promise: The Rewrite has been put on the backburner for now -- I'm still working on it, but I'm having a bit of trouble with a few scenes in the next chapter and I refuse to post it until I'm 100 percent happy with it. Although, what with Fanfiction.net seemingly cracking down on any story that doesn't comply with a PG-13 rating, I dunno how much longer it'll remain up. There's some truly horrific violence in the next few chapters that I'm unwilling to cut (this is a story for adults, after all), but I suppose we'll see.
Name: My regular readers know. Get to know me well enough and I'll share it.
Favorite Authors: Tolkein, Stephen King, E.A. Poe, Neil Gaiman, Shakespeare, Jonothan Swift, William Blake, Sylvia Plath, Phillip Adams, Bill Bryson
Favorite Fanfiction Authors: Raidenshred, Peptuck, Queen000, Emerald Latias, Ashbear, j-mercuryUK, Snapegirlkmf, nonjon
Stories I love: Multi-chapter stories, with lots of imagery and description -- something I can immerse myself in for hours, or days, and keeps me hooked the whole time.
Stories I hate: Meaningless fluff with no plot or character development, absurdly unrealistic romance, songfics, soul bonds (a Harry Potter cliche that needs to die), and time travel (outside of fandoms that rely on it as a plot device, such as Doctor Who or Legend of Zelda. However, I will make an exception for time travel stories in the event that they are done well -- which, I've found, is rare). Also, to quote j-mercuryUK:
Random Japanese in fanfics. Sorry, I really hate this. I've seen different languages used well in fanfiction, when full sentences are used to show a change in language, rather then "Squeeee, I know what arigatou mean 'cause I've seen Naruto subbed, this will so make my fanfic sound more Japanese". Sorry, it doesn't. If anything, it disrupts the flow by drawing attention to the fact that it isn't Japanese. I always go on the assumption that characters living in Japan (or Middle-Earth, or wherever they live) are speaking their native tongue, and the fact that it's written in English is merely a translation (so to speak) as most readers can't read or write Japanese. So why put a random word in Japanese in an English sentence? Does it mean that that word is said in English (which wouldn't actually be too far fetched)? To be honest, it just looks a little silly. Like an anime theme tune with random English words stuck in every now and then. That, and the fact that often the words are used wrong anyway.
Stories I write: Dark fiction, mainly, with gratuitous violence and horror themes; however, I do try and expand on characters and plot, and I have a terrible habit of creating many, many OCs (and generally doing a horrible job of fleshing them out). With all that said, I also try to add humour and light-heartedness to my work as well, if only to offset the darker themes.
About me: Although I rarely drink (I like a nice glass of port every now and then, but I can happily go without a drink for weeks), I have a terrible smoking habit - I like strong cigarettes, and I enjoy a pipe in the evenings. I've been working the zombie shift at a petrol station for several years, partly because I actually like the work and partly because I have no motivation to do anything else with myself.
I love music and listen to a wide variety of it (but will forever remain a slave to melodic death metal and European trance melodies), but recently have been immersing myself in neoceltic folk and medieval music. Garmarna, Luc Arbogast, Omnia, Faun, and Hagalaz Runedance are my heroes.
I hate the term 'filler'. Alright, fine, perhaps you've got a chapter or two in your story that doesn't immediately advance the plot, but hey, ya know what? You need stuff like that in a story, otherwise it'd be way too full on -- all plot and no play, as it were. Sure, a good plot is all but required for a good story, but if you don't flesh it out a little (with that oh-so-horrible filler) then you're paradoxically gonna be left with a remarkably boring story, even if it has the best plot in the world.
I am a grammar nazi. It's one of my numerous failings, and I've probably missed out on a lot of otherwise good stories because of it. The problem is that a lot of the writers on this site seem to have this frankly bizarre notion that full stops and commas aren't necessary when writing dialogue, and I honestly cannot stand to read it. Seriously, if you're unsure about how to punctuate whatever language you're writing in, employ a beta reader who does know how. A lot of readers would be more than happy to do it for you, so don't be scared to ask.
One final word: I hate, I hate, I hate people who post ten millions words' worth of meaningless drivel (ie questionarres, copy-paste hipster prose, etc) on their profile pages. If I have to scroll down for half an hour before actually reaching an author's stories I am going to ignore their work, as they obviously take more interest in themselves than their writing and, more importantly, their audience. Please, people, please halt this annoying, insipidly narcississtic habit.
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