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Author has written 22 stories for Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jedi Apprentice, Outsiders, and Star Wars.
Formerly known as "Xaja Silversheen". It's been what, five years? Time for a name change. ;)
Update as of January 31, 2016.
*rises up like Mushu* I liiiiiiiiive! Can't say the same for the muse, but I liiiiiive! And I have no idea when Strangers is getting updated. So please lay off with the PM nagging, mmkay? I KNOW you lot are still out there in cyberspace and I will update, but hell if I know when!
So, I guess since you're here, you want information about this sometimes-lunatic who thinks she can write, hmm? Well, what shall I say? I'm a Half-Elven Jedi who operates during the day as a mild-mannered caffeine-addicted Social Sciences graduate (Bachelor of Arts as of April 2014!) with an interest in sociology, psychology, digital painting, and anything from the fantasy novel section of the library. But by night, I'm the Queen of the Geeks, on a quest to rid the world of bad writing and worse stories and wannabe-nerds, Twihards, and the Anti-Geeks! Mwahaha!
I also may be somewhat delusional.
Any mental illnesses notwithstanding, I spend most of my time roleplaying, costuming, drawing, gaming (Star Wars: The Old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins own my soul at this point), lusting after Jensen Ackles, David Tennant, Karl Urban, and Dean O'Gorman, or attempting to partake in a social life. As stated, I am a recent university graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, and I'm pondering going on for my Master's in a year or so. I enjoy rock and metal music (Skillet, Demon Hunter, RED, Blind Guardian, and In Flames are my loves), am an obsessive fangirl of all things Tolkien, have read pretty much every fantasy novel in my hometown's library (the good ones, anyway), would love to learn more than one lightsaber combat form (I know the basics of Shii-Cho. Go me!) and am a shameful cinematic wimp (Dean Winchester, I love you, but Supernatural scares the ever-loving hell out of me...).
When I'm not here, you can generally find me in one of these locations:
The Sue Free Zone (If you write a bad fanfic, it will be riffed here.)
Viewer discretion is advised.
RANT: NON CANONICAL PAIRINGS. For the love of all that is holy, OBI-WAN AND PADMÉ WERE NEVER AN ITEM. Nor were Legolas and Arwen. Or Frodo and Sam. Or Merry and Pippin. (Better not be, they're COUSINS.) Or Kili/Fili/Thorin (that's a popular one, and I have no idea why. Do you people not realize they're related?...). Or Aragorn and Legolas. Or Obi-Wan and Anakin. Or Will and Jack. Or Revan and Malak. Or Snape and Hermione. Or Luke and Han. Or Mace Windu and Yoda (Yes, unfortunately, I HAVE seen that one. My eyeballs have not recovered.). And my personal theory is that Kylo Ren and Rey are blood-related, which makes that pairing really, *really* creepy. >.>
(Thorin/Bilbo, and Dean/Castiel, well... we'll talk. >.>)
The original authors/scriptwriters/directors put the characters into certain pairings FOR A REASON. To violate them is to violate canon. NO. BAD.
On a related note...
RANT: Let us call for a blanket ban upon terribly-done Mary Sues! I'm not just talking about the OC's that "mysteriously" get dropped into Middle Earth and steal Legolas' heart upon first glance- or are John Winchester's millionth "other" daughter/Frodo's umpteenth adopted sister/Sirius Black's forgotten daughter/etc. If you write a character who's allowed to violate all the previously-established rules of the canon (ie, an 18-year-old recruit to the Jedi during the prequel era), or who immediately can out-badass any canonical character (Nobody can hunt a monster better than the Winchester brothers. NOBODY.), or who metagames their way into glory, you have created a Sue. Bad writer. Shame on you.
The same also applies if that Sue 'mysteriously' happens to look exactly like you or what you wish you looked like, and yet is still somehow connected to a main character (like Fili and Kili's nonexistent sister, or Harry Potter's twin sister, or the ever-dreaded 10th Walker...).
RANT: I am aware that some of you are junior high students who have no concept of grammar. However, this is no excuse to online-publish a story with shoddy spelling and writing skill that wouldn't be out of place in a Grade 1 classroom. This particular writer won't even use text speak beyond "lol" and smileys, and texts with obsessively perfect grammar and punctuation. Unless she's drunk. But that's beside the point.
In this day and age, when Google Docs spellchecks your articles for you and any decent open-sourced word program (like OpenOffice) has a built-in spellcheck, it's not that hard to have decent grammar and spelling in a story. That includes punctuation (y'know, periods (.) and commas (,) and the like) and paragraphs. You are not writing a technical readout or a court transcript, you are writing a story, which needs to be broken up into nice little bitesized chunks. Each speaker gets their own paragraph in dialogue. Not that difficult, kids. I make it a point to go over all my stories before posting them to check for grammar and spelling and whatever, which is something a lot of you should be doing. You know who you are.
"But Keldae! Dumbledore's name doesn't come up on my spellcheck!" And I see nothing restraining your hands so that you cannot grab a book to verify the spelling of a character/location name, or otherwise perform a Google search. No excuses, younglings!
Let it be noted- In no way is text speak EVER an acceptable form of writing. EVER.
RANT: There is creative liberties in fanfic, and then there is "hello, I'm making up my own canon and squishing it into JK Rowling's universe and you can't make me adhere to true canon!" Kids, try to keep to the rules of the universe that you're playing in, mmkay? The Force has its limitations, the Valar adhere to the rules of Iluvatar, magic has its own restrictions, and the characters have established backgrounds and personalities that should be adhered to (Sirius wasn't a muggleborn, Frodo wasn't half-Elven, and Darth Malak wasn't always evil.).
And now for the fandom-specific RANTS...
RANT: Regardless of what the little brat named Anakin Skywalker got away with, Force-sensitive children were taken from their parents while they were babies. No children over the age of five could become Jedi. And the Jedi definitely wouldn't try training an adult or an older teen under after Luke Skywalker became head of the Jedi Order and needed all the recruits he could get. So get that idea out of your heads now, people!
RANT: Twilight. Enough said. (It and its spawn, 50 Shades, are not in any way romantic novels. Those are poorly-written stories glorifying abusive situations for women and demonstrate incredibly unhealthy/dangerous relationships. Ladies, if you have a so-called romantic male figure in your life who acts like Cullen or Gray, RUN. There is help for you in the form of counselling and potential police intervention. Guys, if you are the emotionally abusive or rapey Cullen or Gray in a woman's life, I hope you find yourselves castrated painfully.)
RANT: DARTH REVAN IS MALE. THE JEDI EXILE IS FEMALE. THE SUBJECT IS CLOSED. (And if somebody ever wants to write a story where they actually get shipped before/during the Mandalorian Wars, hit me up and I will love you forever. XD)
RANT: Whaaaaai does Gimli get such a bad rap on this site? No, really- WHY? Gimli is a MOTHER-F*ING BADASS. So hush your faces, haters.
RANT: I don't think Boromir was as egotistical in the book as he was in the movie, just a little... misguided. He just wanted the Ring to help his country. And he was not the evil creeper I have seen him written as! For all of you Suethors who think Boromir was this evil lunatic who was only after the Ring: BOROMIR IS AWESOME. DEAL WITH IT. And also, Denethor was NOT evil. He was just caught by the Palantir and went mad. A terrible father, sure, but not a sadistic bastard.