Poll: Would you like to see some roleplay stories of Zara's RP counterpart (Xaja Taerich) from the Axiom translated into fanfiction and published here? Vote Now!
Author has written 24 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 February 8, 2017.
*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 with an interest in sociology, psychology, digital painting, cosplaying, 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 (Demon Hunter, RED, Disturbed, Metallica, and Halestorm are my current 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:
DeviantART (Where I post my artsing and some writing. And I do commissions!)
Viewer discretion is advised.
RANT: Yes, this is fanfiction, which by definition is fan-created works inspired by other works. No, this is not a plagiarism site. If you are That Person who thinks themselves so clever as to copy someone else's fanfiction, mangle a few words and sentences here and there, and re-paste the work as your own, you are the lowest of the low trolls on this website (or any other site where fanworks may be found). it is in no way flattering; on the contrary, it's thoroughly insulting. Taking inspiration from another's story is one thing, provided that you have permission of the original author AND you give full credit. Ripping off another author while only changing the OC's name is something else, and something that is not acceptable. May you burn in literary hell. I have better things to do than spend hours of my time reporting you to the FFN Admins. (Shout-out to the person currently known as Steph8bubble after she changed her name from ahsoka-something, frequenter of the Clone Wars and Star Wars Games fandoms, who is guilty of two counts of ripping off MY story. Seriously, if you ever read this, QUIT IT. I'm not impressed at your shitty rip-off of "Last Hope" and while I do have two guilds of people who will happily report you to the FFN Admins incessantly until you get perma-banned, the fact that I need to ask them to do this in the first place is infuriating. Karma, my dear, is a very real thing.)
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 Snape and Hermione (ewww). 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, Poe/Finn, 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 (*cough* self-insert Tenth Walkers, I'm looking at you), 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 Lord Elrond's mysterious other daughter who's somehow prettier than Arwen...).
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, and even then an effort will still be made for correctness in grammar and spelling. 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 so nyah!" 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 Lana was a Sith, never a light-sided Force-user.).
And now for the fandom-specific RANTS...
RANT: If you're writing Star Wars fanfiction during the prequels era, you should know that the Jedi do not accept adult recruits. AT ALL. The oldest children accepted to the Order, with the exception of one Anakin Skywalker, were around five years old. Your teenage OC would not be canonically allowed into the Order. (The rules get a little bit more grey for the SWTOR era, the KOTOR era, the old EU, or possibly between ROTJ and TFA. If you MUST have a teenaged or young adult recruit to the Jedi, do your research on those eras and go write there. If you REALLY want a special teenage recruit who gets it on with Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Jedi Apprentice era, you're SOL.) You should also know that members of the Order aren't allowed to marry or have families unless there are extenuating circumstances, ie members of an endangered species, but considering how many of you ignore that little detail...
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.)
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.