Author has written 36 stories for Ninja Turtles, and Rise of the Guardians.
Something new- Since some friends expressed interest in having someplace to gather to discuss our fave heroes on Facebook, we have started a Group. If you have a Facebook account and would like to join the conversation, come check us out at Turtle Talk: http://www.facebook.com/groups/TurtleTalk/.
There is also an awesome group specifically for Fan Fiction writers, of any fandom, called Fanfic Legit, and run by our own FairDrea: https://www.facebook.com/groups/382002891905520/
The people of Fanfiction.net never cease to amaze me and touch my heart.
Since this posting, she has added some portraits of my OC women. I am overwhelmed by such a beautiful gift. Thank you so much.
Something new: FF.net author Lynn Watkins shared this in a FB group, and I'm passing the link on for all FF.net writers. Some EXCELLENT advice here!! And, as a bonus, this blog is mostly dedicated to FF writers. Enjoy!
PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, READ THIS ARTICLE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO WRITE FIRST-PERSON FAN FICTION!!
Some excellent advice for those serious about becoming a writer: How To Become a Writer
Critical information for writers from storyteller Ira Glass.
I've begun writing a blog about writing. It will primarily focus on writing and publishing novels for young adults and children, but I hope to share plenty of general writing tips as well. You can find me at From Mary's Pen. Comments are welcome!
UPDATE: July, 2014- My personal blog, Life, Dreams, and a Turtle, has been discontinued for now. If and when I begin again, I will share the link.
"If you want to write a really good story, you've got to take your Hero, your main character, and drive him to the highest hill you can find. When you've got him cornered at the edge of a precipice, with no way out... Push him off."
Guys! Guys guess what???
I'm getting married.
Yes, it's official. I've completely lost my mind... but my heart, too.
I have been holding out for Leo, but life, unfortunately, does not take place in fantasy. Hamato Leonardo is unlikely to land on my doorstep any day soon, and so... Well, I won't say I'm settling, because I'm not. I have been determined never again to "settle," for my own sake, as well as the sake of my children. I am, however, moving forward, and I hope that, if Leo existed, that he would be happy for me and proud that I have clung to my belief that life goes forward and that true love, unlike mutated ninjas, does exist.
So what does this mean to my writing?
I'm still writing. Always writing. I'm still freelancing, and working a second part time job to fill in the financial gaps.
Soon... soon... I hope to share a new book. I know, I've been saying that since my last update, which is almost 4 years old now. Grief has taken its toll on my muse, and kept her shackled, unable to pick up the pen. Recently, with new life and joy swelling to fill the cracks left by the devastation of divorce, the urge has begun to renew. The voices are whispering. I will do my best to listen, and to rejoin my friends here on Fanfic.
I've missed you all. Happy writing!
PS if you want to know more about what's going on in my day to day, visit my blog, Life With Teens & Other Wild Things
PS If you're wondering about my educational activities: UPDATED 4-26-13
Last term, I completed my Associate's degree! My very first college degree, at 40 years old. It was crazy and awesome and I still have a long way to go. I'm working toward my Bachelors in Literature and Writing now, and looking forward to a bright future.
I plan to transfer to another local SUNY school, to enter their Masters program in English and American Literature. The degree would open some doors for me in writing, editing and teaching jobs. I'm not cut out to work behind a desk, as a book editor or agent, but a degree carries a lot of respect in writing circles. It would allow me to teach at conferences, gain more credibility as a freelance editor, and even allow me to teach as a substitute in the public schools. For anyone serious about writing professionally, it's a degree path to consider.
Helpful links for writers:
Like a picture of your OC? Or how about a portrait of your pet?
Melody Winters http://www.fanfiction.net/MelodyWinters is now taking commissions for her amazing artwork. See her profile or her Deviant Art page for details. (I have to say, her portrait of Splinter "Trusting Eyes" is one of the most beautiful and expressive portrayals of him I've seen.)
A SHAMELESS PROMOTION: Candelight has written... Well, what can I say? She's created a story that... you just have to read it. If you love fluff, if you love chibi turtles, danger, action, drama, suspense and laughter... You will love Motherly Affection. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5406163/1/Motherly_Affection
It's a must-read. I don't say that often folks, but neither am I so honored by such a rich and amazing gift.
My dear Lauren, Doomo arigatoo gozaimasu, imouto.
I'd like to take a moment to share the url to a fanfic I recently discovered in the archives, which has become my all-time favorite. Please read... You'll either shake your head and wonder what kind of weirdo I am after all, or you'll fall in love with it, too. May we all, in our own way, leave a legacy.
UPDATE: 1/31/10- An illustration for Motherly Affection (see link below), Hide -n- Seek is completed. It shouldn't be LEGAL for Mikey to be this cute. :)
Thank you, Brynna!!