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Joined 04-11-09, id: 1897872, Profile Updated: 11-29-09
Author has written 5 stories for August Rush, and NCIS.

I've been writing stories since before I could remember, but thankfully my dad kept one of my first 'books' - a collection of paragraph-long stories written when I was 7-years-old or something - so that we both can be perpetually amused. I do, however, remember writing stories, stories and more stories (none of them ever got finished) under my desk while in class all through middle school and the beginning of high school as well. My last two years of high school, I actually took classes in creative writing - what a concept! I could actually write on TOP of my desk!

If you're wondering why I wrote under my desk in class instead of after school...well (aside from the fact that I was bored in school) its because after school I was too busy with my other great passion - horses. I've been riding since age seven, got my first horse at age 12, and continue to dedicate much of my time to the study of Parelli Natural Horsemanship and the concept of natural collection. In college, my writing fell by the wayside when class actually got interesting (most of them, anyway) and my professional goals in the horse industry demanded much of my time outside of school, but I'm glad to say that I'm back to writing now and a whole lot better at it than I was in middle school. (After three years of being an English Lit major, reading some of the best literature around and writing term papers up the wazoo, one would certainly hope so.)

I dream of one day publishing a novel (or a few novels), and I am so grateful that I discovered FanFiction because it has been an excellent source of entertainment and inspiration, an awesome venue for experimenting with my own writing and learning as I go, and (thanks to the magic of REVIEWS) a great supply of encouragement and connection as well.

Below you'll find some of my favorite quotes/thoughts on writing. Also, I love to chat, so if you want to send me a message to discuss my stories, your stories, writing in general, horses, NCIS or whatever, go right ahead!

From William Faulkner's Nobel Prize Speech, give on 10 December 1950:

"...the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing because only that is worth writing about, worth the agony and the sweat.

He must learn them again. He must teach himself that the basest of all things if to be afraid; and, teaching himself that, forget it forever, leaving no room in his workshop for anything but the old verities and truths of the heart, the old universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed - love and honor and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion. His griefs grieve on no universal bones, leaving no scars...

Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty if to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."

Faulkner is one of my very FAVORITE authors, and, if you haven't given him a try, you should. The first time I read The Sound and the Fury, I HATED it. When I read it again some two years later, it became and remains one of my favorite books of all time. (Some of my other Faulkner faves include: Light in August, The Reivers, Absalom, Absalom! and the short story, Barn Burning.) This speech is so beautiful and inspiring to me, if you want to read it in full (it's not long) you can find it here. For the record, I don't believe that Man ALONE among creatures had a soul or a spirit capable of great things, but, because I am an open-minded kind of girl, I don't let that stop me from appreciating Faulkner's message.

More quotes about writing:

"Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person." ~F Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald was my favorite author in high school, and when I found this quote I just had to laugh, because when you've argued with your characters, when you've found an old story in the back of your closet and felt like you just had a reunion with an old friend, it just seems SO true.

"If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." ~Robert Southey

I used a shorter version of this quote to preface a poetry book that I created for a class my Senior year of high school, and I still love it and keep it in mind as I write. Along the same vein...

"Rule 17. Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that every writer make all sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but that every word tell."

This is from a little book called The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. This is my favorite of the rules presented in the book, because, as I like to think of it, the ART of writing lies not so much in putting words on paper as it does in taking them off, in being willing to go back again and again to find the precise combination of words that expresses your point most powerfully and most efficiently. Plus, as a fan of NCIS, I like 'rules.' :-)

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Hearth and Home by Richefic reviews
Episode Tag for 7.12 "Flesh and Blood" Contains spoilers. Why didn't Tony call his Dad when he was sick with the plague? Complete.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,176 - Reviews: 92 - Favs: 287 - Follows: 46 - Published: 1/16/2010 - Tony D., Leroy Jethro Gibbs - Complete
Fine is a Four Letter Word by secretchild reviews
When Tony collapses while pursuing a suspect, he insists it's just the flu. Things are never that simple. Abby/Tony friendship,Tony/Gibbs father/son. Gen, friendship/family with a healthy dose of angst. Set early season 5. Rated T for language. Complete!
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 30 - Words: 92,511 - Reviews: 1170 - Favs: 1,145 - Follows: 521 - Updated: 12/11/2009 - Published: 7/1/2009 - Tony D., Leroy Jethro Gibbs - Complete
Cape Fear by Emerald1 reviews
Humans fear what they do not understand. A member of Team Gibbs faces that fear when he discovers the truth about himself. Angst and humor in equal parts in this study of what it means to be human, and what it means when others question your humanity.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 30 - Words: 56,848 - Reviews: 443 - Favs: 319 - Follows: 92 - Updated: 11/30/2009 - Published: 10/28/2009 - Tim M., Leroy Jethro Gibbs - Complete
Tangled Up by brightblue reviews
In the wake of Judgment Day, Tony and Ziva finally admit their feelings for one another. But as oceans, miles, and intelligence organizations come between them, will they ever find their way back together again? AU from Judgment Day. Sequel to Tether.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 79,180 - Reviews: 449 - Favs: 263 - Follows: 147 - Updated: 10/12/2009 - Published: 4/1/2009 - Tony D., Ziva D. - Complete
Smoke In the Wind by tigerlily25 reviews
In the aftermath of Aliyah, Tony and the team cope with Ziva's assumed betrayal and abandonment, but not everything is as it seems. What they find will unravel a web of secrets spanning the globe. Eventually Tony/Ziva.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 14 - Words: 40,692 - Reviews: 280 - Favs: 161 - Follows: 106 - Updated: 9/11/2009 - Published: 6/6/2009 - Tony D., Ziva D. - Complete
Alice and Jasper's Untold Tales by newcomer77 reviews
The silent one, the perky one. Alice and Jasper. Together they have led a life of endless romance, but there is more than just that. One-shot stories containing humor, irony, passion, comfort, turmoil, and happiness.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 41 - Words: 68,191 - Reviews: 551 - Favs: 205 - Follows: 98 - Updated: 7/5/2009 - Published: 3/28/2009 - Alice, Jasper
Underground by jelenamichel reviews
Ziva recapped her current situation: no light, no noise, stale and dirty air, bound wrists and ankles, and lying in a wooden box. So, was it time to panic yet? Rated T for language. We'll get to the adult themes later.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 13 - Words: 22,832 - Reviews: 144 - Favs: 240 - Follows: 97 - Updated: 6/27/2009 - Published: 5/24/2009 - Ziva D., Tony D. - Complete
There Loomed An Ogre by Iantalia reviews
Gen. Post ep for Missing. "...none of them would ever know that it felt like he’d been thrown off a twelve storey building without a safety net." Tony attempts to come to terms with the day's events. CH21 & 22 now up. FINISHED!
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 22 - Words: 37,482 - Reviews: 456 - Favs: 503 - Follows: 184 - Updated: 6/25/2009 - Published: 5/3/2009 - Tony D. - Complete
Withdrawal by Laine3112 reviews
An undercover operation goes horribly wrong and leaves Tony's life in peril. Gibbs is forced to take drastic action to keep him alive. Crime fic with a central Gibbs and Tony, father/son theme. COMPLETE. PREQUEL TO NIGHT TIME - ALSO COMPLETE.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Crime - Chapters: 15 - Words: 54,361 - Reviews: 793 - Favs: 504 - Follows: 185 - Updated: 5/28/2009 - Published: 5/14/2009 - Tony D., Leroy Jethro Gibbs - Complete
All the Difference by Struck Upon a Star reviews
Pre-Twilight, in canon. Chapters alternate between APOV and JPOV. Fic handles lots of back story from before they met, but also includes their first meeting, their first three years together, and the beginning of their time with the Cullens.
Twilight - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 22 - Words: 54,198 - Reviews: 279 - Favs: 294 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 1/24/2009 - Published: 1/5/2009 - Alice, Jasper - Complete
Complementary Angles by Zathara001 reviews
For everyone who was as disappointed as I was with X3, this is my take on what an x3 could have been. Scott/Jean, but Logan's not a jerk.
X-Men: The Movie - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 37 - Words: 100,922 - Reviews: 127 - Favs: 155 - Follows: 56 - Updated: 12/21/2008 - Published: 6/1/2008 - Cyclops, Jean G. - Complete
Duty Bound by Richefic reviews
When an undercover mission goes wrong for Gibbs and DiNozzo, the exMarine is duty bound to make a choice. But will either man be able to live with the consequences of his decision? Now complete.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 19 - Words: 38,250 - Reviews: 568 - Favs: 423 - Follows: 150 - Updated: 9/15/2007 - Published: 6/3/2007 - Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Tony D. - Complete
Rictus by Sequitur reviews
How Tony Dinozzo started working for NCIS.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 17 - Words: 63,201 - Reviews: 756 - Favs: 1,322 - Follows: 318 - Updated: 6/14/2007 - Published: 5/22/2005 - Tony D., Leroy Jethro Gibbs - Complete
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A Different Kind of Quiet reviews
When someone starts targeting the members of Gibbs’ team, the former Lead Agent is drawn out of retirement to protect the only family he has left. Background Tiva, but this action/drama story involves the whole team and then some.
NCIS - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 12 - Words: 20,699 - Reviews: 108 - Favs: 38 - Follows: 42 - Updated: 12/14/2009 - Published: 11/26/2009 - Tony D., Leroy Jethro Gibbs - Complete
What Lies Beneath reviews
A collection of character sketches, attempting to make some sense of my favorite ninja-chick, Ziva David. Newest addition: A tag to 'Boxed In.' Why didn't Ziva invite Tony to her dinner party?
NCIS - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,996 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 10/28/2009 - Published: 10/18/2009 - Ziva D.
Shattered Diamonds reviews
Soon after Ari's death, Ziva writes him a letter. Oneshot.
NCIS - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,052 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/22/2009 - Ziva D., Ari H. - Complete
One Small Word reviews
Several months after the concert in Central Park, a chance encounter with Wizard causes August to reconsider his name.
August Rush - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,387 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 127 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 4/23/2009 - Published: 4/22/2009 - Complete
Under the Moon reviews
The night after August's first concert, August and Louis share a moment alone. Oneshot.
August Rush - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 891 - Reviews: 41 - Favs: 169 - Follows: 22 - Published: 4/15/2009 - Complete