Author has written 38 stories for Final Fantasy XII, Naruto, Final Fantasy XIII, Generator Rex, Sym-Bionic Titan, and ThunderCats.
My stories are angsty more often than not. Be aware when you step in to read.
New Link, my tumblr, which is (or hopefully will be) interesting. All are welcome, and I will post new things. And some original poetry and whatnot. Oh, don't look at me like that.
Follow me though~
Divine Blood, Porcelain Lives, Miscolored Sight, and Brotherhood should expect updates. Don't be mad about Blues Skies. I think I need a breather from the Daybreak universe is all.
Cleaned up my profile recently. Brought Author's Works more up to date, got rid of pairing section, added to other sections.
New Year Resolutions:
2. Write more and please my readers.
3. Get better at writing.
4. Try not to let my under-confidence stop me.
5. Respond more to the people around me.
6. Earn more. 8_D
7. Finish at least one story.
8. Get published somewhere.
9. Learn to make my own jewelry with metal work.
10. Create my first community and actually manage it well.
11. Add more resolutions.
So, I really have begun my own little community for he first time, These Hearts That Bind Us. It is for the Thundercats fandom, with focus on the 2011 series, NOTE: Due to the time constraints I am facing in college (the end of the year is big) I will start adding stories as I come across them. IF you wish to have your story removed, please let me know, and I will remove it promptly. Thank you for understanding! It will be a tad colored with Lion-o and Cheetara at first in terms of pairings, but I will stretch out and read more to make this as well rounded a community as possible.
I do have some criteria for this.
-Generally, the stories will have solid grammar and spelling. Everyone makes mistakes, of course, but the mistakes will/should be fewer and farther in between.
-An interesting plot
-Characters in character. OOC is acceptable under a plausible scenario, but it must be well thought out and presented.
-Drabbles and ficlets will be hard to place, unless it is a series. Stories under certain word limits are hard to judge quality from, but there are some exceptions.
-I may need recommendations when a story includes an OC. I'm hard to please when it comes to such stories, and tend to steer clear from them. Exceptions are generally when OCs are antagonists or minor characters, but like I said, feel free to pm me a story you think is worthy (keeping in mind other criteria).
-Everyone is free to recommend, however, I do not think I will be adding staff anytime soon. This is to prevent adding a story that may not fit the criteria, but someone personally enjoys. I'm trying to be as unbiased as possible, and it's even harder when you're doing it with two or more people. This may change as time goes on.
-Remember, this is all my opinion. You do not have to agree with what's put into the community, and may have a very different idea of what's 'best'. This project will try to take an objective view to include as many fics as possible, but there is only so much that can be done to quell a human's tendency to let their emotions color their thoughts and feelings toward a piece.
-More as I think of them.
I will try my best to include some of the best work the archive has to offer. Let's see how it goes!
About Me section:
Real name: Ashley
Height: 5'2” ((2 1/2”) with shoes on)
Age: 18 Yay!
Physical Description: Very long brown hair, green eyes.
Worst Subjects: Math (just in general), Chemistry, and Physics
Best Subjects: English, History, and Japanese
Favorite foods: Ramen, grilled cheese, ice cream, hamburgers, baloney and cheese sandwiches, and spaghetti
Career interests: Writing and Psychology. Not being a hobo (no offense to hobos who may be reading this).
Personal feelings on writing: I enjoy writing very much, however, I can be easily discouraged. I'm hoping to change that though. I believe it is something that must be enjoyed, otherwise a person won't get the full experience from it. If a story starts to bog me down, I will stop writing it (for at least a while). I feel that if I'm not enjoying it, I'm not giving you my best.
Homepage is now Facebook page, since it will look better there. Message/Friend me with username from here, if you feel so inclined. Always good for a chat. :D
So...there it is. I'll see how it goes. :D
They are in no particular order.
Music: Vanessa Carlton, Vanessa Mae, Emilie Autumn, Snow Patrol, Blue October, The Script, Three Days Grace, Lostprophets, The Fray, Damien Rice, My Chemical Romance, Anna Nalick, Bond, Withing Temptation, Nightwish, Bond, Taylor Swift, Emilie Autumn, and Flyleaf.
Manga/Anime- There are many, so I'll list what I recall: Case Closed, Inuyasha, Naruto, Marmalade Boy, Monkey High, Vampire Knight, Absolute Boyfriend, Shaman King, Bleach, Jyu-Oh-Sei, FLCL, Moribito, Death Note, Eureka Seven, Ah My Goddess, GALS!, Shuffle, School Rumble, Rave Master, Card Captors, Full Metal Panic, and Full Metal Alchemist.
Shows in general: Generator Rex, Sym-Bionic Titan, Batman Beyond, X-Men Evolution, Transformers Animated, Fantastic Four (2006, but mostly for Johnny!), Total Drama Island (Action), 6teen, Adventure Time With Finn and Jake, Chowder, George Lopez, The Nanny, Deadliest Catch, Hell's Kitchen, Family Guy, and House, That 70's Show
Books: The entire Harry Potter Series, The Thief Lord, The Inkheart Series, The Things They Carried, The Series of Unfortunate Events, The Postsecret Series, Animal Farm, If I Died in a Combat Zone, Of Mice and Men, Several Self Help Books.
Video Games: Dynasty Warriors Series, Final Fantasy Series, Xenosaga Trilogy, .hack Sign (first four games only), Naruto Ultimate Ninja series, Ratchet and Clank series, Samurai Warriors, Virtua Fighter 5, Sims Bustin Out, Monster Rancher, Kingdom Hearts, Sims 3 series, The Elder Scrolls (SKYRIM), Mortal Kombat, and Phantom Brave
Crystal Hearts Contest! WINNERS DECIDED!
That's right, after a long wait, the winners have finally been decided. In the General Category we had:
Main Characters: Hope and Lightning.
And in Romance, we had:
Before and After
Main Characters: Hope and Lightning.
Both users have requested fics, which will hopefully be done within the next few weeks. Keep an eye out, and please read these excellent one-shots. I and Michi would like to thank everyone who participated though, and hope you had as much fun with this as we did! Thank you! :D
Fan Art/Fanfiction Section:
Hey! I get to add this amazing section thanks to denebtenoh! She drew some fantastic art for me for the one-shot By a Cold No Less! Here's the address to it, and its awesomeness! Thank you so much for this! I absolutely love it!
See how awesome it is? Thank you so much denebtenoh! I love it!
Wolf of the Feitas was kind enough to grant me this! *hugs him*
Alpha T. Sigma drew Saorise for me. Behold the awesome:
CLICK IT. I love it so much! :D
Just as the title says, I've decided to add a place for me to encourage you to check out a few things. It shall be added to gradually, and can contain anything from books and music, to fanfics or some awesome thing I did in real life.
The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien. A simply amazing book, it tells an amazing story of the war in Vietnam and the life after. But it's more than that. It's full of love and heartbreak and the things we hate and the things that make us cry. By far one of my favorite novels, I think of it as a must read, and it is a source of inspiration.
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. Another dear and personal favorite, this book does more than look at the tragedy of a young girl. It gives people a look at a healing family, of death, and of moving on. It moved me, it made me cry, and it goes past a tragedy and lets people see the heart of other things that can be born from it. Yet another must read.
Snow Patrol: I truly love this band. Their sound is hard for me to describe, but it's like a mesh of alternative rock. Some of my favorite albums are: A Thousand Million Suns, Final Straw, and Eyes Open.
Blue October: Their music has always haunted me. They have a unique way of using the violin, cello, etc. and the content of their music deals with some dark issues. However, as the albums go, there is some lighter tones mixed with the dark, and a listener may feel as if they are going on a journey with someone slowly recovering from a painful past. Truly, one of my favorites. You can start anywhere, but I suggest either History for Sale, or Consent to Treatment so that you can get a feel of where they've been and where they've gone.
If anyone does listen to or read some of the things here, feel free to pm me about them. I want to know what you thought and if you did or didn't get the same joy from them as I did.
Some quotes on Criticism, from several sides of the field:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots.”
-Frank A. Clark
All these quotes I agree with, but Roosevelt's is the most badass.
Since joining this site, I feel that my writing has improved. I thank my readers for some of that (as well as real life criticizers). However, there is always room for improvement.
Strengths: I believe dialogue and conveying a character's emotions are strengths of my writing. One of my favorite things is to put emotion into my writing, and I think it has been received well. My grammar has improved over time, but some things still slip past me. I also put a lot of time into the plot, and try to make it interesting. There may be a few twists and surprises, and I like to keep my readers guessing. I also use cliffhangers a lot.
Weaknesses: My description of the scenery is definitely lacking. I focus far more on the characters and their development, not giving the setting a lot of time to blossom. It is something I'm trying to work on, but any tips would be greatly appreciated. I also over use commas and my use of semi colons could use some work. I can quickly become disinterested in a story, making them difficult to finish. Any help you can offer in these, or other areas you believe I need work in, is greatly appreciated.
If something of mine is rated T or above, expect to see cursing. From the S-word to the F-bomb. Maybe not excessive, but some people may have a problem with it. So this is to let you know.
I ask for what criticism you can give, as long as you are not attacking me or pulling the work to pieces with no encouragement. I do believe there is a difference between being constructive and being mean.
Review wise, it depends on the fandom. I may or may not reply, but if I do not, you will usually be thanked in the chapter. Anonymous reviews, unless I'm not really responding to reviews, will be addressed at the beginning of the new chapter.
Thank you my readers and reviewers!
Fanfiction in general:
Likes: The ability to have a new twist in a story, amazing stories of romance, a very in-character character (unless justified or at a minimal), OCs so long as they are not romantically involved with a character of the original series (I have only written a story that broke this rule once, and that was because I hated the usual pairing. The fact that I wasn't killed for it made me breath a sigh of relief.) and do not control the story, awesome plot twists, happy endings, AU stories, and well written, obscure pairings.
Dislikes: OOC-ness to the extreme (with no reasonable explanation), extremely short chapters (at least if they do nothing for the story), hate of a story because it is not your fav. pairing, wars caused by a difference in opinion, twist endings that end a story in a sad manner (and I sometimes cheat with a complete story and check if the ending is happy, or at least not tragic. Otherwise, I won't read it. Makes me wimp? Oh yeah. But it's what I want to read. However writing it). If there's more I think of, I'll add them.
This will now change to Author's works! I won't include (many of) my finished works because that seems a tad redundant.
Key: WIP= Work In Progress, NYR= Not Yet Released, TBRW= To Be Rewritten, TBR= To Be Released, (NEW) HIA=Hiatus
Chapter count progress after summary. Known OC's listed afterward. Some won't be released due to possible, major plot spoilers.
Nosce Te Ipsum(HIA), Generator Rex
"Are you sure you want to know that Rex? Do you understand what comes with it? I mean, the sheer force of it could do more than knock you out. It could make you wish you were dead. It might just kill you. Or you'll just...forget again. I don't know."
Current Chapter count: 10My first multi-chapter Generator Rex fic. It is doing better than I thought and hopefully updates will be at a somewhat consistent pace. However, some updates may be late in favor of working on the main project.
Porcelain Lives- (WIP), Final Fantasy 13
Cracking...bit by bit. There is no way around it. Each of them is starting to break. There are little chips at the edges. They keep trying, and in turn, they keep breaking. How long, until they are shards? Dust? A fine powder, swept away in the wind?
Current Chapter Count: 6 A good place for my angst without a need for plot or structure. Probably going to be 7-10 chapters, as a rough estimate.
Divine Blood- (WIP), Final Fantasy 13
"No one's really surprised it came to this. Especially not you, since you're helpless against it. Against anything. Weak is what you are. You can't save anyone, not even you. And no one wants to save you now-they're tired of it. Tired of dying for you."
Current Chapter Count: 8-9
Blue Skies-(WIP, HIA), Final Fantasy 13, HopexLight
"The funny thing about life is that it keeps going. All the good and bad things that surround you, all the pain and joy, is going to keep going too." And he looks to those skies that are endlessly blue and feels the truth both in the words and her hands.
Current Chapter Count- ???
Miscolored Sight (WIP), Thundercats, 2011 series
Power without focus is wasted. Sight without purpose simply wanders. Pray no one sees those wandering eyes, because they could put whatever they wished before you. Focus that power, sharpen that sight, or all will be as ruins.
Current Chapter Count: About 2
WARNING! CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Colin- A former Sanctum l'Cie. He appears before Hope as a helpful figure, declaring a love of ice cream. However, the man is carrying a dark past and even Lightning seems unsure of what to make of him. His role in following investigations does little to ease their minds. Bad Beginnings
Tabbs- Minor OC. Colin's right hand man, ready to do what he must. Is somewhat aggressive and uncaring of others' thoughts. Has an almost cat-like appearance. Bad Beginnings
Saorise- Mysterious figure who appears before Lightning as C'ieth attack the city of New Bodhum. Her intentions are unclear, and she speaks only in a foreign riddle before leaving. Her connection to Hope and the others is hazy except to Hope and Rygdea, and neither seem ready to tell. Daybreak
The Ultimate Disclaimer: No, I am afraid I am not lucky enough to own the original stories, characters, etc that inspire my stories. If I did, they would revolt against me for all the torture I tend to put them through. Not that I blame them. So rest assured, since I still breathe, I do not own, nor pretend to own, anything.