Author has written 11 stories for Avatar: Last Airbender, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, X-Men: Evolution, and Pokémon.
Okay, guys. It's been about two years since I updated this thing. I should probably keep it fresh, so...yeah. New profile, FTW.
If you're here for anything relating to my Happy Endings saga, check out the official facebook Like page. Look it up, "Happy Endings a fanfic saga by Distantmoon." I tend to post on it fairly frequently, and have recently learned how to post videos. Also, I'm heading to NYCC 2013 to check out the Legend of Korra panel being held by the creaters of the show. I will be filming what I can and posting it for you guys to watch. Yes, this is petty bribery. Go like my page already.
So, I'm going to skip the physical descriptive BS since it doesn't really matter what I look like. What matters is the fact that I love writing and always seek to improve on my skills. I know I'm not the best writer on this website, but I have had a fair amount of fun doing it, which is what counts. Generally I spend more time writing than reading these days, but I will leave a review if you guys ask me to. Just keep in mind that I will be totally honest. You know, because that's the whole point of a review. To leave your honest opinion on what you liked and what you thought could use some improvement.
When I started writing, I absolutely sucked. I wrote Mary-Sues. I had OOC main characters and illogical plots and the whole badfic shebang. But you know what? I kept writing. Okay, part of it was that I wasn't allowed to write fanfiction in my house (my parents were kind of jerks; I wasn't even allowed in the library of my high school. Like, if I wanted to read a good book during my lunch break, I wasn't allowed. And don't even ask me about my social life. Yeah. Still kind of resentful about that.) and part of it was that writing was the only creative outlet I could feasibly hide from my parents. But, whatever. The point was that I didn't let the fact that I was bad stop me from writing.
I didn't let ANYTHING stop me from writing. I was a rebellious teenager...sort of. Okay, I never snuck out of the house to do drugs, and I never gave birth at any proms, but...yeah. Sometimes I'd let my grades slip and I'd slide off the High Honor roll, and my parents would go ballistic. They should be lucky I wasn't the kind of kid to go around defacing public property or kicking puppies. (As you can imagine, I have grown up slightly since high school and, upon reaching legal adulthood, found myself an apartment I could afford and moved my ass out. I have a full-time job with a decent salary and killer benefits. And you know what? I STILL WRITE!!!)
Maybe I'm still bad at writing. I have these really panicky moments when I look at my stuff and want to just delete it and start all over again. I'm sure my readers will know what I'm talking about--most of my author's notes are me frantically speculating if my OC's are Mary-Sues (a natural fear when you write a story with your own Original Characters). But then I stop and take a deep breath and remind myself that no one story is perfect. I shouldn't try to be the best writer in the world. I should just try to be the best writer that I can be.
And you know what happens when you do something long enough? You start to get better. You read other authors and maybe you like the way they sound on paper. Maybe you notice some of the things you like about their writing, think about what makes them entertaining to read. You go back to your laptop each day and just write just a little bit more. And then one day you wake up and realize this is something you love to do. You get that itch to pick up a pen or a word document and just pour out your thoughts.
Personally, I need to be more confident in myself. I tend to doubt myself a lot, when really, that's not the point of writing at all. I forget that when I get caught up in if I'm "good" or not. The last thing I want is to take all the fun out of it. Right? The point is, I have to keep writing and trust in myself to make creative decisions--even if not everyone likes what I do. Because that's life. Not everyone is going to like you.
So yeah. It's what I do with my life. And even if someone doesn't like my story or my characters, I keep writing. You can't please everybody, so the only person you should focus on impressing is yourself. Own what you write, love what you do, and try not to get caught up in seeking other people's approval. If someone leaves you a review saying they didn't like your story, that's fine. Keep writing.
All right, let me back track a bit. That's not to say that you should totally ignore what other people have to say completely. That defeats the point of having a website to post your stuff. It's a writing community that's focused on helping other writers sharpen their techniques and improve their skills. And reviews don't just exist to make you feel better about yourself. They're meant to help you--by having other authors read your work and offer their advice. It's up to you whether you want to take it or not. The key is figuring out which advice you should listen to, and to do that, you should know the difference between a constructive review and a flat-out flame.
Here's what I mean.
Constructive Review: Definition--feedback from another author that is geared towards helping you get better at writing. Usually can sting a little to read, but can help you in the long run (should you choose to take that author's advice). The best constructive reviews explain what you're doing right as well as what you need to improve.
What they look like: "I took the time to read your story and I'm sorry to say that there were some things I didn't like about it." And then they tell you why. It can be anything from, "Your plot was confusing and hard to understand," or "I think you made some of the characters OOC," or "You rely too heavily on cliches," or "The spelling and grammar made this hard to read." These are legitimate things you want to work on while you're writing. Do it because you love it, yes, but if you love it enough, that means that you're willing to handle a little criticism to get better at it. It's not all praise and story follows, you know.
Now, this is generally what a flame will look like:
Flame: "Wow. That absolutely sucked. Go kill yourself before you pick up a keyboard again." Generally hurtful things directed at the author and that have nothing to do with the story itself. There is a difference between accepting criticism and taking a flame right in the ass. If someone leaves you a review that is obviously a flame, then fuck them. You don't have to listen to them. They're obviously not trying to help you, anyway, so why should you give them the satisfaction of letting them know that they got to you?
I've left plenty of reviews on this website, and I can say with certainty that I never left one with the intention to hurt someone's feelings or to get them to stop writing. I say what I really think and feel, but I try to be constructive as well. I used to feel bad about it, but then I realized that if someone loves writing enough, they won't let one bad review stop them from getting better. And they don't have to take my advice either. I'm certainly not the last word on what makes a good story.
My most popular story, Happy Endings? You know Julie, the OC protagonist? She has all the makings of a Mary Sue. She has the tragic backstory, she inexplicably finds herself in another universe populated by characters out of Avatar: The Last Airbender. She can Energybend (which arguably counts as having an unusual power since we've only seen the Avatar do shit like that). She gets paired up with Prince Zuko, for crying out loud. And yet she comes across as a realistic character that manages to fit into that universe. She's not just a red-headed extra on the Southern Water Tribe movie set (live action Avatar movie, anyone?).
But, whatever. I think you guys get my point. If you're here because you got one of my reviews, hopefully you understand why I said what I did. You are free to disagree and curse about me to your friends, and I will accept it. That's life. It's perfectly human to have differing points of view. I try to celebrate that stuff when I can. Just agree to disagree and move on.
However, if you're here because you actually read my stuff, I have more info about my stories below. If you like my writing, YAY! If you think I'm a talentless hack and are profile-stalking me to make fun of me to your friends...um...all the power to you. I'm not here to please you. Either way, proceed below and take a gander at what I'm up to these days.
My Current Fandom of Choice: Avatar the Last Airbender! (And by default, Legend of Korra)
These are the fics I am currently working on (or planning) for AtLA...
"Happy Endings" Julie McVay has all the makings of a Mary Sue...err, I mean, heroine. She's sixteen, comes from an abusive household, and inexplicably ends up in the Avatar Universe. It is SO inexplicable that she is mugged, hit by a car, and drowned...in that order. So, given that sequence of events, it is inevitable that she meets Zuko and Iroh and (reluctantly) joins them on their hunt for the Avatar. The only problem is that Julie's appearance in the story has caused the plot (as well as the fabric of the multiverse) to unwravel. So now she has to find a way to fix the plot and find a way back home...that is, if she doesn't fall head over heels for Zuko in the process.
This has turned out to be such an in-depth story that I had no choice but to make it into a saga. It explores various psychological themes such as "finding one's place in the universe...err...multiverse..." and the classic "identity crisis." It also incorporates various genres such as suspense, drama, romance, and bad-ass Zuko's ninja skillz (and if that's not a genre, then it SHOULD be). So read and enjoy it
"Happy Endings: The Deleted Scenes" This is what happens when I end up with more filler than actual plot in a "Happy Endings" chapter. Since I found these one-shot inspiration fics of mine to be too purely win to be left on the cutting room floor, I have turned them into omakes. Enough themes and genres to satisfy the entire family. Come one, come all; read and review, for crying out loud.
"Bloodlines" A story that follows Zuko as he seeks out the truth about his mother's fate and the secrets of Avatar Roku's bloodline, and Aang, who is frantically trying to cover it up. Why? Because Zuko doesn't seem to know that Roku wanted him dead. And now Aang is concerned that the emotionally-unstable monarch might try to kill himself if he should learn the devastating truth. Takes place after "The Promise" comics...which, you know, explains why Aang is right to be worried.
I've gotten a lot of faves and follows for this, which is quite flattering. A lot of you want me to finish, and I promise you all that I will. I know it's been a year since I updated. Happy Endings has been eating up a lot of time and energy, and my personal life hasn't been so easy, either. So as soon as Book I of Happy Endings is complete, I'm going back to writing this story. Your patience is appreciated.
"Avatar Aang and the Chocolate Factory" My friend and I were on a Willy Wonka kick when I spawned this fic. Basically the Gaang (including Zuko) decide to visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in the Fire Nation. They must evade the death traps the crazed candy maker has elaborately set for them in order to win the grand prize. The problem? It seems Azula has Mr. Wonka on her payroll. The Oompa Loompas have it out for certain members of the Royal Family. Zuko's afraid of clowns. Toph didn't read before signing the disclaimer at the factory gates. Corporate espionage. Given all that, it's only a matter of time before the Gaang start to turn on each other, as Mr. Wonka carefully drives a candy-flavored wedge between them. Will they survive?
Another fic I mean to finish one day soon. Again, need to finish Happy Endings, Book I first. Sorry, guys.
"A Misunderstanding" A complete one-shot in which Zuko misinterprets his Uncle Iroh's and Jet's conversation on the ferry to Ba-Sing-Se. Obviously, given the crack pairing, it doesn't end well. At all.
"Don't Drop the Soap" What was originally meant to be a one-shot is now an intended seven-part series centered around Zuko's stay at the Boiling Rock after his cover gets blown. The first chapter was so popular that "Jessie," along with many others, begged me for more. To save what remained of their dignity, I complied with the request. I have only the first chapter up right now (since it stands fine on its own as a one-shot), but eventually I'll go back to add more.
"Fairy Tales" My least popular AtLA fic, probably because it is Mai-centered. In which Mai, sitting in a jail cell at the Boiling Rock, contemplates the sordid fabrications of the people around her; and makes the realization that even though she was living the "fairy tale" existence (being a close friend of Princess Azula and Crown Prince Zuko's girlfriend) she knew deep down that all of the things such a life would entail were nothing but lies.
Other Fandoms I have written for:
Teen Titans (the cartoon), mainly for the Robin x Starfire pairing. As you might have noticed, none of those stories have been posted here. With good reason. Those stories were the delirious fantasy of a n00bish tween with a keyboard. Yes, folks, that monstrosity was moi at fourteen-years-old. Scary, isn't it? I actually obsessed over that pairing for three years.
Pokemon: In my opinion, this game is the shit. The show was kind of fun too, but I kept noticing a lot of discrepancies between seasons. Namely, that Brock's mother was reported as "deceased" during the first season, but then, mysteriously, she returns from the grave during the Battle Frontier season arc. Anyway, it goes without saying that this is my second-favorite fandom, hands down.
Digimon: Once, in the fifth grade, I got so mad when they cancelled my after-school episode of Digimon for a breaking news broadcast that I swore like a sailor and almost knocked over my television in a blind rage. That was fun trying to explain that one to my parents...
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's: Okay, yes, I know it's a stupid idea to play a children's card game on motorcycles! I get that! But come on...the whole thing between Yusei and Aki is some pretty angsty romancey shit, there. Plus, I was hooked by Yu-Gi-Oh the Abriged series by Little Kuriboh, at the time.
X-Men Evolution: Remy x Rogue = TRES manifique! My one fanfic for this series is on hiatus, though. Sorry guys, but that's just the way it is.
Disgaea: The game was epic, but I get angry at the anime because it went with a botched-up version of the normal ending. I felt like there could have been a lot more Laharl x Flonne than there was (since I am a hopeless romantic at heart...I am still convinced that the first game is more a love story than anything else, but don't tell Laharl that. He'd slaughter me in ten seconds flat. Not even.). Still, awesome series, dood!
For those of you who haven't taken it yet, behold! The Mary Sue Test!!! This will basically tell you if your character is a Mary Sue or not. I mean, OC's and whatnot. Here's the link:
I just took it for my protagonist in my Avatar fic, "Happy Endings." Here are the results for Julie McVay, if you're interested:
Juliet McVay is suspiciously similar to you as you'd like to be. She isn't really very cool: she blends into crowds, she hangs out on the fringes at parties, and wearing shades after dark makes her run into things. She may have sometimes thought that she was special, or destined for greater things, but probably dismissed the idea as a fantasy. She's come in for her share of hurt, but gotten off with minor damage. And you've been sparing with the free handouts: whatever she gains, she's worked for.
In general, you care deeply about Juliet McVay, but you're smart enough to let her stand on her own, without burdening her with your personal fantasies or propping her up with idealization and over-dramatization. Juliet McVay is a healthy character with a promising career ahead of her.
So, there. She is not a Sue. Not that anyone ever accused me of making Mary Sue's, but...well...now you know.
Oh, yeah, and Julie's full name is actually Juliet. It will be a point of embarrassment later on in the fic. Hee...!
- Man, I'm glad I got that off my chest!
Anyway, that's all I really care to say for now. Feel free to read my fanfics and REVIEW, dammit! Good grief, why won't ANYONE review?!?
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