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Author has written 18 stories for Penguins of Madagascar.
For those of you who want to get to know me:
Name: Classified J. Classified (well, at least the "J" part is real)
Political ideology: Conservative
Professional sports franchises supported: Pittsburgh Penguins (2009 Stanley Cup champions), Pittsburgh Steelers (Super Bowl XLIII champions), Pittsburgh Pirates (2013 National League Wild Card champions—a great accomplishment after twenty-one years and the start of even better things to come)
Penguins touched: 1 (African penguin at the National Aviary,)
2016 presidential endorsement: While it's still too early to know who will be running, my support already goes to whoever emerges as the most conservative candidate in the Republican primary (someone like Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, or Scott Walker rather than Chris Christie or Jeb Bush) as well as the Republican nominee in the general election. (With any luck, they will be one and the same this time!) Needless to say, Hillary Clinton has zero chance of getting my vote. The fifty-eighth quadrennial U.S. presidential election, which will elect America's forty-fifth president, will be held on November 8, 2016. If you're an American and were born on or before November 8, 1998, please mark your calendar for that date. Feel free to print out my profile and take it with you to the polls for reference.
Other fandom-related accounts: Fanpop (), deviantART ( ), YouTube ( ), Twitter ( )
Date I became a fan of The Penguins of Madagascar: April 1, 2009 (with the episodes "Paternal Egg-Stinct" and "Happy King Julien Day!")
Favorite penguin: Skipper (he's also the one I'm most like—we both focus strongly on results. I am, however, not as paranoid, and I've never been to Denmark.)
Middle and last names: While we do not know what the characters' real middle and last names are on the show (if they even have any), I have invented my own for the penguins, lemurs, and Marlene. Some of these names can be seen in a number of my stories, while others I haven't yet revealed.
Fandom slogan: "Life, Liberty, and The Penguins of Madagascar." (Origin: The second sentence of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which reads, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." For me, The Penguins of Madagascar is part of my "pursuit of happiness.")
Additional work: In addition to the fanfics published here, I have written a short Penguins of Madagascar fanfic that places a few non-fictional humans in a unique situation. Titled Getting Into Character, the 2013 story can be found on my Fanpop and deviantART accounts.
Random monthly trivia about me, updated for April 2014: Wherever I go, I usually carry around a stack of small papers on which I've written things to do and other notes. Some of the papers have been in the stack for years. The stack is held together with a binder clip.
Some information about me as a writer and some notes about my writing:
Background: I do not write fiction for a living, and until I decided to get involved with this website, I didn't really write any fiction at all. Until 2009, my writing experience was pretty much limited to writing non-fiction stories, features, and politically related opinion pieces. However, after taking an immediate liking to Nickelodeon's The Penguins of Madagascar cartoon in April 2009, my Internet searches related to the show in the weeks that followed eventually led me here and gave me my first exposure to the concept of fan fiction. It took watching only twenty-two episodes of The Penguins of Madagascar before I began to think that I might be able to develop some stories of my own, figuring that my skills as a non-fiction writer would help me come up with material and include some real-life elements in it. I acted on these thoughts by signing up for an account in July 2009, and before I knew it, I had written and published my first fanfic.
My approach to writing: Fan fiction, by its very nature, is written by authors as a labor of love. However, I believe in approaching it with as much seriousness, dedication, and pride as if were writing non-fiction or being paid for my work. I have a healthy obsession with quality and accuracy and would consider myself to be at least moderately prescriptivist, especially as I learn new things. I own a copy of the sixteenth edition of, and I strive to become more compliant with it each time that I write. But through it all, though I may be my own biggest critic and an occasional Monday-morning quarterback, I find that I am also a fan of my work and that I can surprise even myself sometimes.
When it comes to publishing, I differ from most fan fiction authors in that my full-length stories are not published as "works in progress," as I personally prefer to fully complete my stories behind the scenes before publishing any part of them. This is for two main reasons: (1) because I often write the scenes of my stories out of sequence, just as a movie is typically not filmed in the same order in which its scenes will eventually be placed; (2) because it allows me to ensure that the story as a whole works well and that it is without plot holes, errors, confusing content, or ideas I would have wished I had been able to include earlier. Once a story is complete, I then publish it on a chapter-by-chapter basis, most often by publishing one chapter every two days. On average, it takes between a few weeks and a few months to write a full-length story. (Please note that whenever I mark my stories as "complete," they are complete works that will not be updated further. This does not rule out the possibility of separate sequels, however.)
Unlike some authors, I practice a sort of "personal continuity" in my stories, meaning that no story I write will conflict with the events of one I've already written. (An exception to this rule is A Skilene-Filled September.) I like to think of my works as being extensions of the show and its continuity as well, though occasionally the show has later contradicted material I've written. (I Can't Set Foot in Denmark and Freedom Isn't Free are examples of my material later being contradicted by canon material.)
As for content, I do not write material that I would object to the characters actually experiencing. Though I have written of difficult and emotional situations, there are always resolutions to these situations, with friendship, trust, love, and/or brotherhood usually playing a role in the resolution. Although she has never read my fanfics, I would never write of anything that I could not defend to my nonagenarian grandmother. You will never find my stories in the M-rated section, a section to which I rarely dare even go myself.
My favorite work: My favorite among the fanfics I have written is my 2012 story Beyond DNA. I sometimes think that all the fan fiction work I did prior to writing the story was just practice to allow me to write it. The father-daughter relationship between Skipper and MaryRose, although I had the freedom to create it any way I wanted, still touches me whenever I think about it. Although the two stories are unrelated, Beyond DNA can be seen as having a similarity with my 2010 fanfic Injustice: the message that life is a beautiful thing and that all children deserve love. I have received more feedback in support of a sequel to Beyond DNA than any other story, and a short one will finally be published sometime in the future.
Your feedback and support: I would like to thank all who have taken the time to read my stories, especially those who have posted reviews on them. A thorough review is the best payment I can get for writing fan fiction. I appreciate your support.
Find a typo or some other error in one of my stories? Whether big or small, please let me know about it. Unless it is something I did intentionally, I will likely edit the story to correct it.
If you enjoy one of my stories, please consider telling a friend about it or sharing a link on social media. FanFiction.net makes it easy to post links to websites like Facebook and Twitter with the "Share" button at the bottom of each chapter.
A special thank you to Fanpop's JediPenguin16 for drawing the artwork used as the cover image of A Skilene-Filled September. You can see the un-cropped version.
Open door policy: If you have any questions or comments about my stories, or if there is something you think I might be able to help you with, you may send a message to me. If a response is necessary, I can usually get back to you within twenty-four hours.
THE LATEST ON MY FAN FICTION WORK
CURRENT WRITING AND PUBLISHING STATUS (9/24/13): Now that Operation: Short Stories has been fully published, the next item on my fan fiction agenda is to complete the editing of Beyond DNA so I can publish its one-chapter sequel. I do not yet know how long it will be before the sequel can be published, but it will not be during the month of October. But if you continue to check back for updates, you'll be among the first to know, as I will announce a publication date in this space seven days before publishing. Thank you for your interest in what's next and for your support of Operation: Short Stories.
Community update: On November 19, 2013, I decided to retire my Penguins of Madagascar community Continuations & Speculations, which I had created on September 7, 2009. The community was designed to archive reasonably good quality stories that either continued the events of actual episodes or speculated about the backgrounds, origins, or life events of the characters. Continuations & Speculations had twenty-eight stories archived on November 19, and with twelve followers, it was the most followed of the thirty Penguins of Madagascar communities. While I had done less with the community each year after 2009, I'm happy that it was able to at least help a few readers locate a good story during its four-year run.
Editing project: Since 2013, I have slowly been making mostly minor edits to my previously published works. I made the decision to edit in 2012 in order to better bring my older works into line with more recent practices and for general improvement. Although this editing means that some words will be added to, changed, and cut from original versions (among other things), nothing important to any of the plots will be changing. Once a story is revised, a revision date will be added in brackets at the end of it. As of June 21, 2013, the following works have been revised: A Chance Encounter (May 10, 2013); "Mad, Mad Rico Blue" (May 10, 2013); Paths Unknown (June 6, 2013). Note that further edits are possible, and if any are made, the revision date will be updated both here and at the end of the story. Some tweaks were also made to I Can't Set Foot in Denmark, Injustice, and Hepatic Hero in 2012, but these stories have not yet been revised as part of this project.
My most recent story: Operation: Short Stories is a collection of four short stories that I wrote between 2011 and 2013.
My second most recent story: La Mademoiselle, published in the early spring of 2012, focuses primarily around two characters: Julien and a foreign OC. The story also features a unique first chapter—one not written by me but by the authoress jackandjill2.
"Our Founding Fathers, here in this country, brought about the only true revolution that has ever taken place in man's history. Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. But only here did that little band of men so advanced beyond their time that the world has never seen their like since, evolve the idea that you and I have within ourselves the God-given right and the ability to determine our own destiny. But freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it, and then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free."—Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1961
Universal disclaimer: Due to this website being exclusively composed of fan fiction writings, I feel that it is unnecessary to post a disclaimer atop all my fanfics because I believe that the nature of this website implies such writings are nothing but works of fan fiction. However, I hereby state the following to serve as a universal disclaimer for all my writings here related to The Penguins of Madagascar TV show: I, the FanFiction.net user GrandOldPenguin, do not own the television show The Penguins of Madagascar or any of the characters thereof; all rights to said show's characters are held by its creators. While the plotlines of my fanfic stories are of my own invention, the characters involved within them, unless otherwise specified or reasonably implied, I do not own.
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