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Author has written 8 stories for Pokémon, and Legend of Zelda.
My alias is James. The only way you're going to get my true name is to prove yourself trustworthy. There's only a few people on this site who know my real name, and they earned it.
I'm from Oklahoma. If you ever have a chance to visit Oklahoma, don't. Go elsewhere. There's nothing here. Although now I'm no longer in Oklahoma. My current station (I'm in the Air Force as of last November) is in Mississippi. I haven't really been here long enough to judge.
I'm an avid reader, and a gamer. I like progressive metal and rock, and my favorite band is Dream Theater.
I'm a 22 year old male.
I changed my avatar. As Brian's Trainer Card is not valid since he changed his team, I decided to just do something new. THIS picture is by Warlordess, the author of Illicit Saints, which you should read. It's a scene from the aforementioned story. I'd tell you who the characters are, but that would spoil things, wouldn't it? Anyway, it's a very touching scene, one of the best in the story, and I like it. So it's my avatar now.
Hey! Listen! If you're really into OCAD and the whole Spiritverse, go check out Where the Universe Is by my very, very, very special friend Bittersweet Romanticide. (Read Hero while you're there, too.) Anyway, she actually wrote a story set IN the Spiritverse, centered on Brian and Natty and how they interacted between chapters six and seven. Oh, and it's great. So... yeah. It's my universe, and what I say goes, right? And I say it's canon. So there. Now go read it and enjoy.
I love Pokemon. I like some other animes, like Death Note, Bleach and Yu-Gi-Oh, but none so much as Pokemon. Oh! And Avatar. That one was really good. And Gurren Lagann, which I watched last year. Awesome.
I like Pokemon, and I like Pokeshipping. I don't care about any of the other shippings. I don't necessarily hate them, but Pokeshipping is what I liek(also Mudkips xp), so that's what I'm going to write.
Well, that's about it for me. Most of the rest of this profile is me blathering on about stuff. If you're interested in my stories, skip to the bottom, as there's some stories there, and above them, the bottom of the profile will have some info about said stories.
I like Paul. I realize he is evil, but he is the epitome of a real person playing Pokemon. He doesn't care about his pokemon, he only wants to get them stronger at any cost, he thinks every trainer he meets is weaker than him, and he's usually right, but the best part is that whoever is writing Pokemon recognized that he should win battles with his straight-up awesomeness, even against ASH! I like to think that Ash would never, ever beat me, because he trains his pokemon to love and stuff. I think that's why he hasn't won a league since the Orange Islands, because the creators recognize that, while loving Pokemon would certainly make you a better PERSON, it almost necessarily makes you a worse TRAINER. Of course, Ash does win some battles against Paul, unless I'm very mistaken, and Ash is still my second-favorite character (sorry, but he'd need an extra truckload of awesomeness to beat Misty), but Paul is a close third.
Okay, apparently the above paragraph inspired a story by Warlordess (who is awesome; the story's called A Question of Principle, if you want to read it. But even if you don't, go read all the stuff she's written, she's a great writer.). So, in case anyone sees that and comes here to see what I wrote about it, the original thing is what I wrote above. I didn't change it. But I am going to clarify my position on the subject of the Trainer/Pokemon bond.
In the games, you don't have to worry about your Pokemon being happy, or getting tired, or being injured too much to train, or hurting themselves permanently. They're not real. You can train them for, literally, days straightif you want to. And they'll grow to maximum potential. But real Pokemon aren't like that. They aren't just bits of code in a Gameboy. They're real, living, breathing creatures. They don't get to level 100 in three days, or indeed at all. They have no maximum. You can't EV train them, you have to teach each one to get better in attacking, defending, becoming more agile, using their inner abilities... it's a long process. Now, training something that isn't you is a difficult thing to do. You can't train it too hard, or it'll get hurt, or tire out. If you go easy on it, it won't reach it's full potential. You have to find that line between the two, that edge where it's really doing all it can do to get better, and hold it there. You can't let it slack off, even if you do love it. You have to use a light touch, too. Nobody loves a slave driver. And love is another factor in Pokemon. Because Pokemon aren't fighting for themselves, at least not entirely. They fight for their trainer. And one of the best, if not the best motivator is love. So you do have to love your Pokemon, and they should love you back. These two qualities, I believe, are the most important for a Pokemon trainer: the willingness to push your Pokemon to be their best, and the heart to love them as you do yourself, and gain that love in return. The best trainers, the true Masters, are those trainers who can find the balance between the two. Because having too much of either hurts you.
Look at Ash. He has a lot of heart. A LOT of heart. He loves each and every one of his Pokemon, probably more than he does himself. And they are willing to put anything on the line for him, probably because they know he would do the same for any of them. BUT. He cares about them too much to push them hard. He does push them on, and that is why he is a good trainer. But he lets up a bit in the end, because he loves them too much to see them possibly hurt themselves training to be their best. And that bit, that last push is everything. Pikachu is a great example. Imagine, for a moment, that you could carry around a single Pokemon in your party through Red version, Silver version, Ruby version, LeafGreen version, and then Platinum version, and that Pokemon had no level cap on it. Can you even imagine how powerful that Pokemon would be? Would it lose, ever? It could easily take every single Gym Leader and Elite Four member, alone, in a row, without healing. That is what Ash has done with Pikachu, but look at him! He struggles against even one Gym Leader. That is what happens when you don't push a Pokemon to their full potential. They stagnate. They stay wherever they are. They don't get better. And Pikachu is easily Ash's most powerful Pokemon. To become a Pokemon Master, Ash must learn to put aside his love of his Pokemon sometimes, so that he can push them without remorse.
Now, we look at Paul. He is ruthless. He pushes his Pokemon to their limit every day. He captures many Pokemon and keeps the strongest, and then forces them to train and train until they are at their peak. Or are they? Because Paul lacks even a small bit of love for his Pokemon. I said he is like a person playing the games, but when the Pokemon are real, that kind of training won't work anymore. And he motivates with anger, with fear. Those will never be as good a motivator as pure, unconditional love. Anger only lasts until fear replaces it. Fear of the trainer only lasts until something comes up that is feared even more. But love... love doesn't wane in the face of fear, or fury. Love holds steady. Without the ability to gain his Pokemon's love by giving his own in return, he will never be a Master. And, further, he pushes his Pokemon TOO hard. He doesn't care if they get hurt, or if they really are too tired to continue. He pushes them to their limits and beyond, and in the end, that only leads to pain, and stunted growth. He is hard enough to push them to their limits, but he is too hard to let them stop when they reach them. Eventually, they fall through weariness and pain. In the end, his style of training will destroy them, and even Ash's Pokemon will be strong enough to defeat them. Without love, Paul will never reach his full potential.
So that's how I feel about trainers and training. That's why there will never be a Master like Paul, ruthless and cold. Ash could be a Master, but he must first learn to let his love go when it gets in the way. If he ever learns that, he will be just as unstoppable as Lance or Cynthia.
Remember, though, that neither Ash's nor Paul's style is evil. They are both a bit misguided from the best path in different ways, but they are not actually evil. It comes down to what you believe, what you are willing to do to be the best. In the end, it's just a question of principle.
Watch for my stories, everyone I know says I'm an awesome writer. I actually got some tears from my Graduation speech this year, from people I didn't even know. Of course, before I joined this site, I had never written anything for pleasure. (Not even the speech!) So that's probably something I shouldn't say without some kind of back-up... although I guess I get mostly good reviews for my stories at this point! Except for The Path I Choose to Walk. I really need to redo that so that it isn't terrible. Because it's terrible. But, hey, three out of four isn't bad, right?
The following is a list I, James, wrote. But I got all the ideas from reading Bittersweet Romanticide's fantabulous story "Canon Rape" which is basically a series of hilarious fables about what NOT to do when you're writing Pokemon fanfiction. If I were you, and I was going to write a Pokefic, I would head over there post-haste and read that story. Yes, the whole thing. So, anyway, I was reading that, and I started taking notes. Here I have compiled the 46 morals I thought were most important in that series of tales, along with a bit of my own special flavoring (don't laugh), to make a "cheat sheet" for the up-and-coming Pokemon writer. Before I begin, I have three things to say. One, if at any time this conflicts with something in "Canon Rape" (which is hilarious, by the way), trust CR rather than this list. That seems unlikely, considering I compiled this list while reading CR, but it's always possible. Second, these are guidelines, not rules. Many of them can be bent and even broken. The most important thing, in the end, is that you write a good story. These tips are only here to help you achieve that end. Breaking them does not necessarily make your story a badfic; however, it does make your story more likely to be a badfic. Third and finally, all credit for the ideas on this list goes to Bittersweet Romanticide, and if you have got this far without checking for "Canon Rape" on the story list, then you must be stupid!!
Remember these guidelines while writing Pokemon fanfiction:
If you like this list, copy and paste away. Just make sure that BR still gets the credit. Mmkay? These were all her ideas, I merely typed them up into a list and added some humor. Oh, and most of this list applies solely to fics about the anime, and more specifically stories about Ash and his compatriots. Obviously.
I'd like to thank everyone who has read or favorited or alerted my stories (Mostly OCAD). And I ESPECIALLY thank all those who have reviewed.
Future/Current Works: Be aware that any of these I've not started are just ideas. So some of them might be scrapped, or postponed, or changed, or even combined. These are not promises. I've got to keep my ideas somewhere, savvy?
Resurgence- This is a Legend of Zelda story.I'm working on it, but I doubt I'll put up more than a chapter or two for quite a while. I plan on doing it after I finish Basic Training, but it's not going to be as long as OCAD. I've actually finished the first chapter already, so when I'm finally ready to start on it, I'll post that chapter. And for those who care, yes, it's SariaxLink.
Unnamed Thingy Project- After or possibly during the time I'm writing Resurgence, I plan on writing a sequel to OCAD. I'm still in the plot developments stages as of yet, but an idea came to me last night while I was dreaming, so I might start outlining soon. UPDATE: I'm starting now. Um... Yeah. Prologue in process. I was going to finish Resurgence first, but I've changed my mind because I can't wait. I've got it pretty well outlined, although I still need to put it all on paper.
A Change of Seasons-Barely an idea, but it's enough that I want to write it down. Based on the DT song "A Change of Seasons." Not much more to it than that.
Kiss Me Again- Uh... it's a Toby Keith song. I hate country, but I think there's a Pokeshipping story in there. I was listening to it absentmindedly, and the story started coming, so I might write it up if I feel like it. It depends.
Oh, and don't expect me to do holiday fics of any kind. If one occurs to me, I'll write it up, but I'm not gonna force a story out that doesn't want to come.
UPDATE! Feb 8, 2011: Hey! Guess what! Basic is over, I have my computer back, and I'm back in business! Expect me to update something really soon! Probably UTP.
Goodbye, reader. Come back later, I promise I'll have a new chapter up soon...ish.