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Joined 10-04-09, id: 2104836, Profile Updated: 05-17-11
Author has written 6 stories for Naruto, Avatar, Resident Evil, Deadman Wonderland/デッドマン・ワンダーランド, and Harry Potter.

Methinks, by most, 'twill be confess'd / That Death is never quite a welcome guest.

Mephistopheles (Faust)


Death twitches my ear. “Live,” he says, “I am coming.”

Virgil


Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

Stephen Vincent Benét


For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luke 9:24 (KJV)


To Whomsoever May Care;

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

There's a large part of me that cannot believe I actually just referenced Romeo and Juliet. But the line contains a very important sentiment, I think, one that - sadly - I have found few people who truly understand. We cannot be defined by one word, two words, or even by a million - though some have attempted such. No matter how we try, we will always come up short. Who I am is constantly changing, adapting, challenging and confirming old beliefs with new data or adapting or discarding them as experience and the data dictate. I am a work in progress (and thank God for that) and will be such until the day I die.

Thus, how can I tell you who I am, when I don't even know myself?

If, however, I had to try, I would define myself simply as a Christian. But this in and of itself is a paradox, for the Christian journey is an uniquely individual one. Yes, modern society (in America and elsewhere) has developed a cookie cutter idea of what a Christian is, and many people aspire to this idea, for better or worse. But insofar as the Christian believes that he is both unique and created for a purpose, that purpose cannot be the same for each Christian. Thus, there can be no cookie cutter Christian. We are all given different strengths, different struggles, and it is through these that we are all called to achieve vastly different things.

I have been given a love for stories, a mind for vocabulary, and quite the rapid reading speed (whether or not I've been given the gift of writing is another discussion entirely ;p). I also believe very strongly in the power of stories to change lives, to inspire people and drive them onward to ever greater and nobler goals. I believe this primarily because I have experienced it in my own life. It was a story on this site that led me first down the field of logic, from logic I moved to psychology, and from psychology to philosophy. And it was a story told by Plato that eventually led me to religion. I believe it is the story of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, that has saved me and it is the story of the martyrs, upon whose back the foundation of the Church is laid, that has maintained my faith time and time again.

When I first started writing these stories, I was in a completely different place than I am now. When I created this profile in 2009, not only was I an atheist, but I had zero understanding of my reason for writing these at all. It's been a long journey since then and much has become clear in the past two years. During that time, writing was a catharsis, my psyche's desperate attempt to maintain some sanity in an altogether meaningless world. It was a coping mechanism and as such, the emotion was far more important than the plot.

I no longer need to write in order to deal with things. And thus I am freed to write simply because I love to. I don't know how - if at all - God might use my stories to affect peoples' lives. But if through the words on these pages (read: computer screens), I might lead even one person down the same path I have followed, if I can help even just one person find peace, then I will consider my career as an author an unparalleled success.

Whether you believe or not - Christ's blessings to all of you,

Jak


For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2: 8-10 (NIV)

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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... Ch. 101, Precautionary Measures: Pt. 2.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 101 - Words: 561,157 - Reviews: 23758 - Favs: 13,412 - Follows: 12,322 - Updated: 12/11/2013 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G.
Team 8 by S'TarKan reviews
What if Naruto had been selected for a different team? What if he'd had a different mentor? Who would guess the consequences would be so large?
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 255,693 - Reviews: 12793 - Favs: 14,639 - Follows: 12,152 - Updated: 9/6/2013 - Published: 1/1/2006 - Naruto U., Hinata H.
Partially Kissed Hero by Perfect Lionheart reviews
Summer before third year Harry has a life changing experience, and a close encounter with a dementor ends with him absorbing the horcrux within him. Features Harry with a backbone.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 103 - Words: 483,646 - Reviews: 14049 - Favs: 6,963 - Follows: 6,234 - Updated: 4/28/2012 - Published: 5/6/2008 - Harry P.
Warping Circumstances by Deritine reviews
AU Post HBP. DH semi-compliant: The horcruxes are destroyed- the bits of soul latched on to Harry's own. But killing himself only sends Harry to an alternate dimension, this one desperately vulnerable to the dark soul he carries.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 19 - Words: 85,503 - Reviews: 564 - Favs: 1,196 - Follows: 936 - Updated: 3/18/2012 - Published: 3/27/2006 - Harry P., Tom R. Jr. - Complete
Fuzzy Logic by Deritine reviews
AU time travel: The kyuubi no kitsune knew something was wrong, but couldn't put a paw on quite what. However, there are benefits to being a force of nature, including time itself bending to accommodate you. Finished!
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 40 - Words: 161,393 - Reviews: 1842 - Favs: 2,485 - Follows: 1,537 - Updated: 4/7/2011 - Published: 4/7/2009 - Kyuubi/Kurama - Complete
Chunin Exam Day by Perfect Lionheart reviews
Naruto finds he is flung back in time and must repeat the entire Chunin exam over and over and over, until he gets it right and possibly saves Konoha in the bargain.
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 77 - Words: 344,950 - Reviews: 13822 - Favs: 6,520 - Follows: 4,943 - Updated: 5/22/2010 - Published: 12/4/2007 - Naruto U.
A Remedy for Lassitude by firefly reviews
Ennui is an unavoidable feature in a summer spent taking care of a rehabilitating brother. Never did it occur to Temari to think that finding a pen pal in an eccentric soldier on the other side of the world might help cure it. AU.
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 32,113 - Reviews: 396 - Favs: 685 - Follows: 141 - Updated: 9/18/2009 - Published: 10/7/2008 - Temari, Hidan - Complete
Mortuary Mixup by Sayaka-sama reviews
All in all, Ino was bound for a stiff and miserable occasion until he nearly destroyed the wall of the funeral home. Hidan Ino crack!fic.
Naruto - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,375 - Reviews: 104 - Favs: 336 - Follows: 33 - Published: 11/2/2008 - Hidan, Ino Y. - Complete
Devil's Due by korinara reviews
Merchant & Ashley. "This little devil belong to you, Stranger?"
Resident Evil - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,498 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 78 - Follows: 6 - Published: 2/2/2008 - Merchant, Ashley G. - Complete
One Lousy Joke by DarthAmmonite reviews
NWN2 A brief silliness. Whether you need legal counsel, alchemy, or relationship advice, there's only one elf to call...
Neverwinter Nights - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,426 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 79 - Follows: 5 - Published: 12/11/2006 - Complete
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None of the Above reviews
One-shot. Spoilers through Vol 8! Following Yosuga's candid question aboard the Walfisch, Ganta is left doubting himself and his resolve. Can he do what must be done? For himself? For Shiro? For the Wretched Egg? Stream of Consciousness. T for cursing.
Deadman Wonderland/デッドマン・ワンダーランド - Rated: T - English - Romance/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,497 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/17/2011 - Complete
Twinkle, Twinkle, Prisoner 5580 reviews
One-shot. Prisoner 5580 muses on who he once was, where he is now, and the all around irony of the amusement park known as Deadman Wonderland. Definite AU, no spoilers.
Deadman Wonderland/デッドマン・ワンダーランド - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,350 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 9 - Published: 5/8/2011 - Complete
Tyrant reviews
It's been five years since the Dursleys sold Harry to a ruthless new pharmaceutical company. Now with no memory of who he is or what's been done to him, Harry's life takes a sharp turn when a werewolf attack forces him to confront a past he can't recall.
Crossover - Resident Evil & Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Horror - Chapters: 3 - Words: 14,333 - Reviews: 93 - Favs: 231 - Follows: 316 - Updated: 4/18/2010 - Published: 4/2/2010 - Harry P.
Blindsight reviews
When Tsunade had asked him what he was going to do on his vacation he'd just smiled. But of all the things he might have said, caring for a crippled redhead sure as hell wasn't one of them. Isn't it funny the way life works out sometimes? Naruto/Tayuya
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 46,541 - Reviews: 343 - Favs: 658 - Follows: 690 - Updated: 4/2/2010 - Published: 10/9/2009 - Naruto U., Tayuya
Hey Kid reviews
Everyone knows that a bored Naruto is not a good Naruto. And when a bored Naruto runs into a harsh reminder of a childhood he'd rather forget a brand new chapter in Konoha's history is created. One-shot derived from the prologue to a story I've abandoned.
Naruto - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,536 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 3 - Published: 4/2/2010 - Naruto U. - Complete
Tsa'helu reviews
Na'vi are more than just individuals. It is to be part of Eywa, to live as One with every living thing around you. It is also a lesson each Na'vi must learn for himself, and sometimes one finds the lesson is taught in surprising ways. Discontinued.
Avatar - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 15,831 - Reviews: 128 - Favs: 97 - Follows: 130 - Updated: 1/7/2010 - Published: 12/23/2009 - Norm S.