Author has written 9 stories for Fullmetal Alchemist.
Hi! I'm Theoretically Eva. (The name has many meanings and was chosen very carefully. Ask if you're curious. :) )
Anyway, so a little bit about me as a writer and what I'm doing here...
- I don't read stories to escape, as I believe escape is not only cowardly but futile; one can never escape the world. Stories (and all other forms of art) are merely an interpretation of the world from somebody else's point of view, meant to be respected and considered for what it is. I feel that since I only have one life, one me, one past, and since I think it's a shame that I don't get to be billions of other kinds of people, I love feeling like I can live all different kinds of lives by throwing myself into a story. When I do so, I don't feel as though I am escaping; I feel as though I am at the front lines of some kind of war (usually against things like uncertainty, lack of knowledge or understanding, those questions that don't have answers, etc.), and I'm charging! This is one facet of my personal philosophy toward the arts, and so I will respect every story I come across and try to understand it as the author intends it to be understood, be it all about fluffy bunnies and rainbows or gruesome sword-slashing or anything in-between. However, this also reduces my patience for the sorts of fan fictions people write that completely distort the author's intentions. I generally view fan fictions as discussions about or written dreams inspired by an author's work (and therefore some part of their mind). Apologies if that offends or confuses, but I also take a firm stance against flaming of any kind, so you'll not hear any derogatory comments from me about anyone's personal work. I believe in minding my own business. If I don't like it, I won't say anything, and I expect to be given the same respect.
- I read to learn, in large part so that I can be a better writer (and therefore person) myself. I write to understand and with the hopes of bringing others to some kind of understanding as well. I believe that part of the real purpose of art--whatever reason you may give yourself for taking part in it--is that it creates you just as much as (if not more than) you create it. The more I grow as a person, the more I believe this and can elaborate on it.
- Although I love and adore lots of different stories and have yet to explore every reach of this site to see what kind of fan fiction it has to offer, I will, for the time being, focus on Fullmetal Alchemist. The fan fiction I've written for it is the first I've been inspired to write since I was, what, sixteen or seventeen or something? :\ I kind of stumbled upon it during a period of my life that's been kind of important, and it provided a lot of good insight for me that I needed (well, that and Fruits Basket, but the writing bug hasn't bitten me for Fruits Basket so far), so for now, FMA is all I'm writing (as far as fan fiction). My other favorite stories that I'm not sure have archives on this site make quite a ridiculously long list, but anyone who wants to know what I love most can message me. I love trading thoughts. :3
- Now that I've explained that I'm largely writing for Fullmetal Alchemist for the time being, I'll go on to say that I stick largely to established canon (out of respect for the author, and because nine times out of ten, I agree with the writers or at least see their points of view and wish to study it to learn for my own benefit (Phantom of the Opera is an exception to this, so don't get me started)); I'll only write about auxiliary pairings or scenes that make sense within the world I think author intended to create. As far as Fullmetal Alchemist, it's also highly likely that I'll write exclusively in the mangaverse and/or second animeverse. The first anime never impressed me very much, and besides, it makes about three times less sense to me than the mangaverse and second anime. I also rather have several personal grudges against the ending of the movie. :\
- My guideline to reading the fan fiction of others is similar to my guideline for writing it. That seems pretty self-explanatory. But of course, I'll never bother anyone with whom I disagree about such fundamentals, and I expect the same courtesy. :) I'll be thrilled if I can find anyone who can legitimately convince me of something I initially rebuffed or hadn't thought about before, though.
- I rarely write without a point or at least a punchline in mind. If I'm not writing to try and understand a character or situation more clearly, then I'm writing to say something. Even my lighthearted pieces always end up giving a reason for being lighthearted, and my funny pieces are often satirical. That's just the way I am. It's ingrained in me, and I'm not inclined to change it, because I intend to live a particular life that doesn't have room for rest. And I like it that way. :)
- That said, I don't consider my writing here to be idle playtime. I have fun with it, and I think I have a great sense of humor and love to laugh, but I've wanted to write seriously since I was ten years old. I consider my writing here to be practice and, sometimes, breakers of writer's block. Hence, I appreciate reviews and especially constructive criticism, be it on something as mechanical as technique or abstract as my interpretation and analysis of another writer's work. I don't just want to have fun; I want to improve. I do have serious original works I want to write, and I will write them, and I will practice, and I will hope for critique. At some point, once I have found some people whose writing I respect, I hope to do more critiquing myself.
Overall, I hope I don't come across as unapproachable. I have my own opinions, but I love to listen to others. It helps me learn. There's nobody I don't mind talking to about pretty much anything, be it personal or strictly sticking to the stories we're writing about; I'm largely an open (and often eager) book. And like I mentioned before, I do love to laugh! So here's to hoping we'll all have ourselves a good, beneficial time. -raises glass of milk, dips cookie in it- :3
10\24\12 Note: From October 2010-April 2012, I was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was not allowed to use the Internet for anything besides writing my family, so I realize that my account is (figuratively, of course) very dusty. But I'd like to make a comeback now. Thanks to everyone who visits my page and reads my work! :)
P.S. Yes, that avatar picture is of me as a little child. :D It makes me giggle.
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