YamiRuss
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Joined 10-29-09, id: 2129769, Profile Updated: 03-22-15
Author has written 8 stories for Yu-Gi-Oh GX, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Doctor Who.

A little about me...

Years ago, an online friend introduced me to Naruto and to Bleach. I thought those were my first anime. Of course, I only knew this guy online through a website where people got together to duel one another Yu-Gi-Oh!-style. So in reality, Yu-Gi-Oh! was my first anime. To me it had always been a favored segment of Saturday Morning Cartoons. I didn't realize at the time it was anime and that I would enjoy others if I would only give it a shot. Since starting with Naruto and Bleach, I've found Death Note, Code Geass, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, and Fullmetal Alchemist (which is my favorite of them all).

I got into manga when I found out there was a book form of Yu-Gi-Oh! (If you haven't read the very first story arc, by the way, you are missing out on some of the most exciting and creative stories out there.) My collection right now includes Claymore, Tsubasa Chronicle, Rurouni Kenshin, Fullmetal Alchemist, Legend of Zelda, Pokémon Adventures, plus Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, GX, 5D's, and Zexal. But my grand dream is one day to have a library room in my house with an entire wall covered in manga! I will call it my Manga Wall, or maybe my Wall of Awesome.

I have a decent collection of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards, although I admit I fell behind many years ago. There are just so many to keep up with and they don't show signs of stopping. And that's exciting! But in the interest of using money for other things, I tend to keep to my favorites now. Heroes get the majority of my attention, although the nostalgic part of me still holds dearly to the Dark Magician and the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Even when I tried to be competitive, I was never very good. I won a some duels in local tournaments but never the whole thing. It's just as well because I love playing cards for fun. My story reflects that; most of the characters use decks that would never reach a competitive level without incredible loads of luck.

Like most guys from my generation onward, I am also into video games. Role-playing games are where it's at for me. Nothing more exciting than roaming around a new world, collecting information to piece together a puzzling story and fighting monsters of a sort to grind some levels. Sometimes the leveling and farming of items is pretty great. I put on the Rooster Teeth podcast in the background or some kind of video I want to see/hear and I just go to town. Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Legend of Dragoon, Fable, and The Elder Scrolls occupy most of my time. Earthbound was the first RPG in my life and it will be forever a favorite, but the top spot goes to Xenogears. Talk about a complex story!

Let's combine those last two passions: collecting things and role-playing games. Can anyone think of an RPG where the goal is to collect things? Yeah, needless to say, I had little chance of resisting the allure the Pokémon series brings. To me the games are more exciting than the anime, although I had to force a stop after the fifth generation because I don't like handheld consoles enough to justify buying a brand new one just to dump my entire collection and start all over again.

Anyway, I do hope to bolster my writing career at some point in the near future. (Marketing is hard!) I have two e-books available on Amazon right now for $4 each and another one in the works for late this year. If you like my stuff enough to see what I do when I don't restrict myself within dueling and battling universes, feel free to ask after them.


Me and Fanfiction...

I actually began writing fanfiction before I even knew what it was. As I worked to hone my writing craft with duel cards and pokémon stories, I knew publishing them would never be okay because of copyright. Plus, I would never want to ruin such marvelous series. (That's not to say I wouldn't jump at the chance to work on a team writing a new series or game for either franchise. That would be a dream come true!) Once I found this website, I figured the worst thing that could happen when I posted my stuff is that people wouldn't like it. (That happened a lot.) The best thing to happen, though, has been people giving me feedback that ultimately makes me a better writer! (Also happened a lot.) The tricky part is posting chapters before the entire story is complete. My writing tends to begin while incomplete and I fill in the details as I go. That means it would be easier to develop a plot twist and then go back to add foreshadowing to an earlier chapter. Not so easy when the earlier chapters are already out there. It's tough to plan out the entire story in advance; my characters tend to grow so solid that they end up telling me where the story is supposed to go and I just write it. (Sounds weird, I know. Maybe writing gives me some form of multiple personalities.)

Plans...

The Duelist's Spirit has a sixth and final arc upcoming. Due to the storytelling style I mentioned already, part of me wants to rewrite the other five arcs to make them stronger before I finish things off. That's one possibility. Part of me likes that idea but thinks it's too cumbersome.
A compromise could be to rewrite the entire story into the beginning of the sixth arc in a Reader's Digest format. (For those of you too young to remember print media, the Reader's Digest was a collection of articles that were often shortened to help people catch up on recent events.) The rewritten arcs would fly past within the first fifty chapters until we reached the untouched subject matter, which would return to a fully fleshed-out style.
The third option is to continue writing into the sixth arc as if (relatively) nothing is wrong with the other arcs. When I finish the entire story, I can go back and rewrite one arc at a time just to make myself happy that my best work is out there. (Seriously, read through all the arcs if you want to see my evolution as a writer. The contrast is astonishing.)

Valence might be exactly halfway complete, suggesting perhaps another fifty chapters to go. I mean, we still need to get four more badges, find three more legendary pokémon, and figure out what Team Omega is actually doing. If you enjoy the story so far, expect the plot to grow even more urgent as we continue.

I have some thoughts for another Professor Who story. That one was strictly something that was fun for me and I might do another one. We'll see.

There is another Yu-Gi-Oh! yarn I want to spin sometime. It is inspired by the anime/manga but I think it's completely not what you'd expect. One of those things where you finally realize what I'm doing right near the end.

I am very excited about an idea I have for a Pokémon classic story. The main character will be a poor kid growing up in Kanto with the original 150 pokémon while he struggles to break out of his wretched life and make a name for himself.

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Valence reviews
The legendary pokémon of Perioble keep the ecosystem in balance. By awakening one of them, you have judged yourself and your rival as harbingers of chaos. Team Omega is on the move. Your defense is one pokémon. Choose wisely. *Accepting OCs.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 53 - Words: 223,850 - Reviews: 175 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 5/31 - Published: 2/26/2012
In Search of a God reviews
Bryan and Matt have searched, wondering how the god cards escaped their protection at Duel Academy. Holding only Uria, Lord of Searing Flames in his possession, Bryan is invited to a competition between the god cards. This is his one chance to return them to their rightful place, even if it means going up against the leader of the Hellfire Club himself.
Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 30 - Words: 187,085 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 5/18 - Published: 7/15/2012
The End of Duel Academy reviews
The Ghost Duelist and his Horsemen are ready to enact his plan to destroy Duel Academy. Without Matthew Luther returning to Duel Academy, can Bryan Knight do anything to stop the End of Days? *Part IV of "The Duelist's Spirit"*
Crossover - Yu-Gi-Oh & Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 41 - Words: 225,166 - Reviews: 83 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 6/30/2012 - Published: 2/21/2011 - Complete
The Unown Conspiracy: The Murder of Emperor Alph reviews
The events surrounding the death of Alph III have long puzzled historians of ancient Johto. Archaeologist Claire investigates the circumstances of the ancient emperor's death firsthand and discovers among new pokémon the threads of a murder conspiracy.
Crossover - Doctor Who & Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Supernatural - Chapters: 15 - Words: 34,312 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/25/2011 - Published: 9/26/2011 - Complete
For Love and the Game reviews
A brand new school year at Duel Academy always brings new challenges. Cocky freshmen claim dueling titles, romances change, and a sinister duelist lurks in the shadows. Part III of *The Duelist's Spirit*
Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 31 - Words: 166,019 - Reviews: 103 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 1/20/2011 - Published: 2/20/2010 - Complete
The Many Paths of Victory reviews
A tournament is being held in the Periodos region, hosted by the famous Professor Zamia. Can Jin win with his inexperience? Original characters
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 24 - Words: 106,787 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 6/27/2010 - Published: 12/6/2009 - Complete
Legends of the Shadow Realm reviews
Part II of *The Duelist's Spirit*. The shadows descend upon Duel Academy as the god cards begin claiming souls. What will happen to Bryan and the other Guardians? Original characters
Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 20 - Words: 94,813 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 2/5/2010 - Published: 12/9/2009 - Complete
Duel Academy reviews
Part I of *The Duelist's Spirit*. At the world's premier four-year dueling college, Bryan Knight and Matthew Luther duel to make a name for themselves against dueling teams, Guardian Duelers, and international tournament duelists. Original characters
Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 19 - Words: 65,254 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/5/2009 - Published: 10/31/2009 - Complete