YamiRuss
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Joined 10-29-09, id: 2129769, Profile Updated: 09-05-17
Author has written 9 stories for Yu-Gi-Oh GX, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Doctor Who.

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 happens plenty.) The best thing to happen, though, has been people giving me feedback that ultimately makes me a better writer. 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.

For most of my stories, I'm willing to accept OCs. I have a short questionnaire that helps me figure out where your character fits. The only issue comes when people give me a character who is too complicated to use. Quirks are delightful and a complex past is fine, but any feature that requires extensive focus on your character to understand or realize will probably be dropped. (Multiple personalities is a popular example that has proven difficult for me to give anyone except a main character.) But seriously, if sending in a character gets you invested in my story, I'm happy to accept it.

I also love reading recommendations. If you want me to read your work, another author on the site, or even a print/e-book out there in the world, let me know. I will totally check it out!

Current project...

First of all, I love most of my Yu-Gi-Oh! story. But I got in over my head and failed to plan all the way through a bunch of things. I am doing a better job right now of planning for a rewrite in which the overall story will change some, but the day-to-day events will change significantly. I want to make the new one include a bit more information on dueling strategy and card knowledge, so my updates will be slower as I study my butt off like a journalist.

OC Form:

Name
Age/year-in-school (use negative numbers for upcoming students)
Basic appearance
Significant personal info (e.g., family members or dating life or dueling philosophy)
Quirk(s)
Deck type
Role: Default option is current Duel Academy student. Other options include DA student, student at other school, faculty member, member of secret org (more info later), future DA student (e.g., a first-year during Bryan's second term), or something creative I didn't list here.

Extra info? YES/NO (Selecting "yes" means I will send a lengthy questionnaire to fill in gaps.)

Disclaimer: I will give you credit for character creation, but I may take liberties with behavior and actions. Definitely request the extra information if staying true to your vision is important to you.

Tips for creating a successful character:

1. Duel Academy is for 10-12 grade. I've chosen to scale this back from my previous story so these characters are no longer college students.
2. I would prefer not to use cards you made up. There can be exceptions if you go into explicit detail and have a full deck list and everything. Ask me about it first, though.
3. Bryan and Matt (with some supporting cast) are the main characters. I can't take an OC with a background so in-depth he or she needs to be the focus of his or her own story. You all have some fascinating characters, but my goal isn't to tell their stories. Sorry. (Maybe I can be a sounding board for your own story?)
4. Let me know if you based your character on someone or have outside source material for me to reference (such as a deck list on YGOPro). That's awesome and might help me out.

Plans...

I have some thoughts for another Professor Who story. The first was strictly something that was fun for me and I might do another one sometime. 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. No update yet.

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. No update yet.

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The Duelist's Spirit reviews
Some view international boarding school as a punishment for youthful indiscretions. Some see it as a way to escape a discouraging home life. The goal may be sharpening your social skills, expanding your academic duel count, or combating a secret organization out to fulfill an ancient prophecy that ends the world. Better build your deck wisely if you want to graduate.
Yu-Gi-Oh GX - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 28,334 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/27 - Published: 9/5
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: 100 - Words: 483,262 - Reviews: 246 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 4/24 - Published: 2/26/2012 - Complete
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: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 5/18/2015 - 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: 11 - 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: 9 - 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: 4 - 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: 10 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/5/2009 - Published: 10/31/2009 - Complete