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Author has written 4 stories for Transformers/Beast Wars, Transformers, and Katekyo Hitman Reborn!.
Hello there! I'm glad you stopped by to visit me :)
If you're here because you like what you've seen of my writing, please take a moment to browse my "In The Works" section just a bit further down on the page, and make sure to cast your vote in the poll right up at the top! Your input is always welcome and very appreciated -- thank you!
Here are a few notes about myself as a writer, and the stories I'm writing/have written:
Currently I've only written for two series so far. I like to be able to dedicate a lot of thought to a story, and give myself the chance to really nurture it before I feel comfortable drafting it up and posting it. I tend to have a bit of a short attention span, so I don't like to dedicate myself to a story unless I know I'll maintain my interest in the long term. So far, Transformers and KHR! are the two series that have, without fail, kept me enraptured for years on end.
If you have a question about a story, want to drop a comment, or just feel like chatting, feel free to shoot me a message! I adore meeting new people, and I'd love to be your friend! :)
My Negative Rainbow - Ongoing, semi-regularly updated
A Mother's Love - Ongoing, regularly updated
It's Our Nature to Rebel - Hiatus/currently being rewritten
Transformers Academy - Discontinued (May be rewritten, but highly unlikely)
In The Works:
At the moment, I'm working on multiple fic ideas for KHR, many of which are AUs. Since the majority of them will be long, multi-chapter fics, I can't realistically get all of them up in a timely manner, much less update them regularly. I'm very passionate about all of them, though, and I plan to see each and every one through to the end, regardless of how long it takes. You, as my readers, definitely have a say in this, however -- if you'd really like to see one of these, make sure to cast your vote in the poll up at the top of the page! If I see that there's a strong preference, I'll re-prioritize as needed!
Blackout - With everything he already has to deal with, between Reborn's spartan-like training, trying to maintain a normal life at school, and doing everything he can to avoid becoming a mafia boss, this is the last thing Tsuna needs. The power in the house has gone out. Phones and other electronics have all stopped working. All of Namimori has been plunged into darkness -- and the lights aren't showing any signs of coming back on.
Twist of Fate - Kyoko and Haru are hardly weak of will. Given the chance, and the right circumstances, they would leap to their family's defense just as quickly as their male counterparts. How would things have turned out if, through some twist of fate, they had taken the respective roles of the Sun and Lightning Guardians?
State of Suspense - The Cielo is a colonization ship, one of the largest of its kind on the longest space transport mission mankind has ever attempted. A 600 year journey, approximately 75,000 humans frozen for transport, another 25,000 crew members living their lives out on the ship, leaving their war-torn home planet behind. Tsuna was meant to sleep through the centuries, but 350 years into the trip, he's violently pulled from his peaceful slumber. Now awake, with no clear reason as to why, he finds himself with far more questions than answers. Who woke him up? What is this "Cielo Bond" that everyone keeps mentioning? Why is a young woman's sudden disappearance accepted so unquestioningly throughout the crew? And why does it feel like the dissent that's been brewing on board has something to do with his reanimation?
Blood and Circuits - In an age where science and technology have advanced at a remarkable pace, synthetic beings -- robots -- are commonplace. The AIs walk among humans, catering to their every whim, taking the jobs no one wants, and helping society work towards a perfect world. For Tsuna, though, life feels anything but. He's become a regular victim of the school bullies, and each day is getting harder and harder to push through. But then, out of nowhere, his father returns home from one of his long business trips with a birthday present: A Vongola Industries AI prototype of the next model in their line, GX-0059. Will this new companion be able to turn Tsuna's life around, or will all of the bugs and glitches in his programming send him to the scrap heap?
Stars in the Void - The galaxy is vast, but the Houses of Ignis share a bond stronger than blood. Tsuna is a typical child of the sky that calls the House of Caelum, one of seven planets in orbit around their system's small sun, his home. The most he has to worry about is how hard classes will be on the satellite cluster, which will soon serve as his school. That is, until a disturbingly well coordinated attack kills Caelum's Guardian and throws the rest of the Houses into disarray. With the seven Knights of the Vongola Royal Guard out of commission, Tsuna suddenly finds himself appointed as the Guard's new commanding officer. Before he can even question it, he's sent off on a journey across the solar system to gather the rest of the Knights and get to the bottom of those rumors spreading throughout the houses, the whispers saying the attack originated from the mythical exiled 8th House -- the House of Nox.
So I've been getting some questions about my writing process, and I've noticed that they tend to be fairly similar, so I decided to amass them into a little FAQ of sorts. If you've got any other questions that aren't covered here, by all means, please ask away! I love hearing from you!
1. Do you have a beta?
Currently, no. Since I was still fairly new to posting my own work when I started writing MNR, I forwent the beta hunt out of sheer self consciousness. My work could probably stand to have one, but I've just grown accustomed to doing all of my editing on my own. I'm bound to miss some of my mistakes, though, so if you spot something glaring, please let me know!
2. When do you write?
Almost exclusively at night. This is actually a really bad habit of mine, it's not unusual for me to stay up until the early hours of the morning trying to squeeze out every last bit of productivity I've got. Even when I have a free day, I don't really hit my stride until the sun goes down. It's a ruthless cycle.
3. How long does it take you to write?
Forever. Like I said above, I need to be in "the zone" in order to get anything substantial done, and it's really difficult for me to get to that point. The result is this excruciatingly long period of time where I force out each individual word, and it feels like pulling teeth. I am far too familiar with spending three or four hours staring at a screen with only 4-500 words to show for it in the end (and considering my tendency to write 10K word chapters...I'll let you do the math). In any case, on a good day, I can get a chapter out in probably three or four hours if I do it in one sitting. More often, though, I have to write in little bursts and it can take anywhere between 2-4 weeks for me to finish up a chapter, editing included.
4. How do you come up with new ideas?
No matter how many times I get asked, I still haven't come up with a very good answer for this. All I can say is, frame of mind matters a lot. I tend to get inspiration from all sorts of media; whenever I see something I like, I just take note and tuck it away for future reference. I never used to do this -- it wasn't until I started working really seriously on a story, to the point where I was thinking about it almost all the time, that I began to just automatically draw inspiration from everything around me. When you've constantly got "What would make a good story?" running on a loop in the back of your mind, everything else just sort of falls into place.
5. How do you plan out your stories?
Well, like I said above, I used to just make it all up as I went. That method definitely had its merits -- it was very fun and kind of adventurous, and I actually got everything down much more quickly than I do now. In the end, that style just didn't really work for me, though. Now, I'm in love with the detailed plotting and planning process, I may even like it more than the actual writing of the story itself! I tend to start out with an idea for the general setting, before moving on to characters -- I try to flesh them out as much as I can before I start putting together the beginning, middle, and end of the story. A lot of the time, while I'm working on the characters, I get a lot of ideas for individual, stand-alone scenes, which I jot down and put aside for later. By the time I get to the actual outlining stage, I've amassed so many of these little tidbits that its more just a matter of finding the best order to put them in an finding a way to tie them together. I definitely recommend writing programs like Scrivener or yWriter if you're very detail and organization oriented.
6. How do you improve your writing?
Ugh. Uuugggghhhh. I really wish there was some great step by step guide I could pass on for this question, but there really isn't any easy way to do this. You just do it. Write, and read, and read a whole lot about writing. I'm still so far from where I'd like to be, but as far as I know, this is the only way there is to improve. It's a labor of love, but it's hard work! Definitely establish some favorite books and authors. You're going to be reading these over and over again, so you should at least enjoy it! When you read stuff that you love, try and pick out what it is that you like -- is it the vocabulary? The length of their sentences? The way they describe things? As you focus on all these little things that you love, you'll tend to absorb them and integrate them into your own writing automatically. Voilà! You're developing your own voice! Besides that, all I can really suggest is to look for writing advice. Tumblr's a great resource, but there are tons of websites and blogs out there dedicated to writing great articles on the trade! Just muck around, read stuff from all over the place, and find the ones that work for you! It's gonna take time and patience and a lot of effort, but I know you can do it! Good luck!