Red Clay
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Joined 12-10-09, id: 2174850, Profile Updated: 06-29-10
Author has written 9 stories for Avatar: Last Airbender, and Shadow of the Colossus.

A writer by trade and a writer by design, I write therefore I am. Most of my stuff is original, but it's so fun and cathartic to render existing worlds in your own imagination. I always wish for pie and bacon and would hate world peace, because then their would be nothing to write about. If you'd like to collaborate, oh reader that is writer, too, I'd be more than willing to smash my brain into yours and see the mess it makes.

If I were you, you would love:

Books by Terry Pratchett - Soul Music in particular

Comics written by Alan Moore - Watchmen is awe inspiring, but Promethea will change your life

Films by Akira Kurosawa - Yojimbo, Seventh Samurai, et al

Films by Hayao Miyazaki - Princess Mononoke in particular

Plays by Arthur Miller

Poems by T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, William Blake

Music by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Ludwig van Beethoven, P. I. Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Danny Elfman

Stories by Ernest Hemingway, Sherman Alexie

What is Art?

I have this discussion with everybody I know and it's a tough one. I read a piece by a visual artist and he remarked on how people complain about how he charges so much for his marvelously crafted commissions. They ask, "How can you charge so much for something that took you only a few hours to do?" The artist's response was, "It takes me a few hours to create the piece, but it's taken me fifteen years to become good enough to do it that fast and that well."

I think that work we do behind the scenes is what makes our pieces great. It was S. Coleridge who said something like, "I don't trust anyone who has written more than they have read." I think that's pretty safe, especially in this day and age. We are bombarded by text every minute of every day, like you're being bombarded right now. I would focus the rule and say that for every novel that you write, there should be at least twenty texts (short stories, novellas, fics, manuals, etc.) behind your work.

Lennon sang, "There's nothing you can do that can't be done," and truer words were never uttered. However, Art doesn't have to be "new." Working from the principle of twenty works behind one and years of study behind hours of work, we come to the conclusion that Art is not a creation proper, but a synthesis of the works that came before it, filtered through your own personal experience and perspective. Really, the only unique thing in your work is the slant you put on it. There may be people like you out there, but you are the only "you" in existence. That slant is what will make your works different and the significance of the old ideas will ring anew on the vibrato of your voice.

Without that respect for the history of your craft, you get trash. In modern times, Art has devolved into something less about the creation and more about the creator. It's endemic to our society (I'm speaking about America in particular, but it is a human flaw). It's idol worship. Quality isn't even necessary anymore. You paint a single black dot on a canvas and call it Art and people will pay out the nose for it because they can say to their friends, "Look, I own a Richard Solipsistic original!"

I can live with this stuff, mind you, because it doesn't hurt anybody, like a pile of dog crap in the middle of a grassy field. Even if you're unlucky enough to step in it, you can just wipe it off and saunter on through life. What I can't abide is so called Art that hurts. A Russian "artist" once tied up a dog in front of a gallery, left it to starve to death and he called it a work of Art. It certainly makes a statement, but the statement is just "we are such bad people; look how nobody helped the poor dog." Destruction is not Art and when all you're doing is stating a time worn fact about human nature or whatever, you're wasting effort.

Art can't just draw attention to something. That's just reporting. Art must take sides, draw lines and, in the end, cause everyone involved to change their perspective. That is Art. It's hard and not particularly friendly, but it's for the best. As the great Alan Moore once said, "I don't want people to agree with me. I want them to think."

Peace be with you.

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Spinning Whispers by OmniSchreiber reviews
"What then, is the sanctity of life, but to take life from those who sow death?" Post-war genfic, Pre-Promise canon. Aang, Zuko, and co. struggle on multiple fronts as the fragile peace is challenged; Azula becomes a wildcard fugitive amidst the chaos.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 26 - Words: 180,456 - Reviews: 181 - Favs: 122 - Follows: 125 - Updated: 7/22/2014 - Published: 12/11/2008 - unknown 9, Azula
Art of Dying by AzarDarkstar reviews
One Shot. Her body is her own. Her mind isn't.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 590 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 8 - Published: 4/1/2011 - Joo Dee, Dai Li - Complete
ab igne ignem capere by sangi reviews
In another world, Azula was born first. In another world, Azula wasn't the favorite. [Permanently incomplete.]
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 9 - Words: 80,196 - Reviews: 186 - Favs: 446 - Follows: 393 - Updated: 10/10/2010 - Published: 6/22/2010 - Azula
And the Wind by RoseMuse reviews
In the span of a year, many things change. Set pre-events of the show
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,182 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/25/2009 - Katara, Sokka - Complete
Sexual Dimorphism by Juxtaposie reviews
or Five Times Sokka Acceded Victory. Five moments every couple must face. Sokka wants to stick to tradition. Unfortunately, so does Suki. Post-series, speculation, spoiler-free? meaning I myself have been unspoiled and therefore cannot spoil anyone else
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,986 - Reviews: 76 - Favs: 242 - Follows: 23 - Published: 7/16/2008 - Sokka, Suki - Complete
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Back to Avatar Hunting reviews
The Avatar stripped her of her Firebending. She settled. Eight years passed. Peace. But now an old ghost brings disturbing news. The father of her child is long dead. Killed by the Avatar. Now all is journeying vengeance. Sequel to Ardent Flame.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 14,897 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 10/15/2011 - Published: 9/10/2011 - Azula, Ty Lee
The First Dragon
In the annals of time lurk the legends of shining light and gathering dark. This is a tale of the later ilk. The first dragon of innumerable miens.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 660 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/29/2011 - Koh
Soldiers of Earth reviews
The Hundred Years War still rages and those that fight it do so in spite of the Avatar's long absence. But spirits are fading. A story of nobody soldiers making their way to Fong's fortress, pursued by a plucky someone's Dim Mak master.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 12,254 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/21/2011 - Published: 7/8/2010
SotC: The Age of the Wandering Lands
When the shadows of man ran deep, the earth found no sleep and roamed in lament and served dark souls. The legend of Wander's ancestors as they flee their sacked home by the sea and seek a new guardian.
Shadow of the Colossus - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,497 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/10/2011
Ardent Flame reviews
Four years after War's end, Azula has escaped! Follow her as she combats her atrophy, endures affronts from both enemies and allies, and discovers the razor wink within her mind's eye.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 25 - Words: 96,655 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 40 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 9/3/2011 - Published: 12/12/2009 - Azula, Zuko - Complete
Gyatso's Final Fight reviews
Yay Gyatso! One shot if you didn't figure it out from the title . It's a little sad, but my hope is that it's also exciting and uplifting. Critique if that's your inclination.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,074 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/19/2010 - Gyatso, Sozin
Bathrooms in the Spirit World? reviews
What happened to Sokka when Hei Bai abducted him? Probably not this, but it's fun to dream.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,301 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/8/2010 - Sokka - Complete
How to Get a Guy to Fall for You reviews
Somewhere outside of the onerous, rough-cut monolith known as CANON, siblings in arms meet with a princess and learn why guys are so easy. Heavy reference to "Ardent Flame" another AtLA fic of more comprehensive depth and length that I wrote .
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 953 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 6 - Published: 5/21/2010 - Azula - Complete
Before the Burn reviews
Before his tempestuous adventure with Azula, Qilaq was a soldier in the Great War. Stranded in the desert, he and his compatriots navigate the wastes and face Stygian apparitions and learn what it truly means to "fight" demons.
Avatar: Last Airbender - Rated: M - English - Horror/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,685 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/15/2010 - Complete