Author has written 55 stories for Discworld, Good Omens, Primeval, Temeraire, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Torchwood, Lord of the Rings, Dresden Files, Silmarillion, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Avengers, James Bond, Smallville, Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series, Sherlock, Kingdom of Heaven, World War Z, Wheel of Time, Green Lantern, and Avengers.
Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for stopping by my profile. A few things about yours truly:
1. I'm a straight, white British Male in my early twenties. Old enough to have grown up watching Batman, Justice League, X-Men: Evolution and reruns of Spider-Man: The Animated Series on a Saturday morning, but not old enough to have seen the X-Men animated series of the early 90's.
2. I'm what Americans would probably call a History Major at university, specifically studying Ancient and Medieval History with a side of Politics. If I disappear suddenly, more likely than not, I am doing an essay of some sort.
3. Politically speaking, I'm left of centre by British standards (so, by American standards, I'm practically a Communist), a social liberal and a feminist in the truest sense of the word: I believe in equality of the genders and I believe that it's the responsibility of everyone to make sure it comes about. I think everyone, of any gender, race, colour, creed and orientation should have equal rights. I say this because, while I don't drop the moral anvil on people, it is something that features somewhat in my writing. Though, to be frank, this site is only marginally to the right of Tumblr and I haven't really encountered any problems thus far.
4. As for me, my good friend militaryhistory said:
"You are a junior apprentice rabble-rouser, raconteur, and reprobate."
I wear the badge proudly and will strive to live up (or down) to expectations.
5. And as for my writing style, I'll let the inimitable Thunder Stag say it:
"If there is one thing you do well, it's layer things. You're like an onion. An onion that writes fanfiction."
This layering of things does, occasionally, get to the point where I get obsessed with my own cleverness, but I try to avoid that.
If I suddenly stop writing, it's not that I've necessarily abandoned the story, it's more that I've written later bits and got distracted. Or I've got a new plot bunny and wandered off to do that. Or I've gone somewhere without internet access for an extended period of time. All three happen on a fairly regular basis.
Those who recognise the pen name from days of yore (2006 - 2010), yes it is still the same person. I reviewed under this pseudonym, albeit 'anonymously' for around 4 years.
I may not update for weeks at a time, however this is either because I have writers block or cannot update for various reasons. I mostly hover around the Avengers, Lord of the Rings, The Dresden Files (books), Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel the Series, Doctor Who, Torchwood and crossover fandoms of these. I almost exclusively write crossovers, though there are a few single fandom pieces in my work. Ironically, they tend to be my best work.
I write very frequently, but since I have recently developed a monomaniacal tendency to focus on/obsess over the Child of the Storm universe, the rest of my work is going untouched. Well, almost untouched.
I'm a sucker for happy endings, though I tend to make my characters earn them.
In other words, they will suffer - a lot - but be happy in the end. Mostly. After lots of psychological and physical trauma. Sometimes mystical trauma is thrown in for giggles.
Further to this, I write characters as people. They are not paragons of perfection, far from it. Even Steve Rogers has flaws. And to me, this makes them all the more interesting, their achievements all the more astonishing and them, in general, all the more amazing. Because when you strip all the powers, skills, rank, etcetera away, you have people. People who make mistakes and learn from them. However, I will not simply drive apart a couple based on a stupid misunderstanding for the purposes of drama. If you do that, you tacitly acknowledge that you have no idea whatsoever about how to make people in a committed relationship interesting, and that is a considerable indictment on your writing abilities.
Okay, the Shadowsverse is as dead as the metaphorical dodo. I haven't updated for two years, partly because it got eaten alive (also metaphorically speaking) by the Child of the Storm universe.
Speaking of which, both now have TV Tropes Pages:
On my reviews. Well, I used to be a lot more... abrasive, shall we put it. Now, well, I won't beat about the bush if I tell you things need changing, but I don't flame. I only review to support people or to tell them how to improve and to occasionally go squee over how good they are (we all do it. Anyone who says they don't is a lying liar who lies).
However, not everyone appreciates being told that their story, their baby, is in sore need of improvement/scrapping and starting again. Therefore, I feel I should mention that flames, reply or otherwise, will elicit a nasty response. Do not try me. I am probably older, probably smarter and definitely nastier than you, and when I am pushed, I push back hard.
"Show me a hero and I'll write you a tragedy." - F. Scott Fitzgerald, a man who knew where it was at.
"Forget the shooty dog thing."- Mr Finch commenting on K-9 in School Reunion.
"Oh my God... I'm the tin dog."- Mickey Smith on realising his true role in the TARDIS, in the same episode.
"You bad dog!"
"Affirmative."- Mr Finch and K-9's exchange after the latter sets off an explosion in the same episode.
"Daleks have no concept of elegance!"- Dalek Thay
"This is obvious."- Cyber Unit 1066/1065. Daleks and Cybermen engaging in Snark to Snark Combat in Doomsday.
"It's like Stephen Hawking meets the speaking clock!" Mickey Smith immediately afterwards.
"You may throw my hat if you like, Mr Gibbs."
*Gibbs throws hat*
"Now go and get it."- Jack Sparrow in At World's End after the Battle of the Maelstrom and the destruction of the Endeavour.
"End of the universe, have fun, bye-bye!"- The Master at the end of Utopia as he is pinching the TARDIS.
"Fuck subtle." - Harry Dresden on Tolkien's 'Wizard's are subtle and quick to anger'. He'd been having a bad day.
"I have this... problem with buildings." - Harry Dresden magnificently understating his habit for leaving a vast trail of destruction in his wake in Changes.
"I SAY THEE NAY!"- Thor Odinson on far too many occasions to count.
"You address omnipotence. Tread carefully." - Thanos being, well, Thanos.
"No, you don't get it. There is no throne. There is no way in which you come out of this on top. Because when they come, and they will, they'll come for you. Because if we can't save the Earth, then you can be damn sure we'll avenge it." - Tony Stark, being his usual badass self.
"Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to the light the flame." - the War Doctor.
Please, don't just favourite/alert a story. Review it as well. I LIVE on reviews.
Stories on indefinite hiatus: April 1811, The Watch XI... let's face it, anything that isn't in my top five most recent stories. In fact, all Discworld, Primeval and Temeraire fics are pretty much abandoned. Sorry, but my interests have moved on. Discworld I might come back to in time. The other two... well, if I were you, I wouldn't hold my breath.
Tony Stark: Genius, Billionaire, Playboy (Reformed), Philanthropist. It says so much about him and so little. Sure, he's all of the above, but he is far more. This is a guy who has issues to spare, whose snark was largely conceived and operates as a defence mechanism, who really cares for people, just happens to be very bad at showing it. He can be a dick, yes, but this is a man who will go all the way for people he cares about. If he sees someone he considers his being hurt, woe betide the person doing the hurting. He's arrogant, sure, but that masks the strength of will that can move mountains. This is the guy who, in the comics, chewed out Odin for sitting back and doing nothing, then when the Allfather assumed he was asking for divine intervention, he retorted brilliantly. "I don't want your blessing, Odin. I want your workshop." He has depth that is a lot of fun to explore. That and while I am nowhere near as smart and have had a far better home life, I can empathise with him on a number of levels.
Loki Odinson/Laufeyson: Ah, Loki. Possibly the biggest break out villain in history. He has style, charm, snark and brains. It's hard not to like that. In fact, it's very hard not to compare him to his mirror image, Tony. He's sympathetic, yet he's capable of horrifying brutality, he's vulnerable, yet he's capable of taking people apart with just words, well chosen words. He's like an Asgardian (or technically, a Jotun) Hannibal Lecter, with a more sympathetic side. And that latter part is arguably what makes him so dangerous. You can't help but feel sorry for him, but you can't let up for a second. I can see more than a little bit of myself in him, like Tony, so that makes it easier to empathise with him. But he's still evil.
That said, I think he's capable of redemption, and that's the path I'm taking in Child of the Storm. But the thing is, even if he breaks free of his madness and comes to love his family again, and treat humans with respect, his madness will have left a mark. He is still exceptionally dangerous, still deadly, and there is still that hidden capacity for cruelty, rage and destruction. And COS!Loki knows this and keeps it under careful control. But he's also a wild card still in that he will do what he feels necessary to fight the good fight. He is still Loki. His deeds were his own - Thanos did get his mental claws into him, as I see it, but all he did was accelerate Loki's madness down the path it would previously have taken. All he did was make him madder, faster - and he has a lot of repenting to do. But he'll do it his way. He is Wildfire. He is Chaos. And he will follow his nature, for good or ill.
Thor Odinson: The Mighty Thor. Thor the Brave, Thor the Heroic, Thor the Good. It's very easy to like him, because he's warm, open and a very smiley personality. That's part of the reason that the worst accusations levied at him in fandom post Thor that I've ever come across are that he's amiably moronic (well, some have painted him as a violent bully, even after his character development, but I tend to ignore them). Which is, in my opinion, wrong. Sure, he's very bad with modern technology, but that's because he hasn't really encountered it before. Asgard is in a state where most of the functions of technology are performed by magic. And look at how he explains the Nine Realms to Jane. She is an extremely clever astrophysicist (and that's one of the things he admires about her), and he's able to introduce something new to her, without coming across as condescending. He also manages to identify each of the Nine Realms in images from Hubble by sight, which is pretty damn impressive.
He's warm, heroic, loyal, clever (by ordinary human standards) and fair. Sure, he started out as an arrogant jerk, and I doubt he would dispute that. But even then, all he needed to learn was a little humility, to get a little perspective. He was a diamond in the rough. He's the sort of friend you wish you had and you know you could rely on to give you the shirt off their back in a heartbeat if they thought you needed it, and damn the consequences. You can tell that by the way he honestly loves his family and his girlfriend. He'd move the heavens and the Earth for them - and probably could, too. Though it isn't always displayed in the films, Thor is a major league powerhouse.
And not only that, but he gives a fascinating outsiders perspective on humanity. In many ways, he is very like Superman would be if he had been raised by Jor-El and Lara - a little alien, made a little remote by his nature and his raw power, maybe a little arrogant, but good hearted, curious and honestly wanting to help. There is a lot to explore with him, a lot of history, a lot of mythology, and that generally gets overlooked by writers and fans alike.
Natasha Romanov: the beautiful but deadly Black Widow. Where to even start? She's a spy, one of the best, and there are vast expanses of her past to explore, let alone her character. She's a writers gift, a strong, popular, well known character who has a lot more to her than meets the eye. And she has issues. Oh, she has issues. This was shown best in Paul Cornell's Black Widow: Deadly Origin (a must for all Widow fans, comic savvy and not comic savvy alike), which explored her past, her progression from person to weapon to person again, her status as an immortal (thanks to the Infinity Formula), and the fact that even she has people she loves. She's not infallible, she's flawed, she's brave, she's brilliant, she's deadly and she's looking for redemption. She's a strong, compelling heroine, the sort that Joss Whedon is so good at and the sort the world needs more of.
Bruce Banner: He's literally a writer's goldmine. If you know the character, you know what I mean. All I will say is that you shouldn't underestimate the Bruce Banner persona because he doesn't have the raw power of the Hulk. As shown brilliantly in recent comics, and arguably in The Avengers, Banner is by far the more dangerous personality. And then there's Betty Ross... Yes, a lot of material to explore.
Steve Rogers: The Man Out Of Time. Like Thor, he's something from another age, who epitomises honour and chivalry in the very best senses of both words. And yet, unlike Thor, there is so much pain there. Everything and everyone he knew is dead or dying, most particularly, the woman he loved. There is nothing left of the world he knew, yet he fights on for a world he knows almost nothing about, against foes that defy the imagination, simply because that is who he is. The thing that makes Captain America great isn't his strength or his shield. It's being Steve Rogers.
Peter Parker: The Amazing Spider-Man. The ultimate coming of age story. The most beloved hero of them all. The hero who is so strong, yet so very human at the same time. He's brave, he's very intelligent, he's hilariously funny, yet like every slightly awkward young man, a bit nervous around girls he likes, believably flawed, but also with a great heart that comes from being Peter Parker, not from being Spider-Man. And that's why I think Superior Spider-Man is a disaster. You can't put just anyone in the mask and expect them to be Spider-Man the way he is meant to be. It has to be Peter. Miles Morales is also a good Spider-Man, but he's a good Spider-Man his way.
Mary Jane Watson and Pepper Potts: I'm not doing these two together because I think they are any less significant than those mentioned above. Far from it. Nor do I think they are the same. I think they're very similar, however. These are two smart, brave, loyal, loving women with their own agency, who pick their path and take no bullshit from anybody. They are the strong ones in their respective relationships. Peter and Tony need them. Not the other way around. But they don't take advantage of this, they don't use it to manipulate them or browbeat them. No, they love them.
Also, both kick unholy amounts of ass. Mary Jane has, in the comics, beaten the crap out of the Chameleon with a baseball bat, having figured out that the master impersonator wasn't her husband as soon as he kissed her, and taken self-defence lessons from Captain America. She's an actress, yes, and a good one, who has to struggle against the assumption that beautiful means brainless. She really isn't. She is genuinely very clever. Sure, she's a model, who does photo shoots in lingerie, but you know what? She does it because she wants to and she will never, ever apologise for it. And that makes her brilliant.
Pepper runs, in the films, one of the richest companies on the face of the planet, and did for about ten years before it was actually handed over to her, while simultaneously making sure Tony didn't self destruct. And when she got given the company and doubtless had to face accusations that she slept her way to the top, she doubtless faced them as she faced everything else - with grace, poise and a sense of humour that is just as razor edged and much more subtle than her ex-employer/current boyfriend's. She is Tony's equal and he loves her for it.
Sure, neither of them is the same level of genius as their partner, but they don't need to be. They don't need to compete. Because they're bloody brilliant in their own ways.
Also, redheads. Redheads are good.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden: One of the biggest badasses in all of fiction. And also one of the ones you just want to give a hug because his luck is worse than Peter Parker's. For those who are unfamiliar, he's a wizard. Wielder of cosmic forces. One of the Wise. He's also a PI who lives in a basement apartment with no hot water because his powers mess with electricity and is a geek who will yell 'Meep Meep' while running away from an insane Faerie Queen - a being several magnitudes of order more powerful than him - after pinching something vital to a ritual she's performing, and quote Star Wars, The Princess Bride and many other things at any and every opportunity.
But like Tony Stark, the unending stream of snark is a defence mechanism. He was an orphan at six, grew up in the care system, then got adopted by a wizard. All great and Harry Potter like so far. Oh, no, wait, that wizard? A Warlock. A Wizard gone bad, and not in the cute Death Eater sort of way. Instead, this one's more an insane servant of Eldritch Abominations who tries - and in one case, succeeds - to enslave his two wards, one of whom is Harry, the other of whom is his first love, Elaine. Both of whom are extremely powerful wizards. This led to Harry being forced to kill his foster father/teacher and believing that he'd killed said first love in the process. And then he was nearly executed for what was basically self-defence.
His second love met a sticky end, and any other relationships or pseudo relationships have come crashing down around his ears. He's lost friends and loved ones, people he cares about have got hurt helping him, and there is a very large dose of self hatred in there. He could be a rich god with the sort of power he has. But he doesn't. Because it wouldn't help people. It wouldn't be right.
Lieutenant-Colonel Carol 'Cheeseburger' Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel: I am a relatively recent addition to the Carol Corps, which I am now a proud, card carrying member of. But this does not impinge in any way on how much love I have for the character. She's brave, she's loyal and she takes no shit from anyone. This is the woman who, with no powers, a broken leg and having been stripped down to her underclothes, then being denied food and water and tortured, used her broken arm (which was broken during the torture) and the arm of the chair it had been strapped to, to kill the man torturing her. She then escaped and killed the rest of his buddies with a wooden mallet. This is only the very beginning of her badassery.
But that's not all that makes her a great character. She's brave, badass and noble, etcetera. But she also struggles with a past filled with tragedy: a chauvinistic overbearing father, losing her powers and memories to Rogue, only getting the former back after experimentation by the Brood and the latter by the intervention of Charles Xavier. And even that failed to restore the emotional connection to those memories. They were just information to her. This drove her into an epic alcoholic spiral, and the less said about her love life the better. But, like Tony, she climbed out of the bottle - with Tony's help. Her pain made her stronger, not weaker, not bitter. Also, she's a staunch feminist without it being something that dominates her entire life, which is a refreshing change.
She's now Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Hero, widely considered the worthiest heir to the legacy of Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel (think Cosmic Captain America) and Captain America's right hand woman. Recently, she sacrificed her memories, her sense of self, something she knew to fear from her run in with Rogue, to save the world. She is awesome beyond words.
Major Fanfiction Pet Peeves
1. Making characters OOC to push a certain ship: kids, if you have to completely derail characters to make your beloved couple work, they are either not meant to be together, or you just can't write.
2. Evil!Dumbledore and Stupid!Dumbledore: Both are just way out of any realistic character interpretation. For all his faults, Dumbledore isn't evil and he definitely isn't stupid. Manipulative!Dumbledore can be made to work.
3. Character bashing: A product of bad writing in and of itself. If the character has a personality, they have good and bad traits. These should be displayed. If the character does not have much of a personality, or is believed by nearly the entire fandom to be a dick *cough* Riley Finn *cough, then this is somewhat acceptable. Somewhat.
4. Harems: Really, really not a fan, unless they're written in for crack fic purposes. They usually end up as tastelessly written power fantasies that only serve to denigrate women and, in my view, make the male character (and it is usually a male character) look like a complete arsehole.
5. Mpreg: Unless it is in a setting where it is biologically possible for men to get pregnant (51st Century men in the Whoniverse, for example), I just go, hell no. One, how does the conception work? Two, where is the baby gestated? The intestinal tract? Three, Why?
Now, this last has an answer: Because it's usually to force bonding and fluffy scenes and to make the man 'vulnerable'. And it usually goes into a lot of tired, hackneyed and frankly irritating pregnancy clichés. I also think that its popularity is something to do with the fact that a lot of these writers haven't heard of the concept of 'adoption'. And/or think that an adopted child cannot possibly be loved as much as one conceived by 'twu wuv'.
6. Victim!Loki and Evil!Asgardians: Seriously, guys, this one has been done to death. Loki is funny, charming and sympathetic, but even Hiddles has admitted that, by the Avengers, Loki is "basically a maniac." He's the Asgardian answer to Hannibal Lecter. I do appreciate his likely difficulties growing up, being different from others, and finding out that he was a Frost Giant can't have been easy. Granted, Odin made mistakes (and I think that he was poorly characterised in his scene with Loki in The Dark World) and he's certainly not the best parent in the world, but to suggest he doesn't love his children is to show oneself to be an idiot. He's not an evil, abusive jerkass who laughs while kicking dogs, as some sections of the fandom would like to believe (seriously, some of the depictions I've found are one step away from moustache twirling villainy), and they believe that because they want Loki to be absolved of all responsibility for his crimes - and they are many.
Personally, I think he can be redeemed. But redemption involves taking responsibility for one's actions and acting to make them right, and depicting Loki as a little victim in need of love is really, really not the way to do it.
My views on slash: I occasionally read it. I occasionally write it. I disapprove of altering a canon character's sexuality outside of a divergent AU and definitely disapprove of it being done without good in-story reason. Otherwise, it doesn't really register with me.
My preferred pairings (I do not generally engage in ship wars and generally consider the pairing to be a low priority in a story):
Harry/Hermione: I prefer Harry/Ginny, but like Harry/Hermione when there is no character bashing involved and there's an actual justification for it.
Harry/Luna (because it tends to be hilarious)
Tony Stark/Pepper Potts: Because it is adorable and hilarious.
Thor Odinson/Jane: As above.
Thor Odinson/Roz Solomon: Roz is a new addition in Jason Aaron's God of Thunder run, and her and Thor's relationship is hilarious. For one thing, it actually features Thor turning on the charm (seriously, smooth!Thor is something wonderful to behold, and my god, it works), yet retaining a touch of the charming dork that makes him so much fun. For another, Roz is smart, funny, more than a little dorky herself and mostly avoids being starstruck by Thor (quite the feat, under the circumstances) and a SHIELD Environmental Scientist (yes, those are a thing). Also, the fact that she keeps denying that he's her boyfriend when everyone, up to and including Agent Coulson, Jane Foster (in this continuity, Thor's Amicable Ex) and Thor's actual mother are saying it. Eventually, she comes around to the idea and it is very sweet.
Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov: when well written, it makes for an often tragic but fascinating love story.
Harry Dresden/Karrin Murphy: it's been coming for a very long time.
Harry Dresden/Susan Rodriguez: it was cool while it lasted.
Thomas Raith/Justine: Too cute for words.
Carlos Ramirez/Molly Carpenter: It's sort of pairing the spares, but I can see this couple working.
The list gets very, very long, so I'll stop here.
Harry Potter/Buffy Summers: I love this pairing because I honestly think that both deserve a good person who understands what it's like to be a Chosen One and to have the entire world on your shoulders.
Harry Potter/Dawn Summers (whichever Harry is contemporary with in a fic timeline, though Buffy edges it): As above, but switch Chosen One for Prophecy Child. Done beautifully in 'The Second Prophecy'
Sirius Black/Dawn Summers (if they are the same age or thereabouts): 'The Key to Marauding' made me fall in love with this one.
Xander Harris/Ginny Weasley: Again, sort of pairing the spares, but I think it might just work.
Faith Lehane/Harry Potter: Faith is a complex individual. So is Harry. Faith might be able to instil a little ruthless pragmatism in Harry, and Harry a little optimism in her.
Faith Lehane/Jack Harkness: because I honestly just want to see this pairing.
Preferred platonic relationships (crossover). Not necessarily to the exclusion of others.
Harry Potter having Buffy/Dawn as a sister or some such as part of a Real Family fic.
Harry Dresden being father/uncle to Buffy Summers: because complex, flawed Hurting Hero Badasses with a fondness for snarking and that much bad luck in relationships do not come ten a penny
Jack Harkness as elder brother/father figure to Harry Potter: Because Jack may come from the 51st century, but I don't think every single one of his relationships is purely sexual. Done to perfection in 'The Magic of Torchwood'
Tony Stark adopting young Harry/befriending Adult Harry: Because when it's done right, the results are brilliant. The two just click for some reason.
I have one OTP. Peter Parker/Mary Jane. To say that One More Day and One Moment In Time displease me is an understatement on par with fire is hot, water is wet and oxygen is useful to the human body.
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