Author has written 53 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, Old Kingdom/Abhorsen series, Sherlock, Kingdom of Heaven, World War Z, Wheel of Time, Green Lantern, and Avengers.
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. Such as with the Shadowsverse, the distraction coming from the Child of the Storm universe.
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 generally have around 25 stories (some posted, some not) and at the time of writing, the Child of the Storm universe, an untitled Avengers/Lord of the Rings fic, and the Shadowsverse, so I may not update as frequently as some would like.
PLEASE REVIEW AS WELL AS READ. Even if it is only to say you liked it.
For my readers a warning: I am a dyed in the wool romantic at heart so the guy gets the girl/girl gets guy. If I wrote slash, the guy would get the guy and the girl would get the girl. I'm also 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.
THE SHADOWSVERSE IS NOT DEAD! Merely on hiatus because I got distracted by the Child of the Storm universe
On my reviews. If I like it I will say so and praise it. If it deserves it.
If I don't, well, I don't pull many punches.
If it is crap I will tell you without mercy. If I think it should be scrapped, I will say so. I do this with your best interests at heart.
Flames, reply or otherwise, elicit only contempt and nastiness from me. Do not try me. I am probably older, probably smarter and definitely nastier than you, and when I am pushed, I push back. Hard.
Also, I do review, usually only if I feel like it or have something to say.
"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 (krillitane) 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!"- Mr Finch
"Affirmative"- K-9's reply after blowing up the poisonous Krillitane oil in the same episode
"Daleks have no concept of elegance!"- Dalek Thay
"This is obvious"- Cyber unit 1066/1065- Daleks and Cybermen arguing in 'Doomsday'
"It's like Stephen Hawking meets the speaking clock!" Mickey Smith in the same episode
"You may throw my hat if you like, Mr Gibbs."- Jack Sparrow
-Gibbs throws hat-
"Now go and get it."- Jack Sparrow in POTC 3 after the battle of the maelstrom and 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.
"F*k 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.
"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.
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 fifteen 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. 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 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 and 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, as in 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.
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.
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 one 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 cliches. 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 think that an adopted child cannot possibly be loved as much as one conceived by 'twu wuv'.
My views on slash: I occasionally read it. I have no problems with it as long as it is well and tastefully written. That goes for most pairings of all kinds. However I will not write it, save by implication (e.g. A Divine and a Demonic Interview and anything Captain Jack Harkness is in). Why? It's just not really my cup of tea. I'm not inclined to write it.
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)
Harry/Luna (because it tends to be hilarious)
Tony Stark/Pepper Potts: Because it is adorable and hilarious
Thor Odinson/Jane: As above
Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov: when well written, it makes for an often tragic but fascinating love story.
Harry Dresden/Karrin Murphy: Dear Mr Butcher. If you are reading this, please let them get together. The UST is nigh unbearable.
Harry Dresden/Susan Rodriguez
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. Spiderman/Mary Jane. One More Day is total blasphemy. Joe Quesada is a creature of evil for what he has wrought! To quote Treebeard, "There are no words in all the tongues of men, Elves and Ents for this treachery!"
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