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Author has written 72 stories for Harvest Moon, Mario, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Sailor Moon, Ranma, My Little Pony, Suikoden, Silent Hill, Lunar: Eternal Blue, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VIII, and Kid Icarus.
Current Events: Things may possibly be slower to update for a while. Bit of upheaval going on in my personal life right now, both mental and professional. I've also started up a YouTube channel to try and get some kind of jump-start going on inflicting my singing upon a wider audience. For those interested, you can check it out (and possibly cringe!) at Jet Allen.
Current Pet Project:
Stumbling Out of the Shadows: Harvest Moon: Animal Parade. Adventure, Friendship, Romance, a bit Supernatural (well, okay, more than a bit), trying to divide focus neatly between those genres. Slash (M/M), though I'll let the pairing reveal itself as the story moves along. Or you can read the reviews to find out! Rating recently shifted up to M. THANKS, KASEY.
"Moving to Castanet with hopes of coming out of his shy, introverted shell and doing something worthwhile with his life, Kasey Manatos finds himself roped into saving an endangered land from itself. But in his absolute willingness to help out and prove himself, his recklessness may wind up causing its own problems, as well..."
With my move sideline for the time being (DAMMIT), chapter 23 was able to come along sooner than expected. Chapter 24? We'll play it by ear, yeah? Because I'm not making anything definite till anything's definite.
Re-reading older chapters, there are a few spots I want to go back and edit when I have the time and energy - mostly, making Kasey's earlier characterization a bit more consistent with the later chapters. On the plus side, I've FINALLY gone back and fixed the name of the carpenters' to Cornet Carpentry. I liked Harpsichord Carpentry, but if sources say it's Cornet...
Other Current Projects:
Finding the Way Forward: Story of Seasons. Friendship, Drama, Romance, Family, Slice-of-Life. Slash (M/M), though there will also be a prominent M/F pairing as well, eventually. Johnny, Fritz, and Elise as the main focuses, with Johnny/Fritz as the primary pairing. Some darker themes will be present in the story. Connected, technically, to Stumbling Out of the Shadows and Unearthed, taking place 2 years later - but the impact to the plots of each will be pretty minimal, aside from a few references and possible cameos.
"Three young adults move to Oak Tree Town - each an outsider in their own way, setting out on their own paths in life under their own circumstances. When those paths begin to cross over and influence each other, they all find that they might have some growing up to do if they want to find their way forward in life."
Chapter 3 finally happened! We'll see when I can get chapter 4 rolling.
Days Ahead: Suikoden II. Friendship, Adventure. Slash (M/M), Jowy/Riou. (With Nanami as a tritagonist.)
"With the war behind them and the whole world ahead of them, Riou, Jowy, and Nanami embark on an adventure they never dreamed they'd get to share with each other - but they'll each have to deal with much more than just the typical hardships and dangers on their journey together."
Chapter 2 finally happened, once I settled on what to do with it. Chapter 3 will come when it comes - as with my other stories, trying to get back into the right mindset for it, since I tend to write in far more modernized settings than the Suikoden world, and with far less weapony action (plus, I'm trying to to get out of my "I miss being a teenager/twenty-something" phase... plus, I sold my copies of Suikoden and Suikoden II earlier this year to help save up money, and haven't yet gotten around to buying them on PSN). I've been wanting to write something for Suikoden II that's multi-chapter and focuses on the trio, though (and pairing Riou and Jowy), and hopefully the adventure plot I have in mind pans out well. And hopefully I don't screw up my knowledge of the Suiko world too terribly. I at least have a more immediately usable plot for this than I did for Unearthed, different fandom though it may be.
Other Possible Future Projects:
Untitled "Story of Seasons" Fics. Just multiple ideas, some slash, some possibly not, various pairings. Some one-shots, some multi-chapters.
Untitled "Tale of Two Towns" Fic. Mostly just one slash story, possibly multi-chapter, Phillip as the farmer. Only thing I have in mind is the primary pairing. No actual plot I'd be happy to work with yet. Which is probably all for the best right now, because I'm only on my second attempt at getting into the game and getting to know everyone. And since Two Towns kind of sucks, that's easier said than done. And trying to make Bluebell and Konohana be plausible as coexisting, side-by-side towns? HAHAHAHA kill me.
Untitled General "Harvest Moon" Fics. Because I'm so anal about separating the two titles. Various games in the series - Back to Nature, Grand Bazaar, Magical Melody... if I can get past the toddler-y character designs of those last two. Slash, slash, who the hell is surprised? Though I may do some non-slash stuff, too. Maybe one-shots, maybe multi-chapters. Various pairings, though I'm not fully settled yet on the actual characters. We'll see!
Since I primarily stick to Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons these days, that's about what you can expect from me, aside from the odd one- or two-shot in other areas (Sailor Moon, maybe Harry Potter or Suikoden). Excite.
Basically, since I prefer M/M pairings anyway, and wanna see what I can make work out of them, I'll be doing my best to give other slash fans something good to read! And try my hand at a little more F/F stuff to see how I handle it, so fans of femmeslash should also keep an eye out! If you're not a fan of that, well, I still do write non-slash. Up to and including my trademark "What the fuck is wrong with your brain? Jesus Christ, dude!" stories.
I may also give some of my other stories covers. Right now, The Line, Stumbling Out of the Shadows, The Mineral Town Tales Collection, Oh, These Revived Love Affairs, Unearthed, Blight, Finding the Way Forward, and Other Side - Love Collection feature covers created by me, from simple picture cropping, to time spent slaving in Photoshop (and, in the case of Other Side, time spent carving a heart into an old piece of furniture, because why not have a little fun with it?). Silent House and Pit of Voles' cover images are not owned by me. Justice Funk and Spread Your Wings and Prepare to Die's cover images technically aren't owned by me, though I did put in a little time with them in Photoshop.
Standoff: Harvest Moon: Back to Nature. Romance, Drama. Slash (M/M), Jack/Cliff. Trying to split the focus between the two.
"On opposite sides of a bitter winter, two young men find quiet little Mineral Town, and gradually grow closer: One, a gentle, shy drifter, determined to stop being a burden; the other, a kind-hearted farmer, determined to help him no matter what. Unfortunately for them, they're both steadfastly stubborn, and too proud to acquiesce. Who will win this standoff?"
Got chapter 1 up! Finally trying to slowly pick away at chapter 2, however long that will take. Another side project, albeit unrelated to Unearthed and Shadows. I wanted to write something about Jack and Cliff (even if Cliff's overused and I enjoy him with Ann, I like the potential he and Jack have), and return to Mineral Town. Hopefully, this endeavor will wind up better than Love Affairs did. This one will probably be on the shorter side, overall, and the writing style is slightly new to me.
Currently fairly stuck on chapter 2 (planning to continue it, though!), but I just need to get in the proper mindset for this one. Since I don't know when that'll be, it's currently under the "On Hiatus" label, but unlike the two stories below, I don't see it being indefinite.
Silent House. Currently, indefinite hiatus - that one took a lot out of me, and the mindset I was in to even start it was... not the best mindset of my life, so the thought of going back to it - with some of the plot points I had in mind - is a bit draining and daunting. I may go back someday and re-write, because while there are aspects of it that I love, other parts of it kind of make me cringe. Plus, while I do intend to go dark places with my stories at times, I think the various plot threads and backstories I had involved, when stacked up next to each other, just had things looking so "loledgy" grim that it was really absurd. I think it could just overall use a fresh coat of paint, if I ever return to it - though I'll likely keep the original up for various purposes. But, for now, you may see passing references to it in some of my other stories! (Especially the primary pairing, which I actually had quite a lot of fun writing.)
Unearthed. I've kind of stalled on where I'm taking the story vs. where it should go and how to balance that just so. I want to make sure the contributions all of the lead characters make are meaningful, too (especially Henry, since I have him essentially staked as the lead), before I continue on. Hopefully, I'll figure it out someday, since I want to keep on with it. I just don't want it to feel as contrived as it's feeling like it'll be.
Now, the other crap, if you're still reading and are just that curious about me:
I'm a 30-year-old guy who, for some reason, still writes fanfiction seriously. It's really more of a hobby, but that doesn't mean I don't want to improve at it! (Although I do overthink it a lot.) I dwell in Florida, though hopefully that will change before the end of 2017 - I aim to make my way up north and hope what I've been looking for is waiting up there. Love, happiness, success... the Fountain of Youth, if possible. Also, despite my twisted sense of humor (and my fondness for being ridiculously over-the-top) and my love of horror, I can be surprisingly sappy. I love well-done romance (and hope to do some myself, someday, and find my own), and fluff. Which probably baffles people.
I haven't yet completely mastered social skills - in fact, I may have regressed some in that department, being far too self-aware and self-conscious for my own good - and am prone to rambling at length about things. I'm also gay, which I'm sure surprises absolutely nobody who's familiar with all the slash I write, at least after they discover that I'm a guy (it's nothing I make a secret of). Unless you're surprised that there are actually dudes out there who write slashfic, few though we may be in most fandoms. Don't worry - I'm surprised, too. I'll also write straight romance on occasion, and I've given a go at femmeslash before - it's just not particularly high on the list of things I'm very interested in writing, though I'll gladly read a good femmeslash story as readily as anything else.
Like most people, I love music. I mean, majorly - I sing (and work to improve), I write songs (lyrics, mostly - I can't play an instrument or write/read sheet music for shit), and want to be a professional recording artist someday, as evidenced by the link to my YouTube channel up yonder. It's not a good drive unless I'm singing along with whatever's on my mp3 player on the way (even if it's in a foreign language and I mangle the pronunciation). Generally, particularly in my longer stories, I may make a few song references here and there. Really blatant ones. Though, it'll mostly be in the Harvest Moon world - it's fun to develop them more by giving them specific tastes, even if they don't quite hit my own.
And if you're just that curious about my tastes, some of my favorite...
Musical Acts: Ayumi Hamasaki, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Nicks, Utada Hikaru, Alicia Keys, Mika Nakashima, Kelly Clarkson, Carly Rae Jepsen, Keith Urban, Sade, Sara Bareilles, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Hunter Hayes, Colbie Caillat, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Loreena McKennitt, Enya, Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Melanie C, OneRepublic, Laura Pausini, Tori Amos, Bruno Mars, Brandy, BoA, Bon Jovi, Heart, Pat Benatar, Daughtry, Miliyah Kato, Namie Amuro, Perfume, MISIA, Rina Aiuchi, The Chainsmokers, Angela Aki, BONNIE PINK, Ai Otsuka, Yuya Matsushita, Mamoru Miyano, hitomi
If it's not totally obvious from the list, I'm pretty crazy about JPop.
Games/Series: Suikoden (especially II and V), Lunar, Lufia II, Breath of Fire, Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons, Silent Hill, Uncharted, Final Fantasy (especially VI, VII, IX, and X), Bayonetta, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario (RPG and Galaxy in particular, and damned if Odyssey doesn't look amazing), The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, Donkey Kong Country, Mario Kart, Metroid, Tomb Raider (1990s, Legends/Anniversary reboot, or 2013 reboot - fuck Underworld, though)
Shows/Movies: Modern Family, Futurama, American Dad!, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, South Park, Archer, Sailor Moon, Mean Girls, Airplane!, Chicago, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Wreck-It Ralph, The Princess and the Frog, The Lion King, Moana
(Disney theme? What Disney theme?)
My favorite song of all time is "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins. And no, it has nothing to do with Archer... though, Archer did actually increase my love of it even more. Which I didn't think was possible. Either way, I think we can all agree that it's just a pretty kickass song. "Evolve" by Mamoru Miyano is another one, though I only recently discovered and fell for it.
I also have a fondness for CinemaSins. Unnecessary exposition via FanFiction.net profile! *ding!*
Current Addictions: Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, which interrupted my binge-watch of SVU, which interrupted Archer, which interrupted South Park. ...By the way, I have ADHD. Not that that's relevant or anything...
I have a horrific habit of staying up late writing because I tend to get bursts of inspiration when I should be asleep (and suffer from chronic insomnia anyway, so why the hell not?). I also tend to miss some mistakes until my story's well and fully uploaded - therefore, I obsessively re-read, re-edit, and re-upload probably for like 3-5 days after uploading a thing just because new things jump out at me. Hell, I may start re-editing older chapters for similar reasons!
As you might expect, given the fact that like 85% or so of my stories are set in it, I love Harvest Moon. Or Story of Seasons - whichever way you wanna slice it, it's a ridiculously fun series to write for. Connecting the games, giving everyone family names and expanded histories - it's fun to bring the world alive (and try to bring it a little closer to reality, however crazy-difficult Marvelous may make that task at times). Mineral Town and Castanet are two of my favorite locales in particular, and odds are good that if I write a story set in Castanet, Toby will more often than not pop up in it somehow.
Writing for the HM/SoS series, I tend to put the settings in modern times, in our world, with a twelve-month calendar and various references and details to try and cement things - I find it a nice challenge to try making the characters feel as real as I can feasibly make them (including their various strengths and weaknesses), and working to make the quirks of the game settings more plausible, but still recognizable. I tend to have the towns of the series in the same general area as each other and reference them as such, though certain places (Lulukoko, Toucan Island, the Island of Happiness/Sunshine Island settings) would be farther out than they seem in the games. I'll also slip in references throughout my stories to various cities and towns I made up, as well as occasionally referencing the stories to each other, generally keeping them in the same little universe.
Stumbling Out of the Shadowsfor example, contains references to Unearthed (which takes place around roughly the same time) and Silent House (which, in-universe, begins in 2012, while Shadows starts in 2014), while Finding the Way Forward starts in 2016, two years after Shadows/Unearthed and will contain references to both - including character references, as Kasey's ex-boyfriend Danny from Shadows makes a very minor, unrelated cameo in Forward. It's all pretty minor stuff, overall.
I also try not to adhere strictly to game mechanics/ideals - for example, the farmers will more often than not have actual bathrooms and kitchens in their homes, the stores will sell more than what they do in-game (and in some cases, I may expand the towns slightly to make room for other necessities), and while I'll certainly try to keep a character's tastes in mind (such as Hanna from Animal Parade not liking alcohol, given her in-game dislike for cocktails), I'll also try to expand their tastes beyond the items available in-game. Which means, yes, they'll also be eating meat that isn't fish. Hell, I have a few of the characters in Unearthed even driving cars to assist with their jobs.
I also try to give all the characters varied, more down-to-Earth wardrobes (compared to, say, the costumey designs of Story of Seasons) and expand on their hobbies, tastes, families, friendships, and appearances. Give them little twists to make them my own. And, of course, I try to keep flaws and strengths in mind. I basically want to give the characters the chance to be human and make the mistakes we might make, drawing the wrong conclusions and saying and doing things they shouldn't, sometimes - even being selfish or judgemental - but still give them their upsides, too. Unless there's a very good reason for them to not be sympathetic. And I try not to make the farmers impossibly, ridiculously perfect and miraculous at everything they can possibly do. Especially in their teens and twenties.
I do try and review when I have something to say - whether it's constructive critique or just plain gushing, creepy feedback. But I might not always have something to say, even if I favorite or follow something. So if I've reviewed one chapter, but not the next few - that doesn't necessarily mean I think it suddenly sucks or anything. My reviews do veer into wall-of-text these days, but I'm trying to tailor it to the author and the story lately.
I can possibly come off nitpicky at times in my critique, but mainly because I think a story's already pretty good (maybe even really good), and would be even better with a little technical clean-up - though I'm not gonna claim I'll catch every error. I try to keep my con-crits friendly without coming off like I'm riding someone's ass over a slip-up here and there. Though, I will sometimes just stop mentioning the issues (or stop reviewing) if it feels like my suggestions for clean-up and improvement are falling on deaf ears.
I do try and respond to reviews when I can, as well as PMs! Between work, writing, and gaming, that may take a while, but it was how I befriended a couple pretty bomb-ass people on here, so I'm always up to try and cultivate more friendships! Sometimes, however, it may take a while to respond - I don't like to feel like I'm imposing on people, I don't like to try and force conversation for its own sake, and I do get fairly distracted by other things. Though, as you can tell from my profile... get me talking, and... yeah. I'll back off, however, if I get the sense someone really isn't interested in actually carrying on a conversation.
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