Author has written 9 stories for Twilight, and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.
Hi. My real name is Debbie, or Deb, don't care which. Once upon a time, I had a website with my Buffy & Angel/Vincent & Catherine (Beauty & the Beast) fanfic on it, but it was on Geocities, which, as you may know, Yahoo closed down in October 2009 without warning (that I ever saw, anyway). I haven't decided if I'm going to open a new website. I'm a huge Twilight fan, and that saga is the first story to capture my heart since Buffy and Angel went off the air. I'm finding it quite different writing fanfic based on books rather than on television shows - at least the way I write - so please bear with me as I work my way through the difficulties.
(Added 12/31/11): If you go through my Favorites lists you'll notice that they're no longer all Twilight stories and authors. I've recently become interested in Harry Potter fanfic - specifically, HP slash and, more specifically, Harry/Draco slash, although Harry/Ron runs a close second. Yeah, I'm a little surprised too. Anyway, just a general warning for you all.
(Added 11/16/11): As some of you may have noticed, it's been well over a year since I published anything. I honestly don't know if I'll write anything Twilight-related, not because I'm no longer interested in that world but because I've come to realize I enjoy reading the fanfic a lot more than I do writing it. However, I do have several Buffy/Angel stories that are just waiting for me to get off my butt and post them. Well, there is still a bit of work involved in doing that, but mostly I've just been too engrossed in reading fanfic - like, an orgy of reading, lol. Maybe sometime after the holidays.
Story Recommendation (added 1/20/11): It's on my favorites list, but "A Brave New World" by Mei Li Young is ridiculously under-reviewed, so I'm pimping it here in the hope that maybe it will catch a few more peoples' eyes. In this story Edward suddenly disappeared before the battle with the newborns - when he left Bella to talk to Jacob alone - only to reappear three years later, human, still 17, and suffering from amnesia. The plot is full of twists and turns, and you may get confused but you won't be bored. Please check it out. It's rated M. The link is www.fanfiction.net/s/6259774/1/A_Brave_New_World .
AARGGHH!: Suddenly I am seeing this mistake everywhere! The correct phrase is "another THINK coming," not "another THING coming." For example: "If you think I'm going to kiss you, Jacob Black, you have another think coming." "Think" in the last half of the sentence refers back to the first time it's used, whereas "thing" makes no sense whatsoever. Think about it, folks. ;)
Overuse of adverbs. Not every verb needs to be modified every time. Ditto for nouns and adjectives.
Words that make me cringe when I read them: "Coo/cooed/cooing" - only if you're talking about doves, please - "Mewl" - all I can say is "Ew." "Pout" is another one I don't get. Is Bella pouting all the time supposed to be cute? Or sexy? 'Cause it just makes me think of my kids when they were, oh about two years old. Not an attractive look, IMO, unless it's done playfully and rarely. While I'm on the subject of things I don't get, why is that Bella can't seem to get in a shower (or even a bath) without washing her hair, or at least getting it wet? I know my hair would look like a haystack pretty quickly if I washed it that often, lol.
Okay, here's one more comment before I get back to grammar & spelling. I seem to read a lot of fics where Edward is smiling at (or thinking about) Bella's "kittenish" display of disapproval or anger or whatever. That just strikes me as so condescending, and what it usually boils down to is that Edward isn't taking her seriously. After all, how can anyone take a kitten seriously, however puffed up and hissing it may be?
I/me confusion. Carlisle looked at Edward and I. Nope, not correct. Take out Edward's name. You wouldn't say Carlisle looked at I; no, you'd say Carlisle looked at me. Therefore the sentence should read Carlisle looked at Edward and me. Same for he/him and she/her. This isn't foolproof because sometimes the right word just doesn't sound right (for example, I knew it was she who was calling on the phone is correct, but it sure sounds awkward) but it's a pretty good rule of thumb.
Misuse of apostrophes. Grrr, apostrophes are used ONLY for contractions (isn't instead of is not, can't instead of cannot, you're instead of you are) or possessives (Edward's eyes, the Cullens' house), not, I repeat NOT for plurals (not puppie's for sale, or the Cullen's always sit alone). Pronouns are an exception (because this is English, which has more exceptions to the rules than any other language, I think). Apostrophes are not used for possessive pronouns - his eyes, the dress is hers (not her's), is this yours (not your's), that house is ours (not our's), the bird flapped its (not it's) wings. I'm a bit shaky on others/other's/others', however.
Okay, lecture's (contraction for "lecture is") over for now! Sorry, but these kinds of things drive me wild. I won't get started on breath/breathe, loath/loathe, lose/loose, taut/taught, horde/hoard, etc. Aren't you glad? ;-)
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