Author has written 10 stories for Sailor Moon, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and Bones.
Read about me...
I started on FF.net in 2002. Before I was Humerus Wordage I was Munebunny. I went by Night Slayer and before that I was Moonbunny. I would use my pseudonym Kaiken but someone else has taken it. I am currently trying on a new penname. So far I like it.
I have posted stories in the Bones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel and Sailor Moon fandoms but I have written for others. The Medium story I am currently working on will be posted eventually, and more Bones stories that seem to have written themselves will find their way to this page.
I have read hundreds of stories in the Sailor Moon fandom, dozens of Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel stories, hundreds of Bones stories and any number in other fandoms.
Some other fandoms I read are:
Rurouni Kenshin, Ranma 1/2, Escaflowne
Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia (books), Lord of the Rings
CSI, Medium, Castle, NCIS, House, Trueblood
My newest loves are Tiva(NCIS) and Hameron(House).
My favorite (published) author to date is Dean Koontz. I am reading my way through his novels. My writing method is very similar to his--he writes a page at a time, revising and editing as he goes. I don't feel so bad about my method any more.
My muse is very random and quite annoying at times.
I write best at night when I should be sleeping.
There are times that I cannot write much for weeks, and times when I write for hours a day.
I am a perfectionist; I revise and edit constantly as I write.
My novel ideas are piling up, if only I had the attention span and discipline to work on them.
As a result of all this I have many drabbles and short stories and a few outlines, but no works of any length.
Reading/Writing pet peeves:
Grammar--proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure are essential. Period.
Cliches--those overused phrases, comparisons, and even plots (often fandom specific) should just be left out. Exercise creativity and come up with a new, unique description or storyline.
Wordiness--redundant or unnecessary wording is, well, redundant and unnecessary.
Said-isms--the overuse of 'he said', 'she answered', etc. The characters' voices ought to be distinguishable without using these in every line of dialog. Tone, word choice, and mannerisms/actions are helpful.
Description--reading is an exercise in imagination. Telling the reader the exact color and style of every piece of clothing is poor form. Introduction of a new character does not need to include an obvious, formal description of hair color/length/style, eye color, skin color, body type, blood type, height and choice of clothes. These things can be shown through actions or other discreet means. All that information at once interrupts the flow of the story and overwhelms the reader with information they don't really need.
Pet names--this is equally word choice and personal preference. First of all the two worst are characters/people referring to their significant other (or someone else's) as ' my man', 'my woman', or 'baby'. Terms like 'my boy' or 'my girl' are fine depending on use. The issues with these rests mostly in connotation. I guess I see 'my man' and 'my woman' as trashy, disrespectful and disturbing. 'Baby' is a term for a young child, not a romantic partner. When I hear/read these I actually grimace. For something meant to be romantic or loving, it sends the wrong message. I can see sexual predators using the terms. They are meant for lewd men and trashy women as the term conveys the right message to me in those cases. One simple word, or term, can convey a significant meaning. In this case I say: tread carefully. Going with pet names specific to the fandom might be better, or in original work make up something meaningful for the characters.
Now I know I make mistakes often, including the ones I've listed. These pet peeves are the worst in excess. I read stories all the time where one or more of these mistakes or misuses appear and the story is still great, but sometimes the story can be so full of mistakes it is unreadable. There could be a fantastic plot or beautiful lines, but if it is unreadable none of that will get noticed.
The best advice I can give fellow writers is to read as much as you can, learn to the best of your ability, and practice, practice, practice.
I like being helpful so if you would like pointers, recommendations, or even a proofreader/beta send me an e-mail.
Constructive criticism only please! Let people know what they have done well and how they can improve what is wrong or needs work.
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word. Catherine Drinker Bowen
Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else. Gloria Steinem
A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it to be God. Sidney Sheldon
Easy reading is damned hard writing. Anonymous
I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop. Clarence Budington Kelland
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow
When we read, we stat at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out. Vickie Karp
At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night. H. P. Lovecraft
When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. Samuel Lover
Literature is like a pic nic. The writer brings the words and the reader brings the sense. Umberto Ecco
We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to. Somerset Maugham
The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak. Friederich Nietzsche
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Buddha
Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do - not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad. Stephen King
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shockproof shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it. Ernest Hemingway, interview in Paris Review, Spring 1958
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. Kahlil Gibran
I do not like to write - I like to have written. Gloria Steinem
I don't like to write, but I love to have written. Michael Kanin
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. George Orwell, "Why I Write," 1947
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. André Gide, Journals, 1894
Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear - and devils, too. Graycie Harmon
It's not plagiarism - I'm recycling words, as any good environmentally conscious writer would do. Uniek Swain
If I fall asleep with a pen in my hand, don't remove it - I might be writing in my dreams. Danzae Pace
If I'm trying to sleep, the ideas won't stop. If I'm trying to write, there appears a barren nothingness. Carrie Latet
The only cure for writer's block is insomnia. Merit Antares
What no wife of a writer can ever understand is that a writer is working when he's staring out of the window. Burton Rascoe
A good style should show no signs of effort. What is written should seem a happy accident. W. Somerset Maugham, Summing Up, 1938
A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right. John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune, 10 September 1961
I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. William Wordsworth
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. James Michener
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. Anton Chekhov
A metaphor is like a simile. Author Unknown
Be obscure clearly. E.B. White
When you are describing,
You must write every single day of your life…You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads….may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. Ray Bradbury
Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write. Robert Penn Warren
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened. Michel de Montaigne
Writing a poem is discovering. Robert Frost
Suspect all your favorite sentences. Kenneth Atchity
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. Somerset Maugham
Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time…The wait is simply too long. Leonard S. Bernstein
I seat myself at the typewriter and hope, and lurk. Mignon Eberhart
We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images. John Gardner
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. Jack London
Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep. Catherine O'Hara
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any. Orson Scott Card
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'. Otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. C. S. Lewis
The exit is usually where the entrance was. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different. Neil Gaiman
Never throw up on an editor. Ellen Datlow
I keep six honest serving men
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein
Curiosity has its own reason for existence. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein
All good ideas arrive by chance. Max Ernst
I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
I don't have a moral plan. I'm a Canadian. David Cronenberg