Poll: In my story 'The Exaggeratedly Perilous Journey of a Gay High School Romance', there will be various group outings for Misdirection and the All-Stars, since adorable Kise will stop at nothing to woo his One True Love (Guess who.). I'm not talking about concerts or fundraisers, I'm talking about going to festivals, parades, museums, beaches, and whatnot. And ALL of the pairings will come; not just by pairs for each outing. (I've already made plans for each of them. :3). So, out of the given choices, which ones do you want me to write about? The top three will be included early in the story, between the timeline of May and December (meaning that the other choices will still eventually show up, just not during May to December). I am so evil. Vote away ! 8D (You can vote up to 4 choices.) Vote Now!
Author has written 2 stories for D N Angel, and Kuroko no Basuke/黒子のバスケ.
[FEB. 20, 2015] For over four years since June 21, 2010, I have gone under the name of The Second Hand of Time. The only reason I chose the username was because I was a fan of DNAngel back then, and I thought that I was only going to write fanfics for it. Years later, when my first and only DNAngel fic was tucked away in the archives and no longer being updated, I realized that I had been wrong to think that. I lost the passion to write fanfics because a) I was young and naïve and thought writing When Fate Decides to Kick Your Ass would be such a breeze, b) I actually hadn’t planned it all too much and I was aware that I was slightly copying another author’s writing style, and c) my hype for DNAngel died pretty quickly when the archives stopped growing rapidly.
Since then, I’ve lurked in other fandoms, and just read and reviewed other people’s work rather than create my own. It’s not that I couldn’t write good stories, though. It was because I was afraid that I would update for so long once again and lose my passion in the process. This is why I prefer to being a beta-reader/editor than a writer. But miraculous, I regained my love for writing fanfics.
And I have Kuroko no Basuke to thank for that.
Now, after using The Second Hand of Time as my screen name for so long, I’ve realized that I’ve grown beyond that childish image. I’ve now created an online persona that has fitted me far more than my original here ever could. And so, after reflecting about this matter seriously, I have decided that it was high time for me to change my name.
As of today, I shall now be Araminthe Ispwitch.
What? Did you think my persona will drastically change along with my name? XD
Alright, time for serious business. :D
Name: Araminthe Ispwitch
Nickname/s: Ara, Mint, Mint Tea (my tea-loving and pun-loving bestfriend saw the opportunity and just couldn’t resist), Aramin, Ramen (rarely called, but I liked how my online friends found it inside my name. XD)
Alias/es: The Queen of the MirroЯealm, Lady Ara, The Covenant’s Vessel, Herald Witch Araminthe, The Covenant’s Queen
Age: I’ve been around since the witch trials of Europe. (Okay, kidding. I, the author whose name really isn’t Ara, was born on 1994. You do the math.)
Reynolf Krauss, my husband. And the other half and human version of my accursed symbiote, The Covenant. And my obsessive stalker. Our relationship’s a bit complicated and weird (read: he’s a sociopathic cyborg dictator bastard whose mind was originally half of The Covenant and is obsessed with me, the original host) but I love him. Because nobody else will.
Mordicay, my son. I treasure him so much because I never thought I would be able to have children due to my curse as an immortal vessel. I have Reynolf to thank for that.
Occupation: Again, the Queen of the MirroЯealm—the other world for everything. Due to the vastness of this kingdom, a great power is required to govern it. Only The Covenant, a powerful being, was prophesied to reign in eternity. I, being the chosen vessel of it, naturally became the queen—despite my initial reluctance. I serve to oversee and guide the balance of the omniverse through my kingdom, and protect the order of Nature as a Herald Witch. My favorite part of the job, though, is checking up on Earth, my first home.
Also, I write fanfiction and roleplays--BL fanfiction and roleplays.
Abilities/Skills: powerful and limitless magic thanks to The Covenant, political prowess due to centuries of being queen, video gaming, cooking
Hobbies: taking strolls, playing games, eating, napping, reading
So yeah, basically, my character persona—Araminthe—is a really random grandma. XD Haven’t typed up her story yet, but keep an eye out.
Sincere apologies to my readers, both old and new. I tend to update really slowly, and I need people to keep nagging me so I won’t forget that I have commitments to fulfill. Feel free to scare me to work harder.
I’ll post the progress updates here, but for quicker news, I have social media for you guys.
Follow me @QueenAraminthe and let’s retweet and shit. Whatever it is people do on Twitter. You should be grateful. I made an account just for you all.
Since Twitter only allows 140 characters in posting (the absurdity of it all!), we have Facebook for longer posts (a.k.a. when I wanna rant, gush, etc.). But please, don’t find and add me there. Just like the page I made for updates and get notifications. As much as I’d like to befriend you all, I really don’t have time for all that. So just… ignore my account and notice page-chan instead. Please.
Also, I’ll reply to reviews here (but I’ll still do my usual replies at every chapter). And when I’m bored, I’ll do the occasional random post to remind you guys that I’m still alive.
I FINALLY HAVE TUMBLR. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW I'VE EVER MANAGED TO SURVIVE WITHOUT THIS. YOU'LL HAVE BETTER LUCK NAGGING ME IN TUMBLR.
FFNet Job: s2Teennovelist's Grammar Knight (a.k.a. Proofreader)
1) The Exaggeratedly Perilous Journey of a Gay High School Romance
Next Chapter: 6
Status: Well, I started with the "Previously" already...
Problems: I don't know how to end it...
2) When Fate Decides to Kick Your Ass
Next Chapter: 4
Status: On-hiatus. Planning to revise and rewrite the entire story, and rewrite 4th Chapter draft because the original was lost. Dammit.
Problems: Not that interested in DNAngel anymore, but I really want to redo this because I hate the fact that I had no originality back then (contrary to what my readers thought).
CHAPTER LINKS FROM MY STORIES:
Notify me if any of these links are broken or no longer available.
MY PLOT BUNNIES/FUTURE STORIES:
KUROKO NO BASUKE:
1) Royally Gay
The great kingdom of Baske, ruled by the tenacious Queen Riko, is known for being the home of the Royal Generation of Miracles, the queen's six sons whom are proficient in each of their chosen fields. For years, these brothers have loved and cared for their people, especially their dearest mother. But when Her Majesty declares that they should find love, the young princes briefly wonder if perhaps she is actually starting to go senile. And so, with reluctance, the hunting game for girlfriends begin. Unfortunately for them, Queen Riko thinks they're better off with men. KagaKuro, AoSaku, KiseKasa, MidoTaka, AkaFuri, MuraHimu, KiyoHyu, ImaWaka, and many more! Rom-Com/Fantasy
Origins: Believe it or not, this was inspired by an AkaKuro fic named "The Royal Scandal" by UtsuhoTetsuya. I tried imagining how it would be like if the GoM were royal bros, and lo and behold, this was conceived! Really getting excited for this one. :D
Story Status: Prologue chapter has been typed, but not yet finished.
2) Divine Intervention 101: A Guide to Holy Matchmaking
Recently assigned as a holy matchmaker, angel Furihata Kouki descends to Earth and assumes a human identity to directly and effectively influence his targets' love lives. Unfortunately for him, high-level demon Akashi Seijuurou found him quite interesting and decides to... more or less make things more difficult for him. AkaFuri, KagaKuro, AoSaku, KiseKasa, MidoTaka, MuraHimu. Rom-Com/Fantasy
Release Date: After "Royally Gay". Or later chapters. =-=
Origins: Back then, I had thought about making individual stories for each of my OTPs in their supposed work in the future. Then a little while later, I mused that Akashi was always seen as a demon, either literally or figuratively in other fics. Since AkaFuri was starting to grow on me, I imagined Furihata as an angel and decided I like the idea. Remembering that I had a similar idea for DNAngel back then, I decided to make Furihata play Cupid as well, and Akashi thwarting (lurking around) him. Then I just recycled my idea for the individual stories for my OTPs and made them Furihata's targets. 8D... But unfortunately, I'm still debating on whether to make this a massive one-shot or a multi-chaptered fic. Oh, and just so you know, I'm not trying to rip off GPS-OrangeWorld's "Strings & Cuts", okay? I'm a fan, after all. And this is quite different.
Story Status: The first scene has been thought of; the rest, still pending.
3) I'm Your Prize
The manager and sponsors of the Generation of Miracles--a popular boy group in Japan--had decided to start a "Win a Trip" event for charity and high ratings. Naturally, thousands of fans flocked to submit the best fanwork and dedication items to be able to spend summer vacation with their handsome idols as their dates. But no one, not even the GoM themselves, expected the winners to be a bunch of guys from one video game company. Nor did they expect that they don't actually care about the GoM; they just wanted to get the exotic vacation. AkaFuri, KagaKuro, AoSaku, KiseKasa, MidoTaka, MuraHimu. Rom-Com/Friendship/Drama
Release Date: With the way I'm going with my other pending stories, don't expect an early release date for this one. =-=
Origins: I blame those fics that had the GoM as a boy group. Plus, "The Exaggeratedly Perilous Journey of a Gay High School Romance", of course. Then the rest of the idea just came together when I imagined a music video of Takao, Kasamatsu, Himuro, Kagami, Furihata, and Sakurai singing "Kagerou Days" and being all rock star-ish and just wowing the GoM. Now you know. 8D
Story Status: Thought of the basic plot and the plot twist, already (Yes, there's a plot twist. :P). Other details are still in the works.
4) Well, Excuuuuuse Me, Your Highness!
Aomine and Kagami meet as little princely rivals while their older brothers are in a meeting. (MOST DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ESPECIALLY THE SUMMARY.) AoKaga, MuraHimu, AkaKuro, KiseKasa, MidoTaka. Rom-Com/Fantasy
Release Date: Unsure, but I really do wanna write this someday. Just think of the forthcoming adorableness that is chibi Aomine and chibi Kagami being childhood rivals. :D
Origins: Can't remember if this plot bunny just suddenly popped out of nowhere or I got inspired by something. But I do remember that I've read a shoujo manga called "Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen" (Absolute Peace Strategy) before. It was about two royals from different kingdoms pretending to be in love so that the war will stop, but enough about that. It had this side story about the hero (Prince Johanne) and the heroine (Princess Euda) meeting when they were kids (but, of course, come present time, they actually don't remember that they've met back then XD), and their interaction was really amusing and adorable 'cause even as little innocent children, they were already at odds with each other. XD... I imagined little Prince Aomine and little Prince Kagami's first meeting like that, but even more hilarious and fluffier! Also, the story will continue up to their adolescence! :D
Story Status: Plot? Check. Draft? Nope.
5) Our Peculiar Family Series
The Akashis and I: Ordinary salaryman Furihata Kouki never expected to find himself saving a little kid from a kidnapping one day--much less being successful at something, for once. As Fate may have it, not only is the adorable 6-year-old he saved a rich heir to an elite corporation, he also happens to be Akashi Seijuurou's precious son! The same Akashi Seijuurou whom had scared Furihata shitless from the moment they met years ago, mind you. It doesn't help that little Akashi Keitarou is now enamored with the unlucky salaryman. AkaFuri. Rom-Com/Family
Dr. Carrot and the Hawks: Takao Kazunari was well-acquainted with hospitals. After all, that was where he first met his adopted son Masahiro, and where he and the boy would often spend their days together--as the child was born with a weak heart. That was also where he was reunited with the spiteful Dr. Midorima Shintarou, his former high school basketball teammate--who, even after all these years, still had no patience for Takao's jests. Unfortunately for him, both father and son are naturally tenacious once they like something--despite no blood relation--and will stop at nothing to get the crabby doctor to hang out with them. Not when Takao knew that it was about time to stop denying what his heart has wanted for so long. MidoTaka. Rom-Com/Family/Drama
The Story of a Lonely Cub: Once upon a time, an unfortunate young boy named Eiji got involved in a tragic fire that claimed everything he had. Hearing the news, his former teacher Kuroko Tetsuya decides to take him in. But the law wouldn't allow it due to Kuroko's circumstances... unless he had a partner in parenthood. Enter Kagami Taiga, the very firefighter who saved Eiji. Pitying the boy, Kagami decides to become his best friend Kuroko's live-in partner in order to adopt Eiji. And so begins the story of a peculiar trio trying to learn the meaning of the word "family". KagaKuro. Rom-Com/Family/Drama
Papa plus Dad = Wonderful Love!: Kise Ryouta, an international pilot, is the doting papa of 3-year-old Hina and 15-year-old Himeko. Architect Kasamatsu Yukio, on the other hand, is the proud dad of 7-year-old Ranmaru and 15-year-old Reiichi. Formerly kouhai and senpai, the two single fathers find themselves reunited in a Parent-Teacher meeting when their eldest children become classmates. They begin to rekindle their friendship and often bond together with the kids due to them both being broken families. Unbeknownst to the fathers though, the kiddies decide they like being one big happy family, and thus plots the two men's downfall in love--whether they like it or not. KiseKasa. Rom-Com/Family/Drama
A Double-Trouble Parfait with Maiubo on Top: Himuro Tatsuya, a divorced fashion designer, hadn't exactly expected to find his 10-year-old twin daughters missing one day. Nor had he expected to find his unrequited love, Murasakibara Atsushi, to be entertaining them in his newly-opened bakeshop. God definitely had something against him. Why did it have to be the pastry chef, of all people? Why does he always find his precious Shuura and Shuuka visiting the man? Why now, when Himuro thought he had finally been able to get over him? MuraHimu. Rom-Com/Family/Drama
Baby, Love Me: One stormy night, Sakurai Ryou found a basket on his doorstep. Inside it lay a beautiful baby girl. The brunette chef was instantly smitten. And after days of trying to find her family, Sakurai finally gives up and adopts the infant himself, naming her Yaeko. Three years later, the two move back into Tokyo and Sakurai is reunited with Detective Aomine Daiki, an old friend. Meanwhile, Aomine receives rumors of an illegitimate child through a past relationship of his. Reluctantly, he decides to investigate if it was true. To think that it would lead him to Sakurai and his new daughter... AoSaku. Rom-Com/Family/Drama
Release Date: TBA.
Origins: The countless single-daddy-and-child-meet-single-guy BL mangas I've read (and those two-single-daddies, as well). Also, the KnB fanfic "Taki" (Gaaaaaahhhh, the feels...). Anyways, this'll probably be a separate story series (one plot = one story entry, but they're all in the same universe, and you'll usually find other characters from the other stories making cameos and such). Don't worry, you'll know if the stories I post are a part of this series. Their titles will be like this: "Our Peculiar Family Series I: The Akashis and I", "Our Peculiar Family Series II: Dr. Carrot and the Hawks", etc. More often than not, each story can stand on its own, but I do encourage you to read the others. What I'm going to do is kinda similar to what lunaryu (if you're familiar with her work here in the KnB archive) did to some of her fics: she strung along her stories together as a series, but they can be stand-alones. Ah, also, this series is an AU, just to be clear. AAAAAAAAND, this doesn't have M-Preg, in case you were wondering. I'm okay with those stories, but I wanted these to be realistic, so no.
Story Status: Well, I keep daydreaming about little Keitarou and his newfound Mama--ahem--friend Furihata, so I guess that counts...?
6) If You Hear the Seagulls Cry
Famous prosecutor Midorima Shintarou finds himself in danger as he ends up washed ashore on a barely-inhabited island near Japan with assassins targeting him. Fortunately, Mother Nature decides to spare him for a few days with a storm, but the lawyer is torn between being thankful and being pissed as he is now instead stuck with an annoying botanist named Takao Kazunari living on said island. MidoTaka. Rom-Com/Suspense.
Release Date: TBA
Origins: Got the idea from a similar scene in a recently-popular religious soap opera here in my country. Famous person gets cut off from civilization due to someone's attempt at his life and a person living away from society helps them. Considering how I wanted it to turn out, I knew MidoTaka was the perfect OTP for this. ouo
Story Status: Inspiration struck and I've now written several paragraphs of the first chapter.
7) The Boundary Between Immortal and Inhuman
Our world is just like how we imagine it in fantasy settings: filled with supernatural phenomena yet invisible to the mortal eye. And like in any society, a group of specialists exist to purge evil from the world and protect the balance. One such group is the Generation of Miracles, a powerhouse squadron in Japan tasked to govern its netherworld. They have ruled with an iron fist for centuries, but what if someone decides to target the one power they cannot touch nor control--Time? AkaFuri, AoKaga, MidoTaka, MuraHimu, MayuKuro, KiseKasa, etc. Rom/Fantasy/Action/Suspense
Release Date: TBA
Origins: I got the idea during the days I was reading Whispering Fireworks, another KnB fanfic. But this time, it's not just about them having superpowers, but being supernatural creatures. I know it's already been done (plus, sucky summary is sucky) but I can assure you that my plot shall be interesting. :D They'll have to confront another powerful organization for help if they wanna win. ouo
Story Status: You don't know how much time I've spent daydreaming this. It rivals Royally Gay, actually. But alas, still in the planning stage.
8) Live, Love, Lose, and Repeat
Aomine Daiki knew that life had to end at some point, but he never dreamed that it would happen the moment he hears of his beloved Ryouta's tragic accident. Sakurai Ryou knew the swirling abyss all too well. This time, he vows that his old friend doesn't get sucked in like he did--even if it means that he'll have to reopen old wounds of his own. past!AoKise, AoSaku. Romance/Tragedy/Supernatural/Angst/Drama
Release Date: TBA
Origins: This angsty AkaFuri comic. Goddammit. ;-; DISCLAIMER: I HAVE NOTHING AGAINST AOKISE. I LOVE AOKISE, TOO. I JUST THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD BE A GOOD PREVIOUS PAIRING HERE. I AM SO SORRY I HAVE TO BREAK YOUR HEARTS, AOKISE FANS. OTL
Story Status: Well, I know how it'll happen... Does that count? orz
PLOT BUNNIES FOR ADOPTION:
PM me so we can arrange the papers. :D
1) The Phantom of the Gymnasium
There was a rumor about Seirin High School's gym. A ghost lurking in the shadows, always messing around with the basketball team. Whether or not it was a good thing that Kagami Taiga was chosen by this so-called "phantom player", no one really knew. Kagami himself wasn't sure either, especially after finding out that it was just some kid with low presence who was obsessed with milkshakes.
Origins: The Phantom of the Opera and Kuroko no Basuke, duh.
2) Have No Fear!
The cast of KnB as superheroes.
Origins: Uhhh... Tiger & Bunny... >.>... Also inspired by the KnB fanfic “Fanboys & Flyboys” by Risque Tendencies. (RISQUE, IF YOU’RE READING THIS, YOU EITHER HAVE TO CONTINUE YOUR ONE-SHOTS OR ADOPT THIS WILLING BUNNY. CHOOSE. I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH THE SERIES ENDING ON JUST THAT.)
My god, you read all of that? You have nothing better to do, don’t you? :/
Okay then, why don’t I introduce to you a few good BL reads (whether fanfic, real books, or even good non-BL authors)?
- I’m currently reading the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux. It’s a mystery thriller… that starts off with two special agents who hate each other. Oh, the gay undertones… :D
- In the DNAngel archives, DeadRat309’s one of the greatest BL rom-com crackfic writers there. Hell, she had been the reason why I started writing here in the first place! Her works are pretty much crack-ish, so if you want some laughs, try her works if you know DNAngel. She’s no longer active, though, but I recommend her “He’s My Girlfriend”. :D
- For really good Full Metal Alchemist BL fanfics, try the author Winds of Water. She (he?) updates very slowly, but her stories are worth it. OvO
- For Harry Potter BL (and mostly TomRiddle/HarryPotter ones that make sense), try reading Paimpont’s works. She’s a revolutionary writer, that one.
- If you prefer Yu-Gi-Oh BL, on the other hand, s2Teennovelist is a big name in that fandom. My OTPs for this particular fandom isn’t what she usually writes, but even then, her stories are so compelling that I can’t help reading even though I don’t ship the characters. She is that good. (Hell, I'm now her Grammar Knight, you know. 8D)
- Hell, I have a Fave Stories list here. Give ‘em a try.