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Author has written 20 stories for Transformers, and Transformers/Beast Wars.
My OCs are not for adoption or rent. You may not use any of my characters without my explicit permission. Yes, this includes Chemical, Fixit, Glitch, and Patch-up.
Hello, y'all! I'm Lunar Mist. Apparently, you've stumbled on my profile (fun stuffs). Dunno if you're looking for my other stories (you probably got here through one of my stories), or if you just wanna know about me... So here's the basic information I am willing to give.
Name: Jennifer, but everyone calls me Jenni or Jay
Location: Small town in Texas. You won't recognize it.
Siblings: I have an older brother (25), a sister-in-law (24), and a younger sister (18)
Pets: Two cats: Mycroft (after Sherlock's unshakable older brother) and Fate (because we were only looking for a boy, but she was in the right place at the right time)
Hobbies: I'd like to say 'writing,' but I haven't done much of it lately. Pottery/ceramics is a big one right now, as well as scrapbooking. I've taken up sewing and Japanese, too. Otherwise, I've just been trying to heal myself mentally. :)
Job: Currently unemployed. I'm taking the summer off to heal the mental wounds Walmart gave me, to recover from a "major depression episode," and to finally do some of the things I've wanted to do for the last three years.
Things I randomly hate: Seaspray from G1, the word "spritz", the dinging noise my doorbell makes, Maruchan Raman Noodles (R), my alarm clock, needles, Walmart, any creature with more than four limbs (except for octipuses...octipi?), and cooking because I apparently suck at it.
Things I randomly love: Broccoli, the word "obnoxious" (It's a fun word to say, plus it has an 'x' in it. how much cooler can a word get?), BAKING!, summer rain, lizards (because they eat spiders), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (yeah, that's recent), the word "mayhap" (That's even more recent), Tolkien, and Transformers.
Random things about me: I'm really tactile (At least I think that's the word I'm looking for). I touch everything I come in contact with. I'm a fidgeter. My hands and feet are always moving, so when someone sits in front of me, they normally end up getting a massage. I'm mellow, and I'm very logically minded. I get along well with every clique and have a very eclectic group of friends. My best friend is actually a guy named Dylan. He's my forever bestie, the Jazz to my Prowl. I hate driving, even though I have my license. Doctors scare me.
Something Sarah and I came up with while we were grounded :D
Pick your birth month and birth day out to find out what happens!
January: Bonded to
February: Arrested by
March: Traded lives with
May: Killed by
June: Child of
July: In love with
August: Captured by
September: Sharing a prison cell with
October: Handcuffed to
November: Became the pet of
December: Saved by
4: The Fallen
10: Optimus Prime
11: Sunstreaker and Sideswipe
12: The Aerialbots
20: The Stunticons
26: Sentinel Prime
29: Skidz and Mudflap
My life must suck. I'm handcuffed to Sunny and Sides. -_- Dunno if that would be good or bad.
Lunar Mist’s Personal… fanfiction Writing… guide… preference thing. -
Someone asked for this, but I don't remember who so... enjoy :)
These are taken from my personal experiences and observations. No offense is meant. Order of appearance has nothing to do with importance.
Part 1 of 2: 10 Things that make Lunar Mist hit the back button ]
1) “I won’t update this fic until I have _ reviews”
This… is immature, and that is actually why I hit the back button when I read this. It often irritates other writers on Fanfiction . net to see this. It is called “holding a fic hostage,” and it will get you the title of a “review whore” (I’m not joking, either. I’ve seen it). Let me tell ya how fanfic works. When you update a chapter, it goes onto the “just in” page, which is where you will attract a good portion of your readers. So if you don’t update, you don’t get on that page, and you don’t get all the reviews you want. So… a word from the wise, update as much as possible. Plus, it keeps readers like me interested.
2) The “I Hate Flamers” chapter
Another instance that is rather immature. This pisses off the readers instead of the writers, though. I am always happy when I receive and email informing me of a new update. Imagine my dismay when it is nothing more than a chapter that says, “I don’t know if I can update anymore or write anymore because somebody flamed my story.” Really? I mean… honestly? Not only is it against the rules to post this chapter, but it’s really annoying to a reader who was expecting an actual update. If you wanna put your complaints in the AN, more power to ya. I do it all the time, but don’t publish a three hundred word chapter complaining about your flame. Instead, either ignore it or learn from it. You see, there are two things I have realized about flamers: 1) The things they say often have at least a little bit of truth to it and (2) they don’t care if you stop updating because they pissed you off. Seriously. And sending them a scathing message telling them how much you hate them probably isn’t going to make them feel bad, either. Instead, take the meaning behind the flame and learn from it. If it’s the only flame you get after thirty reviews, then ignore it, but don’t threaten to stop the story. If I see one of these in an already established fic, then I assume the writer will do it again, and thus, I hit the back button.
3) Out Of Character Canons
I cannot even stress how important this is. Ask the readers of any fandom, and they will tell you the same thing: they will not read a fic where the canon characters act weird. If you are new to a fandom, research first! I spent three days doing nothing but researching before I started my first Transformers fic, because nothing attracts flamers better than an OOC (Out Of Character) canon character. (BTW: if you don’t know what a canon character is, it’s the set characters that show up in the fandom, i.e. Optimus Prime or Megatron in Transformers)
I generally hit the back button the second a canon acts too weird (Too weird being I actually roll my eyes while reading, which happens way more often than it should) Crack!fics are exempt from this, obviously ;)
4) Too many Original Characters
I hate reading a fic where there are ten main OCs that will show up throughout the whole fic. Normally, when I find this out, I immediately hit the back button. Let me tell you why. It’s impossible for your readers to keep up with that many OCs. We have to remember names, personalities, appearances, backgrounds, and quite frankly, it’s not worth it. I understand that you love your OCs (I love mine, too), but you want your readers to love your OCs, too, and they can’t do that if they don’t remember who they are. I would suggest not having more than two main OC characters to a fic. If you are going to have more, I would suggest introducing them separately with enough space in between the introductions that you can tell them apart and remember each.
5) The OC that has Super Powers!
Very rarely do I find a fic with an OC like this that I can stand. This is simply because it normally turns into a Mary-Sue. Integrating the new power into the canon is simply too difficult for most writers because most of the time, it’s random and doesn’t seem to belong. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read quite a few fics that had OCs that had some random power (telepathy, witch-craft, super strength), but I’ve only read… four, I think, that I liked. It’s a personal preference. *shrug*
6) Explicit scene in a T fic
This is one of those “just don’t do it” things. What more can I say? If you’re going to have explicit stuff in your fics, rate it “M.” I cannot tell you how angry I was when my little sister (13) came across a fully described rape scene in a rated “T” fic. People, under-rating will definitely get you flames, because there are teenagers on this site that read “T” and “K” fics simply because they don’t want to deal with the smut and lemons (once again, for newcomers, lemons are explicit sex scenes). If you wanna write it, I got no problem with that, just make sure that it’s in the right category. :)
7) Super Short Chapters
There are quite a few writers out there that write super short chapters so that they can update more often. As a reader, I personally prefer sporadic updates with six thousand (6,000) words more than having a two hundred (200) word update every other day. Short chapters really break up your story and make it choppy because the chapters cut out so shortly, like they're stopping before they’re meant to. Longer chapters will help the flow of the story, and you can always make a short chapter longer by adding details.
Drabble fics are exempt from this, but if you are making a drabble fic, I would suggest you inform your readers that your updates will be short. Otherwise, you will get many reviews telling you to make your chapters longer.
8) Bad Grammer and Paragraphs.
Geez, where to start, where to start. I’m a writer, and as such, I know the importance of spell check. Nothing more annoying than reading through a fic and mentally correcting mistakes, or worse, having to reread a sentence. I am a grammar nazi. I’m proud of it, and I have no problem telling you that you have bad grammar because, as fellow writers, you need to have good grammar. I promise you, if you give a publisher a manuscript with tons of grammar errors, they’re gonna laugh in your face, so learn now. A few mistakes are to be expected. None are perfect, and no matter how many times you check your chapter, some errors will still get through. However, the great majority of your chapters should be error-free. If you have a question about grammar, ask another writer or google it. Google knows all. 0.o
And paragraphs. Paragraphs are amazing because they break up the chapter into pieces. Nobody wants to read a two thousand chapter that has only one paragraph. If you lose your place in the chapter, you have no idea where to pick back up! So paragraphs are good. The last two paragraphs laws I have are (1) you don’t start a new paragraph in the middle of a sentence and (2) you start a new paragraph when a new person starts a new dialogue.
9) Written lyrics
I hate this. I hate it so much that if somebody uploads a chapter like this, I almost always take the story off my alerts and favorites lists. Writing out lyrics really cheapens the chapter for two reasons: 1) It’s five hundred words that I expected to be plot, and (2) it’s five hundred words that aren’t yours. If you put a few lines or a verse or the chorus, that’s one thing, but the whole song? No. Just no. Personally, I just mention the song or something and let my readers look it up if they really care.
Song fics are, of course, exempt from this.
10) Asking for plot ideas
There was a time when I didn’t mind this, back when I was more a reader than a writer. Now, it annoys me because it’s kind of a slap in the face for the writers who work hard to come up for their own plots. Nothing personal, but that’s what I honestly think. I view fanfic as a learning/teaching site. You can post stuff and get feedback, and I view plot invention as something you learn. I am a writer myself, so I understand that coming up with a plot is hard. My suggestion is to write out an outline. It’s what gotten me through my fics. Honestly, though, I’m not looking at your story so that I can read my own ideas. I can read my own stories if I wanted to read my ideas. I wanna read your ideas :)
Part 2 of 2: 4 Things that will keep Lunar Mist from even looking at a story
1) “The story is better than the description.”
Most of the time, the writers barely even give a description. The description is your chance to draw your readers in, to make them wonder about you fic enough to read it. Don’t waste that chance. I mean, honestly. Would you buy a book from Barnes & Noble if the back cover said, “A guy meets this girl, and they fall in love. I promise the story’s better than the description”? No, you wouldn’t. Same principle, peeps.
2) “Please ignore the grammar errors. It’s my first fic.”
Umm… first off, your grammar shouldn’t be worse simply because you haven’t published before. That’s totally illogical. Secondly… personally, I try not to read “first fics” simply because the writer normally isn’t very in-tune with the canon yet. So my suggestion? I wouldn’t tell people it’s your first fic unless you make some sort of grievous error that needs explanation (like the horrid plot holes in my first fic, A Little Burst of Sunlight.)
3) Overused Plots
The reoccurring compliment I receive is “your stories are so original.” This is why. If I’ve seen a story before on fanfiction . net, I don’t write one like it. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve thought about writing a “fangirl goes into the fandom” story. I know I could make it interesting, and I know I would enjoy writing it… It’s just… I’ve seen way too many of those on this site, and the idea is worn out, and that automatically makes it boring. Many times, if I see a fic that has a base plotline I’ve seen before (fangirl gets transported to the fandom, for instance), I won’t read it. I’ll see the description and think, “Geez, another one?” It gets exhausting, especially since readers are always looking for something new. Instead, I would suggest you think, “What hasn’t been done before that I would read?” because most times, when you write something you would read, others would read it, as well.
4) If the description gives whole storyline
Just… no. Don’t use the description to give a play-by-play of the story. Use it to draw your readers in. ‘Nuff said.
Hope that helped whoever asked. :)
Things That Lunar Mist Will Say "No" To
1) Will you beta my story?
2) Will you co-write a story or one-shot with me?
3) Will you make a character for me?
4) Will you put my OC in your story?
Update on updating:
These stories are the ones I am currently focusing on. Herein, I will give you the status on my updates and writing. Please bear with me. I'm dealing with two part-time jobs, college classes, and family stuff. Free time is a bit of a commodity, and when I do get some free time, I don't really feel like writing. I'm trying to turn writing into a hobby again rather than the stress-inducer it has been for the past year or so. Those of you who are dealing with college and jobs, who are experiencing burn-out like I should understand. If you don't understand, I guarantee you will someday (I can remember myself in high school wondering why writers would use college as an excuse to not update for months at a time because school was easy. funny how times change, huh?).
Gaining a Gladiator's Spark: I do plan on continuing this one. I love the story and my OC's personality. I am currently rereading this to reacquaint myself with Novashine and Megatron. I'm trying to decide where to go from here, because, honestly, there's a lot of stuff I want to get in and a lot of stuff I need to put in, and I'm trying to make sure I don't add a plot twist prematurely (though I'm sure many of you know where this story is eventually headed. Sorta.) Update in progress.
A Spark's Haven: It was voted for this fic to be continued and finished. The writing style makes me cringe, though, so I am currently in the works of rewriting it to match my personal standards. I have rewritten the first chapter, and I am currently working on the second. Once I have finished rewriting and editing, i will continue the story until its end. Currently rewriting.
Three's a Crowd: Much like ASH, I am rewriting this. It is likely that I will completely take this story down and repost it once I have finished the rewrite simply because I don't like how I portrayed some of the characters, like Prowl and Ironhide. The ultimate product, I am not too upset with. It's just bits here and there that make me grimace when I read them. Currently rewriting.
Shades of Gray: Honestly, I'm still trying to decide what to do with this one. I might take it down; I might continue it. This is up in the air as of now. Let's see where my other fics go first, because let's face it, this fic doesn't have near the popular demand that the first three do. Hiatus for undetermined amount of time.
Memoirs of a Bodyguard: I'm still writing this one. Updates sporadic.
Bring Me Peace: Still writing, but trying to decide where this will go. Updates sporadic.
So there. There are six stories that haven't been touched in a while. My poll should still be up, so vote on which stories you want to see finished the most.
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