Author has written 12 stories for NCIS, Harry Potter, DarkWing Duck, and Skulduggery Pleasant series.
Hello, there! Thanks for visiting. Shall I introduce myself? I'm a retired fanfiction author and now a full-time writer of shamelessly dorky dark fantasy. As I make those last few steps towards the holy grail of writing goals (The Publishing), it's tempting to want to cover up any and all social media footprints, which in my case is, well...just this site, but I decided against it. Why? Because I love this place. Fanfiction.net was one of my greatest teachers as a writer and deleting my experience here would be like shredding up every lesson I learned and feeding it to a trash compactor.
This isn't easy for me, by the way. I'll admit, I'm mortified at the idea of exposing potential readers to the embarrassing mistakes, undeveloped techniques, and just plain immature phases of my writing journey thus far. But you know what? That isn't a bad thing. If I look at my old stories and can see every little blunder in ego-searing clarity and know how I would execute it differently now, that's good! It means I've grown as a writer. But it doesn't mean I should bash my old work because how could I have gotten where I am without it? Not to mention, what a disrespect that would be to all of the amazing readers who have supported me through every stage of my writing, from its worst to its best! You have my humblest thanks. :)
So, instead of taking down my account, I've set up a section inside nearly all of my legacy fanfiction and titled it Author's Advice 2016. "Advice" can sound quite snobby, as if I'm saying I know better than you and therefore have the right to tell you how to do something. Rest assured, that isn't what Author's Advice 2016 is about at all. What it is, basically, is a small paragraph or two tucked inside the beginning or ending author notes that chronicles the biggest lessons I learned as a writer through that particular fanfic, from editing to taking constructive criticism and the woes of dealing with OOC-ness. The trick I've found is to keep on learning and to never stop, and I hope these snippets from the diary of an aspiring author will give other aspiring authors something to think about, too. What are some of the lessons you've learned from writing fanfiction? I'd love to hear about them and benefit from your experience as well! Feel free to message me any time. :)
If you are interested in viewing some of my Author's Advice 2016 sections, here is a list of the fanfics that contain them. As this is an ongoing project, the list should lengthen over time:
1) Tears, Don't Fall (Skulduggery Pleasant)
2) A Prisoner to His Thoughts (Harry Potter)
3) Wordless (NCIS)
4) Orphan Girl (Darkwing Duck)
(THIS PART OF PROFILE PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION! Mind the orange cones, please.)
I think one of the best ways to get a feel for a writer's style is to look at their influences, and mine have a strong cord of three common threads: unconventional bonds, bust-your-sides humor, and wonderfully, imaginatively wacky characters.
A Skeleton Detective and his best friend and partner. It's the epitome of love and brilliance. Not to mention, while most ships are battling it out on the surface, Valduggery doesn't have to worry about being sunk. Why? Because this ship, the big, beautiful, breathtaking ship, is a submarine. That's why.
Portal (1 and 2):
Lockwood and Co.: