Author has written 35 stories for Yu-Gi-Oh, Gravity Falls, Yu-Gi-Oh GX, Disney, and Star Vs. The Forces of Evil.
Warning this is a long profile, and it will contain some swearing. I also don't own the copy rights to anything I reference in this profile.
November 29, 2015
Hey guys, I posted up the next chapter of my Reverse Falls story Reflections if anyone wants to check it out
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Name: I'm not saying my real name for obvious reasons, but you call me Aqua or by my full username.
Myers Brigg: INFJ (Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging) Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision. Complex personality. 1.5 percent of total population. (It's the personality type that is most likely to be psychic! XD )
Favourite non anime TV shows: Gravity Falls, Furturama, Doctor Who, Avatar: The Last Air Bender, Legend of Korra, Star Vs The Forces of Evil, Over the Garden Wall, Rick and Morty and Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Favourite Animes: Yugioh, Yugioh GX, Yugioh Arc V, Full Metal Alchemist, FMA: Brotherhood, Death Note, Black Butler (only the first season!), Ouran High School Host Club, Durarara, Digimon (1, 2, 3, and 4), Puella Magi Madoka Magica, No Game No Life, My Hero Academia, and Soul Eater
Favourite Movies: Deadpool, The Avengers, Indiana Jones (only the first and third movies), Nightmare Before Christmas, Back to the Future movies, Super 8, Space Balls, Princess Bride, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Busters, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Iron Giant, Kung Fu Panda (1 and 2), How to Train Your Dragon, and almost every Disney and Pixar movie
Favourite Bands: The Killers, Panic at the Disco!, Lindsey Stirling, Halestorm, Billy Talent, Rolling Stones, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, and any classic Disney songs
Favourite Foods: frozen yogurt and almost any kind of fruit.
Favourite colour: violet
Favourite animals: dolphins, crows, wolves and orcas
Favourite Books: Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Red Sea Under Red Skies by Scott Lynich, Happiness by Will Ferguson (it's a humour book not a self help book!), The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Scott Pilgrim vs the World by Bryan Lee O' Malley (I know it's a comic series, but screw the rules I love it!) , The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa, and some random other books.
--Coming Soon (stories I might write in the future)--
(Working on a better title and summer): While on a trip to attend Soos and Melody's wedding, Dipper and Mabel play a new online Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons game. Giffany sucks the twins and others they hold dear inside of the game, taking Soos captive. The only way out is to defeat Giffany once and for all. (inspired by Sword Art, but will be its own thing completely)
Pairings: Soos/Melody, onesided Giffany/Soos, and Wendy/Dipper
World Falls Down: Dipper and Mabel watch a silly 80s movie. With one simple to be in the world like that, Mabel and her brother are transported into the world of the Dream Demon King, a giant maze in the Mindscape. Dipper tries to get out of the maze, despite his puppet fear. Mabel sets to find her brother while trying to not fall under the King's spell...which is harder then she thought.
Pairings: Mabel/Bill and background Wendy/Dipper
More Info: This is my take on what I imagine that scrapped Labyrinth episode to be like with Mabill cuteness. Bill is humanized, being born human and is a year older then Mabel.
Star Vs the Forces of Evil
(Still coming up with a title and summery): Star thought she was an ordinary girl until she finds an magical artifact from another dimension, a place where she was originally from. With demons, monsters and an ordinary dork wanting the wands' power for themselves, she and Pony Head are in over their heads.
More Info: This an AU based on an original vision the creator, Daron Nefey, had for the series. Marco was an agonist to Star, being an ordinary kid that was obsessed with DBZ and took up karate because of it. I took this idea along with some of my own and came up with this.
To Find a Way Out: The Haunted Mansion, it seems innocent to outsiders, but is filled with 999 happy haunts. No one dared to go inside - that is until Kyla and her two friends, Rei and Rin, go inside to explore, recording video for her online video channel. When one of them goes missing once they are locked inside, the others search for her while trying to keep their heads intact. There is always room for one more. Based on the Haunted Mansion ride, not the movie.
Taking Back the Corwn(working on a better summery): When Bakura was a young child, everything she held dear was snatched away from her and she thought the royal family was to blame. Years later, Bakura is a thief living on the streets, fighting to survive. In order to avenge her people, she disguises herself as a princess in order to get close to the pharaoh before crushing him. What if she learns Atem and his family are not as heartless as she thought...?
Pairings: female Thief King x Atem
This is Just Weird: The world is a bizarre place, especially when you deal with monsters, witness people getting their minds crushed and more. These are tales of some outsider's tales and recollections of the series. This is inspired by the one shot collection "An Outsider Look at the Pines Twins" by iguesso12
Pairings: None as of now
More Info: This a one collection of OCs, who have no idea what's going on the series, reacting to the events in the series.
Only Human: Everyone is human, makes mistakes and blunders. It's apart of our nature.
Pairings: Dartz x his wife, and possible others
More Info: Basically, this is a one shot collection told in the villain's POV and try to show things from their side of things. I will do one for each of the major villains in the series.
A Madman Always Gets His Way: What if the villains won? These are a series on one shots detail about what I imagine would happen if each one of the major villains got exactly what they wanted.
Yu-Gi-Oh Spin Offs
Welcome to my even more Bizzare Life: Jaden enters a school called Duel Academy. He meets new friends and has a lot of adventures which he'll remember for the rest of his life. Squeal to Welcome to my Bizarre Life
Shippings: Jaden x Alexis, Amane x Zane, and other pairings
Yugioh DM/ GX/ 5Ds
(Working on a better title and summery): Paradox travels back in time, intending to eliminate the source for his world’s destruction. Yugi, Yami, Jaden and Yusei team up to take down the madman. Based on the movie Bonds Beyond Time. Connected to Welcome to my Bizarre Life and Co-written with Youngbountygirl
Pairings: Yami x Mana, Yugi x Tea, Kaiba x Kisara with minor and mentions of Jaden x Alexis, Zane x Amane, Yusei x Akiza, Mina x Trudge, Jack x Carly
Yu-Gi-Oh DM/ Gravity Falls
(Working on a better title and summery): When Dipper and Mabel are in the basement with the portal machine, something pulls them through the portal, ending up in another dimension during acient Egypt times. The twins and their new friends must save this world along with their own.
Pairings: Atem x Mana, Kisara x Priest Seto, Mahad x Isis; mentions of Dipper x Mana (it's a crush)
Yu-Gi-Oh DM/Gravity Falls
Kick It Up a Notch: Saying that Dipper and Mabel's summer at Gravity Falls was eventful is an understatement. After encountering many supernatural creatures and helping to save the world, going back to Peidmount seemed very odd to the twins, missing their friends back in that faithful town. However, it turned out that the weirdness in their lives is far from over when a new Duel Monsters tournament happens in San Francisco and the mysteries surrounding it.
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--Some of my Favourite Characters (This is will be only for my major fandoms I have wrote stories for; as I write more stories for different fandoms, I will add more from those fandoms here)--
Yami Bakura or The Thief King: I am one of the people who thinks that Yami Bakura is the Thief King and not Zork. Yes, he is evil and did many cruel things, but I still think he's a cool character anyways.
I think that despite everything, I still think he is a good guy deep down and has a conscience. I think he does care about Ryou deep down and doesn't show it at all. He was just misguided by Zork. He joined up with Zork because he was heartbroken about the fact that his family was killed and wanted revenge so desperately he wanted to do anything to obtain it. I don't think it was his best decision he made, since his mind became twisted as a result, even to the point where he believed he was Zork in the end (that's what I think the reason why he said, "I am Zork" in the manga and anime; you disagree if you want and I won't hate you for it, but that's my opinion ). I think the truly evil stuff he did was Zork's doing, not his. He's determine, brave, smart, has a lot of self-confidence and be quite witty sometimes.
Marik: I think he has been though a lot in the show and in the manga. He had spent his childhood literally living under a rock, had a large symbol craved into his back at a very young age, was physically and emotional abused by his dad, had an alter ego form, killed his dad, had a dark spirit control him, seeked vengeance against the pharaoh before he saw the error of his ways and destroyed his dark side forever. Plus, he came out a better and strong person in the end. He has a lot of will power, determination and is very brave, which are some qualities I admire him for.
Yami/ Atem: Yami's character is way different in the 4Kids dub, so I'm talking about his character in the manga/Japanese version. I think he's an okay guy, despite the fact he did some truly horrible things before in the beginning of the show and especially in the manga. He set a man on fire, put god knows how many people in comas and did many other morally questionable things. I think he did those things because he wanted to protect his friends and family, but there's a much less... violent way to do it. Despite these things, he does overcome his past and grows to become a better person.
I find him an interesting character because he always tries to protect the people he cares about. He has a lot of will power, is very brave and always tries to overcome hardships in his life.
I especially love the Japanese/ manga versions of his personality. This is because even though he was a powerful pharaoh and made a great sacrifice, he was still a teenager and acted like one. He is more mature than most teens our age for sure, but he teases Yugi on a few occasions, can act immature once in a blue moon, makes mistakes and hangs out with his friends; I think it's a bit more realistic to be this way, because he was in his teens when he died.
He is an Egyptian Pharaoh, and he's pretty cool.
Yugi: He is super special awesome! He has been through a lot in the show including being bullied along with many other things. He seems very brave and always trying to protect his friends, which is something I admired about him. He's also very optimistic, kind, and smart.
Ryou: He's a pretty cool character. I feel bad for Ryou too. He lives alone, since his father is hardly around and his mother and sister passed away (it's mentioned in the manga). He's a very sweet, shy, tough, smart and definitely cares about his friends.
Seto Kaiba: One of the reasons I like him is the fact he was an orphan and grew up to be a very intelligent business man, overcoming many hardships in life. Yes, he can seem like a complete, for a lack of a better word, jackass sometimes, but he's the type of person who wants to prove himself and achieve a goal. I think Seto can be a nice person and does care about people, but he doesn't show it a lot due to his past. Seto is a good older brother.
Joey: Joey, despite his past, seems to be a cool to be around. He also is kind of the underdog of the series. At first he wasn't very good at dueling, but improves his dueling ability later on. He's funny, reckless, determined, and loyal. It's really hard for me not to like the guy.
Mai: Mai seems like a strong person and put up with a ton of crap in her life, yet she over came it and she lets no one push her around. She is independent and can take care of herself, she is very determined, can be very cunning, which is something I admire about her.
Mana: While she did not appear until Memory World, I still think she's a cool character. Even though she’s still only an apprentice magician, she’s determined to fight with the others to protect her friends and loved ones. She is the open, cheerful and playful kind of person, yet se can be very hard-work and determined to become a better spellcaster. Mana likes to have fun, but can be serious when the situation demands it.
Grunkle Stan: Despite his con-man nature, he truly cares about his family. Despite being through hell, for reasons I won't spoil, he doesn't let it get to him and is there for his loved ones. In addition, he is a very entertaining character to watch with his quips and musings. He's tough, loyal and funny, so it's hard not to love him.
Dipper: I think Dipper is a really great character in general. While Dipper is not completely prefect and has made a lot of mistakes in the past, he is very intelligent and can be very brave, willing to fight for those he cares about. He’s a complete dork and has a lot of funny moments as well, making him a fun character to watch in general. It's hard not to love this awkward, little Pine Tree.
Mabel: I love her bright and interesting outlook on things. While she has made mistakes in the past, she is caring and is very smart in a creative way.
Pacifica: While she started out as a huge jerk, she does change for the better for reasons that I won't spoil. After certain episodes in season 2, it's hard not to love her.
Bill Cipher: He is very witty and funny, but however is quite terrifying since you have no what is planning. In addition, he is very cunning and is able to trick people into giving him what he wants. Over all, he’s a very fascinating villain to me and I can’t wait to see more of him in the future episodes.
Wendy: Despite being stressed out constantly, she is still supportive and level headed for those she cares about. She never takes out her anger on others. She is also very strong, being able to stand her own ground and fight for something she believes in.
These are the various pairings that I enjoy the most in my major fandoms that I've written fics for. I’m willing to read pretty much any fic if it's well written unless it goes against my morals (incest, pedophilia, non con, etc)
Notes: For the Yu-Gi-Oh ones, I will use the dub names…except for ARC V where I will used the subbed ones.
In the case of child characters, I should hope it’s obvious that I mean aged-up/older or cute kiddie shipping.
I left Disney off of the list, since it'd take forever for me to list them off.
Yami/ Atem x Mana (otp)
Alexis x Jaden
Mina x Trudge
Yuya x Yuzu
Star Vs the Forces of Evil
Stop the Pairing Wars!
You shalt paste this in your profile.
(This is copied and pasted from Lily Angel of Chaos and rei-jikitsune21 profiles. I completely agree with what they say. I really hope they don't mind ;P)
Please do not be offended by what follows. It's meant to help and not be too serious...you don't have to read it/take it seriously at all. All opinions are my own, and mine alone.
How to Write Good Fanfiction...and Bad
The title. This is what people read first, so if your title is good, they'll read the summary, which is one step closer to reading your fic. If it's a serious (meaning not parody or crack), make it interesting. Don't put the pairing name as the title, because that makes it sound like it's clichés about that pairing...well, that's what it says to me. If you put it in Japanese and the main story is in English, make sure you know exactly what it says and haven't got it off a translator; they just aren't reliable. Also, put a translation in the summary, that way people get what your story is about rather than some random kanji they don't understand the meaning of.
The summary. This is a SUMMARY, not a SPOILER. Therefore, only the first chapter or so should be mentioned. I don't know what's going to happen in the end. You can, however, put "Eventual..." and put a pairing there, as it means fans of the pairing will read it. But they won't know how. Also, for the love of fandom don't put "Bad summary" or, "I'm not good at writing summaries." If you can't write a summary, then people (well, me, at least)will think you can't write a story either. The summary is like the blurb of a book; everyone has to write one. Try and keep it short and to the point. Too many stories say "Full summary inside." I then see that the summary could have words taken out and shortened to fit. Your summary shouldn't be too long anyway, or I have way too much information. You can use shortcuts too, i.e. AE, AU, YxY, etc. Either way, it needs to be intriguing and make me want to read your story. A few rhetorical questions can be a good little add in.
OCs. I love, for my sins, to put OCs into stories. And I love them, because in my head, they are a better version of me. I never write them. These OCs have a name, which is Mary-Sue. Even if you don't intend them to come across that way, that is what the reader sees. No matter how well written, few people are going to read something that says OC. Especially if they pair up with a canon character and are the main focus of the story. I should know, I've written one myself. OCs can be great characters, especially in multi-chapters where you need villains or people to die, or basically an extra part. Of course, you can have wonderful OCs who are well-developed and, over time, become loved by the audience just as much as the canon cast. This, however, is difficult to achieve and requires lots of skills. I won't tell you much about them, but they are well-developed, don't overshadow the canon cast and took a while to be brought into the story. I'm sure there are many others out there that are brilliant, and I'm sure that not all female OCs are Mary-Sues, they are just seen that way when I read the summary: "So-and-so becomes Seto's secretary/rescued by Seto/meets Seto, will she melt his ice-cold heart? SetoXOC".
Clichés. Know what you are writing about before you write about it. Do some market research, know the dos and don'ts. Tendershipping abuse fics are cliché, as are demon/angel/vampire ones. Find something that no-one/very few people have done before, or twist a cliché round. If you don't know what you're writing about, it's no wonder you don't get any hits, no-one wants to read a bunch of clichés they've seen before, even if the writing is professional.
Song-fics. You like a song, you always associate it with certain characters/situations, and you want to write about it and share it with the world. Fine. I have no problems with that. But build a story around it, put the real meaning behind the lyrics. Unless it's karaoke night at the local bar, or one character is serenading another, or there's a talent show on, make the lyrics into dialogue. Use your artistic license a bit and write the story around the lyrics. I don't want to see Ryou, who would have to be drugged to get to a bar and then get severely drunk to even consider karaoke, get on stage, sing his love for a random character, who loved the song and his voice, and then they run away and have sex. Nor do I want to see Bakura, who is even less easy to get on stage, say sorry to Ryou in a song, and then they run off and have sex. No. If someone said sorry to me in a song, part of me would think it sweet, and part of me would hate them for not telling me with words. I want to read more in a song-fic than the lyrics to a song I know...I already know the lyrics, what I want is to see your interpretation of a situation perfect for it between two of my favourite characters. Think before you write it. You don't even have to include the lyrics, just the general idea if you want to.
Parodies/Crack. I love these. Please, however, make it clear that that's what it is. When I'm in the mood for something serious and heart-breaking, I don't want it all to turn out to be a load of stupid dialogue stuff. In this, the title, needs to make me laugh as I think of all the fun this story will be. In this, make fun of clichés and everything, people came here to read a parody, so have fun. If something makes you laugh, it will probably make other people laugh.
Endings. "They woke up and it was all a dream" is the worst ending ever. It's too cliché and, let's face it, your readers have stuck by you until the end, they deserve more than, as Little Kuriboh put it, a "cheap cop-out ending". The characters deserve it too. Yes, it is the ending to Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland, but that is strange enough to be passed off as a dream, and you often wonder whether it was a dream or not. Plus it wasn't a cliché then. You don't dream about going to sleep, people. The ending has to tie everything up, unless it's part of a series, and should make the reader smile/cry, and post a review.
Hiatus. If you're putting the story on hiatus, give some explanation why. And tell readers. I don't know how many times I've read a good story with loads of potential, only to find it stops at the exciting part and hasn't been updated for seven years. Any excuse really; death, moving out of a fandom, writer's block. And state whether it's permanent or temporary. You never know, someone may love your idea and want to write it themselves, but they don't know you've given up on it.
Author's notes. Don't make them too long and keep them separate from the story. I read Author's notes so I don't miss anything, but I don't really want them to be longer than the writing itself. And, at the end, don't threaten to stop posting if you don't get reviews. You sound like a spoilt brat, and I personally don't review people who put that just to spite them. Something like "Review??" or "R&R" is more likely to get me to review than "I will only post the next chapter if I get 50 reviews. Muahahahahaha!" Surely you should want to share your precious creation to the world, regardless of whether people review or not. The best stories have the most reviews, not because they threatened, but because they are good writers. Improve your writing and ask nicely.
Reviews. When you get them, it is important to be polite. Thank them for the review, clear up any confusions and get to work on the next chapter for them. Even if one person left a review, next time they will too, and it stacks up. Always reply; they took the time to review, so you can take the time to reply. It looks good, and who knows, you may start off having massive conversations and making friends with someone. I do that all the time. There is a difference between a flame and concrit. Concrit looks like this: "I liked it and the beginning really hooked me, but could you add a little more description to it so I know where they are? Oh, and you spelt "certain" wrong. Happy Fandom, Lily." A flame looks like this: "OMG THIS ISH SHIT!!! LERN HOW 2 SPEL U BTARD!!!!" Notice the differences. The concrit is nice, polite and is trying to help you, and will clearly keep reading. These people are the best. The flamers, however, couldn't be bothered to spell properly, and have less intelligence than a five-year-old. Ignore them, and consider having anonymous reviews disabled, as most flamers are anonymous. If you really can't stop yourself from replying, then at least make the reply a little patronising and overly polite, i.e. "Dear Anonymous, I would like to thank you for the review, but I can't. Could you please explain to me why you don't like my story, why you don't appear to like me even though you've never met me or talked to me, and why you can't use spell check? Hemlock (Lily's evil alter-ego."
Have fun. Seriously. You should love doing this, and if you don't or you feel pressurised, take a break. This is for YOU, not anyone else, other people just happen to read it. Writing is a way to express your feelings and personality in a way that is almost impossible elsewhere. If you take requests, make sure you write how you want to. At the end of the day, it's your story, and we're all here to have a good time, so HAVE FUN!! This is the most important part of writing.
--How to prevent Mary Sues for Original Characters?-- (http : // www . wikihow . com / Avoid - Making - a - Mary - Sue) Ignore the spaces to see where I got this.
A "Mary Sue" (or "Gary Stu" for males) is a character who is overly perfect. Usually found in fan-fiction, these characters are nearly invincible, multi talented to the extreme, and loved by everyone except the readers. Often, Mary Sue represents the author's idealized version of him- or herself projected into the world of the original fiction, also known as canon. The readers can easily detect this fact. Here's how to keep this annoying character from showing up in your writing.
1.Know your material. Try not to go on hearsay, or what you've seen in two or three episodes. If you can't watch the whole season or read the entire series, that's what the Internet is for. Research your fandom.
2. Avoid making your character related to a canon character. While some canon characters have vague pasts that can be manipulated, a frequent and recognized (although not compulsory) trait of a Mary Sue is to be related in some way to a canon, especially one who has a strongly established past already. Your readers may find it hard to believe that the canon character has a sister he never mentioned or a son she doesn't remember. BUT! (There's always a but) If one can do it, and make it work to the point where even the readers will like this character, then you're ok. (Which I hope to god I did with Heba in my stories.)
3. Give your new character some real flaws like impatience, obsession with looks and trouble making friends are examples of flaws within the character. They should be flaws that have real consequences for the character in his or her life and advance the story forward.
4. Make your character part of the ensemble cast, maybe even a very small part. Your original character should not constantly be the center of the universe. Let the other characters have moments away from your new character where they don't talk or think about the new character.
5. Let the canon characters share the spotlight with your character. Remember why they're there. Your readers want to read about the canon characters, that's why you're writing a fan-fiction.
6. Give different characters different reactions to your original character. Look at the original work you're drawing from. Do all of the protagonists always agree or act the same way? Of course not. Take the canon characters personalities into account and craft believable reactions to and relationships with your newcomer.
7. Make things hard for your new character. One of the most annoying things about Mary Sues is how easily everything comes to them: fighting skills, special talents, strong relationships, special powers that appear just in time to save the day, etc. If your character has to struggle and deal with real problems your readers will start to feel for her. If she does everything perfectly with no real adversity, they'll start to hate her.
8. Avoid letting your new character be the sole contributor to solving one of the major unresolved conflicts of the original fiction. Give the glory to an established character or make it a real team effort.
9. Tread carefully around romance. Mary Sues are constantly winning the love of a character the author really likes or fixing up two previously unattached characters the author thinks should be together. Romance is possible in fan-fiction, but give it time to make it more realistic.
10. Take your time. One of the biggest flaws of Mary Sue stories is that things happen far too quickly. It will probably take a while for your new character to become really close to the canon characters, or be in a position to accomplish lots of amazing things. Go slowly. You can always write a sequel.
--Important Questions to Ask as You Make a Story (I got this off of another profile)--
1.“What Is This About?”
This is, quite seriously, my most favoritest — and what I consider to be the most important — question for any author, writer, storyteller or general-class penmonkey to ask. Like I’ve said in the past, this isn’t just a recitation of plot. This is you going elbow-deep into the story’s most tenderest of orifices and seeing what lies at the heart of the animal. It’s you saying, “This is about how when people are stripped of civilization they turn into monsters, man,” or, “It’s about how the son always becomes the father,” or, “You dance with the unicorn, you get horn-fucked by the unicorn, you feel me?” It’s about identifying the theme of your work, about exposing the emotional core and the truth one finds there. You ask this question to make sure your daily word count lines up with your overall desire.
2.“Why The Fuck Am I Writing This?”
What I call: “The Give-A-Fuck Factor.” Why do you give a fuck? Do you? Why will anyone else care? Figure out what makes your story worth writing. Maybe it’s a character. Maybe it’s an idea. Maybe it’s one scene somewhere in the third act you just can’t wait to write. Find out why you’re writing this. If you’re just phoning it in, wandering aimlessly through the narrative without purpose, the audience is going to feel that. The audience can smell confusion the way that dogs can smell fear and hobos can smell a can of beans. They’re like sharks, those hobos. HOBO SHARK II: BLOOD BEANS III. I dunno. Shut up.
3.“Is This My Story Written My Way?”
When I read a story by Joe Lansdale, I say, “That’s a goddamn Joe Lansdale story.” The voice is his. The story is his. The characters are his. You could drag me to an alternate universe where Joe Lansdale was never born and still I’d know that this book in my hands is a book by him. We have to own our fiction. We have to crack our chests open with rib-spreaders and plop our viscera right onto the page. It’s gotta be us living there. Feel out the story. Feel if this is your story written your way (and if not, make it so). Write something that matters to you. If it feels like you’re not there? Backtrack, find out where you lost the story (or the story lost you) and rediscover your voice and your path.
4.“Am I Ready?”
You ask this before you start your project and before every day of writing: am I ready? Writer and El Sexorcisto Jason Arnopp said yet-another-smartypants thing the other day on the Twittertubes: “I’m seemingly destined to regularly forget that sometimes you’re not ready to write a script because you haven’t finished thinking about it.” Amen! So say we all. Sometimes you just haven’t done the brain-work. Or gotten all your plotting and scheming out of the way. It is our nature as impetuous creators to want to jump in and do a cannonball, but all that manages to do is make a mess. Sometimes, truth is, you’re just not ready.
5.“Does This Make Sense?”
Biggest problem with Hollywood big blockbuster movies these days is they don’t make a lick of goddamn sense. Seriously, I feel like I’m in one big game of Balderdash — I’m constantly asking, “Do they expect me to believe this shit? Did they dose up a four-year-old on Nyquil and let him write this plot?” You’ll find plotholes so big you could lose a Rancor Monster in there. Don’t be that way. When you’re writing, revisit the problem: does everything line up? Nobody’s just… pulling a gun out of their asshole or suddenly crossing 2,000 miles of desert in a day? Anticipate that your readers are going to be intelligent and will be able to smell mayhem and foolishness from a mile away. Have everything make sense.
6.“What’s My Plan?”
Have a plan and cast a wary eye toward it daily. It’s okay if your plan is: “I’m going to write until I’m done.” It’s fine if your plan is, “I’m going to write the dialogue now, then a few big action pieces, then I’m going to go back and fill in all the gaps.” Doesn’t matter what the plan is: it only matters that you’ve contributed a little brain-think toward it. Don’t be a pair of loose underwear caught on a tree branch.
7.“What Do These Characters Want?”
Characters have needs, wants, and fears. Simple as that. John wants a boat. Mary fears gonorrhea. Booboo the Space Whale needs to eat a supernova-ing star or he’ll die. Every character is motivated, and that motivation is the engine that pushes them from one end of the scene and out the other. Asking this while writing helps you keep the motivations of these characters in line: these motivations drive the plot.
8.“What’s The Conflict?”
Every character has a motivation, and then you come along, the Big Ol’ Grumpy Dickhead Storyteller and throw all kinds of shit in their way to stop them from realizing their hopes and force them to confront their fears. This is conflict. Hiram wants to have a dance party at the country club but OH NOES he just got kicked out of the country club because his rival, Gunther, has been spreading lies about how Hiram likes to “lay with caribou.” Now Hiram must defeat the machinations of his rival and prove his worth to the country club. What Hiram wants is prevented by conflict. So, every day, identify the conflict. Not just in the overall story but in each scene. How do the little conflicts build to larger ones?
9.“What’s The Purpose Of This Scene?”
Every scene has its purpose. Find it. Expose it. In this scene, you need to show Rodrigo’s helplessness. In that scene, you must foreshadow the showdown between Orange Julius (Secret Agent: Orangutan) and his foe, Hobo Shark. The scene after will see the protagonist lose everything and drive home the overwhelming difficulty. Blah blah blah, etc. As you’re writing, find the purpose. Let it impel the day’s writing.
10.“What Has To Happen?”
Every plot is like a machine. Some are simple — a lever, a pulley, a nut-cracker. Others are far more complex. No matter what the case, every machine would fall apart and fail to function without certain key components, and your plot is like that. These are the legs of the chair: you need them or the story will fall over and break its teeth on the linoleum. Keep your eye on these. Know when you’re approaching one. Orchestrate them. Find the way to each. Make the No Man’s Land between them compelling, too.
11.“How Does The Setting Affect My Story?”
Setting matters. Setting contributes to conflict (snowy blizzard!), to interesting characters (Brooklyn hipster!), to mood (a low rumble of thunder indicating slow-approaching doom!). A great setting puts a great deal of story toys on the table. You’d be a fool not to grab a couple, put them into play.
12.“What Do I Want The Reader To Feel?”
The storyteller is a puppetmaster. You’re here to pull strings and make people feel something — often intensely, often deeply. And so it behooves you to aim for a feeling rather than randomly hoping one occurs. In this scene you’re writing, what do you want the audience to feel? Hopelessness? Triumph? Delight? Fear? Do you want them to laugh so hard they get a nosebleed? Or cry until they fall into a grief-struck slumber?
13.“Am I Enjoying This?”
Not every day is going to be a thrill-a-minute. Some days the word count is bliss; other days it’s like brushing the teeth of a meth-cranked baboon. But you should keep an eye on your overall enjoyment levels. You should be finding some pleasure, some measure of satisfaction, with what you’re writing. If not, try to suss out the reason. If you find it a misery, there’s a chance the reader will feel that misery, too.
14.“Am I Taunted By An Endless Parade Of Distractions?”
As you write, it’s best to ask: oh, shit, am I actually writing? Because, as it turns out, being on Twitter doesn’t count. Nor does playing a video game. Or watching football. We writers are easily distracted, like raccoons, babies, and — I’m sorry, where was I? The sun just glinted on a quarter and I found myself mesmerized for — *checks watch* — about 45 minutes. Point is, if you’re easily distracted, you need to cut that shit out. If it continues, you need to find out why. Why is it you don’t want to write the thing you (theoretically) want to write?
15.“What Else Is In My Way?”
We all find our work hindered by various reasons. Family obligations, writer’s block, technical problems, depression, vibrant hallucinations, addictions to huffing printer ink, etc. Time to identify these reasons — and by reasons, I mean, “excuses” — and begin systematically eradicating them. Find what blocks you, and either remove the block or find a way around.
16.“Where Are My Pants?”
Trick question! You should know where your pants are. They should be as far away from you as possible. Good penmonkeys work pantsless. I, for instance, pull a “Garfield” and mail my pants to Abu Dhabi. Just keep your underwear on if someone unexpected (Mostly unwanted) walks in on you.
17.“Am I Writing To Spec?”
If you’re rocking the NaNoWriMo, you know your count is 50,000 words. Or maybe you’re writing a 90-page script, or a 5,000-word short story. Always keep your mind roughly orbiting your total potential word count: good writers know to write to spec and, in the day-to-day act of penmonkeying around, recognize when they’re on-target or off-base.
18.“What’s My Daily Word Count?”
Part of writing to spec is knowing what your daily word count should be. If you’re writing NaNoWriMo, it should be somewhere between 1500-2000 words per day. Hit the target. Bing bing bing bing bang, popcorn!
19.“Who Is My Audience?”
This can be as broad or as limited as you care to make it. Your audience might be, “Everybody who loves a good thriller” down to “Teen boys between the ages of 15-18 who still wet the bed.” Just as good authors write to spec, good authors also write to an audience. A speaker would tailor his speech to his audience, and so the writer must tailor his writing to an audience as well.
20.“Have I Saved Recently?”
I am an obsessive-compulsive saver. I will save at the end of every sentence if you give me a chance. Save a whole lot. Learn to ask yourself that question in order to keep it and the habit top-of-mind. Oh, and just so we’re clear: don’t rely only on auto-save. We cannot trust robots with our future. Because robots hate us mewling meat-bags and secretly work to undermine our so-called “agenda of the flesh.”
21.“Oh Shit, Do I Have This Backed Up In 72 Different Places?”
You must save often and back up your work across multiple sources. External HD? Cloud storage? E-mail yourself the draft? Print copy? ALL OF THE ABOVE, TYPED IN CAPS TO DRIVE HOME ITS SCREAMING IMPORTANCE. RAAAAR YELLING YELLING SNARRGH. Ahem. Point being, at the end of every day’s worth of word-making, back up the file in as many ways and places as you care to manage. Future You, upon suffering a cataclysmic hard drive shitsplosion, will thank Present You for being so damn smart.
22.“What Will I Write Tomorrow?”
Toward the end of this day’s word count, keep an eye on tomorrow’s story-telling endeavors. Maybe make a few in-document notes. Keep a hazy picture of what happens when you next sit down to write. You’ll be happy when tomorrow comes. Unless tomorrow doesn’t come and the robots have finally decided to wipe us from the planet like one might wipe a booger off a drinking glass. Fuckin’ robots, man. Fuckin’ robots!
23.“Does This Look Like Shit?”
Does today’s word count look like garbage? Spelling errors? Funky plotting? Hastily-scrawled poop? That’s okay. You’re allowed to do that. Just note it. Make a little checkmark in your brain, or even do a comment in the document — just know that today’s word count will necessitate you coming back, doing some clean-up.
24.“Is This A Good Day To Write?”
Trick question! Every day is a good day to write. Go and do that which you claim to be. Writers: write!
25.“Am I Asking Myself Too Many Goddamn Questions?”
Of course you are. This post posits too many questions to seriously ask yourself: the point isn’t to compulsively go through this list of questions day in and day out, but more to help take these questions and let them float in the back of your mind: if you grow too crazy about this, you’re going to be focused more on the answers than you are on your actual word count, and that’s not the point, not the point at all. These questions are — well, you know what they’re like? You know how when you drive on one of those go-cart tracks they have the haybales up or the rubber bumpers to stop you from careening off-track and to your fiery doom? These are like that. These questions are what help keep your go-cart from flinging off into infinite space. Let them shepherd your word count rather than overwhelm it. Don’t blow a gasket. Use them where they’re useful; discard them with they’re starting to fritz your circuitry.
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--Random and/or Amusing Things I Learned While Researching Info for my Stories--
- The written language of ancient Egypt was friggin' COMPLICATED! They had symbols for an alphabet, symbols for combinations of 2, 3, and even 4 consonants, and symbols that were added to clarify meaning and represented no phonetic value.
- Real life Egyptians had a nasty habit of not writing down the letters they considered vowels.
- Luckily, thanks to some vocal sounds we don't have in English, the Egyptians considered the letters A, I, and O/U to be soft consonants.
- The ancient Egyptians called their country "Kemet" which means black sand.
- The ancient Egyptain name for pharaoh was "Per A'a"
-The word for high priest is "Hem Ntjr"
- Some other random Egyptian words I learnt:
Neb-I : my lord
Nisu : Your majesty
Neb/Nebet : My Lord/Lady
Dau Netjer en ek : Thank you
- Royal blood was believed to be passed on from the mother, so pharaohs had to marry a princess to have a legit legal claim to the throne. That explains why so many seemed to marry their sisters/half-sisters. And yet nowhere in the YGO series does it seem as if Atem had a wife... (Strangely I am thankful for that because that's just gross even to think about.)
-Ammit or Ammut, also known as Devourer, as a demon and a personification of justice, ate the condemned forever. Her name literally means Bone Eater.
- The Egyptian word 'amenrenef' means "he whose name is hidden" and, IMO, would have made a better alias for Atem than 'Yami'
- The U added to Atem's name in the Japanese version of YGO would still have been a legit Egyptian word. Egyptians used U the way English speakers use S to make a word plural, so "Atemu" is Atem in the plural tense.
-Dancing played a vital role in the lives of the ancient Egyptians. All social classes were exposed to music and dancing. Dance troupes were accessible to perform at dinner parties, banquets, lodging houses, and even religious temples. Some women from wealthy harems were trained in music and dance. They danced for royalty accompanied by female musicians playing on guitars, lyers and harps.
-The ancient Egyptians sometimes addressed the country as Ta-Mery which means Beloved Land.
- Ancient Egyptians categorized their calendar in three seasons based on agriculture. Shemu = harvest, Akhet = Flooding Season, Peret = Growing.
-The wife of an Egyptian pharaoh is often referred to by Egyptologists as a consort. This is probably due to the fact that in some people's minds, the Egyptian queen was not a wife because of the lack of a religious celebration of marriage.
-Sekhmet is a Egyptian Goddess. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to Egyptians. She was seen as the protector of the Pharaoh and led them into warfare.
- The kohl make-up used back then was made of malachite (the green copper ore), lead sulfide and other materials.
-Uraeus is the stylized, upright form of an Egyptian Cobra( or serpant, snake..) used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity and divine authority in ancient Egypt. It was usually seen atop a Pharaohs crown. Or on the Mask of a Pharaohs mummy.
- The Big Dipper was called Meskhetyw back in Ancient Egypt.
- Japanese tend to think of Christmas the way Americans think of Valentine's: romantic instead of religious.
-The name "Namu" means to devote, to adore, or to follow. It is part of a meditative chant, "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo."
-Japanese baths are meant for soaking in hot water, not cleaning yourself. You wash thoroughly before entering the bath, as the water is always kept in the tub and rarely changed. You either wash on the floor (which may have a drain) or you can just take a shower, which is usually located in the same room as the bath. The toilet is not located in the same room as the bath.
- Japanese New Year is a big holiday, pretty much the whole country stops what it's doing to celebrate.
- The legal age to drink alcohol in Japan is 20 years old. The legal drinking age in Egypt is 18 years old or 21 years old depending on the circumstances.
- Showing your teeth in Japan is considered rude.
- The ancient Egyptian translation for 'mou hitori no boku' or "the other me" is 'Key wi' which means "another me". And yes, it sounds a lot like the Japanese word for cute. lol
- Yugi's cannon birthday is June 4th.
- The first installment of the manga list the events from the past happening 5000 years ago, but it was changed to the more accurate 3,000 years ago very soon in. The dub never picked up on this change, and kept it at 5,000 years ago, which places it in the wrong historical time peroid. (I will always set things in the past in my stories 3000 years ago, not 5000.)
- Pegasus and Mai are 24 years old according the manga. (Now there is a weird thought for ya. lol)
-What do Honey from Ouran High School Host Club and Yugi have in common? They both have a AB blood type.
- Bakura’s name means, by itself, ‘baku’ translates roughly to ‘tapir’; ra is ‘good’ or ‘skilled’. No the creator didn't name him after the animal from South America.
Tapirs are associated with a certain Japanese youkai, a spirit or demon from folklore. The baku are mostly benevolent youkai that are said to eat bad dreams and nightmares so people can sleep peacefully. However, baku are also sometimes depicted as trouble makers that rob people of all their dreams, and sleep. Which is probably symbolism for what Yami Bakura supposedly did to Ryou.
-Malik means "king" in Arabic.
-When a member of the family died in Japan, usually a spouse, the living spouse sets up a small memorial shrine for the deceased which usually involves a picture of the deceased, their favorite things, incense and sometimes their ashes. Traditionally if a widow and widower marry the widower moves the shrine of her former husband into the home of her new husband and the two shrines are places together.
- People call a couple where a girl is taller than the guy a "flea couple" in Japan.
- Yami and Bakura can be both female names.
- In Japan, people dail 110 in an emergancy.
- THE PYRAMINDS IN EGYPT WERE NOT BUILT BY SLAVE LABOUR!
--About my writing (Only read these if you want to know what to expect in some of my fics, this is going to be long) --
OOC: I'll try to keep the characters away from becoming OOC; if one of the characters does act OOC without any logical reason, I’m really sorry.
I believe that people personalities can be heavily influenced by environmental stimuli and the circumstances that they grew up in. Sometimes my characters will be molded to fit the circumstances they're living in while still having traits from their canon selves. This will be reflected as such in my AU stories, especially my Reverse Falls fics.
Ratings: My writing is geared towards teens and adults. I will change the rating of a multichapter if I think it needs it.
Things to expect from my stories:
What I won't ever write period:
If anyone asks for these for a request, it will automatically be sent straight to the Shadow Realm, no questions asked.
Pairings: I write for a verity of different pairings in my fandoms. I will mostly write for ones that I like, but I will write different ones if I want to try something out as long as it doesn't go against my morals.
I won't do "love at first site" at all in my fanfics. I will try my hardest to keep the romance in my stories realistic as possible.
Grammar Errors: I hate grammar, I suck at it, and I want to send it to the Shadow Realm sometimes. I’ll try my best to correct my grammar mistakes. (If I do a stupid grammar or spelling error in my writing, you can tell me, I won't bite.)
OC Characters: I know that sues have a enact of marring the reputation of many stories and fan fics, but that doesn't stop me from taking a shot of creating characters in my own fan fics once in awhile.
I will do anything in my power to make my original characters believable as possible. The only exception to this is when I make a mary sue on propose in parody stories.
Most of the time I will use an oc is a event where I need one whether it be for a villain, a minor character or a major side role.
I won't ever write a story with a oc being romantically involved with a character (cannonxoc) as the main pairing. The only time I might have an oc involved with a canon character is as a side pairing and nothing more, even then that is rare.
I won't write "self inserts" either. I will go out of my way to make them completely different from myself, giving them traits and many character flaws like I would with any of my other characters. The only true self inserts will be a quick one shot cameo appearance and nothing more then that.
In short, if any of my OCs come off as Mary Sues for no reason, I'll do you all the favour of destroying the character for you since I hate characters like that as much as most of you guys do.
Plotlines Based on Movies or Other Animes: I like to use the general ideas of books, animes or movies to inspire other stories. For stories inspired by a movie, I will use the loose idea of a movie or anime and use a lot of my own ideas, trying to make my own version of the story. I will base the characters on their canon and not make them act like clones of the characters from the movie for no logical reason. I promise won't completely copy every single scene from a movie, having no differences from the original movie other then the characters share the same names as the ones from as the show. Some people who I think do this extremely well are Youngbountygirl and Valkyrie Elysia.
Character Naming in my YGO fics: For the YGO fandom, I will mostly use the dub names in my writing. I have nothing against the Japanese names, in fact I think some of them are awesome, it's just I've grown up with the English version and recognise those names better.
In addition, I'll only use the name, "Yami" when I'm talking about Atem, and not the spirits of all the Millennium Items.
I will always call the lighter half Marik in my writing. I will generally refer the darker half as Melvin (since I'm a fan girl of the Yugioh Abridged series), Malik or Yami Marik.
Normally, the Pharaoh will be called Yami, Atem, Nameless Pharaoh, Prince or Pharaoh in my fan fics depending on the character. I won't ever use the name Yami Yugi unless I have to.
I'll call always the host Ryou and the spirit inside the ring Bakura. I won't use the name Yami Bakura in my writing all, so if I mention the name Bakura in my writing I mean "Yami Bakura" not Ryou!
--Criticism Definitions 101: For Writers and Critics (Taken from Peachie Wookie's Profile)--
Authors and authoresses, I think we all need a tutorial on what the differences between flames, harsh criticism and constructive criticism are. We all criticize our fellow authors' works at one time or another, reminding ourselves that none of us are perfect. It is important, therefore to know what the differences between flames, harsh criticism and constructive criticism.
1. The flame: A flame is characterized by no suggestions on improvement. It is simply a diatribe on how the story sucked, the author sucked and how s/he should get out of writing because s/he has no talent. A flame may also contain vulgar language, particularly language that would not be acceptable on North American TV. A borderline flame may contain some constructive criticism, but it also has insults that do nothing to help the author. A flame also contains insults toward the author in different forms.
2. The harsh (but useful) criticism: Okay, many of us have had a criticism that we agreed or disagreed with for some reason. Perhaps we needed to hear what was said, but it was phrased less than diplomatically. The critic intended honesty but was perhaps a little bit too blunt or used language that was too rough for the situation. This is not a flame, but is a criticism that can be used to our advantage.
3. The constructive criticism: This type of criticism contains what a critic liked about the story and what s/he felt you could improve upon. It is well worded and you, the author, can say, "Okay, this is definitely where I need some improvement and I'm glad you pointed that out."
Ps: I can take criticism as long as it constructive and you aren’t being totally rude about it. I’m also happy to hear from you good or bad, (preferably good though lol). I also apologize in advanced for the spelling and grammar errors in my writing. If you have a question about something in my writing, just ask, I'm not going to bite.
For the people who are always there for me and reviewed my stories since the beggining. I thank you guys a ton!
Also, since I posted my first story, I've sometimes seeked advice from some people whenever I need help. Youngbountygirl, Shadowclanwarrior, s2Teennovelist, and Raving in the Rain, you guys are the best ! :)
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