CaptainLaughs
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Joined 12-05-10, id: 2644843, Profile Updated: 09-02-14
Author has written 1 story for Naruto.

Despite the name CaptainLaughs, I do not necessarily focus on comedy. There's likely to be at least a little of it in anything I write, if only because I think that reflects real life accurately, but I'll try not to force jokes.

I'm a fan of a large number of things, mostly in the category of Speculative Fiction.

When it comes to Fantasy, I love the Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter series, the Song of Ice and Fire series, the Dresden Files, and the Chronicles of Amber, among others.

In terms of Sci-Fi, I have an abiding love for Dune, the works of Isaac Asimov, David Weber's Honor Harrington books, and plenty more.

That's a start on the books. I love fiction in pretty much every form and medium, from movies and TV shows to webcomics to video games. Each has something unique to offer, the way I see it.

When it comes to Anime and Manga (which are a relatively recent discovery for me, in comparison to just about everything else) I've enjoyed Monster, Code Geass, Black Lagoon, and Hellsing, for a start.

If asked to pick a favorite anything, the answer would likely change over the course of 24 hours.

When considering any given work of fiction, I tend to love it for one (or more) of three things: Characters, Plot and Style. The last is hardest to define, and there's overlap between all three, of course.

When I set out to write anything about any characters, whether it's short or long, original or fanfic, there is always one question I try to ask myself: what is day-to-day life like in this world? If I can't answer the question, that means I don't have a handle on the characters. Our everyday lives reveal things about us that DRAMATIC EVENTS do not, and those things can be equally important. If you want to get a feel for a character, don't just ask "does he kill people?" or "is he a good guy or bad guy?" Also ask questions like "what does he usually eat for dinner?" or "does he keep his bedroom/house/apartment clean?" The answers can be revealing and helpful. Similarly, if trying to make up a new species in a fantasy or sci-fi setting, try to start with the basics, like what they eat. Are they herbivores, omnivores or carnivores? The answer will probably determine a lot about their society.

Of course, when creating anything, the most important thing is to fit the story-logic and entertain. I strive for a degree of realism, but too much can be as bad as too little sometimes. And if a story isn't enjoyable, entertaining or meaningful in some way then technical merits don't amount to much.

Current Project(s) status:

Genin to Hokage (A Naruto Fic, obviously): On hiatus as of 9/2/2014

The story will resume as soon as possible, which should be within a month at most.

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Time Braid by ShaperV

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Mass Effect: Newton's Second Law by Raven Studios reviews
Commander Jalissa A. Shepard is back. Now, coping with the fallout of her own death and caught in an unpleasant alliance of necessity, she and her crew scramble to stop the Collectors. Mass Effect 2 as told through 1000-word vignettes. (Cover images all belong to Bioware. As with Mass Effect itself, I'm just borrowing them and giving credit where it's due.)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 220 - Words: 226,522 - Reviews: 1371 - Favs: 198 - Follows: 245 - Updated: 4/5 - Published: 4/11/2012 - Shepard (F)
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong reviews
Petunia married a biochemist, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, and a world of intriguing new possibilities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione Granger, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell... COMPLETE.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 122 - Words: 661,619 - Reviews: 29801 - Favs: 16,083 - Follows: 14,343 - Updated: 3/14 - Published: 2/28/2010 - Harry P., Hermione G. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Natural 20 by Sir Poley reviews
Milo, a genre-savvy D&D Wizard and Adventurer Extraordinaire is forced to attend Hogwarts, and soon finds himself plunged into a new adventure of magic, mad old Wizards, metagaming, misunderstandings, and munchkinry. Updates Fridays.
Crossover - Harry Potter & Dungeons and Dragons - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 72 - Words: 301,307 - Reviews: 5216 - Favs: 3,674 - Follows: 4,222 - Updated: 2/27 - Published: 5/7/2012
Mass Effect: Newton's First Law by Raven Studios reviews
If the Normandy's crew knew what they were in for, they would have stepped back to wonder if they were in the wrong line of work. But when serving with a crew like this, it's not all bad news, all the time. Snapshots of Mass Effect in 1000-word vignettes. (Cover images all belong to Bioware. As with Mass Effect itself, I'm just borrowing them and giving credit where it's due.)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 246 - Words: 258,039 - Reviews: 1055 - Favs: 333 - Follows: 223 - Updated: 3/5/2012 - Published: 6/25/2010 - Shepard (F), Kaidan A. - Complete
Mass Effect: I Remember Me by Raven Studios reviews
The things we have in common with others are not always pleasant ones. Follows the background mission for which it is named, and features the Shepard from "Cause and Effect" and "Newton's First Law".
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,749 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/23/2010 - Shepard (F) - Complete
Cause and Effect by Raven Studios reviews
Pre-Mass Effect. Jalissa Shepard meant to stay a farmer on Mindoir after high school. And then the batarians came. 100 prompts. 1000 words. From Mindoir, through basic, to Elysium, to just before boarding the Normandy. Snapshots of Shepard's life. (Cover images all belong to Bioware. As with Mass Effect itself, I'm just borrowing them and giving credit where it's due.)
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 100 - Words: 103,971 - Reviews: 211 - Favs: 170 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 6/24/2010 - Published: 11/16/2009 - Shepard (F) - Complete
Alexandra Quick and the Thorn Circle by Inverarity reviews
The war against Voldemort never reached America, but all is not well there. When 11-year-old Alexandra Quick learns she is a witch, she is plunged into a world of prejudices, intrigue, and danger. Who wants Alexandra dead, and why?
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 29 - Words: 165,657 - Reviews: 480 - Favs: 483 - Follows: 128 - Updated: 12/24/2007 - Published: 12/23/2007 - OC - Complete
Genin to Hokage reviews
In the ninja world, many nations and factions exist, each with their own goals and beliefs. When Orochimaru breaks the continent's fragile peace, a new chapter of history will begin as war breaks out. This war, the first for many and last for some, will reshape the world and those who live in it as they fight for survival and victory. An alternate universe take on Naruto.
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 36 - Words: 327,468 - Reviews: 243 - Favs: 407 - Follows: 420 - Updated: 8/8/2014 - Published: 1/27/2013 - Naruto U., Sasuke U., Sakura H.