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Author has written 73 stories for SeaQuest, Harry Potter, RENT, X-Men: The Movie, Ironman, Sherlock, Avengers, Bad Girls, Nightcomers, Final Fantasy I-VI, Nightmare Before Christmas, Tenko, and American Horror Story.
I realize that updates are few and far between. Life gets in the way sometimes, but I promise you, all stories here will be finished. I'm a comeback kid, and I'm here to stay. Thank you for being patient. :)
UPDATE: I'll try to keep this note brief, but I feel like I have some explaining to do. This past year has been a difficult year for all sorts of reasons, so I haven't updated/written much. For the last few months, I've dealt with a lymph node infection that has wreaked havoc on my body. I am trying to get back into a writing routine of sorts when life allows, but I do want you to know that even when you don't see any updates, I am writing in my spare time. I cannot say when I will update or write anything new, but I will at some point. All I can ask from you is that you please be patient. I am trying, but life has other plans. If you have further questions, you can always PM me. I'll do my best to reply. Thank you for your patience and for staying with me.
*Thanks to all reviewers (both those signed in and anonymous) who take the time to leave me real reviews. I appreciate your comments more than you know, and you always help me make my way back home.*
Hello, hello, and welcome to my profile. I go by darkin or dark. Really, I don't mind what I'm called as long as it's not insulting.
You can also find me at these other sites, if you're interested. I don't have as much on my AO3 as here, but I'm working on that. I am sporadic on tumblr and dA. I do fanvids on YouTube and Vidders . net; you might enjoy those. Be sure to eliminate spaces when copying/pasting links.
AO3: archiveofourown .org /users/darkin520/works
tumblr: www .tumblr .com/blog/darkin520
deviantart: darkin520 .deviantart .com
YouTube: www .youtube .com/user/darkin520
vidders: vidders .net/profile/darkaccalia520
My preferred fandom is seaQuest...and probably always will be. I may occasionally stray into other fandoms, but seaQuest will always have my heart. My favorite character is Kristin Westphalen, and she is almost always a feature in all my seaQuest stories, although I obviously include the whole crowd. I'm also a huge Nathan and Kristin shipper!
I've also fallen in love with American Horror Story. It has been a long-time favorite of mine, but I'd never written for it before until recently. SeaQuest takes precedence, but I do have a couple of one-shots planned in the near future. Asylum and Coven are my two favorite seasons. Therefore, I'm planning a Fiona Goode and Cordelia Foxx story that will resolve the relationship between mother and daughter a bit (it leans more towards a Fiona character study of sorts). Another planned story will be a bit of Asylum and Freak Show crossover and resolving Pepper's situation. They are currently untitled, and I can't say when they'll be posted, but I've seen expressed interest from AHS fans. Those are my plans in that fandom for now. I have one WIP idea, but I don't plan to even think about working on it until my sQ stories are finished. Sorry.
For my seaQuest fans, don't worry. I'm not abandoning you. I'm just expanding my horizons, and I love Jessica Lange almost as much as Stephanie Beacham. ;)
My earlier works may not be the best, but I like to think I improve with every story. Please know that I am slowly cleaning up my older works. However, there are some things I won't fix. The reason is to show readers how much I have improved since the beginning.
I adore Stephanie Beacham, so some of the fandoms I venture into are ones she's been involved in.
Story requests from fandoms I know and fanvid requests are welcome. I've recently collected footage from other fandoms (that I've written for). So if you have a request, just ask, and I'll see what I can do.
And Justice For All: In the wake of a terrorist threat, the seaQuest crew must help an underwater colony. But when things don't go as planned and Nathan is presumed dead, how will the crew survive? When it comes to light that he was merely a pawn in a diabolical game, can the crew save him and the future? First season. AU.
Where Are You Christmas?: Sequel to Simple Gifts. With the world at war, it's doesn't seem much like Christmas, no matter what the calendar says. Can the Bridger family and friends ever find happiness in such a world again? Post-third season. AU. Three-shot.
Just Keep Swimming: Written for The Reviews Lounge, Too Disney song challenge. A collection of one-shots involving our favorite characters with a sprinkling of Disney inspiration. Because when life gets the seaQuest crew down, they just have to keep swimming.
The Unforgiven: Dr. Zellar creates a new kind of game with the seaQuest crew as his players. First season, canon.
*Upcoming projects in the works*
A Familiar Taste Of Poison: A follow-up to Irrelevant. This will be another 'why did Kristin leave?' story and will be a WIP.
You Don't Know My Heart: Jealousy clouds the vision of a certain captain when Kristin takes on a new project for a male friend.
Lost Boy: For Lucas' eighteenth birthday, he decides he finally wants to be found.
If It Ain't Broke: A Maureen and John one-shot.
American Horror Story:
Coven: A currently untitled Fiona and Cordelia resolution story.
Asylum/Freak Show: A currently untitled Pepper story.
*So most people know I make fanvids as well; I post them on YouTube and AO3 mainly. I also use Vidders, but that's only for when YouTube doesn't like my song and gives me copyright issues. ;) Anyway, because I get fanvid requests from time to time, I thought I'd list the ones I'm definitely working on. Can't say for sure when they'll be uploaded, as these are bigger projects, but all I can ask is that you stay tuned.*
Echoes in Rain (Enya) - the women of seaQuest
Fight Song (Rachel Platten) - the women of seaQuest
What it Takes (Montgomery Gentry) - the men of seaQuest
One Last Breath (Creed) - I'm somewhat undecided if this will strictly be a Lucas video or a Lucas, Kristin, and Nathan video
Lost Boy (Ruth B) - Lucas (to be posted in accordance with an upcoming one-shot)
*Since I've got two women of seaQuest videos planned, I'd like to find another song for the men. Originally, it was going to be 'til I Collapse by Eminem, but it won't quite work for our crew, since the song references Em himself. So if you have any song suggestions for our men, please PM me. I'd love to hear them. :)
Apocalyptic (Halestorm) - Sable/Jason
*On the subject of reviews*
I am a proud daughter of the review revolution! In other words, I believe in reviewing everything I read, regardless of its age, number of reviews, or anything else.
I do review 99.9 % of everything I read, even when I'm fandom blind. That other .1 percent? It's because I have nothing nice to say.
I also believe in giving the sort of reviews I'd like to receive: constructive criticism. I realize not everyone wants that, so I have refrained from reviewing as much in my own fandom for that reason, since I've found not everyone cares for those types of reviews. If you are a writer in the seaQuest fandom and do want critique, let me know, and I'll try to oblige. But it would be nice if you're reading my work, to drop a review in return. If we don't want this fandom to die, we need to work together.
I only read and review things I like, and I review almost everything I read. I do write a lot, but I also try to read and review a lot as a way to give back for all the reviews I've gotten. I am actually proud of my given reviews count.
Current number of signed reviews given: 2746
My review style is not malicious, but if there's one thing I have to say, it isn't always a rose garden. Remember that when I critique, I am only critiquing your story, not you as a person, and critique is only meant to help you be a better writer.
While I have no problems giving reviews, it isn't very fun to be solicited. Please don't solicit me for reviews. I am active on the forums, and I meet a lot of people. Yes, I've given some unsolicited reviews to forum members, but that doesn't mean I'll drop everything to read and review your story. It's nothing against you, but please let it be something I do on my own accord, not because you asked me to.
If you leave me a review, I will leave you an appreciative reply, either via PM or on an author's note if you're an anon reviewer. If you follow or favorite, I kindly thank you, but I won't write you a personal reply. I do appreciate the fact you liked something I've done, though.
If you read my work, I'd love to know what you think about it. I welcome all reviews, even if you think I'm the worst writer on the planet. I can't fix anything unless I'm told. I value concrit like gold and am always trying to improve. Like any writer here, I love reviews.
I have no interest in enabling the anonymous reviewers who leave me reviews that are based on forum posts and/or include crude language. If you want to discuss things that happen on the forums, you'll have to make an account and post on the forums.
If you take the time to leave me a real review that's about my writing and leave the cursing for private messages, I'll leave it.
Otherwise, your comments are deleted and unconsidered.
*To my fellow seaQuest writers*
I downloaded this seaQuest guide a while back from scribd and uploaded it to my OneDrive. It comes in very handy in the writing department, so here's a link (be sure to eliminate spaces and add proper punctuation where applicable): https :// 1drv.ms / w /s!Amo6h1DAnwx7lVsQo1rVFe0l1Bu-
Also, for Netflix users, you may know that Whale Song is missing. If you've never seen it and would like to watch it, I've uploaded that to my OneDrive as well. Here's a link (be sure to eliminate spaces and add proper punctuation where applicable): https :// 1drv.ms / v /s!Amo6h1DAnwx7lweCaURt-2L9PCRO
If you're leaving me reviews in the hopes I'll reciprocate, I can't promise I will. I do try to read and review often in the fandom, but I can't like every story there. If I don't read and review your work, there's a reason for it. I am picky about what I like.
If your story doesn't feature Kristin, then I most likely won't read it, unless something else sparked my interest in the story. Or if your story does feature Kristin, and I'm not reviewing, it could be something as simple as SPAG. I'm far too pedantic, and I literally can't get past SPAG errors. I'm also not a fan of OC Mary Sues that trump the main characters.
I support anyone and everyone who has the guts to post their work publicly, and I respect each and every one of you. If you're posting a story I'm not reading, I've likely glanced at the first chapter and decided to no longer continue nor give my honest opinion so as not to hurt your feelings.
If you truly want my honest opinion, PM me. Otherwise, please respect the fact I just might not like what you're writing, which is why I haven't reviewed it. I hope you won't be offended. I can't please everyone with my stories either. We like what we like, and I certainly wouldn't want anyone reading my work if they didn't enjoy it.
*Accepting critique tips that have helped me over the years and could help you, too (originally from scribophile)*
1. Don't Take It Personally: Critiquers aren't trying to attack you, to purposely hurt your feelings, or to get you down. They don't even know who you; they're telling you what they honestly think of your writing because they genuinely want you to improve.
2. Be Grateful: Being critiqued is a privilege, not a right. Someone has taken time out of their day to read your writing and to put their feedback into words for you. Appreciate the effort they've given even if you don't agree with the critique, and make sure to say "thank you."
3. Don't Get Defensive: If a critique really gets to you, wait a day and cool down before responding. Becoming defensive is a sure way to dissuade others from critiquing your work in the future, and will sting the critiquer who took the time to give you feedback.
4. Be Understanding: Not everyone has written a critique before. What you might consider a sub-par or useless critique may be someone's first-ever try. Instead of responding in an aggressive or accusatory way, reach out and help them improve their critiquing skills.
5. No Matter What, Stay Polite: Even if you're positive you're dealing with a flat-out jerk, stay polite anyway. Keep your cool, don't stoop to their level, and don't start a nasty argument.
*Forum collaboration pieces*
Lost Souls (original version)
*And Justice For All Extras (be sure to eliminate spaces when copying/pasting)*
"Room for Morals" by Esther Huffleclaw on FFN: atwojay .deviantart .com/art/Room-for-morals-466783022
And Justice For All playlist can be found under Draco's Dreamer (Cheile on FFN) on Live Journal: dracosdreamer .livejournal .com/19131 .html
*Recognitions and Awards*
The Reviews Lounge, Too 2014 Reviewer's Choice Awards:
Best Gift!fic winner: The Road To Hell
Best story written by an RLter nominee: Remember When
Best Reviewer nominee
Kill 'em with kindness nominee
Best Review Tag player nominee
Most Spirited nominee
The Reviews Lounge, Too 2015 Reviewer's Choice Awards:
Best Drama winner: Angels At War
Best Family/Friendship story nominee: The Navy Wives Club
Best collaboration entry story: Lost Souls
Best Humor story nominee: The Navy Wives Club
Best Gift!fic nominee: Boomerang
Best forum ship nominee: dark!Madame
Best Review Tag Player nominee
Best Reviewer nominee
Best Big Bang Illustrator nominee
Writers Anonymous Broken Object Challenge Winner:
*An Autobiography in Five Chapters from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche*
1) I walk down the street.
2) I walk down the same street.
3) I walk down the same street.
4) I walk down the same street.
5) I walk down another street.
I haven't much else to say at the moment. If you have questions, go ahead and PM me. I'll be happy to talk to you. Also, I appreciate your interest in me and my stories! :)
And to anyone who's read, reviewed, favorited, or followed me or my works, a huge and heartfelt thank you!