Author has written 74 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.
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.
I'm a Taurus, metal monkey, Hufflepuff, INTP female for what it's worth.
I am also the proud moderator and co-admin of The Reckoning Forum. Come on in and check it out!
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 (You'll find links a little further down for 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
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.--Currently on hiatus.
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.--Currently on hiatus.
If This Is Love: Rebuilding bridges is never easy, especially when Kristin is forced to rejoin seaQuest and face her demons. Second season AU.
*What's going on with my stories?*
And Justice For All
Well, as you can tell, I haven't updated And Justice For All for quite a while. What happened? I still have things planned for it, but I got some harsh (but true) criticism about chapters currently written that made me question it. Therefore, it's currently on hiatus until I can fix the issues with it to ensure it is the best story I can write for you. How long that will take, I can't say. I'm undecided if I'll delete it and overhaul it, like I did with Moments Like This or if I'll just make edits as I go. I'm leaning towards a complete rewrite, since it worked with Moments. But that means I lose all the reviews I already have, which is a bit of a setback. Regardless, it's on hiatus until further notice. I apologize for this, but it will be reworked and updated at some point. I appreciate your patience. If you've got an opinion on whether it should be deleted and overhauled or just reworked as is, feel free to PM me.
Much like Justice, I got some harsh (but true) criticism that made me question a few things with my plot. The good news is it's much easier to rework than Justice, since there's only one chapter posted. The bad news is it's also on hiatus until I can work out the kinks. I'm sorry for this, but again, I want to put my best writing out there, and if there's some issues with the plot, that's got to be fixed before I can move forward. My plan is to return to this story after If This Is Love is finished. Thanks for your patience.
Where Are You Christmas?
Sorry, I just lost my passion for this one, so I decided to let it go. It wasn't very good anyway. I just didn't want an incomplete story sitting there anymore.
If This Is Love
As you know, this is my current project and still is. Updates may be delayed due to real life, but an update is coming. Thanks for your patience on that as well.
*Upcoming projects in the works*
Living in Retrogade: A mini-WIP (5-10 chapters, give or take) where Kristin is murdered and time moves backwards to help Nathan prevent it from happening in the first place.
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 and will probably a two-shot.
Lost Boy: For Lucas' eighteenth birthday, he decides he finally wants to be found, one-shot.
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.
*I post them on YouTube and vidders . net, but YouTube will sometimes block them due to copyright issues. That's when they must be moved (or altered). Because of that, I thought I'd take and post links here. If one video has to move, I'll update the link so you can find them easier. There are a lot, so this list might take a little while to compile. Please bear with me.*
American Horror Story: Asylum
*This is my to-do list. May be subject to change.
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
After The Rain (Nickelback) - 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)
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 try to be mindful of that. However, I'm also not one to tell you your story is perfect. All writers have something they can improve on, including me. If I like your story well enough to review, I try to be as kind as I can be in my concrit. If it's my first time reviewing you, I try to add a disclaimer in that if you don't want to know what can be improved, please PM me, and I'll refrain. But do please speak out if that's not what you want. I try to support other writers here. I'm not trying to make enemies through my reviews.
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: 2772
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
*So this is every exciting. A couple months back, I was approached by a lovely gentleman here whose penname is BigTAnderson. You see, BigT has a YouTube channel where he does fanfiction readings, and he asked if he could do a reading of Mansion. I happily agreed. So down below, you'll see a link to the video. But please, please, please check out his other videos. He features lots of writers there, and if we all support him and help his channel grow, he can hopefully feature as many writers as possible. So please show him some support by subscribing if you're active on YouTube. Thank you.*
*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:
The Room's Winter 2017 Memoir Madness 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!