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Author has written 65 stories for SeaQuest, Harry Potter, RENT, X-Men: The Movie, Ironman, Sherlock, Avengers, Bad Girls, Nightcomers, Final Fantasy I-VI, and Nightmare Before Christmas.
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 am involved in a new forum and would love it if you gave it a try: The Writing Virtues. Another forum I frequent is Writers Anonymous. You can also find me at AO3, tumblr, youtube, and deviantart under darkin520.
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!
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. I am working on an eventual Tenko piece , and a few of you have been asking me to do a Boomers piece. I will try one eventually; I just don't have an idea yet. Hopefully, once the next season airs, I'll come up with something.
I do take some plotbunnies and create stories out of them, but I don't use every plotbunny suggested to me. The ones I will do usually involve Kristin and Nathan in some way. If you do have a suggestion, all I can say is to try me and see. But also know I have a lot of plotbunnies of my own and those take precedence.
Current projects: My current WIP is In Justice For All; I know it's slow in progressing, but I promise it's all planned. It's more a matter of finding the time to write, but I promise it will be finished. All in due time. I also started a Disney/sQ one-shot collection.
I don't really have a set schedule for one-shots/two-shots. Those come to me out of the blue, and I will write them when I get the chance. Also, I will write them while doing WIP's as my WIP's tend to be very angsty, and my one-shots are usually the opposite. I need happy one-shots to keep me sane and balanced or I get sad.
I have a Christmas story that I will finish soon. I've also brought Moments back from the dead, and it will be finished this time. And if that's not enough, I've entered another challenge contest. That story will be entitled Splinters and will be posted before March 31st (because that's when the contest ends).
Upcoming projects: I promised myself I wouldn't start this until after Justice is complete, but my next story will be one of those 'Why did Kristin leave stories?' I know I have a few of those, but this one I've never seen written ever. It would involve Kristin having amnesia with a twist. That's all I can say without spoilers at the moment, but it will be entitled A Familiar Taste of Poison.
Also, due to a special request, there will be a story similar to Nothing Else Matters (an AO3-only story). The new story will end up being MA, so it will be on AO3 as well, but I'm hoping to be able to make earlier chapters T-rated to post them here. It will be entitled The Unforgiven.
On the subject of reviews:
I'm part of the review revolution. In other words, I believe in reviewing everything I read. I do review 99.9 % of everything I read, even when I'm fandom blind. That other one 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 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 reviews given: 2585
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 reviews, 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 enjoy 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.
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.
In addition to the stories currently listed on my profile, I also have a few stories in forum collaborations:
That Loving Feeling (seaQuest)
The Road To Hell (Avengers)
Godspeed and Sweet Dreams (Harry Potter)
Lost Souls (seaQuest)--This has the original ending other than what is posted on my profile. For a dark twist, read this one.
And Justice For All Extras:
"Room for Morals" photo manipulation can be fond under atwojay (Esther Huffleclaw on FFN) on deviantart.
And Justice For All playlist can be found under Draco's Dreamer (Cheile on FFN) on Live Journal, the August 30th, 2014 post.
Recognitions and Awards:
The Reviews Lounge, Too 2014 Reviewer's Choice Awards Best Gift!fic winner: The Road To Hell
The Reviews Lounge, Too 2015 Reviewer's Choice Awards Best Drama winner: Angels At War
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! :)