Author has written 182 stories for Princess Tutu, Greek Mythology, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, Sailor Moon, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Powerpuff Girls, Starship, xxxHOLiC, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Glee, Firefly, Justice League, Tsubasa Chronicle, Batman Beyond, Superman, Young Justice, Merlin, Doctor Who, Hobbit, Fairy Tales, Sherlock, StarTrek: The Original Series, Star Trek: 2009, Twilight, Angel, Dexter's Laboratory, and Once Upon a Time.
Hey guys, um... welcome to my profile, I guess. My name is Nicole, though I also go by Cole and Nicnac, I'm 22 and hail from California (which should be vague enough to still protect me from all those internet stalkers I'm sure I have). I've been a reader ever since I was a little kid, but only got into fan fiction (both reading and writing) somewhat recently.
The only thing that would absolutely keep me from reading a story would be if it was not well written, though there are things that tend to turn me off a story unless it is especially amazing. As far as pairing goes I don't like when a character is given a sexuality opposite to one establish in canon (the one weird exception to this is SV Lex/Clark, and no I have no clue why but that's how it is), when the pairing interferes with one I'm particularly emotionally invested in, incest (which I typically define as being more closely related than first cousins, whether I count the cousins typically depends on how they interacted growing up), or student-teacher relationships. Outside of the romance aspect I dislike significant amounts of OOC (a little bit of it is understandable, since this is FAN fiction), OCs as main characters, and wanton discarding of canon facts because they don't fit your story (the one exception to this is vague AU SV futurfics... and I'm starting to sense a pattern here), especially if the story is supposed to be for want of a nail (exceptions for Word of God facts or facts that were established after the story was written though).
As far as what I write, I tend to avoid any of the things mentioned above (no promises if I ever write a parody though), as well as not writing lemons or action-heavy scenes, since I already know they won't come out well. Other than that I write whatever and whenever inspiration strikes, though I tend to lean more toward one shots than chaptered stories. Most of my stories are Harry Potter or Princess Tutu or Smallville, but if I watched or read it I'm more than happy to take a stab writing it. To that end, if anyone has something they'd like to see written feel free to ask, and I promise to at least consider it, even if I never actually end up writing it.
Everything I need to know about card games, I learned from watching Yu-Gi-Oh! (It should be noted that this isn't something I copied and pasted from somewhere, I wrote this myself. Feel free to copy and paste it if you like it, but credit where credit is due, yeah?)
20. If you are playing a relatively common card that most people are familiar with, declare what it does. Every. Single. Time.
19. If you are playing a relatively rare card that your opponent is not likely to be familiar with, don’t tell them what it does. Even if they ask.
18. It’s perfectly okay to taunt your opponent about the fact that they don’t know what your cards do.
17. You don’t need to declare your moves when you make them; you can to wait until their effect might impact the game to declare them. Even if that’s not until turns later.
16. Feel free to change the rules of the game. Don’t tell your opponent what the new rules are if you don’t feel like it.
15. If you can’t have giant holographic monsters, don’t bother playing. Some of the rules won’t make any sense otherwise.
14. If you come across a card whose effect makes no sense, stick it in your deck anyway. The rules will eventually change to make it exceedingly useful.
13. The only consistent thing about the rules is that they will change.
12. If another player beats you, in even just one game, then they are a better duelist than you. There is no such thing as having lucky or unlucky draws, or an off day.
11. It’s not uncommon for a good duelist to have never lost a duel EVER.
10. If you are going to lose the duel on either your or your opponent’s next turn, and only one card in your deck could possibly save you, that will be the card you will draw.
9. Likewise, it is a perfectly valid choice to plan out a strategy for a duel far in advance. You will draw all the cards you need, and none of them will be at the bottom of your deck.
8. Everyone has a signature monster. They will play this monster in almost every single duel and no one else will ever play this monster unless they are being deliberately provocative.
7. Everyone loves card games, and will stop and watch one they come across.
6. Similarly, no one will complain if you interrupt their day in order to stage a card game.
5. A duel in progress can never be stopped, even if you discover your opponent is blatantly cheating.
4. If you aren’t playing in order to save your family/your friends/your livelihood/the world, don’t bother playing at all. You aren’t going to win.
3. It doesn’t matter if your opponent has more experience or skill than you, if you have the power of friendship and you believe in the heart of the cards then you will win.
2. The only force strong enough to possibly beat the power of friendship is the heart of the cards. The reverse is also true.
And, most importantly…
1. Card games are SERIOUS BUSINESS!
I got a review today (6/11/2012) that kind of pissed me off, so I wanted to throw out a reviewing ettiquite tip out there, in the hopes that it might help some other author from suffering the same. I'm going to start with two lists.
a) I hate character X
b) The pairing X/Y really annoys me
c) I think Parody (time travel, romance, slice of life, AU, etc.) stories are stupid
a) Character X is acting really OOC
b) The X/Y pairing feels forced here
c) Your humor (time lines, romance, created 'verse, etc.) doesn't make sense
Now both of these lists are perfectly valid reasons to not like a story. But if you are going to write a review it should focus on the things in the second list. That is, you should only be complaining about how the story falls short of the author's intentions, not about what the author's intentions are. Remember, everyone here is sharing these stories with you completely free of obligations on your part, and tearing down something that they put time and effort (and no small amount of self-esteem) into for no other reason than it offends your personal sensibilities is a poor thank you. If you can't say something nice or constructive (or both!) then don't say anything at all.
I also have a livejournal. All my fics are cross-posted onto here, but the livejournal also has rants and musings. If you wanted to check it out my user name is the same as here, nicnac918.
Disclaimer: Any recognizable characters, places, events, etc., in any of my stories belong to the owners of the fiction they are based off of.