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Author has written 4 stories for Mario.
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#1) Are you dead?
#2) Will you tell me what happens to Mario in "Quest for Royalty"?
#3) Are you still writing?
Answer:...Yes. Are these all roundabout ways of asking me what's taking so long releasing the next chapter? Interestingly enough, most of the time these PMs are from people who have never left a review on any of my stories - but your sometimes in-depth comments make it clear that you're one of the people who contribute to the view count each time a chapter is released. For that, you have my endless gratitude. And the least I could do to express such a depth of gratitude would be to become a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year author who churns out a dozen chapters a day, right? Right? Well, no. As awesome as it would be to be able to produce that much work so quickly, the process I use to write just doesn't allow it.
I won't go too in-depth for the sake of not boring you to sleep, but the broad strokes of it are this: much more work than writing a chapter goes into actually making the chapter presentable for an audience. For example, the next chapter is finished. Yes, finished. At least its first draft version is. But nonono, wait, put down your torches and pitchforks; this is not me maniacally laughing and taunting you "I know what happens next and you don't, nana!" Which, technically, I do, but I still don't know what the final version of the journey is going to be anymore than you do. And after all, the journey's more important than the destination, right? Anyway, you do not even want to see the chapter in its present condition. It's on the cutting room floor, which means it is being mercilessly hacked to bits and reconstructed into something palatable. Right now, you wouldn't even recognize it as a chapter.
Don't worry, just as soon as it's ready for public consumption, it will be released, and not a moment too soon.
#4) Are you single?
Answer: Hahahahaha...uhhh, to you, my male (or female) stalker of teh Internets, no. No I'm not. Honestly, I don't know where these questions come from. Is it my profile picture? Because you don't know if that's really me, or if I just snagged that picture off teh Internets and plastered it there. Come on, I could be a truck driver named Earl with a receding hairline living in my mom's basement with two divorces and a beer gut under my belt...in which case, yes, I'm very single. Where did you say you lived again? We should meet up! Uh...and one question, you don't work for Dateline, do you? Just thought I'd ask.
#5) Do you hate yourself/your writing? Sometimes I think you get a little harsh on yourself.
Answer: No, I don't. I'm sorry if you think I'm harsh, but trust me, you don't need to protect me from...myself. I don't hurt my own feelings. I just happen to possess the good fortune of not being offended easily as well as a mildly self-deprecating sense of humor. Like poking fun at my flaws and blonde moments and whatnot, it's all in fun.
#6) Will you read and review my story?
Answer: Hmm...I hate to turn anyone down, so I will probably review at least the first chapter. But it might take me some time to do so. If I've told you yes but haven't yet, I didn't lie and I haven't forgotten; you are on the list and I will get to you as soon as I am able.
#7) Why do you write in the Marioverse?/Do you read fics that aren't Mario?
Answer: The reason I like writing in the Marioverse is because it's a nice, broad, almost blank canvas to play in. The characters are only characterized a little bit and can be tweaked to fit certain situations, there are separate canons, placing the setting in a fantasy world or in New York, and the brotherly dynamic is fun to play with. Also, Nintendo is very important to me, as I love the diverse characters they have created, but the Mario franchise is the most important to me because they are the only Nintendo games I have ever played. The other Nintendo characters I know mostly from their tie-in cartoons or I've just heard about them in conversation or something. But basically, I associate Mario/Nintendo with my childhood. That said, I read plenty of fics outside Mario, often fandoms I've never even heard of before. Sometimes you find the best stories if you get out of your comfort zone and dive right into fanfics from shows and movies you've never seen.
#8) Why do you alter Mario so much (i.e. make it darker, put it in a harsher world, etc.)?
Answer: Ha, well, the short answer is because I can. But the longer answer is, Mario games are the only squeaky clean ones I have played. I didn't play Kirby or Sonic or Spyro growing up. I may have seen others play them, but for whatever reason I never owned or played them. All the other games I had were violent in some way...Dragon Ball Z fighting games, zombie shoot-em-up games, car chases, explosions, action action action! - and I thought, "hey, wouldn't it be awesome if I combined squeaky clean with the other kind of games?" So I did it. And some people agree that yes, it is awesome. While others do not. And that's cool. A variety of responses like that is normal and natural and it's awesome. So you guys, likers of my ideas or dislikers, don't you ever change.
#9) Who's your favorite character?
Answer: Luigi. Yeah. I know you wouldn't think it from the treatment he gets in some of my fics, but yes. In a way, it's boring and typical of me to say that - Luigi is almost everyone's favorite. It's ironic that his mass appeal is him being the underdog to Mario, and yet most people I've talked to agree that Luigi is the more widely-liked character. What can I say, I'm a sucker for the bumbling klutz with a big heart. That, and he has an L on his hat. Isn't that, like, the coolest thing ever? Mario just has a stupid "M," what's up with that?
If you meant my favorite character of all time, well, that's a tricky one. And considering the wide variety of stories I've witnessed in the different mediums: movies, shows, cartoons, anime, books, that makes it even tougher. Plus all the great villains and heroes and morally-gray characters out there, it's almost impossible to pick just one. But if I was forced to choose exactly one character as my all-time favorite, it would have to be...Bruce Wayne.
Yeah, that's right. I said it. Batman is my favorite character. Every incarnation from the cheesy early movie type to the played completely straight Dark Knight type to the sometimes goofy but still awesome animated type, and everything in-between. Why? Batman is one of those reluctant heroes, who was pushed into vigilante justice. He probably would've had a normal life had his parents not been tragically murdered, and you see glimpses of what could have been through his characterization. But he's not always moping around about the tragedy; he toughs it out and survives it, and shapes his actions for good around the memory of his parents. The motifs of darkness, night, and bats really do add to the atmosphere and mystique; Batman is not a run-of-the-mill superhero in flashy tights delivering corny one-liners and the moral of the story. He's a morally gray guy kicking butt and taking names and he does it without powers, but with his wit, agility, speed, strength, and intelligence. Oh, and some fun gadgets. He is a combination of everything I love in a character.
#10) What's your favorite book?
Answer: Wuthering Heights. That book needs no explanation. If you have not read it, READ IT NOW. Please?
Runner up: The Giver. If you want a chilling futuristic cautionary tale, don't pick up The Hunger Games when The Giver exists!
And there you have it, my FAQ. I hope I answered thoroughly, completely, and to your satisfaction. If you have any further questions feel free to shoot me a PM! Thanks for your continued support, take care, and as always, happy fanfic hunting!