Author has written 45 stories for Guardians of Ga'Hoole, and Rio.
Who am I?
My birth name is Zechariah, but everyone just calls me Zack. I was born on July 17, 1992. I live in Amarillo, Texas, a small city in the Texas Panhandle. I will be turning 24 in a couple months.
After completing high school, I immediately went to Amarillo College, our only community college. I earned an Associate's Degree in 2010. I then applied to and was accepted by WTAMU in Canyon, which is only a short drive from home. I've been there ever since. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Biology in December of 2015. I am now a graduate student and pursuing a Master's Degree in the same field. My Master's Thesis will involve generating a baseline inventory of arachnids for Yoakum Dunes, a new Wildlife Management Area outside of Lubbock.
All my life I have been interested in animals in one form or another. As I child I craved to learn as much as I could about them, a drive which has persisted to this day. I originally planned to obtain a degree in Marine Biology from TAMU in Corpus Christi, but the distance from home and the high cost forced me to reconsider. Looking back on it now, I realize it was the best choice I could've made.
Out of curiosity, I took an arachnology course year or so ago, taught by Dr. David Sissom. By the time the course ended I'd developed an incurable passion for spiders, the underrated and amazing creatures they are. They're hardly as creepy as people think and far less dangerous than the media and internet stories lead you to believe.
I've been working with spiders for over a year now, placing much emphasis on identification. Being exposed to and absorbing knowledge regarding their biology and ecology is a wonderful perk. I am currently helping my professor with an semi-official project. We are in the process of generating a baseline inventory of arachnids insects for Caddo Lake. This is based on collections he, I, and several former students have made during trips to said lake the past 3 years or so.
As you can see, my career path has completely changed, and my future with it. I have a new dream to realize and a new goal to accomplish. I've worked very hard to get where I am today, but my parents also deserve heaps of credit for helping me in any way possible during this journey. The fruits of my labor are just starting to flow in and will continue to do so.
Basically, the point I'm trying to make is that you are ultimately in charge of shaping your future. People will try to bring you down and life will test your mettle in various ways. If you persevere in the face of adversity and exert 110% effort when it comes to your education, then nothing will be able to stop you from bringing your dreams to life and being able to do whatever it is you love most.
Aside from my career goals, I would like to move to Tennessee, have a log cabin custom built, and start a family. I would like at least two children, perhaps one or two more.
That's pretty much me in a nutshell. I admit that was a lot to read, but being long-winded is a habit that comes naturally for someone who's been a hobbyist author for as long as I have. Anyhow, onto the next section!
I stumbled upon this wonderful site after a Google search for Guardians of Ga'Hoole fanfictions, and I decided to jump right in and start writing stories about those awesome owls! As soon as I found out about Rio, and then watched it in 3D on its premiere, I decided to switch over and start creating fanfictions for it as well.
The rush of positive emotion I experienced when I learned Rio 2 was being made was nearly indescribable. I felt those same overwhelming emotions when I watched it for the first time in 2014. The effect it has on me hasn't faded one bit, nor has my ardent desire to craft stories in the vast and heartwarming Rio 2 universe.
The next section is directly ahead, so hop right on down!
I am what most people would call an introvert. I love silence and solitude. I usually read, listen to relaxing music, do vector art, or just sit and think about whatever is on my mind.
I maintain a tight circle of friends, composed of people from my middle school and high school years. I'm not much of a texter, but I do have a Samsung cellphone.
I'm an enchanting person to be around if you get to know me. Granted, I am still deeply annoyed by certain things.
I dislike control freaks, conceited people, and liars. I hate getting pranked, I hate elderly drivers, and I pity people who have sex before they're married.
When people compliment and praise me, I do my best to return that. When people cut me down and degrade me, they're wasting their time. I know what the truth is about me, and what is not. If I hear a lie about me, no matter what it concerns, I could care less.
99% of the time I am in a good mood. If I encounter one of my pet peeves... not so much.
Let's move on to the more lighthearted stuff, shall we?
A few of my favorite things:
Foods: New England Clam Chowder, Menudo (Cow Stomach), Fajitas
Books: Watership Down, Tooth And Claw, Seven For A Secret, Trumpet Of The Swan
Series: House Of Night, Guardians Of Ga'Hoole, Gone
Band/Group: Autechre, CFCF, Loscil, STS9, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Caia, Telefuzz, Blackmill, The Alpha Rhythm
Subjects: Math (Calculus) Science (Chemistry)
Hobbies: Reading, Writing, Skywatching, Video Games
Dessert: Cheesecake, Cinnamon Rolls, Churros, Conchas
Fanfiction Authors: WordSPark37, Sky Kiddo Scarlet, Firehound427, Count Doofus, holospartoi258-zyphyr01, KhallieGurl,
Movies: Happy Feet, Happy Feet 2, Rio, District 9, Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Thor, The Cable Guy, Avatar, Balto
Video Games: TES V: Skyrim, Ace Combat 6, Blur, Black Ops
Words: Perdition, Convoluted, Pulchritudinous, Maw, Beseech, Flay, Sepulchre
Genres: Ambient, Electronic, Drum N' Bass, IDM, Dubstep
Authors: Stephenie Meyer, Erin Hunter, David Clement-Davies
Songs: M62 (By Autechre), Union Dusk (By Loscil), Peaceblaster 68' (By STS9), Remembrance (By Caia), Hydroponic Garden (By Carbon Based Lifeforms), Big Love (By CFCF), The Financiers of Samsara (By Telefuzz)
Cheesy thanks section!
I would like to give a personal thanks to all of the fellow writers who have added me and my works to their favorites list, and for all the reviews (and flames) they have added as well. You guys motivate me to write thrilling stories, and I never would be able to do it without your help and feedback! If you ask for powerful stories, then you shall receive powerful stories...
Here is my favorite review so far:
Wow. Just wow. That song was gorgeous, and given Blu's earlier condition, fits just perfectly.
And just for the record, I don't know how old you are, but admitting that a song can make you cry takes balls. I wish more people could do that.
Eagerly anticipating chapter 5!
This review was made by by Count Doofus.
My OC's so far:
Guardians of Ga'Hoole
Mason: Barn Owl. Mate of Blythe. Appears in A Tainted Bond and The Cost Of Victory. (Deceased.)
Blake: Barred Owl. Part of Mason's "Assassin Group." Appears in The Cost Of Victory. (Deceased.)
Morgan: Northern Saw-Whet Owl. Part of Mason's "Assassin Group." Appears in The Cost Of Victory.
Riley: Great Horned Owl. Part of Mason's "Assassin Group." Appears in The Cost Of Victory. (Deceased.)
Erik and Samuel: Soren and Pelli's children. Appear in The Cost Of Victory.
Admiral Baskov: Admiral of the Emmerian Navy. Male. Appears in It's Out Of Our Hands.
Corporal Pravdin: Corporal in the Emmerian Navy. Male. Komarov's trainee. Appears in It's Out Of Our Hands.
Major Komarov: Major in the Emmerian Navy. Male. Pravdin's trainer. Appears in It's Out Of Our Hands.
Curtis: Short-Eared Owl. One of Blythe's friends. Appears in Worlds Apart.
Stella: Pygmy Owl. One of Blythe's friends. Appears in Worlds Apart.
Alistair: Barn Owl. One of Blythe's friends. Appears in Worlds Apart.
Jonas: Northern Saw-Whet Owl. Despises Blu and Jewel. Appears in Worlds Apart.
Ricardo, Vicente, and Esperanza: Spix's Macaws. Blu and Jewel's children. Appear in The Betrayal, Transformed, Déjà Vu, Life Is A Rollercoaster, The Withering, Exit Wounds, and Hanging By A Thread.
Riphate: Viper. Valentina's henchman. Appears in The Betrayal and Transformed.
Valentina: Spix's Macaw. Vick's second mate. Appears in The Betrayal. (Deceased.)
Vick (Vicente): Spix's Macaw. Jewel's father. Julieta's first mate. Appears in The Betrayal, Transformed, Déjà Vu, and Life Is A Rollercoaster.
Julieta: Spix's Macaw. Jewel's mother. Vicente's first mate. Appears in The Betrayal. (Deceased.)
Maricela: Scarlet Macaw. Frank's mate. Appears in Transformed and The Withering.
Frank: Scarlet Macaw. Maricela's mate. Appears in Transformed and The Withering. (Deceased.)
Liliana, Stefano, and Josefina: Spix's Macaws. Blu and Jewel's children. Appear in Déjà Vu and Life Is A Rollercoaster.
Leo, Joaquin, and Valeria: Scarlet Macaws. Maricela and Frank's children. Appear in Life Is A Rollercoaster and The Withering. (Deceased.)
Margaret: Blue and Gold Macaw. Scarlet's best friend and "sister." Appears in The Price To Pay, Rio: The Heist Updated.
Seth: Military Macaw. Appears in Tumbling Down, Rio: The Heist Updated.
If people are wondering about the absence or death of some of these OC's in "The Withering," a collaboration between Count Doofus and myself. "The Withering" is a separate turn of events in the world of Rio, with appearances of both our OC's. It is not a sequel to any of our stories.
I am not stingy, and any or all of my OC's are up for free use for those of you who want them. But, you must PM me for permission first! I won't say no, so one quick PM is all you need.
A sample of my favorite quotes:
"The day, water, sun, moon, night- I do not have to purchase these things with money."-Plautus
"This world, where much is to be done, and little known..."-Samuel Johnson
"War isn't about dying for your country. It's about making the other son of a bitch die for his!"-General George Patton
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."-John F. Kennedy
"To err is human, to forgive divine."-Alexander Pope
"It's never too late to be who you might have been."-George Eliot
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."-Brian Littrell
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."-George Bernard Shaw
"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home."-Edith Sitwell
"Life isn't fair, but it's still good."-Regina Brett
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning about how to dance in the rain."-Unknown
"When I was 5 years old, my mom always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."-Unknown
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