Author has written 20 stories for Harry Potter, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rock and Rule, Merlin, CSI: Miami, Naruto, Fruits Basket, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, Hobbit, Spider-Man, Maleficent, and How to Train Your Dragon.
Welcome lovely people! You may call me Lady if you wish. I'm in my early twenties, have a part time job (which I don't exactly love, but it pays for College), and just finished my first year of College (I'm an English major! No surprise, really)! Horray! I did it!!
Now that Summer is here, I'll have a bit more time in my schedule to work on Flitting Through Pages (which I know many of you want to kill for not updating. I'm sooo sorry!). Have no fear everyone, I'm planning on making a comeback.
About My Writing
Since taking a Creative Writing class this past semester, I've learned how to be less wordy. I started off with One-shots and have now begun to work on writing longer lengths stories. I do like introspection and running consciousness, but there are times and place for them.
I don't write for a fandom that I'm not completely knowledgeable about or I don't feel completely passionate about. It does horrible things to my muse when I can't fully love what I'm writing.
As for updating and posting, I write best when inspiration comes. This means I don't have set a schedule. I write when I can and update when I'm able which, due to school and work, isn't as often as I would like. There may be large breaks in updating but know that I will NEVER give up on a story. It will be updated and completed . . . eventually.
Right now I'm currently working on a Hobbit story called 'Flitting Through Pages'. You can find more detail on it down below. I hope to write a Merlin story next when 'Flitting Through Pages' is finished (because I've learned really quickly that's it's not good for me to write two stories at once). That may be some time in the future as 'Flitting Through Pages' is going to be novel-like in length.
My Favorites (in no particular order)
Books: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Song of Ice and Fire series, The Sherlock Holmes Stories and Novels, Divergent Series, Nancy Drew Books, The Once and Future King, the Warrior Series, Notre Dame de Paris, The Inheritance Cycle, Watership Down, A Tale of Two Cities, How to Kill a Mockingbird, Frankenstein, Harry Potter, In the Heart of the Sea, The Green Mile, all works by Edgar Allan Poe, The Chronicles of Prydain, The Spiderwick Chronicles/Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, and a whole lot of other stuff.
Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Loyd Alexander, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Madeline L'engle, T.H. White, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Anne McCaffrey, George R.R. Martin, Erin Hunter, Veronica Roth, Christopher Paolini, and many others. Too many to count really.
TV Shows and Cartoons: Forever, Sherlock, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Forever, NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Merlin, CSI: Miami, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gargoyles, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series, and Dragons: Riders/Defenders of Berk.
Movies: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (my all time fave Disney movie), Monster in Paris, Jack and the Cuckoo Cloak Heart, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Naussica of the Valley of the Wind, How to Train Your Dragon (the movie series), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Green Mile, The Towering Inferno, Practical Magic, Brave, Blazing Saddles, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, and The Amazing Spider-Man films (Webb), and there are way more than this but I don't have time to write them all down.
Anime's and Mangas: Attack on Titian, Inuyasha, Fullmetal Alchemist (Brotherhood anime), D. Grey Man, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Fruits Basket, Digimon, Chrono Crusade, Pretear, Claymore, Munto, Oran High School Host Club, Rave Master, The Vision of Escaflowne, and Bleach.
About the 'Flitting Through Pages' Trilogy
I will be splitting 'Flitting Through Pages' into a trilogy. I've noticed very quickly in writing this story that it would be very long. I noticed this even more when I realized how much I enjoy writing the character development than I have the actual plot. And seeing as how it's the characters driving my story more than the plot, I have decided to split the story up into three parts. Please keep in mind that the plot is still important to me. However, the truth is, we all know the plot. We know what happens. What we really care about, is the characters. Seeing as how so many people are enjoying Cate and the character development between her and the canon characters, I want to broaden my options with the length.
Here are the titles of my Flitting Through Pages Trilogy
Flitting Through Pages: A Reader's Odyssey (currently in progress)
Flitting Through Pages: Into Desolation (not yet written)
Flitting Through Pages: There and Back Again (not yet written)
For me, this is a 'girl falling into Middle-earth' done right. I really like Fanfics that have someone getting caught up in the story and living the adventure. However, there are far too many OC's that are not realistic. They don't seem seem to care about what they say or how they treat the fictional world or the characters. Above all, they aren't easy to relate to. There are very few OC's in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Fandom that I can identify with or have any sort of attachment too (or COMPEL) me to have an attachment to. And that, dear readers is the source of the problem.
If you can't invest in the OC, if you can't identify with her/him, then what is the point of reading an OC centered story in the Fandom you adore? What compels you to keep reading if the main character doesn't inspire you to do so? In my opinion, OC's are great and have wonderful potential, but only if the author carefully weaves them in. You have to treat the characters with respect and you have to really love the story you are trying to tell the audience. Unless you do, readers are not going to be invested. That's my advice and that's all I will say on the matter.
About Cate Martin:
Catelynn Jocelynn Martin, is a twenty-four year old avid reader from Salt Lake City, Utah. She co-manages a local restaurant along side a friend and is currently in the mists of writing her first book. However, she has been having some issues with publishers lately as no one she talks to wants her manuscript. Such is the fate of many writers. Cate debates on giving up, scraping the whole novel, and writing something that caters more to what the public wants rather than the original, radical plot that she put her heart and soul into. However, in times when life is too much for Cate to handle, she reads. She goes back and visits stories that inspire her, that lift her spirits and make her believe in the wonders of the written word again. The novel she picks up this time around? 'The Hobbit' by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Here are some following images to help you visualize my character, Cate Martin:
Cate's Hair length/style/color (the face is not how Cate is depicted):
Cate's Jacket (Clink on the first link when you search in Google and the jacket in question is on the left):
Cate's Jacket (Another picture of the jacket if the first one doesn't work):
Quotations that inspire!
“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real ... for a moment at least ... that long magic moment before we wake. Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines.
Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true? We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
They can keep their heaven. When I die, I'd sooner go to Middle Earth.” ― George R.R. Martin
“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz
"I don't suffer from insanity but enjoy every minute of it." - Edgar Allen Poe
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin
"The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter." - Mark Twain
"We can't all be the heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers
"We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” - Gary Oldman, Sirius Black
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” – Dr. Seuss
"The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - J.K. Rowling
"Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay . . . small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it's because I am afraid and he gives me courage." - Gandalf the Grey
"Ohana means family. Family means..." "... nobody gets left behind..." "...or forgotten." - Stitch and Nani, Lilo and Stitch
"Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile." - Hiccup, How to Train Your Dragon
"Here's another curse for you. May all your bacon burn."- Calcifer, Howl's Moving Castle
"Class dismissed." - Ironhide from Transformers: Dark of the Moon
"Why does everyone seem to think it's down to me to do something about it?" - Merlin
"He's shabby-looking, he has appalling manners, he's extremely forgetful, he seems to spend most of his time in the tavern . . . but he is my manservant. And to be honest, I quite like it that way." - Arthur on Merlin
"At least I don't look like a bone-idle toad. Maybe one day, you'll magically transform into a handsome prince . . but since magic's outlawed, that's probably never going to happen." - Merlin to Arthur
"It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited for power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well." - Dumbledore
"Of course it is happening in your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Dumbledore
A black man walks into a cafe one early morning and noticed that he was the only black man there. As he sat down, he noticed a white man behind him. The white man said, "Colored people are not allowed here."
The black man turned around and said: "When I was born I was black, when I grew up I was black, when I'm sick I'm black, when I go in the sun I'm black, when I'm cold I'm black, when I die I'll be black. But you sir... When you're born you're pink, when you grow up you're white, when you're sick, you're green, when you go in the sun you turn red, when you're cold you turn blue, and when you die you turn purple. Yet, you have the nerve to call me colored."
The black man then sat back down and the white man walked away.
You know you're weird when . . .
You consider Ratchet's wrench throwing to be an Olympic sport.
You pretend you can Air/Fire/Earth/Water/Metal Bend all the time (hopefully when no one's looking).
You find every chance possible to reference Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, ect, and do so with no regrets.
You wish you were a Hobbit. And find every excuse to be one.
You lie awake every night staring at the ceiling and act out your FanFic's in your head. With loud sound effects.
You argue with yourself and LOSE.
You spout off movie quotes every time someone asks you a question and/or opinion.
You and your sibling/friend say everything in perfect sync.
You find that living in an a world similar to your favorite TV show (and/or book, cartoon, movie, game series) would be more preferable than living in reality. Luckily for us, that's what writing is for.