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Author has written 9 stories for Legend of Zelda, Slender, Person of Interest, and Metroid.
(Profile Updated 10-23-15)
Okay, I know large blocks of text can be tedious, but just read this...
First of all...YAY! Joyous news! The Redemption Series now has a Facebook page! It's just been started, so there isn't too much on it yet, but I will start adding bonus content and artwork as time goes by, ok? It can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/tanninstarflare. And if you see some moron running around Tumblr with the name TanninStarflare, then that is also me, Ceu. Yes, I am extremely late to the "join Tumblr" party, but I plan on using my newfound coolness to write rambles and oneshots that occur in the Redemptionverse, but are too short to stick into an actual story. XD
Secondly...yes, I am well aware that there have been months between updates. In addition to my stories and artwork, I have 40 animals to take care of daily, a part-time job, a busy home life, plus my own personal struggles.
So...it can be difficult for me to get on the computer long enough to do any substantial writing. Also, that little thing called writer's block. Even though I have the plot for Forbidden written out, I still have to compose sentence structure, proofread, and correct grammar or inconsistencies. Not as easy as it sounds, believe me!
I am grateful to those who remain patient with me; I am doing my best to keep writing at a steady pace, but it is incredibly difficult. Just know that, from your perspective, you're giving me a helpful reminder once in a great while. From my perspective, (keeping in mind that there is more than one person out there reading my stories) there are a couple dozen people asking me when I'll update, so it really adds up and gets annoying. Asking repeatedly for a new chapter will not make me write faster; if anything the pressure just stresses me out and makes me less likely to get any writing done.
Sorry if I sound whiny or irritated; I'm not, really. It's a bit hard to convey emotion through text. The fact that I manage to do so within my own stories is astounding enough. I just want y'all to know why it's taking me so long to write this story. Again, thank you all for your patience. If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to send me a private message or email me via firstname.lastname@example.org. For those of you who don't have an account, email would probably be the easiest way to contact me. Even if I don't have time to sit down for hours and write a ton of chapters, I can always sit for a couple of minutes to send a message, so feel free to talk. :o)
NAME: Dakota Colton
CURRENT AGE: Nineteen (This number is changed yearly)
CURRENT OCCUPATION(S): Herpetoculturist, rescuer & rehabilitator, reptile breeder, writer, creationist, swordmaster, climber, photographer, novelist, poet, survivalist, songwriter, inventor, insect breeder, knife nut, retail worker.
MY OTHER NAMES FROM AROUND THE INTERNET: JentherophisGuttatus (cornsnakes.com, herpcenter.com, iansvivarium.com, iHerp.com), VoadorChama (DeviantArt.com; FictionPress.com), Nightfire (redwallabbey.com), MasterOfTheShadows (TVTropes.org). If you see any of these names, or my real name, Dakota Colton, around the internet, then chances are that it will be me.
FANS OF THE REDEMPTION SERIES: READ THE FOLLOWING!
I created a website for the Redemption Series! :o) This is purely for fun; obviously, I in no way make any money off of this. Pretty much the same thing as a fanfiction, only with a lot more than just words; there, you'll find character profiles, bonus artwork, a glossary of the Shaekar'i language, a way to send me emails, the story of how I began writing the series in the first place, and, most importantly, a complete list of every story in the Redemption Series, including stories that haven't even been published yet. If you like my AU Redemption Series, then I'm pretty sure that you'll like the site! Oh, and guess what? If you ever decide to draw fanart of the Redemption Series, then I'll happily include it on the website, along with your name and online profile. It's a way of giving you guys a bit more publicity, while opening the series to more artists other than myself.
A LIST OF EVERY STORY THAT IS OR WILL BE IN THE REDEMPTION SERIES:
For convenience, I have put the list here so you don't have to travel to a different website to know about the stories. (Note: a few of the stories have had their names changed)
THE DESCENT TRILOGY:
1: Forbidden (Available to read; In-progress)
2: Into Evil (Not published yet; Being revamped)
3: Ikana (Not published yet; Being revamped)
THE OLD HYRULE SAGA:
4: Dragon Sword (Original draft available to read; Being revamped)
5: Rebirth (Not published yet; Being revamped)
6: The Mountain Swords (Not published yet; Being revamped)
7: Time (Not published yet; Being revamped)
THE NEW HYRULE HEXALOGY:
8: Legacy (Not published yet; Being revamped)
9: Undefeated (Not published yet; Being revamped)
10: Winter's Dark (Not published yet; Being revamped)
11: The Smallest Light (Original draft available to read; Being revamped)
12: Guide of Darkness (Original draft available to read; Being revamped)
13: Forgiven (Not published yet; Being revamped)
DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS ACCORDING TO CEU PRACA:
FantasyFiction: Fanfics that are written for the sole purpose of pairing two characters that would realistically NEVER fall in love. Examples: Link/Nabooru, Link/Saria, Zelda/Ganondorf, Samus Aran/Adam Malkovitch, Samus Aran/Ridley, etc.
Rabid fem!Sheikers: Fans of the Legend of Zelda universe who insist that Sheik and Zelda are the same person, and have a passionate hatred for those people who may think otherwise. Note that I am not hating on any of you fem!Sheik fans that may be reading this, I just don't understand why you have to get so angry when people like the idea of Sheik and Zelda being separate people, and Sheik being male.
Rapid Mousers: People who favorite and follow stories, but never leave any reviews.
Gnats: People who constantly say nothing but "Update! Update!" If I have literally just posted a chapter, how do you think I feel if, not ten seconds after I post it, someone is already telling me to update again?! I simply cannot write that fast, and thus, if you keep begging me to "Update soon," I can guarantee you that you will be disappointed when it takes me over a week to finish the next chapter. I have a real life outside of fanfiction, people.
Please use proper grammar in fanfics!
Faves with reviews mean more to me than just faves alone.
Stop Typing Like This, PLEASE. That is not how capital letters work.
I hate tyops.
1 Review. It may not seem like much, but it means the world to me!
I tend to notice my mistakes after uploading.
I'm sick of perverts on FanFiction.net!
Please don't use textspeak on FF.net!
Punctuation: use it; it's great!
The purpose of written language is communication. If I can't read what you're writing, you're doing something wrong!
I like Zelda, and I like Link, but I'm anti-ZeLink.
Logic is key to making a good OC, no matter what their origin is.
You don't have to pair off EVERY character in a story!
I give my OC's their own theme songs.
Characters should wear PRACTICAL outfits!
No one ever said that I'm a human.
I always reply to the reviews I get...
I support some characters being SINGLE!
I support fanfics that have the characters sticking to their original personalty or as close to it as possible. Stop mutilating characters!
Sometimes I read fanfics and wonder, "Did you fail in Language Arts?"
There is more to true love than sex and attraction.
Enough with all the "victim" OC's!
Dear fanfiction writers...please know about grammar and spelling BEFORE you write a fanfic.
It's okay to write just for fun, but never use that as an excuse to not improve.
Less porn, more genfic, PLEASE!
My characters have minds of their own.
Yes, my OC is paired with a canon character...no, that is NOT the only reason my OC exists.
I may not be the best writer in the world, but I still work hard at what I create.
OC stands for "Original Character," not "Obnoxious Copy."
Love is more than just sex.
"Powerful" does not automatically mean "Mary-Sue!"
"Immortality" does not mean "Mary-Sue."
My characters are my best friends; don't steal them!
I support looooooooong, detailed reviews!
If you ask for an honest opinion, don't get upset if I give you one.
From here on out, I'm going to be answering a lot of FAQs. That means questions that I get asked a lot by my readers/reviewers; these are the questions, along with the exact answers that I have given people before.
WHAT FANDOMS DO YOU WRITE FOR?
I dearly love the Legend of Zelda, and I have written works for Metroid, Person of Interest, Slender, and How To Train Your Dragon.
There is a small chance that I might *someday* write something for Doctor Who.
WHAT DOES YOUR USERNAME MEAN? HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH IT?
My username is Portuguese, and, roughly translated, means 'Sky Playground.' I originally came up with it as the name for a character in a novel of mine, and later on decided to use the name here.
WHAT ARE THOSE FOREIGN WORDS IN SOME OF YOUR STORIES? I CAN NEVER FIND THEM ON GOOGLE TRANSLATE OR OTHER SEARCH/TRANSLATOR ENGINES!
I have a few original languages that I invented out of my own imagination; obviously, none of them would be on Google Translate or anything similar. Only one of them appears in my fanfictions, and it is called Shaekar; I put a glossary at the end of each chapter where this foreign languages appears, with a translation, so that you don't have to be confused. Take the time to read the glossaries, please. Shaekar is also strictly for my Legend of Zelda series, so, no, it won't be appearing in my non-LoZ stories. I'll also have random words in Gerudo or Zora languages, but again, these are completely made-up.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?
Pretty much all snakes, but boa constrictors are my absolute favorite.
WHILE WE'RE ON THIS SUBJECT, DO YOU HAVE PETS?
Uh...40. XD Mostly snakes, but a couple of lizards, a hermit crabs, some birds, some rats, a turtle, axolotls, etc.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU UPDATE YOUR FANFICTIONS?
Well, I don't have specific days that I update on like some writers I know of. That aside, I tend to write a lot throughout the week, and because of how fast I can write, I might have two or three chapters finished in one day. Or, if inspiration is slow for me (or I'm too insanely busy to write), it might take me a month to finish one chapter. So, if you have found a story of mine that you like, but it isn't complete yet, then wait patiently. Trust me, I always finish what I've started, but sometimes it may take me a while to do so.
Occasionally, I'll put one of my stories on hold, but I plan on finishing it someday. I never trash a story unless it is actually deserving of the title 'trash.' If you have found a story that I put on hold, then know this: I will finish it. I just have more pressing matters to do first.
WHAT WRITING PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
I am working on my AU Redemption Series, revamping and reworking the ones that have already been published, and writing the ones that haven't been published yet. It's a pretty massive undertaking (there are 13 stories in the series, not including the oneshots!), but I'm confident that it will go along smoothly. Right now, the only one of my stories that is being updated regularly is Book 1, Forbidden.
IS DRAGON SWORD ABOUT LINK OR THE GUARD?
It's actually about both of them; the guard, Tannin Starflare, is the protagonist, and Link is the deuteragonist. They both get pretty much an even amount of "screen time," and both of them are incredibly important and central to the story itself.
SO, WHAT'S WITH THE NUMBERS IN FRONT OF THE TITLES OF YOUR LOZ STORIES?
Nearly all of the Legend of Zelda stories I write are actually part of a large series; the numbers tell you which book in the series it is. For instance, take 4: Dragon Sword. It's the first book in the "Old Hyrule Saga," but it's the fourth book chronologically in the Redemption Series. And 11: The Smallest Light. It's the fourth book in the "New Hyrule Hexalogy," but it's the eleventh book in the entire series. And so on and so forth. The numbers are mainly for my benefit, to help me keep track of when each story takes place, so that I can avoid writing in major spoilers that would ruin future books for you.