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Author has written 17 stories for Star Wars, Mario, Pokémon, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Doctor Who, Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda, and Harry Potter.
Hey, I'm L van Am. Here's a little blurb about me, in case you're interested.
Age: Younger than you'd think
Favourite Movies: V for Vendetta, the Star Wars series, Alice in Wonderland (the Johnny Depp one), the Pirates series, most of the old Disney animated movies (The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.), the Batman Begins/Dark Knight series, Batman (the 1989 version, with Michael Keaton as Batman)
Favourite Colour: Black, or if you don't think that's a colour, dark purple or red.
Favourite Music: Rock music, especially Nickelback. I like a few pop songs, but not many, and I don't really like pop artists in general.
Favourite Shows: Doctor Who, Phineas and Ferb, Spongebob Squarepants, and occasionally a little bit of The Big Bang Theory.
Fandoms: For reading, I like Mario, Luigi's Mansion, Super Smash Bros, Doctor Who, and Star Wars, plus a lot of pretty weird crossovers. I'm writing in the Star Wars section, and I'm also doing a Pokémon/Harry Potter crossover, plus planning a few stories involving Doctor Who, straight and crossovers (would you call a non-crossover straight? I'm going with it). Also in the Mario section for holidays.
Pairings: (V for Vendetta) Evey/V; (Alice in Wonderland, 2010) Alice/Hatter; (Pirates) Jack/Elizabeth, Will/Elizabeth, Jack/OC (some of them), Barbossa/Elizabeth; (Batman Begins/Dark Knight) Joker/OC, the occasional Bruce/OC, Joker/Rachel (yeah, it's weird, but I've read a few good ones in this pairing); (Doctor Who) Doctor/Rose (OTP!), Amy/Rory
Crossover Pairings (just random ones, figure out the fandoms by yourselves): Jack Sparrow/Mirana, Joker/Hermione, Bruce Wayne/Hermione, Jack Sparrow/Hermione
I also have an account on YouTube, although the only thing I have on there at the moment is a video of my cat... I am Brogurt98 on YouTube.
And, I also have a page on Facebook, as L van Am. Yeah. Look it up. I'm gonna put art for my stories, excerpts for stories, and some other stuff. Like it if you want.
Feel free to PM me with any questions you may have about any of my stories. I love to see people taking an interest in learning more, so I'll answer any questions you may have unless the answer reveals the future plot.
The Search for the One -Eighteenth chapter... was up about two months ago. Next is coming soon, but I'm in a bit of a rut on Search and I haven't really started it yet. Sorry.
Happy Holidays - holiday updates only. I won't be continuing any of Luigified531's plot points; sorry. It'll basically be a place where I put my holiday-related oneshots from now on.
Things I will and will not write: I'll write pretty much whatever comes into my head, be it fluff, action, etc. The only things I will not write are slash and other mature fics, and horror. I'm a little young to be writing anything in the mature category (only a teenager). Don't get me wrong, either, I have nothing against people who like the same sex, it just feels a little strange to me. I'm not a flamer; I have no problem with people who write slash, I just don't write them myself. Also, horror isn't really my kind of thing. I don't really know the aspects of a good horror story, and I like my pants where they are. ;)
Thanks to whichever of my fans it was who recommended me to Noveljoy. I'm glad to know that my works are so well appreciated that people recommend them to other people. It makes me feel good about my writing. Thank you.
About Hiatuses and Abandonments: If I'm taking a month or two to upload a chapter on one of my stories, that often means that I have writer's block or am procrastinating finishing it, which I do often with everything. I'll put up a warning if I'm putting something on official hiatus. As for abandoning stories... I'll do everything I can before I abandon a story, but I might abandon something (like I've done with I, Jedi Knight) because:
1. I've lost motivation to work on it at all or I can't write for it without severe difficulty,
2. I hate what I've done with the story, but don't have the time or motivation to revise it,
3. Mean feedback (like, a lot of it, not just one flaming review, not that I've ever really had anything too bad...)
Evey Pike: Born Alexandra Pike. Evey is the OC and main character in The Search for the One. She's a good artist, a bit crazy and she likes to help out when people really need it. Or when they beg. She can't stand begging.
I find that a lot of people who write fanfiction get small details wrong with facts, outside of it being AU. It doesn't bother me that much, but I've found, over a few years of searching the Internet, wikis for several popular fandoms. More can generally be found by searching a character on Google, and looking past the first few entries for one that is labeled "whatever wiki". Anyway.
Super Mario Wiki: http://www.mariowiki.com
Pokemon Wiki: http://www.bulbagarden.net/
Pirates of the Caribbean Wiki: http://pirates.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Legend of Zelda Wiki: http://www.zeldawiki.org
A list of Nintendo-related wiki links can also be found on the bottom of the main page of the Super Mario Wiki. Hope these websites help a little!
(I have nothing on my profile of particular interest anyway, and I need someplace to put these... These are just random little tangents on whatever I think of. Any opinions expressed herein are my own and you don't have to agree with them, and you might find them insulting, but I don't actually mean any of these as a personal attack on anyone. That said, if you want to debate an opinion from here, feel free to PM me. But please, please don't attack me. That's pointless and rude and I don't care that much about how stupid you think I am anyway. Enjoy.)
OC's in Doctor Who Fanfiction
Oh, man, this is a big thing for me. I mean, every Whovian - or most of us anyway - wishes that the Doctor would drop into their lives and take them across time and space, and that's all fine and normal - I mean, I do it too. I'd be a huge hypocrite if I said I didn't. And if I said I didn't give myself powers or general awesomeness in these imaginings. But when it comes to writing them out, I don't. Know why?Because OC's in Doctor Who, especially female OC's, almost invariably wind up romancing the Doctor. Which doesn't work, because even with Rose - whom he quite clearly loved - he never went any further than hand-holding (the fact that he probably would have if Doomsday hadn't happened is totally irrelevant, because it did happen, much as I hate it). And they wind up looking/acting like, or just plain being, Mary Sues. As such, I generally scroll past OC fics in Doctor Who.
I'm Canadian, so I study Canadian History. As anyone who has studied it to the grade 7 or 8 level (which is, of course, compulsory) will know, early Canadian history is superbly dull. Once you get past the 1800's, though, and get to WW1, it becomes massively more interesting. I hate when people say history is boring, because it really isn't. You get to learn about people dying in gruesome ways, corrupt people, rumrunners, Nazis, victors, Soviets, the Cold War, nuclear missiles... That's some of what I studied in grade 10 Canadian History (also mandatory). I had a fantastic teacher who was really enthusiastic about his subject. The thing about the Social Sciences is that they teach about people and life. In History, you get to learn about the lives of people who lived years and years and years before your parents, or your grandparents, or most of your relatively recent ancestors: their struggles, their circumstances, their triumphs, their failures. So don't ever come up to me and tell me history's boring, because you might get a whack. It's great. People are fantastic and interesting and their lives are important. And learning about them is fun. History is awesome. And if you do have a crappy teacher and a boring textbook, go research it on your own. Wikipedia or something. Did you know that rats in WW1 trenches were sometimes the size of cats? History!
I vs Me
My grandfather, who didn't learn English as his first language, knows this rule better than my English teacher does. In a sentence, if the first person - that being I or Me - is doing something, use I. For example: I went to the movies. Same if more than one person is doing something where the first person is mentioned: My friends and I went to the movies. When the first person is having something done to them, use me. For example: He gave me the money. Same if there is more than one person: He gave you and me the money. Another example of me: He split the money between you and me. Say that last sentence out loud. Sound wrong? Sound like you should put I there? Well, you shouldn't. That would be wrong. I don't care about between being in the sentence; it doesn't change anything. Me is the object form of the first person. That means that, no matter what else is in the sentence, if something is being done to the first person, you use me. I is the subject form of the first person. That means that when the first person is the one doing something, you use I. A high school English teacher couldn't tell you that, but I can. Please use the right pronoun.
There vs Their vs They're
This one annoys me so much, you have no idea. There means a place that is not your current location: It is over there. There is also used in a sentence to indicate the existence of something: There are a lot of pencils on that desk. Their is possessive, meaning that there are some people who share an object: It is their ball. They're is a contraction of they and are; it tells you the state of several things. They're very weird. Please, use the right one.
Your vs You're
One of the most common mistakes I've seen in almost two years on this site is using the wrong one of these. Your is possessive; it means that the second person - the "you" - owns something: It is your pencil. You're is a contraction of you and are; it tells you the state of something: You're insane! And you look insane if you can't figure out the right word to use in a sentence, so learn. Teachers don't tell you these things for nothing.
To vs Too vs Two
Another fairly common one I've seen is mixing up any two of these three; to and too is most common, but I have also seen two in place of either. I can't really define to, but I can do too. Too indicates quality of something: That soup is too hot. To pretty much covers everything else. Two is a number, indicating quantity. Or a date. Or something similar: There are two spoons on the place mat. Watch the number of 'o's in your word!
Semicolon vs Comma (also Colon, but maybe a little less so)
This one can be the one little niggling thing that drives me away from an otherwise good story sometimes; mostly it's spelling or other grammar, but sometimes this mistake just clinches it. First: a semicolon is the one that looks like a comma with a dot above it - ; - and a comma is the little one like a period with a tail - , - while a colon is the one with two dots - : - got it? A semicolon connects two clauses - like mini-sentences, not Santa - together and replaces a period: That dog is fluffy. His name is Joe becomes That dog is fluffy; his name is Joe. A semicolon also separates items on a list if commas are used in the items' descriptions: The big, blue box; the red bow-tie; the old, sad eyes; and the curious humans trailing behind. A comma separates parts of a clause that wouldn't work as individual sentences: I ran, then jumped across the river. A comma can also separate items in a list if commas are not used to describe them: a car, a plane, and a train. A colon indicates the beginning of a list or example: This is the rest of the example, since I just used a colon. A comma does not connect two sentences together unless and or another connecting word is involved, while a semicolon can do it without one. These three are not interchangeable; please don't use them as such.
Editing (Or Lack Thereof)
It annoys me so much when people don't edit their work. Especially when they're about to post it to a website (ie. FFN) or to submit it for an assignment or something. On FFN, there is not only a spelling and grammar check option on the Doc Manager, and on the profile editing page, but also an archive of beta readers! Beta readers, for those who may not know, are users who volunteer to read and edit a person's stories before they are submitted, or to act as a sounding board for ideas. There's a Betas button on the top bar. If you click on that, it shows options for every category on the site. Clicking on one of those brings up a list of people who, if you ask them, are willing to edit your stories for you. Please, take advantage of these people if you feel you need someone to edit your stuff, or if you want a second opinion on your ideas. I'm a beta myself; drop me a PM if you need help. Check my beta profile - link's at the top - for info on what categories I know. Or even if you don't want a beta reader, at least do a spelling and grammar check. There's a spellcheck on the FFN doc manager, so there's no excuse not to spellcheck. Humph. Please, for your sake and the sake of the Internet, edit your work!
People Refusing to Accept the Fact that They're Wrong
There's no shame in being wrong. Really. You might look stupid for a little while if you do admit that you're not right about something, but you'll look stupider for longer if you deny your wrongness even with evidence. Denial is very ridiculous. You know almost nothing about the world. You know maybe one tiny, tiny fraction of what there is to know in the world. There is absolutely no point to denying clear evidence that a belief of yours is wrong. What do you gain from not admitting your mistakes? Nothing. Nothing but embarrassment and screw-ups later on because you're misinformed. What do you gain from admitting you're wrong? Knowledge and experience. So really, there's no good reason for not admitting that you made a mistake. And no, pride is not a good reason. More blunders have been made due to pride than due to almost anything else I can think of. Swallow your pride, and admit that you really don't know everything. 'Cause admit it, you don't.
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