Author has written 5 stories for Mortal Kombat.
Age: 103 years old
Profession: Professor of Mischief and Mayhem by day, evil genius by night, professional smart-ass around the clock
11/5/2013: Due to popular demand and my own lack of serious artistic talent, I commissioned a talented artist on deviantART to paint a picture of my OC, Anya. Here's the link (with spaces) in the event you'd like to take a look at it. http:// poesdaughter. deviantart. com/ art/ Commission-Anya-and-Sub-Zero-411712166. It. Is. Awesome! :D
9/22/2013: I recently created a deviantART profile, so if you'd like to read my regular prose and poetry as well as my fan-fiction, or check out my Kung Fu stuff, or look at some random pictures, I gladly invite you to come check me out. My name over there is PoesDaughter. I know, it's so risque.
6/5/2013: A lot of people have recently added me to their favorite authors list, and I got busy so I didn't get a chance to personally thank each one individually. So this is my thank you to you all. I'm so flattered that you've added me to your list!
12/9/2102: Hello, all...As always thank you for your continued support. Unfortunately, because of the ridiculous amounts of drama, immaturity, and cowardice on the review boards, I'm reverting to my original policy from last year. I'm not going to review anyone's work and critique it unless specifically asked or unless you're "grandfathered" in, and then you'll only get the sweetened condensed version. I'm not going to be called an elitist simply because I tell you the truth you probably asked for to begin with. One of the hardest parts about writing is learning to take criticism, but I'm not going to be the one to teach you. So, I hope you all understand.
I'm working towards a degree in creative writing, which involves a lot of boring writing believe it or not, so I decided to start writing Mortal Kombat fan-fic to have a little bit of fun. Yeah, who knew getting a degree in creative writing would be boring and involve a lot of tedious work? Blech. Anyway, I'm a firm believer that practice makes perfect, but I'm not really allowed to write about this kind of stuff in school, so I wasn't getting any practice writing the stuff I like. I'm glad I stumbled onto this site!
So as you can see my pen name is Poe's Daughter. In case it wasn't evident, that's in reference to Edgar Allan Poe. My mainstream fiction is uber-dark and creepy like his - he has been my greatest writing teacher - so my classmates just took to calling me Edgar Allan Poe's Daughter as a joke. I liked it so much that it stuck. I only bring this up because I guess there's a video game character named Poe, though I forgot what game someone told me he was in. My favorite stories by Poe are "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Black Cat," mainly because their narrators are so unapologetic in their ruthlessness. And let's be honest. Those are pretty creepy stories. My favorite Poe poems are "The Raven" (of course!) and "Annabel Lee."
My second greatest writing teacher is Stephen King. The man's a genius, and if you don't think so too, I can't be friends with you. ;) My favorite scary book by him is It and my favorite not-scary books are The Green Mile and On Writing.
A LITTLE ABOUT MY STORIES
I always loved Sub-Zero's character from the time I was a kid and played the original games. I tried to write an origins story in high school because I found his character so compelling, but for whatever reason, I abandoned it. Fast-forward to a year ago, and I fell in love with the new MK9 game. At the same time, I was seriously stressing about school, teaching, and just life in general. Earning a degree in creative writing isn't all fun and games; there's a lot of boring theory to study as well. But even the creative writing itself is extremely difficult because my classmates and I are expected to produce stories worthy of the Canon (notice the capital C). So I decided that I just wanted to write something fun without the burden of having to call it high art. Through my revived interest in MK, I accidentally stumbled onto this site, and I wondered how a piece of fan fiction would look if someone who was formally trained in creative writing set out to write it. And that's how Sub-Zero: Origins was born.
So I knew that I wanted to write the younger Sub-Zero's story, and I wanted to do so using Joseph Campbell's hero monomyth theory as a framework. So basically, it starts with his decision to leave the Lin Kuei with Smoke, and it ends with the final battle with Shao Kahn. About 2/3 of the way through, I introduce a couple of original characters that I designed to help Sub-Zero grow as a person. If you're on the anti-OC bandwagon, this as well as Frostbitten may not be the story for you...but in my defense, I tried to write them in a much different way than most other writers would have, so I'd like you to give them a chance. If you can't, then just move on.
This story is complete.
I knew, once Origins was finished, that I wanted to continue with Sub-Zero's story according to the games, and therefore I needed to introduce Frost. Using the conflict of MK:DA as the background problem in my story, I began to write about how Sub-Zero took over the Lin Kuei and how Frost came to be his student. While he deals with her and the Deadly Alliance, he's also trying to deal with problems in his personal life. I tried to be accurate towards my own experiences in romance and teaching, but I know a lot of people will probably find Sub-Zero to be OOC as a result.
Frankly, I don't care if he is OOC. The MK games are awesome, but they leave a lot to the imagination, and the whole point of fan fiction is to fill in those discrepancies however we choose. My vision might not jive with yours. There's nothing wrong with that, it just means we have different ideas about how things should be. If you don't like my interpretation, that's cool, but I strongly suggest you write your own so that readers have an opportunity to gain a new perspective. Okay, end of rant.
This story is complete. Finally. LOL
THE CURSE OF THE DRAGON MEDALLION
When I started Frostbitten, I didn't originally plan for it to be left on a cliffhanger, but as it happens I had to do just that because that's where the story naturally felt like ending. So The Curse of the Dragon Medallion picks up exactly where Frostbitten left off. It loosely follows the events of MK: Deception, starting with Raiden's sacrifice and moving forward as Earthrealm's Champions try to figure out a way to defeat Onaga.
I'm really excited about this story because I've got so many awesome things planned for it and for you, the reader. I'm going to introduce the Hydromancers and the Cryomancers, and I've constructed very elaborate cultures for each one. I'm going to explore the landscape of Outworld more than I ever have, and hopefully have even bigger and better fights than in my previous stories. Obviously, there will be some familiar characters - some you want to see, some you don't want to see - but there's also a whole bunch of new faces joining the party. In this story, I'm introducing Fujin, Hotaru, and Kenshi as well as a few new OCs. You might even say that Sub-Zero's Dragon Medallion is a character too.
This story is currently in progress.
TALES OF THE LIN KUEI
While I was writing Origins, funny ideas kept popping into my head with regards to Kuai Liang and Tomas' childhood. I started to think of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, and it seemed fitting that the two of them were ornery children. I mentioned some of these thoughts in my story when they'd be talking and one of them would be reminded of something from their past. But wouldn't it be cool if I took those tiny little thoughts and expanded them into short stories?
So rather than create a single, unified novel where every chapter is dependent on the others, I created this. It's basically a collection of one-shot stories that recount Kuai Liang, Bi-han, and Tomas' misadventures as children. Since my other two stories are kind of dark and sad, I wanted this one to be lighthearted and humorous. There are some dark moments, but generally these are funny. Well, at least I've tried to make them funny. I'm not much of a comedian!
This is also currently in progress, and I try to update regularly but I will admit it's not as often as The Curse of the Dragon Medallion.
COMING OF AGE
This is a short story about Bi-han's eighteenth birthday. In the Lin Kuei, boys who turn eighteen are sent on their very first solo missions, and these missions usually entail assassinating someone. Bi-han, ever-resentful of the Order, resists going on his mission. He doesn't want to kill a person just to prove he's a man, yet he also can't refuse because Kuai Liang will pay the price. But when he finds out that his target is a young boy by the name of Liu Kang, a Shaolin Monk, he must overcome both an ethical dilemma as well as a physical one.
I originally was going to include this story in Tales of the Lin Kuei, but there were two problems with doing that. The first was that in order to adequately describe what I wanted, it couldn't be a one-shot like the other tales were. I figured it needed at least two, possibly three chapters. So, there was that. But then, I also knew it was going to be darker than the other tales, and I didn't want to detract from the comedic tone I'd established with them.
If you have any questions for me about my stories, how I came up with certain ideas, or if you need writing advice, feel free to PM me. I don't bite, even though I know at times I get a little gruff on my profile. Well, I don't bite if you're kind and respectful. If you're rude, all bets are off.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Favorite Shows: Supernatural, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Dexter, (BBC) Robin Hood, Band of Brothers, Tosh.0, The Soup, Fashion Police, Hell's Kitchen, NFL football, and just about everything history related on the History Channel
Favorite Movies: The Avengers, The Dark Knight, The Prophecy, Transformers, Paranormal Activity, The Green Mile, The Patriot, World War Z
Favorite Games: Mortal Kombat series, Dante's Inferno, Darksiders, Darksiders 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, Tetris. Okay, I'm just gonna come right out and say it. I'm not much of a gamer. I don't really play a lot of video games, and with a few exceptions, I'm not anxious to. It's like pulling teeth to get me to play new games; I am a creature of habit. I was almost two years late to the Angry Birds party, if that tells you anything.
Favorite Books: Anything by Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dante's Inferno, Paradise Lost, Light in August, The Road, The Things They Carried, the Harry Potter series, The Triggering Town, basically too many to name...
Favorite Cartoons: Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, Spongebob Squarepants, Transformers, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; Family Guy; The Simpsons
Likes: Writing (duh); reading (also duh); superhero, action, and horror movies (none of that chick-flick crap); rock/hard rock/metal music; big dogs; my San Soo, Wing Chun, and Tai Chi classes; driving through the Rockies in my Jeep; riding horses; watching/playing sports, especially football and baseball (Go Broncos, Go Rockies!); folklore (specifically pertaining to tricksters); cherry cokes from Sonic
Dislikes: People who don't read anything ever; drama queens; liver and onions; fish; rap music; country music except for some old school artists like Johnny Cash; hipsters; that vampires, zombies, and werewolves have become a fashion trend; the Raiders and the Steelers; girls who get by in life on their looks and not their brains; bad drivers; people who are fascists about their religious beliefs; people who are fascists about their political beliefs
Pet Peeves: People who refer to all martial arts as "karate"; those jerks who hang fake testicles from their trucks' undercarriages; game invitations on Facebook; little kids who cuss like sailors; yippy dogs like chihuahuas; die-hard Twilight fans who wish they were vampires; English majors in their junior or senior year of college, or even in grad school, who don't know how to spell or create a grammatically correct sentence to save their lives; guys who blast the bass in their car stereos as if the rest of us are supposed to be impressed; people who stand in the middle of the aisle at the grocery store talking to their friends while blocking the rest of us from getting what we need; political campaign ads
I have an army of devoted an awesome readers who I frequently turn to for advice and support. And, they're kind enough to put up with my incessant neuroses. It may come as a shock to you all, but the whole "has-her-shit-together-as-a-writer" thing that I seem to excel at is the furthest thing from the truth! I'm a downright lunatic about writing. No seriously, I am. So, my band of pen-pals work tirelessly to keep me sane. Therefore, they deserve a perpetual honorable mention
FirebendingMaster What can I say about this funny, funny fireman? He's spent many an hour helping me choreograph fight sequences. He's got a mind that's naturally predisposed towards creating epic fight scenes, and basically, he tells me the move and I make it look pretty. But in addition to being the brain behind my fight scenes, he also lets me bounce other story ideas off him, and he doesn't hesitate to tease me if I suggest something weird or silly.
Overseerneversleeps My pen pal in New Jersey has become like a little brother to me, and I can trust him to not only help me immensely with all aspects of my writing, I can also count on him to be a good friend who'll empathize with me when I'm having a bad day, or call bullshit when I'm being a whiny mo. I swear, in a lot of ways, it's like we were separated at birth, but then fate threw us in the mix together, and I'm so glad it did. This guy is one fantastic friend, and I can't speak highly enough about him.
HavenRose She has a story called A Thorn Caught in the Crossfire which is about her OC Alora as well as Kabal. Her depiction of Kano is spot-on, dudes. Basically, it follows Alora through Outworld boot camp, for lack of a better word, to Earthrealm where she runs into Kabal and befriends him. Expect to see most, if not all, of your favorite baddies in this one since they tutor Alora in the art of fighting and stealth. I think this is a great story, and I have a lot of fun reading it because it's a different take on the MK villains. But she's always ready to help me with anything in my writing, and especially with Kabal's characterization. Nearly every funny thing I've had him say was almost certainly her idea.
Obelisk of Light I've had many interesting conversations with my pen pal about everything you can think of, but of course our favorite subject is MK. She keeps me honest, and for that, I'm immensely grateful. She never hesitates to tell me the truth, even if it might hurt my feelings, and so I feel like I've grown as a writer just by talking to her. She has a bunch of one-shots, but she's currently working on a longer story called Web of Deception that I hope you'll check out. This story focuses on the MK tournament during the time of the MK: Conquest TV show.
BloodArtSerenity909 This young lady is a woman after my own heart because her favorite MK character, like mine, is the younger Sub-Zero. Woot! And so she has two stories about him that you should read. The first is called In Some Way it Exists, and the second is called I'll Always Be With You. The first features her OC, Soraya, who becomes a student in the Lin Kuei. And the latter is a story about Smoke and Sub-Zero. I immensely enjoy both.
A WORD ABOUT REVIEWING
I hate that I even have to include a note about this, but unfortunately there are far too many assholes trolling FanFiction.net, so here's the thing. In my creative writing workshops, there is this universal rule. If you have negative feedback to give, that's fine. But do so in a civilized manner. Tell the writer the problem you had with their story, devoid of any personal attacks, and then give them reasonable suggestions as to how to fix the problem. This is a policy that I have adopted for FF. There is absolutely no reason to be hateful and to cuss someone out simply because you didn't like their story. To do so not only shows what tiny mind you have, it also looks immature and no one, least of all me, will take you seriously.
All too often I've seen trolls launch absolutely mean-spirited attacks on writers - not just me, but others as well - and I find this uncalled for. It's my biggest pet peeve about reviewing. For one, these reviews tend to be nothing but an exercise in swearing. They usually don't give specific reasons for their dislike of the story, and I've yet to see one who actually suggested a way to make the story better. In the ones I've seen who actually have FF profiles, they never have any stories of their own under their belts. I have to laugh at that, and laugh hard. For one, you have the "guts" to launch a derogatory tirade against my writing skills when you're too afraid to write your own story? And for two, why should I take you seriously when I have no solid evidence that you even know what you're talking about as a writer?
When reviewing, please consider that as writers, we're all on the same path. It's just that some of us are further ahead on that path than others. Whether you're a young writer just starting out, or if you're like me and have been writing for years, you bring something very unique to the table. Therefore, you are obligated to share your knowledge with others. I just ask that when you review, be it my story or someone else's, you share that knowledge in a civilized manner so that we can all graduate to that next stage of the journey like adults.
So, would-be flamers, let me be as blunt as I can so that we completely understand each other. You are the very worst type of scumbag on the internet. I disdain you with all of my heart for your idiocy and immaturity. As far as I'm concerned, you are beneath dog shit on the karmic totem pole. I will, under no circumstances, tolerate your abuse. So you should know that if you want to flame me, I will first reply with a tongue-lashing like only I can give. And then I will block and report you. If you think you're gonna be clever and review as a guest, think again. I have my review moderator turned on, and I'll simply delete your comment so no one else sees it. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Idiot flamers aside, I welcome your reviews of my stories, be they positive or negative in nature. Reviews are love, and I really do appreciate that you take the time to let me know what you think. I am constantly motivated to keep writing because I know you're out there, reading my stuff. And I just can't thank you serious reviewers enough.
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