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Author has written 63 stories for How to Train Your Dragon, Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Avatar: Last Airbender, Maximum Ride, Harry Potter, Legend of Korra, Running Dream, NCIS, and Scorpion.
Hi. If you actually take the time to read biographies, then great! If not, just skip down to the bottom like I know you so desperately want to. I hope you like my stories. =)
A Formal Apology:
I have been almost completely absent from the internet for the past several months, and I am very sorry if I caused anyone worry - haganeochibi and Wordwielder specifically, I hope I haven't caused you undue distress or upset you.
I have been struggling with several medical problems (none of which are life-threatening), some of which may be chronic companions for the rest of my life, which is dampening and scary, because I am attempting to "finish strong" my junior year of high school. Going through medical testing, being referred from one doctor to another, finding out things and being told things...that can be terrifying. And very stressful. Especially when one of those problems is anxiety. Also, trying different drugs and experiencing their side-effects is unpleasant and uncomfortable, creating many embarrassing situations and often more pain.
So add several types of pain, (and as mortifying as this is to share) very frequent trips to the bathroom, missing a lot of school, stress from missing a lot of school (and upcoming AP Exams), trying to visit colleges, and just life...
By being a vocal and active presence on fanfiction.net, I understand that I hold a responsibility to be an active participant in the relationships I form. Unfortunately, I have been protecting myself by not answering reviews, not keeping in contact with my very dear internet friends, and I have not gone through my email inbox since about November.
This is very selfish of me, and I know that. I have not stopped discussing things on SaS (mostly because it requires less emotional investment - sorry Tasermon, Erazer, and Night Fury - and is so segmented and much more impersonal than the precious relationships I have cultivated here), I have not stopped reading fanfiction (after all, I do need something to occupy myself with while I'm not in math class because I'm in the bathroom), and I have not stopped writing fanfiction (after all, I do need something to occupy myself with while I'm not in gov class because I'm in the bathroom.)
I do have a plan to reinsert myself into my online life here, by actually checking and responding to my emails and PMs, and by thanking each and every one of my devoted reviewers and giving my friends the attention and respect they deserve. When I have done so, I will remove this message.
Once again, I am sorry for any anxiety, sorrow, anger, frustration, or worry I have caused you.
Astrid Goes For A Spin
HELP ME SAVE HICCUP AND TOOTHLESS.
"There were dragons when I was a boy."
This is a possibility for the ending of HTTYD3. If you help me, we can help it not happen.
Often, friendships in fiction are broken up. Someone dies or returns to their planet, and I'm not going to stand for it. Look on Sticks and Stones, Berk's Grapevine, Night Fury's Den. Help me on DeviantArt. You'll find the petition here:
https : // www . change . org / en-CA / petitions / dreamworks - animation - please - keep - toothless - and - hiccup - together - at - the - end - of - how - to - train - your - dragon - 3
Why is this so important to me?
I've long come to believe that this movie was a personal gift for me from the man upstairs - it provided something to focus on, something to get excited about, something to inspire learning about everything from the earliest prosthetics in Ancient Egypt to how to properly light a scene to the method of making a dragonship. It's honed my writing skills, and my analytical skills - something that I can keep looking at, and it doesn't stop giving. There's never a shortage of new things to see, new things to learn. It showed me the world in a completely different light, and because of it, I've found a place on the internet and even in "real life" where I can speak freely with no fear of embarrassment about what's important to me and collaborate on things that eventually reach past Berk.
I've always had a fantasy world at my beck and call - whether it was taking a field trip through a large intestine with Ms. Frizzle on her Magic School Bus, bumping along a new trail west in a covered wagon with Laura and Mary, flying on Appa's back on the way to the Fire Lord with Katara, Sokka, Toph, and Aang, walking along the halls of Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Hermione, or safely residing in the squadroom of NCIS. Things that link these interests have been the familial relationships - between the Friz and her class, Laura and her Pa, "Team Avatar," Gibbs and his team, and Harry and his two best friends. They show me hope - hope that all people aren't selfish and miserable, that there are heroes, self-sacrificing and brave and bold. They help when the world hurts.
But since 2010, my fantasy world of choice, my place to recede from the world and reassure myself, is in the skies with Hiccup and Toothless, where utter dependency ties them together in the best way, where love trumps guilt and passion overcomes tradition and cowardice. And even though they don't wield guns and badges or the power of the ten thousand previous Avatars or even Harry's power of love, it's with them that I feel the most safe.
But if Hiccup and Toothless are separated or Toothless is killed, it will stop giving. It will stop providing and shielding and reassuring me. It will stop reminding me that not everyone is bad (because there had to be good people to think of the movie!). The first movie, my sanctuary, my refuge, will lose the magic that rescued me, the magic that gave me a best friend, a group of people to develop my skills and interests with on the internet. Berk – the rustic wooden houses and the perfect family I imagine I eavesdrop on that exists between Hiccup and Toothless. For them, the sky isn’t the limit.
DreamWorks, please don’t break this. Dean Deblois, I appeal directly to you: don’t chain them – and me – to the ground. In your own words, you can do better. Try.
Astrid Goes For A Spin
Take this petition to the ends of the earth. Copy my words. Spread my passion. And if you don't want to do it for me, do it for Hiccup - and, most importantly, Toothless.
About my unusual penname: Astrid Goes For A Spin: it's a turning point. Besides being an absolutely beautiful piece of music, it opens something. One plotline is fulfilled - the crush - and a new one is opened within two minutes. I love it.
I am a flutist. I am score obsessed. I am fairly illiterate in all things music. I do, however, adore John Powell (See You Tomorrow, anyone?) and John Williams (especially his creepy songs like The Face of Voldemort and Apparition on the Train). I've reached the fan level in which I can identify a song from HTTYD within seconds.
Something else to add: PM me if anyone else noticed that 'Astrid Goes For A Spin' plays while the village blows up from the exploding eggs. =)
*Something that has come to my attention: a recent surge of popularity in a few of my older stories has me shivering with mortification. I beg of you: check the date on them and remember that I have (hopefully) grown with my skills. Avoid those old stories like plague. They shame me.
Back to business!
I have a bizzare obsession with anything (validity required) How To Train Your Dragon, and have enough documents on it to choke a horse. It's held its position of fame for a long time.
I also love Harry Potter. I wear shirts, dress up, and laugh and cry. JK Rowling used to be my favorite author, but since the Casual Vacancy (starkly different from HP) Kristin Cashore (author of the Graceling Realms trilogy) has risen to the occasion. Look her up.
If you're a Harry Potter person, check out my stories on Mugglenet; Snowlily is the author name. [Or, you know, don't. They're mortifyingly old, and disgustingly inferior to...well, they stink. I'd prefer if you ignore them.]
I'm a canon shipper. End of story. Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Katara and Aang, and especially, especially Hiccup and Astrid.
I plan to be a writer someday, becuase it is my passion and joy. Nothing makes me happier than to sit down after a long day and type whatever comes to mind. I have the nerdiest music interests ever - score and just about anything written pre-1800's. I hate 'the classic' books, love children's fantasy (it's often far more clever and deep than you realize at the age) and absolutely despise the recent fad in YA lit that involves killing off the best characters.
I have many ambitions in my life, going from being a huge-scale editor, a full-time writer, or maybe even principal flute in the NY Philharmonic. Who knows? As you can tell, I'm not the most diligent when it comes to updating, but it usually just takes a well-placed review to remind me of what I loved about that story to begin with.
I'm too creative for my own good, am proud to say I dropped out of NaNoWriMo [(because my stories need affection and care,) but my friend has (somehow) convinced me to get back on that horse] and when I was in the Latin circuit, won two consecutive years' writing contests.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about my life, and I hope you'll enjoy anything I can give. Just remember : reviews are love. XD