Author has written 29 stories for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars, and Mass Effect.
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» I am a human male.
» I am Russian.
» Nik Stalwart is my general internet pseudonym.
» Meetry is my gaming alias.
» CC-645 was an on-the-go call sign during an Orientation & Mobility exercise, based on an alphanumeric keypad’s representation of Nik.
» I am fluent and literate in: Russian, English, Russian Braille, English Grade 1 and 2 Braille, Russian and English Morse Code, about 1% of French, incredibly fluent in German cursing, partially fluent in Italian cursing, HTML5, CSS, a few ways of coding information, and a whole bunch of various useless made-up languages.
» I have a vision impairment.
» I am very cynical, disillusioned, analytical, grumpy and, sometimes, overly critical.
» I have a tendency to overthink.
» I have various views and opinions that many people consider inconvenient. Yes, that kind of inconvenient.
» I have a strong moral code that often clashes with the modern-day social atmosphere. Too bad, it’s the social atmosphere’s problem. :-)
» I do not mind flames, because "my flamethrower is bigger, baby!"
» ...and I have a tendency to be very, very annoying in debate.
» Innumerable Russian books, tales and folk stories.
» First English book was The Hobbit at age 10, followed up by Lord of the Rings, Silmarillion, and Childron of Hurin in rapid succession.
» First exposure to Star Wars literature at age 13, Heir to the Empire.
» Read all Star Wars books, have familiarity ranging from hilariously intricate to passing regarding all other media; comics, games, et cetera.
» Read all Sherlock Holmes books
» Have a decent familiarity with pre-20th century westerns.
» Large exposure to classical literature
» Familiarity with miscellaneous books of the 21st century
» Numerous 20th century books, particularly in the Sci-Fi genre
Other media (though I fail to see how that’s relevant on a writing website)
» Exposure to visual media limited by physical capabilities
» Films: Star Wars Saga, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit remakes (yuck), Back to the Future, Terminator series, RED 1&2, various others.
» TV shows: Clone Wars microseries (2003-2005), The Clone Wars animated (2008), Postman Pat in my younger days, Mayday/Air Crash Investigation, 33% of a Rebels episode (then I puked), occasionally Mythbusters, various local “police” shows, though seeing autopsies is not exactly pleasant, and, of course, News.
» I listen to a lot
of radio, often talk radio. News, talk, some music, and streams of parliamentary question time.
» Started writing at 9 as school project. Got yelled at for writing that I “spent my weekend with a migraine because the teacher did not let me take a break and get some fresh air” during a visually-exhausting class.
» First—and last—normal teacher at age 10; wrote 500-word Sci-Fi stories.
» Medieval-themed writing at age 11; got low marks for “making up words”. Words in question were “yore”, “ere”, “mere”, “yonder”, “thither” and the like. Apparently “they were not in the dictionary.” The dictionary in question was a Year-2 dictionary, and I had learned said words from my reading of books.
» Years 6 and 7 devoted to reports, essays and mock newspaper articles. Criticized over cynicism and gruesome details. (They said write a breaking news article; I wrote about a crash featuring 12 fatalities)
» Short stories (2000-3000 words is the usual definition) written at age 14 for a test and a medieval project. Test story was disqualified because “It was very violent” and “distasteful” (Speculation on aftermath of 3rd World War; It had no action, just a major walking along a battlefield with his pet Falcon and thinking about things). Medieval project criticized for being “overly long and too detailed”. The assignment asked for a “minimum of 400 words ‘English Second Language students’ or 800 words for everyone else”. I wrote 3.5-4k featuring details about castles and castle defences, archers, shield walls, and cavalry charges.
» Fan Fiction writing started at as a stress-relief exercise after I got fed up with my depression, in the book “Skyfighter: The Ones”. Naturally featured overly-mighty hero.
» Have been writing numerous parodies, poems, ballads, serious short stories and other things both on this site and privately.
General Opinions, writing ethics and so on
» Much like Darth Vader, I am intolerant of failure. Having English as your second language is not an excuse to write poorly. English is my second language, yet I make an effort to write well, avoid grammatical & spelling mistakes, plot holes, and so on.
» I consider typos to be tolerable, like “meeet” instead of “meet”, but prefer when “principal” and “principle” are used correctly, and when you don’t excuse “Korekt” or “Qoreqd”.
» I take a strong negative stance when it comes to leetspeak. I believe that is the common term for “LOL”s, “ROTF”s, “STFU”s, “kk”s, “gtg”s and so forth. It is one of few things that can make me stop reading a story instantly, no questions asked, no second opportunities given.
» Likewise, I avoid using leetspeak myself. I find such abbreviations to be a degradation of the language, and besides, who even uses them in real conversation? If you don’t use them there, there is no reason to include them in a story.
» I take one heck of a negative stance on content of explicit or adult nature. (That was political-speak for “sex”). I don’t care who you are, what your grandmother didn’t give you in your childhood, what has become socially acceptable in the current day and age, there is no reason to detail acts of intimacy in writing, film or recitation. That includes the process leading up to the actual act. Authors of bygone years – Tolkien for instance – did a great job without sinking to such lows.
» On a similar note, excess gore. Many authors, TV shows and films have become fascinated with detailing the finer points of crime and murder. I do not think that is at all appropriate. Firstly, why make a manual on how to commit crimes? Crime rates are high enough as it is. Second, reading/seeing/hearing about blood splatter, leaking brain matter, or other nonsense is not fun. (In fact it is why I ditched Detective by Arthur Hailey not too long ago.)
» On the subject of things that disgust me, and I realise I will lose some readers as I type this, (but do I really want such people and their respect anyway?) I am strongly opposed to the current “gay”, transgender and trans-human movements. (Also Left-wing politics, Greenpeace, Climate Change and Global Warming, but that’s another story). I am opposed to these on personal ethics, morals, beliefs and religious grounds. Totally. Therefore, I do not write, or read, works detailing such interactions. If I see “slash” in the summary of a story, I do not read it. If I see things like “Female Obi-Wan” in the story, I do not read it. I also mentally blacklist those authors. Discriminations, you say? Tell me again after I – and people like me – are not, in turn, discriminated against for holding to our morals.
» Another point of literary crankiness for me is swearing. Yes, people swear, but, growing up, I did not know a single Russian swear word, and I lived quite happily in that ignorance. It was only Western TV and the education system that “taught” me this nonsense, and I firmly hold to the opinion that words beyond “crap” and possibly “shit” in vulgarity should not be used. A principle to which I hold stringently.
» Now on matters less of revulsion and onto disdain. As interesting read as Starship Troopers was, I will forever hate that book for introducing the concept of powered exoskeletons/suits/whatever into popular culture. It was a novelty at the time of writing, BUT now every two-bit author and director uses that concept. It has frankly gone way beyond “old” and into the “cliché” and “unprofessional”.
» A related peeve is reusing technology from other franchises in your writing. Warp Drive is Star Trek, it should not be in the same story as the word “Jedi” unless the Enterprise has a Star Wars-themed movie night, or there is a crossover parody. New technology? Sure! Just don’t plagiarise off another franchise. Show some initiative!
» On subject of initiative. I have come across innumerable game re-writes on this site. I must thank everyone who contributed for sticking so stringently to canon, the 6 KotOR stories I read were excellent guides when the time came for me to play the game :-). However, this stringent streak detracts from the overall enjoyment of the story…especially after several stories. I would greatly like to see more creativity in this field.
» Accuracy and logic. Even when writing an AU (where, by definition, facts are wadded up and tossed in the wastebin), there are a few things I both stick to myself, and prefer to read in other stories:
» Self-inserts. Having written one (written at a bad time in my life, I am not proud of it, considering how many mistakes it has) I am OK with them. However, there are certain things to consider when writing a Self-Insert story,
» I have many more peeves on related subjects, but as the list is long, I think I shall put it up in a blog post elsewhere and link to it. I might even replace this section at a later date.
Links (for what didn’t fit here)
» I’m on Twitter, @NikStalwart, where I’ve begun to post chapter-summaries and links to stories.
» I'm on Reddit, /u/NikStalwart
» I’d link my blog….but it looks like an explosion at an HTML plant, so I’ll do so when it looks more presentable.
» Further opinion pieces will be linked below, once writen.
Thanks for bearing with me folks, enjoy your stay, and may the Fiction Be with you!
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