Author has written 10 stories for Flipped, Pocahontas, Anne of Green Gables series, Princess and the Frog, Fairy Tales, and Frozen.
Hey, my name is Lahiwe! I'm a college student in the U. S. of A, majoring in anthropology and minoring in multi-ethnic studies.
Writing is one of the core parts of my personality. Journal entries, poems, Facebook posts, stories, newspaper articles, essays...I love it all. I would like to write original fiction someday, but I've never produced a lot of it. Fanfiction, however, is one of my favorite things to create! I absolutely love delving into the minds of characters I adore, and I especially enjoy capturing the moments that are not elaborated on by the original work. Lately, I've also become interested in doing re-tellings or sequels that are more historically accurate or more in-depth than the source material, as you will see in "Queen of the Northern Wind," "The Collected Writings of Captain John Smith," and my other upcoming works for Pocahontas and The Princess and the Frog. I have come to the conclusion that I am a slowpoke writer, as it generally takes me several years to finish my longer stories, but that's because I go through many, many plot revisions. And even when I have something written, I find that it's very beneficial to let something sit for a while before publishing it. So here is a rule of thumb: if a story is in my "in progress" section, you bet I'm still working on it!
If you're interested in checking out some of my other work, I have a Fictionpress account under the penname of Perisada. Lots of poems, though whether they are any good is beyond my judgment ;)
In addition to writing, I'm also a multimedia artist, practicing pretty much everything from photography to folk art. Perhaps some day when I get some photos and get organized, I'll provide a link to my portfolio. My other hobbies include reading (duh!), cooking, contemplating nature, doing research on science and history, interior decorating/fashion design, collecting ethnic textiles, dancing in my room, and smiling :)
Upside Down and Backwards (Flipped) Bryce has flipped, but Juli has too. Can they get past all the misunderstandings of the past and finally get in sync with each other? Well, first, there'll have to be a few apologies. My first fanfic!
Choosing Her Own Path (Pocahontas) A lot of the criticism that the movie Pocahontas receives is that the main character, Pocahontas, isn't very interesting. WELL I DISAGREE. So this is my homage to her. Elements of history, spirituality, Algonquian and Old World culture, and of course, romance combine in this semi-retelling of the movie through Pocahontas's eyes.
For Those in Peril on the Sea (Anne's House of Dreams, part of the Anne of Green Gables series) After the death of her first child, Joyce, Anne is a shell of herself. This short story, told through the eyes of her husband and dearest kindred spirit, Gilbert, tells of her deliverance from the real "depths of despair."
The Best Dancer in the House (The Princess and the Frog) In the movie, Tiana gets criticism from pretty much everyone about her lack of spontaneity and her overzealous dedication to hard work. But you never really learn why she feels she has to be that way. Never, that is, until you read this story.
Magic and Moonlight (The Princess and the Frog) One of the main things that attracts me to the character of Tiana is the vulnerability that lies beneath her driven exterior. In the movie, she was so quick to believe that Naveen had abandoned her for Charlotte--her heart is easily broken. From this seed, I wondered if, even after the spell broke, she might still have doubts about whether Naveen actually cares for her. In this story, Tiana worries that Naveen fell for her because he was under the enchantment, and is afraid that as life goes back to normal, their love will disappear.
Stories in Progress
The Collected Writings of Captain John Smith (Pocahontas) Companion piece to Choosing Her Own Path, though not every event is paralleled. This story is basically the movie (infused with elements of The New World) told through the perspective of John Smith, with a framing device of him writing to Thomas many years later, upon his and Pocahontas' reunion, to tell the story of what really happened. Sort of like a private memoir (the real John Smith did write many public memoirs of his travels). Definitely the longest piece of fiction I've ever written, and it's in the home stretch!
Songs For the Dream Giver (Pocahontas) I thought of writing a story like this after reading an anthology of poetry from around the world, and included in it was Native American poetry, which I found beautiful. Before the written word, stories in all cultures were passed down through spoken poems, very much unlike the unmetered prose we read today. So, I wanted to give Pocahontas a chance to tell her story like she would have told it all those years ago--in poetic form. Currently I have reached the end of the movie's events and for my next few additions, I will hearken to past and future events. This is on hiatus--my life changed drastically in the middle of this project, which made it hard for me to find direction again. But I do hope to return to it.
Two Parts, One Whole (Flipped) This is the project I am working on concurrently with The Collected Writings. If you have read Flipped, you know that the book might possibly have one of the most ambiguous endings in all of children's fiction. So this is my attempt at a sequel! Starting from the day after the end of the original novel and spanning their entire high school career (and beyond), this novella chronicles Bryce and Juli's growing relationship and the obstacles they must overcome within themselves to stay together. For those that are following this story, I realize that it's been quite a while since I last updated (about six and a half months). However, I continue to think about it almost every day. The story is at a very dramatic point right now, and I don't want to veer off into more drama to the point that it's unrealistic. So I'm trying to figure out that perfect plot. I think I've got something, though, and as soon as summer comes I'll be free to work on it.
The S Word (Flipped) Okay, so this is technically finished, but I don't feel right having a Flipped story that's not from both Bryce and Juli's perspective, so if his side ever comes around to me, I'll add it. This story tells all about Bryce and Juli's first time--with funny, awkward mishaps and misunderstandings along the way, of course. THIS IS NOT PORN. I wanted to write about their experiences with sex, but I think Bryce and Juli would appreciate a little privacy surrounding the actual deed :)
Queen of the Northern Wind (The Snow Queen/Frozen crossover) While I liked how Frozen, Disney's version of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale "The Snow Queen," turned out, I felt it could have been even better if they'd kept more elements of the original tale (which happens to be my favorite fairy tale). In this crossover, Gerda and Elsa, along with Kristoff and Kai, battle forces much stronger than a simple curse. Is love strong enough to fight the very face of evil?
Title to be determined (Pocahontas) This story will be a sequel to the movie based on the events described in The Collected Writings of Captain John Smith from Thomas' perspective. I want to explore the early years of the Jamestown settlement, without the historical revisionism Disney often propagates (as much as I love Disney, it is extremely disingenuous to imply in any way that the White settlers got along with the Native Americans). The deep and often violent tensions between the settlers and the Indians will be explored, though not without some examples of heroism. Also, Thomas is just awesome and a very complex character who deserves to tell his own narrative. I am fortunate enough to be collaborating with thornfield, the writer I admire most in the Pocahontas fandom, on this story.
Absolution (The Amazing Spider-Man movie-verse) Every person who has experienced the death of a loved one knows that the pain never goes away. For Peter, the guilt doesn't either--until, through an inexplicable coincidence of interacting energy fields (or something like that), Gwen reminds him of the real reason why things are the way they are--and why he's got to keep fighting. This...may or may not be a thing. The original story I wrote got deleted from my computer, and it's been hard to find the motivation to write it all over again. One day, though!
The Magic Circle (A Little Princess) Sara Crewe is no stranger to sadness. Even when she was young, her eyes had the look of someone who had lived a hundred lifetimes and known troubles in each one. But when Papa dies, it's not really the same as sadness. It's like the feeling of hyperventilating, because you've suddenly forgotten how to breathe. Now, Miss Minchin seems determined to make her life as miserable as possible. Where is the magic when you need it the most?
Roses of Yesterday, Blooming Forever (Anne of Green Gables series) After finding the letters written by her mother and father in their old house in Bolingbroke, Anne makes "a little pilgrimage to the green corner of the old Bolingbroke cemetery," and finally reunites with the family she never knew. Set during Anne of the Island.