Author has written 18 stories for Land Before Time, My Little Pony, and Ace Combat.
So I rolled in here, looked at my profile, and noticed that it hadn't been updated since April 4, 2013.
I'm not great at math, but even I can tell that's about three years ago. Three years. Folks, three years is a long time. I've changed a lot since then. Since my last update, I've scrubbed two of my universes, rebooted one of them once and the other twice now, and I'm continuing on improving my writing style. Those old stories? The ones about Nimbus, Fyn, and the like? Those are gone. Well, not technically gone- they're still here, after all. But they are no longer current. There are no more stories to be told from their respective universes. That, of course, brings us to the present day. This is a profile, after all, not a collection of anecdotes. You want to hear about me (or why else would you look at this page?)
So let's not disappoint. Three years ago, I wiped this page clean and quit fanfiction.net after I was disenrolled from the Air Force Academy. It was a pretty dark time in my life, and I didn't think I'd ever return to writing. Yet writing, it seemed, found me anyway. I found developing characters and jotting down scenes was a great way to cope with the problems I was dealing with. That was around the time I got involved with (sucked into?) the MLP fandom. Oh yes. The Land Before Time writer you all used to read started writing about pastel ponies. And how could I not? Many of my friends were watching the show, and even I had to admit- it was chock full of interesting lore, some catchy tunes, and some very colorful characters, both literally and metaphorically. Around this time, I decided to give college another shot. I transferred up to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where I decided I would learn to fly a plane for a living.
Well, I learned to fly a plane, and I've gotta say it was simultaneously amazing and scary. The freedom that comes with that kind of responsibility is positively exhilarating. Nothing I've ever done compares. On the side, I was re-developing my MLP character, Nimbus, and sending him through some similar trials with a much "grittier" backstory. It was about this time that I started trying to really delve into character creation. Until this point, I hadn't been familiar with the terms "OC" and "Gary Stu," so as you can imagine, my characters fit well into those categories. Rehashed Nimbus was an attempt to make amends for one such Gary Stu, and for the most part, I was successful. However, there was still a great deal of work to be done. My stories were short; filler was so glossed over that they had a tendency to read like a cheesy Michael Bay film, one action sequence to another, and to make matters worse, I was discovering that Nimbus was starting to revert to his old Stuish ways. Something had to change.
I would tell you that I pressed on, that I learned my IFR procedures and am serving some little airline at the moment. I'd say that I'm currently flying planes from state to state, building hours for my transition to a bigger carrier, but I would be lying.
The truth is- on an IFR flight, I had a meltdown. For a long time, I'd been coping with the idea that other people's lives would be in my hands if I ever took flying as a career. I was forgetful, sometimes inattentive, and I had a tendency to tunnel vision and rely too heavily on my notes. When I tried to shoot an IFR approach "under the hood," I finally cracked. My instructor took the controls at my request, we returned to the airport, and I never took the Cessna up again.
The cat was out of the bag at that point. Once more my writing disappeared into the abyss while I started trying to sort my life out, figure out what I could possibly do instead of flying- something I'd built my entire life around one day doing. It wasn't easy, but I had friends to help me along. And boy, did they help. Talking to them made me realize that all my life, I'd spent so much time trying to be other people, to impress others, that I'd never once stopped to think about what I wanted to do. My Dad was a pilot in the Air Force. Naturally I'd tried to do the same, because it seemed the right thing to do. I'd never once considered that writing was one of my greatest passions until I stumbled upon that realization lying awake one night. Writing. The one thing I'd always enjoyed doing, no matter the subject, no matter the length.
I transferred to the English program the next semester.
And that's where I've been since that point. This year, I transferred to Minot State University, where my education continues, hopefully to conclude soon. After that, I'm looking at trying for an internship with the local paper, or staying in school to pursue teaching. It's going to be a decisive year, but I'm ready to tackle it head on.
On the story side of things, however, last year I returned to fanfiction.net to try and recover some of the writing flair I'd lost. I missed it greatly, and looking at the stories I'd been writing, most of them seemed dry in hindsight. So I turned my eyes back to The Land Before Time. I took my very first character, Fyn, and gave him a reimagining. Instead of relying on preformed lore, I decided to set my tale in the future, after the death of most of the Seven. I planned ahead, basing a universe around the asteroid that was meant to kill the dinosaurs, and tapped into some of the most mysterious aspects of the Land Before Time universe. I daresay it worked. To Tread Upon Fields Afar has over 150 thousand words now, and tells a story that I'm only beginning to unravel. Based on positive feedback, it's kept going this far, and I expect it'll be a story I'll always treasure. My MLP character, Nimbus, is also due to make a return sometime in the near future, rebooted yet again, though keeping a few elements from his second iteration, alongside yet another new character. Yes, it's been a long, tough road, but I've learned a lot walking it. Hopefully now that I'm back, I can share a bit of what I learned with you.
Current Stories: To Tread Upon Fields Afar
To Tread Upon Fields Afar: brother and sister Fyn and Zaura, two Amargasaurs living near the Big Water journey into the Mysterious Beyond following an age-old trail left by their father- a trail that supposedly leads to the mythical Great Valley, where dinosaurs once lived in harmony. Their trek takes them through the very heart of the Beyond, where forces beyond their understanding have been at work for years. Together with Sol the lone Longclaw, left to fend for himself at an early age, and Rear the dishonored Fast Biter clinging onto the last shred of her honor, they must unravel the dark secrets plaguing the Beyond, and work to finish what their father started when he ventured to the Great Valley so many years ago.