Author has written 3 stories for Harry Potter, and Inuyasha.
Guess who has gotten the itch to write again? I finally graduated from college back in May and my summer was busy with taking care of my Grandma while my Mom made plans for retiring. I am now job hunting, but have had ample time for my mind to wander. I have also been listening to a podcast which discusses writing techniques. Hopefully, this effort will be reflected in my writing. Read below for my current story plans!
Regarding Seeds of Love -
This story was previously on hold, mostly due to my lack of an idea of where to take it past the premise. I've continued to get sporadic reviews from readers asking me to update, and that has spurred me into action after giving my story a serious pondering! I'm currently revisiting those chapters I had previously finished and am reworking them a bit to reflect the characters and the situation better. I also made a banner that reveals the name change I've decided on - Chasing Bliss. Fleshing out the plot will be underway, but I don't know when I will update with a new chapter. I would like to get a bit into it, as to guarantee an update even if I have a lazy week (or longer).
Regarding Traipsing Through Time -
Since my last profile update, I had actually reworked TTT quite a bit for the new direction it is taking. I, unfortunately, hit major writer's block in contriving what should happen between the beginning and the big climax of the story. Then my final semester hit me like a ton of bricks. I got it up to 4 chapters at the beginning and 2 chapters around the climax, totaling 40k words. I've had more ideas for SoL, so I am going to focus on that in the meantime. This story's approach to Hermione's time travel is something I'm excited about, but I have a severe lack of ideas on how she gets from A to B, if that makes sense? I DO know it will be SB/HG in the end; I just don't know when it will be ready for posting :X For now, consider this story ON HOLD.
I am now focusing on Seeds of Love/Chasing Bliss, with TTT on the back burner until further notice. I'm not going to post anything until I'm sure I have enough material to present you lovely readers with. I also tend to think of things later, resulting in major changes in earlier chapters :B
OH, and once again, that Inuyasha fic - I'm certain I won't be bothering with it for a long long long long time. Sorry :X
As a side note, I seem to find less and less well-written fiction on here nowadays, which is why my mind constantly strays to my stories. I've become quite picky with my reading, compared to when I was a teenager. I promise that when I do eventually put an update on, it will be written with my standards in mind. This promise includes:
- Grammar/spelling checks, and re-checks. I don't have a BETA, but I feel like I have a steady grasp of my native tongue to handle this job well enough.
- No Mary-Sue or Gary-Stu. I write primarily from Hermione's perspective, and though she may be mature/wise for her age, I intend to reflect the woes and faults of a typical young adult. Perfect characters are boring! I will strive to prevent my take on Hermione from being anything but; she will be as multifaceted as my skills allow.
- No OOC. As stated above, I write primarily from Hermione's view point. This is because I feel like I truly understand her MO. Other characters, not so much. However, I will never have characters I'm less-cozy with acting in an irrational/un-canon way without a plausible explanation. Severus will never be fluffy, Remus will not always be agreeable and a milquetoast, Hermione will certainly never endeavor to sleep her way through each house as a research project, etc.
- No clichés. When writing a story which is inspired by a popular genre (time-turner and marriage challenge, in my case), you're bound to come across similar plot devices. I will avoid any overly used bits at all costs. Many times, I will be reading and think of how things could have been done so much better or confuse a new story for something I've already read... this is actually how TTT came about.
- Author Notes? Forget about it! I loathe author notes, especially when they take up 1/3 of the chapter. I will open a story with 3k words per chapter, only to be assaulted by shout-outs, thank you's, and personal information... followed by 1k words of story. I've also encountered A/N inserted needlessly into a chapter. I've been guilty of both of these in the past in my earlier writings. My guarantee is to add an A/N only if it's necessary, and to keep them as brief as possible. Anything else you need to know can be found on my profile or asked in a PM.
- Chapter length! I will only read stories that have a minimum of 3-4k words/chapter and 40k/story. Word length, in my opinion, directly correlates to how much time, care, and thought an author is willing to put into their work. You cannot tell a fully developed story in less than 20,000 words. You cannot have satisfying progression in 1,500 words. Having conveyed all this, I promise nearly all my installments will be AT LEAST 4,000 words. I normally aim for 5-6k. If, for some reason, I determine a chapter needs to be shorter, I will upload two at once.
- Other no-nos. This regards the things that immediately cause me to cease reading stories. I will NOT read anything in first or second person, therefore I shall never write in them. Second person has always come off as incredibly weird to read, like I'm listening to the thoughts of a stalker. First person comes across as more of an author's wish fulfillment of being that character. And for formatting - I tend to keep it simple. The only stylization I use is italics - usually for emphasizing a word in dialogue or for internal thoughts (which I rarely do to begin with).
- Reviews. I will never ask, beg, or hold an update hostage for reviews. Frankly, I don't give a damn if you review. I write because I have an idea and want to share it while doing my best at improving my storytelling. If you enjoy it, that's great and I love hearing what you think! If you hate it, I apologize for it not tickling your fancy and appreciate you telling me what I can work on. But in my experience, number of reviews doesn't equate to the quality of the story itself. In short, review count means squat. If my story is good enough, people will find it despite there being less than 80 reviews. That's my take on the whole thing. So, review if you want because it will be appreciated whether it's positive or negative! But I don't need validation in the form of reviews for my imagination to work.
I am a 27 year old woman from Texas. I have degrees in both anthropology and geography. My main interest is Japanese culture and language. I have an orange cat named Mr. Tibbles.