Author has written 25 stories for Harry Potter, Titanic, Star Wars, Psych, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Sherlock, Misc. Books, Fault in Our Stars, Odyssey, and Doctor Who.
(Rights to the artwork as my avatar go to the amazing artist, viria13.)
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." --Ernest T Hemingway
My real name is [this material has been censored in the case of an online stalker] but you can all call me Freddie and I genuinely hope that you're having a great day.
I am sixteen years old; I laugh a lot; I love to write, doodle, explore restricted areas, and listen to music. My favorite artists are Glen Keane, Vincent van Gogh, and Fra Fillipo Lippi; favorite musical acts are the bizarrely motley--Goo Goo Dolls, Dion, Alan Menken, Frank Sinatra, Genesis, Hans Zimmer, The Young Dubliners, Qualian, The High Kings, and Mumford & Sons.
I'm in AP Latin, learning how to read (what everyone else calls) a dead language. Make of that what you will. Snorgtees never fails to make me giggle like a loon. According to Pottermore, I'm a Gryffindor. I love to cook and I'm a total foodie but despite my pursuits in swimming, cycling, walking, and Just-Dance-ing I'm still kinda chunky around the thighs (but as I have assured my reflection for years now, it's a work in progress.) Grand, old crapemyrtle trees always make me smile. I'm obsessed with reading through Bulwer-Lytton Contest entries.
My list of fictional crushes is absurdly, embarrassingly long...but that won't stop me from listing them. After all, you can tell a lot about a lady based on her taste. Fred Weasley, Dimitri, Leo Valdez, Jack Frost, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, James Potter, Apen Shepherd, Percy Jackson, basically any of the boys from Newsies, or The Oxford Comma himself. In short, I will forever fall for the funny, sarcastic, slightly self-deprecating screwball hero with a guilt complex and good hair.
I am a Christian and very proud of my faith. I know that no matter how bad I screw up, the Lord will inexorably love me and accept me even when I don't know why I'm worth loving; because that is how great He is and worthy of my praise. My favorite verse is Romans 8:18--"For I consider that the challenges of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us in heaven." Keep hope. It gets unimaginably better.
That being said, anyone and everyone is invited to PM me if they ever want to talk. (Not an invitation for trolls, please and thank you.) If you want to get something off your chest, wanna get a second opinion, wanna yell at someone (or just type in really big letters) I can take it, I will encourage, and I will help you to the best of my ability. I'm not perfect, but I will try as perfectly hard as possible for you. Just remember: life could always be worse. Be glad you're not at rock-bottom. And it can also get better. Don't give up. We're together on this. *gives the friendliest of embraces*
In case you haven't guessed from my username: I am an enormous Potterhead, in conjoined feels with all the following beauts: favorite TV shows are Doctor Who; Sherlock; The Loony Tunes Show; Young Justice; Broadchurch; the old Muppet shows; Supernatural; Gravity Falls; 30 Rock; Downton Abbey; and Over the Garden Wall. Favorite movies are Inception; anything touched by Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplins; basically every Disney/Pixar movie ever made ever, especially The Lion King, Treasure Planet, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame; the Princess Bride; Sharknado (no, don't give me that look;) Newsies; Anastasia; Best Years of Our Lives; Dead Again; Moulin Rouge; The King's Speech; How to Train Your Dragon; and Rise of the Guardians. I'm obsessed with two webcomics, The Property of Hate and The Silver Eye. My favorite books are the Percy Jackson series; A Separate Peace; the Odyssey; the melodious works of William Shakespeare; The Princess Bride (again;) Peter and the Starcatchers; The Squire's tales; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; and anything by Cornelia Funke, Mark Twain, or Ernest Hemingway. Ooh, and William Goldman. Especially William Goldman. I adore that man so much, he gets his own three sentences.
We made it through the fandoms.
Another thing, I get really annoyed when people apologize for their writing. Either your stand by it or you don't, but don't grovel in the description over whether or not your piece is worth reading. First of all, no one will read something that the author is embarrassed about. Secondly, if you really don't think it's good, don't assault us with it. At least, not yet; edit. But if you do think it's good, (or at least hope so) then say so and be confident. We writers are in the business of hope and though out there be trolls, here be hearts of gold. You lose nothing in confidence. And thirdly, all that being said, (cue charming juxtaposition) I want to apologize for a couple of my stories. I wrote (or started) these when I was very young and very new to fanfiction. They are blantantly fluffy, sloppy, childish, OOC, Mary-Sue-riddled, and, in general, laughably pathetic. Since then I have learned my lesson (or at least hope so, please do me a favor and flame me mercilessly if you see any foul-ups) about the dangers of writing without an outline or a realistic perception of my own skill. But the clinkers are The Scoundrel's Story, Hufflepoem, Bolt: The Sorcerer's Stone, and Who Said Anything About Settling? I won't take them down because I do like showing progress and because some people favorited them (I'm not entirely sure why) but just so we're clear, I firmly disown these abominations against literature, fanfiction or otherwise. (To be clear, I don't think it's a healthy practice to belittle your work when you publish it, as a self-depricating Author's Note or in the description itself. But if you want to go back in retrospect and publically frown upon something worth being frowned upon, I think that is a mature and beneficial reflection to make.)
One of my first long-term, committed forays into writing was a one-act play that I started in the seventh grade. It wasn't much, just nine pages, eight scenes, but I worked on it for two years after that; I never expected anything out of it, I just wanted to finish/polish the beastie. However, it never stopped there. My school offers a program called Independent Study where the student designs their own curriculum for a semester and presents it at the end for a grade. A senior named Maggie was interested in stage directing and was put together with me. Long story short, the most amazing, constructive month of my life was assisting directing under her and watching something I had loved all by myself for two years shimmer onto the stage and then, in front of an audience. If anyone is interested in watching that, here's the link to my hour-long play, The Give and Take: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr00R_qbuU0
I'm currently taking a bit of a break from fanfiction and plan on stemming my product from here on. I have loved being such an active member of this community and learning the skills and hallmarks. The reviews and advice from so many other readers and writers have proved invaluable in shaping me as an author. From here, I plan on writing more original stuff and sticking with all my other obligations. Of course, when I get stuck on that stuff, nothing's going to stop me from dishing out a good one-shot every now and then. Between October 2012, the publication of my first story--What Does 'Yes' mean?--and January 2015, the final chapter update of Mirror, Mirror, I wrote on average 7,049 words per month, 1778 words per week, or 254 words per day for fanfiction, not to mention all the original stuff, edits, half-finished-then-abandoned-one-shots, and the things I've since pulled down from the site. I'm happy with that résumé.
Happy fanficing everybody, *flashes the Nerdfighters gang symbol!* and DFTBA!
Wanted: Sue, Mary. I do solemnly swear to withstand, discourage, and even in some cases, destroy all influences, characteristics, or embodiments of the wanted felon, one Mary Sue, for the charges of being unbearably shallow; attracting characters already engaged in deep, meaningful, canon relationships; inserting Author's Notes into the middle of a story; chronically using terrible grammar; focusing only on clothing apparel and superficial attractiveness; always abusing dialogue tags and vocative adverbs; never having a real plot; and for being "effortlessly perfect" without ever showing a single scrap of original initiative, creativity, curiosity, cleverness, determination, athletic ability, humor, compassion, or deep character. Mary Sie was last seen ruining a perfectly good fandom as she featured in yet ANOTHER fanfic, though she has been known to crop up even in professional pieces such as the Twilight Saga and Fifty Shades of Grey. She has impersonated and framed the brilliant young women: Annabeth Chase, Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, and Lily Potter (among many others) for being slutty, ditzy, ill-humored, and shallow. Mary Sue goes by many aliases, do not be fooled if she is not listed as Sue, Mary (typical giveaway names are Arianna (no idea why this is so popular,) double to triple-names, anything with an apostrophe in the middle (e.g Ebony Dementia Dark'ness Raven Way, Merlin forbid).) If should you come across a Mary Sue; instantly and mercilessly flame the author for their legitimate and grievous insult to literature; PM all the positive reviewers of the Mary Sue story to experience the fandom again because perhaps they missed everything; and don't read another word of the Sue!fic. Smite the Sues!
--by FredNeverDied. Add your name to the banner if you agree.
OBITUARY FOR THE LATE MR. COMMON SENSE
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Calpol, sun lotion, or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
-- Girlbender875, Jedi Master Misty Sman-Esay, CommChatter, FredNeverDied
IDEA FOR THE TAKING: You can find a story idea I have put up for grabs below: Harry Potter and the Polyjuice Potion. Check it out and if you like, you can write it yourself.
"Ideas not coupled with action never become any bigger than the brains cells they occupied." --my fortune cookie the other day
"Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don't do it for money. That's not what it's about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They're fans, but they're not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language." --Lev Grossman
"Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." --Ernest Hemingway
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