Author has written 6 stories for Star Fox, Rise of the Guardians, Pokémon, Chronicles of Narnia, Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings.
I am the one formerly known as OpalVampire. Feel free to call me Opal, though. The 'vampire' thing was from my vampire-loving days when I was 13 when my friend introduced me to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. But I'm 21 now and am all but sick of vampires. But now I am OctoberOpal. Still, Opal will be fine. I've had the former for 8 years come May when I first logged into Quizilla (R.I.P.) and I think it's time for a change.
Now, more about myself outside of my username. I love, love, LOVE music. Did I mention I love music? Well, I do. I don't really have a specific preference for what I listen to, it just depends on my mood. And my tastes can almost spread across the entire board But I can't stand rap unless it's the Beastie Boys (R.I.P Adam "MCA" Yauch). I used to like country music but now I just can't stand the way their voices sound (it's so weird, I can't even describe it). Now I can list some of the bands and artists I enjoy.
Bands: Beastie Boys, Breaking Benjamin, Celtic Woman, Coldplay(their early work, though Ghost Stories has somewhat returned my love for them), The Cranberries, Creed, Delain, Evanescence, Fireflight, Foo Fighters, In This Moment, Korn, Lacuna Coil, Linkin Park, Nightwish, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A Skylit Drive, Van Canto, Within Temptation
Solo Artists: Anette Olzon, Colbie Caillat, Enya, George Harrison(my first favorite Beatle concerning music), John Denver, John Lennon(my second favorite Beatle concerning music), John Mayer(do I have enough Johns?), Judith Pintar(harpist), Kerli, Lindsey Stirling(not the biggest fan of hip-hop, but her work is interesting), Peter Hollens(voice of an angel!), Sarah Brightman, Tarja Turunen, Taylor Davis (great violin work)
And then there are so many more bands and artists I enjoy, but I must say it's probably due to one or three songs.
I'm big reader. If I would die of happiness if I could live in The Almost Perfect Book Store. My favorite book series are: Sweep, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Nikki Heat, Maximum Ride: the Fugitives (to me it's only a trilogy), Lily Dale, The Mortal Instruments(again just another trilogy), The Chronicles of Narnia, The Iron Fey, Once Upon a Time is Timeless, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tales of the 500 Kingdoms, Throne of Glass, Firelight(book only, not trilogy), Princesses of Myth, The Immortals, Midnighters, The Lunar Chronicles, Yelena Zaltana Trilogy, Opal Cowan Trilogy, Healer Trilogy, Ruby Red Trilogy, Balefire, The Inheritance Cycle, Lorien Legacies, Twelve Dancing Princesses Trilogy,
When it comes to my writing and inspiration, I make OCs. It's my way of putting myself in the story. I don't like girl from Earth falls into fantasy stories (only a couple have actually managed to gain my approval and I'll never be able to write it myself) because the culture clash is too awkward for words. My OCs are kinda like extensions or inner selves. Like this is who I'd be if I were in this world. (Wishful thinking there, lol.) But I like putting myself in the story as well as making my own plot that weaves into the original plot of the story I'm writing about.
I'm in fact a big fan of OC stories, but I can be pretty picky when it comes to how they integrate into the plot and world. I gnash my teeth every time I read people using "fantasy slang" in their fics. What I mean by "fantasy slang" is our use of the lord's name in vain. I'm not religious and I use it as much as the next person, but I get overly annoyed when it is put in fantasy.
Lord of the Rings: By Eru, Oh Valar, Oh Elbereth
The Hobbit: By Aule, Oh Mahal
Pokemon: Holy Mew, By Arceus
Avatar: The Last Airbender: By spirits
ETC. because I know there's plenty more out there.
I don't condone this because to me it just sounds absolutely ridiculous. And it's SOOO obvious that it's our own slang. Not only that, but it sounds pretty immature. I'm not saying that we can't use any kind of slang in fantasy, just use something that isn't connected to gods/deities/creators/spiritual beings. I personally like one that's used in the Study Trilogy by Maria V. Snyder. The heroine, Yelena, uses the term "Snake spit" to "curse".
I do have a Pinterest board that features images from some of my stories. Type up the link below to check it out: