Author has written 3 stories for Stealth, and Doctor Who.
Update 1/20/14: I changed my pen name to Barnswallow13. (I was previously Indi13). Don't flip out, okay? =)
About me: First and foremost, I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ is a real person; that He was fully God and fully man; and that He died to take away my sins and the sins of the entire world. I believe that He rose from the grave after three days, thereby conquering death, and that He is even now seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us. I do not believe that being a Christian makes me better than anyone else. Rather, I believe that it makes me even more aware of just how corrupt I am. While I may be considered "good" from the world's standards, I still lie, take my anger out on people who don't deserve it, readily blame other people for my own problems, and often neglect my duties at home due to nothing more than laziness. I am not perfect. Therefore, I am corrupt. It is only by the grace of God that I am to see this corruption and attempt to correct it. However, this is not something that I alone can fix, and I will never be cured of it while I live on this earth. Only after I die and am taken home to heaven will I be free of this corruption, but that does not mean that I won't fight it while I am still alive. If you have any questions about my faith, feel free to PM me. I may not be able to answer you immediately, but I will either search until I find the answer, or point you in the direction of someone who has more knowledge than me.
Secondly, I'm a mainly self-taught creative writer. I started writing when I was thirteen, and have (hopefully) been improving steadily since then. Though, I'm sure that taking College Comp. I and II certainly helped my editing skills. Before that, I was mainly going off what "didn't look right" or "sounded wrong" in editing. This enabled me to develop an almost instinctive feel for how words flow in a piece of writing, and it's very easy for me to tell if the flow in any given work is smooth or choppy. Naturally, I'm very picky about flow in a story, and it's often the first thing I call people out on when I'm editing another person's work. Word choice is also highly important to me in my writing, as it ties into how the story flows. I'm not afraid to go looking in the thesaurus if I just can't seem to think of the right one. I place these two aspects of writing on the same level as proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation: they are absolutely essential to be considered a good writer. Anybody can write a story, but not everyone can write an extraordinary story.
That being said, anybody can improve on their writing. That's one of the reasons that I decided to get into writing fan fiction. I believe that it's an excellent way to practice and hone your writing skills. That way, if you ever decide to write an original work and have it published, you've already had plenty of practice and (in my opinion) are more likely to blow away the publishing companies with your skill level. Because I am mainly a self-taught writer, I am well aware that I don't know everything about writing well. I know enough to recognize good quality writing when I see it, but sometimes have trouble evaluating my own work. I am always looking for ways to improve and readily accept constructive criticism. I am also a perfectionist. If something's wrong in my writing - whether it be character consistencies, plot consistencies, accuracy, plausibility, or mechanical aspects - please tell me so that I can fix it.
When I'm not writing (or doing homework), I'm either out at the barn riding my horse or painting. My horse is a nine-year-old Quarter Horse mare, and I love her to death! She was my fifteenth birthday present. (Needless to say, best birthday ever.) I started riding horses when I was nine and leased a horse for five years before getting my own. Two years after I got my horse, I got into horse training, and am a big fan of Clinton Anderson's Down Under Horsemanship. I've been training my horse using his methods ever since then. To date, I've been riding and working with horses for almost ten years. (So if you ever want to write a story involving horses, I can give you a few pointers.)
As for painting, I'm not a superb artist or anything like that. I mostly stick to paint-by-numbers. However, I do occasionally paint fairy statues for my mom to put in front of the house. I also like to draw, and hope to take some art classes at some point.
Note - My updates will be sporadic during the school year as homework must (as in, no if's, and's, or but's) come before personal projects. That being said, I will try to update as often as I can.
I Will Not Bow
(Formerly known as "If Things Had Been Different")This is an alternate universe of the movie Stealth. It mainly focuses on the character Katherine Wilbourne, and is told from her perspective. The plot will generally follow the movie, but there will be some changes. I plan to add to the depth of the movie's plot, and just switch things up a bit in general. IMPORTANT NOTE: Katherine Wilbourne is replacing Kara Wade. Kate is not a rehashed version of Kara, and Kara Wade does not show up in my story whatsoever. Kate is an original character that I made up, and no, you can't have her.
The Doctor's Visit
This story was a gift for a friend who was having a bad day. It began as a snippet of dialogue that I made up on the spot and grew into a six-page short story. That same friend insisted that I publish it on this site as soon as I perfected it. And there you have it.
This was originally something that I wrote for a creative writing class, but I had so much fun with it that I decided that I'd let other people read it.
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