Author has written 12 stories for Mulan, Prince of Persia, NCIS, Star Wars, RWBY, Naruto, Merlin, and Game of Thrones.
So I should probably give you guys the "essential" information. I guess. What even qualifies as essential information?
I'm a Christian. I'm in college. I love music and books. Is it pretentious to say I love ideas? Perhaps it's more the whole expression of something novel, a new principle or understanding of the world I enjoy more than the idea itself. But really, I love ideas. On a less abstract note, I used to be a percussionist in high school. I especially enjoyed playing the timpani. I found it stress-relieving.
I have a fictionpress account if anyone is interested in that. Penname is "The Furthest City Light." It's mostly poetry. Mostly amateur poetry. Mostly sucky amateur poetry. Enjoy.
I also have an AO3 account, where I've posted some stuff. Pseudonym is The_Furthest_City_Light. I'll always post everything here first though, because frankly uploading things onto their site is a pain.
On a side note, I have a fanfiction friend who's an awesome writer and is being nominated for a fan fiction grammy. Yeah, I know. She's awesome. The story she's being nominated for is called "This Time, for Sure" in the How to Train Your Dragon fandom, and here's the nominating site: fan fiction Grammy . weekly . com / nominate . html
Now enough ranting, onto the fun stuff!
Recently Read Books:
Dubliners, James Joyce: Started 08/10/2016. I have not yet read any of Joyce's works and the literary greats that are F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway apparently adored him, so I figure I probably will too. Plus, a friend of mine recommended Dubliners as she'd read it for school and thought it quite excellent. Also I'm a sucker for short stories. Dubliners is a collection of short stories. Ergo, I chose Dubliners as my foray into Joyce.
Michelangelo's Notebook, edited by Carolyn Vaughan: Started 07/31/2016. I decided I don't know enough about the world's great artists. I know of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and I know of David, but he was apparently an excellent poet as well. The book I'm reading has some excerpts from letters as well as his other, lesser-known works and biographical information. It's fascinating.
Poems, Maya Angelo: Started 07/31/2016. Finished 07/31/2016. It's the first collection of Maya Angelo's poetry I've had the pleasure of reading. I find her tone...visceral. She has few compunctions about what she writes, and she isn't afraid to make uncomfortably accurate comparisons. I still prefer more classically structured poetry, for the most part, but I like her voice.
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath: Started 07/29/2016. Finished 07/30/2016. Also read on the car ride back from school. It's the first book I've read by Sylvia Plath. It was a very emotional piece, very gripping. Esther's disillusionment with herself and the world around her was painful to read, not to mention her descent into depression. All of her pains and concerns were relevant, things that hover on the edges of awareness. It was not one of my favorite books though, and not my favorite author. I may try some of her poetry though, which I have heard is actually better than her prose.
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie: Started/Finished 07/29/2016. I've been watching Once Upon a Time recently, and I realized I'd never read the actual book Peter Pan before. In fact I couldn't even remember the plot to Peter Pan the movie. So I read the book on the drive back from school (I took summer classes). It's interesting. Especially when you realize Peter Pan is actually a child-like angel of death, ferrying children to the afterlife.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald: Started 06/15/2016. Finished 06/15/2016. This is one of my favorite all-time books. I've read it before, but reading A Farewell to Arms made me think of it and since I haven't read it in about four years I figured I could justify rereading it. I often think of Fitzgerald and Hemingway as foils to each other. I tend to connect more with Fitzgerald though, and personally I think Gatsby is one of the crowning achievements of American literature.
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway: Started 06/06/2016. Finished 06/10/2016. I got the book as a gift from a friend. I was impressed. I've always favored Fitzgerald to Hemingway as early 20th century American Modernist authors go, and I still do, but this was a fantastic book. The characters were nearly painful. If felt with and for them. I'll have to read As the Bell Tolls next.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare: Started 05/21/2016. Finished 05/23/2016. Another thing I never read in high school. Or college. I have read a lot of other Shakespeare though. Macbeth is my favorite.
Beowulf, Beowulf Poet: Started/Finished 05/13/2016. In case you're like me and didn't read Beowulf in high school (or in college), I highly recommend it. Especially if you're a fan of epic poetry (like the Iliad or the Vinland Sagas). It's an epic poem in Old English and is probably the single most important story in English history. It's about a guy who has basically spent his life looking for the next great challenge. I read the Seamus Heaney version, which was pretty painless. And kinda cool, since it was a bilingual edition.
O Pioneers!, Willa Cather: Started 04/23/2016 Finished 04/30/2016. A novel about the American frontier, with one of the few literary heroines I actually respect in American literature. Read it for class, but I'm going to read Cather's Song of the Lark too. Possibly some of her other stories as well.
The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien: Started/Finished 04/22/2016. A collection of short stories about the Vietnam War. Read it for class. Would highly recommend. It's going on my top-ten favorite books list, and it's one of those books everyone should read. O'Brien has a real gift for working with "rough" or even "simple" diction and syntax to get his point across. It reads almost like a stream-of-consciousness exploration of the psyche of a soldier. To use his phasing, you feel his stories in your gut. To help you get an idea of what I'm talking about, I've included some of my favorite passages below.
"A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge."--Tyrion Lannister/G.R.R Martin, Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
"Rise, and rise again, until lambs become lions." Robin Hood 2010
"In fact, I believe the best definition of a human is the ungrateful biped."-Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From Underground
"I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."-Winston Churchill
"We have two ears and one mouth so we may listen more and speak less."-Plato/Socrates
"The unexamined life is not worth living."-Socrates
"The truth, you see, is irrefutable."-Plato/Socrates, Gorgias
"Every passing second is a second chance"-Reliant K
"The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth."-Kate Chopin, The Awakening
"Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up." Thomas Wayne to Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins
"In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?"-Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say,"-F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."-Dr. Seuss
"Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a lifetime ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes the remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That's what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for the late hours when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing left to remember except the story." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
"Like a killer forest fire, like cancer under a microscope any battle or bombing or artillery barrage has the aesthetic purity of absolute moral indifference--a powerful, implacable beauty--and a true war story will tell the truth about this though the truth is ugly." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
"To generalize about war is like generalizing about peace. Almost everything is true. Almost nothing is true. At it's core, perhaps, war is just another name for death, and yet any soldier will tell you, if he tells the truth, that proximity to death brings with it a corresponding proximity to life...You feel an intense, out-of-the-skin awareness of your living self--your truest self, the human being you want to be and then become by the force of wanting it. In the midst of evil you want to be a good man. You want decency. You want justice and courtesy and human concord, things you never knew you wanted. There is a kind of largeness to it, a kind of godliness. Though it's odd, you're never more alive than when you're almost dead." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
"A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
"By telling stories you objectify your own experience. You pin down certain truths. You make up others." Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
Music: (In no particular order)
1. Kansas: Carry on Wayward Son
2. The Animals: House of the Rising Sun
3. Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
4. Billy Joel: Piano Man
5. Simon & Garfunkle: Bridge Over Troubled Waters/Scarborough Fair/Sound of Silence (don't make me pick)
6. Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven
7. Beatles: Happiness is a Warm Gun
8. Max Richter: Reinvented "Four Seasons"
9. Rolling Stones: Paint it Black
10. Guns & Roses: November Rain (that guitar solo tho)
My top ten list obviously trends toward classic rock, but I'm a fan of many various genera. I don't know if there's exactly a word for what I like. I like Muse and Adele but I also like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. If you figure it out, let me know.
Favorite Books: In no particular order
1. Harry Potter: J.K. Rowling
2. Notes From Underground: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
3. The Things They Carried: Tim O'Brien
4. The Iliad: Homer
5. The Republic: Plato
6. The Aeneid: Virgil
7. Black Beauty: Anna Swell
8. The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald
9. The Brothers Karamazov: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
10. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
Honestly though I'm really picky about my books. And usually I either like something or hate it with every fiber of my being. And I go on rants. I'm sorry.
TV Shows: In no particular order
1. Top of the Lake (It's dark, people. Not for all eyes)
2. House of Cards
3. Mad Men
5. The Following (first season)
6. True Detective (first season)
7. Breaking Bad
Movies: No particular order
1. Forest Gump
2. The Prestige
3. Star Wars Trilogy
4. Mr. Nobody
5. Fight Club
6. American Psycho
7. A Few Good Men
9. Nolan's Batman Trilogy
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jesus had no servants, yet they called him Master...
He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher...
He had no medicine, yet they called him Healer...
He had no army, yet kings feared him...
He won no military battles, yet he conquered the World...
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him...
He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today
It is my honor to serve such a leader who loves us...
For he asks we simply love others in return.
FanFics!: (In order of publication)
A word about my fanfics: I tend to write for things which I find imperfect. I hated the Naruto ending, so I wrote a lot for Naruto. I saw issues with how Gibbs' and Tony's relationship was being represented in NCIS so I wrote a fic to try and reconcile that. Basically, I write the broken things, and the stories become a new sort of truth, to reference Mr. O'Brien.
For One, For None: Its in the works, and a multi-chapter fic. Go check it out if you're interested. Word of warning though, it's on indefinite hiatus and under heavy construction. I just can't seem to write for it.
Crimson Snow: A short one-shot (a drabble really) for the Mulan fandom about that scene where Shang nearly executes her, from Mulan's perspective.
Through the Ages: I actually haven't watched NCIS in a long time. My friend told my that I should, but I really didn't want to miss anything. Thus, I am going through the ENTIRE series in order to define Tony and Gibbs's relationship better. And because it's fun. Don't forget the fun.
Crossroads of Destiny: This one is for Prince of Persia, and it's about Dastan's run through the marketplace in order to save his friend. I really like this movie, and it's too bad that it hasn't gotten more attention, because I really like the characters, and the setting and all of their relationships are so interesting.
Yugen: A fanfic for Star Wars which is basically a guilt-ridden afterlife!Anakin talking to Obi-Wan and Yoda about his legacy, and what his whole journey means. It disregards completely the new movies. It's just a one-shot but it is my favorite thing posted. It's also the least popular. Hint. Hint hint. Also on AO3
Fodder: A one-shot about a potentially humorous confrontation which mutated into equal parts death threats and philosophical discussion. I'm keeping up with the anime tradition nicely. Also on AO3
The Magnificent Adventures of the Namikaze Three: This is a multi-chapter Naruto fic that I thought up. I don't usually do AU's or even read them so this is kind of new territory for me. It's also supposed to be humor, which is not readily apparent from the prologue. Basically, it's about what could have been, if Minato and Kushina didn't die the day Naruto was born.
Thus Opened the Hearts of Many: Its a series of one-shots about how Naruto's precious people came to love him. That's quite literally it. The genera vary, but generally I strive to include a little bit of everything.
So Comes the Reaper: A fic about Ruby's Semblance. Or, more accurately, about Ruby herself. It's a bit darker, perhaps, than most people's take on her character. It's a short series of related one-shots which ultimately has a plot. I promise. Also on A03
Take Heart, Labored Son, for Your Work Will be Done Anew: The Merlin series with Merlin as a female. Then there are other changes. I'm doing my own twist on the plot line too. It is my first genderbent story, and wow is that different. I'm not even sure I like it. Also on AO3.
Uneasy Sleeps the Head that Wears the Crown: A speculation piece about the end of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series. Just a short one-shot I wrote after watching season 5 for the first time. Also on AO3.
Bastards Rise in the Arms of Ghosts: A Game of Thrones series about Jon and his faithful companion Ghost. Because I love the wolves and the wolves get no love from Martin. Also I'm convinced that Ghost is going to die by the end of this and so he needs some kind of tribute. Also on AO3.