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Author has written 2 stories for North and South.

I am a long time professional writer/editor (business, technical, and freelance) but fairly new to writing fanfiction. Reading and writing fanfiction has become a favorite hobby of mine over the past few years. I have read amazing, creative, and superb stories in fanfiction on this and other sites. In fact, reading one particularly engaging story inspired me to write my own fanfiction. I appreciate reviews, but for some reason, people aren't terribly interested in writing them. If you like a story or have a strong reaction one way or the other, why not give some feedback? Just make sure it's positive or at least constructive. You know, appreciate the tremendous time and effort it takes to write a story (which everyone enjoys - for free). Personally, I write a lot of reviews - typically for everything I read that I really like - sometimes for every chapter in an evolving story. That being said, I am particular about what I read and tend to (very quickly) discard stories that are rife with errors - even if the storyline is engaging. It's just too distracting to wade through as I find myself simultaneously editing as I read. I take in stories mostly for Pride and Prejudice, North and South, Robin Hood (BBC), and Fifty Shades of Gray.

I have written stories for both North and South and Robin Hood (BBC), although I removed my earlier stories for Robin Hood (Guy and Marian Take a Stand) and North and South (So Far to Go). I am in the process of rewriting, reworking and adding to those earlier stories and will upload them again once I am satisfied with the content. I don't know if other writers do this or not (upload and then remove and upload again), but I will probably follow this practice going forward. I believe the best thing a writer can do for a story is to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. It's how writing is polished. But for my fanfiction stories it may go further than that. Once I pull them down and repost, you never know where it will go.

I think of my stories as fluid and they could change in big or small ways. So, don't be surprised if you happen to reread one of my stories and it seems different. It is. I also like to change the images for a story quite often. I have done graphics work in the past, so I like tweaking images to suit the story. It's fun. Personally, I like AU and OOC, when stories and characters deviate into new and unusual plotlines and personality traits, so I like to include those elements in my own writing.

My only issue thus far with has been the strangeness I have encountered in some fandoms, especially in the one for Robin Hood (BBC). I have had to block people because they (oddly) feel personally affronted by a deviation from a Robin and Marian pairing or possessive about a character and upset with how I portray them. My response? It's my story. Get a grip people - you don't own the story or the characters. None of us do. Fanfiction is where you unlock your imagination. Just look at the upper left part of your screen. BTW - this goes for all stories. If you don't like stories that deviate from the origins or canon, don't read the ones labeled AU or OOC. My stories, including the one for RH, are or were clearly marked. For RH, I added a helpful "Guy and Marian" disclaimer to boot. I mention this, because the story is coming back and it is still a Guy and Marian love story, so get over it while you have a chance. I would assume that if a particular pairing didn't appeal to someone, he/she would simply read something else. Apparently, that's naive of me. Some shippers are, well, obsessive, even though these are fictitious stories and fictitious characters. I mean, it's pretty easy, if a story doesn't speak to you, move on. Right? It's a bit maddening, dealing with the haters and obsessives. People enthralled or enamored with a story is heartening, obsessives and haters, not so much.

Fanfiction writing is a time-consuming, labor-of-love effort. It shouldn't feel like dodging bullets from readers who have their own ideas about a story or its origins. It's hardly a reader's place or right to censure a writer. Read and review if you want, but if you want a different story, then - wait for it - write your own story. Problem solved! I know other writers have had issues like this as well. May I recommend my approach? In some case, trolls are "dressed" just like a legitimate reviewers - except that they have nothing to share except weirdness and vitriol. So, what I do is, block toxic users and delete toxic guest comments - they don't deserve the forum or the space since they just pollute the site and muddy genuine dialogue. Constructive criticism is useful and even helpful to a writer, but blatant, disturbed negativity should get bitch-slapped. On the plus side, I have had lovely, interesting, informative, insightful conversations with story followers in different fandoms, including Robin Hood (BBC). I enjoy talking with enthused people and value their perspectives - both writers and readers.

Some Favorite Books

Catch 22 . Mrs. Dalloway . Pride and Prejudice . The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . The Secret Life of Bees . The Joy Luck Club . The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood . The Brothers Karamazov . The Artist's Way . The Harry Potter Series . The Lord of the Rings Series

Some Favorite TV Series/Shows

Pride and Prejudice (1995) . West Wing (1999-) . The Gilmore Girls (2000-) . Band of Brothers (2001) . The Guardian (2001-) . Foyle's War (2002-) . Wire in the Blood (2002-) . North and South BBC (2004) . Blackpool BBC (2004) . Grey's Anatomy (2005-) . Sherlock BBC (2010-) . Smash (2012-)

Some Favorite Movies

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy (Swedish) . A Single Man . Bend it Like Beckham . Grosse Pointe Blank . Morning Glory . Pitch Perfect . The Birdcage . The Intouchables (French) . The English Patient . The Numbers Station . Hairspray (2007) . L.A. Confidential . The Blind Side . How to Train Your Dragon . Saving Mr. Banks . The Last Samurai

Some Favorite Musicians/Bands

Snow Patrol . One Republic . The Fray . The Kin . The Script . Mat Kearney . Sia . Sarah Bareilles . Garbage . Michael Buble' . Sarah McLachlan . James Vincent McMorrow . Joshua Radin . David Gray . Dead Can Dance . Counting Crows . Deva Premal . Radiohead

Some Words to Live by

The Four Agreements, by Miguel Angel Ruiz (Toltec Spiritualist)

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

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The Sum of All Wisdom by Mere24 reviews
Margaret finds Mr. Thornton after their confrontation at the exhibition allowing them to develop a tentative post-proposal friendship. Will their relationship be strong enough to overcome the heartache and deceit that is to come? Both book and mini-series based.
North and South - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 71,222 - Reviews: 504 - Favs: 229 - Follows: 476 - Updated: 8h - Published: 12/20/2012
Unanswered Prayers by somandyjo reviews
The classic twist of Mr. Bennet dies, Darcy offers a marriage of protection, and he and Elizabeth must work through their pride and prejudices without being able to escape one another.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 22 - Words: 94,798 - Reviews: 747 - Favs: 478 - Follows: 1,248 - Updated: 5/22 - Published: 11/22/2014 - [Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy] [Jane, Mr. Bingley]
I Dare Not Hope by prettytimemachine reviews
Horror/Supernatural AU. Margaret and her father are left penniless as they both try to recover from the loss of her mother when they move to Milton. Nothing is what it seems as Margaret realizes something is not right in this dark mysterious town. When strange and unexplainable things start to happen, Margaret can only wonder if the secretive Thornton's have anything to do with it.
North and South - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Mystery - Chapters: 21 - Words: 93,614 - Reviews: 152 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 82 - Updated: 5/18 - Published: 4/15/2014
The Betrothal by Sdanceqt reviews
What happens after that fateful walk when Elizabeth Bennet agrees to marry Mr. Darcy? The plan is to take the characters to the wedding and possibly beyond. Feedback Very Welcome! Book version...
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 30 - Words: 89,176 - Reviews: 461 - Favs: 447 - Follows: 943 - Updated: 5/18 - Published: 11/23/2013 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy, Jane, Mr. Bingley
Fifty Shades: Slow and Steady by Mrs. Fraser reviews
For once in his life Christian Grey is willing to take his time on an acquisition, one Anastasia Steele. Instead of bull dozing her and manipulating her he does his best to resist her, knowing she's too good for him. Neither of them can stay away from the other though, forcing him to choose to change or to never even get the chance to be with her. (No cheating!) COMPLETE
Fifty Shades Trilogy - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 90 - Words: 882,698 - Reviews: 7664 - Favs: 1,743 - Follows: 2,163 - Updated: 3/2 - Published: 9/4/2013 - Christian G., Anastasia S.
Bruises by Dr. Breifs Cat reviews
"You see what a strange circumstance it is," she said, feeling some fleeting relief. "You know our acquaintance has not been easy." Elizabeth wakes up to find she and Darcy have been married ten years. COMPLETE
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: T - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 15 - Words: 69,349 - Reviews: 466 - Favs: 267 - Follows: 624 - Updated: 2/11 - Published: 6/29/2014 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Poles Apart by JulesAusten82 reviews
Both Margaret's Mother and Father have passed away. Her Aunt is still in Italy and her Cousin in Greece. She is left all alone in Milton. How will Thornton rescue her, and will she inadvertantly rescue him in return?
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 10 - Words: 43,253 - Reviews: 295 - Favs: 177 - Follows: 449 - Updated: 1/23 - Published: 5/27/2012
A little more time at Pemberley by ClassicsRetold1987 reviews
What if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth had a little more time together at Pemberley before news of Lydia's elopement reached them? Mature.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 11,759 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 132 - Follows: 292 - Updated: 1/5 - Published: 8/23/2014 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy
Disparity: A Time Twist Variation on North and South by JuliaDaniels reviews
Margaret is a modern day graduate student at Oxford, studying the class structure of the Industrial Revolution. Given an unbelievable opportunity to go back in time to finish her paper, she gladly accepts, even though she's skeptical. Meeting John Thornton was not something she'd planned on.
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 26 - Words: 128,650 - Reviews: 228 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 130 - Updated: 12/15/2014 - Published: 6/6/2014
Regret & Redemption by theofoz reviews
Ten years have passed since Darcy's disastrous marriage proposal to Elizabeth Bennet. Despite the regrets they both came to feel, they moved on with their lives. Now Elizabeth Fitzwilliam is returning to England a widow, and there may be a chance of rekindling a lost love.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 44 - Words: 88,047 - Reviews: 812 - Favs: 388 - Follows: 896 - Updated: 11/15/2014 - Published: 7/12/2013 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy
Look Back, Come Back to Me by VictorianBubble reviews
What if Margaret Hale did look back at Mr Thornton as she was about to leave Milton forever? The stories continues after Margaret visits the Thornton's to say goodbye and to give Mr Thornton her father's book. Book and series based.
North and South - Rated: K - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 19 - Words: 29,203 - Reviews: 174 - Favs: 106 - Follows: 228 - Updated: 10/22/2014 - Published: 3/9/2014
Steady to His Purpose by Astonishment reviews
THIS IS A STORY PREVIEW ONLY: Please see my profile page for details. What if Elizabeth was compromised during that unchaperoned half-hour in the Netherfield library with Darcy? Would they still have their HEA?
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,033 - Reviews: 594 - Favs: 424 - Follows: 637 - Updated: 9/18/2014 - Published: 7/1/2014 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Travelers Returned by LadyKate and Tango reviews
Everyone thinks Marian of Knighton died in the Holy Land-but she is alive, and headed back to England. Even as Robin and the gang fight to stop Prince John's designs on the throne, Marian returns to Nottingham to find herself embroiled in political intrigue, torn over her relationship with Robin, and forced to deal with someone she never expected back in her life: Guy of Gisborne.
Robin Hood BBC - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 32 - Words: 253,202 - Reviews: 457 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 5/25/2014 - Published: 1/30/2014 - Marian, Guy of Gisborne, Robin Hood, Allan A D. - Complete
Two Hearts as One by GotaBingley reviews
While he is visiting the Hales, Mr. Thornton and Margaret have an unexpected conversation. Will this change their relationship as events in Milton unfold?
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 70,630 - Reviews: 276 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 135 - Updated: 5/9/2014 - Published: 3/13/2014 - Complete
What if Mr Darcy refused to take no for an answer? by ClassicsRetold1987 reviews
What if Mr Darcy refused to take no for an answer? What if he didn't storm out after Lizzy refused his first proposal but stayed to try and convince her through pleasurable means? Warning - dubious consent/non con. Mature. Complete!
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 21,117 - Reviews: 134 - Favs: 559 - Follows: 435 - Updated: 1/23/2014 - Published: 8/13/2013 - [Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy] - Complete
North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell) by thepurplepencil reviews
North and South, written by Elizabeth Gaskell. (TRANSCRIBED FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF EASIER READING)
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 52 - Words: 183,536 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 5/31/2013 - Published: 5/30/2013
Perceptions by PrincessJosephine reviews
New to Milton, Mr Hale encourages his daughter Margaret to develop a friendship with Fanny Thornton, his student's sister. He believes that the acquaintance will be beneficial to both ladies. John Thornton, the handsome Master of Marlborough Mills, also has high hopes for the relationship. But for reasons of his own...
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 21 - Words: 42,494 - Reviews: 166 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 5/7/2013 - Published: 4/11/2013 - Complete
FanFiction 'Lingo' by DopeyPixie reviews
All of the strange words used on FanFiction with their meaning, up here so if you don't understand some word you can look it up.
Criminal Minds - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11,459 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 5 - Published: 4/3/2013 - Complete
The Manufacturer's Garden by Silberias reviews
Margaret, after Mr. Thornton tells her of the inquest being settled, decides to reveal Fred's visit. Mr. Thornton, who lies to no one, has lied on her behalf. The least she can do is tell him why he has gone against his ways, she decides.
North and South - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,566 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 6 - Published: 2/19/2013 - Complete
Dance the Tide by Cat929 reviews
William Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet meet when they collide on a beach on Cape Cod. Though their immediate dislike for each other is strong, they soon begin to realize that first impressions aren't always true.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 60 - Words: 551,939 - Reviews: 1180 - Favs: 471 - Follows: 309 - Updated: 1/5/2013 - Published: 3/29/2012 - Complete
Thornton and Margaret by The World of My Creation reviews
A look into the life of John and Margaret Thornton as, together, they face their first year of marriage. Picks up right where the book ends.
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 21 - Words: 51,886 - Reviews: 218 - Favs: 140 - Follows: 171 - Updated: 5/20/2010 - Published: 5/19/2009
Fix You by boogima reviews
When an unexpected event disrupts the Netherfield ball, Mr. Darcy finds out that leaving Hertfordshire and Elizabeth Bennet behind is more easily said than done.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 42,377 - Reviews: 552 - Favs: 712 - Follows: 254 - Updated: 4/16/2010 - Published: 2/10/2010 - Complete
Prisoners of Circumstance GuyMarian COMPLETE by Spikes Bint reviews
After the events of Episode 6 of season 2, Guy and Marian are trying to accept that things are changing between them. More heartache waits for Marian when they return to the castle, and Guy is confronted with memories of his past. AU of course!
Robin Hood BBC - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 116,050 - Reviews: 248 - Favs: 212 - Follows: 77 - Updated: 10/19/2008 - Published: 11/17/2007 - Guy of Gisborne, Marian - Complete
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A Proper Marriage Offer reviews
(AU and OOC). After the riot at Marlborough Mill, Mr. Hale learns that same day of an alarming rumor circulating about Thornton and Margaret. Both of their reputations hang in the balance. He sends Thornton a note asking to meet the next day to discuss it. Thornton is more than willing to do the honorable thing. Now, they just have to convince Margaret.
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 12,209 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 44 - Updated: 5/14 - Published: 4/3
Winter's End reviews
[This one-shot is a bit of fantasy within an AU and OOC framework.] Margaret and John are separated after Mr. Hale's death. He's in Milton and she's in London. They are miserable without each other. Finally, John goes to see Margaret in London and they secretly meet. And then, they run off...
North and South - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 698 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 10 - Published: 3/24 - Complete