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Joined 07-03-12, id: 4103172, Profile Updated: 10-18-13
Author has written 6 stories for Mass Effect.

10/18/13 update:

Okay, about time to overhaul this thing.

Chapter 30 of FDEWB is in the works but going a bit slower than I expected. At this point I can only scratch my head why I have such trouble focusing on writing. Probably just need more beer. At any rate, hoping I can sort it out. Been looking forward to writing this chapter.

Nothing new on Road to Recovery. Just a few little fun ideas on stuff to do. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to PM me.

ME1 prequel to FDEWB is also still in the works, albeit slowly.

Likewise the AU story starting with Shepard after Mindoir.


Welcome, and thanks for reading!

I'd like to thank everyone who's been following, favoriting, and reviewing. I tend to express myself better through my writing than in PMs or replies to reviews, and I apologize for that, but I am grateful and I smile every time my phone beeps at me from a new email alert, especially when it's a review. Keep the feedback coming. I can look back on the beginnings of FDEWB and see how my writing's evolved, but some constructive criticism would help as well.

For well over a decade, I hadn't really written anything except in live-action text roleplay, so I was stunned when I filled 160 pages of college-ruled notebook only a week or so after finishing Mass Effect 3 for the first time. You'd figure such a dismal, uninspiring ending wouldn't have been a catalyst (haha) for me to start writing again, but it was. Spending a few days reading hundreds of thousands of words of the some very fine work on this site was what motivated me to create an account and publish. I'll admit, it's still a bit daunting to think about writing... well, at this point... 600,000 words? But it's been fun and a good learning experience so far. Though I don't have the same razor focus I did when I started and have been taking a more leisurely pace, there are no plans to become one of those authors who disappears into the Lost Woods. Speaking of that, I have a few stories in the works in that universe, though if they ever get published it'll be under another name.


About my writing:

Obviously, I spend a lot of time on character interaction. It's the main motivation for my writing, really. As much as I enjoy a good plot with twists and turns, I don't find it interesting if little time is spent on the characters. Unfortunately, said plots are difficult things for me to come up with. I may have gotten lazy years ago by having writing partners who were much better at the original ideas than I was. It's on the list of improvements needed.

I'd have to say that I'm a pragmatist with something of a romantic streak when it comes to writing. While I may often feel like I'm not putting enough complexity into a character, you won't find a PTSD'ing drunk or a naive goody two-shoes as a hero, a doe-eyed helpless damsel, or a cackling villain in my stories. Or things like a budding relationship that drags on for a dozen chapters because the adult characters have the emotional maturity of a five-year-old. I usually abhor cliches like that unless they're very well written. I do enjoy happy endings, as I primarily read to enjoy myself. I usually save the depressing stuff for my own writing as an outlet. I don't feel like I'm terribly good at writing it, but I'll sometimes find myself shivering if I'm reading a very tense story, and then I'll grin like an idiot when the heroes are on a rampage. Action, drama, romance, comedy, fluff... I enjoy it all. It's just difficult for me to find a balance.

I struggle with weaving different plots together and other long-term elements like that. No doubt it's a side effect to my long-term attention span issues and erratic, elusive inspiration. My mind wanders quite easily when things aren't flowing, which is why I sometimes take forever to update FDEWB. Perhaps I should try adderall...

Like I wrote above, the vast majority of my writing background is text roleplaying, so I spend a lot of time on what characters are doing and how they're interacting with their environment and others. Maybe too much time, not sure. I'd enjoy feedback regarding that. But it's hard for me to get engrossed in a story that's lacking those kinds of details. And speaking of details, I recently realized that I don't put enough of that in my writing. Location descriptions, clothing, things like that. It's on the list to be improved.

More to come later.

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Razor's Edge: Requiem by Tairis Deamhan reviews
John Shepard has only one truth left. That the cycle must be broken no matter the cost. The price will be more than anyone should have to bear but the prize is the future, for those he cares for and for all life in the galaxy.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 36 - Words: 341,803 - Reviews: 1077 - Favs: 756 - Follows: 832 - Updated: 4/4 - Published: 3/23/2012 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah
For We Are Many by venomRED reviews
Rebuilt over two years by a terrorist organization he swore to destroy, Commander Shepard struggles to reclaim his past, while recruiting the best the galaxy has to offer in a bitter fight against the greatest threat the galaxy has ever faced. L/V/AC
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 43 - Words: 309,633 - Reviews: 555 - Favs: 480 - Follows: 476 - Updated: 8/27/2014 - Published: 10/23/2011 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete
Adamo by Andrio reviews
A fanfic series focusing on Shepard and Tali's friendship, romance, and love, spanning Mass Effect 1 through speculative Mass Effect 3.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 35 - Words: 167,125 - Reviews: 732 - Favs: 812 - Follows: 659 - Updated: 4/29/2014 - Published: 5/30/2010 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete
The Knife and the Turncoat by Mr.Vaz reviews
Tali is torn between her feelings for the commander and the gravity of a horrible mistake, while Miranda comes to terms with the organization that she's championed for years. Follow-up to Levi Matthews' "Finding a Way". M!Shepard/Tali ON HIATUS
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 18 - Words: 174,537 - Reviews: 132 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 111 - Updated: 8/6/2013 - Published: 4/28/2012 - [Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M)] Miranda L.
First Contact by Animus of Masada reviews
An asari exploration vessel discovers Earth in the 2030's...and the first contact scenario has incredible implications for both species. What does humanity look like through alien eyes? Where do they go from here? /-AU: no Reapers, completely disconnected from the plot of the games, but mostly faithful to the setting. Told from many points of view.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 16 - Words: 51,333 - Reviews: 1194 - Favs: 2,059 - Follows: 2,197 - Updated: 4/10/2013 - Published: 8/12/2011
You Came Back to Me by T. Bryson reviews
After the events of ME3, Commander Shepard awakens on Earth and is taken to a hospital for care. His friends, all of whom thought he was dead, go to the hospital to be at his side as he recovers. Heavy on character development/interaction. Tali/Shepard focus.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 113,303 - Reviews: 217 - Favs: 403 - Follows: 228 - Updated: 10/23/2012 - Published: 7/16/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete
Uplifted by DarkDanny reviews
Desperate for an end to the exile, now in its forty seventh year, the quarian Admiralty Board decides on one last audacious plan to help them destroy the geth. However, January 1942 in occupied Russia might not be the best place for first contact with humanity...
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Drama/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 101,767 - Reviews: 442 - Favs: 346 - Follows: 244 - Updated: 8/25/2012 - Published: 6/13/2012 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah - Complete
My Big Fat Quarian Wedding by Andrew Joshua Talon reviews
Shepard promised he'd build Tali' a house, and by God he's gonna do it! No matter how much of a mess it causes. One shot.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 11,157 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 147 - Follows: 52 - Updated: 8/7/2012 - Published: 7/22/2012 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah - Complete
The Darkest Night by venomRED reviews
Commander Shepard has been killed in a surprise attack on the Normandy. While Cerberus rebuilds him, the members of his crew attempt to move on. A bridge piece between ME1 and ME2 following the SR1 crew. Rated M for language/violence/adult content
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 34 - Words: 106,555 - Reviews: 219 - Favs: 269 - Follows: 96 - Updated: 10/23/2011 - Published: 9/29/2011 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete
Razor's Edge: Dark Witness by Tairis Deamhan reviews
Even though the Collectors have been defeated Shepard and the crew of the Normandy aren't safe. An old enemy waits in the shadows, one armed with something far more dangerous than a gun: knowledge.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 9 - Words: 70,047 - Reviews: 202 - Favs: 428 - Follows: 170 - Updated: 6/11/2011 - Published: 3/11/2011 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah - Complete
Razor's Edge by Tairis Deamhan reviews
Mass Effect 2 novelization, the life of one spectre that's seen more than his share of the galaxy's dark side. If you've already died once the question becomes what's worth living for? It's the question that will have to be answered to save a galaxy.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 37 - Words: 260,290 - Reviews: 401 - Favs: 802 - Follows: 299 - Updated: 3/11/2011 - Published: 6/13/2010 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah - Complete
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Family Doesn't End With Blood reviews
After he awakens to find his life upended and his friends scattered, Shepard continues the struggle against the hidden enemies that threaten the galaxy while he tries to reclaim the family he lost. M for language, violence, adult content. Being progressively rewritten as new chapters are added.
Mass Effect - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 29 - Words: 214,381 - Reviews: 223 - Favs: 257 - Follows: 289 - Updated: 9/25/2013 - Published: 7/8/2012 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah
Road to Recovery reviews
The threat of the Reapers is ended. The crew of the Normandy find themselves in something of a limbo, wondering what comes next. Copious amounts of alcohol and a study of the word 'vacation', perhaps. A non-'canon' continuation of FDEWB posted for fun.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 13,390 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 8/19/2013 - Published: 4/16/2013 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah
Unexpected Conclusions reviews
Miranda reflects on the first few years following the end of the Reaper War, the nature of family, and the strange paths life seems to take around Shepard and the unexpected companion he found that helped him through his grief. Something of a companion piece to Promises as another 'AU' ending to FDEWB, but they're not related.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,732 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 3 - Published: 3/28/2013 - Shepard (M), Miranda L., Tali'Zorah - Complete
Promises reviews
She made a promise to him to satisfy his last request of her, but she couldn't fulfill it quite how he intended. (An AU ending to the Shepard and Tali of FDEWB).
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 913 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/22/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete
Victory Beard reviews
Shepard vows not to shave his beard until the Reapers are defeated. But some beards are too powerful for any one man to wield, as his crew discovers to their horror.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Humor/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,535 - Reviews: 44 - Favs: 70 - Follows: 11 - Published: 10/4/2012 - Shepard (M), Tali'Zorah - Complete
Tali's Mistake reviews
Overjoyed to have her feet on her people's ancestral home, Tali doesn't see that it's also a reminder of the weight on Shepard's shoulders.
Mass Effect - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 603 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 4 - Published: 7/8/2012 - Tali'Zorah, Shepard (M) - Complete