Author has written 4 stories for Natsume Yūjin-Chō, World Ends With You, and D.Gray-Man.
Quite frankly, I haven't published a lot of fanfiction before, and right now, I've got too many to focus on reading; you know, the usual 'read everything related to what you want to write so you know your idea hasn't been done already, thus avoiding contributing to the near-infinite amount of spam online and wild accusations of plaguerism' (not that there have been any, as I haven't written much as of yet). That stuff.
...Actually, since everybody is obviously NOT me (an interesting, if moot, idea) I'm pretty sure that not everyone goes through said process, but I've read a couple of really good fanfics where the author has complained about (or just mentioned) this stuff in the author's notes, so I'm going to try it (back to that 'not contributing to useless spam' policy; I'd Golike anything I write to be good and hopefully read).
The things I read/play/watch: (not that anyone cares but me; a lot of it is not really fanfic related, but I'm gonna put it up anyways.)
Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji), 07 Ghost, Detective Conan (Case Closed), Psyren, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, Noblesse, Ability, Akatsuki no Yona (of which there is currently no fanfiction for on this site--WHY?!), Orange Marmalade (also no fanfiction; what are we all doing with our time?) Skip Beat!, Crepuscle, Necromancer, Inuyasha, D. Gray-man, Reimei no Arcana (Dawn of the Arcana), Akagame no Shirayukihime, Kurogane (the one about kendo, not something else), Pandora Hearts, Tsubasa Resevoir Chronicles, xxxHolic, The Record of a Fallen Vampire (anyone who has not read this and is into drama/action/really depressing stories WILL. GO. PICK. THIS. UP. NOW.), Chibi Vampire, Full Metal Alchemist, Black Cat, Olympus (spelling varies, but it's about gods, is REALLY philosophical, and has very little plot progression to speak of...though the art is commendable), Coffin-a-Shoulder Kuro (Hitsugi Katsugi no Kuro, or something like that, also falls under really depressing-but-epic stories), Vampire Game (totally awesome, available in some libraries) Nurarihyon no Mago (there's an English translation for that name, something like Rise of the Nura Clan), Id, The Gamer, City of the Dead Sorcerer, and many, many more that I will refrain from adding simply because this list is already too freakishly long.
Anime, Cartoons, TV shows, and Movies
I don't get a lot of TV time, sadly enough, so the cartoons that I can list off the top of my head are Avatar: the Last Airbender, a couple of reincarnations of Yu-Gi-Oh, Teen Titans, Huntik, and Danny Phantom. (The sponge that is not actually a square does not count as a cartoon. IT'S NOT A REAL CARTOON; GET WITH THE PROGRAM PEOPLE.) Recent movies are limited to kiddie stuff that a particularly childish relative likes, so I've got Rise of the Guardians, Tangled, Kung-Fu Panda, Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen, all the Rush Hours (which I don't actually remember all that well, because they were a while ago and watched on my own sparse time), The Incredibles, Ice Age (all of them), Shrek (also all of them), Monsters Inc., Coraline, and Avatar (the one with the blue people and floating rocks, not anything else). TV shows are most generic and limited to reality-based comedy shows (which are all the same), Food Network challenges (which a single channel pretty much has a monopoly on), detective shows (which, while sometimes fascinating, also tend to be all the same), and Supernatural (which I started fairly recently but happens to be refreshingly original. Or maybe I just need more experience in the genre...). I typically don't watch anime that I haven't read the manga form of on principle, anomaly that I am. So I'm not posting all the read-first-watch-later's up. Exceptions to the read-manga-before-anime include Sword Art Online, Code Geass (which got so freakishly complicated that I dropped it), Fairy Tail (cuz technically I watched some of the anime before reading the manga), Special A, Full Metal Alchemist (the original crappy one that has almost no connection to the manga whatsoever and that I count as a seperate series all on its lonesome) and Black Cat (anime sucks, but manga's okay). I have also watched one episode of Attack of Titan, courtesy of my cousin.
Books/Novels (only includes those in the fiction genre)
Legend of the Sun Knight, Half-Prince, Eclipse Hunter and other Yu Wo works. These are awesome and very productive plot-bunny-wise. I also read (or have read) The Ranger's Apprentice and its companion series, stories of Tortall by Tamora Pierce, The Five Ancestors, and other action/fighting stories that I find amusing. I've read Dragon of the Lost Sea and its sequels, the Eragon series, Dragon Rider (and Thief Lord, and Reckless, and other Cornelia Funke books), Dragon's Egg, Dragon Slippers and sequels, the main branch of the DragonLance Chronicles (I think there are hundreds of books based on DragonLance, I'm not about to read all of them) and many, many other dragon-related books. Other notables include Warriors, Seekers (same author as Warriors), the Septimus Heap series, Artimis Fowl, Harry Potter (who hasn't?), The Bartimaeus Trilogy (by Jonathon Stroud, you should try this if you haven't already), The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (very dragon-related, but technically not dragon based) and Legendary Moonlight Sculptor (NOT a Yu Wo book, I checked). There are more (many, many more), but I'm not putting them up.
Current obssesion: Exactly what it sounds like. Tends to affect what I write/read (mostly read).
Strangely enough, I've found myself poking The Narutodom of late. Which is weird, because I haven't even finished the manga. Yes, I know, I'm a shame to Naruterds everywhere.
ON THAT NOTE: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8060650/5/Incident-Report. Copy. Paste. Go. Come join me in a helplessly laughing death.
Alyss: Well, as my pen name suggests, I'm a girl :P
Anyways, it may or may not be apparent that I have just the slighest tendency to ramble. But I swear it's not my fault; it was inherited from my sister-in-pen-name (don't bother looking for her, she's not public as far as I'm aware). And if said sister is offended that I stole the last part of her pen name, she should make an account on FictionPress under her usual pen name and PM me; I swear I'll delete this account or something to atone for the dire sin of having offended elder sister-in-pseudonym. (How does one go about deleting an account on this site anyways?)
Another thing you might have noticed is that I try to type properly (I apologize for any typos I missed). That is not (entirely) because I type slowly, but because I have written far too many school essays for my own good (or anyone else's for that matter; my teachers will always be something akin to gods in my eyes). Having a semi-OCD afflicted editor in your head tends to (-do nothing to-) help with that.
Alex: I'm going to shut Alyss up now, seeing as how she has already managed a whole introduction's worth of nonsense. I'm Alex. Obviously.
We're different, but I share an account with Alyss (and a mind, for that matter, but that's a story better left untold). The official pen name will likely flicker between the two of us quite frequently, usually depending on who's writing whatever's in the works.
I'll keep this short. More often than not, I'm an editor and a critic. Alyss does most of the writing (although it would seem that as of late, she has taken to pushing it on me).
I try very hard to keep up a strict policy of only one ongoing project at a time, mostly because Alyss has a ridiculously short attention span. [Do not. o 3o] That policy has been compromised. Repeatedly. But I'm trying.
Gender: I'm a boy. Alyss is a girl. Don't ask me how that works out.
Age: [Well, I still clearly remember writing school essays XP] Alyss. T_T Nothing more on the subject.
Ethnicity: Alyss has decided to be Asian American; otakus like she tend to be Asian, and she speaks English. I am British, as I speak English on a day-to-day basis, and have found that the British can be quite creatively insulting when so inclined.
Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, currently learning ASL (American Sign Language for the laggards). [And 'aloha' for Hawaian, 'bonjour' for French, 'ecetera' for Latin, "dumkoff' in German, and a bunch of random words in Japanese. I know lots of other language fragments, too :P]
Roles: Alyss insists we explain what each of us does to those of you who can't figure it out for yourselves. And so, she wrote up about half of this and made me do the rest...
- Muse, optimist, idealist, artist, procrastinator of near unmatched proportions (managed a whole marking period's worth of late history homework in one day XP), environmentalist, general essay-writer, drama queen (at least, work wise), peppy socializer, general cellphone texter, obsessive story addict, hypocritical Promoter of "Righteous Morals" (a position that comes with a free "How to Worship Your Readers" manual), hyper little girl who has just had too much sugar, insecurity-ridden angsty teenager, bunny-plagued founder and manager of what has been named "The Plot-Bunny Breeding Grounds", whimsical dictator of all impulses remotely related to impulsiveness, overenthusicasic inner fangirl, plot-savvy storyline creator, short-fused bipolar entity (her mood swings can be freaky), stubborn busybody (when she wants to be, usually duing one of her particularly obsessive periods), and general writer's voice. Strangely enough, she's not one of those raving, rabid yaoi supporters.
- Critic, cynicist, he-of-little-faith in regards to humanity's potential for kindness, goodness, and trustworthiness (or its severe lack thereof), a procrastinator on par (at least) with his counterpart, OCD-afflicted perfectionist (in regards to everything that he doesn't do himself), hypocritical motivator, apathetic leader of a seriously messed up kingdom/group of people (I have no idea what this means; ask Alyss), He-who-is-immune-to-bunny-attacks, the annoying smash-proof alarm clock that goes off when you just want to sleep, Harsh Analyst (as dubbed by another author), trigger-happy murderer of warped ideas (Alyss can't accurately tell when they're screwed up, so I shoot those down. Mind you, I end up gunning down just about everything anyways), Lister of all-that-is-or-can-potentially-go-wrong-and-why, and the voice of reason(?). And I can't handle coffee well; more's the pity.
For those of you who need help (quite a bit of help), the first part is Alyss and the second is me. (I trust you all know who I am.) Normally we'd differentiate by using the squiggle symbol for Alyss instead of a normal dash, but something strange is happening and we can't use it on the profile (nor can we use the 'heart emote', because FNN keeps deleting everything after the "Less than" symbol).
Things that need work, and therefore hope to improve by writing about: (-or rather, what I hope to get Alyss to write at some point or another in the foreseeable future; the arts just aren't meant to be my job.) This is something of a checklist. I will add and remove things as I deem fit; Alyss has no say in this. (Of course, I've little say in anything else on this site, beta profile aside.)
- Humor (working on it, in a roundabout, procrastinator-ish way)
The kind of writer I (meaning Alyss) admire/hope to become at some point: (I swear, Alyss changes this every other week. I'll try to keep it steady.)
The kind of epic writer that puts a single, canonicly-plausible-but-impossibly-creative twist in a given story and suddenly makes the whole thing entirely their own. These are model fanfic writers, people! And no, I'm not talking about inserting OC's, though those sometimes help the transition-into-awesomefully-original-territory process along.
Stuff that's Hard (or Not Easy) to Figure Out and Would've been Nice to Know Before I started FNN (or FFN, actually):
(Alex! The floor's all yours!)
- FNN: "Fanfiction.net", which is self-explanatory
- FFN: "Fanfiction", which is self-explanatory
- Canon: something established in the original work (book, manga, TV show, etc.) and not a product of a fanfiction-writer's mind.
- Fanon: something not confirmed by canon works, but general established as some amaglam of "acceptable" and "gospel" among the fans of the work in question.
- OTP: "One true pairing", or the two characters that you prefer in a romantic relationship above all else. Alyss doesn't have one, because she lacks the dedication needed to properly commit to any of many preferred pairings. [Hey!]
- OT3: "One true threesome", or something of the sort, which is essentially an OTP with three people instead of two. I don't know how that works out maneuver-wise. I'm fairly certain I don't want to know.
- WIP: "Work in progress", or a work that is not complete
- EWE: "Epilogue? What epilogue?", or "Ending without epilogue", or a work that does not/will not have an epilogue, though it can also mean a work that disregards the epilogue provided by canon.
- PWP: "Plot? What plot?", or "Porn without plot", or a piece with no shred of plot to be found. Anywhere. Usually signifies Smut/lemons (or scenes of an explicitly sexual nature, often graphic).
- Dub-con: "Dubious consent", or people sleeping together in which the consent of either party (or all parties, when there're more than two people) is arguable.
- Non-con: "Non-consent"? (Something like that, anyways.) Rape. Occasionally merely sex of questionable consent, but typically some sort of rape.
- M-preg: "Male pregnancy", which is self-explanatory. I'm trying to decide whether or not the idea itself is more disturbing than the fact that Alyss thinks the theme is interesting and could have merit.
- You can reply to the reviews on other people's stories. T_T No, we did not know this until we got an account ourselves.
- As of 10/23/13, you can use the squiggly symbol in a chapter or in the PM system, but not in a review or on the profile page. [It's such a shame, too. D';]
- Hey look, Alex, I wrote something!
- ...Shut up.
- So it means your plan to kill me off with persistent, mind-numbing work has failed! MWUAHAHAHAH!
- Shut up.
- But you're still writing the next chapter. I just woke up from brain-death-induced hibernation; you're not assigning any work to me after that little stunt you pulled.
- Shut up.
- You should get cracking on that chapter, shouldn't you? The readers are getting impatient, after all.
- ...Goddamn you, Alyss.
- Love you too! :P (...not.)
- Alyss, what did you do?
- Uh...I didn't have anything to do with it, I swear!
- ...You have no idea what I'm talking about, do you?
- Nonsense! Of course I-
- ...don't. What'd I screw u--er, I mean, what is it this tim--ahem. ...What seems to be the problem, Alex?
- You made a FictionPress account.
- Oh... kay...?
- You have the equivalent of the backburner from hell on this site, sic aforementioned backburner on me, and then scrounge up the audacity from bloody-hell-only-knows-where to go and spontaneously procure yourself another account?
- ...You're slipping into the big-boy words now. I should be scared, shouldn't I?
- Don't ask questions you already know the answers to. Sarcasm is my territory.
- You put my stuff on hiatus again.
- I'm aware.
- Why? I've told you before that you can't just decide to put my stuff on hold whe-
- It's not your stuff if you're not writing it.
- O_o ...What? Did you just-you didn't just-you-you-you-I don't believe you!
- You could always start working on your own stuff. Then it wouldn't be on hiatus anymore.
- Alex, I am going to totally murder you. With a blunt spoon. And a marshmallow. In your sleep.
- Hah. Good luck with that.
- Alex. I just found something totally awesome.
- ...I'm nearly certain I don't want to know.
- No, seriously, look at this! 8D
OBITUARY FOR THE LATE MR. COMMON SENSE
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and Maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get Parental consent to administer Calpol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
-- Girlbender875, Jedi Master Misty Sman-Esay, FredNeverDied, CommChatter, Alyss Penedo
- See! Told you it was awesome.
- While I'll agree that it's extraordinarily well written for something you've mouched off a profile page, I fail to see why this would excite you in any way whatsoever. I'm fairly certain you were never an advocate of common sense to begin with; why start now that it's apparently dead?
- ...That was quite possibly your longest chunk of dialogue ever.
- Could you possibly Stay On Topic?
- Oh, righ- wait. You made me sound like a supporter of politics!
- Ahem. Right. Where was I?
- You wer-
- Ah! That's right!
- It's awesome because it means that people have noticed!
- That all us Whimsical Writers have succeeded in killing off that enemy of imagination! It's nice to have your work appreciated :3
- ...This was an utter waste of time. You've completely missed the point of the Obituary. And I've still got work. And you still have yet to produce anything worth posting. Bother.
- Alex, you're a big ol' wet blanket, you know that? Biggest, dribbly-est blanket I've ever had the misfortune of sharing a head-space with.
- HELLO, PEOPLE OF THE WORLD! I just found something totally awesome.
- Why do I feel a curious sense of déjà vu?
- You hush. Anyways, PEOPLE. If you have ever watched any anime worth watching, YOU WILL READ THIS.(If the link doesn't work, copy-n-paste is a go ;P)
- Oh. That. T_T
- It ranks among the funniest things I HAVE EVER READ. EVER. GO XP
- Warnings include: utter nonsense, blatant mockery of the laws of physics (or anime in general), and possible induction of potentially self-harming actions.
- Alex. For seriously. Laughter is cake batter and snickerdoodles for the soul. Best medicine ever, and NOT self-harm.
- It is damaged limbs from incessant and unnecessary pounding, potential death by asphyxiation, and a frequent cause of misunderstandings that could lead to shock treatments and needles. So, for the ones like you, possible self-harm.
- ...Um. T_Tlll ANYHOOZLES. GO READ IT 8P
A Message to the Masses: Life can be pretty bloody awful. (In case you haven't figured that out already.) Alyss is currently comatose (or close enough, the lazy bum), and I'm busy fending off wave after wave of work. It's a struggle in progress, and since I currently don't have an aggravating little muse pestering me to do otherwise, I'm setting up something of an indefinite blanket hiatus; at least till Sleeping Beauty (har har) gets her act together. Which will take a while, because it always takes her a while to get anything done. I'm through prodding her; she'll update whenever she bloody well feels like it. Good bye, for now.
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