Author has written 3 stories for Legend of Zelda.
A Little About Me:
Decided to try my hand at writing back in grade school, about eighth grade or so, and I've enjoyed it ever since. Fantasy is by far my favorite genre of literature (so as you can imagine I have read LOTR, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, etc. dozens of times). A central theme to alot of stories I've written is what it means to be human, or a desire for love and acceptance regardless of who you are or where you come from.
I do not write yaoi or yuri fics, so don't ever expect to see it in any of my stories, or any explicit content for that matter. However, that doesn't mean I'm not for a little splashes of romance in a story, and I will, on occassion make subtle (or not so subtle) hints of potential/future couples when I write, I just won't describe their "enjoyable" evening together. That's just my style.
Hope to write as an author later in life, so my fanfics are pretty much practice for the big one, so I encourage you to review if you like my material. Tell me where I go wrong, or where I could stand to improve when you read my work. "Legend of Noah, Child of the Sheikah" is the first Legend of Zelda fanfic I wrote as well as the first fanfic I published. If you're a hard core Zelda fan, then I hope in your eyes that it does the series justice.
The story I'm currently working on is "Number 13", where Dark Link is inserted into the universe of Twilight Princess. Here, he is found, adopted, and raised by Link as a younger brother. As he grows, Dark Link (named "Fenris" in this story) learns the difference between what you were meant to be, and who you grow to be. Ilia and Link are paired in this story, mostly because I found their relationship in game to be the most logical choice with the hope of a future later on. The themes that are present in this story are: identity, love, sacrifice, redemption, atonement, humanity, and forgiveness. In all honesty, this story has become much more heartwarming and lighthearted than I'd originally intended, but I hope to darken things a little in later chapters, but not to the point of becoming irrecognizable. If you're interested, then by all means have a look for yourself!
Lessons That I’ve Learned Thus Far About Writing
1. Have a good summary.
And don’t put stupid things like “Don’t Like, Don’t Read”, “I suck at summaries”, and other things like that. It just makes your story look bad, and besides, it’s just lazy. I know they only give us 300 characters to write a summary with, but surely you can come up with something in that small space. Also avoid incorrect spelling, use correct grammar, and punctuation. These things will help your story stand out above the rest.
2. Make sure to do your research.
Seriously, a little research goes a long way. If your are uninformed on a particular topic, or simply don’t have the time to catch up, then take the time to read summaries of information to help bring you up to speed. Sites like Wikipedia, and Tvtropes are good for this; Britannica is for more actual research on subjects that you feel ought to be included to make your story have that “real” feeling towards it. And sites like Youtube and its ilk provide you with commentary, fan reactions, and the like that will help you gauge your approach towards a particular subject that you wish to change or address.
3. If you have a pairing, present it in a logical manner.
For God’s sake, this one is not that hard, people! In fact, it’s one of the easier things to do. I can’t stand stories that are weak in plot, and written for the sole purpose of bringing together two individuals that would otherwise be ignored in the canon. All you have to do is simply step back from the story world itself, and your own pre-conceptions and desires, and ask yourself the simple question: “Does this make sense with the information and the facts presented? Is this pairing at least somewhat reasonable?”
I’ll even give an example from one of my own stories as an example. In Number 13, my second Dark Link fanfic, the pairing present is Link and Ilia, even though I am not as fond of that pairing as I am others, such as Link and Malon, or Link and Zelda. But as Malon is not present in Twilight Princess, Link and Zelda have a less intimate relationship than they do in other games, and because Midna disappears forever at the end of the game, one of the only other reasonable options we can assume is that Link returned to the life he knew and “lived happily ever after” with Ilia at his side.
4. Don’t mistake constructive criticism for flaming.
Alright. I came in with this mind set already, because I want to become an author later in life. Right now, you guys (and gals) are my critics. You are my source of improvement, and my source of correction and inspiration. And because you take the time to review, and correct me where I’m wrong, I get better the next time around. I have gotten flames and trolls in the past, and those individuals were politely ignored because they contributed nothing of substance when they wrote their “review”. That isn’t to say that a review is all negative; praise the work where you did enjoy it, and name specific characters that you like, as well as the ones you don’t. Look for the positive and the negative in every review, because that’s what it’s really supposed to be about.
Again, in Number 13, I hadn’t planned on creating the other “Numbers” originally, but because others bothered to ask and even outright demand their appearance, I was able to open up to a whole new cast of characters that I am still currently working on developing.
5. Have a plan regarding your plot.
Sit down and take the time to plan it out. It helps out so much when you at least have several ideas of what you want to do already. Not much else to say on this one, other than that.
6. Don’t be afraid to let characters grow outside your control.
True, you’re the one who created them, whether as an interpretation of your personal fan-favorite, or an original character altogether, but sooner or later, they’ll start to develop feelings and motivations of their own. Don’t fight that, accept it. And when you do, learn to work around it, mold it, and use it to influence your story, and shape it into something even more spectacular. I’ve read countless stories on this site, where the author was afraid to lose control of their characters, and it clearly shows in their work when it’s read objectively from the outside.
"If your characters have not grown into individuals in their own right by the end of your story, then you have not done your job as an author." - Writing Fiction for Dummies (paraphrased, emphasis mine)
7. Follow the rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
That’s what a dictionary, thesaurus, and grammar books, particularly textbooks, are for. Too many people on this site ignore this simple piece of advice. They don’t know how to spell, or how to type, and it reflects in their work, leaving the reader to serve as interpreter, as well as actual reader, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve simply closed a story because this ONE fundamental rule of writing has been violated.
The most guilty offenses:
-Overuse of the comma
-Incorrect spelling of other words (I’m more forgiving with other words than I am of the previous three mentioned)
-When new characters start speaking, you start a new paragraph. You don’t just continue as if you’re in the same paragraph.
8. Leave personal anecdotes for either the Author’s Notes, or don’t mention them at all.
It’s just distracting, and irritating in general.
9. Reveal nothing in terms of plot.
No matter how much fans of your story beg, no matter how much they plead to know more, reveal nothing before its due time. These are your reviewers, and your fans, not just your “internet buddies”. Give them the respect, and loyalty they deserve by telling them nothing of major plot importance. It’s the highest form of praise.
Fanfics of the Future
Final Fantasy IX
A prequel to Final Fantasy IX proper, that takes place when Garnet and Zidane are approximately ten years old. He is the kid-brother of the Tantalus Gang, desperately trying to prove his worth; she is the caged princess, trying to break free and see the world. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime: to pick the pocket of a royal; she sees an opportunity to break free and takes it, hoping to prove her independence.
As fate would have it, they chance upon each other. She sees a playful “monkey-boy” who seems very nice and friendly. He sees an air headed, naïve little princess whose out of her league, but doesn’t know it yet. And what does he decide to take from her? The shiny pendant she’s been rebelliously keeping in her pocket. But he can’t just leave such a cute, little girl to the dark underworld of the thief guilds, and, finding himself in a moral quandary, Zidane agrees to take the young princess back to her “home”.
Over the next several days, he escorts her, protects her, and helps her learn how to survive inner city life. And in return, she teaches him about friendship, family, and that in the end, “you don’t need a reason to help people.” And because of her, Zidane learns the real value of things, and that not all treasure is silver and gold…
Zidane Tribul and Garnet Til Alexandros XVI (more as friends than anything else, given their current ages)
He is plagued by dreams that he doesn’t fully understand. Visions, nightmares, of a life that could not be his own. Selim Bradley only wants the dreams to end, but he never expected this! Committing the ultimate taboo of alchemy, Selim manages to bring his dreams to life, only now things are much worse than they were before. His nightmares walk around on two legs instead of in the silent alcoves of his mind; in addition to that, there is a new conspiracy hatching in the bowels of Central, one which he may be powerless to stop!
Title is derived from the idea of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Since FMA already had the Seven Deadly Sins, I thought it would be appropriate.
This fic was inspired by reading Phylactery, by Shade40, which, if you have not read, I highly recommend. It’s very good, to say the least.
There will be references to both the 2003, and 2009 series. I plan on starting this one after I conclude Number 13.
Evangelion: A War of Gods
The war is as old as time itself. For ages now, humanity has lived with a collective fear that it cannot account for, a dark sense of foreboding that will not let them be. It started when one Progenitor gave its life for another, and from there, the seeds of rebellion were first born. Now at last, the end of days has finally arrived, and judgment calls from on high. Mysterious beings known as Angels, born of the flesh of ADAM, have begun to descend, leaving death and destruction in their wake. But humanity is not as weak as they appear. They have prepared for this day, building strange machines known as EVANGELION, part of humanity’s plan to save themselves from extinction. For as long as she can remember, Asuka Langley Soyrhu has been training as a pilot for one of these machines. Now she finally has her chance in the form of EVANGELION UNIT-01, “the Prototype”, which has been in stasis for the past twelve years. Yui Ikari, the head of the EVANGELION Project, offers no explanation, and Asuka suddenly realizes that everything is not as it first seems, not even UNIT-01...
Rei Ayanami and Kowaru Nagisa/Tabris, Asuka Langely Soyrhu and Shinji Ikari
Legend of Zelda
Kokiri Chronicles: Story of a Boy
A continuation of Kokiri Chronicles which details Link’s adventures to save Hyrule from Ganondorf the War-Bringer. Yes, this little fic of mine has become a novelization of Ocarina of Time, and I hope to do the game justice.
Kokiri Chronicles: Legend of a Man
Having failed to stop the War-Bringer from achieving his goals, and having been sealed away for seven years, Link awakens to a very different Hyrule from the one he left behind. Now he must set right what once went wrong, and make amends for the darkness that he helped bring about. Link’s virtuous nature will be somewhat deconstructed in this story, as he learns what it really means to be a Hero. May contain a reference to Skyward Sword if you look close enough!
Naruto: The Beast and the Mask
Follows the canon, right up until the point where Sasuke abandons the Hidden Leaf, and joins the forces of Orochimaru. It all diverts from there. He is forced to confront Naruto, as before, with the intent of killing him. He nearly succeeds in his goal, striking a critical blow to Naruto that leaves him near death. Unknown to Sasuke, the Demon Fox, Kurama, dwells within Naruto’s body, and will not allow his host to die. Performing a forbidden ritual, Kurama joins their two souls together even more closely than the Fourth Hokage once dared. When Naruto awakens, it is no longer the boy, but the demon, that is in control…
Hinata Hyuga and Naruto Uzumaki/Kurama Nine-Tails
Naruto: Iron Will - The Ninja Way
An alternate take on the Naruto universe with a more militaristic edge. There are no genin teams in the Hidden Leaf; here, you are broken up into squads of nine with your graduating class. Each squad is headed by a team of jonin, and a selected squad captain, chosen from among the ranks of fresh genin. This year squad “A” is headed by Asuma Sarutobi, Kurenai Yuuhi, and Kakashi Hatake; squad captain is Kiba Inuzuka. Naruto Uzumaki, a young, thirteen year old boy, and “repeat” from the previous year, is the newest member of squad “A”. He is seen as a hindrance both because of his loud, brazen personality, and his inability to work with others. After his blunders nearly cost both him and his squad-mates their genin rank, Naruto is forced to learn that there is more to the ninja world than powerful jutsu, and street smarts to survive. He’ll need teamwork, trust, and friendship; but most of all, he’ll need a will, an iron will: the will to survive.
Hinata Hyuga and Naruto Uzumaki, Sakura Haruno and Sasuke Uchiha, Sakura Haruno and Sai, Ino Yamanaka and Kiba Inuzuka, and implied Shikamaru Nara and Temari.
Regarding the dubs vs subs debate of anime fans:
I am personally a fan of the dubbed version of an anime, mostly because I am listening to a cartoon in a language that I readily understand, and I do not have to read the bottom of a screen to know what is gooing on in the episode/story. This does not mean that I disrespect those who choose to watch the subbed versions. I respect their opinion, even if I do not necessarily agree. The only ones who manage to piss me off are the ones who display the following attitude (I've noted that this mostly happens on Youtube, and other sites like it):
"I watch subs. I watch them because they are the original language and are therefore, closer to what the author originally intended, and the language sounds so much more beautiful than the stilted acting that can be found in ALL dubs. Yes! The acting of dubs is weak, the lines are corny or cut short, and overall, dubs detract from the author's original point! Subs are superior, and dubs suck!"
I grant that there are several truths in that statement:
1) Yes, the original language will probably convey the author's message better than a "paraphrasing" into another language,
2) Yes, SOME dubs are more poorly done than others, but SOME are also just as good,
3) That last bit ("Subs are superior, and dubs suck.") is the most opinionated part of the entire argument, yet the ones who post such comments act like they win their argument by default for posting this, and yell and scream, and whine when they get flamed for it! To them that post this part I say: you had it coming! Get over it!
I guess you could say that my issue is not with sub-lovers, I respect the opinions of those who prefer subs over dubs. It's like asking the question "Do you like French fries with/without ketchup?" It comes down to preference. My issue is with the "dub-haters" that exist amongst the anime fans. To them, I pose the following question: I respect you for preferring subs over dubs, would it kill you to extend the same courtesy? Be reasonable. A person is no more or no less an anime fan because they choose to watch dubs over subs, and you shouldn't flame a person because of a thing like personal preference.
Anime that I am a fan of:
-FullMetal Alchemist/FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood
-Rebuild of Evangelion
-Howl's Moving Castle
Some of my favorite pairings:
Legend of Zelda
-Link/Zelda or Link/Malon (I'm pretty flexible with these two, so long as the story and the relationship is well written)
-Naruto Uzumaki/Hinata Hyuga (this relationship is much more real to me than Naruto/Sakura ever could be. Hinata loved Naruto since the beginning of the series, and earlier even! I just don't see Sakura in the same light: her confession came much later in the series, and after the Invasion of Pain arc even. To all Naruto/Sakura fans out there: I'm sorry, I just don't see it. Even if you win in the end, I'll still be for Hinata/Naruto!
-Sai/Sakura (if you watch their interactions during Shippuden, I think you'll see that Sakura clearly has feelings for him. And Sai, in his own way, has feelings for her. Look at how honest, and caring he can be when he's around her. Yeah, I'll admit, it doesn't start off that way...but still...I wonder who she'll get in the end...
-Shikamaru/Temari (I'll just join their bandwagon, shall I?)
-Edward Elric/Winry Rockbell (I side with the canon of FMAB in regards to these two. They'e been together for most of their lives. They've been each other's support and source of strength when the chips were down. And besides, after all the hell he's been through, it's nice to see Ed get his happy ending).
-Edward Elric/Rose Thomas (in the original series anyway. They've shared the pain of losing loved ones, and borne the burden on their own shoulders for the longest time. Then they meet and discover that they're not alone in their suffering, even though it feels that way. And over the course of the series, Ed seems to display feelings and genuine concern for Rose as the story unfolds).
-Alphonse Elric/May Chang (I know you watched the Epilogue of FMAB. You saw Al's look of embarassment, and she's there for the reunion too!)
-Riza Hawkeye/Roy Mustang (Their relationship is definitely more than it seems. He's got her back while, she's got his. And they'll clearly do anything for each other. He burned the tattoo off her back even when it caused him great pain to do so, just because she asked. And he refused to perform human transmutation at her insistance, even though it would mean losing her, again, just because she asked!)
-Ling Yao/Lan Fan (definitely something more between the prince and the bodyguard than there appears to be. Funny, would Greed's presence make this a love triangle, or a threesome? I don't think Lan Fan would like that...she's always shouting for the homunculus to "give the young lord's body back to him!" Yeah...anyway...)
- Hinata Hyuga
- Naruto Uzumaki (Shippuden era)
- Neji Hyuga
- Rock Lee
- Kakashi Hatake
- Gaara of the Desert
- Kurama Nine-Tails ("Nine-Tails" is my own addition)
- Sakura Haruno
- Kiba Inuzuka
-Wrath (original series)
-Envy (FMAB era is a little better, but I do like both incarnations)
-Greed the Avaricious (second incarnation)
-Pride (real Selim Bradley)
-Father (favorite villain)
-Solf J. Kimblee
Videogames that I am a fan of:
-Final Fantasy (7 & 9 are my personal favorites)
-Legend of Zelda (Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess)
-Legend of Dragoon
-Star Ocean ( "The Last Hope" in particular. This one, by Square Enix, restored some of my faith in the company after I played that abomination, Final Fantasy XIII, and the series that it spawned)
-Final Fantasy Tactics (this one is in a league all by itself, and that's why I seperated it from the other Final Fantasy series)
-Spider-Man: Web of Shadows
-Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
-Dragon Age (Dragon Age II in particular. Looking forward to III!)
-Halo (Halo 4 was AMAZING! Bungie's successor did the original series right! And I can't wait to see what else they will do!)
-Transformers (Fall of Cybertron, War for Cybertron)
And now I lay my pen down to go read more fics! Have a nice day!
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