Author has written 6 stories for Star Wars, Star Fox, and Halo.
This is my FictionPress account: Order and Chaos - Qui Iudicant
Name: Order and Chaos - Quí Iudicant (or any variation thereof)
Age: I usually switch between adult and child, in terms of maturity. Mostly though I act older than I really am.
Location: I guess it wouldn't hurt to say that other than the Internet, I can be found somewhere in the Tidewater Region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America.
Disposition and Personality: INFJ, or Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judger (Myers-Briggs - link is further down in profile).
Religion: The belief that Christ, our Lord, Savior, King, and God, came to earth and died for our sins, more commonly known as Christianity. All of my works reflect this; in fact, I see them as nothing more than an extension of Creation which God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have created.
(Soon to come)
Question and Answer time
Q: How did you end up on the Fanfiction website? And what is the meaning behind that mouthful you call a penname?
A: I originally hail from the FictionPress website where reviews are catch-as-catch-can (i.e. you have to either review others' works on your own time or ask them via PM for their trouble) and where they are very serious about writing: and I mean "serious." But I won't bore you with that; the question is, how or why did I end up on here?
Well, I had been jumping on-and-off FF for many months now, reading the occasional fanfic, and maybe browsing a forum, but never really considered joining it. Then, one day I wrote a story on Facebook and finished it, and the resulting feedback encouraged me to join FictionPress (where original works are accepted, not fanfics) to publish my own stories. But as I said above reviews are catch-as-catch-can, and I wasn't as open back then as I am now—i.e. I was very anti-social or in other words afraid—, so I joined Fanfiction on November 23, 2012 to write my "fanfictions". But for a while I didn't do anything until an idea for a Star Wars/Halo cross-over popped in my head; and needless to say, I never looked back.
Well, as for my name that is very easy, or at least the first half of it is. Order and Chaos is basically the state of my mind back in the day when I first started to broaden my universe of stories from mere storytelling "role-play" with my little bro into the behemoth they are now. One moment it'll be calm, quiet, and tranquil; the next, a war stretching all across—well, all over the place. Everything from Jedi fighting Sith to Death Stars blowing up the Earth. Quí Iudicant is Latin for "The judgement," which is apt enough for my role as a storyteller. There is another reason for the Order and Chaos half of my name. When I want to write and can't, it eats away at me—and that is no fun at all.
Now, as to what you can call me, well let's see: Order and Chaos - Quí Iudicant, Order and Chaos, Quí Iudicant, OAC – QI, OAC, QI, OaC, or simply Quí. Or when all else fails, call me Author.
Q: Okay then, so Author, which fanfiction archive/franchise do you hang out at?
A: Quite a lot: BIONICLE, The Silmarillion, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter, Toy Story, Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo, Star Fox, Calvin & Hobbes, and quite a few others I cannot name at the moment.
Q: What is the reason behind your interest in the Star Fox archive? It is more or less a "dead" franchise since no new games have come out in a very long time; and you don't even play it!
A: Hmm, well you could say it was that devilishly pretty vixen called Krystal that has been the bane for many a SF fanatic. Probably one of the few reasons why the archive is alive at all; otherwise, it'd be dead aside from the fact it is a "furry fandom"—and that is only because of Krystal, which outside of Star Fox, she's become a sex symbol and like nearly every other SF fan on here, it annoys the hell out of me.
Once I got hooked onto her, I took a deeper interest into the SF franchise, and what I found was sadly disappointing. The Battlestar Galactica series (the original one) could wipe out the Lylat with a single Basestar, to put it bluntly. And the "Star Fox" team could not even stand against the Droid Army of the SW Prequels, in terms of force and intelligence, which is a very big "Laugh-out-Loud". I mean, come on.
(And to me at least the entire team is quite ridiculous. Just look at it and think: how can a ragtag group of spacer mercenaries defeat a planetary empire that could drag an entire system down to a near Dark Ages' level in less than one year? Add that to the fact that said planetary empire is also made up of mercenaries who only joined because of a paycheck and not because their leader was looking for competent fighters to fight his battles for him; and the fact that he had no heir to lead them if he died? The Rebel Alliance in Star Wars was more organized, more competent, more motivated to fight the Galactic Empire, and also Star Fox has no super-powered beings to augment its fighting forces; and as a joke, they have no Han Solo. ;) )
Aside from my incredulousness at the stupidity of the entire thing—begging the question of why I am even writing in it—, I simply want to bring Star Fox up to the level of one of the bigger franchises, say, Star Trek. And it is very easy, as there is only one star system in the entire SF universe—I do not believe for a single moment that the Lylatians have ever mastered warp-drive; to my internal universe mechanics, warp-gates are primitive Faster-Than-Light technology of the lowest and basest sort—that brings up a wealth of possibilities. They are restricted to one solar system, and the opportunities are endless. Incredible, and ludicrous.
As for me having never played it, well, look at my scrapped fan-fiction A Flame in the Darkness (I am planning on writing another, more better one) and you couldn't tell my Halo from the Halo franchise. (Okay, I'm being a moron; my Halo is vastly far different from the real Halo. But really, who cares?) I like AU and canon SF fictions anyway, regardless if I've played it or not, so it is no problem to me with grasping it. That and having read the entire wiki from top-to-bottom, I'm all set.
Q: OK—so it's safe to say that Krystal is your favorite Star Fox character. Care to explain why?
A: When I first ran across her on YouTube back in March, 2012 I thought her as a "fairy" on the video screen (before you click on the video, that is); and the lighting made her fur purple-blue and as I had no experience in the furry fandom before I didn't know I was looking at an anthropomorphic vixen until I clicked on the video and watched it! As to why I thought her a "fairy," well, one of my young siblings was fascinated in Barbie and as I just watched it along with her—if you think that is weird, consider how I see the My Little Pony "bronies"; which is quite weird, no offense to you if you happen to be one. :P—that was my assumption. Now, the YouTube video I saw her on was a Creeping in My Soul video which I found through watching a BIONICLE video of the same name—back then I was a BIONICLE fan, or that is when BIONICLE was still out; and even then it was dying—and so I clicked on it; and as it were I was caught in her bewitching spell. Ahhh…
Aside from my infatuation with her (it turned into a real interest soon enough) I was interested in her as a character, and as Adventures doesn't expand much on her beyond the first level, the fandom provided endless opportunities to give her a character that we can all relate. And I was immensely interested in her home-world, Cerinia—I do not believe it was destroyed; the Adventures booklet manual only says she left her world and her parents died—so I looked up (and read) all the fics I could on her home-world written by others. Then, one day whilst in the middle of writing A Flame in the Darkness some time in March, I began writing what would become The Cerinian Earth or TCE.
And there is no doubt that if she was a real person (i.e. lived as her furry self here on the Earth), well, I'd think I'll ask her out. XD (and perhaps later on down the road…)
Q: So, aside from your interest in Krystal, is there any others in the SF archive/franchise you like?
A: Hmm, no one else really. Unless you count Panther and Fox there is no one else. Why do I like Panther? Well, like Krystal the games don't expand much on his character (or beyond giving it a cardboard, stereotypical flat character that is). I plan on writing a fic one day that has him in it, and expands upon his character greatly. Fox, well, I only like him because he is Krystal's "lover-boy." Aside from that, he is simply too perfect. A bit like a Marty Stu, if you ask me.
Q: Aside from your scathing reply on the SF characters, what do you focus on the most while writing?
A: Hey, hey, hey, I'm not bashing them one bit; rather, they all need improvement, and I'm the right doctor for the job. (Now I'm being stupid, but who cares? XD)
What I focus on when writing is how a character would react in a setting and how I see that particular setting (i.e. a spaceship, or a cathedral). I focus heavily on the details on both the character's mind and the setting they are in. According to K. S. Reynard, the devil is in the details, so that is my area of expertise. And somehow I pull it all off without dragging the plot of the story down. Mad, eh?
When I write a character, I try to see how they would see things from their point-of-view. I try to articulate their thoughts as if I am in their shoes (though with female characters that can be a bit tricky); I try to see how they react in a given setting (e.g. a car driving underwater, or a horse-cart floating in space), and how they would adapt or overcome the setting. I also try to give them a distinct voice as to differentiate them from other characters and myself. According to feedback, I do this reasonably well.
As for the plot, it is like I am God and the Universe is laid before me. It is that simple. When I write plots (or the varied settings) I try to write them as how I would see it (i.e. the details, like the feel of the breeze on your cheek, or the sun against your back, or the feel of the water against your skin or fur, or the adrenaline rush in a battle) and I do this quite well—in fact, so well that I fear I'm about to become an egotist and that is why I ask other, more experienced writers (including those who will give me a hard time) for their opinion. And the reaction is usually "What the heck did I come across?" I chuckle whenever I see that.
Regardless I value their opinions, which is why I scoff at those who give their reviews as nothing more than "Gr8t chap, plz do moor!" I got that a lot on A Flame in the Darkness which is partly the reason why I stopped writing it.
Q: Do you have any pet peeves with the Star Fox fan-fiction archive? Or in any archive, for that matter?
A: Bad plots, bad characters, bad spelling, bad punctuation, and bad grammar. Aside from that, any fic is worth my time. Even those, and then I go all "scathing" on them but I moderate it with encouragement. Also another big peeve of mine is the lack of originality that everyone seems to have. They seem to have lost the ability to be creative.
Q: What do you prefer to read in the fan-fiction archives you hang around in? What do you avoid? Any in SF?
A: For what I like to read, hmm. Just about any genre except horror. I don't like that fiction too much because it requires tension to an enormous degree (and suspension of disbelief far beyond my limits) to enjoy. Oh, and there is another reason why I don't enjoy it that much: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." -Matthew 24:6 (King James Version) That should be enough explanation. And besides, I don't like horror fiction anyway.
What do I avoid? Two words: Sexual abberancy. I despise any fiction that is homosexual or bestial in nature (excluding heterosexual relations between a female and male of two different species as is common among furry fandoms; and if done right). If I find myself rubbing shoulders with a gay person however, I'll ignore their sexuality unless they try to shove it down my throat.
Also another thing I avoid are fics with way, way too far out-of-character (OOC) characters, Krystal of Star Fox for one thing. Fics that portray her as a monster with absolutely no morals whatsoever and uses any means, criminal or otherwise, to achieve her goals, I absolutely HATE! (Kurse of the Erinyes should give you an indicator of my wrath.)
Q: Who are your influences as a writer?
A: Like K. S. and Emile I am old school, and modern fiction doesn't really appeal to me. (Because most fiction out there are too damned atheistic!) Oh, wait, you're asking me who are my influences? Well those'll be Tolkien, Lewis, and Asimov. And a host of others, but those three are what I consider the Trinity of modern fiction.
Q: Are there any authors on this site that you would recommend? Any in Star Fox?
A: Well now, there are only a few I'd recommend, and I only do so because their stories are either unique or superior to my own.
K. S. Reynard: Now this is one author I'd take over any one else. He writes his fiction in a way that is professional in nature that is far superior to anyone else I've met on the 'Net (excluding a certain FictionPress author); and as I cannot match it, he has earned my respect. Also his story The Oasis is perhaps the most AU (and closest to canon) SF fic there is out there. It is my all time favorite after the Hero Trilogy by another author, which I'll get to in a moment. (Status: Active.)
Wolfsalvo: I owe him two things: one) he helped to break down my anti-social barrier thanks to his warm replies to my reviews on his Hero Trilogy (even when they were, admittedly, childish; and I still cringe nowadays when I look back); and two) the so-called "end" of his last story in the Trilogy (even when he wrote an extra six chapters to make it really "end!") helped in part to jump start the forerunner draft of The Cerinian Earth. And also he gave me encouragement when I told him on my plan in a PM and his response was: "Hooo... now THAT is interesting. tell me when you post it, if it isn't up already, and I will begin reading it!" If there isn't a more enthusiastic guy on FF, then this is the one to look for. (Status: Partially Active.)
XxSanitariumxX: Hmm, well I suppose the only reason why he is on here is because of two reasons: one) he was basically the first guy I read; and two) his fics, especially Exchange Student, are simply incredible. (Excluding the few fics of his I do not agree with.) Other than those two minor things, there is nothing else other than that he inspired me in the first place to write SF fiction. (Status: Active.)
Emile The Watcher: Aside from K. S. this is another author whom I respect highly, especially because of his fiction Star Fox: The Dead Planet. Against my will, once I started reading it, I was sucked in; and needless to say, I had regained my sympathy for Kursed because of him. (Sanitarium was the reason why I lost my respect for Kursed; or indeed, for Krystal.) There are a few other stories of his that I like (but have not read the whole way through) and that'll be his SF War Saga: The ReArmed Conflict, and his amazing SF: Destinies. I plan on reading those as soon as I get the chance. (Status: Partially Active.)
The Pen Vs The Sword: Those two fictional characters the author had made simply crack me up; indeed, I don't think there is anyone else like him (or them) out there on the 'Net at all! Lol. The reasons why they (and I say they) are on here is because one) their totally awesome fiction The Cerinian In Me—also that story helped me to create my "Cerinia," even though it didn't look that at first!—and two) their writing is beyond that of any author I've read on the SF archive—though K. S. is slowly rising up through the ranks. (Status: Active.)
Q: How do you overcome writer's block?
A: Well, how I do that is I just stop writing—and wait. Writer's block is my brain's way of telling me that I'm going in the wrong direction (as was sometimes the case with TCE), and therefore I'll wait until it tells me the right way: and it works!
And I go on FictionPress to work on my original universe or onto Facebook and hop around talking to people as I go. Sometimes, I take a break for the computer itself and let my mind rest for a day or two, and then on I come back! Both ways are foolproof.
Q: Where do you get your inspirations?
A: Music, the Bible, walking around outside, books (and in some cases, fanfictions), and perhaps a few other things I cannot name. Oh, and church.
Q: What motivates you to write?
A: People who make it worth their while to actually read my stories, and then leave good, long reviews detailing what they liked/hated/wanted to improve about the fiction. Those are what makes me motivated. Flamers, I ignore (mostly because they are idiots, and stupid, and morons; and I can go on forever on this), harsh critics who don't know one thing of diplomacy I will sever contact with, but will take their advice to heart, and those few who put in what they liked about the story as well as what they didn't like about it.
Oh, what about those I sever contact with? Reply hazy. Reason is that there is one FictionPress author I have never forgiven (for god's sake, I was a NEWB back then and didn't know one thing about how to tell a story. I may seem immature about it, but I have good reason to explode like this; hell, there are others on FictionPress who are far better than that dude who don't like him). Will I ever contact him again? Maybe when I have a story that'll blow his socks off and a legion of reviewers, followers, favorites, and people I'm good friends with on the 'Net to call for help if he crosses me again.
Yes, Christ did say to forgive others, but sometimes I find that really hard to do. Maybe a LONG time from now; but not today Zurg.
Q: How does your faith affect your writing?
A: Maybe the question "how does breathing air affect your life" would be a better one to ask than this. Everything I do is but my way of showing God praise for my gifts. There can be no higher honor than to "render the things that are God's unto God." That being said, if you pull the plug, you'll find me gushing all about it; and that might put a hole in your ears (err, eyes when talking about the 'Net).
Q: How long do you think you'll be writing fanfiction? Are you ever going to do something original?
A: Please, I AM writing original fiction; it is just under a different name. By not following the traditional modes of fanfic I am being original. And I write original fiction on FictionPress so feel free to hop on over at anytime to read 'em. I'll be waiting for your reviews should you go there. (My FF penname is the same over on FictionPress.)
Q: Is there any advice you would give to new writers?
A: You know that saying "Eat like you mean it?" Well, "Write like you mean it!" Write the best you can, to the highest ability you posses, and keep looking for authors better than you to critique your work. That is but the first step to becoming a writer (actually, it is the only step; the rest is to have fun, and learn from your mistakes; and read books on how to write well, or Internet blogs).
Q: Is there any advice you'd give on how to give a review?
A: Yes, in fact, I do. The proper way of giving a review is this: be kind and courteous in your wording, especially when you give criticism (constructive criticism is the best kind), and bear in mind that the one you're trying to help is just like you, a living, breathing human being with a mind, will, and personality that is different from your own. Constructive criticism can be just about anything (e.g plots, characters, spelling, punctuation, and grammar, to name a few) you wish, although sometimes you can be treading the line between what you think should go in there, and what the author thinks. Above all, respect the author. I've put together a list of various things I have found here on FanFiction that should help you even more, and they are after this section.
Well, I'd guess that is all. Now, if you will excuse me, "Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to write I go…"
Star Fox: Christmas One-Shot Contest (For any who are interested, please click on this link)
Things I found helpful from fellow writers—links to their profiles will be included.
Criticism Definitions 101: For Writers and Critics (from Peach Wookiee)
Authors and authoresses, I think we all need a tutorial on what the differences between flames, harsh criticism and constructive criticism are. We all criticize our fellow authors' works at one time or another, reminding ourselves that none of us is perfect. It is important, therefore to know what the differences between flames, harsh criticism and constructive criticism.
1. The flame: A flame is characterized by no suggestions on improvement. It is simply a diatribe on how the story sucked, the author sucked and how s/he should get out of writing because s/he has no talent. A flame may also contain vulgar language, particularly language that would not be acceptable on North American TV. A borderline flame may contain some constructive criticism, but it also has insults that do nothing to help the author. A flame also contains insults toward the author in different forms.
2. The harsh (but useful) criticism: Okay, many of us have had a criticism that we agreed or disagreed with for some reason. Perhaps we needed to hear what was said, but it was phrased less than diplomatically. The critic intended honesty but was perhaps a little bit too blunt or used language that was too rough for the situation. This is not a flame, but is a criticism that can be used to our advantage.
3. The constructive criticism: This type of criticism contains what a critic liked about the story and what s/he felt you could improve upon. It is well worded and you, the author, can say, "Okay, this is definitely where I need some improvement and I'm glad you pointed that out."
My philosophy regarding flames: I won't give them, though I will give constructive criticism as needed. If you choose to flame me for whatever reason and you are a member of this site, I will choose to respond and in a courteous manner. I may disagree with you, but there's no reason for me to get snippy with you. It serves no purpose and just serves to rile up things.
Thank you for your attention, everyone, and I hope it's helpful to you.
RainbowNoms' Writing Tips:
1. Write something every day. Work on a new chapter, write a one-shot, it doesn't really matter. Write 50 words, or 1,500 words, it doesn't really matter. Just keep writing. It puts your brain on track and keeps the ideas flowing.
2. Let yourself get distracted. Kind of contradicts the previous point, but hear me out. If you visit, say, Facebook, read an updated story on FanFiction, or just look up ragecomics, sometimes these places have inspiration hidden inside of them. Also, it helps keep you out of a serious state of mind, which leads directly into number 3...
3. Have fun. Writing is supposed to be fun. If you worry too much about mistakes, other people's opinions, or your sex life, or whatever, it blocks your creativity. If you're having fun, not only will your writing be better, but the enthusiasm will also show through. Especially in humor stories. :D
4. Exercise. Weird, right? You're probably at a computer, not in a gym. If you have some open space next to your desk (and a high enough ceiling), though, get up and use it. Run in place, do push-ups, or jumping jacks (my personal favorite). It helps keep your blood flowing, and good circulation = good ideas.
5. Use a cloud service. I figure most of you aren't shut-ins who live in your mom's basement, so you're not always going to be at home. Ideas never take a rest, so neither should your writing. If you get an idea, don't be afraid to implement it into your story on your iDevice, or Android, or even your work computer. Or, if you don't have the previous three...
6. Keep a notebook around. As long as you write it down somewhere, you're doing things right. Just remember to pull it out again and use it.
7. Eat, eat, eat! You can't think straight if you're hungry. Have a snack or something. Just don't get Dorito crumbs in between the keys on your keyboard.
More to come as I think of them!
Reviews: (from redrachxo's profile)
I want to take this opportunity to ask, not just for myself, but on behalf of all the amazing people on here, if you enjoy a fic then please do review! As authors of fanfiction, reviews are often the only reward/encouragement that we get for writing.
Below are links to two incredibly useful articles if you’re not sure how to interact on FFN/write reviews. I hope you enjoy! (Both are from Fandom Wanders. -Author)
Tips: Rose and Psyche
Some People have had the kindness to ask us for tips on writing and while writing is something that comes from inside and once out, has a life of its own, there are a few things that we've found helpful:
Don't take yourself seriously: we're serious, here; learn to laugh at yourself. There's nothing more important than remembering that you might not be the most wonderful writer in the world... because, you're not. As King Peter pointed out in Prince Caspian (and he ought to know), "The best swordsman in the world may be disarmed by a trick that's new to him."
Avoid self inserts: Not self inserts, per se, if they really are you, there isn't anything wrong with that; we mean you should avoid inserting what you think you're like. If you can laugh at yourself, your characters will have a better chance of coming alive (see above). As Shakespeare so eloquently put it, "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." Because, no matter how hard you try, your characters will always have a dash of you in them.
Be careful with word usage: Take a little time to check your spelling and find out word meanings. Let's get this straight once and for all: 'hanged' is a form of capital punishment, 'hung' is what you do with the laundry.
Don't initially 'write' chapters: This works for some, but not others. We've found that we think better if we write the story through, adding asterisks at a change of scene. After the story is complete and we make all the changes we want we take a day to put chapters in. That leads into the next thing we like to do.
Complete your story before you try posting it: A story grows all the way through and when it's done you might want to go back and overhaul it in places. Sometimes finishing it and leaving for a few months is helpful too, because when you've gone and forgotten what you were thinking when you were writing it, you realize that you are your own best critic. Writing one chapter at a time and posting it (for me at least) would be like handing over the ingredients of a cake and never getting around to baking it.
Be yourself: There are literally tons of writers in the world and the best became the best because they weren't trying to copy anyone else's style or ideas. Give us yourself, tell us a story and be sincere about it and there's a good chance that you'll become one of the best, also. We don't want to hear what everyone else has to say, we want to hear you.
On that note, take some advice from Doctor Suess, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go."
My own advice:
Step two—is.... This provides you with a detailed analysis of your character's personailty type once you've taken the test in the link above. Reasons why? One it is if you're just curious; two is if you want to know more about that personality type; and three is if that type is right for your character. Also, you can learn about your own personality. ;)
Hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.
(Traditional Irish Melody, 1940 Hymnal, according to the use of The Episcopal Church)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy, whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy, be there at our waking, and give us, we pray, your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith, Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe, be there at our labors, and give us, we pray, your strength our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace, Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace, be there at our waking, and give us we pray, your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray, your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
Quotes that we should do well to heed, both in writing, as well as in life.
"No grand enterprise is ever achieved without passion. Passion breathes life into it, passion protects it, and passion sustains it. And even when it's finished, passion hangs around unwilling to leave, eyes wide, saying 'Wow!' over and over again." - Mem Fox
“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” - Tolkien
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale
“A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.” –Richard Whately
"Imagination is the air of mind." -Philip James Bailey
"Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it." -Walt Disney
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -Albert Einstein
"For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition." -C.S. Lewis
"Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative." -Richard Rorty
"You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for — if you are honest — you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one." -P. L. Travers
"The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed." -The Magician's Nephew; C. S. Lewis
"A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you." -Mere Christianity; C. S. Lewis
"We do not retreat from reality, we rediscover it. As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves... By dipping them in myth we see them more clearly." -C. S. Lewis's review on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
"I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle." -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." -George Washington
"I'm a bit of a grinder. Novels are very long, and long novels are very, very long. It's just a hell of a lot of man-hours. I tend to just go in there, and if it comes, it comes. A morning when I write not a single word doesn't worry me too much. If I come up against a brick wall, I'll just go and play snooker or something or sleep on it, and my subconscious will fix it for me. Usually, it's a journey without maps but a journey with a destination, so I know how it's going to begin and I know how it's going to end, but I don't know how I'm going to get from one to the other. That, really, is the struggle of the novel." -Martin Amis
"The original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate." -François-René de Chateaubriand
"Writing is nothing less than thought transference, the ability to send one's ideas out into the world, beyond time and distance, taken at the value of the words, unbound from the speaker." -Arthur M. Jolly
"Indeed, unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw from them as from wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and the bones." -Henry Ward Beecher
"Left to its natural bent affection becomes in the end greedy, naggingly solicitous, jealous, exacting, timous. It suffers agony when its object is absent - but not repaid by any long enjoyment when the object is present." -C.S. Lewis; God in the Dock, part III, page 285, paragraph II, lines IV and V
"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained." -C.S. Lewis; God in the Dock, part I, page 49, paragraph II, lines XX
"Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do." -Unknown
“Three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” –Thomas Edison
“Try not to confuse attachment with love. Attachment is about fear and dependency, and has more to do with love of self than love for another. Love without attachment is the purest love because it isn’t about what others can give you because you’re empty. It is about what you can give others because you’re already full.” –Unknown
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,... because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt
"THE Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." -G.K. Chesterton: ILN, July 16, 1910.
"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man." -Patrick Rothfuss
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -Buddha
"Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart." -Unknown
“Death is only a grim porter to let us into a stately palace.” -Richard Sibbes
“Hope is never ill when faith is well.” -John Bunyan
“Only the young are unsophisticated enough to see past the mask to the truth, and brave enough to speak it aloud.” -Unknown
“He is faithful in little things is faithful in big things.” –The New Testament
“Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool that follows him?” -Obi-Wan Kenobi
“It’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neal Armstrong
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” -The Fox and the Stork
"There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." -Henry Ford
"If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." -Daniel Webster
"Speak softly, and carry a big stick." -Theodore Roosevelt
“We're all going to die, the trick is not to rush it.” -MacGyver
"The path of power is a path of turns within turns." -Unknown
"Gold and silver are fine things, but you can't burn them to keep you warm." -Unknown
“When you enter another's reality, you obey his rules.” -Unknown
"When you don't know what to do, do what you do know to do." -Unknown
"There is will be safety in numbers when the right one walks out of the door." -P. Floyd
“You can not run from your past. You face it or suffer.” -Unknown
“Be careful when choosing what you’re proud of—because the world has every intention of using it against you.” –Unknown
“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering." --The Fourth Doctor, "The Face of Evil"
“The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator.” -Charlotte Bronté
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause." -Senator Amidala
“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one. The truth is still the truth.” –Mohandas Gandhi
“Don’t use time or words carelessly; neither can be retrieved” -Unknown
“Never laugh at live dragons.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
“Give your enemy a face. If your enemy is human, do not dehumanize him. Know him and know why he is your enemy. If your enemy is within you, understand what it is and why you are afraid. Put a face on your fear. When you understand it, and it is no longer vague and shapeless, you will find that your fear is no longer so formidable.” -Unknown
“We play the game we're put into.” -Unknown
“Fear can make anyone a tyrant.” -History
“You see the Mudslide start, and it's so slow, and so big, it seems impossible that it's actually impossible to stop- and impossible for you to get out of its way. And if you aren't in the path, all you can is stand there and watch, knowing that there isn't one damn thing you can do except try and pick up the pieces when it's all over.” -Unknown
"Never was anything great achieved without danger" -Niccolo Machiavelli
"No man can walk out on his own story." -Fate
"Some get lost in thought because it is unfamiliar territory." -Unknown
"Some people will do extraordinary things to attain power." -Chancellor Palpatine
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." -Psalm 121
“You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” -C.S. Lewis
“Never design your character like a garden where anyone can walk. Design your character like the sky where everyone's desire is to reach.” -Anonymous
“Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.” -Umberto Eco
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” –Carl Sagan
"Whatever a man can imagine, other men will achieve it" -Jules Verne
“Application to business is the root of prosperity but those who ask questions that do not concern them are steering the ship of folly towards the rock of indigence.”
“A thought will lead to an act, an act will lead to a habit, a habit will lead to character, character will lead to destiny.” -Unknown.
"Intellectual rigor annoys people because it interferes with the pleasure they derive from allowing their wishes to be the fathers of their thoughts." -George F. Will
“God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” -Martin Luther
"There are two types of folks who sit around thinking of ways to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers. I'm the kind that pays better." -Castle
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men, No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." -Elbert Hubbard
"Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either." -Marshall McLuhan
“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” -Mark Twain
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela
“Are you telling me, that the arm of God is longer than man's?”
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” -David Brinkley
"Truth enlightens the mind, but won't always bring happiness to your heart." -Unknown
“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." -C. S. Lewis
“If you hold back your feelings because you are afraid of getting hurt, you end up getting hurt anyway.” –Unknown
"Love is never wrong. People everyday point and declare one love or another is against a rule, a law, a doctrine, or some belief. But what they point to is not love. They point to lust, infatuation, and disguised hate.
"Being a Christian does not mean judging others based on their race, culture, or beliefs. It means loving your brothers and sisters in this world, embracing them, and accepting them just like God would accept anyone. After all, we're all part of this world and in it together. And our differences are what makes it so great." -The Pen vs The Sword (See above)
"Christianity was never intended to replace or supersede the ordinary human arts and sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs, and a source of energy which will give them all new life, if only they will put themselves at its disposal." -C. S. Lewis
"Great minds think alike, but extraordinary minds rarely ever do." -K.S. Reynard
"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." -Augustine of Hippo
"Humility is, of all graces, the chiefest when it does not know itself to be a grace at all." -St. Bernard
"May I govern my passions with absolute sway, and grow wiser and better as my strength wears away." -Walter Pope
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot without his notice, can an Empire rise without his aid?" -Benjamin Franklin
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” –William Penn
“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.” –Mencius (variation of the Golden Rule)
"Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you'll never be criticized." -John North Willys
"If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther King
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein
"Good judgement comes with experience, but experience comes from bad judgement." –Will Roger
"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery." -Dr. Joyce Brothers
"To be heard, there are times you must be silent" -Chinese Proverb
Story List (Online)
A Flame in the Darkness: (Star Wars/Halo cross-over) The Republic has fallen to the Covenant and the Jedi have been rendered "extinct." As the remaining Republic forces fight to survive under the Mandalorian banners, help will come from the half-destroyed U.N.S.C., and a forgotten race...
Armageddon Chronicles: The Cerinian Earth: (Star Fox) A simple rescue mission unwittingly turns into the means for ultimate salvation and reconciliation for three races: the Cerinian natives; the human outworlders; and the fallen Mage-Lords.
Kurse of the Erinyes: (Star Fox) Krystal McCloud has walked far along the Dark Path, drowning in her self destructing hatred for the human race. But Those Above All have not forgotten her, and will use any means to redeem her. Even if those means are painful and humiliating, those are the lengths They will go. (Oneshot) -AU "original Hell Series"
Benedictione Dei: (Star Fox) A lonely Cerinian kit receives a very special gift from a mysterious stranger… (Submission for SF: Holiday Contest)
An Unexpected Blessing: (Star Fox) A family of vulpi is given a gift from the most unlikeliest of persons…
Song of the Stars: (Star Fox/other) A collection of oneshots and short stories, based off of Emile The Watcher's Destinies. "To boldly go where no one has ever gone before." Content will be primarily OT in nature but occasionally others will appear. (Some content will be M)
More to come.
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