Author has written 11 stories for Monsters vs. Aliens, Earth's Children, Frozen, and StarTrek: The Next Generation.
NOTE: My avatar is a computer painting I did of Susan, part of an illustration where she visits her mother in Modesto, a little modified. I added Doc mainly to give her something to look at. It is not supposed to be anything remotely like me in any possible sense.
STORY STATUS UPDATES (3/May/15):
MVA: To the Edge of Night: Top Priority. I've finished Living Flower, which took longer than expected, and am eager to return to Susan's story. She's been stuck under that rock for months, now...
[Jan 31, 2015] I'd also like to thank all those readers who have now made God Help the Outcasts the most-favourited MVA story of all.
Frozen: There Sleeps a Living Flower: Added Chapter 26, "Spring's Returning Hour." Sorry for the delay - I had a bit of a nasty cold, which hampered writing (that's how nasty it was). This means There Sleeps a Living Flower is finally complete. Hope you enjoyed it...
MY TAKE ON MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
So far I have six [update as needed] MvA stories here. I am interested in examining the emotional and psychological reactions of Susan to her new life that I felt the movie didn't really deal with as thoroughly as I liked (though it certainly didn't ignore them). To that extent my stories are more on character interaction and how people feel rather than chaotic action. Sometimes they can go into some fairly dark places, but they always come out again (Not always. Sorry. One of my stories is bleak)--this isn't meant to be quite as depressing as reality can be.
One of the underlying themes of my approach to MvA as a more adult story is the duelling opposites of power vs. weakness. "Her strength is made perfect in weakness," if you like. Susan's physical power and mental/emotional weakness are at odds with each other right throughout the film, until the end. She is made physically extremely strong, but imprisoned, subjected to severe emotional distress, and only when she is physically weak again does she truly discover her mental/emotional strength. This gives her the strength to reject her comfortable old life, and sacrifice any hope of returning to it to save her friends. Therefore one thing I will always avoid is any fancy gadget to allow Susan to control her height: that to me negates the meaning of her sacrifice at the end of MvA. She gains a lot, but there is a price to pay, and being able to freely manipulate her size means she's not paying that price. This also means that while I may or may not add my own OCs (OMs?) in future, or look at the viewpoints of different people, the focus will always be on Susan's struggle for acceptance, both by those around her, and by herself.
As an author I am extremely self-critical, dislike spelling and grammatical errors, and like to fine-tune a piece for days before posting, smoothing it out as much as possible in the belief that what you offer to others should be as good as possible (I cannot believe people upload stories without even so much as using a spell-checker - to me, that means you just don't care about your audience, or about quality). Therefore any constructive criticism is very much welcome, as are any questions about plot or authorial choices I have made that don't seem to make sense (most have reasons, and some of those reasons are even sensible ones, so if they don't make sense, I need to make them make sense...). Even pointing out a minor spelling error is welcome (I use British English spelling, however: "colour" is not an error).
THOUGHTS (ANGRY RANT) ON THE MVA TV SERIES:
I have started adding some earlier fanfiction that I wrote a few years back, to get all my fanfiction under one roof, so to speak. The only other fanfiction I've written is for Jean M. Auel's "Earth's Children" series. Ayla and Susan share some similarities: both very powerful, yet vulnerable. There's also a haunting gulf of time dividing us - they live in a world so removed from our own it could be an alien planet, and yet for all the changes that have happened over the last few millennia, the vast bulk of human history is this ancient hunter-gatherer society. And as you might expect from my Author's Notes, I really love the research Auel does for these stories...
Elsa is one of the most interesting Disney characters I've ever encountered. Or even one of the most interesting animated characters. There are many parallels with Susan, of course, which is why she is of so much interest. Both with strange powers that cause others to fear them, both forced to deal with the isolating consequences of these powers. Unlike Susan, however, Elsa can turn hers off--she can pass for normal--but as it is a continual battle to do so, she presents a fascinating chance to examine power and weakness from another angle.
So far I've got one short story up, and working on a longer one. However, this does not mean I will forget about Susan's story. In fact I've also made a start on a cross-over between the two, which will look at the issue of being seen as a monster.
I've added some Frozen art as well - see the last link down below. I want to do more when I have this mysterious thing called "free time"...
Re my Favourites: I have decided to only favourite completed stories. There are some very good ones out there that are unfinished, or have not yet been finished, but it's really not possible to judge the whole work until it's complete. My favourites listed here tend to be character-focused, like my own stories. No longer ones listed as yet, but I haven't read as many of those as I should (takes too much time away from my own writing...).
I've seen people who have thousands of favourites. How anyone could have 5,000 favourites here is beyond me. Have they even read them all? I would be very surprised. For what it's worth, I don't favourite things lightly. A story really has to move me before it goes on my list, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of those on my list, as they are ones that I myself return to again and again.
(Not Missing) Links of Interest...
Music video I did for "God Help the Outcasts" which shows why I chose the song title for the story title and the emotions I want to draw on.
Thought experiment video of what Susan's voice might sound like (since obviously her larger voicebox would make a deeper voice. one much deeper than this in reality, I am sure). A better idea might be if you look up videos of people breathing sulphur hexafluoride - there's a good one from The Big Bang Theory with Penny Nolastname.
Some nice person has written up a TV Tropes analysis ofSweet!
ART: (Contains spoilers - links are to DeviantArt)
Photoshopped picture of Susan and the others at the Lincoln Memorial I came up with for fun...
I have started trying out some computer sketches of key scenes in "Love I Can Possess" and uploading them at DeviantArt (which everyone here seems to use). So here is an initial sketch of Susan getting mad and kicking the door in...
(Aug. 20, 2013) Also added a computer painting of Susan visiting her mother, inspired by Almost A Secret's short story, "Atypical," where Susan visits her mother in Modesto. Susan is done by hand, the rest is photoshopped.
(Aug. 26, 2013) Added an illustration of Susan on her first night in her cell, torn from everything she knew, imprisoned by the military after being turned into a monster. Done entirely by hand on the computer save for the cell background and poster (I got lazy).
(Sept. 11, 2013) I have now added an illustration of Susan in Death Valley, on the run, wracked with guilt and feeling desperately alone.
(Sept. 24, 2013) Illustration for Ch. 23 of "Love I Can Possess," Susan's rampage in Vegas, added to DeviantArt.
(Nov. 12, 2013) Finally finished (largely redid from scratch) my illustration of Susan fleeing into the desert from Ch. 24 of "Love I Can Possess."
(Nov. 26, 2013) Did a much more realistic portrait of Susan pleading with Monger for her freedom. I find this a more natural art style for me than the "anime" style, as nice as that can look when done well.
(Dec. 2, 2013) Added my rendition of Susan's mythical Zombie Cheerleader Outfit from "Mutant Pumpkins." She's going to get to wear it in my next story ("To The Edge of Night").
(Dec. 5, 2013) Added a simple illustration of Susan lifting the 200-ton locomotive in Las Vegas. This is one I have been working on and off for a while now and finally got sick of trying to make it look good.
(Dec. 8, 2013) Added a digital painting of Susan and Doc talking quietly together in her tent. I rather like how this one came out.
(Dec. 10, 2013) Added an illustration of Susan and Doc bathing together (from Ch. 13. "Love I Can Possess"). Shirtless Doc scene for Doc fangirls (and topless Susan, but hidden behind limbs to avoid DA's draconian "Mature" rating requirements).
(July 18. 2014) Wow, it's been a while since I did any art. This one isn't MVA, however, but from Frozen. A parody poster for the movie if it starred real actresses (hand-painted in Photoshop: I'm working on some nice portraits of Elsa and Anna and couldn't resist the idea of a movie poster).
(Aug 5, 2014) Based on a throw-away joke in Bookwork Gal's "Vulnerabilities," I decided to draw a funny (I hope) picture of Link turned pink by one of the Doc's experiments.
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