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Author has written 11 stories for Monsters vs. Aliens, Earth's Children, Frozen, and StarTrek: The Next Generation.

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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...
I am actually working on the story again, after five months. It's taken longer than expected to get back into the groove, not helped by having a lot of other things on my plate. Of course, the next chapter being a very delicate, tricky one isn't helping matters at all...

[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:
(March 24th, 2013) Saw the first ep of the television series. Holy crap that was the most awful pile of steaming cow turds I have ever seen thrown at a screen. I liked "Penguins of Madagascar" (a lot; frankly it's better than the movies [though the first was good]). I liked the MvA Halloween special. This, however, was bad bad bad on every single possible level, from character design to animation to story to direction to, well, everything. And they made her able to change her size at will?? Nononononono. I have a standing refusal to read fanfic that stoops to giving her a magic size control ability (ruins the most important part of her character as far as I'm concerned). That took it from the realm of sheer Bad to actively Evil. No, as far as I am concerned the TV series is so far removed from canon it should be shot from a cannon. Preferably into a deep, dark hole.
It starts with the preview, which is Bob Bob Bob all the time. Bob is not the star of the story, and this is like making Cars 2 be about Tow Mater as the kiddies loved him. Then the show's animation was a giant step back to 1990, with horribly flat textures, simplistic models, and jerky animation. CG done on the ultra-cheap. It looks worse than the video game. I know it's a TV show, not a film, but come on--textures are easy enough to render at least. Susan's uniform was a strange (and wrong!) blend of the Area 52 jumpsuit and the Gallaxhar suit. The voices were different, true, but I can accept that. I appreciated the exterior design of the base - it is from the original drawings in the Art of MvA book, and though I do think it is silly, it's the least of the show's crimes. The greatest by far (and I cannot stress this enough) is in giving Susan the ability to shrink to normal by "thinking small thoughts." Wait, that's not even it. It's more like remain normal 95% of the time and rarely, briefly, grow large by "thinking large thoughts." Considering that every single character point of the movie for her was predicated on her being a giant, and the movie ends by her deliberately choosing that over being "normal," this is a complete and utter betrayal of her sacrifice and character growth then. Such a deep, deep disappointment on every single level.


EARTH'S CHILDREN

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...


FROZEN

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. God Help the Outcasts

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. Deep Voice Test

Some nice person has written up a TV Tropes analysis of For the Last Time in Forever. Sweet!

ART: (Contains spoilers - links are to DeviantArt)

Photoshopped picture of Susan and the others at the Lincoln Memorial I came up with for fun... Susan & Friends in DC

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... Susan Gets Mad

(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. Susan and her Mother

(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). Ginormica in Prison

(Sept. 11, 2013) I have now added an illustration of Susan in Death Valley, on the run, wracked with guilt and feeling desperately alone. Susan in Death Valley

(Sept. 24, 2013) Illustration for Ch. 23 of "Love I Can Possess," Susan's rampage in Vegas, added to DeviantArt. Ginormica's Rampage

(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." Susan on the Run

(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. Susan Pleads for Her Freedom

(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"). Susan's Zombie Cheerleader Costume

(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. Susan Catches the Train

(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. As a Tent to Dwell In

(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). In the Eye of the Beholder

(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). Frozen Parody 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. Pink Link

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Frozen - A Dark Retelling by Searlait reviews
The movie retold, a darker exploration of the characters, their motives, their psychological states, and their fates. Two sisters who were once the best of friends, kept apart by forces beyond their control: when secrets are revealed and death seems imminent, will their isolation eternally define them, or can they find one another again in the darkest depths of winter?
Frozen - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 31 - Words: 116,132 - Reviews: 371 - Favs: 429 - Follows: 602 - Updated: 3/21 - Published: 1/1/2014 - Anna, Elsa, Kristoff B., Hans
Café Liégeois by 4mation reviews
So a blind woman walks into a coffee shop… (Elsanna)
Frozen - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 31,546 - Reviews: 672 - Favs: 1,410 - Follows: 1,142 - Updated: 7/7/2014 - Published: 12/21/2013 - [Anna, Elsa] - Complete
The Fairytale Queen by It's Almost A Secret reviews
Agnes had never seen the Snow Queen, but she'd certainly heard the stories.
Frozen - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,412 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 9 - Published: 1/22/2014 - Elsa - Complete
Full of Grace by Silencia del Umbrae reviews
An old woman forgets…and remembers. (Anna has lost her taste for snow angels.)
Frozen - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,198 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 9 - Published: 1/21/2014 - Anna, Elsa - Complete
A Bit of Normalcy by It's Almost A Secret reviews
Elsa is still a bit unsure of herself in her new role as queen. After thirteen years of isolation, she has never had a chance to get to know her subjects. With Anna off visiting Kristoff's family, Elsa decides to take a walk in a more inconspicuous pair of shoes.
Frozen - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,473 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 168 - Follows: 26 - Published: 12/24/2013 - Elsa - Complete
Fireside Tale by Silencia del Umbrae reviews
Anna misses her moment. What very well could have been.
Frozen - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,357 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 165 - Follows: 21 - Published: 12/13/2013 - Elsa, Anna - Complete
Monsters by It's Almost A Secret reviews
Sometimes what frightens us most are the monsters we create for ourselves. One New Yorker finds that monstrous appearance and monstrous intent are two entirely separate concepts.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,916 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/15/2013 - Susan M./Ginormica - Complete
Mourning Mother by 9r7g5h reviews
Whenever she went to the tower for peace, she would always find something else to remind her of her first mother.
Tangled - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,731 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/12/2012 - Rapunzel, M. Gothel - Complete
The Way Things Are Supposed to Be by augmentedfourth reviews
Sisters say farewell for the last time. Rated T for language.
Dead Like Me - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,365 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/1/2012 - Reggie L., George L. - Complete
What Once Was Mine by Trumpeteer34 reviews
*DARK!FIC* An alternate ending to Disney's Tangled, where a single decision makes all the difference between a happy ending and something worse. *Rated M*
Tangled - Rated: M - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,370 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 10 - Published: 6/24/2011 - M. Gothel, Rapunzel - Complete
Wholeheartedly by Eclipse of Light reviews
Susan comforts Link after the fight on the Golden Gate Bridge. Takes place during the movie. Link/Susan friendship.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,606 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 15 - Published: 7/26/2010 - Complete
Comforts by DanniB reviews
While in the monster prison Susan wonders if she'll ever go back home to the things she misses.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,550 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/18/2009 - Complete
Building Bridges by BasementOfTheMansion reviews
A scrap of the lost time they shared in prison. Some slightly idiosyncratic Dr. Cockroach/Susan bonding.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 904 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 14 - Published: 6/14/2009 - Complete
Atypical by It's Almost A Secret reviews
There are some things in life there's just no planning for, no matter how many possibilities you anticipate. A mother reflects as she shares a moment with her rather atypical daughter.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,405 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/27/2009 - Complete
Dollhouses by Rakeesh reviews
She lived in a world full of dollhouses.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,271 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 6 - Published: 4/28/2009 - Complete
Goin' Nowhere by Go-Go Spiders reviews
Doctor Cockroach and Susan have a short chat during one of the Doctor's early attempts to get her back to normal size. Oneshot. Slight Dr. Cockroach/Susan.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,444 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/31/2009 - Complete
Formerly, Elastigirl? by littlesoprano reviews
Bob isn't the only one having an identity crisis.
Incredibles - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,836 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/29/2004 - Complete
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There Sleeps a Living Flower reviews
The tiny glow of a match brings Anna the beggar girl and Elsa the privileged princess together, to learn from each other about the beauty and cruelty of winter as they form a friendship that will lead them to discover secrets about each other they never dreamed of, and a fate they never imagined. [Elsa/Anna friendship. Set in 19th century Arendelle, w/lots of period research.]
Frozen - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 26 - Words: 178,294 - Reviews: 220 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 191 - Updated: 4/18 - Published: 2/27/2014 - Anna, Elsa - Complete
To the Edge of Night reviews
Once more hated and feared as a monster following her rampage in Vegas, Susan must fight to save a world that now hates her. With the very existence of the Monster Force and humanity in the balance, Susan will find herself tested in ways she has never been before, and must become more than she ever dreamed she could be as she and the other monsters confront foes both old and new.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 30 - Words: 144,418 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 11/27/2014 - Published: 12/17/2013 - Susan M./Ginormica, Dr. Cockroach
Write Fan Fic! - A Let It Go Parody reviews
A parody of "Let It Go," written from the perspective of a frustrated fanfic author. For all those moments when "the screen glows white on the laptop tonight, not a sentence to be seen"...
Frozen - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 441 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/5/2014 - Complete
Star Trek TNG: The Children of Earth reviews
Two travellers from the ends of time meet, both on a journey that will teach them what it means to be human. Seeking answers to the mysterious visions of the future provided by the Mog-Ur, Ayla finds a man who might help her understand the path her people must take, as Picard begins to understand the final lesson imparted by Q about the true nature of exploration.
Crossover - Earth's Children & StarTrek: The Next Generation - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Spiritual - Chapters: 23 - Words: 103,701 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 7/1/2014 - Published: 3/2/2014 - J. Picard - Complete
For the Last Time in Forever reviews
The old stories say that winter is brought by the Snow Queen, alone in her castle of ice far above the world of men. But the old stories are wrong—she is not alone. High up on the mountain, the soul of summer lies entombed in ice, never to be released until the frozen heart of winter finally thaws. [Complete]
Frozen - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,809 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 72 - Follows: 18 - Published: 2/7/2014 - Elsa, Anna - Complete
Love I Can Possess reviews
This sequel to "God Help the Outcasts" (my retelling of the movie) is about how Susan deals with being a hero, fame, and the loss of being able to fit into normal society. It also looks at how two people can mean enough to each other that they are willing to ignore physical limitations merely to be together. Plus more aliens! New monsters! Bob!
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 35 - Words: 182,963 - Reviews: 176 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 8/25/2013 - Published: 2/8/2013 - Susan M./Ginormica, Dr. Cockroach - Complete
The Vision reviews
Inspired by the descriptions of the vast plains of the Paleolithic, this vignette takes place during Plains of Passage, as Ayla and Jondalar are slowly making their way down to the Great Mother River. Ayla sees another vision of the future, one she cannot begin to imagine...
Earth's Children - Rated: K+ - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,591 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/1/2013 - Complete
The Fairy Giantess reviews
Just a little vignette, set reasonably early on in Susan's incarceration, where she wants to choose a different name to "Ginormica," and that leads to the Doc offering to help her grow beyond the confines of her upbringing...
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,281 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 5 - Published: 2/6/2013 - Susan M./Ginormica, Dr. Cockroach - Complete
Paradise Lost reviews
"The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven" (Milton). For Susan's sake, we can only hope so. This is an unremittingly bleak vignette that at least is mercifully short. In a way, it's the ultimate expression of my more realist approach to MvA...
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 467 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/26/2013 - Susan M./Ginormica, Derek D. - Complete
God Help the Outcasts reviews
A more realistic retelling of the movie with the focus on Susan's emotional turmoil after her life is changed for ever. How does she cope with this extraordinary thing that has happened to her? Gone is the slapstick, and much of the comedy, replaced with a focus on character development and careful factual research to make her story and her emotions seem as real as I can.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 14 - Words: 61,018 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 1/21/2013 - Published: 1/13/2013 - Susan M./Ginormica, Dr. Cockroach - Complete
The Shadowman reviews
Anyone would be a little freaked out if their loved one suddenly turned into a giant. What if Derek wasn't quite such a jerk, and regretted his harsh words on the roof of WDHL? In this alternative take on the ending, he does his best to win her back. Written from Derek's POV.
Monsters vs. Aliens - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,871 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/19/2013 - Derek D., Susan M./Ginormica - Complete