Author has written 7 stories for Supernatural, NCIS, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Well, I'm not really an elf, but I am usually really wearing blue. I live in the Midwest, I work in retail and I'm approaching the half-century mark. I've written fanfiction for several fandoms over the years, most notably for Star Trek TOS, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Emergency!. My Emergency! stories are mostly posted at Audrey's site. (If you're an E! fan, I'm sure you're familiar with Audrey's site!)
I swore off fanfiction two or three years ago when I started concentrating on original work, but damn this stuff is addictive. I've been reading Supernatural fanfiction obsessively for several years now (I sometimes review under the name "elf") and recently I've started dreaming stories. Last night I actually turned off my dream -- IN my dream -- because I knew the high school athlete was going to fall through the open storm drain and get eaten by the crocodile/shark monster in the sewer and I just couldn't bear to watch.
I don't know how much writing I'll do. I have a full-time job and an insane to-do list and I really should be working on another book right now. But I don't drink or smoke or do drugs or sleep around and I figure everyone's entitled to one vice, right? I'll probably mostly write Supernatural, though I might occasionally throw in something off-the-wall and there's always the possibility of a crossover. Maybe even a really bizarre crossover. My favorite shows right now are Supernatural, NCIS, and BBC's Sherlock.
I'm a total Dean girl. Not sure how I feel about Sam right now, though I really miss Sammy from seasons 1-3. HATED that they killed Bobby. I mostly write action, humor and hurt/comfort and I try to stay with canon as much as possible. I do not write slash or wincest or romance and if I write a Mary Sue or a sisfic it will be satire. I'm also a lifelong ghost and hauntings enthusiast so look for monster-of-the-week type stories.
Cas knows, I'm as fallable as anyone, but I try hard to get my grammar and punctuation right and really obvious errors are like fingernails on a chalk board when I see them. I don't usually say anything -- I figure when people ask for reviews they want encouragement, not an English lesson -- but since I have this forum, of sorts, I thought I'd list a few that I see often. I'll add to this as I think of more.
"If you think that, you've got another thing coming" -- I see this ALL the TIME! The saying is, "if you think that, you've got another THINK coming". In other words, "think again".
Effect/Affect -- Effect is almost always a noun. "What effect will this have on you?" "That is the effect we are going for." When it is used as a verb, it means "to bring about". "We need to effect change." It does NOT mean "to alter or have an influence on". That is affect, which is always a verb (except for one really obscure medical usage in the field of psychiatry). "Her scorn was bound to affect him." (Affect can also mean to adopt a mannerism or style of dress or to pretentiously take on some trait, as in, "he affected a British accent".) Clear as mud?
Pass/Passed/Past -- Pass is a verb meaning to go by or exceed. "I'm going to pass that car." "She hopes to pass her test." The past-tense of pass is passed. "We're going in a circle -- we already passed this house three times!" Past is an adjective ("past presidents") or a noun ("we learned about the past") or an adverb ("he walked past the cemetery") or a preposition ("the barn is past the house") but never a verb. It's really understandable that this is confusing. Past started out in the Middle Ages as a deviant of passed, but in modern English the meanings have diverged.
Apostrophes -- Apostrophes are only used for plurals in the case of abbreviations and symbols. "She saw several M.D.'s" or "there are too many @'s in your URL". With regular words apostrophes have two meanings: possession and contraction. Winchesters means "more than one Winchester". Winchester's means "belongs to one Winchester". Winchesters' means "belongs to more than one Winchester. In this area, singular possessive pronouns (his, hers, its) often confuse people. These words are complete alone and don't need apostrophes to clarify their meanings. His means "belongs to him", hers means "belongs to her", and its means "belongs to it". It's is a contraction of the words "it is". In contractions, the apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters, in this case the second i. If I see "there were three angel's in the yard" I'm going to ask "three angel's whats?" (Noting that it would be three of something belonging to one angel.) (It occurs to me that Winchester's can also be a contraction meaning "Winchester is", such as in "Winchester's gonna go postal!" or "Winchester has" as in "Winchester's got a plan". You just have to figure that out from the context.)
Using pronouns in conjunctions -- If you need to use two or more pronouns in a phrase and you're not sure if you should be saying I/me, he/him, she/her, they/their, there's a trick you can use. Just put each of the pronouns in the phrase alone and the right one should be obvious. For example, take the phrase "they gave he/him and I/me a box of chocolates". (I was going to say "a rough time" but I decided I'd rather have a box of chocolates. ;)) Put each pronoun into the sentence alone. "They gave he a box of chocolates"? Nope. So, "they gave him a box of chocolates". Then, "they gave I a box of chocolates"? Doesn't work. You need "they gave me a box of chocolates". So your correct phrase is "they gave him and me a box of chocolates".
Sorry if I'm being pedantic! That's just me.
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