Author has written 39 stories for Hellsing, Soul Eater, Kuroshitsuji, Higurashi/Umineko series, Hetalia - Axis Powers, RWBY, and Gray Garden.
I’m an amateur writer from Minnesota, USA with a love of anime and literature. My eventual life plan is to become an author with sellable material, but for now, I’ll settle on building a fanbase and simultaneously honing my mastery of the fine art of creative writing. For this reason, I have yet to delete some of my more heinously-middle-school stories, since even bad progress is an indication of progress, and everyone has to start somewhere. In theory, each of my works will be better than the last, until I reach the absolute pinnacle of writing skill! And then I will switch over to another area of writing, because there’s always more to learn and more to master, and I want to keep going for as long as I can before I reach my plateau.
Please enjoy what stories you can find enjoyment in, and feel free to give me critique.
You can find my first original work on the website draft2digital, with the following /book/750024. It's under the penname Anna Marcotte.
It's a wholesome and fluffy collection of short stories about fantasy gods creating their fantasy world. Even if you don't buy a copy, I would very much appreciate leaving a 5-star review (or the equivalent of) in order to boost the book's prominence in its category listings and get it noticed by more people!
Note: The ebook site does not seem to cooperate very well with certain browsers. Please let me know how and when it's not working!
EXCUSES FOR NOT POSTING CHAPTERS: (In order of my personal priority.)
Two Minutes Silence: I'm waiting on V9 to air.
The Transfer: I'm posting updates by mini-arc rather than by chapter, so updates will be delayed until each arc is finished. Sorry about that!
Mirror Mirror/A Sun Never Set: These ideas are the result of my Hetalia phase, which has waned. I will try to finish these, especially since one's a mystery, but it may take me a while to come back to them.
*These are all the stories that catsvrsdogscatswin (me) is planning to finish, update, or add on to. Stories that have been abandoned are not included.*
Quality Scale of My Own Stories:
Two Minutes Silence
Ties That Bind Us
Biting the Bullet
A Sun Never Set
A Cat's Life
Last Thoughts of the Last Battalion
Cry of the Smoldering Ashes
Drabbles of Hellsing
10 Steps on How to Write a Story
Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
May and Jay (all fics in the series)
Meva, Avem, Whatever
Hellsing Cats (and all its derivatives)
We be Kitties 3 (Four, actually)
A Little Bit About Me:
Name: catsvrsdogscatswin, sometimes going as my internet personification, "Jay". My true name shall remain forever shrouded in mystery and fuzzy kittens.
Gender: Cisgender female (she/her)
Height: 5'10...ish. Would very much prefer 5'11 and an eventual growth spurt to 6'0 even.
Sexuality: Asexual aromantic. (Sex-averse.)
Schooling: Associates of Arts, Associates of Science. Bachelor of Arts.
wait what do you mean fanfiction is not my job SEA LIFE (Aquarium) Educator/MN Renaissance Festival Worker
Blood Type: A Positive
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Animal: Cat
Can I PM you?
Totally! I’m not in fandom spaces much except for writing, so I always love to talk with other fans. Shoot me a line whenever you want to talk, I’ll reply back with at least a “hey!”
Will you beta my story?
Personal rule, I don’t beta for fandoms I don’t know. To a certain extent it’s like trying to talk in a foreign language: I don’t know the rules, regulations, and cultural/fandom beliefs, and therefore I cannot give you the full value of my input. Otherwise, though, I would be pleased to help out with another person’s work.
Can I use BLANK (concept, character, worldbuilding, etc.) from your story?
Go right ahead! Just drop me a line to let me know you’re doing it.
Why do you keep your old stories if you don't like them?
Having cringy terrible works from middle school hovering ominously on the same account as your actual good stories is an excellent preventative cure for hubris. I'm naturally arrogant, so I need something to keep me humble by force. Also, I have a phobia of deleting things, since even if I could keep the works, a lot of data is lost, like reviews and favs and follows and views. Which, as I'm sure you can tell, is why I have not made a junk account or something and merely switched them over. I also remember being very proud of those works (however mistakenly) when I was actually in middle school, so hypothetically other readers of that age may still find those fics palatable, and deleting something that someone else might enjoy is an even bigger phobia for me than losing data.
How did you get so good at writing?
Practice, practice, practice. I’ve been writing in the creative sense since 2013, and I write nearly every day. Granted, not all of that stuff gets published, but I still write it, and I can see myself improving, year by year, even if it’s not immediately obvious to the me of that time.
First off, take any advice anyone gives you, myself included, as a suggestion only. People have different styles and different psychologies and that affects how they write. What works for me might not work for you. Secondly, cheesy as this may sound, too, you have to be passionate. I’ve heard fanfiction being described as a love letter (or an angry 95-point thesis) written to canon, and for me that’s very true. I love the series I write about, in large or small ways, permanently or only as a phase when I wrote about them, and I think that reflects in my writing. Readers aren’t stupid. They can tell when you put heart in something, and they will respond to that, even if what you write is not that good. If you write with love and effort, your message will get across, even if your message is “Wouldn’t it be cool if these two characters totally made out?”
Thirdly, research. Look up the fandom wiki pages, the normal wiki pages, the episode transcripts, whatever. People can mishear what characters say and misunderstand angle shots and other such things: having an official source can keep you from making mistakes about the canon, which other fans might sneer at or which might break the suspension of disbelief. Corollary to this, research anything you can get your grubby little hands on as it deals with your story. Can you actually survive a shot to the shoulder? Can you learn a new language in under a year? What is the historical real-life background for this system of magic? Go ham on your research, because I can guarantee you it’ll give you some nifty ideas for your characters and plot –and their limitations.
Why do you write?
I live to entertain. (No, really.) To a certain point writing fanfiction is “just” practice for me, but to a very real extent, I love it and care for it and I want to write good stories. There’s a visceral satisfaction in producing something I know other people will enjoy, and more than that, emote over. Its why I take the time to respond to my reviewers in every author note and why I take their advice into consideration: they’re an important part of not only building my current story, but also understanding how an audience “works” and how I can shift my style to be better, more entertaining, more emotional, etc. for the future.
Soul Eater: Seen and read both anime and manga. Seen and read Soul Eater Not! also.
Hellsing: Seen all of the Ultimate/OVA, up to episode 8 of the original anime, and read all of the manga.
FullMetal Alchemist: Seen some of the original FMA, all of the Brotherhood. Read the manga.
Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji: Seen season 1, the first episode of the second season, season 3, and the Book of Atlantic movie. Read the entire manga up to this point.
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni/When They Cry/When The Cicadas Cry: Seen the English-subbed anime, read the manga.
Bungou Stray Dogs: Seen the anime, read the manga, read up to #7 of the light novels.
Hetalia: Seen anime, read manga volumes 1-5.
Drifters: Drifters is an in-progress manga being written by the same author as Hellsing. Read all translated manga chapters up to this point, seen anime.
RWBY: Seen everything released thus far (and all of RWBY Chibi). Read the manga.
Kakegurui: Seen the anime and the very good live-action series. Read the manga.
My Next Life as a Villainess: Seen the anime, read the manga, read parts of the light novels.
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Seen the anime, read the manga.
Umineko no Naku Koro ni/When the Seagulls Cry: Read the manga. Seen bits of the anime.
One Punch Man: Seen the first season of the anime, read a fair amount of the manga.
Dance with Devils: Seen the hysterically cheesy and overblown shojou anime, have not read the manga.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Seen the anime, have not read the manga.
Death Parade: Seen the anime, have not read the manga.
Cells at Work: Seen the anime, have not read the manga.
Violet Evergarden: Seen the anime, have not read the manga.
Pandora Hearts: Read the manga, seen some of the anime.
Tokyo Ghoul: Read the good, albeit slightly confusing manga. Probably won't watch the anime. Seen the live action, though.
Food Wars: Seen up to episode 22 of the anime, have not read the manga.
Hell Girl: Seen roughly six or seven episodes. Plan on continuing someday.
Ouran High School Host Club: Own no merchandise. Seen some of the anime, not planning to finish anytime soon. Remember very little.
D. Gray-Man: Read all of the published manga. Seen some of the anime.
Blue Exorcist: Read the entire published manga. Seen some of the anime.
Shiki: Seen...some of the anime? I forget where I left off. Probably early teens. (Its got a boss soundtrack though.)
Black Lagoon: Seen first two episodes of the anime.
Gunsmith Cats: Read some of the manga. Remember almost nothing.
Death Note: Seen live-action movie (Japanese one, not the newer one). Seen some clips of the anime. Read some of the manga. Thinking about watching the rest.
Bartimaeus Trilogy (Jonathan Stroud)
Deltora (Emily Rodda)
Dragonkeeper (Carole Wilkinson)
Dragon of the Lost Sea (Laurence Yep)
Dragon Slippers (Jessica Day George)
Dreamdark (Lani Taylor)
Elemental Masters (Mercedes Lackey)
Eva Ibbotson (Which Witch?, The Great Ghost Rescue, The Secret of Platform 13, Dial-a-Ghost, the Beasts of Clawstone Castle, The Island of the Aunts)
Five Hundred Kingdoms (Mercedes Lackey)
Further Tales Adventures (P.W. Catanese)
Last Apprentice (Joseph Delaney)
Lockwood & Co. (Jonathan Stroud)
Ranger's Apprentice (Derek Landy)
Rot & Ruin (Jonathan Maberry)
Skullduggery Pleasant (Derek Landy)
Tamora Pierce (The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, Protector of the Small, Beka Cooper, Circle of Magic)
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos (R.L. LaFevers)
Tiger Magic (Laurence Yep)
Vampire Plagues (Sebastian Rook)
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