SpinalCoil
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Joined 06-26-13, id: 4814970, Profile Updated: 11-15-13
Author has written 4 stories for Fairy Tail.

I can’t seem to figure out what to put in here. It's easy to write a story but when the arrow turns round to me I can't find the words. I guess if you read my stories or my reviews you already know me better than anything I could write on here anyway. But I’m gonna give it a go! I’ll do it Q&A style.

Why are you on FF?

Writing makes me happy. I want to practice my writing, experiment with different things, challenge myself and develop my individual style with people who love reading the same things I do. I want to have a kickass time and meet new, different, interesting people with vastly different perspectives so that I can grow (and my writing can grow too!).

I like reading stories. Basically! I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t like reading the variety of stuff on here and sharing what I think with the writers. I enjoy reviewing as much as I enjoy reading and writing stories. A lot of times my reviews are long and rambling but that’s only because I’m excited. Please forgive me! I fail at succinctness! FAIL! SERIOUSLY!

I like a good story so I’m pretty understanding with language and grammar and such if it’s obvious that you’re trying and not just putting it out there without care. If you love your story, it shows.

Why do you write?

It makes me happy expressing what's in my head in a way that I like and finding new, interesting ways to say the same things.

Someone once read some stuff I wrote and thoroughly enjoyed it. They really laughed. It made me so happy. I can do something that makes other people happy. That’s pretty cool!

I guess we’ve all got something like that whether it's art, sport, science, music, comedy, theatre, dance . . . hopefully this is mine and with time and practice I want to be better at it.

How would you describe your writing?

As I said before, this place is my world of experiments. In my stories I want to try out different writing styles, different perspectives, lots of different things – sometimes I might fail but I like to look back at my failures and learn from them so that’s why, once they are understandable, I might leave them unchanged in a story.

I like to focus on not just telling a story but on the storytelling itself – how to make people see, feel, hear, smell and taste what’s going on in the story. I want to try to make readers feel happy, sad, scared, surprised, curious ... anything, from the way I tell the story. I want them to feel what the characters are feeling by playing with sensations and creating richer, deeper characterisations. I want readers to believe the story. Everyone has their own way to do that, their own individual style, and I’m trying to find and refine mine.

I write in British English, unless this site changes it or you ask me to change it. Most of my readers/reviewers are American so that's why I'll change it if asked. But my default is always British English.

What do you like to read?

Mythological fantasies, science fiction, historical mysteries - mysteries in general I think, thrillers, things that make my heart race and make me desperate to turn the page to see what happens next. Like I absolutely must know. You guys know that feeling right? These are the kinds of stuff I like reading most I guess.

I like things that ask me to think; to get involved. I don’t want to just read a story. I want to get buried in it so much that I start questioning it, reading in-between the lines for layers of meaning, going through older chapters for references and things that help me put the pieces together. I want to see the story that’s inside the story, and the story that’s inside that one. Words are beautiful things. They can mean so many different things if you choose them and arrange them just right. The same story can have so many possible meanings and I like reading stuff that take advantage of the power and flexibility and even the cheekiness of words to stimulate me – make me do more than just read.

A light-hearted, playful, straight-forward story can do that too. If you think about it, that’s what fairy tales are. They’re fun and light and easy to read but they aren’t static; they’re engaging and meaningful and creative. They’re not just empty words. Even if it is just a crack for laughs (some of my fav stories), I probably won’t laugh unless it’s creative! I think that’s why William Shakespeare has lived on for so long – Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew are crack simple and complicated at the same time.

What’s SpinalCoil like?

Oh God! If you read my author notes, reviews and/or PMs you’ll know that I’m not always entirely all there. I’m silly and sometimes quirky. I’m not afraid to be goofy. I’m just a bit off-centre. I’m the bubbly girl, or the peachy girl, the girl who likes to make people laugh even at her own expense (self-deprecating humour is my thing. You can’t have my thing!).

With my writing I guess I can be a control freak. But we’re all serious with the things that matter. If we aren’t, how are other people supposed to take them seriously?

This is boring but, ultimately, I think I’m just a simple, happy girl. I have insecure days and tired days like everyone else, I have things I can be serious about, but generally I’m just a happy girl who likes to laugh and make other people laugh!

Oh, and I like to help even if sometimes I don't always have the time to help as much as I want.

News: I just started a Twitter account under this username ([at]SpinalCoil) for fanfiction/geeky/bookwormy stuff. I thought we could ‘talk’ writing/books/manga/anime/games/anything. Let’s get to know each other...in 140 characters or less... -.- I’m doomed! This is why I never got into Twitter! *tears* Another challenge for me. Help me!

Okay! So that’s all I can think of for now. If you have any questions about me I’ll happily answer so feel free to contact me. I don’t bite anymore. Apparently that’s rude. *scoff* I don't know who came up with that! Besides, with all that hoopla about sexual harassment and all...sigh... not happening! So if you’re looking to be bitten, you gotta look elsewhere. Sowry... _

Thanks for visiting my profile. I hope you learnt something more about me today!

Have a great day! Ja ne!


Request!: Some quick notes on the writing style in FTCC

My narrator is an omniscient third person intrusive narrator. She doesn’t like to just tell a story, she likes to comment and be involved. She's a bit high maintenance as well but let's keep that between us!

The way she tells the story changes based on what she wants us to feel. So her sentences can sometimes be messed up and confusing and we have to read them a few times to get it. That’s because she wants us to feel confused and messed up.

This happens a lot with Lucy. The sequence where Lucy remembers her past while grooming Thunder was originally written in a watered-down, pop fiction attempt at a stream of consciousness narrative - sort of like fragments of memories and sensations loosely held together and running into each other. It was meant to reflect Lucy’s state of mind when it comes to her past. Her memories were supposed to give readers the feeling of flowing, muddled memories, images and sensations. But it didn’t work. It was a hard to read. So I switched to heavily punctuated sentences instead. That’s how Lucy’s past is generally written now: lots of short, direct sentences or really long ones chopped up with commas. This is most obvious in the dream allegory (Chapter 13).

Some chapters are narrated as recollected memories: with short time skips backwards and forwards through time. This works for some chapters and not others. It helps me move the story along and fill in gaps in time without dwelling on the little things. I hope it works.

Mixed-in with these are a lot of descriptions.

I’m afraid it all probably makes for tedious reading. I’m not sure. I’m waiting for someone to scream ‘Stop!’ so that I’ll know where the limit is. You don’t always know when you’re writing it.

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Danger in the Shadows by VerityD reviews
After a series of botched investigations, Special Agent Nancy Drew of the FBI has reached a troubling conclusion: one of her fellow agents has turned traitor. Unable to trust anyone within the Bureau, Nancy turns to some old friends for help... T for language and suggestive situations. F/N. First Fanfic! Please R&R!
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 46,395 - Reviews: 438 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 119 - Updated: 11/27/2015 - Published: 7/21/2013 - Frank H., Joe H., Nancy D.
An Assassin's Revenge by Tiger-Cub684 reviews
It was an ordinary night of gaming, when suddenly, Altair has enough of my non-existant skills and decides to teach me a lesson, Assassin style. How the hell is this happening? Warning: possible course language
Assassin's Creed - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 35 - Words: 98,584 - Reviews: 459 - Favs: 264 - Follows: 273 - Updated: 2/11/2014 - Published: 11/23/2009 - Altaïr, Malik
Apartment No50 by Zuckerzeug reviews
Three people share the same apartment. For two of them it might change their life. A story about friends living through happiness, laughter, pain, anger, awkwardness, smiles and love... Will they find a way to each others hearts?
Fairy Tail - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 33 - Words: 53,266 - Reviews: 233 - Favs: 339 - Follows: 237 - Updated: 5/22/2013 - Published: 8/27/2012 - Natsu D., Lucy H. - Complete
Lies and Love by Cesia14 reviews
Gray lost his heart 5 years ago. Lucy, a mother, loves the children she had 5 years ago. Gray meets 2 children who looks exactly like him & were born 5 years ago. So what happened 5 years ago? Two people know: Lucy, but not Gray. -Teaser
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 20 - Words: 101,587 - Reviews: 465 - Favs: 470 - Follows: 218 - Updated: 2/1/2013 - Published: 12/28/2012 - Gray F., Lucy H. - Complete
Not Your Typical Princess by BlackLynx17 reviews
Natsu never liked Fairy Tale's, even if he did Natsu wouldn't consider himself the Prince Charming that saved the Princess but more as the Fire Breathing Dragon that guarded her. Sure Dragons needed love too but at the moment Natsu's mind was far from love. Screw Prince Charming in Natsu's P.O.V. Didn't need to read SPC to understand, it's the same story but in a different view.
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 16 - Words: 63,275 - Reviews: 223 - Favs: 425 - Follows: 180 - Updated: 11/11/2012 - Published: 8/31/2012 - Lucy H., Natsu D. - Complete
A Favor by PhoenixedDragon reviews
Since when do Gajeel and Natsu peacefully engage in conversation? … Forget about that, since when do the fire and iron dragon-slayers exchange anything else, other than insults, punches, and kicks? Something is definitely not right here. -NaLu, GaLe- Upped to M for language and adult situations, just to be sure.
Fairy Tail - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 11 - Words: 65,992 - Reviews: 160 - Favs: 299 - Follows: 133 - Updated: 8/7/2012 - Published: 4/11/2012 - Natsu D., Gajeel R. - Complete
Until She's Home Again by Mrs. HopeEstheim reviews
Lucy has left Magnolia and Fairy Tail behind and she had absolutely no intention of going back. - Eventual NaLu. Main story now complete; the five chapter epilogue is now complete.
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 20 - Words: 109,373 - Reviews: 1035 - Favs: 2,088 - Follows: 875 - Updated: 8/4/2012 - Published: 7/24/2011 - [Lucy H., Natsu D.] - Complete
A Dragon's Beloved One by Kauia reviews
For Lucy, life was a never ending prison. Everything was the same and nothing changed. When it was decided she was to die, she didn't care until her dragon friend made her realize how badly she wanted to live. Nalu oneshot
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,439 - Reviews: 128 - Favs: 605 - Follows: 94 - Published: 5/30/2012 - Lucy H., Natsu D. - Complete
What I deserve by Blaireasaur reviews
Lucy's gone missing and Levy and Gajeel go after her. But what they find will destory the guild in a way they never thought possiable. When Natsu finds out will he be able to handle the the pain, or will he crumble with guilt?
Fairy Tail - Rated: M - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 13 - Words: 23,644 - Reviews: 213 - Favs: 506 - Follows: 209 - Updated: 5/19/2012 - Published: 2/13/2012 - Lucy H., Natsu D. - Complete
Somewhere Between an 8 and a 12 by Croik reviews
Nate and Elena share a "romantic" moment while hunting for treasure and running for their lives.
Uncharted series - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,164 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 4 - Published: 1/5/2011 - Nathan D., Elena F. - Complete
Assassin Love by Sovereign64 reviews
AU Story. Natsu Dragneel is a former military soldier with a dark past while Lucy Heartphilia is a deadly assassin. When they cross path, they begin falling for each other. NatsuXLucy Obviously COMPLETE!
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 27 - Words: 49,688 - Reviews: 346 - Favs: 385 - Follows: 162 - Updated: 6/27/2010 - Published: 2/21/2010 - Natsu D., Lucy H. - Complete
Love & Lies on Campus by Memory Keeper reviews
When someone begins threatening the daughter of a prominent lawyer, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys go undercover as law students to solve the case. Takes place several months after Nightmares and Dreamscapes. Nancy/Frank.
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 34,307 - Reviews: 319 - Favs: 97 - Follows: 55 - Updated: 3/1/2010 - Published: 10/20/2009 - Nancy D., Frank H. - Complete
Swimming Lessons by CleverDucky reviews
In which Ezio teaches, Altair refuses to learn, and Desmond contemplates destroying the bloodline.
Assassin's Creed - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,169 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 297 - Follows: 38 - Published: 1/15/2010 - Complete
Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Memory Keeper reviews
Frank Hardy didn't know why this particular incident affected him a lot worse than usual. Nancy had her share of near-misses, brushes with death in the past-- they all had. So why was he having nightmares about this one? Frank/Nancy. One shot.
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,977 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 81 - Follows: 7 - Published: 8/17/2009 - Frank H., Nancy D. - Complete
To Protect and Serve by rosa lunae reviews
Special Agent Nancy Drew of the FBI has been given her first op as a lead agent in the Witness Protection program. She's shocked to find that the men she's vowed to protect from the deadly Russian mob are none other than Frank and Joe Hardy.
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 62,487 - Reviews: 380 - Favs: 210 - Follows: 73 - Updated: 2/16/2007 - Published: 12/14/2005 - [Nancy D., Frank H.] Joe H. - Complete
Hiko Seijuro: Owner's Guide and Maintenance Manual by Hikari Hrair-rah reviews
Information essential to owning your very own HIKO SEIJURO v. 13.0 can all be found right here! Check it out!
Rurouni Kenshin - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,757 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 101 - Follows: 7 - Published: 7/23/2004 - Hiko - Complete
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My Light reviews
One scene. 100 words. The story of GaLe.
Fairy Tail - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 208 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/20/2014 - Gajeel R., Levy M. - Complete
Fairy Tail Country Club reviews
17 year old average high schooler Lucy Heartfilia and her two friends take up jobs in the elite Fairy Tail Country Club where Fiore society's most influential people gather. What impact will this unexpected job have on Lucy, her friends, and the future generation of Fiore's most elite group? NaLu, GaLe, Jerza, cute RoWen and Gray/surprise.
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 83,268 - Reviews: 261 - Favs: 246 - Follows: 301 - Updated: 8/1/2014 - Published: 7/30/2013 - Lucy H., Natsu D.
Unguarded reviews
High school heiress Lucy Heartfilia asks violent delinquent and school outcast Natsu Dragneel to teach her self-defense. Lots of feisty teasing, flirtation, unnecessary (man)handling and heaps of heart-racing, nerve-snapping sexual tension ensue. Warning: protective gear may be required - nosebleeds/occasional bouts of heart failure expected. NaLu.
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 26,250 - Reviews: 266 - Favs: 996 - Follows: 422 - Updated: 1/12/2014 - Published: 11/24/2013 - Lucy H., Natsu D. - Complete
Lucy and Levy's Book Club reviews
Lucy and Levy review this week's chapter of their favourite manga. *WARNING: Latest chapter spoilers here*
Fairy Tail - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,946 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 7/21/2013 - Published: 7/17/2013 - Levy M., Lucy H. - Complete