Author has written 4 stories for Ranma.
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December 11, 2013
I have been writing fiction for many years as a form of relaxation. My first foray into fan-fiction is in the Ranma universe, or at least the sick and twisted ruin of it that I will probably produce. I have several stories on the boil in this vein at the moment, but most are not ready for publishing. I much prefer to release a story only when it is either completely finished, or close to that, mainly because I personally find it really annoying when a good story, started years ago, stops half-way through because the author lost interest, died, got eaten by an alien, or any of the many perils that await the incautious wordsmith. Look under the bed, people! Landsharks are everywhere!
I believe that spelling, grammar, layout, things of that nature, are all as important to the story as the actual words. More so in some cases. Internal consistency is also critical. Many otherwise very good stories I have read over the years have been spoiled by a lack of attention to the details, which is a shame. These days it doesn't take much to run a spelling and grammar checker over your work. Personally I use LibreOffice at the moment, which while not perfect is pretty damn good for being completely free. The spell checker is a bit slow, especially when you drop a 300K word document on it, but it does work.
All this said, I'm not perfect by any means. I do make mistakes, although I do my best to catch them before posting anything. Proof-reading your work is critical. Even with the best intentions, unfortunately sometimes a typo slips through. I'm always happy to hear from someone who has found mistakes, especially if they point it out politely. One thing to note, I was educated in both Canada and the UK, so to US readers some words may seem misspelled. They're usually not, they're spelled correctly, unlike what you were taught in school :)
Many thanks for all the very nice reviews I got for Aftermath. It was the work of two evenings, seemingly coming from nowhere. I have found over the years that sometimes stories have a need to be written, the author is merely there to type them up and make sure the spelling is right. In much the same way people are a tool that cats use to open cat-food cans.
Other times they can be a real pain, lurking at the back of your head for months, reluctant to come out and play. Or half-way through you suddenly realise the story you're writing isn't the one you thought you were writing, which can be weird.
One more thing.
I'm not one of those people who get bent out of shape when the characters in a piece of fan-fiction behave out of character. That's half the fun of writing (or reading) fan fiction in the first place. I do appreciate someone who manages to write completely in-character characters, it's much harder than one might suppose. For some stories it's important, for some it's fun, and for some it just gets in the way. So please don't be offended if I drift away from what you believe is the correct way a character should behave. It's only a story.
I have started posting the first few chapters of the follow-on from Aftermath, which is much longer and more of a real story, currently 13 chapters and about 51K words. I hope it meets with approval, but as I said it's mainly for my own enjoyment. I'm sure some people will like it, some will just go 'meh', and some will hate it to the depths of their shrivelled blackened souls. I would obviously prefer to have more of the first category than either of the other two, but...
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December 21, 2013
Thanks very much to everyone who has read and commented on Aftermath and Desperately Seeking Ranma. The comments and reviews are much appreciated.
The latter is currently at 17 chapters and 81K words, which is 165 A4 pages in 12 point Open Sans font! In the format of a paperback, this works out to about 300 pages, which is a decent novel length. There are probably at least four to five more chapters to go, I would expect it to end up at about 125K words in length or so. Progress will slow for a while due to Christmas, New Year, and family. And work. And the weather.
It's interesting to see that judging by the traffic statistics, approximately 42% of the visitors who read the first chapter seem to go on to read the rest. At least the numbers are about that proportion, although for some reason certain chapters get considerably higher visitor stats. For example chapter 9 has more visitors than the chapters either side of it. No idea why.
I've got a couple more stories half-done for the Ranma universe, one is around 40K words at the moment, the other is nearly 270K words and only half done. This will probably be split into three books in the end, at the moment it is one huge document of nearly a megabyte in size, 524 A4 pages so far. The big one I started writing about six months ago when I was at a bit of a loose end and it just kept getting longer. When I'm finished I will have to go back and edit it down a bit :)
One of the problems I found is that I kept having ideas that could lead in more than one direction. Since I'm reluctant to abandon one for the other, I sometimes reuse basic concepts in different stories, so people might find something in later work that is slightly reminiscent of something in an earlier one. Hopefully no one will mind. The large story is actually the first one I started writing as a Ranma fanfic, a couple of concepts from it spawned the sequel to Aftermath. I don't intend to publish it until it's finished.
It's always difficult to come up with genuinely new ideas in a fanfic universe, especially one that is both as rich and and as mature as the Ranma one. Practically every idea that could be come up with has already been tried, often more than once. Hopefully, even when I have managed to invent something several others have previously invented I can at least handle it in a different and with any luck entertaining manner.
Oh yes, Desperately Seeking Ranma isn't meant, or at least wasn't originally intended, to be a full blown anime crossover. So there will probably not be any interaction between certain groups of partially dressed schoolgirls with too much magic except where it's needed. Or funny.
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November 3, 2014
After some experimentation and comments from readers, I have placed the character list for Desperately seeking Ranma here:
It contains spoilers for the story, which may possibly interfere with your enjoyment, such as it is, of the tale, so be warned! You can't unread it...
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