Author has written 30 stories for Mentalist.
The Mentalist series compelled me to write fan fiction for the first time in decades. (Thank heavens fanfiction.net didn't exist in the '70's, because I would have flunked out of college writing and reading Star Trek fan fiction.) I keep wanting to continue the conversations after an episode ends, or fill in more back-story of the characters. I enjoy reading fan fiction and hope people enjoy what I post. This site may well save me from alienating friends and family who, strangely, are not as obsessed with the characters and show. It's a pleasure to be here!
My TV tastes run toward science fiction and Star Trek (an original Trekker), good crime/mystery shows (The Mentalist, 24, The Prisoner, House), and cop shows (e.g., NYPD Blue, Homicide, Hill Street Blues). I used to write fan fiction in the 70's before it really existed. I've just stumbled into it again with The Mentalist and this site. I am especially fond of the mysteries, crime, hurt/comfort, and friendship genres. But anything can be done well and I also like romance, drama, adventure, and humor. I am most comfortable writing about mysteries, hurt/comfort, and friendship, particularly when I have ideas to contribute beyond just the character interactions.
I have one husband, two (grown) kids, two cats, and an 18-sided house. All the rest is subject to change without notice. Among other interests, I designed our last two houses, enjoy gardening (we spent all the money building the houses, so doing our own landscaping was inescapable), and enjoy reading. I was a manager in the health care field before retiring.
A set of finely crafted insults:
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"He had delusions of adequacy."
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but I'm afraid this wasn't it."
Misused, Abused, Mangled, and Otherwise Frequently Violated Words in FF
I offer this list in the interests of cleaning up word usage on FF. I post this because correct language is important to getting ideas across clearly and enjoyably, not because I am perfect (I'm not). It is disheartening that so many mistakes repeatedly appear in FF stories.
I have nothing but respect and admiration for writers for whom English is a second language. English has borrowed from so many languages, it is a mass of inconsistencies and special cases. I would find creative writing daunting if I had to write in a foreign language. Thank you to all ESL writers for bothering to write in the sole language I read. Any mistakes made while writing in a foreign tongue are more than understandable.
Thank you to those who have read this and offered suggestions or corrections. You help sharpen my own language skills.
a lot, adv. - degree or quantity (e.g., he liked her a lot)
affect, v., n. - to change (e.g., he affected the course of the war); demeanor (e.g., her affect was passive)
amuse, v. - to make (someone) smile or laugh; entertain
accept, v. - to willingly receive or agree with
access, v., adj. - to reach; reachable (e.g., access panel in the wall), from "accessible"
affect, v. - to change, to have an impact
airing, v. - to air (out) as in a blanket or complaint
allusive, adj. - in reference to, from “allude”
altar, n. - a raised platform as in a church
"another think coming" - need to reconsider; a variant for "another thing coming" (both are widely used)
anyway, adv. - without further consideration; “anyway” is most widely used and considered correct usage
apostrophe usage - correctly used for contractions (e.g., you’re) or to indicate possession (e.g., Jane’s car); other uses are incorrect (used for plurals) or controversial -- as in with numbers, dates, lists, etc.
appraise, v. - to place a value on something (e.g., appraise a house for sale)
aspiration, n., v. - a goal; or to inhale (e.g., he aspirated the vomit)
baited, adj., v. - a trap or hook with bait; or past tense of bait (attracting an animal or targeted person)
bare, adj., v. - without covering (bare branches in winter); to uncover (baring her soul was painful)
born, v. - to give birth, to arise from
brake, v., n. - to slow to a stop (e.g., he braked for the pedestrian); the mechanism for braking (e.g., car brakes)
breath, n. - the air drawn into or exhaled from lungs
cache, n. - a hidden store of something valuable or the hiding place itself (pronounced "kash") (e.g., her emergency food cache allowed her to escape)
capital, n., adj. - money, seat of government; with uppercase letter, a crime subject to the death penalty
casual, adj. - informal (e.g., casual clothing)
censor, v, n. - to restrict information; someone who restricts information (e.g., the dictatorship censored news of its illegal arrests)
chock, n., v. - a wedge; to block wheels with a wedge; sometimes a British-ism for "choke" (from historical usage)
cite, v. - to reference (e.g., he cited the quotation’s source) or to give a citation (e.g., the cop cited him for double-parking)
cliché, n. - hackneyed, over-used word or phrase; note that the adjective is “clichéd”
closer, n., adj. - (pronounced "clO' zr") device to close something, person who finalizes sales or deals; (pronounced "clO' sr") nearer (e.g., who is closer to the office?)
cloth, n. - fabric
compliment, v. or n. - to favorably comment; a favorable comment
councilor, n. - a member of a council, a decision-making board (from "council")
credible, adj. - believable (e.g., a credible story)
cue, v., n. - to hint (to take action); a hint; a stick used in pool or billiards
definite, adj. - certain
defuse, v. - to remove the fuse from (e.g., from explosives or, metaphorically, a tense situation)
dessert, n. - last dish of a meal, usually sweet
epic, n. - a long narrative poem in elevated language about the deeds of a deity, demigod, or hero
farther, adv. - comparative distance; a distance beyond (can be a variant of “further” but only regarding distance)
faze, adj. - taken aback, brought up short (e.g., he wasn’t fazed by her objection)
flair, adj. - style or talent (e.g., she had a flair for decorating)
flaunt, v. - to show off ostentatiously (e.g., he flaunted his wealth by buying a Ferrari), (less common) to disregard a rule or law
foregoing, adj. - literally, going before in time, space, sequence; just before, previous
founder, v. and n. - to sink, as in a ship; the creator of something (e.g., the founder of the business)
gaff, n. - tool used in fishing, hiking, climbing
gage, n. - (nearly obsolete) a pledge of value (e.g., a mortgage)
gibe, v., n. - to make insulting, taunting, derisive comments; the insulting comment
gloss, n., v. - the shine on a surface, a highly shiny paint, a superficially attractive appearance; to give a shiny appearance to, to excuse or dismiss (to gloss over) especially by misleading (e.g., he glossed over the bad report card)
grate, n., v., adj. - a pierced cover (e.g., the metal grate over the heating duct); to shred or abrade (e.g., he grated the cheese for the spaghetti), or irritating; something which has been grated (e.g., grated Parmesan cheese)
grisly, adj. - ghastly
hare-brained, adj. - foolish, silly, reckless (as in an idea thought up by a rabbit or hare)
herd, n., v. - mass of animals; to move a group of animals (e.g., to herd cows)
"hide nor hair", n. - not even a glimpse of something (e.g., not seeing a glimpse of skin or fur)
hoard, v., n. - to obsessively gather and amass (e.g., to hoard money)
"home in", v. - to locate (e.g., the GPS signal let them home in on the target)
imply, v. - to intentionally give an impression (e.g., he implied she was guilty)
"intents and purposes" - for all aims and goals
it’s - contraction for “it is” or “it has”
know, v. - to understand; to be acquainted with someone/something
lay, v. - to put down (e.g., lay the book down there); also, past tense of "lie" (e.g., yesterday he lay down for a nap at noon)
led, v. - past tense of “lead,” to guide somewhere (e.g., he led the horse to water)
let’s - contraction for “let us”
lightening, v. - to make brighter (e.g., she had the hairdresser lighten her hair)
load, n. or v. - burden, mass of something; or to fill (e.g., load a truck)
loath, adj. - disinclined, unwilling, reluctant (e.g., I am loath to go)
loose, adj., v. - un-bundled group (e.g. loose coins), euphemism for promiscuous (e.g., a loose woman); to set free (e.g., he loosed the dogs of war)
moray, n. - a brightly colored eel (pronounced "mor' A")
nauseated, adj. - a person who is queasy (e.g., he was nauseated by the murder scene)
ones, n. - plural of "one" (e.g., he likes the red ones best)
"pastime", n. - a hobby, a way to spend time (e.g., jigsaw puzzles were a favorite pastime)
passed, v. - to move beyond something (e.g., a car passed a truck), or to die (e.g., he passed away)
peak, n. - top, tip, pinnacle (e.g., of a mountain or experience)
"per se" - Latin, in itself, intrinsically
perpetrate, v. - to commit or execute (an act)
pore, pored, poring, v. - to examine closely (e.g., he pored over the diary)
principal, n., adj. - major person in an organization (e.g., the school principal); money invested; main thing
quash, v. - to subdue, disparage (e.g., he quashed the silly suggestion)
quiet, adj., v. - not loud, silent, motionless; to calm
rain, n. - water droplets falling from clouds
raise, v., n. - to lift (something) (e.g., he raised the window; he raised his hand); an increase in pay
rare, adj. - unusual, seldom seen, in short supply
ravage, v. - to destroy, devastate
riffling, v. - to quickly shuffle through, as a in sheaf of papers
role, n. - a part in a play or plan (e.g., his role was Othello; her role was to make the argument)
sank, v. - past tense of sink (this past tense has been widely abandoned)
scene, n. - setting
sew, v. - to bind cloth together with needle and thread
shoe, n. - footwear
shone, v. - past tense of shine (e.g., the sun shone brightly)
shudder, v. - to tremble
sleight (of hand), n. - manual dexterity, as in a magic show
straight, adj. - not curved, not misleading; heterosexual
taught, v. - past tense of teach
than, prep. - comparative, introducing the second of a comparison (e.g., she is smarter than he is)
there, adj. - indicating location
thrash, v. - to flog or whip; to flail about
thread, n., v. - fine string for sewing; to slip through a tight space, literally or metaphorically (e.g., to thread a needle)
throes, n. - extreme emotional state (e.g., he was in the throes of grief)
to, prep. - location, connect with (e.g., bring it to me)
"toe the line", v. - phrase meaning to abide by a rule (from racers lining up at a starting line)
tortuous, adj. - twisting, winding (e.g., the roads through the mountains were tortuous)
vain, adj. - excessive pride in appearance or accomplishments, conceited; fruitless or unsuccessful
waive, v. - to forgo or let pass (e.g., he waived his right to a lawyer)
wangle, v. - to manipulate, connive, contrive (e.g., he wangled an invitation to the dance)
who’s - contraction of “who is”
wont, n. adj. - custom, habit (e.g., she is napping as she is wont after lunch)
would've - correct spelling of the contraction, “would have” (and in similar fashion, "could've" and "should've")
you’re - contraction of “you are”
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