Author has written 19 stories for Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hellboy, and My Little Pony.
Name: Kamikaze Djali
Why I'm here: Stress relief and entertainment. I put in too many hours at my incredibly fun, educational and mentally stimulating profession. That said, reading textbooks, science journals and filtering out the gems from the BS of academia wears on a person. Occasionally I need to write something non-academic for its own sake. It's hard to be serious most of the time.
Favourite topics for writing: Tortured souls suffering for mistakes long past, overcoming unfair conditions, forgotten spirits, elder gods, purity turned evil through innocence, emotionally scarred individuals forced to make tough choices, battles to the death with atypical weapons such as rotten femurs or icky charms.
A few pet peeves: Mary-Sue stories, grossly inappropriate technology or social norms in historical settings, drivers who don't signal, liars, frequent spelling and grammatical errors, people who talk lots and say nothing, verbal tics, perversion of language, political correctness, small grumpy dogs with sharp teeth, chauvinist pigs, censorship, pseudoscience and all of it's frauds, misuse of French, improper cadence while speaking, and the religious right.
My writing style: I've lived through some stuff that no one should have to. As such, inspiration for a lot of my stories comes from disturbing dreams, nightmares and life events. The HoND world absorbs many of these very well. Anything that is too messed up for Quasimodo & his buddies to deal with is passed to the BPRD and Hellboy. The Hellboy universe is perfect for stuff that is twisted. Everything completely transforms as the story develops.
Most of the foods, occupations, names and customs fit within the time period of each story. Relics will have the most accurate history I can find, and creatures will be destroyed as legend would dictate. While it is true that internet research can be questionable, it is better than guessing. If Wikipedia says a book was available in the 1470's, I will have Quasimodo reading that instead of "Little House on the Prairie." Seeking out the details is tedious, yet worth it. Often if an article is grossly inappropriate for the time, the choice was consciously made.
While writing, I try to show rather than tell. I use a lot of subtext to sneak in things that a specific character would not want others to know about him / her. Beyond that, I have a habit of purposely throwing in multiple sub-plots that may or may not resolve. Leaving some things unresolved is meant to annoy readers. Rather than have Quasimodo say that Claude Frollo was mean to him, a priest will feel an old scar when placing a hand on his shoulder and then lift his hand away.
Essentially, I try my best to make something worth reading with a believable setting, believable own-characters and in-character borrowed ones. I can't get it all right, but the effort should show. Also, some of it should be horrifying.
Current fictions: No currently active stories.
INACTIVE: "Lutey's Knife", the Roger fiction, will remain unfinished. After Roger was killed in the comics, I lost interest in writing it.
For anyone who is curious, I also have a DA account under kamikaze-djali. This account is regularly de-cluttered as I grow tired of images.
Notes for reviewers: I LOVE to read reviews, good or bad. I'm not into fluffy reviews. If you have constructive criticism, bring it on! I'm into writing good stories that make people go "wow, that was really good and I'd like to read it again." If my writing doesn't do that, please provide tips on what's missing or what I can do to improve. I'm doing this to relax, sure, but the last thing I want to do is write crap.