Author has written 12 stories for Yu-Gi-Oh, Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon, Game X-overs, Anime X-overs, Fire Emblem, and Naruto.
Yes, everyone, it's a profile overhaul. Well, here's what I'll share.
12/02/08: YET ANOTHER OVERHAUL! I'M NOT SEVENTEEN ANYMORE, LOLOLOLOLOLOL!
3/27/09: I'm not eighteen anymore either.
5/24/10: I'm not nineteen either!
3/29/11: I'm not twenty anymore!
11/03/12: ... and I'm halfway through twenty-two!
Writing (fanfics and original stories)
I'm John. I'm opinionated and artsy. I'm fun to be around; even more chill to hang out with. I'm silently confident and usually humble. Get to know me past the haters and you won't regret it.
The world is an oyster; I can give you the pearl it offers.
"Right, because I'm worried about realism in a game with psychic powers, evil aliens, and a guy in a giant spider mecha?" Rhyhon
"No matter how hopeless the situation, I really never give up. Even when I want to, my gut keeps pushing me to continue until the bitter end. To me, giving up is worse than attempting something impossible and failing humiliatingly and miserably." Myself, playing as Karen Alexia Jones...
"I'll make concessions and compromises... but never a surrender." Myself
"I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints!" Greg B.
"Asshole!" Kristorpher Wright
"Who the hell nicknames their Pokemon algebra and calculus equations?!" Jordan Depinto
"Being in a relationship confirms the idea that I am dependant upon someone else for my happiness." Anonymous
"Procrastination is like masturbation. It feels good at first, then you realized you just fucked yourself." Nick G.
"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." Spock from Star Trek
"There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad." Wilde
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'." Ronald Reagan
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is both able, and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?" Epicurus
"God will forgive and man may forgive, but Mother Nature never forgives." Unknown (given to me by: Chris Long)
"Scientists put me together as the most advanced intelligence in existance. They specifically coded my DNA to allow me to absorb information at inhuman rates. When I was born, they attached devices to my brain, put me in a deep sleep, and allowed my brain to absorb all the information. I was force-fed information from physics to calculus up to five years old.
My brain was filled with every encyclopedia, history book, and dictionary in existance. I was well versed in everything humanity had to offer. I knew every single math equation, every piece of science, and every religion that was created. The day they flipped the switch to wake me up, they asked me one question. Is there a god?
I gave them one simple answer.
There is... now." Miraison
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" Patrick Henry
"No State shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and charge a fee therefore." Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105
"If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity." Shuttleworth v. City of Birmingham Alabama, 373 US 262
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as though it had never been passed." Norton v. Shelby County, 118 US 425
The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? Chuang Tzu
"When the power of love is greater than the love of power, the world will know peace." unknown
-I love music. Cut, print, clean, done. I don't own all the instruments I can, but I'd like to someday. I also enjoy composing music in my spare time. I enjoy listening to a lot of types of music. When performing, my favorite genres to work with are classical works (solo, solo with ensemble, and symphonic), jazz (big band and small jazz packages), and generally anything that somewhat resembles those two styles (including concert band, some video game music, etc.)
-I enjoy writing. As much as I enjoy reading novels and books and stories, I enjoy writing. I enjoy writing both fanfiction and original stories. I think both poses their own challenges to me as a writer. Fanfiction takes away the creativity process of creating your own character, but forces you to make sure you stick to the personality of an already created character... thus forcing you, possibly, outside the norm and work with new styles. It forces you to work outside your comfort zone and to focus on a mindset that is not yours. I enjoy creating plots and making readers think. A good novel's job is not just to entertain, but to educate. Although a music education major, I love teaching all subjects. Math, science, english, music... anything I know, I adore passing my knowledge to others. It's a passion of mine.
-I enjoy Pokemon battling competitively. You may think it's childish but hear it out. Pokemon is a game involving numbers, stats, and probability. It is between your pokemon's attack and an opponent's defense and vice versa; between finding a type-advantage while trying to not get hit with a super-effective hit by the opponent. It is the challenge of having six different pokemon, each with their own stats and movepools, and customizing them in ways as to overcome another team which has six out of four-hundred and ninety-one pokemon. It's your job to figure out which stat do you wish to amplify, which stat must be sacrificed in the Pokemon's nature, do you want recovery with "Leftovers" or an attack boost with "Life Orb" or "Choice Band"/"Choice Specs". It's up to you to crunch the numbers, calculate odds, be wary of an attack's accuracy, work with the status ailments. Sure, it's a child's video game, but taking it to it's very core... it is nothing more than a big math equation and probability.
-If not obvious from that last paragraph, I love math. I love taking chances and running risks as long as they're not unreasonable. I love a good challenge in life, because... without challenge and chance, life gets INCREDIBLY boring. Routine is good and all, but what is life without a little chaos to exercise your mind? The same thing over and over would quickly bore me, which is probably my main reason for not being able to stay in a relationship.
-At the risk of sounding egotistical, I was/am an honors student. Graduated sixth of my class in high school despite not really giving a rat's ass about it (see above). I never did the homework until the absolute last minute. Why? Thrill of the challenge. High school was boring, the work didn't really bother me... so I needed a way to make it harder. Therefore, last minute homework was the way to go. I don't procrastinate because I'm lazy. I procrastinate because homework is boring without a challenge. I'm a challenge whore, and a glutton for taking punishment in a lot of things. I'll get thrashed over and over and over in something, and I'll continue to go at it until I overcome that obstacle. My best subjects are English and Science. My best subject used to be Math until I got to Calculus, to which I got to the point of being bored with Math. I didn't care for history, and I hated gym. This is one of the reasons I LOVE college so much more than high school.
-Why I abandoned Calculus? It's not because it was stupid or hard or impossible, but because I asked "what's the point"? I'm a very realistic, hands-on person at times. If I don't see the point of doing something or if I see a better way of doing something, I'll constantly be questioning the process. Calculus is fun and all, as well as physics. After all, life is based purely on math and there's virtually nothing in this world that can't be explained away without math or science... and I'm absolutely fascinated to learn the equation of life. However, I fail to see how I can really use calculus to REALLY help with my day-to-day life.
-My stubborness and constant stream of questioning someone is why I can't work in a group. I'll spend 10 of my time working on the project and 90 of the time fixing/correcting/changing the part of the project my partner(s) worked on. I am a very distrustful person and I cannot ever rely on the "talents" or "abilities" of my partners. I'm always wary of what they do, their ideas, etc. Half of the time in groupwork, I spend it correcting their mistakes, whether it be grammar, not following instructions, etc. Oftentimes, even in group projects, I take a chance with my teacher and ask to be alone or to pick one partner whom I can stand. I get nervous when I'm not in control or anything like that. It's not necessarily that I'm a control-freak or I love control, but it's more of distrust. See next bullet.
-I am a very wary and distrustful person. It takes a VERY long time to get me to trust you enough to tell you anything truly personal. Like I said before, I'm a huge flirt and I talk about myself with a few things, but to get me to seriously talk about something is something I cannot do easily. Because of this, in group porjects, I have to take control, watch everyone carefully, etc. That's because I have trouble trusting people. To be honest, I hate power and control. I hate fame and recognition. Ironic, considering I became a writer on this site and wrote a story that some people enjoy. When I do something great or worthwhile, I tend to slink away from the spotlight. Even if I did it alone, I prefer to share or give the credit to others. I abhor responsibility on anything because I'm always afraid of making mistakes, screwing up, and hurting someone. Because of that, I rarely make mistakes. Why? Because I don't take chances. I mean, sure I love taking risks in games and stuff, but when it comes to life and making a mistake that I cannot take back... it's like a whole 'nother person.
Frederic Chopin: A truly epic composer of piano pieces, Chopin remains to this day as one of my favorite composers. His elegant, emotional, and appealing pieces manage to allow performers to entertain their audiences with a truly magnificently written song enhanced with the performer's own touch in the rubato tempos that are sometimes present. His songs are usually slow, elegant, and proper. Notably, his Death March (which is famous even to the non-classical hurr, hurr, technically it's romantic era, but most people who do not listen to much of the older music call it all "classical" listener) is one of the best-written of his pieces... a piece I truly enjoy practicing and performing when I get the time. However, he also manages to write fast, complex, but equally emotional pieces. Two that come to mind are the Revolutionary Etude (which I attempted to learn) and the Fantasie Impromptu (which I didn't even bother with seeing the 8th note triplets in the left hand and the 16th notes in the right hand).
Ludwig von Beethoven: Beethoven is a remarkable composer, both in piano and in orchestra. He is one of the few composers of the classical/romantic era that most people would recognize by name. His piano pieces Moonlight Sonata (mainly the first movement), Fur Elise, and Sonata Pathetique are some of the most popular pieces played in our modern society, although I regret to say I don't know more of his pieces off the top of my head. His orchestral works are some of the most popular in the world. Notably are his fifth symphony and his ninth symphony.
Nobuo Uematsu: Sure, he may not be as "classic" or as "great" as Chopin, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Sibelius, Brahms, Shostakovich (yes!), Schoneberg, or any of the other "oldies", but he deserves his place. I wouldn't have argued my case that he's a "twentieth-century composer" and did done a six page research paper on him for Music History if I didn't like him that much. His style in some songs is definitely reminiscent of the classical composers. His greatest works "One Winged Angel" and "Dancing Mad" have received high praise from gamers and musicians alike and many can agree that his works bridge the gap between the younger generation of today and the symphonic works of the older composers. In addition to composing in other styles, such as jazz, swing, celtic, rock, and many others, his works are all worthy of notice.
more to come
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