Member has written 34 stories under various pen names.
Greetings and Felicitations to all. Currently I am simply a modest reader and reviewer of fanfic on FF.N . I am a professional proofreader/editor with WAY too many years in the printing industry. Reading is a passion of mine and I enjoy lively discussions about new books and stories that have come out. I find myself critiquing and playing Devil's Advocate when reviewing stories on this site. It's just second nature- more of a reflex action by now. I am proud to say that there is real talent among the many writers using FF.N . I am honored to have introduced four of them to mainstream writing.
My tastes in music and entertainment are rather eclectic. I am rather open to most forms of music other than rap and current country music. I find a great deal of rap to be offensive or self-serving. There are few true gems in the mix. It is a shame that these artists do not translate these works into poetry. They would surely be powerful dissertations on the state of the Black mind and community. But of course, poetry doesn't pay as well as music, does it? As for country music, the artists seem to be more concerned about being crossovers and hitting the mainstream for bigger bucks and recognition than exploring the roots of the problems facing the average Joe. Older and classic country seemed to have had a more immediate finger on the pulse of the people at that time.
Movies can run the gamut of anime, horror, well-done chick flicks, action/adventure, ensemble films, scifi/fantasy, political thrillers, to just about anything well done with a modicum of intelligence. I am not a fan of the sparkly vampire set or anything that markets itself to that group. It is too derivative of other more noble origins. Slasher movies and poorly done horror flicks are great for watching with friends, adding your own dialog to them, and throwing popcorn at the screen. Comedies have to be done with a deft touch and innate timing. I do not care to sit through fart jokes, asinine behavior, and dubious forms of outrage masquerading as humor. Parodies can be a mixed bag with some being spot-on and others just being cranked out for the bucks.
Favorite Anime: "Akira", "Yami No Matsuei", "Evangelion", "Kuroshitsuji", "Death Note", "Ghost in the Shell", "Ninja Scroll", "Appleseed"
Favorite Films: "Silence of the Lambs" (where you find sociopaths can have true class and sophistication while maintaining their own sense of honor), "Pulp Fiction", "Star Wars" (both trilogies), "Scenes of a Sexual Nature" (which actually has no sex), "Lipstick on Your Collar" (which has a wonderful Ewan McGregor doing a spot on lip-sync and dancing to an Elvis Presley song), just about anything by Tim Burton, and of course, "Thank You For Not Smoking" (a wonderful film about the spin doctors in the tobacco lobbies. The only film that I saw garnered a standing ovation in the theatre we were at. Try it- it's funny and clever, thought-provoking and extremely well-written).
Favorite Writers: Adam Hall, Len Deighton, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Celia Rivenbark, Philip K. Dick, Alan Nourse, Harlan Ellison, etc.
Favorite Actors: Alec Guinness, Ewan McGregor, Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Peter O'Toole, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Sean Connery, Humphrey Bogart, Samuel L. Jackson