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Author has written 9 stories for Pokémon.

An Introduction

Gotta catch 'em all! But all they do is fight.

Fell in love with the series early, and now I have to defend its irrationalities. Kind of like a drug habit you just can't kick. One...more...episode...You know it's wrong but it's so, so right.

I'm lying though. For me it was the games, in which you do catch a lot of monsters. Started with Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, which were a lot of fun until level sixty or so. And then it's just a grind. Unless you're serious about the game, which case it's all bleak from start to finish. Fun times.

Reviews

People tell me there's a lack of serious reviews on this site. My own experience is obviously limited, given how little time I've been here, but I think the review system is very valuable. It lets writers experiment while receiving timely feedback on what's improved and what could be done better. To that end, I'm happy to review any story you feel could benefit from some perspective. I've read Harry Potter and obviously I'm a fan of the Pokemon franchise, so my input will likely be more valuable with respect to those fandoms. Just let me know if you've got a story you'd like to get some fresh eyes on.

In Recent News

Currently reading: Never Let Me Go, by Ishiguro Kazuo.

Currently watching: The Daily Show (RIP).

Creative Struggles

Too many.

A few days ago I read some articles about machine-learning, and then some stuff about computational analysis of literary work. Call unique words types, and each instance of the word a token and you've got the basis of your analysis. Mostly you get calculations based on the density/variability of vocabulary, length of sentences, sentence structures, number of unique names (counting how many characters are in the story) and then you compare across novels. Or across authors.

Faulkner vs. Rowling. Hemingway vs. King.

Then you go big, compare across periods. That's really the point of a computer-based approached, that you can analyze enormous amounts of data. Take the whole English canon from the romantic period and compare to the victorian, or modern, or postmodern. Or you compare across genres, or 'schools'. The programming's pretty simple since you're just dealing with text and basic math functions. If you want to get complicated you could use tags (xml probably) for things like mood or tone, but that would require people to actually tag in the text, and that introduces a lot of subjectivity. But anyway, interesting stuff.

Maybe I'm just sick of close-reading. Can't avoid those core requirements though.

Some Things I've Learned

It's possible to tell a good story badly, and a bad story well.

Plot should illuminate character. Don't shovel characterization.

Unpack sensation.

Don't filter the physical.

Hurt your characters. Bleed them. Torture them. Ruin their lives.

Subject yourself to your old work. Hope that you cringe.

When nobody wants anything, the story's over.

Put some blood in the gutters: white space is a valuable tool.

Introducing variety in your prose for the sake of variety clutters your writing.

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Blood is Thicker than Water by St Elmo's Fire reviews
Everyone always told him he would be a great trainer. No one ever asked him if he wanted to be. (Hau-centric fix-it fic)
Pokémon - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,367 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/7 - Moon, Lillie, Hau - Complete
The Game of Champions by L. Lamora reviews
There are many trainers in the world; they exist in degrees, from dabbler to legend. But only one can be the very best - one man, one Champion. I am that one. I am that man. My name? Red.
Pokémon - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 128,413 - Reviews: 1146 - Favs: 3,010 - Follows: 2,816 - Updated: 2/1/2015 - Published: 9/4/2011 - Red, Concordia/Helena
Senior Year by Bittersweet Romanticide reviews
Misty Williams is about to graduate from Goldenrod High School. All she has to do is work off a new bike, tutor Ash Ketchum, help May ask Drew to a dance, and figure out a relationship with Gary Oak. She can do that, right? Poke, Ego, Contest, Penguin
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 129,059 - Reviews: 490 - Favs: 203 - Follows: 138 - Updated: 12/17/2013 - Published: 3/2/2011 - Ash K./Satoshi, Misty/Kasumi - Complete
Pedestal by Digital Skitty reviews
For some people, training isn't easy. For some people, training is beyond easy. Unfortunately, for me, training is beyond hard. Double weaknesses, attacked by wild Pokemon, mistrust of trainers, and much more. I just CAN'T catch a break, can I?
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 160 - Words: 545,006 - Reviews: 3905 - Favs: 2,447 - Follows: 958 - Updated: 10/3/2011 - Published: 2/17/2009 - OC - Complete
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The Prodigy
Abbie Martin is the most talented battler in Saffron. Her mother knows it, the kids in her class know it, and everyone that goes to her gym knows it too. But Abbie doesn't care about battling - she'd much rather go shopping for a new eyeliner. That is, until a boy just her age walks in one weekend and hands her the first defeat of her life - and forgets her name the day after!
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,288 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/24
Age of Man reviews
Mewtwo sentences humankind to death - starting with the man who created him. But as the powerful psychic lays waste to Kanto searching for Giovanni, he begins to question his own values...and whether he has become an even worse evil than his creator.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 676 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Published: 3/17
A Girl and Her Ghost reviews
Sometimes being the favorite child doesn't work out in your favor.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Horror/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 611 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 3/14 - Published: 1/23/2015 - Gengar/Gangar, OC - Complete
The Crown and the Flame reviews
The youngest daughter of a noble family seeks out the Life Giver when her father suffers a greivous wound in a pokemon attack planned by her scheming uncle. With the help of a boy with a mysterious sword, she tracks the Life Giver to a city by the sea, but finds instead a girl with fiery hair who rumors say can perform the Life Giver's magic. The only problem: she refuses to help!
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,052 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 3/3 - Published: 1/22 - Gengar/Gangar, Charizard/Lizardon, Gyarados, OC
No Brighter Sun reviews
Ash loves Serena. Serena loves someone else. When Serena's childhood love leaves for Saffron City, Ash spends the next eight years offering his shoulder to cry on. But as Ash realizes he can't settle for friendship, Serena's love returns to Pallet Town, bringing the end of the world with him.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 25,872 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 9/13/2016 - Published: 3/11/2016 - [Ash K./Satoshi, Serena] Gary O./Shigeru, Red
In Sweeter Company reviews
May needs a date for the holidays and, by chance, meets Ash Ketchum in a Rustboro coffee shop. But when things don't go as well as she hoped, May needs to decide just how much her old crush really means.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,275 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 6/12/2016 - Published: 3/16/2016 - [Ash K./Satoshi, May/Haruka] Misty/Kasumi
Ash Ketchum and the Book of Truths reviews
Ash receives a gift from his long dead father and sets out to save the lives of his loved ones, clear his father's name and change the world of pokemon forever.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,349 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/11/2016 - Ash K./Satoshi, Gary O./Shigeru, Misty/Kasumi
Starfall reviews
A young, beautiful and shallow pop star adopts a mangy pikachu, and with the help of her new companion confronts the life she left behind.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 599 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/13/2015 - Pikachu, OC
The Lotus of Cerulean reviews
Young Misty Williams forfeits her position as Gym Leader of Cerulean and embarks on her own journey to reach the Indigo Plateau, motivated by the need to discover just what it means to be a Pokemon Master.
Pokémon - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,935 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 12/20/2014 - Published: 12/8/2014 - [Gary O./Shigeru, Misty/Kasumi]