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Author has written 12 stories for Jak and Daxter, Naruto, Elder Scroll series, Soul Eater, and Wreck-It Ralph.
Stuff About Me
Name: Lauren it is, though more people call me Loor to be honest.
Age: I'm turning 21 on Augest 28th
Location: Either home or the local coffee shop.
My muse: I used to count two muses, but I've really only found one to stick with me after the VoW stories were over and done with. So yes, my muse, Lyra. She terrorizes my brain, she's compeletely insane, and some of the converstaions I've had with her HAVE ended up in stories. Lyra is a completely emotional creature, countering the logic I tend to handle my daily life with. Where I can appear rather cold on some days, Lyra gives me my occasional and passionate mood swings. Thus, as writing romance stories is usually a rather emotional ordeal, Lyra handles most of it.
Other places you can find me: I can be found on Deviantart under the same name, where you can find art for almost all of my fanfics and info/art on my original stories as well. If you want to I can also be found on Facebook, where I will post occasional updates on both fanfiction, original stories, and life in general.
Some Other Important Stuff
As it may have come clear by now, I'm doing a little cleanup in my little corner of the world. VoW has been mostly taken down for a massive re-write, and it's side stories will undergo some polish too. Markings is next in line to be re-written. I apologise to readers who were so waiting for the next chapter, but after watching more of the anime and seeing all of the things I fucked up by writing before I knew what I was talking about... I am quite ashamed.
I love you all.
Reguarding chapter removals: By now some of you have probably noticed that several of my stories have been removed from the site. This is because they are either in line for re-write, or because I didn't like them cluttering cyberspace anymore. If you are truely devastated by these old things being taken down, feel free to message me and I'll see about e-mailing a copy of the originals to you. You might also note that while Three Ring Circus and The View From Pit Row got taken down, Sammich and Tattoos and Blood have remained. This is because I know both of the stories are very special to my friends, and removing them and the reviews attached would be... unfair. They will stay up and when they are re-written get the same treatement the first book of VoW did, replacing chapters piece by piece.
A Rant: I posted this on DA a few months ago, but I feel it has some merit for fanfiction authors. Enjoy.
As if I could write a daily rant... BUT this is what's on my brain at the moment and a slight proof that Facebook casues rage. SO I use the flair app on facebook quite a bit, if you people haven't noticed the flairboards in my gallery. Well a recent facebook updates allows peoples game requests to show up in my alert box up on the top bar, and some friends decided to send me so flair. And I was like HEY! I HAVEN'T LOOKED UP NEW FLAIR IN FOREVER!!
Thus my little adventure in cyberspace began... I stared with seeing if any new funny Jak flair had turned up (sadly not) and then went looking for Pyschonauts stuff (again, mostly disappointed) and then, since I was feeling brave, typed in the word 'fanfiction.'
I've done this before, and found some real gems. Such as 'When life gives you lemons, put them in your fanfic and take the credit' or 'Fanfiction.net, where reality comes to die.'
But this time I found myself a tad disturbed. 'Fixing what the Canon got wrong' 'AU, because JRR Tolken lost his mind.' 'Because my OC is better than your Canon.' And so on. FANFICTION AUTHORS! Please don't tell me this is what you actually think you're doing, do you? Honestly?
Let's admit some things to ourselves, Fanfiction authors. And not just us OC lovers and AU writers; all of us. We are NOT fixing anything. We are not improving shit. We are engaging in an act of idol worship in a sense, showing our love for something by telling the world that we had an idea of what could happen next... or what could have happened if you changed things up a little, or had a few new people involved.
And how DARE you insult the author of something you're writing fanfiction for. By claiming that you are changing anything for the better, you encroach on the truely sacred ground that is the author's domain. Did you not fall in love with the work in its original form? The author created a world in which you fell into, and became immursed enough to play with that world in new and interesting ways. BUT that is still that author's world. To claim to know better than them is to say you know greater truth than GOD.
Of course, this is something many of us have fallen into as authors ourselves. We play with a world and learn it, and in writing we get the same all-powerful feeling... but many of us take it WAY too far. We decide that fanfiction gives us the power to replace the realm's original deity and change anything we bloody well like, basic properties, characters, events, and otherwise. We twist them to make some of our ideas work, and we may see the work as good, but face the truth as this; to make your twisted creation you had to DESTORY the story you originally loved. You are not improving, you are desicrating.
And I too am guilty. I use OCs, explore concepts and perhaps inturrpret them in different ways, but I was never under the illusion that my work was better than the original. People may like it, but I still reguard my fanfic as the pale shadow of the true masterpiece.
People who really think they're 'fixing' or 'improving' these stories need a reality check. Fanfiction is not important; it's a practice zone. A written sparring ring. A tool for honing our skills. This is where the dreamers learn about the public that shares their interest and love of something, explores their style of writing, and then hopefully moves onto something real and original. It's a great place to have fun, but it's just the kiddy pool.
And I realize to some it's more. Fanfiction and other writings are my tools to keeping sanity. Without fanfic as a literary outlet for my emotions and self-exploration, I probably would have ended my life somewhere around the age of 15. I learned some great truths about myself while expressing my every passing emotion and creating a story that I loved very much. It was also in this that I learned that despite my horribly logical demenor (Friends are calling me Mr.Spock pretty often now...) I write VERY emotionally. It is in the things I keep most hidden and personal that I find my greatest inspiraton.
And in the last year, I've begun to make original works. Understanding my style and interests has led me to new ideas of a grander universe that could, maybe, surpass the works that inspired me so... but only by breaking free of the limits of fanfiction and passing into original fiction. Forgetting the universe that was my playground and finally building my own sandbox to shape and mold.
And maybe once the castle is built, someone else will decide they like it and want to play in it till they get the inspiration to build their sandbox, even bigger and better than mine. That's the hope and dream that I pray fanfiction authors have in common with me. Not this insainty that they're 'fixing' someone else's creation.
And that's my rant. Meow.
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