Mr. 125
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Joined 01-23-05, id: 744664, Profile Updated: 06-16-14
Author has written 8 stories for Halo, and Indiana Jones.

If I had to bring to a desert island just one of each of the following...

Game: Arma 2
Movie: The Thin Red Line
TV Series: Buffy
Novel: A Complicated Kindness (Miriam Toews)
Album: Boxer (The National)
Writerfluid: Rye and ginger

My goodness that was hard.

Hey there. I'm a recently graduated BFA student, having majored in Creative Writing and minored in Film Studies. I am heading back to school in Fall 2014 for my Master's degree in Journalism. I got my start in writing on back in 2005.

Associated acts: Minds' 3y3; Electromotive Force

And he walked on down the hall...

Part II of Though Hell... is up. Part III should hit before the end of summer. Yeeaaaah.


End of an era...

Though Hell Should Bar The Way

“Driving right up that hill, Ted. Frontal assault with all my power, everything I own. Could get bloody. Probably will. It’ll be one long messy, bloody hike to the top, but it’s something Shield’s gotta do. Navy spook, LeFae, he’s here for a reason I don’t know. Observing, maybe. Well I pushed for the offensive, Ted. I told Mattis Shield would get the 906th on top of that hill. That promise needs to come true. Opportunities like this you have to seize, Ted. We won’t become the unit we want to be unless we show them what we can do first. You agree with me, don’t you? You agree this is our time—Shield’s time to be great. We’re a good fighting unit on paper, but we have to become more—we have to become legendary. That’s the mission, Ted. The real mission. Running outta time. It’s already ‘51—we don’t have much left to lose, you understand. A war like this, the men and women on the front wherever need to be able to hear about us and stand strong one more day—and one more after that—and believe like nothing else that The Highwayman is coming, though hell should bar the way.”

Newly formed 906th "The Highwayman" Brigade is tasked with finding a group of Helljumpers, lost somewhere in an unruly river valley. (War/drama)

Also see: Aim High, Dig Deep by Electromotive Force; and Ten Days in Mombasa

It's a little experimental, but also very deliberate. It was something I tried to write in 2006 and has gone through so many incarnations it's completely different. This was supposed to be my Saving Private Ryan fic, or my Black Hawk Down fic, but over the years I've come to somewhat dislike those movies. Not totally in a snobbish, cineaste way, but it's the meaning and ideologies behind them that don't capture me the way they might have when I was in high school--when I was looking for war heroes and stories about bravery and sacrifice. The thematic elements I wanted to touch on in this story really came about after I spent some time reading through a number of Halo fanfics recently that I truly enjoyed but couldn't help but compare to SPR or BHD in their portrayals of war. They actually made me question our culture's romanticism of and obsession with honour, a hugely loaded term, and I lay on my bed and did some thinking. This story is my meandering response to those fics (and that word). It's about loss, but it's also about life, too.

Part II will be coming shortly.


Closer to a close...

The Forever Soldier

Full summary: Julian, the ineffectual heir to an industrial empire loses a reconstruction contract with the UNSC. Mere minutes away from blowing out his brains in an old hotel room, his mother-in-law Rachel shows up to take matters into her own hands. As a retired medical doctor with strong ties to Section III shadow ops, she’s overheard many rumours during her tenure—career ending rumours. She formulates a plan to save Julian’s partnership and take down their competitors by dredging up an illicit wartime deal, a potential info leak that has the power to sink a celebrated, international arms-giant and embarrass UNSC Naval Command.

Rachel has an asset waiting to be manoeuvred onto the game board, to make her plan a reality: proto-Spartan Brooklyn Fields awakes to a different world than the one she left behind fifteen years ago. She has her directives from the domineering Rachel that she is expected to carry out with her usual unfeeling, machine efficiency, and she quickly tracks down her target to an intimate coastal town situated on a Mediterranean island. Acquiring the mark, an off-the-grid ONI analyst named Seager who possesses evidence of the deal in question, should be a straightforward task for someone like Brooke. She's about to find out that her secluded post-war world is deadlier than any alien invasion. (Crime/drama)

Like a New Year's resolution, I always like to get something done before the year's end to constantly remind myself there's work I'm neglecting. And I always wanted to write a follow-up to my Spartan 000, or at least a more dramatically mature reboot, so this is fun. And to be clear, it's not at all necessary to read that old thing to understand The Forever Soldier. It's pretty loosely connected beyond names and vague, inconsequential references. I'm just really trying my best to keep things stripped down and acoustic in terms of a self-contained plot... more Winding-Refn than Syriana or Michael Clayton.

Have a look, and let's kick off 2014. See you soon.


2013 draws to a close...

And exciting things are happening. Even though I am swamped with writing projects, I am compelled to return to the wonderful world of fanfic for a couple more hurrahs. First, I am still looking forward to collaborating with my pal Electromotive Force (the project just needs a kick in the pants and hopefully the stars will soon align--wink), and second, having pretty much wrapped up at 320k words my original fiction with revisions upon revisions to come, I'm venturing into a new fanfic project that I've found myself losing a bit of sleep over recently. It was an idea that just came to me while I showered a few nights ago.

I put together a working plot summary literally a few minutes prior to writing this useless teaser update, and I'm confident that once an outline with solid act structure is plotted out, everything will fall into place. I'm keeping myself in check this time... at novella length, the story isn't overambitious (to my relief) and I'm returning to the world that drew me to fanfiction in the first place so let's see if I can't turn a few heads.

More later, so stay safe and have a good one.


I'm running out of miracles...

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Haunted Halo by Electromotive Force reviews
Jake and Eve are ghost chasers, forced at young ages into a lonely life, now a hard-earned living. Overwhelming skepticism of a cynical majority always had them striving to avoid attention and scrape by largely unnoticed, but by chance the opportunity of a lifetime is stumbled upon, a way to end their struggle forever. Little did they know, much more than their struggle would end.
Halo - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Horror - Chapters: 4 - Words: 15,158 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/30/2014 - Published: 10/28/2014 - Complete
Alone by Electromotive Force reviews
The Inner Colonies dwindle. Mankind's extinction draws near as its insuperable enemy scatters and defeats the UNSC with increasing momentum. Now, at the height of The Great War, the colonial defense forces of Zaragosa Prime are able to fend off the might of the Covenant. How is it possible? As Lima Company's enemies close in all around them, they are forced to uncover this mystery.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 68,719 - Reviews: 134 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 7/2/2014 - Published: 2/22/2007 - OC
Aim High, Dig Deep by Electromotive Force reviews
Chief Warrant Officer Rion Fontaine, technical expert, is ordered to Earth. Specialists such as the Chief are often dispatched in times of crisis, which has others asking rational, tough questions upon his arrival. Tending to duties at the outpost near Voi, spurious signals are detected. Upon investigation, he finds something hidden beneath the African sands...something legendary.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 55,092 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 6/19/2014 - Published: 1/4/2008 - OC - Complete
Sierra 034 by HaJokerHa reviews
A Spartan thought to be Missing-In-Action returns to wage a war against his own for unclear reasons. Will he lose his last shred of humanity or will his humanity be all that saves him? (Years in the making and now remastered! Updates will be often and this story will be completed.)
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 9 - Words: 36,827 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 11/26/2012 - Published: 6/28/2009 - Prophet of Mercy, Prophet of Truth
The Enemy of My Enemy by Katsuhiro reviews
"Of all the conflicts recorded in the latter stages of the Human-Covenant War, perhaps one of the most interesting was that which occured on the Outer Colony Crassus, c.Nov.2552. Interesting, and with an entirely unexpected outcome.." ONI Case-File 428/
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 31 - Words: 115,360 - Reviews: 228 - Favs: 484 - Follows: 150 - Updated: 3/21/2009 - Published: 6/6/2008 - Complete
Indiana Jones and the lost Relic by Serena Wronski reviews
After last crusade, Indiana embarks on a quest he never imagined could happen...again. The Ark of the Covenant has been stolen. Now it is up to Indiana and a feisty 15 year old girl to get them back!
Indiana Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 22,658 - Reviews: 111 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 4/15/2008 - Published: 6/1/2003
Starcraft: A Soldier's Story by Ryodin reviews
While most people hear about the exploits of admirals and heroes of war, the tales that are left out are usually those of the men and women who fight the hardest. Enter the lives of ordinary soldiers struggling to survive. 20 up, Technical difficulties.
StarCraft - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 43,336 - Reviews: 75 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 2/15/2007 - Published: 7/31/2004 - James R.
The Human Technological Wonder Chronicles by Dominus Princeps reviews
Honored Prophets. I, Kiya'Gradolee, humbly submit my research journal on Human military training for your review. May the Sacred Journey save us all.
Halo - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 10,777 - Reviews: 108 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 3/9/2006 - Published: 3/13/2005
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Though Hell Should Bar The Way reviews
"I am not alone; they are here as well. I am frightened, but they are frightened, too."
Halo - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 30,074 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 6/16/2014 - Published: 5/23/2014
The Forever Soldier reviews
A hitwoman; frigid dark hair and gnawed lips, she's thinking of a dozen gratuitous ways to murder the man opposite her. She'll need to decide on one once the phone rings, and she's expecting it to. A pistol, a knife, and a cell phone all within her reach, she's ready to be used like a restless pen scribbling words to the pace of domineering, more self-assured dictation. (Lit. fic)
Halo - Rated: M - English - Crime/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,063 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 3/4/2014 - Published: 12/29/2013
Metro reviews
The exhausted band of Shield Company marines digs in, carving a notch into devastated downtown New Mombasa where hope grows thin and thinner still. One-shot. Ish.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,522 - Reviews: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/16/2013 - Complete
Spartan 000 reviews
Jeff Benson, a genius and candidate for the Spartan Program, was abducted and trained until he escaped from Reach before augmentations, being the only one to do so. While on the run, Jeff struggles to find reason and truth behind the censored experiment.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 86,608 - Reviews: 84 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 10/27/2010 - Published: 3/23/2005
Where Duty Ends reviews
When an op in a jungle-filled swampworld goes horribly wrong, a group of marines are pitted against the growing darkness of the wild, as well as the savage and merciless Covenant forces... it's where duty ends.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 27,071 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 6/3/2008 - Published: 4/1/2007
On The Doorstep reviews
The Covenant juggernaut moves closer and meeting it now would hope to slow the unstoppable foe. Follow the story of a sniper, fighting a desperate and bloody battle on Earth's doorstep: Beletzkov.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Tragedy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,879 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 12/24/2007 - Published: 1/29/2007
Twisted System reviews
Why does a seemingly normal research expedition require marines and a security force? When the team stumbles across a station, lost in deep space and controlled by a malicious AI program, things start to turn deadly for everyone involved.
Halo - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Horror - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,064 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/14/2006 - Published: 11/29/2006
Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Norse reviews
Follow Indiana Jones on the next saga in his adventures to the frozen lands of Iceland. There is believed to be a jewel that had given the Norse victory in battles. Indy wants it, but so do the Nazis.
Indiana Jones - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,488 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/30/2005 - Published: 6/28/2005