Author has written 36 stories for Harry Potter, Inuyasha, StarTrek: Voyager, StarTrek: The Next Generation, Phantom of the Opera, Star Wars, Rurouni Kenshin, StarTrek: The Original Series, Yu Yu Hakusho, Lord of the Flies, Sandman, Doctor Who, Death Note, Firefly, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, How to Train Your Dragon, Hunter X Hunter, Torchwood, and Castle.
"I absolutely refuse to justify this story.
If you have half as much fun reading it as I did writing it, I will have had twice as much fun as you did."
…believes things into reality.
Pronounced leh-LEH-thuh. Please do address me as such; I answer to Le'letha just fine. I am: Omnivorous bookworm. Lifelong Trekkie and sci-fi geek. Fanwriter. Also self-identifies as lesbian but trending towards asexual.
…has a fleet of starships inhabiting her desk.
PROS: speed-reader; sensible; imaginative; good memory; loyal; good student; likes to be useful; organizes; tidy; can shut up; doesn’t smoke, swear, drink, or do drugs—and never wants to.
...is still trying to integrate all her favorite fictions into one gloriously comprehensive reality.
CONS: often vague; solitary; sometimes depressive; spiteful; sarcastic; not to be let loose in a bookstore, or onto any online book-and-geeky-stuff retailer, with too much money. Cannot do crowds, except once a year at ComicCon.
…collects pictures, writes, and cosplays at http :// le-letha (dot) deviantart (dot) com/
AND: obsessive; nitpicker; fantasize-r; bookworm to the exclusion of other things.
…fell in love with Star Trek at five years old and has never looked back.
I live in an oversized, overheated state in the U.S. known for being simultaneously obsessed with American football and more embarrassing than the neighbors. Being neither, I probably would have left a long time ago were it not that I live in a city where live music is standard, there's always something geeky going on somewhere, and the weather is gorgeous if you like 75-degree Decembers. Which I do. (If you're trying to do timezone math from this, I'm on what the US calls Central Time.)
...is personally pitching for a female Thirteenth Doctor played by Jamie Murray (Warehouse 13's Helena).
IF I WERE A FICTIONAL CHARACTER, I WOULD BE...I grok Tara (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). From the very first time we met her, nothing that woman did ever surprised me, because it was always what I would have done. But I’m now going to update that to Izzy Sinclair from Doctor Who Magazine’s comic strips. For those of you who don’t know her: lesbian obsessive sci-fi fan having the time of her life running around the universe with the Eighth Doctor. Ladies and gentlemen, the first half of that description is absolutely me. (And I wouldn’t say no to the last half, either…)
...is living in an expanding universe of awesome people, some of whom are actually real.
Things That Annoy Me: Crossover/OC romance; ridiculous pairings and flat dumb plots; plagiarism; idea snitching; writing or stickers in/on books; people who dog-ear pages; most of my age group; how much anime, books, DVD box sets, and graphic novels cost; homophobes; racists; instant-message-speak; online social networking sites; Bluetooth attachments. Because I’m just weird that way.
…denies everything, and believes that everything is true; these statements are not always contradictory.
More About Me: I like to buy and own complete sets of things. It's an all-or-nothing thing. Netflix is saving me serious DVD money. While I consider myself a Star Trek girl at heart, I've been watching it for my entire life...so in terms of 'active' fangirliness, I'm more active with Doctor Who (classic and current). Thus the 200-plus (no kidding) pre-2005-reboot novels; my 7th-Doctor-era TARDIS-key necklace; and the Ace cosplay outfit I put together very slowly on the cheap, and now my Eighth Doctor outfit, at the above link. I love cats--when I was a kid I wanted to be a cat when I grew up, and it’s still a good plan--and cats generally like me too. I drink too much Dr. Pepper and play too much Solitaire. I’m horribly nearsighted; without my glasses I am useless. I like replying to reviews but am not good at maintaining conversations; I tend to compose replies in my head and then forget to send them. I’m a night owl, mornings are for morning people, which I am not.
…must own “the complete set”, however long it takes.
I’ve noticed it’s a tradition on the Internet to pretend that you’re insane. I won’t claim to be, but I’ll stay up from first dark to long past dawn to watch all six Star Trek: The Original Series movies or entire seasons of Doctor Who at once. So you may pass sanity on my judgment as you like.
…thought she was crazy…until she came here…
Current Projects: Fanfiction: Nightfall (HTTYD canon-divergent feral-Hiccup AU) stories: short tales, prequels, sequels, and side stories. And miscellany for HunterXHunter because the boys have apparently moved into my heart and I may as well write down whatever they're doing there.
Current Projects: Costumes: Just about completed a Catwoman outfit, based loosely on the Batman: Hush design but taking plenty of liberties with it. Beginning work on a San (Princess Mononoke/Mononoke-hime) costume.
…was once told she was obsessive, and wondered why anyone thought she didn’t know.
Reading: Take the good with the bad and use mindbleach sparingly. Each story has four chapters to sell me (unless it’s just bad as per advice below). OC or crossover romances are out. I do have a soft spot for a few slash pairings, and a few (mostly canonical) straight pairings. (Femslash? Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Willow/Tara, which is canonical. And Warehouse 13's not-a-couple Myka/Helena, which isn't.) I like: stories written in the style of episodes; character exploration and development; damn good slashfic; all of the above. BeautifulFiction's FullMetal Alchemist and Sherlock novels are good examples of what I look for in fanfiction. Go read her stuff, she's AMAZING. Exorcisingemily (formerly Mummymollyweasley) and mrsterc's joint "Before the Fall" Supernatural series also fits these criteria.
Writing: Someone (grayangle) once told me: “Other things just have to be done before your readers’ enjoyment. Going to get something to eat is a good one; the bathroom is another. Bathing & friends are over-rated at times.” I’m a full-time graduate student working two jobs; cut me some slack. But I haven't gone away! (I am trying my darndest to get writing time.) If you point out any mistakes, I will beat myself up more than you ever can and then change whatever the problem was. In the words of the window washer…all will be made clear. I love this saying; I wish I had made it up.
Reviewing: Universal Rule Two: DLDR: don’t like, don’t read. Don’t ask about Rule One. Constructive criticism is appreciated. I like to reply to reviews. Flames will be dealt with by the flame police. (Le’letha grabs a fire hose) Lock and load!
Advice: for people who would like me to read their stories, and in general: 1) Proofread your summary. If you can't spell your characters' names, I don't want to read your story. 2) Have a summary. Don't post your story until you have one. 3) Format your bloody story! Open any book and pay attention to paragraph breaks, dialogue, and use and abuse of the bold format. Your story should not give me a headache to read.
…keeps at least one foot in the Dreaming at all times.
Obsessions/Fandoms/Interests, in random order
Television Shows: Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Doctor Who Classic, Doctor Who (2005), Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Battlestar Galactica (2003), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sherlock, Castle, Merlin (BBC), Warehouse 13, Firefly, Supernatural, Mythbusters, Star Trek: The Animated Adventures, Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, The X-Files, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
Movies: Star Trek: The Original Series films, Star Trek: The Next Generation films, Star Trek: 2009/XI, The Dark Knight Trilogy, V for Vendetta, Marvel's The Avengers (and the associated Marvel Cinematic Universe films), The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jurassic Park, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Coraline, How to Train Your Dragon series
Authors: Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Kellerman, John Sandford, Terry Pratchett, Connie Willis, Diana Wynne Jones, Robert A. Heinlein, Lloyd Rose, Kate Orman, Janet Kagan, Stephen Baxter, Orson Scott Card, Michael Crichton, Arthur Conan Doyle, George R. R. Martin, Garth Nix, J.R.R. Tolkien, Shirley Rousseau Murphy, Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Jacques, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (together or seperately), Bill Watterson - and so many sci-fi writers I can't sit here and list them all. Anyone who's shown up in the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies assembled by Gardner Dozois, as a rule.
Anime: HunterXHunter (2011), FullMetal Alchemist, Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin...and maybe Yu Yu Hakusho if I'm feeling nostalgic
Graphic Novel Series: Sandman, Fables, Y: The Last Man, darn good Batman stuff on the standard of Hush or The Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Marvel 1602
And the list goes on…
…says TALLYHO! and laughs.
IF YOU'VE COME HERE FROM ONE OF MY STORIES:
PLEASE DO READ/I RECOMMEND: Nightfall ("How to Train Your Dragon" canon-divergent novel) is my baby. Also Strange New Worlds ("Supernatural" sci-fi AU novel); Paint the Town Red ("Castle" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" crossover); Fortunes and War ("Doctor Who" classic/new series fusion oneshot); One Hundred Things and One Hundred More Things (paired "Doctor Who" lists).
BUT PLEASE DON'T READ: Demons of the Mind (my first story; so old, so bad!); Uneven Odds (overambitious in a series I didn't know and never finished); Yellow Submarine (old, not actually funny, pointless); Teamwork (just not good); Star Wars: Revenge of the Sit (I don't even know); Once Burned, Twice Shy (also so old); Free Enterprise (no longer proud of it); A Time to Fight (whatever).
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