Author has written 72 stories for Wolf's Rain, Sandman, Invader Zim, Final Fantasy VIII, Fullmetal Alchemist, Final Fantasy IX, Princess Mononoke, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII, Howl's Moving Castle, Xena: Warrior Princess, Avatar: Last Airbender, Ergo Proxy, House, M.D., Game of Thrones, Elder Scroll series, and Pokémon.
"Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters."Neil Gaiman
Greetings, and welcome to my ridiculously long profile. I am the writer formerly known as Bells of Requiem. No, your eyes have not deceived you. I've changed my pen name. It translates to "Wolf of Dreams," if you're curious.
I'm in my twenties, live in the Bible belt state of Oklahoma, and I am working towards leaving this hillbilly hell. My greatest ambition in life is to become a horse trainer, and to dedicate my life to animals and animal rescue. My hobbies include reading, writing, and video games. I've written for several fandoms, and my tastes tend to be rather eclectic. I'm fairly selective in what I watch, read, or listen to, and have an unhealthy addiction to energy drinks. I have a great love for writing, though I'm not sure if I want to make it a career or simply a hobby. My literary idol is Neil Gaiman, and I want to be him when I grow up. I consider American Gods one of the greatest books ever, and think everybody should read it. That's me in a nutshell. I'm a terribly lazy writer that updates sporadically at best. I write mostly one shots and drabbles, but I would like to expand into writing longer pieces. I write romantic fluff, angst, humor and the like, depending on my mood and from time to time like to experiment with writing styles and story structures. Some experiments prove to be more successful than others, but I like to think of myself as pretty flexible.
Oh, and I'm female, although that probably isn't of any real consequence. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
To those that leave me kind reviews, I humbly thank you. They're always deeply appreciated. I may not respond to reviews, but rest assured I do read them all. To those that give me constructive criticism, I extend my thanks to you as well. Know that I take concrit to heart, and it pushes me to do better as a writer. Your advice is truly valuable to me.
I also have a bad habit of favoriting people's fics and not reviewing. Uhhh...if I favorite your fic that means I really, really liked it, if that's any consolation.
There's the link to my LJ. It's f-locked. If you'd like to know even more about me beyond the information I provide here in my profile, and if you have an account, then feel free to friend me. If your LJ doesn't send me fleeing in terror, then I will likely friend you back.
And now for a rant: Here on Fanfiction (dot) net, I've noticed an interesting trend that was fairly recently pointed out by one of my compatriots, Negative Creep. (BTW, read her. Her writing kicks major ass. Seriously, go check out her stuff. She's awesome. She's one of the best writers on here.) I've noticed that the few pieces on here that are truly well-written, original, and well-thought out, hardly get any reviews. Hell, they're lucky to get five or six before they disappear into the abyss. While so-called "epics" whose spelling make my eyes bleed, clearly written by obnoxious teeny-boppers (who often write Mary Sues, no less) with only the most rudimentary grasp of reading, writing, and grammar skills, get twenty pages of squeeing praise to the tune of "OMGZ, U MUST UPDATE!! THIS IS TEH AWESUM! I WAS SO SKARED FOR :insert your pairing of choice here:
Don't believe me? Check out my favorites list. I've found some AMAZING work by people who put genuine effort and thought into what they're creating, and they get little in return for it. It's depressing. But you know, trashy romances that are pure tripe sell like the proverbial hotcakes, (Twilight anyone?) while novels that are true classics (Neil Gaiman's American Gods comes to mind) don't get nearly the level of recognition they deserve. Though, I suppose there's no accounting for taste.
And well...FF.Net is called "The Pit of Voles" for a reason...
Second rant: It drives me nucking futs that they got rid of page breaks on here. This means that I'm going to have to go back and re-format/ fix some of my old stuff. Damn it. Oh, well...:sighs:
And now, for a list of some of my favorite things:
Favorite Book Authors: Alice Borchardt, David-Clement Davies, Neil Gaiman, E.E. Knight, Phillip Pullman, Tanith Lee, Catherynne M. Valente, Christopher Moore, Meredith Anne Pierce, Peter S. Beagle, Dave Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss
Favorite Books: American Gods, Anansi Boys, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, The Silver Wolf, His Dark Materials, In the Night Garden: The Orphan's Tales, The Sight, Fell, Firebringer, The Tao of Equus, Fragile Things, A Dirty Job, Me Talk Pretty One Day, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Running with Scissors, The Firebringer Trilogy, The Wolves of Time, Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, A Song of Ice and Fire books ...and so on.
Favorite TV shows/cartoons: House M.D., Dexter, Weeds, Californication, True Blood, Scrubs, Avatar: The Last Airbender, United States of Tara, Nurse Jackie, Being Human (US version, have yet to see the UK one), Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead
(older) shows: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Xena: Warrior Princess, Dead Like Me, Invader ZIM
Favorite Animes: Inuyasha, Witch Hunter Robin, Wolf's Rain, Cowboy Bebop, Hellsing, Hellsing: Ultimate, Fullmetal Alchemist, (Both original and Brotherhood) Chrono Crusade, Bleach, Naruto, Rahxephon, Last Exile, Ergo Proxy, .hack, Code Geass, Noein, Trinity Blood, Blood Plus , Ruruoni Kenshin, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Betterman, Samurai 7, Speed Grapher, Boogiepop Phantom, Basilisk, Gunslinger Girl, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, Shaman King, Soultaker, Hell Girl, Kekkaishi, Durarara!!!, Attack On Titan
Favorite Movies: Pan's Labyrinth, Sin City,The Crow, Kill Bill 1& 2, The Nightmare before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, 300, The Golden Compass, The Last Unicorn, The Animatrix, Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Sweeney Todd, Constantine, Sleepy Hollow, LadyHawke, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Watchmen, Avatar
Favorite RPGs/Games: Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX, X, XII, & XIII (XIII-2 is coming out! Eeee!) Xenosaga series , Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill series, Okami, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Remnant, Resonance of Fate, Eternal Sonata, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Assassin's Creed Series
Favorite Bands/Music: Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Nine Inch Nails, Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, The Gathering, Within Temptation, Nirvana, AFI, All that Remains, Crisis, Otep, Arch Enemy, Godsmack, As I Lay Dying, Bullet For My Valentine, TOOL/APC, Ashes Divide, In This Moment, The Vincent Black Shadow, Sonata Arctica, Echoes of Eternity, Epica, Leaves Eyes, Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Kanno, Apocalyptica, After Forever, VAST...countless others.
Favorite Fandom Pairings: There are a few, but I have a great love for the Avatar pairing of Zutara. I seem to write a lot for them. I don't often get attached to romantic pairings in fandom, but Zutara is a notable exception, even if it isn't canon. >:P
Some favorite quotes:
"We stand in awe before that which cannot be seen, and we respect with every fiber that which cannot be explained." Rukia, Bleach
"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
"This is a time for beasts, for lions and wolves and angry dogs, for ravens and carrion crows. " Jaime Lannister, Game of Thrones
"There are no shadows in the dark. Shadows are the servants of light, the children of fire. The brightest flame casts the darkest shadows. " The Red Woman, Game of Thrones
"There's no such thing as a saint without a past, or a sinner without a future."- Baghavad Gita
"It only takes a single voice to start a revolution."-Thorin
"Because we do not know when we will die, we think of life as an inexhaustible well." - Brandon Lee
"Do no pray for an easy life. Instead, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one." Bruce Lee
"Life is just a dream on the way to death." - The Crow: City of Angels
"Take comedians seriously and politicians as a joke" - Author Unknown
"There's nothing unnatural about dying or being killed. It's better than living with no purpose."- Kiba, Wolf's Rain
"Adversity is like a flame; it melts the weak, but it tempers the strong." Thorin
"It is only when you refuse to give in with all your heart that you begin to transcend your humanity." - Alucard, Hellsing
"People shouldn't be afraid of their governments, goverments should be afraid of their people." V for Vendetta
"A painless lesson is one without any meaning. One who does not sacrifice anything cannot achieve anything either."Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
"Humans are capable of kindness beyond angels, yet they commit sins that would put a demon to shame." Final Fantasy XI
"When I couldn't see a future, and I was afraid. When the future was clear, and it hurt to see, I'd close my eyes and lose myself in happier days." Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII
"Hope sees the invisible. It achieves the impossible...if you look up, there are no limits."-Lacuna Coil
"Who honors those we love with the very life we live? Who sends monsters to kill us, and at the same time sings that we'll never die? Who teaches us what's real, and how to laugh at lies? Who decides why we live, and what we'll die to defend? Who chains us, and who holds the key to set us free? It's you. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight!" Sucker Punch
"For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know." Sucker Punch
“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.”Neil Gaiman, Sandman
“Sometimes we can choose the paths we follow. Sometimes our choices are made for us. And sometimes we have no choice at all.” Sandman, Season of Mists
"Nothing is true, everything is permitted." Assassin's Creed
"I can believe things that are true and things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not. I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen - I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone's ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state. I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste. I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we'll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman. I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself. I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn't even know that I'm alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck. I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn't done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too. I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman's right to choose, a baby's right to live, that while all human life is sacred there's nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system. I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you're alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it."
-Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Current status of my stories:
Run Wolf Warrior, Run: My badly neglected Wolf's Rain fic that I've been working on since '06. It's original incarnation was rather badly done, so I deleted it and started from scratch. I will eventually finish this fic...it just might take awhile. Formerly known as Prelude to Destiny. I like this title much better, less clunky sounding. :p
Seafoam and Woodsmoke: A 100-Zutara drabble and one-shot challenge series that I started. Why? Because I'm insane, and I broke my own rule of not writing more than one multi-chapter story at a time. (See neglected WR fic above.) What can I say? I have much love for the Zutara pairing. And I just...wanted to see if I could do it. It all started one day when the idea popped into my sleep-deprived brain last October. I tend to update this thing in spurts. I'll not update for months, then suddenly, boom! Five updates in a row. The muse is fickle like that.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading.
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