Author has written 22 stories for Numb3rs, Without a Trace, Supernatural, Merlin, Hawaii Five-0, Emergency, Sherlock, and Primeval.
40something year old mother of three. (Got tired of changing that number. As far as I'm concerned I will never hit 50 so I'll be 40something for the rest of my life!)
Live in currently very chilly Upstate NY!!!!
I have been a radiologic technologist for 20something years (see above note) and have a love of writing. For more on me - I guess read my stories.
Flames vs constructive criticism. I have updated my profile here so that there is no mistaking where I stand on these issues.
I have three open stories that I am working on simultaneously. Square Peg Round Hole (Merlin fandom), Between a Rock and a Hard Wave (H50 fandom) and Checks and Balances (Emergency! fandom). A friend of mine was going to finish Methods of Intolerance (Numb3rs fandom) but I guess she has decided not to after all. I do not see that story being finished. Sorry. The muse has no interest in Numb3rs anymore. Trying to finish it at this point would be ... well... pointless.
Don't forget to review the stories that you read because it really is what makes the authors want to keep writing. These stories are shared freely and without any sort of financial obligation on the part of the reader. If a story is not to your liking all you need do is stop reading. If you enjoyed a story, however, please take a minute of your time and let the author know what you thought. Most authors appreciate constructive comments as much as praise for their work. Besides it's cheaper than going to Barnes and Noble! LOL
Please do not leave meaningless flames on someone's story even if it is some of the worst writing that you have ever seen. No one forced you to read it. Some of these young writers have no idea what they are doing. If you feel you must say something; rather than leaving pointless disparaging remarks that have nothing to do with the story, point them in the right direction. Tell them they need help with their writing, point out ways for them to improve, give examples heck send them to the writer's forum Calling All Authors, but don't flame. It shows a lack of intelligence and couth on the part of the reader and robs your opinion of credibility.
Added - April 2012
I do not ever attack an author personally. I also do not gush over stories. I do not write reviews that say things like "OMG this story is soooooo good, please continue!" If I like a story I will tell the author what I like about the story. I will point out the strengths I see in the writing. Conversely, if I see a story that needs serious help I will point out what the story's weaknesses are and offer advice on what to do to improve.
If you ask for reviews and feedback then don't get upset when you get what you asked for. If you are the kind of author that only wants glowing reviews then please state that up front. State clearly that you do not want negative feedback, constructive criticism, or flames. If I give an honest opinion I will argue the point that it is NOT a flame. I did with the woman who was upset by a review I left on her story. She blew right past the fact that I told her that the story has potential, but she needed to go back to the drawing board on it. She ignored the points I made about grammar and typos, about unrealistic antagonists and poorly executed plot. She didn't ready herself when I stated up front that she was probably not going to like the review. I even said that I could get past the grammar and typos but there were other problems with the story as well, compelling me to leave the review. She has since blocked me. Frankly it is no skin off my nose. Her reaction was childish as were her PM's sent to me.
I have and will stand up against flamers. I took on Flame Rising directly and guess what? I'm still here and he is gone. I stood toe to toe with the nastiest members of the LU and guess what? I'm still here and will continue to speak out against flamers and internet bullies. I will give any author an honest reply. I am not a fan of being politically correct. I will work with anyone who asks for assistance or advice. I will send them to people who can best answer their questions if I don't have the right answers. I will never personally attack them, but I will be truthful in what I write in a review and the review will always be about the story never about the author.
DEFINITION: A flame is generally a series of insults directed at the author themselves rather than the story. There are some cases where it is impossible to tell that a flamer has even read a piece of writing because nothing about the story is mentioned anywhere in the flame. Some flamers seem to think that their mission in life is to save the rest of us from bad literature. What I say to all flamers is this: Put your over-inflated dime store egos away. I don't need saving. If I think that something is a pile of rubbish I have the option to stop reading or at least give constructive criticism, emphasis on CONSTRUCTIVE.
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