Author has written 5 stories for Naruto, Final Fantasy VIII, and Avatar: Last Airbender.
1. Writing Style/Strengths/Weaknesses
2. Random Information About Me (Not just as a Writer)
3. Thoughts on My Stories
4. Updates (Check Here For My Progress on my Stories)
1. Writing Style/Strengths/Weaknesses
I tend to jump around a lot in my writing style and I'm glad to say I've improved since I was fifteen, though I do seriously still need some improvement. I'm trying to be character-driven as possible in my stories since I believe that character-driven fiction is the best sort of fiction. My older style relied me on themes and plot and big ideas than anything else, which in my opinion is sort of a cheap trick unless you have solid characters that are interesting. People have told me that my writing style is unusual, especially on things I tend to point out and my tone is probably my strongest suit. They tell me it's an interesting tone but they always tell me they don't know why. Why they must include why they don't know is a mystery to me.
My most natural writing style is stream of consciousness but I'm trying to work on other styles to bring more variety to my writing. I'm big on sociology, psychology and philosophy so it often leaks into my writing. My obsession with paranormal and religious subjects also sometimes leak into my writing, though it hardly shows in my fanfiction since I never know where to put those subjects here without ruining the cannon...etc. For fanfictions, I do well with AUs but I'm trying my hand more at cannon.
I thought I was good on description, but the thing is that people don't seem to like my description. I can tell you everything about a piece of furniture, but I can't seem to make my description "entertaining" enough for you to actually get the joke I'm trying to portray through my description. My teacher told me it's because I'm not specific enough with my words so people don't understand and zoom past it. They also get bored and people's attention spans are so small nowadays too. Not good for me. I need to work on specific word choices and I need to learn to be more economical with my words.
There are characters that I tend to like and my original stories are often based on characteristics I admire and flaws I admire as well. I'm a bit sadistic though and my writing's really "rough" as one of my friends pointed out. Not in actual style, like clumsy sentences, but rather in content and some friends cringe at certain parts of my original stories, which is often sometimes my purpose because I like the idea that I can make them cringe one moment and cry the next - I shouldn't really abuse my readers, though should I?But it's so fun to play with readers sometimes... I'm a really depraved writer.
My friend said it was because my subject matter and tone is so harsh that he said I might drive some more genteel readers away. He told me to tone it down to bring in a larger audience, but I'm pretty fervent in my desire to keep the harshness. I don't want genteel folks reading my stuff anyways. I don't like being harsh in life and I'm often nice to people in real life, but I like being harsh on paper and especially to my characters. I've killed a lot of people in my stories and then I'll mourn them for quite a while, but I do it over and over. Hmmm, how to explain this? If you've played Gears of War, there's a sound when you headshot someone and it sounds absolutely beautiful. Some people don't like it but I'm one of those people who tries to get as many headshots as I can, not because I get more points, but because I like that crunching sound that the bullet makes as it hits skin, skull and goes out the other way. The blood splatter is interesting too, but not as much as the headshot itself. That's the same feeling I get when I write something rough or cringe-worthy: makes my toes curl and I get addicted.
I think it's like an OCD person's habit... hmm, when you don't hear the door click the right way when you lock it, don't you get annoyed?
My weakest point is dialogue and I have a bad habit of putting past and present tenses together in a sentence without thinking about it at all. Like seriously, my teacher ruined me because he gave me an assignment to write completely in present tense while I only wrote in past and now I'm doomed forever where I switch back and forth within a single sentence and sometimes when I look at a sentence, I can't tell the difference... which is really bad.
As for dialogue, since I don't speak much and I don't listen much on people's conversations, it sort of sucks the life out of my dialogue. I want it to boom with life and meaning and everything I've read dialogue can be. But it doesn't. But that's okay...not really but I'll work on that later.
Because I focus so much on themes, plots and tone, my grammar and technical skills suffer. I have the imagination, I just often don't have the skill to translate what's in my head onto paper the way I want it to sound and feel with every single word.
I know that minimalist writing styles are often the best types of writing, but I don't think I'm there quite yet. Don't argue with me on this point because there's no doubt in my mind that minimalist writing styles are the best for fiction pieces.
Hmmm... I tend to create similar female characters. They're usually harsh, cold and have no awakened sexuality. When I was younger, all I wrote was about sexual girls who hid behind a veil of innocence but I outgrew it quickly. I find that the characters that interest me the most are the harsh, evil characters. People who tend to have villainous traits and I often try to make them crazy or psychotic and they almost always face existentialist crisis in my original stories. I left fanfiction.net for a long time to write original stories but now I'm back because I love fanfictions, even though they're kind of stupid.
I also like logical girls who place romance last on their shelves and put their principles above all else, even family. Most of my original stories never end well... something that I'm trying to fix since I know that it's just so depressing.
I'm trying to play with more female character types though, though I've only gone a few steps over to overly eccentric and in the other direction of practical fade in the background. I can't write happy go lucky characters well at all. I've tried a few times but I always just end up twisting them or perverting them in some way because they're just too happy. They also usually die a harsh death.
As for male characters, I tend to like them just as dark as my female counterparts but I like them with strict morals, as opposed to my female ones. I don't like tall, dark and handsome though... I prefer blondes and redheads. Physique and height aren't that important, but hygiene is a must for all of my characters, male or female. I think I've only written two characters as messy or smelly...etc.
I tend give all my characters a list of hobbies that define them different from the rest of each other though. I also tend to make them all have some sort of mental disorder, just to make them face more challenges. I'm not much of a writer who relies on external challenges.
My writing teacher said that I often make too much tensions or challenges that it's hard to keep up and the characters are just too damaged mentally, emotionally and morally for some people to connect to, they often just pity the character despite the flaws. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or positive thing, because I do like that people feel sorry for my characters are often purposely written as very hate-able (I mean, how often do we pity someone we hate?) but then I can see why he was concerned with my writing preferences because in the long run, people won't care about my characters enough.
Hmm, this is really long isn't it?
2. Random Facts About Me
Birthday: December 31 - Capricorn
Favorite Color: Dark Cobalt Blue
Ethnicity: Hmong-Chinese American
Blood Type: AB
Favorite Anime(s)/Manga(s): Rurouni Kenshin, Samurai X, Samurai Champloo, Naruto, Samurai Deep Kyo (manga), Kaze Hikaru, Dragon Ball Z, Digimon Tamers
Favorite Fictional Characters: Vegeta, Bulma, Azula, Yuna, Kenshin Himura, Kaoru Kamiya, Marcus Fenix, Kyo (Samurai Deeper Kyo), Mint (Threads of Fate), Garuda (Street Fighter), Chun-Li, Chen Xin Yi (Fated To Love You), Hinata (Naruto), Naruto, Jin, Mugen, Sei (Kaze Hikaru), Souji (Kaze Hikaru), Rika (Digimon Tamers), Jun Pyo (BOF), Kang Tae Joo (Que Sera Sera), Do Ko Jin (The Greatest Love), Quistis Trepe, Seifer Almasy, Garnet (Final Fantasy IX), Zidane, Vivi
Favorite Video Games: Final Fantasy I - XII, Final Fantasy: Tactics, Gears of War I - III, Threads of Fate, Legend of Mana, Zelda: Wind Waker, Tetris, Army of Two, Street Fighter series, Star Ocean: The Second Story (every other Star Ocean just sucks)
Favorite Asian Dramas: My Queen, Fated to Love You, Boys Over Flower (only because of Lee Min Ho though), The Musical, Que Sera Sera, Hello My Teacher, You're Beautiful, Coffee Prince, The Greatest Love, Protect the Boss
Favorite Final Fantasy Tune: Fisherman's Horizon with You're Not Alone a close second
Favorite Final Fantasy Song: Suteki Da Ne
Favorite Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin Song: Omoi and Starless
Favorite Star Ocean: Second Story Tune: Rena's Theme
Greatest Influences on My Life: Samurai X/Rurouni Kenshin, Star Ocean and Final Fantasy X
Personality: I guess if I had to be objective, I have a short fuse where it easily blinds me to just about everything and makes me very illogical and unreasonable. I'm picky when it comes to food... like extremely picky though I do have a pattern to this: must be fresh, must be thinly cut or it must be menthol-y or have a pickled taste (I'm not talking about western style picking either) I mean, the real good pickling that comes from fermentation and rice vinegar. The only exception to this is my mom's cooking. Other than that, it doesn't take me much to be obsessed with something if there's just a single promise of something worthwhile. I'm a sucker like that, I suppose. I would say I have a sarcastic sense of humor but I think it's much more sadistic than sarcastic since people stare at me like I'm crazy sometimes. I swear, I haven't killed anyone yet.
Favorite Foods: Bibimbap, pickled plum, pickled ginger, sushi, cucumbers, peaches, Altoids, Halls, granola bars, fried fish
Dislikes: Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Excessive Chocolate, breaking the shell of a crab, food that makes my hands dirty, people who like to suck up or people who waste time for no good reason
3. Thoughts on my Stories
Home: Unlike Match Me If You Can, which might carry some of the same tones/messages, I want to take my precious time with writing this. The Final Fantasy series is dear to my heart as I've been playing since I was a little girl and have played FFI - FF13 (FF-13 pissed me off) and FF8 is like one of my favorites since it was my first FF. I played backwards and then moved forward. Quistis is one of my favorite FF characters, next to Seifer.
I've taken a very different approach from other Quistis/Seifer writers in that Seifer doesn't return to Balamb Garden a fallen knight and it doesn't focus on his angst as much as it does hers. I've read a lot of stories where his psyche is studied to death and I absolutely loved it, but I want to focus more on Quistis's development as more than just a morally driven SeeD ex-instructor who's cool because I long to read stories that do so. I want her cold and ruthless and it might be OOC but if you read the story, it makes sense.
The story focuses on an ethical viewpoint and as the story progress, Quistis loses her mind more and more. A peek into the future of this story: one of the Liberal Fatali will die. You can imagine how this will affect Quistis' mind.
This where Seifer steps in: he pulls her back into reality because he's been there, he's gone insane before and understands more than any other character in the game what it's like and how to regain it. Other stories tend to make it the other way around, which is nice but overdone. It's one of my darker fanfiction pieces and I like it a lot since Quistis resonates with me more than most of the FF characters.
November 17, 2011:
Home: restarting the chapter
Match Me If You Can: going through beta process/will be on turn to update Sunday Nov. 19
Wet Dreams Redux: totally stuck
Thorn Birds: totally stuck
The Gaara fan Girl: totally stuck
Match Me If You Can Betas: Maria Krause, aliendroid, Rem-san611
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