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Author has written 9 stories for Warcraft.

Once upon a time,

...I played World of Warcraft. I'm proud to say I quit and have been free of it for a long time. My bad experience with the game was so consistent with many other people's tragic play-experiences I've observed--on both sides of the screen--that for a long time, it felt morally wrong to continue writing fan-stories for such an addicting game. But then, the same thing that helped me to recover, gave me hope through those long terrible years, and which has saved my life many times in the past--my writing, gave me hope once again. This time, it wasn't just that being able to imagine a better way to live and have fun beyond the computer, or that the power of a fiction writer's introspection helped me to investigate what was missing, by feel, and then try to resolve it (which you may find, since you like reading fantasy or sci-fi stuff so much and wrapping your mind around complex characters and layers over layers of exotic worlds, that you are good at doing too--self-reflection). More than that, I possessed strong memories of writing stories and really being able to reach people with them, helping people to smile, helping people to get some relief. I wanted to keep doing that, but in a more honest, authentic way. Well, then, I waited and wondered for a long time, and at last decided it wasn't too late, after all. If I was going to write online, then I could still use what I have to keep helping others, to care about how other people are doing!

Therefore, I chose to keep it real before moving on permanently: It would have been wrong to lie, to have kept on writing any of these stories and not tell anyone that I don't play the game anymore and that I presently hate the game: its structure, the false sense of community it promotes, the way people go in thinking they'll just have a good time and--through that same trust in the innocence of games--end up being deceived as to how really addicting Warcraft is. I don't look back except to remember how I got out and how good it is to be free of it. I almost did not come back to this website, because that freedom is so precious to me. But, I kept writing here because the final chapters of MLFMP on my computer were too fun to just abandon. I also realized that the greatest theme of the fic itself, addiction, is more than relevant. And so, I chose to resolve the story--for the sake of the story--in a way that was honest and healthy.

So, in the end, my real goal was never to share good WOW game memories with you. Turns out, that--though there was some joy, my memories are all colored. My ultimate point was to begin a long narrative of recovery, at which every turn, I have been able to remind myself and hopefully many other people, of why life outside of WOW is so rich and wonderful: mainly, because, regardless of ups and downs, life persists at being wild, beautiful, and silly. Exactly like what I've been trying to capture in writing, time and again.

The Ultimate F A N G I R L A L E R T:

Nelson Mandela once said, and I'm paraphrasing, that one of our greatest fears is that we will BE great, once we set out to do something. I agree. But, let's take this a little further: What is greatness? Is it finally getting that job you want? Is it finishing college? Is it deciding that college is not for you, but being determined to find some other wholesome way to earn a living? Is it choosing to get up the next morning, when you were suicidal on the previous night? Is it learning how to cook, because you need something more positive to do? Is it shutting off your computer and taking a chance befriending your neighbors down the street? Is it going to church for the first time in a long time? Is it deciding that you just can't do organized religion anymore, and that you are going to go be spiritual in some other organic way? Is it deciding that, yes you can find deeper connection in life, by re-dedicating yourself to your friends and family, even while being a confident atheist? Is it listening to your annoying brother about his bad day at school, your first time not tuning him out, when you've been having terrible days, every day, for the last three years? Is being great reaching through your pain, to love someone else? Is it having the courage to go to your high school reunion even though seeing campus again makes you cry? Is it deciding not to tolerate any more emotional, verbal, or physical abuse in your life? Is being great about finally seeing a counselor for the things you're really frightened about, but everyone else keeps saying you should just toughen up and get over? Is being great daring to ask a stranger 'are you okay?' Is being great holding the door open for an old woman who doesn't even speak your language? Is being great having the courage to say No? Is being great having the courage to tell yourself Yes? Is being great taking a step back, looking at how unhappy and angry you are, and deciding to finally make a change? And so then, when you consider all that greatness can be, and that you have the ability to embrace greatness in your own life, when you see that fear can be conquered in a small way, each and every day, regardless of your income or situation... because this is the healing itself: people, one to another, can reach out and make lives so much better, by caring... well then, I hope that I just helped you.

In order to feel better, you must do better for yourself. In order to feel good about life, you must do good things for yourself. That is how you bring goodness into your life. So, you go be the biggest fangirl (or boy), for yourself, than you ever were before! Pass it on. Let's keep lifting each other up.

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A Proper Education by DaBigLizzard reviews
The story is now complete! A tale of corruption, and the origin of the Dark Portal.
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 29 - Words: 93,240 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 12/21/2006 - Published: 3/27/2006 - Complete
SunnyDale’s Haven for Addicts and other persons by Draco135-60 reviews
Kaelthas is a head doctor of a psychiatric institution for warcraft characters.Be afraid...Be very afraid...
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,437 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 10/1/2006 - Published: 6/11/2006
Unlikely Heroes: The Harpy Queen Skrch by SickleYield reviews
Now complete! Fourth and final in a series about the heroes who are not related to Jaina, have never met Thrall, and are never going to make the Lich King's To Do list. Rated for violence and thematic elements.
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 40 - Words: 61,021 - Reviews: 188 - Favs: 92 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 6/1/2006 - Published: 12/12/2005 - Complete
Unlikely Heroes: The Fel Orc Veren Redmorning by SickleYield reviews
Third in a series about the heroes who may become great, but never famous. Not many will remember Veren Redmorning. Those who do will not soon forget. Rating for strong violence.
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 31 - Words: 39,323 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 3/30/2006 - Published: 9/30/2005 - Complete
Unlikely Heroes: The Bandit Jorn Raveloe by SickleYield reviews
Second in a series about the heroes who never shake the world, because they're too busy trying to keep it from shaking them. It's not easy being a bandit chief, especially not in the infested city of Dalaran.
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 11 - Words: 10,902 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 9/28/2005 - Published: 9/23/2005 - Complete
Unlikely Heroes: The Lich Phage Marrowice by SickleYield reviews
First in a series: Every hero isn't a Thrall or even an Arthas. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some fall into the category of none of the above. Here is the story of one such unlikely hero.
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 10 - Words: 10,209 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 116 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 9/22/2005 - Published: 9/18/2005 - Complete
So You Want to Write a Tolkien Fanfic? by SickleYield reviews
Humorous guide to writing like a neurotic misogynist Englishman. Not that I think all Englishmen are neurotic misogynists. I freely admit that all the neurotic misogynists I know are American. Complete with one or two expansions.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 5 - Words: 4,331 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 109 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 9/15/2005 - Published: 9/13/2005 - Complete
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MLFMP4: Fall of Quel'thalas reviews
When General Blaize finds a little golden book that seems to tell a different version of the fall of Quel'thalas, it becomes clear that only one person, all along, has been responsible for the decline of the Thalassian empire. But who!
Warcraft - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 28 - Words: 150,727 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 9 - Updated: 12/6/2010 - Published: 10/17/2009 - Complete
MLFMP3: Revenge of Kael'thas reviews
Kael'thas has a plan to punish everyone who ever crossed him. Ever. But then, the worst person possible steps in and turns everything on its head. This story is a brief transition into MLFMP4: Fall of Quel'thalas.
Warcraft - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 44,216 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/17/2009 - Published: 7/10/2009 - Complete
MLFMP2: Son of Kael'thas reviews
Can Kael’thas find a way to be a daddy and a villain? When Prince Belorim Sunstrider, a threeyearold, arrives at Tempest Keep his father learns that he’s inherited a royal mess whether he wanted to or not. The Burning Legion, Illidan, and the Knights of
Warcraft - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 35 - Words: 228,945 - Reviews: 132 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 8/2/2008 - Published: 11/18/2007 - Kael'thas Sunstrider, Illidan Stormrage - Complete
Triangle reviews
A love triangle to end all love triangles: Faltheriel's final romantic misadventure! What do two elf men and a crazy cat lady have to do with one another? It's a threesome that actually works. A modern-day love story set in the Warcraft universe.
Warcraft - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,412 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/10/2008
My Life for My Prince reviews
Tempted by a magical addiction, overwhelming sorrow and anger, Prince Kael’thas Sunstrider has one last chance to redeem himself. Redemption is a woman Bloodknight named Saturna Whiteblade. But will their love be stronger than his pain and The Betrayer?
Warcraft - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 30 - Words: 229,308 - Reviews: 140 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 11/13/2007 - Published: 5/21/2007 - Kael'thas Sunstrider, Illidan Stormrage - Complete
The Romancer Shadowstep reviews
Last in the series: Plan B17 Alpha, nicknamed ‘the Mission Implausible’ will enable Master Rogue Shadowstep to trap the woman of his dreams in a relationship. But Old Gods, demons, the Horde, the Burning Legion, and worse yet, young people get in the way.
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 109,091 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 9/15/2007 - Published: 5/2/2007 - Complete
The Romancer Opalbane reviews
Third in the Romancer Series: Alessandre is a notorious kaldorei assassin with a freakish split personality. Opalbane is the alcoholic, excultist, shadowpriestess he must protect. This is what happens when crazy people fall in love...
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 35 - Words: 106,667 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 4/27/2007 - Published: 12/3/2006 - Complete
The Romancer Greatfather Winter reviews
The sequel to The Romancer Onyxbane with a holiday twist: The characters we know and love get sucked into the secret santa from hell! Will a little holiday misery unravel hard won love and friendships?
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 11 - Words: 25,222 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 1/31/2007 - Published: 12/24/2006 - Complete
The Romancer Onyxbane reviews
Onyxbane, a warrior, must save his sister from being seduced by the dark Twilight's Hammer cult. But the women who love him keep complicating the mission. Will he fall for the girl next door, his exgirlfriend, or the older woman? Read and find out...
Warcraft - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 37,829 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 1/28/2007 - Published: 11/17/2006 - Complete