Author has written 6 stories for Rumble Roses, Soul Calibur, Fallout, and Fable.
Once again its profile update time, and this time the news is not so good. In current circumstances, pretty much anything I embark on is going to be unpredictable in terms of updating. If you want to know the reason for this, then check the Deviant Art website where I now have a presence. (Just look for my profile name). If you'd rather not cast a cloud over your day, then the short summary is that while I know what I want to write, the physical act of doing so is problematic, and a lot worse than mere writer's block, bad though that is.
I guess I should be grateful that I was able to finish my major project, Wastelander, before the worst of this trouble came upon me. With that out the way, I have at least more flexibility to write other fics as they occur to me, which the demands of such an unexpectedly lengthy story made me reluctant to do. Even so, I would swap those circumstances with the present ones every time.
But I will say this too: I don't want my readers to think I'm a quitter, or that I'm making excuses for letting them down. I will try my very best and hardest to complete whatever I've set out to do. And this isn't only out of a sense of obligation. Its because my writing is more important to me than ever. When life gets tough, you need something to keep you going day to day, and writing is one of those things, along with my friends and family, of course. So I will attempt to keep at it by any means possible, even though I may have to limit my ambitions as to what I can do in the immediate future. That means concentrating on the two stories which are currently incomplete.
Luck Be A Lady Tonight involves my favourite characters Cass and Veronica from Fallout New Vegas. Seems like I couldn't keep away from the Fallout world for that long, but in truth it feels like something quite different. The idea is simple, Cass makes a bet with Veronica with her virginity at stake. The way in which in works will be a little more complicated, as I want to avoid being too predictable, but it certainly won't be anything like the length of Wastelander. I'm hoping though it may burn twice as brightly. The simple reason I'm prioritising this one is reader interest is greater, which I think deserves my attention as repayment.
I'll Be Your Mirror is a fic based on coop play in Fable2. Two very different incarnations of a heroine from parallel universes meet with results that should be humorous and erotic. While I personally think this story is much more interesting in its concept, and does not fall below the standards of the other in terms of writing, it has sadly so far got much less reader attention, even taking its smaller fandom into account. My own feeling is that because it departs quite a lot from the usual run of the mill Fable stories, many fans have been unsure what to make of it. But those who have appreciated, and even reviewed it, can be assured that I don't intend to abandon the story. I'm aware of where its going next, and will return to work on it as soon as possible. And yes, I still have a sense of humour left, fortunately!
Although the following projects are on hold, I hope that I will eventually get round to at least some of them, sometime in the future. So as much to remind myself as anyone else, these are the ideas I've had floating around.
Current top of the list is a fic for The Devil Wears Prada, a complete change of genre based not on games, like all my previous stories, but on the book and especially the film (starring Meryl Streep). Claws are out in the world of fashion rather than in some post-apocalyptic nightmare or fantasy world. Andy has to deliver 'the Book' to her employer from hell, Miranda. But like most of her tasks, it proves to be far from straightforward. No title, as yet
Dead or Alive Extreme2 anyone? If you haven't heard of this game and its, ahem, reputation, then the provisional title, A Geisha in Paradise, may give you a clue. Kokoro, probably no one's favourite apprentice geisha, is down as the main character. You can see what my mind is currently focused on, can't you?
Also another idea in development, a (non-crossover) Soul Calibur Fic. Main characters are Sophitia, Cassandra and Rothion. Tira and Taki would likely be involved. Provisional title is Broken Faith.
Still retaining great affection for Rumble Roses, I would like to reward its much-maligned, unappreciated and long suffering fans with yet another thriller. I'd like to, but whether I will is something else entirely. The piece involves many of the heel characters, including Rowdy Reiko, Sgt Clemets and the BBD on a quest for Sophitia's legendary treasure. Yes its a cross over with Soul Calibur, and also a semi-parody of a well-known book/film. To evoke interest I need only four words: Miss Spencer's Correction Academy. But unfortunately, though the opening chapters are written, I'm a little hazy as to where to take the story afterwards. Its tempting to publish and be damned, but though that would be better than nothing, it might also be a little unfair if I can't finish it. I will have to think more on this one.
Well so much for future projects. I'll round things off by giving some additional details about my previous fics, to give a better idea what they're about to potential readers. If you've read my profile before, you'll already know most but not all of this (the main additions are about Wastelander, of course) The stories are in order of publication.
My Rumble Roses story, A Rose By Any Other Name, was the first published, and the one that broke my jinx of not completing stories. Don't know what it is about RR - well yes I do. Its the characters. Something about them just inspires story lines and, in my case, romances in particular. Character driven writing I find easier, particularly because I'm generally better at dialogue than descriptive passages. The fic is based around one of my typical f/f pairings of an older, wiser head with a younger, inexperienced but enthusiastic character; in this case a "dark-side" romance. Hopefully it transcends the setting to some extent, as sadly there's never been as much demand for wrestling stories, and maybe this will convert some people. (But if not then there's always the sequel - see below)
Soul Calibur is another of my favourite genres for character strength, even if trying to make sense of all the different story threads drives me nuts occasionally. The inspiration for my fic, Demon Hunter, came from a forum post by Nemean, who wanted ideas for a Taki fanfiction. I suggested 3 possible pairings, including Ivy, Mitsurugi and this one:
TALIM. This would be a kind of younger sister thing. Taki could "take her under her wing" but more interesting would be if she led her astray in some way. Or alternatively Talim gets Taki into trouble through youthful enthusiasm.
Which shows how ideas get changed in the mix. Its much more a mother/daughter pairing in the way it works. However Taki certainly does lead Talim astray in one sense! And maybe Talim has got her into trouble. This story is still my personal favourite.
Next to be written was the sequel to my other Rumble Roses Story, called Roses That Bloom in the Dark. As in the previous fic, a ninja is one of the main characters. I would loosely describe it as a romance, with elements of the Gothic and James Bond (no actual 007 but the female equivalent of Blofeld has a part to play). I'm happy with the way its turned out, even though its almost twice as long as originally planned, probably a similar length to a Fleming novel (if I can even place my self in the same room as him). But like the master's own work, it moves along at a fair pace, and the response has been as good as I can expect for what is a somewhat under-appreciated genre.
And so finally on to my epic story for Fallout 3, Wastelander. Not for the faint hearted or younger readers, the original idea was to chart the progress of the Lone Wanderer having to adapt to the rigours and tough decisions involved in life in the Wastes. Additions to the plot, greater roles for certain characters and a possible supernatural element expanded the story far beyond its original intentions, in the end taking over 2 years to finish. Should you be brave enough to take it on, you will be rewarded with something a little different from the norm; certainly not a simple retread over what has become very familiar ground. The first chapters pass quite quickly, but once into the story, expect them to lengthen. However by then you may be hooked! My Lone Wanderer, Arta, is neither a traditional 'white knight' nor a merciless killer, but a survivor whose intentions are good, at least to begin with. She goes on to become something more, the Wastelander known as the Angel of Death. Despite flirting with the supernatural, the story aims for a degree of gritty realism and, I would venture to say, maintains momentum and plot direction despite its great length. And as in all my stories, there's a strong romantic element.
Want to know something more about my life? As far as this site's concerned, I'm not saying much other than I'm a computer games fan who lives in the fair town of Manchester, England. If you want to check my Deviant Art profile (same name) then you may learn some more about me.