Author has written 2 stories for Mass Effect.
"Constant practice devoted to one subject often outdoes both intelligence and skill." - Cicero
"Life is a long lesson in humility." - James M. Barrie
Update 10/03/2015: Life goes on. It surprises me every time I come back to this site how long it is between my visits, and I find that I miss the days I spent hours just reading through the stories and offering reviews. Lately I've realized (again) how much I miss writing, and I still have that one-shot Mass Effect story from years ago to finish and share, but I'm not sure if it will get priority or if my recent notion to write a cathartic 'dead letter' for Shepard's end will come first. It seems silly to need to find closure for a game that's been over and done with for three years now, but I've had a very hard time saying goodbye to Shepard's story. Maybe making my own tribute to the ending of the story that inspired and fed my creativity for so long will help. Until that happens though, it's nice to know that there are still folks here, writing, sharing, and helping each other with their creative endeavors. Writing is good for the mind, and the soul, so if there is anything that I can offer by way of advice it is simply, "keep on writing, no matter what". I constantly regret not taking my own advice, so I hope others will succeed where I have not.
Update 04/30/11: Finally posted a couple of one-shot Mass Effect fanfics that I've been sitting on since last year. I can't claim either measure up to the authors here who inspired me to finally share something, but with my limited experience I think I took them about as far as I could without external input. If I ever have a vacation again I may just get back to the Baldur's Gate fanfic I began working on years ago, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. I have another one-shot Mass Effect fanfic that still needs finishing, but I don't know when, or if, it will be completed. Self-editing kills my work easier than inspiration can sustain it.
Update 03/14/10: Progess with school has been slow, hampered by illness and life in general, but I'm still at it. Work is as busy as ever and just as aggravating sometimes. The best distraction I've had lately is Mass Effect 2, which I think I can safely say has kept me moderately sane the past couple of months. Between playing it and listening to ATB's Future Memories dual-disc album I've even started writing a one-shot fanfic for the game, which I hope to complete soon. Wish me luck, I think I could use it right now.
Update 11/06/06: I have been going to school after work since the beginning of October so I don't have much time to stop by here anymore, but please feel free to drop me a line and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. And wish me luck, I've got a long road ahead to meet my goal! ;-)
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I've seen others list their favorite authors so I shall do likewise. Below is a list, in no particular order, of a few authors to give you a vague idea about my reading interests. As you'll notice, I'm generally more likely to read sci-fi than fantasy, but it tends to go in phases.
Larry Niven (sci-fi & fantasy) - I am particularly fond of Niven's Known Space universe, which include the Ringworld books, and his Magic Goes Away stories and books, the best of which are co-authored by Jerry Pournelle (Burning City, Burning Tower, upcoming Burning Mountain). He is considered a 'hard sci-fi' author, but I find that his characters and stories overshadow any scientific elements that would make it considered such. He also has numerous stand alone novels I've enjoyed, but they are too many to mention here.
J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy) - I've only read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but will eventually get around to reading The Silmarillion and the assorted collections published by his son. I find the depth of his world creation to be astounding, if a bit hard to keep track of at times, but ultimately my avoidance of his further works is simply due to lack of time and the ability to muster enough brain power to appreciate it.
Jerry Pournelle (sci-fi) - I have always been interested in military history and tactics so when I discovered the Falkenburg's Legion stories I was happy as the proverbial clam (why exactly it's happy I'm not sure). I am also very fond of his collaboration with Larry Niven on The Mote in God's Eye and it's sequel, The Gripping Hand, as well assorted other titles by him.
Gordon R. Dickson (sci-fi & fantasy) - Perhaps my favorite author, Dickson's Chylde Cycle (Dorsai!) series stands very high on my list of favorites due to it's deep look into the philosophy of what it means to be human and the metaphysical aspects of it. Uncommon science fiction to say the least. On the lighter side, I always enjoyed The Dragon and the George series and the stories of over-imaginative aliens that look like teddy bears found in his Hoka! books, co-authored with sci-fi legend Poul Anderson. He also has many stand alone titles well worth reading which I highly recommend.
Steven Brust (fantasy) - The Vlad Taltos series is easily the least conventional fantasy I've ever read, at least in terms of the main character, who is, without a doubt, the most endearing assassin imaginable. In a slightly lighter and flowery language, I find the Khaavren Romances to be a real pleasure to read both for the humor and because it's slightly more conventional fantasy even though it is set in the same world as the Vlad Taltos books.
Raymond Feist (fantasy) - I rather accidentally became a fan of Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga when I unwittingly checked out the last book in the series at the library one summer long ago. It led me to read the rest of series as well as the sequel series, the Serpentwar Saga, and also the Empire Trilogy co-authored by Janny Wurts. I found the Empire Trilogy to be incredibly powerful emotionally and it was my first real glimpse at a female main character. I reread it fairly recently and picked up on more than the first time around, and if anything, found it even more moving than on the first read. I highly recommend it.
C.J. Cherryh (sci-fi) - The Foreigner series is how I was introduced to this talented woman's writing and I await each forthcoming book eagerly. It led me to read more of her work including the Faded Sun Trilogy, a couple of stand alone titles and two compilation books containing three complete, different, novels each. She remains one of my favorite sci-fi authors.
Orson Scott Card (sci-fi) - Ender's Game came highly recommended to me and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. This led me to read the rest of the series and the parallel series started by Ender's Shadow, which only improved my appraisal of his writing. He has a gift for deep, believeable characters and a knack for keeping his books short without skimping on plot, detail, or emotion. I look forward to seeing what he can do with an Ender's Game movie.
James P. Hogan (sci-fi) - An author with an art for stories only requiring one book without shorting the reader on quality, he continues to impress me with every book I read. I was first introduced to his writing with the novel Paths to Otherwhere, but my favorite to date is probably his excellent, and humorous, Martian Knightlife.
Roger MacBride Allen (sci-fi) - By no means a prolific author, Allen is still one of the best hard sci-fi writers I've ever read. The Chronicles of Solace trilogy is one of my favorites of all time, dealing with time travel, terraforming, and the potential and pitfalls of future humanity. The Hunted Earth series is also a very good read, but I'm still waiting for book three!
Christopher Stasheff (fantasy) - The Wizard in Rhyme series is probably one of the most original takes on fantasy magic I've ever read and a hoot to read besides. While it remains serious for the most part it definitely takes a page or two from tongue in cheek humor and easily establishes itself as unique within it's own genre. The characters are well written and loveable, the description complete without being wordy, and the plots themselves seem imbued with magic.
Dan Simmons (sci-fi) - Always intrigued by the cover art and synopsis for Hyperion, I finally read the book many years back and was awestruck by this author's gift for writing powerful characters and a deceptively epic story. I was hooked immediately and proceeded to read the remaining three books in the series as quickly as possible, culminating with the heart-wrenchingly beautiful Rise of Endymion. I would consider it a must read for anyone, even if sci-fi is not normally of interest.
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