Poll: Would you read a novel-length InoSaku by me even if you don't normally read femmeslash? Vote Now!
Author has written 16 stories for Naruto, and Shingeki no Kyojin/進撃の巨人.
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Spaces Between Stars is back online, ya'll. That's right, we're officially OFF HIATUS. Expect irregular updates as I work on Next of Kin, but I assure it it won't be another two years. *nervous laughter*
Next of Kin is about one-third finished. I plan to rewrite the first draft at least once before posting it on a regular schedule. It'll be about 80,000 words in total.
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This is my outlet to experiment. Sometimes I chase unconventionality too far and end up with unreadably long run-on sentences, abrupt shifts in genre or tone, made-up words, and so on. I try not to give too many fucks, mess around a lot, push boundaries, and fail frequently, but I'm really dedicated to writing in general, and want to try writing everything once. (I also use far too many parenthetical asides, but oh well.)
I can write very fast, but rarely do. For the past few years I've been an extreeeeeeeeemely slow updater because my energies are used up on other projects. Don't mistake me for dead, however. Spaces Between Stars will *never* be abandoned, but it could take another ten years at this rate, sorry! I'm terrible, I know, but if I press myself to write when I don't have enough creative energy to do it enthusiastically, I'd be doing a disservice to the text. It comes when it comes.
I wish I could say I write for myself. That's true to a degree, but largely I write to be read, and I write for the sake of the text itself too--some stories just need to be told. I adore feedback and read every review carefully (multiple times, always) even if I don't respond. If you're not a long-review-writer, that's cool too. Just having the numbers to show people are reading is something I find very valuable, so by all means please leave as long or short a review as you like. Negative criticism is the most valuable kind, especially when it's fair, so please feel free. I will take it seriously. Also feel free to message me about virtually anything! I've made so many wonderful friends through simple PMs and am always looking for new ones.
Final note: PLEASE STEAL MY WORK! I invariably stole my ideas from someone, who stole their ideas from someone else before them, and so on. Virgil wrote fanfic of Homer for a reason: originality has been largely overblown as a synonym for good writing for a very long time, and remixing is a natural way of sharing culture. Just as no one person invents a meme, no idea is created in a vacuum. We all contribute to popular texts.
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betas (co-authors, really):
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find me on:
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rabidbehemoth(dot)tumblr(dot)com (updated regularly for real!)
https(colon)(slash)(slash)archiveofourown(dot)org(slash)users(slash)rabid_behemoth(slash)profile (where the uncensored version of Contagious lives)
deviantart (updated never again lol)
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Used to be a very active Kingdom Hearts reviewer (slash only) but I no longer actively seek new reads in this fandom, except by a select few authors (check out my favs list for the best of the old school stuff, I left it up for archival purposes...many of those are amazing fics!). Still (re)playing the games though when I can!
Now I mostly read Naruto, if I read at all (which is almost never *cries*). I've lost all love for slash ships in this fandom (except INOSAKU WHERE IS IT OMG), so this one is (almost) exclusively het. I used to really dig ItaSasu back when Itachi was properly evil bc fucked up. Does anyone remember evil!Itachi? Aaaaanyone? He made for great ItaSaku too! (Or perhaps I'll just ship bad guys with everyone?)
Fanfic-wise, I also dabble in the Labyrinth, Supernatural, and Harry Potter fandoms.
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Next of Kin: [College AU based on my oneshot, Missed Connection, now revived from the dead!] After witnessing a murder, college student Sakura finds herself embroiled in the middle of a conflict she never dreamed existed: a mob war between two of the most powerful families of organized crime in the US. But the real danger begins when she catches the eye of a certain underboss’ son with an agenda all his own...[AU, ItaSaku, currently 1/3rd finished]
The Blind Pig and the Bootlegger: [Set in the American south 20 years prior to federal Prohibition] Sakura is miserable in her failed marriage and blames it all on her husband's deviant friends. When she stumbles across a Konohan gang of bootleggers in action and becomes wrapped up in their questionable lifestyle, she begins to suspect that socially progressive, teetotaling Ino might not be as proper a lady as she seems...[AU InoSaku because this ship deserves at least one proper longfic. Intended for those who already enjoy femmeslash, but also for those who are unsure. Let me sell you on this ship! It's feminist AF and pink and blonde and perfect!]
Spaces Between Stars: My attempt to make both ItaSaku AND KakaSaku (my two OTPs) fanon in a single fic. Results in a strange use of AU. Be wary of fourth wall leakage. It will be a long one indeed. [NOW BACK IN ACTION]
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completed multichap fics:
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Contagious: My take on the 'Sakura defects and joins the Akatsuki!' plot. Starts off like an action-adventure and ends in the style of a romance. Toys with black and white morality. Throw in mystery and humor (can't forget the angst too...I'm an addict), a Sakura who becomes justifiably strong (outside of just the medical field, which — while sometimes cool — is the ninja world equivalent of the kitchen), and as plausible a relationship between her and Itachi as possible. [UNDER HEAVY REVISION...first half sucks, I'm sorry! PM me if you want to help, I freakin' need it!]
Raising Ravens: My first fic ever! It's a somewhat experimental piece, dark but not depressing. If you like more abstract reads, I highly recommend it. Seems like your usual angsty high school AU but with a twist...
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The Lemonade Stand: Gimmicky idea! Totally lost interest, do not plan to return. Will leave it up, and maybe post the Itachi/Konan I have partially written.
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Red Touch: Trans. into Russian by holyharlequin (notnobody), found here: https(colon)(slash)(slash)ficbook(dot)net(slash)readfic(slash)5601154
Oral Fixation: Trans. into Spanish by Andreina G., found here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9004968/1/Fijaci%C3%B3n-Oral
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On 'IC-ness' and 'OOC-ness': I don't believe in it. The canon is not sacred. Fanfiction, by its very nature, attempts to expand/rewrite/subvert the canon. Every fanfic character is an adaptation/interpretation based on a writer's individual reading of both the canon and the fanon material. I have never and will never see a fanfic character that is 'in character' in the sense that they do exactly as the 'real' character would have in a given scenario, because fact is the 'real' character did not do that. It's a different context, different work; the 'canon' (if you put any stock into that questionable word in the first place, for is it really so easy to say what's canon and what's not?) is limited to whatever actually happened in the source material (maybe?). In any case, it seems silly to compare a fan-created character to an imagined paradigm of the 'real' character, which is itself just as fan-created as the fanfic character in question.
Now, that's not to say there aren't good and bad interpretations of 'canon.' So when I see someone accuse a writer's characters of being 'OOC,' I translate that to mean either "your character is poorly developed/a bad fit for the context of this fic," or "your character is based on a deficient reading of the original source material and/or the predominant fanon" (although sometimes it just means, "I don't like something about your character"...). The reverse is true for praises of 'IC-ness' as well.
Personally, I enjoy a wide variety of character interpretations based on many diverse readings, though I have my preferences of course. I'd say that as long as a character is based on a reasonable reading of both the original work (and the common fanlore), they'll be successful no matter how closely they do or don't resemble the 'real' one in the end. Character development is a good thing.
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public service announcement:
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A note on 'disclaimers': non-commercial fanfiction is protected under United States copyright law by the 'fair use' clause. If anything, it is the definitive example of fair use. Unfortunately I don't know much about international copyright agreements, nor the laws of other countries. But if you're in the US, don't feed the paranoia, please skip your disclaimers! (Or just copy & paste this one!)
For more info about what United States copyright law currently does and does not protect and why (and how this protection is threatened), see the (free!) online book by the inventor of the Creative Commons licensing system, Lawrence Lessig: http(dot)(slash)(slash)www(dot)free-culture(dot)cc(slash)about(slash)
It's relevant to you if you read fanfiction, write it, pirate anything, use youtube, or have been on the Internet, ever. That means you, yes. :3 And there's a flash presentation for those of you who want something shorter than a book.
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