Author has written 15 stories for Rurouni Kenshin, Trinity Blood, Final Fantasy VII, and Detective Conan/Case Closed.
About Me: I live in Pacific Standard Time or PST for short, and keep very odd hours. I also love messages.
Avatar: This is Lance, aka Stupid, this would have been taken back in... Summer of 2005. He passed away on March 22nd, 2014, RIP stupid.
3/16/13- Five days after Lappy got dropped off I got a call saying he was utterly fubar-d(aka: f'ed up beyond all recognition)... So now I've got a new lappy, she's got a Windows 8 operating system. It took almost... 2 days to reinstall all the programs I usually use... *grrr* All in all Part 36- When it Rains... It Pours is coming along nicely. OHHHH and beta says we should have 36 up late on Thursday 21st PST.
1/31/14- My apologies, Part 38 of ANMoP was just sent to the beta. I didn't mean to fall off the face of the earth, but sometimes S-- just happens. *shrugs*
2/22/14- I'm looking for another beta to read through ANMoP, my usual beta is terribly busy with school, and is sick at the moment.
7/13/14- It's been a while since I've been on, this is because about a week after I posted my last update my mother unexpectedly passed away. In addition to running her business I was drafted into writing all the word docs pertaining to her death. I ended up writing three obituaries and a couple of other things, and was more or less outed as a more than decent writer within my own family. The week that we buried her my dog also passed away from stress, needless to say March frikken sucked balls. I now have a new dog, and she keeps me on my toes because she likes chewing everything. It is only just now that I am realizing that it has been five months since I last updated anything... which is sad in itself. I have no intention of abandoning my stories, I was just on a very long break. It's been a very stressful couple of months because everyone around here has had problems remembering anything. Thank you for all the support, I'll try to have 39 of ANMoP up before September, key word being try.
I love messages, and if you truly bother me, I would let you know. I don't usually instigate conversations, but I do leave reviews. I'm willing to chat with anyone who has a brain and knows how to use it. I also think that Fanfic ought to install a friend button. Otherwise the rest of us are going to have to use the favorite author button for it.
Priorities- A New Method of Persuasion. I also help write the Transformers fic below called Tempus Vernum.
Co-written/beta'd fic-Tempus Vernum, a Transformers fic. Rated T. (s/7432303 since ff net decided to eat the darn link)
Takes place during the RotF. Summary: Optimus had warned Sam that “fate rarely calls upon us during the moment of our choosing…” Nor does it necessarily ever pick the best person for the job as Sam would come to find out. Ultimately however, it would be the Matrix of Leadership that would decide the fate of our world, including who would save it.
What's going on, where are YOUR updates Woman? My apologies, I'm a tardy person by nature. Things will get updated as the muse bug hits. Currently only Method has the muse bug, and it has claimed/bullied its way into updating when it does. If I've left something up on here I do intend to add to it, at least at some point...
About A New Method of Persuasion (ANMoP):Why'd you start this fic? So this monster (kami sama is it really that long O_o) was started because I could NOT find a Gin and Shinichi pairing that I could approve of. To write them as themselves rather than out of character, or to write it as a one where one or both of them aren't completely insane was one of my main goals, not to mention to make it believable as a pairing. To this day I'm shocked at the following and all the positive reviews it gets. This has got to be my longest project ever, and keeping continuity in it has been both difficult and easy.
Do you have any recommendations on where to find more Gin/Shinichi or vice-versa? Actually no, I have no idea at the moment even though I get asked this a LOT in reviews or PM's. If you happen to write one after reading Method please send me a note, I'd love to read it and I've got at least five people asking about more of them. There's even a sad lacking in good Gin/Vodka or Vodka/Gin fics as well.
Do you have a plot chart or something like that for ANMoP? No, I never have. There's an end goal in mind, but that's about it. Chapter by chapter gets a web chart of ideas, but I don't do anymore than the chapter I'm working on at once. Some swear by the plot line or plot chart, I don't rigid structure or the pressure that creates.
How did it get so long, and what's up with the way you update? First of all, I have no idea how it got this long or why according to all the things I've seen its not even half done... *sigh* ANMoP tends to write itself, and a lot of times I don't even know what all is going on until you (the readers) do. I have some events that I know are going to happen then Kid, Hattori, and Rye/Akai of all people tend to crash the party! As for why there's long pauses, I bought ESV: Skyrim and have been obsessively playing it instead of typing... Gomen yo. Can't use my Playstation controller and my keyboard at the same time.
Most important of all, ARE YOU going to finish it? *blink* Of course! That's the plan anyways. I've got the ending written, it's just a matter of getting there. At this rate its going to take me two more years though... * Don't worry, I want to see it resolved as much as everyone else does. If not more at times, if you want it to go faster pester me. I get guilty and type more. Ask any of my reviewers about that.
The "I like to pick on Vodka" from ANMoP:
1.) "who told Vodka about the expression 'walking on eggshells', he's taken the advice literally. Again." Gin (chap. 33 Mathematics)
2.) "Aniki even growled at me this morning…"Vodka (33) "Of course I growled at him, he smoked my last cigarette and didn't replace it," Gin (33)
3.) "Vodka… he wants to know where he can buy brain bleach," Gin (36-Spoiler!) "should I be asking why?"
This one isn't about Vodka, but it is about Araide sensei
4.) Araide got the feeling they were talking around him, not that he cared, he really did NOT want to know what involved an assassin, a shrunken detective, a lot of irritated Americans, and a bunch of alcohol. PART 38, the Sounds of Silence
"To be on time is the equivalent to being late, to be early is to be on time." V
"Best day ever. I got to go to the gun show, I got to buy something at the gun show, and I got to play with knives. The only thing missing is shooting the explosives, wait... or is it?"
"Its not about what you want, its about what needs to happen for me not to shoot you."
"I got a ride from a really hot guy the other day, too bad he has a boyfriend..." Kame Kun 5/2/11
"Glad to see the standards of normal are slipping again so the rest of us can finally be included," Tidus grinned like a maniac.
"You need to get a Batman sanctioned grapple gun one of these days..." Shinichi informed Kaitou Kid.
"I'm tired... Is it Flammable? Good, Burn it."
"I'm a genius disguised by the lack of homework I turn in,"
"A nice friend would escort the friend to the door." Twilight
"Well that rules me out," in reply to Twilight
"If you run out of things you can always go through my favorites," Jade san (HittocereBattosai)
"Well what if I run out of those?"
"Nice try Inu chan, there's over four hundred, you won't run out. It's more likely I'll run out of space and crash the page!" Jade san (HittocereBattosai)
Found this on another author's page and decided to do it...
Fan Fiction Quiz
Which do you prefer? Reading fanfics, or writing them?
Do insulting reviews discourage you?
What do you mainly write and read about?
Are you proud of your fanfics?
How long have you been on fanfiction.net?
Have you inspired any other writers?
When you are added to a person's Favorite Author's list, how do you react?
Would you cry if you posted a one-shot, came back the next morning, and found a thousand reviews in your mailbox?
Do you think it's possible for you to get a thousand reviews for a one-shot?
Is it regular for you to get over 10 reviews for each chapter?
What was your first story on this site?
What is your latest fanfic posted?
If you compare the two, how far have you gone since you first started writing fanfics?
Are you a legend in your archive?
Basic things I have noticed in seven years on Fan Fiction net:
This is a side note that I must simply add because I should be working on something but I think it's good to know. The more you review other authors and read other works the more likely you are to have more reviews. It's about putting yourself out there, my beta has over 500 alerts on one of her stories to my 40 on one of mine. She has less chapters but the same amount of words as mine with four times the reviews. She has however read over a thousand times more stories, and used to review on every story she read. She spread her name through everything that she read and reviewed on, as a bonus she is also a great writer. Am I jealous, oh yes, but I haven't earned the reviews the way she has.
It's simple, the more you review, the more likely you are to get reviewed yourself.
That and writing something that is popular helps. Whether it be the content, the category, or the characters. It also helps when you are on the favorites list of a good author, because if they wrote something that popular something in their favorites is more likely to be visited than something that isn't. There are also the good authors who will leave story suggestions on their profiles, these also help generate fic traffic and reviews.
Another stupid thing that gets a lot of reviews is cliffhangers, while they are annoying as hell they do serve a purpose.
Cliffhangers are to hook readers into your story and get them coming back for more. If there is someone in a life or death situation, or is on the verge of something someone is more than likely going to drop you a review asking to update so they can see how it turns out. For instance a scene where a car is about to go hurling over the side of a cliff because the breaks don't work is much more interesting than a scene where they simply drive on down the road. It creates issues, and keeps the reader interested in your work. Especially if its the main character's love interest and the main character hasn't gotten to apologize or tell them they love them yet.
Angst cliffhangers are by far the worst.
If you update chapters, a lot of them at once in one day, it does not mean you will get a lot of reviews. People like things that are well written, but things that are within their reading level! If you write something that is at college level it will limit your target reading audience. Look at the Harry Potter book series, (and if you somehow don't know anything about that series look at how many fics there are based on it!) It starts out at I'd like to say a fourth grader or 10 to 11 year old's level. As you go through the series the level gradually increases, but the thing with that series is it was written well enough and with enough intrigue to keep even older readers interested, (save the first book, that was boring as hell to me.) It was well received by many, and the more people criticized it the more it's reading and purchases flourished.
Bad publicity is still publicity, it all draws attention to you.
Grammar is a word that should ring all the right bells, knowing when to use which words can make all the difference. The 'their' triplets, the 'to' triplets not being so far behind. English has a lot of words, words should flow together. A sentence where all the words flow together is worth several paragraphs of bad grammar or non descriptive. If you can't spell download firefox, that will start you in the right direction, the next is get yourself a copy of Microsoft word, I would suggest the 2007 edition myself. Then go ask for a Beta, that should help. If you have a language issue, as in English isn't your first language or you're good at telling a story, but you need to help getting it there again, you should ask about a beta. There's a program on here set up to let you find a beta, but you can also ask in your story for help with it.
Know where your issues are in your writing, and work to improve.
If someone is asking for a critique on their writing or art style don't be cruel about it. I can't tell you how many people would benefit if they would just read their story aloud before they post it. The most common errors I see for lower level writers, like myself, is that we forget words, swap them so the phrasing is odd, or put the wrong tense. My usual beta also caught onto that I tend to use multiple pronouns, limiting your pronouns to about three per character per chapter is nicer to your readers than swapping pronouns every other use (I had about... 20 different pronouns for one character in one chapter once, my beta was not happy with me.) The excuse that you get bored using the same pronoun doesn't exactly fly either.
Read whatever you decide to post aloud before you post it, it will help you catch more errors.
If you leave some advice, be specific and give an example about what you are talking about. Vague suggestions like, 'you should work on sentence flow' is not helpful. Find an example in their work and show what you mean.
Example: Sally goes to the store without her keys and when she got back she didn't get in. Called her mom, later she got inside. Got her keys and brought in the stuff she bought earlier. (granted the ones I saw weren't this bad, but there's a point.)
Changed to: As Sally stepped out she didn't realize she had forgotten her keys. When she returned from her trip to the store she noticed her mistake. Leaving her groceries in the car, she called her mom, hoping that she would be able to drop off her spare key before too long. Unfortunately for Sally, her mom was at work, after several hours of waiting, her mom stopped by with the spare key and let her inside. Sally carefully brought her groceries inside, grabbing her house keys before she could lock herself out again.
I've seen some pretty awful paragraphs, but sentence flow is something I struggle with as well. It's a less is more thing, you also have to know when to use descriptions and when what you already have written is enough. Adding more words into a struggling sentence will not help it become a better sentence, it may in fact make it worse. Read your sentence aloud and tweak it until it doesn't make you trip as you read it. Bad sentence flow will turn off potential readers
Whatever you write must flow, or it will have the potential to turn off your readers.
Romance writing... Yeah this is something I really feel I need to elaborate on. Yes, I am aware that my stories don't in general contain a lot of romance at present, but there are some points that I feel one must know in order to write it. The first is you should never... ever... EVER rush your characters into couple status! This kills so much of a story its not even funny, by rushing the characters together there is no way for them to develop their relationship into anything more than lust. Lust is fine in a lemon or pre-exisiting relationship, but in a story where they start out single? Not acceptable. By following this rule their relationship will be more plausible/believable not only for them but for your readers.
NEVER rush into the lust in a Romance pairing.
The second piece of advice is, add fluff and lots of it. Fluff is the cream filling of the romance category, like blood is for gore/tragedy. Those awkward moments where one character isn't sure what to do around another... or when they come to that point when they realize it isn't simply admiration... I've spent the majority of ANMoP so far setting up a believable setting and mindset for the pairing I'm writing about, which happens to be Gin/Shinichi (Detective Conan). As you can see, not an easy idea. Adding parts about the two of them interacting reasonably, about the changes in their behavior as they grow together is always a plus.
Fluff is a necessary evil with Romance.
Currently I have no other wisdoms to share, and I should go back to working on something people actually read. Oh, one final note, people will read anything. Whether it has a plot or not, if they identify with your story or connect with the characters in your story they'll keep an eye on you. This could mean anything from a review to an alert. Put your effort into your story, and if you think you need more traffic go generate it.
Spread your username by interacting with others. Review, Alert, Write, Respond, Connect.
It also helps when you are reviewing people who either read the type of fiction you write or write that type of fiction themselves, be it category or genre. I would also recommend that if you are a writer and you've taken the time to read this that you try the following. For every story you read, write a review, if you really like that story leave a review for every chapter if you think it deserves that, but if you do follow this method give the author feedback not just squeeing or spam messages. Tell them the things that you notice, like for instance detour instead of deter, because they will face palm when they notice that they left such an error. Give them words of encouragement, and let them know someone's reading their work.
detour- Noun: A long or roundabout route taken to avoid something or to make a visit along the way.
deter-Verb 1. Discourage (someone) from doing something, typically by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.