Author has written 8 stories for Ranma, Gundam 00, and Mass Effect.
Name: Grand Admiral Andy Wong (pen name)
Religion: Christian (2006)
Loves: Anime, RPG computer games and writing (short stories, fan fiction, non-fiction editorials)
Hates: Accounts and Finance (yup, I just realised late in my life, I hate my job and my degree)
Greetings and salutations,
My name is Andy Wong Fey Hong, I was an average joe who graduated in 2003 out of an Australian university in Western Australia. I'm an accountant by degree and have worked in this field for the past seven years. I'm pretty good at what I do, but since the day I started working, I have always never felt at peace with what I was doing. It wasn't about the money, it was about self fulfilment, doing something that actually meant something. But I tried to ignore this feeling. I tried to forget it by immersing myself in my other interests and entertainment, the primary of which is Japanese animation and later, fan fiction writing.
Starting of interest in writing
My first serious delving into the world of anime started when I was in university in 2001 (Australia). I flicked the channel and was suddenly immersed into what seemed like an epic fairy tale romance that was unlike anything I had ever seen before. This anime, which would remain my personal favourite to this day (2010), was Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase. This became first anime which I shed tears for. Eventually I started to watch more Japanese animation, the list of which is below
Ranma 1/2 was also immensely popular in Australia which is why when I started my first fanfiction, Ranma 1/2 was the platform which to launch my imagination. This took place in 2006 during my working life. At the time, my mind was full of stories which I wanted to convey. I have always loved crossovers but I imagined a tapestry which wove together virtually all anime, games, fantasy and sci-fi literature which I knew at the time into a coherent and epic story. I had been daydreaming and imagining all this since my childhood but for the first time, I put the pictures in my mind into the word processor.
Thus was born Forging Our Own Destinies (2006).
First writing effort
Summary of Forging Our Own Destinies (2006):
Ranma leaves Nerima after a wedding with Akane ends in failure. In his travels, he is recruited into the Jedi and fights in the Yuuzhan Vong wars, as per the New Jedi Order series. After the war is over, he comes back to settle his personal life, now a mature and battle weary adult. He is accompanied by his fellow Jedi who are his true friends and sworn to help him.
I also wrote this as I wanted to close the Ranma series with a happy ending. I was also disgruntled with the current Star Wars franchise which as far as I was concerned, had degenerated from a story masterpiece into a money milking franchise with no regards to a proper story. George Lucas may have written an epic story in the original trilogy, but almost everything after the Phantom Menace. So I decided to rewrite the Star Wars universe, but used Ranma as a sort of vehicle to change it.
I will admit though, this story is also a way to express my growth and understanding of Christ, which I accepted in January 2006. It was one of the greatest moments of my life and is one of the reasons I started writing Forging our own destinies. I pray that I will plant some small seed in all your hearts as you read this story.
Sadly after awhile, I lost interest as my working life took precedence. I didn't know it at the time, but I was seriously having a hard time reconciling my worklife with my personal life, that I have to be two people at once. On the one hand, a professional adult who knows finance, on the other hand, I still loved animation, comics and computer games. As far as I was concerned, the world was pressuring me to grow up and throw away other side for the sake of the so called mature adult.
And then the long awaited Transformers movie came out in 2007. At first, I thought it was fantastic but after watching it the second time, I realised how much it sucked. I won't rant here, you will have to read Chapter 38 of my second major fanfiction More Than Meets the Eye (2007-2008). But I was so fired up that I suddenly got several ideas which I started to pen down the moment I got home. Eventually this became the 38 chapter (including one Omake/extra chapter) More than Meets the Eye.
Summary of More Than Meets the Eye (2007-2008) :
A revision of the 2007 Transformer movie set in Japan, utilising Kasumi, who is a wallflower character in Ranma 1/2 series and turning her into a major character. If you are disgruntled with the 2007 movie, I believe I covered everything that Michael Bey SHOULD HAVE DONE. This is my first completed fanfiction, dedicated to my Aunt Anne Tan Ross Yoke Ping, who passed away in 15 November 2007.
I am immensely proud of this, not only because I was able to complete this, but I was also supported by several wonderful reviewers. I never imagined that I would be showered with praise from the first chapter, in fact, I expected to be cursed for changing the traditional Transformer storyline so drastically, even to the point of it becoming a romance story. It also became something more: somehow the word of God entered the story, something I never imagined could happen. I mean, introducing Christianity into a Transformer story? Certainly wasn't in the plan when I started out, but as I wrote it suddenly flowed out. If ever there was a time the spirit of God worked in me, it was through this story. And to my enormous surprise and relief, people still loved my story.
This is my finest piece and my only completed fan fiction on FF.net, barring the Gundam 00 oneshot.
2010 to current - Love for writing reignited
As of now, I'm currently inflamed with the desire and ambition to start writing professionally. I remember the great joy of producing More Than Meets the Eye. I want to tell stories to an audience that will inspire them, not only just entertain. And so, I am now taking creative writing classes to go towards that goal. In particular, I have played the astoundingly epic and remarkable series of computer games known as the Mass Effect series. I now know my objective: to be a part of the team that will create the final game in the epic trilogy, Mass Effect 3. One way or another, next year I'll be in Canada at Bioware's doorstep and I WILL get the interview. I will take this dream of mine to flight. And it will fly, one way or another.
Other animes that I love:
1) Oh My Goddess (OVA, Movie and Series)
2) Mai Hime (gross amount of fan service but with a killer storyline and characters)
3) Ranma 1/2 (The series I watch when I need a laugh. Plus it is the best series to expand into fan fiction since nothing ever gets resolved in that series)
4) Maisson Ikkoku (Rumiko Takahashi's true masterpiece)
5) Transformers (Refering to the various Japanese series i.e. Headmasters, Super God Masterforce, Victory Saber and of course, the American 1980s series)
6) Fate Stay Night series and Unlimited Blade Works movie (killer storyline with fantastic cast)
7) Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (based on the actual manga storyline, have not seen the first series which deviated from the manga)
Non-Japanese animation that I love:
1) Original Transformers and Movie (I have mixed feelings about the 2007 film)
2) Gargoyles (One of TWO American animation series I truly respect for storyline and character growth)
3) Kim Possible (Don't ask me why, I love it for the same reason I like Gargoyles)
5) Virtually all Disney movies from 1989 (The Little Mermaid) to 1999 (Tarzan).
6) Justice League (A very recent interest)
7) Ben 10 (not Alien Force, just the series when he was still a kid)
Other Series and Fiction I'm familiar with:
1) Babylon 5 (my favourite and IMHO, the greatest sci-fi series of all time)
2) Star Trek
3) Star Wars
4) Warhammer 40K (don't play it, just read the stories)
5) Gundam (specifically, I like the Gundam 00 series. I wasted my life watching Gundam Seed though)
There it is. This is Grand Admiral Andy Wong. And to those who read my stories, this is the journey I will take you through.
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