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Joined 03-18-02, id: 186083, Profile Updated: 06-07-11
Author has written 17 stories for Play, General, General, and Fantasy.

I'm Ali, just your average 22-year-old, proudly South African, vegan, feminist, ever-so-slightly geeky linguistics nerd trying to make sense of life in the face of the ever-present disappointment of never having received a Hogwarts letter.

I love writing, and from time to time I fight my natural laziness and actually do it. I write mostly oneshots, because I have a very short attention span, but I've been trying my hand at a few slightly longer pieces lately.

There are many things I'm not. One is a potato. Another is a poet. I occasionally write poems because I want to, but I don't pretend they're great works of art. If you like them, then that's awesome. I would like you to like them. And if you don't, fair enough.

My beta reader is the lovely Liriel-Eris, who is always trying to convince me to write more happy endings, and the art in my icon is by the very talented Kelly Vivanco.

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5 June 2011: A new story is up! It's called After the End, about an apocalypse that fails to happen (and only a few weeks too late to be topical :P). If you like it, please vote for it in the June WCC from the 8th of June!

22 May 2011: I'm taking part in the Summer into Spring 50k Writing Challenge (SIS 50k) to get myself writing again. At last!


April 2010: Only Fantasy won the 2009 Deon Hofmeyr Prize for creative writing.

November 2009: Cheating at Checkers was runner-up in the La Campanella October Contest.

October 2009: The Beauty in the Breakdown won the October Writing Challenge Contest and was nominated for a Le Tragedy Award at La Campanella Awards.

"House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day." ~ Neil Gaiman

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A Puppet in the Hand by sophiesix reviews
Tam has been in the Ward for as long as she can remember, though her treatments have destroyed most of her memory. A puppet of the state, her life is controlled by unseen forces. Will a chance for freedom cut her strings, or just change the puppetmaster?
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 454 - Reviews: 306 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 5/2/2014 - Published: 11/3/2009 - Complete
I Never Said I Was Brave by lookingwest reviews
La Campanella Supernatural winner and Creativity runner-up / SKoW Best Non-Romance winner / Featured on Project Fiction / Reviewed on Falling Star Awards
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 24 - Reviews: 1119 - Favs: 159 - Follows: 134 - Updated: 2/4/2013 - Published: 11/10/2009
Honey, We're Headed Straight for Hell by Pandora's Flight reviews
My entry for the October 2009 WCC Based on the image prompt: http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/2269/etnaexplosion755663lw.jpg
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 179 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Published: 10/5/2009 - Complete
Pinholes by Mizzuz Spock reviews
One-shot. It wasn’t even nine o’clock, and Grandma Ofie was talking about the end of the world again.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,461 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 2 - Published: 4/18/2009 - Complete
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Just Like Magic reviews
Kate didn't always know she could do magic. But she was only four when she set her dolls' house on fire, and started figuring things out. Written for Fiction Land's Challenge #01.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 537 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 6/8/2011 - Complete
Beginning and Ending
After the breakup of her marriage, a woman is left to reflect on beginnings and endings. Written for Fiction Land's Challenge #01.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 517 - Published: 6/8/2011 - Complete
After the End reviews
After the world fails to end, a woman contemplates the only life she's ever known. Written for the June 2011 WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,061 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/5/2011 - Complete
Respondebat Illa reviews
And when the boys said to her, “Sibyl, what do you want?” she replied: “I want to die...” A lonely seer finds a friend in a strange young man who appears one day in her vegetable patch.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,174 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/1/2011 - Complete
A Good Day for the End of the World reviews
In the end there was a storm, and they saw that it was good. At the end of the world, four friends sit in a bar and wait for the inevitable. Written for the May WCC.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,093 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 2 - Published: 5/5/2010 - Complete
Doom, Darkness and Metaphors reviews
On a pointless quest, lost in the Forest of Gloom and Darkness, a reluctant hero, a stubborn dwarf, a vapid elf maiden and a highly-educated troll have a few drinks and lament their plight. Written for the April WCC.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,086 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 4 - Published: 4/7/2010 - Complete
Seeing in Sepia reviews
The past bled into the present wherever he looked, staining it irreversibly in ways that the hurrying people all around him did not appear to notice... In 1944, a child is evacuated. 60 years later, an old man remembers. Written for the December WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,445 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 3 - Published: 12/7/2009 - Complete
Something to Say reviews
A girl tries to write a letter to a friend, and finds that, sometimes, writing is hardest when you have something to say. Written for the November WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,555 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/7/2009 - Complete
Life in the Pluperfect Tense reviews
A girl packs her friend's life into boxes and reflects on the past.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,545 - Reviews: 8 - Published: 10/26/2009 - Complete
Cheating at Checkers reviews
On All Hallow's Eve, three friends sit and wait for the visitors who never fail to arrive. Runner-up in the October contest at La Campanella Awards.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,465 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/24/2009 - Complete
The Beauty in the Breakdown reviews
Two strangers meet on a bridge on Christmas eve. Winner of the October WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,041 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 7 - Published: 10/4/2009 - Complete
Geography Lesson reviews
Not quite a romance. In the midst of a heat wave, a conversation between two old friends takes an unexpected turn. Rated T for references to self-injury.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,715 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 6 - Published: 9/13/2009 - Complete
Anja: The Story of a Tragedy reviews
Twenty years after Anja's death, her son, Artie, and her husband, Vladek, are left to piece together the reasons for her suicide. She didn't leave a note. A creative response to Art Spiegelman's "Maus".
Fiction: Play - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,323 - Reviews: 6 - Updated: 9/13/2009 - Published: 10/14/2008
Only Fantasy reviews
Princess Arabella, held captive in the highest room of the tallest tower of the Castle of Sinister Death, reads a fantasy novel and dreams of a different sort of hero. Winner of the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for 2009.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,186 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 16 - Published: 9/13/2009 - Complete
93 Steps reviews
At the the top of the 93 steps, with the breeze just so, I stop and look back over the city...
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 188 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/18/2008 - Complete
Not Such a Superhero After All reviews
Snow White leaves Prince Charming and, taking her 7 children, sets off across the kingdom only to discover that a fearful curse is upon the land! A curse! Curse! After meeting up with a very melodramatic Fairy Godmother, Snow White sets off on her quest.
Fiction: Play - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,332 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 8/30/2008 - Published: 12/3/2004 - Complete
Inkstains reviews
Justin Clements, a moderately famous author, is asked to give a talk at the squalid local writers' group. He realises that something very odd is going on. Does he know these people? More importantly, do they know him?
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,538 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/24/2008 - Complete