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Joined 05-02-02, id: 208124
Author has written 71 stories for Supernatural, Life, Romance, Horror, Love, Fantasy, Family, General, Haiku, and Nature.

FORMERLY MAIDENOFINSANITY. Still me though, promise. I've just had the same penname since 8th grade, and now that I'm in college and supposedly mature, I felt the need for a change and a slightly more literary name.

Hi, I'm really interested in poetry right now, though I do have some stories up as well. Also, I've been inspired by my Japanese class, in which we read a haiku in every lesson, to start experimenting with that, and with Tanka as well, not in the sense of how they're traditionally supposed to be written, but rather a format with which I can challenge myself, to see how much meaning/emotion I can coherently pack into so little space. So please read and review, especially for the poetry and even more especially for the haiku/Tanka because I could use all the suggestions I get. Thank you so much!

Note to Reviewers: If possible, when critiquing, please be specific about what needs improvement (or what you liked). I understand that one can't do this all the time, but it's much more helpful and fun, especially hearing what parts people liked, since they're often different from the parts I'm most proud of. I'll be trying to follow my own advice in my future reviews as well. Thanks again for visiting.

P.S: I like to put Tanka in the haiku section because that form is derived from haiku and so it seems like the best place for it. However, if you'd like to convince me otherwise, feel free to PM me with your arguments! --Actually, I am incorrect about tanka being derived from haiku, it is actually the other way around. Sorry for the confusion.

日本語が話せる人、こんにちは。日本語を専攻していて、俳句とか、川柳とか、短歌を書いて、三年生です。だから、何か間違って、変なことを書けば、もちろん直してください。それから、英語が話せば、英語で、伝統的じゃなくて、俳句と短歌のフォームを使う詩も書きました。ありがとうございます!

A Bittersweet Journey by Artamis Ryu reviews
CHAPPY 14! When evil threatens an entire kingdom by destroying their young ruler, one girl must travel to new worlds, to new dimensions, all to save the one she loves. PG 13 for blood, violence, and suggestive themes (but no hentai! promise)
Fiction: Manga - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 55,956 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/24/2005 - Published: 10/3/2004
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Backpack Oppressor reviews
A senryuu. Humorous haiku about the difficulties a backpack imposes when on a crowded train. Especially a rush hour Tokyo train, which is a special kind of crowded.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 10/11/2007 - Complete
Fashion Genocide reviews
A pair of Senryuu. humorous haiku about some common fashion faux pas I've been seeing here in Japan.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 23 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/11/2007 - Complete
Butterfly Terrorist reviews
Tanka. My mom spent most of her childhood catching butterflies with her bare hands without realizing that she was hurting them.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 22 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 7/16/2007 - Complete
Atheist reviews
A look into the heart of an emotional vampire.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 170 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/31/2007 - Complete
欲情 reviews
短歌です。説明がいりません。間違ったから、直しました。すみません。
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K+ - Japanese - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 23 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/4/2007 - Complete
明日 reviews
少し悲しいれんがのような短歌です。つまらない物ですが。。。
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - Japanese - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 27 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/31/2007 - Complete
出来ないこと
住んでいる所で、とても寒くて、雪が降っているから、この川柳のような詩は適当だと思います。
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - Japanese - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14 - Published: 1/29/2007 - Complete
Die By the Sword reviews
The longest poem I've ever written. When a crying fairy meets a wandering knight, she compels him to take part in the darkest quest of all. Special thanks to my boyfriend and editor for fixing my lazy mistakes.
Poetry: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 778 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/15/2007 - Complete
恥ずかしい
月について俳句です。
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - Japanese - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13 - Published: 10/18/2006 - Complete
Fey
fey adj. full of the sense of approaching death (Scots)
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 81 - Published: 8/7/2006
I Chose You reviews
Because the most precious thing is not love itself, but love returned. Tanka.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 27 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/28/2006
Sundered reviews
Tanka. I don't understand. Why are you torturing yourself for what you cannot touch? Why are you torturing me too?
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 24 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/28/2006
Retreat to Parts Unknown reviews
Tanka. Just when I think things are just the way they used to be, you're gone again. edited
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 25 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/28/2006
Helpless reviews
Sometimes the serenity to accept what I cannot change just doesn't come.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/20/2006
Aftermath reviews
of a flashing summer thunderstorm
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/20/2006
Point and Counterpoint reviews
A pair of tanka about writing and how I view my audience, if I have one
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 48 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 7/18/2006
Shade reviews
More than a memory, less than a spirit, but haunting me all the same Tanka, not haiku
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 28 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/18/2006
Cherry reviews
Tanka about cherries of all kinds
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 22 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/18/2006
Obligation reviews
Duty before all, even humanity itself...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 7/14/2006
Redemption in Five Acts reviews
A series of tanka, not haiku, each of which could (hopefully) stand alone, but are also a connected sequence of events. Also dedicated to my boyfriend and best friend. Since this is an experiment, please take the time to review.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 5 - Words: 118 - Reviews: 6 - Published: 7/12/2006
Garden's Secret reviews
There is a spot in my mom's backyard...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 17 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/5/2006
Catholic Cruelty reviews
On a tour of Mexico, I went to a lot of churches, and each new one I went to, I saw the same thing...and got angrier and angrier.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/5/2006
Witness reviews
Evil is allowed to flourish when good men do nothing...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 26 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/3/2006
Castillo San Marcos reviews
...is said to be haunted
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 27 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 7/3/2006
Sunday Murder Mystery reviews
A lazy day to die.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 15 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/3/2006
Empathy reviews
Another call for understanding in an incomprehensible world...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 26 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/30/2006
Ephemeral
A lesson: that the most beautiful things cannot be caught and possessed, only observed and their memories cherished.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 21 - Published: 6/30/2006
Personified Muse
She is my muse, the closest thing I have to a god, and the tattoo on my back.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11 - Published: 6/30/2006
The Difference Mist Makes reviews
In the way things look and how they feel
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 19 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 6/29/2006
The Best Kind of Kiss reviews
Not quite what you'd expect...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 6/29/2006
Winter Gems
Tanka, Waiting for the bus, I noticed...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 22 - Published: 6/29/2006
Corporate Nature reviews
Manmade perfection is no match for beautifully broken nature
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/29/2006
Wait Until I'm Gone reviews
A premature farewell is the saddest of all
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 16 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/28/2006
Tourist reviews
tourist n. a person who visits a famous place for the sole purpose of having their picture taken there
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/28/2006
In the Quiet reviews
Insomnia can lead to the oddest places...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/28/2006
Samhain Moon reviews
an autumn night
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 16 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/28/2006
Selene reviews
Tanka, some people fear the night...and others embrace the shadow
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 23 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 6/28/2006
Words Do Not Belong to You Alone reviews
A poem written in tanka form, for the people who I will always love, but who need me to manifest that love in other forms...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 31 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/27/2006
The Color of Ice reviews
Once in Alaska, I stood on top of a glacier and saw the most beautiful color I have ever seen, and never found anywhere else.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/27/2006
Childish Memory reviews
From a summer long ago...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/27/2006
Peace Through Vengeance
This is a tanka for an old friend I lost touch with a while ago. And a hope that she will find peace, however she must.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 23 - Published: 6/27/2006
Encounter reviews
Sometimes magic is as simple as walking down the street...
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 6/26/2006
Windowpane reviews
Not actually a haiku, but rather a tanka.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 19 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/26/2006
Other Sides of the Pandimensional Coin
For and about a friend from whom I have learned so much.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 96 - Published: 6/3/2006
All the Sadists are Masochists in the End
a very mixed-up angry kinda poem from a mixed-up angry me
Poetry: Life - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Published: 2/19/2006
Eighth Killing Sin reviews
You won't go to hell for it, but if you let it, it will kill you.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 92 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/7/2006
Wrong Way Home
Sometimes it's not just curiosity that makes you take the wrong path...
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 154 - Published: 2/4/2006
Dumped reviews
A poem about being unable to write good poetry. (Wrap your brain around that one for a second.)
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 71 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 12/17/2005
Illumination
Medieval monks painted the devil in bright colors in the margins of their Bibles, to tempt the unwary away from the Good Word...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 114 - Published: 12/14/2005
Fool's Gold Heart reviews
I only wish I felt this way all the time now, but most of the time, I'm just in denial.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 108 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/14/2005
Embrace reviews
I've fallen in love. I am allowed to write at least one sappy poem about it. Don't say I didn't warn you about how "fluffycuesy" this is.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 101 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/2/2005
Bloodlust reviews
Literally.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 132 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/18/2005
A Good Enough Girl reviews
This is what I can't forgive, or forget. Not even to forgive myself.
Poetry: Family - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 234 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 11/15/2005
The Devil's Music reviews
Everyone likes to feel a little evil once in a while...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 78 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 11/10/2005
Sum of Pleasures reviews
What's in a day? How many good things go unnoticed?
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 130 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/1/2005
Manic reviews
I had a little too much sugar...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 99 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 11/1/2005
Lady in the Moon reviews
Just a disturbing little scene...
Poetry: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 200 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/28/2005
Subconscious Betrayal reviews
I don't know where this came from. It just spilled out and I couldn't waste it.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 183 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/23/2005
Archaeology of the Soul
"For all the intentions in our hearts, Let us pray..."
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 122 - Published: 10/14/2005
Against My Better Judgment reviews
For all our deliciously self-destructive habits that we can't seem to kick.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 129 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 10/13/2005
Quantum Observation
In a quantum experiment, the observer cannot avoid being a variable in his own experiment. So it is with people too.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 197 - Published: 10/4/2005
Nymphomaniac reviews
"What I want, is not to want what isn't mine, but I am Desire." -Tori Amos, "Another Girl's Paradise" What else can I say but that she beat me to it.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 80 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/27/2005
Damn Your Eyes reviews
I beg your indulgence for this lil' rant. However, given the circumstances, I think I'm justified in being a little angry.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 150 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/26/2005
Lightning Rod reviews
This is about and dedicated to a dear friend and an awesome girl.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 150 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/24/2005
Touch reviews
There's a certain kind of pain...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 73 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 9/22/2005
My Wishing Star is Broken reviews
um...this is kinda based on real events and my emotions at the time...not much else to say
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 106 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/20/2005
A Human Occupation reviews
It's a poem about communication.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 161 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/15/2005
Paying Penance reviews
My first horror story...so please R&R...A hardened homicide cop stumbles upon something that will shake her to the bone.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: M - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,169 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/10/2005
Sakura and Sappho reviews
Warning: Some hints of a girl-girl relationship, so if that sort of thing bothers you don't read. Nasturtium and Yumeko are college roommates that want to become something more...what's stopping them? Please R and R.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,369 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/10/2005
Lexicograph reviews
something happened to me after my English exam...and this is what came out...please R&R
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 178 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 1/20/2005
Dear Sarah reviews
My first original. COMPLETE! Please R&R. Lily is confused. Is there an afterlife? She asks the dead for answers, but finds herself mixed up with goddesses, angels, and knitting.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 10 - Words: 21,235 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 8/29/2004 - Published: 1/5/2004