Helgmelia
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Joined 01-19-04, id: 393620
Author has written 51 stories for Nature, General, Song, Life, Humor, General, Fantasy, Mythology, Essay, and Fantasy.

Stuff to know about me:

I'm an animation student, still learning. I hope to work at Pixar, or at Disney as it was (back in the days of Beauty and the Beast) and might be again someday.

I take (quality) kid's books seriously. To me, Lois Lowry is every bit as deep as Kurt Vonnegut, Kate DiCamillo is on equal footing with Willa Cather, and Roald Dahl trumps them all!

I'm an enormous dork (I read the dictionary for fun, I can quote Disney's Hercules word for word from start to finish, I can play "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas... on the pennywhistle.)

I lived in Florence, Italy for a semester, studying art.

Thanks to my Irish ancestry I'm the pastiest person alive, I'm constantly singing (usually about the sea), and I believe I may have some mermaid blood in me.

If I had two weeks' free time (which, apparently, I won't until I'm 65) I'd train to be a sailor aboard of the Lady Washington (a beautiful wooden recreation of a 1750's ship. She appeared as the Interceptor in Pirates of the Caribbean.) The captain let me serve as a deck hand aboard of her a little while back, and now I'm hooked!

My favorite place in the world is Conway Castle in Wales.

My favorite poets are Edna St. Vincent Millay and William Blake.

My favorite living authors are Ray Bradbury, Geraldine McCaughrean, and Margaret Atwood.

My favorite living-impaired authors are Roald Dahl, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Steinbeck.

My favorite book is The Little Prince.

My favorite phrase for turning down a guy I don't want to date is "I'm sorry, I'm married to the sea."

Some Fruit and a Dead Guy by vidalia.tortuga.88 reviews
this is my first time straying from poetry. its about an eccentric old man and his young wife and the drama that occurs at a costume party. i try not to take myself too seriously, so theres some humor. please R&R!
Fiction: Mystery - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 6,336 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 9/27/2004 - Published: 8/16/2004
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Blue reviews
A mermaid story for the modern age. Man's response to the fantastic has become self serving and sterile. Two young people challenge that. The story unfolds from the mermaid's point of view.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,798 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/16/2007 - Complete
I Got Me Some Book Learnin! reviews
Just in case you ever have a hankering to read a bunch of my college essays... here you go. Included are essays ranging from a light, fluffy response to a local book fair to an in-depth analysis of the usage of nudity in art.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 11,871 - Reviews: 5 - Updated: 2/28/2005 - Published: 8/15/2004
The Flying Lady reviews
All discontented people wish to fly away. Here's one who nearly does. Based upon the painting "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere" by Edouard Manet.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 625 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/27/2005
When I was an Indian Princess reviews
My father was dressed as a vaudville magician, and I ran about shouting in a tatty black Halloween wig. Reflections upon my politically-incorrect childhood.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 569 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/26/2005
The Star Maiden reviews
Falling stars showered the sky on the night Celeste was born. To learn the identity of her mysterious lover and to discover her origins, the maiden must answer the Serpent's Riddle, posed to her by The King With No Name. This tale begins with "once upon a
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,517 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/9/2005
To the Surprise reviews
After two months living in a new town, I've finally found a place where I feel at home: onboard the re-created ship that became the HMS Surprise in
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 101 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/13/2004
Self Portrait as an Insomniac reviews
Ah, five a.m. and writing!
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 40 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/12/2004
The Dissenter reviews
An unlikely rebel defies the reign of Winter.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 135 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/10/2004
The Navigator Set Adrift reviews
A little seafaring sonnet inspired by my going off to a school I don't particularly feel at home in, as well as my general obsession with my future. This - being my first new poem in a goodish while - is dedicated to Manuel Fajar, who gently nags me to wr
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 115 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/28/2004
Matinee Picture Show reviews
Boy, how to summarize this one? Film as allegory, I suppose. Anyway, it's the first poem I've posted in a good long while.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 116 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/16/2004
Altoids reviews
Oh, lonliness and Altoids are a dangerous mix!
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 77 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/1/2004
A Toast to My Generation reviews
Right now I'm a little frustrated with my generation as a whole. This may be the only "angsty" poem you ever get out of me.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 117 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/24/2004
Tuesday's Shoes reviews
Oh yeah, this song's from a good three or four years ago. I think it was my venture into the alternative rock realm.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 173 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/24/2004
East of the Sun, West of the Moon reviews
Loosely based upon the fairy tale of the same name (with elements of "The Enchanted Pig" tossed in to round it out.)
Poetry: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 102 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/22/2004
The Red Lantern reviews
A woman recounts a life-altering sea voyage. It's sort of Joseph Conrad meets Amy Tan in style and tone. Be forewarned, it does address rape, but in a fairly non-graphic way.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,423 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/21/2004
Words That Rhyme With Duck reviews
It's exactly what the title says it is.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 34 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 4 - Published: 8/21/2004
Loom reviews
Weaving as an allegory. Partially inspired by Edna St. Vincent Millay's "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver."
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 63 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/20/2004
Summer Vision reviews
I wrote this with a Magnetic Poetry kit when I was fourteen, so it's gotta be good... right?
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 14 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/18/2004
Rapunzel, Rapunzel reviews
My take on the Rapunzel story, as it applies to dealing with the trials of this world.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 214 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/16/2004
Composed Upon the Sky's Edge reviews
You should have seen the mountains that day... and the sky...
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 52 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/16/2004
Wild Honey reviews
Four lines contemplating the nature of words.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 35 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/16/2004
Insensitive reviews
A tip o' my hat to that wonderfully witty poet, Shel Silverstien.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 156 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/10/2004
Wit reviews
Taking a common maxim too literally.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 15 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 8/10/2004
High Shelf reviews
Maybe it's about pleading for inspiration from an aloof muse, or maybe I just couldn't reach a jar of pickled yams on a really high shelf. You'll have to read on to find out which it is.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 52 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/10/2004
Narcissus Revisited reviews
My second take on the myth of Echo and Narcissus, this time seen through the eyes of Narcissus.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 108 - Reviews: 6 - Published: 8/9/2004
Wandering Man reviews
"There, in the silt of sundry dusk // A form raised from the road..."
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 49 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/8/2004
Dagger reviews
It sounds angsty... but is it?
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 193 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 5 - Published: 8/7/2004
The Bright Morning Star reviews
A psuedo-Victorian "come back home" song.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 224 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/7/2004
Aeroplanes reviews
A free verse poem that sprang from my odd little brain after a visit to the Air and Space Museum in DC. Either it's funny or I'm really tired - can't tell which.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 27 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/7/2004
Ode to a Ship Seen at Night reviews
It is - as the title implies - an ode to a ship seen at night (except that I didn't actually see the ship... I made it up... my world is a web of lies)
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 181 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/6/2004
Well Near Drowned reviews
Half rooted in truth, half in fantasy, this is my early memory of the sea. (No, that wasn't intended to rhyme.)
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 247 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/5/2004
Poem for an Abandoned Sculpture reviews
I left a much-loved sculpture on the steps of Brunelleschi's Foundling Hospital in Florence, Italy. This poem was attatched to it.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 346 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/5/2004
Song of a WouldBe Sailor reviews
I have lived inland too long.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 37 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/5/2004
Daughter of the Sea, Daughter of the Air reviews
A creative re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid". With the romantic elements downplayed, this version of the story becomes the mermaid's quest to gain a soul, and to escape her cruel and jealous mother: the Sea.
Fiction: Mythology - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Spiritual - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,018 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/25/2004 - Published: 5/19/2004
The Ballad of Sean Doherty reviews
A ballad in the Celtic style, wherein a young man is lured away by the sea.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 361 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 5/7/2004
You Knew Me reviews
This is the only "Christian" song I've written that I think is successful.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 217 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 5/1/2004
Bhanavar the Fair reviews
Now finished! Very much rooted in the "Once upon a time" tradition, and faintly reminiscent of Tennyson's "Lady of Shallot", this poem tells the story of a woman whose happiness was destroyed by her own avarice.
Poetry: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 568 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/27/2004
A Snarky Little Poem reviews
As the title implies, it is a snarky little poem. My muse: boredom. My creative language: flippancy. The result: sheer genius, and by "sheer genius" I mean "total crap".
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 107 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/9/2004
The Light and the Dark reviews
An odd, dark little scene. Read into it what you will.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 736 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 3/24/2004
House by the Stream reviews
A song about childhood and memories and all that cheesy stuff.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 263 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/9/2004
After the Snow reviews
If I was popular enough to be a one-hit wonder, this would've been my one hit. People kept asking me to "play that 'snow' song"; so here it is for anyone who'd like to read it.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 145 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/6/2004
Streetlights reviews
The smallest differences can seem monumental when one is away from home.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 69 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/5/2004
Church Bells in Florence reviews
My apartment is situated across the street from the Florence cathedral. When the bells began to ring one morning, I began to write. When the bells stopped, I stopped.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 53 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/4/2004
Flying Over Manhattan at 4 am reviews
This is one of my shortest poems, but also, I think, one of the most effective.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 34 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/2/2004
Snake reviews
Just a silly little poem about a snake.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 37 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/29/2004
Drawing a Blank reviews
We should remember the names of those who die. This is one time when I couldn't.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 85 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/28/2004
The Sailor's Wife reviews
A song in the style of the traditional Irish ballad, complete with sea-side setting and tragic ending!
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 112 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/25/2004
A Part way Bridge reviews
This image has stuck with me since I came back from Ireland.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 117 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/23/2004
Narcissus reviews
The myth of Echo and Narcissus seen through the eyes of Echo, with particular emphasis on the emotional aspects of the story.
Poetry: Song - Rated: K - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 141 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 1/21/2004
The Shore reviews
A retired sea captain is haunted by the memory of a horrendous shipwreck. Based on the style of Edgar Allen Poe.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Suspense/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 379 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/21/2004
The Night Lit by the City reviews
A short poem composed while driving home from the rural countryside.
Poetry: Nature - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 38 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/19/2004
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