Broken Spiral
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Joined 04-05-04, id: 406442, Profile Updated: 10-03-08
Author has written 16 stories for Humor, General, General, Life, and Love.

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Broken Spiral is my primary reviewing account. If you're reading my profile right now, know that I am shamelessly advertising my other account since anything I've written on this file is just plain... embarrassing. (Don't let this stop you from reviewing. Haha.)

But then again, writing and showing your work to the public does always carry the risk of embarrassment, so I guess that's just a sacrifice we writers have to make.

To all you embarrassment-risking-writers out there, cheers!

Welcome to my world.

Hah. Aren't I the perfect example of the egotistical writer?

about m o i :

o: I'm on a quest for self-betterment.
o: The naive, delusional Me wants to grow up and be a novelist. However, I'm inclined to think becoming a novelist would exponentially increase the chances of me shooting myself, so just to be on the safe side... (And yes, I have perfectly good reasons for thinking that. Although I'm not usually suicidal/homicidal, I'm an invenerate slacker. Not a good thing in a business where people expect you to churn out a decent book a month. Also, writing a novel around 100K words in length is quite an agonizing roller coaster ride -- the masochist side of me loves it; the rest, not so much.)
o: I assume I am cynical. And sarcastic. But I'm not rude, and I always try not to be. I hope everyone else tries to do the same.
o: I love romance and thrillers, like fantasy, am currently writing a fantasy novel, finished around 75K of a romance/thriller one, and am open to every other genre out there.
o: Boy, was that one crappy sentence. Read it twice to see if it made any more sense than it did the first time.
o: I have an inferiority-superiority complex.
o: I like spicy food. If I can't have spicy, gimme sweet. I loathe anything too bland or too salty; makes me feel nauseous.
o: I'm a full-blown skeptic. Impress me, please.

favorite a u t h o r s :

Kurt Vonnegut

Stephen King

George Orwell

George R. R. Martin

China Mieville

Guy Gavriel Kay

Joseph Heller

Marian Keyes

Ayn Rand

Jacqueline Carey

P.S. I quite firmly believe that people should not write off books/stories just because they seem to "commercial" or whatnot. If the author has some idea of plot or pace or character, and if the author can get your pulse racing or your gut split from laughing -- all the better, I say. Never be a literary snob!
With that thought in the open, I have to point out that there are good commercial books and there are bad ones. Same with literary books.

Well, to each their own.

. . . and now, for your viewing pleasure, i present to you -

writing q u o t e s & s a y i n g s :

Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it -- don't cheat with it.
~ E. Hemingway

. When you earnestly believe you can compensate for the lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you can do.

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall."
– Confucius

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for. Perfection is God's business.
- Michael J. Fox

"Always remember: STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS. So relax and have a piece of cheesecake."
– Me

'A bad experience... is a good anecdote!'

. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
~ G.K. Chesterton

"There was never a genius without a tincture of madness!!"

"You realize that everything will get totally and completely screwed over in the getting there, but once you're there, it's just fine."

. Your future happens to you...
...that's fate.

How you handle what happens...
...that's character.

What your future and your character create together...
...that's DESTINY.

"It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
~ E. L. Doctorow

"You describe a character by the shape they leave in the world. It's not the way they look; It's their looks; Their silences;
The character description is not the colour of the eyes as much as the
way they turn their heads"

- Terry Pratchett

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot

"The absolute requirement for creativity is blind-folding the judge."
- Joan Borysenko

"Truth becomes fiction when the fiction's true.
Real becomes not-real where the unreal's real."
- Cao Xue Qin

"The question is not who will let me, but who is going to stop me."
- Ayn Rand

"If at first you don't succeed, you're in good company."

"Worry is a misuse of imagination."

"There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you."
- Maya Angelou

Everything is a door/
All one needs is the light push of a thought
- Octavio Paz

"Pain is Temporary, Victory is forever."

"I'm a lousy writer; a helluva lot of people have got lousy taste."
- Grace Metalious

"I hate writing. I will do anything to avoid it. The only way I could write less was if I was dead."
- Fran Lebowitz

"No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell."
- Antonin Artaud

"Occasionally a date with a face blank as a sheet of paper asks you whether writers often become discouraged. Say that sometimes they do and sometimes they do. Say it's a lot like having polio."
-- Lorrie Moore, "How to Become a Writer"

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
– Einstein

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come."
- Victor Hugo

The pen is mightier than the sword, but only if the sword is very small and the pen is very sharp."
-- Terry Pratchett

"Happy lives make lousy novels... If the characters are having a good time, the reader is not."
– Jerry Cleaver

“I spent a morning putting in a comma and an afternoon taking it out.”
-- Oscar Wilde

“Just keep plugging away, because how you handle your slumps is what makes you or breaks you.”
– Jerry Cleaver

"Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind."
-- Rudyard Kipling

My brain is built of paths and slides and ladders and lasers and I have invited all of you to enter its pavilion. My brain, as you enter, will smell of tangerines and brand-new running shoes...

~Douglas Coupland

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Cupid's Arrow by CheDe reviews
In a time where the Gods rule, they were separated. The life they had once lived now nothing more than mere dreams in the distant realm of fantasy. Where the secrets of their past and the truth both would rather forget, waits to be reawakened.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 36 - Words: 111,589 - Reviews: 1408 - Favs: 718 - Follows: 240 - Updated: 12/6/2011 - Published: 12/8/2002
Samantha by Mystified reviews
Samantha is a normal college student, until her apartment falls victim to a bomb, and she's kidnapped by a very mysterious, very handsome stranger, whose intentions aren't all that clear.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 40 - Words: 97,227 - Reviews: 3252 - Favs: 1,972 - Follows: 860 - Updated: 5/3/2011 - Published: 12/21/2002 - Complete
At Last by Melody1 reviews
Ch 38 1-6-11! Brooke Merrin is dragged from the diversity of Wallace High to a stuffy preppy Wellesley Academy. She's left with no choice but to do her best to change the status quo.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 38 - Words: 232,781 - Reviews: 1367 - Favs: 587 - Follows: 241 - Updated: 1/6/2011 - Published: 9/22/2002
False Facades by Maeven reviews
Sam Westlane is the new kid in the famous all boys Crestan High School for the rich and the spoiled ... There's only one problem. Sam is a girl.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 30 - Words: 114,525 - Reviews: 7268 - Favs: 6,335 - Follows: 987 - Updated: 1/5/2009 - Published: 9/5/2003 - Complete
Exercises in Style by Lee Harvey Kennedy reviews
I start off with a simple short story. I then proceed to tell it in as many different ways as possible. Newly added: 20 Years Old and First Person perspective.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Parody - Chapters: 85 - Words: 37,506 - Reviews: 372 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 4/6/2008 - Published: 1/19/2006
Could Be Paradise by Typesour reviews
The formula for a perfect marriage? Sunglasses, emotions gone haywire, and a pair of dirty liars are all main ingredients. [Complete]
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 34 - Words: 148,452 - Reviews: 541 - Favs: 356 - Follows: 31 - Updated: 4/27/2007 - Published: 10/31/2003 - Complete
Daddy's Little Girl by konstellation reviews
Hayden Palmer has no room in her life for more complications. So why on earth was she letting attractive, dizzy-eyed Adam Morrison take her breath away? Maybe Hayden has finally found that something more she's be looking for - in the unlikeliest of places
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 47 - Words: 282,838 - Reviews: 774 - Favs: 303 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 8/26/2006 - Published: 7/14/2005
Whenever it Rains by Grunge Muffin reviews
We've been through enough already. We don't need anymore rain. But life isn't fair. We've learnt that. I can learn to take most things that are thrown at me, but there's one thing I can't - I can't lose Ben. After everything, I couldn't handle that
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 115,368 - Reviews: 540 - Favs: 130 - Follows: 32 - Updated: 7/1/2006 - Published: 5/11/2004
He Punks Me Not by Slideshow reviews
I'll chase and stalk him until he is mine. I'm pretty determined. Unfortunately his best friend thinks my existence is pointless and I'm unworthy. And, well, he's pretty damn determined too. / Left up just for comparison with my writing then and now.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 165,111 - Reviews: 4213 - Favs: 2,526 - Follows: 236 - Updated: 6/1/2006 - Published: 10/9/2003 - Complete
This Storm by Jazzy Kitty reviews
Zack is arrogant, mysterious, and he loves to irritate her. With him, there are always things left unsaid and under the surface. Yet when he leaves unexpectedly, Zack leaves a hole in her heart that she didn't know was supposed to be there. [Complete]
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 38 - Words: 163,049 - Reviews: 967 - Favs: 1,034 - Follows: 121 - Updated: 12/18/2005 - Published: 8/2/2004 - Complete
Things So Hidden by Azure Volant reviews
COMPLETED...Ayla, the new girl, is sarcastic and sharp-tongued. A verbal battle in class with the popular and equally sarcastic Christian leads to friendship, love and, ultimately, something that she never wanted to happen again...
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 33 - Words: 66,142 - Reviews: 1150 - Favs: 827 - Follows: 93 - Updated: 12/2/2005 - Published: 9/23/2003
Interrogame by Hate to Hope reviews
STORY REMOVED. He had created the game because he believed that love had to be won. . . nine pawns, two players, one winner.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Horror - Chapters: 22 - Words: 6,039 - Reviews: 1344 - Favs: 513 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 11/8/2005 - Published: 5/9/2005 - Complete
Thorn of the Kingdom by poohba reviews
Posting of a revamped opening. Abby has loved Crown Prince Tholly since she was orphaned at the age of six and sent to live with his nursemaid, her Aunt Kate. But, can a commoner really ever be with the future king?
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,877 - Reviews: 1174 - Favs: 299 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 9/14/2005 - Published: 2/12/2003
S E X and Other Words of Love by recreated reviews
I said the word 'sex' and he thought I was cool. But we were just seven and I doubt saying anything now could make him notice me at all. {Complete}
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 27,548 - Reviews: 794 - Favs: 539 - Follows: 73 - Updated: 9/10/2005 - Published: 2/20/2005
The Ravens by Shadow Gryphon reviews
[COMPLETE] [Undergoing major revisions] Being a mercenary is a fairly basic job, right? Not for a Raven. Especially not for a Raven in Ayinchirr.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 20 - Words: 93,761 - Reviews: 154 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/14/2005 - Published: 11/21/2004 - Complete
Hello Kitty by Endless Dark reviews
After a drunken night, Lira wakes up next to Jude, a childhood nemesis. It gets worse when they find that they’re married. But when an opportunity too good to pass up presents itself, what will happen when they stay married?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 33 - Words: 85,456 - Reviews: 3200 - Favs: 4,119 - Follows: 479 - Updated: 11/10/2004 - Published: 5/10/2004 - Complete
Splintered Tears by Grunge Muffin reviews
Ben's life is perfect. He's in the band and he finally got the girl. Then it all started to fall apart. Liam's doing drugs, Jared's seriously injured and Ben's given all this responsability. He's pushing away the one person who can help him - Hailey
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 56 - Words: 180,422 - Reviews: 603 - Favs: 137 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 6/15/2004 - Published: 7/22/2003
Shattered Rainbows by Raikua reviews
Joy and life are colorful. Can there be color in death?
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 547 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/27/2004
Molly Smiles by Misao reviews
COMPLETE. The new girl at school tries to form a friendship with the gothic outcast. I suck at summarys... R&R, I'm begging ya! (had to temporarily remove story because of tech. probs- back up now.)
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 29 - Words: 34,067 - Reviews: 429 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 1/6/2004 - Published: 9/17/2003
My Sweet Prince by Ishuzu reviews
Song: "My Sweet Prince" by Placebo. Set in ancient Egypt. A slave and a pharaoh. One shot "I was your refuge... Am I still" (A/N Wrote this when I was 14. Leaving it on here because of nice comments but the story, as others pointed out, is definitely not historically accurate.)
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,127 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/29/2003 - Published: 11/27/2003 - Complete
Roman Enslavement by Scribe Mozell reviews
A modern woman unwittingly angers a Roman goddess and is thrown back in time and place. She must face the dangers and difficulties of life as a slave--complicated by a VERY interested master.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 57,753 - Reviews: 308 - Favs: 412 - Follows: 66 - Updated: 6/9/2003 - Published: 4/25/2003
An Ode to Hope by Opaque reviews
Not anything like my usual cheer. Something to help a friend who is feeling very lost and very alone.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 269 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/14/2001
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Life Lived Havenot
Free of charge, they kill you with laughing gas.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 186 - Published: 2/5/2008 - Complete
Kissing Flower Buds reviews
Kissing flower buds for the practice: it’s a caress on the nerve endings...
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 61 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/7/2007 - Complete
phosphorescent reviews
/ & so the murmured love letters crawl their way back /
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 98 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/13/2006
mistake? reviews
it’s what you came here for. it's where you'll end up in.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 418 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 5 - Published: 1/25/2006
Ba da bump reviews
You don't wanna know.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Humor/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 68 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 12/10/2005 - Published: 12/9/2005
My reviews
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 124 - Reviews: 7 - Updated: 4/25/2005 - Published: 8/5/2004
Tag reviews
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 144 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/4/2004
Strange Yet True: Humor in the Tabloids reviews
Funny articles from different magazines, newspapers, and anything else I can lay my hands on.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,478 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 8/4/2004 - Published: 5/25/2004
Ask reviews
Has anyone asked those nameless strangers on the street?...
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 168 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/3/2004
A Day in Front of the TV reviews
Warning: The author was very disturbed when she wrote this. CHAPTER 6 UP- Revenge of the Evil Pillow Bunny! Or...I think it's Revenge of the Evil Bunny Pillow...My head still hurts...I'm a bit muddled up...
Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 6 - Words: 2,916 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 7/5/2004 - Published: 5/8/2004
The 'A' Tattoo reviews
She did it to herself so they would know who she was... so everyone else would recognize her as the one who did it...
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,975 - Reviews: 5 - Updated: 6/16/2004 - Published: 6/15/2004
A Favor, Mister reviews
I ask for a favor, a change... But if you're too busy, don't bother with me... Just be on your way, forget about me...
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 145 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/15/2004
Disguise Frees Thy Soul reviews
What if you were invisible and you got the chance to start over and be anything you want? Leanne got her chance- with an unexpected solution. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. You better run Leanne. [ON HIATUS-WILL UPDATE SOON]
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,153 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 6/8/2004 - Published: 6/4/2004
Don't You Bring Me Down Today reviews
Sky's got the looks and the attitude. So obviously she thinks she's all that...she is right? Some people don't think so. But one person regrets saying anything... [INACTIVE STORY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE]
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,557 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/7/2004
Red Rum reviews
A little girl finds her mother is a little more than crazy... revenge isn't a sinful thing if you're too young to know. [INACTIVE STORY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE]
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Horror - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,617 - Reviews: 2 - Updated: 5/18/2004 - Published: 5/9/2004
Staring at the Floor reviews
"I kept my past and future right then...but you took away my present." Sappy? Yes, but I needed a change of mood. R&R please with a cherry on top!
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 96 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 5/17/2004