Author has written 63 stories for Young Adult, Life, Historical, Essay, Fantasy, Fantasy, General, Kids, Song, Biography, Love, Work, Humor, Friendship, General, and School.
I graduated! I am now a not very interesting college student who writes bad poetry and weird stories. And I'm a Theatre Major. Or am I a History Major? I'm still not completely sure. Let's call it Liberal Arts and have done, shall we? Old news at this point though...
Okay, so maybe that is interesting. Whatever. If you're looking for sense, I suggest you toddle off somewhere else. You won't find it here.
This page you have found is more or less the home of the now-infamous Garen stories. There's a bunch of them, although I'm not sure of the exact number due to differing definitions of "Garen", "story" and "Garen story". Submissions pertaining to or mentioning the being sometimes known as Garen all have the name Garen somewhere in the summary, if that helps. Most of them are short stories, so at least they don't take too long to read once you find them. There's other stuff too, unrelated stories, a few attempts at poetry, and some songs. Check the dates on the songs. Some of the earlier ones reek of melodramatic angst, having been written when I was in high school. I'm loathe to take them down though, since it was a time of my life that, while I didn't enjoy it, I'm still glad that I managed to get through, and the songs, while not particularly good, are a testament to that.
For those who are shaking their heads and saying "Huh, a kid who does self-inserts", may I point out that Garen Ruy Maxwell is my penname. My real name is quite boring, so I stole a name from one of my characters. Pennames are supposed to be easy to remember, right? What's easier to remember than the name of the main character in your favourite story? Besides, boring names like my real one are easy to forget. Like Dan Brown. Everyone remembers Robert Langdon, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons, but no one remembers the name of the author, because it's boring.
Also. I absolutely detest Eragon, Christopher Paolini, and everything connected with them. Having read Eragon (and finished it, might I add), I have seen no evidence that Paolini is anything other than a spoiled hack who wrote a bad Star Wars/LotR crossover and then said "Mommy! Daddy! Look what I did!" and got published because Mommy and Daddy have a publishing company. You may say that I'm just saying this because I'm jealous. Well yah, I am jealous. I'm jealous that he was homeschooled, and therefore had time to write his idiocy instead of putting up with the drama of high school. I'm jealous that he has parents who own a publishing company, enabling him to be published in spite of having no talent whatsoever. He says he started his book when he was fifteen. Well, he finished most of it when he was eighteen or nineteen, which is not nearly as impressive. Take a gander at some of the stuff I've written. Look at the dates, and compare them to my birthday, which is February 23rd, 1988. I was writing serious (though mostly on the humorous side), original stories during my sophmore year of high school, the same age that Paolini was when he "started" writing Eragon. I don't think I'm being vain when I say that my work at fifteen was better than his at nineteen. And I'm not even getting into the internal contradictions and just plain stupidity of the actual books. Suffice it to say that when I see Eragon-related stuff on display somewhere, I tend to get angry and rant. This has been heavily documented and has become a source of comedy for a few individuals, which I see as neither here nor there.
I get especially angry when I'm in a bookstore, and they've got one of those "New Books for Young Adults" displays up, with Eragon and the stupid high school sparkle!vampire romance Twilight spin-offs competing for space with real actual books like the Redwall series, or the works of Charles de Lint and Holly Black. De Lint and Black both write modern fantasy, with a focus on faeries and the like and how they might interact with humans in the modern world. Both are exceptionally skilled writers who create feasible, living worlds through their stories. The sparklepire books paint a cleaned-up, dumbed-down version of both high school and vampires, turning what has traditionally been an evil and fearsome thing-that-goes-bump-in-the-night into yet another incarnation of the "mysterious bad boy" cliche that has been so very overdone by trashy romance novels. Another pet peeve is when they stick the fantasy stuff and the science fiction stuff in the same category. They are different. Science fiction has bizarre happenings that are explained by mathematics and obscure laws of physics. Doctor Who is a good example of this. Fantasy has bizarre happenings that are explained in a spiritual/religious manner (religious in this case meaning something that has to do with believing in something that some people may question, and not necessarily having to do with Christianity-- sorry if I'm bursting your bubble, but Christianity is not the only religion), such as magic. It's all in the explanations, people. What all this boils down to is that I'm a snob, and that if you are A) a reader of Eragon or Twilight and its stupid spin-offs, B) between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, or C) bad at spelling, grammar, and punctuation, you will have to work extra hard to convince me that you're worth talking to. And don't try to lie to me, because I will know.
Okay, I'll stop babbling now. Go read my stories. Review them. Make a poor college student happy.
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