The Wordsmith
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Joined 01-07-05, id: 453387, Profile Updated: 07-21-10
Author has written 23 stories for Historical, Life, Young Adult, Fantasy, Work, Romance, Spiritual, Biography, Sci-Fi, and Essay.

Ahoy there, fellow sailors of the ship FictionPress! I'm your friendly shipboard Wordsmith, purveyor of all things lexicographic. We have freshly minted sonnets in that barrel over there, a few haiku swimming in the goldfish bowl, and a stack of still steaming metaphors and similies for those of you who need a treat on cold winter days.

The Wordsmith is a college student from the great state of Illinois currently pursuing a BA in English and Secondary Education from a small college in Minnesota. She hopes to continue writing in whatever way possible after she finishes her degree, and would like to, if at all possible, become the best young adult librarian in the universe or the best English teacher in the universe, whichever comes first.

The first story she wrote and finished was a fanfiction for Lord of the Rings, which continues to be a large part of her writing landscape today, although she has made forays into popular TV shows (Grey's Anatomy, House) movies (Dead Poet's Society, Kingdom of Heaven ) and other large literary canons (Master and Commander, Jane Austen). Her personal research interests include life during the Second and Third crusades, early 19th century Naval history, women's studies, and fanfiction itself.

If she had any spare time, she'd love to spend it working in the real world with students who write fanfiction (and original fiction) to help them improve their work as well as their interactions with the online community.

Saying she has no free time is a little bit of a lie -- The Wordsmith does find time between schoolwork and her job as a circulation assistant at her college library to write a blog about her experiences in the world of the written word. Past blog subjects have included young adult fiction recommendations, tips on how to become a better writer, Mercury's work in letterpress printing and movie reviews. You can find the blog, entitled The Village Wordsmithy, here at http://

In the meantime, feel free to check her out on fanfiction under the name Mercury Gray, and on under her penname Lady Gray.

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The Fate of Holy Rus by lili brik reviews
Alternate history. Nicholas II abdicates in favor of his nephew, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich and his daughter Olga. Will this mismatched marriage be the salvation of Imperial Russia, or merely the damnation of their own souls?
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 22 - Words: 26,860 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/1/2009 - Published: 8/25/2005
MechKnight : The Lady's Guardian by Morohtar reviews
In an alternate future Europe, a Transylvanian 'mech warrior is in Rome for Easter. What does the Cardinal want with him? And who is the beautiful Lady Monica, and why does she need protection as she travels north?
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 13 - Words: 83,086 - Reviews: 131 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 4/15/2009 - Published: 8/10/2008 - Complete
Hillelille's Sorrow by Finch reviews
A fantastic story based on a medieval Scandinavian ballad
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,488 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/14/2002
Roneth's Saga by SammiJ reviews
Actually was a paper I had to write, but it ended with me falling in love with Norse history and myth all over again. This is a response to Njal's Saga and myself trying to see if I could do it.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,638 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/9/2001
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Revelation: The Starmaker reviews
Walking out in the woods in winter always makes me feel more alive." An essay for my Essays class on a revelation I recieved.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,295 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/21/2010 - Complete
MechKnight: This Blessed Plot reviews
Set in an alternative future Europe, Boyar Vladimir Hunyadi flees from a disgruntled German Count to find work in England and team up with an old friend fighting her own battles there. Based on an idea by Morohtar.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 7 - Words: 19,101 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 4/4/2009 - Published: 8/18/2008
Don't you HoneyBabySugarSweetheart Me reviews
A poem on being taken seriously as a woman. Don't you honey-baby-sugar-sweetheart me! That's not my name -- Why can't you see that I am not sugar, and my heart's not sweet; My heart is filled with the roar of the street!
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 364 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Published: 6/4/2008 - Complete
Death and Time reviews
A few thoughts of mine on Death and Time, written before summer begins.
Fiction: Biography - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 625 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/28/2008
In the Army Now reviews
A soldier on the front lines of World War II thinks on what the war has done to him and his comrades.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,213 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/30/2008
Directions for a Funeral reviews
A few thoughts on how a funeral should be conducted.
Fiction: Biography - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 474 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/18/2008 - Complete
Voyageurs reviews
As their father, a voyageur of French Canada, sets off for his yearly trip to Grand Portage, his two eldest children talk about growing up.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,119 - Reviews: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/25/2008 - Complete
Return reviews
During the Great Depression, one young man tells his story about how he lost his faith in his life, his country, and God. Rated for delicate family situations.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,933 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 12/14/2007 - Published: 10/7/2007
What'll You Do When I'm Gone?
During the Great War, a young Irishman in a field hospital thinks about the events that got him there and the sister he left at home.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,444 - Published: 9/16/2007 - Complete
Christmas Waiting reviews
While stationed overseas during World War Two, Jake spends his Christmas Eve waiting with a friend.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,487 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 1/7/2007 - Published: 12/23/2006 - Complete
Lizzie Borden reviews
...Took an axe, and gave her mother fourty wacks. Bridget Sullivan, the Bordens maid, remembers the day the Bordens died. A vingette about the most sensational murder of the nineteenth century.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,486 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/29/2006 - Complete
Sweetness of Life reviews
On the day Malvina Mapes was born, her aunt Shelby took a box of nine perfect truffles from her great black bag, and slowly, softly crumpled one of the chocolates into her niece’s wide and waiting baby mouth to melt like butter on her little pink tongue.
Fiction: Spiritual - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,552 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 9/24/2006
Seraphim reviews
"I can imagine without difficulty the day my grandmother made her prophecy regarding me...
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,531 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 9/24/2006
Like Mother Told Me reviews
Two siblings have an argument about life and its responsibilities.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,093 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 9/24/2006
Over the Hills and Far Away reviews
A footsoldier in Wellington's army during the Penisular Campaign writes home to his wife on the eve of battle.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,652 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/12/2006
MacCulley and the Rake reviews
A narrative poem about a race between the Rake, an established stockman, and MacCulley, a young boy from the mountains. Similar to AB Paterson's The Man from Snowy River.
Poetry: Work - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,069 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 7/5/2006
Dear Sister reviews
A few thoughts on a letter about a family tragedy.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 281 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/26/2006
My Friend and the Treasure Chest reviews
While visiting her grandmother, Gretchen comes to terms with mental illness and the problems of her grandmother's past living in WWII era Germany.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,283 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 6/9/2006 - Published: 6/6/2006
The Deaf and Mute reviews
How does one communicate when the person you're talking to isn't listening?
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K - English - Drama/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 616 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 1/27/2006
Hulann Battore reviews
A little tidbit on an image I had this morning of a person in a flowing serape sort of thing walking across the desert with a walking stick, singing.
Poetry: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 137 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 1/15/2006
Oranges reviews
The simple power of a simple fruit.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 531 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/30/2005
The Epic of Astrid reviews
An epic poem I'm writing for independant study, the story follows Astrid on her quest to be recognized as a true warrior by her fellow Vikings.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,953 - Reviews: 18 - Updated: 3/17/2005 - Published: 2/5/2005
A Few drops reviews
I don't think I've cried that hard in a long time.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 82 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/26/2005