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Joined 08-04-06, id: 535690, Profile Updated: 01-20-10
Author has written 14 stories for Fantasy, Humor, Life, Politics, War, Horror, Action, and Love.

(NB: The Secret Steps' is on hiatus until I get the urge to work on fantasy again. New stuff going up, though!)

Stuff I've discarded for one reason or another as unfit for publishing, I'm tossing in here. Note that by reading the contents you agree to acknowledge that all work is copyright K.L. Shelly, years variant, and that you hold no copyright to any of the documents herein. Thanks!

All reviews welcomed, including anonymous, now that I have figured out how to allow them.

As far as myself: I'm 28 now, have my JD, and have just passed the bar. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I have a master's in Early Modern English literature from the same place I acquired my law degree, and my collegiate major was also in Early Modern English. I own a cat, a Volkswagen, and the entire collection (with old-timey previews) of Patrick McGoohan's 'The Prisoner.' Although politically I lean far more left than he, I think Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (RIP) is the best modern writer.

In terms of genre stuff, I adore folks like Patricia McKillip (I'd sell my soul to write so lyrically, although I know that's not my style at all), Harlan Ellison (great, punchy delivery, and some fascinating concepts that, speaking from experience, will rattle around your brain for years), and Ursula K. LeGuin (scifi's wonderful great-aunt). The most underrated fantasy author for my money is R.A. MacAvoy. The most overrated is an unholy cross between Laurel K. Hamilton and Robert Jordan (who isn't bad when planning out his world, but is bad when he tries to write about it). From that, you can probably tell whether or not you'll like my writing style and influences.

In closing, any comments that I get on any of this, particularly the fantasy novel, would be great. Sadly, I do not plan to publish A Thousand Bayonets as it's way too easy to spot the influences therein, and it was mainly to see if I could sustain a multi-layered plot and substantially drawn characters. However, it's not dreadfully written; there are parts in there that I love and, hopefully, you'll find some too amidst the writing practice! Reviews, particularly interesting ones, are more than welcomed.

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Twelvemonth reviews
A collection of triolets that chronicle a one-year relationship.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 57 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/23/2010
The Arrivistes reviews
Malevolence comes in many forms--even rich ones. Sprung rhythm.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/23/2010 - Complete
Frigidity reviews
An unreliable narrator reminisces on a love that never really was. Kyrielle form.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 174 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/23/2010 - Complete
Only Bandits and Soldiers reviews
In 1978 Buenos Aires, an American journalist decides to do a favor for a friend of his boss, and discovers it's a small part of a story he never thought he'd report. M in its entirety for language, violence, sexual references.
Fiction: Action - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,085 - Reviews: 7 - Updated: 1/23/2010 - Published: 1/20/2010
By Design reviews
A self-involved fashion designer learns why he should listen to his conscience... before something else decides he should. In the spirit of Robert W. Chambers. M for lurking horror, slight gore.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: M - English - Horror/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,054 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 1/19/2010 - Complete
The Secret Steps reviews
A small-time thief with visionary dreams falls in love with the one girl that he can't have: The daughter of the aristocrat he has been blackmailed to kill. Can he find a way to outsmart the people who have promised to come after him if he fails?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,958 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/31/2008 - Published: 3/30/2008
The Lemon Garden reviews
Turning up our greenery, seeking flesh in plants and insects, the bullets dug recollections... - Sapphic verse, wartime.
Poetry: War - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 212 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 3/28/2008 - Complete
A Thousand Bayonets reviews
Newspaper chief Florian Lisel has published some dangerous things about the monarchy and, most importantly, about Baron Aisaro Graize, who has secrets not even the muckraking journalists suspect. A Baroque era fantasy. Reviews welcomed! Complete.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 24 - Words: 100,659 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 2/13/2007 - Published: 8/7/2006 - Complete
Aleksandr reviews
Poem #6 of college poetry portfolio - a poem on a photograph. This was my favorite poem I wrote for that class - on before-and-after photographs of Soviet gulag inmate and (my favorite ever) writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 142 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/8/2006
Corpus Christi reviews
Poem #5 of college poetry portfolio - a poem in iambic pentameter. This was three pages long, typed for class! ETA: As I asked for people to read this, this is an unreliable narrator who hangs out with unpleasant people. Take wording with a grain of salt.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 737 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/8/2006
Pantoumime reviews
Poem #4 of college poetry portfolio - a poem about history. I chose pantoum form and Franco-African politics.
Poetry: Politics - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 162 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 8/8/2006
Aztal Utensils, Inc: Complaints Department reviews
Poem #3 of college poetry portfolio - a poem on a painting. Salvador Dali's 'Aztal', link in poem.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 223 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 8/7/2006
Glass Symphony reviews
Poem #2 of college poetry portfolio - a poem on an object. I chose 'glass.'
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 140 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/7/2006
Riddle reviews
Poem #1 of college poetry portfolio. Post guesses in reviews!
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 62 - Reviews: 6 - Published: 8/7/2006