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Joined 08-23-06, id: 538171, Profile Updated: 10-27-09
Author has written 25 stories for Historical, General, Life, Young Adult, Romance, Mythology, and Fantasy.

October 27, 2009: So in the midst of midterm season, I receive a charming private message informing me that my work in progress, Elysium, is nominated for a La Campanella Award in the historical category. I am flattered and desolated that I can not engage in more shameless self-promotion or, more importantly, writing. But you should please vote for me, assuming you have read my story. If you have not, I would be most grateful if you sampled the first chapter. However, I believe the other major question is my next update. Yeah ... I am a sophomore at university, and as much as I adore you all, I love my GPA a little more. But I promise, promise that Elysium will be finished; I mean Raoul has to cry at least once after all to be a "real man," which, of course, none of the French guys I know here on campus would say such a thing in public. Ciao, all!

Greetings, V.V. here. You’ve come to the right place, even if you got here by accidental link-hopping. I love to write--well, duh. Mostly I like short fiction. Check out my short stories and occasional odd novel and rarer poem. Most of my works--if I may use the word--have a historical flavor to them. I am a huge history buff. I like nearly all periods from the past, especially Classical Greece and Rome, the Renaissance, and the nineteenth century in Europe. At the moment, I have a thing for France and Austria. And yes! I do research the era in which my stories take place. However, if you discover a glaring historical inaccuracy or, worse, an anachronism, please let me know so I do not make a literary moron of myself.

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Because I know you are dying to know even more about me, and to add a few more minutes to your unofficial time quota of reading profiles, I am providing more stats to make this bio longer:

Favorites:

Colors: green, purple, and gold (in that order)

Food: petites madelines

Drink: lime-flower tea

Book: this is hard … I have so many—Count of Monte Cristo, Pride and Prejudice, Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Phantom of the Opera (book, remember), The Black Tulip, Iliad, Aeneid, Metamorphoses, Lives of the Twelve Caesars, The Little Prince, The Last Duel, Le Chanson de Raoul de Cambrai, Le Grand Meaulnes, Scaramouche, Catcher in the Rye, The D'Artagnan Romances, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, War and Peace, Atonement, The Awakening, Bonjour Trestesse, Ben-Hur, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Prince, Gerfaut, Zibeline, Manon Lescaut, Camille, Nana, Love Story, Prince of Bohemia, Venus in Furs, Bohemians of the Latin Quarter, Decameron, the later Heptameron, Dangerous Liaisons, Dracula, The Bloody Chamber, The Chronocles of Narnia, Tales of the Night, A Distant Mirror, and a whole lot more

Other Literary Productions: The Mask of the Red Death, The Duel (Conrad), The Coward, Virtue in the Ballet, Mademoiselle Fifi, The Woman and the Cat, The Snow Queen, The Snow Child, A White Heron, Hommage a Bournonville, My Last Duchess, The Sphinx, René, The Guermantes Way, Swan in Love, The Waste Land, Tiger, Tiger, Carpe Diem, The Raven, The Eaten Heart, Madeline, and La Dame de Vergy.

Author: same story but here goes—Balzac, Maupassant, Zola, Proust, Dickens, Dumas (both father and son), Hans Christian Anderson, Raphael Sabatini, Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Plutarch, Thucydides, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Karen Blixen, Ib Michael, Peter Hoeg, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Burke, Nietzsche, Proust in very small doses ... ad infinitum.

Movies: Titanic, Gladiator, Ben-Hur, Dangerous Liaisons, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Gone With the Wind, Beauty and the Beast, Moulin Rouge, and Cutting Edge.

Classical Composer: Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Roosini, Vivaldi, Grieg, and Bach

Music Group/Artist: Celine Dion, Dido, Hoobastank, Nickelback, The Killers, Il Divo, Metallica, Abba, Natalie Imbruglia, Josh Groban, Evanescence, Roxette, and that lot

Song: at the moment, like right now, "Love Story"--Taylor Swift.

"Silver-white winters that melt into spring ... these are a few of my favorite random things"" emails, cool mouse pads, Comic Sands MS, Champagne glasses, Michelangelo’s David, garden pavilions, lighthouses, On the Beautiful Blue Danube (waltz), playlists to set the mood, wind chimes, snow, marble fireplaces, sea side mansions, yachts, swivel chairs, cute guys, European cities, Greek people, fortune cookies, money, cats, amber jewelry, diamonds, velvet, black leather jackets, Prada backpacks, tassels, decorative cigarette lighters (but not cigarettes), fountain pens, fancy hotel lounges, and those plushy chairs at Starbucks

Dislikes: xenophobics, narrow-mindedness, human stupidity, dum stereotypes, spam, badly written books, dead links, infomercials, jerks, fast food, bordom … bugs, spiders, standardized tests, and my total inability to pay for law school after under grad ... Cripes!

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Currently reading: Reading! Reading? You are kidding, right? As if I have time. ... secretly turns the page of The Red Lily or Out of Africa at any one moment

Currently listening to: piano solo from A Beautiful Mind soundtrack

Currently located in: the middle room between my bedchamber and my father's private quarters

Currently want: um, a yacht would be nice, but I could settle for going to Paris!

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Quotes of the Moment:

“To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult, and the most intellectual.”—Oscar Wilde.

“We all go to heaven and party like Hell.”—frat boy from SAE.

“When you are done with Homer, you are done with life.”—some famous classicist

"And if you don't speak Greek, raise your hand and let me know."--the same said in Greek of course

“Don't look at me like I am weird.”— a pour benighted guy in the dining hall one day

“A Frenchman loves danger, because in danger there is glory.”—Balzac

" Reality is what you run into when you're wrong.”—some famous philosopher

"There is no man who can judge the deeds of a king."--Saint Thomas Aquinas, the best monarchist I know

"A society of true conservatives is a society of gentlemen in the full meaning of that word."--Russell Kirk

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The Ecstasian Phantom by Sophelia reviews
Rory Maciel, Rosecrans High School's idolized rock star, died mysteriously two years ago. When Charlotte begins her masquerade as the Ecstasian Phantom, her eerie resemblance to Rory attracts unwanted attention from Rory's guitarist and ex, Rhys Faulkner.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 16 - Words: 73,776 - Reviews: 133 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 11/15/2009 - Published: 4/19/2007
We are Noble by A G Moore reviews
Laudatores temporis acti! Praisers of time past! These stories of Ancient Roman society will be either truthful or entertaining. Not both. Nobles, betrayl, deceit, lust, angerall part of a simple Roman afternoon. Enjoy.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 35,320 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/25/2006 - Published: 9/12/2006 - Complete
The Snow Queen, and Other Tales by Midnight Strike reviews
Complete A retelling of the myth The Snow Queen. Warning: Drug use in last story, for mature readers.
Fiction: Mythology - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 13,778 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/16/2004 - Complete
A Coward's Wisdom by Lavender Knight reviews
A story of love, jealousy, and the things we do for both. [Complete] I am doing a rewrite. Believe me, this CAN improve. Now up to Chapter 16 Destiny's Mark.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 36 - Words: 190,979 - Reviews: 240 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 5/9/2004 - Published: 6/11/2003
For the Sake of Convenience by Knightengale reviews
Gabriel Winters cringes at the very thought of marriage. Clara Browne's feelings for Gabriel are no less hostile. So when outside forces throw these two into a union, neither is too thrilled about it. Will love ensue or will disaster strike? -Completed-
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 30 - Words: 54,769 - Reviews: 621 - Favs: 520 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 5/31/2003 - Published: 3/30/2003
In Sickness and In Health by treadondreams reviews
A heartfelt speech to a husband.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,894 - Reviews: 117 - Favs: 243 - Follows: 19 - Published: 5/20/2003
Embracing The Darkness by Night Music reviews
A romantic retelling of the story of Hades & Persephone / Kore. *updated/edited with exception of Epilogue*
Fiction: Mythology - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 11 - Words: 66,433 - Reviews: 223 - Favs: 265 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 3/9/2003 - Published: 10/17/2002
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Kaitlynne reviews
They had both attended Yale. They were both lawyers. She charmed him that one summer in the city. Then she broke off all communication. He found her again but kept his distance ... to an extent. He could not totally stay away. She and her perfume could still entice him in spite of himself. Partly based on real life.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,418 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/26/2013 - Complete
Elysium reviews
She was a courtesan. He was a viscount of the old French nobility. They met in a garden and fell in love over vervain and velvet. They became count and countess until she died in his arms at the opera, the scent of her verbena still on his glove.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 25 - Words: 164,370 - Reviews: 104 - Favs: 88 - Follows: 46 - Updated: 12/21/2009 - Published: 9/30/2007
A Hetaira in the City reviews
Syai of Corinth, a witty courtesan from Greece, travels to Rome's intellectual capital, Pylei, where she tries to learn Latin, plays a disturbing trick in the baths, and reunites an orator with his estranged fiancee, laughing all the way as she does so.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 26 - Words: 41,928 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 2/22/2008 - Published: 11/16/2006
Beau et Bête reviews
Where in Beast is a woman trapped in a leopard's body, and Beauty is a viscount. A retelling of the fairy tale set in the world of the rich and priveleged, with dueling and indecent dreams.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 12,247 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/17/2008 - Complete
The Lady and the Hussar reviews
Napoleonic France. An Austrian girl is in Paris searching for the soldier who killed her lover at the Battle of Austerlitz. Upon talking with one of Napoleon's men, she finally discovers who it is. Written as a dialogue in verse. A little sad ....
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 773 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Published: 1/14/2008 - Complete
Electra reviews
About a young girl, forced to grow up too fast, and her relationship with her father who is an officer for the Austrians during the first months of World War I.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,849 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 11/28/2007 - Complete
Ten Thousand Francs reviews
When may I see you again? He asked. When the stars fall into the Seine. When you have ten thousand francs and no less, She replied. After all there is hope in extravagance. There is none in routine.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,347 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 11/2/2007 - Complete
A Grand Delusion reviews
Napoleonic France. Two flirtatious viscountesses and a bunch of Hungarian soldiers. She likes their leader, but he likes her friend and she does not know. Infatuation can be cruel that way when she finds out the truth during an evening party.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,869 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/10/2007 - Complete
Opera in Azure reviews
Wieliczka, Poland. Two counts, a few deaths, a victimized chorus girl, and a vampire who used to be a Russian prince. A retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur during the nineteenth century in the famous salt mines of the south.
Fiction: Mythology - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Supernatural - Chapters: 5 - Words: 7,137 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 8/17/2007 - Published: 6/16/2007 - Complete
Opera in Khaki reviews
It is a story: Impressionable young viscount, his worldweary brother the count, vermouth with a stranger, and witty repartee with a soprano in the greenroom. Romance? Art? Perhaps.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,642 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/16/2007 - Complete
The Virgin and the Wise reviews
While talking about the Crusades, caves, and medieval tapestries depicting the unicorn hunt, a young French boy and his brother, the count, realize a few things about knights, ladies, and what it means to be wise and true of heart. A little different.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,903 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 3 - Published: 5/19/2007 - Complete
An Apology of Sorts reviews
One night at the opera, a dying wife confesses to her husband about the miscarriage of their child, apologizing for losing their son as she herself is overtaken by tuberculosis, eventually expiring in his hold. Very sad.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,297 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 4 - Published: 4/22/2007 - Complete
Frivolous Roulette reviews
He is a master gambler and notorious playboy. She is a diplomat's wife who loses a round of roulette to him. Her bet? A night alone with him at his mansion in the Austrian countryside. So, is it casino love or gambler's revenge?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 4 - Words: 12,933 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/1/2007 - Published: 3/6/2007
Opera in Gold reviews
In Bohemian France, a rich and handsome count wishes to have every woman of the Opera Garnier fall madly in love with him. He repents his extravagant wish when a certain countess does not melt in his arms as easily as the sopranos or dancers do.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 6,275 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 3/31/2007 - Published: 12/16/2006 - Complete
Opera in Argent reviews
A French count, undoubtedly rich and handsome, leaves his native Paris for Vienna where he learns of a fiery, Swedish soprano who has snubbed every Viennese attendee of the opera. Up for a challenge, he stops at nothing to have her succumb to him.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,066 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 2/20/2007 - Published: 2/4/2007 - Complete
Athens reviews
Merry Xmas, yall! Um ... it's a poem like ... about Athens like ... during Xmas time ... and yeah. It makes you feel good. I promise. Hahaha.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 195 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 12/24/2006 - Complete
Opera in Red The Original reviews
In Bohemian France, an opera singer, a count, and his rival all meet one way or the other at a mask ball. When the night is through, one domino is the victor while one lies gravely wounded.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Romance/Suspense - Chapters: 5 - Words: 5,932 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 12/15/2006 - Published: 11/10/2006 - Complete
Regresa A Mi reviews
How a rainy day and a conversation with a handsome man in his silver Mercedes can help you. You, the fugitive or the fighter.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,508 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/5/2006 - Complete
The Three Kingdoms reviews
If all our diplomats and generals were children, we would have no wars, the officer said to himself. I think it is true.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,277 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 10/21/2006 - Complete
The Painter and His Prayer reviews
Ninth century Byzantium. A handsome artist falls in love with the daughter of the judge who condemned him for heresy.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,023 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/19/2006 - Complete
Vienna reviews
Viennese coffeehouses are just like Parisian ones, though brainier. You go to think and remember the past while drinking your cup of java. Who knows? Maybe he'll return ...
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 223 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/2/2006 - Complete
Diplomacy in the Grass reviews
A short story of two Spartan kings, intrigue, politics, and a young soldier who becomes the first lieutenant of the general. Themes of war and honor.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,448 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/2/2006
When Does David Come? reviews
I have this really nice poster of Michelangelo's David which I want to get framed. No frame has been big enough, and I am wondering when the poster can finally come to my room.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 312 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/26/2006 - Complete
Tassels of the Cushion reviews
A philandering rich Athenian learns something about the past of his bubbly slave at a drinking party. After locating his slave's former lover, he sets her free from a sense of wounded pride and grudging kindness.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,368 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/26/2006 - Complete
Way of the Waltz reviews
Winter, Vienna circa 1890, a handsome count and an Austrian girl exchange notes and glances between each other during a series of evening balls. Romance emerges amidst Strauss and waltzing in the other's arms. Cute.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,907 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 10 - Published: 8/26/2006 - Complete