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.
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:
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!
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!
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