Smudge Rat
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Joined 02-04-07, id: 555576, Profile Updated: 09-24-12
Author has written 21 stories for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Life, Humor, Fable, General, and General.

I'd like to be a sci-fi & fantasy writer who challenges perceptions of sexuality & gender and is remembered for her unique and endearing characters.

Right now, though, I'm working on motivating myself towards actually writing. Self-improvement is coming slowly along the way. I find it easy to let depression push my writing aside and convince me that I'll never be good enough to write a proper story. It's been very hard to get around that mindset, but right now I'm trying out a writing challenge that has me writing a little bit every day. It's working out OK, so far.

A bit about me: My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaimain and Douglas Adams. I'm also a fan of Asimov, Lovecraft, and Conan-Doyle (or at least, the Sherlock Holmes stories).

I'm English, live with my partner and a pair of rats, have a boring job and probably spend too much time playing Pokemon and watching Star Trek. I like tea, tattoos, animals (including unpopular ones), stripey clothing, I'm vegetarian... I only tell you these things because you might recognise these various traits in my characters.

Only When I'm Drunk by Pyrest
Slightly funny, mostly true, and maybe a little bit deep as well. A study in feelings through three pints of cider.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Angst/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 175 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/21/2009 - Complete
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Living with Animals
Four not-quite-humans fighting to protect the innocent against the supernatural. A series of pieces written for a 100-day writing challenge. This is mostly to motivate me and help with character development, but feel free to read. If you want to give me constructive criticism or tell me you liked something, you're welcome.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Supernatural - Chapters: 11 - Words: 4,238 - Published: 9/24/2012
A Christmas Story reviews
This is a story about a queen who saved her kingdom from bankruptcy by inventing Christmas. I wrote it as a secret sanat present for my friend, who is also the main character.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,264 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/13/2009 - Complete
Yellow Ribbon
A creative writing challenge: I was given the first line "A girl with yellow ribbon trailed past us and opened the door of number nineteen" and I had to write the rest. Like many things, it's about rats.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 957 - Published: 12/2/2009 - Complete
Choices
A man sits in his car in somebody else's driveway, alone with his hallucinations and a decision to make by dawn.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,903 - Published: 6/6/2009 - Complete
The Mirror reviews
A short series of linked poems and set pieces that chronicle a woman's breakdown.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 7 - Words: 660 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/21/2009 - Complete
Ballad of Jack reviews
Written for a creative writing class. Ballad of Jack the Ripper.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Horror/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 321 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 5/20/2009 - Complete
Mirror
A poem I wrote for a week-long university exam. The prompt was "a 30 line poem about reputation". I wrote about a footballer with a secret.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 219 - Published: 2/2/2009 - Complete
Forgotten reviews
Written for a week-long university assignment. The prompt was to write a story about an ultimately unsuccessful search. An old man wakes to find the sheets cold beside him.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,654 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 2/2/2009 - Complete
How The Rat Got Her Tail
This is the story, Best Beloved, of how the little rat girl, the cleverest one in the nest, went out to discover things for her very self. A 'Just So' story.
Fiction: Fable - Rated: K - English - Adventure/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,611 - Published: 1/26/2009 - Complete
Drunks Wha Hae
A parody of or, as I like to think of it, an homage to Scots Wha Hae by Robert Burns. The original concept was "Ode to my hangover" but then I got fancy with it.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 195 - Published: 1/14/2009 - Complete
They Came At Us With Dragons reviews
We thought we'd reached the limits of human knowledge, proved beyond a doubt that we are alone in the universe and explained away the supernatural with science. We were wrong.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 503 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/9/2009 - Complete
Culture Shock
I wanted to write something from the viewpoint of a being that saw the "essences" of people, objects, events and speech and different colours... so here's a first contact from the alien's point of view.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 447 - Published: 1/8/2009 - Complete
A Martian In A Shopping Centre
In my creative writing seminar we were asked to write a poem based on "A Martian Sends a Postcard Home" by Craig Raine. The title we were given was "A Martian in Princesshay" a local shopping centre.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 177 - Published: 10/31/2008 - Complete
Somewhere Else reviews
One drone among thousands has a secret wish to be free. He follows a signpost to Somewhere Else and finds himself in a mysterious land that you may find disturbingly familiar. Of course, that's if I'm motivated enough to finish writing it.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 895 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/25/2008
A Dish Gone Cold
An assassin is about to undertake her final assignment. Written for the prompt My Sweet Revenge on UKFur, so the characters are Anthro.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,028 - Published: 7/31/2008 - Complete
Creative Writing
Unleash your imagination...
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 457 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/31/2008 - Complete
John reviews
One man's Happily Ever After is another man's Hate Crime.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,489 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/28/2008 - Complete
Agent Ferrett and the Secret Santa
This was a secret santa present for my housemate. It's like a James Bond novel set in my mind. With vicious fairy lights, a Yeti, an agent in disguise as an elf and a bunny.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,462 - Published: 12/11/2007 - Complete
Truth or Dare reviews
Typical abduction story with a twist and some interesting aliens. Language is clean, but it's a little scary in a Dr Who kind of way. OK, it's not very scary, really.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,825 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/10/2007 - Complete
Corridor of Infinite Destiny reviews
The Cloaked Stranger is the last of his kind. He wanders his corridor into infinity, helping those who need to be helped to their destiny. This is his story. It's a little angsty, but when you're as old as the world, you experience a lot of loss.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,848 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/10/2007 - Complete
The Next Best Thing
It's not until after her death that Zodiac learns what it is to be alive. Rated T for some violence and the death of a character. Twice.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,215 - Published: 2/10/2007 - Complete
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