Capritarius - Bird of Passage
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Joined 03-19-08, id: 604191, Profile Updated: 04-30-12
Author has written 16 stories for Supernatural, Humor, Fable, Play, Spiritual, Mythology, Love, Fantasy, Young Adult, General, General, and Romance.

I last updated this profile (indeed, last looked at it) a week after graduating from high school. Now that I am a week from finishing my first year of college, it seems as good a time as any to revisit and reassess.

But first, I would like to thank you for coming here, whoever you may be and from wherever you come from. Probably you washed up here. Perhaps you came of your own accord. Regardless, the chances of you in particular finding this place in particular are astonishingly low. So: thank you for making a statistical impossibility into a reality. It means a great deal to me.

My name is Terry S Zhou in my own head and 周思佳 in my parents'. It is spelled Zhōu Sījiā and is thoroughly unpronounceable. The first character refers to a 3000-year old dynasty which failed to do much over its 800-year lifespan, but saw the birth of both Confucius and the base system for writing modern Chinese characters.

So that's alright.

The second two characters are my personal name, and translate roughly to "Think beautifully." I cannot tell if it is a wish or a command. Certainly it's an aspiration. Often it's an unfulfilled one.

My writing tends towards the fantastical, and people who matter to me tell me it is both clear and expressive. The people who don't matter to me tell me that it is impossible to eat that many bananas as per my short story Mathew Cheung and the Curse of the Banana King because bananas have some sort of auto-ripening factor which prevents them from staying good and gold. For the sake of honour in fiction, I can promise you that I will never waste your time by writing about rotten bananas. Only the good kind.

Instead I will waste your time with stories which deal mainly with dreams, love, nationalism, cultural identity, and more often than not some small measure of thievery. At least, these are the things that are important to me, the former being what makes me write and the latter being how I get no small number of everyday necessities (clothes, food, pen and paper, dignity).

I could tell you, bashfully, not to look at anything written before this update (The 1st of May, and the 2012th Year of The White Man's Lord) on the grounds that early stories are unrefined, weak, juvenile, and overall bad. But that would be dishonest. Mainly what they are is a little embarrassing, like a photo of you as a child, dressed in a superman costume even though it is nowhere near Halloween. These older (younger?) stories are, however, much more honest, much less prone to subterfuge, and have just as much right to exist and to be read as any other story (which is only as much right as the writer is willing to write and the reader is willing to give). And honestly, who doesn't want to dress up as superman sometimes?

In parting (or on further acquaintance), go where you will. I can't stop you, and I would never dream to even if I could.


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Killer Killer by Autumn's Last Curse reviews
Every month, on the fourteenth, someone dies. And after twelve deaths, no one knows why. But they're about to find out.
Fiction: Mystery - Rated: T - English - Mystery - Chapters: 8 - Words: 5,065 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 12/12/2006 - Published: 11/10/2006 - Complete
Tears of a Nation by Autumn's Last Curse reviews
The whole world changes its conception of equality as the Appocalypse approaches, and when it is upon them, those unfit will die. The story of one girl attempting to survive. COMPLETE AND REVISED!
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 14 - Words: 9,407 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/26/2006 - Complete
Nothing by sad-infamy reviews
What I think about most of the time. Reviews will be appreciated.
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: K - English - Parody/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 0 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/22/2005
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An Incident in October in the Autumn of Our Love reviews
cheating, learning, remaking
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,068 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/30/2012 - Complete
Two Deaths
bank, gunshot, things lost
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 604 - Published: 4/30/2012 - Complete
Matthew Cheung and the Curse of the Banana King reviews
Chinese-American battles paranoia, potassium poisoning, phantom banana-fiend.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,589 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/30/2012 - Complete
Matthew Cheung and the Hole to China
Chinese-American struggles with bicultural identity through the lens of love, college, severe hangover.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,915 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/30/2012 - Complete
Kingdom of Thieves reviews
When his dreams are invaded by a rogue sentient Idea, Antomov becomes the unwitting target of an organization which monitors all human thought. Pulled out of his body and tossed into a psychic underworld, he struggles to find his way back to reality.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 10 - Words: 18,305 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 8/2/2011 - Published: 7/24/2009
A poem about how insufficient poetry really is as a form of expression. It's pretty free-structured, with some vague influences from limericks. Rated T for some brief curseword I didn't feel like brosatting
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 373 - Published: 10/11/2009 - Complete
Wormwood reviews
It took 7000 years and 3 world wars, but humanity is finally at peace with itself. But in 2030 a celestial disturbance releases storms of preternatural creatures upon the world and reconfigures the souls of select people worldwide. Who, now, is human?
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,569 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/24/2009
Peppermint reviews return to poetry after my self-induced hiatus of several months... I let it write itself, just sort of poured out. I didn't expect it to be this angsty, but...
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 244 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/20/2008
The Infinite Turtle Factory reviews
Just making fun of the world in general, as usual
Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,050 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/16/2008
Silk Mantis and the Deafening Tin Can: REVAMPED reviews
A prologue to a series I'm thinking of writing. the older version was on fanfiction, under the same name, 15 chapters long. This is the better, longer, editted version. Dark stuff, rated M for gore/cruelty, though it does have its lighthearted moments.
Fiction: Mythology - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Parody - Chapters: 15 - Words: 22,030 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 4/26/2008 - Published: 3/22/2008
Lie Down and Rot
about a fifteen-year-old who sees ghosts. Somewhat different writing style from my other stories obviously . Decided a change of pace would be nice, you know?
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,529 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/21/2008
The Serpent Forgotten reviews
I know it seems out of character for me, but hey, whatever. It's a story about the beginning of the world, I guess you could say
Fiction: Spiritual - Rated: K+ - English - Spiritual/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,518 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/22/2008 - Complete
Just Another Saturday reviews
Sort of a parody of the sort of world we live in, the mistakes people make. Pretty humourous too, the ridiculosity ? of it. I like it.
Fiction: Play - Rated: K+ - English - Parody/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,496 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 3/22/2008 - Complete
Catface and the Winter Village
Experimentation with a new writing style. I was trying to go for the foggy, vague, dreamy myth sort of feel, but I don't know how successful I was. And before you ask, I love baby seals. As for puppies...well, that's a different story
Fiction: Fable - Rated: K - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,507 - Published: 3/22/2008
The Passage of the Duck reviews
Written after being influenced by Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Another surprise ending, I'm a fan of those. And yes, I suck at making up names. Deal with it.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Supernatural - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,574 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 3/22/2008 - Complete
On the Rocks reviews
Entirely spontaneous, and purposefully ambiguous. There's really no point, but go ahead if you're a fan of imagery and non sequitur endings.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 3 - Words: 1,018 - Reviews: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/22/2008 - Complete