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Author has written 23 stories for Romance, Fantasy, and General.

I have made up stories all my life.

As a child I acted them out with dolls on a built-in bookshelf in a room that wasn't mine. The shelf was shoulder level and must have been over a foot tall, because my Barbie (singular) and Ken could stand up on it. Barbie was never the main character; she was my main character's best friend or the Male Object of Affection's sister and was a princess, a gentleman's daughter, or at least a rich girl. She had the clothes for it.

My main character was a month doll. She came with a necklace with the month's stone and a flower, so one of her hands curled up with the pinky extended, like she was drinking tea. I had two of these dolls, February and May. May had pretty black hair and a yellow dress, but February won my heart; she looked just like me. She was short (compared to all the other dolls) and even though I was big for my age at the time, I knew I would never get very tall. She had a pot belly and a flat chest (Can you believe they made dolls like this?) and so did I. And her hair was auburn with all the curl I wished mine had (I loved her so much that after a while I French braided her hair to hide the mess; dolls hair and combs were never meant to meet). She even wore purple, my favorite color.

Her Object of Affection was a paper doll who was two or three inches taller than her (the same size as Barbie). He came from a set designed to show what Victorian clothes looked like. He looked too young to be the parent of the children included in the set and even though the woman had beautiful clothes, I hated her on sight. She was my villain's sidekick, sometimes Ken's sister, sometimes not. The boy (slightly taller than Main) was O of A's little brother and the girl was random background character.

This set was given to me by a woman who was dating one of my uncles. She said she'd had it since she was a child and so I wondered why most of the outfits weren't cut out. When I got home, I looked at the back and realized that the copyright date was only the year before. They weren't together long.

My villain was a doll only slightly taller than Main with a porcelain head, hands/forearms, and feet/calves. She was a reward for not missing any days of school for a quarter. My mother promised her to me and even bought her from the Avon lady weeks before I completed the impossible feat. Several times during that eon, my mother let me take her down and touch her, but then she would put her back in her box on the top shelf of the kitchen cupboard by the stove. She was a shepherdess, with painted blonde hair held back with a painted blue ribbon under a fluffy cotton bonnet (or maybe mob cap). Her white dress was sewn almost all the way up the back, fastening with a hook and eye, so it could be removed. She also had white bloomers that covered down to the top of the porcelain, which was important as they kept her legs from clinking together.

I wanted her so bad and worked so hard for her that I really can't explain why I hated her as soon as she was mine.

Also among my actors was a Daisy paper doll, but I'm not sure what I called her. She had a huge head in proportion to her body (like strawberry shortcake, but grown up) so even after gluing her to the folder she came in, I had to reinforce the neck with a popsicle stick. I think she might be the oldest doll of any of them.

I bought one of those dolls with rubber clothes with my hard earned money (rather than the dimes I stole from the basket goose where my father dumped his change when he came home. That is also where he kept his wallet, but I can solemnly swear that I never touched the wallet, except to get to change underneath.) She cost six dollars and she came with a purple shirt and yellow shawl and a green and fuchsia tutu and headband with a sprig of hair spouting from the top (no fashion sense what so ever). Her leotard was fuchsia paint and her hair was molded blonde with a painted head band. I only had the outfits she came with and I soon grew bored with it, so I made her a beautiful Arab outfit out of colored Kleenexes good enough for A Thousand and One Nights.

The robe was a pink tissue and wrapped around her from under her arms to her feet with the end over her shoulder. On the bare arm, I made a tiny armband from blue tissue, held fast with the judicious application of spit. More of the blue tissue was fastened into a headscarf with a veil across her face and a pink band wrapped around her head like Mary in the Bible story book my mother read to us when I was little.

I keep her in that outfit for months, maybe a year, but one night when I was staying at an aunt's, some cousins spent the night in my room and removed every bit of clothes from every doll I owned. By this point, I had no more colored tissues, so I never tried to redress her. All white just wasn't good enough.

For a while I had a doll made of oyster shells, but I gave her away to my friend who moved away in fourth grade. (I lost a friend every year this way, except third grade when I moved.)

I also had a baby paper doll (I'm not sure where it was from) and one of those tiny infant plastic cake decorations used for baby showers. For a while I had a bigger one, almost two inches long with eyes that opened and closed, but that was so long before my play acting that I'm not sure it really existed or I just wished it had.

But my baby that was loved and adored by Main and her O of A (husband by then -- always) was a Fischer-Price peg baby that came with a cradle and a changing table.

My characters were always named the same thing (but the only name I can remember is Andrew and I'm not sure which paper doll he was). And they had assigned rolls. If I needed a back stabber, I introduced the Victorian woman, if I needed a rich friend, it was Barbie, a poor one or sister to Main went to the May doll. I acted out my storied this way for years. None of them had any adults. If the King declared his son was to marry, word was brought through the characters I had ("Dad said we can't go." and so forth).

The stories were always romances. Always.

Later I gave them up, (the dolls are in a box under my daughter’s bed) and the stories stayed in my head. But the problem with thinking out stories in your head is that to everyone else it just looks like you lying in bed with your arm over your eyes at three in the afternoon.

But I found a remedy for that. I just have to write them down.

So now if the dishes don’t get done or the laundry washed or the floor vacuumed or dinner started (not that I ever start dinner), even if I spend the eight hours in the same position, people don’t looked at me sadly and worry. I just smile and say, "Sorry about the -whatever-, I wrote five thousand words today."

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Quartetto by SeveRemus reviews
Brian, the American bass singer in Quartetto, was a happily married man until he fell in love with Johann, the beautiful tenor from Austria. However, Johann has a tragic past, and Brian has a wife. Will they be able to live happily ever after? M/M slash! NOTE: Mostly deleted due to rampant plagiarism in this genre. Please see chapter 7.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Angst/Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 9,857 - Reviews: 862 - Favs: 135 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 1/1/2011 - Published: 1/23/2009 - Complete
A River in Egypt by frenchmartini reviews
Denial is an awkward obstacle to come across, as Jonty McPhee found out recently. Fortunately, fantastic and flamboyant Gareth Pedder finds all the drama quite amusing. Given the way he’s dressed, that’s to be expected! Slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 23 - Words: 38,139 - Reviews: 208 - Favs: 110 - Follows: 134 - Updated: 6/14/2010 - Published: 12/11/2008
Nerves by frenchmartini reviews
Meet me - David – a jittery student nurse who thought entering a roommate carer scheme was a brilliant idea. Meet Ryan – skate-punk extraordinaire with a penchant for chucking himself off vert ramps. In his wheelchair. Oh Lordy, that's got to hurt. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 41 - Words: 95,664 - Reviews: 991 - Favs: 872 - Follows: 720 - Updated: 4/12/2010 - Published: 9/12/2008
Scenes are for the Socially Inept by Cocaine Cowgirl reviews
Slash. Dreyden was just another cocky gay playboy, recently single. Orion was just the awkward kleptomaniac younger brother of his homophobic friend. And it all started with a door to the face, what could be more romantic?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 17 - Words: 57,153 - Reviews: 196 - Favs: 146 - Follows: 183 - Updated: 7/6/2009 - Published: 3/14/2009
A Suitable Lover by plumblossom reviews
The suitable lover, the unsuitable lover: the unsuitable lover to reject or hurt the heroine or simply fail to satisfy. Then there's the suitable lover, who's everything the unsuitable one is not. Skip's the unsuitable one. He thinks. Slash, if you care.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 21 - Words: 111,456 - Reviews: 169 - Favs: 216 - Follows: 68 - Updated: 6/7/2009 - Published: 9/27/2008 - Complete
Midwinter Tale by llyzsm2 reviews
It's the shortest day of the year and the tribes gather together to celebrate the turning of the year and hunt the Oak King. Wulf has been the Oak King for years and has never been caught but this year there is an unexpected hunter. M/M yaoi slash
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,307 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 187 - Follows: 12 - Published: 3/9/2009 - Complete
Winter Angel by Touch-of-Frost reviews
Rebel Silas Noble rescues a man steeped in mystery, only to learn he's not what he seems, and that the human race's fate might just rest on him. Gay romance involved. Contains rape, violence. On hiatus, revisions pending.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 35 - Words: 95,695 - Reviews: 165 - Favs: 144 - Follows: 132 - Updated: 1/19/2009 - Published: 10/18/2007
Summerlands by Jumping Jack Flash reviews
Rescuing an exiled elven prince sets in motion a train of events that engineering student James Carver really doesn't have time for. Slash; M language, sex and violence.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 27 - Words: 106,948 - Reviews: 66 - Favs: 132 - Follows: 141 - Published: 12/16/2008
Twelve Dancing Nobles by Qui reviews
[slash, complete] Several classic fairy tales, ripped apart, sewn together, stuffed with slash and tied off with a happy ending. Or twelve.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 27,316 - Reviews: 128 - Favs: 129 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 1/9/2008 - Published: 12/7/2007 - Complete
The Ordinary Vampire by Rachel Lynn reviews
Jacob was just minding his own business when he was kidnapped and tied to a porch. Who knew that this little town could be so bizarre? Slash. M/M. One-shot.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13,119 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 460 - Follows: 38 - Published: 6/19/2006 - Complete
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Trifecta reviews
Kenneth picks a unique anniversary gift for his boyfriend Ty: opening their relationship to a certain young bartender. Told through eighteen celebrations. Triple slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 40 - Words: 50,760 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 2/26/2016 - Published: 2/2/2014
Along the Silk Road reviews
Stories set in Asia and the Middle East: Claimed, part 2: Priti Words — Tanvir has been waiting get Priti and the time has finally come. He thought it would be easier. — "Tanvir buried his face in Priti's shoulder. Who would have dreamed that his generosity would be his downfall?" — Slash. Fairy tales. M/M
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 5 - Words: 16,436 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 12/12/2014 - Published: 8/25/2013
Be My Queen reviews
Lavender's need to keep her secrets blocks her off from the world, but when Diego coaxes her from her shell, she finds just how close her dreams have always been. Het trans/bi [On Hold]
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,518 - Reviews: 5 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 2/2/2014 - Published: 1/5/2014
A Balance of Harmonies reviews
Kurt is sleeping with Emil's lover, but Emil won't give Peregrine up. He has a unique solution for when one true love isn't enough. "All was fair in love and war and Emil was waging both." Threesome. Triple Slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 150 - Words: 398,486 - Reviews: 385 - Favs: 140 - Follows: 144 - Updated: 12/15/2013 - Published: 1/14/2011 - Complete
Frog's YuMMy Oneshots reviews
Latest story: "Waking the Gods" - Besian is the tag-a-long with a group trying to keep the world from ending, but he might just be the most important. — Besian felt nothing that couldn't be logically explained by being in an old, torch-lit temple in the middle of the night with the broken bodies of men he knew. Slash.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 51,372 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 65 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 8/25/2013 - Published: 12/4/2008 - Complete
MM Goodness — Oneshots reviews
The Fruit of Love - How does Rumpelstitzkin find the girl? Why does he help her? Why in the world would he want a human baby? What was the big deal with learning his name anyway? And did the girl really get to keep both the gold and her kid?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 16 - Words: 62,592 - Reviews: 63 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 41 - Updated: 3/31/2013 - Published: 12/31/2008 - Complete
Wings reviews
Kairava did the duty of all Ishika and carries the child of the member of another race. But in all likelihood this baby will look too different to be welcomed into the community. Only Kairava will never regret the lover ne (he) chose. Part 2: Kairava wants to start a life with Enzi, but they have to get home first.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 17,479 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 3/17/2013 - Published: 1/5/2013 - Complete
For an Uninterrupted Date reviews
Diemen really likes Pavel, and he thinks Pavel probably likes him back, so he wants to spend time with him, but the world seems to be conspiring against him. Stand alone from Balance of Harmonies universe (They were at Zan's party in chapter 17)
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 10 - Words: 15,437 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/29/2013 - Published: 1/16/2013 - Complete
Annals of Autumn reviews
Short stories and drabbles about and around Steven and Seth, but not necessarily from their points of view. Chapter 3: Seth and Steven have much less free time now that they have three kids at home instead of one, but they still find time for each other. Slash
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 17,190 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 9/23/2012 - Published: 7/1/2012
The Size of It reviews
Micah sees the same handsome guy everywhere. Is there any hope that that guy will see more than just Micah's outward appearance? Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 7 - Words: 12,942 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 8/19/2012 - Published: 2/25/2012 - Complete
Are You Together? reviews
Pete wasn’t looking for a new boyfriend. He wasn’t looking for anything, but suddenly he’s interwoven so deeply into the lives of Rick and his three small boys that he can never escape. Not that he wants to. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Friendship/Family - Chapters: 194 - Words: 234,681 - Reviews: 1801 - Favs: 418 - Follows: 195 - Updated: 1/18/2011 - Published: 7/14/2009 - Complete
Summer Snapshots reviews
Seth and Steven take the Grand Tour of Europe to see the sights and visit Steven's kids. Which means he meets a lot of Steven's exes. But Seth will not let any challenge to his and Steven's relationship go undefeated. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Family - Chapters: 30 - Words: 43,164 - Reviews: 106 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 1/13/2010 - Published: 6/24/2009 - Complete
Headache reviews
I wake up with a head the size of a whale in a sticky bed beside a stranger. Why was I so stupid last night? It’s a good thing people only turn twenty-one once. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 12 - Words: 18,559 - Reviews: 69 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 6/24/2009 - Published: 4/18/2009 - Complete
Fairy Tale reviews
So you want to live a fairy tale? Caleb has read them and knows how uncomfortable they are to the hero. Vomiting gemstones anyone? But at least that's better than toads. On the bright side, the hero might get his own hot guy with a dragon tattoo. Slash
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 11 - Words: 18,226 - Reviews: 79 - Favs: 181 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 6/20/2009 - Published: 4/23/2009 - Complete
Baby Snatcher, a story of the Faie reviews
Ewan retrieves Faie babies born to ignorant human mothers before the babe can be exposed to the sun, turn into a puppy, or noticed to have green skin. But why does it hurt so much to know that some of these babes are Cuchulainn’s? Werewolf Vampire Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Family - Chapters: 25 - Words: 36,659 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 4/14/2009 - Published: 2/17/2009 - Complete
Waiting for Valentine's reviews
I've waited so long for him and now he's finally here, but I can't yet make him mine. Seth impatiently waits for his eighteenth birthday when he and Steven will be legal... if you discount the step-dad's brother thing, which he does. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 20 - Words: 30,134 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 81 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 2/14/2009 - Published: 1/2/2009 - Complete
The Cottage in Weaver's Wood reviews
The day after Polly unintentionally confessed to Henry, he walked out on his wife and left the village. Ten years later, he's back. Did he come for Polly?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,675 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 9 - Updated: 2/13/2009 - Published: 2/11/2009 - Complete
Gathering Family reviews
Huge and scarred, Medvedev is a lonely wanderer. He takes refuge in a cave and follows ghostly sobs to neglected Oliver who's not half as young as he seems. The two men take in unwanted children and gather a family together. Side story for Izzy. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 10 - Words: 15,102 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 1/18/2009 - Published: 1/2/2009 - Complete
The Date reviews
Connor spots his guy with a girl. "My phone rings again. I don’t answer it. He will have a perfectly plausible excuse. It will be beyond suspicion. I will forgive him, like every time before, and I will hate myself." Slash — WARNING: metaphors abound
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 6 - Words: 10,562 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 53 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 1/14/2009 - Published: 11/17/2008 - Complete
Young God of the Forest reviews
If a vampire didn't know what it was.... "A light breeze moves the upper branches and the sun and shade flicker across the boy’s fair skin. His hair, lighter than I have ever seen, is paler than straw. He can’t be real. He is too beautiful."
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Drama - Chapters: 26 - Words: 5,760 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 38 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 1/4/2009 - Published: 11/7/2008 - Complete
A Prodigal's Dilemma reviews
Many years after running away, I return home for Christmas, but what I expect is not what I find, and what I find is not what I expect. First in a series, next is Waiting for Valentine's. Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Family - Chapters: 23 - Words: 49,045 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 163 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 12/31/2008 - Published: 10/14/2008 - Complete
Princess Izzy reviews
"I love you, my princess." But he ruined the affect by patting her head as if she were a child—or a dog. Izzy wanted to yell, scream, gnash her teeth, pull her hair, pull someone else's hair—why hurt her own head? Het—bkgd Slash. Extras at Gathering Family
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,592 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 12/31/2008 - Published: 11/11/2008 - Complete
My Impish Angel reviews
Sometimes losing your best friend to your rival is the best thing that can happen to you. "He is my dark wing angel—like the devil on my shoulder—my other half." Slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Family - Chapters: 9 - Words: 13,648 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 12/19/2008 - Published: 11/22/2008 - Complete