Bethie M. W
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Joined 06-25-09, id: 675762, Profile Updated: 10-29-11
Author has written 14 stories for Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Historical, Humor, General, Young Adult, and Romance.

Bethkinishness

I'm tiny and called Beth. (Among a host of other nicknames, but the list is so long that it wouldn't fit comfortably on this page.) I'm easy to get along with, but difficult to know. Someone can know me for years and still be surprised by what I think. I can be vague about my opinions if I feel they might cause conflict, but I really cannot abide dishonesty. My diplomatic nature only lasts for so long, and I'm unflinchingly loyal to the people who are close to me.

I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I want to know absolutely everything from aspects of biochemistry to the history of archeology and the principles of theology. Part of what makes me love writing so much is that every single subject imaginable can be incorporated into a story. My library card and the Google search engine are consistently in use. For me, writing has never been about mindless self-fulfillment. If it has no meaning and can't be enjoyed by at least one other person, it holds no joy for me. On the flip side if I am told I am incapable of something it will only make me delve in with all I've got, crying, "You have no idea how high I can fly."* I do things often for the sake of experience and research. Why would I have my best friend tie me up with packaging tape and throw me in the trunk of her car? Because I want to know if I can escape without assistance.

I have a wretched habit of starting a million projects and not being able to finish. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to writing. Nothing I do is ever good enough for me, so if mistakes are pointed out or inconsistencies brought to my attention, I will edit to the point of exhaustion. Thus, my first (and only completed) full-length story is now only a Prologue and a very long, yet-to-be-completed Chapter One.

Robin McKinley is the queen of wordage and I love her books to bits. She--like Jane Austen--has a knack for subtlety that most modern writers lack. I have great admiration for a book that can't be translated easily into a screenplay for the money-mongering nitwits currently in the movie industry. If I have to sit back and read every word to get the full effect, all the better.

I'm a Christian. That's not a label, but an affirmation of my deep and rewarding relationship with my Savior. I have very strong principles and may kill you with kindness. Though I generally prefer using a broadsword or a pen for that.

Favorite Quotes

"I am wiser than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." Psalm 119:100

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

"The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it." ~Jules Renard, "Diary," February 1895

"Three grand essentials to happiness in life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - Joseph Addison

"If you hear a voice within you saying 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength." - Frances de Sales

“You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"All activity lies within the artist's scope... Well maybe not yours." -Chaucer from A Knight's Tale

"Sometimes it's not about whether Cinderella gets her slipper back, but it's about the fact that the prince even picked up the slipper at all." -Michael Scott from The Office

Concerning Reviews:

Shocking, I know, but I do love reviews! I don't want to be the kind of author who tracks down every person who favorites my stories so I can demand they review each and every chapter they read, but I'd love to hear feedback from you all. How you like/dislike the story, the progression of the plot, character development, or hey, even if you're confused and need questions answered, I'm happy to oblige. I'd even be thrilled if a line I wrote makes you think of something random or amusing and you just want to tell me about it right that instant. Plus, I like to look up my readers, so if you write stories and happen to review one of mine, I'm likely to look yours up, too. Help you help me!

Favorite Authors

Robin McKinley
Jane Austen

Diana Wynne Jones
J. R. R. Tolkien
Elizabeth Gaskell

Christopher Paolini
Lloyd Alexander
Gail Carson Levine

Favorite Books

Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orzcy
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Phantom by Susan Kay
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
The Society of S and The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
Chalice by Robin McKinley
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Inkheart Books by Cornelia Funke
The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
The Goose Girl and Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Interview With A Vampire and The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
Beauty by Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Fondling Your Muse by John Warner

I will read any version of Beauty and the Beast I can find, or anything with a similar theme. I never tire of it.

Other Ways To Stalk Me:

Books: I need them. If you like digital bookshelves, reading and writing reviews, and maybe want to check out what I'm currently reading, take a look at my Shelfari.

I blog now too, because apparently writing stories isn't enough. Click for HASH

I also have an account on FFN under the same nickname Bethie M. W. if that interests you. :) I'm a slow updater there as well, but at some point they all get additional chapters.

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The Fall of Leonard Vanderbilt by Avra-Sha Faohla reviews
He was the High Wizard, but he was corrupted by greed, power, and Old Magic.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,352 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/8/2011 - Complete
The Day I Married My Stalker by Kristina Suko reviews
Suffice it to say there was a lot of tequila involved, as well as an unfortunate tattoo, a crazy grandmother who drank scotch… and a poodle.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 36,564 - Reviews: 209 - Favs: 66 - Follows: 103 - Updated: 3/6/2011 - Published: 10/1/2009
Sweet Ireland Air by Kristina Suko reviews
She ran to Ireland to escape from it all- the old flame, family drama, the social pressure of being single again. Under no circumstances whatsoever was she even thinking about romance. She just wanted peace. And then Rhys Gallagher staggered into her life
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 22 - Words: 69,107 - Reviews: 295 - Favs: 134 - Follows: 170 - Updated: 3/2/2011 - Published: 12/17/2009
My Beloved by Kristina Suko reviews
He killed her family, destroyed her village, and took her prisoner. He was a Saxon, arrogant, godless, and expected her to become his wife and bear him sons. She hated him. But slowly, her reasons to hate were taken, until only confusion remained.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 14,587 - Reviews: 839 - Favs: 741 - Follows: 446 - Updated: 3/2/2011 - Published: 12/14/2008
The Maddest by Kristina Suko reviews
They are the absolute rulers of this decrepit empire; they are the curtailers of freedom and the dealers of death.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,328 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 2/22/2011 - Published: 2/20/2011 - Complete
The Monster with the Scarf by Kristina Suko reviews
Even the moon was a little scared when the monster with the scarf roared and rared. The trees lifted up their skirts and fled ; no one would stay when the monster glared.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: K - English - Family/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 323 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/15/2011 - Complete
Beauty and the Beast by SidhexUnderhill reviews
A hideous beast, a beautiful maiden. This story has been told many times before. Now hear it again, for who knows what the truth is.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Romance/Supernatural - Chapters: 7 - Words: 17,146 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 9/22/2009 - Published: 6/30/2009
My Perpetual Nightmare by sarcasticlover reviews
Sophie Trudeau is a mental patient in an asylum in 1940s England. Imprisoned for her 'special gifts', Sophie is tortured daily by the sadistic Dr. Zander Gottfried. But everything changes when she meets the mysterious and kind Dr. August Mitchell.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 12,599 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 9/19/2009 - Published: 9/17/2009
The King of Phantoms by lilibug818 reviews
The King of Phantoms is exceedingly bored, so he decides to spend some time in the human realms. Excerpt: “Henrik,” said the King suddenly, sounding curious, “why is there a toaster on the floor of my hallway?”
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 819 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/17/2009
Prima Donna by Kristina Suko reviews
I walk into the dusty opera house, long forgotten by its once dramatic inhibitors, and look up through the lavishly painted roof to the gray sky beyond. I have come to see if what they say is true. x Oneshot, complete. x
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Tragedy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,299 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/11/2007 - Complete
The Condemned by Jonathan Hansen reviews
Not my best work, granted, but not my worst either. The inquisition of a Marquis during the French Revolution, by one Citoyen Georges Harker.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,429 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/4/2002
Little Red: A Futuristic Fairy Tale by Trent Roman reviews
A sci-fied version of Little Red Riding Hood. Not a parody but not very serious either.
Fiction: Fable - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,294 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/16/2000
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The Morning Edition reviews
Men and women speak a different language: said the newspaper that morning.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 891 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/16/2013 - Complete
She Was Seventeen reviews
What life at work is like... sort of.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Humor/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,109 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/16/2013
A Season at Blackstone House reviews
She missed the morose look of the stony house and its sharp, angled roofs. She missed the hills that touched the skyline, rising above the window of her chamber... and most of all she missed the family that dwelt in Blackstone House.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,216 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/28/2011 - Complete
Disenchanted reviews
Before the curse, she'd never done more than splintered a goblet, or froze a budding tree by mistake. Most of the village children refused to play with her, but she always had Brak. Until there was Raine.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,281 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 5/29/2011
Titus Flannegin's Amazing Machine reviews
A man stands in a rusty old tub, fully clothed and surrounded by butterflies. Where did he come from, and more importantly, why am I asking rhetorical questions?
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,186 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/14/2011 - Complete
Mandor in the Water reviews
In which a story of plagues and carnage cannot be kept from a gentler ending. Rated M for violence.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,369 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/28/2011 - Complete
The Last Balloon reviews
A boy, a girl, and eleven Mylar balloons. Happy Belated Valentine's Day.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,639 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/21/2011
Wind Blessed reviews
"He was in rebellion even then. He must have deemed it noble to keep the knowledge of her existence from us." The silence that followed seemed to carry with it a heavy mist of unspoken thoughts. "Find her." Fantasy/Elemental Powers
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,463 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 2/15/2011 - Published: 8/6/2009
Red reviews
She knows nothing of herself; past, present, or future, except for the haunting memory of something Red. She ambles on-searching-for what, she cannot tell. One-shot adaptation of ye 'ole fairy tale. Rated T for briefly mentioned nekkedness and violence.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,694 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/29/2011 - Complete
Wendell and His Cardboard Empress reviews
Wendell is King of the Hobos. In his kingdom of cardboard he has status, relative wealth, and respect. He also has a crush on the local Wal-Mart associate. Will there be sparks? ... There may be sparks.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,016 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/12/2010 - Complete
Happily Ever Altered: Beauty and Payne reviews
Futuristic retelling of the classic fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast." Told by alternating point of views through journal entries of the main characters. Rife with subtle fluff and minor angst. Includes made-up doo-hickies and a floating castle! Wowza!
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 17 - Words: 22,647 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 5/2/2010 - Published: 8/23/2009
White Beauty reviews
It's not what it seems.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 67 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 9/6/2009 - Complete
Chains of Love reviews
What happens when a slave trader's son falls in love with a clergyman's daughter? A one-shot romance. Rated M for reasons expressed in the Author's Note. No adult themes, but unsuitable for immature minds.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,837 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 7 - Published: 8/26/2009 - Complete
Royal Interview reviews
Royal Princess Andahlia Fraewyn of Tikaea prepares to meet the prince of a neighboring kingdom. One-shot with a fairy tale feel. Mystery, drama, and perhaps the beginnings of a romance...
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,441 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/26/2009 - Complete