Author has written 5 stories for Supernatural, Romance, General, Essay, and Manga.
Sadly, I'm pretty much inactive here except for some forums. I am quite active over on FanFiction, using the same pen name. (For those who worry that fanfiction requires too much up-front knowledge, please know that I try to assume my readers know very little about my canon, and have had reviewers who didn't know the canon at all say they enjoy the works.)
I enjoy sci.fi, urban/modern fantasy, supernatural, action, adventure, all leavened with humour and character development. I'm not adverse to romance, friendship, or even outright sex be it straight, M/M, F/F or 3somes. I find them difficult to work, both as writer and reader.
I like manga- and anime-style stories, to an extent. Most of the older and best anime put the story first, the SFX and 'Rule of Cool' trope later. A lot of modern anime seems to invert this - the story is often just an excuse to bust out the SFX team. Strictly speaking only for, me a gaudy fight, lacking background, with one-dimensional characters, bristling with overpowered attacks and cliched dialog isn't going to work.
Sadly, most anime attempts at horror fall into this, and fail. Overall, I'm not much into horror - either it's poorly done and laughable, or it's effectively done and scary. Either way, it's a lose-lose for me as a reviewer, and likely for the author as well.
I don't review many stories, though I do try to write detailed reviews, not just "I like it." My reviews are usually written as I read the work, so if they contain misapprehensions, I deliberately chose not to correct when later I am shown wrong. This I feel is a benefit to the writer - the reader should get the right idea the first time. I seek to receive reviews of the same level of investment.
I don't return reviews that look like they were only written so I feel obligated to reciprocate. Sadly, this means I do not participate in review exchanges, marathons, etc. I will return reviews from those endeavors as I can. Telling me to "review via story XYZ" will not get a response - it is already implied if you write a thoughtful review.
If this makes me sound like a total bitch, so be it. It took me a year recover from review-guilt burnout, and I'd rather be a bitch on FP than not on FP at all.
Here are the forums in which I have been known to participate:
The Gossip Forum (Inactive)
About FictionPress: FAQ and Help for New Users (Reference Use)
(Not that I'm that old a hand at FP, mind you. However, it appears some of their technical difficulties are ones for which I can offer assistance.)
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