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Joined 12-23-09, id: 703590, Profile Updated: 06-22-14
Author has written 8 stories for Supernatural, Romance, General, Manga, and Life.

New profile. Why? Because I'm a cat, that's why.


WRITING

My current active work is Daughters of Icarus (DoI for short) a compilation inter-related of short stories set in the near future. The writing style is minimalist. It's in the fiction:manga section, and I'm trying to capture the fast-paced nature of the graphic novel medium by keeping the narration sparse and fast. Also, like too many manga volumes, I make no commitment as to when it will be updated.

DoI is a collection of short stories, each of which is no more than 10k words. The stories are in turn divided into short chapters, each 1-2k words in length. This again is to approximate my feel of the manga-reading experience - the reader is kept engaged by physically turning the page far more rapidly and more frequently than in a prose presentation.

The stories are each complete unto themselves, but are intended to be read in a serial fashion. While not all manga does this, the spiritual inspiration for DoI, the long-running manga Gunslinger Girl, is also a collection of inter-dependent short stories. However, the stories are not presented necessarily in chronological order. This is a tip of the hat to another treasured manga, 2001 Nights. In that, the stories are all about a given theme and family, but the author relies on the reader to sequence the stories as they are presented.

Lastly, the RAOSC (RPG, Anime, Own Stories, Continued) has been kind enough to review this story as its story-of-the-week selection, and the near-unanimous comment is that it is too sparse. To address this, once I have completed the first volume, I'll post a side-by-side rewritten version of it with more description. However, that will be a much lower priority than the 'lean' version, and will trail it by many weeks if not months.


REVIEWING

I review for me, for my growth. I have found that by reviewing, I have greatly increased my awareness of what works for me in a given scene, line of dialog, theme, etc.

For me, flow is everything. Everything. I want to start the chapter, then be swept away by the mental images and imagined dialogue until I bump into the end of chapter. Anything that might possibly interrupt this flow is a possible point in my review.

This means my reviews are very long, and extremely nit-picky. I will go after SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar). I will call out unintended POV shifts and tense shifts. I will seem like I'm looking for things to criticize. That's because I am.

I expect an author to respect my time as a reader. If the work has fluff, it's wasting my time. If the work is leaden, it's wasting my time. I need to have confidence that the author treasures my time as much as I do. If I lose that confidence, I will drop a story mid-chapter.

Depending on length, I spend up to an hour per review. This means I make no commitments to reciprocate reviews. Remember, I review for me.

If this makes me sound like a total b, so be it. The last time I tried to look at review numbers, it took me a year recover from review-guilt burnout, and I'd rather be a b* on FP than not on FP at all.


Here are some forums in which I have been known to participate:

The Globe

Shakespeare and other stuff. The big kids club.

The Citadel

An open community where Fictionpress members can come for writing-related help and conversation with fellow writers.

The Madhouse

Your sanity is an illusion. We control the horizontal. The vertical. Don't try to adjust your mindset.

Rpg, Anime, Own Stories Continued (RAOSC)

The continuation of the own stories discussion, out sourced due to forum admin and mod being MIA.

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A Puppet in the Hand by sophiesix reviews
Tam has been in the Ward for as long as she can remember, though her treatments have destroyed most of her memory. A puppet of the state, her life is controlled by unseen forces. Will a chance for freedom cut her strings, or just change the puppetmaster?
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 454 - Reviews: 306 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 5/2/2014 - Published: 11/3/2009 - Complete
Guard Dog by cmaej reviews
A sequel to "Uncharted Waters". Ryuji has to spend the night caring for Kana, his unconscious, fellow warrior. However, the caregiver has a crush on his charge, and temptation is knocking on the door. Who will guard Ryuji from Kana? WARNING: M/M, yaoi, BL, Slash, Lemon, etc.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: M - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 9,299 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 1/28/2013 - Published: 1/9/2013 - Complete
Underground Secrecy by JulieBriand reviews
Slavery is still very popular, all the work of a secret organization, UPS, or Underground Program of Slavery. Mikki, a well behaved slave, get's sold to a normal, strict master. But he has another slave, a boy, who she falls head-over-heels for.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,082 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/8/2012
The Dreamer by Devil's Playground reviews
The Dreamer says he can destroy the world, or save it. He says the world is nothing but his playground, his dream. My name is David Leclaire. I don't know what to believe anymore, but I will find the truth, whether or not the world's ready to listen to it
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Mystery - Chapters: 19 - Words: 44,890 - Reviews: 395 - Favs: 55 - Follows: 55 - Updated: 12/11/2011 - Published: 9/29/2009
Earthbound by Kanilla reviews
REMOVED. A mysterious disease threatens demon kind, and Aeron works against the clock to find the cure. Faced with the death of his own kind, a budding romance and an awoken enemy he sure has his hands full.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 5 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 11/18/2011 - Published: 11/29/2009
Soul Catcher by Sakina the Fallen Angel reviews
It sparkles; a phantasmagoria of light and darkness, entrancing you, hypnotising you, until you are caught in its spell, then, like a whisper in the night, your soul is gone // Nominee for La Campanella, SkoW Best Line and now featured on Project Fiction!
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 69,465 - Reviews: 530 - Favs: 56 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 7/26/2010 - Published: 7/13/2009
Dear Diary by Sakina the Fallen Angel reviews
It all started when she left her diary out by accident. “Dear Diary, I wish I had never agreed to become Zack’s slave. This was the most stupid thing I could have done. Ever. And now he wants me to enter the Nationals with him?”
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 19 - Words: 75,360 - Reviews: 485 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 66 - Updated: 1/1/2010 - Published: 4/1/2009
Politics and Acceptance by Thescarredman reviews
Cybers were designed to be killers - soldiers, infiltrators, and assassins - who look like teenage girls. Now that the war is long over and cybers are citizens, what sort of place can they find in human society?
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 22,408 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 12/22/2009 - Published: 11/29/2009
The Devil's in the Detail by sophiesix reviews
When you’re dating the devil, you gotta be careful not to get burnt.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,588 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 4 - Updated: 11/30/2009 - Published: 11/11/2009 - Complete
Freedom Bound by sophiesix reviews
Timotheus must travel far from Athens, behind enemy lines to give his father the proper burial rights and release his soul. His slave girl, Serrae goes with him, but has her own agenda.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 18,143 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/1/2009 - Published: 5/21/2009 - Complete
Hellbound by Kanilla reviews
REMOVED. Lilith was just trying to summon a ghost to pay someone back for harassing her. She didn't expect to summon the 2nd Prince of Hell instead! And what's worse, he refuses to leave her side! Complete.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 29 - Words: 29 - Reviews: 383 - Favs: 316 - Follows: 134 - Updated: 11/28/2008 - Published: 11/6/2006 - Complete
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Daughters of Icarus Volume 1 reviews
Three years ago, someone, for some reason, built a Hellgate and let loose otherworldly creatures intent on eradicating the human race. Three years ago, the era termed the Before ended. Three years ago, the Change shook the world. Three years ago, the War started. (Collection of serial short stories of the Hellgate War.)
Fiction: Manga - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 7 - Words: 7,422 - Reviews: 68 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 6/4/2014 - Published: 4/23/2014
Tomas' Sacrifice
(From the archives.) "Tomas Kincaid Baxter, you face the charges of public display of power, of unauthorized magical combat, and, most serious of all, of illegal use of Blood Magic. How do you plead?"
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Mystery - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,639 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/1/2014 - Complete
How Do You Kill a God?
(From the archives.) Darkness is red. Not blood red. Not midnight red. Sort of a dark, dusty rose. Mauve. That is darkness. It is red, it is small, it is easily swallowed. It kills from the inside. No, not like that. It kills what counts from the inside.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 630 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/1/2014 - Complete
The Last Question reviews
(From the archives.) And the Angel of Death asked, "What do you wish to carry forward to your next incarnation?"
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 127 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/1/2014 - Complete
Stolen Souls: Exit Strategy reviews
Serial work, inactive. She's 15, a bio-augmented assassin, and has no memory of her youth. Can she find herself under all the lies, peace under all the blood?
Fiction: Manga - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,778 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/21/2012 - Published: 12/30/2011
Foster's Gambit reviews
Serial work, inactive. I could tell you my Angel tells me where to go to fight Demons and keep them from opening up Hellgates to end Life-on-Earth-as-We-Know-It, but what's the point? You either know that already, or you think I'm nuts. Or maybe both.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 17 - Words: 30,117 - Reviews: 131 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 11/22/2010 - Published: 12/26/2009
Days of Madness reviews
One-shot, completed. A kitten becomes a cat after the Test of the Hunt, and finds herself not looking forward to the rest of maturity's gifts.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,866 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/21/2010 - Complete
The Human Touch reviews
One-shot, completed. She's a wealthy widow. He's her late husband's brother-in-arms from The Great War. Can they overcome pain and doubts to trust each other in her final days?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,757 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 1/7/2010 - Published: 12/29/2009 - Complete