Author has written 57 stories for Supernatural, Politics, Fantasy, Fable, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Essay, Kids, and Mystery.
Nerissa McCormick, at your service! *bows*
Northern-Irish • 25-year-old • aro-ace • obsessed with history
I'm one of the least organised writers ever (when I start a chapter I rarely know how it'll end). I have a probably unhealthy fascination with fairy-tales, death, and (to quote Lore) the darker side of history. I never think anything I write is any good once I finish writing it. At any one time I have at least a dozen different story ideas cluttering up my head. I'm very good at procrastinating.
I'm on Wattpad, Critique Circle, Movellas (though I never use that account now) and Royal Road under the same or nearly the same username. I've a Fanfiction dot Net account, but life and a lack of inspiration mean I haven't used it for about four years. On Archive of Our Own I go by certain_as_the_sun. You can also find me on Tumblr at talesofsorrowandofruin[dot]tumblr[dot]com, and on Blogspot at a-sequence-of-continuous-delights[dot]blogspot[dot]com (currently on hiatus). My Tumblr is where I post or reblog anything I'm interested in, from writing tips to Lord of the Rings GIFs, and on Blogspot I review books and period dramas.
Learning languages is one of my favourite things. Currently, I speak basic German (the language itself is pretty easy to learn, but knowing when to use "der", "die" or "das" is torture), even more basic Japanese (why do kanji have multiple readings? WHY?), and a few sentences of French. Maybe someday I'll become fluent in another language. Maybe.
Favourite Books: Watership Down, Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House, The Silmarillion, The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Howl's Moving Castle, Charlotte's Web, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Ivanhoe, The Prisoner of Zenda & Rupert of Hentzau, Emily of New Moon
Obsessed with musicals (I have The Sound of Music and Les Misérables memorised).
Favourites, in no particular order:
Sound of Music, Les Mis, Singin' in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera (but don't ever mention the film), anything by Disney (though Beauty and the Beast -- the original, not the remake -- is my absolute favourite), Elisabeth (why is there no English production? Why?), West Side Story, Anastasia (both film and theatre versions, with a slight preference for the vaguely-more-realistic theatre version), Roméo et Juliette (the staging and costumes are almost always weird, but the story and music are great), Sweeney Todd (both stage and film versions), Phantom (the Yeston/Kopit musical, which I actually like better than the Andrew Lloyd Webber one), and anything and everything Takarazuka.
Favourite Films/TV Series:
Star Wars (but not the prequels!), Lord of the Rings, Prince of Egypt, Chronicles of Narnia (impatiently waiting for the next film), Pride and Prejudice (1995, not 2005), North and South, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, How to Train Your Dragon, Rise of the Guardians, Cranford, Wives and Daughters, Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), The Untamed (2019), Strangers from Hell, My Country: The New Age...
If it's a period drama, there's a good chance I'll either have watched it or mean to watch it. Especially if it's adapted from a Dickens novel. Same goes for C-dramas, K-dramas and J-dramas with fantasy or historical settings.
Most of my short stories are stand-alone one-shots, with two exceptions. (Tales of Ash is vaguely set in the same universe as Left Unsaid, but it doesn't involve any of the same characters.)
Will Torchthwaite 'verse
The (mis)adventures of a young witch. Currently has three stories:
How Not to Mend A Broom
Old Friends 'verse:
Short stories about personifications of towns. Currently has two stories:
My multi-chapter stories:
Death and the Emperor: Science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, a bit of romance, and goodness knows how many other genres. Completed. It started out based on Alice in Wonderland with a bit of inspiration from Hades and Persephone, then some Elisabeth and Narnia influences crept in.
Has eight(!) side-stories/bonus chapters uploaded separately:
The Undiscovered Country
The Brave Tin Soldiers Fall: Sequel to Death and the Emperor. Completed.
Age So Crammed With Madness: No idea what genre this is, but it's set in a steampunk alternate universe. Camp NaNo project for April '18. Turned out to be a spectacular failure, but I've posted all the chapters I finished. Currently on hiatus.
In a Weary World: Retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Completed. It's frankly a mess, but hopefully posting it here will motivate me to edit it. Eventually.
Don't Open Till Morning and Other Stories, The Haunted House, and Tainted and Other Stories: Collections of short stories I wrote for the October Spooky Writing Challenges on Tumblr. Completed.
A Girl, a Murder, and Twelve Dreadful Children: Weird mixture of horror, murder mystery, and occasional comedy. Crossover with the Old Friends 'verse. "Completed" because I got tired of writing it.
Covered Mirrors: Mixture of horror, historical, mystery, and who knows what else. A Subtle Web is a sort of early draft of this WIP. Camp NaNo project for July '19. "Completed" because I got tired of writing it.
The Power and the Glory: My Camp NaNo April '20 project. Steampunk, fantasy, some science fiction... basically I threw together all the things I like reading about, and I'm pretending the result is coherent. Books 1-4 are complete and fully uploaded. Book 5 will be a NaNo project next year.
Has three side-stories/bonus chapters uploaded separately:
Totentanz: My Original Fiction Big Bang 2021 project. Fantasy, black comedy, time loops, enemies-to-very-reluctant-friends. Complete.
Like Snow on Hungry Graves: My Camp NaNo July 2022 project. Fantasy, a bit of horror, enemies-to-marriage-of-convenience-to-lovers, book 1 is basically The Little Mermaid meets Goodbye My Princess. Book 1 is complete. Book 2 will be a future NaNo project.
A Series of Mistakes My first attempt at a novella. Complete.
Gracemeadow Manor: My second attempt at a novella. Complete.
The Case Files of Seo Yo-han: A trilogy of murder mysteries inspired by Agatha Christie, set in an alternate history where WW1 never happened. Instalments:
All my stories are first drafts, so please excuse any plot holes, mistakes and the general mess that first drafts tend to be.
That's all I can think of at the minute :)