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Joined 12-05-10, id: 754865, Profile Updated: 02-09-13
Author has written 14 stories for General, Fantasy, Essay, Young Adult, and Biography.

I don't like most people. Which is to say, most people don't really entertain or stimulate me; call it egomania or misanthropy: better misanthropy. I prefer to be entertained, but of course it's your decision if you want to do so.

Junior studying English, Classics, Music, Russian, and German at the illustrious institute Indiana Univeristy. I'm a busy sort. I also do journalism and criticism--please don't harp on me if I fail to return or reply to a review for an indefinite period of time.

Here's a note to people on this site; if you want to be a good writer, first of all:

1) Read everything there is to read. Especially short stories. Especially James Joyce.

2) Realise that you are a terrible writer.

3) Realise that when other people tell you that you are good, they are only doing so so that you may tell them that they are also good.

4) Become so frustrated at the fact that you are a bad writer that you have no other choice but to become a good writer.

This is a difficult business but an easy hobby. If you're serious about writing, you should be obsessed. Joyce Carol Oates, while at university, used to fill up notebooks with her novels, only to throw them away as soon as she had finished. James Joyce spent 17 years of 4-hours-a-night sleeping while he was composing "Finnegans Wake". Anthony Burgess lamented continually that he had chosen an occupation that required constant concentration.

I love all of you because you write. We are, notwithstanding music and whatever you call God, the most perfect artform humanity has discovered. It's not perfect

but it's damn close.

"Denn edlen Seelen vorzufühlen
Ist wünschenswertester Beruf."

Möbius by thewhimsicalbard reviews
Winner of the April-May 2011 WCC. "Look left, child."
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 270 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/6/2011 - Complete
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Jamie reviews
Relatively personal. Jamie, I mean. His little girlfriends are just the cloying byproducts of a poor imagination. Don't judge him too harshly.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,410 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/14/2013
Argos reviews
Many of the stories herein are composites from various sources; I have endeavoured to draw them all together in a spiritually and emotionally dynamic way.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,993 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/9/2013 - Complete
Memoirs reviews
My first attempt at a work of significant length since the 7th grade. Unplanned and conceived in a series of 4 AM writing splurges; if chapters tend to derivate and elements be poorly sketched, this is due to a total lack of polish!
Fiction: Biography - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,351 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 5/25/2011 - Published: 5/21/2011
Ward reviews
A semi-autobiographical account of three days spent in a mental hospital from the perspective of a misanthropic, pessimistic, and ultimately psychotically unstable teenager
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11,875 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Published: 4/29/2011 - Complete
Penitentiary, with Sound and Fury
A rendering of William Blake's "London" with the aid of the Macbeth quote: "It is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; signifying nothing."
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,623 - Published: 4/19/2011 - Complete
Poker Match reviews
What happens when an evening's masturbation and planned intercourse with a young Russian harlot is interrupted the five most prominent composers of the 18th through 20th centuries demanding a poker match...
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,809 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 3/24/2011 - Complete
An Expression of Expressionless: Eliot's Rhapsody reviews
A Rhapsody on a Windy Night rendering with focus on nothingness
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,873 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/21/2011 - Complete
Lady Lazarus and it's Grisly Triumph
A Lady Lazarus rendering with focus on the macabre
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,077 - Published: 3/21/2011
Es ist genug reviews
A 19th century housewife is forced to acquire her individuality and must partake of everyday affairs with forced positivity in the wake of unexplained murder, dreading that her husband's self-imposed exile will leave her feeble and alone.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,588 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/20/2011 - Complete
Sadhbh Ní Bhruinneallaigh reviews
A convergence of the twain; the past and the present of Ireland in a chance rendezvous in Dublin's St Stephen's Green. The question-and-answer section is bollocks, yet pivotal towards my theme. Kindly commentate on its' effectiveness.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,764 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/3/2011 - Complete
A smattering of thoughts from this morning, not all of them sane
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,900 - Published: 1/24/2011 - Complete
Lady Mac
A burnt-out musician's phantasmagoric drunken odyssey into the heart of Duke Ellington's 'Lady Mac', with the character Music leading him by the hand
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,460 - Published: 1/14/2011 - Complete
The Idyll of the Toad and the Princess reviews
Post-sex. Sheer garbage in which a former Irish-Brit musician contemplates a poem of William Butler Yeats that declares knowledge of 'Child, Virgin, Harlot, and Lion' and examines it in quasi-stream of consciousness after his night with a young prostitute
Fiction: General - Rated: T - Latin - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,916 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/14/2011 - Complete
Pádraig, Sé do Bheatha Bhaile reviews
Examining the what-ifs of a classical 'Night of Experimentation of Celtic Music' in a tavern-scene; set amidst the backdrop of uneasy Hiberno-English relations in the late 20th century
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,424 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/14/2011 - Complete