Author has written 19 stories for Fantasy, Fantasy, Haiku, General, Humor, Humor, Nature, and Supernatural.
Stuff! personal opinons, biases, pet peeves, ect. ect.
Alright, #1: Vampires are passé! That being said, if your story is good, your characters complex, and your writing solid, I will read it.
I. Hate. Clichés. With the fiery passion of ten thousand burning suns (the irony is not lost on me). I will let you off with a few things, but I swear–– by all that is mighty––if you have a Spunky Princess, a Farm-boy With a Sword, a Mysterious Prophecy, a Dark Lord Rising, or a Mysterious Old Mentor, I will drop your story faster than the Patriots dropped Tim Tebow.
The same goes for getting your setting incorrect, e.g the presence of technology that is inconsistent with the supposed time period, or words that have not yet taken on the meaning you intended them to. (If there is no gunpowder, and guns have not been invented yet, why do your characters say 'fire an arrow' when the term 'fire' was invented specifically to apply to guns? And how can your medieval knight be sitting on a bale of hay when the baler wasn't invented until the 19th century?)
Also, most of the stuff on here isn't very good. That's because I haven't updated any of my stories since my sophomore year of high school.
I'm a sophomore Politics/English major at Messiah College. My hobbies are reading, writing, hiking, and daydreaming. Pretty lame, eh? Well, with all the reading I do for classes, I don't really have time to go out much (that's what I tell myself, at least–please don't break the illusion!)
All jokes aside, literature really is a big part of my personality.
I started reading in 4th grade, when I found a yellowed copy of Here Comes Charlie Brown in the basement of my Grandparents' house. After that, I read Artemis Fowl, because I was attracted to the shiny cover. Then, I started on Percy Jackson and the Olympians, except I read the second book first for some reason. The Inheritance Cycle came next, and after that, I went on a dragon kick. By the time 6th grade rolled around, I was a seasoned veteran of the Young Adult genre.
Unfortunately, things dropped off around 2008/9. For a while, I didn't read at all. I played a lot of video games, didn't go outside much, and listened almost exclusively to the Beatles. Their contributions to the music industry notwithstanding, it was a dark time.
What saved me?
The Wheel of Time.
After a particularly tough freshman year, I shut myself inside, intent to spend (waste, squander) the summer of '11 the same way I had its predecessors. But something was different. In an attempt to get me reading again, my parents had given a Kindle for Christmas. It went unused, largely, until the following June. None of my friends played World of Warcraft anymore, and the new Call of Duty wasn't my cup of tea. With my usual refuges of no use, I turned to other methods of entertainment. I decided to browse the Amazon store, in hopes that I'd find something to take my mind off then-oh-so-important girl problems.
I picked up the Eye of the World, because I'd seen if before at Barnes & Noble, and it looked interesting. From the first chapter, I was hooked. Less than three months later, I'd devoured more than 3,000,000 words of fantasy. And that was only the tip of the iceberg! Once I was caught up with the series, I bought everything Brandon Sanderson had to offer.
Thankfully, I branched out. I went through a phase where I read nothing but the classics–which I feel has, in the long run, benefitted me. I got back into SciFi with Dune, and discovered a love for military non-fiction by way of the Memoirs of U.S. Grant.
So, here I am. 19-year-old lover of literature.