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Joined 01-21-11, id: 761595, Profile Updated: 04-20-12
Author has written 16 stories for General, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi.

Mycelium --The project

Around 13 years ago I was struck by the maniacal idea that I was going to write a novel. It was purely for pleasure, no deadlines, a few chapters every few years.

Then a few years ago, I was in a pub explaining to friends that I was hoping to ask for a few months leave without pay from work, because my back problem was getting seriously worse.

One of them said, 'I could only do that if I had a project, otherwise I'd go insane! Do you have a project?' I had always dreamed of finishing my novel, but couldn't find a way of doing it when the very problem was too much sitting at a computer typing.

'I am going to finish the novel I started writing when I was 17 years old, using voice recognition software,' I blurted out without thinking.

Fast forward a month or two, I go back to work to negotiate this time off, successfully get it, then go to my parents' place for dinner that night. I find out that I am too sore to drive home, and am still here, 27 months later, the whole time being unable to sit or stand for more than a few minutes, in what has become clearly more than just a back problem (I now get pains in my whole body and all sorts of other weird symptoms), now diagnosed as lyme disease...after 8 years of symptoms mofos!

Fast forward six months, and I finally invest in Dragon naturally speaking voice recognition software, to use while lying down. And is thus it began...

Dragon has made me come up with some very creative errors, one of which (clearing my nose made it write the word 'fish') inspired an entire chapter or two, hence my pen name, Dragon made me do it.

The one plus side of having most other hobbies and work taken away from you, is that it really focuses the mind on your writing.

I am putting it up here to share with my friends, and also to maybe get some feedback to learn how to write better. The book in question is 'mycelium'. I will paste it up here when it has passed my editors at home.

In the meantime, I have added my second novel as a work in progress and a few short stories.

Thanks to my friend Sophiesix for showing me this website, and anybody and everybody who has agreed to read my work, or is doing it anyway :-)

About me

I live in Australia, in a little cold cul-de-sac called Canberra that we like to call the capital city. Believe it or not, that alliteration was accidental.

When I can get back to it, I like things like salsa dancing, walking up mountains, basketball, movies, restaurants, bellydance, snorkelling, and many other things that I won't go into now since they are off limits.

At the moment though, other than hydrotherapy I can only do things lying down. I am hoping to use the writing process to help me to get through this :-) While I can't work in this situation, creative writing is different because there is no pressure, requirement to be efficient and accurate, requirement to be awake during the day, or stress. I believe it can actually be healing because of the way it engages the subconscious.

I like cheese!

A note on proofreading work written using voice recognition software

When you use voice recognition software, there will almost never be misspelled words, but rather the main error is to have the wrong words there, missing words, or extra words.

Particularly, homophones, plurals, rhyming words, that instead of but, he/she/they/you, apostrophes (for example its and it's). Incorrect capitalisation may also occur.

If there is a misspelled word, it might be that the word is split in half with another word in the middle because the cursor was in the wrong spot.

Please bare this in mind when proofreading my work if something doesn't seem to make sense :-) I try to read through my work a few times before submitting it, but sometimes things fall under the radar.

Novel number two...

Meeting Room 24.07

This is my second novel based on the idea of a meeting room in a deathly tedious office which induces some kind of transformation/hallucination to destinations around this world and others during team meetings. The idea is to mix the office politics and satirical elements with the fantastical. Dare I be so bold as to call it magical realism? Probably not because that might make me a wanker.

Writing Challenge Contest (WCC)

I am a big fan of this, you can submit entries and vote on them by the seventh of each month, based on a prompt provided on the first of the month, in the Review Game forum.

Reviews

Currently not returning reviews because of limited computer use, neck pain ouchie, but will as soon as I can.

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The Angel Kristoph by Dr. Self Destruct reviews
Can an angel still hope for redemption when the blood of countless innocents stains his hands? /Story Removed/
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: M - English - Horror/Romance - Chapters: 43 - Words: 12,020 - Reviews: 719 - Favs: 101 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 7/24/2012 - Published: 6/7/2011 - Complete
Putting On My Otter Shirt by Ioga reviews
A perfectly normal werepanther girl runs a perfectly normal, if somewhat messed up life, until she runs into people whose idea of perfectly normal is rather incompatible with hers. By then there is no going back.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 10,155 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 1/22/2012 - Published: 10/29/2010
What Really Happened by Ioga reviews
The old tales say that all shapeshifters evolved from red dragons after a glorious epic battle against evil black dragons. But old tales are known to occasionally bend the truth. Independent "prequel" for Putting On My Otter Shirt.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,646 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 9/10/2011 - Published: 3/26/2011
Milk by Javajive reviews
Hope is a heartless creature. Pressing its velvety nose against the palm of your hand, gazing up with wet puppy eyes. "Let me in," it whispers. "I'll be nice this time." - Written for the August 2011 Writing Challenge Contest
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,324 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 4 - Published: 8/6/2011
The serpent's fruit by Javajive reviews
He disappears in spring. A stupid thing to think, because here where the equator cuts a country in two, spring doesn't even exist. - And just like that, neither does he.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,293 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/1/2011
Sequence of seven by Javajive reviews
Java 1966 – A schoolgirl stumbles on the mutilated bodies of seven slain Communists. - Benevolent phantom, imaginary friend or ghost, Widya doesn't know, but one fickle spirit remains with her into adulthood, refusing to leave.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 915 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/25/2011
Corridors of the Mind by Elennar reviews
One need not be a chamber to be haunted, one need not be a house. The corridors of the mind far surpass material space -Emily Dickinson
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Horror - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,023 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 6/1/2011 - Published: 7/27/2010
The River Horse by Deedee Elle reviews
When Nigel the hippopotamus hears himself called a river horse he sets off to find his true family. This should be a picture book so you'll have to imagine the illustrations of a slightly cross-eyed hippo baby.
Fiction: Kids - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 863 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/22/2011 - Complete
Lifelike art by Ioga reviews
An excellent artist is able to capture the very essence of his models.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 756 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/9/2010 - Complete
Life, underwater by sophiesix reviews
Drowning in a well of passion or dying of thirst on a beach of solitude. October WCC entry.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,288 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/4/2010 - Complete
In the end, there was nothing but darkness by sophiesix reviews
When a comet strikes Earth, two brothers are some of the lucky few to make it underground. But the shelters are closer to Hell than Heaven.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: M - English - Drama/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 968 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 5 - Published: 6/5/2010 - Complete
little man by sophiesix reviews
A grid of concrete columns stood caught in a glowing net of streets. Sky scrapers formed a different forest to the ones I was used to, but each building harboured as much life as the trees from home. April WCC: 'Wilderness'
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,755 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/3/2010 - Complete
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: 27 - Words: 324 - Reviews: 306 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 3/7/2010 - Published: 11/3/2009 - Complete
Unraveling by Sercus Kaynine reviews
A short story about a cat chasing yarn.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 326 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 4 - Published: 11/29/2009 - Complete
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Pirates of Galapagos
Here be a tale of swashbuckling and victory on these isles of terror and beauty...with a twist.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,608 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/6/2013 - Complete
Meeting Room 2407 reviews
Inside the most tedious office ever to bore this earth lives a mysterious meeting room with the power to teleport its inhabitants into other worlds. Genre is office satire crossed with fantasy/magical realism.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 22 - Words: 21,450 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 4/23/2012 - Published: 6/6/2011
Mycelium reviews
Join Rosa and a ragtag collection of randoms through a fungal, mind-wobbling, truth-seeking, swashbuckling adventure involving flying, jellied lakes, the New York City subway system, and several hospitals
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 50 - Words: 98,324 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 4/21/2012 - Published: 4/20/2012 - Complete
Minority of One reviews
A lone rogue stands up valiantly against tyranny in the Assembly of Nations. Written for the February 2012 writing challenge contest.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 831 - Reviews: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/3/2012 - Complete
In Harmony reviews
Ariel hears music, but not like you or I do. Follow her on a journey to find out how. Written for the January 2012 WCC.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,727 - Reviews: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/7/2012 - Complete
Grain of Sand reviews
Take a walk with me over ancient landscape at Lake Mungo. Written for the December 2011 WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,775 - Reviews: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/3/2011 - Complete
Box reviews
In a dark dark room there is a large box. Written for the November 2011 WCC.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 922 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/4/2011 - Complete
Den Wallen Air reviews
A view over the streets of Amsterdam's red light district, Den Wallen, about what might have been, if different choices were made. For the October 2011 WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,870 - Reviews: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/1/2011 - Complete
The Immortal Curer reviews
What does death mean at the cellular level? A look at life and death for the September 2011 WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,455 - Reviews: 17 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/1/2011 - Complete
Knitting Northeast of Kviting reviews
A tale of anguish in the Scandinavian wilderness, submitted for the August 2011 WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 586 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/1/2011 - Complete
The Tale of Piotr Rabinski reviews
Something is rotten in the state of this rural paradise. Written as an exercise from a workshop at which we had to choose a children's story that still resonated with us, pull a genre and out of a hat, and rewrite it as an adult story in that genre.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,732 - Reviews: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/27/2011 - Complete
Current Echoes reviews
A young man is tormented by echoes of his past and struggles to move on. Submitted for the July 2011 WCC.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,737 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/1/2011 - Complete
Photo sapiens reviews
Imagine if people could photosynthesise and all you had to do for a living was sunbake. It is not as easy as it sounds, with debt, skin cancer, and social upheaval. All in a day's bake.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,025 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/5/2011 - Complete
Courage and Cowardice under Fire reviews
A little number about things that go screech-thud in the night that I wrote a long long time ago.
Fiction: General - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,214 - Reviews: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/5/2011 - Complete
Yaemoni reviews
Trouble is brewing like hot coffee in this island paradise. And you thought pregnancy was hard for humans!
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 944 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/5/2011 - Complete
Serigala reviews
Serigala follows the story of a T-shirt from its inception in Bandung, Indonesia, to a concert in Chicago.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,250 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/5/2011 - Complete
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