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Author has written 12 stories for Fantasy, General, Fable, Essay, Thriller, and Action.

*For those of you still viewing, I'm not dead, just incredibly busy writing Thesis. I'll ninja reply to reviews when you least expect it.*

Ah, the empty page. Just waiting for me to type something on it...

Ahem. I'm Calli Scribbles, if you couldn't tell from my username, and you can call me Calli or Scribbles, I don't mind. I'm a college student. I'm also a science major, and I'm putting that out there because people always think I'm an english major. I wonder why...

About my stuff: well, it's here. My policy with my stuff is: read, review, share, laugh, cry, eat - I don't care what you do with it as long as you don't claim it. It's mine, and it stays here. Or on your kindle or whatever if you like it that much. Constructive criticism is good. Uncontrollable squeeing is also good. For flames and trolls I have a fire hose.

Policy: I receive constructive criticism, try not to wear out your suspension of disbelief, and I occasionally give cookies.

What I Write: Fantasy, mostly. Of course, it's cross-genre fantasy as often as not, so it is often part steampunk, adventure, action or mystery. Romance occasionally crops up in the story, but I wouldn't classify or even cross-classify most of my stories as romance, as that's usually not the main point.

Ninety-nine percent of what I write will be rated T. In most cases this is a safety precaution due to bloody action scenes, scattered swearing, and anything else you can come up with that isn't really kids material, but isn't exactly rated M, either. Some stuff will probably be K, or K but I don't see me writing anything that's M in the near future.

-- Stories --

Silver in Eillen (Complete): The opening of a new silver mine in Renua would be an excellent opportunity for the small, unimportant Duchy, except for one fact. Their duke, Varinius, is too inexperienced to sucessfully negotiate a trade deal with the neighboring city of Eillen, and too stubborn to understand that fact. Of course, that's not to say that he can't send a representative...

Letters in Messian (Not Updating): Although Renua may be enjoying newfound wealth and political advantage, thanks to their current business arrangements, the small Dukedom must consider it's duties as a vassal state in the Nereonic Empire. And if the duke can kill to birds with one stone by sending away troublesome members of his nobility as emissaries of goodwill to Messian, the capitol of the Empire, then so much the better.

Prodigal (Complete): It has been years since Leah returned home and saw her family, and despite the past she is welcomed back with open arms. But it isn't just Leah who has changed, or the addition of her traveling companion, Ellie, into the family gathering that is putting people on edge...

Fiction Savvy (Updates whenever I feel like it): Private Detective Wise Guy has always known that a beautiful woman would get him into trouble some day. What he didn't know is just how over his head he would be when a lovely stranger lands him in a conspiracy that reaches far beyond everything he's ever known.

This is updated on a very rigorous "when I finish chapters" basis, which can be anywhere from days to several weeks. It's not abandoned, it's just difficult to put together on a schedule.

-- Shorts --

Cricket Symphony: A young woman contemplates her life while waiting for the arrival of a mysterious nomad.

Drink of Me: She will pay for all those silent years in the dark.

Before the Light: The thing about ghosts is that they don't realize that they're dead. Convincing them is hard.

-- Resources --

I currently take requests for writing tutorials, at least if I feel confident I have something useful to share on the subject. Feel free to submit them, I'll give you reasons if I don't take them. They're being updated in no particular order.

The Great Summary Advice Tutorial: Like my summaries? Here's how to create your own. Also advice on how not to be that one person whose summary is blank...

The Great Name Building Advice Tutorial: Never rely on a random fantasy name generator again. Good for other genres too.

The Great Getting Un-Stuck Tutorial: A short essay on how to break the writing doldrums and get something done, even if it's not what you'd originally planned on.

The Great Character Tutorial: This is a series of tutorials on how to make great, or at least better, characters. It's also long enough that it had to be split by topic.

Mary Sue Psychology: How to avoid making one, how to deal constructively with people who have, and why they happen so often in the first place. Also some good advice on making realistically developed characters and settings in the first place. Warning: contains concentrated information, and should not be applied to the easily-offended glory-hound type of reader or author. All resulting fires caused by not following these directions can be put out by a quick dunk in the sea of reality.

Act Your Age: How to write realistic characters of all ages, not just whatever age you happen to be. Also, lots of advice on how to balance characters so that they read as the right age even if they are smarter than the average bear or have special training.

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Leviathan! by RoughDraftHero reviews
Leviathan has always been apathetic about this whole supervillian business. However, to impress his older brother, he chooses to make the new superhero in town his arch nemesis. Too bad this hero has a penchant for saving Leviathan! slash
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 21 - Words: 79,755 - Reviews: 954 - Favs: 739 - Follows: 904 - Updated: 2/13/2015 - Published: 12/2/2011
The Glory of the Dawn by rsp reviews
An Outsider, a second-class citizen of the Innerworlds, Rhonne has the gift of technology. While attempting to fix an Artifical Intelligence, he is given the opportunity to help someone who has suffered as he has, but in an entirely different way. Companion story to "The Mask Offers Protection."
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,800 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/15/2012 - Complete
The Infected by literaryheroine reviews
Simon Barrett lives in hell. And hell just so happens to want to eat his brains. A short story I wrote for a Writer's Craft class.
Fiction: Supernatural - Rated: K+ - English - Suspense/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,596 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 5/11/2012 - Published: 4/16/2012
Death and His Friends by Deserthawk reviews
In front of me, the sheet of paper. Blank. Mocking me.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 752 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/14/2012 - Complete
Cabin Fever by Spider Lilly reviews
This is a story that I've never told anyone. And I swore never to tell, but I figure these promises have time limits on them, right?
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,148 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/17/2012 - Complete
Twelve Stars by SJR reviews
- COMPLETE - When you kill a man, make sure you give him the respect of your gaze. Hold his eyes until he dies. And then, when the battle is done, remember only that every victory has its price.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 86 - Words: 143,373 - Reviews: 272 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 1/8/2012 - Published: 8/10/2011 - Complete
Name Unsung by fainessae reviews
Drowning under the weight of her three sisters' fame, Saga leaps at the chance of an adventure of her own after a Prince bungles an attempt to steal her horse... On hiatus .
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 9 - Words: 24,586 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/24/2011 - Published: 8/22/2011
Aldos by ejpottersclay reviews
When Aldos discovers a family secret that will change his life forever, will he have the courage to do what is right no matter the cost?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 18 - Words: 87,923 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 9/21/2011 - Published: 10/9/2010
Put Out the Light by Catherine Julia Jefferson reviews
Malcolm Leight, private consultant to the police, only fucks his roommate/assistant/doctor/lovesick fanboy Peter Grayson on the nights he solves a case. There is nothing sacred about the ritual, though Peter wishes there was. M/M. NOW WITH EPILOGUE.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Mystery/Angst - Chapters: 8 - Words: 61,615 - Reviews: 159 - Favs: 339 - Follows: 76 - Updated: 8/10/2011 - Published: 4/30/2011 - Complete
Mechanized Wizardry by benrovik reviews
Wizards are drug-addled charlatans, and Petronaut engineer Horace Lundin has no patience for them. He applies the scientific method to magic, creating boxy spellcasting robots. In this steampunk swashbuckler, will human or silicon wizardry save the day?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 28 - Words: 41,416 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 6/30/2011 - Published: 4/21/2011
In Rhyme by fullyclothed reviews
It’s about a girl who owns the world, as girls are wont to do.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 517 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/1/2010 - Complete
Modern Magic by Zi Jian reviews
A high fantasy genre parody set in a modern world.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 28 - Words: 104,893 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 6/1/2009 - Published: 3/12/2009 - Complete
Kastor Chronicles 1: The Forge of Dawn by Jumping Jack Flash reviews
Barbarian swordsman Kastor Auberlane has no problem with this saving-the-world thing; it's putting up with Mikah that's a little hard to take. Slash; T for some language and violence.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 109,222 - Reviews: 86 - Favs: 211 - Follows: 56 - Published: 12/19/2008 - Complete
Project: Bestiary by Solemn Coyote reviews
This is a story about monsters, and the dark beyond the campfire. It's also an account of hope, desperation, and impossible odds. It tells of humans being who they are, and who circumstance forces them to be. Mostly, though, it's about monsters.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 6 - Words: 13,420 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/31/2008 - Published: 4/26/2006
Fantasy Parodies by Lccorp2 reviews
Fantasy parodies, mocking anything and everything about the genre. You want to read these. You just know you want to.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Parody - Chapters: 15 - Words: 40,794 - Reviews: 335 - Favs: 167 - Follows: 65 - Updated: 1/18/2008 - Published: 8/12/2006
Sand Prince by Itamashii Sparkle reviews
Even dragons may be tamed when they behave like the children of men. [contains boyslove:slash:yaoi]
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,180 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 9/19/2006 - Published: 6/14/2006
How To Write A Fight Scene by WyrdWolf reviews
A guide I made on writing the perfect (or, at least, better) fight scene. Find out the little things that make big differences!
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 10 - Words: 9,966 - Reviews: 162 - Favs: 133 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 8/2/2006 - Published: 4/11/2006
Bitter Girls by dragonfly3007 reviews
Frankie Blott is completely antirelationship, sullen, and mean. Wes stumbles into her life and intends to change things, one way or another! yeah okay i stink at summaries. just try it out. it's a good time.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 30 - Words: 104,456 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 12/7/2005 - Published: 7/6/2005 - Complete
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The Great Character Tutorial: Mary Sue Psychology reviews
Have you ever been accused of writing a "Mary Sue?" or accused anyone of the same? Used litmus tests and fretted over whether your character was "too powerful," "not feminine enough," or had "too much backstory?" Like to defend the phenomenon's existence or banish it from the internet forever? Learn more about the psychology and what you can do for your fellow readers and writers.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 14,496 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 12/13/2012 - Published: 7/2/2012 - Complete
Fiction Savvy reviews
A rainy night, a beautiful woman, a mysterious disappearance, and an unnamed artifact spell trouble for Detective Guy.
Fiction: Action - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 5 - Words: 8,185 - Reviews: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/3/2012 - Published: 7/15/2012
The Great Name Building Advice Tutorial reviews
Do your fantasy names sound like you're spitting out scrabble tiles? Naming 'themes' fall flat when they're on paper? Find yourself reusing the same handful of names because they're the only ones you like the sound of? Use this, and never rely on random 'fantasy name' generators again! *All advice has been field tested by incredible amounts of shouting.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,184 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 9/22/2012 - Published: 6/5/2012
The Great Getting UnStuck Tutorial reviews
Kill writer's block dead with your plus 6 spear of initiative! Or sneak quietly around it and work on something else. Follow these steps to dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend staring at a blank word document and wondering what ate your life. *I am not responsible for loss of time, health, sanity or souls with this product, and not party to your contract with your mus
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,060 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/8/2012
The Great Character Tutorial: Act Your Age reviews
Ever struggled writing a mature, adult character? Ever found yourself unable to remember how you thought and felt at fifteen? Are you plagued by child geniuses that sound as if they'd been fed dictionaries in jars as infants, or by inconsistent characterization at any age? Step right up, and I'll teach you all that experience and psychology has taught me! No diapers are necessary.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,666 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Published: 8/6/2012
Letters in Messian reviews
Although Renua may be enjoying newfound wealth and political advantage, the small Dukedom must consider its duties to the Nereonic Empire. And if the duke can kill two birds with one stone by sending away a troublesome member of his nobility to Messian, so much the better. *Companion to Silver in Eillen. Temporary Hiatus.*
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 14,920 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 7/16/2012 - Published: 6/6/2012
Before the Light reviews
The thing about ghosts is that they don't realize that they're dead. Everybody's got more hate and more fear in this life than they know what to do with. They either let it blow up out of them, let it simmer and sour and spoil everything, or they bottle it up inside until they drown. Me, I burn mine chasing after the ghosts that their lives make.
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,526 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/13/2012 - Complete
The Great Summary Advice Tutorial reviews
Suck at summaries? Not getting enough hits? Follow this in-depth, snark-certified tutorial to start jazzing up that empty space beneath your title and start provoking readers to click on your story. *No summaries were harmed in the making of this tutorial. All advice has been crash-tested by dropping it off of my preachy soapbox.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,235 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/31/2012 - Complete
Drink of Me reviews
His sister could once hear the whisperings of fate in the sounds of the water, but the words had lost all meaning to him and she had gone away inside her head.
Fiction: Fable - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,136 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/1/2012 - Complete
Cricket Symphony reviews
In the morning she would carry her things back down to the car, fuel up, and drive away from nothing in particular.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,232 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/16/2012 - Complete
Prodigal reviews
After four years of absence, it is still possible to be welcomed home with open arms. But how can the family accept the changes in their prodigal daughter Leah - or the different views of her traveling companion Ellie, who they meet for the first time?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Family - Chapters: 8 - Words: 26,830 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 3/1/2012 - Published: 12/19/2011 - Complete
Silver in Eillen reviews
The opening of a new silver mine in Renua could be an extremely profitable opportunity for the small city-state - if they didn't have to depend on their inexperienced duke to broker a deal with the Eillenians.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 30 - Words: 42,323 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 12/27/2011 - Published: 6/23/2011 - Complete