Ricky Rivers
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Joined 05-06-12, id: 839962, Profile Updated: 08-31-19
Author has written 20 stories for Young Adult, Fantasy, General, Romance, and Life.


Not a whole lot to look at here, but I try to keep the info fairly recent. Happy writing everyone!


Walking With Shadows: So, I don't think anyone was actually reading it, but in case you were, I'm tearing down Walking With Shadows, and doing a complete re-write. Sorry everyone, but it's not that captivating! I honestly have no idea when I'll be getting to that particular project as it's taken a backseat to Animal Identity, soon to be renamed "Ispiras"

I'm going to be posting the rewritten first chapter of Animal Identity at some point in the near future and taking down the old one. After that I'll be on a regular posting schedule of one a week, and hopefully more! The goal is to have the plot rehashed and outlined fully before November and have regular chapter updates beginning that month. I will not be posting the full story during November as I'd like to release chapters on a schedule that will give me time to ensure the quality of the chapters I'm releasing and hopefully receive more useful feedback.

I'm really excited to be writing this again and have some new additions and big changes to the plot progression and character development that are going to be really fun to incorporate and share after a long long break from writing.


I'm a queer tired stoner just out here writing and having a good time. I've been on Fictionpress as long as I can remember, and I'm discovering all over again why I loved it so much. I'm planning to be a lot more active on here again. For a long period of time I lost the motivation and passion to write and it's been a journey. I plan to begin rewriting some of the novels that were started on here and flesh out the world a lot more so don't be surprised if you come back to the series and it looks a lot different! (If there's anyone still reading it that is, it has been a long time)

I'm very chattery and love getting into book talk with people so if you're on the fence about shooting me a message by all means go for it! It would delight me!

Currently my writing style is mainly character-driven sci-fi/fantasy with a focus on world-building, and queer representation. I don't think of myself as a writer of LGBTQ lit, but rather, a writer of literature that doesn't pretend queer people don't exist.

I am always always always looking for reviews on my written work! Feedback drives me, whether it's good or bad. Don't be afraid to leave your honest opinions and point out any plot holes you notice. I would greatly appreciate it. Plus it's really likely that, if you leave me a detailed review, I'll be curious about the writer leaving that review and will want to check out your stuff too ;)


If you're looking for a beta reader, I am currently accepting requests on a very limited basis but I have some requirements. Feel free to send me a private message with an inquiry but please read through this list first:

  1. I am not currently accepting partially drafted novels to beta read, for the MOST part. I will, on, a case by case basis, help flesh out plot lines and read chapter by chapter but only if you do the work for yourself first by creating an outline for your plot. If I do decide to beta a partially drafted story with an outline, it will be mainly to look out for inconsistencies with plot, character development, etc, not fine-tooth comb work. This is to help me help you, by giving me a good idea of what direction you want your novel to go in and the general idea of what the story I'm beta-ing should look like. It's also not good for you, as a writer, to be working on the editing process and detail work if the big picture isn't there yet. A lot of new writers get so caught up in trying to perfect what they've already written that the motivation and drive behind the story gets lost. If your novel is fully drafted, though, I don't really need an outline to begin beta-reading.
  2. I very rarely beta-read non-fiction and autobiographies and it's unlikely I'll accept a beta request for one.
  3. Do not ask me to beta-read a story you don't intend to finish.
  4. I will only beta-read works of literature in outside editing platforms such as google docs, email, microsoft word document, etc. It is far too time-consuming to try to create a workaround in FictionPress's outdated platform and I don't fancy wasting my time trying to find a way to do things that take seconds on any other platform
  5. I prefer to beta-read things within the following genres, though if your work of literature is compelling enough I am likely to make an exception: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction (I would not be a good fact checker, however, for historical fiction works, so I would advise you consult someone else for that), mystery, poetry, horror (note: I do not beta-read gore, and don't consider that to be within the horror genre. Some violence and bloodshed is totally fine, but suspense is really what horror is about for me and I typically don't enjoy reading, let alone beta-ing stories that are purely gore)
  6. IMPORTANT: I get a LOT of requests for beta-reading in my inbox so I ask that everyone include the following in the request they send to my inbox:
    -In the subject line of your message I need to know a) that you're requesting a beta-reader, b) what the working title of the story is c) what genre you consider it, d) anything else you want to include in the subject line
    - In the message itself I need the following things, in no particular order, to decide if I want to or am able to accept your request or not: a) Your story/work's word count b) a brief overview of the plot (ideally no more than 5 sentences but I'm not counting) c) what platform you want to use for the beta-ing process (ie, google docs, microsoft word, email, etc. Note: I am far more likely to accept requests from people looking to use google docs as it is by far the easiest tool I've come across for editing purposes. There are ways to allow users to comment and make suggestions within the document without allowing them to change anything you originally wrote and it makes my life worlds easier) d) a short excerpt from your story e) short paragraph or two to give me an idea of your writing style and whether it's one that draws me in. Beta-reading a novel is a big commitment and I take extra care to make sure that every request I accept is one I'm excited about and fully prepared to spend hours of my time helping you out with. Sending me a sample of your story helps me know from the get-go whether or not I will be willing or able to invest my time. f) what specifically you are looking for help with (can absolutely be multiple things. Ie. basic editing, plot mapping, character development, pacing, outside perspective to ensure the story makes sense and flows well, etc, etc.) and finally g) what time-frame, if any, you're hoping to have the beta process completed by. If you don't have a specific time-frame in mind, please let me know in your message.
  7. It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that I will even respond to your request if the above information is missing. I understand that it looks like a lot, but I get close to a dozen vague messages a day asking me to beta-read their work without any background information and I simply don't have the time to respond to every stranger's message just to get basic information to help me decide if I am even willing to take on that task or not. Simply put, if you want something from me, please make it easy for me to give you an answer or the answer will always be no.

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The Mute and The Liar by Victoria Best reviews
I am a mute who only cares about mysteries. He's a liar who only cares about his youth gang. I didn't mind him, until he decided to break into my house, steal my salad, and oh yeah, kidnap me. / Most creative plot SKOW award winner / Featured on Project Fiction / story removed.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,638 - Reviews: 539 - Favs: 177 - Follows: 233 - Updated: 5/16/2015 - Published: 3/11/2012
Everything I Need by The Smile Machine reviews
He winked and turned around to return to his desk, giving me a glimpse of The Complete Collection of Poems by Edgar Allan Poe sticking out of his back pocket like a sign with big red words saying, "I am attractive and intelligent. Do me now." The universe did not play fair.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 20 - Words: 70,395 - Reviews: 154 - Favs: 145 - Follows: 134 - Updated: 7/19/2013 - Published: 4/29/2012 - Complete
Come Rain Or Come Shine by SapphireStargazer reviews
We can never predict the future. One event, one choice, can change a person's life forever. Kenzie, Derek, Dylan and Sophie each have a challenge to overcome. Together, these four people learn the importance of honesty, trust, friendship and courage as they realize that coming back from the edge is something nobody can do alone.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 48 - Words: 210,826 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 4/6/2013 - Published: 2/10/2012
Gone Squared by elemein reviews
Celeste, a simple girl whose a senior at Indigo High gets kidnapped at a danceparty; only to be saved by her two best friends. A living nightmare she wishes to let go of, but keeps coming back to haunt her. While at the same time, she starts to build feelings for one of her best friends; Magnus. Will she ever find out who kidnapped her and why? What about her feelings for Magnus?
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 19 - Words: 58,202 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 3/10/2013 - Published: 6/21/2012
Medication by A.R. Regnant reviews
Flash Fiction
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 418 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 12/7/2012 - Complete
A Thousand Words by SapphireStargazer reviews
Joe wishes for a past he can't reclaim. Amanda has a past she wishes would go away. He has secrets, she has problems, and both of them are desperate for a friend.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,441 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 2/14/2012 - Published: 2/12/2012
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The Ispiras: What Lies Beneath
Siblings Hawkin and Kamil are Ispiras, a unique people with a powerful connection to their world. But finding ways to live in secret amongst the humans in an increasingly modern era has cost them much. Corruption and fiercely guarded secrets plague their slowly dwindling numbers. Can they unravel their family's past and navigate their own secrets as the path ahead grows more fatal?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Suspense - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,585 - Published: 11/7/2019
Leila's Poetry Collection reviews
A collection of poems I've written about anything from love, to death.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 57 - Words: 4,113 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/2/2019 - Published: 6/6/2012
Rise reviews
A short rhyme-based poem about familial abuse but written to be broadly applicable to many people's experiences with abuse.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 123 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/31/2019 - Complete
The Ispiras (Formerly Animal Identity) reviews
Currently undergoing a major rewrite and this story will not be the same for long but if you're interested in it as is, go for it. It's not my finest moment though in it's current state :'D
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Humor/Fantasy - Chapters: 19 - Words: 26,777 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 8/31/2019 - Published: 6/9/2012
Lost and Found reviews
The room was upturned in a chaotic search for something lost. In looking, that something was only proved to be more lost then before. A dresser lay on its side, the contents bursting out like abandoned relics of the past. Amid a bed, the sheets stripped bare, sat a girl. She hugged her knees desperately sobbing. Please read and review this! It's short, but it has a powerful end.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,067 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/6/2013
Wingless reviews
I wrote this poem as a short morsel of thought for anyone who feels like they might fall if they try something. Anyone who's afraid to spread those wings.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Spiritual - Chapters: 1 - Words: 21 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/24/2012
In Stronger Winds reviews
I think we all feel like this sometimes. Like we've been torn away from something we've grown to know all to well. But the most important thing we can do is brush off.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Tragedy/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 50 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 10/24/2012 - Complete
You can ask why. What good will it do? Those nights alone you cried...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 47 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
I Feel Fine reviews
A short poem that embraces a feeling we are all familiar with at some point in time.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 13 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Here There Tomorrow reviews
Why it's so much easier to live in the moment.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Do You?
Do you still remember? Those words, The ones you slipped into my head...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 106 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Dead to the World
Fourteen words about sleep.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 16 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Caught Between reviews
This poem was inspired by something that actually happened to me. This is for anyone who's been let down by a person you thought really cared about you.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 130 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Broken Wings
A Poem I wrote from the perspective of a character in one of my stories. I'm not going to say who, as I don't want to give things away. :)
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 311 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Blank reviews
A poem about writers block... and maybe something deeper?
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 27 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
AP Chemistry reviews
A short bit of thought vomit that came out when I was supposed to be listening to a lecture.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 30 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Against the Currents reviews
For anyone out there who's swimming away from the flow of everything else around you. This one's for you.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 69 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Complete
Rebels reviews
Three young teenage boys. One hijacked cargo truck filled to the brim with dangerous drugs. What could go wrong? Please read and review. The favor will be returned!
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 953 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/3/2012
Goodbye Again reviews
Five years after a press conference, two years after tragedy, a doctor struggles to forget. But history has a way of repeating itself and the doctor stands helpless as his world crumbles away, again. He begins to question the reasons he started on the path he did and whether it is right to continue on it.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Romance - Chapters: 4 - Words: 3,586 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 6/25/2012 - Published: 5/8/2012 - Complete
Walking With Shadows Book One: Shadow's Calling reviews
Afte her best friend tries to kill her, Lexia becomes aware of the existence of race of people thought to have been completely eliminated. But she soon discovers they are still being hunted... And she may be one of them.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,959 - Reviews: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/8/2012
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