Petra Arkanian
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Joined 10-29-12, id: 879209, Profile Updated: 08-26-13
Author has written 15 stories for Romance, General, Essay, Historical, General, Young Adult, and Life.

"Some people bench press. I fiction-press."

Thank you for paying attention to my corner of the internet! Around here we focus on flash fiction - that bizarre, all-over-the-place short fiction genre that never gets enough credit. Remember, the best things come in tiny packages. Although... I write novels, too. They just, you know, take longer. I hope you enjoy your stay - and be sure tell your friends!

Latest published: It, another one-shot. It's somewhat of a departure from my typical 300-ish-word stories, but I thought this story deserved more than 300 words. It's inspired by true events, something that happened to my friend as she sang on the street one day.

Favorite music: Skillet, Evanescence, RED, tobyMac, etc.

Favorite books: Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Ender's Shadow all by Orson Scott Card;
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain;
A Separate Peace by John Knowles;
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

The name Petra Arkanian comes from the Ender books.

Favorite movie: Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox. Speaking of, we're running out of time for someone to invent that hoverboard.

Random fascinations: math, history, economics, patterns, Scrabble, politics, etc.

Favorite Historical Figures/Heroes: Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Harper Lee

Other stuff: I'm too tall, my handwriting is puny, I almost always wear green, I've got more cousins than I can count on fingers and toes, I've got bad habits, I love my school (and I mean love), and don't knock pet rats till you've had one.

Did You Know?
1) There was a guy who proved that positive zero is not the same thing as negative zero. He then proceeded to go insane. When he got out of the asylum, he proved the same thing a different way and went insane again. No kidding. (And for the record, this falls into the category of things math teachers shouldn't tell their students right before a test.)
2) During the Great Depression, FDR hired men to chase tumbleweeds on windy days.
3) In WW2, the Japanese only attacked our west coast (aside from Pearl Harbor) once: the bombing of a small oil field five miles from my house. It's now a butterfly reserve - which I find quite amusing.

More on my Theory of Beta-Reading
My philosophy about writing is that the more a writer talks about his story, the better. Conversing about your writing is what makes you see its strengths, and its weaknesses. It's what makes you write rationally. It's what builds your understanding of yourself and your craft. It's what shows you what works and what doesn't. And most importantly, it's what makes you excited to sit down and write. So it's my goal to make you talk. I'm going to ask you a lot of questions, and I'm going to expect thoughtful responses. I'm a wordy person, and I like to converse with other wordy people. If you love to talk, and you love your story, and you're looking for someone who engages, I'm your beta. And I should mention this just in case: I reserve the right to respectfully duck out of your beta-reader role if I feel that you're not actively engaging anymore. It happens, and it's totally fine, but I may not be the beta for you.

(And for the record, I am a pretentious grammar nazi, but I don't feel it's my duty to check and correct everything for you, so I won't. If it's too bad, honestly, I'll probably just make up an excuse about how I can't read the story anymore.)

Quotes to Munch On (or you could just start reading something)

"Beware of little expenses. A small leak can sink a great ship." Ben Franklin

"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." Harper Lee

"A person who won't read has no advantage over a person who can't read." Mark Twain

“Everyone thinks Hitler got to power because of his armies, because they were willing to kill, and that's partly true... But mostly he got to power on words, on the right words at the right time.” Peter Wiggin

"When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson.

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man stupid and blind in the eyes." Orson Scott Card

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Mark Twain

"Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience." Harper Lee

“They never tell you any more truth than they have to.” Petra Arkanian

"Never spend your money before you have earned it." Thomas Jefferson

"The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that." Harper Lee

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." Thomas Jefferson

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A Guide to Creating and Developing Characters by Rocky Swordleaf reviews
Just like the title says. Short essays full of tips to help you round out your characters. More chapters coming soon! If there's any subject you want to see an essay on, be sure to let me know.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 4,008 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 10/21/2013 - Published: 8/11/2013
Our Storybook Tragedy by Irony'sFriend reviews
She watched from one side of the coffee shop, and he sat on the other. She fell in love with him through the books he read.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 87 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 5/26/2013 - Published: 5/19/2013 - Complete
Nigh by Joseph Knox
Doctor Williams is left with a nagging question: with hundreds of 'end of the world' predictions, is it possible to almost let the end slip by unnoticed?
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,231 - Favs: 2 - Published: 5/18/2013 - Complete
I Am Jack's Black Hole by PerturbationTheory reviews
A short story about love, loneliness, scientific puns, existential anger, and how the things in life that matter most are clearest to us when we're about to lose them. (note: it starts at chapter 4, that's not a typo)
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,050 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/16/2013 - Complete
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It reviews
Today was supposed to be the day I told Tim this was it. That I was done. But, well, you know how things are - how they change.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,319 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/23/2013 - Complete
The Grandpa Song reviews
Charlotte watched the piano man's quick fingers as they pranced up and down the black and white spines, jumping and leaping. But it wasn't right. It wasn't the Grandpa Song.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 818 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/9/2013 - Complete
Put This in Your Papers reviews
Pauline Cain has been kidnapped. Young Daniel Fisher is working late at the newspaper when the ransom note is slipped under the door, and he can't understand why no one is following up on it. So he dives into an investigation of his own, to find out what this mysterious terrorist group is really after.
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,201 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/2/2013
Except Brown reviews
There's a man with a big dog poop nose / and bottles like the recycle can / and numbers. / I can counta ten. A poem that's really not as vulgar as the title and summary would suggest.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 394 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/30/2013 - Complete
No Nonsense reviews
Or, The Unofficial Web Journal of an Underage Cynic. Every-day experiences explained and analyzed by someone who thinks too much. Update: diversity - can you crack the code?
Fiction: Essay - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 9 - Words: 4,605 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 3/28/2013 - Published: 1/8/2013
Gingerbread Girl - Prologue reviews
After Erin Montgomery escapes from the laboratory she's always thought was her home, she learns that she's Plan B for Stanford University's lethal money-making scheme. But girls like her don't go down that easy. (A teaser - expect real chapters in the next few weeks.)
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 589 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/10/2013 - Complete
One Nickel reviews
It was raining outside when I looked up and saw a little girl in new Hello Kitty rain boots staring at me. I wondered if she could read my cardboard sign.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 536 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 3/9/2013 - Complete
Taxi reviews
I want a ride to San Fransisco. Right now.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 428 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/8/2013 - Complete
out of there! reviews
"get your fingers out of there / Spilled coffee on your heres and wheres." A poem inspired by e.e. cummings's "anyone lived in a pretty how town." Fun and pretty much nonsensical.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 200 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/2/2013 - Complete
In Your Dreams reviews
Tessa lets her dreams guide her love life. Now it's gotten her in trouble. Because now there's this boy that she CAN'T dream about, no matter how much she wants to.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,340 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/26/2013 - Complete
The Other Side reviews
One side of the conversation, one side of the argument. The other side, well... we'll never really know, will we? He'll be lonely without her.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 312 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/19/2013 - Complete
Fishnet Feet reviews
The first time I saw her, she was wearing slippers over fishnet stockings and a Beatles t-shirt tucked into a velvet skirt. I asked her about it.
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 361 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/22/2012 - Complete
Woman in the Mirror reviews
I do what she tells me to do.
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 109 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 12/6/2012 - Complete
Clean Hands, Green Hands reviews
Big hands, little hands, all green on paper.
Fiction: General - Rated: K - English - Family/Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 222 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 11/30/2012 - Complete
No Shoes reviews
The year is 1945. Randy and Teresa sneak into a fancy party and make a big impression. And Teresa throws her shoes at him. One-shot
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,180 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/14/2012 - Complete