Anika Cruz
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Joined 04-16-14, id: 974433, Profile Updated: 12-23-14
Author has written 6 stories for General, Humor, Fable, Fantasy, Romance, and Life.

My name is Anika Cruz. I am 19 years old, and new to FictionPress. I have written stories since I was very young, and have won some state and national awards for short film adaptations of some of my work. I joined FictionPress to write for writers and people who are interested in new authors. It's wonderful to be working on something longterm, as I usually write short stories and novellas!

I have three yarns I am spinning right now, two of which I have posted raw segments of on here.

VOICE : Sophomore music student Renee Bennetthas never stood out in the vocal program since she left high school and small-town glory upon coming to college. With the introduction of the new voice teacher, Dr Jeffrey Stanton, however, it seems all of that is finally going to change. Stanton has a unique talent for bringing out the best in the students in his voice studio, and everyone quickly grows to adore his sincerity, humor, and lively attitude in and out of the classroom. But something strange is growing between Renee and Stanton that both thrills and frightens Renee. Based on a true story. CURRENTLY ON HIATUS

THE FAE : Genna Webern, psychologist and teacher at Westfield High, has suffered from short memory lapses all her life. The things she finds in the wake of these incidents are unsettling, and as they grow more and more frequent, Genna begins to wonder if her biological parents have the answers to the cause of the strange blackouts and the terrifying nightmares that have haunted Genna since childhood. TBA

SEA FOAM: Based on the characters from Hans Christian Anderson's "Den lille Havfrue" ("The Little Mermaid.") Adva sacrificed herself in hopes of giving Prince Peter, happiness. She is turned into sea foam and drifts at sea, barely remembering who she is, but still deeply in love with Peter. Now human again, Adva learns that Peter has rumoredly gone mad with grief in the wake of her apparent suicide. His younger brother, Stefan, plots to take over the kingdom in his place, keeping Peter locked in his room and propagating vicious rumors about his sanity. Determined to save the man she left everything behind for, she decides to infiltrate the castle to free him, but even when aided by true love, matters are never so easy. UPDATES!

Update December 23, 2014: Looking over Sea Foam after leaving it alone for the term, I can see that there are some major revisions needed. I've had the story mapped out since the beginning, but now I realize that there is a lot of work to be redone to pace the final reveals just right! That will always be a problem when posting "raws" of a story publicly, and I tend to publish immediately after I write a chapter, without re-reading or editing, which leads to errors like this. (Ugh.)

In the revisions, you can expect to see:

- Maris' back-story and what she's been up to since we left her in the grotto

- some of Adva's life as a mermaid and a little more about her family

- Chapter 18 ("A Little Ale") most likely being nixed. It was following a poorly-advised thread I had in mind at the beginning of the story. Helmut, however may make a reappearance!

I'm anticipating the final product to be no more than 40, 000 - 50,000 words.

Thank you so much for reading Sea Foam, and I really hope that you like the upcoming updates and revisions!

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Enough : A Collection of Short Poems
In which someone finds their way by first discovering the roads that don't lead home.
Poetry: Life - Rated: M - English - Poetry/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 813 - Updated: 5/3/2015 - Published: 3/30/2015
Sea Foam reviews
After Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid." Adva sacrificed herself trying to bring Prince Peter happiness, and was turned into sea foam. Human again, Adva finds Peter has gone mad with grief, and his brother Stefan is plotting to take over the kingdom. Determined to save Peter, Adva decides to infiltrate the castle. But even aided by true love, things are never so easy.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 21 - Words: 29,801 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 12/20/2014 - Published: 5/23/2014
The Lantern reviews
A standalone companion short story to 'Sea Foam.' A brief side story about Phillip and Ellen. Short and fluffy.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,666 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/28/2014 - Complete
Voice reviews
Vocal performance sophomore Renee Benett has never stood out since she came to Conroy University, but all that changes with the arrival of a new voice teacher, Dr Jeffrey Stanton. The students are enamored with Stanton's easygoing attitude and his incredible talent for teaching. But something is growing between Renee and Stanton, something that both thrills and frightens Renee...
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Drama - Chapters: 5 - Words: 7,193 - Reviews: 1 - Updated: 5/20/2014 - Published: 4/16/2014
In which things are bought and sold.
Fiction: Fable - Rated: K - English - Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,496 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/16/2014 - Complete
In which Harry receives two visitors.
Fiction: Humor - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,247 - Published: 5/16/2014 - Complete