amperkins85

A bit about me I suppose....I have a BS in Ecology and a BS in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology. I have graduated, as of May 2006 (woot!) As of August '08 I've graduated with a Masters in Microbiology but I really studied aliens.   And yay! Married! Enjoy reading! I really really really really love constructive criticism. I warn you though, my use of commas is atrocious and I really like split infinitives (in fact, there may be one in this sentence. ) For those who have given criticism, I love you!!! and all suggestions have been noted and I will updating soon with the corrections. I am now a member of the Herscher Project in an effort to stimulate me updating more often so people will have something new to read when they revisit my page *grins*  If you'd like more information about said project, the best person to ask is Mr. Bowers *Tara pokes Amy* Oh, and Tara would like me to remind all visitors that she really really enjoys comments and making new friends with other characters... *Tara pokes Amy again*  And that you should visit some of the people linked below   Micah English  - He is the Lord of all that is Dark and Evil so long as it can be tender at some point (Hurray Nazgrim)  Most female visitors find his obnoxious yet cute Zeno irresistable. His characters tend to wander the pages of Elfwood as well. Cecily Webster - My favorite piece of hers is "Two Heroes against Microsoft Word" Absolutely priceless. Oh, and bring treats, her mothlike muse will love you forever. Be mindful of the Fallen Angels ..... and Kitty Guinevere Logan- a very talented young writer. The Path is a journey not to be missed! Kaeli Grotz- A wonderful writer who has an unhealthy obsession with Zeno, from Micah's page =P  Also great with contructive criticism! Ray Arquette- Bring pickles for Fearcher, the most adorable pet that was never allowed in a dorm room. Shanra - Someone who I have visited far too few times but has been wonderfully helpful and offers great constructive criticism. Bethie - She's got a great collection of writing, my favorite being Turquoise. Her mainpage is a busy marketplace of writers.... Panu - To quote Cecily... Panu is mighty. He takes that which is surreal and from the dreamscape and fleshes it out with words in our waking reality.   And since it has caused some confusion....here are the groupings of related stories: Tara - the planned sequence of stories The Beginnings ~ where we meet Tara as a young child,  currently the main focus of my writing, Updated: March 2007 - made some much needed editting   Unfinished  ~much time passes~  Prologue - followed by Strength of Cassion ~ where Tara is mistaken for a Goddess and has to help an unlikely hero save the world    Unfinished and being COMPLETELY rewritten, as in, starting over rewritten, if you are interested in seeing the new version, please leave a comment or send an email to me Cassion Alternate Ending ~ No longer a spoiler within, questions answered and people die, where things go horribly wrong and Tara gets mad at the author for even posting this ending ~time passes~ Orphan Knight ~ where a young man meets an unlikely Lady in the woods  Unfinished, although slightly independent, that point is arguable ~more time passes, wounds heal, other stories occur~ Elitists ~ where an unfortunate turn of events and mistaken identity reveal a community of purists Unfinished ~time passes some more~ Stands of Cypress ~ where an evil villain returns to wreak havoc in a world where magic cannot be used  Unfinished...   Standalones First Day of a Career of a Lifetime ~ What would happen if you saw something miraculous on your first day at work? Freedom ~ Tara is in it, but it has no relevance within the timeline of her life and makes no reference to any other story that she is in, merely an exercise Overlords: Do's and Don't's ~ The collaboration with Mikey and his lovable and bouncy Zeno   Moderator's Pick!   Work in Progress:   In prioritized order..... Finishing Overlords so Mikey will stop bothering me NaNoWriMo Stuff Herscher Project   #21.5, 22 and 23 Strength of Cassion rewrite    And let it be known that I HATE html I like writing, science fiction, fantasy, horses, astrobiology, aliens, microbiology, marine biology, NASA, drawing, sculpting, reading, my fiance, Favourite movies Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (all iterations), Firefly, Serenity, Dune, Children of Dune, Evolution, Harry Potter, Stargate, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Princess Bride, Chronicles of Riddick, X-Files, Taken, Heroes, The Dresden Files, Dr. Who, Favourite books Lord of the Rings trilogy, Perdido Street Station, The Hobbit, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dune series, Harry Potter series, Wheel of Time (like... the first couple books), Sword of Truth series (again, first couple books), umm, I should just start writing authors..., Heinlein, Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov, Harry Turtledove, Favourite music Anything but rap and country

The Strength of Cassion Prologue

This is the prologue to a story that I have not yet finished. It concerns my main character and actually explains many of her actions in other writings that i've started. It's meant to be cryptic. I've made some of the changes suggested, they're minor, wording issues. This may also be reworked and rewritten, or I may include an alternate point of view version in a different story/flashback. Haven't quite decided. I refuse to tell you who these characters are. But you can guess =D

Overlords: Do's and Don't's Part 1

The long awaited (first part) of my collaboration with Mikey's Zeno. This particular story stems from an extremely long exchange of main page comments followed by some quoting of 'What not to do if you are the Evil Overlord' Several versions of this list can be found on the internet. I used the one found here, but you can also find a similar list here. Though NaNoWriMo is taking up most of my time this month, I promise that this will be finished if only to stem the wave of insistent fangirls and Mikey. Enjoy! And oh my... a MC! *looks rather faint* Someone pinch me?*whispers furiously* And ignore those last lines at the end, they were hidden in the html markup, HIDDEN I tell you....

Glamour

Inspired by a word of the week prompt from a community over in LiveJournal, the prompt being, if you haven't already guessed, the word 'glamour'. I think I was the only person who shared that took this particular interpretation. Enjoy

The Strength of Cassion 5-8

Just an update....I'm completely starting over on this one. Ideas have been tossed around and the mechanics of the plot have been altered. So this version is making fast friends with the recycle bin. I'm leaving it up currently so if you want to read it, I'd be looking for comments in regard to the plot, not necessarily grammatical errors. Comments as to the necessity of certain sections are welcome. Please, be harsh, I promise my ego can take it, but Tara might take offense In short, the maturity of this piece is below my writing level currently and I cringe every time I read it. Crits of myself: Denali is too immature, he needs more character development The narration is weak and filled with unnecessary details when I could be dealing with plot Adrian needs to pwn some a.... I mean, make an appearance, maybe The dialogue is weak Feel free to add to the list

Compline

Cecily and Beth have amazing Fallen. This is my attempt. He is, as yet, unnamed. Note: The Order of Compline is a copyright free text, available to download on the internetz. The Latin translates as the Lord's Prayer.

The Beginnings

This is a story that describes the childhood experiences of Tara McCarther. It is still being written. Comments are welcome! Edit: Comments made up to the date of February 2007 have been incorporated. *sings* Times... they are a changin'....

The Strength of Cassion 1-4

Just an update....I'm completely starting over on this one. Ideas have been tossed around and the mechanics of the plot have been altered. So this version is making fast friends with the recycle bin. I'm leaving it up currently so if you want to read it, I'd be looking for comments in regard to the plot, not necessarily grammatical errors. Comments as to the necessity of certain sections are welcome. Please, be harsh, I promise my ego can take it, but Tara might take offense In short, the maturity of this piece is below my writing level currently and I cringe every time I read it. Crits of myself: Denali is too immature, he needs more character development The narration is weak and filled with unnecessary details when I could be dealing with plot Adrian needs to pwn some a.... I mean, make an appearance, maybe The dialogue is weak Feel free to add to the list

Elitists Part 01

Yet another Tara McCarther story. This is probably the closest one to being completed. I worked on this exclusively while I was in Australia and I have about 17 front and back steno handwritten pages. You can tell where there was turbulence on the plane or we hit a bump in the van. Anyway....back to the description. I have more left to download but it all seemed too awkward a cut off point. Tara and William are returning to Tara's home when things go awry. Fantasy and Sci-Fi elements contained within. One interesting note is that the painting on my artwork site labeled 'crash' comes from this story. Critique and enjoy!

Freedom

This started out as a free write for my college creative writing class and ended up being my final piece I turned in for the class. I hope you enjoy it. It features the character I've created, Tara McCarther, who is definitely my alter ego. This is sort of a side story and the only complete story with her in it.

Elitists Part 02

A continuation of my Elitists story. The mystery develops as Mliss tries to figure out why she feels she doesn't belong and William tries to find Tara. Fantasy and Sci-fi elements are both found in this story so expect both magic and spaceships. Please critique.

The Orphan Knight

Again unfinished (like most of my work)though I think that this could stand by itself as a short story. Read and enjoy!

First Day of a Career of a Lifetime

I decided to try my hand at some science fiction, rather than the fantasy that the rest of my library is composed of. This story is actually a modified story of my first day at my new job. No more spoilers!! Read! Critique!

Stands of Cypress 01

I was inspired to write this story as I was heading back to college from a camping trip in the Everglades National Park. I was in a minivan, passenger side front seat, listening to one of my professors lecture as we drove. It was 4.5 hours long. Funnily enough, I got the idea for this one. I'll be working on it, no fear.

Strength of Cassion Alternate Ending

Okay, so this isn't so much a spoiler any more. Feel better? It's just an alternate ending. I've reworked everything in regards to the plot so that you really don't lose anything by reading this. Still, is this sufficiently dark for ya?

The Shaggy Man

Peter and his little sister are awakened one night by a stranger. I had a character appear one day, much to my surprise. He's been coaxed and counseled here within Elfwood, but this is part of his story. It came to me late one night, something I am not appreciative of. Note: The little girl can't say her 'r's. I tried to convey that by phonetically spelling how she would pronounce a word. Hope that helps.