jtaylor3

Hullo all! Most around here simply call me 'Proudfoot'. Thus far, I have lived through 24 years of life, and can say I've enjoyed it for the most part. Currently, I am working as a 'professional geek' or, if you prefer, a computer and network technician. I'm sorry to announce that any novels that were the works have been halted indefinitely. I still write, but no work further work will be done. Thank you for your patronage. I try to do comment-for-comment. Although it may take a while because of my busy schedule, I will go to your gallery and comment back. Please note at when I comment back it is constructive criticism, which means that I'll comment on what was good and also what was bad. Because it is so hard to nitpick ones own work, I especially appreciate if you note typographical errors (typos) or grammatical problems; even if it is just one or two, it helps a lot. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who have been helping me by giving constructive criticism on any of my stories. I also appreciate those of you who just read for your enjoyment; it makes me happy to know that people spend their leisure time reading my work. I've moved for the most part to Deviantart, since I've been working on textile arts more than anything lately. You can visit me here.
http://shinaraz.deviantart.com

I am made of Music

 An attempt to describe music as it sounds to my soul

The Devil's Tool

 A short poetic piece on the darker side of music.

Blue Shift Legacy

While some go through their lives blindly accepting what they are told they are, there are those who do not feel like they are what they are told. The adventure is discovering who they are, but it is also a horrible venture to go forth on. The beginning of my NaNoWriMo project for 2004.

Because the Night Chapter 1

'Our rivalry is only camaraderie.' Delve into the minds and thoughts of the creatures who wander so freely in the night; the ones who you were taught to fear as a child. Perhaps they are not what you were taught.

The Will

The concept is based upon a dream I had one night. A man tells of his encounter with a woman from the ocean. This won unofficial judge's choice in one contest. It also won 3rd place Judge's Choice in the Fantasy Contest at Elftown.

Shifters Apart

Based upon the experiences of co-located kin; those who live here in the physical world, but also in the spiritual plane. Opinions are very much appreciated on this piece.

Elven Folklore Part 4

Culture Shock! Now travel to learn about the culture and situation of another tribe: Water's Life.

Because the Night Chapter 2

The vampires and werewolves become better acquianted. What exactly happened between the two rivals? Will the implications of their choices cause further rifts or bring the two closer together?

Destiny and Time Prologue

The soldiers have fought since the beginning of time; reincarnated into each new generation, but a decision has been made and it could tear the cycle forever.

To Be a Musing

The creature is mentioned all the time at Elfwood...but what exactly is a muse? What does a muse do and what does it do when it is not weaving its typical inspiration?

Shinara; The Capture

The capture of a changling named Shinara. Vastly improved from the original. 'The Collar' the second part of this received 3rd place at Elftown in the Fable Contest.

Destiny and Time Part Two

The newest addition to the ongoing series. Further insight to the daily life of those who must fight.

Elven Folklore Prologue

In the elven Tribe of Knowledge lived two companions, separated by both age and study. Although very different, they were wonderful friends; until tragedy befell them both. REvision: September 2004

Elven Folklore Part 9

With the days of travel ahead, Alín must prove leadership and thinking that he never thought would be required. What friendships have been forged out of need as the mixed group of Pride of Fire and Water's Life set out? And will these loyalties prove useful or dangerous in the situations to come?

Aria of Earth And Sea 00

An Orca is drawn to the shore by the constant song that comes to her even through the waves and the strong and determined song of her leader. What may she find when she ventures out of her own accord?-Somewhat of a prelude afterthought to The Will. -This is somewhat influenced by requests; somewhat a personal practice in description. New sections possibly added.

My Perceptions

'My Perceptions' is a psychologically involved story taking place in High School with two main characters. Both characters belong to different factions, which are fighting against each other by magical and other means. While one was released from his faction by duty, the other was not. Now they both have to discover who they are again, and determine what their next course of action will be. The original text had some cursing to be realistic, but since this is the Elfwood version, I have edited it out.

My Demon's Heart

This was written for the Demon Writing Contest at Elftown. Somewhat self-reflecting; a reflection of ourselves.

Destiny and Time Part Three

The actions of two within the Order have set loose new possibilities; whether for better or worse, both sides prepare for the future. Delving deeper, new people can be found awoken by the disturbance

Elven Folklore Part 3

The decision has been made by the Council. But who shall they send? And will those chosen be willing to go? Danger approaches. Mod's choice on July 19, 2003.

Elven Folklore Part 2-1

As the council gathers together, another from a different tribe comes with more information. A decision must be reached by the council, but how will they cope with the dilemma. Updated REvision: (mod date)

Elven Folklore Part 5

As the older elves of Water's Life discuss how to handle the oncoming situation, the younger ones open up their lives even further. And friendships begin to falter.

Shinara; The Collar

What is it that will happen to the changling who has been captured? Will she become another helpless victim to the one named Danon? This received 3rd Place in the Fable Contest at Elftown.

Because the Night

To disperse the lore that has existed for so long is difficult. Are creatures of the night all that we have been taught?

Elven Folklore Part 1-1

Temmá, now grown, has many challenges to face: his relationships, his duty, and the scrutiny of others. Memories return to haunt him and threaten the community in which he lives. REvision: (mod date)

Elven Folklore Part 8

Having to leave his family earlier than expected, Alín must leave his son in the care of another family. How will the child cope with the absence of his only family member? And what challenges await the father, who now leads the large group away?

Elven Folklore Part 10

The Tribe of the Wind is preparing for the winter with the addition of two from the Tribe of the mind. Things are going normally, but one young mind wishes to break free of her assigned duties. A young warrior wants to remain at her duty, but taboo will not let her.

Pooka

One of my grandmother's favorite tales is an Irish shapechanging demon called a pooka. This piece original received Mod's Choice on February 22, 2005. Constructive Criticism is appreciated on this and any piece you read, as are any comments.

Elven Folklore Part 2-2

As the council gathers together, another from a different tribe comes with more information. A decision must be reached by the council, but how will they cope with the dilemma. Updated REvision: (mod date)

Elven Folklore Part 1-2

Temmá, now grown, has many challenges to face: his relationships, his duty, and the scrutiny of others. Memories return to haunt him and threaten the community in which he lives. REvision: (mod date)

Elven Folklore Part 7

Continuing on the quest, there is a foreign elf who will lend us his view of the world. What will be found when he returns to his tribe with the aid given?

Destiny and Time Part One

Now in a modern time the soldiers must fight. The rules have changed, however... (-_-; grammatical errors at the beginning due to the fact that I am not used to present tense)

The Name of My Planet

Akirstala is just another engineer working for a living on a foreign planet in the middle of nowhere. Her calm lifestyle would soon change, however, upon meeting a particular captain and his crew.

Shinara; An Addition

After weeks of staying under the care of the cruel magiK user, a visitor arrives, giving Shinara a reason to fight.

Elven Folklore Part 6

A single child causes a village to go searching. To where and why did he run? If he is found will he even be alive? With or without, the tribe must continue with what has been decided. Mod's Choice on February 11, 2004