I now have the glorious announcement; I am "now" 60 something (GRRrrrrrr (sad, lopsided grin)) male. Handicapped to a wheelchair, but enjoying every minute of my life. And if I hear an "Awww", you shall be crowned, and banished to another realm (rule well, THERE).
As indicated by the above comments, I can also be ornery, obnoxious, and hard to live with, just ask my family. Allergic to mornings, too. Happily, they say that they love me anyway.
My family also says I'm full of ... ideas, but I haven't been able to put together enough to qualify for even 1 chapter or episode. I do enjoy helping though, so if you need a story idea, or need a writer's block breakthrough, I'd love trying. Just remember, I am only a "small" genius (small brag), so I can't guarantee that anything I came up with would be a lot of help, sorry bout that.
I am a member of a small, "Bet-cha-ain't-read-this" group, so if my idea well goes dry, I have a respectable (?) back up system to bounce problems off of.
Since both of my parents were teachers, I have been reading since I was 5 (no, I haven't written the petrogylph's or anything from the stone-age). Much to my parents disgust, I have always enjoyed fiction (anything cept horror), more than than school work, specially scifi/fantasy.
We have a respectable home entertainment system, and we have accumulated a "way to big a collection" of recorded and purchased movie's, cartoon's, anime, and music. And if I don't have something, one of my kids does.
My children, all over 20, have got me addicted to anime. My oldest, much to my wife's disgust, has gotten me addicted to fanfiction, too. My lady says I have to much time on my hands, but since I am staying ahead of her honey-do list, she lets my play with my computer, uh, yeaaa!?
I have two major soapboxes:
#1 - Harry Potter would probably have died on suicide attack against Valdimore if Dumbledore had not died early of stupidity. The supposed greatest light side wizard puts on the ring known to be once owned by the greatest EVIL wizard. C'mon already.
#2 - The most brilliant witch of a number of life times hooks up with a wizard with the "emotional depth of a spoon", who is "ONLY" interested in eating, quiditch, and pleasing his mother. Hermione would be smothered, and he never let her out shine himself (see Goblet of Fire, and how he can walk away during Horicrux hunt).
Because of problems with old age and eyesight, I make copies of stories I really enjoy to enlarge amd pass on to a couple of my kids who do not have a connection to the net (economics). Recently My eldest, the one who got me addicted to fanfics, introduced me to a fanfiction downloader at: http:///downloader_e.php, or search: fanfiction downloader. The guy who runs the website, Raimond Elisele, lets you download at no cost. Considering the quality, if he charged, I would probably still get it. Matter of fact, if I leaned that way, I'd kiss him. It saves me hours of work!! The site does have a contact point, so if you like it, you might tell him.
I am including this because it is my personal policy:
I truly wish others would subscribe to the policy that the only reason you finish a story is because it is worth reading. If its worth reading, than the author deserves acknowledgment.
If you are really impressed with the story, the management has given you the favorites boxes so other readers have a short cut to good stories.
Another whine: Ever hear the phrase "confusion to the enemy"? Sometimes when reading a story with Japanese descriptions I think I am on the wrong side. OK, I know it's a pain in the whichever to stick in translations after every chapter, but general description even once would help.
I have seen the words Taijutsu, kenjutsu, ninjutsu, fuinjutsu, genjutsu, medical jutsu, Kinjutsu in a number stories, with no real idea of what they mean. The reason for this note was I was looking words up, and thought these URL's might help for general info.
Wikipedia has an entry that starts; "In the anime and manga series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto", that goes into a great many of the ninja skills they use. Its at: http:///wiki/Genjutsu#Genjutsu
I also bumped into: http:///fuuinjutsu.php which is an independent "Naruto information Source".
Damn, and still another: http:///pages-67.html Russian with English discriptions
EVIL THOUGHT: Has anyone thought of shoving Ochomaru and the Echias behind Naruto seal with the 9 tail fox?! You know: Hello Snack; does anyone has some aspirin and Tums?!
I try to end my reviews with a wish that the MUSE (spirit's of inspiration (all 9, "now" a friend(?) tells me)) may always be with you. I want to be sure the fanfic's keep coming, are finished, and I think it's cool and cute play on the force (Star Wars) quote (er, I did mention I'm over 60, and obviously, slightly(?) demented, so:
May the MUSE always be with you!!
Err, P.S. fg7dragon offered an a opinion that is quite true, and that I agree with! And a "OBITUARY FOR THE LATE MR. COMMON SENSE" that is sad, but really hilarious. I'm posting them here for a few months so those that read my profile (O-O), don't have search for it.
If you think Masashi Kishimoto is ruining Naruto and agree, copy this, put it in your profile, and add your name to the list. The Fifth Rider of Armageddon, Hiroshima Namikaze, Zaara the black, desuta, Reikson, D-reaper X-20, blackstardragon624, chinoodin, The Silver Blossom, RasenganFin, Raidentensho, Knives91, Kingkakashi, DarkSamuraiX1999, THE HEE-HO KING, Wirespeed91, Naruto 21, GraityTheWizard, GuyverZero, durwin, Hakkyou no Yami, VFSNAKE, Yakurenazea, Anime-Death-Angel, HuntersShadow, inuboy8, Chrisdz, Kyuubi-no-Kage-Kitsune, fg7dragon, drifter950
OBITUARY FOR THE LATE MR. COMMON SENSE:
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered for having cultivated such valuable lessons as: knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Calpol, sun lotion, or a band-aid to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust, his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son Reason.
He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.
P.P.S. I like his stories a lot, and his favorites "Rock". P.S. adnosium: Barryc10 http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1354921/barryc10 had a memorial song to the children that died at Columbian. I cried, when it happened, and cried as I read the song. To help me live with my rage that anyone could harm any child, please go look, and remember those who have gone before us, much to soon.
Note: All the above thoughts, and opinions are MINE, and are NOT to be taken seriously, except those that written by someone else.
May the MUSE always be with you!!