Female, late 20s, major sci-fi fan although I've been known to get into other genres on occasion. My current stories in progress are:
Long (30 chapters, or at least they will be)--
River of Dreams, Harry Potter
Once a Bother, Supernatural
Broken People, Avatar
Impressions, Warehouse 13
Faking Human, Race to Witch Mountain
Completion, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
On My Own, Alien Nation (on hold at the moment)
What May Come, Space Cases (on hold indefinitely, I thought I'd finished this a couple years ago, but I apparently never uploaded the last chapters, and unless/until I resurrect that hard drive I don't have anything to add since it's been so long since I've seen the show)
Occasionally I'll also do a one-shot if inspiration suddenly strikes, but those tend to come at fairly random intervals and across fairly random fandoms.
Most of the writing I do is in the friendship/family genre just because those are the character interactions I'm most interested in. There might be a passing reference to a romance on occasion, particularly if something is canon, but I don't generally write stories where it's a major plot line.
However, fair warning, writing is one of my hobbies, not my career. When real life gets busy it can sometimes be a while between updates.
Philosophy on reviewing and reviews--
Despite the size of my book collection, I don't read all that much fanfiction (after 8 hours in front of a computer at work, when I get home I'm generally ready to run screaming from anything with a keyboard or a screen), but if I do read something and like it or think I can offer something constructive, I'll leave a review. I don't agree with reviewing everything...if twenty people have already pointed out that sentences are supposed to start with capital letters and end with some form of punctuation, I don't see that the twenty-first review is going to cause someone to suddenly see the light. And if my main reason for disliking a story is a different take on the characters involved, then I generally just don't read any more. People have different interpretations; leaving a review that says basically 'this isn't to my taste' is kind of pointless.
For reviews I receive, if someone likes a story and is letting me know, thank you very much. Realistically I probably won't respond individually just because I'm not online all that often (even my writing is done offline with a pen that downloads into my computer), but it is appreciated. If there's a particular question that isn't or won't be answered in the story I will try and answer it, but I'm sure I've missed a few.
If someone has constructive criticism or just doesn't like a story and expresses his/her opinion politely, thank you also. If it's a specific issue, i.e. 'this is spelled wrong', I generally try and fix it when I get the chance. If it's more in terms of a writing style issue I may try and incorporate it into future chapters/stories. Please note that that is a 'may,' however; these are my stories so my opinion gets to win.
If someone doesn't like a story and isn't capable of expressing it politely, I either ignore the review or delete it, depending on the language involved. A professor of mine once spent a couple hours talking about anonymization on the Internet and how people feel 'freed from societal constraints', but if a person isn't capable of expressing himself with at least basic courtesy, I'm not going to waste my time. I mean, seriously, if a story drives you to profanity, stop reading.
Current favorite quotes:
This above all: to thine own self be true.
--Shakespeare, Hamlet (One of the very few things that Shakespeare wrote that I actually like)
If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
"Okay, it's a computer bomb. I know computers. It's a computer bomb, uhh... we, we gotta reboot the system!"
"You want me to kick it?"
--Hardison and Eliot, Leverage (Partially hilarious because I worked tech support back in college, and yes, there are people that far from computer savvy)
The National Rifle Association says that, "Guns don't kill people, people do." But I think, I think the gun helps. You know? I think it helps. I just think just standing there going, "Bang!" That's not going to kill too many people, is it? You'd have to be really dodgy on the heart to have that.
--Eddie Izzard, Dressed to Kill
To the engineer, all matter in the universe can be placed into one of two categories:
(1) things that need to be fixed
(2) things that will need to be fixed after you've had a few minutes to play with them.
My apologies to anyone who has sent me a beta request and hasn't gotten a reply...I do try to get back to everyone, even if I can't do it, but I haven't been online a lot recently (hence moving my beta profile to 'on hiatus') and I'm afraid a couple have slipped through the cracks.