"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."

My username comes from the words of wisdom by the 19th century lunatic Mr William Herondale who is a character in the 'Infernal Devices' trilogy by Cassandra Clare.

I used to go by Maggie, which is my real life nickname. You can still call me that because I like to use pretentious phrases like nom de plume!

I'm dyslexic. I started writing as a challenge to myself and to get the voices in my head to shut up. The jury's still out.

I'm a twin. I think my sister is the evil one but most disagree. I've found hitting them doesn't help my cause.

I critique. I don't claim to be an expert but years of being an extremely picky reader has given me insight into what makes a good story. If you want feedback just PM me - any requests on my message board will be ignored/ deleted/ responded to rudely (depends on my mood). The stories must have decent grammar and have been proof-read. I'm not saying it has to be perfect but it is unfair for you to ask me to read something you cannot be bothered to read yourself. Also, nothing with stupid titles.
I reserve the right to decline the request.

I make all my covers myself but the images that I use to make them belong to their respective owners and no copyright infringement was intended.

Some awesome people I met on this site that inspire me to write every day:
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Final Kiss

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Description: Oriana is a reaper, tasked with guiding souls to the afterlife. Despite being the youngest reaper, she’s never really found it to be a problem; that is until she met David. She couldn’t claim his soul and it remained firmly within his body. Now, eve...

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A Captain's Heart

A Captain's Heart

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When Kalrona guard captain, Hailen Dubhair, has to escort Prince Clarion and Princess Sorra across the c...

A Healer's Fate

A Healer's Fate

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When Prince Clarion of Kalrona falls ill, Kaylin doesn't think twice about saving his life, even though...

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A Witch's Curse

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NeverTrustaDuck commented on A Captain's Heart - Chapter 13

Wow! I'm sure I would have loved reading it, though. 
      Thank you! You just saved my sanity (or at least my stalker tendencies)! 
      Now that's an idea. 
      No, no, I think you're spot on about fluff being different. This is why I want you as a beta reader! Oh, just wait for the next chapter. I'm going to remind you of what you said when you scream at me!
NeverTrustaDuck commented on A Captain's Heart - Chapter 13

Oh no. Wait, this is the short version? How long was the long version? *shudders* 
      You can revert back to the old layout? How? Tell me! 
      Yes, Hailen would most definitely win, just because he's had more experience. Brute strength can only get you so far, and Hailen has that as well. 
      Fair enough. I miss it, too, but there is simply too much going on to waste time on things that don't really matter to the overall storyline. I figured it would be assumed that Hailen and Kaylin are in a loving relationship, but maybe I was mistaken. If I edit, I'll probably try and make it clearer that Kaylin is not Hailen's whore and that he doesn't just use her for sex! 
      I'll forgive you if you tell me how to revert back to the old design. :P
MLW2001 posted a message to NeverTrustaDuck
Awe you are nice ;) I just hate when characters don't end up together. But that's just part of the story. I mean take TFIOS for example. Just about every reader wanted Hazel and Auguster to end up together but Gus died. But that made it a better story. It added so much raw emotion. That's why I love your story so much. Even though my subconscious wants me to hate it.
NeverTrustaDuck commented on A Captain's Heart - Chapter 13

The way I see Damien's relationship with Kaylin is that she is his wife's friend. That is it. They are not friends and they barely know each other. Damien was grateful to Kaylin for healing him in AHF, but he still didn't like her. He even threatened to turn her in. Having said that, what Damien said had nothing to do with Kaylin and everything to do with Hailen. It was an attack against Hailen, designed to make him angry enough to go after Kaylin and Molly because he is the best tracker. He underestimated Hailen's self-control.