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Sandry here! And since I'm here, I might as well give you a profile of myself!

Alias(es): Squealing Sandry; Sandrilenefatoren2; Sandry (see a trend?)
Age: 22 as of March, 2010
Height: ~5'6"
Weight: none of your beeswax
Hair: Medium brown and curly
Eyes: Brown
Species: Human
Race: Generic Caucasian (and technically 1/8 Mexican, but nobody really cares, honestly)
Sex: Female
Special Abilities: I can look completely innocent and confused and naive, no matter how guilty of BSing I am. I am a decent writer, an excellent BETA reader for fanfics, and a kinda-passable portrait artist due to sketching all of my original characters.
Personality: Generally cheerful and optimistic. Personable but with reclusive tendencies. I hate crowds, and actively avoid social functions, but really enjoy visiting friends to hang out. I love singing, dancing, etc. I hate the taste of alcohol, so I don't drink. I hate the taste of coffee, but love the smell.
Background: I have no familial drama. My parents are Happily Married, and I get along well with both my Fiery Redhead Cool Big Sis and my Genius Bruiser Annoying Little Brother. I was, and still am, the "good kid".

Feel free to vandalize the end of my page! I like people! :D

...I like memes too! AMUSE ME, MORTALS!!

I'm friends with Metcalf Man, who really needs to write a proper profile already...

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  • Asexual: My view of sex is... no thank you. Pretty pictures are nice, but the naughty bits aren't exactly pretty. Mild interest in erotic novellas (though much preferring plot-driven to porn-driven), no interest in actual porn (ew), no intention to ever have children, and no interest in a romantic relationship. Oddly enough, I like reading and writing romance-based fanfics (if they're well done, and I'm VERY picky about pairings and story structure and characterization...). And no, I've never masturbated or had an orgasm. I can note attractiveness in other people, but it's usually intellect I'm attracted to, especially wit and humor (and geekiness). Sadly, it's much easier for me to notice attractiveness in animated characters than in live-action shows.
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  • Badass Longcoat: If Altair were in The Matrix, he would have my coat.
  • Better Than It Sounds: I am actually famous for these moments among my friends and family members. Every time I introduce a new anime, fanfiction, or game to anyone (and most of them are geeks too), I will inevitably make it sound retarded.
  • Berserk Button: Accusing innocents of cheating at a game. Making me late to something important For the Lulz. Isaac, this means you.
  • Berserker Tears: I rarely get truly angry, but one instance stands out. I don't like being called a cheater by someone who cheats. I was playing Risk with my two siblings, Annoying Younger Brother and Cool Big Sis. Annoying Younger Brother accused me of cheating, insisted that I re-roll, called Cool Big Sis a cheater, refused to back down on the subject, and in general wouldn't shut up about it. I, having heard the "Don't fight with your siblings, get an adult to handle it" line quite often from my mother, went to get said mother to break up the argument. What was said mother's response to this plea for assistance? "I'm tired of dealing with you kids; fix it yourself." I went back downstairs, rather shocked, and saw my siblings still arguing. After fifteen more minutes of this, another rejected plea for assistance, and Cool Big Sis being rejected as well, I SNAPPED, flipped the board, screamed myself half-hoarse at Annoying Younger Brother, and burst into tears while doing so, marched up the stairs, told Mom off while still crying, and then locked myself in Cool Big Sis' bedroom for an hour while rocking back and forth hysterically on the bed. I don't handle familial strife well.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: I have never been in an actual fight, prefer calm discussion to arguments, and am generally one of the perkiest, most cheerful and complimentary people you will ever meet. For some reason, my Fiery Redhead Cool Big Sis swears that I'm the scariest one in the family when I snap. Probably because it happens so rarely. (Okay, threatening to stab two young boys to death with a chisel from my woodcarving set when they wouldn't behave probably played a role in that reputation...)
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: I and my two siblings fulfill this, though not all of the same gender. My Cool Big Sis is a Fiery Redhead. I am a Brainy Brunette. We like to joke that the youngest of us, a boy, is an Evil Blond, but he has had women commenting on his good looks since he was 14.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: I went to Poland for a church conference, and within two days had an accent so strong I was physically incapable of speaking with an American one again. What accent you ask? COCKNEY. (I was in a group of heavily-accented Brits at the time.)
    • The only way to cure this was to use a word that DOESN'T EXIST in the British English lexicon. Such as "twinkie".
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Cool Big Sis says that if I was an anime character, I'd marry Shikamaru because we're so alike. I dunno, I don't think I'm troublesome enough for him. :P
  • Buffy Speak: "The thing with the stuff with the yeah."
  • Button Mashing: I can literally push a button so fast that the computer can't keep up with the electrical signals.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: "The world would be a better place if more people wore trench coats and fedoras!"
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Three years ago, my Cool Big Sis warned her friends not to speak of anything involving sex—and not to swear—around me, as I was sensitive and easily shocked by such things. I then spent a year with a manic-depressive Butch Lesbian atheist vegetarian Bifauxnen room mate whose preferred epithet was some variation of "shit on my fucking tits!". I now have to tone down my cussing around my Cool Big Sis.
  • Covert Pervert: There is a running gag amongst my family members that I'm one of these, and my brother-in-law liked to joke that he would search my computer and find my Porn Stash. It doesn't help that I've downloaded LOTS of pictures of near-naked men and women to work on my anatomy for art (no, seriously), though the fact that I'm a widely acknowledged Asexual does keep the joking to a minimum. Of course, I won't deny that there is some truth to these claims, as I prefer to download the pictures that are the sexiest without being outright hentai or porn. And yes, it is possible to be a mild Covert Pervert and Asexual at the same time.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Ayup.
  • Cuteness Proximity: I have squeeed over tiny bars of soap. And kittens. And baby seals. And puppies. And those teenie-weenie mustard bottles.
  • Dethroning Moment Of Suck: See Epic Fail below.
  • Does Not Like Spam: I will literally vomit if made to even smell potato salad.
  • Epic Fail: I managed to fall up and down the same flight of stairs 6 times (each way) in less than half an hour during a family barbecue. Also, I once threw a shoe at the floor and MISSED, hitting my brother in the kidney by accident. Also, I have been banned from Halo forever after spazzing and killing anything that came near me, which, since I happened to be standing right near my team's respawn point, was only the members of my own team.
  • Face Palm: Usually of the Headdesk variety.
  • Fan Fiction: I write these.
  • Fangirl: I admit it. I Squee! over scenes and characters I like. Jumping up and down or doing a Happy Dance when something exciting/gleeful/awesome happens is optional, but common.
  • Gamer Chick: Actually, I much prefer watching other people play video games to playing them myself, but I will kick anybody's butt at Mario Party minigames such as Balloon Burst or Bowser Facelift.
  • Geek: Just get me started contemplating the ramifications of Half Human Hybrids, RPGs, proper characterization, or why Tamora Pierce and Jim Butcher are gods in the Sci-fi/Fantasy Author Pantheon.
  • Grammar Nazi: I will correct bad spelling or grammar. It's why I'm such a good BETA. Hilariously enough, I tend to miss things in my own work, meaning I have to do about five drafts before I'm satisfied.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: I instinctively reply "de nada" to any show of gratitude, and have to remind myself not to greet my teachers in the morning with "ohayo, sensei!"
  • Heroic BSoD: See Berserker Tears above.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: I respond to any and all mention of Danny Phantom, ghosts, boxes, thermoses, or the Post Office with "I AM THE BOX GHOST!!" followed by either "I AM NO LONGER THE GHOST OF MECHANICAL FROGS! I am... THE BOX GHOST!!" or "FLEE! LEST YOU BE HERMETICALLY SEALED, AND SHIPPED, TO YOUR DOOOOM!"
    • I've managed to use "BOOM, HEADSHOT!" in a conversation, as well as "What fools these mortals be..." and "FOOLISH MORTALS!" ...since I have a minimal social life, most of my more esoteric quotes tend to come out in my fanfics.
    • I'm waiting for the day I can quote the song "You're gonna go far, kid".
    Now dance, fucker, dance!/He never had a chance!/And no one ever knew/It was really only you!
    • I've also been trying to use this line from Dominic Deegan in an unrelated fanfic for YEARS:
    "You bitch-witch bully of a goat-whore!"
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Phillip, one of my friends, writes historical fiction which I edit, is divorced and has kids, and is (I think) either late thirties or early forties. Apparently, I'm one of the only people who will actually let him talk for as long as he wants without getting bored and leaving.
  • It Makes Sense in Context:
    "The world would be a better place if more people wore trench coats and fedoras."
    "Fleens? You're not... Fleens... Well, whatever you are, MAKE ME A PIZZA!!"
    "Okay, I'm standing right here, and anyone I see is getting a face full of "Boom"."
    "We're not! We're green! Adjust your TV!"
    "Please don't eat Kiba's face."
    "I think I'm 70/30. Or something. But sex is ew so... yeah."
    "But I don't want to be a pie! I don't like gravy..."
  • Lawful Good: I am. Many of my Original Characters aren't, though.
  • Meganekko: I am far cuter with my glasses on than without them.
  • Memetic Mutation: The ones I invented are below
    • "Brain death."
      • "Brain... no worky..."
    • And apparently, if you can't use actual words (like a dog or a baby), you are prone to calling all females 'bitch' and talking like a mobster...
    • "Pudding! Puh! Ding!"
    • "DAAAALE!!!"
    • "Schweebies."
      • "Schweebs."
    • "The world would be a better place if more people wore trench coats and fedoras."
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: I spent my 21st birthday on the Greyhound bus from Nashville to Columbia, with the flu, while throwing up pumpkin pie. Apparently, being female and too sick to drink anything besides water makes you pregnant in the eyes of any male in the area.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The scrape of a metal fork across a ceramic plate. The sound of someone hocking a loogie. Or preparing to hock a loogie by sniffing all that nasal-mucus back into their throat. The sound of a bluescreen on a TV, when it's on but no program is because it's switched to the channel for video-games. Navi.
  • No Sense of Direction: I've improved significantly from my first year of college, when I got lost in a small, open field for forty-five minutes. I also had to call my Mom for directions back to Tennessee from South Carolina that summer, as I wasn't sure if I should get on the 76 E or W. Hint: South Carolina is on the East Coast of the USA. Tennessee is a land-locked state.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: I act dumb to make people relax in my presence when we first meet. It works, and they soon realize I'm smarter than I seemed.
  • Old Shame: I am physically incapable of making myself read some of my earlier works, despite the fact that they are, by all accounts, reasonably well-written and lacking errors. They're just so... so shallow and insipid and blatantly written by a girl who's never had a meaningful relationship and sat firmly on the light side of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism...
  • Original Character: I have created many.
  • Perverse Sexual Lust: The first guy I ever thought of as "hot" was... Kurogane.
    • I still think he has the sexiest Evil Laugh in existence.
    • Scrooge McDuck was also the source of a poorly-defined fan-crush, because of his accent and badassitude.
  • Precision F-Strike: See I Always Wanted To Say That above.
  • Self-Insert Fic: Appropriately titled Self Insertion: Not A Porn Fic.
  • Shout-Out: To music, Tamora Pierce, etc. ALL THE TIME.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: I'm on the idealistic side, though not to the goopy-sappy levels I had in highschool, thank God.
  • Sweet Tooth: It is well known how dangerous it is to walk me through a bakery of any kind...
  • Tender Tears: I cry at my own fics when they have touching scenes, let alone shows I watch and books I read...
  • TV Tropes Will Enhance Your Life: I believe this firmly, and it is one of my life goals to get everyone in my immediate family addicted to this site.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Hippos. They're big blubbery things that KILL MORE HUMANS THAN ANY CARNIVORE ON EARTH. I once visited a zoo where they had an 'underwater observation' exhibit for the hippos. I was 8, and, being naturally curious, went up and pressed my face against the glass to see better. Cue hippo coming up from below, opening it's peg-toothed mouth wider than I was tall and gnawing on the glass in an attempt to eat me. Since that day, I can't look at a picture of a hippo, a video with a hippo in it, or even a hippo stuffed animal. A part of me died when I found out they had invented Hippopotas.
    • I am also scared (though not quite as badly) of possums, baboons, roaches, crickets, swinging bridges, and mirrors in a dark room. And the underbellies of horseshoe crabs. Not horseshoe crabs in general... just their underbellies.
    • And on a random note, I find Platypuses to be one of the more adorable deadly creatures in the world...

Current Or Completed Projects:

  • Gypsy Romance: My first ever published fanfic. Set in the Puchi Puri Yuushi/Yucie universe, post-series. For some reason, I wrote a romance fic for Gaga, and it worked. See also Old Shame. (completed)
  • Crossovers Galore: My second fic. A Massive Multiplayer Crossover featuring characters from Naruto (pre-Shippuuden), Full Metal Alchemist, Negima, and xxxHolic saving the Multiverse by utilizing Yuuko's Dimension Witch powers combined with the "World Pools" from the Wood Between the Worlds (from Chronicles Of Narnia). Better Than It Sounds, trust me. Sadly, Attention Deficit Creator Disorder means that it's on permanent hiatus.
  • Temporary Member: A series of short fanfics involving a new crewmember for the Strawhats, her personal growth, and her massive issues. Gone and dead, because I realized the premise was stupid.
  • The Magpie's Nest: A few years in the limelight for Kageyama from Fairy Tail, involving what happens to him after he and the other members of his guild are arrested and sent to mage's prison. Involves universe expansion and almost ridiculous amounts of Our Monsters Are Different, especially Our Vampires Are Different.
  • Crossroads: A series of stories centered on a set of three foster-siblings who travel the multiverse searching for a way back to their own world. The oldest is a spiritwoman, the middle kid is a Captain Ersatz of Ginko, and the third is a neko-hengeyoukai. They travel by finding places where the 'fabric of reality is thin, and easily pierced', also known as "crossroads". Each story crosses them over with a different series, and they experience Character Development along the way.
  • Invasion: Quite possibly the greatest show of Expanded Universe/Massive Multiplayer Fake Crossover in existence. I take the year-end-specials from One Piece called Luffy-Oyabun in Grand Jipangu, and expand on them to a huge degree. "Grand Jipangu" is no longer the name of the country, it is the name of that specific city, which is the capitol of the province ruled by the Nefertari family. Several other provinces also exist, each run by a family from a major anime: Shihouin, Ukitake, Kyouraku, Kuchiki, Hyuuga, and Sabaku. Expies and Captain Ersatzes abound, coming from Dominic Deegan, Ranma One Half, Kaleido Star, Fruits Basket, Naruto, Bleach, Girl Genius, Slam Dunk, Lupin III, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, {{Amaenaideyo!!}}, and probably a half-dozen others that I can't recall at the moment. So far, has three main fics and two spinoffs, none completed or published yet. Both of the spinoffs, however, hold plot-relevant details for the other three fics.
    • Kaleidoscope: The first and foremost story in the series, showcasing much of the expansion and practically all of the Expies and Captain Ersatzes. Lots of fight scenes, humor, parody, and a surprisingly cohesive plot. The city of Grand Jipangu is being invaded! And with the daimyo and his entourage gone for a meeting with the other lords, the city's defenses are weakened and being overrun! The best defense consists of Luffy-oyabun, his cowardly assistant, a wandering priest, a pissed-off cook, some rather battered ronin, and... a troupe of street performers?
    • Of Ladies And Of Lords, Of Cabbages And Kings: Set concurrently with Kaleidoscope, this is the story of what happens to the other provinces attacked during the invasion, and what the convening Lords do about it. Has a few shout outs to ATLA in it, even though that series has nothing to do with these fics.
    • Milk And Honey: Also set concurrently with Kaleidoscope and Of Ladies And Of Lords, Of Cabbages And Kings, this shows the days prior to and during the invasion from the point of view of the various provincial spymasters. Focuses mostly on the exploits of the spymasters of the Hyuuga and Sabaku provinces, but ties into both of the other stories as well.
    • Puppet On A String: A romantic Spin-Off fanfic that is set a few years prior to Kaleidoscope. It focuses on the Sabaku province, its change of leadership, its political problems, and the love-lives of the Sand Siblings, most specifically, Kankuro's.
    • Spiral In The Sun: Another romantic spinoff, set a few months before the events of Kaleidoscope, this time focusing on the crown princess of the Hyuuga province. Has what is quite possibly the most layered Incredibly Lame Pun for a title in existence. Has homages to other preferred pairings and romance fics for the Naruto-verse that I will probably never write.
  • Self Insertion: Not A Porn Fic: Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A series of self-insert one-shots, each focusing on a single character from a series, in which I or my sister (Kaeldrea is her penname) put ourselves into a story, interact with a character, and then leave. There's no real cohesive plot, and pretty much everything is Played for Laughs.

This Troper's works exhibits examples of:

  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: I have, currently, 4 series of fanfictions (each with a minimum of two fics in it, all currently in-progress and uncompleted) being worked on, two or three more fics which are on hiatus, about twelve fics that are standalones/drabbles that are still unfinished, about a gazillion pages of character profiles and lists of tropes applied to original characters, five fics and a historical fiction novel being BETA'd by me, half a jillion sketches being transferred into digital art via Photoshop, and pages upon pages of information about Expanded Universes, original vampires, mer-creatures, and other supernatural creatures such as naga. I planned on making a list of every refferrence to Tamora Pierce, Anime, and random stuff found on the internet or my family's quirkiness, but decided that wasting another 100+ pages on such a list would be a futile gesture and a massive waste of time.
  • Author Appeal: I always include these things in any story I write:
    • Meaningful chapter titles, usually punning or referencing music or poetry.
    • References to or quotes from songs I likes. These, especially, are EVERYWHERE, and one of the most common formats I write in includes a quote from a song or poem at the beginning of the chapter, which describes what happens in the chapter.
    • Action Girls and/or Ladies Of War. The main character is, with one exception, ALWAYS capable of protecting herself and others.
      • The exception is not someone who can't defend themselves. The exception is a guy.
    • Original characters who are very honest and simply will not put up with Will They or Won't They?/Cannot Spit It Out relationship crap.
    • A Diabolical Mastermind, if possible, usually as a supporting character.
    • Lots of internal monologuing or explorative thought processes for characters who normally don't seem to talk or think all that much.
      • An example would be Roronoa Zoro from One Piece apparently being quite thoughtful and intelligent in his head, but simply keeping his thoughts to himself most of the time, preferring to take the 'just kill what bothers you' approach.
    • Pragmatic Villainy. No villain in a story I write or BETA is ever an impractical villain. They always have legitimate, if evil goals, solve their problems as efficiently as possible using their abilities and sources, and don't let pride get in their way.
    • At least one character (usually female), with No Sense of Personal Space.
    • Expies of favored characters, from series NOT being crossed over with the current one. Also, Fake Crossovers.
    • Long hair on females, though I have started to branch away from that.
    • At least one Cloud Cuckoolander, Cosplay Otaku Girl, or Crazy Awesome character, usually a Genki Girl to boot.
    • A minimum of two Justified, Deconstructed, or Reconstructed Tropes.
    • Characters being a lot smarter than they look or act. The more screen time a character has, the more likely they are to be smart under their kooky exterior.
    • At least one character who does things For the Lulz. Usually a Dragon with an Agenda, Enigmatic Minion, or Cloud Cuckoolander.
      • This character will also never lie. They will just say something that can be easily misunderstood or misconstrued...
    • I also like Half Human Hybrids suffering from Parental Abandonment due to their weird parentage being completely impractical.
    • Also, most of my stories are actually connected through confusing and serpentine means. They don't cross over with each other directly, but they connect.
      • An example would be Road's End, a Goemon-centric fic focussed on the lead character Walking the Earth and trying to meet up with a woman he met and fell in love with over ten years ago (they were unaviodably separated). Since this story involved dimensional travel, Goemon goes to visit Ichihara Yuuko. Yuuko also assisted in Crossovers Galore, a Massive Multiplayer Crossover fic I put on semi-permanent hiatus a while back due to Attention Deficit Creator Disorder. In one (as-yet-unwritten) side-story, several characters from Crossovers Galore go to a cave in the seeming middle of nowhere and set up a series of traps both magical and mundane. Those traps are actually a fundamental part of a third story, Gypsy Romance, the first story I ever wrote, which is not a crossover, and is set in the Puchi Puri Yucie universe post-series. So technically, although they have nothing to do with each other, both Road's End and Gypsy Romance are related.
    • Jigen Daisuke's fedora being considered awesome, iconic, etc. and someone else wanting to wear it. I really, REALLY like fedoras. See my Cloud Cuckoolander above.
    • Oh, and people—especially grumpy guysblushing awkwardly.
  • Expanded Universe: I invented two. One is for the One Piece omake "Luffy-oyabun in Grand Jipangu". The other is for Fairy Tail.
  • In the Style of...: Whenever I write fanfiction, I attempt to do so in the style of the original author. Thus, anything in the Dresden-verse is written in first-person, and very snarkily, while stories involving Naruto have lots of Flash Backs and Face Faults. One Piece fics tend to have lots of Mood Whiplash, combining both ends of the Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness. However, the less a fic is based on cannon, the more original the style is, which results in what is technically a Lupin III fic which has only one character from Lupin III in it—Goemon—and is written in a style completely unlike Lupin III's usual wacky antics.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: I plan to write at least one fanfic where every chapter is named in this style, and the chapter titles actually have very little to do with the plot. For example:
    Chapter 3: "In Which The World's Only Venomous Monotreme Was Created By A Stoner Deity" for a chapter where a one-off character sings the song "What If God Smoked Cannabis?" in the background during a far more important scene.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Not sure if this counts, but... I have one fanfic where every chapter is named in a different style. Such as the first one being a kind of X Meets Y title, the second one being In Which a Trope Is Described, and some much later being single-word descriptions.
  • Running Gag: Any time Goemon objects to doing something on the grounds of it being impossible, improbable, or showing-off, someone brings up the fact that he once cut a lightning-bolt from the top of the Empire State Building. This is even used as a Brick Joke / Ascended Meme / Mythology Gag in Kaleidoscope, which makes no sense because it's set in alternate-universe version of Feudal Japan.

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