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Leslie Mertz aka Lord of Cakes
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Social Worker by day and writer by night.

FanFiction.net Lesliewifeofbath or Leslie Mertz. One of the two.

Lesliewifeofbath on Tumblr. I guess that's a thing now.
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Still Alive, Just Writing

Thu Apr 14, 2016, 12:18 PM
Busy working on Molly Jones: The Not So Dark Path. I have about seventeen chapters going at the same time. The first arc (the first seven stories) is close to being done, maybe another month out, at the very latest. 

The second arc, which was supposed to be the first is also almost completed.

For those of you who are wondering about Molly Jones, here are a few factoids (though nothing too detailed--I want you to read the story).

1. Molly Jones is Elvish--capitalization intented. The creators of Dragon Age Origins, according to David Gaider, modeled the elvish people after the Jewish people. Source: dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Elf See notes. Religion aside, I intend to write her character from the view point of a marginalized race from the ghetto.

2. Molly lived a rather sheltered life in the Alienage, as her father Cyrion Tabris was, relatively speaking, well off. In my cannon, Cyrion would occasionally travel with Bann Rodolf for whom he worked for in some capacity. Cyrion met his wife Adaia Jones on one of these trips. Adaia was placed (see story) on the auction block and was bought by Cyrion in Orlais.  Adaia dies in child birth, not by the guards. Molly Jones takes her mother's last name after her mother's death.  Molly is semi-literate.

3. Zevran is just as much a main character as Molly. Some of the chapters will be written from his point of view. A few chapters will be written from the other character's point of view.

4. Speaking of point of view, this story will be third person limited, maybe with some omniscient. I'll do my best not to head hop. We'll see. This is for fun, after all.

5. This is not just a Zevran loves Molly kind of story. There is more to this series than that. Zevran is more than a lover and a protector or Svengali--he is a hero and anti-hero. Molly is more than a spunky, love-struck girl; in time she learns to be politician, strategist and a heroine. 

6. My desire is to flesh out the other companions as much as possible and give them and them a voice rather than just being siphon. This is the reason why this project is taking so long.

7. I have no desire to change the original characters. They are perfect as they are and I will write this series with their voice in mind.

8. Don't look to this to be a walk-through. Outside of the first chapter and some of the third arc, there will be very little in-game dialogue.  (Of course, I just can't pass up the poetry of Hespith or sad desperation of Ruck. The Dwarves are pretty freaking awesome.) Also, don't look for things to happen in a certain order. For example, if you are waiting for the earring speech, you might be sadly disappointed. You will find things out about the characters at my pace. Also, as Ferelden is actually a country (or province) I intend to make the travel times a bit longer.

9. I intend to follow the cannon; though there will be one aspect where it is changed slightly. You won't know it's happening until after it happens.

10. Molly Jean Jones character is inspired by the character Nancy Donovan from 30 Rock, played by the amazing Julianne Moore. Her middle name come from the character Jean Hardcastle  played by Dame Judi Dench in Britcom As Time Goes By.

This will probably be my last foray into to fan fiction, not counting the series I intend to finish (A Girl of No Consequence and Nerevar Blue: Book Two) as I want to move on to writing original works. Through this series I hope work out any remaining kinks in my writing style--a herculean task. To do that, it will take a great deal of research and reading. Be patient with me--I'll make it worth your while. 

Skin by SimplySilent

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Moly Jones Art 3 by Lesliewifeofbath
Moly Jones Art 3
Possible Cover Art for upcoming Dragon Age Origins Series.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009
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Molly Jones Love in Color
The most mature (visual) thing coming out of me. I thought this was a lovely little pose of my OC Molly Jones and my beloved Zevran Arainai.

Please note: These are consenting (and how) adults.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009
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Molly Jones Love Black and White
The most mature (visual) thing coming out of me. I thought this was a lovely little pose of my OC Molly Jones and my beloved Zevran Arainai.

Please note: These are consenting (and how) adults.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009
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Playing DAO as a human. Is it wrong of me to secretly wish that Zevran stabs them all? No? I didn't thinks so...

Still Alive, Just Writing

Thu Apr 14, 2016, 12:18 PM
Busy working on Molly Jones: The Not So Dark Path. I have about seventeen chapters going at the same time. The first arc (the first seven stories) is close to being done, maybe another month out, at the very latest. 

The second arc, which was supposed to be the first is also almost completed.

For those of you who are wondering about Molly Jones, here are a few factoids (though nothing too detailed--I want you to read the story).

1. Molly Jones is Elvish--capitalization intented. The creators of Dragon Age Origins, according to David Gaider, modeled the elvish people after the Jewish people. Source: dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Elf See notes. Religion aside, I intend to write her character from the view point of a marginalized race from the ghetto.

2. Molly lived a rather sheltered life in the Alienage, as her father Cyrion Tabris was, relatively speaking, well off. In my cannon, Cyrion would occasionally travel with Bann Rodolf for whom he worked for in some capacity. Cyrion met his wife Adaia Jones on one of these trips. Adaia was placed (see story) on the auction block and was bought by Cyrion in Orlais.  Adaia dies in child birth, not by the guards. Molly Jones takes her mother's last name after her mother's death.  Molly is semi-literate.

3. Zevran is just as much a main character as Molly. Some of the chapters will be written from his point of view. A few chapters will be written from the other character's point of view.

4. Speaking of point of view, this story will be third person limited, maybe with some omniscient. I'll do my best not to head hop. We'll see. This is for fun, after all.

5. This is not just a Zevran loves Molly kind of story. There is more to this series than that. Zevran is more than a lover and a protector or Svengali--he is a hero and anti-hero. Molly is more than a spunky, love-struck girl; in time she learns to be politician, strategist and a heroine. 

6. My desire is to flesh out the other companions as much as possible and give them and them a voice rather than just being siphon. This is the reason why this project is taking so long.

7. I have no desire to change the original characters. They are perfect as they are and I will write this series with their voice in mind.

8. Don't look to this to be a walk-through. Outside of the first chapter and some of the third arc, there will be very little in-game dialogue.  (Of course, I just can't pass up the poetry of Hespith or sad desperation of Ruck. The Dwarves are pretty freaking awesome.) Also, don't look for things to happen in a certain order. For example, if you are waiting for the earring speech, you might be sadly disappointed. You will find things out about the characters at my pace. Also, as Ferelden is actually a country (or province) I intend to make the travel times a bit longer.

9. I intend to follow the cannon; though there will be one aspect where it is changed slightly. You won't know it's happening until after it happens.

10. Molly Jean Jones character is inspired by the character Nancy Donovan from 30 Rock, played by the amazing Julianne Moore. Her middle name come from the character Jean Hardcastle  played by Dame Judi Dench in Britcom As Time Goes By.

This will probably be my last foray into to fan fiction, not counting the series I intend to finish (A Girl of No Consequence and Nerevar Blue: Book Two) as I want to move on to writing original works. Through this series I hope work out any remaining kinks in my writing style--a herculean task. To do that, it will take a great deal of research and reading. Be patient with me--I'll make it worth your while. 

Skin by SimplySilent
I really wish Dragon Age didn't have that whole elf-blooded thing. It makes it hard to have hybrids. Also, while playing an elf, I would never consider shipping outside of my race because if you do, the child has no trace of any elf characteristics. That's not how genetics work people!
Prelude The Beginning of All Things
This is my entry for The Bard's College Collaboration Contest, but it's more than that. It is the prelude to the both the Courtesan in Skyrim Series and A Girl of No Consequence.

Awesome illustration done by modji-33

For the better part of two years, I had tried to come up with an origin story for the Skyrim series. I wanted something unique and didn't find it until I started writing about Jose and Esme.


A Courtesan in Skyrim: lesliewifeofbath.deviantart.co…

A Girl of No Consequence: lesliewifeofbath.deviantart.co…

Skyrim Information: www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Skyri…

Skyrim Bethesda Softworks© 2011
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Molly Jones Art Ref by Lesliewifeofbath
Molly Jones Art Ref
Possible Cover Art for upcoming Dragon Age Origins Series.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009
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Molly Jones Art by Lesliewifeofbath
Molly Jones Art
Possible Cover Art for upcoming Dragon Age Origins Series.

The second play through looks pretty good.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009
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Molly Jones (No Blood) by Lesliewifeofbath
Molly Jones (No Blood)
Possible Cover Art for upcoming Dragon Age Origins Series.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009

Zevran Arainai belongs to BioWare

Molly Jones belongs to me.
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Molly Jones (Bloody Version) by Lesliewifeofbath
Molly Jones (Bloody Version)
Possible Cover Art for upcoming Dragon Age Origins Series.

Image rendered in GIMP 2.8

Dragon Age Origins © BioWare 2009

Zevran Arainai belongs to BioWare

Molly Jones belongs to me.
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On Skyrim, DAO, Life and Stuff

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 2:12 PM
I just wanted to give an update on my life and the work I'm creating.

On Life: right now I am looking for a job to support my career as writer, and one that supports my child's schedule at a charter school. Probably looking at something third shift and not really all that professional. I've done the professional route and now I just want something that doesn't change someone's life. I'm taking a break from case management and treatment plans.

On Skyrim: No, I haven't turned my back on my TES works. I will continue with Esme and Marceline. I'm just taking a little break, though there are at least two stories coming down the pike; one for the Bard's Collaboration Contest and one from Girl of No Consequence series.

On Dragon Age Origins: Yep. Totally fell in love. I've decided that I will write a fan fiction series though it will be done slightly differently than the other works I have written. The first change is that the stories will be written in arcs and no story will be released until the entire arc is finished. That way people can decided if they like what they see and if they want to continue reading what I put out.

The other change is in the character development itself. One day when I was listening to the Beatles Obli di Oh blah da, I found myself singing the tune with Zevran and Molly Jones. Bam. That's my character's name.

Molly Jones is also different as her character was inspired by Nancy Donovan from 30 Rock, played by ever-talented (and gorgeous) Julianne Moore. For those of you who know who I am talking about, sit back and have fun reading the story with her Bossten accent. This story could be all about the accents as I think Zevran sounds exactly like Puss in Boots.

Molly Jones is a City Elf and was set to marry via arranged marriage. Her background is conservative. She's probably the most conservative character that I've ever written and that is definitely several steps out of my comfort zone.

As with all of my stories, Molly Jones will not be a walk through. My world is much bigger than the game itself and there will be at least one major aspect of the story that some (aka many) might not consider lore. Oh well.

Also, the characters are all majorly flawed individuals and thankfully Dragon Age graciously lends itself to writing some seriously fucked up protagonists.

So. That's where I am and what I'll be doing for the next several months. Well, that and I will try to figured out DAZ studio--maybe.

Skin by SimplySilent
Can someone tell me about DAZ Studio? What can you do with the free version?
When you creativity strikes at midnight....Grrr...I have to get up in the morning...Damn you, muses!

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Thanks for the Faves!
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NorroenDyrd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
I woke up in the middle of the night today due to a sudden realization that you must have had a birthday recently. I am so sorry I missed it! :C I am horrible with dates. :B
But all the same, have some well wishes for you and yours! You deserve them! :hug:

Happy Birthday Grin Birthday cake  icon Happy Birthday Cupcake :cakerun: 
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Lesliewifeofbath Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's ok! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!
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Aww, it's always a pleasure! :D
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Happy Birthday! :glomp: I hope your cake was yummy.
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Lesliewifeofbath Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
No cake, but I was given a day to write. And I needed that.
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Winters-Dawn1221 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I think half my relatives shuddered when you said that, but I agree. Days to just sit and write are precious.
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Lesliewifeofbath Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
They are. I wish I could get paid to sit around and write fan fiction. That would be awesome. I just need to win the lottery...
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heiwako Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday! I hope it was a good one!
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Lesliewifeofbath Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Eh, I turned 40....But I guess turning 40 beats not turning 40...

Hello Middle Age! Cue The Talking Heads:

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself
Well...How did I get here?
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