Academy Leaders

IronAngel Forge
Ship: MLS D. Shovel
Rank: Captain
Region: USA :: Michigan :: Muskegon County

IronAngel Forge, Chief of Engineering at the SSA, is now the Captain for the MLS D. Shovel. Known for teaching students blacksmithing, medieval weaponry construction, and electronics, should they ever need it. His writing strengths come from his ability to adapt situations he’s encountered into fiction, and research – lots of research, we lost him in the library a couple times kind of research. In his free time, he’s always making music and tuning audio to perfection, tabletop gaming, as well as occasionally putting on a fire effects show for anyone who will watch. And while he will tell you countless times that he’s not a role model, he teaches the students things they would never learn elsewhere. In a mostly safe environment.


Rue.Tylar
Ship: MLS D. Shovel
Rank: Commander
Region: USA :: Rhode Island :: Elsewhere

Rue.Tylar, communications officer, linguist, and tinkerer is aboard the MLS D. Shovel. Acting as Executive Officer, or XO, she runs the ship from the bridge, seeing to the daily operations, sending and receiving communications from the Academy and other ships. If she isn’t teaching the cadets a new language, so that they have a backup if their BabelFish Translator goes out, she’s usually trying to knit or dabbling in other creative endeavours. Her writing strengths lie in her imagination, and her stories all have a strong voice to them. Assigned to the D. Shovel, because she will always help out wherever needed. Her current pet project is to build a better BabelFish, as she feels the original one lacks in tone and inflection of many foreign and alien languages.


EmilyNH
Ship: MLS D. Shovel
Rank: Lt. Jr. Grade
Region: Canada :: Alberta :: Elsewhere

Lt Jr Grade EmilyNH joined the crew of the MLS D. Shovel after finding out her research skills rival those of Captain IronAngel’s. Originally assigned to the library, to help the recruits with their research, she quickly wound up as the Shovel’s chief Research Officer. Her love of history certainly helps her excel in her many fact-finding endeavours. Always willing to help the cadets with homesteading type skills, like cooking, gardening, how to fix what breaks around the ship, and making cosy things for Earth’s winter, or colder climate planets. You’ll recognize her as you pass her in the Academy halls, for she is usually accompanied by her tribble-esque companion dog, Pippi.


BlackberrySpark
Ship: MLS D. Shovel
Rank: Lieutenant
Region: USA :: Michigan :: Flint

Lt Blackberry has been studying with Capt Eldarwen in her cultural liasioning between members of the academy and all the fascinating species we come across. Realizing that the MLS D. Shovel needed their own cultural liaison since they are the most helpful of the ships. Her strengths lie in her speed and her perfectly crafted dialogue, as well as the amazing ability to turn even the smallest idea into a full blown story. She is fascinated by xenolinguistics and anthropology, which aid her well in her position as inter ship and species communicator. She says that she can turn any negotiations around to a peaceful solution, so long as she has coffee.


harper57
Ship: MLS D. Shovel
Rank: Ensign
Region: USA :: California :: Elsewhere

Ensign Harper has a drive and determination that make her a great fit for MLS D. Shovel. She will show up and write every time. Even when the going is tough and the words aren’t a-going, she shows up and puts in the work anyways. Harper enjoys reading, writing, ice hockey, and helping encourage cadets to just keep putting one word after the other, one sentence at a time. And while she says that only two people think she’s pretty cool, most of the MLS D. Shovel admire her drive and think she’s a good addition to the team.


KikoIsAWizard
Ship: MLS D. Shovel
Rank: Lt. Commander
Region: USA :: Pennsylvania :: Elsewhere

KikoIsAWizard (referred to as simply Kiko) is a bit of an anomaly.  Part AI, part something else, she certainly makes life aboard the MLS D. Shovel interesting.  Just like her writing, she is terrific at introducing drama and teaching the cadets about emotions and how to write them effectively to get the most out of their writing.  If she isn’t playing on the ship’s computers, or “helpfully” redesigning websites around the Academy, she is seen wandering the halls in black robes with silver and green on them as well as a tall, pointy hat.


Eldarwen
Ship: MLS H. Viking
Rank: Captain
Region: Europe :: Luxembourg

Eldarwen once the Foreign or Human/Alien Liaison at the SSA is now the Captain of the MLS H. Viking. Although her reputation paints her to be fierce and in killer heels, cadets will find she is rather approachable, very laid back and charming. They were right about the heels though, for they are always heard before anyone sees her. She was known for forging many alliances; and is quite fond of keeping in touch with most of the races and beings she has encountered. Eldarwen’s writing strengths come from her rich descriptions, which make everything about her stories feel real to those who read them. When not making sure the Viking runs smoothly, or pursuing her own writing, she is rarely found without something to read in hand.


Aka-click
Ship: MLS H. Viking
Rank: Commander
Region: Canada :: Alberta :: Elsewhere & Canada :: Elsewhere in Canada

Aka-Click, usually a professor of Navigation at the academy, is now the Navigator for the MLS H. Viking. Painter of pixels extraordinaire, and unofficial Chief Distraction officer. Click has been teaching the cadets how to navigate the various star systems with everything from a map and a window, to the high tech systems on our ships. Her stories all have deeply detailed characters, and she can craft a story out of nothing as well as with months of planning and outlining. In her spare time, Aka-click enjoys dog competitions and many outdoor activities on planets with a viable earth-like atmosphere.


Kdskid007
Ship: MLS H. Viking
Rank: Lieutenant
Region: USA :: Michigan :: Flint

Lieutenant kdskid007, serves as the Chief of Engineering aboard the MLS H. Viking. They are usually found in the engine room with the grease smudges befitting an engineer and tinkering on various thingamabobs and doohickeys. As a true Viking, explosive and fiery mishaps are a semi-frequent occurrence around kdskid. Which may or may not be by accident depending on who you ask. Their writing strengths lie in the flexibility in following characters wherever they wish to go. In their free time they like to read, LARP, tabletop game, and knit. It is said they have once knitted some enchanted scale mail gloves for themselves and some very special students.


Twinkle Toes the Berserker
Ship: MLS H. Viking
Rank: Ensign
Region: USA :: California :: Elsewhere

Ensign TwinkleToestheBerserker of the MLS H. Viking, is a strangely androgynous person wearing a tutu and a viking hat, that appeared at the SSA Academy one day. Loving the creative atmosphere zhe decided to stay, and has added zhir infectious randomness to the staff and the recruits. On the MLS H. Viking TwinkleToestheBerserker helps Capt. Eldarwen, Navigator Aka-Click wherever zhe is needed. Known also for zhir yarn crafts, soap making, gardening and balisong flipping, TwinkleToesTheBerserker is always up to something. Zhir writing strengths come from the ability to make random things go together seamlessly, and adding in prompts from the SSA to zher stories like it was meant to be there.


CrimsonThirteen
Ship: MLS H. Viking
Rank: Ensign
Region: Europe :: Belgium :: Wallonia & Brussels

Ensign CrimsonThirteen joins the ranks of the fearless MLS H. Viking. She brings her skilled dialogue crafting and love of post-apocalyptic and science fiction with her wherever she goes. As a strategist she tries to craft deep and tactful battle plans for the Vikings, some more successful than others. Crimson is a great fit for Viking due to her rowdy spirit and sense of humor, which can come out in the most unexpected of ways. As a teacher she enjoys sharing her love of writing, dinosaurs and all things post apocalyptic, with her cadets. When not on the Viking, you can almost certainly find her hanging around near the Ninja raptor pens, trying to pet them.


Elyndra
Ship: MLS P. Bunny
Rank: Captain
Region: Europe :: Belgium :: Flanders

Elyndra is the keeper of the plotbunny pen at the SSA, and now Captain of the MLS P. Bunny. Primarily the caretaker and wrangler of the brightly coloured little plotbunnies back at the Academy, Elyndra has brought a miniature pen with her aboard the P. Bunny. Teaching her crew, and the recruits, that there should be no plot bunny left unexplored, or at least brought back for a future story. Her writing strengths are in her strong characters and her expertly crafted dialogue. Lover of all things shiny, keeper of the fictional histories, and scribbler of words. And while she may chase her plot bunnies to the far reaches of space, she always makes her way back to the academy… Eventually.


Shewolf13
Ship: MLS P. Bunny
Rank: Commander
Region: USA :: Pennsylvania :: Elsewhere

Shewolf13, the ever present and stern looking security officer from the SSA is now the acting Chief of Security on the MLS P. Bunny. Usually found somewhere either on ship, or at the academy, with her back to a wall and arms crossed across her chest. Lt. Wolfy is fond of teaching the recruits various forms of self-defence and tactical thinking, to make sure they can get out of any precarious situation they find themselves, or their characters, in. Her writing strengths are in her immersive world building and rich character building. And while there was a rumour started that she would bite, or eat unruly cadets, we are almost certain that’s not true. Probably.


Lauren E. Mitchell
Ship: MLS P. Bunny
Rank: Lt. Jr. Grade
Region: Australia :: Melbourne

Lt Jr Grade Lauren joins the ranks of the MLS P. Bunny. With their amazing flexibility in writing, as well as wearing many hats, or uniforms if you will, on the crew. They always have a writing prompt for cadets in need, or some spur of the moment inspirations. You can hear them coming before you see them, due to the heavy stompy boots they frequently wear. When asked about their footwear choices they merely says “Not my fault, they’re comfy. Think of the stomping as a warning” Their favorite place to hang out is the plotbunny pens, where they help Captain Elyndra in the daily care and petting of the little fluffs, as well as being in charge of the bunny adoption program. After all, who can resist cute little plot ideas that need homes?


Ros Haywood
Ship: MLS P. Bunny
Rank: Lieutenant
Region: Europe :: England :: Elsewhere

Lieutenant Ros joined the crew of the MLS P. Bunny as both a Security Officer and the Ship’s Librarian. Coming to us from the USS Wessex where she was Second Officer and bringing with her a ton of experience on various topics. Whenever she has a free moment she’s teaching the cadets Shakespeare, xenobiology, and English grammar. Ros is known for her quick, sharp dialogue, as well as grammatical perfection. Fierce with a red pen, yet kind with her words, so the recruits never feel like their story isn’t good enough. Her children’s fantasy series is frequently talked about and definitely earned her a few adoring Cadets wanting to follow in her footsteps. Generally found in the ship’s library where she’s always around for talks on arduinos and writing.


cgirl1979
Ship: MLS P. Bunny
Rank: Ensign
Region: USA :: Michigan :: Flint

Ensign cgirl joined the crew of the MLS P. Bunny as a historian and chronicler of the journeys. Knowing we need to keep detailed and accurate records and how difficult it can be with all the plot bunnies hopping about, she does her best to keep focused. Her favorite genre is suspense/fantasy. She is known for being able to keep writing smoothly and effortlessly once she can ignore distractions and hits her writing stride. She’s certainly getting better at ignoring the plot bunnies bouncing around her as she writes. Most of the time. Cgirl brings with her a deep love of coffee and even went so far as to drag her own coffee maker to the ship. Saying the replicators just don’t make it quite right. When not writing the histories, she loves scrapbooking, photography, drawing, and painting.


hedgymama
Ship: MLS P. Bunny
Rank: Lt. Jr. Grade
Region: USA :: Pennsylvania :: Elsewhere

Lt Jr Grade Hedgymama assists Ensign cgirl in her quest to keep an accurate accounting of what happens on the Mighty MLS P. Bunny. As photographer she always has various types of cameras set up around the place and is forever testing out new ones. The idea is to ultimately create a yearbook of all the Bunny’s adventures. Her writing strengths are her ability to think outside of the box for new ideas and her creativity which knows no bounds. Frequently she teaches the cadets about cooking, or doing arts and crafts to kickstart their creative minds. She has two cadets of her own, currently in the YWP academy, who are frequent visitors on board the MLS P. Bunny. Especially when Hedgymama hosts the weekly karaoke in the pillow fort.


WitchyRobyn
Ship: MLS P. Ninja
Rank: Captain
Region: USA :: Louisiana :: Lake Charles

WitchyRobyn is the primary Raptor Wrangler and current Captain of the MLS P. Ninja. She cares for the crew with all the care a mother raptor has. A proud supporter and frequent user of the plot ninjas in her own workings, she feels right at home on the P. Ninja. Her hobbies include all forms of string, (no sorry, YARN) which is to include knitting, crocheting, and spinning. We expect the P. Ninja crew to return with handmade sweaters with their initials on them. Her writing is known for putting her characters through all manner of torture and pain to bring them through for great plot twists and character development. She also runs the Delay Station both at the SSA and onboard with the unofficial title: Queen Procrastinator.


Kistoway
Ship: MLS P. Ninja
Rank: Commander
Region: USA :: Rhode Island :: Elsewhere

Kistoway, usually a communications instructor at the SSA, is now the Comms officer on the MLS P. Ninja. With an affinity for almost anything domesticated and feline-like from all over the galaxy, and a level of klutziness rarely seen, she is well known to all members of the SSA. Aboard the MLS P. Ninja, she makes sure all the communications get routed where they should, and always has time to help a recruit refine some of their writings. Her writing strengths are her ability to do amazing things under restrictive deadlines (usually because of procrastination) and a truck ton of research. Not even kidding, she’s who we send in when we lose IronAngel Forge.


AlainaintheSky
Ship: MLS P. Ninja
Rank: Lieutenant
Region: USA :: Pennsylvania :: Elsewhere

Alainainthesky is the photojournalist for the MLS P. Ninja. She is queen of selfies, and teacher of various subjects back at the academy. A truly well rounded novelist, her storytelling strengths lie in superbly crafted dialogue and well-rounded characters. In her free time, Alainainthesky enjoys drawing, painting and gaming. She’ll never say no to spending time researching her favourite subjects and befriending felines. With her high tolerance for chaos, and an innate ability to find the calm inside the storm, she’s a perfect addition to the Ninja ranks.


cerrenes
Ship: MLS P. Ninja
Rank: Ensign
Region: USA :: Massachusetts :: Norfolk/Bristol Counties

Ensign Cerrenes is joining the ranks of the MLS P. Ninja after her year as a helper cadet with us last year. She liked the ship so much we just gave her a uniform. Her favorite genre is Fantasy, and her writing strengths are dialogue, and world building. “Though not to the point of four pages to describe a bump on a log.” She is also an excellent researcher. When not helping the cadets with their novels and duties, she enjoys candle making, crocheting, watching bad 80s movies, animals, gaming, and much more. Her other unofficial title is Her Ladyship of Cheese and Crust, and her unofficial role is to make sure there is enough cheese and crust for everyone. You must provide your own beverages, she does have boundaries.


Neina
Ship: MLS P. Ninja
Rank: Lt. Jr. Grade
Region: Europe :: Belgium :: Wallonia & Brussels

Lt Jr Grade Neina joins the MLS P. Ninja as counselor, and all around mom friend. She brings her love of cats, Jurassic Park, all things zombies, stationary, and pins. Her favorite genre is anything with zombies, or apocalypses, and some young adult novels as well. Currently organizing the cadets for weekly anime nights, showcasing the deep storytelling that can happen through different mediums. Her writing strength is speed and she usually wins all the word wars. Lovingly known as the “cat mom”, and in charge of the kitten checkout in the library. You can go to her to check out a kitten while you’re working in the library, provided they are not too distracting. She’s always at the ready with stickers, hugs, food, tea, and motivational speeches.

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