Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fanfic Rec Wednesday – My Bella

I love when I can rec a fic written by a friend. I love it even more when I really love the story.

You may remember back in May when PurpleBrina guest rec’d Chop and Change by Krazyk85.  Krazy is taking a hiatus from the sequel, Chopping and Changing, but wanted to keep up her writing skills, so she had the brilliant idea of “fic-ing” the movie Wicker Park. How often do ALL of us twific fans watch a movie …or read a book, or hear a song, or even see a random picture of something… and think ‘that would make an incredible Edward/Bella story!’ and wish someone would “fic it”? (It’s a thing. Trust me.) That is exactly what happened in this case. She says it was the main character’s “desperation in finding the one girl that broke his heart. The suspense and confusion and the love he had for her” that drew her in. And that interest brought us My Bella by my friend Krazyk85 (@KrazyK85_). (Read it here on fanfiction.net.) 

For the record, Krazy also posted on Facebook that she “sort of" started My Bella because of me after we met in person this summer. Apparently, my dark and depressing sentiments are creative fuel. Lol. Well, if this is what my melancholic demeanour brings out of people… You’re all welcome!

When K first started posting the story back in late June, she said she was surprised at how many people had never seen the movie. Then she suggested we hold off on watching it until the story completed. If you have seen the movie or know anything about it, you will know that there is sense of suspense and mystery that permeates the plot. If you watch it before reading the story, that idea of a puzzle you need to crack will be missing – so I agree with KrazyK. You should wait. I did.

It was so fun trying to put everything together as the chapters went up. My Bella updated every Monday and it was hard to have to wait all week to get the next clue. There was even a weird sort of enjoyment that came from being proven completely wrong. The way the story progresses, your brain automatically questions every single little detail and K did an excellent job of bringing attention to those tidbits. I was personally convinced that Edward was insane.

For me, what makes this story SO great is Krazy’s unique writing talent. Since I knew that what I was reading was based on a story that was previously told only visually, I was blown away at the nuances she was able to bring to the character’s inner thoughts and the descriptions and explanations of happenings that you miss out on in a movie. She is unbelievably creative.  I did end up watching Wicker Park after I read My Bella. In my opinion, the fic is SO MUCH BETTER! Read it for yourself and see what you think.

It’s a on the shorter side of a mid-length story – just over 43,000 words in 15 chapters and was completed in September. 
AND, sidenote: Krazyk85 is up for 6 awards, including Favorite Undiscovered Gem for My Bella, in the 2014Twific Fandom Awards. The first round of voting ends November 8th. Read it quickly and then go vote to help get it through to the next round.

I made this one this afternoon, especially for my blog.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

forks

i'm leaving for my second trip to forks in 2 days. as i prepare, i've been thinking back on last year's experience. i never did get around to the post summarizing the entire journey ~ and let's face it, probably never will. so i thought i would at least share just a few pictures.



this time last year, my group of friends and i travelled to "the holy land" for stephenie meyer days (an annual series of festivities during the weekend closest to bella's birthday ~ september 13th), coinciding with the 2nd of the "forever" parties, which had taken on the "forever in forks" name. the two events had joined together and many activities were planned. one of these was the FiF scavenger hunt. each group (or individual) was given a list of things to track down and take pictures of. they were to be posted on either instagram or facebook and a winner would be chosen among the completing participants. well, that was the plan anyway. as far as we all know, no such winner was deemed. booooo. but our group busted our asses getting creative with our picture taking and i had edited them into collages. i think it would be a shame and detriment not to share them again. ;P

to start, here is a picture of our hunt list, with one very special addition:
most people (who are into this stuff) would have heard that stephenie meyer herself showed up in forks and did an impromptu meet and greet sort of thing. as soon as we heard this, we added her name to our list. of course, being completely shocked and unprepared, i had nothing for her to sign so as she breezed by (the first time), i got her to sign our list. she saw that we had added her name and said, "oh, that's so cute!"



i did end up getting a picture with her as well a few minutes later after she decided to hold off her lunch break a little while longer and pose for some. i was the (self-)designated picture taker for my friends. during the excitement, they each sort of wandered to the background after their turn passed and i was left standing there with no one to take mine. i turned around and yelled back to them something along the lines of "what about me, bitches?!", immediately horrified that i had just cursed in front of the mormon author. i tried to run away, but she called back to me, "did you get a picture with your doll?" (i had been shoving my "pocket edward" into a multitude of pictures by then and he was in my hand as i was playing amateur photographer.) i shook my head, still superembarrassed at my outburst, and she told me to get back over there. PE saved the day! it was the highlight of my trip. and she was laughing and smiling the entire time. like a jackass, all i could manage was a squeaky thank you. then i actually did run away.



now for the ACTUAL items on the list:
(i'm going to add some of the hashtags/captions i used on instagram for the original contest posts, cause some of them are pretty damn funny.)

item # 1. swan's residence
(we had the forks AND portland locations. book AND movie. yay us!)



item # 2. cullen house   #gogogo!
(again both locations... and PE)



item # 3. bella's truck



item # 4. welcome to forks sign  #findPE



item # 5. doctor cullen's parking spot



item # 6. baseball field
(should be mentioned that many of the items on the list don't actually exist, which is where creativity came into play.)



item # 7. charlie's police cruiser



item # 8. the meadow   #wonkyfeet



item # 9. a wolf



item # 10. forks high school  #gospartans



item # 11. edward   #PE #forkscoven #olympiccoven so many different edwards! <3 <3 <3 #volvo #photobomb



item # 12. an apple   #unintentionalpfachphotobomb #biteme



item # 13. forks diner
(the forks and portland location ~ carver cafe)



couldn't decide between them, so 2 were posted.

#deerheadseverywhere #taxidermyatitsfinest



item # 14. sporting goods store ~ olympic outfitters   #goinghunting #moreheads



item # 15. jacob's motorcycle



item # 16. the treaty line



item # 17. jacob's house



item # 18. first beach  #thecullensdontcomehere #theydonow



2 posted again, cause it's so pretty!



item # 19. re-enact a scene of your choosing
we couldn't pick just one. we had 5.

19a. volvo (video link)   #sinceimgoingtohell #wonkyfeet

19b. first beach (video link)  #fantasticactingskills #findPE #photobomb #strongindependentwoman #poormirandaisalwaystheboy

19c.stone cliff inn  #sothelion... yeah, you know...   #stoplaughing #omgmyhandswerewherehishandswere *snort*



19d. #theskinofakiller #sparkle #sonotscaryedward #stripperglitter



19e. #floridians #thatswhatsinjacksonville #makeshiftgreenhouse



bonus. #THEtree i can just see him dangling from that branch... lmao. #personalbrand #twiheroin #roadtrip #portlandtoforks #memories #mygirls  m, b, and iphone picture credit to j. you win... just this one time.





and cause i feel like sharing them...

dinner at bella italia



PE at ruby beach ~ the most beautiful place i've ever seen with my own eyes



PE watching bd2 in the forks high school gym



"last born of the clan, first one to be free" ~ roadtrip



(some of) my girls



the party



re-enactments, ftw 



driving from forks to la push (video link) ~ the whole car singing along with christina perri #forever.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fanfic Rec Wednesday – Summer Rose

Since it’s almost the most patriotic of all American holidays, I’m gonna recommend that you read natalayx’s (@natalayx) Soldierward fic, Summer Rose. Here’s the fanfiction.net link


I’m not saying ONLY Americans would enjoy this one. I’m Canadian and I liked it. And Nat herself is Australian.

I haven’t read a lot of military-oriented stories yet. Not that I have anything against them, but I just don’t get the same surge of emotion right off the bat that I find the majority of American readers do. Of course, we have our own Armed Forces in Canada, but it’s not ingrained into our social consciousness the same way. I don’t really understand that whole “duty to your country” thing. I was worried that a lack of connection to the emotions the characters feel would pull me out of the story, but that wasn’t the case. I was right there with Edward and Bella, struggling through their difficulties with them. I think that's what stands out to me about Nat's story. I spoke to her about this and she said it was “more of him wanting to help the innocent people in a third world country that didn't ask for war” than a sense of duty to serve his country that made him feel compelled to join the army. I really liked that. I totally “get” that.

And I should really stop saying that I never cry when I’m reading, ‘cause I did it again. :’’’(

It’s kinds hard to believe just a picture inspired the whole thing!
sent to natalayx by packy (@_LittleLovely_) as "picspiration"

It just completed a week ago and it’s a quick read – less than 40,000 words in 16 chapters. Go read it and let her know what you thought. I personally think it’s really good and super sweet. Can’t wait to see what Nat comes up with next.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fanfic Rec Wednesday – The Practicum

Sorry I missed last week. I was on vacation with my girls who I only really get to see once or maybe twice a year. I was having too much fun and then grabbing whatever sleep I could in between to be able to get something ready. And since I was in the States, I had no data roaming or Wi-Fi on my phone. I'm still recovering from all the craziness and travel, but I do have a guest rec for you today.

This one comes from my good friend Angie (@ang062).

Title: The Practicum




Why is it good?:  This fic has been on my TBR list forever. I have loved pretty much everything that I have read from TheFicChick.  After a long work week, I just needed something light. This was EXACTLY what I was looking for.  Low angst, lots of laughs, and a blushing Edward.  This was a very quick read for me and had me smiling throughout.  The summary reads: "We're going to be teaching high schoolers how not to get each other knocked up or infected with gonorrhea. It's hardly a romantic evening for two."
I'm usually not one for high school fics but B & E are the teachers in this one. It takes that awkward health class that everyone was tortured with and gives you a completely different (hilarious) view. Plus it also contains one spectacular blow job!

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I haven’t yet read The Practicum (I feel like I say that a lot…), but I do love TheFicChick. She wrote one of my very favourites, Departures. Also, I totally trust Angie’s opinion. She’s never lead me astray. It’s a shorter length fic – just shy of 98,000 words in 15 chapters so if you haven’t already read The Practicum, check it out.

Thanks so much for the rec, Ang!! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fanfic Rec Wednesday – Que Sera Sera

Today’s guest rec is from my good friend Dee (@mizzdee_FF). 

Title: Que Sera Sera



Why is it good?:  In the world of fanfiction, there is nothing better in my eyes than a great angst filled story. A story that is written so well that its drama and completely flawed characters rip your heart right out of your chest, tear it to pieces and then shove it back in whether its fixed or not. While we always wish for a happy ending to every story, sometimes the happiest ending can only be an end.

One of my absolute favorites of these stories is Que Sera Sera by the amazing Queen of Angst herself…Livie79.

It’s a story filled with heavy angst and flawed and evil characters that make you wish you were a part of the story just so you could exact some revenge for the one who couldn’t do it for herself.

But there is a bright light in the middle of all this sadness.

A simple yet beautiful love story between a very shy, scared, closed off Bella and a super sweet Edward. Together, they find a love and a possible future neither one believed they could have. And in each other, they each find a strength they never knew existed as they fight back against the evil threatening to destroy their world.

Though the subject matter is difficult, this story is so beautifully written that it rips you open and fills you with so many emotions that your heart is ready to burst. It’s an amazing story and will always be one of my favorites. Hopefully, it will become one of yours too.

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Another one I have not yet read myself. I’m so glad that I have friends who can offer you something more to add to your TBR lists. It’s been added to mine.
Thank you for helping me out with the rec, Dee!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fanfic Rec Wednesday – The Consequence of Miracles

C’mon, you probably knew this one was coming. If you follow me on Twitter, you will have seen me flailing all over The Consequence of Miracles by TravisBirkenstock. (Find it here on fanfiction.net.) Technically, this is a WIP, but I feel okay recommending it because it’s completely written already and only has a few more chapters left to post.


I am FLOVING this story – and I’m not the only one.  EVERYONE seems to be reading TCoM. I was clued in through all the tweets of people losing their minds over it, saying things like they were pulling over on the side of the road or locking themselves in the office bathroom to read the new chapters as soon as they were posted. I wanted to see for myself what was so good about it. And, whoa… it is so, so good. This is the story we’ve been waiting for.

Be forewarned, it’s SAD! Like really, really, really sad. The subject matter is heavy but it’s handled with such sensitivity and caring. It is so beautifully written. You physically ache for this pair and for the entire cast of characters. Everyone is affected in some way or another. The circumstances and the characters’ thoughts, feelings and reactions to it leave you raw and bleeding.  It’s torturous agony but you keep going back for more because it’s so REAL, impactful and moving. It grabs you and holds on.

The silver lining is that even throughout the darkest parts, there is always this tiny ember of hope glowing. It’s in Bella’s perseverance and unwavering mentality. It’s in Edward’s commitment to rebuilding his life. As corny as this may sound, it’s in the love they have for each other. And really, isn’t that what we’re here for? One minute, you’re drowning in hurt – the next, choking on optimism. For me, it’s that crazy balance of pain and hope that give this story its weight and depth.

The characterization is amazing. I really love Travis’ versions of Edward and Bella. Both of them are intelligent, present, and self-aware, both enviably selfless and immensely strong – but I love that their true strength and redemption comes from accepting and embracing their selfish wants and needs.

The dialogue is probably the best I’ve ever read. It is spot-on, capturing how teenagers speak. It’s perfectly realistic but it also carries a certain wisdom and insight, little tidbits and life lessons embedded into the conversation and narrative. And it’s funny. Edward and Bella have a rhythm – a way of relating to each other – that is pure and sweet. The banter is masterfully written, which in my opinion, is a rarity. It lends itself very well to the pacing and plot of this story.


I understand that the high angst warning may put some people off picking it up, but I urge you to give it a chance. If you read fics like Wide Awake, Just Wait, and/or Emancipation Proclamation, etc., you will survive this one. The Consequence of Miracles is one of those stories that I like to call an “instant classic”. As soon as you pick it up, you KNOW it’s one of the greatest contributions to our fandom. 

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Note: It's actually complete now. The last chapter just posted. But I haven't read it yet. *slow exhale* Wish me luck!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fanfic Rec Wednesday – The Perfect Gift

Today’s rec is another one via my friend Kristin (@Kdub_s). 

Title: The Perfect Gift




Why is it good?: I'm a little bias when it comes to this writer. She is a dear friend of mine and a fellow fich00r. And she also picked a fantastic beta. The story is about Christmas being a time for love, joy and happiness. But when love just isn't enough, is there anything that can make things right? There are parts that my heart was breaking for Bella and parts I had happy tears in my eyes. I love the uncertainty of the story. Is Edward going to be able to fix it or is Paul going to wiggle his way back in her life and bed? It's a must read!

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I feel as though it would be a conflict of interest for me to comment on this one. Lol. Take Kristin’s word for it and check it out.
Thanks for the rec, K-Dubs!