Tuesday, May 20, 2014

fic recs

you may or may not have seen me hardcore pimping myself out on twitter every wednesday. i've been writing fanfiction recommendations for my friend's blog network as a weekly column. it's been a lot of fun and something that keeps my unemployed ass doing something on a regular basis. (granted, i enlist my friends to do my work for me at least every other week. but even then, i put quite a bit of effort into those posts too.) 
anyway~ since i never have much to post on my OWN blog, i thought i would create a "master list" of my posts on jenn's fandemonium network blog for here and add to it as i go. so if you ARE interested in reading what i (and my friends) think of particular stories, it's all in one place.
before i started the weekly column, i also randomly wrote articles on various fanfiction related topics which i'll add at the bottom of the list. 

july 2 summer rose
june 25 the practicum - guest rec'd by angie
june 11 que sera sera - guest rec'd by dee
june 4 the consequence of miracles
may 28 the perfect gift - guest rec'd by kristin
may 21 deviant
may 14 the keepsake - guest rec'd by jodi 
may 7 chop and change - guest rec'd by brina
april 30 the blessing and the curse
april 23 tides of fate - guest rec'd by miranda
april 16 awkwardly yours
april 9 help wanted - guest rec'd by jodi
april 2 the debt
march 26 love in my box - guest rec'd by kristin
march 19 wisp
march 12 words with friends/words with strangers - guest rec'd by brina
march 5 my top 5

articles:
march 13 next up - to be read
november 30 adventures is beta-ing
november 9 haters gon' hate
novemeber 2 fic peeves and hard limits
october 26 fanfiction: it's "forever."


Thursday, October 31, 2013

get to know Dee

last of the q&a's for now (unless i can coerce some volunteers)~ 

Name: Deena
Age: 40
Status: Married w/2 great kids (when they want to be)
Twitter: @mizzdee_FF
Do you blog? no
What other social media sites do you use? twitter, FB, Instagram and now Groupme
5 little-known facts about you: 
1. I had a full-ride scholarship to a big name University but turned it down to raise my daughter. Consequently, it took me 10 years to earn my degree
2. The walls in my house make me look like I'm still 15 years old. (Posters everywhere...mostly of Orlando, of course.)
3. My husband never propsed to me. After 2 years of dating and 2 more living together, I told him I was planning a wedding and if he didn't want to marry me, he had to stop me. That was 9 blissful years ago.
4. I am deathly allergic to bees and mosquitos and almost died when I was four when one of those little bastards stung me.
5. Growing up, I wanted to be a high school history teacher and teach in my old high school but scratched that dream when the teenagers today started to scare the crap out of me. Columbine just hit too close to home.

Questions stolen from Twi-Between:
When/how did your Twilight obsession begin? Taylynn actually told me about the first movie and when I saw the first tv spot, I told her the guy from Harry Potter was playing in the movie. She really liked him so I bought her tickets for Christmas. She made me go with her a week later and made sure I was watching the screen 10 minutes into the movie when Edward first appeared. After the movie, I bought the first book and four days later I was reading the final line of Breaking Dawn.

What is your favorite Twilight quote? New Moon - Edward - "Don't worry you're human. Your memory is no more than a sieve. Time heals all wounds for your kind." 
Bella - (narration) I could not do anything else. I had to keep moving. If I stopped looking for him, it was over. Love, life, meaning...over.
Unfotunately, he was wrong. Time only lessens the pain. Nothing heals it.

Who is your favorite non-holy twinity (minor) character? I've narrowed this down to Emmett, Charlie, Sam (and not because of Chaske), and Seth

Which is your favorite Twilight movie? New Moon (again, not because of Chaske)

What is your favorite song from any of the Twilight soundtracks? Hearing Damage, A Thousand Years, and Possibility

Ideal vacay? Forks, set stalking, Brit Pack concert, or a non-Twi premiere? It would have to be a non-Twi premier because (and B don't hit me) I don't even know who they consider the Brit Pack (karen's note: the brit pack (i agree with brina. stupid name.) generally refers bobby long, marcus foster, and sam bradley.)

What is your favorite Non-Twilight film of a Twilight star? Pitch Perfect and Remember Me

What is your favorite Twilight memory? BD1 premier is definitely at the top of the list.
1. Flying 1000 miles to meet the strangers who were my roommates 
2. The big hand molesting said roommates
3. Meeting B in the tent in front of me and the late night talks through the walls of our tents
4. Sitting with B during the movies and pissing off the people around us with our heckling
5. Seeing Rob and Kellan and PFach up close
6. Meeting Josh Horowitz (he was cool) and Mayim Bialik (the great Amy Farah Fowler)
7. And hitting Taylynn cuz she laughed at me for screaming at the screen when Carlisle and Seth died

new questions:
Who is your favorite Twilight actor? Rob, definitely. Chaske, of course, Gil Birmingham and Michael Sheen     

What has being a fan of Twilight opened up for you? For a long time, I stopped allowing myself to get close to people, but this opened up a whole new world with a group of friends I never would have met otherwise.

What is your craziest fangirl moment? Having lunch with Chaske. I was a fan of his ever since my dad forced me to watch Into the West (years before Twilight even came out) so it was huge for me. I literally couldn't breathe when I won the auction and I could barely function that morning and I couldn't sit still on the train into the city or in the cab to the restaurant. But the second I opened the door and saw him standing there, calm settled over me and I could finally breathe. We sat and talked about anything and everything we could think of for two hours. (did you know he's a closet fan of the Real Housewives shows??  okay it's really Emily that watches but he's a good boyfriend and watches it with her) Now, he actually knows me and we actually talk like real people which I never expected to happen but he's a great guy and super chill and I love him to death. (karen's note: what an awesome experience! jelly.)

Who is your favorite NON-Twilight vampire? Damon Salvatore. And Klaus cuz he's a bad ass

Fanfiction questions:
What are you reading right now? I was reading Glycerine by livie79 and All I Have to Give by LyricalKris, but they both just completed. So you should read them if you have a chance. They're really good.
I am slowly reading That Doesn't Happen in Real Life and To Love My Enemy (C/B)
And I'm waiting for updates on many, many others 

I know it's almost impossible, but ~ what are your top 5 favorite fics? I know you just want top 5 but I can't decide between canon or non-canon, so I'm gonna break it down a bit.
E/B fics (which I know you all love):
1. Bella's Summer Nights / Femme Docs & Kevlar Knights - A Cullen Wannabe (You don't have to read BSN first, but it helps)
2. There is a Light - belladonnacullen
3. The Widow's Walk - brodeurgirl30
4. The Cullen Legacy - pattyrose
5. Que Sera Sera - livie79

 Non-Canon (cuz they deserve love too):
 1. What's Lust Got To Do With It (Em/B) - my hubby is no edward
 2. Miror Quaenam Sis Tam Bella (P/B) - MeraNaamJoker
 3. Holding Sam (S/B) - MeraNaamJoker
 4. Original Sin (C/B) - BookwormBaby2580
 5. Never on My Mind (P/B) - lifelesslindsey
 6. There Once Was A King (C/B) - Brits23 (sadly unfinished)

Slash fics (in case anyone other than me reads them):
1. Marked (E/J) - Whitlock-Masen
2. Drenched (E/J) - MizzHyde
3. Shifting Gears (C/E) - TKegl
4. A Tale of Two Cities (E/Em) - TruceOver
5. Learning to Fly (C/E) - KellanCougar
6. Uncomfortable (E/J) - Savannah-Vee  (again...sadly unfinished)
(karen's note: that was the best answer EVER!)

Who is your favorite incarnation of Edward (specifically, from which story)? I like daddywards...any fic that shows him as a good, loving father and husband, or a single dad finding love. My favorite daddyward is in Endings & Beginnings by JadedLadies.
And any sportsward will do. I love Edward when he plays sports. My favs are Sideline Collision and First & Ten by Nolebucgrl.

What are your fanfic hard limits? I don't really have any. I'm open to so many different types of stories that if it has a good, plausible storyline, I'll read it.

What is your biggest ficpeeve? I really, really don't like pushover Bella's
I hate when a story completely changes direction just cuz the readers don't like where it's heading
I also hate when a story forces a happy ending when there really shouldn't be one.  Sometimes characters just need to be apart to be happy.
And I hate when a writer takes a virgin Bella or Edward and turns them into porn stars on their first time cuz that shit ain't real.
     
Who are your favorite authors? 
LyricalKris
Cosmogirl7481
Livie79
KellanCougar
lifelesslindsey
rmhale
     
Why do you read fanfiction? I started reading fanfiction to feed my Twilight obsession. I did try to read fics from other fandoms, but nothing could keep me interested. Twilight is the only one I read cuz I simply love the characters. And I love to see how the creativity of the authors bring them to life in new and different ways. Also, like everyone else, the sex scenes are freaking awesome. 
  
What other fandoms do you count yourself a member of? I really can't say I'm a 'part' of any other fandom. I mean, I like TVD, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments and I'm a total Star Wars nerd but I don't read their fanfic stories or care about their premiers or even keep up with what the actors are doing because not one of them has affected me or become such part of my life like Twilight has.

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how dee and i met: miranda was in charge of the hotel room we were splitting for the bd2 premiere in LA. i didn't know anyone else who would be staying with us. i got dee's name from miranda and i think i tweeted her once of twice to say hi. we all finally met there and ended up having the time of our lives. who knew you could have so much fun with complete strangers?! 
for anyone interested, it was dee who finally convinced me to go beyond my fic comfort zone. she popped my non-canon cherry. and is responsible for breeching some other limits too...
dee and i at the forever party in forks

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

get to know (another) Jenn

10 q&a's! *woot woot*

Name: Jenn
Age: 38
Status: married
Twitter: @JR_Durham
Do you blog? nope
What other social media sites do you use? Facebook, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Twitter, Groupme, Instagram
5 little-known facts about you:
Learned to crawl with casts on both legs. 
Wrote the Easter play my grade school performed when I was in 6th grade and for 5 years after I left.
Had opportunity to move to Germany when I was in 7th grade
Wanted to be a geneticist when I was in high school
Had my motorcycle license, going to take safety class and test again 

Questions stolen from Twi-Between:
When/how did your Twilight obsession begin? A blog I follow started having a bunch of posts around the time casting for the 1st movie started.  I was intrigued, went out and bought all 3 books and blew threw them.

What is your favorite Twilight quote? "One of the best things about Charlie is he doesn't hover."

Who is your favorite non-holy twinity (minor) character? Charlie, hands down

Which is your favorite Twilight movie? New Moon

What is your favorite song from a Twilight soundtrack? Spotlight - Mute Math

Ideal vacay? Forks, set stalking, Brit Pack concert, or a non-Twi premiere? Forks!

What is your favorite non-Twilight film of a Twilight star? Adventureland (believe it or not)

What is your favorite Twilight memory? Any time I've met up with someone I deepened a friendship with or met because of Twilight.

new questions:
Who is your favorite Twilight actor? Rachelle Lafevre

What has being a fan of Twilight opened up for you? Friendships and helped me break through writers/creative block

What is your craziest fangirl moment? walking up and talking to Stephenie Meyer

Who is your favorite NON-Twilight vampire? Klaus

Fanfiction questions:
What are you reading right now?  Summer of Salt by Lola-pops

I know it's almost impossible, but ~ what are your top 5 favorite fics?
Sins of my Past - content1
The Golden Giants Tour - walkingwithgiants
Expectations and Other Moving Pieces - chrometurtle
Hallett Hall - jaxington
Words with Friends - nolebucgrl

Who is your favorite incarnation of Edward (specifically, from which story)? Edward in Clipped Wings and Inked Armor (karen's note: swoon!)

What are your fanfic hard limits? no incest, huge age gaps or when it’s a “daddyward” fic and Bella is his daughter’s friend.

What is your biggest ficpeeve? super uber whiny bellas

Who are your favorite authors? content1, soapymayhem, mizzdee, littlehummingbird, nolebucgrl, jaxington, boydblog, texasbella...so many!

Why do you read fanfiction? i read fanfic because i love the characters am not ready to say goodbye. fanfic keeps them alive and in a realm of endless possibilities.

What other fandoms do you count yourself a member of? Harry Potter and Star Wars (a little and nothing to the extent of twilight)

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how jenn and i met: one half of the wonder twins (the other being tami) ~ she was one of "the fic girls" we met in forks and instantaneously adored. since we didn't get to spend enough time hanging out in forks, we are down to fix that in phoenix in june and heading to forks AGAIN next september.
jenn and i just before we parted ways with each other and forks
  

Monday, October 28, 2013

get to know Kristin

twi-friends q&a installment 9...

Name: Kristin Winker
Age: 31
Status: Married
Twitter: @NormalPplrCrazy
Do you blog? http://kdubssite.wordpress.com (I'm working on it. I don't have much to say)
What other social media sites do you do you use? GroupMe, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
5 little-known facts about you:
I don't eat anything purple. (I know I'm weird)
I have been in 32 states on a motorcycle. 
I was born in Florida.
My parents got a divorce when I was 2 and I've been with my mom since. 
The first book I have EVER read all the way through was Twilight. (I hated reading before that)

Questions stolen from Twi-Between:
When/how did your Twilight obsession begin? A friend asked me to go to the movies with her. She told me the movie was about Vampires. I watch it and fell in love. I didn't get the books until New Moon was out in the theater. I was pregnant with Blake and read the series 10 times while I was laid off for 3 months.

What is your favorite Twilight quote? "Well then I hope you enjoy disappointment."

Who is your favorite non-holy twinity (minor) character? Umm... Does Alice count? (karen's note: absolutely!)

Which is your favorite Twilight movie? Eclipse - I loved the book and movie. 

What is your favorite song from any of the Twilight soundtracks? Hearing Damage, Possibility (why I bought the CD), Full Moon, Eyes On Fire, Never Think, Flightless Bird, Let Me Sign, Friends, Rosyln, Monsters, Chop and Change, Let's Get Lost and What Part Of Forever. I think that's enough for now. I don't have BD Cd in here, so I didn't add them. 

Ideal vacay? Forks, set stalking, Brit Pack concert, or a non-Twi premiere? I have only done one but would love to do all of them. But my ideal vacation is Forks because I meet all of you and finally meet Kmah in person. �� (karen's note: awww! ily!!)

What is your favorite non-Twilight film of a Twilight star? Remember Me

What is your favorite Twilight memory? Watching Breaking Dawn part 1 in Forks gym listening to are group hollering at the movie. 

new questions:
Who is your favorite Twilight actor? Hands down Robert Pattinson ��

What has being a fan of Twilight opened up for you? Reading, a passion for something,  Twitter, friends and all of you.

What is your craziest fangirl moment? Umm... I would say meeting Erik Odom. I'm don't get out much. 

Who is your favorite NON-Twilight? TVD Damon and TrueBlood Eric

Fanfiction questions:
What are you reading right now? I'm reading the Stark series. (Not a fanfiction)
But my wips I'm reading are Wisp, An Eternity to Love, and Chop and Change

I know it's almost impossible, but ~ what are your top 5 favorite fics?
Clipped Wings and Inked Armor
MOTU
The Misapprehension of Bella Swan
An Eternity to Love
The Storm Series

Who is your favorite incarnation of Edward (specifically, from which story)? Hockeyward - The Misapprehension of Bella Swan

What are your fanfic hard limits? Haven't found one. Oh wait..  I lied. When a main character dies. 

What is your biggest ficpeeve? Only writing in one POV. I like knowing what the main people are thinking.

Who are your favorite authors?
Well fuck... 
Sexylexicullen
KrazyK85
MizzDee
Jaxon22
Hunterhunting

Why do you read fanfiction? Porn and the stories

What other fandoms do you count yourself a member of? I don't participate in any other. I like a lot of stuff but it doesn't hold a candle to what Twilight does to me. 

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how kristin and i met: when i was reading clipped wings & inked armor, i MAY have been freaking out on twitter a lot. thanks to my hashtags, kdubs found me and started following me. many a dirty conversation have been shared since then.
kristin and i when we FINALLY met in person in forks