Story Spotlight: Piano Man

Title: Piano Man
Author: ReluctantPrincess
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: World famous pianist Killian Jones moves to Storybrooke after a tragic accident takes away his wife and his livelihood. He tries to carve a new life out for himself and his daughter with the help of his brother, Liam.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I started this last week and I seriously got through the 14 chapters already published in like…a day. It’s extremely compelling and I love it. It’s simple-it’s real life. And she warns that it’s angsty, but if this is her angsty then I can handle it.

The characters she’s created are delightful and the ones we already love are perfect the way she’s written them. She’s captured their essence in a real world kinda way. I would love to be friends with this Killian (duh) or even this Emma. Emma’s sometimes annoy me in fics, but not this one.

It’s not done, but she’s usually good about updating. So head on over to AO3 and give it a read and a follow (or subscribe I think it is over there…??). Leave her kudos and comments cause the more you leave the faster authors write. *squeal* Thanks lovelies and enjoy!!

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Author Spotlight: itssarahndipity

Hey darlins! I have an awesome chick for y’all to check out.  I found her on the-what else-Captain Swan Forever Facebook page (seriously that’s where I find all my OUAT stuff lately!) and I was totally intrigued by the summary they posted.

Well, I was not at ALL disappointed. And-on top of the awesome fic she’s working on-she’s a sweetie. :) So read on and let her talk cause I’m kinda boring.

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
My name’s Sarah, and my pen name on AO3 is itssarahndipity ☺

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m a Canadian university student who adores chocolate, tea, classical music, and my dog Calvin.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Usually studying, two thirds of the year! When I’m not studying… I read, watch Netflix, hang out with friends and family, listen to music, play the flute and the piano, and walk my dog!

What are some things you never leave home without?
Cell phone, wallet, chapstick. Very basic essentials :P

What are some of your favorite books?
I don’t have a lot of favourite books, but I do love Harry Potter!

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Once Upon A Time (of course), Friends, Parks and Rec, and Avatar: The Last Airbender are my favourite TV series. I love Disney movies (my favourite is Frozen)!

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
I’m honestly having such a hard time with this one! I feel like it would be so awkward being stuck on a deserted island with famous people I didn’t know personally (not that I know ANY famous people personally LOL).

Hmm, well, I’d love to meet Jennifer Morrison and Colin O’Donoghue from OUAT! ;) Oh, and the viner Thomas Sanders, who I bet will be just as goofy and kind as he is on the internet.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Venice, Italy.

Do you have any pet peeves?
When people crack their knuckles.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Pizza, salmon, pasta, sushi (these are favourite AND comfort foods!).

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Maybe vanilla? My home isn’t very scented, but vanilla is a very home-y smell.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
My music taste is a mix of singer/songwriter-indie-folk-pop. Plus I love classical music. I can’t stand hardcore rap music.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I can lick my nose!

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate.
Silver or gold? Silver.
Apple or PC? Apple. (I love my MacBook Air!)
White wine or red wine? Red.
Liquor or beer? Not much of a drinker, but I would say liquor. Not a fan of beer.
Coffee or tea?  Tea for sure!
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in, but not too late.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I’ve only ever written for the OUAT fandom, so that would have to be my favourite!

What kind of environment do you write in?
Usually at home in my bedroom, though sometimes in the library at school. (One time I may have been late for class because I got caught up in a chapter…)

Ever write in your PJs?
Yep!

How bout naked?
Nah.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I honestly don’t know! The inspiration for An Inconceivable Secret came to me just SUDDENLY and once that happened, I knew I had to write it. And I do sometimes pull real life experiences in… for example, a scene where Emma and Killian visit a restaurant with a jazz band was based on a time I actually went to a jazz club in Belgium. It helped me to provide imagery, for sure, having “been there”!

Do you write on a schedule?
Hahaha… no. I’m doing this for fun, so I won’t push myself to write when I don’t feel like it.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I’m still on my first multi-chapter fic, so I only have one experience to draw from! That aside, I did outline the general plot of the story before I wrote it, and I usually have a basic idea of what’s coming up as I go, but oftentimes I write whatever comes to me that makes sense with how I want the story to unfold!

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Nope! Just that I have to be in the right mood.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I love writing fluffy scenes and emotional scenes. I’ve never tried writing smut, but I imagine I’d be terrible at it. :P

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Finding the motivation to keep writing when I’m not feeling totally inspired!

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I don’t title my chapters (saves the extra effort, ha ha), but for titles I try to think of something snappy that captures the story and draws people in.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Emma Swan, definitely. She and I share a lot of insecurities.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Well, I only really have ONE story so my favourite would have to be that one, by default ;D

I went into writing it really excited by the concept and how it could play out. I’ve loved writing the story as it has unfolded, allowing Emma’s character to slowly grow, all the while mixing in the various side-plots to add complexity to the story. It’s been a massive challenge, but very fun.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
I’ve mentioned it to most of my family, and my youngest sister has even read some of the story. They’re pretty supportive!

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I guess that series would be Once Upon A Time, and my favourite episode is the Season 3 finale (Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home).

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Oh man… I’m so grateful for all the compliments I’ve received. I love hearing that people think I’ve captured the characters well. That’s always a challenge when writing fic, so I’m really glad people feel that way!

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Haters gonna hate. ;)

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
I love the collective excitement over new episodes and conventions and interviews. It’s awesome feeling like a part of a community who loves the same show and ship as you. My least favourite part is when people are unkind to one another.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Find someone who will help motivate you and encourage you as you go. I found that in my beta, who is now an amazing friend of mine as well!

Have any recommendations?
Fic recommendations? A good friend of mine, colormyheartred on tumblr, writes lovely fic that you should check out!

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
My personal blog on tumblr where I post my fic and other CS/OUAT stuff is perfectgirl-isgone. :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!

So I have a new author to check out thanks to here AND I’m heading over to tumblr to follow her-as should you. Seriously…you won’t regret it. Enjoy my lovelies!!

PS. And here I’m linking her AO3 profile. :)

 

Story Spotlight: Only Because the Cat Likes You

Title: Only Because the Cat Likes You
Author: NorthernDownpour143
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: G
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: When Emma wakes up to find a stranger in her kitchen, normally she would call the cops. But her cat suggests otherwise.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This fic was so simple and so adorably…well, something I can see happening to me…that I just had to share it. :) I mean, if I woke up to find Killian in my kitchen… *le sigh*

I absolutely love Emma’s reaction to this situation and Killian is just so…Killian. She’s absolutely nailed him. And the cat…well now. I’m not a huge cat fan but this one I like. :)

Like I said, this is simple and it’s a one shot, so I don’t want to say too much. I mean, seriously it’ll take maybe 5 to 10 minutes to read, but this is days later and I’m still giggling over it so…yeah. It’s worth the read and worth leaving her some love or kudos. Sheesh all these fanfic platforms are different!!!

(And DUUUUUDE!!! I just saw she wrote a follow up so yeah I’m definitely finishing this quick and heading over to read that one! Ahhhhh!!!!) Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Stories at a Bar

Title: Stories at a Bar
Author: NiteFang
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: T+
AU/Canon/AH: Canon/AU
Complete? yes

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Summary: Because mermaids, fairies, and the heavenly chorus all know there will always be stories at bars, whether it be about some existential crisis, musical prowess, knives, or cinnamon-sprinkled hot chocolate.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so I found this as I was scrolling through the Captain Swan Forever Facebook page. I was a little iffy because I’ve been kinda meh on OUAT fics lately (I’m writing this in late January, so you can probably tell why.) Anyhoo-I clicked through and grew even more iffy because it’s on AO3, and I tend to get annoyed with…something over there.

However, I powered through my irritation and I’m soooo glad I did! This was such an awesome short fic. It’s only 5 chapters, but it’s long enough to give you *the feels*. And I mean the warm fuzzy kind that make you want to just squee wildly.

She’s absolutely nailed the characterization for the most parts, but the parts that are a smidge OOC are vastly improved I think. Specifically Snow-Snow in the show is pissing me off, but she’s actually managed to make me like her. A great feat. And the humor is completely awesome! Not like overly hilarious, but that subtle kind of funny that I find myself thinking of hours later. Then I’m chuckling at nothing and everyone thinks I’m crazy so…yeah.

So it’s worth the read-it’s not a huge undertaking. But you should go leave love and comments-or whatever it is on AO3-and definitely enjoy lovelies!!!

Story Spotlight: Sleepless Nights

Title: Sleepless Nights
Author: lokiintheskywithdiamonds
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: General
AU/Canon/AH: canon
Complete? yes *This is actually Chapter 42 of the collection of drabbles entitled ‘with urgency but not with haste

Summary: After the earlier evenings revelations, Emma can’t sleep so she seeks out the one person who might help ease her restlessness

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So this is actually a really short one, but it has *feels*. Like-rip your heart out feels. And I can’t really go too much into the actual plot without being spoilery (for the story and the show, for those who haven’t seen it) but I will say that I ‘awwwwwww’d’ extremely loudly and very nearly burst into tears. Yeah.

She managed to capture the essence of Captain Swan in one little drabble-at least I think so. This is almost like the next step in their character evolutions-or at least what I’d like to see. :)

So yeah, go read it and read the rest of it (which I’m actually off to do momentarily) and leave her some kudos and love!