Day 24: Merry Almost Christmas // #25DaysOfChristmas

Hey y’all! Merry Almost Christmas! We’re continuing our 25 Days of Christmas banner

And today I have a treat…at least I hope it’s a treat. Remember that OUAT series…The Blushing Swashbuckler?? Yeah, well I have a new chapter for you!!

This is your Captain Swan Christmas treat and I seriously hope you enjoy it.

Click the story banner to go to the story homepage or the chapter banner to go to the chapter. (Yeah, I switched it up :P )

The Blushing Swashbuckler banner

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Hopefully you can tell what exactly this entails. Anyways, it’s pic heavy for your enjoyment and, like I said, hopefully you laugh a little.

So Happy Christmas Eve to all who celebrate and Happy Holidays for everyone who celebrates something different and Happy Thursday for those who don’t celebrate at all.

I’m gonna throw some Captain Swan Christmas edits in here for you. Ya know…just to make it merry and whatever. :)

Enjoy lovelies!

Day 1 // #25DaysOfChristmas

Hey lovelies! So, as I posted a few days ago, I’m gonna post every day of December up until Christmas. Think of it as fandom/hotness countdown if you will. :)


I’ll either post a new chapter, one shot, drabble or some sexy pics. Either way I figured y’all wouldn’t mind.

And today, December 1, is a new chapter of The Blushing Swan! I’m trying to venture out into some of my old neglected fics, so brace yourselves. :) As always, click the banner to go to the story and the link to go to the new chapter.

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The Blushing Swan // Chapter 4: A New Game

According to MissRissa you may need a cigarette after this, so be forewarned. But I figured I’d start y’all off with a bang. *wink, wink*

Enjoy lovelies and Happy December!


Story Spotlight: A Spoonful of Jell-o

Title: A Spoonful of Jell-o
Author: hooksjollyroger
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: K+
AU/Canon/AH: canon
Complete? yes

Summary: Emma introduces Hook to the strange and bewildering substance of Jell-O. Based on the deleted Jell-O scene from episode 212 “In the Name of the Brother” as seen on the season 2 Blu-Ray/DVD special features.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so the deleted jello scene-if you haven’t seen it, YouTube that shit. Now. I’ll wait.

Okay you’re back! So Hook’s reaction to jello is nearly identical to my Munchkin’s. He’s 4 and we eat a pretty organic, natural type diet. He’d never seen Jello until earlier this year. It was hilarious, much like Killian’s reaction in this fic.

I’m a sucker for Captain Swan adorableness anyways, but this was a particularly well done one shot. :) So great on over and give it a read. She’s got a crap load of other fics as well-ones that I think I’m gonna go read like…now. Happy reading lovelies!!

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!!

Story Spotlight: Needles are for Sewing, Swan

Title: Needles are for Sewing, Swan
Author: SabbyStarlight
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: Canon
Complete? yes

Summary: “Trying to convey the benefits of modern vaccinations, or modern medicine in general, to a pirate whose first aid kit was made entirely of clothing scraps and rum had been one the more difficult battles she had fought since the job of “modernizing” Hook had been taken on by her and her family. Or, Operation: Sparrow. As Henry liked to call it. (Yes, Sparrow as in Captain Jack, because, hey, her son was 13 and thats what happens when Mom starts dating a pirate).”

Or: Emma takes Killian to the hospital to get all the suggested booster vaccinations for this world and discovers that even pirates have their limits.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I found this-like always-on the Captain Swan Forever Facebook page. It’s probably safe to assume that I get everything Captain Swan from there simply because it appears in my Facebook feed and I don’t have time to search for myself.

But this is a hilarious one shot that I loved!! It’s hilarious. Seriously this is something I can totally picture. And it’s so simple, just like the dentist one I posted awhile back. Of all the things in this world, these are two that I can totally see Killian being freaked about. Medicine is barbaric. >:(

It’s worth the read and it’s short so it’s not like you’ll be languishing over it to get to the funny parts. It’s all funny, all 2500 words. So go over to AO3 and leave her some kudos and comments. Thanks lovelies!!

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?

How bout naked?

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: The Waitress

Title: The Waitress
Author: Sotheylived
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: AU Emma decided to keep Henry when she got out of jail and is working at Granny’s diner when she meets Killian. Killian falls for her quickly, and Henry seems pretty taken with him too – it’s only Emma that remains at a wary distance.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This fic is so incredibly sweet. Seriously. This is exactly how our Captain Swan duo would be in the real world. Fo’shizzle. (…did I seriously just type that?!? *facepalm*)

It’s so endearingly sweet. Like my little shipper heart just fluttered and very nearly died of cuteness. I can’t even begin to tell you how perfectly she’s written our lovely couple.

It’s a one shot-a long one at 11,000+ words-but still just a one shot. I mean, I’d be perfectly fine if it continued… *hint hint* :) So head on over and give it a read and leave her some love. Cause it’s awwwweeesome!

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: An Inconceivable Secret

Title: An Inconceivable Secret
Author: itssarahndipity
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: Teen and Up
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: Ten years after giving away her illegitimate son, Emma Swan feels unexpectedly ready to be a mother. Little does she know she’ll soon meet her chosen sperm donor and quite possibly fall in love with him. Of course, why bother telling him she’s pregnant with his child? That would complicate things, surely…

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow, this fic…this frickin fic. Seriously. It’s so like *right there* with the characters, without the fairytale aspect, but still keeping everything in tact storywise. I have no idea if that made any sense, but yeah….

The characters are so perfect. The situation is so fucking perfect as well. It’s so convoluted and awkward, but she writes it sooooooo well. It’s got 16 chapter so far and I honestly can’t wait for more. It’s so compelling and just…real. Ya know?

You should really head over to AO3 and read it cause it’s awesome. :) And leave her kudos and love cause…duh! She so deserves it.

Story Spotlight: The Vows

Title: The Vows
Author: Bellajewels
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: General Audiences
AU/Canon/AH: canon
Complete? Yes

Summary: no summary. Pretty self explanatory though.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This was just the perfect little piece of fluffy wedding goodness. No mystery, no heartache, no drama…just lovely peaceful fluff.

I remember my own wedding well and she’s managed to evoke the same sense of…astonishments I felt. Yeah Emma and I are fairly similar in lots of aspects. So this fic resonated with me a lot.

Like I said, it’s simple. It’s a one shot, not even really long, just about their wedding day. And if you’re asking who “they” is, then dude seriously?!? Anyways, head on over to AO3 so you can read and leave her kudos and comments. :) Happy reading lovelies!!