Story Spotlight: To Protect My Kin

Title: To Protect My Kin
Author: TBVikingAddict
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: canon into AU
Complete? no

Summary: In Dallas, Godric doesn’t make it to Sookie in time to save her from Gabe and she’s dying when he arrives. Sookie convinces Godric not to meet the sun and he decides to turn her. When she rises, they discover Sookie has some extra gifts. Godric decides they need to move closer to his progeny, Eric, for her protection. A Vampire Sookie Story. Not for Bill fans. Mainly Season 3 plot.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow. That’s my only thought about this fic. I know I review A LOT of fics, but it’s rare that I find one *this* compelling. Like I’m pissed when I have to take a break to read or do other stuff. It pisses me off cause I just wanna read it.

I actually didn’t find this fic until it was up to chapter 28 I think-she’s on 34 now. The wonderful 4Padfoot posted on Facebook about it and I was curious. So I started reading…and immediately was hooked. This is by far one of my fave vamp Sookie stories, which tend to be kinda all the same. She’s really taken this in a whole new direction (at least I think so-I haven’t read anything like this in the 5+year I’ve been reading TB/SVM fanfic…) and it’s so awesome.

She does the character interactions so well and her focus on the blood is just…*mimes kissing into the air*. Seriously, it’s something that usually gets glossed over other than the standard 3 or 4 rules. So this whole new look into vamp blood is intriguing and I just love it.

So I’ll quit babbling since she writes fairly long chapters and updates regularly so you’ll wanna go head on over instead of listening to me. Plus, I’ve linked WP up above and I’m linking ff here ( profile and fic ), so go to whichever you prefer. But wherever you go, please do leave her some love. She so totally deserves it!

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Fanart Friday: TB/SVM

Hallo Hallo my lovelies!!!! I have more awesome fanart for you. This week it’s True Blood/SVM’s turn. And man, do I have some weirdly amazing stuff for you. So as always, there is a link BELOW each picture to the source (most of which is deviantart) so you should go clickety-click on over to their individual pages cause…yeah-damn. That’s all I gots to say and I’ll let you look at the pretties. :)


Credit: cogdis


Credit: illli


Credit: bulma24


Credit: Marc-G

And there it is lovelies. :) Hopefully you enjoyed and definitely keep your eyes peeled for the NEXT TB/SVM Fanart Friday, which is in 3 weeks. I’ve found something AWESOME for that. Love yas and bye!!

Death thy name is me

Yeah I feel like death today. And not the good Godric type of Death…

 

I’m the definitively UNSEXY kinda death. A la…

Yeeeeeahhh…..anyhoo-I don’t have anything fanfic related for you, but I did get a bunch of poetry up on the other writings page. I know you’re like “Kelpie. Seriously? Poetry?!?! WHAT THE EVER LOVING FUCK?!?!”

That’s what I said when my creative writing teacher said we’d be doing poetry. So yeah this is from my English class in college. I figured I’d post it and maybe give someone inspiration or if I ever get the urge to write poetry again…*rolls eyes*. But I’ll be posting a few more short stories in the next few days. And hopefully writing some more fic stuff…just depends on how I feel and how much time the kidlets let me have. So you can go here to check out the other writings page or here to go directly to the poetry page. Personally I think my fave is the Secret Life of Grilled Cheese (SHUT UP I WAS IN CULINARY SCHOOL!!!!).

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Oh! By the way, be sure to check the Plot Bunny Palace! I’m gonna be uploading a few new ones so definitely keep an eye out for those. :)

What’s this?!

So yeah…I actually did something *pauses and looks to the side shiftily* productive. Gasp, I know. I managed to coerce my brain into letting me type something remotely resembling a coherent end to the chapters I already had mostly done. It’s ridiculous how ornery my brain is being. I know where every single one of my stories is going-intricate plot details and everything-but yeah it’s not actually coming out of my head.

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So, for my TMI readers, there is a new chapter of The Institute for you! And this chapter is much shorter than I intended, but it ends on a…nice note…

*hint, hint*

I’m evil, yeah. So click the banner to go to the story home page (maybe you need a refresher…I know I did…) and click the link to go directly to the newest chapter. :)

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The Institute // Chapter 12

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And my TB/SVM readers have a new nugget of…mediocre-ness as well.

This chapter has actually been done for awhile and I guess I forgot to post it…??? No idea. But I *think* MistressJessica looked it over-but maybe not. Either way, any mistakes you find are mine because there’s no telling what I did to this poor chapter after she checked it over.  But chapter 4 is in progress, slow progress but progress all the same. So hopefully my fickle little muse will allow me to actually work on this. For now, banner=story page, link=new chapter. As always. :)

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Chapter 3: Coming for Dinner

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I don’t think there’s anything else new…well I have a new story (another one?!!?) that I’m working on and will post when I get the first chapter done. But until then, have fun with all the spotlights and yumminess. :) And start bitching at my muse, maybe she’ll listen to you *shrugs* Thanks for reading lovelies!!!

Author Spotlight: Meridian

Hey my lovelies! So I have another author spotlight for you…yay! And this chick…dude! She may the the funniest person I’ve ever met in my life. Seriously. Our Facebook convos are…interesting. :) Yeah, that’s the word I’ll use…. *side eyes*

She is like a Legend (yes, the capital L was intentional) in the Kittyinaz beta group and is always there when anyone needs her. In short, she’s awesome. Yeah, I can’t heap enough praise in the small amount of time I have to do this. You’d never get to the interview. So yeah, let’s hear from her. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.  (You spelled “Awesome!” wrong.)
And you are?
I’m commonly referred to as Meridian although I’m known to answer to “Empress of the Universe”, and sometimes a plain old “Your Majesty” as well.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
What?  I gotta get creative ALREADY??  *hrumph*

I am very strongly opinionated (about a surprising number of things), and pandering to the masses (and whiners) goes contrary to my nature.  So does that “following the herd” mentality. 

Naturally I love it when people agree with me – who wouldn’t? – but I believe that everyone is freely entitled to their own opinions. You know that whole “agree to disagree” thing?  Love it.

Ok, after all that, if any brave readers are left, here goes:  I’m an incredibly open person who is gloriously obsessed with privacy.  Yes, this makes life more complicated than you might think.  Oh, and I’m a grumpy, hyper-realistic, sarcastic coffee addict who detests society as a whole but who tends to tolerate individuals rather well some days.  (Translation:  “people” suck but some individuals might not.)

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I make numerous lists and plan to get many things done then waste my time online – it’s a talent.  Toss in the ubiquitous reading, cooking, eating (hey, you do it too), walking the dog, building things, tearing things apart, researching things, tending to the cats, managing things, plotting world domination (don’t judge), sleeping…yeah, come to think of it, I’m pretty damn boring, actually.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My sanity, my powers of reason and deduction, and my pepper spray.  Srsly, don’t step between me and my coffee.

What are some of your favorite books?
There are far too many to list, honestly.  The shorter category would be “beloathed books”.  (“Beloathed” really should be a word.)

Favorite TV shows and movies? 
I’m going retro here since I really don’t like most of the new shit defiling our TV and movie screens: 

Movies:  I can’t sit still that long.  I’ll either get bored with a crappy unrealistic plot line, start getting fidgety, or have to go pee.

TV:  MacGyver reruns, True Blood (yeah, it’s campy as fuck, but damn, Eric Northman and Godric…so, yeah, where were we?)  Oh, yeah, ok, um…  Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Sherlock Holmes (the ones with Jeremy Brett in them, natch, although Bendybach Cumminabunch was kind of awesome too until he got all engaged and shit), Midsomer Murders…  I’m sure there are more but I’m boring and it isn’t worth researching.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Do they have to be real?  Because if not, I’d totally enlist Godric, Eric Northman, and Tony Stark – Tony to push a locator button to call one of his planes to our location while I was off communing in night-time nature with my buddies.  And, if Tony’s tech didn’t work, Godric and Eric could always fly us off that island, too.  (Stop drooling ladies and gents…we’re out of paper towels.) 

Real people:  Living:  Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Neil deGrasse Tyson (dunno why we always have to use his middle name).  Why?  Well, people would miss them and be sending help FAST, plus you do remember those world domination plans, right?  *wink*

Real people:  Dead:   None…they’re all dead and I’m not a fan of skeletons which wouldn’t be all that helpful in getting off that damn island.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Asgard or Fangtasia…either/or…

IRL?  Sweden (or Iceland).  For Science! (and because it’s pretty)

Do you have any pet peeves?
IRL?  Too many to list.  Srsly.  Just ask my friends.  It goes well with being an overly-opinionated mouthy bitch. 

Regarding fanfics:  I cringe when writers call their sex scenes “lemons”.  Sex scenes are not fruits – they are sex scenes, and if you can’t call a sex scene a sex scene, then maybe you shouldn’t be writing sex scenes…because they are sex scenes…not pieces of fruit.  

*Sips at coffee angrily – hey, I’ve practiced this move!  It’s all suave and cool and awesome now!* 

I also have fic peeves about dudes fingering women then leaving slime trails up the women’s bodies and…yeah, basically I have far too many fic pet peeves.  That’s sadly just one of many reasons why I don’t read that many fics any more.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Ok, skipping from slime trails to food…  (I just REALLY hope the dude brushed his teeth and rinsed his mouth after lapping at her twat juice and before kissing her.)(Really…now you see why it’s a peeve of mine…)

Yeah, um, food, right:

Olives, cheeses, cured meats, sardines, pecans, crab legs with hot melted salty butter, KFC’s weird ‘chicken’ gravy with their mashed potatoes, Reuben’s (the sandwich), pizza with “all the meats”, braised asparagus, lima beans in salty butter (hey, love me some limas!), jambalaya, scallops, a decent steak is nice, um…nothing prepared by a TV pseudo-chef…

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Clean linens, tobacco smoke, coffee, and…pets…

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I detest all rap, jazz, and country…most else is fine.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’m allergic to lobster.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?   Vanilla – I’m allergic to chocolate, too.  No wonder I’m bitchy.
Silver or gold?
  Both!  But, if I had to choose, gold because it’s a warmer tone usually.
Apple or PC?
  PC – Apple annoys the shit out of me.
White wine or red wine?
  Neither – wine is a terrible thing to do to an innocent little grape.
Liquor or beer?
  Liquor – beer tastes nasty except for one Guinness a year.
Coffee or tea? 
 COFFEE FOREVER!!!  (Although I’m known to cheat on coffee with green teas.)
Sleep in or get up early?
 What does “get up early” mean?

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading? 
TB/SVM

What kind of environment do you write in?
I prefer writing on my PC (wide screen and real keyboard) at my writing table in my kitchen.  Hey, it’s close to the coffee…

Ever write in your PJs?
Quite often!

How ’bout naked?
Why would I do that?  Well, I’m always naked under my underwear, though – does that count??  And my feet are totally naked in my socks…

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
My inspiration generally comes from seeing a scene in my head that I write either “to” or “from”.   After that, it’s up to me to put that scene down on virtual paper and make it as realistically possible as I can given that my favorite characters are  vampires… Music helps inspire those images, and so does washing dishes by hand (believe it or not).

Do you put real life into your stories?
Real life events that have happened to me?  Nah, readers don’t want to read about me.  I’m as boring as cold pancakes. 

Realistic events made as rational and true-to-real-life as possible?  Sure!!  I’ve rolled my eyes and dropped fics far too many times over unrealistic events being portrayed in excruciatingly unbelievable ways to let that kind of thing seep any farther into my own writing than I can possibly help.  I’m sure it’s there – I’m by far not a perfect writer – but I do try to mitigate it whenever I catch it.

Do you write on a schedule?
Define this “schedule” of which you speak…  Not really, and in fact have a warning stated in my various profiles that updates will be sporadic so that readers are warned.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I plan them somewhat…then my muse laughs her flighty little ass off at me and I then go from chapter to chapter.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
*pfft*  Whut? Neva…  *hides blessed sea salt, sage, and dragon’s blood ink behind back*

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I detest writing a fight scene.  Torture of the bad guys is much more fun.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Motivation.  I can have a scene detailed to that nth degree in my mind, but it isn’t going to happen until/unless I’m motivated to plop my ass down and write it.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
In general I will NOT fall for that whole “name your chapters” thing.  The story gets a title and it can damn well be happy with that, lol.  Sometimes a particular chapter WILL shout a title at me, but if I title one, then I’d have to waste time coughing up titles for all the little bastards, and honey, I ain’t got time for that, lol.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Honestly, whichever one I’m writing at the moment.  That POV or character, even in chapters where the POV will naturally shift, has to come first at that moment.  If he or she doesn’t, then I’m fakin’ it, and that will always show in the writing.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Picking a favorite WIP would be like trying to pick a favorite child. They’re all my favorites or I wouldn’t have started writing them.  Now, that being said, there will naturally be parts of stories that give me fits plot-wise (just like a teenage kid I would imagine), but that’s just how it goes.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Not really, I just get on with the writing.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series? 
I will always adore the first 8 SVM books and enjoy pretending that nothing at all came after the 9th book…  In True Blood, I love the Amnesia Eric sections where things between Eric and Sookie weren’t disgustingly overly-dramatic.  They were sweet, sexy, and cute together…and I miss that.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
*dons bragging hat* I have actually managed to sway hard-set Andre-loathers over to the Andre-lovers side!  #GoMe!   I’ve also been told by several people that they’ve created accounts just to comment/review on my stories, so that’s a huge ego stroke, too.   But I guess the biggest compliment in a way would be when Guests (over on the reviled FF account) send great reviews on one-shots knowing that I can’t thank them either in the next chapter which won’t be coming or via PM like I do with logged-in reviewers.  I think that’s pretty fucking awesome.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Tell them to find someone else to read.  Fukkem – it ain’t like they’re payin’ MY bills!

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
I both love and loathe SVM/TB.

 I love it because I find that type of vampire fascinating, and the characters – when they’re held more true to either books or show – are great to read and write.  I love writing a Sookie who is somewhat smarter and more accepting than her origins, and an Eric who is slightly more communicative and laid-back than his origins.

However, I loathe that a small handful of fic writers have decided that Eric has to be some sort of over-sexed, abusive, silly Dom character, and I can only sit back and laugh and wonder just how small his penis and deformed balls must be to them.  I will also never understand why anyone would want to throw Sookie (or any other ‘good’ character) under the rape/torture/abuse bus, either.  If they don’t like Sookie or Eric, maybe they should consider finding someone else to write, maybe a pairing they actually like and would enjoy writing??  I dunno – that’s just my (miffed because I’m lacking chocolate?) opinion.

Hey, you asked!!!  Lol, sadly this is what you get when you ask an honest person for their honest opinions…

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just shut the fuck up and do it.  Srsly.  Whining around about it, procrastinating about it, and talking it to death does not get shit done.  So:  just shut the fuck up and start writing.

Have any recommendations?
Not really.  I don’t like fics packed with smut or fucktons of unnecessary sex or drama or angst, or where Sookie is tossed under every rape/abuse/humiliation/torture bus the writer could dig up, and I find an abusive “Dom Eric” both hilariously silly and in direct contrast to both his SVM and TB characterizations, therefore many general readers probably wouldn’t like my choices as much as I do.  

Since all people have their own preferences, they should research their genre’s writers and see what kind of niche they like the most.  There are many, many writers out there – some of them AMAZING – so everyone should be able to find something.

All that being said, I will add when I’m in a writing mode as I am now, I don’t read very many fics in my fandom.  Now, for better or for worse I do hear ALL about them…, but I chose to not read them because either they don’t appeal in the least anyway, or I’m afraid of letting their plots seep into mind and I’m strongly against plagiarism whether intentional or not.  But, when I do read friend’s works, I’ll leave comments/reviews on the chapters that I’ve liked.  So, if you see me “there”, then you’ll know!  :D

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you? 
I have rabid readers?  Awesome!!  *waves to the crowd with a really, really bad imitation of The Princess Wave and tosses out Cheetos and donuts*

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions! 
You are very welcome, and thank you for taking the risk with my overly honest mouth and asking me.  Some of these questions were surprisingly thought-provoking, and I enjoyed that!  You so rock!!

 

And there you have it folks! Like I said, she rocks in the best way possible. And I probably wouldn’t have gotten so involved with the fandom or in the Kittyinaz beta group if it wasn’t for her. She just kinda sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. Which was a nice feeling. :) So yeah, she’s got some awesome fics going and you should really go read. Leave her some love to cause she absolutely thrives on it. :)))

Story Spotlight: A Different Life

Title: A Different Life
Author: mistressjessica1028
Fandom: True Blood / SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: What if when Sookie’s parents died, she didn’t go live with Gran? What if Fintan showed up to assign a guardian to Sookie? It’s not who you think. This the story of how Sookie Stackhouse grows up within the supernatural community, and takes her rightful place among the Supes. All your favorite characters will show up. Contains violence, explicit sexual content, and vulgar language.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Hey my lovelies. So-here’s the thing. I got through cycles with TB/SVM…and after season 6 I got completely turned off of the entire debacle and started ignoring the fandom. And then one day, I randomly got an alert for a new story (I think on Facebook???) by this new author. Aaaaand it peaked my interest.

So I devoured it-waited on baited breath for new updates, made friends with the amazing and talented author and basically my E/S love began to spawn again. Yes, you read that right. MistressJessica1028 and ADL ignited the spark of my love for the entire fandom again.

This story was a completely different take on the universe which completely intrigued me from the get go. And it made SO much sense. And, of course, I’m a sucker for Godric in any capacity. But how she wrote him here was just so…*swoon*. Seriously. It’s a wild 54 chapter ride that will leave you in tears-of laughter and pain and heartache and girlish delight. Seriously. So go read and leave her some love!