Fail

Yeah, that’s me. Total fail.

I promise I’ll try to do better. And besides, my phone is running out of space from all the hotness I’ve hoarded.

I’m not even gonna try to excuse it. I’ll just have to get a bigger phone. Or start up the hotness posts. :D

So that’ll be on my agenda to do. It may be patchy, but I’ll work on it. But, for now, I’ve got a new two shot for you. It’s a Fremione pairing (or Fred Weasley/Hermione Granger, for those of you who don’t know) because, let’s face it. Jo could’ve taken ANY OTHER WEASLEY and it would’ve been better than Fred. Well, except George of course, but you get my point.

I have the first chapter up and as soon as I finish the second (and end) it’ll go up. I’m still chugging away at Dark Arts, but this was a nice little break from the…darkness. So yeah.

And without further ado, I give you…

Obvious Denial!

As always, banner takes you to the story home page and the link will take you directly to the chapter.

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Obvious Denial // Chapter 1

I humbly come

…to beg your forgiveness.

Seriously, you need to forgive me.

I’ve slacked so very much on your hotness posts and I’m sorry. Although, in my defense, this has been a BUSY couple of weeks.

**Feel free to skip this to get to the actual ‘fanfic’ part of the post**
As many of you know, my oldest son has a condition (Prader-Willi Syndrome), so we’ve had 3-4 appointments for him in the last 3 weeks. My middle son has had his yearly physical and dentist visits. My daughter, thankfully hasn’t had any appointments, but now that I think about it, I’m sure I need to make her one. Can’t remember what for, but yeah.

Then there’s my appointments. Again, as many of you know since I’m not at all ashamed/afraid to talk abotu my issues, I’ve been struggling hard this past year with anxiety and depression. That’s why the huge dip in my writing. But I finally went to my doctor and started medication. That was back in October and I’m finally starting to feel better. So yay! Plus today I spent 6 hours and almost $3000 getting 6 crowns on my teeth. So yay for pretty teeth, but god damn dentists give me anxiety! (Bulimia and morning sickness have completely obliterated my enamel, don’t think I have like horrid oral hygiene!)

So that’s why I’ve been slacking.

**Fanfic part! You can read now!!**

I have also found a new ship to love, which is relevant, I promise. In all my years of reading and loving Harry Potter, I never delved into fanfic. Probably because I loved the books and had no desire to. Whatever. But someone back in January asked me about ‘Dramione’ and if I had any recs. Uh, no, since I hadn’t really ever heard of that ship.

Needless to say, that one little question has sent me (and MissRissa!!) down the rabbit hole into all things Dramione. Which is Draco and Hermione, for those who don’t know.

I’ll be happy to take any recs y’all have, by the way.

Which brings me to my next (and last, hopefully) point. I’ve started writing for Dramione. I can’t get them out of my head, so they may be front and center for a little while. Sorry to all my other fandoms!

This is the first attempt I’ve made at writing for them and I hope it’s not completely horrid. Feel free to tell me if it is.

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Click the banner to go to the story homepage, of course. These chapters will be unbeta’d for now, since MistressJessica is super busy with her own life. Again, feel free to berate me about grammar or mistakes if you want. So, check it out, hopefully you like it and I’ll stop rambling now.

Enjoy lovelies!!

Author Spotlight: WinnifredArtemis

Hey darlins! Have a new author for y’all to check out. And she’s a bit of a departure from my normal authors. I actually found her through a beta reading facebook group. And she actually doesn’t write for any of my fandoms. :) But she is incredibly talented and you’d never know she’s not American. The biggest issue when beta’ing is that weird American/European different meaning for words thing. That’s about it.

But she’s really awesome and sweet as can be. So let’s hear from her. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
WinnifredArtemis, but my friends call me Winny.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I’m 21 years old (born 1993) and live in Europe, Norway – the land of ‘Frozen’. I’ve always been obsessed with ‘what if’s and when I began watching anime and TV-Shows for real, I brought this passion with me – and I guess you can deduct what that led to ;)

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Mostly playing ‘The Sims 3’, but I love to watch TV-Shows and Anime, to voice act / sing, and to take walks while listening to audiobooks.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone – who knows when something might happen?
My visa card – who knows? I’ll might really need or want something
My note book and two or three pencils/pens – Ideas for new stories always comes when you’re away from your computer and you phone battery is low.

What are some of your favorite books?
“Artemis Fowl” – Eoin Colfer
“Fruits Basket” – Natsuki Takaya (Manga)
“Harry Potter” – J.K.Rowling
“The Dresden Files” – Jim Butcher
“The Last Apprentice” – Joseph Delaney

Favorite TV shows and movies?
“Anastasia” (20th Century Fox)
“Atlantis” (Disney)
“Game of Thrones”
“Hana Yori Dango” (Japanese Drama)
“Healer” (Korean Drama)
“Naruto” (Anime)
“The Originals”
“The Vampire Diaries”
“True Blood”
“Pretty Little Liars”

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Very difficult question. I’m not one to care much about celebrities or famous people, but if I had to… hmmm.. let’s see…

George R.R. Martin – Because if I got deserted without him, then I wouldn’t get to know the end of ‘A song and Ice and Fire’ (aka ‘Game of Thrones’). Not only that, but I really admire him, and I would love to have him mentor me. Maybe we could work on a project together? *daydreaming*

Ikuta Toma – This is a kinda far-fetch wish, but here we go. He is an actor that I really love watching. I first saw him in ‘Hana Kimi’, and it’s kinda the role he plays as ‘Nakatsu’ that I want to bring along. The reason behind this is that I think he’s really awesome, that, and that this would give me the opportunity to finally get some real lessons in japanese.

Lars Monsen – And here my logical sense kicks in. For those who don’t know, he’s a Norwegian adventurer and journalist, famous for his explorations and backpacking expeditions in harsh wilderness. In particular, he became especially known for his thru-hiking trip in northern Canada and Alaska, an adventure which took him 2 years and 7 months. I would want him there basically to increase the survival chances.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
A specific place? Venezia maybe.

Other than that, I really wanna go to America.

Do you have any pet peeves?
No, I don’t. I guess you can say myself though – I’m kinda like a lazy, grumpy and stubborn cat:P

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I have this strange obsession with tomato soup – but it have to be the cheap, only-add-water kind. One of my favorite things to do when pulling off an all-nighter is to make a 4-servings package and drink it all through the night from a cup :3

Comfort foods, well, either chocolate (obviously), pudding, or garlic baguettes.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Strange as it might sounds, I really feel at home when I meet a room with old, warm air. It’s kinda stuffy, but I really feel comfortable, safe and sleepy in it.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I basically like something of every genre. However, I guess you can say that I like music that I have a connection to. Either that I feel that the lyrics hit me, the musical composition is entrancing, that I have memories connected to the song, or that I really feel that the song fits a character, pairing or idea that I have.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’m obsessed with organizing and structuring things and I spend a ton of time working with. It’s really fun and satisfying doing it, but if I’m in a situation when there is need for fixing but nothing that I can do about it, well, then I end up sitting there all tense.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? I like both, but I guess that chocolate is the winner.
Silver or gold? Silver. I’ve always prefered silver to gold – both as a metal and as a color. The only exception would be if I was to receive a number or metal bars, then I would probably take the gold because of the value;)
Apple or PC? 1-No question about it.
White wine or red wine? I’m not that big a fan of wine, but I do prefer the red one.
Liquor or beer? Liquor! I really don’t like the taste of beer. The best would be to mix the liquor with some soda and make a drink – I’m such a kid XD
Coffee or tea?   Difficult. Earlier I would have said tea, but then I began as a barista and have grown to know and love so many different kinds of coffee. If all kinds of coffees are allowed, the I’ll pick coffee, but otherwise, I’ll go for the tea.
Sleep in or get up early? Depends on what it means. I don’t like sleeping too long – max 8/9 hours, but my sleep pattern is mostly that I sleep from 3/4 AM – which make my time of awakening around 12 AM… So yeah, decide for yourself what that makes me.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I don’t go that much after fandoms as much as I’m looking for a story about a certain pairing. If something, I guess you could say that I’m more into reading from fandoms that haven’t be portrayed by humans – or mostly anime, cartoons or books.

One exception is ‘Naruto’. This Anime was what introduced me to fanfics, and the universe for this fandom is just so enormous, have a gigantic gallery of characters and have so, so much information and background stories – and not only that’s connected to the main character. It’s really so much out there about this universe, but also so much space and freedom. It was the universe that I first wrote in, and it’s also the fandom that I feel safest in.

What kind of environment do you write in?
It depends on the kind of scene I’m writing, but most of all it’s the time of the day; I’m most creative between 11PM and 3 AM. When it come to a place, I mostly write in my room or home office. As I help, I like to put on some scenery music or soundtrack, light candles (some which are scented), and also drink some tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Also, I’ve discovered that I get really creative when traveling abroad. This often makes me able to write quite a pit when getting into the hotel bed at night.

Ever write in your PJs?
More than in anything else. I’m known for my relationship with my night clothing, and my mom often says that I should just quit buying normal clothing, cause I’m always wearing my PJ anyway.

How bout naked?
No, I haven’t. Honestly, I think I would feel so awkward that I wouldn’t be able to get anything done.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Who doesn’t? I mean, it’s my belief that, whether you like it or not, you use your own feelings, beliefs, thoughts and experience when doing anything creative. Let’s say that you are to write about something that never happened to you, well, you write the character’s feelings – but aren’t these the feeling you imagine that you would have had in similar situation?

Besides this, I think I use somewhere between 15% and 70% of my life – depending on the story.

Do you write on a schedule?
I try, but I mostly fail. As I mentioned before, I do have some creative hours, but it’s not always that these works – and other times I get some surprises while in lecture or at work.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
When I start a story I have some facts in mind. These are basically: the main characters, the theme of story, some milestones, and possible also some situations/conversations. The rest is however quite blurry. One time I actually sat down and wrote a plan for the upcoming chapter; with a lot of details and all, when when I wrote it the week after, my brain just couldn’t stay of the planned path.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No superstitions really. That is if you don’t take into account the one that if I write a plan, then I’m sure that I’m gonna stray away from it.

I do have some rituals. I have the scented lights, and often my stores are connected to a song or piece of music. What I do then is that I turn off all the lights and put on the song, and then just wander around in the room – or maybe even dance.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
The friendship / romance genre is the one that I’m best at I think – especially if you mix in a little of cluelessness, confusion and anxiety connected to the whole thing. I’m however not good at writing smut, philosophical – and not court cases (A referral to the terrible chapter 11 of my ‘Burning’-story).

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
For me, when talking about one shots or short stories, it’s the process of completing and wrapping up. Most of my stories just wanna keep going and going and going. So yeah, I kinda just have to chop it off at some point and then find a way to make it seem smooth.

Longer stories, well, I guess the uncertainty. LIke, if you got reviews and views on the first chapters, why didn’t the show on the newest one? Was it that bad? Should I really continue writing? Is there actually anyone out there that cares? So yeah, that’s why it often takes time for me to upload new chapters – because I just feel so insecure that I don’t feel like writing – and then comes a review that cheers me right up again.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Haha, no. This is probably what I’m the worst at. I can spend hours just glaring at the top on the document. In the end, it often ends with me asking a friend or beta for a suggestion.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Oh, another difficult one. I guess that when I write I focus on the sides of the character that I feel is mostly like a part of me. Like, Ulquiorra’s judgement and despite, Ino’s train of thoughts, Shikamaru’s laziness, Hinata’s uncertainty, Sora’s constancy, Kyo’s frustration, Akito’s hate and Alice’s lack of boundaries. So yeah, a hard question indeed, but if I had to give an answer, then either Sora (Yosuga no Sora) or Akito (Fruits Basket).

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
“Burning” is important to me. I think it has something to do with the fact that this is basically the first big story I started on. The first chapter was published back in 2010, and it’s still ongoing. It’s also the longest story of mine and also the one that I’ve gotten most feedback on during these years.

When it comes to to concept? Well, I kinda wanna say ‘Burning’ here too, but I think I’ll go for the ‘POV-change’-stories I write. This is basically stories where I write a situation from the perspective of another character than the one that was focused on in the original version. It can either retell, or just add some meat to the bones where it originally is a black space in the story. Also, I really enjoy the concept of ‘Daddy’s Devilish Diary’ – a fun little piece that I do with a fellow writer.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Well, talk to, yeah. With, not so much. I guess it’s mostly me blabbering about it and them nodding without really understanding what I’m going on about.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I’m not gonna be able to answer this XD I have way too many things that I like, and way too many chapters/episodes within these.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
“Aww, this was just perfection. I love when such misunderstanding ends in this way it did here. I wish there would be more chapters but even if there won’t be more I will still love the story. I just can’t resist this pairing! (and your work -)”

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Well, it depends on the intent behind it. If it’s just hate mail without reason, I’ll just ignore it. If it’s criticism that is based on facts, then read through them and consider if you should listen to the notes.

I had a funny thing regarding this a while ago. I have a story of eight chapters, and this person put a review on the first chapter; complaining about the main pairing and saying that it was all wrong. Then, to my surprise, I had gotten another one on the newest chapter – from the same person. The message was still the same; that there was no way the those two would be together, but what I got fascinated by was that the person had actually read through the whole thing – despite knowing from the beginning that it was about a pairing the he/she did not approve of.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Pairings. Yup, the best and the worst is always pairings. I mean, there are so many writers out there that fulfills my need and demand for a not-canon pairing, and this is so fantastic. However, if I myself do a story on something that is not official, there will always be those that criticize your choice of lovers and basically giving you a speech about why it wouldn’t work, and why the characters should be with a certain other character.

Another thing that I have to mention, and that is probably what I hate the most, is when people make parodies. Not when they do a funny and harmless little thing, but when they deliberately writes a story to make fun of and look down on a certain character, universe or pairing. It just makes me upset and offended.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Follow your heart. Yeah, kinda cheesy, but it’s true. If you feel like there is a story missing out there, why not write it yourself. A story is born out of your feelings for the project, so if you pour out your heart, then it will surely find its way to the hearts of the readers. Also, there is no shame in asking others for help – neither when it comes to beta-readings or consulting.

Have any recommendations?
Harry Potter – “She’s Just Not Into You” – BelleOfSummer – http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6425012/1/Shes_Just_Not_Into_You

Harry Potter – “Welcome Home Draco Malfoy” – rsman26 – http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5298074/1/Welcome-Home-Draco-Malfoy

Naruto – “Flow of Life” – Ebil Chameleon – http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3550288/1/Flow-of-Life

Naruto – “Unrevealed Mistake Of A One Night Stand” – DeepPoeticGirl – http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4430984/22/Unrevealed_Mistake_Of_A_One_Night_Stand

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
http://winnifredartemis.wordpress.com
It’s my blog, and here are links to all my stories, and also writing events and articles connected to writing.

FaceBook: WinnifredArtemisDub (http://facebook.com/WinnifredArtemisDub)
Homepage/Wordpress: WinnifredArtemis (http://winnifredartemis.wordpress.com/)
Twitter: WinnyArty (http://twitter.com/WinnyArty)
Pinterest: WinnyArty (http://pinterest.com/WinnyArty/)
Fanfiction: WinnifredArtemis (http://www.fanfiction.net/~winnifredartemis)
Fictionpress: WinnifredArtemis (http://www.fictionpress.com/~winnifredartemis)

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


So there you have it lovelies! Even though she doesn’t write in my main fandoms she is a fuckawesome chick who writes seriously amazing stuff. So go check her out. :)

Author Spotlight: Sophie733

So, I was scrolling through random TMI searches one day on ff.net and I stumbled across this gem of an author. I read her fic Be My Escape and fell in love with how she wrote the characters. Seriously, she is pretty damn awesome. So, of course, I had to spotlight her for you lovelies.

She’s also got a Harry Potter fic published, which I haven’t read but I may be tempted by the summary. So yeah, let’s hear from her. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Sophie733

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I have love writing since I was a kid and always wanted to be an author, that’s the one dream that never changed.  I’m married to Vladric733 and if it’s a fandom he reads, he’ll sometimes beta for me.  He’s the one who got me reading fan fics so I took his ‘last name’ when making my ID.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Thinking about writing mostly.  I have a full time job as well as two dogs and two bunnies.  I mainly spend time with them when I’m not writing or at work.  I also do a lot of reading.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My cell phone, that’s about it.  If I’m driving I have my purse with my wallet and a notebook.  But for the most part I can read and make notes on my phone so it’s easiest.

What are some of your favorite books?
Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Chronicles of Narnia and a lot more

Anna of Byzantium will always have a place in my heart because it was the book that got me hooked on reading again.  I was a slow reader and as such it took a lot of dedication to a book to keep with it.  That historical fiction hooked me and I just kept reading after that.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Doctor Who (though I only just got into it and am still in the early seasons on Netflix), NCIS, The Blacklist, Arrow, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (though I haven’t finished that yet either)

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Famous people?  Hmm, I don’t really know that many real names.  Can I trade two of them to have my husband?  He’s really handy and could make sure we all survive, plus he could cook anything.  Then maybe Patrick Stewart?  (Sorry, is that too mushy?  He really is the best in a tight situation.)

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

Do you have any pet peeves?
Sure…Being mean to people, not being able to own up to your mistakes, driving like an idiot

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Sushi, most italian food, steak and anything that’s made from potatoes.  Comfort foods, well if I’m not feeling well I revert back to peanut butter and jelly on toasted bread.  My mom would always make that when I was a kid.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I have no idea…I don’t really pay attention

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like pretty much everything, pop to country to rap to classical.  There isn’t really any kind of music I can’t stand, though there are certain songs I don’t care for.  I’m not the biggest person into screaming music, maybe because I like to know the words and I like melodies.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
While I’ve always loved visiting the beach, I am scared of the ocean and won’t go out deeper than waist high.  I like to think I just have a healthy reverence for it’s massive power.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla (goes with anything)
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? I don’t care for wine
Liquor or beer? Liquor, but I don’t drink anymore
Coffee or tea?  Coffee I guess, but I don’t drink that either, but I love the smell
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in, but I usually end up getting early regardless of preference

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
Harry Potter is a big one and I’ve gotten into Mortal Instruments in the last year.  I write in the fandoms I read.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Sometimes music, but usually just quiet…me and my laptop anywhere

Ever write in your PJs?
yep

How bout naked?
Isn’t that the same as PJ’s? JK yea

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Inspiration comes from everywhere.  Sometimes I’m reading a story and a thought comes in about the same fandom but a completely unrelated plot.  Or I’m staring off while I’m listening to music and my mind wanders into the field of ‘what if’s.’  I put in some life experiences sometimes, nothing is really sticking out in my mind right now, but it’s really about them, the characters.  I feel like they write the story, not me.

Do you write on a schedule?
Not really.  I try to write something everyday, but that doesn’t always happen.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
So I get a general idea, sometimes nothing more than a scenario or a scene.  I write a chapter or two to really get into the characters and then I sit down and write plot points I want to hit.  It helps me to know where I’m going, but even then, I let changes come as I write.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
None.  I’m the girl who opens umbrellas inside just say I don’t care about bad luck and I have broken at least two mirrors–though not on purpose.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Fiction, I only really write fiction.  I dabble with writing non fiction about my own life, but I never share those.  They are more therapeutic than actually for others.  I like writing fantasy fiction, but any fiction works for me.  Non Fiction is just not as much fun for me.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Worrying that it will never reach readers or disappointing readers.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I try to think of a phrase that sums of the content.  Sometimes it’s something I hear or from a song (Ex: Be My Escape is the name of a Relient K song).  I also try for a bit of humor in them or a way in which the title of a chapter has a different meaning once the chapter is completed.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Usually the protagonist.  I write from a woman’s perspective because I find it hard knowing how a man thinks and I think it wouldn’t turn out right.  However, usually there is a piece of each of the main characters that I identify with in one way or another.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I don’t know.  I am only writing my second fan fic.  In some ways I’m having more fun with this one, but that’s because it’s the idea that I’m thinking about all the time, while the other has already ended.  I tend not to stick with a concept that I don’t thoroughly enjoy.  And what I enjoy writing can change based on my mood.  Though I kind of have a rule not to take short cuts in my writing and that the characters don’t make stupid decisions just to move the plot along.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Yes I do.  I talk to my husband thoroughly and bounce ideas off of him.  Once, on a road trip to visit family, we spend hours going back and forth about a story and in the end it was way better.  I also talk to my parents and siblings about it because I just get so excited I can’t not talk about it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (though I am still reading this series)

Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Someone was really excited that I actually had proper grammar.  Their excitement was so evident, I had to smile when I read it.  They went on to say that it just made the story that much more awesome.  Really, when you can tell that the person genuinely loves the story, it’s the best thing in the world.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
If it’s constructive, then thank you.  That is just people trying to help and I do my best to improve.  If it’s mean, I try to ignore it.  I just itch to say something back, but I know that won’t help so I do my best to resist.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Favorite: there are so many awesome stories out there, I just want to read all the time.  Least favorite: when stories never get finished (though I understand) and when people take short cuts in writing an otherwise amazing story

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Do not give up, ever.  There was a time I walked away from writing because I felt I would never become a good writer.  It was like tearing a piece of my soul off and putting it in a box.  I couldn’t stay away, even if I was doomed to always be bad.  For me, success wasn’t the number of people who liked it or if I ever got published.  Success was finishing a story and loving writing it.  The other thing is read!  Be an avid reader of classic, of fan fic, of everything.  Great writers are always first great readers.

Have any recommendations?
Harry Potter: Harry Crow by robst; Static by galfoy; Blood Red by Fluticorns

Mortal Instruments: Crossed Swords by Daedalic; Snowed In by SephCurrentDaughterofPoseidon

Twilight: The Consequences by M. Michelon (as well as the rest of the Twilight they write)

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
https://www.fanfiction.net/~sophie733

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

 

Yeah. She’s awesome. Y’all should go check her out and read her stuff and leave her reviews and all that lovely stuff. :)

Author Spotlight: NiteFang

Hello my lovely readers!!! I am bringing you another awesome author today! *Cue trumpets*

Okay, so this chick is actually quite the little fandom jumper. She’s written for OUAT (where I found her), Chronicles of Narnia, Maximum Ride, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Life with Derek and Supernatural. I can’t even pretend I have any clue about some of those fandoms, but I was intrigued enough to skim her HP and GOT stuff…still seriously great. Anyhoo, she’s awesome and I’m gonna let her “talk”. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie. And you are?
I’m Ashley or Ash, better known as nitefang.

So tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m Filipino and currently a college senior, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in creative writing. At the risk of making this sound like an application, I graduate in the spring. However, I don’t know what to do with my life beyond that point. I just wanna write stories forever.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
My effing thesis. All of my regrets in signing up for that. But before that, I slept and read a lot. I’m so lazy.

What are some things you never leave home without?
A spare hair tie, definitely. And my phone—never know when I need to type out an errant story idea or field a call from my grandparents who want to make sure their plants are still alive.

What are some of your favorite books?
I mean, apart from Harry Potter, of course, I loved reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown—just the Robert Langdon books as a whole. I have a thing about fun adventure, treasure-hunting things. I was also very big on Meg Cabot and the James Patterson YA series, Maximum Ride. I also devoured the Warriors series—the one about cats. I never knew I could be so invested in feline relationships.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
The thing about me and TV shows—okay, I watch a lot of shows (The Blacklist, Outlander, Hart of Dixie, Once Upon a Time, Haven), but I can’t say I have a favorite. Maybe Avatar: The Last Airbender.

My all-time favorite movie has to be Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It came out on my birthday, and when I got the DVD, I watched that movie every morning for at least two years. At one point in my life, I could quote the entire thing. I recently watched Kingsmen, and oh, my God. Highly recommend it.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Bear Grilles, for obvious reasons. Our survival would rest entirely on his shoulders. Jennifer Lawrence would be there to keep our spirits alive. And then I’d throw in Nick Jonas to sing covers in the background as the soundtrack to our endeavors—plus, you know, eye candy.

What is one place you’d love to visit?
New Zealand, for sure. Lord of the Rings, bro. That’d be the only time I’d agree to run around some hills—when I’m pretending to be Aragorn or something (“Legolas! What do your elf eyes see?”)

Do you have any pet peeves?
The incorrect pronunciation of Iraq and Iran. It’s not EYE-rack and EYE-ran; it’s IH-rack and IH-ran.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I adore microwave Salisbury steak. I will willingly die from it. As for comfort foods, I love my mom’s chicken and asparagus soup.

What’s your favorites scent—one that says “home” to you?
Home smells like fried garlic and onions. Granted, I wouldn’t make my car smell like that, but you know…

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I still listen to the music I grew up with. Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Celine Dion, even Wilson Phillips. I’m pretty well-versed with Top 40’s pop and stuff, but it’s not always my go-to. I also listen to soundtracks of movies, basically anything by Hans Zimmer.

I cannot stand incomprehensible rap. Take from that what you will.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I’m only 22, and already I have at least five white hairs somewhere on my head. And that’s not counting the god-knows-how-many I’ve already pulled out. And before you tell me not to do that, I have black hair. It stands out.

Just for some insight into you, pick one. Feel free to tell why or why not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate, all the way. I thought Fig Newtons were full of chocolate before I ever had one. So much disappointment.
Silver or gold? Silver. My skin tone’s too yellow for gold to complement it.
Apple or PC? Apple. More reliability. Windows was a pain.
White whine or red wine? Red.
Liquor or beer? Liquor.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
Sleep in or get up early? Early.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I wrote for Glee and Once Upon a Time, but now I’m finally getting into Harry Potter. I’ve been reading HP fics since I got into fandoms when I was in my sophomore year of high school. I also read Hunger Games and Firefly. It really depends on my mood.

What kind of environment do you write in?
I write mostly when I’m alone. I like to recite dialogue out loud before I write it.

Ever write in your PJ’s?
All the time.

How ‘bout naked?
Uh, I live with my grandparents, my mom, three uncles, and my aunt. There’ll be none of that.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
If I think up a plot that I really like or that I find interesting, that’s how it usually starts. Very rarely have I actually used a real-life experience as kindling for a story.

Do you put real life into your stories?
Surprisingly, no. I use aspects of personalities from other stories and sort of mesh them around together. Only once or twice have I ever put something real into a story, and if I did, it was a throwaway comment.

Do you write on a schedule?
My life doesn’t follow a schedule, really, so the trend persists. It happens when it happens.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I always plan. I can’t help it. I like to get my stories all down in some form so I can pull back and rearrange things to the benefit of the overall plot. I can never do things on the fly, and the one time I did… Well, I’m still revising the story today. It’s been four years. I need to move on. But I can’t. It hurts.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
If I’m writing fanfiction, I make sure that while I am in the process of writing the story, the only fanfic I read is of that fandom I’m writing for—so that I’m not mixing up characters and atmospheres. I made the mistake of getting into Glee fanfiction while I was writing my Life With Derek fic, and it was a mess. I still haven’t finished it.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I’m much better writing humor or fluff than I am angst or any kind of sadness. I don’t know how to make myself do it, to get into that kind of mindset or emotional state to be able to properly articulate that kind of feeling.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Capturing the atmosphere of the story. Glee fics were easy for me because I was still in school, but when it comes to Harry Potter, it’s a little difficult because of the influence of the movies on the books on top of the preconceived setting readers already developed. So when you’re reading, you’ve kind of got this expectation, this set feeling. When I think Harry Potter, I immediately jump to the Great Hall, with the warm woods, the golden light, the clatter of cutlery, and even the bell-like music. There are times when I want to sustain that feeling, that atmosphere, and other times when I need to move away from it. I like getting to the point with my stories, so it’s often going to be dialogue-heavy, not much scenery. So it’s a bit of a struggle.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Definitely. That’s why I like to plan things out in their entirety so that each section gets a heading, which is a chapter title that encompasses the action of the chapter. Then the entire story has a title that encapsulates what’s going on or is a key point in the story. I like to be witty too, but if it doesn’t happen, I can’t force it.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Draco Malfoy. I’m not a big fan of him because no one has the excuse to be a piece of shit to other people, but his struggle during the sixth and seventh books—with his life and his family on the line—really hit me kind of hard. I’m very family-oriented so if they happened to be indoctrinated into the agenda of a sociopath,  I wouldn’t feel that I’d have the choice to leave them. I’d stay and try to keep them alive as best as I could, even if that meant screwing myself up.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write? Which of your stories is your favorite concept-wise?
The stories I most enjoyed writing are my Harry Potter fics. I love being able to weave stories around magical elements and play with characters that I’ve loved since I was small. There’s just something about that world that elicits a lot of feelings for me, and being able to submerse myself in that as a writer is kind of dream-come-true-ish.

Concept-wise, my favorite is the one I’m writing now—it’s unpublished, but it’s about Fred and Hermione being caught in a bit of an explosion that traps them in a book of Muggle fairy tales, and they’ve got to play through the stories, with the unhelpful aid of their friends and family outside of the book. Being able to put Harry Potter and Disney together is the best thing.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
“Mash-Up” from Glee. “Snow Drifts/There’s No Place Like Home” from Once Upon a Time. “The Cave of Two Lovers” from Avatar the Last Airbender.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I consider two to be the best—one had a person crying from laughter in the middle of the night and trying to stifle it because everyone else in their house was asleep, and the other had a person crying because of how well I was able to articulate exactly how they felt about something. Being able to affect people in that way is one thing I strive to do as a writer.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I take it as a means to improve. Unless I know they’re absolutely wrong or doing it vindictively, then it’s received and accepted with a good dose of humor.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Ship wars. It’s always going to boil down to ship wars that ruin fandoms. It happened to me in Glee, and it made me take a break from Once Upon a Time a couple of months ago. I’ve managed to stay far away from it in Harry Potter.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
There’s no such thing as a writer’s block. It’s just a normal hitch in storytelling that you’ve either got to power through or take a break and write a different scene. Visualizing is a great way to help you write, setting your characters and even finding a good song that matches the mood. Writer’s block isn’t a good enough excuse to put things down and stop writing entirely.

When I say “take a break,” I mean skip to a scene that’s more vivid in your mind and start off from there too. If this is something you’re absolutely stuck on, go from a different angle, start from a different point, use a different character’s perspective, or even ask yourself if it’s really that necessary.

And do not ever say you’re not going to read a genre because you don’t want to step on any author’s toes and then write in it. Some dumb bitch said that in my advanced creative writing workshop, and we all literally stopped and stared. Her story sounded almost exactly like a published author’s novel, and we kept telling her that, she was like, “No, I’ve never read his work. I don’t read this genre so I can have plausible deniability.”

I have never wanted to throw my entire backpack (with my laptop, notebooks, and textbook in it) at a person so badly.

Have any recommendations?
If you’re a Dramione fan, read anything by Bex-Chan. If you like Chloe Sullivan (from Smallville) at all, read Tarafina/Sarcasticfina.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
I’m nitefang on Tumblr, fanfiction.net, and AO3! :)

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

 

See? She’s smart and awesome and I can’t get enough. :) So go stalk, uh-I mean, read her stories and let her know of her awesomeness. :)