Story Spotlight: The Heart of the Matter

Title: The Heart of the Matter
Author: SueBee0619
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: Canon
Complete? yes

Summary: Killian’s heart has always belonged to Emma. Watching Gold try to squeeze the life out of it almost destroyed hers. My version of some scenes missing from episode 4.12, the midseason finale.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow. So this is like one of those “missing scenes” that always get written….but this one is sooooo good! I mean, sometimes I’ll find a good one, but usually I think they kinda-they’re not entirely realistic. Now that everyone has (hopefully) seen the start of 4B, I feel no hesitation whatsoever saying that I have firmly cemented this in my head as canon.

Seriously, she’s preserved the characters so perfectly while still giving us something fresh and new. It’s so absolutely perfect it’s not even funny. :)

It’s only a one shot, so it’s not like there’s a huge time commitment involved in this one, but it’s very worth it. You can really see the connection between our favorite duo and you can see how they got to the point in the second half’s preiemie. So yeah I’m rambing but I don’t wanna spoil it. :)

So go read (I’m about to go read her other stuff cause yeah…why not?!?) and leave her some love!

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Story Spotlight: Strangers in an Airport

Title: Strangers in an Airport
Author: glowinghorizons
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: General Audiences
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: Prompt from captainsasschabod on Tumblr: “After just missing her flight Emma is on standby for the next one and meets Killian, a fellow standby-ee, and things ensue from there.”

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I want this to have MORE! Seriously. It’s so masterfully written, while still keeping an OUAT feel. I’ve been on standby before and god this is just what any girl would ever want to happen.

The small details are what make this story rock so hard. I mean, how inspiring can sitting in an airport be?? But yeah…apparently it works. Well. I can’t honestly say too much more because I don’t want to give anything away.

It’s only a one shot, so it’s a simple and short read (which I’m crying over…seriously, I’m praying to the universe that this gets expanded someday!!!). So head on over to AO3 and leave her some kudos. Cause this story is just so frickin awesome!!!

Author Spotlight: QuiteTheTrueLove

Hallo lovelies! I am back with another astoundingly amazing author you seriously need to check out. This chick is one of the most prolific OUAT authors…at least on my tumblr feed. That’s where I originally found her, as I was scrolling around for Captain Swan smut fics…yeah. Anyhoo, I managed to get over to ff.net and I swear I think I have most of her stuff favorited. I went on quite the reading spree with her stuff.

So yeah, she’s awesome. And you should really read what she’s got to say… :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Hey Kelly, thank you so much for asking me to do this, it’s a lot of fun and it’s always nice to be appreciated as a writer. My name is Lena, QuiteTheTrueLove on fanfiction.net and you can also find me on tumblr, there I’m Captainmcwho.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
There’s really not a lot to tell. I’m 23 yearls old, German and currently in my last semester of uni, which is why I barely have time to write anything at the moment. Or at least not as much as I used to.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
As I mentioned uni is keeping me pretty busy. I’m also an avid reader, I just had to get a new bookcase because I ran out of room for my books. I also love a bunch of TV shows and movies. If I’m not at home then I’m most likely out with my friends having a drink at my favorite pub.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My cell phone of course and lip balm.

What are some of your favorite books?
Oh boy, that reply could get long. I’ll try to narrow it down for you. For classics it’s Pride & Prejudice. John Green and Rainbow Rowell for contemporary, but I recently read It’s Not Me It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane, which was super adorable. A few of my all time favorites are The Night Circus, the Harry Potter series, The Lunar Chronicles, the Throne Of Glass series and so many more. One series that I can’t stop thinking about since reading it is the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Once Upon A Time of course. Apart from that I love The Walking Dead, Parks & Rec, New Girl, Orphan Black, House Of Cards and Sherlock. I’m watching way too many shows to be honest. My favorite movie is Pride & Prejudice (the one with Keira Knightley), I can watch that one again and again. I’m also a huge Disney fan since I’ve been a kid. Which is probably why I love OUAT so much.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Bear Grylls, because he could catch fish and make fire and do all the other survival stuff that I would need. Then maybe Dominic Monaghan, because he knows a lot about spiders and snakes and can catch them and tell me if they are poisonous or not. And Jennifer Lawrence, she seems like a lot of fun.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Amsterdam, it’s not actually that far from where I live but I never managed to go there.

Do you have any pet peeves?
I hate when people blow their nose beside me and loose wet hair is my nemesis.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Chocolate!! But I’m actually trying to go without it for a while.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
The smell of books probably. And vanilla.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like rock music, especially alternative. But I listen to a lot of types of music. What I can’t stand is rap, that’s just not for me. 

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I have an orange tabby cat that is lying beside me right now.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Both
Silver or gold? Silver.
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? White wine!
Liquor or beer?
 Liquor
Coffee or tea? Tea, coffee makes me jumpy.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in!

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I mostly write Captain Swan fanfiction, but I did a few drabbles for Arrow, The Mindy Project and BBC’s Our Girl. I read Captain Swan and the occasional bookish fanfiction when I crave more than what the books gave me.

What kind of environment do you write in?
On my couch, with some music playing and a cup of tea at my side.

Ever write in your PJs?
Of course, that’s the best way to go!

How bout naked?
Hahaha, can’t say that I have. But I get a lot of ideas in the shower, does that count?

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I get inspiration from music, movies, TV shows, books and also real life. Not my own, but one of my current fics is loosely based on something a friend experienced.

Do you write on a schedule?
I tried to but it didn’t really work, real life gets in the way. Now I just write when I can find the inspiration.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I have a really rough outline for my stories and some scenes that are more detailed and I just go from there.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No not really.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I think I’m best at writing modern alternative universes, I just like that the genre gives you more room to play with the characters. Because of that I’m not so good at writing canon universes.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Definitely smut. It’s so hard for me to know if what I’m writing is too cheesy or trashy. I always want it to be tasteful.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I don’t think that I have much of a method when it comes to coming up with story titles, but some of my stories have specific chapter titles. For example All The Voices In My Head, the chapter titles are mostly quotes from fairy tales.

Which character do you identify with the most?
When I write it’s Killian Jones We’re both romantics and fight for what we believe in. I think one thing we have in common is that we don’t give up on people we love.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favorite to write was You Keep Me Up All Night, it was also my most successful story. I still read some parts of it from time to time and can’t actually believe that I wrote that one.

Concept wise it’s All The Voices In My Head. A serial killer turning his victims into fairy tale characters was an idea that came to me really unexpectedly and I loves putting it into words.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No. I’m not sure if they would understand the concept of fanfiction. It’s just something I do for me.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I’ll just stick to OUAT for  your sake, because this could get really long otherwise. My favorite episode is probably Tallahassee. Watching it made me really fall in love with Killian and Emma.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I got a lot of sweet compliments, but something I’ll never forget is someone telling me that they couldn’t stop thinking about one of my stories even when they were doing yoga. It was just too funny.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I usually ignore it. I once addressed it and it didn’t really make me feel any better. If it’s constructive criticism then I’ll try to listen to it and see if I can change something about it.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
I’m only an active member in the Captain Swan fandom. My favorite part about it are the people I met and became friends with. My least favorite part is that some people feel so high and mighty and think only their opinions are valid.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just write, write, write. Even if it’s utter shit (pardon my French). Just get it all out and try not think too much about what your readers would like, just write what you like. Don’t make it a chore.

Have any recommendations?
Under The Crimson Flag by You-drive-me-nuts-miller, but I’m sure most people in the fandom have already read it. Jill is a great friend of mine and I love her writing.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
As mentioned you can find me as Captainmcwho on tumblr, and there you can find links to my twitter, isntagram and goodreads.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
Thank you!! It was so much fun!

 

So yeah. Like I said, she’s awesome and her fics have this perfect blend of fic-y-ness (yeah I totally made that up) and realism that I absolutely love. :) So go read and leave her comments and love!

 

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: A Body of Trouble

Title: A Body of Trouble
Author: notdonewithyou
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

 

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Summary: A spell goes awry causing Emma and Hook to switch bodies. Captain Swan AU

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Hey lovelies! So this little gem has been hidden in my favorites folder on ff.net for like…ever. And I’m *FINALLY* getting around to sharing it with you.

This simple one shot made me giggle and laugh so hard….and it made me “AWWWWWWWWWWWWW” so frickin hard at the end! Yeah. It’s humorous and heartwarming and everything you could possibly want from a fluffy Captain Swan one shot. It’s not fluffy in the pink unicorns and rainbows kinda way, but it’s Captain Swan fluffy. Ya know what I’m talking about.

She’s nailed Killian soooooo well-Emma too, but seriously her characterization of Killian was so spot on. It’s a short read, little less than 3,500 words so it shouldn’t take long. But it’ll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy for awhile afterwards. And really is there any better feeling????

So yeah, go read and leave her some love. She’s got soooooo many other fics that I’m going to delve into and you should too!

Author Spotlight: deGorgeous

Hey darlins! So I originally found this lovely chica on tumblr. And I followed…some kinda link to find her ff.net account. And I was NOT disappointed. The first story of hers I read, believe it or not, was Theme Song (check out the spotlight here). And I laughed SO hard. I’ve since read a bunch more of her stuff (keep an eye out for more spotlights) and I just…just can’t. She’s so awesome.

So yeah, let me stop rambling so you can hear-or read-what she has to say-er, type.

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
My name’s Genelle and my pen name is deGorgeous (on FF.net) and gentlesleaze (on AO3 and Tumblr)

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I was born in New York and am currently living there. I work at an ad agency as a graphic designer. I’ve been writing fan fiction on-and-off since I was about 13.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I’m either working or editing videos

What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone, headphones, some cash, and moisturizer

What are some of your favorite books?
Tenderness by Robert Cormier, Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho, Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

Favorite TV shows and movies?
to name a few —
TV: Once Upon A Time, The 100, Misfits, The 10th Kingdom
Movies: Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Sabrina, Singing in the Rain, Inception

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Bear Grylls (because he’d keep us alive), Christian Bale and Colin O’Donoghue (because they are two of my favorite actors)

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Vancouver probably, just to see all the forests

Do you have any pet peeves?
People smacking their lips, obnoxious laughter, people not knowing basic subway etiquette

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Arepas, Colombian bread in general, Beef Rice Bowl, Fruity Pebbles cereal

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
The smell of my wet hair

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
Music I like: Electronic/Rock
Music I can’t stand: Reggaeton

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I used to collect quarters and have all the 50 states

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
Silver or gold? Gold
Apple or PC? Both
White wine or red wine? Either
Liquor or beer? Liquor
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
Lately I’ve written mostly for and have read fics for Once Upon A Time

What kind of environment do you write in?
Either on my lunch break at work, or in bed on my laptop

Ever write in your PJs?
Especially in my pajamas

How bout naked?
Haven’t done that one yet

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I usually like to write in-universe stuff. If I ever write an AU or something non-canon I still try to remain as IC as possible, so I’d say my inspiration comes mostly from the source material or any other tropes/scenarios I’d like to see play out.

Do you put real life into your stories?
Sometimes. If a character is going through something I have a frame of reference for I’ll maybe inject some of my own insight. More often than not though I try to just understand a given’s character mindset.

Do you write on a schedule?
If I’ve promised someone a prompt then yeah I schedule it out to I meet the deadline. Otherwise I make my own deadline so that I actually get it done.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I write out notes and a general outline. If ideas come to me during the day or while I’m writing another section, I jot it down so I don’t forget.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Nope

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I guess drama. I’d probably be bad at writing full-on smut.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Describing a scene. I’m a visual person so I usually have an idea of what a given scene would look like as I’m writing it but I struggle with translating that without compromising the pacing or being repetitive.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
I try to keep titles short but still relating directly back to the story itself. Like a feeling or a phrase that’s repeated.

Which character do you identify with the most?
There are a lot of characters from lots of shows/movies I watch but I haven’t ever really written anything using characters I relate to, except maybe Regina from Once Upon A Time.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I like writing one-shots and vignettes. I like keeping my writing sparse and efficient. On The Road was probably my favorite to write. Concept wise, my favorite might be Spot The Difference since I liked the idea of writing about a pairing through another character’s viewpoint.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
I used to but now I mostly just keep it to myself

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
My favorite episodes of Once Upon A Time are Skin Deep and Good Form.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
I love when people go in depth or appreciate the nuances in what I had written. Generally as long as the review is enthusiastic I’m happy.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I don’t get it so much now but I used to get it a lot when I first started. I didn’t really take those to heart but just tried to improve my writing based on my own standards.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favorite part of the OUAT fandom: the freak outs after every little development or spoiler

My least favorite part: how isolating it can sometimes feel and the ‘popular’ members being the voice

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t flat-out write what the characters’ are thinking or doing. Don’t summarize events just for the sake of setting the scene. Think about how the characters actually would say something and their speech patterns. Write stuff that you yourself would want to read.

Have any recommendations?
The more well-known fic writers on Tumblr are actually really good and their writing is usually concise and simple enough to get a feel on how to improve your own stuff.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
On Tumblr

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

 

So there you have it. She’s awesome and adorable and funny and you seriously need to go check her out. And leave her reviews and love and comments and all that happy stuff. :) Thanks lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Like a Pirate

Title: Like A Pirate
Author: Rhianna-Aurora
Fandom: Once Upon a Time
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: Canon
Complete? yes

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Summary: The barwench in Emma laments the fact that she never got her night with Captain Hook …

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Oh wow. *fans self* So this was a pleasant surprise to wake up to. *fans self again as I pant*

Yes, That’s right, this is pure smut, smut and more smut. And what glorious smut it is. She’s written a completely believable one shot that is entirely smut. It’s amazing. And it’s amazing how she actually nailed Emma’s character-and Killian’s as well.

So yeah-really really go read. It’s not too long but it’s the perfect little amuse bouche for any longer Captain Swan fics you may have in your ‘to read’ list-assuming you have one and don’t just scroll trough ff.net aimlessly…*whistles innocently*

Go read, leave her some love and maybe beg for more smutty Captain Swan! :) By the way, this is my Valentine’s present for y’all. You’re welcome and go read. Now. :)