Day 14: Another, good sir! // #25DaysOfChristmas

Continuing on our countdown of the

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I have another new chapter of Behind the Camera for you!

This was originally part of chapter 8, but like I explained before, I had to split it. Seriously. This deserved it’s own dedicated chapter and you’ll see why.

A huge-HUGE-thanks to MissRissa for all her input. Some of the funniest parts were her brainchilds…brainchildren…ah well, you get what I mean.

And the pasta story…yeah it’s based on something that actually happened to me.

And of course another huge thanks to MistressJessica for cleaning this up and making it readable. She deserves all the props for putting up with my gargantuan chapters. :)

So yeah, click the banner to go to the story homepage and the link to go to the new chapter.

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Behind the Camera // Chapter 9

So go read and enjoy lovelies! :)

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Story Spotlight: Summer Nights

Title: Summer Nights
Author: Malmo722
Fandom: True Blood / SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

 

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Summary: Heiress to her father’s recording company Sookie Stackhouse returns to Bon Temps with her brother Jason after years of living in Nashville for one relaxing summer before taking over for their retiring father. Sookie realizes quickly that not much has changed in Bon Temps but Eric Northman and Bill Compton are no longer the boys she left behind. AU and AH. Romance/Humor/Angst

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Yeah so here is another supremely well done TB/SVM fic for your reading pleasure. I actually only found this fic because of a recommendation on Facebook. This chick has (somehow?!?) been flying under the radar in our little fandom. But no more!

This fic is the perfect summer fic-ironic since I found it in the dead of winter, but whatever. Now-I must warn you-there is an ungodly amount of Bill Compton in this fic because it’s an actual triangle. But she makes no apologies for it, which is actually rather refreshing. Besides she writes Douchetard Compton in such a perfectly creepy way that it’s almost amusing reading about him. Almost.

Besides that, and even in spite of it, this is still an awesome fic I’d definitely recommend to anyone who will listen. Seriously. And I never recommend fics where Bill is shown in even the slightest of good lights. Regardless, you should really go read and review cause this girl so deserves it!

Story Spotlight: Your Presence Still Lingers Here

Title: Your Presence Still Lingers Here
Author: Lara Kingsley
Fandom: TB/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: Canon
Complete? no

Summary: Who’s as devasted as me after Season 6 finale? I’ve been so down after watching it, especially the whole 6 months later thing after the Sweden scene, that I needed to write something. Think of it as some sort of therapy. And the result is this story. Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So this is another TB fix….but after season 6. Remember how devastated we all were about Eric’s sunbathing mishap? She’s done a wonderful job of illustrating the aftermath from Sookie’s side and the subsequent quest she embarks on. And the new characters she introduces are absolutely awesome. How I wish these were real characters in the TB universe.

She’s woven a new and exciting chapter for the TB universe and I absolutely can’t wait for more. Seriously. I stayed up until like 3am finishing what she had and now I’m exhausted and frustrated because there isn’t anymore! Ugh. *pouts*

So yes, you should go read. And maybe…encourage her….to keep those updates coming. :) Hah hah, my minion, yes…go do my bidding *cackles*. I have issues. But go read and review and like and all that loveliness. FF links are here and here.

Story Spotlight: Dead Briefs Tome 2

Title: Dead Briefs Tome 2
Author: Lara Kingsley
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? no

Summary: AU – After moving to Louisiana and surviving an attack by the Fangbangers killer, Sookie Stackhouse is more than ready to settle into her new life next to her vampire client/lover, Eric Northman. But when a series of events threaten the happiness they had been looking forward to, it’s up to the telepathic lawyer and the Viking Vampire Sheriff to save the day.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So yet another awesome installment of the Dead Briefa series. I have no idea how she has stay SO true to the show and still manged to write a completely new story. It’s actually sort of astonishing.

But this picks up right where season 2 of Tue Blood does and she’s managed to weave a new version of events that are the same-but not.

And honestly they’re better. :) Her version of he Fellowship arc is just…*kisses fingers dramatically* Yes, I have no words.

Except go. Go read and review and like and all that happy stuff. Links above are to WordPress and here is her ff profile and the ff link to the story. Enjoy lovelies!!!

Author Spotlight: Lara Kingsley

Woo hoo! I have another awesome author for y’all to check out! I’ve been delving into the recesses of my fanfic.net favorites to get back into the TB/SVM/OUAT swing of things and this chick caught my eyes immediately and I was like “AH! YES!!!”. And thus began my descent into the madness of re-reading her Dead Briefs series. :)

She’s seriously so frickin’ sweet it’s like…ridiculous. And talented…if she hadn’t mentioned it, I would never have known English wasn’t her first language. Any of the very few mistakes I happened to notice I figured were autocorrect fuckups that she didn’t catch. And yeah, I’m the queen of ducking autocorrect. So yeah. Like I said, mega talent here .I’m gonna leave you to read what she has to say and I’ll see you at the bottom. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are? 
I’m Cynthia or better known on the web as Lara Kingsley.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Well I’m a 29, nearly 30 year old eternal single girl from Quebec City in Canada. I’m a lifelong princess (I do live in a walled city with a castle after all!), the oldest of 3 kids. I’m very closed to my family (my parents live on the first floor of our building and I live on the third floor) especially my 18 year old baby brother and my dad (I’m a daddy’s little girl). Oh and I’m French Canadian.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Well I work (a girl’s gotta pay her rent, right?). I’m a memory maker or as most people usually call it a Front Desk clerk/Concierge at a hotel in my hometown. When I’m not behind the desk at the hotel, I’m either exploring my historical hometown (there’s always new stuffs to discover), reading romance novel, binge watching TV shows or playing Assassin’s Creed on my PS3.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My tab. That was the greatest gift to myself I ever bought. I’m not an iPhone or Android phone type of person (my cell phone is actually an older generation Samsung flip keyboard), so my tab is easier to carry around than a laptop.

What are some of your favorite books?
I gotta confess that I’m a huge romance novel reader. My bookcases are full with historical romance novels. Favourite books? There’s the classics, pretty much any Jane Austen books (especially Pride & Prejudice) and Jane Eyre. I also really love the Outlander series by Diana Gaballdon. Of course I loved the SVM (the early one of course, CH really f*cked things up in the end). These days I’m re-reading a vampire series by a Canadian author, Lynsay Sands, the Argeneau vampires.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Even though in the end it disappointed me, I’m a Trubie at heart. I used to be a huge Stargate fan and a Lost fan when they were on the air. Right now I’m addicted to Outlander, Jane the Virgin, Reign (even though it’s historically inaccurate) and Game of Thrones. As for movies, I’m a geek… The Star Wars Original Trilogy is a favourite of mine. I also love comedy (Hot Fuzz, Robin Hood Men in Tights, just to name a few) and Disney princesses’ movies.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
This one is obvious! Alexander Skarsgärd, of course! Oh, I can bring three? Liam Hemsworth and Sam Heughan! These three are my yummy triumvirate ;) And the three of them are tall, strong men so they’d be able to protect me and help me survive.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I’m a history buff so anywhere in Europe, but if I had to choose one… Great Britain would be my choice. Incorporate both England and Scotland ;)

Do you have any pet peeves?
People who argue even when they know they’re totally wrong.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
I’m French Canadian so… Poutine! For those not familiar with it it’s French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Oh and cheesecake! Lots and lots of cheesecake!

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Vanilla and lavender, they remind me of both my grandmothers who sadly aren’t with us anymore.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I’m a classically trained musician (I was in a music program in high school and played the trumpet) so I love classical music – my colleagues at work don’t and I bug them all the time by putting classical music on Songza in the hotel lobby. Otherwise I listen pretty much anything from Elvis to Lady Gaga.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I have four tattoos and one on my back says ‘We aim to please’. Yep it’s a quote from Fifty Shades of Grey, but that’s not why I have it.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate
Silver or gold?  Gold, Not yellow but either white or pink
Apple or PC? PC
White wine or red wine? Red
Liquor or beer?  I don’t drink a lot, but when I do I prefer liquor, hard one.
Coffee or tea?  Hi, my name is Cynthia and I’m a coffee addict
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
True Blood and SVM, of course. I also read lots of Veronica Mars fics, some Once Upon A Time (though for this fandom I stick with Gremma fic even if I’m also a Captain Swan fan) fics and Pride and Prejudice fics.

What kind of environment do you write in?
On my couch with music playing in the background.

Ever write in your PJs?
Mostly in my PJs. First thing I do when I come back from work is take off my uniform and put on comfy PJs

How bout naked?
I don’t think so! I have huge windows in my living room with very thin curtains. Wouldn’t want my neighbours to catch a peek ;)

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Most of it come from my need to fix thing. Dead Briefs came up because I wanted to rewrite True Blood with a smarter Sookie with a different upbringing. As for Your Presence Still Lingers Here I just wanted to fix the f*ckery that the writers made.

Do you put real life into your stories?
Not really, but my upcoming fic, Do Not Disturb, will be set in the hospitality industry and some of Sookie’s background will be based on myown past work experiences. Some of my former colleagues  will even make appearance as  True Blood characters.

Do you write on a schedule?
I try to get one chapter a week, but with real life and  work…

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I plan, a lot. For Dead Briefs I have what I call a Bible. Since every chapter is a Tome and everything is planned in advance.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Superstitions? Not really. As for rituals…. I always write with music. The type depend on what type of chapter I’m writing. For the chapter with action I go with classic rock, for scene that are more sensual I go with ballads or Moonlight Sonata

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Action scenes, I have a hard time writing those.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Even though I’ve read my fair share of bodice reapers, writing sex scenes still makes me nervous

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Not really. In fact Dead Briefs was known as True Blood Project for a couple of chapters until I asked my readers on fanfiction.net for help (I was so eager to write it that I didn’t even think of a title). As for YPSLH, the title comes from My Immortal by Evanescence

Which character do you identify with the most?
It’a a mix. For the longest time I’ve felt like an outsider, like I didn’t quite fit in  with both my friends and family, so I can identify with Sookie in that aspect. But I also have an old soul, as if I was born in a different era, so I can identify with Eric, Pam and even Bill (yeah, it hurt me to admit that).

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Dead Briefs Tome 1, since it was the beginning of the saga. But Tome 7 (yeah, it’s not  writen yet but I already know what will happen in it) will probably be one of my favourite.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
No. They know I write fanfic, but I don’t really talk about it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
For True Blood I’ll say season 4 I Wish I Was The Moon. For Outlander (my new favourite show) it’s easy, The Wedding.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Well being chosen for a fanfic spotlight by you ;) And just everytime someone says how much they like my stories.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
I take it as constructive criticism.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
The rabid Bill fans that think that he can do no wrong.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don’t be afraid to publish your work. Don’t do what I did for a long time.

Have any recommendations?
Anything California Kat writes. Also the work of Gyllene, Meridian, Mistress Jessica and of course Kelpie!

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
There’s  my wordpress page, but I also have a fanfiction.net profile, a fictionpad page and a twcs page.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
The pleasure is all mine ;)

 

So there you have it lovelies! Like I said, super sweet girl and mega talented. I’m halfway through Dead Briefs Tome 2 (as of when I’m writing this) and I’m going to start on  some of her other stuff after that. So, follow the links above and leave her some love. You totally won’t regret anything you read of hers!

Story Spotlight: Dead Briefs Tome 1

Title: Dead Briefs Tome 1
Author: Lara Kingsley
Fandom: TB/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: AU – Shortly after her father’s death, recent law school graduate Sookie Stackhouse moves to Bon Temps, LA to be closer to her Gran and brother and to work at her family’s law practice that caters to supes, including VIP client Eric Northman.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
I read this story like-forever ago. And then the finale happened and I shunned anything that remotely reminded me of my misery. But yeah I’m revisiting this story and I remember how much I absolutely LOVED it!

It’s a new spin on the story, a true AU (at least in my eyes) and the story she’s woven while keeping true to the source material…yeah it’s brilliant. Truly brilliant. I love the interaction of Eric and Sookie (I mean, when DON’T I???) but this is different. I can’t even describe it without spoiling things, but needless to say, she rocks.

The links above will lead you to her wordpress and I’ll link her ff profile here and the story here since it sucks balls comparatively. AND…there is a sequel! Which I’m not actually sure I even started so as soon as I’m done with my re-read, you’ll probably be getting a spotlight for that as well.

So yeah, check out either site-or both-and leave her love. Cause I honestly can count on one hand the number of true AU’s that I’ve enjoyed quite this much. :) Thanks lovelies and enjoy!!!

Hola Lovelies

Hey my lovelies! It’s been a much better day here in my house, only a slight fat lip this morning from a well placed head butt. But that gave me time to fiddle a bit on the computer and actually write today.

So, here’s another reminder to get your votes in for the Get Inked Contest.

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Voting is open until Friday at midnight and you can vote as many times as you like. There are 3 fics in the running, all of which are awesome. Seriously. :)

And…surprise, surprise…I have a new one shot for you! It’s not the smutty one I’ve been hemming and hawing about but I *think* you’ll still be satisfied. In a flufferific kinda way that is. :)

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This was actually inspired by a Buzzfeed article (specifically #8). But I actually had a few brainstorms so there may possibly be more of these flufftastic little tidbits. Yeah this was *supposed* to be like 1 page, maybe 500 words….didn’t happen. This blossomed into a nice 1700+ word one shot. Ah well, what can ya do? :) I’m sure y’all are so upset. So click the banner and it’ll take you right there.