Story Spotlight: Electric Limbo

Title: Electric Limbo
Author: Jan of Arc
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: Reworked from start to finish – re-read required. Rivalry between two of Bon Temps oldest families ends when they team up to keep their businesses alive … but the rivalry with others in the same business just begins. Geek-centric fluff with a large side order of comedy. Warnings for Star Trek quotes, WoW references and Eric being a huge Thundercats fan. :o) AH/OOC.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
OHMYGAAAAAAAHHHHHHH…

I am so fucking excited to be able to tell you about this fic. Seriously. This is like geekdom to the infinity and I love it so so so so so so SO much! I read it a long time ago, but she recently reworked it and finished it. And dude. The rework-so much geek! It’s awesome!

I’m not super entrenched in some of the geek stuff she included, but I know enough to at least get the references. That being said-dude. I can’t even stop gushing about this because I don’t think I’ve ever read such a geekcentric fic that wasn’t overpowered by it. Usually the references seem kinda forced, but not here.

So yeah, this is definitely going in my “reread” file (not that I have an actual file, but I do have a folder on goggle drive…). I only have like 6 stories in that file so that should tell you about how much I actually like, no-love this fic. So go read and leave her some love cause…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Story Spotlight: Hollywood

Title: Hollywood
Author: VictoryInTrouble
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: I think my inspiration for this was another trip to the salon, and no, I only got my hair done! (you’ll understand my reason for clarifying once you read, lol).

My oh-so-humble thoughts
OH.MY.GOD. This might be the pinnacle of my week-seriously, this story…. *hold for a moment while I compose myself*

Okay, now-yeah, this one shot is so many shades of awesome!!! I have so many things I could say, but I don’t want to ruin the brilliant amazingness that she’s managed to put together.

Let me just say, as a frequent patron of….this kind of thing…this story rocked so much. I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard at a fic in so long…and then had to stifle moans in the gym sauna cause of how hot it was…and no, not the sauna. Yeah it switches gears quickly, but amazingly smoothly.

Ugh, I can’t even put into words how much you should really go read this. Seriously. Now. Go.

 

Author Spotlight: VictoryInTrouble

Hallo lovelies! I am bringing you another completely awesome author to check out. This chick writes for the TB/SVM fandom and her story Northman’s Nanny is another one of those that brought me back into the fandom. She writes real for lack of a better way to put it. Her characters are more real than a lot of real people I know, which is a feat. So, yeah. She rocks and I’m gonna shut up so you can read what she has to say. :)

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are? 
HI! I’m VictoryInTrouble. Some people call me Vic, but I don’t put my real name online. 

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I am in my 30s, I have two boys who make me smile and want to tear my hair out sometimes, a husband who makes me laugh and want to strangle him sometimes, and a dog who I love but could give away at times. I have never been a writer before this last year. In fact, I used to hate writing but I never really tried to do any creative writing. It was mostly reports and essays. Writing creatively is much more fun! 

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I am taking care of my family, reading, watching TV, drawing, or my current obsession- making banners now that I can work photoshop somewhat well.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My purse, my kid’s epipen, phone, a hair elastic, and chapstick!

What are some of your favorite books?
My genre of choice is science fiction so my favorites reflect that. I love Darwin’s Radio and sequel by Greg Bear(or anything by him, really), The Entire and The Rose series by Kay Kenyon, Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress, The Time Traveler’s Wife though the movie was not so great. I also love murder mysteries and Mary Higgins Clark was always my favorite author for that. Sometimes I want fun so I read Janet Evanovich or a sexy romance novel. I am in a book club and while I wouldn’t pick out most of the books we read, my favorite has been Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Brunt. 

Favorite TV shows and movies?
TV shows I currently enjoy are New Girl, Doctor Who, Modern Family, Blackish, Marco Polo, How To Get Away With Murder, Walking Dead. Older shows that I can watch again and again are Jeeves and Wooster, Coupling, Gavin and Stacy. My favorite movie is A Fish Called Wanda. 

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Dominic Monaghan because he’s a crazy adventurer, he could handle anything creepy crawly or deadly, and he’s a little cutie.

Alexander Skarsgard because he’s sexy as hell, also likes adventure, and his massive body could keep me warm at night.

Jem Stansfield from the BBC show Bang Goes the Theory, because he’s super smart, a crazy inventor, and he’s also pretty cute.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Greece. I’ve always wanted to go there.

Do you have any pet peeves?
My pet peeves are liars, people who are obnoxiously loud in a public place where it is inappropriate, and loud chewers and breathers. My husband says I have mouse hearing but he’s just loud!

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
My favorite foods are those that mix lots of different tastes together. So I love soups and big salads, I love Thai and Korean food. I’m an adventurous eater so there isn’t much I don’t like. Comfort foods would be my mom’s cheese pie or collard greens, my husband’s sage stuffing or pho– things that I’ve been eating for a long time and always bring good memories.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Hmm, I don’t know if I have one but I like vanilla and coconut.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I like all kinds of music. Right now I seem to be into music with a strong male lead- Tom Odell, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Paolo Nutini, Amos Lee, and my all time fav is Chris Isaak.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
When I was a child I wanted to be a clown when I grew up…now they scare the sh*t out of me!

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  chocolate if it’s good quality, but not for ice cream
Silver or gold? silver
Apple or PC? Apple
White wine or red wine? White, can’t drink red unless it’s Lambrusco because that’s sweet like a Moscato.
Liquor or beer? ha ha- both!
Coffee or tea?  Tea unless my husband goes and gets me coffee on the weekend
Sleep in or get up early? sleep in, definitely, if I had my choice.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I’ve only ever read/written in the SVM/TB fandom. I didn’t even know fanfiction existed before 2013 when I discovered it.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Usually with music playing, in bed or on the couch. Sometimes with kids running around, though I prefer late at night when I can concentrate better. 

Ever write in your PJs?
yup! 

How bout naked?
I don’t think so. I have no privacy with my 3 guys so I am mostly always dressed unless the door’s locked. ;)

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Inspiration comes from my imagination or a picture I saw, something I witnessed. My Captive story was inspired by a Game of Thrones gif even though I don’t watch the show. My Shave and a Haircut story was inspired by a trip to the salon where I watched a man getting shaved. I definitely pull things from real life into my stories. 

Do I put real life into my stories?
Yes, I sometimes will have a character’s favorite movie be mine, or favorite food, etc. I might give them a background I know something about so it’s easier to write.

Do you write on a schedule?
no, I fit it in whenever I have time.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I like to have a general plan but it always always changes as I write. What I find more important for me and what I spend the most time on, is having a character identity. I find that if I have thought well about my character, then whatever I come up with for them will be believeable and I will be able to keep the story on track.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
I can’t think of any. I like music when I write.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I don’t think I am that good with action. I’m also not so great with supernatural stuff. My imagination is just not there. I find romance is easier, though sex scenes are some of the toughest to write and to keep fresh and not repetitive. 

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Um, maybe because in this fandom, people like the vampire stories and I tend to write all human because it’s easier for me.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
For story titles, I try to think about the theme of the story and what, overall, I want to talk about. I hardly ever do chapter titles because it’s too much effort. For Getting It On, each chapter title came from the song that went with the chapter. In Bookstore, each chapter title rhymes, but I may have shot myself in the foot with that one! We’ll see!

Which character do you identify with the most?
That’s tough…I’m not sure. I tend to play around with characters a lot. I think I identify with Sookie the way I write her but I have elements of Eric too. 

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favorite to write…that’s another tough one. I really liked writing Shave, which I just finished, because writing the letters was fun and easy. I love writing the Bookstore story because I’m writing with a good friend and she is awesome and funny and she has helped me keep the story light-hearted, which I have some trouble with on my own. Concept-wise, it may be Captive, which is a departure from what I normally do but has been a good challenge.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Not often.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I have never read the SVM books. (shocking, I know!) I didn’t discover this fandom until the series was almost finished and nobody liked the ending so I decided not to start them. As far as TB, the episode that made me sit up and say, “Wow, who is that actor?” was Ep 2:9, I Will Rise Up, so I think that’s my favorite. Once I found out about Askars, I started reading fanfiction and the rest, as they say, is history!

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
It’s a toss up between being told that my characters are “real,” and being told that my stories make someone feel really good.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
If it’s ranting and juvenile, I laugh. I was kind of surprised when I first encountered some of the hate for Sookie that I got when she had her first fight with Eric in Northman’s Nanny. I sometimes get frustrated because a lot of times, the person just didn’t understand what was said vs. what was thought in the character’s head, which I guess is the downfall to first person perspective. That can be unclear if you don’t read closely. So a valid criticism, I will think about, a ranty one, I will laugh about. It doesn’t really bother me that much because most reviews are positive. 

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Favorite is the fact that even though the show and books are done, the fandom is still active. Least fav is that the shows and books are done and I’m afraid everything will die down now and I feel like I just found everyone! :)

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot, look up anything you are uncertain about, and just write!

Have any recommendations?
Anything on my site under the people I follow is awesome!

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
I have a wordpress site, victoryintrouble.wordpress.com and I’m on fanfiction.net under the same name. I am thinking of joining facebook but haven’t yet.

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

 

So yeah, I’ve linked it all up and I’m telling you…go check her out. She’s got a bunch of stories (that I still have on my to read list-seriously that list gets longer every single frickin day!) and I can’t wait! So go read and leave her love!

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.

A title would help, huh??

Hey my lovelies! Hopefully you’re liking all the spotlight and hotness and fanart. I actually haven’t even touched the blog in a couple weeks so being ahead has been a HUGE help. Don’t worry-I’ve got through the end of February done for sure and a good bit of March as well. I do however always welcome suggestions for what to read!

Lemme tell ya what happened and why I’m begging extra hard…see not this past Friday but the Friday before…so over a week ago-my darling children hid my phone. I had planned on getting a new phone that day anyway so it wasn’t the hugest deal, but I actually still haven’t found the wayward iPhone. Aaaaaaaand that was where my entire ‘to-read’ list was. Needless to say I have since begun using a different platform for tracking shit like that-one that I can access from anywhere. But still, yeah I’m super annoyed.

So hence the begging. Feel free to use any of the contact boxes (I know for sure there’s one in the top left pull down) or shoot me an email to kelpieskorner@gmail.com. You can also hop over to Facebook and join the Kelpie’s Korner group there. There are tons of ways to get in touch with me. :)

Now, onto the real purpose for this post. I finished a chapter for you! Actually I finished 2 but I need to go over one. But for now I bring you, courtesy of MistressJessica’s awesome beta skills, the next chapter of Behind the Camera.

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Behind the Camera // Chapter 6: Heist

So, hopefully you enjoy and have a great rest of the week lovelies! I’ll have that other chapter up in the next day or so.

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!!!