Day 22: Introducing… // #25DaysOfChristmas

Hola! We’re continuing our25 Days of Christmas banner

with a new chapter of BTC.

This is the start of a 2 or 3 parter…these characters are ridiculous and won’t shut up so I need to break shit up constantly.

And you might notice the way I’ve broken up POV’s is changing because…we’re meeting a few new people and they all have the same damn letters in their names!

But this chapter specifically we’re hearing from a certain cousin of Sookie’s…

Behind the Camera Claudette

Yeah she is me. In fiction form. But how she talks is exactly how I talk. You know how authors come through in their characters? Yeah, there’s bits of me in all of mine, for sure. But Claudette…yeah she’s just me.

So, as always, click the banner to go to the story homepage and the link to go to the chapter.

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Behind the Camera // Chapter 11

I’m sure there was more I wanted to say in this post, but my brain is already fried. It’s halfway through the first day of winter break for my kidlets and I’m already over it. ;/ Seriously?!?!

So I dunno when I’ll have new BTC for you, but I’m working…as much as the spawn will allow, of course. So go read and enjoy and I’ll get more to you soon. :) Thanks lovelies!!

EDIT: Okay I know what I meant to tell you guys! The game in here, and you’ll see when you read, is an actual thing from my childhood! I have pics of me, my uncle, and my grandpa doing the same thing that is in this chapter. If I can find the pics I’ll post them for you. :)

Day 7: New One Shot // #25DaysOfChristmas

Hello lovelies! I’m back with another day of December wonderfulness. At least I hope so. :)

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Today I have for you a one shot that-I hope-will have you laughing. :) This was born out of one of the conversations between MissRissa and I. Don’t even ask…please.

So without further ado, here’s Famous Last Words. Just click the banner below and enjoy lovelies!

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Y’all are gonna be mad

I have been a busy little bee lately with writing. And honestly, I had this chapter all ready to go on Monday…but I decided to make y’all wait.

I know, it was mean.

But this is a doozy of a chapter. MissRissa totally squealed for most of it. And, btw, mad props to her for ALL her incredible help! I don’t want people to think this is only my brain child anymore. It’s totally hers too. :)

So, without further ado, here is the newest totally brand new never before seen chapter of Behind the Camera.

As always, click the banner to go to the story homepage and the link to go to the chapter. :)

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Behind the Camera // Chapter 6

Story Spotlight: Spellbound

Title: Spellbound
Author: wannabewriter25
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? no

Summary: (Formerly Marriage of Inconvenience?) Family and distrust almost tore them apart. Determination and love has kept them together. They believe that they can withstand anything but will this new problem destroy all that they’ve worked so hard to build? Will love be enough this time? OOC/AU

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so I admit-I read this a long time ago…like over a year ago and meant to spotlight it then. But I forgot and fell off the spotlight bandwagon for awhile. And I just rediscovered it and it’s got so many more chapters!!! Of which I haven’t had time to read yet. I’m up to about 20, which was about where I stopped before but there’s something like 86 now. And that makes me excited!!

I loved this fic before and I still love it. It’s angsty but not in an anxiety producing way, if that makes sense. Usually angst tears me up and if I’m in a funk I can’t read it. But this one is written in such a way that it’s angsty and sad and heartbreaking-but in a hopeful kinda way.

It’s compelling and completely new in terms of originality. And she write incredibly well for someone with a pen name wannabewriter-she is one, don’t let her fool you. :) So head on over and leave her some love cause I want more. Seriously, I’m devouring this fic all over again and I’ll run out of new chapters soon. Thanks lovelies and enjoy!!

Story Spotlight: Amnesia

Title: Amnesia
Author: jc52185
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: I have never been claustrophobic. I had a feeling I wouldn’t be saying that again for a while. I also haven’t been afraid of the dark even though I know more than most of what can be found in the dark. Yet another fear I would probably end up developing. Something about being trapped in a dark car trunk for hours would probably do that to some people. Starts in Club Dead.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so I read this years ago, when she was first publishing. It’s the first in a trilogy and dear GOD I was so on edge reading this!!! It’s masterfully written!

Like I said, this is the first of three. And it starts in Club Dead during…that scene. You know the one. And her interpretation of the events following as well as the continuation of the story is genius. She’s hit all the major points from the book while still giving it a unique twist. I love how she’s developed the characters in a more real way and especially how she’s changed the Witch War-so freaking awesome!

Because this is the first of three you will probably want to reach through this screen and strangle me for recommending this when you get to the end. However, the other two parts are finished so you can go ahead and read on asap. I will get to spotlighting them as well, but I’m not sure when. I promise you this fic (and it’s sequels) are totally worth the read. If you like new and unique and a stronger Sookie, this is definitely for you. Head on over and read-and don’t kill me! Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: The Peace Offering

Title: The Peace Offering
Author: Wylis
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: 700 years ago Prince Niall gave up his most precious possession- his mostly Human great granddaughter- to end the war between Vampires and Fairies. A/U

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow-this fic…just duuuuuuude! I read this back in 2011 when she first published it and I can remember vividly the anxious waiting between chapters. It’s a tragedy that it’s taken me so long to spotlight such an awesome fic.

This fic takes you so many places emotionally and the way she weaves the happy moments in with the dark ones is genius. Seriously, the way she melds this fic together is perfect. She’s emphasized the best traits of our favorite couple and given us a slew of new characters to love.

So head over and gobble up all 25 chapters like NOW! And then, of course, leave her some love! Thanks darlins and enjoy!!

Story Spotlight: Live, Life, Love Accidentally

Title: Live, Life, Love Accidentally
Author: ElfChef
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: Eric is owner of a multi-million dollar corporation. He is content and single until life throws a monkey wrench in his program. This piece is funny; sad; light and has it’s moving moments. It is my first all human FF and I have shaken things up.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This fic is older, but a shining example of a perfect AH fic. At least in my eyes. It’s so real and gritty and evokes all the emotions. ALL.THE.EMOTIONS. I’m not even kidding a teensy bit.

It’s about life. And how even in the twists and turns good things come. You take the good with the bad and everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. You know, with our favorite characters interspersed. :)

It’s a 30 chapter fic, but it’s complete. I can breeze through in a few days in and around my other daily mommy duties, but it’s HIGHLY worth the investment of your time. This chick is soooo talented and I can’t wait to read her newer stuff that I haven’t had a chance to yet. So go-read and leave her love. Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Remember Us

Title: Remember Us
Author: Virala
Fandom: True Blood/SVM
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: Canon/AU
Complete? yes

Summary: What if the witches cursed Sookie instead of Eric? How far will Eric go to help her?

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This is such a quick read (7 chapters in total) that explores a completely different outcome of the witch’s curse in season 4. What if SOOKIE were the one cursed? I know there are at least a few fics out there with this premise, but as always, this lovely lady has delivered an exceptional fic.

I love the evolution of the characters in this…and the last few chapters-SO FUCKING true to character! The stubbornness and misunderstandings are just…well, she writes them damn well.

Since this is so short, I don’t want to give too much away. Obviously it’s pretty self explanatory from the summary what the premise is. But I can promise a truly awesome read if you click on the link above. Seriously, when does she NOT give us an awesome story, but whatever. :)

So head on over to her wordpress site-you’ll find this fic, a bunch of others and of course the obligatory SkarsPorn. So read on a leave her some love cause she deserves it. Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: To Protect My Kin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Spotlight: Queen of Area Five

Hey lovelies! So, who would like to hear about yet another amazing author?!? Hmmmm…..

This chick is so sweet and so involved and so talented….the list goes on really. I absolutely cannot get enough of her fics-I was seriously mad when she ended A Marriage of Inconvenience because I just wanted mooooooooore. Blah. But I’ve been working my way through her other fics and I can’t say I’m disappointed even the teeniest bit. So yeah, let’s hear from her and I’ll blab some more at the bottom.

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
Vickie, aka The Queen of Area Five

So, tell me a little about yourself.
I never know what to put… Let’s see I’m the youngest of four children, somewhat of a dreamer, and surprising to some people quite shy.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
Think about writing, read, watch TV, sleep. I lead a very exciting life, LOL.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My handbag, everything I need is in there.

What are some of your favorite books?
I would say Southern Vampire Mysteries, but that series went to Hell, and not the fun kind. I love Harry Potter, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, and the occasional autobiography. 

Favorite TV shows and movies?
TV shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Friends, Golden Girls, Star Trek. I like the old shows.

Movies: Anything Marvel. I am a total Marvel whore. Lord of the Rings, Batman, Grease, Dirty Dancing, Les Miserables, Harry Potter, Superman…

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Alexander Skarsgard… Do I really need to give a reason for him?

Chris Evan. I think he would be a fun and very hot guy to have a round.

Scarlett Johansson. She seems like such a fun woman to hang out with.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
New York. I don’t know why, it’s just somewhere I have always wanted to go.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Does getting pissed off when the phone rings and I’m trying to write count?

I have a few fan fic pet peeves, the main being when certain people try to impose their desires on your work.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Chocolate… Which I’m not allowed to eat a lot of.

Ice Cream.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I don’t really have one.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I listen to most types, country, rap, rock, pop, indy.

I don’t hate any, but I’m not really a fan of classical or opera.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I can’t swim.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla. I don’t actually like chocolate ice-cream.
Silver or gold? Silver. I’m not a fan of gold, at least not yellow gold.
Apple or PC? Apple all the way.
White wine or red wine? Neither.
Liquor or beer? Liquor.
Coffee or tea?  Tea. I don’t like coffee at all.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in. I always used to say I was allergic to mornings.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
True Blood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. I’ve dabbled in other fandoms, both for writing and reading, but I always come home to TB/SVM.

What kind of environment do you write in?
I’ll write anywhere. I prefer either at my desk or in bed late at night on my iPad. However, I’ve been known to start writing at other people’s houses with a pen and paper.

Ever write in your PJs?
Every single night.

How bout naked?
Probably, but not recently. 

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Everywhere. I’ll be listening to a song and a line and I will get a new idea, watching a movie, TV show. I have even gotten a new idea for a story while writing another one of my own. And, of course there is my many late night chats with MistressJessica1028, those you inspire an idea or twenty.

Do you write on a schedule?
I’ve tried to in the past, but I’ve found it’s better to just let it come to me now. When I wrote on a schedule I got frustrated and started to dislike my stories. 

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
A little of both to be honest. Some stories are planned out, and I try to stick to that plan. Other times I will just have a basic idea and start writing and see where it goes. 

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
No, none what so ever.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Angst is probably the easiest for me to write, which is funny as I don’t actually like it. I’m not too good at writing fluff.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
The beginning. It doesn’t matter how good I think the idea is, or how much I have plotted out, finding the right words to open the story always gives me trouble.

 Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
No. I actually hate coming up with titles. I sometimes look up different song titles and see if they fit. The title is usually one of the last things I come up with.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Sookie. There’s just something about her that draws me in. I think she often gets a rough time from other authors/readers. She’s blamed for a lot of things that weren’t completely her fault, so I have a special place for her in my heart.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
My favourite story to write was probably Behind the Public Masks. I had so much fun writing that as I got to play with a smarter and stronger Sookie. I got to explore, or maybe invent would be a better word, a new part of her personality.

Favourite concept? Definitely Lifting the Veil/Veiled Blood. It’s an idea I’ve never seen anyone else attempt. I love coming up with all the twists and turns for it.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
They know about it, but I don’t talk to them about it.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
I still love Dead to the World in SVM.

Episode wise for True Blood that would have to be I Will Rise Up. As much as I hate the way that show went out, I will say when they got it right it was bloody good.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
That I made them cry. When my words move my readers like that I always get a feeling of accomplishment.

I have to say it always puts a smile on my face when I’m told I should have written for the show. I couldn’t have done any worse than the actual writers, right?

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Depends on the criticism. If it’s constructive I will listen to it, I might not agree with it, but I will take it on board. 

If it a flame, I will mock the fuck out of the person, and bitch to Ashensunset and MistressJessica1028. I have been lucky in that I have only received a few comments that would be considered claim. It does piss me off, and at times I’ve been hurt by them, but after a while I forget all about them and continue writing like I want.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favourite thing is how close many of the writers/readers are. I can honestly say I have made some great friends in the fandom.

 My least favourite is how some writers/readers think they have the right to dictate what everyone else should like or hate. I am of the opinion that if you don’t like something, don’t read it. Don’t try and stop anyone else reading it though.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Just write. Write what you like, it doesn’t have to be good at the start as you will improve with practice. I would strongly suggest getting a beta though. A good beta will help you improve your writing and have your back if trouble arises. 

Have any recommendations?
Anything by MistressJessica1028 or VictoryinTrouble. Or, and Swimming For the Light by Natsgirl01. 

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
queenofareafive.wordpress.com

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

 

So yeah there ya have it. She is brilliant at the keyboard and her brain-the things she comes up with are just…ugh. It’s mind porn. Hah hah did I just invent that? Hum. Anyways, go check her out and leave her some love. :) Enjoy lovelies!