Story Spotlight: Ten Cents

Title: Ten Cents
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: He was right behind her. His hair was gold and it was unruly, and his eyes were the same colour. Without saying a word, he tapped her shoulder once, opened his wallet, and handed her a dime.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This is cute. That is the only freaking word I can use to describe this mini little one shot. Adorable. Fantastic. Fluffy. Ridiculously awesome.

Oh hey, I did have more words. :) And yeah, this is like a mini…it’s a one shot that’s so sweet it’ll give you cavities. It all revolves around ten cents too, which is just the cutest thing ever. Seems a little like fate to me… :)

So yeah, it’s a quick read that will leave you feeling all warm and cuddly. At least the nice warm and cuddly, not the dying of heat stroke warm that I’m getting here now. (Seriously, why is it SO DAMN HOT?!?!) But anyways, head on over and leave her some love for this awesome fic. Thanks lovelies!

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Story Spotlight: Designated Driver

Title: Designated Driver
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH? -could be canon but not really specified
Complete? yes

Summary: [It’s Isabelle’s twenty-first birthday, and she’s hosting a party. She also can’t figure out why Clary does not want to drink any alcohol.] “Maybe she’s pregnant.” Alec teases, slipping his arm around Clary’s shoulders. “You’re pregnant?” Isabelle demands loudly. [Turns out Clary is just the designated driver. T.]

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So I literally found this today-as in the day it posts because that’s when I’m writing it. I’m behind on TMI fanfics purely because I have to slog through the masses to find something decent. So I delved into my fave authors and found this little gem.

It’s simple. It’s literally a tiny slice of life fic that is all fluff. There’s no drama, there’s no angst, there’s no problems…which is so totally refreshing. Apparently she found this on a tumblr prompt blog and dude, I’m so glad she did.

It’s a sweet little one shot that will take next to no time (I read in in the sauna at the gym) but it’s so totally worth it cause it’ll be an instant pick me up. Or it should if you have any kind of shipper heart at all. :) So head on over and check it out and leave her some love. Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Nine Steps Back

Title: Nine Steps Back
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

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Summary: The man standing in front of her was the man she’d spent nine years running away from. The man who’d broken her heart during her senior year of high school was standing right in front of her. Clary felt her heart pounding against her ribcage. It was Jace Lightwood. [AU/AH. T.]

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Wow. This is only like…10 chapters in (as of when I’m writing this) and I’m already on the edge of my seat. This is so powerful. She starts every chapter with a flashback and then concludes with the present, which is actually a format I love. I know some people don’t because they get confused but this is right up my alley. It allows for slow exposition and lets in you in on the characters inner secrets–but slowly.

I get so excited when I see an update and this girl has some absolutely awesome stories out there. (There isn’t much I can say without being spoilery, plus since it’s not far in-there’s still A LOT of mystery to it!)

So yeah, go read and sign up to follow it because it’s awesome and heartfelt and wonderful-even if it’s already kinda painful at times. But yeah…so is life so….

Story Spotlight: Five Minutes to Midnight

Title: Five Minutes to Midnight
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

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Summary: Five minutes to midnight, and Clary has given up hope. Because apparently, the entire world seems to be against her when she finally has an opportunity to to kiss her not-but-hopefully-almost boyfriend on New Year’s Eve.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So I did my best to stay away from holiday themed fics…and I failed miserably. Psh whatever. No ragrets!! (Dude I hope SOMEONE gets that reference!!)

Anyhoo-this fic is so cute. I love the interaction between the characters. It’s just so spot on. And the way Clary keeps thinking “not-but-hopefully-almost boyfriend”…I nearly died of fluff. Well I nearly died cause I laughed after like the third one and I thought I woke up Little Miss…so yeah.

But it’s a quick and fluffy one shot for your easy reading pleasure. And my oh my what a pleasure it was. So go read and leave her some love!

Author Spotlight: Thalia Marie Grace

Hey-yo! So I have a new author spotlight for you…I know it in no way makes up for my lack of hotness from yesterday but meh…gimme a break. :)

So this chick…this.chick…yeah I didn’t actually know she was 15 and now I’m even more blown away by her. AND she just updated Project Carrot, which I’m so super happy about!!! Eekk! (Check out the spotlight if you want an overview, but then yeah you should really go read it..like now.) I actually haven’t read any of her other stories because I’m not into Percy Jackson…but I skimmed and they seem to rock just as much as her TMI ones. *shrug* Maybe I’ll have to expand my horizons. :)

So, yeah…go check her out and leave her some love. There’s a crap ton of links in the interview below cause I’m trying my best to make it easy for y’all. You can thank me in JCB, ASkars and Colin…just send them my way. Mr. Kelpie won’t mind *shifty side eye* Anyways, love ya’ll and I’ll have…something for you soon. No idea what, but something!!! Enjoy!

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
I’m Thalia Marie Grace or Thals if I’m too lazy to type out the entire name. Sometimes TMG. My real name is Kaitlyn, if anyone would like to know that, too.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
Hmm…I’m 15 years old anxiously waiting to turn 16, and I live in Chicago. I’m a writer, an avid book and fanfiction reader, and a singer. I’m also a girl who spells and speaks like she’s British, but with an American accent. I used to tell people I lived in England until I was four, because that’s where I’d love to live someday. I’d be lying if I said no one believed it.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
High school, Netflix, piano playing, homework, singing, more homework, sitting around and doing nothing, more homework, et cetera. It’s a normal routine, basically. Pretty much in that order every weekday when I get home from school. I have a boring life.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My phone, hands-down, along with headphones. I also carry around my wallet, and chapstick.

What are some of your favorite books?
Everything I’ve ever read, if I’m being honest. But my top books are the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series, and then Mortal Instruments. Maximum Ride could be squished somewhere in there. When I was in middle school, it was the Warriors cat series. And I don’t even like cats. That was a weird time.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
My favourite movies are How To Train Your Dragon 1 and 2, Tangled, and Frozen. Potentially all of the Marvel movies as well. I’m just a sucker for attractive men and children’s animation films. And cute men on animation films. Have you seen the How To Train Your Dragon movies? Hiccup went through puberty very well.

And my favourite TV shows are Supernatural, Psych, and Sherlock.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Oh, gosh, that’s a hard one. Uhhhh…Jensen Ackles, because he’s actually the definition of perfect, and someone would probably notice that he was missing and track him down in record time, Jared Gilmore, because I’d want someone my age around me (and he’s offensively attractive too), aaaaaand James Roday. Because James is cool. And I couldn’t really think of anyone else.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
Other than England, I would say Greece. It looks so gorgeous in pictures, and I’ve got a fascination with Greek mythology. I’d love to go there.

Do you have any pet peeves?
This is going to sound so writer-esque of me, but grammar mistakes bother me so much. Like, when someone has a comma splice instead of a semicolon, or they use the wrong form of the word. It just bugs the crap out of me, and I will correct whomever I am talking to. I really will. I might sound like a really mean person, but I can’t go on with my life if someone doesn’t have correct grammar. Gosh, I sound like a teacher.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
Calamari! When I was ten, my dad took me to a restaurant with his friends and we ate calamari, but I had no idea what it was, because it was fried and such. After my dad told me it was squid, I was actually a little afraid of eating it again for a while, but I eventually got over that, and now if there’s calamari at a restaurant, I get it as a meal. Is that bad? Anyway, I also really love Flaming Hot Cheetos. And as for comfort foods…pie. Loads of pie. Preferably the Oreo pie from Baker’s Square.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Clean laundry, if I’m being honest. It’s such a generic smell, but I love the smell of clean laundry. Or maybe it’s the detergent. Whatever my mum uses to clean my clothes.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
Classic rock and Disney. Strangest combination I’ve heard, but those are my top two genres. And I can’t stand country, unless Carrie Underwood is singing.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
Uh……I am obsessed with the game Amazing Brick. Don’t get it. It’s too addicting. You’ll play it for hours.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla. I used to be obsessed with chocolate, but I think I went on a chocolate binge one day and now I just don’t like it that much anymore.
Silver or gold?  Silver.
Apple or PC? Apple.
White wine or red wine? Uh…all wine is gross to me. Can I change it to sparkling grape juice? ‘Cause in that case, I’d pick white grape juice.
Liquor or beer? Neither. Both are disgusting.
Coffee or tea?  Coffee. I drink it every morning and it keeps me from falling asleep in class.
Sleep in or get up early? Oh, man. Sleep in. As much as I can.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
Percy Jackson series is my number one, actually. I’ve deleted tons upon tons of stories since I joined Fanfiction nearly four years ago, but I can still remember the very first one I ever wrote. It was before The Son of Neptune came out, and so I wrote my own version on FF. It started my FF career, I guess. And my number two is The Mortal Instruments, of course, though most of my stories are AU/AH, because I feel like I could never live up to Cassie’s amazing writing in the Shadowhunter world. Reading-wise is the same.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Mostly in my bed with Netflix or Pandora playing in the background. Occasionally long car rides.

Ever write in your PJs?
All the dang time. When have I not written in my PJs? Better yet—who doesn’t write in their PJs?

How bout naked?
Uh…..no. Nope. I’m not one for the birthday suit.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Sometimes they’re from other fanfictions that I’ve read. Like, there’ll be a small quote or paragraph that just sparks an idea in my mind. Or I’ll have a dream that I remember vividly and then it goes from there. Sometimes song lyrics are inspirational. As for real life experiences, no. My life isn’t interesting enough to put into story-form.

Do you write on a schedule?
Nope. Sometimes I sit down and say, “You know what? I’m bored. Let’s type a new chapter.” Actually, that’s the majority of the time. No, that’s all of the time.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
The only story I’ve ever planned is Trains. Everything else is just impromptu.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Something has to be on in the background while I’m writing. A movie, a show, music, et cetera…for example, right now, I’m watching Lilo and Stitch.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
Romance is good for me. So is humour on my good days. Angst is kind of hard, mostly because I’m rubbish at coming up with ideas for people to have bad fights or for two people to go their separate ways because of something.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
I would say action stuff. That’s why I don’t really write stories like that. I mean, it would probably consist of the word punched a lot and the word ow. That’s not very impressive.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
All of my chapters are numbered. One, two, three, et cetera. I’m too unimaginative to come up with chapter titles. But as for story titles, no, not really. For a few of my stories, though, the title is basically the main theme of the story itself, such as PM or Trains.

Which character do you identify with the most?
Either Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series, or Clary Fray from the Mortal Instruments series.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
I’m cheating—I have two favourite stories. My companion pieces, Project Marriage and Project Carrot. They’re so fun to write. I love them to death. They’re like my twin babies, if that makes any sense. But to me, I think they’re the first two that I’m actually so proud of. And my favourite concept wise is also Project Marriage.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Uhh…briefly, yeah. I mean, most of my family knows that I write and they know that I’m on FF, but they don’t know what my username is, and I hope they never find out.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
For Percy Jackson, it’s The Last Olympian. For the Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
Honestly? Everything. From the people who tell me I made them cry from sadness to the people who tell me I made them laugh from the humour I’ve put in my stories. Every review that I get with a compliment makes me feel really happy inside.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Oh, gosh. I don’t want to jinx this, but…I don’t get criticism. I haven’t gotten any reviews like that in a long time. I asked an author that I’m quite fond of to read PM and tell me what she thought, and that was the last form of criticism I’d really gotten, but it wasn’t any kind of bad criticism…it was more constructive. And what she said made me change the way I wrote a little bit.

But when I used to get it, honestly, if it was an anonymous review, I would just delete it. Not so people couldn’t see it, but so I couldn’t see it. I didn’t want that kind of discouragement on a story that I enjoyed writing.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
My favourite part is Tumblr posts. I mean, come on. The kind of posts that people in the PJO and TMI fandoms make are absolutely hilarious. And I can’t really think of a least favourite part of the fandoms at the moment…

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
DON’T WRITE WITH COMMA SPLICES. (JK. Or not.) No, but in all seriousness, just have fun with your writing. Don’t care about what other people say about it if they’re being rude to you. Write for yourself. Add in as many plot twists as you’d like, because one can never have too many plot twists. Oh, and don’t kill people off in your stories. Readers don’t like that. Unless they’re bad guys.

Have any recommendations?
Battle of the Bands by simplymoshingintomordor. That story is golden. Absolutely golden. The Kissing Dilemma by dayuuuumgirl is hilarious, and so is You Owe Me by I’m a Muppet of a girl.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Tumblr, which is thaliamgrace, and also Twitter, which is kmvl99.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!
No, thank you for letting me answer them! It’s been awesome. Seriously. I’m so grateful.
Fly on! -Thals :-)

 

 

So…hopefully I’ve linked twitter right…again, I’m so seriously not used to using that social media platform. I feel old. :/ But I also agree with all 3 of her recs. I spotlighted one and the other two are on my list…seriously this girl has GREAT taste. :) Anyways, hope you enjoyed, go check her out, leave her some love! (I’m pretty sure I just did that comma splice thing…oopsss….) See ya lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Project Marriage & Project Carrot

Title: Project Marriage & Project Carrot
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? No

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Summary:
Project Marriage: There are only twenty-two people in this class, and only two people who haven’t been given partners yet for Project Marriage. “No!” I snap, glaring at Luke with everything I have. He smiles sheepishly at me. I’m going to kill him. And then myself. And then dig myself up from my own grave and kill him again. “Last partners: Jace Lightwood and Clary Morgenstern.” AU/AH.

Project Carrot: There were four people—me, Morgenstern, Simon, and Isabelle. Simon and Isabelle are paired together. Clary must be thinking what I am, because she snarls a very loud, “No!” at Graymark. Graymark smiles sheepishly at her. Oh, boy. Here we go. “Last partners: Jace Lightwood and Clary Morgenstern.” AU/AH. Companion to Project Marriage.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
That’s right ducklings! (Oh, Jace would so kill me for that!) you get a two-fer for this spotlight. Considering these two stories are the same story but from different POV’s I figured I’d combine them. Surprisingly these also have no sexy times like I normally like. But again-written in a way that I don’t NEED them. These stories outline the last semester of Jace and Clary’s high school life along with the project they have to complete for psych. I think you can imagine what the project is the from the title… :) Anyhoo-she writes this so well and in such a real way. It spans like 5-6 months but it doesn’t drag, which is amazing. The time jumps are cohesive and you actually get the timeline of events without it having to be spelled out. Now I read Clary’s first and I enjoyed it SO much that I decided to go out on a limb and read Jace’s. And I have no idea how she does it, but she manages to capture their personalities (which are slightly OOC to me, but I don’t have a huge issue with that ever) in of,op,lie tee separate ways. There are some authors who will write one story from 2 POVs and they sound the same…cause duh, same author. But this awesome goddess manages to give them two completely separate voices. The way she deals with hard issues (some triggers are involved, though they weren’t too bad in my opinion) is ridiculously perfect. I don’t want to say too much and give away a few major plot points so you’ll just have to take my word for it. :)

Check her account on ff.net, cause she’s got other stuff that’s pretty frickin’ cool as well. Also check her out on tumblr. (I’m such a tumblr slut-if you post anything remotely interesting to me I’ll definitely be sure to follow you.) Leave her some love and bask in the awesomeness!