Archive | June, 2011

Fave Fic Fridays: Deep Dish by starfish422

24 Jun

A few weeks ago, I wrote about starfish422’s Over the Top, one of the first Edward/Jasper stories I read.  Today, it’s all about her spin-off story, Deep Dish .

The main character of Deep Dish is Jack Charles, who was an original, minor character in Over the Top.  There’s an outtake of Jack in Over the Top, where he meets Jacey during a visit to Texas, just before he decides to move to Chicago for a fresh start.  I’ll be honest, it took me a long time to decide to read this story even though I loved Over the Top.  Jacey is such a sweet boy and I really wanted him and Jack to stay together, but with Jack moving to Chicago, I assumed Deep Dish would be about Jack meeting someone there.

I’m happy to report that Deep Dish is, in fact, a Jack/Jacey story.  I love these boys nearly as much as Edward and Jasper and found myself rooting for them the entire time.  Edward and Jasper are minor characters in this story, making very small appearances.  Mike Newton, of all people, shows up as a fairly main character, but he’s not really the Mike Newton we know and love.  Not really a surprise for AH stories.

I rarely read slash stories that aren’t Edward/Jasper, let alone original characters.  But I’m glad I read Deep Dish.  It’s one I will re-read.

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Another Plot Bunny?

20 Jun

Plot bunnies come along all the time.  After all, there’s a reason they aren’t called plot elephants.  Usually I can shrug them off with a “yeah, that’d be a cool story” and go along on my way.  (If they weren’t for fan fiction stories, I’d write them down to save for later, but alas…)

Every now and then one of those bunnies not only shows up at my doorstep, he just walks right in and makes himself at home.  Then he’ll perch on my shoulder and whisper sweet nothings into my ear while I’m driving or washing dishes.  And he just won’t leave me alone until I find a pen and paper.

Sometimes I’m lucky and I can get someone else to write my bunny for me, such as Become Revered, You Will by pange but that’s not usually the case.

Today, I got hit with a bunny that not only wouldn’t leave me alone but is so far out of my norm I don’t know what got into me.  It’s alternate-universe, not slash, and …

… dramatic pause …

Bella/Jake!

I’ve never ever written Bella/Jake.  I don’t read Bella/Jake unless the Jake part is very temporary until Edward shows up.  I don’t ship Bella/Jake at all.  In fact, many times Bella and Jake aren’t even in my stories.

Since the bunny kept nagging me, I jotted down the main pivotal scenes as  described in Story Engineering by Larry Brooks (review coming once I finish the book).  Marked down a few more notes and now I have a skeleton of a plot.  Even a working title.

Why?

I have three other multi-chapter stories I want to finish plotting out and writing.  Not to mention that original novel I’m going to write “over the next five years.”   Perhaps I should be like my friend LyricalKris and juggle a few stories at a time instead of trying to focus on one at a time.  (Haven’t read her stuff yet? What are you waiting for?)

Of course, with summer coming, I’m not sure how much writing time I’ll have.  Our calendar is already looking scary and we haven’t even scheduled any playdates yet.  But on the plus side, we can sleep in so my 2AM writing sessions may become more and more frequent.

 

Fave Fics Friday: Raw and Rosy by Tuesday Midnight

17 Jun

I’m back with another Fave Fic from Tuesday Midnight.  I wrote about Seven Minutes in Heaven a few weeks ago.  While I was reading that story, she started posted a new one called Raw and Rosy.  I was intrigued, but when I read the author’s note in the beginning, I didn’t read further:

This is a spank!fic. It has a great deal of PWP [porn without plot] and contains EXPLICIT ADULT CONTENT. This is not exactly a bdsm story. Edward and Jasper are seniors in high school, both 18, so they don’t have a lot of experience. They naturally fall into a sort of d/s dynamic, and this is a story of how they work through this discovery. Though this is 80% smut (and the smut is not entirely realistic), I see the remainder as a character study into Jasper’s psyche. If this is not your cup of tea and/or if you are not of legal age – please stop reading now.

Decided it wasn’t my cup of tea, so I didn’t read it.  Boy, was I ever wrong about that!

By the time Tuesday Midnight was about four chapters in, I was very curious.  I was hearing about this story on twitter, and none of the other stories I was reading were updating so I was practically going through Edward/Jasper withdrawal.  So I decided to try out the first chapter.  I could always stop if I didn’t like it, right?

Hah! I very quickly became addicted to the story.  Yes, it was a lot of smut (a lemon every single chapter!) but I found this Edward and Jasper so fascinating.  Tuesday Midnight writes good smut, but what I especially enjoyed was the way the boys’ relationship evolved.

Raw and Rosy is complete, which at first made me very sad, but Tuesday Midnight has been so gracious as to continue Edward and Jasper’s story in a series of outtakes, futuretakes, and pasttakes here: Raw and Rosy Revisited.  Maybe someday I’ll be able to let these boys go, but for now I love every glimpse of them we get.  🙂

Fave Fic Friday: Bonne Foi by Amethyst Jackson

11 Jun

I’m back with another favorite story by Amethyst Jackson. I’ve written before about her story Only Human, which was the first Twific I ever read.  This time I’m writing about Bonne Foi, which is another Alternate Universe story.

In Bonne Foi, Edward wasn’t changed by Carlisle, and he isn’t a “vegetarian vampire” when he meets Bella.  Bella’s in college instead of high school and a little tougher and more assertive than canon Bella.  Despite these changes, Amethyst Jackson weaves in pieces of canon.  I love AU stories that incorporate canon events in new ways.  Edward and Bella do have sex — and lots of it — but there is plenty of plot to balance it out.  And the Cullens do come into the story even though Edward is not living with them.

Bonne Foi is exclusively Edward’s point-of-view, but Amethyst Jackson has also written some of Bella’s here: Existence and Essence.

At the time of this writing, Bonne Foi is thirty-four chapters in and not completed.  Updates are not on a regular schedule, but it’s worth the wait.

Review: Writing Fiction For Dummies

8 Jun

Writing Fiction For DummiesWriting Fiction For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Writing Fiction for Dummies was far better than I thought it would be. It included information that I haven’t read in other books about writing and really starts at the beginning of the process: thinking about your target audience, genre, etc. Techniques are broken down step-by-step which I found very helpful. It’s not the end-all book on writing, of course, but for a single book to take on such a wide topic, it does a good job. The authors recommend several books for further information, as well, and I plan on checking out the ones I haven’t already read.

It’s easy to get turned off by the bright yellow cover and “for DUMMIES” title, but this was definitely worth the read. It’s a book I see myself referencing again and again as I write my draft.

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A Turning Point

4 Jun

Although I set the goal a few months back to write a novel, I haven’t been making much forward progress.  My head is full of my fan fiction story ideas that I want to finish (okay, start in some cases) and while there’s a recent trend of authors “converting” their fan fiction story into “original” fiction by changing the characters’ names, that’s not for me.  I like to tie in too much from canon to feel good about publishing it.  Plus, I’m on the fence about self-publishing.

So anyway, I just really didn’t have any concrete ideas.  Sure, there are ideas everywhere, but nothing reached out and grabbed me.  All I had was a glimpse of a few characters that might be good to use in a story, but I had no real conflict and plot.

We’re taking a mini-vacation this weekend and were in the car for four hours yesterday.  My husband and I started talking about what I’ll do when our daughter (8 months) is in kindergarten.  At one point he said, “You should write a book.”

I shyly and reluctantly admitted that I did want to write a book.  My husband knew I liked to write, knew I spent a lot of time learning about writing, but I’d never actually said the words out loud to him: “I want to write a novel.”

He’s completely supportive of this goal.  When I mentioned that I’d probably have to wait until our daughter is in preschool so I could get some uninterrupted time to focus on it, he said, “That’s a few years away.  Why wait?”

We continued to talk about it for over two hours, after I, again, reluctantly, told him about my glimmer of an idea.  We brainstormed and that glimmer turned a different direction.  What I thought would have been an adult, mainstream novel about families turned into a young adult coming-of-age novel.

There are still dozens of directions the story could go; it’s still very vague.  But I have a premise, a “What if…” — and that’s much more than I had before the conversation.

When my husband said that “What if” out loud, I got goosebumps.  That’s how I knew we’d hit on something I’d actually want to write.  Goosebumps.

Our son (almost 7) also got into the conversation.  “You’re going to write a book that goes in a bookstore?!”  He thought that was the coolest thing ever.  He also decided that he would draw the illustrations and my husband would do the cover picture.  My son also told me the name of my protagonist (and his brother…he apparently has a brother) and I’ll be damned if it didn’t fit.

Although I’d packed my pen and notebook, they were stuffed in the trunk and inaccessible.  And by some cruel twist of fate, I’d put the pen and notepad I keep in my purse into another purse, which was also packed in the trunk.  As soon as we got settled in the hotel room, I pulled out my notebook and tried to capture all the ideas down.  I know I lost some to my scattered brain, but I got as much down as I could.

How does it all look in the morning?

Well, to be honest, I’m less excited about it today. But I’m keeping it in the back of my head to think on it. The main thing I’m excited about, though, is my husband’s complete and total support. I didn’t really expect anything less, but his enthusiasm was more than I expected. And I’m proud of myself for finally being brave enough to share my dream.

Fave Fics Friday: Become Revered, You Will by pange

3 Jun

 

 

Last December, there was a LiveJournal community called Make the YuleTwi’d Gay in which people could request stories and authors would write them as a holiday gift.  I requested Geekward and/or Geeksper somehow involving Star Wars cupcakes and lemony goodness.

Pange accepted my challenge and came through with her one-shot titled Become Revered, You Will.  I love it.  Thank you, Pange!  Come on, who doesn’t love a little geekiness, cupcakes decorated like Star Wars characters, Jasper quoting C3PO, and make-up sex?

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