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.

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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?

Fave Fics Friday: Just One of the Guys by SorceressCirce

27 May

Generally, if I’m going read Edward/Bella, one of them must be a vampire.   Every now and then there’s an exception, and I’ll read an AH Edward/Bella.  Just One of the Guys by SorceressCirce is one of those exceptions.

Bella and her best friend Jasper are gaming geeks.  Jasper meets Alice and Alice introduces her brother Edward to Bella.  Both Edward and Bella claim they “don’t date.”

Bella has some violence in her past, which SorceressCirce has handled beautifully by providing an “alternate” chapter to read if you’re a wuss like me.  You still get the gist of Bella’s past without so much of the gory details.  (caveat: I haven’t read the “official” chapter, so I don’t know how many gory details there actually are.)

There are many sweet moments between Edward and Bella in this fic that made me squee and swoon.  Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from Edward/Jasper fics.  😉

Outtakes and alternative POVs are posted here: More of the Guys.

Fave Fics Friday: Seven Minutes in Heaven by Tuesday Midnight

20 May

I was hooked from the beginning of Seven Minutes in Heaven by Tuesday Midnight.   High school Edward and Jasper.   Secretly attracted to each other Edward and Jasper.   Alone in a dark closet for seven minutes while their friends waited in the room outside Edward and Jasper.  Horny Edward and Jasper.

Yeah, that pretty much has my name written all over it.

The story starts with the boys in high school and goes through their college years.  It also has one of my favorite Edward/Jasper scenes: Jasper gets to play knight-in-shining-armor and save Edward from himself.  I may have swooned.

Seven Minutes in Heaven is complete, and Tuesday Midnight has also written a few chapters of Jasper POV here in Seven More Minutes.

Fave Fics Friday: Over The Top by starfish422

13 May

Over The Top by starfish422 is this week’s Fave Fics Friday.  As the first strictly Edward/Jasper fic I read, it remains one of my favorites that I re-read from time to time.  This story has sweetness, lemons, angst, and love.  What more could you ask for?

One of the things I like about her story is that it’s not just Edward and Jasper — there are several minor characters in their lives, too.  Most of them are original characters, and they aren’t just placeholders, either.  They have personalities and backstories.

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