June 3, 2012

fanfiction.net is the place for me

Last week brought an uproar of sorts when fanfiction.net decided to pull fics that apparently had explicit (i.e. not G-rated) titles or summaries. Fair enough. After all that, was in their Terms of Service in one way or another. So, while I feel for anyone who got their fics pulled, because a lot of work goes into writing a fic, I’m not going to boycott the site over it.

The way I see it, there are plenty of places to post explicit, adult fics and fanfiction.net has decided not to be one of them.

I don’t really read the type of fics that have or might get pulled and I don’t write them so, I just wanted to say that this blog and my profile on fanfiction.net are the only places where my fics will ever be posted. The site works for me and I love the people there so I’m sticking around.

May 13, 2012

Have you read… “Time Will Tell” by December Jinx

No? Then please allow me to tell you about it…

Time Will Tell is a completed, 33 chapter story that features Bella & Emmett as the primary pairing.

When the lovely emmettsmate suggested the story to me, my first reaction was, “Really? Bella and Emmett? That’s strange.”

But it isn’t strange at all. Not in a story of time travel and alternate realities where the very much human Bella falls in love with both the human Emmett McCarty, in 1935, and the vampire Emmett Cullen seventy years later. Yes, I know time travel and alternate realities sound complicated, and they kind of are. But, more importantly, December Jinx has written story well enough that everything melds and flows together perfectly.

A problem I have a lot with non-canon pairings and, especially, switching up the Cullen pairings is how the “other” half of the canon pairings are dealt with. In this case, because Bella (and Jasper, who plays a very large role in all of this) returns to a slightly altered reality, Edward and Rosalie are handled with care and kindness. Too often, that isn’t the case, but this is perfect.

I don’t want to give too much away, because the story says it all so much better than I ever could, but there is a definite happily ever after.

I definitely recommend this story to anyone and everyone and thanks to emmettsmate for pointing me toward it.

I should say, though, that if smut and sexy times aren’t your thing, don’t read this. It’s got a beautiful story to it as a whole, but there are definitely some deliciously hot moments in it too.

Go read it!

May 8, 2012

Have you read … “Called to Serve” and “St Lo A soldier’s story”

Yes, that’s right, today is a double recommendation day here at my blog. Exciting!

Called to Serve by Bells. Just Bells and St Lo A soldier’s story by lel2768 are both one-shots that sort of deal with the same idea so, since I’ve already told both others to read the story, I thought I’d rec them together.

I may have mentioned before that I love history above all else so, when I found not one but two Twilight fanfics dealing with what the Cullens, in both cases Emmett and Edward, would have done during World War II, I read them without delay. I was not disappointed.

It’s something that I’ve wondered about, especially given that World War II and the later wars up until Vietnam had a draft that Edward, Emmett, and even Carlisle would have been eligible for. We know from Stephenie Meyer that Edward desperately wanted to fight in World War I and I can’t see him giving up the chance later without a fight to figure out some way that he could serve. Emmett’s younger, in vampire years, but I think he’d be the same – desperate to do whatever he could to protect his land and his people.

In Called to Serve, Bells. Just Bells has the Cullens living in Alaska after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It’s not a well-known fac that the Japanese also attacked Alaska during the war. So the way she’s written Emmett and Edward volunteering to do whatever they can, almost as resistance fighters who can disappear on a moments notice more than literal soldiers, to help keep the Japanese out of Alaska. The Denali sisters make an appearance, amusing the soldiers stationed there, which is classic. I love how the true historical aspect is mixed with my favorite sparkly vampires!

In St Lo A soldier’s story, lel2768 picked Europe as the location for Edward and Emmett to make their stand. She’s put them in uniform, in some of the biggest and most important battles of the war. It could be a tricky thing, given the blood that filled the battlefields, but it’s handled perfect her. Edward is more “in the thick of things” while Emmett’s a bit more removed. The descriptions of Edward’s struggles with thirst and how he has to hear every single dying thought is absolutely heart-breaking. The last few paragraphs, though, will make you cry. Guaranteed.

So, yeah, I definitely think everyone should read these stories. You won’t be disappointed.

And, if you know of any other stories like these (even ones with Carlisle as a vampire in war), please let me know. I love them and I want to read them!

April 26, 2012

A banner adopted, a story begun…

Look, I have a new banner! I don’t have a story for it just yet, but I have a new banner.

I found it on FrozenSoldier‘s banner adoption page and I fell in love with it. It didn’t have a title or lyrics on it, so those were picked after much fun discussion between FrozenSoldier and I. The reasons I fell in love with the banner and picked the title and lyrics are these:

  1. Um, yeah, Jasper and Alice of course.
  2. FrozenSoldier is makes amazingly pretty banners. Of course.
  3. I was listening to Madonna’s new song – Masterpiece – when I saw the banner and everything came together for my idea.

So, yeah, I started writing the story so it’ll be around sometime soon.

In the meantime, have you listened to Masterpiece yet? No? Here it is:

April 25, 2012

Tread Softly was featured in The LUV’NV’s Lovelorn

I was very excited to be asked by the RaindropSoup and the lovely people at The LUV’NV to answer some questions about my current story Tread Softly.

One of the things I love about The LUV’NV is that it’s a site that features and encourages Twilight fanfic that isn’t all Edward and Bella. There’s so much more to the story than just them so I love anything that gets the word out about amazing fics that aren’t mega-popular and about the main triangle of characters.

I have to say, too, that I found one of my favorite all-time stories because it was Advocated on The LUV’NV. Seriously, if you haven’t read And Yet Dusk Fades yet, do it NOW!

Anyway, if you want to read my interview for the Lovelorn feature, click on the banner above. 🙂

April 23, 2012

Fan art!!!

So the lovely Eishexe is starting her first Twilight fanfic story soon and she’s letting me help her get it ready. I’ve read chapter one of the story that will probably be called “Of the Sun and the Moon” and I can promise that it will be a very, very good story. I’m already completely hooked.

But, to the fan art purpose of this post, Eishexe wanted to thank me for helping her so she made me this …

Isn’t it lovely?

It’s for my story To Save My Sister and I’m absolutely thrilled that she made it for me!

Thank you Eishexe!!!

March 7, 2012

Have you read… “The Magic Kingdom” by Hypnotized.By.Golden.Eyes

Are you in the mood for a sweet, light, and fun fanfic? If you are, I recommend The Magic Kingdom by Hypnotized.By.Golden.Eyes.

The lovely Alix Aurelia recommended it to me and I am very happy that she did.

Basically, it’s the story of the Cullens going to Disneyland. Yes, Disneyland. Don’t worry, it’s cloudy.

Everyone needs a vacation and the Cullens are no exception. They each have issues that are dragging them down and there’s no place better to forget about all that for a little while the Disneyland.

I’ve actually never been there, but now I feel like I have, thanks to Hypnotized.By.Golden.Eyes’ perfect descriptions. I had fun reading it and I think you will too.

March 4, 2012

Are you reading… “And Yet Dusk Fades” by AndYetDuskFades


Well, you should be.

Simple as that, you see.

And Yet Dusk Fades is a Leah/Demetri fic and I’m in love this story. It’s seventeen chapters in and my fingers are already crossed that there is much, much, much more to come.

But anyway, about the story. Leah and Demetri are the pairing but, even seventeen chapters in, any trace of romance is only just beginning to build between them. In the story, Leah has the chance to try and help the Quileute tribe by going with Demetri on an errand for the Volturi. Leah’s got a mind of her own, though, and starts off confident that she can play games just as well as Demetri. And she can.

Along the way, during their travels, they both realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought they did.

The pictures painted with words in this story are beautiful and, at times, even breathtaking. The thought and research and consideration that has gone into every sentence of this story is so clear. My heart has broken for Leah and, yes, for Demetri. Now, though, I have hope that they can find what they need… each other.

Anyway, yeah, go read And Yet Dusk Fades. Trust me.

February 14, 2012

Are you reading… “Mary Alice, Full of grace” by MissManda

Alice and Jasper are my Twilight couple of choice. If you’ve read anything on this blog, you probably already know that. Since they are, it only stands to reason that I’m always on the lookout for good/great Alice and Jasper fics.

I found one in MissManda’s Mary Alice, Full of grace.

This is a story of the newest Cullens like I’ve never read before. Alice’s is quite a vampire, but she isn’t quite a human either. She falls somewhere in the middle and I admit that the explanation of how she got to be what she is is a bit confusing, but the more you read of the story, the easier it is to understand. Basically, she’s a different sort of hybrid than Renesmee is in the Twilight Saga. She eats and sleeps, she has to do both, but she also has her visions and can go without both if she absolutely needs to.

The story begins when Alice meets Jasper in the Philadelphia diner and they set off to find the Cullens. Alice’s history is even more dark and violent than in canon, and it takes a lot for her to trust anyone – especially men. Jasper, as he should, sees her as the center of his reason for existing but his task is made even harder by the past she refuses to share. But they’re learning, just as they should.

My favorite part of the story so far is a perfect scene of Emmett – the big, burly, possibly frightening, but not at all dangerous to her vampire – and Alice – the sweet, shy, skittish, and probably close to helpless part vampire – playing Go Fish without saying a single word to each other. MissManda’s portrayal of Emmett in that one scene is, without a doubt, the best Emmett I’ve read in Twilight fanfic.

If you like Alice and Jasper, sort of canon and sort of AU, read Mary Alice, Full of grace. I know I can’t wait for an update!

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February 4, 2012

Have you read… “Accidental Atonement” by IdPattThat

I just finished reading Accidental Atonement by IdPattThat and I have to say that I absolutely loved it.

I wasn’t sure about it when I happened to find it and saw a Leah/Edward pairing, but I was very pleasantly surprised.

Accidental Atonement is an AH story of Edward, the youth pastor who could have used a youth pastor before tragedy rocked his world, and Leah, the wayward stepdaughter of the chief of police. When she gets caught speeding and slapped with a DUI, community service is the best-case scenario. Leah’s skeptical about working at the church, but the new youth pastor quickly changes her mind.

Leah is the Leah that I know and love from the Twilight saga, only she doesn’t phase into a werewolf. Edward doesn’t love Bella in this story, she’s not even in it, but he’s still the Edward the world’s fallen in love with – save for the sparkles and blood drinking, of course. Seth, Alice, and Charlie also play brilliant supporting roles.

If you’re open to non-canon pairings and like Leah and Edward even a little, I guarantee you’ll like this story.

It isn’t a fast moving story of the meet, kiss, sex, baby variety. It’s slow and pretty, not always easy but definitely worth the ride.