Here’s to a (hopefully) better Monday – STC, Ch. 15, is up!

It’s a Monday.  If you can’t sleep in, then I hope you have enough coffee to make up for it.  And cake.  Mondays need cake.  And bacon.  And donuts.  And more coffee.  Then more sleep.  Lots and lots of sleep.

Lol, here’s the next chapter of Sookie Takes Charge.  Eric’s nervous…Sookie’s nervous… Wonder how it’ll go?  Read and see!  (Just beware the lack of double editing…my eyes are Monday’d but I didn’t want to hold this in the to-post shoot any longer.)

*Yes, “Monday’d” is a thing.  Just ask my eyes…*

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Decisions, Chapter 26 is up

See?  Tolja it wouldn’t be long before this chapter was ready!  I just didn’t want to fling a huge long chapter at you, so I decided to post a “shortie” that was a full chapter on its (slightly brief) own so you didn’t have to wait for the full (really long) one cause I’m all nice and shit.

Ok, ok, here!  Go!  Read!  *tosses out chapter then runs off and hides while peeping out to see if y’all like it or not*

Hope you like:

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Does anyone have an account with these skeezewads?

http://www.ebooks-tree.com/

They’ve already used one of our writer’s works without permission (see her post here: http://chaneladdict.tumblr.com/post/116317924532), and I’m suspicious that they’re using at least (I’m afraid to look for more) one of my works, too: 

But, since I don’t want to give my credit card info to the OTHER SITE that they auto-redirect you to (the one where you get a “5 day free trial” before being charged for the “free service”), I don’t know if this is MY story ANTICIPATING – or not.  It’s not like they offer a preview…

My name isn’t in the list of writers, but with the recent spate of plagiarizers, that means NOTHING.

Can you blame me for being paranoid?

The whole thing strikes me as being suspicious.  So, if one of y’all has an account there and wouldn’t mind, please check to see…

Thanks in advance!

Rare Thor’s Hammer Found in Central Norway

Originally posted on ThorNews:

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This is only the 14th known Thor’s hammer found in Norway. (Photo: Nord-Trøndelag County Authority)

Recently, Magne Øksnes found something quite unique with metal detector on the Flekstad farm in Steinkjer, Central Norway: A beautiful Thor’s hammer Viking Age pendant of silver in excellent condition.

The silver hammer is dated to about 800-950 AD, is 34 millimeters (1.34 in) long, 24 millimeters (0.95 in) wide and weighs 5.6 grams (0.2 oz).

Previously there is only made 13 known findings of Thor’s hammers in Norway, only half made of silver. Magne Øksnes’ unique discovery is the first known in Central Norway, Trønderavisa newspaper reports.

In comparison, there are found approximately 3,500 Viking swords, which puts the hammer into perspective.

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Extremely Rare

Archaeologist Lars Forseth at Nord-Trøndelag County Authority confirms that the discovery is exceptional.

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Nominations will begin…

Meridian:

*ahem* Voting starts May 1st. My birthday is in May… *innocent face*

Originally posted on You Want Blood... the TB/SVM Fanfic Awards:

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Nominations will start on May 1st and you will have one week to nominate your favorites in the following categories:

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Best One Shot
The Human Award – Best AH
The Hybrid – Best Crossover
The Best of Both Worlds – Best SVM/TB combo
Mr. January – Best Lemon
The Greatest Love Story – Best Romance
Tissue / Kleenex – Best Angst
Rollercoaster Award – Best Drama
The Alan Ball – Best Rewrite of TB
The Charlaine Harris – Best Rewrite of SVM
Best of the Best – All Time Favorite Story
EIM – Favorite Author
Van Gogh – Best Artist
Eagle Eye – Best Beta
NKOTB – Best Newcomer

We will be taking the TOP 10 nominees with the most votes from each category for you to then vote for your favorites.  Voting will begin May 15th and the winners will be announced

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SVM/TB Historical Fiction Contest

Meridian:

AmericanAndroid and The Queen of Deliciousness are hosting an Historical Fanfic contest – click to read more about it if you like historical fics!

Originally posted on ~ American Android:

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Leah and I are holding a contest for SVM/TB writers. Come on over and check it out! Here is the link. This is the first contest I have done and might just be the only one. I’d love for you to enter!
https://americanandroidblog.wordpress.com/svmtb-historical-fiction-contest/

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Chapter 40 of Andre + New Group Info

Due to popular demand (ok, I just happened to think of it), I’ve created a Facebook group for my Andre readers (and any other readers who want to join cause I’m all nice that way):  Support Group for Lovers of My Andre.  Any reader is welcome to join and (insert appropriately solemn and serious expression here) together we can come to terms with just how weird it feels to have nice, sweet, gushy feelings toward the former BAMF we all used to love to hate. 

Ok, it’s more for story updates (well, updates on all my stories), reader’s questions about the story (well, any of my stories), whining about the story (stories…me)…   Despite the name, this group obviously isn’t limited to just the “Andre, yes, that Andre, fic”.   :D

But yeah – how weird is it to actually LIKE the formerly beloathed (srsly, I love that word and I totally claim it!) anti-hero?  Heh, well, now we have a place to discuss that!

(I actually have a regular but unpublicized group page, Meridian’s Fanfics, but this new one seemed like fun…)

Come aboard or, um, don’t.  Either way, enjoy the new chapter!

***And if you find the 11 missing words (Word counted 2537 words, yet when I copied/pasted over to WP, WP counted 2526), let me know.  I NEED THEM BACK!  Ugh!  STOP FUCKING WITH MY BRAIN, ELECTRONICA!  Ideas are already running around loose in there – DO YOU WANT THEM TO ESCAPE?????…***

And on that note:

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Shall We Dance? New TB (short) one-shot

I’ve had this one lingering in the wings for a while now and finally…finalized it? Finished it?  Poked at it until I was sick of seeing it?  Got tired of it cluttering my desktop and decided to toss it to y’all?  That’ll work…

Now, as anyone who knows me can testify, I suck at making banners (hence the mess below), but I also don’t like bugging my friends to make them for me, either.  I have several who would truly not mind in the least, but I know they’re busy with their own writing and I don’t want to pull them away from their amazing works.   (That, and I’m usually far too damn impatient to get the chapter or story off my dash and on out to y’all to wait for their MUCH BETTER THAN MINE WILL EVER BE talents.)(Sublime impatience is a virtue, right?  RIGHT?)  I’m only admitting this here so that y’all won’t think one of the ladies with actual talent created that disaster. 

Finally, as always, this not beta’d;  I *STILL* do not own Eric or Sookie (how could anyone, really?), nor, sadly, do I own HBO or The Twit, erm, Charlaine Harris (ohhh but I wish I did…and this is NOT my sweet grin, either – Sevrin does have that silver mine, ya know…), yadda and etc.

Ugh, just read and I hope you enjoy!   ♥

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Decisions, Ch. 24, is up!

Ahhh, springtime…when the weather improves and things bloom and tiny rabid monkeys tap-dance on my inner nostril while wearing sharpened tacks as shoes and my eye turns into a faucet and sometimes I can breathe and sometimes I can’t.

FUCK YOU, SPRING.  

FUCK. 

YOU.

Oh, and I’m also working on the next chapter of EN: ATS – the one where someone meets, erm, someone!  :D

As mentioned in this chapter’s AN, in this story I’m writing a situation that is new for me and I’m not certain how, or even if, it’s going to work, so do bear with me.  You’ll see what I’m talkin’ about…

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Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

 

Quandary + Help Wanted

First I want to thank every single one of you who have/has been reading the jumbled, snickery, riotous mess that I call TwiFuckery.  It thrills and delights me (and also makes me happy) that I have been able to bring any sort of humor, laughter, or snickerage into your day!  :D

Ok, y’all, that being said/having said that, I need some input/ideas/suggestion regarding the next “chapter” (and yes, I snicker at the thought of calling portions of that written fiasco “chapters”) of TwiFuckery.

I’ve already had (too much?  not enough?) fun with Emowad as he deals with over-used (and often blatantly ridiculous) TB/SVM troupes (Snookie and her pendulous swinging bobbling globe-esque Boobs, wannabe-dommy Feric and his yeah-we-get-it, he’s-got-a-big-penis/tree-branch-in-the-pants, the cryptically cryptic “never interferes with fate until she just wants to” Ancient Pissyness, etc)TVD “funnies” (ignoble lip lapping and licking St.Efan and hair-tossing/face wearing WhinYlena with the swollen, wet, pink, juicy, moist lips, yadda), and of course I’ve already had written fun about my own writing (nether regions, anyone?) and with the many-troupes-Twi, but I’m stuck as to which fandom to malign/snicker about the  overused/weird/crappy/really dumb troupes in next.

Why?

Because I only know TB/SVM (and thankfully less SVM by the day since I can’t bring myself to re-re-read the books!)...(Go me and my CRS brain!)…and I really don’t know all that much more about TVD, either, because I suck at reading other fandoms.

I like writing the ridiculous, fun, snarky, humerus (I hope!) lusciousness of TwiFuckery – it gives my brain a break, and if I’ve made even some of y’all laugh along with me (which is my sole intention in actually posting this crap – you should/shouldn’t see what I *DON’T* post…), then SCORE!, but…what to stick in these “chapters” next?

So…what should Emowad Sullen do/where should he go now? Ideas?  Suggestions?  (Hey, he can’t do THAT – he’s already tried and he sprung it and made it go OWIE!)

Remember, (as some of you already know) I have a private communication option in my menu here.  Click the “Ask Me” option, and you can send me a private email (that I might get around to reading at some point) if you’d rather suggest things privately to me.  You would not be the first to contact me in this fashion with anonymous ideas/suggestions about tired overused plots, amazingly huge plot holes, inane (disgusting, abusive, pompous, aggravating, misogynistic, unbelievable, sickening, insulting, degrading, annoying, and really really gross) character “traits” that you’re vomitously sick of reading about/having shoved in your faces.  As always, your privacy would be assured.  I may not use everything y’all mention (some suggestions have too-obviously pointed fingers at certain writers and that’s not my intention), but I have gotten quite a few laughs, and have nodded my head sadly far too many times.

I will say this:  many of us are far more alike than you’d probably realize, and it  gives me some bit of hope for the human race… 

And on that note, have an awesome Tuesday, readers mine!

The Moon, Chapter 15, is *unexpectedly* up! Blame the muse (I do)

You know how in last chapter you needed a toothbrush, and I’m told also toothpaste, floss, a dental appointment, and other products of dental hygienery?  Well, maybe not so much in this one (ok, maybe just the toothbrush)…  I’m calling it vaguely NSFW – but you decide.  It’s Sunday for most of us, and for most of us that means you’re most likely not working, so…have at it!

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A Sad Dose of Reality

Meridian:

“A Sad Dose of Reality” – wise words from one of our writer-friends. Well worth the reading and the sharing, honestly.

Originally posted on The Drawing Board:

I’m usually someone who generally doesn’t get too personal on here. I keep things mostly writing related, and other than a certain plagiarism incident, usually quite light… but I’m finding myself with a new perspective on things recently.

I’ve spent much of my life fighting depression. From being bullied at school and going through massive back surgery at 18, right up to now, where along with my health issues it is an often daily battle.

I’ve lost so many friends and family over the years, people who didn’t want to stick around when things got tough… when I was recovering from surgery, when I was caring for my dad and couldn’t leave him alone… that now I just expect it from everyone, because that’s what people have always done.

You may wonder why I am talking about this (if you’ve stuck around to read that is…)

A couple of days ago I found out…

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STC, Ch. 13, is up!

In the interest of full disclosure, I started to delay release of this post because I don’t want y’all getting sick of seeing too many posts from me popping up in your inbox –  I don’t want to become the writer who overposts so much that you get annoyed with me, start rolling your eyes every time you see YET ANOTHER notification, and end up spilling your soup/coffee because your eyes were stuck in the back of your head (I’d feel really bad about the coffee being spilled, but honestly, it’d depend on the kind of soup and how big of a mess it made…).

Then I said “Fukkit” (yeah, it’s one word when I say it) and decided to post anyway.  You can read it when you want to (or have time) but you have to have it first!   :D

And,  on that note, enjoy!

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A SUGGESTION AND A CHAPTER (ANDRE)

Oh look at me being all number-y and stuff!

1.  Galen’s doing a bit better (because I know you’re on the edge of your seats about the now-not-stray kitty, right?).  Yay!

2.  Why can’t I save up all this “lovely” (snark font desperately needed) cold weather for use in summer when it’d actually come in handy?

3.  Check this out if you’d like and let me know what you think:  When Reading My Words

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4:  NEW CHAPTER OF ANDRE!!!  I can’t believe we’re already on Chapter 39 of a fic I’d intended being MAAAYBE, what, 25? 30 chapters at the most?   Erm…oops?

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Anyway, I hope you like it.  Enjoy!

Why Is This the Only Existing Viking Age Helmet?

Meridian:

Potentially of interest to those of y’all interested in Viking-y things:

Originally posted on ThorNews:

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This iron helmet is the only one that is found in Scandinavia dating back to the Viking Age. Why are not more found? (Photo: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo)

In 1943, extraordinarily rich finds from the Viking Age were made in Haugsbygd in Ringerike, Eastern Norway. The finds included – among many other objects – the only helmet dating back to the Viking era found in Scandinavia.

Helmets are described in the Norse Sagas, and almost exclusively in association with chiefs and kings. Illustrations from the Viking Age are almost non-existing, but in some cases where the Vikings are depicted with ships, it looks as if they are wearing a helmet. Or is it really helmets? It is suggested that the Vikings actually wore pointy hoods as protection from the weather.

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March 30 1943, during World War II in Nazi-occupied Norway: On the farm Gjermundbu in Haugsbygd in…

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EN: ATS Chapter 6 is up!

Hope you enjoy!  It’s currently 9*F here in NC-land where the usual temp for this date/time SHOULD be around 35-40*F.  So, yeah, not fun.

New kitty (Galen Demitri NoLastNameYet) gets along great with the DOG…but, yeah, not so much with the other two cats.  (And that “not getting along’ness is entirely mutual… assy little fuckheads.)

*sigh*  C’est ma vie…

So, yeah, here’s another chapter of the saga of “what the hell happened with CH/TB” and how it goes with Eric and Fam after the farce of a show ended.

AKA:  Clicky the picky:

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Enjoy!

 

SPOTLIGHTING THE SPOTLIGHTER: KELPIE’S INTERVIEW!

You know how our fantastic Kelpie posts those awesome Spotlights on fanfic writers?  Well, it’s my turn to honor HER by posting her own interview!

Yes – you read it correctly:  Kelpie has agreed to let ME interview HER – with her own questions because it’s only fair and she really rocked thinking them up anyway…and also because I’m evil and wanted to see how SHE would answer them!  :D

(She did great, just as expected!)

She is an amazing woman – she’s an awesome mom to three gorgeous progeny; she’s a wonderful writer, and she’s funny as all hell. Srsly. That’s not even taking into consideration the fact that she’s gorgeous, smart as a whip (don’t let her fool ya), and would be hella good back-up in a barroom brawl.

She is also extremely generous in putting so much time and energy into getting the word out about fanfic writers and their stories – it’s high time that light is shined back on HER.

So, without further ado:



Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Meridian.  And you are?    

I’m most commonly known as Kelpie, a nickname my lovely husband thought up.

So, tell me a little about yourself. 

I’m in my late 20’s, I have 3 kids (4 if you count the husband and it’s a toss up on any given day if I do or not), and I’m a stay at home mom…which means I do more work than my husband who actually goes to a job and gets paid for it. In my spare time I write (occasionally), run Kelpie’s Korner (I’m way ahead),  and cook (when I have the energy).

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?

I barely ever have the time to write. I wrangle kids and try to be a domestic goddess and fail miserably. I also try to be a gym rat, but generally I end up getting weird looks cause I’m jamming to music that no one else can hear.  Ah well.

What are some things you never leave home without?

My phone. …..yeah that’s it really. I usually try to have a drink of some sort (water 99% of the time) cause I’m always thirsty. And I leave my cards and license and stuff in my car since I always forget it. Keys are a toss up which is why I have like 4 keys hidden in and around my car…I tend to lock myself out a lot.

What are some of your favorite books?

Oh sheesh. There’s lots. I haven’t actually read a book in awhile. But I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood books. Harry Potter series…I’ve read them all like so many times I had to buy a new set cause the first fell apart. Uh, some humor books that are on my shelf…hang on *goes to look*…*gets sidetracked by 2 year old*  Yeah it’s not happening. There’s lots.

Favorite TV shows and movies?  

Oh lord. All time fave show is Friends. Cliche, but yeah. I also watch The Walking Dead, Bones, Criminal Minds, Once Upon a Time, Game of Thrones…I think that’s it. We also watch a lot of YouTube on the Xbox.

Favorite movie is a tie: Princess Bride and The Birdcage. Should give you a good hint at my sense of humor. I also love Moulin Rouge (our wedding was Moulin Rouge themed), Harry Potter movies, LOTR…there’s more I’m sure, but that’s all my brain will conjure at the moment.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?

Uh, really?!?! Alexander Skarsgard, Colin O’Donoghue, and Jamie Campbell Bower. Do I need to elaborate on why I hope we’re not rescued for a very long time?!? I have a great imagination and can go into great detail if ya like…. :P

What is one place you’d love to visit?

Oh God…I wanna go so many places. But I really wanna go back to Ireland. I went when I was 18 after my high school graduation and I fell in love.

Do you have any pet peeves?

*snorts* I have soooooooo many. Seriously. The place I live is one huge pet peeve of mine-everyone is rude and obnoxious and can’t mind their own fucking business. It’s like a biological imperative that they say the rudest thing ever. Horrible drivers….and there are many around here…are another big one. People who try to tell me how to raise my kids or who judge me for how I look…yeah I can go on for awhile.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?

Shrimp. Spicy stuff. Cajun food. Sushi. Japanese. (I went to culinary school and I’m quite eclectic with what I like.) Comfort food is mac n cheese. Or something Mr. Kelpie makes me…which can be almost anything. I may love to cook but sometimes it’s nice to be cooked for.

What’s your favorite scent – one that says “home” to you?

Clove. I went through a phase where I smoked clove cigarettes and they actually helped control my anxiety. Now just the smell does it and I can’t get enough of it. Mr. Kelpie buys me clove incense in bulk  just to make sure I always have it.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?

I like a wide variety of music. But I go through moods. Can’t stand honky tonk country or most newer rap. Old school rap is good. I think my go to genre is more like alt/rock. Think My Chem, Rise Against, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy, Three Days Grace…that kinda thing.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.

I’m allergic to citrus – which sucks when you live in Florida.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.

  • Chocolate or vanilla?   Vanilla-just not a huge chocolate fan
  • Silver or gold?   Silver. Gold makes me look jaundiced.
  • Apple or PC?   Either. Not picky and I can navigate either with ease.
  • White wine or red wine?   Red. I haven’t found a white wine that I like…I’ve found one I can tolerate, but it’s just meh
  • Liquor or beer?   Why do I gotta choose?!?!  Both are wonderful!!!
  • Coffee or tea?   Sweet tea – coffee is gross, although I love the smell *weird*
  • Sleep in or get up early?   Sleep??? What is this sleep thing that you speak of?? I don’t know what that is, although it sounds like it may be something from a distant memory….

Okay, now for the good stuff.

What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?  

In no particular order (because I have moods and go through phases): True Blood/SVM – it’ll always be one to me, Once Upon a Time, and The Mortal Instruments.

What kind of environment do you write in?

*snort* usually on my couch with Frozen or some Tinkerbell movie in the background

Ever write in your PJs?

Uhhh, I don’t OWN PJs….

How bout naked?

Yeah. Our house is very clothing-optional.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?

I find inspiration everywhere. That’s so cliche to say, but it’s true. I’m writing a smutty one shot about the gym. Blind Oblivion was pulled heavily from my life. Uh, let’s see. Lots of the ideas for Interrupted, which most need to still be written, are from my real life. (Chapter 1 is pretty much something that happened to Mr. Kelpie and I…yeah.) There are tons of little bits and pieces of me in each story. It happens.

Do you write on a schedule?  

Hahaha!!! I don’t do ANYTHING on a schedule except go to the gym and that’s only because they have childcare.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?

I have a general idea of where it’s going and some stories I have more than others…and then sometimes something comes out of left field and I’m like whaaaaaaaaa?!?!

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?

Psh – nah.  Ain’t got no time for that fuckery.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?  

I don’t think I’m great at writing smut or sex in general. I end up thinking it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I’ve been told I’m good at action. I honestly think I suck most of the time so yeah.  (“Interviewer” comment:  Bullshit – she’s awesome at both.)

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?

Finding time. No lie. I mean yeah sometimes my muse deserts me, but even then I can usually pull together a halfway decent one shot or write a drabble or something. But I actually have like no time. Lately when I’ve got a few free minutes I sit down to be productive, I don’t even know what to do with myself cause the feeling is so foreign.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?

I HATE/LOATHE  titles. I mean obviously stories need them and I’ll grudgingly do those. But any and all new stories aren’t having chapter titles. Ones that I’ve already done I’ll keep up with but yeah… I suck so hard at it!!!

Which character do you identify with the most?

The snarky ones. Pam, Lafayette, etc. There always an element of myself in my characters though just cause, ya know, I’m doing the writing. But it’s different for every character and every story.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?

Oh lord. Hum – ugh that’s a tough one. At the moment, I’m loving Behind the Camera, The Sharpest Lives and The Institute. Behind the Camera is because of the movie What Maisie Knew…it spoke to me. And then I had a dream about a certain scene which will happen probably in the next…5 – 6 chapters I wanna say? The Sharpest Lives is cause I just love writing messy characters! I can identify soooo much with Clary in that story. The Institute because who doesn’t love pirates?!?  And I love that Clary is the strong pirate captain, not a guy like you’d expect. It just kinda goes against everything you think and I like that.

Now these favorite change like the winds so take this with a grain of salt in regards to “favorites”.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?

Yeah. Well Mr. Kelpie knows and even beta’d for my TMI stories for awhile. But the rest of my family, no. They would either not care or be scandalized by what I write.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?  

This is a really funny question to me. In the TB/SVM universe I actually grew to loathe the books. Even the earlier ones. Same thing with the show. They done fucked that up real nice. *yes imagine the accent-you know you want to*. But I think Timebomb and I Will Rise Up are my 2 fave episodes.

For OUAT…I actually kind like the Neverland arc. But any ep with some good Captain Swan moments is good for me.

And The Mortal Instruments…ah yes. See here’s the thing about these books. I read them a long time ago, back when it was just the first 3 books. Then I had kids and I forgot about them. But the movie came out-and I never got around to seeing it until Mr. Kelpie forced me to watch it in May of last year. The movie was okay (JCB totally rocked) but I figured I’d pick the books up and finish the series.  Uh, I couldn’t bring myself to read past book 1. She tortures her characters so much!!!  My little anxiety ridden heart can’t take it. I know I WILL read them eventually and I’ll probably read all the other series that are intermingled in there. But yeah I haven’t yet.

See why that question makes me giggle?

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?

Uh…I’ve gotten so many. Just anyone who leaves me comments at all is awesome. I love getting feedback and I love knowing people actually read my stuff.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?

I gotta admit, there was a flamer for awhile who kinda massacred my muse. But I’ve bounced back – that bitch is resilient!!  Now I’m just kinda meh. If it’s constructive, which I’ve actually never gotten, then I take it into consideration. But if it’s blatant flames or a bitchfest then yeah that gets ignored.

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?

Oh lord. My favorite part of the TMI fandom is easy. It’s so friendly! Like, when I started spotlighting in that fandom, by the time I had done like 3 or 4, I had people fangirling when I’d message them about it. That feels incredible. My bitch about that fandom is that there is a distinct lack of smutty fics, which I think is due to the general younger age group. But yeah.

OUAT and TB/SVM are both a more adult age fandom and therefore has all the yummy smutty goodness that I love. And in both of those fandoms there is a huge community that bands together…however that is also my least favorite part. It can get cliquey (and I know I’m gonna catch heat for this, but whatever.) It’s a natural thing, and I get that. But it makes newcomers to the fandom…well it makes them feel like outsiders. I know there was a huge thing on tumblr a week or so ago about some Captain Swan fans thinking they were better cause they’d been with the fandom “from the beginning” and were shunning the newbies. Who the fuck cares?!? I love Captain Swan, you love Captain Swan, we all love Captain Swan, now let’s drool over Colin’s chest hair.  Duh.  It’s that easy.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Dude, I am the LAST person you should be taking advice from! I’m horrible at updating and the whole writing thing…just yeah, no. But IF you want my advice, it’s the same as all the other lovelies I’ve interviewed have said – write. Read. Immerse yourself in whatever you love and put that love into your writing. That’s the only way it’s going to speak to people. I can research a topic until the end of time, become an absolute expert on the subject…but if I don’t love it then it’s gonna come across in my writing. So write what you know and write what you love. If those two things aren’t quite the same, do the research. But only if it’s what you really want.

Why did you start interviewing other authors?

Honestly?? I wanted a hint on how to be great. When I first joined this fandom there were a couple author who I adored…still do…but I basically wanted to know how they did it. I’m reeeeeeally anti-social if you can believe it and didn’t want to just strike up a conversation. I sit here doing it randomly…it makes me itch. Seriously. But yeah I came up with the spotlight idea. I get my answers and then I can share those answers and give these authors the recognition they deserve.

Why did you start reviewing fics?

Because nobody else was. For awhile I would start reading fics and then I’d have to stop cause it was horrible or horribly written. I wish someone had pointed me in a better direction and I figured since I’m reading anyway I may as well do that for the stories I loved.

Have any recommendations?

Check out my Altar of Awesome pages. There’s one for each of my fandoms and it’s where all the spotlights I do are linked. I don’t spotlight stories I hate so anything on those pages are good bets.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?  

I’m everywhere. *evil laugh*  Haha, but yeah, really. There’s Kelpie’s Korner, I’m Kelpie’s Korner on tumblr, Kelpie_169 on Twitter, Kelpie169 on fanfic.net, AO3, FictionPad and TWCS….uh…I think that’s it….maybe.

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

Well thanks so much for asking. :P



And that, fair readers, is our Kelpie.  (See?  Tolja she was awesome!)  Please show her the love she deserves, and do check her out, erm, her stories…check HER STORIES out…

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Happy Valentine’s Day – here’s a kick in the feels!!  However, this comes with a GUARANTEED E/S HEA – and it’s appropriately cheesy-ish, so that’s a good thing.

Grab some tissues, maybe your favorite blankie/cat/teddy bear, but keep in mind:  it will all be ok.

I promise.

TRIGGER ALERT:  MENTION OF SUICIDE. 

I’m supposed to post that warning, right?  It all ends well, though, so do have faith.

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