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Author has written 9 stories for Castle, and Boy Meets World.
There's nothing much to say about me, at least not much that will interest others probably. My real name is Samantha and I'm in my early 30s. (When the hell did that happen? lol It feels like just yesterday I was a teenager.) I love to write fanfiction. In the past I've written for General Hospital and Alias. My favorite shows include Scrubs, Lost, The Pretender, Alias, Boy Meets World and Gilmore Girls. I could go on with past favorites, I'm a rerun junkie.
I don't watch many current shows, but I do watch Castle, Nashville. Though, admittedly both shows need to do something because they've become so depressing. I don't want to give up on them (especially Castle) because I've watched them from the beginning, but improvements are needed. As for newer shows, I'm enjoying The Grinder and Grandfathered so far.
I am also a lifelong WWE fan. My earliest memory is being 3-4 years old and being at the Rosemont Horizon (Allstate Arena for you kids, lol) and seeing Hulk Hogan vs. Macho Man at a house show. Hulk Hogan slammed Macho Man and Sensational Sherri's heads together. Macho Man and Undertaker are my all time favorites.
My favorite movies are Rocky, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future. Rocky is #1 and the others are interchangeable. When I list these movies as my favorites, their sequels are included under the umbrella of the titles, except Rocky 5. That can go away and be forgotten. Watch it once so you can say you did and can properly hate it. Then never watch it again.
Now for things actually related to my writing...
I understand that not everyone will enjoy what I write and like the direction I take the characters or story. That doesn't bother me. My main goal is to write a clear, logical, character driven tale where you can understand their motivations. For me, storytelling 101 is writing the story to suit your characters, not twisting your characters into unrecognizable pretzels to fit the story you want to tell. So basically, even if you don't like where I went, I at least hope you get why I went there. If I fail at that, there's a problem on my end.
I get questions all the time asking whether or not I will ever finish my story, Stumbling into Fate, and right now the answer is I'm not sure. I hope so. I want to because I hate leaving things unfinished, but I lost all of my work that went into that story when my computer had a bad virus and crashed. In fact, it was when I was trying to piece this story back together that Where You Least Expect It came to me, and ever since then trying to write anything other than Angela with Eric causes my muse to go, 'WTF are you trying to pull, lady?' So I suppose, for now, Stumbling into Fate is on hiatus. Hopefully not indefinitely.
Another thing I am often asked about is my characterization of Eric and why is he so different and out of character. I don't think I'm writing him out of character. My favorite version of Eric Matthews was seasons 3-5, even the first half of season 6 wasn't that bad. So, I gear my version of Eric as closer to what seasons 3-5 would be like as an adult. Season 7 Eric, while funny, was a living, breathing cartoon character that you wondered how he was able to dress himself in the mornings. I do occasionally acknowledge the goofy moments and hope I keep his funny side, but you won't find idiot Eric here.
The Shawn/Angela relationship: I loved Shawn and Angela until mid season six. I really couldn't root for her to get back with him after all the games Shawn played with her heart (whether intentional or not). Angela's exclamation of, "I just can't sit around like a fool waiting for you to be ready!" really resonated with me. (I dated a Shawn minus the parental issues and wanted better for Angela, lol. It hit too close to home.) Not to mention it drives me crazy how they constantly rewrote things to retroactively make stuff Angela's fault, like the season 6 break up. That was clearly on Shawn, yet they came back in season 7 and suddenly it was Angela's fault because of never before mentioned mommy issues? No, writers, you don't do that. But they did it again to her on Girl Meets World so why should I be surprised.
So, for me, Shawn and Angela are too similar to each other to last romantically, but could be good friends who can help talk each other through big life situations because they have the same baggage. But to me, at least romantically, they both need someone more lighthearted, someone to take them away from the drama.
My main epic-length story, Where You Least Expect It, predates Girl Meets World. I began posting it in August 2012. (Wow.) Cory and Topanga are married and living in New York- Shawn's still based in NYC as well. She's a lawyer and he does work in education...I made a lucky guess there, lol, (Though in my world he's a high school guidance counselor.) but that is where the similarities to GMW end. That's another FAQ, I suppose. People wonder where Riley and Auggie are and they don't exist in this story. I did do flashback to a pregnancy scare for C/T that would've been roughly the same time Riley...happened, but that's as close as I will ever get. If/when I do reach the point of C/T having a baby in my story, it will be a completely different character.
I feel like now is the time to say I am, at best, a very sporadic viewer of Girl Meets World. I was looking forward to it, couldn't wait to see what happened to everyone. Then I was unable to get into season 1 and hoped season 2 would be better. I think part of it is an age thing, but a big part of it is not being able to stand the way they (again) blamed Angela for everything and used her as a cheap plot point. And they chose to highlight stupider Eric. I hate that. It also bothers me that Topanga doesn't even feel like Topanga. She's standard Disney mom #2357. So for now I read spoilers and see if anything sounds interesting enough for me to want to watch.
Angela/Eric...how this pairing came to me, I have absolutely no idea, but now I absolutely LOVE writing them together. It's almost like there are no rules and anything can happen because they never really interacted much. Seriously, I think you can count on one hand the number of scenes they shared and times they talked directly to each other. I actually almost didn't write them and Where You Least Expect It at first, because they are such an out there, unexpected pairing that I thought I was crazy and honestly didn't believe anyone would be interested in reading about them together. I was so happy to discover I was wrong. People have joined me in embracing this crazy, lovable pair and I appreciate it.
Most of my stories will probably center around Angela/Eric, if not romantically then as friends. Like I said, since there are no limits with them I get random ideas for short stories occasionally. I do also get short story ideas that are little spin-offs of my main story, but those are difficult because it is challenging to decide when to publish those. They have a built in audience with a backstory, yet they run the risk of spoiling a few things.
Frequency of updates will depend on my work schedule. I find writing calming and a great way to decompress. Honestly, I get a lot of it done commuting on the bus. I try to go no longer than two weeks between updates- it just depends on my crazy work hours. In an ideal world I would update once a week like clockwork. Unfortunately things cost money and I haven't won the lottery.
I am also happy to answer any questions or comments you may have. If you're too shy to leave a review, feel free to send a pm my way.