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Author has written 12 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 and have been for as long as I can remember. I've always found writing calming and a great way to decompress. Honestly, nowadays I get a lot of it done commuting on public transit to/from work. Have spiral notebook will travel. :-)
In the past I've written for General Hospital and Alias. My favorite shows include The Pretender, Alias, Boy Meets World, Living Single, Frasier, The Wonder Years, Mad About You, The Simpsons (the first 10 seasons at least), Scrubs, Lost and Gilmore Girls. I could go on with past favorites, I'm a rerun junkie.
I have no more current TV shows that I watch. Castle, Nashville, The Grinder, and Grandfathered have all been axed. I don't know how to feel about that. It's the first time in forever I've never had anything new to watch.(Nashville has since been picked up by a new network with new writers. I'll give them a few episodes to redeem the show before deciding if I throw in the towel for good.) Actually, I sort of enjoy Fuller House in a lame, cheesy, "I'm 8 years old and it's TGIF again," way. Time will tell if I stick with it.
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. I also love Dirty Dancing. (Saw the Broadway version as well.) Just love it.
As for music, I love most genres and will listen to anything at least once. My taste can, at best, be described as eclectic. (If you saw the variety of my Pandora stations you'd probably scratch your head.) My favorite music to listen to, however, is 90's Hip Hop and R&B.
Now for things actually related to my writing...
I understand that not everyone will enjoy what I write. That doesn't bother me. My main goal is to write a clear, logical tale where you can understand the motivations of the characters involved. 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 understand why/how 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. Beyond that I 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. 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 the way I see it, 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.) and completed it in January 2016. 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 to her.
I've thrown in the towel on any hope for Girl Meets World. It makes me sad because no one was looking forward to the show more than me. And now I couldn't tell you the last time I sat and watched an episode. I used to read spoilers instead of watching, hoping things become watchable, now I don't even bother with that. It's simply not a show for me. The characters deserve so much better than the fates the writers and Disney have seen fit to give them.
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. Part of it may be 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. Not to mention they've gone out of their way to vilify her and minimized her importance and connections to the characters. It's to the point where it seems like a personal attack against the actress who portrayed her. (Angela is the only character they've done this to. Everyone else has been welcomed with open arms- even Harley and Jennifer, the true BMW villains.) And they chose to highlight stupider Eric. I hate that. Eric, at his core, was never stupid. It also bothers me that Topanga doesn't even feel like Topanga. She's standard Disney mom #2357. Actually, from what I've seen, none of the Boy Meets World characters feel like themselves and not in a way that means they've grown, but that they're pod people. Cory and Topanga act more like roommates than husband and wife. If, in the series finale of GMW, they decided to pull a Newhart ending (Get off my lawn and look it up on google or youtube, kids.) and have Cory wake up screaming in the dorms with Shawn the night before a big test of Feeny's...I would not be disappointed.
As far as I'm concerned, instead of Girl Meets World, this is really the result of Cory being electrocuted by another microwave. He's trapped in that world and looking for a way out. Soon he'll come out of it and wake up surrounded by his family and friends, talking about how strange (and bright) it all was...and vow to never touch another microwave again.
Most of my stories will probably center around Angela/Eric, if not romantically then as friends. People have asked if I'm obsessed, lol, no...they're just fun to write and I will keep writing them until the ideas run dry. But I completely understand that they're more of a niche pairing that a majority of people will find weird and aren't going to be into reading. It just makes me appreciate the readers I do have all the more.
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 almost didn't write Where You Least Expect It, 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.
If it will help, here is the order of the stories in this universe where Angela and Eric are together- not the order I necessarily wrote them, but the order in which the events occur thus far:
Frequency of updates will depend on my work schedule. 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 always happy to answer any questions or comments you may have. If you are too shy to leave a review where everyone can see it, please feel free to send a private message my way.