Author has written 25 stories for The Music Man.
Who am I?
In brief: singer, actor, writer, reader, cat lover, daydreamer, procrastinator, general human disaster...
I'm a stereotypical soprano, real-life ingenue, and generally so sweet-and-innocent that it'll make you sick. ;) Or maybe just the last four words are more accurate. idk.
My fandom of choice is the one that brought me to this website in the first place, The Music Man. I've been inventing the story of Harold and Marian's happily-ever-after in my head since before I even knew what fanfiction was, and the fics that I'm writing now are often at least in part based on those vague ideas. All of my stories are based in the universe of the original movie made in 1962 (which happens to be one of my favorite movies of all time) if you're wondering!
If you knew me, you'd know that I am literally the last person in the world who is qualified to write romance due to my complete lack of experience with however that goes in real life... but hey, I've never been to Iowa or the year 1912, either, and I don't let that stop me!
I'm kind of shamelessly lifting the premise of the following vow from a wonderful author in another fandom, for which I apologize, but:
I solemnly swear, so help me God, that Harold and Marian will never be anything but young, beautiful, happy, and in love in anything I will ever, ever write or imply or imagine, and everybody in their world gets their own happy ending (which is really, of course, a beginning!). The real world can be dark, messy, painful, inconstant, disappointing; from my point of view, that is exactly why we need a fictional place we can go where Happily-Ever-After really means just that and there are only peaceful, lovely nice things without end, because the wonderful thing about fiction is that it's always present tense. I believe Harold Hill and Marian Paroo have already suffered enough up until the moment that Harold was vindicated, and they have earned nothing less than the blissfully happy forever that I endeavor to create for them!
Not quite sure why I felt the need to say that, but consider it a promise, a reassurance, and a mission statement all in one. I guess it's the sort of thing that I'd be glad to see on my page if I were my reader, so I put it there. ;)
Yeah, so, to say the least, I am not the sort of person who derives any sort of enjoyment from "tearjerkers". I can take "poignant", to a degree, I guess, but I cannot handle "sad", with the exception of in backstory that is later redeemed with a happy ending. Romantic fanfiction is my sweet little escape from all the unpleasantness of real life, and I really don't want to read dark or unhappy stories about characters who are supposed to be living happily-ever-after! I write what I want to read, so I keep things decidedly on the lighter side. I've found myself basically incapable of writing any kind of actual conflict between these characters (I did manage to write a petty little spat once, so I consider my quota fulfilled), and don't even get me started on my refusal to allow anybody to age (besides children, though only to a certain degree).
In what I consider to be true to the spirit of the source material - if a bit, um, more overtly sexy at times - my fanfics are a warm-and-fuzzy, idealistic, never-ending epilogue, an expansion of the happy-ever-after-ending where True Love conquers all... in short, a sort of Valentine to the show that Meredith Willson called a Valentine :)
I am well aware that some say that endless happily-ever-after fluff is dull and uninteresting, or is the mark of an author who is unambitious and unskilled, but I hope I can challenge that notion with every story I write. (...Also, anybody who believes that has got to be an incredibly unpleasant person, don't you think?) I'm trying to perfect the fine art of "fluff with substance" - or peanut butter and Fluff, for those of you who are familiar with the notoriously sticky sandwich.
It seems like whenever I start writing something, it inevitably turns out to be about 5,000 words longer than I'd expected... my idea of a "short little vignette" just seems to get longer and longer over time! But that should be enough to let you know that my commitment to fluff does not mean a lack of commitment to story or character development :D
I'm always writing at least a little bit, and I'm always in the market for new ideas, so watch this space!
I am also on Archive of Our Own as CarolinaNadeau.
Click here to access Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little, the G-rated comedy fic that was just too darn edgy for FF dot net.
Love Sneaks In
How Sweet It Is
The First Concert
Sense and Sensuality
To Love and To Cherish
Merry and Bright
Rumor Has It
A Day Off
What's In a Name
A Stolen Moment
Boundless as the Sea
An Idyll of Spring
All That Jazz