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Author has written 2 stories for Labyrinth.
UPDATE: (June 5, 2015) Fifth chapter of Tanglewood is posted! Someone makes his grand entrance...
Welcome... Bienvenue... Failte...
I'm a long time reader of fan fiction (a.k.a. enabler of procrastination) and now a two time author (see below). I believe all wit should be delivered viciously. I originally joined fanfic in order to procrastinate writing papers. Then one day - many years later - I decided to write one myself... and somehow it ended up being the most reviewed and most faved story in its fandom on FF. I seriously have no clue how that happened and I feel like I got you all drunk. But thanks :)
Pierre Berton once aptly defined a Canadian as "someone who can make love in a canoe." It takes skills. Bring life jackets and only attempt in summer.
My Irish and British roots tend to influence my writing - see Goblin Market for proof. I am also French, Acadian and Polish. All this means that I drink. A lot.
I have a university degree in English Literature and International Political Science. I work in government.
I'm married to a Scots Canadian who regularly dons a kilt and is a talented musician. We have two wee children: a boy and a girl. They actively abet my inability to write and destroy my house daily because they are adorable, sticky indoor terrorists. We live with one cat who is our feline overlord. He is neither just nor benevolent. We also have a dog and a fish and a bearded dragon because we are a god-damned zoo apparently.
I'm an avid reader who collects antique books, much to the chagrin of my husband who has allergies to dust and very little interest in reading. He collects records and guitars, which he plays, so I forgive him.
I love fishing, high-heeled shoes, corsets, vintage pinup art, antiques and HP sauce and garlic salt on French toast (it's delicious). And yes, I once went fishing in high-heeled shoes. I also love Guinness, lager n' limes, gin & tonics and wine - divine wine. These are the secret to a sane, if not entirely productive life. Oh and Netflix.
P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker, Terry Pratchett, Tom Robbins and Edward Gorey are great for wit.
I've always had a soft spot for redeemable villains and sarcastic male leads. '
And yes, I have read all the HP books and LOTR and love them. I don’t do Twilight and Christian Grey can suck it. A good bodice ripper is always in fashion. I recommend Kresley Cole if you like hot vampires and Scottish werewolves.
I'm really not sure how I feel about the Labyrinth Manga. Let's just say that I've tucked them on a bookshelf and sort have forgotten they exist, m'kay?
A & E version of Pride and Prejudice, 1930's Thin Man movie series (Myrna Loy and William Powell for the win!), The Black Swan and Captain Blood (mmm Tyrone Powell and Errol Flynn).
Now that I am a mom, I can also say that I very much enjoyed Brave and How to Train Your Dragon (both). Because of my 4 year old son I have seen the latter movie(s) about eleventy billion times... and counting.
Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fable and Elder Scrolls are wonderful time wasters if you like gaming.
The National, Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, The Frames, Dan Mangan, Arcade Fire, K-os, White Lies, Adele, Florence & the Machine, Sarah McLachlan, Great Big Sea, Tragically Hip, Ours, Muse, Sigur Ros, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Pentatonix & U2 pretty much own my ipod.
I still enjoy Coldplay and James Blunt even though they are apparently uncool.
Labyrinth, Inuyasha (Sesshomaru), Harry Potter (Draco, Snape etc), Thor/Avengers (Loki), Voltron (Lotor only), LOTR, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, etc. Give me 'bad guy gets the girl' anyday. I'll always root for the anti-hero/ villain provided he's both attractive and witty - preferably viciously so.
I will never read a fic with "I suck at summaries" in the summary. FF is rife with them. I will take the author at his or her word. I firmly believe in the Oxford comma and I'm having an affair with the em dash. And I will totally judge you if you use "i" instead of "I". Stop it. Stop it right now! And NO bloody author's note in the middle of stories. Can you imagine if books had those? *shudders* Thankfully there are amazing stories on here too.
Readers (and reviews) mean a lot to me. I write for myself but I write for them (you) too. I love connecting with people.
If you've cared enough to read this far, thanks for the visit and feel free to drop me a line and tell me about yourself. Please note that I only talk seriously on the first Tuesday of every month. Between noon and three (kudos if you got that reference).
The Goblin Market
Nine years after defeating the Labyrinth, Sarah is in Ireland - a land of old magic, where legend suggests her victory comes with a price and her story is far from finished. Something ancient has been set in motion and Sarah finds herself at the centre of a very old, very goblin, tradition.
As time passes, fruit ripens.
Let the feast begin at the Goblin Market...
This piece was largely inspired by a smattering of Celtic myths and my time spent inIreland (particularly at The Hill of Tara and Newgrange). I also reference some literary works, music, etc that have helped flush the story out. The title is taken from the Christina Rossetti poem of the same name.
My story features a slightly evil Jareth (just for flavour) and a slightly phlegmatic Sarah - an attempt at staying in canon. Both characters are learning and evolving, however, and both are having a bit of fun at the other's expense. In fan fiction I really can't abide a lovesick GK and neither can I abide a wimpy Sarah or Sarah the snow-queen-b*tch-with-a-mouth-like-a-trucker. There is a fine line and for god's sake stop touching it!
The reception has been beyond my expectations - so huge thanks to all who have reviewed or offered CC. You have really left me feeling right chuffed and drive me to write another story. It's the most reviewed Labyrinth story on this site and the most faved. I honestly have no idea how that happened when there are so many ridiculously well-written Labyrinth stories on here, but thanks SO much for drinking my peach kool-aid :)
Words have power. They are woven to beguile and to ensnare - like twisted branches of a tree. They lie in shadow – filled with purpose and intent. Filled with old magic. Sarah really should have known better. Norse gods, ancient rituals, the chase… He waits. It all began with a book; it is only fitting that it should end with one.
Enter the Tanglewood...
This story is something I've been mulling over since I finished Goblin Market. There is no connection between the stories, although there may be some future crossovers of original characters from GM into Tanglewood. I really wanted to touch on Norse mythology, since I'd had so much fun mucking about with the Irish. It will be a learning experience for me as I am no expert in that field.
Expect a similarly dark Jareth and a similarly forthright Sarah. It's how I like to write them and it's how I see the evolution of the characters. That said, my villains are always redeemable - whether or not they are actually redeemed in the end or not.
I'm nervous about this one. Goblin Market got huge feedback and I sort of feel like there are expectations. PRESSURE!!! But what the hell - it's all for fun and certainly doesn't pay the bills. I'm just happy to be writing again and hope to hear from you.
This piece of artwork, "Fallen" by Enelen, was inspired by chapter 6 in Goblin Market. Check it out. Delightfully creepy and talented! Be sure to let the artist know what you think.
This piece of artwork, "Drowning" by Jenuefa, was ALSO inspired by chapter 6 in Goblin Market. Check it out too. In particular, the goblin faces are really bang on. And again, please let the artist know what you think.