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Welcome... Bienvenue... Failte...
I'm a long time reader of fan fiction (a.k.a. enabler of procrastination) and a one time author (see below). I believe all wit should be delivered viciously.
The inestimatable 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.
I've got Irish and British roots that I am pretty damned proud, and which tend to influence my writing. I have a university degree in English Literature and International Political Science.
I'm married to a Scots Canadian who regularly dons a kilt and is a talented musician. Amongst other instruments, he plays a mean set of spoons. Together we like to celebrate our Gaelic heritage by drinking an excessive amount of good beer in Celtic pubs and listening to some pretty fabulous live music. We have a feisty three year old son, who really is the babe with the power, and a new bouncing baby girl - they actively abet my inability to write. We live with two cats who are our feline overlords. They are neither just nor benevolent. Our newest addition is a puppy aptly named Loki.
First and foremost, 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. Anything outdoors-y, high-heeled shoes, corsets, vintage pin-up art, antiquing, HP sauce and garlic salt on french toast (trust me it's fantastic), Guinness, gin and tonics and lager n' limes are all wonderful things. The latter three are the secret to a sane, if not entirely productive life.
Literature: For pure, dry wit - I recommend P.G. Wodehouse novels. Dorothy Parker too. Terry Pratchett, Tom Robbins and Edward Gorey are good for a chuckle. Ondaatje makes me cry. Stuart McLean makes me laugh and happy to be Canadian. Davies does the same. I fell in love with Jamie in Outlander & love all Georgette Heyer novels as far as regency era romance goes. Jane Eyre is better than Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff and Cathy are complete douche bags). Pride & Prejudice is just delightful and will always be my favourite. Edward Eager, Joan Aiken and Susan Cooper are childhood faves. George RR Martin and Clive Barker drive me nuts with how infrequent they update their respective series, but they are divine. 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. 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?
Entertainment: Colin Firth was an awesome Mr. Darcy in the A & E version of Pride and Prejudice. He's mine, hands off. I love the 1930's Thin Man movie series - Myrna Loy and William Powell - their chemistry is dynamite and has never been matched in my opinion. I adore The Black Swan and Captain Blood - you've got to love old B & W pirate movies. Not to mention that Errol Flynn and Tyrone Powell exuded pure sex appeal. Han Solo shot first. Classic 80's movies get my keen stamp - Labyrinth, Willow, Legend, Ladyhawke, Princess Bride, Breakfast Club, etc, etc. True Blood is a guilty delight and that is largely based on the tastiness of Eric. And Buffy should have ended up with Spike. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Fable and Elder Scrolls are wonderful time wasters.
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 & U2 pretty much own my ipod. I enjoy Coldplay and James Blunt even though they are apparently uncool.
Fanfiction: As far as fandoms go, my interests include (but are not limited to) 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.
A huge pet peeve is writing "I suck at summaries" in your summary. FF is rife with them. If you suck at summaries, I am going to assume you suck at writing in general and I will not read your fanfic. So try to write something that entices us to read your story or just include an awesome line of dialogue from your story. If you write "I suck" I will take you at your 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!
Also, for the love of GOD, don't put an author's note in the middle of your story. Can you imagine if books had those? *shudders*
If you've cared enough to read this far thanks for the visit and feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions or just want to say 'hello'. Please note that I only talk seriously on the first Tuesday of every month. Between noon and three.
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.
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. Checkit out too. In particular, the goblin faces are really bang on. And again, please let the artist know what you think.
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