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Author has written 24 stories for Mentalist, Once Upon a Time, and Castle.

On writing, resolutions, and returning to fanfiction after more than a year

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve read one of my stories. Perhaps it’s even my new one (more on that later) that’s being posted today. Maybe it’s I See the Light, which was finished a year and a half ago now, and claimed that I knew what I was writing next. That claim is true, I did know, and equally true is the part about not knowing when it would be posted. Today I can answer the second part…it’s going to be posted today.

Yes, Once Upon a December is a story that I have had cooking on the backburner for almost two years.

Why has it taken so long? A few reasons, really.

First, the show I fell in love with is gone. It’s really hard to care about the show anymore (I’m not even caught up on the current season) since it’s like a sad shell of its former glory. I used to be so inspired by these characters and the Charming family feels, but thanks to some truly shoddy writing, the main characters are being sidelined for the character of the week and the Charming family moments sidelined along with them. I can still write AU, and will do so, but I’m feeling a bit limited there, too (more on that later as well).

Second, writing is a big part of my RL too. Not anything any of you will likely ever read, since it’s all academic stuff. But when your career is essentially being a professional writer, it’s harder to write for fun. Graduate school involves a lot of guilt – there’s always something you should be doing. If you’re writing fanfiction, well…why aren’t you writing your article? (Yes, yes, certainly fanfiction is much more fun than writing an article. But guilt doesn’t always listen to reason.)

Third, it’s hard to write AU when your repertoire of characters is limited to the ones I like – Snow, Charming, Emma, Graham, Red, Regina (don’t like her, but I like her as the villain), and Rumple (same as Regina – don’t like him, but he’s convenient). There’s only so many roles you can give them (if you slot Regina and Rumple into villain roles, which I tend to do). Henry tends to be superfluous. I don’t want Neal or Hook. The biggest challenge of writing Once Upon a December is going to be making it different from the AUs I’ve done before.

What do I mean? Without giving too much away, Once Upon a December is based on "Anastasia" in the way that I See the Light was based on "Tangled". Both stories involve a daughter separated from her family and a male love interest who reunites them. I think the same things that drew me to doing an Anastasia story were the ones that drew me to I See the Light in the first place. But I don’t want to be derivative of my own work. The key is finding a way to write this story, and make it different, despite the similarities.

One of the hardest differences to swallow has been my decision to kill a parent. I love Snowing. I absolutely love writing their romance, their strength, their shared grief. I live for Snowing angst. But – and this is a big but – I did that already. Many of my favorite scenes in I See the Light involve Snowing angst, despair over a lost daughter, the need to bolster each other as they fight against Regina. Those scenes have already been written; I couldn’t write them again.

Another difficult pill to swallow? Killing Snow instead of Charming. My first AU story (not based on any movie) was Safe and Sound, in which Snow raised Emma on her own after they went through the tree together (this was a world in which Geppetto didn’t lie and August didn’t have the chance to be an ass). Charming wasn’t dead, but Snow has been the surviving parent. I’ve written her a lot in that capacity. I don’t write Charming as often. This was the challenge to myself: to write something different, as painful as it is (and believe me, it’s painful).

This brings me to my fanfiction resolution for 2016: I’m going to write this story this year. There are 12 chapters planned, which averages out to posting a chapter a month. We’ll see how that goes – I’m not sure how regular the update pattern will be. But I can say that my resolution to myself is that this story will be done this time next year.

Thanks for reading – this note, as well as my stories – and Happy New Year!

~la lisboa

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Here, There, & Back Again by starophie reviews
Phoebe Callahan has a secret; one that puts her mother's life in jeopardy every day. Because Lily Callahan is not her mother's real name – it's Maura Isles. When Jane Rizzoli's daughter, Bex, meets Phoebe at camp, can they put the pieces together before it's too late?
Rizzoli & Isles - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Suspense - Chapters: 35 - Words: 59,840 - Reviews: 384 - Favs: 255 - Follows: 344 - Updated: 2/7/2014 - Published: 9/13/2013 - [J. Rizzoli, M. Isles] OC - Complete
- by colormetheworld reviews
many have asked that I upload this here from tumblr. it does not have a name. it is very, very close to my heart. Please treat it kindly.
Rizzoli & Isles - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 27 - Words: 109,052 - Reviews: 993 - Favs: 1,405 - Follows: 959 - Updated: 11/22/2013 - Published: 8/21/2013 - J. Rizzoli, M. Isles - Complete
Among the Dead by sociallyawkwardpenguin reviews
Maura goes to a conference and meets the man of her dreams. It tears Jane apart, and she leaves to take a position in another city. After being severely injured in an accident, Jane comes back to Boston, and finds out things are not how she left them. Rizzles Fan Awards WINNER! - Best Plot and Best Author! Runner up- Best Angst/Drama!
Rizzoli & Isles - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 58 - Words: 248,074 - Reviews: 3514 - Favs: 2,043 - Follows: 1,763 - Updated: 10/6/2013 - Published: 3/16/2013 - J. Rizzoli, M. Isles - Complete
Lionheart by Divinia Serit reviews
Episode Tag and SPOILERS for 4x24 The Crimson Hat- the missing 6 months. "In a few days, he'd be sitting on the couch laughing about the success of his latest con. She was sure of it." FINAL PART UP.
Mentalist - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,659 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 5/22/2012 - Published: 5/18/2012 - Teresa L., Patrick J. - Complete
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Once Upon a December reviews
Once meets Anastasia. Regina thinks her revenge on Snow and Charming is finally complete when she attacks the castle and tears their family apart. But ten years later, the young servant boy she let live may know the key to taking back the kingdom: the princess no one believes survived. AU Gremma.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 30,876 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 9/3 - Published: 1/1 - [Emma S., Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman]
Let Me Be Your Wings reviews
A very patient Graham teaches a very reluctant Emma how to ice-skate. Present for shipping-always-comes-withaprice for the Gremma Appreciation Secret Santa swap. Enjoy!
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,092 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Published: 12/26/2015 - Emma S., Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman - Complete
Dark Paradise reviews
[It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.] Oneshot vignette series. Very angsty Gremma.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,370 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 6 - Published: 7/31/2014 - Emma S., Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman - Complete
I See the Light reviews
Once meets Tangled. Regina steals baby Emma so her magic can sustain a terrible curse. Eighteen years later, a huntsman on the run stumbles upon her in the woods and takes her on the adventure of her life. AU. Gremma.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 70,673 - Reviews: 307 - Favs: 209 - Follows: 209 - Updated: 7/20/2014 - Published: 9/22/2013 - [Emma S., Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman] [Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard, David N./Prince Charming] - Complete
Faith, Hope, and Love reviews
Because there are Charming family feels that must be felt. One chapter per episode of missing moments in season three. 3x11: Emma's thoughts as she walks with her parents to the town line. Spoilers. Complete.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 9 - Words: 11,960 - Reviews: 111 - Favs: 64 - Follows: 101 - Updated: 1/3/2014 - Published: 9/30/2013 - Emma S., David N./Prince Charming, Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
Ties that Bind reviews
Gremma vignettes post-1x07 based on the tweet that launched a thousand feels: "And sometimes, when she closes her eyes, and closes her fingers around his shoelace, she can still feel his breath against her lips." Oneshot.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,445 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 16 - Published: 10/9/2013 - Emma S., Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman - Complete
Thicker than Water reviews
AU from the season 2 finale. Storybrooke's residents escape the destruction of the town, but lose their memories when the failsafe explodes. After being separated, Snow and Charming try to find a way back to each other, assisted by a daughter and grandson they no longer know exist.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 24 - Words: 41,331 - Reviews: 197 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 73 - Updated: 9/29/2013 - Published: 6/17/2013 - David N./Prince Charming, Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
Full of Grace reviews
His focus on catching and killing Red John has heightened to the point where he can see, think, and feel nothing else. He can't even make room inside himself, shelve away his strong desire to snap the neck of one of the remaining four men on the list, to mourn the death of a colleague. Oneshot, Jane/Lisbon undertones.
Mentalist - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,511 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/20/2013 - Patrick J., Teresa L. - Complete
Five Minutes reviews
I was his parent for five minutes/And I was yours for five minutes, too. A series of vignettes featuring missing moments between Emma and David in season 2 as they get to know each other and learn to be a family. Final set of vignettes about Neal are now up.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,296 - Reviews: 42 - Favs: 52 - Follows: 62 - Updated: 6/6/2013 - Published: 1/19/2013 - Emma S., David N./Prince Charming - Complete
Moral Relativism reviews
Emma tries to comfort Mary Margaret after Cora's death: "All my life, all I ever knew was being good. It's who I was, who my mother raised me to be. If I'm not good, not Snow White, then I don't know who I am anymore." Emma squeezes her hand. "I know who you are." Oneshot, post-ep for 2x16
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,945 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 9 - Published: 3/11/2013 - Emma S., Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
Family Practice reviews
It's flu season in Storybrooke and poor Henry's got the virus. Who better to make him feel better than his mother? Charming family feels ahead!
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,535 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 19 - Published: 2/21/2013 - Emma S., Henry Mills
Safe and Sound reviews
For six years, Snow has raised her daughter alone in our world, safe from Regina. But Snow's world is turned upside down when Regina appears, threatening her and Emma, and ultimately tearing them apart. Twenty years later, Snow struggles to find and reconnect with Emma - who has been kept under Regina's influence - before she is lost forever. Will a mother's love prevail? AU.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 40 - Words: 72,455 - Reviews: 504 - Favs: 132 - Follows: 156 - Updated: 2/17/2013 - Published: 7/8/2012 - Emma S., Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
In a Land Far, Far Away reviews
In a land far, far away, the Charmings got to be a family. Snow taught Emma how to walk, talk, and dress for her first ball. Charming played hide and seek with her around the castle and somehow always found her. In a land without a curse, these would have been their lives. Warning: Charming family feels ahead. Oneshot.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,361 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 119 - Follows: 26 - Published: 12/15/2012 - Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard, David N./Prince Charming - Complete
Let There Be Light reviews
A series of vignettes about the poisoned apple victims who suffer the recurring nightmare about fire, and the people in their lives who love and comfort them. Spoilers for 2x06. Oneshot.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,327 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/10/2012 - Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard, David N./Prince Charming - Complete
For the Love of a Daughter reviews
Post-ep for 2x03. After visiting the castle, Emma finds Mary Margaret crying in the middle of the night. While Emma may finally get some answers she's looking for, Mary Margaret explains how much having a child meant to her and Charming's mother. Oneshot.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,510 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 63 - Follows: 11 - Published: 10/18/2012 - Emma S., Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
Without You reviews
Ten vignettes about Lisbon in the six months we didn't see: His sudden disappearance, his lack of communication, his lack of response to any of her pleas…it feels like he died. She tries to assure herself that he hasn't, but it becomes harder every day.
Mentalist - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,285 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/23/2012 - Teresa L., Patrick J. - Complete
Family Portrait reviews
All Emma's ever wanted is a family. Will she find it with Mary Margaret? A series of vignettes of missing Emma/Mary Margaret scenes from several episodes. Final chapter features moments from the final four episodes of the season.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 5 - Words: 8,952 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 73 - Follows: 51 - Updated: 5/17/2012 - Published: 2/25/2012 - Emma S., Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
Be Still My Heart reviews
Post-ep to 1x21. With Mary Margaret's help, Emma attempts to revive Henry after he falls prey to Regina's poisoned apple. Spoilers for 1x21, mild speculation beyond that. Oneshot.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,600 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 3 - Published: 5/10/2012 - Emma S., Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
She Went Quietly reviews
Like mother, like daughter...This is a set of parallel vignettes that show the darkest moments of Emma's and Mary Margaret's lives...both in Storybrooke and in fairytale world. Oneshot.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,638 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 4 - Published: 5/7/2012 - Emma S., Snow White/Mary M. Blanchard - Complete
If I Walk Away reviews
We all know Lisbon saw what was bothering Jane at the end of last episode. This is my take on what would have happened if she'd followed him. Oneshot, post-ep for 4x20, spoilers.
Mentalist - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,056 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/13/2012 - Teresa L., Patrick J. - Complete
White Flag reviews
When Lisbon comes down with a bad case of the flu, it's up to Jane to make her feel better. Threeshot, final chapter up, in which Jane manages to steal a kiss, of sorts.
Mentalist - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,667 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 4/10/2012 - Published: 2/5/2012 - Patrick J., Teresa L. - Complete
Stranger than Fiction reviews
Castle's got a secret even bigger than the Johanna Beckett case...It's about what he likes to do in his spare time. What's that, you ask? Read Nikki Heat fanfiction, of course! Until one day when he finds a story that's more than he bargained for. Parody
Castle - Rated: T - English - Parody/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,827 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 7 - Published: 4/3/2012 - Rick C., Kate B. - Complete
Mad World reviews
Ever since her encounter with Jefferson, Emma has constantly questioned what she believes. A chance encounter with Paige might just cement the fact that trying to work it all out is enough to drive anyone mad. Post-ep for 1x17.
Once Upon a Time - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,595 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 5 - Published: 4/2/2012 - Emma S., Jefferson/Mad Hatter - Complete
Open Your Eyes reviews
Jane calls Lisbon to the scene of Red John's latest crime. Little do they know, Red John is watching their every move. No spoilers, very mild RJ speculation. Jisbon overtones. Oneshot.
Mentalist - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,716 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/22/2012 - Patrick J., Teresa L. - Complete