Author has written 14 stories for Labyrinth, Phantom of the Opera, Tomb Raider, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and Portal.
Find me on Deviant Art under Sweet-Christabel to check out my fan art and story illustrations.
My answers to a writer's meme I found on Deviant Art.
Hey-o! Introduce yourself! What’s your pen name on FF.net? Are you more of a writer or a reader?
Because I am stupendously original, my FF.net pen name is Sweet Christabel. I am a writer and reader in equal amounts. It just doesn't look like it because most of what I write doesn't get finished, and therefore doesn't get posted.
Oh hey there! I'm Cookie VanDeKamp, so you know. (Here’s to shameless self-promotion!) So, what got you into fanfic in the first place?
Hooray for shameless self-promotion!
Lastly, fandoms provide such great sandboxes for us to play in. It’s another way of spending time in that world. Basically, I'm a little girl who never grew out of playing with dolls :D
Okay, so how many stories have you written? What was the title, fandom, and pairing (if any) of your first one?
Do you mean complete ones? Not that many. I have twelve posted on FF.net, plus a whole lot more incomplete stuff that I have on my computer. The first story I actually completed and posted, (many, many moons ago), was an absolutely awful Lord of the Rings two-parter thing. They say everyone has a Mary-Sue in them: that was mine! I'm just grateful I got it out the way early! I can’t tell you the title, I genuinely don’t remember what it was. Probably something generic!
Does your first work embarrass you? C’mon, be honest!
Are you kidding? Stuff I wrote two years ago embarrasses me! Actually, I think there’s at least one or two elements in all of my stories that I read now and cringe. The further back in time, the worse it gets! My longest, most popular story, ‘Fair Maiden, Shining Knight’, is so cringe worthy to me now. I don’t understand why people like it so much, (although I am always grateful that they do!). I added a few things to it in 2010 in an attempt to spruce it up a bit, but it’s chock-full of stuff about the SW universe and canon that I've since changed my mind about, which is kind of awkward. Plus, it doesn't go into the amount of detail I prefer to put into stories now, and I feel it's paced way too fast. And I've gone off on a tangent here, sorry about that!
List all the fandoms you have written for, and the number of fics for each one:
Star Wars: 5 posted, 17 unpublished.
Portal: 3 posted, 7 unpublished.
Pirates of the Caribbean: 1 posted.
Labyrinth: 1 posted.
Phantom of the Opera: 1 posted.
Tomb Raider: 1 posted, a few random ideas floating around.
Also unpublished stuff for Sherlock, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, Thunderbirds, (Yes, really! Don't judge me!), and Merlin.
See, I have an epic not-finishing-things problem :D
What story has the most reviews, and how many does it have?
That would be the above-mentioned ‘Fair Maiden, Shining Knight’, which currently has 917. Somehow! People are awesome :)
What story are you most proud of? Give me title, fandom, rating, summary, and review count!
At the moment, probably my Portal story ‘Sunlight’, because it was a very neat, contained little storyline, (prompted by Raintalker’s awesome artwork), and I never had a single day of writer’s block! Plus it was a total AU, and those are always fun. It’s rated K, has 31 reviews on FF.net, and the summary is as follows:
‘Working at Aperture Science's top-secret research facility on the moon, a bitter, callous Doug Rattmann just wants to return to Earth, fed up with the monotony. But within the cold tedium, there's a spark of fire: a test subject with extraordinary tenacity. Drawn to her against his will, Doug finds that it's not too late for him to change, and that maybe he can save them both.’
Are you part of any forums, be it fangirl/fanboy-ing or RP?
Not exactly, although I am a lurker on Gallifrey Base.
Have you created any OCs? If so, introduce your favourite to us!
I have, but so far none of them have made it to anything published! My favourite OC is in the Sleepy Hollow story I've been working on since about 2009! (I hope it makes it online sometime.) She’s Ichabod Crane’s cousin, Aliena Hawke, and she moves to Sleepy Hollow when she’s 18, after her husband’s death. Twenty years later, she gets caught up in Ichabod’s investigation when she begins to suspect that the Headless Horseman is the ghost of her husband.
What’s your favourite fandom to write for?
Star Wars or Portal. Wherever I drift off to, I always end up coming back to those two!
Any fandoms you haven’t written for, but really, really want to?
Not right now. I read more fandoms than I write for. Some of them I just enjoy reading about, I never feel the need to add anything.
And one fandom you will NEVER write for under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!
Oh...so many! But in terms of fandoms that I actually like, I’d never write for Harry Potter. For no particular reason, I just don’t feel that I've got anything to contribute. (If, by some twist of fate, I ever do write for Harry Potter, feel free to remind me that I said this!)
I like toast.
Also, I really hate ship snobbery and narrow mindedness. Not everyone ships the same people you do, and that’s okay. There’s infinite room in a fandom, and everything should be welcome. If it’s not your thing, don’t read it. Simple :)
Most of the pairings I like to write and read about aren't canon, which can be frustrating at times. Some of them are somewhat unusual, but there's nothing better than discovering a really well-written story about a pairing you love.
Pairings that interest me: Sabé and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars), Doug Rattmann and Chell (Portal), Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Leia Organa and Han Solo (Star Wars), Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean), Erik and Christine Daaé (The Phantom of the Opera), Jareth and Sarah (Labyrinth), Éowyn and Gríma Wormtongue (The Lord of the Rings), Éowyn and Faramir (The Lord of the Rings), Ichabod Crane and Katrina Van Tassel (Sleepy Hollow), Sherlock Holmes and Molly Hooper (Sherlock), Lucy Pevensie and Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia), Dwight Enys and Caroline Penvennen (Poldark), Merlin and Morgana (Merlin), The Joker and Harley Quinn (Batman), Glitch/Ambrose and DG (Tin Man), Alice Hamilton and Hatter (Alice), Scott Tracy and Tin-Tin Kyrano (Thunderbirds), Hermione Granger and Severus Snape (Harry Potter - if it's well-written with an of-age Hermione, otherwise it's a bit dodgy).