Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Chapter 20 Follow Up

I have spent the past 24 hours laughing hysterically at the reviews and tweets you peeps have left for me. Someone threatened to go Kathy Bates in Misery on my ass if I took too long to update the next chapter, another wondered if Jackris will now get past "third base," while @BeckyInPhilly... Well, let's just say she's gone insane. LOL! <3

So, first thing's first. I feel like I have to apologize for the pacing of this chapter. I wrote 75% of this puppy six months ago. Since then, my writing style changed in addition to some of the events having changed. As most of you know, I don't necessarily write chapters consecutively. I have a tendency of writing specific passages as the inspiration hits me. Working with the content I wrote a long ass time ago was so much more difficult. There were certain things that HAD to stay in the chapter and others that had to be changed and I was trying to keep them in while making sure that the events lined up. I feel like the pacing of the chapter was a little off, so, if it was, I'm sorry about that. If you didn't notice anything, then I'll just shut up right now. :P

I need to say this first about the smexin in this chapter. No, Iris does not have amazing Pamela Anderson blowjob skills. Something that I don't think I conveyed very well was that Jackson's enthusiastic, uh, participation and vocal abilities were because the poor dude hadn't had any action below the waist in three months. Not to say he doesn't have any stamina, but I'm surprised the guy didn't blow his load quicker. Little Bone was neglected... *sigh* LMAO!

The song that Iris sings, "Superstar," was always going to be the one sung in this chapter. When J made me listen to it when it first came out, I was already working on C, CD and I knew it would be absolutely perfect. I did, however, think that one other song woulda been great in this chapter, too. Shania Twain's "When You Kiss Me" has always been a favorite of mine, but I felt it was a little too serious for the type of relationship Jackris has. I mean, it's beautiful and romantic and all, but Superstar is more fun and innocent, which I think represents how these two are with each other. So, this was Iris' way of saying "I love you" without actually saying it. It's much easier for her to express herself through music. No, she didn't realize that three of them had been in the room with her for most of the song. You think if she'd known, she woulda kept singing? You also woulda read about her having a panic attack.

Some people have actually started to complain that Jackson's too perfect in my story. Trust me when I say that he isn't. Jackris is in the honeymoon stage of the relationship so everything's all sunshine and rainbows and bunny rabbits. All of the angst has been on Iris because 1. She's dealing with serious insecurities, 2. She's got that grandmother, and 3. The story's from her POV. If this was written from Jackson's POV, I'm sure we'd know all about his inner angst. The other thing you have to remember is that Jackris is still in its Vancouver bubble. We haven't seen what they're like when they're apart for a LONG period of time...

I wanted to let you know now that it will be a while before I can get Chapter 21 up. I know, I know. It already takes me forever to update, but at least I'm telling you now in advance. One week from today, I fly out to California to meet up with some friends for a week long vakay at Comic Con. I've never been and the giant nerd that I am is on the verge of exploding from sheer joy. Also, I'll be at the Monkeys show on the 23rd with both cell phone camera and regular camera in hand. It'll be madness, I tell you. MADNESS! After that, it's the month of August and I'll be moving my ass back to New York. I don't know what date exactly, but I have to find an apartment all the way over there from all the way over here. Finding a place to live that isn't Suzy's couch and a new job will be my priority from this point on. I'll write what I can so that it's not even more delayed, but I'm def not promising to have anything to you soon. Sorry about that. :(

I had such a blast while watching Eclipse! The leg hitch/proposal KEELED me. I cried. You can ask Hope. Of course, the battle training/sequences with Jasper and his backstory had us all squirming in our seats. What'd I tell you about that squirrel wig in Chapter 8? *waggles eyebrows* I know a lot of people bitched and complained about The Last Airbender. Again, ask Hope how she had to keep me from getting into a fist fight with some asshole after the midnight screening about it. If you're not familiar with the TV series, the movie was amazing! If you are, then the movie was a let down. I'm a fan of the series so I know why people had issues with it. However, standing on its own, TLA was great. I have a feeling that the things people are bitching about are things that M Night will take care of in the second and third movies. The man's one of my top three directors for a reason so I know he'll amaze us all.

So, for now, I shall leave you. I'm going to take the next couple of days to answer reviews and then I'm catching up on a shitload of fics I'm behind on and ones that I've been dying to start. <3

Con Amor Siempre,

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chapter 20 Extra Goodies

Dance Party Mix
Janet Jackson's "All Nite (Don't Stop)"
Britney Spears' "Circus"
Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music"
Beyonce's "Freakum Dress"
Black Eyed Peas' "Hey Mama"
Outkast's "Hey Yeah!"
Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
Trey Songz's "Say Aah"
Lady Gaga's "Starstruck"
Bone Thugs N Harmony's "Take The Lead (Wanna Ride)"
Eve's "Tambourine"
Pitbull's "The Anthem"
The Veronicas' "Untouched"
Beyonce's "Upgrade U"
Nicole Scherzinger's "Whatever U Like"
Usher's "Yeah"
I have close to 400 songs on this playlist so I just picked the first few that came up while on shuffle. :)

Reggaeton Examples
Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina"
Notch's "Guaya Guaya"
Shakira's "La Tortura (Remix)"

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Michelle Tanner's "You got it, dude"

Fuck You
Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff"
Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Linkin Park's "Crawling"
Korn's "Falling Away From Me"
Korn's "Freak On A Leash"
Smashing Pumpkins' "Fuck You (An Ode To No One)"
Metallica's "Fuel"
Evanescence's "Haunted"
Flyleaf's "I'm So Sick"
Eminem's "Kim"
Mudvayne's "Not Falling"
Linkin Park's "One Step Closer"
The Used's "Pretty Handsome Awkward"
Metallica's "Sad But True"
Blink 182's "Stay Together For The Kids"
Marilyn Manson's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)"
Avril Lavigne's "Unwanted"
Kittie's "What I Always Wanted"
Guns N Roses' "You Could Be Mine"

Paramore's "When It Rains"
Taylor Swift's "Superstar"
Kelly Clarkson's "I Want You"

Edward/Bella Fic Recommendations
Confessions Of A Nanny
Just Wait
My Ride Home

Real Person Fic Recommendations
Perfectly Known Stranger

Slash Fic Recommendations
Seven Minutes In Heaven

Crossover Fic Recommendations
Daniel Gale: Cumming To America

Chapter 20 Teaser!

So, this section I'm about to give you wasn't in the original draft of the chapter, but I added it at the last moment cuz I thought it was important for Iris' sanity.

“I take it you’re doing OK?” Kristen smirked before drinking her beer.

“I’m good.”

It got really quiet for a moment and then I heard Nikki chuckle.

“See? She’s got that look.”

“Who has what look?” I asked, scanning each of their faces for this supposed look.

“You,” Ashley laughed.

“I have a look?”

In my drunken state, I put my bottle down and then used both hands to feel my face. I don’t remember exactly what I was trying to accomplish by doing this, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. The girls burst out laughing.

“You’re smitten. You’re a smitten kitten,” Ashley smiled.

“Yes, Dr Seuss. I am a smitten kitten,” I replied as I rolled my eyes.

They continued to make cute little kissy noises and goofball faces at me for a while. Kristen and Nikki decided to go back in once they got it all the teasing outta their systems, Ashley staying outside with me. I asked her about how everything had gone for her during those three weeks we hadn’t seen each other and she gave me a quick overview.

As we were talking, I could hear the party going on inside. Out of nowhere, I heard Jackson let out a loud ass laugh and I couldn’t help but smile.

“Oh, you’ve got it bad,” Ashley said.

“Can you blame me?” I giggled.

“I guess not.”

Those three words hit me hard, making me realize that I didn’t know the truth, know anything, about what might or might not have gone on between her and Jackson. Just the possibility of her being with Jackson, I don't know, intimidated me. Naturally, I had always been curious, but it seemed to actually sink in more now that I loved him.

“Ash? Can I ask you a question?”

“Yeah,” she replied, her voice getting serious.

“Normally I don’t ask these sorts of things cuz you know my issues with people prying into your lives and how you guys don’t really have any privacy anymore, but it kind of involves me now.”

I took a deep breath and turned my body so I could face her.

“Have you slept with Jackson?”

As of right now, the chapter's looking to be around 15K words. I'm still editing which means this could change. I have a habit of adding more in certain spots and deleting others. But, as I mentioned before, the whole thing will go up on Monday morning thanks to the SuperBeta.

Extra Goodies gets posted tomorrow (Sunday)!

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Con Amore Siempre,