Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chapter 24 Follow Up

Buenos dias! :)

So, the last chappy of Jackris in Vancouver... It's not my favorite chapter but I tend to think they all suck so it could've been worse, I guess. LOL

The talk between Iris and Jackson about what's going to happen once Vancouver is no more is something I definitely wanted to include. It's one of the first real indicators that things are changing for them. Each has thought about it a little but they haven't discussed it with each other and I think that's when it really hits home for both of them that they're time apart is closer than they think. Kristina and Molly's mentions are there for a reason. ;)

Iris babysitting Theo was something I wanted to add just because that kid is adorable as sin and I hoped it would add some humor to the chapter. By the way, "Finding Nemo" is actually the reason I no longer include fish in my diet. LOL

I hope the amount of Spanish used didn't throw anyone off or make it difficult to understand what was going on. With Iris going back to New Mexico and visiting family, it was necessary to include.

Homecoming/Reunion. Everything included in that scene actually happened to me when I went back for my 10 year (with the exception of Jackson, of course).

Jackson doing the dirty talk thing is a preview of how things may be for Jackris in the future. Even though they discussed everything up to the Albuquerque Monkeys show, nothing after that time was even mentioned. "Foreshadow" is the key word here.

The "We aren't angsty" discussion scene wasn't added until the last minute. I debated for a bit about whether I should throw that in there or not, but I ultimately decided to add it for a specific reason. While some relationships are very dramatic and full of emotional rollercoasters, I didn't want Jackris' to be that. Yes, there was some drama to start the relationship off and there may be some drama later on, but the focus of this fic is HOW these two people got together and what they do to make that work. Plus, as mentioned, neither Jackson nor Iris are really the type to make things difficult. He's laid back and she's a giant kid.

The idea of having a Thanksgiving dinner when it wasn't Thanksgiving was something I had in mind from way back when. Since Eclipse finished filming on Halloween of '09, I thought it would be cute to get everyone together before they left to have one giant final dinner. Dinners have always been a big thing in this fic because it was a way for the cast to have some sense of normal in their crazy, celebrity world.

Having Iris play the cello for Jackson was always in the cards. How she went about it, though, has changed a bit over time. In the end, I decided to have her do it at Thanksgiving dinner so that readers could see just how far Iris has really come. She voluntarily offered to say grace as well as orchestrate, no pun intended, the cello bit. As far as song choices go, I always had "Don't Make Me Wait" in mind. I thought about going with "The Gravel Road," but I knew that the instrument used HAD to be a cello. I also thought about going with "August's Rhapsody," but, to me, it would've seemed like she was showing off more than anything else. I wanted to keep it sweet and simple, going with a song that has cello features but doesn't become the star of the song.

Serious time: The word count for the chapters is going to start decreasing. It's a little difficult to explain why but just know that they won't be the 16K chapters that they have been. They could land anywhere between 5K and 10K at this point. Also, I've been making some decisions as to how to end C, CD. I mentioned in the last chapter's A/N that there would be roughly 6 or 7 chapters left, but I'm a little discouraged by some things, mainly the lack of reads and reviews lately. Now, I'm not saying that fic reviews are the world, but they're indicators. If nobody's reading or reviewing, it's difficult for an author to want to continue writing. What's the point? THIS is why I always encourage people to leave reviews for every story they read. As an author, I know how disheartening it is to put your everything into a story and only come out with 5 reviews for a chapter. I knew going into fic writing that RPFs were a shunned genre, but it made me happy to see that C, CD was doing kind of OK despite that. But to go from 20 reviews a chapter to 7 really hits hard. Like I said, though, I haven't made any real decisions as to the story's final days. I may just cut my original ending all together or keep it the way I had planned. *shrug*

Since there haven't been any comments left regarding the JPOV outtake for @FansAgainstDV and I doubt any will be left before the December deadline, I'll make the final decision as to what to include for it. I already submitted a o/s for FADV that has nothing to do with C, CD. I wanted to write something having to do with the topic of domestic violence so there will be a total of two submissions from me for the cause. The non-C, CD outtake is very dark, though. Misskikieg, FrootLoop311, and J preread it for me and had varied reactions to it. Some said it was difficult to read while others said it was necessary. Idk. If you purchase the entire collection, you can let me know what you think. :)

Alright, that's enough of my rambling for the day. I'm off to see "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows" again as well as "Unstoppable." I have a thing for Chris Pine and his scruff but an even bigger thing for Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. Seriously. The Grint has his own category titled "YUMMO!"


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chapter 24 Extra Goodies

Jackson's "Girlfriend" hair
Kristen's botched dinner
Chile verde
Finding Nemo
Toy Story
High school reunion dress
Paranormal Activity
Minnie
Dinner out shirt
McSteamy/McDreamy
NMMI
Folgers commercial
I Am Sam
Disturbia
This World Fair's “Don’t Make Me Wait”

Believe it or not, I haven't started any new fics. O_O I have, however, started betaing a new fic. It's called Coffee Shop Tango by @kaymjack. Please check it out and show her some love in the form of a review. :)

SuperBeta got back to me and the chapter WILL be posted Saturday morning. *nerves of terror*


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chapter 24 Teaser!

Could it be? *gasp* Dun dun dun. That's right! A teaser for a new chapter and there wasn't a new leap year. *does the Macarena* Work has some great writing mojo. I hope they don't start giving me more to do than usual. LOL! So, here it is:

“You don’t really have to go to this thing. Reunions are shitty.”

“How would you know? You’re a baby,” I laughed.

“All high school reunion movies say they’re shitty.”

“You got a point there. But I wanna go back and be all nostialgy. I also wanna put it behind me.”

I sat down on the bed next to him, shoving my rolling suitcase out of the way.

“It’s not really a big deal now but it really sucked not having friends back then. Being ignored for four years wasn’t exactly fun.”

“You’re not ignored now,” he mumbled, taking my hand in his.

“That’s what I mean. I have you and Suzy and everyone else in my life now. I’m a college graduate and I have law school coming up soon. I’m not the same quiet person I was back then. I can put the bullshit of high school behind me.”

“And this Richard guy’s not gonna try anything funny, right?”

“I hope he does. I’m kinda hoping he fucks me doggy style in the middle of the barracks so everyone can know how crazy we are now.”

“You and your dirty mouth,” he said, effectively shutting me up with his own dirty mouth.


The SuperBeta hasn't confirmed whether she'll be able to validate and post Chapter 24 on Saturday for sure. Just in case she does, though, I thought I'd put the teaser out today to go with the usual blog-posting schedule.

Tomorrow, Extra Goodies and the musical chapter title. Hasta manana!


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chapter 23 Follow Up

Hi! *waves*

From the few reviews I've received, I see that the hot and shmexy times are an approved art form. I hope you know that those two lemons were in there for a reason and not just because. As you guys know, I don't write lemons just for the sake of writing lemons. Actually, they're quite weird to write. So, if you're expecting a lemon in every chapter from now on, you obvi haven't figured out that this fic isn't about that.

So, just like Chapter 22, the Fuck Me Playlist I included in this chapter's Extra Goodies didn't actually play in the chapter itself. But I like to make playlists and thought that maybe these'll inspire some of you to give the significant other some sweet, sweet lovin. LMAO

The five copies of every Mariah CD? Yeah. That's true. Don't judge me.

So, the premiere talk. It had to be had. I was never, EVER going to have Iris walk the red carpet. Come on. The girl hates the paparazzi and the invasion of privacy thing. Putting her on the carpet with Jackson would be just WAY too much for her to deal with and would go completely against what she believes. She knows that Jackson has to deal with it because it's a part of his job. Putting her out there, though, would throw her life into an even bigger tailspin, not to mention have a really big effect on Jackson's career. She's never been interested in the spotlight so there's no need to have her there with him. They each know what the truth is and that's good enough for her.

I absolutely totally wanted to have Peter and Bryce's kids in this chapter. They're adorable as sin and I thought it would be nice to have Iris interact with some new people in a different way.

By the way, the "New Moon" screening actually did happen while they were in Vancouver. The party thingy afterwards didn't, though. In reality, after the screening, the cast went to the Kings Of Leon concert. I needed to move some events around to fit the story, but I still wanted what actually happened to be a part of the plot. Reality and all that jazz...

I know it may have seemed random, but I wanted to show that Jackris is as much a normal couple as any other and that's why I included the little tidbit about Jackson being jealous over the dude that's going to the reunion with Iris. More on that situation in the next chapter. :)

Now, here's the deal with the Jackson POV I was talking about in the chapter's ending A/N. @Buhbeesgirl on Twitter has started Fandom Against Domestic Violence, @FansAgainstDV. It's pretty much like The Fandom Gives Back but is specifically geared toward victims of domestic violence. I, thankfully, have never been personally affected by this. I have, however, witnessed the aftermath of such a horrible incident. As many of you know, law school is in my future. What some of you may not know is that my goal is to end up in the DA's office as a prosecutor for the Sex Crimes division. Domestic violence sometimes falls into that category. To prepare, I've taken classes on the psychological aspect and sat in on interviews with victims. If you haven't had to deal with this, please consider yourself blessed. Anyway, I wanted to participate in this charity event. So, what I decided to do, is offer up a chapter of C, CD in Jackson's POV.

As far as what chapter it is, I'll leave that up to you. Because my entry is needed by January, I'll need everyone's answer by the first of December. Leave me a comment on this blog post about what chapter of C, CD you'd like me to go back and revisit then rewrite in Jackson's POV. Any chapter is up for grabs. The chapter with the most votes wins. Simple.

Click HERE to go the blog for more details on FADV. The cool thing, in my opinion, is that for only $10, you receive every contributing author's piece. There's no bidding for individual pieces. You can donate more, of course, but $10 gets you the whole shebang. Pretty neat, huh?

Ok, so I'm done with that. As I said before in my opening A/N, I'm writing a lot at work. I'm almost done with Chapter 24 so I'll try to get that up within the next two weeks, but don't hold me to that. LOL! Also, in case you didn't get one of the gazillion tweets about it, I started a Twitter account solely for the Jackson FB page I run for the Darlins. If you want all of the info on our boy and 100 Monkeys, make sure you follow @JRathboneFB. :D


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chapter 23 Teaser!

I wish I could've given two teasers for this chappy since I took so long but I honestly didn't have more than 2K words written until 3 days ago. Lo siento :(


“Honey, I’m home!” Jackson yelled out, causing me to giggle.

“How was work today, dear?” I retorted, feeling totally awesome using my Donna Reed voice.

“It was OK.”

I heard him put something down in the living room area and his footsteps shuffle.

“Where are you?”

“I’m in here. What are you doing back so early?”

“David said we got everything we needed to get and let us go since he knew the screening and party were tonight.”

“Oh.”

“Marco!” he yelled out.

“Polo,” I giggled back.

“What are you doing down there?” he said, his voice sounding much closer so I knew he was in the room.

“Looking,” I began as I stood up, “for this!” I smiled, holding the monkey cap up.


I stood there waiting for him to say something but he never did. He stared. He stared as if he had never seen me before and was trying to figure out why some chick he had never met was standing in her underwear, freakishly happy that she had found one half of a pen.

“Babe, you OK?”

“What are you wearing?” he asked, his eyes roaming over me.

“Oh. I dropped half of my lunch on my clothes. You know me. I’m a messy eater,” I chuckled as I looked down at my boy shorts and tank top.

I was walking past him to the closet so I could put some clothes on when he grabbed me really hard by the elbow and pulled me back to him. He walked me backward until my back hit the wall. His body had mine pinned against it and all I could do was drop the pen I had in my hand. He leaned his left arm up against the wall as he stared directly into my eyes.

“Is this what you’ve been wearing all day?” he husked.

“Y-yeah. I was just gonna put some clothes on. You looked as – “

I didn’t get a chance to finish my explanation cuz he shoved his tongue in my mouth. And, really, who am I to complain about that?

As with the usual posting schedule, the Extra Goodies will be posted tomorrow, the chappy on Sunday, and the Follow Up post on Monday. PLEASE make sure you check out the Follow Up post so you can find out how to get an outtake from C, CD of Jackson's POV.

I'll see you guys tomorrow. :)


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris