A Writer's Journey

April 4, 2017

Long Live Outlaw Queen

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This entry started off as something completely different. It goes back to this entry where I wrote about how the writers of Once Upon a Time were bringing Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) back for a multi-episode arc. That arc began at the very end of Episode 10 (“Wish You Were Here”) when Regina (Lana Parrilla) encountered a version of Robin Hood in a realm created by a wish made by the Evil Queen, and ended two Sundays ago with Episode 14 (“Page 23”).

When Once came back after the winter hiatus (“Tougher Than the Rest”), Regina pursued Robin to find out if his life was better without her. She found out this Robin lost Marian before he could marry her and never became a thief with honor, stealing for himself rather than giving it to the poor. He admitted that he wasn’t happy and that it seemed the other version of him had a good life, even if it was cut short. Robin and Regina still had that connection, that pull, and they popped thanks to Parrilla’s and Maguire’s chemistry. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) suggested Regina take Robin back with them to Storybrooke and he agreed.


October 10, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

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It’s October, meaning we’re fast approaching November and NaNoWriMo.


I had been debating whether or not I was going to do it. I’m chugging along on my Big Project so I figured I was going to skip this year. But I changed my mind. I am going to participate.

What am I going to write? This time, I’m going to write a fanfic. Surprise, surprise, right?

Here’s a bigger surprise: It’s an Outlaw Queen one!

(Please note the sarcasm)


October 4, 2016

When Fans Win!

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I had another entry partially written but something happened  Tuesday, September 27th, that made me start all over again.

As you know, I’ve been very vocal all summer long about how upset I am that Once Upon a Time killed off Robin Hood and let Sean Maguire go. Many of us have been. The week prior, an interview with creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis was published where they said they got 3000 tweets every 2 seconds about Robin.

I did the math. That’s 129,600,000 tweets.


In the same interview, though, they said that there were no plans to bring Robin Hood back and that “dead is dead.” As you can imagine, the fans were not too happy to hear that and a bit confused. How could over 100 million tweets not make them reconsider their decision?

Well, it looks like it did.


June 27, 2016

Fighting the Good Fight

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Over the past year or so, I’ve gotten candid about being a fan of the TV show Once Upon a Time. I’ve also been forthright about being a total fangirl for the Outlaw Queen ship. As such, May was tough month for me and my shipmates. On the season’s penultimate episode, Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) was killed off.

It was a heroic death. And a beautiful scene. It was also a complete slap in the face to Robin’s fans and to Sean, in my opinion. Because Robin didn’t just die. His soul was obliterated. No chance of an afterlife, no better place. He’s just…gone. Which makes it very, very slim that he will come back.

But we won’t give up. And I am including myself in that. After a few days of crying, I grew angry and determined. While sitting in the courtroom, I decided that I was going to write a letter to ABC. And I did. I wrote about what Robin Hood meant to me and how I felt his death sent the wrong message to fans. A man who was honorable and always tried to do the right thing didn’t a get a chance to move on to a better place after we spent an arc watching several characters, including villains, get that chance. So be good and get nothing, be evil and get everything.

I wrote that it seemed to me that the network didn’t interfere much with the show’s production and so I appreciated the faith they placed in the writers. But that I believed this was a time they needed to step in and encourage the writers to reverse their decision. To make Robin undeaded.


March 7, 2016

Congrats, Once Upon a Time

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As I’ve made clear several times over the past year alone, I’m a big fan of “Once Upon a Time.” Last night, the show celebrated a great milestone for a TV show—its 100th episode. I can’t speak to the plot of the episode as if I didn’t write this ahead of time, it would never go up in time.

So what am I going to discuss instead? The past 99 episodes, of course! The reasons why we fell in love with the story. Or at least, why I fell in love with it.

Maybe I’ll convert a few people.

(Warning for spoilers!)


December 7, 2015

Fanfiction, Original Fiction and Me

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In my last post, I said I was grateful for the Outlaw Queen fandom from Once Upon a Time. And that I was going to expound on it. So here we go:

I’ve been posting Outlaw Queen fanfiction for over a year now. And it’s been great. Fans love my writing. “All That Was Me” had its own hashtag on Twitter! I never thought I’d have that with my original writing, let along a fanfic. People also adore my Dark!Robin story, “The Prince of Darkness,” which makes me happy. It just started out as a one-shot. And then it grew bigger. Now, I’m planning a sequel as well.

Then there are my non-magical AUs—”Comfort Food,” “The Nanny,” and “Building a Family.” All have good followings, especially “The Nanny.” People clamor for updates. And they are really complimentary.

But I’m not writing this to toot my own horn. (Okay, maybe a little). I have a point beyond that.


October 5, 2015

*Insert Inhuman Noise of Joy Here*

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So something exciting happened to me a couple weeks ago. As I’ve said before, I write fanfiction. Lately, it’s been “Once Upon a Time” fanfiction. And mostly for one specific pairing—the Evil Queen/Robin Hood one. (Trust me, it works). Anyway, a reader gave me a prompt and I wrote a one-shot about it. She then tweeted a link to the one shot, thanking me for writing it.

Others retweeted and favorited it during the day. Then I got the notification—it had been favorited by Sean Maguire. For those who don’t know, he’s the actor who plays Robin Hood on “Once Upon a Time.” I don’t know if he actually read it but the fact he saw something about it was enough to send me into a tizzy of fangirling.

It would be cool if he read it. And if he told others to read it. I’ve written about authors discovered because of their fanfiction. While I wouldn’t just rewrite a fanfic to make it original, it would be cool to get a book deal because the right people saw my fanfiction.

Of course, I feel I’ll probably have to keep going the traditional routes. I don’t mind it though I should probably get a move on it. I just need to manage my little writing time a bit better, I guess. It’s just that I know I really can’t balance between my fanfiction and my original fiction. One just consumes me. And right now, it’s the fanfiction.

But we’ll see. Wish me luck!

June 8, 2015

Complicated Women

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There’s a post that circulates around tumblr. Everyone does a version of it, myself included. It’s about writing women as real people. Here’s mine.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about complicated women. Namely two, from TV. Yes, another TV post. You can learn a lot from it.

First, we’re going back to Once Upon a Time. When I started to watch it, Emma and Ruby were my favorite characters. But then something happened during the second season. Regina started to grow on me. By season three, she was becoming my favorite character.

By season four, I was a full blown Evil Regal.


May 4, 2015

The Bed Switch

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I was going to do an entry on Star Wars because today’s May the Fourth (get it?). But I decided to change it after last week’s Once Upon a Time episode.

Background info: The show revolves around fairy tale and legendary characters cursed to live in our world. Robin Hood was introduced in Season 2 and brought back as a recurring character in Season 3—as a widower. During that season, he became the love interest to the reforming Evil Queen, Regina. In the season finale, his wife Marian was rescued from death due to some time traveling.


October 6, 2014

Linear Writing and Not Always Doing It

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What is linear writing? It’s pretty simple: It’s when, as a writer, you start at the beginning and write through to the end. I am a linear writer. I find it easier to write that way. Others prefer to write in scenes and connect them later. They find it easier to write that way. There is no right or wrong way.

But recently, I broke with my linear writing practices. Though not with my original stories. It’s with a new fanfiction I’m working on. (I’m sure I’ve mentioned I write fanfiction before. If not…I do).


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