I’m Back….

…to let you know I can really shake ’em down!

Now that I have “Do You Love Me?” stuck in your head, let’s hope I got your attention! 🙂  As stated in the title – I’m back. And no, not in the creepy Poltergeist way. I am writing again. *Cue the fanfare, rim shots, and drum rolls*

What can I say? It makes me happy to be back at the keyboard and to be tap, tap, tapping away. I am still having issues, but the days are less stormy and I am starting to see some sunshine. It is not to say the storm has completely passed…there are still days where I sit here at my desk and stare blankly at the screen trying to formulate a sentence while the muse whispers plot bunnies and one-liners in my ear. Then again, there are days where I become consumed with a scene or idea and the flow of words passes through my fingers and onto the page. The feeling to create something is indescribable and it brings me joy when it happens.

As much as I enjoy reviews and accolades for my writing, I have discovered that writing is something I really love doing for myself – for my own amusement. Though, I have to say that being able to share my stories with you and see people actually enjoy what my little brain conjures up (which Mr. Muse takes full credit for, by the way) makes me smile. I recently went back and reread my old stories and the reviews/comments left there; both here and on Fanfiction.net. Those kind words are priceless to me and warms my soul. They also give me the drive to finish the stories I have started and the urge to keep writing.

I can’t promise weekly updates as of yet, but I can promise you that updates will be coming soon and that you may see some new one-shots and short stories featuring other fandoms. I won’t deny that I thoroughly enjoy The Vampire Diaries fandom and that I truly love writing Damon. But you knew that, right?

However, I am planning on dipping into other fandoms. Some you may be familiar with, such as The Lost Boys, Charmed, Buffy, and Angel. The others, such as White Collar, you may not be.

I have decided that my Charmed one-shot, A Kind of Magic will be most likely a two-parter. I’ve been working on that and I think it’s near completion. The muse on that one isn’t sure which direction to take it. So, the first part will be edited and posted sometime soon. The second part will be posted once its finished.

I am halfway through a one-shot I started on ages ago. It’s an Angel/Bella story and that’s called Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. I won’t reveal too much of the plot other to say its rather melancholy – but the story is about life and the choices we make. Toss in evil, Wolfram & Hart, The Powers That Be, some tragedy, love and well….its a story that stuck in my head and had to be told. Plus, there will be Spike. Need I say more? Oh, and my favorite green demon will be featured, too…

I have also worked quite a bit on Ties That Bond and I think the next chapter to that is almost finished. I am hoping that will be up sometime within the next month. Keep in mind that I am working on my stories as they come to me. I worked on Spirits in the Mist last week. I already had the next two chapters to that done, but Bella demanded to be heard, so I had to rework some things to accommodate that and  the next chapter will be from her point of view. Her voice is quite a bit different from Damon’s and writing her at that point of time is quite challenging. In my other stories, she had/has already gotten completely over Edward, or was/is on the road to it. She either knows her place in the world or she is on the brink of discovering it. In this story, she is slowly recovering, but the wounds are still there, and to add to it, she’s in love with a vampire ghost. She has a lot to say, though…

I have wrote four pages of the next chapter to Not Enough Time, but that pesky thing called writer’s block has me stalled on it. I know what I want to happen and how I want the chapter to end – just tying it all together is leaving me befuzzled. I’ll let the muse work that one out and come back to it…

I have not touched The Devil Inside, yet. But I do have ideas for it, and need to muddle through them in my head before I start on it. I have no idea when that will be.

My head has been consumed mostly with my one-shots and I’ve been working on them. It’s good practice to write them for me because they have the beginning, middle, and the end all in one go and I don’t have to delve too heavily on the plot. The one that is really screaming at me is a Damon/Bella story tilted, Shades of the Past.  There are a couple others, but I am not sure if those will ever see the light of day. We shall see, eh?

As I mentioned above, I do have ideas for other fandoms and will be working on those as they come to me. I will update my current stories when I can and post my one-shots when I have them all ready to go.

This weekend, I will be posting a story that started as a one-shot for Fandom4Autism and it has grown to a four-parter. I haven’t written the final chapter to it yet, but the first part was donated to Fandom4Autism and I can now put it up here and on Fanfiction.net. I have some doctor’s appointments and my son has some appointments to go to, as well. So, if I can get the time to do one more read through of it and WordPress is in a cooperative mood, I will have the first part up for you by the weekend. That story is called Second Chances. I will put a small snippet at the end of this post, along with the header for it.

I am still battling with depression and anxiety, among other health-related issues, so please keep in mind that while I am dipping my toes back into writing and updating once again, it won’t be on a regular basis and it won’t be on a schedule. But I am back and it’s oh, so good to be here. Thank you to those of you who have reached out to me with your messages of support, good vibes and love. Your kind words mean more than you’ll ever know.

Xoxo,

Mommy4Thomas

As promised, here is the story header for Second Chances and a small snippet!

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Bella’s eyes widened, “And just how long will your blood be in my system, Damon? I don’t want to be a vampire.”

He tilted his head side to side as if in thought, “Usually, it takes about 24 hours to get out of a human’s system; but you…had a lot. So, I’d say it’d probably take about a week, give or take…”

She gasped at the thought and looked at him, “Seriously?”

He chuckled, shrugging. “Seriously!” he mocked. His mouth formed into yet another smirk, “Here’s a tip…don’t die! That is, unless you change your mind about the whole undead thing. Otherwise, we’d just have to find a vein for you to tap. Viola! Brand new baby vamp!” He then snapped his fingers while she glared at him.

“How can you be so blasé about dying and living for eternity?” Bella asked, with incredulity in her voice.

He pursed his lips, “Easy! I didn’t have much choice in the matter…”

She shook her head and wondered for a moment exactly what his statement meant. She glanced anxiously towards her bag and was rather stunned he had actually went to the truck and retrieved it for her. More like stole it, she thought. There were so many questions she wanted to ask him, but she just knew he wouldn’t give any answers, at least not directly.

Damon saw her peeking at the bag and took the phone and the menu from her hands. “Go get a shower and I’ll see to breakfast.”

She arched her eyebrow at his demand, but said nothing. She got up from the bed, tugging at the ends of the t-shirt to make sure everything was covered.

He snickered, “Oh, stop that! I saw it all last night, sweetheart. Believe me, there’s nothing there I haven’t seen before!”

She placed her hands on her hips and with a huff of annoyance asked him, “Has anyone ever told you that you’re an ass?”

He smiled, “Maybe…once or twice.” He then winked cheekily at her.

“Well, you are!” she replied snappishly, deciding to blatantly ignore him while she dug through her bag to get her clothes.

His expression was rather amused as she stomped past him, heading towards the bathroom with her clothes in tow.

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I found out last night that I made it through round two of the Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards. I didn’t make it through every category that I had been nominated for, but four of my nominations made it to the second round and I am so tickled pink about it!

THANK YOU to all of you that voted for me!! It made me smile and do a little happy dance in my desk chair when I found out! Nope, not embarrassed to admit that, at all!!

I am in the running for the following:

Favorite Undiscovered Author

Favorite Undiscovered Fanfic

The Devil Inside

Ties That Bond

Favorite One-Shot Fanfic

Reflections

As happy as I am to have made it through to round two, I am completely stunned at the same time! I’d probably go into shock if I make it through the final round!

Congrats to my fellow authors that made it through this round, as well! So happy for you all and I wish you luck!

Voting for the next round starts today and ends on June 22nd. Winners will be announced on the 25th. So…Please, run over and vote for your favorites. Clicky-click on the banner below to take you to it!

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Chapter Update: Ties That Bond

I sat here staring at the screen for quite awhile, trying to think of a clever little pun for my post title and my mind drew a blank. And I adore a good pun…

It’s a shame, really. But the important thing is that I have finally published chapter three of Ties That Bond. It will be almost a year since I updated that story, and I’ve gotten so many requests to update it. I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it. But real life, writer’s block and a muse that wouldn’t cooperate kept me from returning to it.

I hope you enjoy the chapter. Click on the picture below to take you to it.

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Tied in Time

Yeah, weird title, I know. You’ll see why as you read. I am now just starting to work on chapter five of Not Enough Time (it will be called “Up Against the Wall”). I have also worked  a little bit on the next chapter of Ties That Bond. The muse isn’t really pushing me on that one, so it’s been quite slow coming along. However, I got bit by a plot bunny and started on a new story. I have the first chapter of that one done, but have decided to wait until I have more written on it before I publish. I don’t want to leave anyone hanging like I have done with Ties and Time. The new story is titled Nothing Else Matters, and while it may feature certain elements from both Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, it will be an almost complete alternate universe. It is a Damon and Bella pairing (surprise, surprise, lol).

I also have been working on two one-shots. One will be a Chris Halliwell/Bella Swan pairing and I am well past the halfway mark on that one. I have yet to decide on a title for it, though. I got another story idea for a one-shot that is surprisingly a Stefan & Bella pairing. Yep,  it shocked me too when that plot bunny hit.  So, I am working on that as well. Once I am caught up on all the above, I will be working on typing up some old stories I have written in spiral notebooks over the past year or so, and editing the stories as I go, then finally posting them.  I am thinking it will give more options for you readers when you visit my page.

I will also be working on some new projects, which I will be announcing soon. Looks like I will be spending a lot of time at the keyboard in 2015. 🙂 Just please remember that I am still struggling with anxiety and need to deal with those issues, so things will trickle in as they are done. Thanks for reading and thank you for your patience!

Here Is Chapter Two of Ties That Bond!

I finally have a chapter update for you! I won’t be doing a whole lot of fanfare about it, as I have kept you all waiting for on an update for my stories for quite awhile. I would like to share an awesome gif that 4padfoot made for me, though…Click on it and it will take you to the new chapter.

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Before you get all click happy, I must warn you. There is a Lemon…Yes! I wrote my very first Lemon, and I am nervous about it. Please let me know what you think. As always, be mindful of the adult content warning I have on my page.