Friday, July 9, 2010

New Blog!

Hola!

As you can see, I've been working away on the blog, changing the layout and adding more stuff to it. I'd like to thank the Skype Besties for keeping me from pulling my hair out when things didn't go my way and to Christie for making the suggestion that kept me from scrapping the whole thing. O_O

First thing you'll notice is that the address for the blog has changed. Instead of CloserColdDesert.Blogspot.com, it's now MariahajilE.Blogspot.com.

Second thing you should notice is the menu on the left side. That will take you to the page solely dedicated to C, CD. In addition to that, you'll notice that I have a few other pages that aren't filled in yet. Time After Time and Look After You are two fics that I have in the works. As C, CD will be my only RPF, these two fics will be E/B. The only thing I'll say for these two, as far as plot goes, is that TAT will be extremely angsty and LAY will be Alternate Universe. *wink* I'll start posting in Outtakes once C, CD is complete. I'll continue to add to it once the other two stories start taking off. One Shots will have sporadic posts. I Beta is dedicated to fics that I'm currently betaing. Goodies will include, as you can see now, banners and anything else that I may create or others may create for me regarding my stories. :)

Third, this page will be used for posts not related to any of the links to the left. Things such as teasers, Extra Goodies, and Follow Up posts will go in their respective story pages.

Finally, I just wanna say that I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get Chapter 20 posted. Even though I had about 75% of it finished when Chapter 19 posted, I wrote it way back in the day when I first started C, CD. My writing style's changed since then in addition to having to rewrite or rearrange events to go with the past 19 chapters. SuperBeta has informed me that Chapter 20 will post on Monday morning. As per the usual posting schedule, I'll have a teaser up on Saturday and the Extra Goodies posted on Sunday.

One more thing before I skidaddle: Reality Rebellion is STILL taking nominations for the RPF awards. If you haven't done so already, PLEASE stop by and nominate. RPFs and their authors don't get the recognition they deserve. Whether you vote for C, CD or not, just make sure you fill that ballot out. Do it! or @Christie_U will chase you down with my staff of infection, @tellme_thetruth will launch churros at you, and @Sweet_D2 will blast Bieber in your ear til you scream. You may think I'm joking... So, make sure you go HERE to get your nomination on. Make sure you also follow @RPF_Awards for updates on the awards and the other goodies they're coming out with. If I'm not mistaken, they're looking into interviewing RPF authors as well as hosting an RPF one shot contest. If you're interested in judging, have suggestions, or wanna participate in any way, make sure you tweet them and visit the site.


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fandom Gives Back 2010

I should seriously own a purple fuzzy hat and cane for all the pimping I do.

So, Fandom Gives back is underway and I couldn't be more excited. Alex's Lemonade Stand is an amazing organization helping children fight cancer. You can read all about its inception HERE. Peter Facinelli, PFach as he's affectionately called, has lent his celebrity to promoting this charity. The lovely ladies of the fandom have taken that a step further and rounded up some of the greatest authors, artists, and bobble owners to offer their services and items.

Back in the day when I actually had a job and a thousand other things going on, I signed up for but pulled out of participating in FGB because of said shit to do. I thoroughly regret this decision. Not just because I have a shitload of time on my hands now, but because this charity and event are much bigger than anything I ever had going. In any event, I'm here to give you some of the auctions I'm bidding on. I'm pimping like a beast! *insert Reaper here*


Jackson/Monkey Related Auctions
Cast-signed New Moon DVD
While it doesn't necessarily say which cast members signed it, you can clearly see Jackson's signature on the second disc.

Autographed Picture Of Jackson
If I'm not mistaken, this picture is actually a manip. The important thing is that Jackson's lovely mug is on it as is his signature.

Signed "Grape" CD
As plain as vanilla ice cream, you can see that each of the boys signed this puppy!


Authors/Stories
TellMeTheTruth
It's absolutely no secret that I fangirl over her stories. The woman can write her face off. She touches on subjects that most stay away from and she's eloquent as fuck (unlike me as you can see in that last sentence). In addition to her writing skills, she's also one of the few RPF writers involved, if not the only one. I searched through the descriptions of other authors and every single one of them said "No RPF" for the winner's choice of story. RPF is seriously not represented in this charity auction so please show TellMeTheTruth and RPF your support by bidding on her auction.

FeistyYBeden
I can't even tell you how much I adore this woman. She's an unbelievably talented writer, random as hell, and funny as FUCK! Having Feisty write a story for you and you alone is like Obama inviting you the White House. No joke. She's written "Goodnight Noises, Everwhere" and "Sleepers, Awake," both of which will leave you breathless.

JMCullen
This wonderful woman created Abandonward, the Edward from The Unaccompanied Soul. This fic OWNS my ass. There are no words to describe her Edward. If you're not already reading this story, I strongly urge you to start. There's a team set up for this one shot. I don't know if there's still time to get on the team, but you can contact @Sophz456 to find out.

Sophz456
S holds a special place in my heart because I knew her before I knew her. She's the author of Time Is Running Out, a Rob RPF which, unfortunately, is on hiatus right now. When I started reading her current story, Camisado,I had no idea she was the author. This story is massive WIN. Bella's strong in her determination but weak in her attraction for Edward, someone who needs her touch to just get through a difficult situation. There's a team for this auction, as well. Again, I don't know if it's too late to join but contact her at @Sophz456 to find out.

Lace Kittens
Lace Kittens. Sounds like expensive lingerie, right? Well, you're correct. Actually, it's the penname for two authors, Kitty Cullen-03 and lacym3. You can find their FF info HERE. They're offering an outtake from "Pushing Limits," a Jasper/Bella fic. Bid! Why? Cuz they're J/B folk, cuz they're cheap (Kitty's leg knows what I'm talking about), and it's for a good cause. Represent the non-canons out there!

For The Love Of Lisa
A few months ago, the fandom lost an author who was loved by many. LAMSKE was the author of Small Town Gossip, and, while her other stories were just as amazing, they were taken down by her family. A group of well-known authors have come together to offer you a total of 7 one-shots based on a photograph from Images Without Borders in her name. In addition to helping out ALSF, you'll also help keep LAMSKE's memory alive.

Other
Operafied Song!
Remember earlier when I gushed about FeistyYBeden? I'm about to do it again. So, not only does the woman have that ridiculous writing talent, but she's a fucking opera singer. You heard me right. Opera singer! Not only that, but she fuses her fuckawesome singing skills with snarky videos. Here's my favorite cuz it fully promotes #TeamJasperPianocide and I have a weakness for 80s George Michael. Anyone who knows anything about vocal abilities knows that opera is the most difficult thing in the world to sing. So, go watch and bid on her cuz she's fucking amazing and I adore her labia (you'll only understand that if you follow her on Twitter, @FeistyYBeden). P.S. I suggest watching the video twice so that you can first bathe in the wonder that is her voice and then die of laughter from the video.

Vegan & Organic Bath & Body Gift Set
So, my birthday's in April... *kicks dirt* Just kidding. But there's nothing like having some cute personal products that don't harm the creatures or our planet. Cuz who really wants soap that has animal flesh in it? OK, so that's an exaggeration but you know what I'm trying to say. It's a cute gift basket that doesn't harm the animals or the environment. Get on that!

Handiangel's Posh Brit Accent
I know that C, CD's not a o/s but how amazing would it be to have her do a read along to my horrific writing style in that voice? Maybe I could just ask @misskikieg.... Anyway, if you have a o/s and want that fucker read with grace and poise and another word associated with English accents, click on that shit.


I don't expect you to bid on everything, obviously. But I do ask that you bid on at least one thing from FGB. The money goes to a great organization and it shows the world that the Twidom isn't all about the scary and crazy bitches featured on Oprah and Kimmel. There IS substance here, and this is one way of proving that.

You can follow @fandomgivesback for up to date info on the auction. ALSF also has a Twitter, @AlexsLemonade. Last, but certainly not least, don't forget to give a shout out to the ladies running the show. It take a lot of time and effort to pull something like this off and my hat's off to them for doing such an amazing job of it. <3

Con Amore Siempre,
Iris

W I N !

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fandom Appreciation Day!

Ok, so I did a half-ass job earlier today of telling peeps just how much I appreciate them, but Fandom Appreciation Day is all about the full-ass. Wait... That's not how I meant it. Or was it? Dun Dun Dun!

First, I must acknowledge the C, CD readers. When I first began writing this story, I was terrified out of my mind that it wouldn't be well-received. To be honest, I didn't even expect to have one person read it let alone like it. Let's face it - it's not lemony by any means. Most of today's popular Twifics and RP fics are all about the lemons. But, for whatever reason, you guys understand that I wanted to keep this on a realistic front. Chapter after chapter, you demand more just like Oliver Twists but with vaginas and your porridge is Jackson. I know you dirrty hoors wanna see Jackson drop trou and get his squirrely-wig freak on, but you also understand that this fic isn't necessarily about that. You get that insecurities are a bitch, that Iris is a normal person fighting her own demons, and that the smallest words and gestures are what matter for her. Also, for you to put up with what is supposedly called "writing" is HUGE. If you wanna know what real writing is, visit the links to the right. -->

The C, CD reviewers: aami-cullen, Alexandra, Alexis.Danaan, and miles to go before i sleep, ashley920, aznpixie, BabyGeek319, Bitemeplease, cakemom_08, chikkalaura, clh20, dancing-echoes, darkstar, Djanga, echelon72, edwardluva84, ein_gutes_leben, fadingstarlite, FrankiLynn, Frootloop311, gallifrey, GreenEyes22, gublercullen, Jacksons lildarlin, JLBMOctober, Kaitie28, Ken_Doll, Little-lamb, longdistancewinner, Love-joy Cullen, MaryJ, Mommy02, monica1981, Moody One, neese96, Nicola-Tee-, oliveok, Orion/OryonUK, PurpleMeltDown, reaper07, rosela, roslyn89, scottslass, Sense, stitchcat, sunnihabibi/PaolosNutini, SweetSunnyRose, TwiCarol, Tumbleweed, twilight_dancer, WolfGirlNic, zoeee

The C, CD Twitter Hoors: GallifreyReject, MiraTL, Kymberlina, TwiCarolS, misskikieg, Rrosela, Klalo, Ljubljana_Vel , kiwiclovergirl, sharimg, sunny3282, ladyval05

Special shout-outs:
GallifreyReject/Gallifrey - You were the first enthusiastic supporter of C, CD and I will always love you for that. You keep doing that fake cough thing and asking for the next chapter and the next... I'm starting to wonder if you have pneumonia. Maybe you should get that checked out. <3

Orion/OrionUK/Kymberline - You are quite possibly the greatest thing to happen to C, CD. You read, review (on both sites!), and then spend ridiculous amounts of time with me on Twitter. Seriously? We need hobbies. LOL! I meant what I said about the cheerleader thing. And I heart you forever for it. <3

TwiCarolS/TwiCarol - On what was one of the worst C, CD self-esteem days since I started writing, you came in on your fluffy cloud and unicorn to put an end to my emo bullshit. For you to say what you did it just... I don't even have words for it. You *points* complete me. <3

MiraTL/Sense - OMJ, my little Jacksonite hoor! Where the hell do I begin with you? You are like one little ball of horny for Jackson and I love you to death because of it. I could spend all day on Twitter just tweeting about the most random shit and I'd complain that there aren't enough hours in the day for it. I wuv you for wuving C, CD. <3

Second, much love and adoration goes out to lizmynameis and tellme_thetruth for writing two of the greatest Jackson fics I've read. Everytime I see an update from either one of you, I squee and am convinced an angel gets its wings. Thank you for the time and effort you put into your stories. <3

Third, a hug and a box of kittens goes to Emotina/banana_pncakes7. C, the work that you do with The Woods is right up there with Wonka's golden ticket. With the exception of Wide Awake, The Woods is the best thing I've read (and I'm only putting Wide Awake above yours because hers is completed). You put up with my daily fan-girling, always have a wink and a smile in your tweets, and break my heart in the greatest of ways with your writing. I can't tell you how much I adore you and your talent. So, please never stop writing The Woods. I don't care if Bella and Edward are, like, 147 or whatever. :P

Finally, to my future jailmates: Klalo, Kymberlina, Ljubljana_Vel, LISAANDREWS23, MiraTL, Paranolia, Gozdess, and one biffel named Suzy. #OperationKidnapGuBoneGardTinson will indeed be a success. I am finalizing blueprints as we speak. Suzy has volunteered to bail our asses out of jail should we get caught. I know peeps who can act just like the lawyers on Law and Order so we're covered there. I read some earlier tweets regarding heels and blush. I have no idea what they're about, but I'm sure you hoors are devising plans. Things we need to pull this off: Someone to choose our outfits for the heist, someone to decide what make-up we sport, a location where we can hide the boys (ahem, MEN) that won't be raided by the cops, someone to charter a helicopter (just in case), someone to either make or obtain chloroform, and someone to gather rope, pliers, a cowboy hat, ketchup packets, headphones, 1988 Happy New Year hats (with fringe, please), 4 ziplock bags of wood shavings, the H volume of Encyclopedia Brittanica, a soda straw, 4 dimes, 17 pennies, 2 $1 bills, a copy of Ferris Bueller's Day Off on VHS, a tube of Hello Kitty lipgloss, and the Twilight board game. I found out that Skarsgard declared he would follow us of his own free will (see THIS tweet for confirmation). I feel we can use this to our advantage. I will attach a powerpoint, complete with photoshopped nekkid pics of our boys for inspiration (not that we need it but just cuz it's fun and dirrty), with the blueprints when I've completed them.

With all that shit being said, I heart you all. I'm thankful I can call you friends and fellow members of the Fandom. "My name is Iris and I'm a TwiHard."

P.S. Major love to The Meyer for creating characters that make us read and write and fan ourselves (but you shouldn't have done the fade to black, woman! I need sparkly peen!). I'll even give some love to Cougar Cathy for picking REALLY hott guys to play their parts. CC, you WILL be invited to J and I's wedding. *firm nod*


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris




Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Changed My Mind... Screw Em!

Oh, the things I realize when I'm hopped up on Tylenol PMs and wake to a strange review...

So, I know I pretty much made the decision to move C, CD to TWCS from FF.Net not two days ago. Well, I'm back to undo that decision. I realized that by making the move before anybody said anything about it or even reported it I'm giving in to "The Man." And to quote Empire Records, "Damn the man!" I have a happy home at FF.Net. I met Carol and Gabby and Sunny and a slew of other peeps on that site. I have too much invested in C, CD there and the friendships I've come to gain to just give up before the fight has even begun. I did take precautionary moves, however. The list of assholes was made available to me and I blocked them from reviewing, PMing, or having general access to my account.

The other reason I made this decision is, because, after my med induced coma, I woke to my first review on TWCS. As always, my heart jumped and I squeed a little. Then it hit me just how far I've come from first posting C, CD on FF.Net and Twilighted. I'm 28. I'm too old to start over. I just don't have it in me. I think I have arthritis and am in the beginning stages of alzheimers. My eyesight's going, too. I don't have the will power to get C, CD up and running on another site from scratch.

So, in conclusion (didn't you hate it when professors ended class like that? I did), I am keepinig C, CD at FF.Net until "The Man" says otherwise. And by the man, I don't mean those snotty, douchy douchebags AKA The LU. C, CD will stay on Twilighted. C, CD will continue to be updated on TWCS just in case The LU gets it pulled from FF.Net. The blog, of course, will stay. I'm loving this too much to give up.

"Damn the man! Save The Empire!" *fist pump*


Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

C, CD On TWCS

Jacksonites,

It took me all of 30 minutes to do it, but C, CD is up on TWCS:
My Profile
My Table Of Contents

I have decided that Chapter 12 will be the LAST chapter I post on FF.Net. After that, I will wait til Chapter 13 is posted on Twilighted and TWCS before I remove it in its entirety from FF.Net. As much as I need to do this, I hate the thought of it. The greatest reviews and words of encouragement I received were on this site, and I desperately hate to lose them. I will, however, take @TwilightAwards advice and save them. Just because they can't be displayed on the new site, doesn't mean I can't cherish them anyway.

Alright, I'm off to work on Chapter 12 (which I plan to have submitted to Twilighted by Saturday) before @GallifreyReject and @TwiCarolS start throwing things at me. :P

Con Amor Siempre,
Iris

Closer, Cold Desert Moves From FF.Net

Hola, my fellow Jacksonites!

It is I, Iris. Just wanted to let you all know that, due to the fuckery that's still taking place over at FF.Net, I'm moving Closer, Cold Desert to The Writer's Coffee Shop pretty soon. TWCS allows for all types of fan fics so there's no violation of their TOS. Also, for those of you who read C, CD on Twilighted, TWCS's format is almost identical. The benefit for writers is that we don't have to wait for our chapters to be validated. I haven't yet decided whether I'll remove C, CD from Twilighted and solely post it on TWCS yet. I'll keep you posted. :)

This blog will mainly serve as a place for me to rant and rave, when Twitter's 140 character limit doesn't allow me to do it there, as well as posting the C, CD Extra Goodies that I'll be transferring over from my FF.Net profile.

I will leave you all for now. I'm gonna finish uploading completed chapters to TWCS and continue writing Chapter 12.

Con Amor Siempre,
Iris