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Well here you have it everyone. I'm Jacob Black for Halloween!!! I've gotta admit, It's a bit brisk out today in IL. Anyway, I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween. I also hope everyone can check in with us and let us know how you celebrate. We celebrate by getting some drinks on and passing out candy. How about you guys?---Pocket Edward

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Music Monday - Collective Soul (@collectivesoul)

Music Monday: Reloaded is back for another week. We've been working our way through the Twilight soundtrack, exploring other music available from artists on the soundtrack. Today we're checking out Collective Soul, who's song "Tremble for my Beloved" appeared on the soundtrack.

Collective Soul's music dates back to the early 90s. The group has seen success in the industry, has nine albums out, and has a number of singles and hits beneath their belt. 

Check out the band's songs "The World I Know" and "Run" below! ("Run" also appeared on the Varsity Blues soundtrack!)

Oh, and another tidbit of information -- this group has been in my top ten favorites for as long as I can remember. :)

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Fabulous Fic Rec Friday

blueeyedcherry gives you a snapshot of great storytelling with Twenty Pictures Edward Cullen Took by Taneva Rose

High school; a time some remember fondly while others choose to never look back. Edward Cullen is Forks High School's resident photographer for the school yearbook. He seems like your average senior, but he has a secret—his camera can read minds. 

I read this as a WIP, after Taneva hooked me with her incredible story Blessed are the Forgetful (which was pulled not long after its completion). This was one of those fics that updated practically every day, and I would check FFN obsessively to see if a new chapter was available or not. Unlike other stories I've read, Twenty Pictures Edward Cullen Took doesn't necessarily follow a precise plot line. Instead, each chapter focuses on a different character and provides readers with a snapshot of how each character views certain experiences, situations, and people. The way Taneva wrote the story makes it work, different as it may be, and I found that after a few chapters I wasn't looking for a storyline of sorts anymore, but I was instead looking forward to reading about the next character's set of thoughts. 

Twenty Pictures Edward Cullen Took draws out so many emotions in a mere 21 chapters. Some chapters made me giggle, some pissed me off, and others left me feeling for the characters involved. One of my favorite things about this story was that I never knew which direction the author would take me in. One chapter might make me laugh while the one immediately following tugged at my heart. 

Taneva does a lovely job of breathing life into her characters with such short chapters. Each snapshot paints a picture of who these people are and shines light on bits and pieces of the experiences that brought the characters to where they are present day. Taneva also isn't afraid to stray from canon characteristics, giving some of her characters new and different traits that actually made me fall a bit more in love with them than I did with Stephenie Meyer's original cast (isn't that the beauty of fanfic though?). 

If you're looking for a short and easy read that's well-written and complete, give this one a try. And then come back here and tell us what you thought. :)

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WitchyVampireGirl hits one out of the park with Designated Hitter by esmegrace

I thought that it was only fitting that for my first “Something New” post I’d pay homage to the World Series and highlight Designated Hitter by esmegrace. This is a sweet, wonderfully written story about the choices we make based on our preconceived notions and the consequences of those choices.
The story opens with Bella who is toward the tail end of her fellowship in sports medicine at Baylor with an eye on her dream job as a permanent doctor at the clinic once it ends. It’s a job that she’s worked hard and long for, and made many sacrifices to get where she is. Right away you see how driven she is, almost to the point of obsession and single-mindedness. You also get a glimpse into her biggest sacrifice, Edward Masen.
Edward we learn is a star MLB pitcher who has just been traded to the Houston Astros from Atlanta. Much to Bella’s dismay, he walks into the clinic she is working at to help him rehab an elbow injury. Seeing him is a shock to Bella, one she doesn’t handle very well. As the first chapter progresses, we begin to get a sense for the history between these two, almost to the point exquisite tension. Instead, when it ends you’re left with an acute sense of pain and longing.
Of course, after the first chapter is where the author does something that I rarely get to see in a story—you get to read the backstory. Too often when there is an intense backstory, we get it in snippets and flashbacks. But esmegrace made the wise and refreshing choice to take you back to the beginning. In essence it’s a story within a story.
Chapters 2 through 10 esmegrace takes you through Edward and Bella’s first meeting and their inevitable romance. You see that Bella has always been driven, except at this point she is in Baylor medical school with an eye on getting her degree and taking the necessary steps toward her dream job. Edward is an underclassman baseball player who is full of life, fun, and spontaneity. All the things Bella feels she doesn’t have the time for.
Their whirlwind and intense story begins during a break Bella has between semesters. It’s a rare break for Bella, one where she plans on spending studying and getting ready for upcoming classes. Alice, in true cannon fashion, wheedles and cajoles Bella into attending a party being given by Alice’s younger sister who is attending Rice University. Of course Bella relents, and we watch as she tries to fit into a crowd she already feels too old to be a part of.
I’m sure you’ve guessed it—at this party is where she meets Edward and nothing is ever the same. Edward charms and disarms Bella with his persistence, crooked smile, and general sweetness. They bond over their mutual love of baseball, most notably the Astros and the Rice baseball team, of which Edward is a member. While the attraction is evident from the start, Bella fights it tooth and nail.
Why does she fight it? Age. I know. It seems a rather simplistic issue, and with them both in college one would think the age difference wouldn’t matter. But to Bella it does matter, a great deal. It is around this issue where esmegrace paints a vivid picture about this Bella; one that helps you understand that while there is only a four year difference between them, for Bella it feels like the Grand Canyon separates them.
Edward, sensing Bella’s apprehension, works his charm and takes baby steps to get Bella spend time with him. With them both on a break between semesters, they end up spending lots of time together with Bella rationalizing that once school starts up, they will part ways and all will be well. Yet, as we all know, the heart wants what it wants and well, Bella’s heart wants Edward, even if she refuses to acknowledge it. As the start of the school year draws near, we feel Bella’s reluctance and resignation to the end of their relationship. I won’t give away what happens, but I will say it left me feeling both were to blame.
When we rejoin the story in present day, we watch as they both struggle with the 6 year time gap and how both of them have been changed irrevocably by what transpired between them. We see that Bella and Edward were not the only victims, and that new players have come in to draw lines in the sand as to where and with whom they stand.
Currently the story stand at 16 chapters with a total of word count close to 80,000 words. I await each update eagerly waiting hoping for that moment when Edward and Bella realize that while it’s been six years, the feelings between them haven’t diminiished in the least.
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WitchyVampireGirl digs up some fic magic with Angel in the Attic by Leola Mae
Have you ever loved a story, lost it and then rediscovered it not knowing at first you had read it already? That happened to me with Angel in the Attic by Leola Mae. I had read it when she published it under fetishfanfic. I had the PDF and then in a computer melt down, lost it. In a fic dive I had done, I rediscovered that she was reposting some of her stories, and when I found Angel in the Attic, I was ecstatic. Even better, I got to read it as a WIP while she reposted it.
Angel is a unique take on the whole mate aspect. In this story, we see that Alice gets a vision of Edward’s mate and the joy he feels at this news is indescribable. He is beyond elated, is overjoyed, and is instantly smitten with his mate. While Alice’s vision of her is hazy, the part that is absolutely clear is their wedding. Its so clear that they mistakenly believe that it will happen soon. They ascertain that they need to be in Forks and they move there almost immediately. When the weeks and months go by without Edward having any clue as to who or where his mate may be, he becomes anxious and worried.
To help ease the wait, Edward begins to write her love letters, declaring his undying love and devotion to his nameless and faceless mate. In a moment of frustration, Edward takes a walk where he ends up in the backyard of a small house where he is assaulted by an aroma that calls to him. 
 Unfortunately, what he discovers is that his mate isn’t vampire, but a human baby. 
What happens next is a poignant story of devotion, sacrifice and the undying power of love. Leola Mae takes the best aspects of mating and imprinting and weaves them into a story so mesmerizing and heart-warming, you’ll have a hard time putting it down. It is a story you will find yourself re-reading when in need of a reminder that love comes in many forms.
Until next time, look for the magic in everyday life!

blueeyedcherry brings out the angst with No Beginning and No End by TheFicChick 

I'm pretty sure I forewarned everyone last week that I have a love of angst. And, well, this one is one of those sock-you-in-the-gut-repeatedly-until-you-can't-breathe-anymore kind of angsty stories. 

TheFicChick knows how to write things that hurt. This particular piece is merely a one shot, but in 5400 short words she pulled my heart out, slammed it in a blender, and then reassembled it, only to tear it out and step on it again in the end. 

No Beginning and No End focuses on Edward and Bella's relationship, and the chain of events that breakdown the strong ties that once bound them. What starts as a happy coupling is disrupted by a situation that no husband and wife could ever hope to find themselves facing. And as that situation passes, another dark and painful situation arises, one that has the potential to break their bond forever. 

I won't include any precise details in here, because I don't want to spoil this for anyone, and since it's a one shot it's even easier for me to spoil than other stories. I will say that you'll want to have something filled with unicorns shitting out sunshine and rainbows lined up as a chaser for this, because it's pretty freaking heavy and there are some dark themes going on here. 

TheFicChick's writing, as always, is beautiful and vivid, two of the reasons she's one of my favorite authors in the fandom. Head on over and check this one out if you're looking for something that's hard on the angst. 

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