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Music Monday: Reloaded continues as we work our way through artists from the Twilight soundtrack, exploring other songs and albums they've released. Perry Farrell is the featured artist this week. His song "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" appeared on the film's soundtrack. A few interesting bits of information on Farrell: he started out with the band Jane's Addiction and was the group's frontman. He also started Lollapalooza.

Farrell has been involved in numerous music projects, doing solo work and starting another group, Porno for Pyros, which played during the 90s.

Check out Perry's song "Our Song" below! There's also a video from Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros, cause both bands are awesome and Farrell had a hand in their success.

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Fabulous Fic Rec Friday

Welcome to Fabulous Fic Rec Friday, the newest feature here at RobNation.org. Each Friday I (Nikki, aka blueeyedcherry in the fanfic world) will team up with my good friend Joey (aka WitchyVampireGirl in the fanfic world) to bring you a set of fic recs, author interviews, character interviews, and much more. 

Each post will feature four key elements:
Something Old is a rec from one of us for a completed fic.
Something New is a rec from one of us for a WIP that we're currently in love with. 
Something Witchy is a rec especially from WitchyVampireGirl. 
Something Blu is a rec especially from blueeyedcherry. 

We also welcome guest recommendations from our site visitors who happen to read fanfic. If you have a story that you'd like to rec, send an email to me at nikki@robnation.org and we can chat! 

Without further ado, let's kick off the fic rec fun! 


WitchyVampireGirl presents an oldie but goodie, Ithaca is Gorges by Giselle-lx


They say you never forget your "first"; first kiss, first love, the first time you…well, you know. Such is the same with your very first fanfic story. I found my first story by accident. I was looking for continuations of Midnight Sun fics and stumbled upon Ithaca is Gorges. 
From the first chapter I was hooked—insanely hooked. Even now as I sit and write this, I can remember how my heart beat with every word I read. I was in agony, danced with happiness, and swam in sadness. When it was over, I wanted to read it all again.
It’s a beautifully written story told from both Edward and Carlisle’s points of view during the time of New Moon. It doesn’t rehash the party or the aftermath of Edward leaving. Instead, it begins with the family already in Ithaca, and right from the start you sense the emotional turmoil that exists from Edward’s choice. As the story unfolds, you begin to see that no one in the Cullen family escaped the consequences of that decision.
As the story progresses we watch as Carlisle drowns in his own guilt and sadness, which causes him to pull away from everyone, even the woman he loves in order to cope. He throws all his time and energy into treating a sick little boy. He loses himself in the battle for this little boy’s life to the point of obsession. In this we see that Carlisle is far from the perfect patriarch portrayed. In fact, we see his flaws, and in them we see his humanity.
In Edward’s chapters we see the same self-loathing man we’ve come to love. But the twist comes in that it highlights the unique and complex relationship Edward has with Carlisle. Edward loses himself in his grief and pain over leaving Bella, to the point of a vampire melt down. It was almost too painful to watch Edward’s slow descent into himself. He becomes a sad version of a bat in a belfry as he wedges himself into the darkest corner of the house.
But, like I mentioned before, we don’t just see the effects that fateful party had on Edward and Carlisle, but on the family as a whole. I hung on every word and felt Esme’s confusion and loss as she watched her husband slip through her fingers. But even worse than that, we watch her struggle to keep her family together, even if that means asking Edward to leave.
This story is an emotional rollercoaster from the start and in my very humble opinion, it is one of the better EPOV of New Moon fics out there. It doesn’t gloss over the pain and consequences, nor does it trivialize them. It paints a highly realistic possibility of that time between when Edward left and when he was reunited with Bella. I promise it will be one story you’ll be happy you read.
Story Links:
FanFiction.net

 

blueeyedcherry presents a WIP she's in love with, One Day by RueForRegret
*cue music from the Pet Shop Boys*
In all honesty, every time I listen to "West End Girls," I think about this fic, and I'm instantly a pile of mush and all smiles and everything else good in life. I stumbled upon this one when I was perusing through Facebook groups and saw it recommended. I haven't read too many fics where Edward and Bella are older adults with almost-adult children themselves, so this was somewhat new territory for me. I wasn't quite sure which direction Rue was going to take us in, but by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. I wanted to know everything there was to know about all of the goodies in the envelope Bella kept hidden in the basement crawlspace. 
Man oh man, did I ever find out about those goodies—and so much more! 
By the second chapter we're transported back to 1984, which happens to be the year Bella got her first taste of love in the form of Edward Cullen. She's going through a rebellious streak while at the same time trying to maintain some semblance of innocence. He's good looking, charming, witty, and experienced—add that up and you have the perfect boy to try and nab that innocence from her. The Canadian National Exhibition and one tricked out 1980s teenage boy bedroom set the stage for young love, but don't think for a minute that Rue makes it easy on these kids. Their time together is lighthearted and fun, but it's also short lived, because the cards just aren't meant to play out correctly for the young lovebirds.  At least not in the 80s...
Rue leads us back to the present day, but not after squeezing and kicking our hearts around a bit. Bella's teenage, tech-savvy daughter is more than happy to help her do some Internet stalking, and as soon as they find present-day Edward, Bella's heart starts beating for him again. 
I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, so I won't provide more details than I have already. I will say that the author takes readers on an incredible journey. When I first started reading One Day, I used it as relief from the extremely hard angst I was experiencing with another story. I'd read a chapter here and a chapter there, but eventually I gave in and read everything that was posted in one big streak. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want to either. I laughed out loud, cried happy and not-so-happy tears, banged my fist on the table a few times, and found myself swooning left and right. 
There's currently 35 chapters of the story posted. The updates are sporadic, but there's only one chapter left, which is the epilogue. If you're looking for a fun and easy read that will capture your emotions and keep you hanging on every word, then by all means go and read this story. 
Story Links:
FanFiction
Banner Link (from author's profile)


WitchyVampireGirl shares one of her favorite witchy fics, Elemental by TallulahBelle
So I figured for the first post from the something Witchy corner I would focus on…well…something witchy! I’m not sure if I’m the only fanfic reader who does this, but I read in genre spurts. First is may be all vamps or all human, then high school, then college fics...you get the idea. Well, I decided that I wanted to look up fics where Bella or maybe Edward was a witch. Unfortunately, while there are about 300 fics out there that deal with witches in the Twilight world, not many of them are complete or captured my attention. All except one; Elemental by TallulahBelle.
Right from the start this story grabbed me and kept me entertained the whole way through. It starts off when Bella and her family return back to Forks, as they are needed to fulfill their family’s role in protecting a powerful source of power. It is there where Bella learns that a little game she played as a child is really her magical powers. In fact, Bella is one of the most powerful Earth Witches Forks has ever seen.
This story has so many cool elements; the supernatural, a great storyline and plot, drama, romance and all our favorite characters. It’s complete at 30 chapters and an engaging read from start to finish. I encourage you to give this amazing story a read.
Until next time, look for the magic in every day life!


blueeyedcherry tears your heart out with an angsty treat, Under the Apple Tree by Danieller123

As Witchy mentioned above, we always remember our first. While Under the Apple Tree technically wasn't my first fic ever, it was in the first small grouping of fics that the friend who dragged me into this world sent me, and so it will forever have a place in my memory—and in my angst-loving heart. 

I love angst (I know, just mentioned that). I love it when an author rips my heart out. I am an angst h00r to the max. What else do I love? Damaged characters, especially when the author provides a good reason for their current plight. Well, this Edward and Bella are both damaged; Edward from his previous marriage, and Bella from her childhood. She's a stripper, he's a doctor. She's been on her own for a while, he's always been well taken care of. They come from opposite sides of the track, and when their paths meet, they set off down a long and winding journey, filled with self-discovery, pain, and healing.

Danieller123 writes beautifully, infusing the darkest of moments with small silver linings and bits and pieces of hope. One of my favorite things about this story is that nobody gets an easy way out. Edward does a lot for Bella by providing her with a place to stay and a steady income, but he doesn't treat her like a charity case or simply hand her the means to fix things. He makes her work for things and is insistent that she get to the core of the problems and work through that rather than slapping a bandaid on a gaping emotional wound and calling it a day. Edward doesn't get a basket of candy and rainbows handed to him either. Instead, he's forced to face his demons, learn how to trust, and learn how to mold a relatively undesirable set of circumstances into something bigger and better.

There are dark and heavy themes in this story, but as I said before, there are also bits and pieces of hope, and some moments that will put a big smile on your face. 

This story is no longer available on the popular fanfic sites, but check below for a link to Danieller123's blog for the story. If you're looking for a well-written and powerful story, look no further and check out Under the Apple Tree.

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(PS - Sorry this is a day late! Blogger kept kicking me out last night, not saving, and then wouldn't publish! Grrrrrrrrrrr.)

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