Date: November 22, 2008 09:48 am Title: Haircut
I'm so glad you mentioned this story over on the board, I might never have found it.
I loved this, what a sweet little analogy and backstory. Liked this line at the end especially:
It felt like defying gravity, air beneath his feet, the ball swooshing through the rim.
I also loved that Kelly said "Delia." *snort*
Author's Response: Yeah, I'm not usually big on pimping my own fics on the board, but in that case it seemed pretty relevant...anyway, glad you found this. Also pleased the backstory worked for you. And Kelly is just too much fun to write - she almost writes herself (oh no, what does that say about me?!?) Thanks, jazzfan!
Date: April 23, 2008 08:11 pm Title: Samson and Delia
"Sports Journalism class (no pressure, just testing the water," Way to make me go :D within the first paragraph. Because, um, everything. Jim is pursuing a dream because Pam is there helping him, and Pam is supporting him, while still being like no pressue, and at least in my head, I am thinking that that really does help it seem not so scary.
Okay, shutting up and reading the third sentence.
Ya know, all throughout the time I was in college (which obviously was so long ago considerin I graduated a whole 4 months ago), I never thought I looked adult. College ended, came back home, and I thought I looked even more like a teenager, looked like I was 12 again....but about a week ago, I looked in the mirror and was like "wow, I kind of look like a grown up." so that was cool. I don't know if anything physically did change, seems unliky it would, but something did.
See, this is what happens. I am not even done with the first paragraph. Someone take away my keyboard.
Okay, so yes. Even though I have weirdness about anything involvin sex, this apparently disappears after 11 as has been well documented by no one. Because "He’d forget his own name." then made me think "just listen to pam, i am sure she is screaming it out in pleasure"
What can I say, I am strange/warped/crazy/wacko/weirdo.
And Kelly makes any story better. Like. Seriously.
Only think I know about Sampson and Delilah (or Delia ;)) was a story that my 8th grade strings teacher told me. And all I remember of that was the very wise words of "always remember, your hair grows in prision."
Cutting guys hair can't be fun or easy. Unless its Pam and Jim. Then its kind of awesome.
Author's Response: Not strange/warped...that's not exactly a big leap to make, lol (and a healthy imagination is a good thing!) Anyway, as I said, I'm pleased you found so much here that resonated with you...and re: Pam, yes, I agree - encouraging him to pursue something he wants to try is very different than pressuring him to do something because of some abstract idea of what he should do. Thanks for all the detailed comments, Emily!
Date: April 23, 2008 07:59 pm Title: Another Haircut
"acquiescence" makes me think of Dwight's Speech. Just so ya know.
Oh, and that other stuff is good also ;) (aka way b etter than I could ever say, and that is why now I will ust like quote you instead, kthx)
Like, seriously. I keep wanting to quote every line, and just say "wow" "perfect" "totally right"... but I have been told that making the review longer than the story apparently isn't always cool. So, just imagine I am doing it. Nifty space saving device right there.
Poor Jim. I mean, really. I honestly (until today) never really thought about what that week was like for him. I never really connected it in my head that it was a week, and that stuff happened. Now that is all I will think about. Damn, I love this show. But anyways, back to your story, I think that I will think a lot in the same lines of this is probably what he was feeling/thiking because it makes sense. Something like that. I think I lost track my my thoughts a while ago (and then I think I wanted to see how many times I could say think :P)
Author's Response: I'm happy you thought this description of where his head was that week made sense...it was kind of enigmatic on the show, but I never got some people's interpretation that he was all 'la la la, who cares, here I go to NY with Karen, wee!' Thanks again, Emily!
Date: April 23, 2008 07:53 pm Title: Haircut
Since you self pimped it... and I actually really thought I read it, but alas, i guess I didn't, I read it now. Much more important than sleep, I say.
My mom still practically forces my brother to have haircuts (and he is... 24?). Haha. Its like, he mentions he plans on getting one, and then she bugs him until he does. I am starting to think he gets his hair cut ultra short, just to give more times between cuts... hmm.
However, this is how my haircuts go down: "mom, i need my haircut." mom gets out scissors, we spend five miutes or less cutting off x inches. And voila. Haircut.
And me and Jim basically have the same hair maintinance. Mine is brush and then throw up in a ponytail. It works.
I played soccer for years and years. I always liked being the best, but I realized I never really wanted to go beyond rec level. I did it for one year, and it basically sucked. Partly because I had a horrible coach (okay, this coach seriously chewed me out because I only scored two goals. Oh sorry coach. We friggin won the game!).
Okay, shutting up and moving on.
And then I go lalala... him and Tracy were nice friends who held hands and went to go get ice cream. Yes. That is how the story went in my head.
Author's Response: Going for ice cream...is that what we're calling it now? ;-) Glad to hear you could relate to this, Emily - and thanks so much for reviewing!
Date: January 15, 2008 11:18 am Title: Samson and Delia
Gorgeous! I'm so glad that Jim's back in it for the love of the game. What a great mix of haircut and basketball metaphors. And Kelly Kapoor continues to rule the universe!
Author's Response: Back in it for the love of the game - exactly. Whatever he ends up doing, at least it won't be about going through the motions. That Kelly scene was way too much fun to write - glad you enjoyed. Thanks so much for reading/reviewing, belsum.
Date: January 15, 2008 11:14 am Title: Another Haircut
Wow. So insightful. From the idea that Jim considered himself to be his own worst enemy to the idea that he was just playing a part to practice it in hopes that it would get easier. So tragic.
Author's Response: Yeah, it always seemed to me that he was playing 'that guy' - hoping someday he'd actually morph into him (i.e., stop loving Pam.) Glad the line about him being his own worst enemy worked for you - I think post-CN confession, he pretty much didn't trust his own instincts, thought he had to be someone else to be happy/lovable/whatever. Of course, that m.o. imploded too - thank god ;-) Thanks again, belsum.
Date: January 15, 2008 11:11 am Title: Haircut
Ooh, just going through the motions. Yikes. What a great peak into the history of Jim! I saw this one discussed in comments for another story (nqllisi's latest I believe) and decided to check it out. It's really good!
Author's Response: Well, I'm glad you found it! And that you thought this bit of backstory seemed believable for Jim. Thanks so much, belsum.
Date: December 31, 2007 01:40 pm Title: Samson and Delia
I'm glad I finally got around to reading this -- it's been on my queue! I love the way you've sandwiched the known haircut with 2 haircuts you've made up, but all of them work perfectly.
I really like how you wrote Karen in Chapter 2 (just as a reasonable person trying to make things work), and your portrayal of Jim after Beach Day.
Nice job, colette! (What a neat idea, too!)
Author's Response: I'm glad you did too, TLK! And also that you liked the way I filled Jim's blanks, post-BG. Karen..yeah, her and Jim just didn't fit (even aside from the inevitable Pam-factor.) Also pleased you thought this was a good idea - that haircut just always seemed rife with potential to me, lol. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing!!
Date: December 21, 2007 04:44 pm Title: Samson and Delia
Colette, everything you write is like foreplay! Ay yi yi, a shirtless Jim getting a haircut from Pam wearing his boxers. Damn. I loved Kelly's idea that hair is the window to the soul - brilliant and perfectly Kelly! I really loved Jim's responses to her, too - he's so uncomfortable/awkward/confused with her and that just makes me laugh. You totally nailed that. And I'm sorry to be a 12-year old (or Kevin), but I snorted at the first sentence and I'm a little ashamed. :) This was such fun...thank you!
Author's Response: When I read ay yi yi, why do I immediately think of Ricky Ricardo reacting to one of Lucy's stunts? ;-) Glad you liked, Sweetpea! I love scenes on the show where Jim is non-plussed by Kelly's comments - so happy you thought that dynamic came through. Here's what I love about (and writing) Kelly: she's like this oracle - mostly what comes out of her mouth is gibberish, but every so often, she says something that sounds inane, but is actually the truth, almost revelatory...I mean, within this context, she's right about his hair, lol. Anyway, thanks much for reading and reviewing - glad you had fun!
Date: December 18, 2007 06:52 pm Title: Samson and Delia
I'm sorry to review all at once but I just read all three and loved it! First of all, I love it because I think so many of us see Jim's hair as sort of an extension of his personality. I also love the sports analogy.
Also? Only you can make a haircut really really sexy. lol. Great job!! It's always a happy day when you write new stuff :)
Author's Response: And I'm always happy to read your comments ;-) Glad I'm not the only one (besides Kelly that is, lol) who thinks Jim's hair is, well, more than hair! Also happy you liked the sports stuff - during S3, I often thought of Jim as suiting up for the game, running the prescribed plays and such. (Okay, it's true, I've been a goner since seeing him play in 'Basketball.') Anyway, thanks so much for reading/reviewing, kells!
Date: December 18, 2007 07:30 am Title: Samson and Delia
Oh, Colette, I always love reading your stuff, and this did not disappoint. I loved Jim's POV and all the allusions to basketball- it felt very appropriate for him to naturally be thinking like that.
The description of Kelly and beauty school made me laugh aloud at work, which could have been dangerous, since what I'm supposedly working on isn't humorous ;-)
Thanks for writing this, it was just a lovely little treat!
Author's Response: I admit - I do have a thing for Jim and basketball...glad it worked for you too. Kelly is a treat to write - I love how within her blather, there's often some actual truth ;-)(Sorry about the laughing at work though!) Thanks so much for the kind comments, McGigi!
Date: December 18, 2007 05:44 am Title: Samson and Delia
Sorry I didn't review this last night when I first read it - it took me a while to decide which part I liked best: the idea of Jim 'testing the waters' of his Philly Jim dreams, Kelly and her saucy bob, or the image of Pam wearing Jim's old boxers.
In the end I think I have to go with the Hooter's barbershop. ;-)
There's a reason I want to be just like you when I grow up, Colette. You're all sorts of awesome.
You and Michael with the Hooters ;-)
Thrilled you found so much to like here...and you have awesome to spare already, Mox. Thanks again, m'am.
Date: December 17, 2007 10:02 pm Title: Samson and Delia
Oh Colette, I swear you write the sexiest stuff without writing sex at all.....because THAT was hot. The line about sometimes "everything felt like foreplay" -- man, that is SO how I imagine them. That the littlest gesture or joke or smile... I'm glad you gave Jim a brand new, hot little memory of getting a haircut -- something other than the one he got because he looked homeless. lol. Great stuff here! I hope something else gets into your system and you have to get it out, very very soon! lol
Author's Response: Aw, thanks LoveFool. I think much of foreplay (and sex too) happens in the head/heart, not just in the boy/girl bits, lol. I guess my next challenge is to find some other everyday thing (teeth brushing? taking out the garbage? getting a passport pic taken?) and seeing how I can obsess on that ;-) Glad it works for you too!
Date: December 17, 2007 08:22 pm Title: Samson and Delia
God. That last little moment is just beautiful. So quiet and intimate and comfortable. I was honestly holding my breath after she said, 'You look good,' because it felt like I might disturb them. And those last lines. Just wonderful.
Author's Response: Quiet intimacy is exactly the tone I hoped would come across - I love that you had a sense of not wanting to disturb them. That's lovely. I'm also pleased those last lines worked for you, cause that feeling (Jim's thoughts re: a jump shot in the last chapter) is what I wanted to describe, without actually saying it - if that makes any sense at all, lol. Thanks much, unfold.
Date: December 17, 2007 07:52 pm Title: Samson and Delia
Lucky for us you got this out of your system. Wonderful ending to a wonderful story. Love Jim taking a class, Pam being encouraging, Kelly being Kelly(absolutely love the idea of it taking her only twenty minutes to realize she would rather be pampered than provide the pampering....perfect!), and the ease with which they are together, being domestic. Love this line: Maybe nothing was impossible. Exactly:)
Author's Response: Have to say, writing Kelly is too much fun. I thought Jim just sticking his toes in the water, via a class, seemed right and maybe something Pam would inspire him to do (hey - didn't they once have a waterside chat about where his head was? I didn't even think of that while writing. Dang.) And glad you mentioned the 'nothing is impossible' line - I figured this ordinary 'domestic' scene with Pam would almost be like the impossible thing become real for Jim...his version of defying gravity, lol. So glad you liked this...many thanks as always, bitterpill.
Date: December 17, 2007 06:01 pm Title: Samson and Delia
Ohh kayyy. I've officially melted. I'll admit, I do have a weakness for Jim's hair in general and Pam putting her fingers through it in particular, but this chapter just has such a feeling of... rightness between the two of them. I love it. Also: the Hooters exchange cracked me up.
Author's Response: Rightness...hooray for that. For me, their relationship has the strongest pulse when it feels ordinary. Not melodramatic, just natural, just what is. And really - when Hooter's comes to mind that readily, it's a sure sign of spending too much time with Michael, lol. Thanks so much for your great reviews, thirtypercent!
Date: December 17, 2007 05:56 pm Title: Haircut
Ah, so lovely. Nice to see someone else as obssessed with
shagging shaggy Jim as I am. :) I loved all these little, er, snippets, especially the ones mentioning basketball. I liked your line about how when Pam runs her hands through his hair he forgets everything else. And well he should. :)
Thanks for a wonderful story, Colette.
Author's Response: Shaggy, shagging...it's all good ;-) Jim+basketball always works for me too. Thanks for sticking with this, and for the kind comments, NEJ!
Date: December 17, 2007 05:43 pm Title: Samson and Delia
"fancy pants hair"= spot on Pam, and past the fumbling stage... **sigh** I really enjoyed this Colette! :)
Author's Response: Kind of liked the 'fancy pants hair' line myself...glad you thought it sounded like Pam. And that you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much, Recorderalways!
Date: December 17, 2007 05:36 pm Title: Samson and Delia
Mmm...so erotic when Pam cuts Jim's hair. Remember the scene in "Hope"? Now you just wrote the modern version. :) Love how Jim trusts Pam to cut his hair, but it's just not really that big of a deal to either of them, unlike the previous two haircuts. It doesn't change who he is. Pam still loves him and he realizes that.
Loved this story, colette.
Author's Response: Well, if this made you think of 'Hope', that's a huge compliment! (I'll take 'erotic' too, lol.) And exactly, this haircut isn't about changing him at all...it's all about being recognized and loved for who he is. And trust. And, before I ramble any more, I love that you loved this story, EH! Thanks!
Date: December 17, 2007 05:30 pm Title: Samson and Delia
This was lovely! I love anything with Kelly in it, and you wrote her beautifully. The tension and heat at the end was also wonderfully written. Well done!! -CH
Author's Response: So glad you liked Kelly here - have only written her a couple of times. There's a fine line between showing the Kellyness of Kelly and turning her into a total caricature, lol. Also pleased you could feel the heat ;-) Thanks so much, CH!
Date: December 17, 2007 05:25 pm Title: Samson and Delia
Just a simple, sexy moment that shows how much they define "home" for each other. And a spot-on cameo from Kelly! This is lovely. And he's taking a class, eh? So it finally is Pam who pushes him beyond the apathy. That's perfect. Love this!
Author's Response: 'Home' - yup, I like that ;-) I do think Pam would push him a little, or rather, give him the support/nudge he needs to figure out what that is for himself. Speaking of support and encouragement, thanks so much for all your reviews, nqllisi!