Date: May 15, 2012 11:28 am Title: It has been half a decade already…
So heartwarming, Danielle. Yet another impossibly perfect vignette. It's fleeting, the hours of the day, the days of the week and the weeks of the year. *sigh* So true. I love the images you create and the thought that they honor this anniversary each year. A life without this, a night ending any other way other than this, it's unfathomable. As always, well done, my friend.
Date: May 14, 2012 11:44 pm Title: It has been half a decade already…
Thanks for finishing these stories and for giving some Jim/Pam substance to these S8 episodes. You have kept the spirit of Jim and Pam alive for us through your beautifully written stories. You have kept a "light on" for us when the going got dark. You have kept a candle burning for Jim and Pam, who are alive and well in the minds of your readers. Thanks for taking care of our couple.
Date: May 14, 2012 03:45 pm Title: It has been half a decade already…
*HAPPY SIGH* I'm equally devastated by this series finishing as I am about Season 8 being done. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy these little masterpieces of yours. You make an even better episode AMAZING. I hope you continue this for season 9. You make me so happy LOL
Date: May 03, 2012 07:40 pm Title: If all the stars in the sky shined at once, they'd never be as bright as you…
OMG how did I miss this when you first updated it? That was so good, like, just the thought of Jim being dorky and writing a poem like that makes my heart want to explode with joy lol. These are seriously amazing. If you could win an award for best fanfic, you'd win. This series makes my week each time you update x
Author's Response: LOL I updated this a few hours before we all met Jenna :) I knew you'd like it! Aw, award for best fanfic - that's so cute, thanks. Does it look like a Dundie? LOL Thanks so much for all of the support! huggie hugs!
Date: April 29, 2012 06:55 pm Title: If all the stars in the sky shined at once, they'd never be as bright as you…
Love, love, love! I'm so glad you're still posting - and that you're working with some other authors. I've almost been desperate enough to try writing something myself! :) Honestly, this continues to be made of awesome - thank you for sharing it!
Author's Response: Thank you so much for letting me know that you are still enjoying these! I worry when I post the steamy stuff that it won't be right, so I appreciate all the feedback. I hope you continue to stay tuned, I have something special planned for the finale. :) Thank you!
Date: April 28, 2012 08:18 am Title: If all the stars in the sky shined at once, they'd never be as bright as you…
Glad you covered all the jokes that Pam swung at Jim :). And as usual loved the Jam love. I've noticed you write them as the perfect American Family and they have a very traditional relationship (Jim as head of the house). Regardless of what people think its very sweet. Nice reflection on women owning to many shoes too lol. As always well done, later.
Author's Response: Thanks! It was sort of a two-for-one chapter, since I couldn't come up with anything really meaningful for Angry Andy, I figured I'd stick it all in this one. I'm a traditionalist, and I think that this couple in particular would be more of the traditional American family - happy to see that you like that about them. Thanks for the feedback, as always, it's very much appreciated! :)
Date: April 27, 2012 10:15 pm Title: If all the stars in the sky shined at once, they'd never be as bright as you…
Delicious writing - I do love a bit of surprise smut. In fanfic you understand ;) But it's nice when it creeps up on you and is also sultry and organic (again, talking about fanfic). But Pam did look gorgeous in the episode and that's a pretty adorable date story so I can totally imagine this happening....Not that I'm actually imagining...Okay everything I'm saying sounds dirty, but I swear, I genuinely loved this chapter!
What I don't love is that we're the two authors left standing! But I appreciate all your valiant efforts. It will not be in vain!
Author's Response: Hahaha! You're too funny. The smut was definitely a surprise to me too, it just sort of... happened lol! Pam really DID look gorgeous at the auction, and I loved their banter about the shoes. It's nice when she teases him a little. Thank you so much for making me giggle through reading this review, I'm really happy that you liked it! :) And, yeah, people are going to probably want to smack me if I post another story, but this new series sparked all of my creativity that I thought went away, so thank you for that, as well.
Date: April 27, 2012 07:53 pm Title: If you don't stop crying...
Danielle, you are a wonder. Wow--what a great chap. Once in a while as I read a story I can hear the characters' voices as I read the dialog. I felt that here. The little first-date details were so achingly real and sweet. From start to finish, this just oozes with love.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your efforts. You're so great
Author's Response: Thanks so much, Nancy! Is it weird that I can hear their voices as I write these? I haven't written a first date story, mostly because there are so many of them, and there's only so many ways to say the same things and apologies, but I love the idea of showing little things that they might remember from it, once things got settled and they made their way back to being friends again. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see that you enjoyed what I've written. You're so great, too, my friend. Thank you so much. :)
Date: April 27, 2012 05:51 pm Title: If all the stars in the sky shined at once, they'd never be as bright as you…
Hi Danielle... I'm sorry I haven't been reviewing. I'm still out here, still reading and enjoying SO much. I've just been really very ill and don't have the concentration to leave the reviews I like to leave at this time. This story continues to be absolutely aesome. I love your imagination as you come up with the scenerios of the things that happened before or after a particular episode and you always make them absolutely believable. I always feel that things actually did happen that way and I also can always see that you writing is of such quality that it feels like what you write could actually be an episode. Your writing truly does continue to be smazing!
Thank you SO much for first continuing to write and then also for really working to keep this place going. It's so so sad when it goes SO long between stories/updates. Recently when it went almost a month I was so sad and couldn't help but wondered if they had shut it down to new stories. I'm SO SO thankful that they didn't. Being ill, MTT and fanfiction have become a very important part of my life. I have to spend way too much in bed in awful pain and believe me, fanfiction helps me sometimes to forget, even if only a little, maybe takes the edge off enough for me to get lost in a story and give my medication time to take effect and start working to dull the pain a little. ANyhow, thank you for encouraging these authors. There are some that I want to come back and finish stories that are hanging out there unfinished. Before I say any more on that, let me thank you for ALWAYS finishing the stories you start. I admit that I find it frustrating to get wrapped up in an unfinished story BUT I find it far more frustrating to find an author has a pattern of starting stories and then not finishing them and going on to a different story. Some stories that aren't TOO old that I would LOVE to see the authors come back and add to them/finish them are (I'm listing some just in case the authors happen to read this they can see there are readers that very much want more) Set Fire to the Rain, The 4th Wall, Acquisition, I Heart Pickles, Accidentally In Love, Layover, Cardiac Care, Is it Fate or Coincidence and The Arrow. I know there are more but these are a few that hopfully the authors can find it in their hearts to return to. THe first few I mentioned are the ones that I am VERY anxious to have continued/finished! So PLEASE, ANY author out there with an unfinished story please PLEASE come back and finish it!
Oh and Danielle, as far as ideas for other stories... this may sound REALLY stupid to you so feel free to tell me it's an awful idea or to take a flying leap or just ignore it. It kinda intriques me... well, I have two, one more defined than the other. The first starts out cannon and then would veer UA, the other would pretty much just be UA. So actually I'll start with the least defined one... in this it's season 3 I'm thinking though I suppose maybe it would work somhow as season 2, I like it as season 3, Jim is currently with Karen though he knows it's not going to last and his heart still belongs to Pam but he's ignoring her pretty much completely. Anyhow, Pam gets into some kind of a very serious accident and Jim realizes that he has no choice but to be there. I don't know what the accident would be, car accident has been done so I'm thinking not that but something where Jim goes to the hospital and won't leave with Pam there like that. Through this he has to admit his feelings are strong as ever and he learns of her feelings.
So the other, more defined idea is this... it starts Suring Back from Vsacation when Dwight finds Pam crying over Jim (though he doesn't know that's why at the time) and he comforts her. My idea pretty much is that Pam doesn't really have friends at this point to lean on. The friends she had were hers AND Roys and stayed loyal to Roy or were Roy's family or his friend's girlfriends so when Pam left Roy she lost all her friends in all that. So Dwight sees how miserable Pam is and he starts understanding that she doesn't really have friends to lean on and he starts being there for her and a strong friendship (TOTALLY NOT romantic!!) begins to develop. The start having lunch together, in and out of the office and Jim starts to see this bond between Pam and Dwight and he is trying to figure out what is going on. (The stuff with Pam and Dwight, lunches and maybe going to see movies and stuff can involve Angela or not depending on what you want to do with it. Through all of this, maybe Dwight is saying things, planting seeds with Jim because Dwight comes to realize how deeply Pam loves Jim so he starts making comments, just small seemingly innocent ones that Jim has to puzzle together on his own, and Jim comes to realize just how lonely and unhappy Pam's life has been since he left Pam and Pam left Roy. Also, Jim starts to understand what a really awful place he put Pam in on Casino Night and the price she paid after he took her life and basically tore it apart and then left, leaving her alone and without a best friend as she went through the toughest time in her life. I just really want to see a strong friendship between Pam and Dwight where Dwight really helps her with Jim and Jim taking responsibility rather than being the victim of Casino Night.
I Guess a third idea would have Pam leaving DM after Roy's attack on Jim and Jim turning so cold on her. She leaves without Anyone but Toby and/or Micheal knowing she is leaving. Jim realizes what he has done and the fact that he still loves her and doesn't want to live without her. No one wants to give him information to help him find her but he is determined that he will. During at least part of the time he is realizing these things/searching for Pam he is still with Karen. The only thing is, he's constantly breaking dates and blowing her off because he knows that his relationship with Karen, which he is well aware is not based on love but on fear, so it all makes him feel guilty because he knows had he not been throwing Karen in Pam's face, Pam wouldn't have left. He maybe tries at different times to break up with Karen but she does different things to avoid break up talk though he does eventually break up with her. It's at some point after the break up that he starts making headway in his search for Pam.
OH... dorry... one more idea, during season 3 Pam does the same thing Jim is doing, gets a boyfriend to try to move on. Jim is crazy jealous especially since her boyfriend is a great catch. Good looking, good job, going somewhere in life. He isn't able to have the smug feeling of knowing he would be better for Pam like he did with Roy. This guy coomes to the office a few times to get her for lunch or pick her up at the end of the day and everyong there (except Jim) is crazy about him and so happy for Pam. Karen is just happy Pam has a boyfriend and maybe kinda likes Pam's guy. Anyhow, the boyfriend of course has one fatal flaw, the same basic principal as Karen's major flaw, he isn't Jim so in the long run it just isn't going to work. You can work this any way you want but of course eventually they are going to both realize they won't be happy without each other.
I'm done. Sorry fror rambling. I wrote so much I've wrks myself into terrible pain spasms and they'r about killing me right now, but I DID have fun thinking f ideas. I hope maybe you can find something useful and we'll see a new AWESOME story from one of my two favorite authors! (You and Dedeen tie for my VERY favorite not just on this site but anywhere!) Thank you again for your encouragement to others to write! Would love to see the stories get moving. Maybe someday I'll actually break down and post one of my own! Take care and keep up the AWESOME work Danielle! *hugs* XO Tina
Author's Response: Thank you so much for those ideas, Tina! I'll see what I can work out for the series and will credit you if I can get these ideas off the ground. :) It's so nice to hear from you, and I really appreciate this review and the lovely complement, I'm so honored that you think I'm as good as Dedeen. That means a lot to me. I'm really happy you're liking these one shots, it's been fun writing them and with the lack of Jim and Pam this season, it's really helped me stay in tune with them. I have a big idea for a finale to this, so I hope you'll like it once it's posted. Thank you for being so encouraging and for these great ideas! Hope you're feeling a little better :)
Date: April 24, 2012 05:46 am Title: It appeared out of nowhere…
I like the Jim you've painted here. Aside from his apparent "never taking things seriously" work persona, this Jim is serious on the inside.
Author's Response: Thanks, jazzfan. I really think that him never taking things seriously leaves him as too one dimensional of a character. I think (maybe I over analyze too much) that he kind of goofs around at work because he's not serious about the job, he just wants the money so he can support his family, you know? Thank you so much for letting me know you liked this side of Jim's character. It really is nice to read that it felt real, since we don't see this side of him, and I feel like I invented it a little. Thanks for the support! :)
Date: April 20, 2012 08:21 pm Title: It appeared out of nowhere…
It's been dead around here, so I was extra excited to see this :) A nice reflection on what he has been through and who he is now. I loved the image of him sitting there with Cece and Philip. So sweet. Same with them all sitting as a family as their babies fell asleep. Loved it. Thanks for keeping this going.
Author's Response: It has been really quiet here, but thanks to YOU I think it'll pick up... though hopefully others will join in soon, something sparked my creative juices though and I've got a ton of new ideas. I can't thank you enough for that. I really do love the image of him sitting with the kids too like that, just hanging out. I'm sure I'm going to have to get them out of the house eventually, but it's tough with these particular one shots, because it's always after work. I think once I get the newer stuff written, they'll actually be outside of the house breathing fresh air. Thank you so much for everything, really. :)
Date: April 20, 2012 04:17 am Title: It appeared out of nowhere…
Glad your back with more. This sure was random, but then again you didn't have much to work with. This weeks episode was way better though. Can't wait for next update. Until then :)
Author's Response: Aw, thanks, yeah it was a little odd how I thought about it. I was almost certain I wasn't going to get a one shot for this particular episode, and then I just started thinking about it and it came out like this. Happy you liked it! I really appreciate all of your support :)
Date: April 19, 2012 05:07 pm Title: It appeared out of nowhere…
I loved it. I, too,felt that Jim connected with Nelly's broken heart -- and that it had a big effect on him. You caught the feelings that must have affected Jim, and of course Pam was there to give unwitting comfort as she usually does. Thanks for continuing this story.
Author's Response: Thank you so much. I thought the same thing by Jim's expression so I figured I'd go with it, hoping it wouldn't be redundant. I think even when they're not outright saying what's on their minds, they still know when something's bugging the other. Thanks for reading and reviewing, I really appreciate it! :)
Date: March 23, 2012 01:16 pm Title: Irrelevant, mostly pointless, but…
No matter how bad the show gets you continue to produce gold. Perhaps you disagree but I honestly think the show has gotten off track again. But thats beside the point. This was beautiful. I liked how they were off this chapter in the beginning because it always leads to a great make up scene. This was probably the best one yet. You really nailed what a guy like Jim would be like when irritated. He is the silent type that turns inward. I liked when Pam told Phillip she hopes he'll be just like this father one day. Nice touch with Jim's horrible attempt to convince Cece he wasn't mad lol. Oh and Pam calling her children Boo and Bug. Ha, adorable. And of course you can't beat some good old Jam smut. Interesting at the end how you referenced Jim's unhappiness and 'options'. It's a topic which all of us seem to struggle working into our understanding of Jim. He's an easy going guy who obviously cares more about his soul mate and kids more than anything. But we always wonder if he'll ever become more... or even wants more. The show itself has always kinda side stepped this question I think, though there are a lot of hints about it. Okay, that was cool, keep up the good work.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm going to have to agree with you on the show being a little off track again. I had been really loving the Tallahassee stuff, but the last few episodes haven't been my most favorite ones. I try to just pay attention to Jim and Pam and ignore whatever else is happening around them. Definitely agree with you too about Jim's character, he's not a shouter, he just holds things in. I think though, his little two year old is able to see right through him. I think kids are really perceptive. Glad you liked the nicknames, I wasn't sure if it would be a good way to go but I think every once in a while is good. I really think the show is stuck with Jim's development - they tried the manager thing, and could have done well with it, but chose to go another way, and they could have made him manager and they did the same thing. I think it would be nice to see him evolve, but at this point the only place for him to evolve is with another company, once he gets some motivation. (I promise I really do still like this show and this couple lol) I think I'll try to keep that theme going, as long as it's true to what the show's giving us. :)
Date: March 22, 2012 09:46 pm Title: Irrelevant, mostly pointless, but…
Thank you for mentioning her nap. I know it bothered me that she gave in to Nelly. Whether it bothered Jim or not I can't say from the episode. I don't for a minute think that it would end up being a big deal between them. But I do believe he could be upset about it. And yes sometimes the conversation takes a back seat to a less verbose (shall we say?) apology :p
Author's Response: It bothered me a lot that she gave into Nelly. I wish she'd have been stronger in resisting, but I thought maybe she was afraid of losing her job? So I went with it. Most of the time, I feel like I'm addressing my own concerns with my own one shots lol I'm glad you enjoyed this, and yeah, sometimes you don't need words to apologize ;) heh Thanks so much!
Date: March 22, 2012 11:02 am Title: Irrelevant, mostly pointless, but…
You ARE a superhero! Able to turn mediocre episodes into awesome fanfic with the wave of your mighty pen. Spin move! /Dwight
There are so many good things to say about this, not sure if I can name them all. I really like the idea of them talking later about Jim's dissatisfaction with his job and his options. I think that would be a great final season story arc for the writers to pursue.
Another great chapter - I'm so glad you decided to continue this piece!
Author's Response: Aw, thanks so much! That's so sweet of you to say! I watched Jim's facial expressions a lot, and he just looked tired and nearly fed up throughout the episode, so I think that Pam napping would have sent him over the edge to angerville at least a little bit. He did seem really unhappy with the office in general. I (hope) next season they'll explore that a little bit and show some sort of character growth. I mean, I totally understand why he's still in that office (No Jim, no show, pretty much) but yeah... I think he's had enough. Or is getting closer to it. I'm really so thrilled that you've been enjoying these, thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! :)
Date: March 22, 2012 10:39 am Title: Irrelevant, mostly pointless, but…
I loved in your story how Pam can make Jim's anger melt away. Your characterizations are so believable -- such wonderful extensions of what I see on the show -- like an after-party -- Pam and Jim after the show. :-)
Author's Response: LOL! I love the Pam and Jim after the show stuff, and I really had no idea what else to do do with Get the Girl... so I figured why not go with this. Glad you liked it! :) Thanks so much for the lovely compliment :)
Date: March 21, 2012 02:22 pm Title: Irrelevant, mostly pointless, but…
Oooooooh what a lovely surprise this was.Is it weird how much I love moody Jim? He just seems so sexy and grrrowwwwwl ;)
Your fics always put a smile on my face, but even more so when I didn't know it was coming :)
Author's Response: Oh, I love a moody Jim too. I also would love to see a short sleeved Jim... but a girl can dream LOL Thanks so much! xx :)
Date: March 17, 2012 03:18 pm Title: Insane two year old stalker is crazier than a crazy beet farmer.
I continue to enjoy this story so much. Because of it, today I asked my (very verbally delayed) 2yo if he could be good. He shook his head at me. I asked him if he could just try to be good - again, a head-shake, accompanied by a very emphatic, "Uh-uh!" So. Obviously, you write a very realistic 2yo, lol. I loved this chapter and all its warm fuzzies. You do such a great job capturing Jim and Pam's voices (I think I just said the same thing in a review of "By Your Side" - sorry to repeat myself.) Now - if you can make something pretty out of "Get the Girl" you will be a superhero. :)
Author's Response: I hope things become more positive for your son! It's weird how I"m able to write a 2 year old realistically, since I don't have any kids of my own, I only have baby sitting experiences from 10000 years ago to draw from. I'm really enjoying writing this little family and Cece, so hopefully I'll manage to continue doing so. I really appreciate the kind review, thank you so much! :)
Date: March 16, 2012 11:09 pm Title: Insane two year old stalker is crazier than a crazy beet farmer.
Loved this. :) On the show, my ideal Jim-coming-home scenario would have been Pam and the kids meeting him at the airport, but since they didn't go that route, your version of their reunion is the perfect substitution. Banter in the beginning, sweet kid stuff in the middle (LOVED little Cece here), and sweet couple stuff at the end. (And I laughed at your note at the end. haha) Thank you for this! It made me smile.
Author's Response: Oh, I completely agree, I would have loved to have seen Pam and the kids meeting him at the airport. I'm loving writing Cece and the family stuff for some reason, I think mainly because we'll never see any of it, it just sort of sparks up in my brain until I write it. I'm so happy to see that you enjoyed this! Thank you! :)