Date: March 25, 2020 09:15 am Title: Day 11
Oh. I have to say thank you to the nod to Persuasion - I reread it every summer! And thanks for the backstory on Superman. I've never read comics, so it helped me to understand where Jim was coming from.
Jim gets five stars here for cleaning up, making dinner, taking care of the baby and arranging a thoughtful surprise!
This was a nice break from these crazy times! Thanks for writing!
Author's Response: The nod to Persuasion is also a nod to the current Regency-JAM story being written by Dernhelm, but I'm glad you liked it too. No problem about the Superman backstory. The comics I reference are among the greatest story arcs of the character. Glad you liked how Jim was taking care of things at home. Glad I could give you and everyone else a quick break.
Date: March 25, 2020 09:00 am Title: Day 11
This. Is. Adorable. For a minute I was like “why is Helene being so nice?” And then I remembered that the Helene that doesn’t like Jim is in “Silver Wings” and not this story! I love that Jim got serious about something that really is important to Pam and that we got to see a slice of something he loves equally as much. I see some parallels between Jim and Superman 😉 great work as always!
Author's Response: Thank you. Kinda fun that I could confuse you like that. It was fun to write Jim fixing his gaff with the Finer Things Club, and what better way to do that than with a comic book? Jim and Superman are both arc-type characters so yeah, of course there would be parallels between them. Thanks for adding in your own literary contributions to this review and MTT.
Date: March 24, 2020 11:22 pm Title: Day 11
Warrior, this was a lovely update. I wondered where you were going with the literature/Superman discussion and it turned out far more profound than I imagined. I’m with Helene though, give me Persuasion any day... (That’s so not the takeaway here, but nonetheless).
It was a very nice touch to have Jim stage his own finer things club of sorts and try to give Pam’s interests a bit more of a go too.
This chapter was such an unexpected, but beautiful tribute to all things written word.
Thanks Jenna. Sometimes I'm amazed at how organic writing can be. Honestly I didn't really set out to create the newer finer things club when I first sat down to type. But as I typed the idea just sprang forth as I wrote, and used my own copies of those three Superman comics for reference material. Also kinda fun to have Jim repair that gaff he had with the real Finer Things Club. I'm really glad you liked it so much.
That toast at the end is also a way of me toasting all the great updates we've been having here on the site recently.
Date: March 22, 2020 10:04 pm Title: Day 10
...does that sinus tapping thing work? Am I really about to take some advice from Dwight?
That aside, I just really love seeing slices of life for my favorite couple. Even when it’s split up, like just seeing Jim’s day through the status updates and seeing more of Pam as she navigates unfamiliar terrain. Her self evaluation made me proud of her! I might steal that for use in my own life. And you wrote Dwight really well! I always love when he says something and it takes them a minute before they go “oh, that’s actually pretty helpful!” Great work as always. Now I’m off to read more of another story written by you!
Medically speaking, I honestly have no idea if sinus tapping like that works. However I feel it's got that feeling of folksy wisdom along with a hint of alternative medicine that would appeal to Dwight. And hey if it works for you, feel free. Same goes for the self evaluation. Glad you liked how I wrote Dwight too. It's also fun to show him as more than just a punching bag for Jim and Pam's pranks. He does care about people in his own Dwight-ish way.
Glad you liked the rest of the chapter. It's fun to write Pam as still learning and growing. Thanks for the review. Hope you enjoy whatever other story you're off too. I completed and created several during your sabatical.
Date: March 19, 2020 11:25 pm Title: Day 10
Dwight was the shining star of this chapter is something I don’t say often, but the Dwight content on offer here was wonderful! I can’t say I particularly enjoy reading about mucus, but when Dwight puts it like that, it’s too funny not to appreciate.
Lovely to see Jim stop in at work, I could feel Pam’s pleased surprise - definitely a nice way to go into the rest of her work day.
Author's Response: It was fun adding in a good Dwight scene. As much fun as it is to prank him, he and Pam also have a fun non-pranking friendship that's fun to explore. Thanks as always for your review.
Date: March 19, 2020 12:37 pm Title: Day 10
Why is it that I love the Pam and Dwight friendship so much? You wrote it well here, just enough annoyance, some truth and a sprinkle of kindness and understanding. And I think I'm going to take Dwight's advice as well! (not about the sinus headache!)
Author's Response: Thank you. That was exactly the tone I was going for so I'm glad it came across.
Date: March 09, 2020 01:17 pm Title: Day 9
Ok, I think one of my favorite things about this whole story is that you are weaving in your experiences with your family with one of your favorite things (The Office). That makes this a much more personal and lasting piece, IMHO, because of its personal nature in recording some of your early experiences with your own kiddo.
Nicely done! Thanks for writing!
Author's Response: Aww, thank you H&C. It's been fun to incorporate some personal things with this story. It's probably about 20% stuff from my experience, 80% making it up for the fic just to let you know. Glad you're enjoying this.
Date: March 09, 2020 10:36 am Title: Day 9
These are so cute! I love the detailing of daily life. And I love the inclusion of a rabbit! That’s a pet I feel like I don’t often see in stories. If these are inspired by real life, you sound like a great dad. Can’t wait to read more!
Author's Response: Aww thanks BT. Yes they are inspired by real life. I was going a little stir crazy back then so it was fun to create something kind of silly. I'm glad you're enjoying this.
Date: March 09, 2020 10:24 am Title: Day 5
Catching up and just have to leave a review that says I LOVE the way Jim handled that intrusive lady! People absolutely do want to touch kids or stomachs and it’s just so weird. I am so happy to see that addresses and shut down! Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you. Papa Bear Jim is fun to bring out from time to time.
Date: March 08, 2020 11:45 pm Title: Day 9
Truth be told, I could have lived without the imagery in this chapter! It doesn’t help that I’ve just spent the weekend with two very small children and have a very fresh frame of reference 😂
Author's Response: Yeah, the joys of parenthood. Luckily as they grow older things like that happen less frequently. Thanks as always for the review.
Date: March 05, 2020 01:47 pm Title: Day 9
I really love this fic of yours. It's very sweet and I like getting to see Jim be a parent like this. Great work!
Author's Response: Thank you. It's been a fun project to work on as well as remember when my daughter was that age. Glad you're liking it.
Date: February 23, 2020 03:27 am Title: Day 8
Pam is very calm for someone (family or not) showing up at her house for a visit unexpectedly! I would be panicking about how clean my house was (or wasn’t). That said, the inclusion of Johnathan was fun! And as a cousin was a bit of a twist. It seems the fanon thing that Jim has a brother of that name...
Pam pranking Dwight is always delightful. I liked the nod to the Michael Scott Paper Company too.
Author's Response: Johnathan as Jim's brother seemed to be a thing before the canon characters of Tom and Pete were introduced. In homage to those early brother Johnathan fics I recast him as a cousin. I can see why Pam might panic, however now she has a couple days of reinforcements to help with Cece and house work since Jim still has the cast on. Glad you're still liking this story.
Date: January 26, 2020 12:57 am Title: Day 7
Ah, domestic bliss. This was super sweet. It’s nice to see all these little moments behind the scenes that were never really a part of canon.
Author's Response: Thanks. Nice to get some glimpses of that too. Obviously everyone have lives outside the office so it's fun to explore some of that.
Date: December 12, 2019 11:55 pm Title: Day 6
I’m still only part way through “This Thing Called Life” (I’m terrible with reading lengthy, complete fics, so it’s taking me forever & then some...) I know this is partially based on your own experiences, as well as your existing fic universe, so I may have missed something here, but I don’t picture Pam and Jim as canonically regularly church-going folks. It seemed during Cece’s baptism that they were more the special occasion church types. So, for me that felt a little out of character. But, at the same time it doesn’t detract anything from the story - I just don’t see them spending their Sundays at church.
On another note, knowing that Jim has another prank in mind for Dwight is always fun... It adds some incentive to return to work.
Author's Response: I think it's easy to come to that conclusion based on what we see in the show. There area really only a few references to Jim or Pam going to church and they're pretty brief. I think that's mainly due to the fact that it's rare for a network TV show, especially a comedy, in America to have very overt references to religion. Angela being the exception on The Office, but then again they portray her as a rather bad stereotype of Christianity for laughs. However what we do see, leads me to believe it's at least plausible. Pam says she's Presbyterian, they get married in a church, Jim's brother reads from the Bible during the ceremony and Pam remembers the quote years later in S9, Cece is christened which in my experience isn't really something parents do if they just go to church on Christmas and Easter, things like that.
Thanks as always for your comments.
Date: November 30, 2019 06:29 pm Title: Day 5
oof. I don’t know how you did it, and if it was intentional or not, but you somehow managed to make Jim unlikable In this chapter. I don’t know, but both situations felt out of character to me - like, I just don’t see Jim being so possessive of his ice cream or being so confrontational with the woman at the store. I feel like Jim would make a joke out of that situation, not set himself up for a possible MeToo moment. YMMV
But seriously. That ice cream wasn’t even gone got 24 hours. He needs to lighten up and let Pam enjoy her late night snacks.
Hopefully Jim’s in a better mood next chapter!
Author's Response: I was trying to go for light and teasing with Jim talking to Pam about the ice cream. I'm sorry it didn't land quite like that with you. I assure you, Jim's not mad at Pam. As far as the woman in the store, I see you point, however I do see Jim as being protective. See him guarding Cece and Philip during family picture day.
Thank you though for the critique and the feedback.
Date: November 28, 2019 03:05 am Title: Day 5
Was the mint chocolate chip a reference to the Office Ladies Podcast and Jenna’s inability to touch ice cream cake after filming The Alliance? If it was, color me impressed with your ability to include all those little details...
Also, what the heck kind of ice cream is Moose Tracks? That’s definitely not a thing here.
This was lovely, as per usual. We really didn’t get to see many of the little family moments in canon, so it’s nice to have them here in fic!
Author's Response: Double reference with Mint Chocolate chip actually. First in universe, Pam is probably grossed out with it by now because it's the only kind of ice cream Micheal will ever order. Second, yes Jenna's podcast comments were an inspiration as well. Moose Tracks is vanilla ice cream with swirls of chocolate fudge and mini-peanut butter cups mixed throughout and it's delightful. If you ever get the opportunity, you should try it.
Thanks as always for your review. I'm glad you're enjoying this so much.
Date: November 13, 2019 02:23 am Title: Day 4
Ah, there’s nothing like a well executed prank on Dwight to brighten ones day... This was a whole lot of fun, as this story tends to be.
Author's Response: Thanks Jenna, just like a new review brightens my day. Glad you're having fun with this.
Date: November 07, 2019 11:03 pm Title: Day 3
I’m running out of ways to say that this is all very cute... because it is, very, very cute.
I’m enjoying the fluffy bunny inclusion. Is Eeyore your own real life ball of fluff?
Author's Response: Eeyore was the name of our rabbit when we got him. So named for his grey coloring. My wife and I changed his name to Tammo after a character in one of our favorite books, "The Long Patrol," by Brian Jaques. We figured if you're going to name a rabbit after a character from the 100 Acre Wood, you just call him Rabbit. So there you go. Thank you very much for the reviews, I'm glad you're enjoying it so much. There will be more rabbit shenanigans to be sure.
Date: November 06, 2019 12:54 pm Title: Day 2
Oh Pam, her reflections on being at the office alone harking back to Jim being in Stamford still sting... Again, this was all very adorable. I love that you’re including a lot about Pam’s day at work, & not just the goings on at home.
Author's Response: The scars of those days will always be there. They may have healed, but they're there. However both Jim and Pam have grown past those time to much more pleasant days. We'll probably see a good mix of Pam at work and Jim at home going forward. Thanks as always for the review.
Date: November 06, 2019 12:48 pm Title: Day 1
Well, this is all kinds of sweet! (& very lovely that it’s drawn from real life). I loved Kelly’s Facebooking, asking all the important questions. The reactions from everyone having Pam back in the office were great - very true to each of their characters, especially Michael...
Author's Response: Thank you. It was kind of fun to scroll back in my Facebook feed to see what kinds of statues were being put up back then. Glad to hear you thought I had everyone in character. It was fun to imagine all that.