Date: September 24, 2020 05:01 am Title: Drug Testing
“What if he wasn’t enough for her and her artistic aspirations?” It’s almost like you’re giving us a role reversed Athlead storyline (without some of the miscommunication) here. I’m hoping it’ll play out without as much angst as Season 9!
This does all feel bittersweet under the knowledge that their lives are about to change somewhat significantly.
The jinx! Dwight! It’s all so very lovely. Their “interview” was a whole lot of fun.
Well, you know me Jenna, I'm all about flipping things around. You should also know that I'm all about cranking the fluff up to 11, so have no fear, season 9 angst is nowhere in sight.
It is bittersweet, as growing can be sometimes and I'm glad it came across for you. Jim and Pam are going from seeing each other almost constantly to 3 states apart weekend visits, quite a shift. Thrown into that after their first week married they'll be right back to it for another 4 weeks or so.
Happy to hear you liked the twist on the jinx, it was a lot of fun to write so glad you enjoyed it too!
Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!
Date: September 23, 2020 03:59 pm Title: Drug Testing
This was adorable and sweet and so so funny. Thank you for sharing it with us today. :)
Author's Response: Well shucks, thank YOU for leaving such a kind review, hopefully this chapter brought a smile to your face like your review did for me!
Date: September 23, 2020 03:08 pm Title: Michaelís Birthday
Oh I love them bringing Nakita in for Kevin. SO sweet and thoughtful and YAY for the internship! Amazing!
Author's Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for leaving a review, it's great to hear from you.
Date: September 21, 2020 10:20 pm Title: Drug Testing
This is the sort of fluff I want to inject directly into my veins.
It also, I think, shines a light on how fundamentally sweet an episode Drug Testing is for Jim and Pam - they have this one painfully sharp moment of angst (which doesn't really linger like it does in The Client) in what was otherwise a really great day with them. In that sense, it's probably a lot more indicative of their real day-to-day relationship than a lot of the rest of Season 2. So this AU is reteaching canon, which is neat.
Hah, thanks. If I could mass produce this and ship it I would, trust me! I would even offer chewables instead of needles - no, scratch that, gel capsules, everyone loves gel capsules.
I agree, aside from the downer in the breakroom this is a really sweet episode in canon.
Thank you for taking the time to review, I love hearing your thoughts!
Date: September 21, 2020 05:05 pm Title: Drug Testing
Lots of fun here. Especially with Pam being the one who is silent this time around. You had her really quick on her feet there in the interview, to claim right to remain silent and for counsel. If Dwight had really been on his toes he would have realized that cousel means an actual lawyer not just someone close to the accused. As it is though it's a great way to show that Dwight is all blowhard since he doesn't get that distinction. Jim of course is great in the interview.
Lovely throughout. Even silent the JAM banter works great. They're clearly in a great place and it's a joy to read.
Well, you know me, I'm all about two things - Fluff and flipping things on their head. I'm really glad that swapping their roles around in this one worked for you, it was a lot of fun to write it. The interview was a pleasure to write, a mashup of some original content and then some classic goodness thrown in for good measure. Dwight's ignorance and arrogance go hand in hand, I hope he doesn't come off as too much of a jerk though! This story is shamelessly all about putting Jim and Pam in a great place - I haven't really done much on the conflict side of things, and I'm not sure how I feel about that! I've had some ideas but I kinda forgot to include them in this chapter with all of the fluff, woops!
Thanks for taking the time to review!
Date: September 21, 2020 04:24 pm Title: Drug Testing
Awwww I love it! The adorable ways Pam avoids talking rivals Jim’s ways in the show, I think. And I loved how you incorporated the scene between Jim and Dwight.
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed this one, it was a pleasure to write. Let's just all be glad I didn't go with the draft that had Pam doing real tears for the conference room upon realising how much she was going to miss Jim. I'm glad you liked that remix of the interrogation - I couldn't just drop that wonderful moment, it's priceless.
Thanks for dropping by to review!
Date: September 16, 2020 03:14 am Title: Michaelís Birthday
Finally, catching up with your story and awww, this is the sweetest thing! If I remember correctly, Jenna F. said that in that episode, Pam tried to imagine how it would be like - to be Jim's girlfriend. And you made it even greater because she's his fiancee here ;)
I love to watch them so happy and kind towards their coworkers.
Lovely as ever!
I'm glad you liked it! I can't remember that particular podcast episode, it's been a while, but that sound right for the journey that Pam was on at that point.
Thanks as always for your kind words!
Date: September 13, 2020 05:08 am Title: The Farm
I am so impressed with your attention to detail. I forgot to mention in my last review but I love the friendship you've established between Oscar and Pam. I adore when authors explore relationships between character that didn't get a ton of time together in the show. I think their dynamic is great. I especially love that you've woven Oscar back into this chapter. It's lovely that Pam now has another office friend to chat to beyond Jim.
Date: September 13, 2020 04:48 am Title: Booze Cruise
I love that Jim and Pam arrive together and it just goes right over Michael's head. It's very much in keeping with his character. The 'fun sucking vampire' line was hilarious. The fact that you turned the booze cruise into the site of Jim's proposal was great. I can't think of a better spot for this in season 2 :)
I'm glad that you felt Michael's characterization was on point there, it means a lot to me! So happy that you liked the proposal, that was definitely a departure from my writing comfort zone!
Thanks for leaving a review, it's really fun to track your progress as you catch up!
Date: September 13, 2020 03:15 am Title: Michaelís Birthday
I wondered how you were going to change things up here - bringing Nikita in for Kevin is such a lovely touch!
“P B N J,” Well, that’s a bit perfect.
“Great, so we’re going to pay him off,” Oh, that made me laugh.
It’s nice that Pam got the internship! It really speeds up the timeline on her doing something with her art here. Episode by episode the little things stay mostly the same, but boy does this all change the big things in a very big way. I’m glad you’ve included this!
Well, she's an emotional support dog - and cute! I have to shoehorn her in at every opportunity ;)
You have no idea how long I've been holding onto the PBnJ moment... just like Kevin had 'gaycation' stored up the moment after Oscar left, hah.
I'm glad you got some form of my mental image there with the bribery scene - I wasn't sure how people were going to read that one because obviously I the author thought it was funny... anyhow, glad it landed for you.
Yeah! We'll see how this changes things on the homefront in some of the final chapters of the arc too, so stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by Jenna, great as always to hear from you!
Date: September 12, 2020 05:18 am Title: Christmas Party
I love the little details you've added to this reimagined AU version of season 2. Pam bringing vegetarian patties for Angela, Jim paying Creed so he could get Pam for Secret Santa. It's these small things that inform so much about their characters. I'm really loving this story so far!
Author's Response: Thank you, I'm a really details oriented person myself, so I'm glad that you like the additions too! I think Jim and Pam bring out the best in each other, so amplifying Pam's kindness is one way that I try and show that. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it, and I can't wait for you to get all caught up! Thanks for stopping by to leave a review!
Date: September 11, 2020 09:42 pm Title: Michaelís Birthday
The canon version of this day is sweet. This version is just as sweet. Love the kind and caring soul Pam is here. to bring Nikita around to keep Kevin company was lovely.
Likewise all their interactions while shopping and at the rink were all the more fun since here they're together for real. Nice job.
I'm glad to hear this lives up to canon levels of sweetness, that's a tough mark to make sometimes! Glad you liked Pam's demeanor here, I think she and Jim really bring out the best in each other and I like trying to show that through the little things like that.
Thank you for your consistent feedback and praise, I really appreciate it!
Date: September 11, 2020 09:24 pm Title: Michaelís Birthday
Awww I love this new Rite Aid scene! I wish this had been the actual version.
Author's Response: Aw, shucks. Thank you! I'm really happy to hear you liked it. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
Date: August 24, 2020 03:58 pm Title: The Discovery
A) I love the idea of a JAM wedding at Schrute Farms. That has some amazing comic potential.
B) The remix of The Secret to be about Jim and Pam's secret engagement is maybe my favorite thing you've done so far.
Indeed it does, I only hope that I can do it justice.
Thank you! I'm glad you liked that, it just fit the timeline so well that I couldn't help but repurpose that premise!
Thanks for taking the time to review!
Date: August 24, 2020 03:09 pm Title: Halloween
A version of Halloween where we acknowledge that Pam is doing for Jim what Jim always does for Pam? Yes please.
I'm glad you liked that part, I felt like that was what Pam was trying to do in canon, but here I'm allowed to make her say whatever I imagine to be on her mind.
Thanks for dropping by to review!
Date: August 24, 2020 10:44 am Title: Take Your Daughter to Work Day
Your story makes me giddy and this time wasn't an exception :)
"They're just little people, talk to them, treat them with respect, learn their interests. And I guess bribing them with candy couldn't hurt either," I laughed aloud at his line!
And I giggled at the part about 'improving kids skills.' Oh, I'm sure they have to discuss that!
I don't quite remember that episode, but wasn't Abby that girl who gave Pam a hard time? If yes, I'd say it was a fantastic improvement of the canon!
And their mutual thoughts about future parenting... so sweet!
"Everything was going to work out, even if she had to get married in her tiny back yard with Nikita as the ring bearer," — not a bad scenario, actually :)
I'm so glad you liked this chapter, and I'm happy to hear I got a laugh out of you with the bribery line. Yes, Jim and Pam likely will need to touch base on the kids thing, not sure if it'll happen "on screen" as it were though, I'll have to see if it fits somewhere.
Abby was indeed the on that was giving Pam a hard time, "You're already grown up" was the line that I chose to flip on it's head this time around.
Glad you liked their mutual observations.
I know right? It was actually kind of my original thought, but a backyard wedding has been done before, and thus in the game of absurdist one-upmanship, the Halpert-Beesly Schrute Farms wedding was born.
You're welcome, but thank YOU for reading and reviewing, I love hearing from you!
Date: August 24, 2020 04:28 am Title: Take Your Daughter to Work Day
“With these thoughts Pam noticed she had been unconsciously twisting the engagement ring on her finger and pulled her hand away as if physically burned.” Oooh. I love this. I feel like it’s pretty common to treat Jim as the anti-Roy and I suppose in some ways his is, but I really love this image of Pam doing this unconscious gesture that’s associated with Roy and angst, and realizing and panicking just a little. It’s such a lovely little detail.
“But you already are an artist,” Wow. This is such a small change and yet SO significant.
This was a nice change of pace from canon, with Pam connecting with the kids a lot more naturally.
I'm glad you liked the ring twisting detail. I viewed it as Pam still has some of these thoughts, but she's with someone now who she can share them with and have her voice heard, where Roy in my head I imagine kind of just grunting and rolling over, pretending to be asleep already or something. Probably not a realistic mental portrait, but hey, haters gonna hate.
I'm glad you liked the turnabout on Abby's line there, it was a pleasure to write.
Connecting more naturally indeed, and with only 50% more candy!
I'm happy to hear you enjoyed the chapter, thanks for sharing your thoughts and reactions!
Date: August 24, 2020 12:11 am Title: Take Your Daughter to Work Day
Lots of fun with this chapter. I loved that you kept in Pam tries to bribe the kids with candy. It's a solid plan. Also that she does make a connection with Abby with art. Abby was also fun saying Pam is already an artist and asking if Pam and Jim are already married. Very sweet.
It seems a nice balance of some of the traits of pre-Fancy New Beesly we see in canon S1 and the new more confident Pam we see in this AU. A lot of that seems to be since she's with Jim now, which is fun. She's got someone in her corner to really be there and help her so she doesn't have to do things (like wedding planning) completely alone. Loved that.
Glad you got some time to post a chapter. This one was fun.
I'm glad you liked it. Not only did I keep the candy... I added more, because really, how could she not have chocolates up there!? Abby and the art was fun, I don't remember if that scene was deleted or not but it was a real downer, so flipping it around felt great, glad you got something from that. I couldn't help but through some of that child-like perceptive bluntness in there, sometimes kids say the darndest things. I wish one of them would have commented on it in canon, but oh well, that's what we're here for!
Of course, she is after all, Pam 6.0 ;). Jim being in her corner is definitely a huge plus though, you've got that bang on. In canon she almost went for the internship before Roy shut her down, so with no active discouragement this time around she's in much better shape in that regard.
Happy to hear you liked the chapter, thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Date: August 23, 2020 09:05 pm Title: Take Your Daughter to Work Day
Aww! I love how you kept most of this the same but touched it just enough to make it fit your happier story point. I'm especially fond of the Abby interactions.
Thank you! I had a really fun time writing Abby, so I'm glad you liked that too.
Thanks for reviewing!
Date: August 16, 2020 06:41 am Title: The Farm
I'm glad they had a sufficiently awkward Schrute Farms experience, but also that their wedding is still there. Also, I'm glad Jim knows he's more a cheerleader than a critic for her art, but also can see its changes (no prettiest of all the art...)
Yes, two city-slickers out on the farm, that's always a fun time. I really liked Dwight and Angela's wedding on the farm, so I've stolen it. Jim is indeed aware of his shortcomings and he will not utter those hated words, I promise you!
Thanks for dropping reviews all the way while catching up! It's really nice to see.
Date: August 16, 2020 06:38 am Title: The Discovery
This was great, but also SCHRUTE FARMS!!! I am so here for that. So very here.
Hah, I'm glad you're all aboard the farm train- or would it be a wagon? Happy to hear you liked the chapter.
Thanks for stopping by!
Date: August 16, 2020 06:34 am Title: The Injury
He only has to invite Dwight if Dwight gets hit over the head! But that was adorable, and June 10 wedding is exactly what I was hoping you'd do!
I loved making the turnabout or "How the turntables have..." as we like to say in this fandom. I'm glad to hear we were on the right track with the dates, although I'm sure you've noticed by now that this story has a habit of upending those canon tropes and flipping them on their head where it suits me!
Thanks for stopping by to review!
Date: August 16, 2020 06:23 am Title: Booze Cruise
Aww yeah! Perfect timing for that. It got you an almost awkward deck scene and a proposal but in such better circumstances than in canon. Well done!
I'm happy to hear the proposal was up to snuff! Thanks for leaving these kind words!