Date: January 01, 2023 07:45 am Title: Follow the Light
First off- I as a mom also have one of those magic bags that always has everything you could possibly need in them...I only hope Helene replaces the fruit bar so it's there for Michael at the wedding....or on second thought....
Anyway, this wrapped up with everything I could want...Roy getting his comeuppance and out of their lives. Jim realizing he still loves Pam, ending things with Karen. Classic Jim/Pam banter even while she lies unconscious (I smile at the thanks for standing me up) Jim welcomed into the Beesly family. Emotional confessions and some making up for lost time with the decorating of the tree.
And I must mention the ceramic tree. I enjoyed how you framed that and how the light guided him to what he needed to do.
Lovely holiday fic, but what else would I expect from you.
Wishing you a very happy 2023!
I can always count on you to find some little detail I put in there like Helene's bag of everything. Always fun when someone picks out details like that. Thanks.
In hard times we're tested and focus on what's really important. Both Jim and Pam came through that and the results are what we see.
Sometimes in our darkest times, we just need one spark, one hint of light to find our way back. Glad you picked up on that with the tree.
Happy 2023 to you too!
Date: December 29, 2022 10:02 pm Title: Follow the Light
Well thank goodness for that happy ending! That was lovely, Warrior, a very Happy New Year to you and your family :)
Author's Response: I'm a sucker for a happy ending, especially around the holidays. Happy New Year to you and yours as well.
Date: December 29, 2022 09:52 pm Title: Strike the Match
Wow. That took a turn that I wasn’t expecting. It’s really interesting to get an insight into what you and your colleagues do though (hopefully only ever third hand!)
Author's Response: Thanks. Not quite as detailed as other times I've brought EMS into my writings, but it worked well. The job makes for interesting shifts that's for sure.
Date: December 29, 2022 03:14 pm Title: Follow the Light
Well, looks like Roy's going to get a long cooling off period in prison to figure things out. Good riddance.
I always love a good Jim/Penny conversation! And the hospital bed scene is well done.
"“Yeah,” Jim wiped his eyes again. “Not how any of us planned it, but you being awake like this is the best present we could ask for.” "DORK" That's some good Jim/Pam
Okay, that ending definitely merited the multi-chapter format. VERY Christmas classic. Well done.
Author's Response: Yup, he gets a nice concrete hotel to sit and think for a while
Jim and Penny are a fun pair to be sure. Glad you liked their interaction. Thanks for the vote of confidence in the JAM banter. It feels like it can be tricky to get right.
Thanks for the push to make this one multi-chapter. It would have been way to long for a one shot for sure. Really glad you liked it.
Date: December 29, 2022 02:09 pm Title: Strike the Match
Much like Roy, Karen is just... not a good fit for Jim as he is, poor soul. And of course Jim immediately clocks the teapot's return.
HA. The NCAA/NAACP joke made it in! And this is a good use of the ensemble.
Pam is BOLD in this chapter. The Christmas tree bit is one thing, but the lotion? Fancy New Beesly in full effect. And immediately she produces progress. Make a note of that, Pam.
Ugh. Remarkably plausible even for a Roy who's mainly just not grown up yet. Tense moments here to end this one...
Author's Response: On paper, Karen should be a good fit, but she's just not Pam. Of course Jim would clock the teapot, he of all people know what it means to both of them. Thanks for the inspiration for the NAACP/NCAA. I'm glad you liked it.
Pam fresh off a successful Christmas pranking with Dwight before the real angst sets in? Yeah she's got room to be bold for sure.
Roy's not great for a long time, thus it's easy to bring in tension.
Date: December 29, 2022 12:58 pm Title: Follow the Light
Well thank goodness Pam is ok! Not that I'd have expected anything less!
Very cute ending with the Christmas tree.
Nice way to work in all your elements!
Lovely way to wrap this one up
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!
Author's Response: I might put them in the hospital from time to time, but I'm to much of a softie to do anything really bad. Glad you liked how it all turned out. It was fun to think of ways to bring everything in. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well and a happy new year.
Date: December 28, 2022 04:26 pm Title: Strike the Match
How did Roy find out about Casino night?
Also could you update soon?
I’m now going crazy to know about
what is going to happen next.
Author's Response: Likewise, how did Roy know Jim would be at the Christmas bazaar around 7pm? Mr. Always Coming Upstairs for a Soda Out of the Machine? I'm working on the update. It's coming soon, don't worry.
Date: December 23, 2022 04:56 am Title: Strike the Match
Well you took your Karen up a notch in the b factor...but you took your Roy to a whole other level with what he did to Pam....whoa that was intense.
But jumping ahead...Pam's plan seems to be working as they enjoy time in the breakroom and make plans to take care of Jim's lack of decorations at home. That they had the convo here was a nice set up to what I thought was going to be an early resolution and reunification.
But then we get to the "thing"... first the confrontation -tense but wow - not expecting what he revealed about where Pam was (trying not to be spoilery in my review hard not to with next comment)...not that I wasn't concerned for Pam but the see some of your OCs return for this story...I'll take it. Love that I always get some details from them and you that are new and interesting.
Looking forward to the happy ending (I hope)
Author's Response: Yeah, the B factor in Karen jumped up a notch, but from where I sit it did the same when she felt there was any kind of competition for Jim's affections. Angry Roy is known to get physical. Drunk Angry Roy could get even more so.
It was a lot of fun to write that heart-to-heart in the break room. A few more steps back to themselves.
Glad you liked the return of Medic 4. The ending should be fun too.
Date: December 22, 2022 06:12 pm Title: Strike the Match
Should've known you'd have emergency medical response in this fic; if I had, I wouldn't have been so worried! I do really enjoy your use of your own knowledge.
I also really liked Pam's little bits of interaction with the rest of the office, as well as all the emotional honesty. Now to get rid of Karen and move forward...
The idea of Jim finding Pam in a wrecked car came as an idea for a new dic, but then I figured I'd work it into this one. Glad you liked it.
Pam's showing she's just as good about paying attention to detail and it starts to pay off. As far as Karen goes...tune in next time.
Date: December 22, 2022 11:57 am Title: Strike the Match
Ooh the break room scene!! Great to get these two talking earlier and Jim apologising for leaving her
Love how you made Jim so much more relaxed with Pam than with Karen
Omg first of all Roy punching Jim BUT THEN THE CAR CRASH!! Did not see that one coming!
Nice to see Ethan and Steve back though!
Author's Response: Thanks. I wanted to show him starting to relax more since Pam's doing her best to remind him of who he really is. The yeah we ramp up quite a bit. Glad you liked the return of the Medic 4 crew.
Date: December 22, 2022 07:52 am Title: Strike the Match
That was intense!
The car accident was a twist I didn’t see coming.
Also Jim giving Pam an apology was also unexpected. It’s kind of too bad that Pam didn’t make her confession to him then like she did on beach day. Karen does seem like one of those type
of feminist women with a chip on their shoulder.
That sick up Karen’s ass is one of the main reasons why she and Jim were not a good match.
So even if there was no Pam Karen and Jim
probably wouldn’t have lasted.
BTW do you by chance know when we could get an update on Dinner for Two and Silver Wings?
I’m really missing them.
Thank you. Mission accomplished then. That's the thing about little changes, they can lead to big changes, thus Jim's apology. You might recognize a few lines from Pam's Beach Games speech in her reply though. Probably true about Karen.
And yes, once I finish this Christmas story I'll get back to work on my other works.
Date: December 19, 2022 03:44 pm Title: Set the Lay
Yeah, I remember the look on Pam's face when he first got the gift so your opening line was spot on. Aslo spot on was how Pam knew the Jim she was seeing was the Jim she had previously known. This line kinda summed that up perfectly:
--Stamford seemed to have swallowed up her best friend and spat out someone totally new--
Also fitting that Pam unbeknowingly says the same thing to herself that Jim had the previous year.
I thought juxtaposing of how Roy tried to get it right with the book but he didn't exactly nail it. Jim however did in how he knew why it wasn't quite right.
It was nice to see Scranton Jim and Jam back to working their prank magic. . The circularity of hearing Pam's inner voice that recognizing her Jim was still in there and closing the chapter with her voice gain and goal of bringing him back works well too.
Looking forward to seeing how she does it.
Author's Response: Pam's look of despair when he rejects the gift is always heartbreaking, but it also serves as a good way to quickly set the scene. I get the feeling they've both been in their respective heads a lot since Casino Night. What went wrong? Why did this happen? How can I fix it? So adding some of her thoughts seemed appropriate.
Roy is Roy. He may have the general idea of who Pam is. After so long together I'm sure a few things stuck, but yeah he can't get the details. Jim though, he knows the details even when his heart and head are a little scarred.
But yeah, the JAM duo pranking again is always fun. They had several of those moments in S3 and it was the best times for both of them. Let's capatalize on those feelings rather than let them get swept away, shall we?
Date: December 18, 2022 07:38 am Title: Set the Lay
Ah, this was such a lovely start. I think this episode is one of my favourites in season 3 because you can see the old Jim finally starting to to resurface - you’ve captured that so well here 😍 Them going for a coffee afterwards is just such a sweet continuation of the Dwight prank - and I love the idea of a Pam who knows she wants to get Jim back. Can’t wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Yeah, there was a period there in S3 where Jim started to look and act normal. Then we got to Phyllis' wedding and it went downhill for awhile. We'll see if a bit more courage shifts things to a different path this time around. Glad yo have you here. Thanks for the review.
Date: December 17, 2022 10:15 pm Title: Set the Lay
Great start! Pam is right, Stamford Jim did not seem very happy. Almost everything about him seemed muted. She can recognize the flashes of Scranton Jim when she sees them so she knows he's in there.
Kevin characterization was brilliant.
Looking forward to more I'd this story!
Author's Response: Stamford Jim had good reason to be dull and muted. Looks like it's up to Pam to bring some more light to him. Glad you liked Kevin, he can be fun to bring in from time to time. Thanks for the review!
Date: December 17, 2022 02:22 pm Title: Set the Lay
Oh Jim, quite revealing. I'm excited for more, and I think the setup worked very well. Go Pam!
Author's Response: Thank you! Always a pleasure to hear from you. This one will be fun for sure. And yeah, there's just something about her that speaks to Jim.
Date: December 17, 2022 12:07 pm Title: Set the Lay
This is all sorts of cute and can't wait for more, glad you're adding more chapters!!
Your Kevin was hilarious and really well written!
Love how it started with Pam thinking the day had been a disaster and ended so well for her. Can't wait to see how she gets Jim back!!
Author's Response: Thanks. I got to the end of the hot coco scene and it just seemed like a natural point to hit pause, so yeah there will be a few chapters to this one. Glad you liked everything, including Kevin. He's actually not to hard to write. Just keep him simple and it goes well. Yes Pam's day ended up turning around. Should be fun to see how she can keep that momentum going.
Date: December 17, 2022 11:18 am Title: Set the Lay
Well, it's not a snowy winter night, but I guess I'll jump in anyways.
I kinda love her being inspired not just by the signs she remembers of Scranton Jim, but also by Kevin. And she's right. If he has hope, why not her? (This is also a very Kevin scam, and I'd bet $50 the computer guy actually works for the NAACP.)
The painting book being about her non-preferred medium is a strong detail, and very in keeping with your writing of Roy. He's not a bad guy, but he's just... not quite there.
Now that I've read it I do think this could have stood alone as a one-shot (It's even canon compliant right now!), but I'm happy to see it'll be continued.
Author's Response: Thank you! There were more than a few peaks and valleys to Jim and Pam's relationship in S3. Early after the merger and around Christmas is was near one of the peaks. I'm trying to capitalize on that feeling here near Christmas. So Pam's more open to comments of inspiration like here from Kevin. Also, I may have to bring in that NAACP thing now. That's just to perfect!
Yeah, Roy's trying for sure, but as much as he may think he can read her, he really can't.
Canon-compliant for now that's true. That'll probably start to change soon though. Thanks as always for a great review.