Date: December 18, 2020 11:05 am Title: Ugly Is As Ugly Sweaters
I'm still reading, but I have to stop and express my delight with a Stan-nis Baratheon joke! I'd never think of Stanley this way, and now I can't stop thinking about it and other parallels between GoT and The Office (though, outside the office, Stanley is definitely more Robert than Stannis...)
Author's Response: Thank you! I don't think he's actually a good Stannis--but then, Michael isn't that great at his parallels is he?
Date: December 18, 2020 08:54 am Title: Your Card, Madam
A lovely way to end a very cute story. This is just a feverishly buffoonish Roy, and seeing Pam wake up and realize she wants more from her life (and from her best friend) was great fun. This isn’t really my genre, but from the Hallmark movies I have experienced (because honestly, whether you like them or not you’re going to end up absorbing them) it feels like you hit the beats of it really well.
You also did a good job building some funny lines in here – Michael’s sweater and the runner about a tree’s adventures at a company that sells a wood product are hilarious, and the description of Katy (and Kelly) as very kind tornadoes blowing through your life is SPOT ON.
Author's Response: Yeah, for this kind of fic Roy really has to be a buffoon...but I don't think it's unwarranted ;). I really appreciate the way you manage to catch fun lines I buried into the fics every time. You have a good eye for the same lines I like writing :)
Date: January 22, 2019 06:59 pm Title: Your Card, Madam
The best part? Roy forgetting they'd broken up. I actually loled at that. Great story! (Very Hallmark-y)
Author's Response: Thanks! Yeah, Roy fits the bill as a dumb Hallmark starter boyfriend almost too well!
Date: January 06, 2019 06:37 pm Title: Your Card, Madam
I can picture Jim pulling out a giant ball of tinsel and just casually handing it to Pam perfectly. I love that.
Oh. My. God. You nailed everything about this. Seriously, it's so great!
Can that officially be what The Letter said? It's perfect.
Also, it's a small thing but I really enjoyed how Jim just hands her the letter and then goes about with the prank and it's all very casual but it's Not. Not even a little bit. I'm glad he didn't fall off that ladder.
This was such a lovely, definitely Hallmark-inspired, Christmas story! You did good, Comfect. You did real good.
Author's Response: I really, really enjoyed writing this chapter (and this fic) and I'm so glad that it struck the same chord with you. Thanks so much for reading!
Date: January 06, 2019 06:27 pm Title: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
"She tapped her fingers on the counter. “I suppose you’re right.” He looked ever more confused. “I mean, there was dancing—when you tried to open the car door, which was very sweet, but completely unnecessary. And there’s music,” she gestured towards the jukebox, which was gamely pumping out a rock-and-roll version of “Silent Night,” “that’s two out of three. Though I suppose we haven’t eaten yet, so…you’re right, this isn’t a date.” She picked up her menu and hid behind it in order to give herself a moment to marvel at her own boldness. “So, what’s good here…”" COMFECT! Have I mentioned its good to have you back? It's good to have you back.
Tina's great, she makes me laugh. And oh Jim, he's just talking to everybody about Pam, isn't he? Poor guy's got it bad.
Can you tell I'm enjoying this? Because I am.
Really, you think Jim has it bad for Pam? Whatever gave you that impression? :)
Thank you! It's good to be back.
Date: January 06, 2019 06:14 pm Title: She's Got a Little List
Like Pam, I'm a huge fan of making checklists and checking things off of them, so I love this chapter.
I also didn't know I needed the image of Jim making a snow angel in the YMCA parking lot, but I did, and I'm glad that it's there now.
I'm out of jellybeans, but I'd give you 2 for this chapter if I could.
Organized!Pam is my favorite Pam to write. Not that she is it very much, but when she is it's great. Much like Whimsical!Jim, but that one is more common.
And thanks! I appreciate the sentiment. :)
Date: January 06, 2019 06:00 pm Title: Paint by Numbers
I wish you could have seen my face when I read the line where Roy called Pam petty. I was cheering pretty hard when she told him he was over it. Finally!
Hmm... who's hand could that be in the picture with her? I wonder.
Who knows! It's a mystery.
Thanks for noticing these small touches.
Date: January 06, 2019 05:52 pm Title: Ice to Meet You
Okay, wow. I called that one wrong. But this is one of those rare occurrences where I'm okay with being wrong because this Katy tornado was an unexpected delight.
A Bob Ross shout out? I'm so glad that you're back to writing, this is so much fun to read!
Author's Response: ...and this is why I'm glad I tricked you. I'm glad this is as fun for you to read as for me to write! This was a great way to get the mojo of writing back.
Date: January 06, 2019 05:37 pm Title: So Call Me, Maybe
This chapter. It's SO GOOD. It says so much, and I'm feeling sad for Pam all over again. That first paragraph was so well done.
Not even mad Michael won the contest. *shrugs* AND I really laughed out loud at the paper ream prank. That's gold.
Stupid Roy. Stupid Kenny. They deserve each other.
Listen, I've watched a lot of Hallmark movies... Jim's going to be there skating right? He's totally going to be there skating.
Author's Response: I'm glad someone else is genre savvy in this genre--I strongly considered the possibility that Jim would be there. But I'm even more glad I tricked you...
Date: January 06, 2019 05:31 pm Title: Ugly Is As Ugly Sweaters
Dwight is a delightful background character in these first few chapters!
Oh Pam, don't get mad at Jim. I mean, your fiance sucks anyways, we all know it's true.
Michael's sweater - is it bad that I want one? Because I do. It sounds amazing.
Author's Response: Dwight-as-background is a lot of fun to write. And Michael-as-Michael too. Though fortunately the genre of the Hallmark movie meant that they could do their work and then I didn't have to sustain them too long...
Date: January 06, 2019 05:02 pm Title: Battering Ram
"wearing the dead bodies of its friends" got me good. So great!
*spots tree sap, grins knowingly*
Glad that Jim made it back to the office, and that it's Ugly Sweater Party day! Maybe Pam can stop hitting her head against the desk now.
Author's Response: *Grins* That one was a lot of fun to incorporate...
Date: January 06, 2019 04:45 pm Title: Radio Silence
First things first: Thank you for getting Good King Wenceslas stuck in my head. That'll be later at 2am ;)
I love this a lot already... Dunder-Mifflin seems like the perfect setting for a Hallmark Christmas movie type story (some of my favorites, by the way) and I'm already sucked into this one.
Some highlights: Ugh, Roy. I say it every time, but you know I'm going to say it again - He's the worst. Of course he took the vacation with Kenny. And of course Michael took away their week off. This is such a great set up, I can't wait to see what happens next! But mostly, I'm just giggling at Creed wishing Pam a Happy Canada Day while wearing a reindeer sweater. Perfect.
I hope the 2am demons of Good King Wenceslas did not strike you. I spent a summer (odd time for the song I admit) singing that song back and forth with my fellow camp counselors to the eternal frustration of our charges...good times.
Thank you for the feedback! This whole thing was a blast to write, but the opening in particular because I got to think about what Hallmark-style terrible-boyfriend actions Roy could have taken within the Office universe.
Date: December 29, 2018 09:37 pm Title: Your Card, Madam
Sigh. It would have been nice if it had been this easy. The card is lovely.
Thank you for writing this beautiful thing.
Author's Response: Wouldn't it though? Although I guess they wanted us all to keep watching so it couldn't be so neat. And thank you; it's a pleasure to write for attentive readers.
Date: December 29, 2018 09:31 pm Title: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Fancy New Beesly! Love it.
They’re so cute.
Author's Response: Fancy New Beesly (though of course not so-dubbed by Jim because of different timing) is a lot of fun to write. Thanks for the review.
Date: December 29, 2018 09:20 pm Title: Paint by Numbers
You go, Pam! I love imagining Pam showing that spirit on her own, and sooner. Also, I wanted to mention the little verses as chapter descriptions— too cute!
Author's Response: Thank you! The verses were fun to do. And yeah, there is a certain amount of wish-fulfillment of Pam getting there herself earlier.
Date: December 29, 2018 09:14 pm Title: Ice to Meet You
Poor Katy was ever a real rival, but you’ve made her seem like a genuine person here— and an excellent catalyst for Pam to do some serious thinking. The cuteness continues!
Author's Response: Yeah, she's not, but I've read a lot of the S1-2 fics on the site that treat her like one and I wanted to keep that vibe here (it doesn't hurt that there's often a similarly underplayed character in Hallmark films).
Date: December 29, 2018 09:01 pm Title: Ugly Is As Ugly Sweaters
Your Michael voice is superb. I love how this feels Hallmark-y and yet very, very Office-y at once. Poor early-season Jim. Roy was a trial Pam had to endure, but watching it was torture for Jim. You’ve captured that while still being so funny— loving this!
Author's Response: Michael is fun to write in small bursts like here, but I'm always worried I'll mess him up so I'm glad to hear that from you. The Hallmark-Office vibe was surprisingly easy to hit; they have a lot in common.
Date: December 29, 2018 08:52 pm Title: Battering Ram
So many fun details, from Pam (And Phyllis ( enjoying the view, to the tree sap-induced prom pose, to the fallen friends... very clever and very compelling. I’m excited to read more!
Author's Response: Thank you! The tree sap was fun to incorporate (it came from my Secret Santa recipe).
Date: December 29, 2018 08:46 pm Title: Radio Silence
Intriguing beginning! I like your voice for Pam’s inner monologue. What a fun beginning... Roy was really a goober, wasn’t he?
Author's Response: Thanks! This is what set me down the Hallmark rabbit hole--I'd been watching Hallmark movies and I realized that Roy was exactly the kind of goober the woman always starts with in them.
Date: December 26, 2018 05:38 pm Title: Your Card, Madam
D'awwww. What a very cute way to wrap this up. Fun references back to the show, a prank on Dwight, the teapot note, and of course Jim and Pam together. Wonderful story, thank you for sharing it.
Author's Response: Thank you for the consistent feedback! I loved writing this, and I hope whomever sent in this fic recipe enjoys or enjoyed it too (should be pretty easy to identify given some of the elements I was asked to include).
Date: December 26, 2018 05:31 pm Title: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
Aww very sweet here. Jim is adorable being embarrassed/socked like this. I also like how you put in elements of backstory. Jim has obviously talked a great deal about Pam to Tina and it's fun to imagine what he might have said.
Author's Response: Tina's origins come from a couple of fics on this site (like the Albany is like Paris one) plus how my own family treats old family friends, so I'm glad she worked for you.
Date: December 26, 2018 05:25 pm Title: She's Got a Little List
There you go Pam. Start making time for your own happiness. I really like that the first things here that Pam went for were things solely for her. That she's realized she needs to be happy by herself first before trying to be happy with anyone else.
Meeting Jim at the Y though was very cute. Glad they're back to their fun bantering ways.
Author's Response: Yeah, I had fun figuring out what she'd want for herself, not just for JAM. And thanks!
Date: December 26, 2018 05:15 pm Title: Paint by Numbers
Very intense chapter here. I do like how Pam finally told off Roy like this. Good for her. I also like how you described Pam's painting. Very vivid considering all the stress she's been under. Looking forward to the next chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks! I wish we'd seen more of Pam's art in the series, so I try to incorporate it where I can.