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Review of chapter "Casa de Methos" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
wow. and wow. I need you to know this. I'm recommending this... I was going to anyway, but if I hadn't planned to... that speech that Methos made in the last chapter... about trust and moonlight... that has to be one of the most amazing foreplay/seduction/falling in love speeches I've ever read. It was beautiful. thank you for sharing that with us.


you should know that I don't issue 10s very often. And the number of stories that have received both 10s and recs from me are somewhere in the low single digits.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! I was pretty nervous about writing the sexy-times. I often find myself skipping over those bits in fanfic because they can feel stilted and you get mired in the mechanics of the act or the silliness of the language. There are only so many words for certain bits of the human anatomy that avoid both a clinical sound or late night pay per view. Either one of those can ruin a romantic mood, and I was definitely going for romance, and not bow chicka wow wow (not that that there is anything wrong with some good old-fashioned smut, if that was what you intended - lol).

I'm so glad you enjoyed this story.
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [26 Nov 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The day after" from deathgeonous
Ah, a case of misunderstandings. Great fic here, thanks for writing this, bye for now.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [21 Mar 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The day after" from darkerxangel
Seriously loved this great piece of work! Do you think you'll ever write a sequel?
Comments from author:
So glad you liked it. I did start a sequel, Home Sweet Hellmouth, but it's been years since I updated it. I suppose I lost interest a bit, and I had some crazy life stuff. Never say never, but no immediate plans to write more. Thanks so much for the review!
Review By [darkerxangel] • Date [3 May 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The day after" from RevDorothyL
Methos and Willow isn't a pairing that I've ever thought much about, but you absolutely made it work, and that whole 'bonding over some serious sins of the past and current repentance' dynamic was a fascinating and compelling way to get them started down the road to more-than-friends.

Well done!
Comments from author:
Thank you! I actually didn't intend for Methos and Willow to become snuggly when I started this fic. I was interested by the idea of how they each chose to get beyond a darkness in their respective pasts. Then, as I was writing, my muses just hopped into bed. I was surprised, and not altogether pleased, because it had not been my intention. But, it felt organic, and kind of sweet. There is quite a bit that I would do differently with this story (mostly style-wise) if I had it to do over again, but I'm so happy you liked it. I've actually received several reviews over the last week or so after not posting anything for literally years. A wonderful surprise!
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [7 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The day after" from deathgeonous
Very Nice fic. Thanks for writing this, bye for now.
Comments from author:
Hi! Thanks so much for the review. I haven't written any fanfic in ages and it was a wonderful surprise to get feedback out of the blue.
Review By [deathgeonous] • Date [26 Feb 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The day after" from (Past Donor)zephyrRS
When I saw that you'd written a sequel to this story I had to go back and re-review the original and I just have to reiterate how much I LOVE this story and the way you've played the Willow-Methos connection.
Comments from author:
Wow. Thanks so much. When I finished "Death" I got quite a few requests for a sequel. I was a little leary, because I anticipated that the second story would wind up as least as long as the first. "Death" was my first fic, and at around 80 pages, it felt like a BIG undertaking. I'm still not sure starting the second fic was a good idea. I feel pretty guilty about the long waits between updates, so maybe I should have waited to post it until it was done.

In any case, it WILL be finished. I just can't promise when. Thank you so much for your continued feedback and encouragement. Nothing puts me in the mood to write more than hearing from people who liked my stories.
Review By [(Past Donor)zephyrRS] • Date [18 Jan 05] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The day after" from (Past Donor)zephyrRS
Really enjoyed this -- I can't believe it was your first fic!
Comments from author:
Thanks, ZephyrRS! I haven't been feeling well this past week, and your review really brightened my day. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [(Past Donor)zephyrRS] • Date [15 Sep 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Conversation with a boyscout" from TragerMaximoff
Environmental Coloring, to me (as it may just be something I made up in my head, and not a real term anywhere) means the 'color or flavoring you have come to expect from someone'.. I'll explain...

When Willow babbles, that's a Willow-flavored-moment.. it's like a couch you expect in the den or living room.. you know it's there, and you're comforted when you see it is where it should be... Now, Willow using big words, that CAN be a Willow thing, but her using perfect grammar all the time, instead of the Scooby version, or using 'privy' when she may use another word, that's against the 'Willow Environment'...

I'm not saying she's not capable of it, nor will she do it, but my 'environmental coloring' of Willow is that she only tends to go perfect grammar when she's being a wiseass.. not for normal conversation.. she likes to take liberties with the language, and the few times I noticed 'perfect grammar, in written form' it seemed 'off color' from how she would have said it 'in verbal form'....

It could simply be a matter of you not recognizing, from time to time, that you go 'correctly written' instead of 'naturally spoken'... ie: It's perfectly correct, on the page.. but, when spoken, it's a bit clinical.. it's the difference between writing 'I am going to go to the store to pick up a few items' and saying 'I'm going to the store.. I gotta pick up a couple a things, okay?' Both are technically correct, but one sounds like Spock, where the other sounds like Faith...

Now, mind you, I've, out of the 3 chapters I've read so far, have only noticed it like... oh.... 0.012% of the time.. meaning 'not a lot'... it's just certain things sorta stood out as 'okay, maybe they didn't verbalize that part, to see if it was something that someone would actually say, versus how they'd actually write it'...

Also, the Env. Coloring comment is much more broader than I have explained here... explaining it in a short amount of time, for me, would be sorta like bringing everyone into an inside joke, that takes 10 seconds to tell, but draws on 10 minutes of backstory... likely not the complicated, but if you don't understand how to permutate it out, I can use 'Private Review' and REALLY go wild with the explanation, so that we (meaning me) don't spam everyone else to Tartarus and back...

Comments from author:
I think I understand what you're talking about. Basically, it sounds as if you're describing what feels out of character to you (character development, as well as voice, plot, setting, etc.). Having my characters act like themselves is very important to me. If you notice any moments where anyone seems glaringly OOC, please let me know. We all have our own opinions of what is in character and what is not, but I'm always willing to discuss it. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the fic.
Review By [TragerMaximoff] • Date [25 Jul 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "History lessons and dirty laundry" from TragerMaximoff
At chap 3, and I don't want to give away things, but... a much more amusing ending would be:

.... She finally managed two words.

"Holy crap!"

Aside from that, I'm still reading, and still liking.. hee hee.. and kinda wishing something like this would make it to the TV, cuz I can see this all happening in my mind (very good carrying along of the audience, thank you very much).. It's like it's actually happening, and there's only the small 'environmental color' that's off for the characters, but it really would be sort of a 'this person sees this.. this person sees that' sort of thing, so it's not like it's a bad thing that I'm seeing..

Anywho.. back to reading.. hee hee.. am just thinking you can be a little more free with the 'appropriately placed cussword', when it warrants it *wink*
Comments from author:
Thanks for the feedback, and I'm glad you're enjoying the fic. I tend not to include a great deal of swearing (not out of prudery - I have quite the potty-mouth myself sometimes). Since the characters don't swear in canon, it feels a little out of character for them to start dropping the f-bomb. It can work sometimes, but I will use it only when it feels natural to me. As for the end of Ch. 3, I was going for a quiet yet stunned tone, rather than a more active sense of surprise. When you say 'environmental color' do you mean dialogue, or descriptions of the physical space?
I hope you continue to enjoy the fic.
Review By [TragerMaximoff] • Date [24 Jul 04] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The day after" from Clannadlvr
oh, wow! I really enjoyed this tale of Methos and Willow. It's really a pairing that I'm quickly coming to enjoy. Some may have issues with Willow vascilating on the I'm gay/I'm not gay issue, but I think the most important thing with her character is that she falls for people, not for gender. You've really shown this as Methos and Willow are "kindred spirits"- they understand the darkness in each other that no one else can understand.

I really enjoyed reading this tale!!
Comments from author:
I'm so glad you enjoyed my story. The "gay issue" can become quite heated in some fan circles. Actually, I never planned for them to wind up in bed, but my muses had other ideas. I was hoping to keep Willow 100 percent gay (mostly because there's a relative lack of fic that portrays her that way). Nevertheless, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I don't mind (in fact, I've very much enjoyed) some Willow/male pairings as long as it's well-done and believable. If an author does acknowledge Willow's woman-lovin' past, then I expect them to give a plausible reason for her trip back to boystown. (At the very least, they shouldn't treat her homosexuality as a phase or a substitute until she found a "real" man. Grrr.) Okay, rant over.

I definitely believe in falling in love with a person, not just a gender. The main focus of the fic was supposed to be the Willow/Methos relationship, in whatever form it took. If the "kindred spirits" vibe was clear, then I think I've accomplished my main goal. Thanks so much for your comments. It's so encouraging to hear positve feedback.
Review By [Clannadlvr] • Date [18 Apr 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The day after" from MrsAndisMom
Yeah you. Very good. Ind for someone who has watched the masterpiece that is 'noises Off' Might i suggest 'Clue' and "murder by death' double yeah you for including one of my favorite movies.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I'm so glad you liked my first attempt at fic-writing. I'm currently working on the sequel, Home Sweet Hellmouth, but I'm woefully behind in updates. Real life is entirely too bothersome. Thanks again.
Review By [MrsAndisMom] • Date [4 Mar 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The day after" from VillageOrchid
Yup, after re-reading this, I've decided that Methos and Willow are more than just good friends.
You've established that they're good for each other. Yes, they are only just starting to get to know
each other on a live-in basis, but I see them falling deeply in love with each other over time.
The frienship, comfort and passion are all there. Methos practically performed a marriage vow before
taking her into his bedroom. And they may be new and not know all of each other's habits and behaviors,
but that's part of the fun part of discovery. Looking forward to seeing if you decide in your next story
if Methos has met anyone else before. It would be just as fun if they haven't. But if they had, perhaps
Giles when he was in Oxford? Methos as one of his younger professors? Otherwise no need for reveal
unless Willow feels that it is important for Buffy to know he's an immortal and that's all. It has an impact
on fighting the bad guys strategy, after all.
Comments from author:
Oh, you're going to hate me, but I really can't make any promises about where W/M will end up. I honestly don't know. I'm conflicted about the whole thing. I can see it going either way. If my feedback is any indication, I think you are firmly in the majority. Maybe I'll have to write two endings. Thanks for all of your feedback.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [3 Feb 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "History lessons and dirty laundry" from VillageOrchid
So hard on re-reading not to give specific comments. So here are some.

I adore that you don't skip dramatizing the recap. I don't see that enough in any kind of fiction.
In the last chapter I loved the summarian swearing, and Willow's teleporting being such a greater
step in magic or supernatural than Joe ever thought could be real.

In the first chapter I loved how you had Willow cautious of someone, even a graduate student,
knowing latin well ("we don't speak latin around the books," said Giles in some episode or another).
It is almost hard for me to believe that the second chapter takes place 3 weeks after the first, but
I like how the elapsed time allows for Willow to develop a comfort zone and almost frienship with
Joe's friend and bar regular, Methos. Since nothing dramatic or romanitc happened in her conscious
mind I understand why it wasn't dramatized.

Also it just occured to me that whatever Willow helped avert when she got back from England is now AU,
so if you ever decide to flash-back to it, I'd appreciate if you have her researching or fine-tuning
teleportation skills... because finding and teleporting to Methos seemed almost effortless in this story.
I know she has the power, though.

Your use of body language and description is very good and nicely inserted into your writing style.
Comments from author:
Thanks you so much for your detailed comments. I'm glad that you liked the recap. Afew folks told that it was redundant to go through the history because the readers already know everything. I disagree a little. We might know what's happened, but the other characters don't. I wanted to see their reactions - and it's interesting to figure out how they would choose to tell their sad tales.
The three week gap in time was a bit of a cheat, but it would have just consisted of the progression of Methos and Willow getting to know each other. Plus, I had just started writing, and I was anxious to start getting to the exciting parts.
I agree that there was little explaination for Willow the uber-witch. I think my idea was that Willow has always had the power, she just needed a good reason to use it, and the confidence to trust her own abilities. I probably should have made that more explicit.
Thanks so much for commenting on the body language. I really wanted to capture a portion of what I was seeing in my mind as I wrote. It was difficult because I believe that both Willow and Methos can be very visual characters. They say so much with a look, or how they hold their bodies.
Thanks again!
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [2 Feb 04] • Not Rated
Review of story "Death and the End of the World" from Anonymous Reviewer
Thanks Jade,

Yes, there will be a sequal, but I'm making no promises about how soon it will happen. School has been really hectic this semester and I'm in the middle of exams right now. I'm hoping to get back to my writing over the holidays and after the 1st of the year. Thanks again.

Review By [Anonymous Reviewer] • Date [9 Dec 03] • Not Rated • Add Comment
Review of story "Death and the End of the World" from Anonymous Reviewer
i love it will there be a sequal???
Review By [Anonymous Reviewer] • Date [9 Dec 03] • Not Rated • Add Comment
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