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Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from (Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy
OK, I love this as much as the first one, and I'm heart broken that it ends here. I've read so few great Highlander/BtVS crosses... and your work is so touching and so very funny. I know you're probably done with this, but if you have a draft hiding somewhere, I'd love to read it.

Comments from author:
I wish I could say that there was even a half-finished draft languishing in an old notebook, but alas, that would be a lie. I never had any intention of leaving a WIP abandoned like this, and I'm still annoyed with myself over it. If I got back into writing, then I might be able to re-visit this. It just feels like a bit of a chore, because I think it would take quite a bit of work to take the story where I wanted to go.

Thank you again for your wonderful feedback.
Review By [(Current Donor)DeepBlueJoy] • Date [26 Nov 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from RevDorothyL
I just wanted to say that I hope your health problems didn't turn out to be permanent or more serious than you'd feared. I'd rather think that you left this story where it is because sometimes the muse just doesn't cooperate, or because you found even more interesting things to do and write elsewhere.
Comments from author:
Thank you for the well-wishes about my health. Actually, I was sick for over a year, and my doctors never figured out what was wrong. I was tired all the time and fic-writing became a casualty to my illness. After I started feeling better, I never quite got back into writing. I do have some lingering guilt about not finishing this story, especially after my protestations to the contrary. I knew generally how I wanted this story to end, but I was finding it a bit tiresome and difficult with the in-between bits. Plus, you're correct that my interests have shifted a bit. Highlander was my first fandom, and I think I'll always love Methos best, but the last few years, I've wandered over to Stargate: Atlantis and Supernatural, and a few others. I'm still a sucker for a great crossover though! Thank you so much for your reviews on several of my stories. It truly is amazing that my little stories from years ago can still provide some entertainment. Thanks!
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [7 Mar 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from FireflyKisses
Update, yes?

I realize it's been, oh...two years since it's been updated, but a girl can hope right? I really like this story (and it's prequel) and I'd like to see the way it plays out.
Comments from author:
Oh gods, it has been two years. *winces* I do intend to finish this story. I certainly never meant for it take this long. My home life has been crazy - work issues, family problems, and I'm taking the bar exam in less than two weeks.

Thank you so much for inquiring. The story isn't dead, just in a state of suspended animation. I'm going to try to get back into writing mode once I'm finished with the bar.

Thanks again.
Review By [FireflyKisses] • Date [19 Feb 07] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from elfwyn
I just finished reading Death and The End of Time and Home Sweet Hellmouth and found them to be two great stories. I love the soul angst in both Willow and Methos and that Will can keep up with Methos without turning him into a wimp. The First Evil as Methos Horsemen inspiration is inspired, as well as him seeking renewal of his own strength in Will's. If he can pass his survival and 2000 years of determination to resist evil to Will it will be superb. Perhaps with the Slayers own going bad and returning Will can gain courage. The love scene was very good but I would like to see Methos get off too;) so to speak, and how about if he learns a little magic?

Can wait for the next chapter, keep writing.

Review By [elfwyn] • Date [8 Mar 06] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from spk
I didn't even know this sequel was out there. I love the idea. I really hope you will pick this story back up because I'd love to see what happens with the First as it tries to take over Willow & Methos. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! No promises, but I'm hoping that I can start making progress on this story soon. I just started a new job. It has moments of busyness, and occasionally periods of time with absolutely nothing to do. So, maybe I'll be able to get a little fic-writing in during my down-time.

*keeps my fingers crossed*
Review By [spk] • Date [11 Dec 05] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from VillageOrchid
Good development and nice showing of Methos being able to "face his fears" and darker side. Once told and believing that deamons and malevolent powers are real, he's also more likely to find the Kronos fake. Good job. How this will effect the rest of the Buffy-verse only you know, but I am curious to find out how the AU unfolds even more.
Comments from author:
Thanks! I squeezed this chapter out in a vain attempt to dive back into this story. At the time, it felt like pulling teeth. A little while later, I re-read this part and thought it was just terrible, and was very discouraged. I didn't want to force the story if it was going to just be crappy. With one more re-read, I think I've found a little balance. While it certainly isn't deathless prose, it also wasn't the worst thing I've ever written.

Thanks again for the motivating feedback, and I really will be trying to make some progress in the near future.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [13 Oct 05] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 4 - The Opening Salvo" from VillageOrchid
I like how you made it clear that Methos wasn't dreaming of Casandra, but not until after the dream had ended. I like how Willow and Methos' continuing honesty with the slayer allows Buffy to trust them. I'm also curious if a certain Wiliam the Bloody isn't back with his soul but without the first making him darker, as you seem to be progressing in an AU fashion.
Comments from author:
You liked the dream stuff? I'm glad. It was fun to write something so dramatic and over the top.

Will Spike be putting in an appearance? I really don't know. One of the reasons (among many) why this story has been so stalled is that the plot was stubbornly straying from my planned outline. Honestly, I can't remeber if I had originaly intended to include Spike or not. Right now, I think it's unlikely he'll show up. I would love to have him here, crazy, sane, or some wonderful place in beween - but that would mean an entire new character arc to develop and integrate into an already torturously slow rate of progress. Having said that, I'm not ruling anything out.

*rolls eyes at self and contemplates own sanity*
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [13 Oct 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Home Sweet Hellmouth" from VillageOrchid
I know I already reviewed this chapter about a year ago, but it occured to me I haven't read through all of your updates, because I was very busy when you were posting beyond the third chapter or so. I do remember enjoying your writing, plot and characterization. So with a fresh eye, I say... good establish for what Methos knows going into the situation about the others. Good establish of what must have been a high level of trust for Willow to mention what he does know for her. And nice suggestion that he might be there for love and not just boredom, even if it is just love of a friend and frienship... and even if he might not realize it himself.
Comments from author:
First, let me apologize for not responding to your feedback sooner. I didn't realize that I had any new reviews. I really appreciate that you've been a consistantly encouraging reader and reviewer. I'm going to try to get back in the swing of things.
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [13 Oct 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from LurkerOOl
I know how much real life or lack of a muse can hold a story up, but could I put in a call to see how this wonderful story works out. I am continuing to enjoy the willow-methos dynamic and the only thing I wished -Uh, maybe not- for in Death and The End of the World was to meet the other Scoobies. -LurkerOOl
Comments from author:
Thanks for your lovely feedback and the polite prompting about the continuation. This story will be finished eventually. I feel a bit horrible about how long it's been stalled. Real life has been a considerable pain in the posterior, but I've been a little blocked on the creative side as well. I've got plot bunnies scampering madly about, and I've written up a fair amount on a yet-to-be-posted sequel to another story. I've even done a few small things, FFA ficlets and the Buffy Lyric Wheel, in the hope of getting on a roll. Of course, the one story I really want and need to write - this one, the WIP du jour - is the one that feels daunting.

Thanks again, and I'll do my best to get the creative juices flowing.
Review By [LurkerOOl] • Date [21 Sep 05] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 2 - Research and a Revelation" from VillageOrchid
I like how you did the partial reveal, and I'm continuing to like how you are characterizing Adam/Methos at a point in his life where he isn't in crisis.
Comments from author:
Thank you!

I thought the partial reveal was appropriate. I wasn't comfortable having a non-evil Willow keep secrets from the Scoobies, but there's no way that Methos would have given his true name to complete strangers. Unfortunately for Methos, he won't remain crisis-free very long.

*evil grin*
Review By [VillageOrchid] • Date [18 Jan 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Ch.5 - Cemetery Conversations" from (Past Donor)zephyrRS
Thus far this tale is as enjoyable as its prequel. I loved the witty banter in this chapter -- keep it up!
Comments from author:
Thank you! I felt more than a bit rusty, and the Buffy/Methos dynamic was a little hard to pin down. Kronos was difficult too. There's a fine line with Kronos dialogue. He's big and menacing and delightfully evil, but it's very easy to slip into something that sounds a bit too arch. Of course, this is the FE, not the real Kronos, so that covers a multitude of sins.

I really will try to update more often. Thanks!
Review By [(Past Donor)zephyrRS] • Date [18 Jan 05] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 4 - The Opening Salvo" from (Recent Donor)NotAGoauld
This is a review for this story and for 'Death and The End of the World'. You said that you were new to FanFic writing when you wrote that? Well believe me you sure can't tell from the quality of your stories. They are well thought out. Your characters are on track. There is also a fluidity to your writing that mixes the elements of gentle humor, drama, action and romance together that a lot of writers take years trying to get right. (I happen to be one of those authors that that can pretty much only mix two of those elements together comfortably). This story and it's prequel are great and I can't wait to read what you have in store for the characters later on down the line. Kudos!!
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. Your review was a lovely surprise. Despite my lack of updates, I haven't given up on this story. I've recently moved, and I'm dealing with some persistent health problems. In fact, I just went to the doctor again today. It was so nice to come home and find your review waiting for me - a definite pick-me-up.

I'm so glad you've enjoyed my writing. From your name, you seem to be a Stargate fan. I only have one crossover in that fandom, but I would (eventually) like to do more. Stargate fic really needs to have the right flow to capture the camraderie between the team members. It's a bit daunting, but I think I'll be up to the challenge.

Thank you again.
Review By [(Recent Donor)NotAGoauld] • Date [9 Nov 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 4 - The Opening Salvo" from Lel
Brilliant, I am really enjoying this fic. I am eagerly waiting for the next part.

Love Lel xx
Comments from author:
Thanks Lel! I hope you don't have to wait too long. I'm signed up for one of the current fic-a-thons, but after that this story is front and center. As Willow would say, 'I've got double guilt coupons' for the often long periods of time between updates. Did you catch the first fic in this series, Death and the End of the World? If not, you could find out how Will met the old man while I get my backside back into writing mode. Thanks again for the feedback. It's always such a pleasant way to start the day.
Review By [Lel] • Date [30 Aug 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 4 - The Opening Salvo" from gigglygurl
God, this story is so good. I really like how you made Willow and Methos friends...who happened to have sex sometimes. Will they become more than that? I hope so, but I guess I'll find out soon. Please update? Your first story was awesome, and I absolutely loved it. The second one is turning out to be just as good, and I hope you continue. I like how you tied the FE into the story. And the way Methos reacted to everything, hilarious. You got all of the character's personalities PERFECTLY. I loved Dawn's enthusiasm. This should turn out interesting. I just hope Methos doesn't loose his head. Lol, well...anyways. Keep it up!
Comments from author:
Thank you gigglygurl! I'm so glad you thought the characterizations were accurate. That's the best compliment I can get. I apologize for the often lengthy delay between updates. I'm in that limbo that exists after graduation, but before employment. Basically, I'm doing some serious job-hunting. Fic-writing, as fun as it can be, is one of the first things that winds up on the back burner. I've been signing up for some of the fic-a-thons, to force myself to keep writing. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I'm not abandoning Home Sweet Hellmouth, even if the updates are a bit, um, sporadic. Thanks again for the review. It's encouraging and motivating, all at the same time.
Review By [gigglygurl] • Date [25 Aug 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ch. 4 - The Opening Salvo" from TragerMaximoff
I know you value input, and I know you value it to be honest, so I will be that way (not quite Anya, but not quite cheerleadery either)...

The story started as a 9 of 10 (based on what I thought of the 'previous episode') and as it went on, I noticed things sliding toward a 7... I read that you're 'getting back into the groove of things' so I will assume that is what is going on...

The first chapter retained your 'feeling and taste from the other story', but somewhere along the last two chapters you started to depart a bit from your style... am not really sure how to explain it, or how to back it up with examples... It just seems you may have possibly fallen into a trap that I sometimes do: "Great beginning and focus" but then something happens and it turns into "Generally the same story, but starting to loose cohesion"... if that makes sense at all...

It's still a good story, and it's still young (only 5 chap's so far), and of course the first 'big bad' that shows up (being vague for people who read reviews before reading the story) would tend to skew fates and plotlines to its own ends, but I fear you're trying to 'inject too much at one time' and may be blurring your focus a bit.. It's not that the 'new elements' are bad, but I think you rushed it a bit, or focused on 'its point of view' too quickly, where you could have kept the audience guessing, and simply did subtle things with the existing cast roster to imply that something was up...

Again, am NOT saying it's developing into a bad story... I just feel the 'pacing' got a bit quickened and slightly knocked the feeling out of whack... it's not that stories can't change speed, it's just I feel that anything that has Methos in it should feel free to take its time, due to his longevity and utter belief of 'there will always be tomorrow.... if not there will always be next millenia'.... and I know he isn't the main focus of the story, so am mainly just brining up that point... I think you exibited it well the last 'episode' but it's somewhat lessened in this one..

...probably could be summed up as 'You stated you hadn't did this for a while... try to go back and recapture the feeling and style of the first one... ' This isn't a request to keep locked up in the box of the 'old style' that you did.. just observe what you did previously, and try to evolve upon that... I think you got a bit too fresh of inspiration, and started anew, instead of evolving the style to show progression from one to the other....

And, as you guessed, some of this is essential, I feel, and some of it is lengthy babbling about points that I may have hinted at last time, in the previous story... None of this is meant as insulting (I wish you other readers and reviewers to KNOW THAT), because I have been guilty of it a lot myself, and then I have to take a step back, recapture what I had started with, and then proceed so it feels like seemless transportation of the reader to the place I had originally intended...

Oh.. regardless.. if this is either too long a review, or too critical, please let me know, so I can make future 'mini-novels' a Private Review, instead, so it doesn't clutter up the review listing here...

Comments from author:
I appreciate your continued feedback, but I'd like to clarify what I was doing with the last two chapters. The departure from form was not accidental. Ch. 4 was the introduction of the FE. The chapter wasn't exactly from its point of view, but it was the focus of that part, with our main characters being peripheral. I did that on purpose to let us get a peek inside the FE's mind, which we never really got to do on the series. I didn't want to keep people guessing. I think they played that card too much in season 7. This is a case of the audience knowing more than the characters. Ch. 5 started out with a dreamscape. So, yes, both parts were slightly different than some of my previous work, but the stylistic change was specifically for the events in each chapter. Future chapters (with lots of dialogue and thoughts) will probably be similar to the earlier stuff.
Review By [TragerMaximoff] • Date [26 Jul 04] • Rating [7 out of 10]
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