Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chapter 33 is up!

FFnet Chapter 33

TWCS Chapter 33

Music used in this chapter: Peace of Mind by Krezip. 
(The YouTube vid spells it wrong)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Parachute ~ Chapter 33 Teasers

Chapter 33

Bella motioned to Jack and patted the spot next to her on the park bench. The boy sighed, picking up the soccer ball that he had been kicking around and plopped down next to his mother. He laid his head against her shoulder and sighed again. The hot Chicago sun warmed thier skin as it filtered down through the dense grouping of trees. 

"I'm fine, Mom," he murmured quietly.

"How do you know what I was thinking?" She nudged him with her shoulder and laughed lightly, belying her current mood. 

"I know you. You don't have to worry about me, you know. I'm fine," he replied, his voice steady and strong.

She reached up and ran her fingers through his unruly hair, praying that his words rang true.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Parachute ~ Chapter 32 Pic and Chapter Teasers

Chapter 32

She wriggled her hands and tried to shift into a sitting position, when she was suddenly lifted into a standing position. Cold hazel eyes glared at her menacingly.

"Hello, sunshine," he murmured.

"What- Where am I? What are you going to do with me?" she asked in a frightened voice.

James cocked his head to the side slightly and smirked. "I haven't quite figured that out yet. I foolishly didn't think of a back-up plan, so now I have to wing it."

He pushed her onto the couch so that she fell into a sitting position and she tried to ignore the burning in her shoulders. A door somewhere suddenly slammed and James looked towards the entrance at the far side of the room they were currently occupying. Storming into the room with her red hair flying wildly like she was in the middle of a hurricane was Victoria. She stopped in her tracks and glanced at Bella with a shocked expression.

"What is she doing here?" Victoria asked. Her eyes grew wide and settled on her lover before her facial expression grew grim. "What have you done?"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chapter 31 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers

Chapter 31

"I'm happy that I've run into you, actually."

Her eyes narrowed. "Why is that?" she asked in suspicion.

He sighed and gave her a sad smile. "I know you care very much about Edward, but I'm afraid that things aren't always what they seem."

Her heart skipped a beat. "What do mean?" she asked, hesitantly.

"After everything that he's been through with Victoria and losing his child, do you honestly think that he'd give his heart away so easily?"

Her eyes widened and panic began to slowly build in her chest. "No," she whispered and shook her head, refusing to believe.

"Don't be naive, Isabella. I can prove it," he responded, opening up his briefcase and pulling out a piece of paper. He held it out to her, but she couldn't bring herself to take it. He shook it in her direction slightly and reached out slowly, as if the document were a snake waiting to bite.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Parachute ~ Chapter 30 is up now!

 FFnet Chapter 30

TWCS Chapter 30

Books used in this chapter:

Music used in this chapter:

Greenhouse in NYC along with it's 360 Organic Vodka is real:

Same with Mars 2112 Restaurant in NYC:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Parachute Outtake #7 is up! "Broken" ~ EmPOV

Parachute's 7th Outtake is now up! It was written in EmPOV as a contribution for the 30 Days of Emmett!

Broken (EmPOV) ~ FFnet 

Broken (EmPOV) ~ TWCS

Chapter 30 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 30


"You wanted to talk, so let's talk," he commented, leaning back against the pillows.

Bella narrowed her eyes and shot Edward an annoyed glare.

"How am I supposed to concentrate with you lounging there, half-naked?"

He shrugged his shoulders and rubbed a hand across his bare chest smirking.

"Eddddward," she whined.

He looked up innocently. "What? What did I do?"

She growled and pounced on top of him, causing him to chuckle. Their playful tickles and raucous laughter soon turned to passionate kisses and roaming hands. An hour later, they both lay naked and spent. Bella sighed in contentment and nuzzled her face into his neck.

"I don't want to leave you tomorrow," she whispered. 

AN: I have no idea who made the manip, but it's awesome. I just added the words. I came across it on Google with no way to trace it to the artist, or else I would have given credit to them!  =)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

What exactly *is* a WC?

WC'ing is a great resource and a useful networking tool. It is simply a Writer's or Word Challenge.

A group of people get together via a chat setting (*Normally Gchat, Skype or Chatzy*). They chat and introduce themselves, sometimes setting goals for their writing session or mentioning what they have to start with.

At a set time, usually either :00, :15, :30, :45, etc, everyone wanders off to focus on their writing. A pre-determined time later, everyone comes back to the chat area in order to tell if they met their writing goal (usually a word count), share teasers of what they wrote during the WC and ask for any help that they feel they need.

You can find scheduled ones or check Twitter for some practically at any time. I'm a WC Leader for The Twilight Awards and host one every Wednesday evening at 9:00PM, EST. Most last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the host. 

If you aren't sure about doing one, just join in, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Plus you can find some great friends along the way. I personally find that they help me focus more and I've also found some really good stories as well. 

*Gchat* is the chat system featured on Gmail. It's the most often preferred means of WCing, especially for pick up ones. There is a small section (on the left-hand menu, underneath your mail options) where you can add people's email addresses to be able to chat with them.

*Skype* is "Software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users." Basically, Skype has a chat system that works similar to Gchat, but you get booted off a lot less, lol.

*Chatzy* is "A free private chat service which you can use to communicate with people you already know or people who visits your blog or website. With Chatzy you can create a chatroom and send out email invitations very quickly and easily. No registration is required." It's lesser used in WC's ( my experience at least), but it still works rather well. It caps a room at about 10 people.

If you're holding a larger WC, your best bet is Skype. It's much more organized and can hold more people.

Chapter 29 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 29


Edward's lips placed hot, open mouthed kisses across her jaw and down her neck. Desire, hot like a knife, shot through her veins. 

"Edward," she gasped. "Can we move to the bed?"

Without a word, his hands found their way down to cup her bottom and he walked carefully over to the bed, before depositing her gently.

Bella reached out for him and pulled him to stand between her legs. She nervously looked up into his heavy-lidded eyes and bit her lip. She was tired of stopping and ready to move forward.

"I want you," she said softly. "Please let me have you."

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shel's Other Work: I'm Not That Girl

My O/S, "I'm Not That Girl" that I wrote for the FanficAholics Anon's 100 Pictures Contest, won one of the two first place spots in the Public Vote!

Sorry, not Parachute, but it puts me in a great mood to write for you. ;-)

Pic #61

"I'm Not That Girl"

Chapter 28 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 28


"Hello again, Isabella. Do you think that we could talk?"

Bella was caught off guard at the sound of Renee's voice. It sounded the same as remembered from her childhood. When she looked into her mother's hazel eyes, she noticed that the wrinkles and tired expression in her face made her look older than her forty years.

"What is there to talk about, Renee?" she asked, doing her best to keep hostility out of her voice.

Her mother smiled sadly and nodded. "I know you probably hate me, but there's a lot that I'd like to explain to you."

"Bella? Is everything alright?" Esme asked, walking over to her side.

"Yes, Esme. Everything is fine," she replied with a kind smile.

"Who is you friend, dear?" Esme asked, wary of the woman who had caused Bella to become uncomfortable and tense.

"Esme, this Renee Dwyer. Renee, this is Esme Cullen. Esme is my son's grandmother," Bella explained, her voice betraying no emotion.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Chapter 27 Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 27


Bella turned and smiled at Edward, who was talking animatedly with her father about the last play that had taken place on the field. Jack sat on the his father's left side, paying rapt attention to everything that the two men were saying.

Charlie turned and nudged Edward in the side. "I would have figured you for a Sox, fan, Ed."

Edward rubbed the back of his neck sheepishly before responding. "Uh, the Sox are away this week."

Charlie laughed loudly and slapped his knee.
Bella shook her head and reached into her jeans pocket to pull out her vibrating phone. She frowned as she noticed that a text from an unknown number was on her screen. Opening it, she gasped and covered her mouth.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Parachute ~ Chapter 26 is up!

FFnet Chapter 26

TWCS Chapter 26

No music or pretty pictures to add this week, sweeties. Well, except Charlie, of course. ;-)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Parachute Rec!

Parachute's been rec'ced on Sweetishbubble's blog! It's a cute little write up, so show her some love! <3

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Chapter 26 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers

Chapter 26


Edward smiled widely and reached out to shake Charlie's hand. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Chief Swan. Jack and Bella have told me so much about you. It's an honor to get to meet you and thank you for everything you've done."

Bella swallowed nervously as she watched her father measure up the man she loved. After their experiences with Jacob, Charlie was particularly over-protective any time a man came to pick her up for a date. That being one of the major reasons she had dated few and far between over the years. As she stood there anxiously awaiting whatever intimidation tactic that Charlie had planned, he completely shocked her by nodding and shaking Edward's hand firmly. Her jaw almost dropped as she watched her normally gruff father swallow and blink away tears.

"It's good to meet you, son. They've both told me great things about you as well. As a father myself, I can't imagine what you've been through, but I'm glad it's all worked out for the best."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chapter 25 is up!

FFnet Chapter 25

TWCS Chapter 25

Nothing to add for music or clothing, but Victoria's dress from the last chapter is under Places and Things.

As is mentioned in the chapter's AN, I want to thank each and every one of you guys who donated to the Fandom for Preemies fundraiser! They've raised almost $2,ooo in the past few days alone! It makes my heart want to burst in adoration! I love you guys! <3

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chapter 25 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 25


Victoria's gaze landed on Jack's trembling form, an evil smirk resting upon her face. Bella felt an overwhelming wave of fury and protectiveness boil in her veins. She moved swiftly in front of her son, cutting off Victoria's view and placing her squarely in the line of fire, meeting Victoria's startled gaze. She didn't care whose blood ran through Jack's veins, he was her son and she was protecting him until her last breath.

The red haired witch cocked her head to the side and eyed Bella speculatively, as if she were a hunter analyzing her prey. Victoria's icy blue eyes narrowed and she took a step forward. Bella shifted into a defensive stance and clenched her fists at her sides, thankful for all of her father's self-defense lessons. This bitch wasn't laying a hand on her boy's head.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chapter 24 is up!

This early update is brought to you by the Fandom for Preemies fundraiser. 

For those of you who questioned Jack's mood in the last chapter and parts of this one, the Outtake should clear a few things up. There are *over* 100 authors taking part, including a special Jack POV Outtake from Parachute. It ties into Chapters 23 & 24. If you can spare the donation, please do so! The March of Dimes is a very worthy charity! (Link to their site is on my profile and the blog!)

FFnet ~ Chapter 24

TWCS ~ Chapter 24

Music for this chapter ~ Vanilla Twilight by Owl City:  

Bella's dress: 

Crystal Ballroom at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago

Fandom for Preemies Update

Teasers for the Parachute: Jack POV Outtake!

You’ve been gone for too long, Jackson,” she spoke in a sickly sweet voice. “Mommy missed you.”
He shook his head. “No, you’re not my mom anymore. Bella is. She loves me.”
The woman cocked her head to the side. “No, no she’s not,” she replied. “You’re coming with me. Renee is going to stay and take care of her daughter. You are going home with me. Don’t you want to see your Daddy?”
His heart started to hurt and he felt so sad thinking about his dad. He wanted to see him and hug him so bad, but not if he had to leave Bella.
“Yes, I want Daddy,” he whispered, “but I’m not going with you. Never again.”
Anger flashed across her face and she hit him across the cheek. His hand shot to his face and rubbed the stinging area. His mind whirled and he remembered flashes of the last time she had hit him. Crying on a plane and staring out at the sky. Calling out that he wanted Daddy. Being dragged into an empty bathroom. Being hit when he wouldn’t quiet down. Having his pants pulled down when he only cried harder.
He fell down on his bottom, overwhelmed with memories. His mother reached for him again, but he scrambled away.
“No, you can’t have me!” he yelled at her.
From nowhere, he felt strong arms wrap around him from behind, forgetting that Renee was in the room. His mother walked slowly towards him and reached out for him. He struggled and tears started to fall.
“No! No! NO!”

Blinky made by the awesome RoseArcadia!

From the Fandom For Preemies blog:

Preterm birth is a serious problem affecting children across the world. Every year over 20 million children worldwide are born prematurely. Over 1 million of these children will not survive. 1 in 10 of those who do survive will face life-long health complications and risks directly associated with their preterm birth, including serious complications such as cerebral palsy.

The reality is frightening, but it's not hopeless! Thanks to the work of the March of Dimes and its global partners, the survival rate of premature infants is higher than it has ever been.

During Prematurity Awareness Month this November, Fandom for Preemies, with your help, will raise funds to support the March of Dimes as they work to eliminate this global issue. The March of Dimes is the world's largest nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. In 2009 alone, they contributed over 20.3 million dollars to eliminate preterm birth, birth defects and infant mortality across the globe.

In thanks for your support of this worthy cause, fanfiction authors across the fandom will donate one-shots, story outtakes and original works for a compilation. Those who donate a minimum of $5 to the March of Dimes during the month of November will receive this compilation in appreciation.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chapter 24 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 24


When Mayor Daley's attention was distracted somewhere else, Tanya sidled up to Bella's side.

"His name is Dick Daley? His parents must have been a little twisted. That's my kind of people." She waggled her eyebrows, which caused Bella to bite her lip to stifle the giggles that were bubbling up.

"Hey Bells?" Tanya asked. 

"I don't think I want to hear it, but, what?"

"What would his wife say when asked if she loved her husband? 'Oh, yes! I love Dick Daley!' I'd respond and say, 'Yeah, me too honey!'"

Bella made a choking sound as she held back laughter. She gave the mayor a sheepish smile and elbowed Tanya in the side when he turned around to make sure that she was okay.

"Are you alright, baby?" Edward asked quietly in her ear.

She couldn't help but smile at sight of him in his tux.

"I'm fine, Edward. Tanya's being a whore though."

Tanya snorted and shook her head. "You love me for it."

"That I do, Tahn. That I do," Bella sighed, before winking at her friend.

The Halloween Outtake is up!

Parachute's Outtake #7: "This is Halloween" is up now!


Chapter Song:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chapter 23 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Thank you to each and every person who sent birthday wishes and nominated Parachute and Jack in the Twilight Original Character Awards! You guys freaking rock! Enjoy the teaser! 

Chapter 23


His lips caressed hers gently as their bodies molded together. He shifted his weight until they were side by side, facing each other on the bed. Edward pulled back and smiled down at Bella's closed eyes and blissful expression, before reaching out and moving a strand of hair behind her ear.

Her heart skipped a beat painfully when she opened her eyes and noticed the wary look on his face.

"What is it?" she asked quietly.

"Can you tell me about this book tour?"

She sighed and smiled slightly, relieved that it was something that was hopefully easy to fix.
"It's nothing major," she responded quietly. "Just a week or so and then I'll be back."

"Promise?" he asked in a strained voice.

"I promise. Now, less talking and more kissing, please."

Edward grinned, more at ease with her admission and resumed his previous exploration of her lips as she made a contented sound.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Chapter 22 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers

Chapter 22


Tanya crossed her legs and stared down Marcus Preston.

"Mr. Preston, I must admit that one hand, I am in awe of your persistence in obtaining Bella's assistance. On the other, as her friend, I am furious that you attempted to manipulate not only her, but my company as well. I would highly suggest that you tread lightly from here on out. I am not a person who should be trifled with."

Marcus sat back and raised an eyebrow. He turned to Bella and smiled slightly.

"You are a fiercely protected woman, Miss Swan. Not only by Ms. Denali here, but the Cullens as well. Such an enigma."

After a moment he sighed. "I do apologize for the breach of protocol in obtaining your personal information, but I can't regret it. Not when Esme is in the next room talking with my wife."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Parachute is up for a GLOSP Award!

Parachute is nominated for a GLOSP Award for: 
Story that made your teeth hurt from all the sweetness (Best toothache)

Thank you to whomever nominated Parachute! <3

Chapter 21 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 21


She had never before felt desire like what he inspired in her; it was an all-consuming and completely new experience. 

Remembering the electric feeling of his hands on her body as they twirled around the living room, she slowly ran her hands over her wet skin.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Chapter 20 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers!

Chapter 20


The song slowed and came to a stop, but Edward's arms did not let her go. She gazed into his deep green eyes and fell into their depths. Emotions flickered across them that she couldn't quite comprehend. The song's beat soon turned deep and dark. A woman's soulful voice washed over them like silk.

"I was a heavy heart to carry
My beloved was weighed down
My arms around his neck
My fingers laced a crown"

As they continued to sway, Bella's fingers flexed through his hair as one of his hands pressed into the small of her back, bringing her close to him. His other hand worked it's way into her hair, at the base of her neck and lower his face to hers.

"I just want to try something," he whispered. "Stay very still."

Friday, October 8, 2010

Chapter 20 Date Suggestion/Comments!

OK, so you guys all know that while I stay true to my main outline and idea behind this story, I like to post polls and hear your thoughts. I like having you guys feel like you're part of this story as well, because you ultimately are! 

Let me hear your comments and/or suggestions for Bella and Edward's date!

Keep these facts in mind:

1) Chapter 19 ended with the date of Friday, July 2, 2010.
2) B&E's date will take place the next afternoon/evening. (July 3rd)
3) Jack, Carlisle and Esme will be leaving around noon on Saturday and won't return until Sunday, July 4th, midmorning. (There are already events planned for that day)
4) There will a "group" date with Jack, Bella and Edward in an upcoming chapter, so we're keeping this one as just Mommy/Daddy time. ;-) 
5) NO sexy times. (Not yet anyway)
6) It should go without saying, I reserve all rights to run with suggestions I like or not choose something I might not like, even if it might be the popular choice.

OK, then here we go! Share your thoughts! Pretty please? 


Sunday, October 3, 2010

RoseArcadia's Blinkie and Review of Parachute!!

RoseArcadia's Blinkie and Review of Parachute!! 

Chapter 19 ~ Pic and Chapter Teasers

Chapter 19


Bella turned, modeling the black dress that showed slightly more cleavage than she was comfortable with. Esme sat between Edward and Jack on the larger couch.

"I knew it would fit perfect, Bella! You're going to knock his socks off!"

Out of the corner of her eye, Bella noticed Edward's uncomfortable look at his mother's comment and wasn't sure what to make of it.

"Do you really have to go? Why can't you just stay home with me and Dad?" Jack frowned. 

"Sorry, kiddo. I'm just going on a date. I'll be back," she laughed. Jack narrowed his eyes.

"Fine, but you better be back by ten, okay?"

Bella shook her head and laughed. She looked over at Edward when she heard his chuckle and gave him a questioning look. He smiled and shrugged. 

A moment later, the doorbell rang and Esme excitedly pounced to answer the door.

Bella ran her hand over the front of her dress nervously. She looked up and noticed that Edward was staring at her.

"What? Do I look okay?"

He smiled uncomfortably and stood up. He walked over and touched a strand of her hair.

"You look better than okay, Bella. You look beautiful," he whispered.