Monday, October 31, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Thanks to some well placed tweets, we've just discovered two new opportunities to get our fic fix!

The first one is Eric and Sookie's Fic Exchange. Hosted by makesmyheadspin and MissyDee, this is a Halloween fic exchange. I'm so sorry we've discovered this little gem too late to recruit writers, but the good news we can all enjoy the four fics posted on their profile. Check them out and give those writers some review love!

The second one is a new Monthly SVM Challenge hosted by Maria Chiquita. She's renamed it Sookie's SMUThouse Challenge and this months's prompt is sex education. Check out the thread over on The Sookieverse Forum on and join in the fun!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sookie's Secret Santa

Have you always wished you could give Eric as a special Christmas present? Well, you can't. But now you can do the next best thing! Write a fic and bring Christmas joy to a fellow fanfic writer (and the rest of us).

Thanks to the ever resourceful blakes boogie and Jan of Arc, our little community now has a Secret Santa exchange! It's called Sookie's Secret Santa! Just put your name in the hat by November 6th by writing to You'll get another writer's name and her preferences and write her a special one shot by December 18th.

The stories will be posted on the Sookie's Secret Santa profile and in each summary, you'll see for whom the fic was written. Then, on December 26th, all the Secret Santas will be revealed (and you can post your fic to your own profile).

You'll get a fic written just for you, and this is the closest you'll ever get to giving another fanfic writer what she really wants--Eric. (Okay, okay, some might want Bill or Alcide or Sam, but you get the picture.)

The word on twitter is there is already a big pile of writers with their names in the hat, so come and join in the fun!

Weekly Challenges

Week 45
For Week Ending: Sunday, November 6
Eric’s red Corvette

(Thank you to Maria Chiquita for this week’s idea!)

Weekly Hans von Hozel Challenge
Week 17
For week ending: Sunday, November 6
Hot Shot

Thursday, October 27, 2011

New True Blood on Twitter Contest

There's a new True Blood on Twitter Holiday Writing Contest in town! Write a scene before, during, or after a holiday party that involves Bill, Sookie, and Eric (see more details on the contest page), and submit it between October 23 and December 1.

First place winner will have his or her story performed by the True Blood on Twitter group and win this gorgeous print of Alexander Skarsgard by Kristin Bauer van Straten:
See the contest page for all the rules and details. Happy writing!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekly Challenges

Week 44
For Week Ending: Sunday, October 30
Love is blind. Marriage is the eye-opener. -- Pauline Thomason

Weekly Hans von Hozel Challenge
Week 16
For week ending: Sunday, October 30
Pam’s shoes
(Thank you, Team Jane, for this week’s prompt!)

Monday, October 17, 2011

True Blood Recap Answers Revealed, Winner Announced

(Hope you all noticed Waldo in the recap photo)

Episode 1 She's Not There
  • WIZARD OF OZ Wicked Witch of the West as Mab
  • WIZARD OF OZ flying monkey in the background of a photo with Mab
  • SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS — Sookie and evil witch
  • WIZARD OF OZ text reference: "Oh what a world, what a world!"
  • Star Trek ARENA Gorn (photo and audio)
  • Lafayette as Mr. T (I Pity the Hooker)
  • HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 — "It's good to be the king"
Episode 2 You Smell Like Dinner
  • Text reference to Star Wars (My little padewan...)
  • Louis Pasteur painting has Pam and Eric in background, Barnabas Collins from DARK SHADOWS on the wall in a painting. Pasteur is also holding a vial of blood. Next to him was a very thin sliver of Russell Edgington's portrait as well but it's virtually unseen.

  • THE EXORCIST Tubular Bells music
  • Photo play on THE OMEN
  • WIZARD OF OZ flying monkeys against the yellow moon in photo with Mab
  • QUEEN rock group on Bill's shirt "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me ..."
  • "Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave" text mention of Sir Walter Scott's poem MARMION, Canto vi, Stanza 17
Episode 3 If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?
  • Snooki from JERSEY SHORE photo
  • CASABLANCA "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
  • STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION audio clip "Shut up, Wesley!"
  • YouTube logo added to vampire found feeding on girl behind dumpster
  • YouTube logo added to the videographers and girl talking to camera
  • STAR TREK Spock with lirpa (used in AMOK TIME) beheading a vampire in graphic
  • "Off with his head!" text ALICE IN WONDERLAND
  • TWILIGHT ZONE—LIVING DOLL Talking Tina audio x2
  • SOUTH PARK "Respect my authorit-tah!" Cartman
  • Bob's Big Boy mascot
  • Take a Number signage (69) for Hotshot screengrab
  • STAR TREK "She's dead, Jim"
  • text reference to THE TIME MACHINE Morlock (1960)
Episode 4 I'm Alive and On Fire
  • ANIMAL HOUSE reference 'Dean Wormer, double secret probation) text
  • MONTY PYTHON reference 'Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition' text
  • CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in the lake with Eric
  • PREDATOR Schwarzenegger {as Dutch) photo
  • THE SHINING photo (Come with us, Danny ...)
  • BRAZIL insert photo into Caroline Bellefleur's screengrab
  • HARRY POTTER text reference (Minerva McGonagall, Severance Snape)
  • TWILIGHT ZONE—LIVING DOLL episode - Talking Tina audio
  • THE SHINING Redrum reference
  • TWILIGHT, HARRY POTTER in Eric's cubby. Also a model of his red Corvette from the books!
  • SHREK Kitty inserted into screengrab
Episode 5 Me and the Devil
  • text, "He's depraved on account he's deprived" from WEST SIDE STORY
  • Logan's Run 'There Is No Sanctuary' button
  • BEETLEJUICE Winonah Ryder
  • DEATH BECOMES HER (2 photos)
  • text reference to G.I. Joe
  • A Bad Moon Arising song reference
  • text reference to an old Saturday Night Live skit THE GUEST WHO WOULDN'T LEAVE
  • text reference to HARRY POTTER and the Avada Kedavra curse
  • indirect text reference to YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN 'Wait! Sookie was going to make espresso!'
  • text reference to GODZILLA
  • text reference to Bill O'Reilly
  • THE FLY Jeff Goldblum photo
  • LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS old war poster variant
  • Patsy Cline audio send off to Joe Lee 'I Fall to Pieces'
Episode 6 I Wish I Was the Moon
  • HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART 1 text reference 'It's good to be the king."
  • TWILIGHT ZONE—LIVING DOLL Talking Tina audio
  • THE BAD SEED caption "What would you give me for a basket of kisses?"
  • Screengrab altered of Sam/Tommy in Photoshop sharing same face
  • text reference I LOVE LUCY ('splaining)
  • Audio "That's When I Fell for The Leader of the Pack"
  • text reference Elvis Presley "A hunka hunka burning love"
  • CLUE board game text reference "Colonel Mustard with a knife in the library"
  • text reference to THE GREEN MILE
  • text reference to MONOPOLY "Luis ... does not pass GO, does not collect $200 ..."

Episode 7 Cold Grey Light of Dawn
  • Gun POV with Tara and Naomi in the car outside Merlotte's
  • Sinatra 'I've Got You Under My Skin' audio for Pam's body peel
  • I Want You U.S. Marines poster with Marnie instead
  • Aretha Franklin 'Chain of Fools' music while Jessica is chained down
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes images
  • Tara the vampire slayer (Buffy) with Alan Ball's (he's the vampire with the stake through the head), Franklin's, Chewbacca's and Stephen Moyer's heads among others. Tara is wearing a pentagram necklace, btw.

Episode 8 Spellbound
  • Bill as a pierrot doll
  • 'Raindrops on Roses' text SOUND OF MUSIC
  • TWILIGHT ZONE—LIVING DOLL Talking Tina audio
Episode 9 Let's Get Out of Here
  • Village of the Damned eyes for Debbie Pelt screengrab
  • text references to JAWS
  • Bela Lugosi 'VTF' (Vhat the F*ck)
  • text reference to FABULOUS BAKER BOYS
  • text reference to PICNIC
  • Torn Between Two Lovers (Mary MacGregor audio)
  • Leeloo ("Multipass!") THE FIFTH ELEMENT
  • text reference to Lincoln watching OUR AMERICAN COUSIN play
  • text reference to MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and original cast
Episode 10 Burning Down the House
  • I Love Lucy ('splaining)
  • 'I Am Woman' (Helen Reddy audio)
  • Neil Diamond x2 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'
  • THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK movie soundtrack
  • The A Team audio
  • Mr. T in photo substituting for Bill
Episode 11 Soul of Fire
  • A Team (music)
  • Duke Nukem game reference (kick ass and chew bubblegum)
  • Marnie sitting with two BORG (Star Trek) at either side
  • Ruh ro  Scooby Do
  • text reference to Inigo Montoya THE PRINCESS BRIDE 
  • Gene Kelly SINGING IN THE RAIN on a lamp post in the background just above Bill as Bill prepares to shoot Eric
  •  E.T. reference for the fae Maurella and Andy
  • audio Day-O Harry Belafonte in reference to Beetlejuice
Episode 12 And When I Die
  • Bon Temps welcome sign adjusted to show 22,000+ bookies leaving the show
  • Emma and Luna in the cemetery next to a gravestone saying James R Kirk (STAR TREK The original series episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before, mistakenly put R on the tombstone when any Trekker could tell you it should be T for Tiberius).
  • Mab reacting to Holly in faery costume
  • "Here's another fine mess you've gotten us into" - Laurel and Hardy (photo caption of Bill and Eric on pyre)
  • cavalry music
  • 1st shot of the dead rising from the grave, far right, Slimer from GHOSTBUSTERS
  • music from Michael Jackson's Thriller
  • 2nd shot of the dead in the cemetery Michael Jackson in iconic red jumpsuit
  • Holly-Sookie-Culkin from Home Alone-Tara
  • KFC Crispy Vampire Chicken
  • Bela Lugosi 'VTF' (Vhat the F*ck)
  • Bill and Eric play Hefner with Playboy bunnies
  • Tara as Anakin Skywalker Star Wars with Yoda and Obi-Wan
  • Alan Ball being gutted by Russell Edgington on live TV

And there you have it. And we have a winner. Faerieprincess999 will be contacted to see which prize she wants. A big thank you to all those who participated.

Further note ...
Looks like recaps of TRUE BLOOD WILL continue next season. We have lined up a bunch of steely individuals who will do one or two in the series next year. We need about three more brave souls to step up to the plate. Please let us know if you'd be willing. The recaps do not have to follow my approach. Lots of blog sites are doing them very differently. So if you think you have the guts for it, write us. I have agreed to do a few this next year but spaced out so the work doesn't do me in.

This is nycsnowbird ...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Weekly Challenges

Week 43
For Week Ending: Sunday, October 23
Send Sookie and Eric to a funeral or wedding.

Weekly Hans von Hozel Challenge
Week 15
For week ending: Sunday, October 23
Turn your boss!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Bookie Weighs In Recap Contest Ends in 3 Days!

A reminder! The contest ends in three days. Get your list of altered shots and their references from the recaps for season 4 in soon to win. 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Weekly Challenges

Week 42
For Week Ending: Sunday, October 16
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. --Walter Bagehot

Weekly Hans von Hozel Challenge
Week 14
For week ending: Sunday, October 16
Time travel

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Weekly Challenges

Week 41
For Week Ending: Sunday, October 9
Eavesdrop on a stranger today. Now write a story based on what you hear.

(Thank you to Miral for this week’s idea.)

Weekly Hans von Hozel Challenge
Week 13
For week ending: Sunday, October 9

(Thank you, Team Jane, for this week’s idea.)