Author's Archive, Spotlight No. 11: tinyfierceandsassy



First Published on AO3: January 2, 2014

Written for: The Mindy Project (8 published stories)

1.) What inspired you to write your first story?

“I don’t think there was a definitive moment where I went, “Aha! You know what would be funny? Mindy trying to cook!”. It was probably the culmination of reading a ton of fanfiction in a short amount of time, as well as having to wait for January for the show to come back. My friend had been bugging me and bugging me to watch it since it first aired, but I was a nonbeliever (I know, quelle horreur!). So I finally watched it in December, blazed through the first season and what had been aired of the second, and was just left wanting more. So I thought, why not write it myself? And being Italian, the cooking just naturally followed.”

2.) You’ve already explored an Alternate Universe for Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano where they are both college students. Is there another AU concept that you’d like to attempt in the future?

“Oh, I think I would love to do a residency AU. Does that still count as an AU? But I know that would be a behemoth of a story, so I’ve kind of put that off, haha. Maybe a Pretty in Pink AU? Or a Buffy AU. Or Romeo & Juliet AU? So many possibilities! Also some sort of dance competition…if only I could borrow Chris Messina for a day for “inspiration”! But in all honesty, Mindy and Danny work so well in their established universe that I think it would be a challenge to find an alternate one that they fit in the same, perfect way.”

3.) Of all the stories you’ve written, which do you feel the deepest connection with?

“Probably Shulman University. I’m really bad about making outlines, so I just went wherever I felt it was taking me. OMG, that feels like such a pretentious-writer thing to say, but it’s true. It was both easy and hard to write. I’m in college now too, so I could bring those experiences into the story. But I also live a very boring life that lacks the will-they-won’t-they component, so keeping that tension up was a challenge. I just kept thinking, “how can these two screw it up again?” Thinking about how in college you’re supposed to be immature and make mistakes in love, it just felt more natural to have this sort of prolonged story. Like it could really happen to a couple on my own campus.”

4.) Tell us something that we don’t know about one of your stories. Do you have a “fun fact” about the creative process behind any of them?

“Haha, I’m really excited you asked! Shulman University’s premise (where Mindy makes out with Danny to get out of doing a naked run during beer pong) actually happened to one of my best friends. Before I even started to write, I asked her, “is it okay if I use this in a story and people online see it?” Thank God she did, because I really wanted to write it. Can’t say she got an engagement out of it, but at least she can say she was the inspiration for a story!”

5.) Is there a story that you’ve read by another fanfic author that made you say, “Wow! I wish I wrote that”? (Or, is there a story that you just really, really appreciate?)

“Oh wow, yes, for sure! The TMP fandom is so so talented. mindyanddannyfineanddandy Happy Accidents, for one. Classic trope but done in such a nuanced and entertaining way. Yours & helenvanpattersonpatton ‘s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Is that cheesy, to point out the interviewer’s work? Oh well! Seriously, I can name so many names. Every time I see a new fic posted, I think “ahh that’s a great idea! I wish I’d thought of that!” But they’ve all done such a great job on their own, I can’t even imagine it differently.”

Tinyfierceandsassy’s work is an intelligent mix of romantic, humorous, and dramatic. If you’d like to take a look at some of her fantastic work, Phunky Recommends:

Danny Castellano is My Personal Chef

In her very first story, Mindy must learn how to cook and there’s only person fit to teach her how. Hint: It’s not Morgan.

Little White Lies

An adorable look at the Castellano family’s Thanksgiving tradition.

Five Firsts and Ten Seconds

Five firsts in Mindy and Danny’s evolving relationship (and one non-first). Each moment is individually darling.

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tricera-hops said:

When Danny said his middle name is Alan, I immediately thought of that one fic you wrote (at least I think it was you? sorry if not, I don't know many of the fic writers). Way to go! Also, I'm gonna take this opportunity to say I LOVE your fic writing a whole hell of a lot! ("Haunted" nailed that goddamn angst and slayed me and it was perfect.) :)

That was me: Name

I’d had it pegged as his first name, not middle, but it just made so much sense to me at the time that he’d have that family name that caused him a lot of internal conflict

evmlove spotted it right away too. Several of the fic writers have hit up some points that turned out to be canon later, like half of everything mindyanddannyfineanddandy writes comes true. It’s bonkers and it’s so much fun when speculation like that pans out.

Thanks for the kind words about my writing! Haunted went over surprisingly well, I thought I’d just kinda done a rush job, but I’m glad folks connected with it. Maybe I’ll do another rush job this week, see how that goes.

So, I promised last week that when I reached my next Tumblr goal, I would be doing some promos for my favourite blogs out there. Better late than never, so I present to you, my personal favourite The Mindy Project Blogs

  • andthestarsthatshine
    Aside from her witty textposts about the Mindy Project (and lots of gushing over Chris Messina, which kind of is required when you’re in the TMP fandom), she also reblogs Game of Thrones, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The newsroom. She also lets me pour my crazy feelings into her askbox without getting annoyed (that I know of lol), so that’s something I should be grateful for me thinks. 
  • Mindyanddannyfineanddandy
    This amazing person writes fanfiction. Which is something TMP can always use more of, so bless her for that. She’s one of the first Dandy blogs I started to follow, so I will always have a special place in my heart for her. All together: aaaaaaaaw. 
  • amindyproject
    A must follow for every TMP fan. I get a lot of my information and spoilers from this page. This is literally the very first TMP dedicated blog I started following, ever. I remember when some roomfriends started talking about forming a fandom for TMP and now look where we are. 
  • tvnut
    Started following for the glorious url. Seriously, guuurl, who did you have to kill to snatch that one? Not all blogs involved in the Mindy fandom are very active, but this one definitely is! 
  • overanalyzingtelevision
    The blog to be when it comes to finding out about the new slides and spoilers first. Plus this person really does her url justice, because she can analyze TMP and its spoilers better than anyone out there. Always a pleasure to read. 

Summary: Post season one finale, it’s three months into Mindy’s Haiti trip when Danny sees her at a coffee shop. What happens next?

This was an idea by trustmeimadoctorwho that I decided to fill! Beta by mindyanddannyfineanddandy :D I thank you both for the fabulous ideas, advice, and direction. Also, I wouldn’t have been able to get into writing it without the amazing fanmix here, by heathicorn.

My Tumblr Crushes:
  1. carolinelareine
  2. hellsbellschime
  3. ggirlxoxoa
  4. fuckyeahstevejonandstephen
  5. mindyanddannyfineanddandy
  6. khaleesibetch
  7. amindyproject
  8. dailyforbes
  9. goldcaught

Goddamn Hillary is up there because she has convinced me to watch Bridalplasty because she hates me, but also loves that she can get me to watch this shit.

mindyanddannyfineanddandy replied to your post:(I HAVENT READ ANY SPOILERS)

it is weird, considered how the show was promo’d in season one, with Mindy as lead and jeremy and danny as supporting. He’s been in so little lately, it’s odd. They’ve “revamped” the show, but I really hope it doesn’t mean choosing peter over jeremy.

it’s very weird and it vexes me since (A) i love his accent (B) i love his comedic abilities and ( C) i like to pretend that some jetsy stuff will happen in future seasons

Since I've had a crazy influx of new followers in the past two weeks...

To my new followers:

1) I love you, never forget that

2) Feel free to put anything you want in my ask box, anon or not. I pretty much reply to everything. (even generalized fangirling :P) I try to follow those that I interact with, but don’t feel bad if I don’t, it is an accident. Just talk to me some more. :D

3) During haituses, when the TMP tag is very slow, this blog sort of becomes a rom/com blog (not yet, because I’m still full of Dandy feels) and I LOVE it when people tell me their favorite titles. I’ll queue it up for you :D.

4)This is my About Me page. If you’re curious.

5) Twitter: @DandyShipper … don’t feel obligated to follow, it pretty much just tweets my tumblr posts, except during live episodes where I try to live tweet (Not that we have to worry about that for a while *sobs*)

6) I occasionally posts screen caps from episodes, but mostly everything on my blog is reblogged from the other wonderful TMP’ers here on tumblr. The only “creative” thing I contribute is my fanfiction, and that’s just as much for my own satisfaction as anyone else’s

7) I feel I must reiterate, I love you, and have a nice day.

mxzart replied to your post: “I need to get a hold of a copy of great gatsby by tonight oh my god ”:

I’d be surprised if it wasn’t online for free somewhere.

sorcererinslytherin replied to your post: “I need to get a hold of a copy of great gatsby by tonight oh my god ”:

its all online there you go

thanks!! I’m pretty sure i have to have it in book form, but because she just told us we needed it today, I hope this’ll be fine! thank you!!:) 

mindyanddannyfineanddandy replied to your post: I need to get a hold of a copy of grea…

it’s only 1.99 on amazon for kindle

That’s cool!! I just don’t have a kindle unfortunately:(