Mar. 3rd, 2016 04:10 pm

Meme thing

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Friending Meme bannerI'm pretty sure anyone who might read this found me through the challenge anyway? But you never know, so, promotion time.
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As it says on the tin, answer one question about fandom for the next 30 days. The list of questions is below the cut.

30 Days of Fandom Questions )
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30. Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link.

Despite all the trouble it gave me actually getting it down that would be The Longest Night. I think I did a good job capturing the feel of a cold winter's night when the sky is clear and the stars are out.

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Ouff! And that's 30! I'm both surprised and pleased I managed it without missing a day and having to catch up.
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29. What is your current project or projects?

NaNoWriMo. I keep telling myself I'll get the word target for the day done and then maybe switch to something else but it's actually quite difficult to write 1,667 words per day which is annoying because I used to be able to write 2-3,000 per day no problem. Plus I fell behind a couple of days and it was hard to catch up.

Still. ~1,667/day while waiting for the increased antidepressant dosage to kick in is better than 0/day without them. (For me, at least. This is not true for some people, please don't say to someone 'you'll be more creative if you take your meds!' Might not be true.)

Next year I think I'll start with a structured outline instead of stream-of-consciousness and see if that changes anything. Well, and for anything I might write in between. It's not like I wait till November to write stuff.
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27. Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I like to write on a laptop with a movie or a show playing in the background. (Netflix is so great for this.) I usually prefer to write stream-of-consciousness so having something to distract me works very well. Sometimes if I've had an idea floating around in my head until it solidifies I'd rather use music and have nothing else to distract me so I can get the words down right.

I'll sometimes write by hand if all I have available is a notebook but my handwriting is atrocious and I tend to run into the problem of not being able to read it afterwards. :S
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22. Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

To Chain Together was written for Small Fandom Fest earlier this year, and I've done a few challenges through [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community and one for [livejournal.com profile] snowflchallenge. I've never signed up for a Big Bang, though I did look at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year. It just looked like too much. I tried NaNoWriMo last year and it ended up falling apart because a) I didn't have the interest to write 1,667 or more words per day and b) the plot didn't make sense to the point the characters started to argue with me.

I don't know that there's a favorite experience. Not to say that fests and Big Bangs and such are bad, but I've been having a problem writing for the past couple of years and have had to pretty much force things out.  I'm hoping increasing my antidepresssant will help again, as it did when I first started them four years ago. Some people find themselves less creative on psych meds and that's completely valid, but it seems to work the opposite way for me. At least, I'm trying NaNo again this year (see the shiny icon!) and so far it seems to be going better. Far too early to tell, though, as we're only 3 days in.
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14. Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

Most of what I write is G, with a PG-13 for language and a Mature scattered in there. Given that I'm actually considering giving writing Harlequins (I know, I know, but the job market sucks and there will always be a market for porn, however softcore) I should hope I'd be comfortable with going higher.

Unless I can't stop laughing, which is a distinct possibility.
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9. Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Hmm, that's a tough one since I never seem to write pairings.

Transformers...can't really think of any. There were canon couples - Optimus Prime and Elita One, Ironhide and Chromia, Firestar and Inferno, Spike and Carly, Arcee and Springer - but I'm not particularly interested in writing any of them.

For Supernatural, Dean & Castiel. I'm quite convinced that Castiel is utterly in love with Dean, but I don't think it's sexual (I read angels as asexual (generally, yes, I see you there, Gabriel) but that doesn't necessarily equal aromantic) and I am certain he has no idea what to do about it. I guess Sam and Jessica and John and Mary Winchester since  they're canon? For a show with so many chicks of the week there aren't a lot I'd want to come back to. I would have liked to have seen more of Sarah from the creepy painting episode in season 1 though.

Lord of the Rings is another one where I'm kind of coming up blank. I do like fic with Elrond and Celebrian, and I'm definitely a fan of Erestor and Glorfindel. I like Celeborn and I'm not as sold on Galadriel but I do like her in the hands of the right writer.

In the Doctrine of Labyrinths we have a number of canon couples but none of them seem to end well. Sometimes that just means a breakup and sometimes it means horrible tragedy. I wrote To Chain Together about the aftermath of the end of Felix and Shannon's relationship, as canon didn't quite satisfy me. There's also Mildmay and Mehitabel (breakup), Felix and Gideon (horrible tragedy), and Felix and Malkar (nightmarishly abusive). Felix and Mildmay (incest) was more than hinted at through most of the series but I'm not sure it applies by the end, if that makes sense without spoiling the books for you.

The Iron Elves didn't really have couples. Konowa wound up with someone, and his parents were in the novels but one of them was a squirrel at the time.

Yeah. It makes sense in context.
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8. Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

Hey, meme, you realize using present tense lets me weasel out of that question right? Because I did, yes, when I was younger and I'm sure they had Mary Sue tendency at the least. Now I try to stick to canon characters and avoid the OCs.

There's nothing wrong with OCs, per se. There are OCs I like very much, in fact. Sometimes they're even necessary if there isn't a canon character that fills the role you need or you can't alter the story to work with existing characters. For instance, you want to write a story about two characters running a coffee shop post-canon. Two people cannot run a coffee shop alone. You may have to create customers or baristas.

I think so long as your OC doesn't overshadow the canon characters and is written like an actual person, not an ideal with an informed flaw, you're probably OK. Going back to the coffee shop example, the barista you've created is a nice person who occasionally shows up a few minutes late and makes really good lattes. If one of her bosses talks to her about being late and she agrees to do better and does it, and every so often someone compliments the latte that's not a big deal. These things happen, just make it detail not the front and center of the story. If the story is about her showing up an hour late, getting spoken to, and her flipping her hair and going on a tirade while the boss humbly backs down and begs forgiveness, or the shop has customers out the door solely for her wonderful, amazing, best-in-two-cities lattes and the fic runs on her being praised for it? Yeah. You have a problem. I wouldn't even want to read an original story about that, let alone one where I come for characters A and B and their quirky little coffee shop.

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If I wind up writing a Doctrine of Labyrinths coffee shop AU, it's all your fault, meme.
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Late and backdated because I wound up working a 14 1/2 hour shift yesterday as elections staff. (I was the nice person who gave you your ballot.) I'm still tired and my voice is all croaky. Time for lemon and honey.

7. Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

No, not that I recall.
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6. When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Honestly? Male. I've always related to men better than women, largely because it's always been very hard to find women who are interested in the things I like: SF; fantasy; horror; video games; swords; dragons; gaming; scale model building; and the list goes on.

Until the internet! Praise be to being able to connect with people who share your interests but aren't near you. This is changing, thank goodness, as it becomes more and more acceptable to have nerdy interests but...I'm still the only female in my D&D group. I went to an IT networking event a couple of weeks ago and was the only woman in the room. However, when I go to the game store and I look at the young kids playing Minecraft and Pokémon and Magic it's much closer to a fifty-fifty split.
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5. If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Let them. A character trying to push their way into something is just your subconscious trying to say "hey! hey! try this!" If it doesn't work in the story I can always delete it later.
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4. Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It depends on the fandom, what I'm writing, and how interested I am in it. I'll be honest, sometimes I've signed up for a challenge, gotten maybe two paragraphs in, and the interest or the idea has disappeared. I push through anyway because I think it can be a good habit to get into, especially if you're someone who has to write anything for work. You can't take say 'oh, I don't feel like it, I'll come back to it later' when you're writing a document that has a deadline.

Because I write, at least initially, stream-of-consciousness I'll sometimes get the one - or more! - of the characters acting or giving feedback in a way that changes the structure of the story, or even questions the plot! Last year's NaNo was like that: 5,000 words in I realized that the debate the protagonists were having was actually pointing out the problems with the overarching plot. That's good, in that I figured out the problems in advance, but bad because it meant I wasn't able to finish. And good again because it made me more likely to lay out a structure before beginning anything ambitious.

Most memorably, I was having a problem in something original I was writing, and decided to write out a scene between some incidental characters to help me sort it out.  Character A pretty much walked in, looked at Character B, and went "yes, I want them, please". They wound up being a couple, with their own set of adventures already crystallizing, while I was sitting there going "wait, what?"

I can't really say why one character will become a muse over another, or not at all. It does seem to be the characters that have the more complete presences that do so, though not always (see above). They're not always central but they are very strong.

And I'm still annoyed with one for getting songs stuck in my head.
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Master post is here.

2. Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Let's see...

  1. Transformers, when I was younger, but that's all offline now and either intentionally deleted or wiped from existence by a harddrive that turned into a brick.

  2. Supernatural, five fics and a couple of WiPs, though I haven't written anything in SPN since mid-season 5. I really should upload those to AO3 at some point.

  3. Lord of the Rings, three fics, including one I just finished recently for the LOTR Community September Challenge.

  4. Doctrine of Labyrinths, one fic, and I can't say if I'd keep writing in DoL or not because I just find it so hard to write Felix and do him justice.

  5. The Iron Elves, one fic, written for a Snowflake Challenge back in 2013, and I don't know that I'd write more because I find the story pretty complete as-is.

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Like it says on the tin, you answer one question per day about fandom. I've got the master list of questions here. I can't remember where I found this, and my browser history is...extensive and not helpful.

1. How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
I started writing fanfic in elementary, actually, before I knew such a thing as fanfic or even fandom really existed. I wrote (terrible, plotless, Mary-Sue-tastic self-insert) Transformers fanfic, because real life was boring and I wanted to be off having adventures. It was, unquestionably, badfic, though in my defense I'd like to point out that I was about eight at the time. I always felt kind of guilty about it until I got hold of some Star Trek fanzines sometime in the 90s and realized I wasn't the only one who wanted to write stories like this. Then came the internet and fanfic wasn't only a thing, it was A Thing. I did write and publish some fic online in the 90s, but please the gods, I managed to get it all offline.
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I got this from [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now, who gave me the letter 'G'.

Something I hate: Grease. I absolutely hate cleaning grease. I used to work concessions at a movie theatre and no matter how careful you were it got over everything and the smell clung to your hair, skin, and clothes. Gah.

Something I love: Gardening. The flowerbeds round the house were one of the reasons I bought it. I've also got a vegetable garden and an herb garden.

Somewhere I've been: Hm...Gagetown, NB? I've never really had the opportunity to travel - I mean, I was born in Halifax and the furthest from there I've been is Montreal.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Glastonbury Tor. Actually, just England in general but that's a couple letters off.

Someone I know: All the various Gallants I know, I guess. Don't really know anyone whose first name starts with 'g'.

A film I like: Godzilla

A book I love: Why, [The] Goblin Emperor, of course! ;)

An Author: Neil Gaiman

Anyone want a letter?
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Jan. 23rd, 2015 08:13 pm

WiP Meme

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When you see this, share 3 lines from each of 3 WIPs

Uh..I only have 2 WiPs (for fanfic and that I'm willing to share) so should I only do 2 lines? If not, we're good. If yes, bonus line!

Snippet #1: From Doctrine of Labyrinths, post-series. I started for the Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 6 and I'm still working:

Felix was pretty okay with being near the ocean, mostly because he didn’t go outside and look at it. Virtuer Hutchence hadn’t been kidding around when he’d said there were centuries worth of records, and Felix seemed determined to go through every shelf and box before he saw sun again. I dragged him out for food and sleep often as I could but half the time he’d go on about some new hocus thing he’d found until I was ready to put him back again.

Snippet 2: From Supernatural, AU after mid-season-5 and, frankly, most likely doomed to stay WiP:

Dean tossed his own duffel down on one of the beds, and yanked the zipper open, making a show out of searching for something. They'd been having this argument all the way from their last hunt in the Midwest all the way out here to the California coast. Dean was tired, in a way that only months of little sleep and long hours of driving could make you, and going over this again wasn't something he particularly wanted to do.

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