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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.


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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28. Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Yes, a couple of times. Did a humour piece for Transformers wayyyy back in the mid-nineties and I've played in a couple of shared universes as well. Never had an artist work on a piece for me, though I wouldn't object if someone did!
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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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26. What is the oddest (or funniest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Underwear in the 19th century. Turns out, they often didn't wear any. Men, depending on their class and what they were wearing, would wrap their shirttails around their legs, where women were just starting to wear things like bloomers.

So yeah, if you're watching a period piece and there are hot people in sharp clothing? Probably all commando. Enjoy.
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25. Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Sometimes, sometimes not. I don't have playlists right now (since Grooveshark shut down and I'm still building up on Spotify and Windows Media Player) but I'll often just put a whole album in and let it play. I do like to have some background noise when I'm working. Netflix is great for that: I can marathon a show (How to Get Away With Murder S1 right now) and just type stream-of-consciousness while I'm half distracted.

What I can't deal with is frequent interruptions: phones, timers, people trying to talk to me but coming and going at intervals just long enough to derail my train of thought.  Especially if they're coming and going but on the same topic. For the love of god, put together your thoughts, decide what you have to say, and then come tell me.
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24. Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

Well...the past couple of years I've been bad about using a beta just because I've been writing for challenges and I've always - always - managed to finish it just before the challenge closes, meaning there's no time. But normally I have a close friend who betas for me and isn't remotely shy about telling me when something doesn't work, has a weak premise, or just plain doesn't make sense. I might have to find a new beta or two just becaue I'm writing in some fandoms she isn't familiar with. Which makes me sad because she's so much better at writing IC than I am.
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23. When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post to AO3 and on my journal (because you never know when archive sites might go down, though AO3 seems pretty entrenched). I used to have a personal site, years ago, but switched to LJ when fandom moved there as opposed to newsgroups and mailing lists, and if you're posting on AO3 someone else is handling site maintenance and upkeep. It's just easier.
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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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21. Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I haven't, no, though I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea. Sequels can be good - Aliens is a classic example, same with Star Trek III - but if you're not careful or you're just doing it to get hits/money they're probably going to go downhill pretty fast. Witness many of the sequels to slasher films in the 80s, or the progressive degeneration of the Jaws franchise.
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20. Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

No, not that I can recall. From movies or television, yes, and sometimes music. (If I could draw, I have an entire storyboard in my head for Rush's Red Barchetta.) If there was an instance where I got bunnied from someone else's work it never came to fruition.
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19. When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

It depends where I am and how much of an impression it makes. Quite often I'll wait - I figure if the bunny stays in mind for a bit it'll be something I can work out. If not, it probably wouldn't have developed anyway.
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18. Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

It's an even split between prompts, challenges, and whatever pops into my head which is sometimes inspired by things that are happening in real life, usually as a way of working out something I feel frustrated about. (Oh, terrible expansion project, you were at least good for fodder.) Sometimes it's just an idea, sometime's it's an entire scene or - very very rarely - a complete story. (So that's two things you were good for, terrible expansion project. Though I see that even now, your scope cannot help but creep.)
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17. Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Bane, definitely! I try to use something descriptive or a line taken from the fic and I always do titles last. Most of my stuff in progress is saved under things like 'challenge fic #X', 'so-and-so go to/in *wherever*', '*something* happens' and I have a shameful amount of things saved as 'untitled'.

I haven't done chaptered fic but if I ever do the answer will almost certainly be 'not', unless it started life as a connected series of challenges or prompt responses or such.
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16. Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I don't like summaries, no, but I know how important they can be to help a reader decide what to pick or not pick. (Which is probably why so many people avoid or backbutton away from fic that includes crap like 'lol i suck at summaries'.f you can't be bothered to tell me what it's about why should I be bothered to read it?) When I write summaries I try to come up with a brief description of what happens, without spoilers should they apply.
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15. Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I think it's important to warn for things that are major phobias and/or commonly experienced and the reader has a reasonable expectation to have a heads-up about. Sexual assault, suicide, abuse, violence etc. You can't warn for everything - you really can't - because people are so varied and have such a wide variety of personal experiences.

Nothing I've written has really warranted warnings. I think there's a note on To Chain Together about cursing, but to be honest if you're a Doctrine of Labyrinths fan you should expect that.  I checked all my stuff on AO3 and it's all 'No Archive Warnings Apply'.
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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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13. Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

Usually I prefer canon, but I'd incorporate fanon if it made sense or were useful to the plot, or wasn't annoying me. Fanon tends to run the risk of taking one trait from a character (or even making some up) and blowing it all out of proportion. For example, in the early years (and possibly still, I haven't been paying attention) of Supernatural, fandom latched on to Dean's liking for pie and made it into a constantly referenced obsession. I counted once on a rewatch, up to the end of S3, and I think he mentioned pie maybe five times? And there was a sharp increase in S3 as the writers caught on.

Writing fanfic for a fandom has changed the way I saw a character, slightly, yes. When the idea for what would become the opening of To Chain Together popped into my head, I wondered what Mildmay would have to do at a lighthouse. Felix has his research, but Corambis clearly has a thing for magical machinery so I didn't think there would be a whole lot of upkeep or whatever for Mildmay to do. Maybe some stuff around the house, but he wouldn't have to light the lighthouse every night, probably. Plus, you can only do house repairs for so long. That ties into an underlying theme of the series: everyone, including Mildmay, tends to focus on Felix instead of thinking about Mildmay's needs. To be fair, Felix is hard to ignore. I did some thinking about Mildmay and his actions through the series, and realized he has a semi-suppressed nurturing streak. So I gave him a garden.
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11. Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, but I've helped a friend plot out a few fairy-tale adaptations, and I've enjoyed adaptations others have done. A favorite is Of leaves of Gold and Petals Red by Ithilwen of Himring, a LoTR-style adaptation of Tam Lin. This one also goes back to the question about OCs, in that it features one used to good purpose.


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