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I keep seeing that 'WiP title and first line' meme around on my friends list. My first reaction was, "Like I need to play with more works-in-progress..." But after taking a second look, I realized I have a few that are shareable.

Excluding my long-running (should that be 'half-published?' oh dear) works-in-progress, here are a few:

The Comeback Kid (The Lone Gunmen): Even after all this time, Jimmy still got the yips.

Riddles of the Sphinx (Harry Potter): Albus had eyes on her, even here. How maddening.

Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter (Star Wars EU): It only took two days for Mara to decide that she really hated Bowre.

Conception (SG-1): The Book of Origin taught that children were to respect, revere and, inevitably, replace their parents.

The Suicide Blondes Book Club (Veronica Mars): Let's face it, the blonde cheerleader is always the first one to die.

The Pharaoh's Daughter [working title] (Harry Potter): Helga was born from the river, a child of rushes and weeds.
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30 Days of Fanfiction -- Days 19-22, Inspiration, Sequels & Fests/Challenges ) This is a great segue, though, into...

[profile] womenlovefest (On LiveJournal at: How much do I love this idea? A lot, like a whole lot. I am seriously pressed for time right now -- we are going to be at a wedding this weekend, have our own wedding anniversary and then will be traveling part of next week -- but I'm still going to try my hardest to talk at least a bit about some of my favorite female characters who don't get enough love. So awesome.
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More from the 30 Days of Fanfiction meme, while I have a free moment...

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 don't warn for much, especially in longer fics, mostly because a) I don't write much that's super explicit or objectionable and b) spoilers! It does somewhat depend on the fandom, too.

I don't know if it's the strangest, but I do get a kick out of the warnings for Iteration (even though the fic isn't actually posted yet):

Warnings: Oh, warnings for pretty much every last damned thing -- major character death(s), language, violence, het, slash, threesomes, abuse of chaos theory by a non-mathematician, and probably a few other things I've forgotten.

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

Summaries are kind of like the one-line pitch for your story idea. Do it well and people are more likely to buy it.

Sometimes they come in a flash of inspiration and really are boiled down to the essence of the story, sometimes I'm forced to just pick the most compelling quote from piece, and other times I will literally just explain what the story is and why I wrote it (e.g. “The obligatory MacGuffin fic”) and leave it at that.

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?

This entirely depends. As far as multi-part fics go, I often do chapter titles. I've gotten better over the years at making sure there's some sort of structure, theme or internal order if I do decide to use them.

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Stuff just occurs to me? And if it's interesting enough, I write it down. Once I have a general idea of what I want to do, music is a great way to keep the inspiration going. It keeps my brain in the zone for a particular mood or setting.
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A couple more pieces for that drabble meme. I'm plugging away at the others, slowly buy surely. :)

Gravity, Jimmy/Yves, The Lone Gunmen for [profile] ticketsonmyself

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance, Parker/Hardison, Leverage for [profile] ticketsonmyself

The rest... )
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Doing a few more of these days at once, since the answers are fairly short:

30 Days of Fanfiction Meme -- Days 11-14

11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I don't think so? Beyond, of course, whatever genre the original source text is. I don't purposely (usually) set out to write a romance or an adventure strictly on its own. Most of my stuff has elements from a couple different genres all married together into whatever best serves the story.

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

I guess Percy Weasley: Rogue Demon Hunter counts, since it's essentially a Percy-as-Wesley pastiche, but it's also a true crossover with Angel so...

On the other hand, if you mean have I just cold ripped off the plot of, say, Casablanca and changed all the character names? The answer is no.

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?

I'm barely even in fandom anymore on my best days, so I don't have much exposure to 'fanon.' I get the appeal of having a shared interpretation of certain elements – it builds a sense of community, creates fun in-jokes and the like, but, as a storyteller, using it feels a little lazy. It's sloppy storytelling to just assume that your reader belongs to this like-minded community. Not to harsh on anyone else's fun, those are my standards for me and not other people. Though, as a reader, I tend to tune out/click the back button if something doesn't do the work of explaining a trope to me in a way I can grasp.

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?

I tend to fall right in the middle, roughly PG to R (or “M for Mature” or whatever we're calling it these days).
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30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 10: Pairings - Working outside your comfort zone )

Like I said above, I'm trying to go outside my comfort zone, particularly given my re-infatuation with the Star Wars EU. I'm trying to write some 'nice' Luke/Mara in the worst way (possibly in the literal sense -- it's hard!). So here are a few snippets, with varying levels of success:

Nice. )

Not quite so nice... )

Definitely not nice. )


Aug. 16th, 2011 08:58 am
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I've completed two of the prompts for that drabble meme so far, with more to come shortly! For now, though:

I Won't Dance, Don't Ask Me, Albus/June, Harry Potter/Dreamwalk Blue for anonymous

Bridesmaids, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter for [profile] catewigs

Plus, 30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 8: Original Characters )

Previous days are here.
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My answers to the questions for Days Five, Six and Seven for the 30 Days of Fanfiction Meme are pretty short and sweet, so I'm combining them all into one post:

Day 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?

For me it's all about the story versus particular characters – characters make their entrance (or exit) depending on what the storytelling needs. Sometimes characters show up unexpectedly but usually it's because the needs of the story dictated it. (I have had a couple OCs stick around far longer than planned. Celia Williams and Hayden Fairborne, I am looking at you.)

Day 6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

I think I'm pretty 50-50, though I'll confess that I go out of my way to write female characters because a) I don't feel like they get enough fandom love a lot of the time and b) often those are the stories that aren't getting told in canon either.

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

A fic I've written or one I read? I'll concede that certain trends/tropes in fandoms have occasionally made characters less appealing to me. (See also: Draco Malfoy – and pretty much every 'misfit geek' character ever.)

Previous days are here.
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I have not forgotten about my prompts for the drabble meme. They are coming. The LJ downtime, a wedding weekend, out of town guests, a birthday party, a going away party and a training schedule that included running +30 miles all in the past week and a half kind of got in the way.

In the meantime, though, there's this:

30 Days of Fanfiction: Day 3 -- The Characters )

Previous days are here.
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30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 2: The Fandoms )

Previous days are here.

On a somewhat related note, I know there are some Sayers fans on my friends list. Does anyone happen to remember what eventually becomes of the Viscount St. George? Does he get married? Who does he marry? What's the deal there? I've scoured every Sayers wiki I can find to no avail, and honestly just don't have the time to hit up the local library and check out all the Lord Peter books that I don't own.
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Now that LiveJournal is actually working again, I can turn my attention to the responses to that drabble meme.

In the meantime -- and to give me something easy to keep me posting since I've been crazy busy lately -- here's the start of another meme:

30 Days of Fanfiction -- Day 1 )


Jul. 27th, 2011 06:10 pm
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I am still taking prompts for the drabble meme, here. Come play!
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Drabble meme, via [personal profile] lyras...

Comment in this post and I will write a drabble for any pairing/character of your choosing. I'll take up to ten requests.

Fandoms include (but are not necessarily limited to): Harry Potter, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Stargate, Star Wars (Original Trilogy and (some of) the EU), Fringe, X-Files, Chuck, Castle, various old time-y mysteries (Christie, Sayers, etc.) and anything I've written for here or here is pretty much fair game. Really just throw anything at me and I'll tell whether I know it well enough to comment -- because who knows with me these days (i.e., I would totally write, like, General Hospital fic -- or something equally randomly awesome -- if asked).


Jun. 16th, 2011 12:06 pm
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I've been a little distracted lately, for a variety of reasons. So, to keep myself posting regularly, here is a meme (seen around on the friends' list):

Fic Meme )


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