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I have actually been writing quite a lot lately, but I can't seem to focus long enough to actually finish anything, which is frustrating. Possibly it's been so long that my brain has forgotten how to finish stories. So: drabble prompts?

Suggested fandoms. )

And, as you all know, I love crossovers.
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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?

In my opinion, fanon is the icing and canon is the cake. Cake without icing is edible, but lacks finishing touches. On the other hand, serving up a pile of icing with no cake underneath is just silly.

There are plenty of bits of fanon I like, and some I've made up myself and use over and over. I find fanon most useful when it fills in details that the canon is never going to cover - it's not like we were ever going to get Word Of God on what the Centauri call their tentacles, so when I needed to put that in a story I consulted Selena for ideas and made something up. (This? Is my most enduringly popular bit of fanon. Which I find hilarious.) Fanon that contradicts my view of canon annoys me, especially when it becomes all-pervasive, but I don't see it as harmful in and of itself.

I don't think I've ever changed my mind about the source material because of writing fanfic, but I've certainly written fanfic because of changing my mind about the source material.

The rest of the questions ... )
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12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, I have not.

... well, that wasn't a very interesting answer *g*. So, I suppose I should add that there's one I'd like to write one day: the Transformes version of Casablanca.

Well, sort of. The plot isn't quite the same, since is post-war. Ultra Magnus got disillusioned with the Autobot cause after the Great War ended and Optimus Prime was killed (again) and is now running a bar on an out-of-the-way asteroid. One day, Cyclonus walks into it. (You get three guesses about whether Galvatron is really dead or not. The first two don't count.)

The rest of the questions ... )
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11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Is 'two people sit in a room having a conversation' a genre? Because if it is, that is by far my favourite one *g*. Fandom uses the word 'genre' in many ways, so I'm not sure if this is talking about fannish genres (het, slash, gen, angst, etc.) or non-fannish genres like 'comedy' and 'romance'.

Since - humor aside - most of my stories don't fit comfortably into any non-fannish genres, maybe I'll answer the first question instead. According to my stats on ff.net, I have posted ninety-nine gen stories, thirty-four slash stories and twenty het stories. There are also five that fall into more than one of those categories, two that I filed under other, and one femslash drabble. (It was a Chrstimas present for a friend.) So, unsurprisingly almost two-thirds of what I've written is gen, with the rest unevenly divided between different types of 'ships. Sometimes I write angst, occasionally I write PWP, and sometimes I write comedy. I have a fondness for alternative universes and I love crossovers.

The rest of the questions ... )

Wow!

Jul. 10th, 2011 07:27 pm
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As of this moment, Charm Offensive has seven hundred hits on the AO3. And forty-five of those people definitely liked it since they left positive comments/kudos. Not to mention the feedback I've had here and over on the livejournal comm I posted it to. (And in RL! Thank you again to my pre-readers of Friday night.) This is the advantage of writing in a fandom that's in the middle of a popularity explosion.

The last time a story of mine was this popular was Ten Thousand Candles. It amuses me that the two stories have the same basic plot line - 'Charles Xavier gets on with his life after having a Very Bad Day' - but it plays out in two very different ways *g*.

I know it's been a long time since I posted much of anything, and this was a real confidence boost. There is a reason why Charles is my One True Character. (Even though, for a change, Charm Offensive wasn't from his POV.)

Now I need to get on with my other, less cracktastic First Class bunnies and my X-Men ficathon story. I'm hoping whoever got my prompts is half as happy with them as I am with mine - I've got a choice of three I could write easily enough. The one that attracts me most would require an actual Plot, but I think I might actually be able to manage it anyway.
andraste: Why, yes, this is my tentacle sex icon ... (Shiny Objects)
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.

Sometimes I write OCs. Since none of them have had super powers, violet eyes or romances with the canon characters I don't really lie awake at night worrying that they're Mary Sues. Most of the time my OCs have been purely functional inventions - I needed Larrell to have a new captain after Crais left, so I made one up. More rarely, I've written stories where the original character was the star. I wrote an Astro City story like that years ago, and one X-Men common people story. (There was a whole tradition in the Old Skool X-Men fandom that centered around OTL and CFAN of writing stories about mutants who were ordinary people rather than superheroes.)

I've also written a couple of stories about characters we know exist in canon but have never seen - one about Crais's mother and one about Vir meeting Londo's first wife. They're not technically inventions of mine since Crais must logically have a mother and we know Londo had a wife before the three we encounter in canon, but their characterization is all me.

My main feeling on OCs is that they should serve the story being told. I read fanfiction because I want to hear more about the canon characters and the world they live in, and if introducing an original character advances that goal then I'm all in favour of them. My main problem with Mary Sue in fanfiction isn't actually the super powers, the violet eyes and the romances, it's that she tends to take attention away from the elements that I find interesting.

The rest of the questions ... )
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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?

This doesn't usually happen to me. (Not with fanfiction, anyway - when I write original fiction, I frequently have character who were meant to be minor demand centre stage.) Normally when I have a fic idea I know exactly who's going to be in it, although sometimes I bring in more characters if the story turns out to need them.

The rest of the questions ... )
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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?

Oh, boy, yes. *points wordlessly at icon*

As for how Charles Xavier became my One True (Fictional) Love, that's a bit of a long story.

I started watching X-Men: The Animated Series around 1993, and the first episode I saw was Deadly Reunions. I can actually tell you that my first thoughts on my future beloved were "who's that guy telepathically tormenting the hottie in the red and purple outfit? And why is he wearing that awful green suit?" So, you know, not exactly love at first sight *g*.

If you'd asked me who my favourite mutant was in those early days, I'd have told you it was Magneto, and it would have been true. He won me over in minutes with his sexy voice acting and his tortured past. But Charles had my interest, too, and by the time they were running around the Savage Land fighting dinosaurs together, I'd started to wonder about what made him tick. (This was also around the time I invented slash fiction all by myself.) The Dark Phoenix Saga made me even more interested.

A few years passed, and I had a geeky friend who was able to lend me some comic books - including a reprint of Uncanny X-Men #12, which is Charles' origin story. And I think by then I was already hooked. When I went on a work experience trip to Melbourne in 1996, I went to Minotaur and bought everything in the back issue bin or on the racks that had Charles Xavier on the cover, and then I knew it was love. (This was around the time of Onslaught, so at least he was on the covers sometimes. Even if the story as a whole wasn't very good, it had plenty of interesting stuff in it for a budding Xavier fangirl.) By them time I actually discovered the internet in 1997, I was disappointed to find out that there was almost no fanfiction about him. (Thank goodness for Alara Rogers, or I might have wandered off into some other fandom, feeling sad.)

I think that covers the how, but it doesn't cover the why. As for that, well, there are a lot of reasons. Like all kinds of love, it accumulates over time. Because he genuinely wants to make the world a better place. Because he's Lawful Good for values of 'lawful' and 'good' that other people find extremely confusing. Because he'll forgive his enemies and open his door to anyone. (Because he's genuinely that compassionate, and also because turning away a potentially useful tool would be unwise.) Because he always has at least three reasons for doing anything. Because he wants to be a teacher, not a general, no matter how much he keeps screwing that up. Because he believes killing people never fixed anything. Because of the time he gave Wolverine demerits. And more recently: because Patrick Stewart. (And James McAvoy, who does not have the voice but has the right colour eyes. So I can find it in my heart to love that version, too.)

For the past month, I've been back writing bits and pieces of X-Men stories. It's like he's never been out of my head.

The rest of the questions ... )
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3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

I don't think anyone is interested in me listing my favourite characters for all forty of those fandoms, are they? So let's just stick with my top ten.

X-Men: Almost every X-Men story I've written (the exceptions are some drabbles, a 'common people' comicverse story and a remix) has Charles Xavier in it. He's not just my favourite X-Men character to write, but my favourite fictional person full stop. I've also written a lot of Magneto.

Farscape: This is an unusual one for me, in that instead of just sticking with my favourites I've written most of the characters at some point. The Farscape Friday drabble community encouraged me to stretch myself during the time I was most actively writing it. My clear favourites to write are Crais, Scorpius and Zhaan, but I had a lot of fun writing Harvey and Braca, not to mention Talyn and Sikozu. I have more favourite characters in Farscape than any other fandom.

Babylon 5: I am all about the Centauri and the Narn in this fandom, and Londo and G'Kar talking to each other is one of my favourite things to write in the whole world. (They may or may not be having tentacle sex at the same time.) I've also written lots of Vir, and I think I've doubled the number of Na'Toth stories on the web single-handedly. I enjoyed writing Bester, although I've only done so once thus far. Some day I must write something about Kosh, but Vorlons are difficult.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I am all about Giles and Ethan and also the Trio, especially Andrew Wells. Some day I will write a story that has Giles and Andrew interacting, even.

Doctor Who: I think this is the only fandom where I don't really have a set of favourite characters. Or, rather, I have so many of them it's a meaningless list. I mean, I love all of the Doctor, and I have more than a dozen favourite companions and also the Master. What I enjoy most is having all of that available to play with, so I love writing stories that cross eras and have characters who never met in canon interacting.

due South: I am a Vecchio girl all the way in this fandom. Not that I don't love Fraser and intead Kowalski, I just can't see myself writing anything longer than a ficlet that doesn't have RayV in it.

Alias: First Generation Spies 4 Eva! Jack, Sloane and Irina are my equal favourites.

The Authority: I love the Doctor, and by the Doctor I mean Jeroen, not whoever they replaced him with. *sadface*

Transformers: I am a predictable Starscream fangirl, and almost everything I've ever written or planned to write in this fandom has him in it. I'm very attached to Megatron, too, though, and one of these days I need to write more about Soundwave and Galvatron and Cyclonus.

Blake's 7: Blake and Avon are my characters of choice here. I may love Blake slightly more, I think, but they're both fun to write. The reason I've never written more in this fandom is that there's so much fic about those two already, it seems unnecessary for me to add any.

The rest of the questions ... )
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2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

I think I'm just going to copy-paste my AO3 stats here.

Farscape (31)
X-Men (Comicverse) (25)
Babylon 5 (21)
X-Men (Movies) (16)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (8)
Doctor Who (6)
due South (5)
Alias (5)
The Authority (4)
Transformers Generation One (4)
Blake's 7 (4)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (3)
Red Dwarf (3)
The Sandman (3)
Ultraviolet (TV) (2)
Heroes (2)
Arthurian Mythology (2)
Trigun (2)
X-Men (Ultimateverse) (2)
Tintin (1)
Lucifer (Comic) (1)
X-Men: The Animated Series (1)
American Gothic (1)
Lord of the Rings (1)
Planetary - Warren Ellis (1)
Bubblegum Crisis Toyko 2040 (1)
The Matrix (1)
Gyakuten Saiban | Ace Attorney (1)
Astro City (1)
Blood Ties (1)
Star Wars Original Trilogy (1)
Books of Magic (1)
Transformers Animated (1)
Crusade (1)
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (1)
Elvis Cole - Robert Crais (1)
DCU Animated (1)
Watchmen (comic) (1)
Fantastic Four (Ultimateverse) (1)
Battlestar Galactica (2003) (1)

Quite a few of those one-off fandoms are accounted for by drabbles/ficlets/crossovers. It's probably worth noting that if you combine all the X-Men universes together, I've written a total of forty-one stories about mutants, making it the clear winner. As for whether I still write in these fandoms, well, I haven't posted must of anything for a while now. I never really leave fandoms, though, and if I've written something more than once or twice there's a good chance I have other ideas I'd like to get around to. I definitely have more X-Men, Babylon 5, Transformers and Doctor Who stories in me.

The rest of the questions ... )
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So, this year I am planning to write for both Yuletide and NaNoWriMo, although I'll probably aim for a lower word count than the traditional NaNo goal. It's been so long since I've written anything that I feel the need for a warm-up before I start.

However, it's also been so long since I've written anything than I've lost the thread of all my WIPs and I don't know what I want to write about. Since the internet is never short on people with ideas about what I should write, though, I appeal to you!

Here are some fandoms I could probably write something in at the moment. )

Obviously those are not all the fandoms I'm familiar with, but those are the ones where I am up-to-date with canon and could write something without having to extensively review material which I may or may not have to hand. I make no promises, but throw some ideas at me and we'll see if anything happens.
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So, in a few days time, it will be my thirtieth birthday! I am excited about this and not wishing I was turning twenty-nine again. This is an extra important day, since it is also the anniversary of the day I delurked and posted my first ever fanfic on February 22nd, 2000. (And then had to repost it to the mailing list with apologies because my formatting was borked. Ah, youth.)

I'm planning to do a couple of things to mark the occasion, and wanted some input from you guys on what exactly you'd like to see.

Poll #2306 Fanniversary!
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


If Andraste were to do a commentary post on one of her vids, I would like it to be ...

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Elevation (Iron Man)
1 (14.3%)

End of the World News/A Thousand Suns (Torchwood)
2 (28.6%)

Drive My Car (Heroes)
0 (0.0%)

Bicycle Race (Doctor Who)
2 (28.6%)

Brothers In Arms (Babylon 5)
2 (28.6%)

Something else I will tell you about in the comments.
0 (0.0%)

If Andraste were to make a commentary post on one of her fics, I would want it to be ...

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Lifestyle Choices (due South)
0 (0.0%)

Five Happy Endings (Farscape)
2 (33.3%)

Like Nobody's Watching (Doctor Who)
2 (33.3%)

Coalescence (X-Men Movieverse)
0 (0.0%)

Masquerade (Babylon 5)
1 (16.7%)

Something else I will tell you about in the comments.
1 (16.7%)

Should Andraste attempt a podfic reading of one of her stories?

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Yes! Her accent will amuse and delight all.
4 (57.1%)

Not interested in podfic/Australian accents.
0 (0.0%)

Radio buttons are oppressing me. Where are the ticky boxes?
3 (42.9%)

If Andaste were to record podfic, I would like to hear this story:



An increasingly complete archive of my stories is available on the AO3 and you can also use the fanfiction tag here if it's been so long since I posted fic regularly that you've forgotten everything I ever wrote *g*.

If anyone feels like getting me a present, here is what I would like:

a) Icons! I have far more room on Dreamwidth than I have icons to fill the spaces.

b) Recs for fanfiction and (especially) vids you think I would like.
andraste: Journey (Mysterious Cities of Gold)
Since it's been so very long since I actually posted a story, I fear I may have forgotten how to respond to feedback *g*. (Well, writing feedback. You all leave me plenty of lovely vid feedback.) Nevertheless, this meme was too interesting to pass up ...

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.
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The "You Should Write..." Meme!
my thread here


I suspect that the dominant answer here is likely to be 'Something! Anything!' but I'm always curious *g*.
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So, I need something to get me writing fanfic again, and I didn't want to sign up for any exchanges that would be messed up if I failed to complete them. I also have a bunch of vague fic ideas in fandoms that are not part of Multiverse. Enter [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo, with its randomised list of twenty-four prompts of cliche-ridden goodness!

My card below the cut ... )
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So, since [livejournal.com profile] penknife posted her awesome fanfiction cliche poll, I have been looking at the list and contemplating the ones I've not written. I have only done eight! This does not seem like nearly enough. I need to write more cliche fic. Or just some fic, full stop, actually.

Cut for ramblings on the specifics. )
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Gacked from[livejournal.com profile] musesfool. I took 'written' to mean 'has a speaking part in one of my stories.'

Italics for the characters you've written 1-3 times.
Bold the ones you've written 4-9 times.
Italics and bold for the ones you've written 10+ times.
Underline the ones you're intending to write, or have in unfinished story form.
Leave alone the ones you don't write/haven't written.
Add any that you have written (if they're not on here).

Long, long list of fabulous ladies. )

WIP Meme

Mar. 21st, 2006 01:31 pm
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Stolen from Mara, a selection of my WIPs and the reasons they're still in progress ...

Will these ever be finished? Don't look at me, I'm just the author. )

Title Meme

Feb. 27th, 2006 06:41 pm
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Give me a title, and I'll tell you about the story I didn't write.

(Hell, I may even write it, should the mood take me. I have not written enough lately, and maybe this will make something fall out of my brain.)
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Markus is a virgin who can't drive.)
Well, I'm planning for it to be a tradition *g*. As usual of late, I'm going to be stuck at my grandmother's place on Christmas Eve, and I need helpful suggestions on what to write to maintain my sanity. (Last year, I produced some very bad Scorpius/Braca porn. You should be glad I didn't post it.)

This year, I've decided this might be a good time to try out one of those fandoms that I've been meaning to write ...

[Poll #639093]

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