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31 days of writing

30. Do you like to tell stories orally as well as writing them down?

Not really. I always seem to start the story in the middle. At least when writing, I can figure out where the story starts.

31. What's your policy on remixes, podfic, and other transformative work?

I don't know. If I ever get something published and get something popular enough to gain a fandom? I hope I can be flattered and avoid the too brainbreakingly bad stuff.

30 days of fanfiction

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

Oh... favorite fic. Hmm. Lemme see...

I really, really like Memories of Creed. Although, I have to admit I have a soft spot for some of my Valdemar, and Don't Look Back in particular.
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29. What do you do when the words just aren't coming?

Play games. A lot of different types of games. Mostly mindless games like spider solitaire and the like. Sometimes, I actually go away and read things. (Like I'm going to do very shortly, because I'm too tired to write.) It all depends on why the words aren't coming.

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30 days of fanfiction

29 – What is your current project or projects?

Current fanfiction:

Memories of Creed (Marvel, severe AU)

and not online: "What Wolverine Can't Teach" - which is Scott/Jubes. Other than that? I have...original stuff only.

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28. Do you visualize scenes when/before you write them? Or do you go by how the words sound in your head? Both? Something else entirely?

I usually do it before, because it's the mental image of the scenes that sends me scrambling for the word processor. Although as I write it, normally, the scene changes a bit.

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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?

I have. I doubt I'll ever do it again. Ever.

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27. Do you have any works in progress?

When don't I? Let me see:

- Steampunk: I'm down to the last few scenes and then it can be laid to rest. I've just been so stressed with RL that writing it hasn't been my top priority.

- Jenny/Inugo: I haven't started it yet, but I've got it plotted and I should write it.

- Origin Story: Needs to be edited and everything else, then possibly submitted.

- Memories of Creed: This is fanfiction, but it's still in progress and needs to be finished. I'm down to a few very battle intense scenes and then, it's a wrap up and it's done.

- What Wolverine Can't Teach: This one hasn't been posted yet. It's basically porn.

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27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

In my room, with the music surrounding me and without the kids/life intruding. I write by computer. Writing by hand can be freeing, but I generally fail at it.

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25. Give some examples of how various story ideas have come to you. What forms did they come in?

Usually dreams, or snippets of conversation I've heard in my head. Sometimes a scene and a pair of people. It's really random how it happens.

26. What stories haven't you written that you would like to write?

Rissa. Maybe Max and Kenny. Give them true stories not just snippets in random places.

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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?

Music all the time! I almost always have it on as background. Sometimes, I make playlists, but... depends on my mood.

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

How big of a bottle of lube can be bought on the internet and for how much?

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23. Do you use unreliable narrators? Why or why not?

I'm not sure if I do. So, I can't really answer this question. Sorry.

24. What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike?

I like words. I like words that go together in certain orders and then tell you something you didn't know before.

I hate that sometimes, the words get stuck. That there's nothing I can do to drag them out. It isn't fair, dammit.

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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Well, I used to post over at ff.net. Yes, that cesspool of hatred. But, I've gotten away from that. I now, normally, only post at my personal journal (open to the public) and maybe a comm, if it fits the community.

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?

Betas... I used to routinely badger [personal profile] etcetera_cat to be my beta. These days, when it comes to fanfic, I just post it. Because, dammit, if people point out errors that means they're actually reading it. Something I'm never too sure of.

No horror/dream stories, though I have to point out that [personal profile] etcetera_cat is still my main squeeze when it comes to betaing.

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21. Do you ever participate in writing challenges? Which ones?

OrigFicBingo I was involved with for a while until real life decided to kick me in the nuts. Mostly, I stay away from challenges, because they bother me/I get stagnated/whatever, but every once in a while, I try.

22. Out of all the characters you've ever written, which one is your favorite? Which one has surprised you the most?

Favorite? Hands down? Rissa. I love writing Queen Catanerissa the First of the Moon. I love writing her. Lovelovelove. [personal profile] etcetera_cat knows why.

Surprised me? I'm going with Tal and Maddie of Knights of Orion. Because 1) Their derp is so damned adorable; 2) They're wicked smart and moral about it; and 3) Their love is true. Tal takes care of Maddie because she couldn't find her way out of a wet paper bag with a map, a guide and "Wet Paper Bags for Dummies". But. She can make connections that seem like leaps of logic until you follow the information; she will risk her life for another, and not feel bad about defying someone to do it; and she never remembers anyone's name. It was a quirk that I gave her that just made her - and Tal's often exasperation with her - so genuine so real that I actually feel bad about doing bad things to her.

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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 have written sequels. Listening Eyes and Echoes (both Valdemar) go together. Listening Eyes is the first one and Echoes follows, though they sort of dovetail together to create a whole story.

Also there's Homecoming and Marching Home. Marching Home is a sequel to Homecoming and again, one that completes the story started in Homecoming.

why? Because I had the story to tell. That's all there is to it.

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?

I haven't. Sometimes, it's just because I don't have time. Sometimes, it's just because I'm going through a depressed episode and can't be bothered to wrangle with words. Sometimes, it's because the silly people put the fest/Big Bang in November of all months.

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19. Do you write long stories, short stories, or both? What's challenging about writing a particular story length?

I usually write more long stories. See, I'm long winded and have to say everything.

I have written short stories every now and again, but... that's not the norm. I know shorts are harder because, well, I like to ramble. See? I even did it here.

20. Is your writing generally plot- or character-driven? Why?

Yes. There are a few that I've written that are plot driven, but most of them are character driven. Why? Because people are fascinating. I can't do the whole face to face normal social interaction thing, but people are fascinating. I like writing about fictional people and making them jump through hoops.

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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?

Depends on where I am/what I'm doing/when the bunny strikes. I often sit down and just start writing. Or, I'll throw the idea into my IJ and just sit on it.

20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Sometimes. Though, normally, I'll tell them.

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17. What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?

"Shut up and write." Honestly, unless you do that? No other advice matters.

18. What genres have you written in?

I won't say "all of them", but I can honestly say: urban fantasy, fantasy, scifi, romance, and "I don't even know what genre this is but I like it."

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30 days of fanfiction

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?

I generally don't title chapters, but sometimes, titles just come to me, and other... I haven't got a clue what to call something.

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

I dunno. Could be random words on the internet, RP, or something else. Just depends on my mood.

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15. What repeated themes do you see running through your work?

Romance and dragons. Usually with a lot of tragedy thrown in.

16. How do you support your themes? How do you make sure your language reflects them, and how do you decide whether something belongs in the plot or the theme category?

I don't. See, I like letting the story tell itself. The story decides all these things. I'm a conduit for the story.

... Okay, I'm making that bunch of bullshit up, but, well, yes. It's the story that decides. And ya know? I've never been good at theme vs plot. Let smarter people than me decide.

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30 days of fanfiction

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 have warned for a lot of things. But the big ones: Sex, Suicide, Torture, Rape. Sometimes, I can't warn for individual things, so I'll do a general "There are bad guys doing very bad guy things, be warned" because if I do specific warnings, then I give away some of the plot.

Strangest thing? Fluffy and Muffy. They were AU versions of Victor Creed (Fluffy) and Jubilation Lee (Muffy). So so so AU, and so DERPY because of it.

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

I generally only use them like on websites, or if I'm feeling formal. Since I post most of my fanfiction on my personal journal, and never here, most people know the fandoms/characters I write in. Plus, sometimes, I'm just laaaaaaaazy

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13. Optimally, how many times does your work go through the revising process?

Well, I'm on draft... 5 of Knights of Orion? It probably needs revised again. I've been thinking about the character development in it lately and am wondering if I can get away with adding more to it.

14. Do you make literary or cultural references in your work? If so, what sources do you usually draw on? How do you decide whether to make (or keep, when editing) a particular reference?

I don't, usually, because most of my stuff is not Urban Fantasy or Contemporary anything. But in KoO, I did make a few references to Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, I believe. Big cultural references that the jokes just flew onto the page.

I'm still not sure I should keep them. But that'll be for the next run through.

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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?

I generally stick with canon. There are few, if any, fanon things I could get behind, especially in my fandoms now.

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?

Siiiigh. I just wrote a bunch of NC-17 porn, so I'm as comfortable with that as I am with a G rated fluff piece. The story determines the rating. Not the other way around.

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Going to do about 2 a day until done. It just makes the most sense.

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11. How much detail do you usually leave out of a story?

LEAVE OUT?! *looks around for the detail stick* Okay, since [personal profile] etcetera_cat isn't looking to beat me with the detail stick*, I can say I do leave out a lot. I do. At least in a first draft. Because the first draft is about getting the characters down and the plot down. It's the second draft where I can go back and add details (like what someone looks like/sounds like, or whether they're inside or outside) that are important. I do, occasionally go overboard, but that's usually to make a point in the narrative. Though sometimes, it's just because I felt like it.

*Long, old joke between her and I. Please don't beat me

12. Where do you turn when your research is coming up with nothing of value to the story?

That depends on the research. A lot of times my failure at research is the failure of my brain to stick to one track hard and then refuse to branch out. Usually, I recognize this and manage, in some fashion to start thinking of other avenues to travel.

However, if all else fails? Make. Shit. Up. That's what's great about fantasy. Most of the time it's all in your head anyway.

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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?

Mrr. I'm going with just general 'fiction'. I like to tell a story. Occasionally, I can pull out the angst or the funny, or something like that, but for me, it's really about the story.

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

Nope. Crossovers, yes.

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10. What's your biggest source of writer's envy?

Do I have to say it? Fine. People I know being published. That... yeah green-eyed monster. No matter how much I know they deserve it, no matter how glad I am for them? I get jealous as all hell and stay that way for a while.

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10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

Not really, no. If I write a pairing it's because I like it. Period. When it comes to fanfiction I write what I like.

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9. Do you share your writing publicly or keep it private? Have you or would you like to be published?

It depends on the writing. There are some things I share publicly. There's a lot I don't. I haven't, really had anything professionally published. I've had a few articles here and there, mostly for pennies, but other than that? Nope.

Do I want to be published? Yes.

I want to be able to make that announcement. Hopefully, eventually I'll be able to.

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9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Marvel - Scott/Jubes, Kevin/Kurt, Jean Grey/Emma Frost
LotR - Gimli/Legolas

.... Those are about the only pairings I'll really write.

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Memes x3

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6. How do you come up with names and story titles?

Names, I generally start with baby name sites and work from there. Sometimes, names just appear and they are right and I don't question. Titles... those tend to have to smack me around and really have to come to me at some point randomly decided by my brain.

7. Do you use beta reader(s)? If so, what do you look for in a beta reader? What specialties would your ideal beta have?

Beta readers, editors, you name it! If someone is willing to read and pick apart my writing they, at some point, will get it sent to them with a tear-filled plea of "OMG HALP".

Mostly, what I want is someone to tell me "This all makes sense." Because sometimes, I'm not sure if the storyline makes sense. Which means, someone else has to tell me that it does. Also, whoever reads it has to not spare my feelings. Read and give your honest damned opinion, even if that means that my feelings are hurt. I'll get over it.

8. What kind of support, if any, do you get for your writing?

Well, lets see, there's my DW circle who are quite willing to point at my word document and tell me to write. Then, there's other various people, including my brother and his husband, who are very much "GO WRITE DAMMIT." Mostly, I get told to go write. And when family visits? They do the housework and let me write. (It makes me miss living with my brother.)

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30 Days of Fanfiction

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

Tangent: Gender is merely physical. Identity is mental.

Honestly, I like writing interesting characters. Sometimes, they are male. Sometimes, female. Sometimes, that changes, depending on what happens in the story.

Give me an interesting character and I'm happy.

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

No. well, not really. I've had fics make me think about the author's take on a character, and then, normally, go find the canon and try to find where they saw that take. But opinion changing? Not really, no.

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.

Mary Sues, Gary Stus, well-written can be fun. (Look at Polgara.) Yes, I write OCs, normally, I give them one huge flaw that comes out in a spectacular way and then retroactively put in clues in the previous text to make sure they are, well, not perfect.

Or I completely rip on them and have Legolas and Gimli kill them in the Glittering Caverns.

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5. What tools do you use to write? Audio recordings, pen and paper, computer software, other methods, some mixture thereof?

I use the dreaded Microsoft Word. I know, I know, everyone hisses, but it works for me. Now, I'm constantly taking like notes and stuff to add to stories, but that's mostly offline. But for actual writing? Microsoft Word all the way.

I also use something called StoryBook for some plotting and stuff like that. Mostly, character profiles. I also use my IJ for character profiles, that my poor f-list gets inundated with every once in a while.

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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?

Umm what? No?

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3. How often do you write? Do you have any writing rituals? Say, certain locations, beverages, background music, times of day, target word counts, etc.?

Well, I try to write every day. Whether it be fanfiction, original or even just RP. I try to bang out words for something. With school out that's really hard to do because of children and the like, but I still manage to get some writing in. Usually in the late afternoons and after they're in bed.

I don't really have a ritual. I try to always sit at my desk so that I have a place to write, and I'll normally light an incense and have some water to drink. But background music? I always have something on. I write better to music than to silence. And then I write until I'm done for the day or at least until the thought is done.

4. How much of the story do you know before you start writing it? Do you use outlines?

This really depends on the story. Normally, I have a basic gist of what I want to do in the story. I try to write down "plot points" which are like an outline and get me from point A to point B. Some stories, I know the whole thing. (As with last year's NaNo) But a lot of the time I've got major points and no idea how I'm going to get anywhere with any of it.

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3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Well, Valdemar was mostly OCs and I'll admit that I like just playing in the world. Sparkly talking animals and magic? Sign me up, ya know?

Highlander, LotR and HP were also OCs, and I liked writing the Highlander one better. Because, well, it was just a snippet and it seemed like the thing to write.

Criminal Minds - I loved writing Dr. Spencer Reid. Because he went off on tangents and was just adorable. I like writing brilliant people who do that.

Marvel... oh Marvel why you so crazy?

However, for Marvel? I've got several favorites: I love writing Jubilee. Love her. But alternately I love writing Victor Creed. Because some times you just have to write the crazy and he's so good at being crazy and then not crazy that it's kinda awesome.

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?

I used to pretend I did, and then I got over. Sometimes, a head person will get louder than the others, but normally, no. I don't have a 'muse'.

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Memes!

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2. What piece of writing are you most proud of?

I have to say Knights of Orion. It's a piece that has taken me five or more years to write on, revise, and revise again. But right now, I can't look at it and not want to submit it. Meaning that I need to write query letters and start looking for a place to put it.

The story is... complex. But it was one that I wanted to tell. Well, once I got started on it.

I'm proud because I took a 320k monstrosity and now, it's about 120k which is a much better size. It's my baby.

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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.

FF.net:

Valdemar - 19
Highlander - 1
Black Stallion - 1
LOTR - 2
Harry Potter - 1

IJ:

Criminal Minds/Supernatural - 1
Marvel - Umm. A lot?

About the only one I still write in with any regularity is Marvel. Pretty much everything else has fallen by the wayside. Which, is sad, but I'm writing more original fiction so that's okay.

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1. Why do you write?

Because unreality is better than reality. Honestly, it'd be easier to answer the question "why is the sky blue?" At least that has a scientific explanation.

Words, written ones because god knows I stick my foot in my mouth, have always been my friends. I remember writing when I was like six or seven and trying to figure out how to write an entire story on the big lined elementary paper.

And scarily, some days, I need my unreality just so reality doesn't drive me insane.

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30 days of Fanfiction

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... honestly don't remember. I remember writing SuperFudge fic when I was maybe seven? I don't even remember what the fic was about, but I do know I never finished it. Thankfully, that writing, along with a lot of others is completely lost to moves, and my mother's impulsive need to purge every five years or so.

When I discovered the internet, I was currently reading Valdemar. In fact, if not for Valdemar, I wouldn't have met E-Cat or J or several other people (including my ex boyfriend). Valdemar was the first internet fandom I wrote for and the story is still up on ff.net. It's horribly Sue-ish, but I finished it, so I can be proud of it.

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