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Fanfic meme I've seen floating around in various forms at several people's journals. Give me a letter(s) and I'll answer! (Most of my fic is here on AO3; the Stargate stuff is here.)

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode or section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?
N. What's the worst writing advice you've ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person asking the question is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description).

Closing the meme now because I'm going to bed! No more letters, please, but you're still welcome to comment on my answers/ask questions about them.

You may have noticed me doing this lately (closing memes when I get tired) and I'll probably be doing it a lot more, because I've realized that a big reason why I largely stopped doing these question memes is because they became such a time-suck for me, so now I'm just taking meme questions when I'm actively feeling social, and closing them once I'm done. However, comments on my existing comments are always welcome. :)


Meme is open again - ask away!

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C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?

In general I'm willing to try just about anything -- I don't think I could write any trope entirely straight, but I could definitely imagine doing a subversion of the ones that squick me. However, I can't imagine writing A/B/O, ever.

AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?

..... hmmmmmmmmm.

First of all, I kinda hate the whole fannish concept of dub-con. I hate it because it feels like a cheat; there are very few circumstances where dub-con shouldn't be (in my opinion) more properly labeled non-con, or else it only squeaks by as dub-con because we have access to both people's heads and know that the person who's drugged/force-married/etc "actually wants it". And that REALLY bothers me.

But I don't want to shame other people's kinks, because lots people do really like it and don't go for straight-up non-con, and I don't think they're hurting anybody by doing so. So yeah ... it's a squick, but I'm not gonna go around telling people not to write it. And I have read some I enjoyed, though usually it's back-button territory for me.

As for flat-out non-con, I actually like reading it for the h/c aspects. I tend to steer clear of the ones that are more geared towards kink purposes, but ... it kinda depends on the fandom, for me. Some fandoms I can read it (though it's never going to be something I read a lot of), and some fandoms I can't. I wrote a bit of it for the SGA kink meme, back in the day.

H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you've written and explain why you're proud of it.

I don't think I have anything for this! I just don't tend to keep stories around in my head after they're written in that much specific detail. I totally have favorite bits while I'm writing them, but after they're done and posted, there aren't passages that stick with me in this way.

(Edited to fix HTML. Blargh.)

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Oh hey, GetBackers icon! :D

D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

Actually, I think I've got fewer ideas floating around right now than usual, due to having recently jumped fandoms -- I tend to accumulate ideas as I go along in the same fandom and end up with a ton of unwritten/half-written fics, but since I'm relatively new to the MCU (well, in a fannish sense; I've been into the movies for years, and the comics since childhood) I'm still in the "slowly accelerating snowball" stage of that process. Actually, I've only got a couple of MCU fics in current development (as opposed to my White Collar WiPs folder, which currently has 48 items in it!

Right now I just have two MCU fics in active development: a long one about Sam and Bucky stranded in the wilderness, and a really depressing one which is my take on the "Bucky goes 'round the world killing Hydra" idea.

Oh, and there also are still a couple of White Collar fics under development as well, both of them long "tying up loose ends" ones which I should probably write before season six airs if I'm ever gonna. >_>

(Possibly due to being sleepy and brainfogged, I can't remember off the top of my head which fandom you're following me in, so I don't know how many of these are actually interesting to you, if any ...)

O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?

*ponders* You know, I think for this one I'm gonna go aaaaaalllll the way back to SGA fandom. It would be a lot of fun to see Running on Empty as a movie. I don't know if I have any specific fics clamoring at me to be filmed, though. I kinda feel like they would inevitably lose something in the transition to the screen.

AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?

.... oh man, I mentally sequelize other people's fics ALL THE DAMN TIME. I tend to spend almost as much time spinning out fantasies of what happens after other people's fics as I do fantasizing about what happens after canon. As far as actually writing it, though, I dunno. Back in SGA fandom, I wrote a couple of short sequels/missing scenes with the author's permission; I also asked permission of one author who didn't grant it. I'm not really sure if there are any fics currently nagging at my head in that way. Mostly I just like imagining what happened afterward.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.

ETA - I just realized I didn't answer this question -- oops! It scrolled out of sight on the answer box and I forgot about it. >_>

My biggest weakness as a writer, I think, is that I tend to be much stronger on the action plot than the emotional plot, and in fact I often forget about the emotional plot entirely. Which doesn't mean that there is never an emotional plot, but my characters tend to end up being more emotionally static than I would like, and can often end the story without much growth/change.

L. Is there an episode or section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?

Not really? Or I guess I should say that I get inspired by a lot of aspects of canon, and it's really all over the map what's going to speak to me at any given point in time.

Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?

It depends! I used to write TOTALLY out of order. Then at some point I retrained myself to write consecutively (though I do tend to start out jumping around a bit at the very beginning of a project, and then move to consecutive again). However, in MCU fandom, I find that I'm writing out of order again -- I think it's happening because I'm writing somewhat different kinds of fic than I did in my last few fandoms (very introspective and focused on emotional storylines rather than external plots). Or maybe it's just part of my natural evolution as a writer, I dunno.

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How about A, P and T? :D

(i totally did not intend to make a word, btw, that just happened :P)

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A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.

Hee! I definitely have one -- friendship gen with h/c, that's me.

P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?

I really don't think this is possible for me, even defining "pairing" as broadly as possible (friendship pair, etc). It's like "if you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?" And the answer is that I couldn't settle on one; even if I love it at first, it would quickly get boring, and then unbearable.

T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.

Quiet, by myself at home, with a cup of tea and my computer -- and preferably no Internet to distract me. >_>
That's so true. There's only so many permutations you can explore with the same two (or three, or four, or more) people.

The internet is so distracting, omg.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you've written and explain why you're proud of it.

Augh. /o\ Like I said for the dialogue question above, I just don't store sections of stories verbatim in my head after I'm finished with them. That is, I will have favorite passages in a story I'm currently working on, but there is no way I could remember back to something I've already posted in enough detail to specifically remember that I had a great descriptive passage in chapter 23 or whatever. I'm actually kind of astonished (and impressed!) that other people have an answer for this question, because for me, once it's posted, my brain goes ahead and moves on to the next project. Not that I have total amnesia about what I've written, but I just don't remember it in that kind of detail -- I'm more likely to remember, say, "that scene in which Rodney and a bunch of kids trap a Wraith dart in a net" than to remember that I was really happy with how the prose worked out. I think after I've written stories, they get translated into non-prose, memory-type memories in my head, if that makes any sense; for me, stories unfold like a movie while I'm writing them, so I remember them more in the style of a movie that I've seen, rather than remembering the stylistic aspects of it.

I do sometimes reread stuff I've written and kinda forget I'm reading my own work and just get into it as a story, which is always a nice thing. :D

Y. What do you look for in a beta?

It depends on what I need for the story! Usually I am fine on grammar/spelling stuff (I'm a good proofreader of my own work), so what I really need is people to pick holes in my plot logic or characterization -- basically to give me a fresh point of view on the larger structural stuff. But specifically what aspect of it needs looking at is something that varies from project to project -- like, on one story I might be struggling with the ending and need to run it by someone, whereas on something else I might need someone to let me know if the emotional plot makes sense ...

V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person asking the question is free to make suggestions).

OH GOD. D:

... you know, though, now that I've looked through some of my early stuff in search of something to rewrite, I'm not entirely sure my style has changed enough for it to be noticeable to anyone but me. Which is not to say that it's great, but I think the stuff that jumps out at me now is sentence-level corrections, word choice and semicolon abuse and so forth. And fangirl Japanese in my early anime fic, which I definitely wouldn't do now. I also used to use first person a lot, which is something I stopped entirely (in fanfic) by the time I'd gotten into SGA fandom, except for occasional OCs and epistolary fic.

Is there anything specific you want to see me rewrite? :D
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?

(I realize it probably varies, maybe given an example?)

Y. What do you look for in a beta?

ETA: Ooo, and I'm gonna add:

M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?

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U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?

This varies from "a lot" to "not really at all". :D Actually, most of my shorter stories aren't really revised, so much as I give them a proofread, fix any little mistakes that jump out at me, and then post them. The big stories can get revised pretty heavily -- for my long WC fic Shelter on a Foreign Shore, I completely rewrote the ending on the second draft after getting beta feedback on it.

.... but yeah, the balance tends to lean very heavily towards just one light revision pass before posting, for fanfic at least. I revise original fiction much more heavily than fanfic -- usually one heavy-duty revision cycle and then another light one or two.

Y. What do you look for in a beta?

Just answered this one above, so I'll crib from myself. :D

It depends on what I need for the story! Usually I am fine on grammar/spelling stuff (I'm a good proofreader of my own work), so what I really need is people to pick holes in my plot logic or characterization -- basically to give me a fresh point of view on the larger structural stuff. But specifically what aspect of it needs looking at is something that varies from project to project -- like, on one story I might be struggling with the ending and need to run it by someone, whereas on something else I might need someone to let me know if the emotional plot makes sense ...

M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?

It's something I read in a writing magazine when I was a teenager. I didn't even buy the magazine -- I was just reading it in a bookstore while waiting for my mom to buy something! It was an article on writing comedy and tragedy, and it pointed out that either one is more effective when juxtaposed against the other. Constant comedy is wearing; so is constant tragedy. But a sudden mood shift from one to the other is really effective. I think this has actually become, over the years, a key component of the way I write. And while you can also wreck a piece with a mood shift that's too sudden, a lot of times when I feel that one of my stories seems to be a little bit broken, what it really needs is a little piece of lightness/humor/fluff in the middle of a serious scene, or a stronger undercurrent of dark/serious in an otherwise fluffy scene.

It's really fabulous advice, and it's stood me in good stead over the years. I have often wished I could go back and buy that magazine so I could share the article with people!

.... in second place to this, another really useful piece of advice I ran across as a teenager (and multiple times since) is that little bits of writing add up over time. You can write just a couple hundred words a day, and over the course of a year it adds up to a good-sized story. I think that it's been very helpful for me to know that if I can just chip out a hundred words today ... and tomorrow ... then in time I'll have something big.
That indeed is excellent advice! It's something that I've ran across and thought about in that vague informal way -- how I enjoy reading stories that contain elements of both tragedy and comedy, and slide smoothly from one to the other -- but never as a kind of advice for when I write my own stories. Excellent! Thanks :)
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?

... hmmm. You know, the problem with this is that I don't think any of my newer fic needs a top-to-bottom rewrite, but for the really old stuff, a) I've moved on from most of those fandoms and don't have any desire to write for them anymore, and b) the fic I wrote for them, IMHO, falls into one of two categories -- "pretty decent as-is" or "so hopeless that there's no saving it." XD

Although now that I'm thinking about it, I think it might actually be interesting to rewrite Anniversary, my one lone Cowboy Bebop fic, because at that point I was stunningly unused to writing any sort of ship fic, and so I think I did a pretty poor job of it, but the basic idea behind the fic -- characters coming together years after the events of canon, seeing how far their lives have taken them -- is pretty interesting. It might be kind of fun to rewrite it with more of an eye towards making the various ships work, rather than just throwing the characters together and going "hey, I guess they're together now".

AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?

Yes. Actually, I think I've written at least one fic in every one of my fandoms in which everybody dies, or most of them die, or at least some of them die. I don't enjoy killing characters, or do it gratuitously (I hope), but I find it interesting to write about themes of death and mourning and moving on.

AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

... I deal with them badly, is how I deal with them. XD Well, no, I guess it's fair to say that I mostly deal with them by complaining to friends in email, and brooding about it for awhile, and then moving on. I kinda wish they didn't bother me as much as they do, because rude, unpleasant, or generally unhappy-making reviews are always going to be a fact of fannish life. I can usually refrain from being rude back, but yeah, they do bother me more than they probably should.
I think we all deal with rude reviews badly, even if we're able to be polite to the reviewer (or decide to ignore them), behind the scenes it's not so polite!! Concrit is easier, because although sometimes it stings a little, ultimately it improves your writing - but rudely ngative reviews, yeah, those smart something bad. As much for the rudeness as the actual complaint.

Not sure why I asked AI - after all, I've read fics where you kill off characters... Something I struggle with badly!