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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!

Still Life with Dogs is by far my favourite. It's Canon compliant, treats all the main characters as real and rounded, and is deliciously funny without any smut.

Seriously.

It is possible, and to tell the truth, I prefer writing romance and feelings. And I can't help but think that the possibilities that lie after the last scene in the story are much sweeter than many I could write overtly.

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29 – What is your current project or projects?

Now that my [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange is safely in, it's just the Lucius Big Bang, which I really must get on with.

But little plot bunnies come by all the time. The other day, re-reading "Deathly Hallows", I realised that Aberforth and Albus Dumbledore, as children, had been dressed up in Little Lord Fauntleroy outfits - poor kids. And then I remembered that Andrew Ketterley from "The Magician's Nephew" was a wizard of sorts. And Aberforth was supposed to have an unhealthy interest in goats - what if it wasn't so much a goat as a faun, such as Mr Tumnus ... And [livejournal.com profile] lederhosen said "No, don't", so I did.

Yes, I'm a bad bunny.

But if you've read this far, you already know it.

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

In front of the telly (with a music video collection on), and on the computer. But if I'm travelling, I'll take a large notepad and write by hand. Although it's a total pain to transcribe it after.

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

Alas, no. Although my husband certainly gives plenty of helpful (and not-so-helpful) advice on stuff.

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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?

Not so much specifically for writing "fic", but for writing generally I either need silence, or something of a background noise. I tend to throw on my saved music mix, which is anything from Gibbons to Live. And I tend to zone right out, so it'll take a fair interruption to drag me out of it again.

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
Waterlog – The World's Finest Angling magazine. Old child abuse cases. What was a classy drink in England in 1977 (A "gin-and-two", apparently - Gin and one each of sweet and dry vermouth - thanks, Mum.) And the price of a Caramel Slice, also called a Millionaire's biscuit, in the mid-90s in a cheap suburban cafe.

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The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] rivertempest pointed me at this animation, the "Prince's Story". Be warned - it's a four-hanky job.

*sniff* *sniff* *Iamnotasymp*

Ahem.

Back to the serious stuff.

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

I mainly post to the Pit of Voles, although they have ratings restrictions, and while some people tend to ignore them, I wouldn't post my darkest fic there. The Petulant Poetess is another I will post more at. Stories posted there have to be edited by their people for grammar, canon, etc, and they're really tough about it, and that makes me feel inadequate so I've not put as many there as I should. But I fully acknowledge that my writing could do with the improvement, so I will put the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange piece there. Which nicely leads to the next bit:

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?

My dear husband is my main Beta, and thank goodness for that or a half a chapter would have been missing from the last one. Very short stuff I tend not to get anyone to check, because I can guarantee that as soon as it's up, all the errors will dance wildly about and yell at me to fix them :-)

AS to horror or dream, no, luckily. I've beta'd one for last year's LBB, and while there were mistakes, it was more because the author wasn't writing in English, and there weren't many. Less than mine, in fact. I've never beta'd anything that was written with terrible grammar, although I have beta'd a couple where the story itself wasn't great (trite dialogue, cliched scenes, just not engaging). My main trouble with that is it's often hard for me to pick why the story isn't working.

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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?

Short answer - no. However, that's not because I have anything against them. Usually my stories *feel* finished, or as drabbles they're just the taste of something. Which means one day I will probably write a "part two" to some of them.

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?

Done a few now, and hanging out for whatever I end up with in the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange. I enjoyed the discipline of writing to someone else's prompts, and trying to keep within a word count - that often meant some really tight editing, and taught me how much fluff I write. My favourite experience? I'm going to lose all sense of modesty here and say it was the review from the lady who had read "Still life" to her nine-year-old. If a child that age could enjoy it, it meant that the story was worthwhile.

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reynardo: (Girl Guides)
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

I lost a few bunnies along the way, so I now have a lovely little Moleskin notebook in my wallet that I write the bunnies in. Most will be useless, but you never know...

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

Not really, no. Not that I know of. Although I'm aware that some ideas might have filtered through from other areas without me being aware of them. (One of the hassles of being an Aspie is apparently it's quite common, but then I've seen plenty of non-Aspies do it too. Especially when it comes to women in meetings having their ideas taken...)

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reynardo: (Geeky knitter)
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?

Second part first - I rarely give chapters names, although I might for the large novel.

As to titles generally, it varies. Some drop in my lap, some are given to me by my husband (The sick, warped and twisted [livejournal.com profile] lederhosen), and some never really get there and I'm still not happy with them. I do have to say I'm not at all satisfied with the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange title this year, whereas last year's [livejournal.com profile] luciusbigbang one (Still Life With Dogs) was perfect, with three or more meanings in it. Summer's Lease had the classical link and fitted that story well, too.

What I look for is a title that will give an idea of the feel of the story without giving away any twists. Sometimes a simple description of the situation is the best (The Longest Day, A Cold December, 1977), whereas sometimes I can find one or two words that to me hit the theme without it being too obvious (Legacy). And if I can find a slightly obscure word that will have people curious, all the better (Maquette).

And as I know what a huge quantity of fic is out there, I do get frustrated when I can't think of a title that will catch the reader's eye and encourage them to look. Alas, a lot of my titles fit that description.

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

As someone who has read far too many cheesy romances, bad thrillers and cheap sci-fi, writing a summary (or a teaser) isn't usually that hard. I just imagine what would draw people in.

Severus caught Tonks and Bill doing something steamy in the bathroom.
Luna, her soul still damaged after the final battle, has bought an old Children's Home outside a grubby mill town. Hermione is helping her turn it into a refuge, but someone who had been there as a child comes back. (Probably the longest fic on the site)
Why did Dolores Umbridge have so many kitten plates?

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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 reckon that even if you've made it clear that your fic is NC-17 or R rated, any kinky stuff needs to be warned about because some people have very low thresholds. Especially non-con. I have too many friends and there are too many people out there for whom that would be an actual problem. Although I do have to admit I'll sometimes read a story based on the warnings. "Ohhh - BDSM and honey - mmmm."

Ahem. Character death I don't warn about usually, 'cause I'll have the level of the fic listed high enough to cover death generally. That, and I haven't written a lot of it. And the few I have, it'd be one hell of a spoiler.

If the category of the story covers things anyway, I don't tend to warn. Crackfic especially - anyone who read The Wibbly Wobbly Wand and expected a serious tale deserves everything they got. However, I did write Changes as a T (Teenager) rated story so felt it was important to warn for a "sex scene" - which is fairly non-graphic but I still felt it needed adding.

The strangest things I've warned about are:

Sometimes a little silly (Still Life with Dogs)
He's a baaaaad Potion's Master. (A drabble for a Snape LDWS.
PWP and very silly (Plans, a very silly response to the "Golden trio" prompt I had no ideas for.)

Hmmm. Perhaps I should use more warnings than that...

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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?

I've written the Really Naughty Stuff, but it's not so much a matter of being comfortable as writing it believably. (I've written straight smut too, and that too tended to be a little unrealistic). I do prefer to do the whole "what they're feeling" rather than "What they're doing" in the naughty bits. More of M or MA (M+/R US) than NC-17. This doesn't mean that I don't like reading it - I just prefer my smut to be believable and I have problems myself writing that.

And I was very amused when, by total accident. "Still Life" ended up G rated! (I only called it PG because of one reference to "Merlin's large and pendulous hairy ..."). In fact, the review of it that I loved the most was from a lady who had cracked up laughing reading it and her nine-year-old had asked what was so funny, so she read it to her daughter!

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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?

It's really hard to write Severus/Hermione as canon :-) More seriously, the "what if" question intrigues me, but sticking to the story is an interesting challenge. I was amused once I'd finished "Still Life" because it was completely canon compliant.

There's also the challenge of saying "Now how can I get the romance I want, which didn't happen in the novels, now that one of the characters isn't there any more?" and still meeting Canon requirements.

So I like both. But the fanon must still stick to the characters as written. Write Ron Weasley as a slightly-dopey Quidditch-mad bloke who loses the girl because he's been insensitive, and it will work. Write him as a sadistic, dominating bastard and I'll stop reading.

Which has, by the way, made the last big writing project (for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange) rather fun, because the recipient doesn't want out-of-character Snape, and I've delighted in making it possibly seem that way - but maybe it's not. Can't say any more.

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

Alas,no. And I should. Although there's an awful lot of Jane Austen-style-HP stuff out there.

Ohhhh - Severus/Hermione as the Assassination Bureau. ***plots***


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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?

Would it surprise anyone to find out that doggrell seems to come highest on my list? I do fairly well at a silly descriptive poem all about naughty nights in Hogwarts :-)

Second is light drawing-room style comedy. I love reading it, and I'm rather proud of Still Life fitting into the genre.

Angsty romance with lots of Unresolved Sexual Tension - or more like Unresolved "Why Don't They Notice Me" stuff is another favourite. I do feel, though, that they tend to be resolved in too many "fairytale" endings. And I find it very hard to write completely realistic ends to them too.

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reynardo: (Elephant House Elves)
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?

I deliberately went outside my comfort zone for Reliable, and was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked out. Dragon Taming is Charlie/Neville, and that too surprisingly made sense and was easy to write.

I had to push myself to write the Smut for a kinkfest, and while I thought Draco would be easy, he just came out nasty. To Pansy, to Hermione, to Ron - and just generally. And I'm not happy with how he came out in Changes, a Hermione/Draco piece. It just didn't feel right.

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

OK, now this is getting difficult. Skip Torchwood. Skip Castle. Let's go HP, of course. Pairings - I'd like to spend more time on Canon stuff. So Lucius/Narcissa, for one. And an odd one - Dobby/Kreacher - I wonder just how those two would have got on, and I ought to write more.

But of course I love Severus/Hermione. Think Benedict/Beatrix, with more snark.


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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.

Ohhh, I've been waiting for this question.

Yes. And I wrote two stories particularly for the "Not a Mary Sue" Challenge on [livejournal.com profile] marysues (the challenge fizzled but the stories got done).

What do I do to make them not Mary Sues?

There's a bit (a lot, actually) of basing them on people I know. There's some "what is their weakness" stuff too - the little old lady in Next Door, for all her protestations, is the fussy, nosy neighbour who is still likeable, but sometimes a bit much. And the Cafe Lady just got toned down a pile to get her there. I was very proud of her. That, and the perfect non-Mary Sue thing - give her an outrageous name that she hated and much preferred the mundane version of.

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reynardo: (isaacs)
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

One I've written or one I've read? Writing Reliable made me much more understanding about Aunt Petunia. And reading a lot of fanfics that point out how unfair Dumbledore and McGonagall are to Slytherin has made me a lot less sympathetic towards both of them.

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

Usually I prefer male characters, because I can write them more straightforwardly. Females I write are supposed to be strong (thanks, Beckett and Hermione), and I have extreme problems writing fluff.

That, and thanks to a few quirks in my own makeup, I just don't understand Girl politics. This does, however, mean that I can write a girl who doesn't understand girl politics :-)

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reynardo: (playwitch)
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?

Sometimes. Not often. Sometimes the perfect line will come up and none of the set of characters I'm playing with then is the right person to say it, so there will be a walk-past line delivery. But it's rare.

No, the worst I had was my Nano novel (which I must get on with) where a minor side-plot character became so real that he suddenly became the focus of the whole thing, and the novel shifted from a "lets make this a mystery and it all gets revealed at the end" to "The audience will know and just be sweating on when the characters will work it all out." Bloody Robert. Such an attention whore :-)

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