dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

...No, I don't. I mean, the ones that are the longest, or took up the most time, kind of Stockholmed me into loving them enough to feel like the time and effort were worth it, and I have certainly written a lot of stories I love, but ... there are 286 of them (plus WIPs and not-quite-written things) so how can I choose just one?

That said, if you give me some kind of category (favorite for some fandom/pairing/character, favorite het/gen/etc., favorite story with a dog in it, whatever), I will try to identify my favorite story I've written in that category.

Also, whoa! I finished a 30-day meme! I will be honest and say that the thing that really kept me on track for the last ... several days was that I accidentally synced up with the date, and was too nerdily delighted by that to let it get messed up by missing a day. Anyway--I did it! \o/ And now I will go back to being... much quieter than this.

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dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
29 – What is your current project or projects?

There are, hm, let's say five. I feel like sharing today, so some of the teasers are in the 300-500 word range.

Awaiting final beta and fixing and a smidge more writing, there's the Vorkosigan/Doctor Who crossover sequel to Signals That Sound in the Dark.

In which Aral Vorkosigan meets Amy Pond )

Then there are the two I am midway through the actual writing of.

One is a not-wolf-verse Generation Kill story of which this snippet is almost but not quite entirely unrepresentative.

After this there's a lot more misery, but I like this bit. )

The other one I'm writing is mostly about all the sex Aral and Cordelia don't have before they get married, because I have thought about this and they really never had time for any. So really it's about a lot of things including Aral during the week of the green silk room, wishing he were somewhere else.

Not anywhere else. He has a destination in mind. )

And, since I've done a bit of writing on each of them, I suppose I can also consider the two Next Things to be also current projects.

The stuff I've got for the next Generation Kill wolf-verse story is pretty rough and will probably change a lot, but this bit should stay pretty much the same.

How Nate Met Brad. )

And last and least-written but by no means least in any other sense, the next story in The World That You Need, which I have been in the process of circling back around to write since ... last November.

In which Arkady is having a difficult day. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Brad - In the Sand)
28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

Well, I participated in a big bang this year, which resulted in awesome art for my story, but I'm not sure that that ever felt like collaborating? Mainly because I generally imagine collaborating has to do with giving up having total control over how my story goes, and I ... don't.

I've always felt vaguely hypocritical about this, because, you know--I'm writing fanfic, I'm picking up someone else's story and reworking it into my story. But I don't care who else writes what, or even what anyone reworks my story into, later on. Just, while I'm writing, it needs to be my story, and while I will tell it to a lot of people, and while there's a lot of input I do gratefully accept at pretty much all phases... it still has to be my story while I'm writing it or I just freeze up completely.

I'm trying to get better about this, mainly because it feels like a moral failing of some kind not to be able to collaborate in the myriad ways people seem to do all around me in fandom, but that's me. Closely though I work with betas and much though I talk stories out with people, I don't think I've ever really collaborated with anyone on anything.

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

Most of my writing is done sitting on my couch. Occasionally I move to my desk, when it's not hugely piled with stuff, or to the kitchen table, and occasionally I manage to take my laptop to bed and don't completely lose momentum and read fic until I fall asleep, but mainly I write while sitting on my couch. Usually sideways, facing west.

For me a piece of writing isn't "real" until it's on the computer. Anything I do longhand is just a first try--which means that writing longhand often is easier and often is really helpful, because I can get myself unstuck sometimes by lowering the wall, lowering the stakes, telling myself, well, it's just on paper, it's just a first try. And then even if what I write down is totally wrong, I'm that much closer to figuring out what I do want to do. And even when I'm comparatively close to what I want in a paper draft, things get tweaked a lot as I type them up. So I do longhand writing when I'm epically stuck, or when I'm away from my own computer but have paper and a pen handy, but then it has to be on my computer before it's really written.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (LCSH 28th ed. page 5519)
26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

So the thing is that I'm a librarian, and I'm a librarian in large part because if someone asks a factual question in my hearing or sight I cannot rest without finding the answer. Even when that person is me. Especially when that person is me.

So I research a lot of things, is what I am saying, and the vast majority of them never end up in the fic. Most of the time I don't even write the fic in question. I just really enjoy the research; I don't like to plot things without knowing that I've got a factual basis in place. For a while there, between moving between fandoms and my propensity for plotting kidfic, it seemed like I was reading up on California custody law every year or so. (The time I went and read entire history of sodomy law in California was not actually research for anything I planned on writing, although after reading it I did consider writing some things on that basis.)

Anyway. I've lost track of what constitutes odd (knowing all about the points system for Canadian immigration isn't weird, right? and ditto stuff like Googling paddle party and then realizing it's going to work better--for these purposes--if you include Marines), and all research is more or less equally fun for me, but a couple of months ago I spent a really unconscionable amount of time doing research for the Ham Radio Apocalypse (or, as it developed over time, Gay Post-Apocalyptic Sleepless in Seattle with Recon Marines on Ham Radios). Eventually I decided against writing it because, you know. Apocalypses are sort of depressing; 99.999% of everyone is dead and the people who are left are communicating by ham radio. But also, as it turns out, it's really hard to find exact information online about how far you can propagate a radio signal with stuff you can loot from an electronics store, and precisely what atmospheric conditions would be required for those scenarios. I eventually concluded that I would actually have to contact humans who knew this information and tell them I was researching a novel and then later tell them that the novel died a sudden, tragic death, lest they ever ask to read it. Which was further than I wanted to go researching something I didn't even plan to write.

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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?

I listen to music constantly, except when I'm at work (libraries are just so restrictive). Can't put the car into drive until my iPod is hooked up; iTunes is the first program I start up on my laptop; iPod dock on volume setting 05 (15 is the AC is on, it's really loud) while I sleep.

So, yes, I listen to music while I write, because I am always listening to music. By the same token I spend a lot of time not really listening to music or, since this is all via my iPod, listening to music I have heard a thousand times before and no longer get particularly distracted by.

I want to say that I'm sort of oblivious to mood in music, but I don't think that's quite accurate--I mean, I never noticed, say, the anger in Fall Out Boy songs, but, come on, does Patrick sound angry? No. Nor evil. Possibly into cats. But I can tell that John Darnielle is cheering up over time, and that The National are not. Anyway--what I really mean is that my mood is rarely really influenced by the mood of songs I listen to, even in those instances where I notice the mood.

I do have playlists for stories or series I am working on long-term, just as a way of creating a useful density of songs that all make me go "Hey, this is a song about Brad and Nate!" or "Aral and Cordelia!" or whatever, because listening to those songs tends to make me want to write about those characters, and I can use whatever help I can get in guiding my brain back to what it's supposed to be focused on at any given moment. That said, I tend to use the playlists mostly to collect all the songs I think are about those characters (also, possibly in a fugue state because I really don't remember doing this, most of the songs with "love" in the title have ended up in the playlist for the Aral/Jole series). I am pretty bad about demarcating "time for writing" from all the other time I spend on my laptop, so odds are pretty good that when I'm writing I'm listening to the Radio Me playlist, which is thirty hours of music on no theme at all.

As a vaguely related music-and-writing note--I get a lot of my titles from song lyrics, and continue listening to the songs afterward with no particular mental shift. The one exception is Rilo Kiley's "More Adventurous", where every time she gets to the line get loved, make more, try to stay alive it's like I've been listening to something in a foreign language and it suddenly drops into English. There's a sudden hey, she's singing my story title! moment every time I listen to the song.
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
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?

It depends on the story. For short things I usually manage to limit myself to one. Usually. Missing Persons went through at least nine, over the course of three years, and I would have been happy to have more if I had known more people I could inflict it on in good conscience. Everything That You Can Keep had four, which put me about at the limit of the amount of simultaneous input I could absorb, although as I say that I realize What to Do After Firing had five--it required no drastic rewriting, though, and beta comments are easier to take in inverse proportion to the amount of work they require of me. *g*

Going on and on and on because I have no beta right now to tell me to keep it short. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (LCSH 28th ed. page 5519)
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post first to my Dreamwidth (with automatic crosspost to LiveJournal unless the fic is too long to fit into a single LJ post, in which case automatic crosspost is turned off).

I usually wait a while to see if I can correct The Inevitable Typo And/Or Missing Word while there's still only one place I have to correct it. Then I post to the AO3 and then, having gotten the AO3's posting interface to put in all the code for paragraph breaks for me, I post to my website.

(If the fic is long enough to fit in a Dreamwidth post but too long for an LJ post, I'll hurry up and put it on AO3 and my website before making an announcement post on my LJ linking to DW/AO3/website. If it's too long for a Dreamwidth post it goes up on the AO3 and my website and then I link from DW and LJ. Dreamwidth has made me too impatient to bother with breaking up my stories into multiple journal posts.)

* LOCKSS = Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack - Smile)
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?

Fest - as narrowly defined - no. I tend to find fests confusing and overwhelming, so I steer clear.

Big Bang - yes! For the first time this year, I actually managed to align a long story I was writing with the submission window for a Big Bang. It felt a little bit like cheating, since Jigsaw had been in progress for a long, long time when I realized I could get it into [community profile] stargate_summer, but it was a really fun experience having other writers to commiserate with, to say nothing of getting omg awesome art for my story!

But my ongoing favorite fest-y (festive, if you will) challenge-y thing is, of course, Yuletide! I've done Yuletide nearly every year since its beginning (2003-2006, 2008-2010), and I adore everything about it--secret-giftyness, terrifying deadline, obscure fandoms, my Christmas-Eve-night and Christmas-morning ritual of sneaking as many stories as I can between site slowdowns and my family wanting to actually celebrate together. This past year, 2010, was my favorite so far, possibly just because it's the most recent and I have more fun with it every year. I wound up writing three stories this year, my assignment (Not Alone in the Dark, which as far as I know is one of the only two stories on the internet for Susan R. Matthews' Under Jurisdiction series) plus a couple of Yuletide Treats (The Most Important Meal and Sex on a Frozen River Mayhem, which could not be more different while both being more or less linear narratives in English). I do not know how on earth this year's Yuletide will top the awesomeness of slashing Jack Harkness and Mayhem, but I have faith in the Yuletide magic. And I am already working on my list of offers/requests.

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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: Yep! Because there was another story that I thought I would like to write that followed from the first one.

Longer answer:

So, here's the thing. I didn't start out overthinking this question, but I did start out thinking that this question had a very specific meaning. Intuitively, I read this question as meaning, Did you ever, after having written a fic and being all finished with it, then write another fic that was of roughly similar size and seriousness which followed sequentially and necessarily from that fic while also being a complete story in itself?

To which the answer is, yes, about three times, and one of those isn't posted yet. So as it turns out I have all these IDEAS about what the word sequel means.

To me a sequel is something different from a series-planned-as-a-series, in which case while each separate story is--hopefully--a sufficiently standalone story that people will not do themselves or me an injury while waiting for the next bit, the reason I keep writing subsequent stories is because the story isn't over yet. That's not the same as "the story was done and then I wrote another story that followed from the first one." So, in my head, the GK wolf-verse doesn't count, nor does The World That You Need, nor Brothelers, nor all those Hawks & Hands prequels, even if they do make me the internet's most prolific Kowalski/Gardino writer.

Speaking of which, The Future in Five Conversations also doesn't count. It's not a sequel to Hawks & Hands, even though it follows necessarily from H&H while also sort of standing on its own as a story because it's not the same magnitude of story. It's a coda, a (five years) belated epilogue tacked on at the end. If I had ever written the epic OT3-trapped-in-Ancient-Egypt story that With the Dying was setup for, it would have been the same thing in reverse.

So, as far as I can tell from a cursory look through my works on AO3, the only stories that do count as sequels in my head are:

Rumored, sequel to Unannounced (House/Wilson outside POV), and
Tell, sequel to Common Language (Stargate SG-1 Bechdel fix-its for the pilot).
Arguably also Spades, which doesn't have to be a sequel to Hunde (Spy Game, Muir/Bishop), but might as well be.

Plus, of course, The One I Haven't Posted Yet, which is a (GEN) sequel to Signals That Sound in the Dark.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Nate - Watchful)
20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Stories, occasionally, although I almost never write the stories I come up with that way.
There are a couple of obvious exceptions--I wrote a fix-it sequel to the second most depressing Fraser/Kowalski story ever. I also did a remix once.

But usually I get bunnies contrariwise, from the negative space of stories. I find myself thinking, you know, "There are all these stories about Brad showing up on Nate's doorstep, I want to write a story where Nate shows up on Brad's."

(Are there stories about Nate showing up on Brad's doorstep? Inasmuch as Brad has a doorstep, which I guess is sort of the logical problem there. Um. ANYWAY.)

I don't think I've ever gotten bunnied from art--I mean, fanart is probably responsible for me crying over Boromir for half an hour the first time I saw Fellowship, and it's responsible for me getting into Due South in general, but, idk. I never feel like I'm seeing much fanart for fandoms I'm actually in. I suspect that I am out of the fanart loop.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Van Pelt and Rigsby - Not a Kiss)
19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

Well, since I am kind of a bunny-factory and my natural writing length is somewhere between 60,000 and 250,000 words, sitting down and starting to write every time I had a new bunny would be a recipe for never. finishing. anything. ever again.

This is not to say that I do not sometimes crack and break away from what I'm doing to write a particularly alluring story, because, yes. That happens. Generally what happens is the story turns out not to be as short and easy to write as I thought it would be and I spend a lot of time banging my head on the keyboard. But in general, my MO is to put them down on a list (...it has sixteen stories on it right now) and make them wait their turn.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack O'Neill - *facepalm*)
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

Er. Seriously, we're doing the "where do your ideas come from?" question? Who wrote this meme?

Ahem. Anyway. I get bunnies from everywhere. The whole long Aral/Jole saga came from me tin-hatting Aral and Jole in canon and then sitting down and trying to work out how the hell that would work. The Generation Kill wolf-verse came, as far as I can reconstruct, from me trying to figure out how to take the GK guys and turn everything about them up to eleven--raise the already-high stakes, make their culture even weirder and more insular and intense and more serious about warrior spirits. I have a bunny that comes from listening to a particular song over and over and wanting to shove Brad and Nate inside it. I have a bunny that comes from me talking to Iulia and saying "I don't think anyone's written X. Oh, hey...." (The maximum case of that is Hawks and Hands, which was spawned, in all its enormity, from someone assuring me that they didn't mind how hockey kept cropping up in my Due South stories and my replying, "It's not going to be funny anymore when I write a whole AU where they're hockey players. Oh, hey....") I have a bunny that came from reading someone's unanswered request for recs of fic featuring a specific scenario, which, in retrospect, I probably misinterpreted enough that she wouldn't want to read the story I want to write.

Mostly my bunnies come from the fact that when I'm into a fandom, it's right there at the front of my brain, and everything I encounter bumps up against it. Sometimes it throws off sparks. Sometimes the sparks catch.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
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 used to hate titles a lot more, but when I was in bandom they became easy, fun, and long. Labeling a story in fourteen words or less is a lot easier than being determined to do it in two. Relatedly, that's when I started using song lyrics a lot. At this point I come up with titles often before I even start actually writing the story--I have sixteen Things To Write Next on my list, and every one has a title already assigned that I wouldn't hesitate to use for actual posting.

True story: a few years ago I was in the Yuletide chat close to deadline, hanging around to see if anyone happened to need a beta or possibly just watching the drama. Someone hit the inevitable wall of being All! Ready! to Post! and then realizing she had no title. Another Yuletider replied: Come up with a keyword from the story and Google for Leonard Cohen lyrics with that word.

I laughed, but honestly--yeah, pretty much, except I don't know that I've ever used a Leonard Cohen lyric as a title. As a sample, I've posted eleven stories so far in Fic Year 2011 (including Yuletide 2010 stories). Of those eleven titles, four are song lyrics (The National, Cat Stevens twice, and Vienna Teng) and two are lines from the same poem (Henry Reed's "Naming of Parts"). For the sixteen on the list to be written next plus the two actual WIPs I have going, it's fourteen song lyrics (The Mountain Goats six times, Josh Ritter four times, Dessa twice, Van Morrison, and the Fratellis) plus a Latin phrase, an Eddie Izzard reference, and what may or may not be a line from Robert Frost.

So, yeah, I don't mind titles these days. If you have ever wondered about the meaning or origin of any of my story titles, feel free to ask!

I've only rarely chaptered or otherwise partitioned a story, and have never assigned titles to parts. (I thought about it with Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive--the three phases of the title actually kind of work as labels for the beginning, middle, and end of the story--but dividing the story into three turned out not to be very practical, so I dropped that idea.)

* Cinder-fuckin'-rella.

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

I do use summaries--I certainly like to see a summary on a story before I click on it, so I feel it's necessary to give people some idea what's ahead when I post.

I do two different kinds of summaries: pull-quotes and ... actual summaries, I guess. I've come to prefer doing pull-quotes, where I grab an evocative line from the story itself and let that stand as a representation of its content. But if there's no good line to take out of context, or if the story is really complicated or otherwise difficult to sum up properly with any one line, then you get a description of the story's premise/content.

I only hate summaries when I'm about to post and suddenly realize I never came up with one. That doesn't happen too often anymore, as I've been burned often enough that How Will I Summarize This is one of my main ways of avoiding working on a story, right up there with How Will I Warn For This, and, the all-time champ to be discussed tomorrow, What Will I Call This....

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dira: John McClane in the ductwork.  (McClane - Have a few laughs)
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?

Sunday of VividCon seems like a good time to have my very own Warnings debate, right? Right.

I warn. I try to warn for the things I can anticipate people being upset by. Death and rape seem to me to be the biggies, although I don't think I've ever written a story that I actually clicked the AO3 Rape/Non-Con tickybox for; I'm usually operating in some kind of gray area involving, you know, soul-bonded wolves or amnesia or something. When I was writing What to Do After Firing I had nights where I spent more time worrying about warning than I spent actually writing which turns out not to be a very efficient way to get anything written.

I think in practice the things I have warned for most are incest and (in a hey, this is NSFW, way) explicit sex. In general, I want people to be able to make an informed decision about whether my story is going to be their cup of tea.

Mind you, there was one time when I totally manipulated a warning to try to mess with people reading my story--lo these nearly eight years ago, when I first posted That Good Night: A Death Story, I had absolutely no faith in the story. I was, especially, worried that people would not take it seriously (even though I was the only one who knew that it had, in a way, started life as a screwball comedy) and would laugh off Ray's fear of death which, uh, in retrospect I do not know what I was thinking, but anyway. I thought that no one would take the story seriously if they didn't think Ray was going to die at the end--so I warned for death.

I got a lot of really nice people assuring me--and other readers put off by the death warning--that I'd added that warning by mistake or in a fit of overzealous concern, and it wasn't necessary (spoiler: Ray doesn't die at the end). Eventually I moved the warning into the sub-title, and on the AO3 what I actually warned for was suicidal thoughts (of which there are ... many).

Ahem. Anyway. Weirdest thing I have ever warned for. Apart from "dub-con gangbang of the soul-bonded wolf in heat variety" there was "lack of closure, dubious historicity, vodka, sodomy, and the lash" and, oh, well, it seemed like I posted three Vorkosigan Saga stories more or less right in a row where the respective warnings were "Warning: Prince Serg" and "Warning: Ges Vorrutyer" and "Warning: Canon attempted infanticide, incongruous cuteness." That was sort of a strange month for warnings.

ETA: Papercuts! How did I forget warning for papercuts? That's definitely my favorite.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack O'Neill - *facepalm*)
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?

Yyyyes, I would say I am comfortable going to NC-17. I mean, there are levels of pornination I have never yet had occasion to hit, but, yes, I go all the way.

And, ahaha, no. I wouldn't say that I have ever been shocked to find myself writing a non-explicit story. I tend to have a pretty good idea which stories are which going into them.

I don't really like writing porn--I mean, I do it because I keep plotting out stories that call for it, because those are stories I like to tell, but writing the porn is frequently where I bog down to some degree or another, especially if the porn involves Aral Vorkosigan. When I was writing Jigsaw the story almost fatally stalled--in 2009--at what I fully intended to write as the first explicit sex scene. If [personal profile] iulia hadn't given me permission to fade to black the rest of the story probably never would have gotten written at all. As I worked on the rest of Jigsaw--which, if not G-rated, is certainly no racier than the show itself, apart from its array of pairings--I mostly just felt like I was getting away with something, because I didn't have to write the porn! *g*

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - In My Head by _kalliope)
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?

Question the first: I prefer canon. At least in principle. There are some fanon tropes and characterizations that work for me--as they do for lots of people, or they wouldn't be fanon--but in my own writing I tend to get fixated on Getting Things Right.

(Which has led, in RPF fandoms, to the "be creepy or be wrong" dilemma killing a story or two. I realized when I was in bandom that the thing I found viscerally upsetting about the idea of the actual people in question reading my stories was not how horrified they would be--they have back buttons like everyone else--but that they would know what I was getting wrong. This... probably tells you altogether too many things about how my brain works.)

Question the second: I think writing fanfic in general has changed how I see all original source materials. Writing fic about it is very close to being my default manner of interacting with any movie or tv show, and books to a lesser but still significant extent. Long before I write fic about anything, I'm trying to figure out if I could and how I would.

Also, for a lot of the things I wind up writing fic about, I read fic first and then track down the source material, so I am already viewing the source through fic-colored lenses when I get to it. This occasionally means that I have these revelations about canon vs. fanon on first viewing the canon, which leads straight back around to generally preferring to stick as close as I can to canon when I get around to doing my own writing. AUs notwithstanding.

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dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Gerard - Gerard by supp_nads)
12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

Assuming that "adaptation" refers to the sort of AU where you recapitulate the plot arc and character roles of your source text with the characters from another fandom, then, yes, although never at the length of an entire book or movie.

Gerard and Rapunzel is a retelling of Rapunzel with the My Chem boys (version 2.0, with Bob). Also with 100% more genderqueerness, threesomes, and approximations of Medieval Christianity than I have ever seen in a telling of the fairy tale.

The Dead Speak: Charlie Eppes is a pastiche of Douglas Coupland's vignettes called "The Dead Speak" from Life After God--you can read the originals on this hideously ad-riddled website if you scroll down near the bottom of the page. They are even more gruesome than mine, although mine fits in an incest pairing right before all the apocalypse and horrible death. Yay?

Off to See the Wizard is an adaptation of the Stargate Atlantis episode "Grace Under Pressure" (which itself was a sort of adaptation from the SG-1 episode "Grace") in which a concussed character in trouble (Greg from CSI, in my version) hallucinates someone he knows (and has the hots for) who helps him solve the problem he faces (Gil).

(Now I really want to write "Grace Under Pressure" and "The Dead Speak" fic in every fandom, and by every fandom I mean Generation Kill.)

Ahem. There is also the one that I THOUGHT I was writing as an adaptation and which I assume no one in their right mind would ever recognize as such. When I was a kid I used to watch the Sunday afternoon Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies with my mom, and I remember many of them vaguely but fondly, and at some point after getting into slash fandom it occurred to me to try to recast Send Me No Flowers (to be clear: a screwball romantic comedy) as a Due South story. The essential premise is that Rock Hudson is a hypochondriac who becomes convinced that he's really dying this time, and so he starts making plans for his wife so that she won't be lonely when he's gone. Hijinks, as they say, ensue.

I honestly don't remember much about the movie beyond the premise--I mean, I vividly recall the bit in the doctor's office where Rock Hudson becomes convinced that he's going to die, and then everything else is a bit of a blur.

So that was my premise: Ray Kowalski becomes convinced he's going to die, and he has to make plans, particularly as regard making sure Fraser will be okay without him. Um, and the first thing I did was take out all the comedy, because that is generally what I do with any premise that is supposed to have humor built into it. So it wound up being That Good Night: A Death Story, which is surely one of the worst things anyone has ever done to a perfectly innocent Sixties screwball comedy.

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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?

I actually went and looked up Genre on Fanlore in the course of trying to decide what it meant, but Fanlore just affirms my intuition that this question could be asking two different things, so I will answer both.

1) Genre in the sense of type of pairing (or lack thereof): Slash. I am a slasher. This is not borne out as unequivocally in my writing as it is in my sense of fannish identity--only just over half of my stories, numerically, are labeled as M/M on the AO3. (Although they represent a disproportionately larger word count, as my major epics tend to be slash, wholly or in part.) I actually write a startling amount of gen, and I'm slowly learning to embrace pairings with (gasp!) ladies in them.

But mostly I write slash and prefer slash.

2) Genre in the sense of tone or content of story aside from pairing: Angst. Aaaaaaaaangst. Also suffering. Structurally speaking I like stories where the hurt is comforted and preferably redeemed by some sort of payoff and happy ending and cessation of suffering. But you can't have anything without the suffering; it's all suffering, you see.

This has tended to give me a skewed perception of what I am actually writing when I am writing it--most infamously when I wrote a Due South story (an AU of sorts off of "Good for the Soul") where Fraser spends nearly the entire story in a hospital bed, having been beaten nearly to death. I was convinced the entire time I was writing it that it was fluff.

So: angst. Angst and ONE TIME, JUST ONE SINGLE TIME, a dead puppy.

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