dira: Allison Argent, smiling delightedly (Allison - Smile)
I'm doing a give-me-topics meme, and I have several days left, so feel free to ask away!

February 3: [livejournal.com profile] chelletoo asked, What was your first fandom and how involved are you still in it?

There are a few answers to this!

My first fandom that I participated in online, shared with real-life friends, and wrote fic for was The X-Files, starting right around the premiere of Season 3 in 1995. I gave up on writing fic, and mostly stopped reading it, after a year or so, when my canon-consistency-loving heart was broken by trying to keep fic in line with a canon that was not in line with itself half the time. Also of course I was going to be a Serious Writer and I had a novel to work on. I kept watching the show and squeeing about it with Iulia for years afterward (although the squee declined considerably toward the end). My current level of involvement is "sometimes but not always reblog when it comes across my Tumblr dash."

The first fandom of my continuous involvement in slash fandom--the one where I got my name, Dira--was popslash, although I never wrote in it and deleted the LJ I used to participate in it due to interpersonal drama. But it brought me to fandom and gave me my name, so &popslash;. My current level of involvement is "...is that still a thing? Huh. I wonder what those guys are up to these days."

The first fandom where I posted fic online and other people read it was Buffy. This is also where I got the Sudis part of my name, so it's the real start of my current fannish identity. My current level of involvement is "sometimes but not always reblog when it comes across my Tumblr dash."

But I think none of these is really the true answer, because the first fandom of my heart, the one that was really formative--and the one that came first chronologically, if we allow me trying to be like my big brother by literally stealing his books when he wasn't looking as a fannish act--was the Vorkosigan Saga. This was the first fandom that I was really involved in in terms of being part of a community and getting to know people--fic wasn't a big part of the mailing list at the time I was first participating, c.1995-1999, so I didn't write fic, but I began relationships that still persist to this day. Just the other day I had a Listie background-checking someone I was going to stay with via another Listie, because Listie family never quits. I am still writing Vorkosigans fic, and the Vorkosigan Saga will always be a huge huge part of my fannish heart.
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A long time ago - srsly, maybe 2005? - someone, probably [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl, referred to the way that you just keep going back to a given fandom long after you thought you were over it as fannish malaria. At the time, my malaria fandom was The Sentinel, specifically kidfic. It was never good and I could never resist reading it when I ran across it. Now it's mostly Harry Potter; every so often I lose a few days reading some ginormous epic.

This week, apparently, it's Buffy. Anybody remember Wiseacress? Is she still around? )


Speaking of things I have been reading, now in the vein of things that other people might also want to read! OMG I totally suck and forgot to link you all to the awesome awesome [livejournal.com profile] tw_holidays story I got!

these inconvenient fireworks is gorgeous gorgoues Lydia/Jackson. I think I possibly asked for Lydia topping werewolf!Jackson into the ground, and that is definitely what I got. :D :D :D


Oh, and, update for people who were super helpful with advice about clearing clogged drains a few weeks ago: the Cobra Zip-It (linked mainly for the awesomely gross user-submitted photos) is fanatastic! No more scary Dran-o for me! :D I did a bunch of shopping last night, mostly for gifts but also a slightly-alarming dollar amount of clothing, and the thing I was really excited to come home and try out was the $3 drain-clearing piece of plastic, and it was WORTH ALL THE PENNIES.
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So now I am all caught up on Teen Wolf and I have two thoughts, neither of them especially spoilery but I will put them under the cut anyway:

Two thoughts! Neither of them about Stiles's eyelashes or Derek's everything! )

Also I really love Derek's everything and will apparently defend him on all points about everything forever. This is not a spoiler for anything because ten years ago his name was Spike and I was exactly the same way.




holy shit ten years ago?
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4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

This is the question that actually made me want to do this meme, because it irritated me so much that I couldn't stop thinking about it. *g*


Short answer, with apologies to everyone I adore who uses this metaphor (or who actually has a supernatural consort who inspires their work, in which case, dude, that is kind of awesome and yet scary): No. The word "muse" makes my eye twitch.

Longer answer, which is that that's not quite the way my story-generating process works, and I am curious to hear from people whose story-generating process works differently. )

All 30 questions under the cut. )
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Remember that time it took me 7 years to finish a Stargate fic? Yeah, odds are against me finishing a 30 day meme in anything like 30 days, but I will persevere. Probably.

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

Okay, well, I listed 49 fandoms on day two, so answering this exactly as asked would get seriously out of control. Instead, under the cut, my favorite characters to write from what I semi-scientifically conclude are my top ten current and past fandoms.

Playing favorites! )


All 30 questions for your meme-repeating convenience. )
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A meme, swiped from [personal profile] hafital, which I hope lots of people will do at least the first day of because I want to know EVERYONE's fandom origin story! I love fandom origin stories! I love them so much I HAVE TWO.

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?

The really original one, when I was thirteen, two and a half years younger than the child in my icon... )

The one that actually stuck, when I was twenty... )


All 30 questions under the cut, for your meme-repeating convenience )
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(Found it! And the thing about freight elevators wasn't really important, although if you have strong feelings about freight elevators, please, share.)

This is something that I still think had the potential to be really cool, if I had just gotten a brain transplant from someone good at writing tightly-plotted action-driven farce. *g*

It's a Due South/Hard Core Logo/Angel crossover, and it was going to require me to a) watch the first season of Angel all the way through, and b) make a lot of tricky characterizations work. Neither of which I had done when I sat down and banged out a string of setup scenes, so, you know, caveat lector and *facepalm* and all that.

Hard Core Logo movie spoilers behind the cut, if there's anyone left in this corner of the internet who hasn't seen it or been spoiled for it. The fourth scene has appeared previously at [livejournal.com profile] ds_flashfiction as Take the Gun.


Who the Hell? )
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This is a pretty scraggly bunch of flowers on a neglected grave, and that's about all I can say for it.


Sequel to Counting the Days. Angel/Spike, Dawn. NC-17.

14,192 words of what probably would have wound up being 50,000.


Slightly Imperfect )
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Slightly Imperfect, continued )

And that's where it stayed when I jumped ship for due South, April 2003.

I saw this as the beginning of an excruciatingly long and involved series packed with epic quantities of h/c for both Spike and Dawn, with all kinds of thematic things and character development and angst angst angst and lots of porn (not involving Dawn. almost ever. except that once but I swear it was going to make sense.) and ending more or less happy and thoroughly complicated.

And then I got distracted by that shiny Mountie and his shiny Ray, about whom more tomorrow. *g*
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So I've been meaning to participate in WIP Amnesty every year since... 2004? And always manage to miss the big official one at [livejournal.com profile] wip_amnesty. So now that I've built up a three-year backlog of permanently unfinished stories that I still, for some reason, wish could have a chance to see the light of day, I'm taking a page from [livejournal.com profile] rubynye's book, and the bull by the horns, and dear lord so many other cliches, and rolling my own.

I plan on posting once a day until I run out of WIPs, which should take... until the end of the month. Whee? And it goes without saying, but I'll repeat it up front: none of these are ever, ever, ever getting finished ever.


Going in roughly chronological order, this is the oldest WIP I have kicking around for which I still feel any fondness, dating from early Spring 2003.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike/Xander, post-S4 basement-dwelling abused!Xander h/c. I mentioned the cliches, right? NC-17 and probably one of the first slash sex scenes I ever wrote, if not the very first. Hooboy.

So with all that to recommend it: click away!


Letting, or Blood and Candy )

And then they all live happily ever after! Also there was going to be actual candy at some point. I'm pretty sure this one died because instead of actually working on it, I went and reread Chocolatey Goodness several times in a row and promptly recovered from all ambition to write my own. And thus the world was spared. *g*
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1. Okay, I know I wrote a story in which Dawn Summers, being an infant for the duration of most of the story, wore diapers. I'm still a bit skeeved by the fact that somebody got to my site by searching for "Dawn Summers in diapers."


2. I wrote a wee Numb3rs commentfic for [livejournal.com profile] qe2, here. Don and Charlie, at the beginning.
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Things I love about the internet:

A Google search for depanneur+two-four finds, as the eighth hit, a Montreal Hellmouth Buffy AU featuring Graham/Xander showering hockeyboy cuteness.

The hockey-themed slash is everywhere...
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Hey, [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis, and anybody else who's for some reason inclined to think I might know what I'm on about here!

Go read these:

The Art of Make Believe by Abaddon, in which a boy named Harry Potter has a little talk with a guidance counselor named Hallie, and makes a little wish.

And

Christmas, Iowa Style and The Weary World Rejoicing by [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky, in which a post-Buffy-and-world-saving Riley and a post-apocalypse-that-gets-the-job-done Xander and Anya and Spike, respectively, observe the season.

(So they're a bit past the sell-by date for this year, so what? Fic does not go bad. Read it.)
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Ahh, another quiet evening at home with my roommates trying to smother each other with pillows.

What I actually wanted to say was: wheeeee! I went to the bookstore and got books! Actual books! Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon, which actually caused me to gasp with delight when I saw it on display just inside the front doors although I knew it was Out There, somewhere, and then, after switching bookstores because the first one isn't actually all that well stocked, three volumes of Sandman (II-IV, as I bought the first for my littlest brother for Christmas, and read it before I wrapped it). I'm looking forward to all of them, but at the moment I'm still reading The Hero and the Crown as Iulia is reading the Damar books for the first time (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat! I keep forgetting to say, but. Thanks!) and, mmmm. Aerin and her horse. This book hit me on the fading edge of my extreme horsiness phase, and still pushes all those buttons.

We came home and watched "The Body" with the commentary from Joss, and, wow. I still cried at Anya's speech, one of the only places Joss fell respectfully silent (if you haven't watched the commentary track yet, the magic word is physicality, so brace yourself now, or assign it a very tiny sip in the drinking game) and got choked up in random other places and, of course, could not help thinking of my own mother, our contentious relationship, and the state of her health.

Also? Joss refers to the Higher Power as "The Sky-Bully" which was remarkably congruent with my own thinking, plus, y'know. Funny.

So that's been my evening. And now that the roommates each have their own candy cane, they're crunching away in minty peace, and we're all sitting on the couch together, and it actually is all quiet and nice.
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Last night at work I hit a new third-shifting low: dozed off crouching on the floor. Now, I've fallen asleep sitting down in odd spots before, at other jobs, but crouching? Not cool.

Spent a lot of my shift hoping that I'd get a phone call about the job I interviewed for and be able to quit before tonight's shift, but it's looking like no. Still, there's always tomorrow.

I figured out why I keep killing characters: it's because if I didn't, I'd be That Girl Who Keeps Writing Kidfic. I think I'd rather be known for killing puppies, honestly.

Which is to say: wouldn't it be cool if Due South had a story like Small Fry or A Nick in Time? Ray and Fraser as themselves in four-year-old bodies (there's really nothing about that scenario that's not funny and adorable), or returned to their seven-year-old selves, memories and all (I bet seven-year-old Ben would be as bewildered by Chicago as seven-year-old Harry was by Hogwarts, and I bet pre-adolescent Ray still proudly introduced himself as Stanley and told people he was named after Marlon Brando...) It would be really, really cute. And I don't even want to think about how many puppies I would kill to make up for it if I actually tried to write it, so no.

But, y'know, if it was out there, I'd be first in line to read it.
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Does anybody know of good long Danny/Casey fic other than Dancing On Glass? A certain girl of my acquaintance has just gotten started reading slash and wants more Sports Night, and it's apparently my job to keep her happy, so please, help. (The trickster archive is down, or I could do a better job of searching myself...)

And now... Work! )
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Nothing kills time like eight years' worth of paper journals to flip through, playing the 'What was I doing X years ago today?' game.

Last year, I was being nibbled to death by untenable BtVS bunnies. )

Also, according to written evidence, today is the one-year anniversary of [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis learning the correct definition of the word wanker. Happy anniversary, Iulia!

Heeeeeey...

Sep. 9th, 2003 07:29 am
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As [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis just said, something is rotten in Sunnydale. We're watching "The Initiative," the episode best known for Spike's futile chip-discovering attempt to bite Willow (and slightly less well known for the Xander-Harmony girlfight), and.

Spike broke out of the Initiative by beating up the doctors. Obviously he was already chipped at that point, so what gives? Are the doctors not human? Did he not hurt them enough? Nobody at, e.g. BuffyGuide, seems to have noticed - anybody got a fanwank?
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So I'm doing laundry and packing. And I wrote out my itinerary for my roommate, and called my mom, and I've got everything that's not in the dryer packed. Still need to confirm the only actual hotel I'm staying in, and pay my credit card bills. And shuffle the cds around with car visor whosit, once my car gets back. And backup my computer, one last time before I leave (my roommate thinks I'm insane to take it, but I don't think I could cope with being separated from Mark Pierre for 12 days). I'm probably forgetting something. But. Whee! Packing!

Have written something like 5500 words on the kidfic in the last four days, which is also exciting. Of course it's an epic of completely insane proportions, so that's pretty much a drop in the bucket, but. Progress! er, does anybody want to test-read this? because it's getting to the point of needing it.

And I finished that incomplete sentence in scene 17 of the Counting the Days sequel. Eventually, I might even finish scene 17. And scenes 18-44, too. That'd be kind of cool. I'm hoping to do a lot of writing in the next week and a half, so hopefully this story will benefit (and when I get home I'll be unemployed, and then I'll have nothing but time! I mean, I'll be very busy, filling out applications and going to interviews and possibly working at some interim crap job that will turn out to last all year...)

Okay. Laundry!

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