whatever, I'm just going to finish it now

  • Jul. 18th, 2011 at 3:42 PM
femmealunettes: (deadly spy boys : Chuck & Shaw)
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?

I'm the kind of asshole who doesn't use a beta. If it's a story for someone else or for a challenge or something, I'll have one person read it over, but 90% of my fanfiction (and original fiction) isn't beta-read. I am overly confident in my own grasp of grammar and spelling, and it's not like you can have that many plot holes in porn.

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?

Yes, I almost always listen to music when I write. I used to come up with playlists for characters, but now I mostly just listen to other people's fanmixes.

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

Oddest... probably types of erectile dysfunction. Most fun... well, it's always fun to research being high in order to write characters that are high.

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

I get most of my writing done in bed, on my computer. When I write by hand it's out of necessity, either because I don't have my computer with me or because I'm in class and everyone thinks I'm taking notes. I don't like writing by hand because anything I write out, I'm going to have to type up anyway, and it's harder to edit things on paper.

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

I used to co-author original fiction, but I can't recall ever collaborating on fanfiction. Any art that's been done for my fic was entirely unprompted on my part (but always appreciated).

29 – What is your current project or projects?

I'm trying to do a Kink Bingo line for Venture Brothers, but it's not going well. (I have more podfic projects going-- one Robin Hood, at least three Sherlock and at least two X-Men including a chaptered WIP.)

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

All of the things that I like most are terribly self-indulgent and it's kind of embarrassing to say "oh yeah, my favorite thing I've ever written is an AU where they're wizards." Twice as embarrassing when I never could finish the sequel I was writing to it. okay fine it's I Know It's Strange which is Chuck fic about a character I loved that everyone else seemed to hate and it's possibly the longest one-shot I've ever written. All of my favorite things I've written are AUs. This is not because I can't work within canon, because I can, but just because I really like AUs. (Also my favorite podfic I've ever recorded is an AU.)

Jul. 13th, 2011

  • 3:15 AM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post to [livejournal.com profile] drive_thru_rx, AO3, and crosspost to any relevant communities.

For podfics, I post to [livejournal.com profile] drive_thru_rx, [livejournal.com profile] amplificathon, and relevant communities, and from Amplificathon they get reposted to the Audiofic Archive.

Jul. 12th, 2011

  • 12:05 AM
femmealunettes: (unsteady things : Zachary Quinto)
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 don't really do sequels. I sometimes write things which come after other things, but I don't tend to say "sequel". The only thing I can actively remember writing a sequel to was that Mylar fic where they got paint all over each other (was it called Marked?), and I actually meant to make that a trilogy and just never got around to writing the third part. I am not good at finishing things.

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've participated in exchanges as a writer, and in Big Bangs as a fanmixer. I think the best experience I had with an exchange was the Summer Company Picnic for [livejournal.com profile] heroes_exchange, because I got to do a lot of things for other people (though I think I did more fanmixes than actual writing), although all of my experiences with that community were positive ones, especially the times I got to pinch hit. I think the only Big Bang I've mixed for is the Star Trek one, but I've done a couple of those, and I just picked the story I'm doing for the Big Bang Theory Big Bang.

Wait, do kink memes count as mini-fests? Because I've done a LOT of kink memes.

Jul. 10th, 2011

  • 5:36 AM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
Catching up on this one... possibly doing more than I need to, but I'm not overly fussed about it.

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

What, like a fusion? I've certainly considered doing something along those lines, but I never went through with it. I've put characters from one series into situations from another series, though. (That Heroes/Star Trek fusion remains one of my most successful written-for-someone stories.)

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 try to stick to canon as much as possible, but if the fanon is really good/makes a lot of sense/works with what I'm trying to do, I might incorporate it. And yes, writing does make me consider canon in ways I don't look at it the first time around.

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?

The great majority of my writing is either R or NC-17. I'm almost always astonished when I write something that doesn't have any sex or swearing in it, it's a rare event!

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 think it's important to warn for character death, extremely graphic violence, nonconsent/dubious consent... the big ones that AO3 requires, mostly. I'm less fussed about warning for underage characters when they're 15-17, but broadly speaking, if I'm going to read about one underage character having sex, the other participant is overwhelmingly likely to be the same age or close to it. Plus that gets into all the fuss about age of consent and whether teenagers are fit to decide whether they're ready to have sex, which I think they are. The strangest thing I've ever warned for was a transgendered character in a sex scene, but that wasn't a warning-so-people-could-avoid-it, that was warning-because-I-wasn't-sure-I-was-doing-it-right. Though people assured me I did a good job with it.

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

I'm a lazy ass when it comes to summaries. I'll just quote a line or two from the story a lot of the time, if I even bother to use them. I appreciate them when they're given, but I don't like having to come up with them.

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?

Titles are usually the last thing I do, and I legitimately hate about a quarter of all of my titles. I am bad at coming up with them. I do not write chaptered fic; the one time I did write a chaptered fic, each chapter was titled because each chapter was a day of the week, otherwise I wouldn't have done it.

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

Daydreaming. I daydream more often than I want to admit to, and a lot of times I'll just start with a couple of characters and make them have a conversation and see where it goes. Sometimes a scene or a line will catch my imagination and I'll springboard from there, but most of it is daydreaming.

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 wish I did sit down and start writing right away, I might get shit done if I did that, but most of the time I just jot down a couple of lines or main points and let it percolate for a few days.

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

Yes, but it rarely goes anywhere. I try not to be derivative of other fanworks.

Jun. 28th, 2011

  • 2:38 AM
femmealunettes: (hold me. : Brock and Rusty)
I am not sure I will have internet access for the next few days, so I'm just going to answer a bunch of these now.

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

Male. Not exclusively, but predominantly. Maybe 10% of my stories involve female characters in a main role.

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

A fic I wrote or a fic I read? Either way, yes. I become more sympathetic to a character as I write about him even if I don't like him much to begin with-- the standout example in my experience is Nathan Petrelli. And fanfiction has changed my opinion of characters both for them and against them.

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.

I do not write OCs in fanfiction. I write original fiction as an entirely separate thing from my fanfiction. I used to write OCs, and they were Mary Sues, and it was terrible, and then I realized that I was embarrassing myself and shouldn't do that any more, so I stopped. Any story I want to tell can be told with canon characters, if it can't, it's probably a bad idea to write it.

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

Star Trek: TOS: Kirk/Spock/McCoy, Chekov/Sulu
Invader Zim: Zim/Dib
Gundam Wing: Heero/Duo, Trowa/Quatre, Heero/Wufei
Saiyuki: Hakkai/Gojyo, Sanzo/Goku, Sanzo/Gojyo
Bandom: Pete/Patrick, Joe/Travis, Joe/Andy
Eureka: Fargo/Stark
Torchwood: Jack/Ianto, Tosh/Owen
Pushing Daisies: Emerson/Olive, Ned/Olive, Olive/Chuck
Heroes: Mohinder/Sylar, Matt/Mohinder, Hiro/Ando
Supernatural: Gabriel/Castiel
Star Trek Reboot: Kirk/McCoy/Spock, Chekov/Sulu, Spock/Sulu
White Collar: Mozzie/Neal
Chuck: Chuck/Shaw, Morgan/Casey, Chuck/Casey/Sarah
Big Bang Theory: Raj/Howard, Penny/Sheldon/Leonard
True Blood: Sam/Sookie
Venture Brothers: 21/Monarch/Dr. Mrs., Rusty/Orpheus, Rusty/Brock

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?

Yes in both directions. It's always frustrating to not be able to write for a pairing you like, for whatever reason-- I'm having characterization issues holding me up right now-- but it's liberating to write a pairing you don't think you'll do well with, and knock it out of the park (Nathan/Peter, I got sucked into the Petrelli Sex Vortex)

11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

According to my tags, my most used genres are fluff, alternate universe, angst and humor. There isn't a tag for smut, but that's my most written genre by far. I like happy stories-- so, fluff and humor-- and I just love playing around with AUs.

Jun. 27th, 2011

  • 1:39 AM
femmealunettes: (totem check. : Inception)
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?

Generally if I get the feeling a character should be in a story, I write them in. But generally I only write about a couple of people at a time, and I don't really do long plot-driven stuff, so if I'm writing about someone, it's because I got the idea for them.

I don't really plan things out, I usually just go with what feels right. Out of the ~200 fanfiction stories I've written, maybe ten of them had outlines or plans before I started writing them. But most of what I write is shameless porn, so it doesn't really take a lot of planning.

Jun. 26th, 2011

  • 12:20 AM
femmealunettes: (#vortex# gaze lowered : Gabrielle Gray)
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?

No. Not any more. I used to have a muse, Adrienne, back in high school who was more of an... alter-ego, I guess, than anything. I used to be convinced I could hear voices in my head, and about... a quarter, maybe a third of them were established characters from some canon or another, the rest were original characters or personifications of aspects of my own personality. It was one of the ways I tried to make sense of being bipolar before I was officially diagnosed-- I knew since I was maybe fifteen but I wasn't diagnosed until I was almost nineteen. And I used to use these random characters for things, writing out conversations between different parts of myself, stupid little stories about my sense of self-esteem babysitting my inner children or my empathy having coffee with my sadness. I had a very active internal landscape. There was an apartment building where they all lived and a playground outside, a garden, a river, it was all very nice. (Except for the time it got blown up, but that was a particularly bad time for me.)

Once I started roleplaying in games with rules rather than freeform canon-blending Mary Sueism, my mental landscape was repopulated with people who weren't direct representations of aspects of myself-- although every character I've ever played does have something in common with me, however minor, it wasn't like I was trying to micromanage my own emotional responses through talking to myself any more. And I suppose a few of my roleplaying characters functioned as muses, the ones I wrote about most often-- Trent and Josh and Kellan, Carter to some extent, Dewey almost exclusively after May 2008.

But as far as this question is meaning-- no, I don't adopt characters as muses any more. The closest thing I've had in the past few years was Gabrielle, who functioned in about equal parts as a roleplaying character and a muse who was just an AU version of an established character (genderswap, fuck yeah). I don't hear voices any more. I think I would probably have an easier time writing if I still did, to be honest, but I don't want to go back to that, it was not a very mature way of coping with my problems or managing my own inspiration.

Fuck, I haven't thought about that stupid apartment building full of personifications in... like six years. Maybe more. I was so fucking weird when I was younger. The person I am now is so different from the person I was when I was fifteen. I think a better one, really. I hope a better one.

...you know, there's only maybe five people on here that knew me when I was a high schooler? [livejournal.com profile] l_loire's known me since I was twelve, he's definitely the one I've known the longest. I've known [livejournal.com profile] sweetxtc666 since I was 14. I think I've known [livejournal.com profile] dougs and [livejournal.com profile] loneraven since I was fifteen... and I met [livejournal.com profile] tekiclutch around the same time. I've known [livejournal.com profile] calluna, [livejournal.com profile] maggiesox, [livejournal.com profile] insomniac_tales, [livejournal.com profile] kikkirhodes and [livejournal.com profile] victoriansquid since I was 18-19. Anyone else known me since I was a teenager? Have I really changed for the better?

Jun. 25th, 2011

  • 12:18 AM
femmealunettes: (sleep. : Rusty)
3 - For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

I am only going to do the fandoms I actually remember what I wrote for them for this...

Star Trek: TOS: Mostly McCoy and Spock, but I also wrote a fair bit of Chekov and Sulu
Invader Zim: Dib, mostly
Gundam Wing: I think mostly Heero and Duo, maybe a little bit of Trowa and Quatre
Saiyuki: Hakkai and Gojyo
Bandom: I mostly wrote Pete and Patrick but I really loved writing Joe and Travis
Eureka: Fargo, all the time
Torchwood: I mostly wrote about Ianto but I liked writing Tosh and Owen
Inglourious Basterds: Shosanna
Pushing Daisies: Emerson was the most fun to write
Stargate Atlantis: Rodney and Zelenka
Heroes: Sylar. I wrote Sylar more than anyone else, by far. Mohinder and Hiro were also fun to write.
Supernatural: Gabriel
Star Trek Reboot: McCoy, Spock and Sulu
White Collar: Mozzie
Chuck: Chuck and Shaw
Big Bang Theory: Raj and Howard
True Blood: Sam
Venture Brothers: mostly 21, I am trying really hard to write Rusty but I don't think I'm doing a very good job, and I'm absolutely certain I'm falling short of the appropriate amount of malice for the Monarch.

Jun. 24th, 2011

  • 2:44 AM
femmealunettes: (for the record - I tried. : Charles)
2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Okay. Uh. How far back do we want to go with this? Because like I said, I've been in fandom since I was nine, that's almost 17 years now, and I've done a lot of writing in that time. Well, let me see how much I can recall. Also, I will note which fandoms I write for, otherwise consider them out of my domain now.

Real Adventures of Jonny Quest: I don't know, a few stories?
Sailor Moon: one or two stories
Pokemon: one or two stories about Team Rocket
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a few stories
X-Files: a couple of stories
M*A*S*H: I think only one story
Star Trek: TOS: quite a few stories
Star Trek: Voyager: a few stories
Star Trek: DS9: a couple of stories
Drew Carey Show: haha I can't even believe I wrote one story for this but I actually did a few
Sheep in the Big City: two or three stories
Ed Edd and Eddy: a few stories
Invader Zim: more than a few stories
Gundam Wing: maybe ten stories?
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: one story
Saiyuki: about ten stories, maybe a few more than that
The Daily Show: more stories than I care to remember
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: two ficlets
Bandom: probably about a dozen stories, not counting drabbles
How I Met Your Mother: one story
Transformers: two stories
Tin Man: one story
Sin City: one story
Eureka: three stories
Torchwood: three stories
Pineapple Express: one story
Inglourious Basterds: one story
Pushing Daisies: two stories
Stargate Atlantis: four stories
Psych: one story
Heroes: 150 stories. No, that's not a joke, I counted them, there's 150.
Fringe: two stories
Supernatural: four stories
Star Trek Reboot: 13 stories
White Collar: four stories
Chuck: two stories
Big Bang Theory: three stories, and I could see myself writing more once I catch up on this past season
True Blood: one story
Venture Brothers: I have like four in progress, let's see if I actually finish any of them.

So that's 38 fandoms I'll actually admit to writing for/can remember I've written for, I'm sure I've forgotten at least a couple. There is evidence for slightly more than half of them; most of the early ones have been lost to time, which is for the best, believe you me.

30 days of fanfiction meme

  • Jun. 23rd, 2011 at 4:33 PM
femmealunettes: (Mecha-Shiva! : Venture Brothers)
Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] beggar_always, as I love a good 30 day meme.

Day 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'm pretty sure the first fandom I wrote for was the Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, when I was... nine? ten? No older than eleven, I'm not exactly certain when I started. I liked the fact that the heroes were kids like me. It lead to really terrible self-insert fanfiction that I posted on a mailing list. (and I'm pretty sure that my love of Jonny Quest is what helped me to be as into the Venture Brothers as I am.)

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