a backlog of memery to catch up on

  • Jul. 28th, 2010 at 2:45 PM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.

Like I said, I use PBs, so that's basically a cheat sheet on appearances. It's easy to remember that Dewey's blue-eyed and Kellan's red-haired and Parker stands 5'8", and if I forget it's easy to look up the actor and check. I can tell you the heights and eye colors of a fairly ridiculous number of celebrities.

28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.

I played a blind student once for a game, even though I totally cheated with that one because he was psychic and could sort of see through the eyes of people around him, and I've had a couple of characters with varying levels of mental illness. Elliott had Munchausen's Syndrome on top of... a personality disorder I can't remember right now. Dorian was clinically depressed. Neil had a head injury that messed with his emotions sometimes. Doug was clinically depressed, too, but he had it under control while I was actively playing him. Maeve was a little bit sociopathic.

29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?

I think about writing a lot? I used to think about it constantly. I still think about it pretty frequently, even if I can't stand to read my own writing right now and everything I type is terrible. I used to come across things that reminded me of my characters ALL THE TIME, and Kristin and I would point things out to each other that made us think of our characters. It doesn't happen so much any more, but something did remind me of Dewey like... last week. I don't remember what, though.

30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

I don't tag people for memes like this, but: I love [livejournal.com profile] moorishflower's writing. She's got a way with description that's just incredible, and her dialogue is always top-notch. If you like Gabriel from Supernatural, you HAVE to read how she writes him, RIGHT NOW.
femmealunettes: (writing is hard : Chuck)
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

I'm not. I don't write death fic. I avoid angst to the best of my ability and killing somebody off holds no narrative appeal for me whatsoever. I briefly considered killing both Trent and Josh, but I could never go through with it. The one character of mine who's died was written purposefully to be cannon fodder for the main storyline, and it STILL made me cry to kill Martin off, even though I gave him the most obnoxious PB I could think of (most people wouldn't think twice about killing Tucker Carlson, I'm sure), and I didn't come up with his method of death, I'm pretty sure Kristin's the one who decided to poison the coffee.

25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

Some of them do, yes. The most common pets for my characters are rodents and cats. Bastien has mice named Juliet and Ophelia that live in the elementary school library where he works. Dewey has hamsters named Tristan and Isolde. Trent has a cat named Sam and a dog named Steve. Doug has a cat named Fluorite, because he's a rock nerd. I'm sure there are more, but I'd have to go look through character profiles to remember the others, and I'm too lazy to do that right now. Generally pets don't play a very big part in stories. I think Amarante's pit bull Yuuto got the most influential story because I only wrote like three things about her and one of them was her playing fetch with the dog.

26. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

Hahahahahaha, NO. No, I do not draw my characters, because I suck at art and it embarrasses me to do something I suck so badly at. I think I commissioned one piece of art a long time ago but I don't properly remember, and honestly no one else cares enough about my OCs to draw them anyhow. I don't need them to be drawn because I pick actors to play the parts, so I know exactly what they look like. I could give you a list of characters and their PBs if I thought anyone would care, I did come up with over 50 of them. (Once I even used myself as a PB, which was just really pretentious and I had to tint all the pictures red to make it look like I was redheaded so I'd fit the part.) Using the two I still write about as examples, Dewey's PB is Gareth David-Lloyd and Parker's PB is Robert Downey Jr. Once I had a whole set drawn from bandom people who were all high schoolers, that entertained me more than I could tell.

...seriously though, if you're interested just ask, I love talking about my characters, as this meme has shown by now.


letters under the cut )
femmealunettes: (finger-drummingly bored : Jane Lane)
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

HA. Oh this is the wrong question to ask me today. Um. Well, back when I had the words at my disposal, I would pretty much finish writing something in as close to one session as I could make it. I might let the idea percolate for a couple of days, but once I sat down to start committing the words to screen, it was a race against my own muse to say everything I wanted before the muse abandoned me cruelly. Lately... let's see. I think it took me three months to finish the first Dewey story I wrote this year. The vampire AU got about a week of work before I completely lost my hold on it. I've been working on the sequel to I Know It's Strange basically since the day after I posted it, so that's almost four months.

I clearly remember days when I could toss off 1500 words in a day and it would be pretty decent stuff. Not that those were the rule, by far they were exceptional, but it still used to happen from time to time. I think the last time that happened to me was at Long Point Camp last month, and it was considerably less than 1000 words I got down, although I was writing by hand and not typing so it felt like quite a lot of words.

Let's just say that anything it takes me over a week to complete is going to take more than two months to finally get finished. I think that's a pretty fair assessment.


Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to

Dear Amber,

I don't know why I don't call you. Well, kind of it's because I hate talking on the phone, but that's a pretty shoddy excuse to not talk to one of your closest friends, right? I just fail at communication.

Anyways you're probably going to be sick of talking to me by the time I'm done in Plattsburgh. I'm going to bother you all the time you're not at work. You will be begging me to shut up by the 25th.

Looking forward to Wednesday so so so much! ♥

Love,
Dani

oops, forgot to do this yesterday

  • Jul. 9th, 2010 at 11:08 AM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?

Out of 50+ characters, only two of them had children: Jeff and Gideon. They both have sons. Jeff's son Teddy was eight when I was writing about them, he'd be ten or eleven now, and Gideon's son Aaron wasn't even his son, he was his ex-wife's son by a different man, and he was only four when Rachel basically passed him off to Gideon so she could go to rehab.

As to how well I write them, well. I don't have a lot of experience with children so I can't really tell. In fact, when I was writing the both of them, the last experience I had with children in that age group was with my cousins, and that was years and years prior. I didn't meet Kenzie and Hunter until the summer after kittens-and-flowers happened. I always felt like Kait wrote Aaron better than I did. I can't think of anything specific I would change if I tried to write them now, though, so I did as well as I could, I guess.


22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.

Um! I don't really-- well, okay, since I'm already talking about him, I wanted to write about Jeff, the suit-and-tie every day kind of guy, having no idea whatsoever what to do when he and Teddy visit Milo's farm, and Milo would make fun of him before throwing a pair of overalls at him, and I think he would get chased around by a chicken. And by the end of the day they'll have picked like six gallons of strawberries and Jeff will have dirt under his fingernails and his ears will be sunburned, but not Teddy's, because of course Dad remembers the sunscreen for his kid but forgets to put any on himself, and every time Milo looks at him he just starts smiling this goofy-ass smile because he never thought he'd get the accountant that far out of his element and he's kind of adorable.

Just, the idea of Jeff with sunburned ears is beyond cute to me and I can't explain why. Probably with a smudge of dirt on his cheek, too. And Teddy would have such a blast running around Milo's farm.


Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend

Dear Heather,

Hey, haven't I already written to you in this meme? xD Yeah, and it looks like I'll be writing to you at least one more time, too. It's because you're too awesome to address only once.

Is this heat killing you like it's killing me? I just want to melt into the floor. It's not a very productive feeling. Not that I'm a very productive person. You have been very productive lately, though.

Every time I remember that you're writing me birthday fic, I flail around like Kermit in that icon for a couple of seconds. :D

I'm going to go stick my head in the freezer now. Love you! ♥

Love,
Dani


Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet

Dear Zachary Quinto,

You are made of awesome. I bet if we got coffee together or something that would be one of the more memorable events of my life. I would probably devolve into a pathetic fangirl but I bet you're used to that by now.

Thank you for being such a perfect Spock. I don't think anyone else could have taken over the role from Leonard Nimoy as well as you did. You are fully 85% of why I'm so excited for the sequel. Keep being awesome, okay?

Live long and prosper,
a pathetic fangirl

memes then sleep

  • Jul. 7th, 2010 at 1:54 AM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

I really love writing snarky dialogue, though I'm not nearly as clever about it as I'd like to be. I like writing about people who think they like each other discovering more reasons to like each other. I like writing the comfort part of hurt/comfort. I really, really love writing sleepy just-before-bed or just-woke-up intimacies, things like cuddling and nuzzling. I like combining these things. Probably my favorite way to write snarky dialogue is in the middle of sex, like, there's too much between these two people that they literally just can't shut up about each other while they're all over each other. I'm actually kind of really fond of writing characters interacting with their relations-- Dewey with his mom and sister, the McCarthy triplets, Trent and his uncle, Jeff and his son.


remaining days )


Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush

Dear Scott,

it is probably stupid of me to do this because I'm fairly certain you still look in on Livejournal once in a blue moon. Well, if you see this, it's all honest, for whatever that's worth.

I never should have broken up with you. I don't know if we'd still be together now if I'd kept the long distance thing going instead of breaking it off when you went to college. Probably not, but you would have kept me from making some of my more idiotic relationship mistakes (namely Tai and Abram), and I would probably be better-adjusted now if I'd learned to cope with you being six hours away.

Maybe it's just the vagaries of memory playing their tricks, but I remember being honestly happy with you so much of the time we were together. You understood me in a way nobody's come close to replicating since, except maybe Kristin. The time we had together was good, and I pretty much look back to those months as the standard for happiness in a relationship now. It has rarely been approached, let alone met.

One of my top five lifetime regrets was not giving you my virginity. Seriously, I will never stop kicking myself over that. You were the only guy I would have trusted with it; instead I practically threw it away, and I bet I would have fewer sexual hangups if my first time had been an act of love and not a drunken mistake.

I don't think of you too terribly often, but when I do, I hope that you're happy out there in Colorado, doing whatever it is you do for the government and playing your ukelele. Some small part of me wants our story to play out like some romantic comedy, like one day we'll meet eyes across a crowded airport and suddenly we'll be in love again, older and maybe a little wiser and definitely, on my part, better able to handle the long distance thing. It's ridiculous and childish and silly, I know, but. But some days I remember the texture of your red hair and the specific gold tones in your amber eyes and all those freckles, and part of me says "you will never find another person who loved you the way he did," and it's all very melancholy and self-recriminating.

Just... I think of you fondly, when I do think of you. And if I had a chance to see you again, I'd grab onto it with both hands, because maybe nothing dramatic will come of it, but it would still be nice to see you for a little while, to talk to you about how you've been and what you do and where you want to be. And I would ask if you're happy, Scott, because I really do care, and I hope you are happy.

Love,
Danielle

there there baby, it's just textbook stuff

  • Jul. 6th, 2010 at 8:19 PM
femmealunettes: (debauched. : RDJ)
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!

Oh, I'm going to go with fandom again on this one and say Luke Campbell. He was only in a couple of episodes of Heroes, but he really captured my imagination and I had a lot of fun writing about him. His attitude problem made him interesting to write.


Day 6 — A stranger

Dear barista at Starbucks,

Thank you for providing me with the legal crack that is dark cherry mocha frappucinos. I know I don't come in often enough to have a 'usual' or anything, and I still feel like I'm cheating on cinnamon dolce with dark cherry mocha, but you enable my addiction and I appreciate that a lot.

By the way, you're terribly cute. Keep that up, okay?

Love,
me


Heat makes me irritable. I was hoping to go swimming today, but that didn't happen. Maybe tomorrow, it's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow and I could do with floating around in Diane's pool for a couple of hours. If I can find some AAA batteries, I can even bring my super-loud speakers and hook up my iPod. And, of course, ice cream, if I'm heading out towards Cayuga anyways. Man, I crave a twist cone like you wouldn't believe right now. Do want.

yes, I know, ANOTHER one

  • Jul. 5th, 2010 at 7:10 PM
femmealunettes: (hemoglobin is the key : Sylar)
Seriously, memes like this are my non-chemical antidepressants.

the appreciation meme


My mom's friend Laurel made pineapple cobbler for us... it is such a weird dish. I like it, but I would never make it myself. I'll eat the heck out of what she gave us, though.

18. Favorite antagonist and why!

I don't have original antagonists, really, so I'm going to have to go with Sylar here. He's just... evil in such an interesting way, I think. Or he was, anyways. I don't generally take to villains so much, but I was fascinated by Sylar right from the start.


Day 5 — Your dreams

Dear dreams,

You have been pretty engaging lately, which is why it's your fault when I oversleep. I could do with a little less outright weirdness and a little more serenity, but I probably won't get that until I learn how to lucid dream. Thank you for staying away from the plane/train crashes, I really appreciate not having to deal with traumatic events like that and I've almost forgiven you for the last time you pulled that bullshit on me.

You could take a few more cues from fanfiction. Just sayin'.

Love,
dreamer

memery

  • Jul. 4th, 2010 at 10:25 PM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
17. Favorite protagonist and why!

Oh, I really don't know. My favorite right now is Dewey, and I suppose he's been my favorite for the longest. I really did love Carter until everything went to hell surrounding him, though, and he had a good long run of it.


Day 4 - Your sibling

Dear Dennis,

I really hope you're happy. Rachael says you don't seem happy and I don't know what, if anything, I can do to change that. I worry about you probably more than I should. I mean, you're 22, you have your own place, you're going to college... even if you don't have a job, I can't exactly say shit to you about that, and you don't have a girlfriend, again, not my place to say anything. The alcoholism maybe I should say something about, but I probably won't unless/until it hinders your career path. You're smart, I know you can do this electrician thing, just don't let yourself get bogged down with your unhealthy hobbies. I really, really, really worry about your mental health, because Dad is a wreck and Julia and I are both bipolar and you probably wouldn't consent to see a counselor even if you needed one. I just... hope you don't need one.

...I'm probably just going to get you weed for your birthday because it's one of the few things I know you'll get use out of, and I got you clothes for Christmas.

See you in 10 days. Thanks for letting me crash on your couch. :D

Love,
your big sister


and a random meme lifted from candlewaxdreams )

awesomeness and meme-based venting

  • Jul. 3rd, 2010 at 5:05 AM
femmealunettes: (THAT smile : Russian!Holmes)
And once again, Holmes group-watch is the best damn thing about my week, period. ♥ I have so much fun and I laugh so much and it's just incredibly good to fangirl out with like-minded people for a couple of hours. (Or... almost six hours, now. Wooboy.) And today I did a Good Thing as a member of the fandom and found a documentary [livejournal.com profile] scifichicx was looking for and uploaded it for the community, and she's drawing me art in return! I haven't had someone art on my behalf in YEARS, I'm so excited about this!

Of course, this entirely ruins my attempt to reassert a normal sleep schedule, but I really don't care because this is one of the few things that makes me happier than sleeping. :D Sun's coming up soon and it's supposed to hit 85 degrees, I'm probably going to sweat off a pound before I wake up. It's weather like this that almost tempts me into sleeping naked... but I've only done that a couple of times in my life, and I don't think 85 is bad enough to spur that on. (Maybe Sunday when it's supposed to hit 90. >.> )

Okay, quick meme answers and then I'm off to catch some Zs if I can:

16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)

I pretty much exclusively write romantic relationships. I'll write gen once in a while, but 95% of what I write involves people in love... or if not in love, then at least doing filthy things to each other. xD There was a time when I wrote porn like it was my job. That time has passed, now it's clearly only a hobby. I just much prefer people doing pleasant things together than people doing cruel things to each other.


Letters meme: Day 3 — Your parents

Dear Mom,

I'm sorry everything is getting on your nerves these days. It makes me really sad when you tell me I'm the only person in the family you don't want to kill, except I'm pleased that you don't want to kill me too. I do everything I can to make your life easier, I just wish it was enough to make an appreciable difference in how you feel every day.

I'm also really sad that I have to hide a significant portion of the truth about myself from you, but the last thing I need is to make you have a breakdown because the one person you can stand on a daily basis happens to be bisexual. I believe that you would love me anyways, I just have no intention of putting that belief to the test in case I'm wrong. Sometimes you're the only person in the family I don't want to kill, too, and I don't want to lose that.

Love,
your favorite offspring.


Dear Dad,

I know you think I'm scared of you. I'm not. You just make it really fucking hard to be in the same room as you sometimes. Also, because you're the one who found out I'm bisexual, I would really appreciate it if you could not harp on about how being gay is a sin every time Kurt has more than a few minutes on screen when we're watching Glee together. You could stand to be a little more like Burt Hummel, I think. You don't have to approve of me, just stop talking about it, for god's sake. It's not like I'm ever going to bring home a girlfriend to meet you.

I know that you're sick, and it's fucking with you every day, and that sucks, but I really wish you weren't so unpleasant to everyone in the family. Just... go on vacation or something. Go see your family in Massachusetts or Ohio or Florida or wherever, just be somewhere that isn't here for a few days. Maybe it'll make you happier. Mom honestly is afraid you're going to try hurting yourself and I can't force you to see a psychiatrist or talk about your issues like a normally emotional human being, so please figure out some way to deal with your shit so life can go back to normal around here and I don't have to deal with my sisters freaking out and my mother on the verge of a breakdown any more.

I love you, I just don't like you very much right now.

Love,
your eldest child.
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
Least of all as I meant to start another 30 day meme yesterday. Seriously, nobody said they're sick of them, so I'm keeping on with them. You had your chance to complain.

14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?

I don't. I remain absolutely vague about most spatial aspects of my fiction. Occasionally I will sketch out a floor plan if I need to keep track of how someone's house looks, and I'll look up actual restaurants in an area if someone's going on a date, but my sense of space and direction is appallingly bad and I'm pretty sure it's obvious if anyone tries to follow my characters' motion around a room or a city.

I did try to recreate Dewey's apartment in Sims 3, just to see if I could do it, and... I couldn't, it turned out entirely wrong and I didn't have the heart to try it again.


15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!

Let me tell you about [livejournal.com profile] moorishflower! My darling Heather is in the middle of writing an epic Supernatural story, The Trickster Saga, involving Gabriel helping Sam and Dean and Castiel find the items they need to take care of Lucifer for good, and also Gabriel courting Sam and Dean and Castiel slowly admitting they have feelings for each other. It is hilarious and brilliantly done, and there is bonus Crowley, who is always a good time, and basically if you read SPN fic at all, you need to check out this story. Also recently she finished a really gorgeous AU, Where The Ladder Starts, in which Sam is a bookstore owner and Becky is his friend who's writing a novel that begins to bizarrely parallel his own life when he finds an amnesiac man as he's leaving work one day. It's funny and tender and really, really hot, and even though it's an AU everyone is so absolutely spot-on with the characterization it's a joy to read. She also writes a lot of Dean/Castiel and Sam/Gabriel, and occasionally rarer pairings like Gabriel/Crowley and Dean/Gabriel. Seriously, if you enjoy SPN fic and you aren't following [livejournal.com profile] moorishflower, you are missing out on a lot of quality work.

she keeps on waiting for time out

  • Jun. 30th, 2010 at 12:26 PM
femmealunettes: (butterfly stoner angel : future!Castiel)
Resetting my sleep timer seems to have worked admirably. I woke up briefly around 3am and was afraid of the four-hour sleep cycle reasserting itself, but I made it back to sleep easily enough, and I got up for real at 10. I'm not going to trust in one night doing the trick, I'm certainly going to be taking the Ambien again tonight, but I do have to be up at 8 tomorrow to get ready for Wells at 9:30. I have to figure out what I'm going to wear, I don't know if my Schrodinger's Cat shirt and jeans will cut it for my first experience as a student of the college.

Oh my god, by this time tomorrow I could have my class schedule finished. I might know what I'll be doing for the semester in less than 24 hours! (Of course, it could be more than 24 hours; I have to be there from 9:30 to 4.)

Right now I'm watching Rebecca, which [livejournal.com profile] lemonflav_lopfe posted, because of Jeremy Brett with a mustache. Well, not JUST because of that, but.. mostly. xD I entirely blame the Watsons of the world for my newfound appreciation of mustaches.

I am strongly considering just doing the last five days of the music meme in one fell swoop tonight so I can start another month-long meme tomorrow. Are you all very sick of my doing month-long memes yet? I don't want to be annoying.


Day 25 - A song that reminds you of a movie

The Postal Service - Against All Odds
I wish I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry
There's so much I need to say to you
So many reasons why
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
There's just an empty space
And there's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face

But take a look at me now
There's just an empty space
But to wait for you is all I can do
And that's what I've gotta face















yes, I know it's off the Wicker Park soundtrack, but it makes me think of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Figure that one out.


13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?

The only non-fictional culture I feel qualified to write is American. More specifically, white middle-class American. Which is why the great majority of my characters are white middle-class Americans, mostly from the Northeast. A few are lower-class, only a couple are upper-class. I just have this feeling that if I try to write anyone else's culture, I'm just going to get it wrong and piss people off, and I don't need racefail added to the ways in which I fail. And honestly, I don't write fictional cultures often enough to have a favorite one.
femmealunettes: (bookworm at home : Gabriel)
Day 24 - A song that reminds you of a book

Poe - Haunted
Come here, pretty please
Can you tell me where I am?
You, won't you say something?
I need to get my bearings
I'm lost and the shadows keep on changing

And I'm haunted
By the lives that I have loved
And actions I have hated

I'm haunted
By the lives that wove the web
Inside my haunted head


This is mildly unfair because the album this song comes from is very closely related to House of Leaves, but that's what it makes me think of.


12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?

Ha. Um. There was this one time when I went off the rails and stuck a great number of my and Kristin's character's into a world where magic existed and most of them were students or teachers at a school for magic which was nothing like Hogwarts, honestly. It was totally random and pointless and I had a great deal of fun with it, and I think I did a lot of worldbuilding with those ten or so ficlets. They were on GreatestJournal, of course, so I can't link to them, and I'm pretty sure nobody would read it if I could, but: yes, I came up with nations and systems of magic and basically the entire faculty and a decent number of the student body of a school. If I'd kept going with it, I probably would have ended up folding all of the characters in somehow-- and my estimate of thirty that I started out with? Was way low, the last official count I had made forty-six and that was before Dewey and Amarante and I think possibly before Gideon and Jeff and Milo too, so I was pushing fifty characters.

yes, I'll go to bed now

  • Jun. 28th, 2010 at 2:50 AM
femmealunettes: (I'll just go this way. : Dresden Files)
Day 23 - A song that reminds you of a character

Suzanne Vega - Bound
The way of the world has taken its toll
Ravaged my body and bitten my soul

I am ruined by rain, weathered by wind
I've been invaded without and within

And I ask
I am asking you
Asking you if you might still want me.
---
When I said:
I am bound to you forever
Here's what I meant:
I am bound to you forever.

...it reminds me of Bob from the Dresden Files, but only TV Bob, not book Bob. Also I just plain love this song, it's beautiful. Suzanne Vega is pretty amazing.


11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?

Well, my favorite to write about now is Dewey, but for a long while it was Carter, and then Paxton, and then Gideon. Least favorite is much harder to pick, but if I have to pick one then I guess Frank was probably my least favorite, but he got the least attention to begin with.

In fanfiction terms, I very much enjoyed writing about Sylar and Dr. McCoy, and didn't really like writing about Claire or Nathan.

Jun. 27th, 2010

  • 1:06 AM
femmealunettes: (dance party in space! :S/Mc)
Day 22 - A song you can't help but air-jam to

I don't really air-jam. Sometimes I play air drums, but I pretty much have to be drunk or stoned to break out in spontaneous air guitar. So, uh... I don't know, have some random Decemberists instead of making me look through my other computer for something with prominent drums.

The Decemberists - The Soldiering Life


10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!

Um. Let's see. Trent's Christmas party was crashed by an ex-cop who tried to kill several of the partygoers. Carter's whole life was weirder than average. Josh almost drowned while surfing until a ~mysterious person~ saved his life by dragging him out of the water and giving him CPR. (The mysterious person was Carter, who was only in California because his life had gotten weird.) Most of the weird things that happen to Nick are in his head because he does too many drugs. Calais has this problem where every time his magic misfires, he switches genders, that's pretty weird. Once Doug was in Chicago for a teachers' conference and he got mistaken for a porn star. Uh... in one story Kellan got turned into a laptop and his girlfriend had to find a witch to turn him back into himself? xD Pretty much anything I wrote for the WTF Table qualifies as really weird. I mean, I try to build characters to fit interesting ideas and sometimes "interesting" just means "really weird."

...I think I might spend another night reading through the old stories I didn't get to last time, now, because some of the stuff I did with them was really entertaining. To me, at least.

speaking of my sweetest downfall...

  • Jun. 26th, 2010 at 7:53 AM
femmealunettes: (mouse-colored dressing gown : Holmes)
Day 21 - A song that gives you shivers

Regina Spektor - Samson
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin' on our heads
But they're just old light, they're just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful and came into my bed
Oh I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I'd done all right
And kissed me 'til the mornin' light, the mornin' light
And he kissed me 'til the mornin' light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn't bring the columns down
Yeah we couldn't destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once



9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

Hahaha, oh, it's been a long time since I've created a character to write about. More than a year if you count an AU version of a canon-based character, more than two years if we're strictly talking originals. Generally I would start with either a face or an idea. If it was for a game, I'd start with the idea: I need a student, I need a businessman, I need someone who fits a noir archetype, what can I do to take this idea and make it unique? Other times I'd just start with the PB and figure from there-- because I am so, so guilty of "ooh, yes, I need to do something with that face" syndrome. Rarely I would come up with a concept without some idea of who I wanted that person to look like and then I'd fish around to find a face to fit the character instead of the other way around.

Usually defects are what make a character interesting, so I'd give them a complication: a heart condition, a drug problem, being awkward or standoffish or obnoxious to a fault, or some specific skeleton in the closet. Once I figure out what they do and what their issues are, then I can give them positive traits. Their histories grow out of the combination of flaws and merits as much as the flaws and merits come from the history, it's a symbiotic process that, if it works, ends up with a decent character background, enough about the character to make them function in whatever situation I throw them into until I get a real handle on them, and, muses and fates willing, an interesting concept that someone will want to bounce a scene off of. Barring that, of course, I just write about them myself, which is what a good writer should do, because RP is not the end-all be-all of what to do with a character and honestly I haven't RPed with anyone (aside from dice-and-paper roleplay games) since I dropped out of Vortex, which was... over a year ago? Yeah. This is because I pretty much had one person I played with and when she stopped speaking to me, everyone in my head got shelved, and I'm only blowing the dust off them one at a time, to pick them up and look them over and remember how much fun they were before I put them back.

break up to make up

  • Jun. 25th, 2010 at 3:52 AM
femmealunettes: (music is life.)
Day 20 - A song you've listened to after a break-up

Bright Eyes - Waste of Paint
The last few months I have been living with this couple.
Yeah, you know, the kind who buy everything in doubles. They fit together, like a puzzle.
And I love their love and I am thankful that someone actually
receives the prize that was promised by all those fairy tales that drugged us.
And they still do me. I'm sick, lonely, no laurel tree, just green envy.
Will my number come up eventually? Like Love is some kind of lottery,
where you can scratch and see what is underneath. It's "Sorry",
just one cherry, "Play Again." Get lucky.
So I have been hanging out down by the train's depot. No, I don't ride.
I just sit and watch the people there. And they remind me of wind up cars in motion.
The way they spin and turn and jockey for positions.
And I want to scream out that it all is nonsense.
All your lives one track, can't you see it's pointless?
But then, my knees give under me. My head feels weak and
suddenly it is clear to see that it is not them but me, who has lost my self-identity.
As I hide behind these books I read, while scribbling my poetry,
like art could save a wretch like me, with some ideal ideology that no one can hope to achieve.
And I am never real; it is just a sketch of me.
And everything I made is trite and cheap and a waste of paint, of tape, of time.


It helps/hurts that I went to a Bright Eyes concert a week and a half after the breakup, I think. And it was my first concert ever. And the ex came with me. And so did his roommate who I was starting to fall in love with... yeah, that was a weird, complicated time in my emotional life.


8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
Porn of course Nonono, seriously, it isn't porn. It's actually AUs, I am a total whore for a well-done AU, and some fandoms are just so good at catering to that (I'm looking at you, Stargate Atlantis, and a little bit at you, Sherlock Holmes) and did you all know that there's an AU Bingo now? I'm so fucked. I just want to give up on H/C Bingo and Kink Bingo and focus on doing AU Bingo, because AUs are my favorite things ever. As far as my favorite genre to write, according to my fanfic journal it's fluff, followed by AUs and angst, which doesn't make sense to me because I really don't like angst. Some people thrive on it, and I just don't understand that. If I wanted misery, I would read the news. I want happiness and love in my avoidance of reality, please and thank you. So yes, I do fluff and romance a lot, and AUs kind of a lot too, much much more than anything with action or dramatic drama or other genres.

...just, you know, there usually happens to be smut in there along with the fluff or the AU or what have you. Because my brain is so far down in the gutter you need a fishing pole baited with slash to get it back up near the surface.
femmealunettes: (*~*special adult party!*~*)
Day 19 - A song that turns you on

Melissa Ferrick - Drive
In the kitchen
in the shower
and in the back seat of my car
I'll hold you up
in your office
preferably during business hours
'cause you know how I like it when there's people around
and I know how you like it
yeah I know how you like it
I know how you like it when I tease you for hours

Your mouth waters
stretched out on my bed
your fingers are trembling
and your heart is heavy and red
and your head is bent back
and your back is arched
and my hand is under there
holding you up

I'll hold you up
and drive you all night
I'll hold you up
and drive you baby 'till you feel the daylight


This is probably one of the sexiest blatantly sexual songs I've ever heard. Just... tell me this doesn't do things to you. Listen to it with headphones on, with nobody around, and I dare you to tell me you're unaffected when it's over.


7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?

What an apt question to go with this song. xD Yes, I listen to music while I write, almost always. I come up with playlists for characters and shows. Sometimes I'll listen to fanmixes other people put together. Sometimes I'll just listen to whatever's on my heavy rotation playlist. I'm about halfway through putting together the playlist for Parker and Dewey, but I need music off my external drive to finish it and I've been too lazy to sort through the 3000 folders looking for what I need yet. One of my oldest playlists on Arthur was the love song list I compiled through five years of RP, comprising everything from true love and devotion to hatesex anthems, which was really spectacular help writing sometimes.



I keep running my hands through my hair and going "whoa, where did it all go?" I love not having it on the back of my neck or hanging in my eyes any more. This is definitely the shortest I've ever gone and I think I really like it. :D Man, once upon a time my hair was almost down to my ass. I used to wear it in twin braids all the goddamn time. I am definitely not the little girl I once was, speaking stylistically.

It is very humid tonight. I showered just a few hours ago and I'm already feeling like I need to take another shower, the air is just clinging to my skin. I was promised thunderstorms between the hours of 2 and 4 and I kind of want to stay up until they happen, but with my luck they'll pass us by entirely and I'll oversleep and miss my appointment... so I should go to bed now. Yeah.

and this, too

  • Jun. 23rd, 2010 at 11:04 PM
femmealunettes: (busy writing : Russian Holmes)
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh

Ani DiFranco - Unworry
I know I've seen you around
you can't forget that hair
but I didn't hear you come in
how long have you been sitting there?
you know, you can tell me anything
I promise I don't scare
--
and I gotta say, I'm amazed, not in a good way
at how much I don't remember
I just gotta hope, though I'm slow, it's all part of what I know
and the facts are pretend anyway



6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?

I am most comfortable sitting in bed with my laptop. I generally get my writing done between the hours of 7pm and 5am, for better or for worse. Almost always, I write on my computer, because anything I handwrite is going to end up typed anyway. However, the best writing I've done lately has been in a notebook, with a pencil, between the hours of 5am and 7:30am, on the shore of Seneca Lake, so this proves that what is most comfortable is not always most productive.
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Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral

James Taylor - You Can Close Your Eyes
Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it's all right.
I don't know no love songs and I can't sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I'm gone.



5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

Youngest person by age I've written would be Jeff Tucker's eight year old son, Teddy. Oldest would be Doug Walker, who is 51 now. Youngest in terms of creation is Dewey, about whom I never shut up, and oldest is Trent, about whom I talked yesterday.


Ten actors/actresses again, this list from [livejournal.com profile] rtwofan:

Jake Gyllenhaal - Donnie Darko
Misha Collins - I've never seen a movie with him in it
Ewan McGregor - Moulin Rouge
Brad Pitt - Fight Club or Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Clive Owen - Sin City
David Thewlis - you would think I'd say Harry Potter but it's actually The Big Lebowski, although I did love him in James and the Giant Peach as well
Cary Elwes - The Princess Bride, but Robin Hood: Men in Tights is a very close second place
Tom Hanks - Toy Story. shut up that's totally a valid choice
Antonio Banderas - Once Upon A Time In Mexico
Ben Stiller - this is actually the hardest one to pick because I'm secretly very fond of Ben Stiller, but it's got to be The Royal Tenenbaums

Actresses:
Keira Knightly - Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Scarlett Johnansson - Ghost World
Kristen Stewart - there does not exist a movie in which I like her even a little
Emmy Rossum - I've never seen a film with her in it
Julianne Moore - The Big Lebowski
Olivia Wilde - Alpha Dog, but I much preferred the short-lived series The Black Donnellys
Joanna Cassidy - I've never seen a film with her in it
Rachel McAdams - Sherlock Holmes
Betty White - the only film of hers I've seen is Lake Placid and I was nowhere near stoned enough to enjoy that movie
Anne Hathaway - Get Smart (shut up, I love that movie)

actually these two items go well together

  • Jun. 21st, 2010 at 6:00 PM
femmealunettes: (hand in hand)
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding

In the unlikely event I ever get hitched, that is... and there are so many versions of this song, this is just the one I have on hand:

Mandy Moore and Michael Stipe - God Only Knows
I may not always love you
But long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I'd be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on, believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would livin' do me
God only knows what I'd be without you



4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!

Aha, let me talk to you about Trent Anderson-Phillips. (He started out without the hyphen but then he got married a year after he was created.) He was the first character I came up with for To Die For. At that time he was a 22-year-old journalism student at Ruize College in the fictional town of La Cinqa, California. Now he's 27, a reporter and weekend anchor for the local news. He grew up in New York City, the son of a doctor and a psychologist who got divorced when he was still pretty young. He's had a bad heart since he was born, but he had a transplant in 2008 and he's been doing well since then. He's well-meaning but terribly clumsy, he gets along with just about everyone, and he used to be kind of a slut until he met Andrew Phillips and fell in love. They got married in Massachusetts in 2006. They met at Ruize, where Andrew was the security guard for the building in which Trent was an RA. Trent, being an insomniac, decided that bothering the night guard was better than being alone and bored all night long. They played video games and watched zombie movies and got to like each other, and then Andrew got evicted from his apartment and Trent thought it would be a brilliant idea to tell Andrew he could stay in the dorm with him until he found a new place. and, actually, it was a brilliant idea! :D They have been through a lot together since those first nights at the security desk-- murder at Ruize that caused a lot of trouble for Andrew, since it happened when he was supposed to be on duty; attempted murder at a Christmas party; several medical procedures; buying a house; Andrew going back to law school...

The last time I wrote anything about Trent was December 2007, I'm pretty sure, but I do think about him from time to time and I have a general idea of what's going on in his life. At one point I was almost certain I was going to kill him off, but I really couldn't let that happen to him, I love him too much. He was my first character and he's the one I most like to think about being happy. I wrote a lot about him and Andrew (and Sam the cat and Steve the dog and Andrew's cousin Skip and Trent's coworker Chad...) over the course of two years... unfortunately, all the RP logs are lost, but the independent writing is still saved, thanks to the LJ Archive maker saving my Greatestjournals.

Man, I still get sad sometimes over the demise of Greatestjournal. That site had a lot of awesome memories for me.

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