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Would you please get out from under my skin, because I can't begin this yet

Oct. 15th, 2011 | 12:59 pm
music: rachel yamagata ~ under my skin

I have not dropped off the map again, I promise, despite the fact that it's been almost a month since I've done, well, anything here. The autumn is just shaping up to be incredibly busy -- weddings, engagements, babies, baby showers, birthdays, football, pumpkin carving parties, happy hours and Sunday dinners... I'm certainly not complaining, though. :)

Given all that, this is me trying to keep writing on my radar.

Man, do I ever have issues with Part 7 of Percy Weasley: Rogue Demon Hunter. If it wouldn't blow up the plot entirely, I'd just ditch it and move on to Part 8. :(

A few short bits from upcoming chapters, though, because why not?

'Hey, Tall, Dark and Groovy…'Collapse )

I pressed my brother into service doing an initial edit on Iteration, despite the fact that he's in the midst of his tenure review. I figured he owes me, since I let him talk to me for an hour about Freespace the other night. (I'm not a gamer by any stretch, but consider me... intrigued... by that one.)

Anyway, while chapters 1-4 of this one are off getting the professor-treatment, here's a bit of that as well.

Smugglers, as a group, tended to be highly superstitious.Collapse )

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Sep. 24th, 2011 | 10:01 pm

30 Days of Fanfiction -- Days 23-30: Research, Editing, Current Projects, Favorite Projects and more...Collapse )

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Week of Awesome Ladies -- Day 5

Sep. 16th, 2011 | 02:06 pm
music: anna nalick ~ car crash

Still playing catch-up...

Kate is a tough one. She's an uncomfortable character -- she's raw, she's angry, she gets humiliated (most frequently by her father), she's addicted to her own pain. This is all stuff that happens routinely with male characters and it tends not to bother us. We (the collective 'we') even celebrate it. It's angst! It's man-pain! Kate is, at the core, Angel's mirror -- at least through the end of Season 2. But for whatever reason it's a more difficult story prospect when the character is a woman, particularly someone a little bit grating like Kate. I love her for her gruffness, her awkwardness, but can see why it doesn't work for everyone.

In fairness, though, I do think some of the reason audiences didn't quite respond to her is because of the writing. When her original character arc was axed, I think the writers had to scramble to figure out exactly what they wanted to do with her -- and never quite got her story back to where it needed to be.

That said, there's an AU in my head where Corrupt happened as originally written and Kate gets her arc -- and it's pretty awesome.

There's also a AU in my head where she comes back to L.A. in Season 3, post-Sleep Tight, just in time to meet up with Wesley before he hits rock bottom. I've always wanted to finish it and writing about her this week made me open it up and give it a hard look for the first time in a long while. So here's a bit from the beginning of the fic. This scene is mostly set-up for the action to come, but I think it fits the female-focused theme of womenlovefest nicely.

From Dark Waters (Alternate Season 3) -- a scene in which Kate Lockley meets her LAPD 'replacement.'

'Well, it’s nice to know they had a spare.'Collapse )

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Week of Awesome Ladies -- Day 4 (still playing catch-up)

Sep. 14th, 2011 | 06:10 pm

Going through the content I wanted to play with for womenlovefest, I’m realizing that the lady characters I love enough to want to write about often experience fandom hate or apathy – but it’s often because their characterization never feels quite finished. It’s like they never quite get the character arc I think they should have, and that makes me sad for them. It’s how I feel about Vala, it’s how I feel about Kate Lockley (hopefully more on her soon) – and it’s definitely how I feel about Mara Jade.

Not to get too pop psychology about it all, but it just feels like none of the characters in the Star Wars EU – Mara, in particular – ever get to do the emotional work needed to be fully-functioning human beings after all the truly awful shit that happens to them. Or, if they do, we just don't ever see it, which... why not?

How does Mara get from the angry, self-destructive (arguably a little suicidal – there are extenuating circumstances, but she straight-out asks Luke to kill her at one point) girl she is when we meet her to a complete person, confident in her own abilities and place in the universe? To a woman who feels ready to be a wife and mother? To being comfortable with wielding power and teaching others? We just don't ever really see that transformation, which is just a shame because she's a great character and there should be lots of interesting territory to explore there.

Given that, I usually tend to play with AUs when I write her, but this time around I'm going to try and fill in some of those missing moments – not an easy feat when you realize that even the canon of this particular fandom is wildly inconsistent and often flatly contradicts itself. But, what the hell? I like a challenge.

So I'm going to do a short fic for each of the tracks on the Mara fanmix I posted here, each one a 'missing' character moment or just something I would have liked to see happen. These are a little out of order, but maybe once I have them all done I’ll figure out whether they work best in chronological order, order of the track numbers – or something else altogether.

#1. Dog Days Are OverCollapse )

#3. Raw SugarCollapse )

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Week of Awesome Ladies -- Day 3 (sort of)

Sep. 14th, 2011 | 06:00 pm

I am so far behind on womenlovefest, I can't even tell you. I kind of knew this would happen, but I did have imaginings that I'd be able to sneak in a few posts here and there. Posting from a rock somewhere between the U.S. and Canada, though, has proved a little more challenging than I thought. Fingers crossed, though, that this works. If it does, this will be my post for Day 3 -- followed closely by Day 4.

Day 3 = more Vala. This is from a longer piece that I've never quite managed to finish, but have always wanted to. It's Vala and Adria (both the original and the namesake), and what makes them all tick:

The child was a lost cause.Collapse )

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Week of Awesome Ladies (Cont)

Sep. 10th, 2011 | 04:42 pm
music: unlv @ wazzu on the radio

Trying to squeeze in Day Two of womenlovefest before heading off to an actual love fest (a wedding) this evening.

Day One was Vala (more on her later). For Day Two, I want to share some thoughts on (and fun content for) Mara Jade...

Oh, Mara. Mara is one of those characters who doesn't suffer from fandom hate so much as she suffers from maybe a little too much fandom love. The problem? It's often not good, healthy, well-rounded love. It's creepy boyfriend who puts you on a pedestal, swears that you're perfect, and is violently disappointed when it turns out you're really only human love. It's weird freshman year roommate who steals your clothes, cuts her hair just like yours, and secretly wants to sleep with your boyfriend love.

That said, I love Mara. (Hopefully more in the good way than the bad way, at least most of the time...)

'Here's Your Damn Love Song -- A Mara Fanmix' under the cut...Collapse )

Click here to download. (And let me know if you have any troubles -- it's been ages since I've done anything like this.)

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Grief yet more terrible and savage came into the heart of Demeter

Sep. 8th, 2011 | 10:51 pm

I hope it's kosher to re-use at least some older content for womenlovefest, because I really want to start my Week of Awesome Ladies by posting the link to this fic. It's one of my all-time lasting favorites, because it is full of awesome ladies being awesome (even the ones who only got, like, two scenes of screen time in the actual show). It has mothers and daughters, goddesses and saints, maidens and crones, and an ordinary teenage girl with a really wicked sword.

Most importantly, it has Vala Mal Doran doing her thing -- which usually involves being a total badass.

Title: Mysteries
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Pairings: Mostly gen, but heavy subtext for various pairings
Rating: PG
Story Note: This was originally written between Seasons 9 and 10, before we're actually introduced to Adria as a character, so it's a little dated. At this point, consider it AU/another way it could have gone.
Summary: Demeter and Persephone fistfight in heaven.

Read it on LJ or AO3.

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She's not the kind of girl who likes to tell the world

Sep. 8th, 2011 | 10:26 am

30 Days of Fanfiction -- Days 19-22, Inspiration, Sequels & Fests/ChallengesCollapse ) This is a great segue, though, into...

womenlovefest How much do I love this idea? A lot, like a whole lot. I am seriously pressed for time right now -- we are going to be at a wedding this weekend, have our own wedding anniversary and then will be traveling part of next week -- but I'm still going to try my hardest to talk at least a bit about some of my favorite female characters who don't get enough love. So awesome.

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Sep. 5th, 2011 | 09:17 am
music: imogen heap ~ not now but soon

More from the 30 Days of Fanfiction meme, while I have a free moment...

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 don't warn for much, especially in longer fics, mostly because a) I don't write much that's super explicit or objectionable and b) spoilers! It does somewhat depend on the fandom, too.

I don't know if it's the strangest, but I do get a kick out of the warnings for Iteration (even though the fic isn't actually posted yet):

Warnings: Oh, warnings for pretty much every last damned thing -- major character death(s), language, violence, het, slash, threesomes, abuse of chaos theory by a non-mathematician, and probably a few other things I've forgotten.

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

Summaries are kind of like the one-line pitch for your story idea. Do it well and people are more likely to buy it.

Sometimes they come in a flash of inspiration and really are boiled down to the essence of the story, sometimes I'm forced to just pick the most compelling quote from piece, and other times I will literally just explain what the story is and why I wrote it (e.g. “The obligatory MacGuffin fic”) and leave it at that.

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?

This entirely depends. As far as multi-part fics go, I often do chapter titles. I've gotten better over the years at making sure there's some sort of structure, theme or internal order if I do decide to use them.

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

Stuff just occurs to me? And if it's interesting enough, I write it down. Once I have a general idea of what I want to do, music is a great way to keep the inspiration going. It keeps my brain in the zone for a particular mood or setting.

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Aug. 30th, 2011 | 09:28 pm

A couple more pieces for that drabble meme. I'm plugging away at the others, slowly buy surely. :)

Gravity, Jimmy/Yves, The Lone Gunmen for [profile] ticketsonmyself

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance, Parker/Hardison, Leverage for [profile] ticketsonmyself

The rest...Collapse )

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