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I have an exchange to write, stocking to fill and a bingo card to play. I procrastinate by doing a 100 prompt meme instead. (List taken from Deviant Art: 100 Themes Challenge, variation 1)

Fandoms: pairings - 
Marvel comics: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Misty Knight/Colleen Wing, Luke Cage/Danny Rand, Carol Danvers/Wanda Maximoff;
Disney Princess: Jasmine/Mulan, Belle/Esmeralda;
Angel Sancturay: Alexiel/Jibrail;
Count Cain and Godchild Saga: Cain/Riff;
Axis Power Hetalia: China/Russia;
Star Trek: The Original Series: James T. Kirk/Spock;
Stargate Atlantis: Teyla Emmagan/Kate Heightmeye;
Highlander: Joe Dawson/Duncan Macleod
;
Final Fantasy Vii: Cid Highwind/Vincent Valentine, Sephiroth/Zack;
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Akane Motomiya/Minamoto no Yorihisa;
Getbackers: Kazuki Fuuchouin/Juubei Kakei;
Kyou Kara Maou!: Conrad/Yuuri;
Vocaloid: Kaito/Meiko;
Black Rock Shooter: Black Rock Shooter/Dead Master;
Heart no Kuni no Alice: Alice/March Hare

Cut for the fics )
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It's a week for writing meta to me. First [livejournal.com profile] kittydesade talks about her Yuletide writing behind the scene. (She's the person who write 30+fic for Yuletide and are still good). Then [personal profile] lireavue writes the companion Yuletide Beta Behind the Scenes Post. Finally [personal profile] valtyr and [personal profile] jazzypom talk about their different writing style here and there respectively, which make me think about my writing.

Usually when I write short fic, I start with an idea neat to me (Space mermaid/werewolf mpreg! Cave fic!) and I write everything according to it. I saw somewhere they were called "high premise" fic. If you like the idea, you'll like it. Otherwise, you may not. Because they often come in the form of plot idea, they can be interesting, but my characterization can be flat. They are often a snippet out of an unwritten story.

When I write longer fic, the initial idea tends to be an uncontrolled mess. I want to squeeze in so much idea that it's overly convoluted.This's the time my beta said to me, "You have an idea beyond yourself. Cut it down."

To use my currently longest fic as example, it initially had bodyguard!Steve,  metallic dragons, and alternative lgbt history, which might be neat but not necessary to the main premise: Steve discovered things about the darker side of the government and dealt with it, with Tony's help. And it had to be Ultimates, no argument. They were all reluctantly cut off, under my beta's advice.  (Though there are still traces of Cthlhu mythos, which at the time I was obsessed with).  I wrote like playing with building blocks. I built on a foundation, but I was always distracted by shiny things.. "Keep it simple" was my challenge in the plot conception.

However, when I started writing, I wrote like a construction worker setting up a bamboo scaffolding. I had an premise. I knew how it would end. I had a framework. But there were a lot of holes to fill in. I set part of the story in Hong Kong and the description in my first draft was challenged to be bland, because I didn't have an eye for details. I discovered that I often knew more than my characters, and sometimes I forgot to let my readers in. To illustrate how much details I could be missing, my second draft was bumped from ~12K to 25K, all to fill in the details missing. I often make leaps of logical steps too.  My next writing goal is to keep it simple yet descriptive, to produce more polished work and make it logical.

Enough about me. What's your writing style?
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I finish my bigbang!

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?

I usually write g-pg13, but I have written nc17 fic, for prompts.

Link:

How to Have Two Dads, Two Moms, and Be Legal Too, as seen in "The Gay Law Report"

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WIP meme

  • Post the names of all the files in your WIP folder, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous.
  • Upon request, I will post a random line or two from any of these you choose. Or if I don't have a line to post, I'll tell you about the story.


ca_imbigbang
fantasyAU
MA_Robinhood
scifibigbang
CYOA


Links:

Supreme Court says video games are protected speech

Astronomy Picture of the Day

IMF head and accused rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn will likely go free; he was released from house arrest, and the case against him is falling apart, largely for the same old tired victim blaming reasons we've seen a thousand times before.

Been looking at the latest dude to try and monetise fandom

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

It's a hard question because I mostly write gen and usually a single-shipper.

Marvel comics: Steve/Tony, Misty/Colleen, Mystique/Destiny
Disney: Belle/Esmeralda
Antique Bakery: Ono/Chicage
Kyou Kara Maou!: Conrad/Yuuri

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? Why'll I write a pairing I don't like?

11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most? I like mystery and romance, so I write them more.

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom? No

Links:

scientifically perfect cup of tea

moving model of the solar system which you can switch between Copernican and Tychonian, and where you can enter any date and see where the planets were at that time. It's incredible, and so very pretty. (note: flash heavy)

adorable fan comic about brave heroes and captured princesses.

fanvid: Space Girl : a fantastic look at the history of women in sci-fi.

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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?
It happens to me when I'm writing my fantasy AU aka scifibigbang first draft, where Wolverine and Bruce take over the plot and I let them. I give them a chance to shine, but I give up at last. Lesson: Letting characters taking over plot, especially those you're not partial to is bad.

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters? No preference.

7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character? No, unfortunately. I usually have a set idea when I'm writing them.

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not black hole, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs. Of course I write OC. How come I don't use them when I am writing stories that the characters exist in a world? I even write a story that an OC is the protagonist. My rule is just that every named characters gets to be awesome or contributes to the story.


Links

'Til the World Ends is Charles/Erik and Britney and absolutely wonderful.

Empath Sickness

My Ex-Gay Friend. The author of the piece goes to visit someone he used to work with as an LGBT rights activist who is now a fundamentalist Christian and "ex-gay" movement activist. This article is powerful, compassionate, and sad.

Why don’t more jokes die? – The fine science behind what can make a joke fail.

Free eBooks and Archive of Our Own: A Primer On How to Use AO3 for a Non-Fanfiction Reader


copy from [personal profile] coffeeandink

Systemic sexism in sf/f

Nicola Griffith, Taking the Russ Pledge

SF Signal Mind Meld, What's the importance of the Russ Pledge for Science Fiction Today? Don't read the comments.*

Ann Leckie, Wiscon Thoughts 1 This is a multi-part series on selection bias in sf/f and culture generally -- a good 101 explanation.

Kari Sperring, Women and Fantasy

Judith Tarr, Girl Cooties: A Personal History Note contradiction of cultural narratives of straightforward political progress over time.

This post on views of systemic bias held by various members of the US Supreme Court may also be relevant to your interests.

Systemic racism in sf/f tv
ita's How Magical Is Your Negro?
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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 first time I write fanfic is for Yuletide, because it seems to be a challenge that everyone should join just for the experience. I've been reading fanfic longer than writing it, but I was always in a large fandom that I'm very satisfied with what I can read. Until I'm in Steve/Tony fandom, where there're simply not enough for me to read. When I see an intriguing prompt and I want to write my spin on it, well, there's the history.

2. Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Marvel comics: 52
Disney: 13
Stargate: Atlantis: 2
Antique Bakery: 2
Kyou Kara Maou!: 2
And there're a lot of misc. fandoms I write in. I still write in Marvel comics fandom.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?
Marvel comics: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Storm, Luke Cage.
Disney: Belle and Esmeralda
Stargate: Atlantis: Teyla
Antique Bakery: Eji and Ono
Kyou Kara Maou!: Conrad and Yuuri

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.

Links
Wang Zhenyi: an ancient China female astronomer
A beautiful lesbian myth comics
The Missing Link: a reaction post to the previously linked man pain meta
Meta about writing Erik as a Holocaust survivor
X-Men: Some Charles & Erik Meta
Beautiful Charles/Erik fanart

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The Rules:

Take any one of my fandoms (Currently Marvel comics and Disney Princess), and give me a type of AU (space opera AU, pirate AU, superhero AU, Arthurian AU, etc). I will then outline I would write for your chosen type of AU.



Webcomics
Fall: A delightful web comics about the change of season

Romantically apocalyptic

Steampunk;
Costume Creator Steampunk: a delightful flash game
Steampunk: I really love how the gears combine together to make a compelling image.
Steampunk Bonaparte: a steampunk rendition of the classic art
Muslim Anarchist Handbook. A Muslim's musing about steampunk and more.
Beyond Victoriana | A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk
Ricepunk Buckle Cheongsam and Ricepunk Traveller: Ru, Ku, Waistcoat: China steampunk fashion

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There're several awesome Marvel comics prompts on [community profile] scifi_fest, and the minimum word count is just 100 words!
[community profile] kink_bingo is having a new round soon and I'm tempted to join.

In which there is a fanfic meme.
1. Write down the names of 10 characters.
2. Write a fic of fifteen words or less for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.


1) Steve Rogers
2) Tony Stark
3) Luke Cage
4) Danny Rand
5) Misty Knight
6) Colleen Wing
7) Carol Danvers
8) Wanda Maximoff
9) Belle
10) Esmeralda

Prompts )
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If you had me under your command and could make me write anything, regardless of whether or not I know the fandom or if anybody even writes fic in that fandom and no matter how crack-addled it might be, what would you love to see me write?

I'm not actually going to write any of these (unless something strikes me), but I am curious.
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First, I get a new user icon. An Asian American doctor who's also Captain America 's totally awesome.
Second, I write something for [personal profile] muccamukk!
Title: All Quiet on the Front (229 words)
Fandom: Marvel comics
Summary: Miranda meets someone when she's struck in a zombie-infected New York

Then a meme stolen from the friend list:
  1. Duty and Honour (Mulan. Mulan-centric)
  2. In service (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  3. May you never want to go back. (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  4. The Love Which Came in from the Space (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  5. Wake up love (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  6. Worst Case scenario (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  7. Welcome to my secret lair (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  8. The steps between (Marvel comics: Steve/Tony)
  9. The Tale of Young Iron Fist from Kun Lun (Marvel comics/Tang Dynasty RPF: OFC-centric)
  10. One step forward, two steps behind (Supernatural/Castle: Castle, Beckett)
Conclusion:
  1. 1 & 9 are written for Yuletide, so there's built-in audience.
  2. There's a strong market for short Steve/Tony slash.
  3. I'm surprised with 10 actually. I wonder which side of the fandom read it more.

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What stories haven't you written that you would like to write?
Too many to count. I would like to write a Misty/Colleen story from the early day and trace their sometimes painful relationship, a Eli meeting Kirby's cosmic entities, and a SPN/Heroes for Hire fusion.

Do you have any works in progress?
Yes. My two bigbang, and a Choose your own adventure story.

Do you visualize scenes when/before you write them? Or do you go by how the words sound in your head? Both? Something else entirely?
No. They just appear in typed words.

What do you do when the words just aren't coming?
Procrastination.

Do you like to tell stories orally as well as writing them down?
Yes

What's your policy on remixes, podfic, and other transformative work?
Blanket Permission.
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I made a crhomatic Marvel comics icon post and a Sailor Moon icon post to a challenge.

Do you ever participate in writing challenges? Which ones?

Yes. Yuletide, remix redux, Junetide cap-ironman winter exchange and two bigbang.

Out of all the characters you've ever written, which one is your favorite? Which one has surprised you the most?
Xi Yue. She's just fun to write. Ult. Steve surprised me most because I'm told that I get his voice.

Do you use unreliable narrators? Why or why not?
I did, when I'm writing horror. It enhanced the atmosphere.

What do you like most about writing? What do you dislike?
I like it when a good idea comes through. I dislike it when I need to scrap my word count.

Give some examples of how various story ideas have come to you. What forms did they come in?
Sometimes I read others prompts and just obsess about it. Then I elaborate it, mold it until it became a new one. Sometimes I put the characters into a new setting to see what'll happen.

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How do you support your themes? How do you make sure your language reflects them, and how do you decide whether something belongs in the plot or the theme category?

I make sure my plot fits the theme.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?

Be Simple


What genres have you written in?

Humour, adventure, mystery, character study, romance, horror.



Do you write long stories, short stories, or both? What's challenging about writing a particular story length?


I usually write short stories (<7000).  I easily lose motivation when I write long fic.

Is your writing generally plot- or character-driven? Why?

 
Plot-driven. I can't write when I don't have a vague plot in mind
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How much detail do you usually leave out of a story?

A lot. Sometimes I leave out the entire back story. I say it's because I want to give space for imagination. Another reason's my writing is quite bare bone.

Where do you turn when your research is coming up with nothing of value to the story?

My friends.

Optimally, how many times does your work go through the revising process?

Two: through me and my beta.

Do you make literary or cultural references in your work? If so, what sources do you usually draw on? How do you decide whether to make (or keep, when editing) a particular reference?
I sometimes make reference to books and tabletop rpg I like. I let them stay if they don't obscure the story.

What repeated themes do you see running through your work?
Hope
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How do you come up with names and story titles?

I choose name that sounds good to me, or have a good meaning. If I want some fantasy name, I usually run words through elfen language translator.

For titles, I usually choose a word that can conclude the story, or get inspiration from lyrics.

Do you use beta reader(s)? If so, what do you look for in a beta reader? What specialties would your ideal beta have?


Yes. I look for a pair of fresh eyes and firmness. Willing to put up with me is a big one.


What kind of support, if any, do you get for your writing?

Fandom friend

Do you share your writing publicly or keep it private? Have you or would you like to be published?

I post them on Internet.

What's your biggest source of writer's envy?

Poetic visual and an unspoken sense of intimacy
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stolen from [personal profile] jjhunter

Why do you write?

I write often because I have some specific idea that I don't see people writing them. They just need to be written, my mind says. So I comply. I also like write to prompt. Someone has an idea and I can develop it. It makes me happy. The built-in audience doesn't hurt.

What piece of writing are you most proud of?
The Tale of Young Iron Fist from Kun Lun.It's fun to write, fun to read, and I love the characters. It also makes me want to write a sequel to it, which seldom happens.

How often do you write? Do you have any writing rituals? Say, certain locations, beverages, background music, times of day, target word counts, etc.?

It comes and goes. I try to keep the discipline of writing to a certain goal, but some days is harder than other.

How much of the story do you know before you start writing it? Do you use outlines?
I usually know the beginning and ending. For some reasons, my story goes out of control despite my outline, so you can say I don't use outline often.

What tools do you use to write? Audio recordings, pen and paper, computer software, other methods, some mixture thereof?
gdoc/zoho writer

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Post the first line from your 25 most recent fanfics and try to find a pattern.


From completed fics - most recent backwards:
I discover that I write enough comment fic to fit the meme. )
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I signed up to write Luke, Misty and then Teyla for the chromaticvision. I'll probably use a previously unpublished fic for Luke, and I wrote one for Misty. But now Teyla... I may do a Four Times Teyla Talks with Ronon, or something to do with Teyla and language or mythology.


If you had to delete all but five of your stories, which five would you keep and why? (Or ten if you're more prolific.)

Rescue [Marvel comics] (Danny/Misty, Misty/Colleen: I'm stupidly proud of this because I think it combines an adventure plot and a romantic plot quite well, and it's my attempt to show how Misty and Colleen can get together realistically. More importantly, it's a piece for [personal profile] garrideb

In service [Marvel comics] (Steve/Tony): I like how sensational the story tries to be, and it's really a snippet of a story that I haven't yet been able to tell.

The Tale of Youg Iron Fist from Kun Lun [Marvel comics/Tang Dynasty RPF] (OC, Li Bai, Gun Sun Daniang): It's the story most fun to write and the most appreciated. I would never thought of this crossover on my own.

Vigilante [Marvel comics] (Misty, Colleen) I like that story deals with a less-known canon with my twist on it, and I like Misty and Colleen being badass.

Countdown [Marvel comics] (Luke, Danny) It's my first story with the characters and I like that there 's a story more than what the characters know.

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