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And here's the last post for this meme!

29 – What is your current project or projects?

A Blake's 7 AU story called Lightning Bolt in which Vila leaves the liberator and ends up getting his own ship and crew, while things are a bit different for the others without him. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm still writing this in the November [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo, especially since Multiverse is coming up.

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

I'm hopeless at picking a favourite anything so I can't answer this. Do you have any favourites of my stuff? I'd be interested to know what appeals to people.

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I'm not sure if this will cross-post to LJ, but in any case, have two questions so that I can catch up a little after being forced off-line for days. Two more tomorrow and I'll be finished.

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

Since I write on the computer, my favourite place to write is right here because I have a desktop. I do make up stories or scenes while walking, driving, or waiting to go to sleep at night though. No particular favourite place; just wherever I feel inspired to do some film-running in my head.

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

Marian ([livejournal.com profile] entropy_house) and I collaborated on a couple of crack stories in the past where we took turns writing alternate scenes. One starring my pipe-cleaner B7 people (made by [livejournal.com profile] kalypso_v) about then being reduced drastically in size and having to deal with my huge mutant cats was illustrated with photos. As for the other, I have to snigger at the thought of an artist illustrating that one since it contained a treasure map tattooed on the crews' bums. Oh, you mean any fic? Nope, sorry. I've illustrated my own a couple of times though.

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

I can't answer that one because I doubt I've done any unusual research. After all, writing in SF you can use canon and just make up the rest.

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OK, I'll post both places and come back later to delete any duplicates when I import. :-) Day 26 will appear this evening.

24 – 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?

Just the one if it's not so short I don't bother - the excellent [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 who is kind enough to do it despite no longer being in my main fandom. I'm not sure who else I'd turn to.

And as LJ wasn't up last night (and cross-posting from DW still isn't working) another question:

25 – 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?

No, no, no, and yes! OK, Mozart or Bach would be fine but just about any other noise, especially songs with lyrics, conversation, or Greg watching TV in the next room (this is OK if I close the door) short-circuits the word-handling part of my brain.

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24 – 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?

Just the one if it's not so short I don't bother - the excellent [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 who is kind enough to do it despite no longer being in my main fandom. I'm not sure who else I'd turn to.

And as LJ wasn't up last night (and cross-posting from DW still isn't working) another question:

25 – 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?

No, no, no, and yes! OK, Mozart or Bach would be fine but just about any other noise, especially songs with lyrics, conversation, or Greg watching TV in the next room (this is OK if I close the door) short-circuits the word-handling part of my brain.

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24 – 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?

Just the one if it's not so short I don't bother - the excellent [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 who is kind enough to do it despite no longer being in my main fandom. I'm not sure who else I'd turn to.

And as LJ wasn't up last night (and cross-posting from DW still isn't working) another question:

25 – 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?

No, no, no, and yes! OK, Mozart or Bach would be fine but just about any other noise, especially songs with lyrics, conversation, or Greg watching TV in the next room (this is OK if I close the door) short-circuits the word-handling part of my brain.

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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post to my journals (on LJ and DW), Hip Deep in Heroes and my site Breaking Orbit if it's a B7 story, and to AO3. Quite a few of my [livejournal.com profile] b7friday short stories appear only there and in my journal, but I link to them all from my site.

My site preceded everything else but I haven't updated it since I got my new PC after my old one died as I have yet to reinstall the software I used to maintain it. Maybe next weekend.

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22 – Have you ever participated in a fest, ficathon, or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favourite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Yes, two or three Blake's 7 ones, several Multiverses, and a couple of "a ficathon walks into a bar". The last two are coming up again and I'll give them a go. They're both crossovers which can be cracky fun, and I think I've pretty much got over my desire to explain how two universes collide.

I'm not generally that good at picking favourites, but I think I had the most fun writing for the B7 crackathon because I do enjoy writing crack and humour. I wrote for three prompts in the end:

Wishful Thinking - Blake as a genie in a bottle

Little Expectations - Vila finds the Liberator is growing a mini-Liberator

Jenna Stannis PI - Jenna Stannis, Private Investigator, noir style and in her own words. This one's a sequel to the previous one which I forgot when doing the sequel question. I suppose it needs a sequel of its own now I think of it.

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21 – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why? If not, how do you feel about sequels?

I have, though not that often. I wrote two sequels (I think) to my AU in which Vila joined Space Fleet PWB and boarded the Liberator instead of Tarrant because a couple of people asked for them, and there's the Lynx series if series count. Usually however I intend my stories to stand alone.

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

No, not unless I'm writing a story with someone else, which I did a couple of times years ago. We'd write alternate sections of utter crack. :-)

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19 – When you have plot ideas, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

Sometimes I start writing straight away if the story's going to be a short one or the idea's just irresistible. Otherwise I tend to file the idea away in my mind (I don't write it down, no) and now and then bring it out and mentally play in it when driving or walking and wanting to entertain myself. At some point I'll actually decide to make a start at writing the thing but it can take, um, years to get round to that. I'm about to start one of those fics, a long one which has finally begun to ripen, though I'm not really sure of a lot of the middle.

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18 – Where do you get the most inspiration or ideas for your fics?

From canon: expanding on it, explaining it, filling in gaps, wondering what would have happened if it had been different. The characters inspire me too when I write their backgrounds or childhoods or what happened to them afterwards. It's fun to put them up trees and see what they do.

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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?

Sometimes I can't think of a title even when I've finished the story and have to settle for something plain and obvious, and other times I have the perfect one before I start. So yeah, not any one answer there. It depends.

I've only used chapters in my Lynx series and I gave them titles, sometimes not very serious ones, for added interest.

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

I don't mind them. Mine are fairly bare-bones and not a summary as such but just the set-up for the story.

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15 – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

Violence, non-con, torture, animal or child cruelty and other potentially triggery things should be warned for; I tell people up front that there's domestic violence in Blood, Sweat, and Fears even though it contains my usually happy (at that point) ending.

The oddest thing I've warned for is probably religious beliefs in Through the Gate: "the certainty that no matter what your beliefs are, this will contradict them".

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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 almost always write gen, PG-13 at most. I'd rate higher than that for violence in one or two of my stories. I'm not that keen on the accepted US ratings anyway as they seem to be used mainly for sex when there are far more disturbing things than that: violence and torture for instance.

I like the AO3 system where one can warn for different things like sex, violence, character death etc. It's a lot more informative than a plain rating, though I should say that the character death one often constitutes a plot spoiler.

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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 prefer to stay with canon unless I'm writing an AU, but anyway I assume that fanon is merely adding to canon so I can pick and choose what I want to use (like Vila being a vegetarian: yes, Avon loving ice cream: yes, Avon being allergic to half the substances in the universe: no). I do also like to create my own fanon like Vila's mother Jandy and Soolin's sister Ilka.

I'm not sure if writing has ever changed my opinion of a fandom, but I can certainly interpret what's on the screen or page in different ways. I've had a lot of fun in [livejournal.com profile] b7friday doing that.

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

I have, six times it appears--more than I'd thought! You can find them all together on AO3 here under "pastiche". They include:

Hot Stuff - Avon and Vila cross-dress to join a band on Gauda Prime. Inspired by Some Like It Hot.

Rebels and Amagons - after the shootout on Gauda Prime, Vila, Avon, Dayna, and Tarrant end up on the shores of a lake. Inspired by Swallows and Amazons.

Pine Barrens - Avon, Blake, and Vila are Sicilian wiseguys in the Terra Nostra, with nods to the original Sopranos episode.

The Selfish Hermit - A B7 children's story, based on Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant (which always made me cry).

The Diary of a No-Body - Zen's diary, written in the Victorian style of Charles Pooter. This one probably doesn't really fit the question since it uses style but not plot, but I'm rather fond of it.

Escape Committee - Vila on the penal colony CF1 as a teenager, in the style of Colditz/The Great Escape.
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11 – Do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Science fiction, almost exclusively. If you mean types of story, then I enjoy writing humour most of all but I've probably written as much if not more hurt/comfort (usually with humour added because life is never lacking in it).

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10 – 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?

As I said, I'm not into pairings. If you forget that aspect of it, I'd still say "not really". I'm happy to put just about any two (or more) characters together in a story which is why I sign onto challenges like Multiverse and the "fic walks into a bar" challenge (where you write your chosen character with a randomly chosen one).

I suppose the closest to being out of my comfort zone was the Vila walks into a bar and meets Acastus Kolya one, a character I'd never have thought of writing. And my current WIP stars Zen whom I'm not finding at all easy to write. But in general I enjoy the challenge of not doing my usual stuff.

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

I'm not into pairings, making me very unusual (I don't like shipping, shopping, or shoes) so I can't answer this one. If you count friendship however, and I do, then Avon & Vila is top by far.

After that I have a mere smattering. Vila/Soolin comes next (because she goes with Vila like Avon does, being a contrast with each providing what the other might be missing or need) and then there are mostly single shots: Vila/Kerril, Avon/OMC and Vila/OFC in my Some Like It Hot pastiche, and Tarrant/Starbuck. I think that's pretty much it and the action's always off-screen anyway.

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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 enjoy writing OCs, and I don't write Mary Sues. It's not actually that hard.

My OCs are either minor characters or they're the only characters as I explore some other part of the universe, and they're fun to write. I think the Mary Sue accusation comes up when an original female character is romantically linked to a canon character, or even is just in the spotlight whether or not she's improbably beautiful and talented.

I was going to introduce a major OFC back when I started writing fanfic (a rebel very much lacking in stunning looks) but when I saw Mary Sue accusations about various fics flying about on a mailing list, I replaced her with a canon character. It actually worked out well because she took the story in an interesting new direction.

All the same, the whole Mary Sue thing annoys me greatly. I've read a fair few real ones, but not all OFCs are MSs by any means even though I've actually seen exactly that accusation made. Recently I heard that someone who wrote an original story about an older woman who was a survivor of a bad marriage got her work on AO3 tagged with "Mary Sue". [Edit] I've been told there may have been a little justification for that one.

Enough already.

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

Not in that they've made me like one I disliked or vice versa, but writing or reading can give one new insight or ideas about a character.

Certainly writing/inventing Soolin's background and interior life made her much more of a favourite. I always liked her coolness and intellect but now I'm very fond of her too.

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

I prefer writing characters who interest me. In fanfic that's usually turned out to be the men, possibly because the writers concentrate more on male characters or allow them more interesting personalities and freedom of action. Many of my favourite characters are male, sure, but there are women in there too. Characters are usually favourites because they're alien or non-human in other ways (like Data or Seven of Nine) or the kind of person who interests me (and Susan Ivanova was one). I don't always feel like writing about them though; that subset's much smaller.

In my (mostly unwritten) original fiction however, I definitely go for females as main characters, but placed in a future (near or far) world in which talent and ability count, not one's gender. I can only think of one potential novel that has a male as main character (and he's a clone).

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5 –If you have ever had a character, whether your "muse" or not, try to push their way into a fic, what did you do about it?

I've never had that happen. I write about the characters I want to write about. They may sometimes not do what I want them to, but that's another matter.


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

Not really. At least, none of my characters behave like that. I suppose Vila and Avon are the closest to muses as they're so easy to put in a situation then sit back and watch and listen to them react. They have such well defined personalities and speech patterns, they almost write themselves.

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

Blake's 7: Vila and Avon--no surprised there. Those two work so well together and almost write themselves.
Farscape: Stark. Like Vila, he's tragic, appealing, and funny.
Red Dwarf: The Cat I suppose since he's appeared in all three fics.
Stargate Atlantis: Rodney! I love Rodney. He's like a mixture of Vila and Avon.

The rest of these only have one fic each, so in most cases the character is the only one I've written for them. The order is the one AO3 had yesterday; it seems to be random.

Shaun of the Dead: Shaun
Mad Men: Sal Romano
Heroes: Hiro Nakamura
Stargate SG-1: Vala Mal Doran (hey, I like rogues)
Battlestar Galactica (2003): Starbuck
Doctor Who: the Doctor. Donna also appears in a fic not on AO3.
Bas Lag: China Mieville: Bellis Coldwine
Star Trek: Worf was fun
IT Crowd: the IT crowd themselves
Harry Potter: Draco Malfoy
Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner: Gen and Attolia
Chronicles of Narnia: Aslan (the rest were OCs or crossover characters)
Temeraire - Naomi Novik: Levitas
Firefly: Wash

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2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

I have 98 works on AO3 and they break down like this (AO3's order):

Blake's 7 (92)
Farscape (3)
Red Dwarf (2)
Stargate Atlantis (2)
Shaun of the Dead (1)
Mad Men (1)
Heroes (1)
Stargate SG-1 (1)
Battlestar Galactica (2003) (1)
Doctor Who (1)
Bas Lag - China Mieville (1)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1)
IT Crowd (1)
Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (1)
Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner (1)
Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis (1)
Temeraire - Naomi Novik (1)
Firefly (1)
That adds up to more than 98 because some of them are crossovers, usually with--you guessed it--Blake's 7. Some of them aren't though, written when I was inspired by an idea or a prompt. I'll write anything if I feel the urge. E.g. I had to write something for poor Levitas from the first Temeraire book, and Yuletide prompts grabbed me for the Queen's Thief, Mad Men, and IT Crowd ones. If I get an idea, I'll go with it (if it isn't likely to be so long I'll put it on the back burner).

I've written more than that list but I didn't bother to load a lot of my shorter stuff onto AO3.

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vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (thief of hearts)

A couple of other people are doing this meme, and it's the first of those 30-day ones that has appealed.

Note: If you don't want to see these entries, just edit my tags and filter this one out.

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've been writing for most of my life, having at age five written a series of stories, devoid of any moral, called The Adventures of Naughty Amelia. As I could read already and was bored, they used to send me to other classes to read chapters when the teacher was called away. At 12 or so I wrote two novels in exercise books, one a boarding school story (very much based on the school I was at), and the other (unfinished) about three children trapped in France when the Germans invaded.

Fanfic though? A lot of my unwritten stories, run in my head like films, were very derivative, the Gormenghast novel series and Star Wars being major influences, and I often mentally rewrote the endings of stories or TV series when I didn't lie them. Why yes, Blake's 7 was one of those. When I watched it again in 2001 when it was rerun here, I'd made up so many alternative endings as a teenager, I wasn't sure what the real one was when I got to it, just that I knew I didn't like it.

So yes, my first written-down fanfic was Blake's 7, to no-one's surprise, and it was Vila and how it all ended for him that pulled me in. It wasn't a Gauda Prime fix-it though, not as such though it included one. It was Vila Restal's E-mails, running through the whole series. I thought if maybe six people read them, I'd have won. Then I found the B7 mailing lists and an audience there which was very encouraging, and some of them got me to join LJ.

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