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I WANT TO BE ANGRY, DON’T CLIMB INTO MY LAP AND START PURRING YOUR HEAD OFF
HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO STAY ANGRY NOW
- 2. Name the fandoms you’ve written in, and how much you’ve written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Oh god SO MANY. But not a lot in any of them. I’ve only really started STEADILY writing pretty recently, but I used to do comics pretty often so I think that counts. Uh lets see… Final Fantasy obviously, 6(Gift of the Magi), 7(Gold Eyes), 8(Witching Hour), 9(Before, various oneshots), 10(Goddess Gold, various one-shots), Legend of Zelda(Double Genesis), Naruto(LOTS of Sound Ninja stuff), Kingdom Hearts, uhhh… Bunch of Homestuck shit which I’m still writing for, and Spyro which I’ve started recently.
- 3. For each of the fandoms, what were your favorite characters to write?
My favorite characters to write for are usually my favorite, period. I wrote a LOT for Kuja in the FF/Dissidia works, and generally speaking I wrote for villains a lot. My FF6 work was Kefka and Terra’s past, Witching Hour was an Ultimecia backstory and all of my FFX work was about Seymour. My Zelda story was about an OC, but I liked writing for Link just because he was so gentle and gregarious. For Naruto I wrote a lot about Tayuya, KH was an OC, for Homestuck I LOVE writing for Ancestors and Mindfang is my current artistic muse in general. I haven’t written a lot in Spyro yet but Cynder is the narrator right now and she’s fun.
- 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?
TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED WORDS, CALLIOPE. I picked Calliope as the narrator for my Petstuck fic and she ended up turning what was supposed to be a smallish oneshot into a multi-chapter monster that is still only the first third of the story I wanted to write as a whole. The first and smallest part of which was 2.5k words. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT MINDFANG, DAMN IT.
- 7. Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
One I’ve read? God yes. One I’ve WRITTEN? Ughhhhh never ask me to write for a character because I’ll 100% fall in love with them forever. I had vague positive feelings for Calliope before this petstuck fic happened and now it’s like OH NO, MY BABY. It’s such a problem.
- 11. Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you’re writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
Not really, I just kind of write whatever comes to mind. Bloom for Whom You May, the Handmaid/Darkleer story, was actually a freewriting experiment that I ended up getting really into and banging out in like an hour or two with almost no edits. I would say I’m most fond of non-conventional romance and comfortable domestic stuff.
- 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?
Muhhhhh sometimes. I’ve gotten a lot better at it recently and I’ve found it helps to have a good chunk of story written before you try to sit down and force a title. (I’ve been working on Petstuck for over a year and I’m still thinking that MAYBE I’ll call the FIRST part ‘Ripples’. Maybe.) The Handmaid/Darkleer story basically named itself, as I ended up looking up information about Amaranth flowers— Darkleer names her Amaranth, since it’s a red flower, and originally it was supposed to be a joke about Darkleer being unoriginal, but it turned out amaranth is synonymous with eternity and undying love and a lot of really Handmaid relevant things. So. Oops? I just picked the name from a fitting poem about the plant.
- 19. When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
To clarify for anyone who doesn’t know, ‘bunnies’ means plot bunnies, ideas. I TRY to sit down and start writing it right away, unless it’s relevant to what I’m writing at that moment in which case it’s written down for later. The margins of Art of Healing are COVERED in particular scene ideas for later, and so is the Petstuck one where I’ve got giant chunks of dialogue pretty much verbatim for what I want to write later.
- 23. When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
Everywhere. I am extremely insecure about my writing so I’ll literally post it to as many places as I can find, in the hopes of getting any kind of immediate feedback. I need the reassurance that people are SEEING it or else I kind of shut down in terms of motivation to write. >_>; But I post here on tumblr, I post on AO3, FF.net, there’s one or two on FlightRising…
- 29. What is your current project or projects?
A BIG Petstuck story centering around Troll Enthusiast Calliope English, her young pet Rufioh, and their attempts to rehabilitate the(rather large) injured and semi-feral escaped Mindfang. I’m having trouble keeping up the motivation for this one due to lack of feedback and the heavier nature of the content… Which is a shame because I’ve been pouring heart and soul into it for so long. xD;
And also a Spyro the Dragon story called The Art of Healing, a light-hearted story about culture shock, making friends, and what family means to two orphaned dragons who just saved the world.
It’s not fanfic but I’m also working on and off on ‘Sundrop,’ an original(?) story about a dragon hatchling named Sundrop and her journey from hatching to motherhood. Set in the world of FlightRising so you can argue about the originality of it but ehhhh.
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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?
I don’t really remember what made me finally sit down and write out that first chapter, but I’m pretty sure it was Legend of Zelda based. I used to be really into the social scene of ficwriters on ZeldaPower, and they were all so fun and open with their writing that it was really encouraging to me. I suppose it must have been me wanting to get out the story of an RP character I was using at the time, a Gerudo named Jenith. She wasn’t terribly original, but she’s always been a favorite of mine and has evolved into something really special.
- 8. Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they’re not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.
I do! I’ve got a TON of OCs, though mainly for my older fandoms. As I myself got older, I tended to focus more on improving my older characters than on making new ones… Something I ought to rectify I guess, haha.
Gawd, the Mary Sue thing. I don’t know, I think a Mary Sue is born more of the TREATMENT of traits rather than any specific aspect.
I’ve seen very powerful characters who had relationships with canon characters, and yet from a reader’s perspective I still found them believable and interesting, because you were given an opportunity to understand said OCs strengths and /shown/ how they worked well with the character before any romance even took place. I think MarySues often fall into that trap of telling, not showing, and that’s why they’re so uninteresting and regarded as so toxic.
Uh, but to actually answer the question! I just do my best to write that character as a PERSON, to flesh them out with respect to who they essentially are. As long as someone is believable in that regard, then you don’t really have to worry about having a checklist of skills and flaws that you need to balance out.
- 9. Pairings – For each of the fandoms from question two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
I didn’t answer question two! But it was like, fandoms you’ve written in SO LET’S SEE UH… I’ve written in Final Fantasy(6, 7, 8, 9 and 10), Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Spyro, Homestuck obviously… Oh jeez. I don’t write a lot of romance… I guess Handmaid/Darkleer is at the top of the list by virtue of being one of the few things I’ve actually written. Spyro/Cynder? Kuja/Zidane?
I haven’t actually written any summfang jfc
- 13. Do you prefer canon or non-canon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
CANON CANON CANON <3 I love Canon. Like, I am all about PARAMETERS I love working with a sort of frame that I can essentially play Tetris with. How much can I logically fit into this set of ideas without a breach. It’s wonderful. And in very small increments yes, as I’ve got a really active attention to detail when I’m reading things but I’m not nearly as intelligent as I like to think so I don’t always make the right connections. The most drastic change my own writing has made was that it makes me LIKE characters more, because I always find more facets of them or end up looking at things in a different way when I sit down to get in their head for something.
(I used to like Calliope but after having worked on my Petstuck thing for over a year now omfg I love her. Lovelovelove CANNOT GET ENOUGH Calliope.) And on another occasion I decided to write about a character who was in love with a villain I disliked, but in trying to think about WHY she was in love with him, I realized he was actually pretty dang cool. (Oops)
- 30. Do you have a favorite fic you’ve written? What makes it your favorite? And don’t forget to give us a link!
Hahahah that’s a hard one! I put a lot of love and care into everything I write, because it’s a hobby I enjoy but also something I’m insecure about the quality of? So it takes a story I really, truly love in order for it to see the light of day, thus it’s super hard to pick a favorite. I’m sentimentally attached to my old LoZ fic, Double Genesis, and I’ve been working on the Petstuck one for over a year now so that’s obviously pretty special, and The Art of Healing is also pretty remarkable for me in that it’s going so quickly and has a fully plotted start, middle and end.
I guess I’ll go with Bloom for Whom You May, the Darkleer/Handmaid one, just because it’s a finished and stand-alone work. And probably has the best reviews of all of them to date, hahah. My writing tag is here, too.
I hatched my first-ever Wildclaw clutch yesterday! /o/
I’m honestly REALLY tempted to keep the black one but I don’t really like Wildclaws that much. If she were any other breed… Anyway haggling is 100% yes, gems are fine, do whatever just take these babies home.
Grey Clown/Midnight Eyespots/Black Underbelly - Female 30k
Lavender Clown/Steel Eyespots/Grey Underbelly - Male 30k
Obsidian Tiger/Grey Eyespots/Silver Underbelly - Female 35k
Ice Clown/Teal Stripes/Ice Underbelly - Male 40k
Fucking hell I’m sleeping to this for the rest of my life
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?
2. Name the fandoms you’ve written in, and how much you’ve written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
3. For each of the fandoms, what were your favorite characters to write?
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?
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?
6. When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
7. Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?
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.
9. Pairings – For each of the fandoms from question two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?
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?
11. Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you’re writing? What kind do you tend to write most?
12. Have you ever attempted an “adaptation” fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
13. Do you prefer canon or non-canon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?
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?
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?
16. Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?
17. Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18. Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka “bunnies”) from?
19. When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?
20. Do you ever get bunnied from other people’s stories or art in the same fandom?
21. Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
22. Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you’ve thought about doing? And if not, why not?
23. When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
24. Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren’t any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?
25. Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain “mood” to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
26. What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you’ve had to research for a fic?
27. Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
28. Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
29. What is your current project or projects?
30. Do you have a favorite fic you’ve written? What makes it your favorite? And don’t forget to give us a link!