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I see LJ is having fits again. Here, have a meme that [personal profile] bruttimabuoni resurrected this morning:

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

Feel free to ask about fics in any fandom I've written in! (You know, actually written.)
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For [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42:
Well, I personally love Inverse Proportions. You've always written a great Anya, but your Cordy here was fabulous, too, and I especially love the way you've explored Xander's relationship with both of him, even though he's offscreen through the whole thing. Compare and contrast stories are hard to do without it seeming manufactured, but you explore their differences and similarities with subtlety and insight.

It’s one think to say you want to pit Cordy and Anya against one another, character-study style. But then the question comes: when do you set the stupid thing? Your options are, sometime circa “The Wish,” “Doppelganger,” or “The Prom;” in a BtVS/Ats crossover; or in some floaty afterlife thingy when they’re both dead. But by “The Prom” there’s still practically no Anya/Xander to explore yet, and a crossover just to get Anya and Cordy talking could very easily look contrived. (A floaty afterlife thingy wasn’t actually an option. I’m much opposed to floaty afterlife thingies.)

Hence what I actually ended up with: Anya post-S6, reflecting on her whole ended his relationship with Xander and, strangely, dreaming about the girl (ascended, unbeknownst to Anya) whose wish put Anya on this human track in the first place. Plus the flashbacks, because when I’m writing character studies, I tend to impose extra structure on them to make me feel better about the woeful lack of plot.

And then there’s the title, which had almost as much to do with momentary nostalgia for my math days as it did with thematic signficance. Hey, that degree has to be good for something!


For [livejournal.com profile] angearia:
I think my favorite has to be Motorcycle Mayhem. Is there a more perfect way for Spike adventures? Loved the Spike/Buffy, Spike/Dawn and Spike/Andrew scenes, but my favorite? Spike/Giles - that was positively inspired!

First, I gotta say: how did it take the writers five seasons of canon to finally put Spike on a motorcycle? Of course Spike and motorcycles. Duh.

Anyway, comedy fic isn’t exactly my forte. But I have a thing for Spuffy that goes AU pre-"The Gift" and avoids all the S6 angst, so this was my chance: just prior to “Crush,” give Spike a bike and a one-time gig, get him entangled with the demony biker gang from “Bargaining,” bring Dawn in to get him un-entangled, and of course kill Ben the Innocent Bystander in the melee. Introducing Andrew a season early came as a total surprise to me, but someone had to accidentally summon the Weeble-weeble demon.

Glad you enjoyed the Spike/Giles scenes - I thought they might come across as a bit gratuitous to the plot, but in my mind Ripper/motorcycle is even more closely intertwined than Spike/motorcycle (which I suspect is largely the fault of this fic). So I had to have the bike-nabbing and the big face-off.

And then there’s the bit at the end about the fish, which is either my funniest closing line ever or just very strange.
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For [livejournal.com profile] eowyn_315: I've love to hear more about Kamikaze. I never thought I'd find a Willow/Kennedy fic I actually enjoyed, but you're the master at making unlikable things likable!

Hoo boy. I knew someone was going to mention that one. I pretty much set Kamikaze as a personal challenge for myself: could I take my absolute least favorite canon ship, set in my least favorite portion of ‘canon’ -- notice the quoty quote marks of skepticism -- and write something I’d actually want to read?

And you know, it turned out to be not so bad once I realized that Willow/Kennedy in the comics was substantially angstier and more interesting than W/K in S7. What’s more, I was so unexcited about the Core Four characterizations in the comics that Kennedy benefited a bit by comparison. Hence writing from her POV, which I could have sworn I would never, ever do.

So that was the reasoning; the part where the military nabs Willow and sticks her in stasis, and Kennedy goes in on her lone wolf suicide mission to save the girl she’s fallen way harder for than she ever meant to? I dunno where that came from, but I think it worked out okay. Then there was question of whether or not Kennedy survived, which I was on the fence about practically right up until I posted the thing.

*uses representative rare character icon*
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This was fun - feel free to keep telling me about fics I've never written. (Confession: now I kind of want to write these, or at least read them...)

For [livejournal.com profile] deird1:
My favourite one was definitely “Twelve Pine Trees”, and I loved the excerpt from Dawn's poem.

Hah. Little secret: Dawn’s poem was originally going to be a haiku. ‘Cuz what’s the one form of Japanese poetry that everyone knows? Plus it’s a crunchy, bite-sized form that seemed to fit rather well with the Buffyverse one-liner aesthetic.

But you may’ve picked up that I’m a poetry fan in general, so I had to at least look at some of the other traditional Japanese forms. By the time the main story was finished it was clear a bargain with as old a kami as they were dealing with would need to be written in an older genre than haiku, which didn’t develop as an independent form until the 17th century. From there it was a short step to trying my hand at a bit of kanshi, as written in Dawn-voice.

And I’m thrilled to hear you enjoyed that bit - I worried it might be a bit too esoteric or just plain weird for most folks.


For [livejournal.com profile] goldenusagi:
I loved your story Magical. You brought Tara and Oz together in such a believable way!

Hooray! Frankly, getting them from rivals to commiserating mourners was easy, once Warren shot Willow and Xander’s letter brought Oz back to town. But we all know me and how much trouble I have getting from friendship to shippiness in a fic, which is largely why the romantic development was so very understated (other than the fact that with Oz, everything is understated...).

Of course, the other problem was that I generally have as hard a time believing the hetting of Tara as I do the slashing of anyone else. But if anyone could do it, it seemed to me it’d be Oz, who IMO is by far the most dateable guy in the ‘verse. Plus he’s remarkably patient with the physical side of his relationships, which meant I could write a whole lot of emotional development before we finally get to the one fade-to-black sex scene.

Original first line, before I came up with the much punchier one with all the witchcraft-herbal/anti-wolfy-herbal thematic connections: He’d hated her for a few minutes once, but now Willow was dead and she was the only one who understood.

memeage!

Sep. 14th, 2009 11:05 pm
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Nabbed from various folks:

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

So, tell me about story I've never written.

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