snickfic: Meg Cas kiss closeup (Meg Cas)
Usual disclaimer of everyone's different, what works for me may not work for you, etc, but these are all things that I have found to be true over and over and over in my personal writing life.

1. The thing you want to write most, write first. If you keep waiting for the "right time" to write it, you very easily might never write it at all. (This is a very pointed comment at myself, fyi.)

2. If you're not sure what happens next, try delegating decisions to someone else. Get someone you trust to read what you have so far, and then ask them what else the story needs to happen. (The ONLY reason my Sid/Phil story is finished is because I got a friend to do this for the last ~5k or so.)

3. If you're stuck on a project and nothing you write works, you probably made a mistake earlier in the story. Go back and figure out how you wrote yourself into this corner, and cut that part out.

a meme!

Jan. 30th, 2016 08:18 pm
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
Nabbed from many people.

1. Your 3 fanworks with the most AO3 comment threads: Make Yourself at Home (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno, bowerbird AU), my new most popular fic ever. Three Christmases with Miss Honey (Matilda, Matilda + Miss Hockey), a moderate hit for YT one year that I thought might be my most popular fic until the end of time. Switch Hitter (Hockey RPF, girl!Sid/Geno, D/s AU).

2. Your 3 fanworks with the most kudos: Base Notes (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno, a/b/o) – my first hockey fic! Make Yourself at Home, again. And finally And in Health (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno). This fandom has spoiled me for kudos, basically.

3. Your oldest fanwork: A Right Sorry Couple of Vamps (BtVS/Ats, Spike+Darla), written for the Fall Fandom Free-for-All back in 2008.

4. Your latest fanwork: three's a crowd (SPN, Tamara+Sam), a weird, atmospheric little futurefic for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas.

5. Fanwork you are proudest of: ONE fanwork?? How about I just pick one that comes to mind: worn for sleeping (SPN, Jess/Sam), which is moody and creepy and has a twist and says stuff about canon, all in 1100 words. Still super pleased with how that one turned out.

6. Your longest fanwork: Still Seraph (BtVS, Spike+ensemble, mpreg), a 67k fic I finished in 2009. Have never even come close since. But I've got a WIP that might bump up close to it if I can ever finish. /o\

7. Your 3 fanworks with the most bookmarks: Base Notes, Make Yourself at Home, Switch Hitter. Hockey fandom does it again.

8. Your top 3 crossover works: I have no idea how we're measuring this. I write very few crossovers anyway, but here are three I'm fond of: This is the World We Made (BtVS/Dollhouse, Dawn+Topher), the first fic I've managed to write that really gets at how I feel about how freaking badass Dawn Summers would grow up to be. The Very Small Girl and the Monster (BtVS/Firefly, River+Spike), far-future fic for BtVS in which River meets someone who can finally explain who she is. Lift (Firefly/Matilda, River+Matilda), another River-centric crossover that gets a lot of mileage out of her dreams. Probably the crackiest crossover I've ever attempted, in terms of canons crossed.

9. Your favorite characters to portray: I'm going to assume this means "favorite characters to write, in which case Dawn Summers, Illyria, Jo Harvelle, Genevieve Cortese, Geno.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
I have Big Plans for my Sid/Geno exchange fic. I know the story I want to tell, and I have a pretty good idea of the emotional beats (subject to change, of course, once I get into it). However, I am not just sure how I'm going to tell it yet. I'm not positive whose POV I'm going to tell it from. I'm still figuring out how best to introduce the worldbuilding and how much of it I need to make explicit. Some of what I'm imagining as backstory may not make it into the story at all. I don't even know when in the timeline the story starts. It's top-down writing: I have an idea for the end result, but I have to then write the words that produce that result.

On one hand, there's something very satisfying and concrete about having a clear goal for what I want to do. On the other hand, that means it's easy to get frustrated when the words I am writing do not, in fact, achieve that goal. I think this is part of the reason I had SO MANY false starts when writing the girl!Sid D/s AU that posted in January - I knew what I wanted, and I kept having to backtrack because what I'd written didn't get where I wanted. I think I cut 6k out of an eventual 9k story. Here's hoping that doesn't happen this time.

The thing is, this is completely the opposite of how I write a lot of fic (and original fic, too, for that matter). Very often I'll start with a scenario - "A meets B" or "A, B, and C go on a road trip and develop feelings" or "A gets pregnant" - and then work out what that means for the characters. I think of this as bottom-up writing. Emotional beats develop more organically, which sounds nice until you look at ivy climbing up a wall and realize organic is often code for "messy and nonlinear with a lot of unnecessary side tangents." If your writing strategy is "plant the seed and then let the story grow of its own accord," that's going to mean pruning. It also means that the story can't be hurried along, and no matter how you push at it, it might take much longer to grow to maturity than you would like. (See: my Illyria fic. Five years and counting!)

Anyway. That is my writing thought for the day. Is there one of these strategies that you guys use more often than the other? Do neither of them fit your mode of writing at all? Talk writing at me. :)
snickfic: (Buffy close)
Progress continues slowly but steadily on my current WIP. It's a little weird for me to focus so long on one project; I tend to jump between them like a magpie. That thing over there is always shinier than whatever I have in my beak. But I started this one in the beginning of February, when I was in the middle of a schedule that was sucking all my energy, mental and physical, and so writing 200-400 words a day on something super low key was all I could manage. And lo, now I have 9800 words (with no end in sight).

(It doesn't hurt that other than the upcoming Sid/Geno exchange, I have no exchanges right now to distract me. I'm not even tempted anymore. I don't have any idea how long it'll be until that exchange bug starts to hit again.)

But sometimes, even at this pace that feels glacial, I have to stop, because I don't know what happens next. And this is not really a story where I can bull my way to the next plot point; it doesn't really have a plot. This fic is all about the journey. So sometimes I just have to stop and let the next part come to me. I have to think about it as I'm driving or in the shower, as I go to sleep. I have to daydream.

I realize that this sounds like a very ~artsy writing technique, for good or ill. It is also so inefficient. I get impatient, because I want the next bit of story to happen NOW. Or I want a LOT of the story to happen now. And meanwhile the fic continues to come to me in installments of 200-400 words.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
It hasn't been quite a year or 21 fics new fics posted yet, but nonetheless I was in the mood to do this meme again. I am startled by how much more directly these enter into the action, and there are almost none with explicit time cues, versus, well, MOST of them last time. All in all, I think I actually prefer these. That's called improvement, right?

lines and links )
snickfic: text: Geno 71, I'm Score (geno)
This was the year of ALL THE FANDOMS and ALL THE EXCHANGES. I didn’t so much mind hopping and skipping around fandoms, but my first and foremost goal for next year is FEWER EXCHANGES.

Anyway, as a result of those two things, my writing has been kind of fragmented. I ended up posting 75k words in finished fic, which is down just a tidge from last year and included several exchange fics I was really happy with. I ended up writing 21 fics - 4 hockey, 4 SPN, 3 Buffyverse, 3 Marvel comics, 2 Saga, 1 SPN RPF, 1 MCU, 1 Downton Abbey, and 1 Decoys (movie).

In addition, I wrote somewhere between 30 and 40k this year on various other fic projects that have not yet seen the light of day, which is a little frustrating. One of my goals for the new year will definitely be to get some of those finished up and out into the world.

Below the cut I go into a LOT more detail, because these retrospective things are better than cake.

my year in fic, in much greater detail, with a meme )

other fannish things )
snickfic: black and white image of Sidney Crosby, text "Crosby" (sid)
Behold, I have written hockey fic! 16.5k of it, all at once! I feel like anyone who knows me even moderately well who happened to read this fic would know it was mine, because it is so much bound up in my particular a/b/o preoccupations. And indeed, both Brutti and June guessed it ahead of time. Brutti sent me a PM that was basically, "Soooo, I'm pretty sure you wrote this fic..."

notes and process for this fic - possibly better read after reading the fic )

Base Notes (16505 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Evgeni Malkin/Maxime Talbot
Characters: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Maxime Talbot, Sergei Gonchar
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scents & Smells, Romance, Language Barrier
Summary:

In which Evgeni Malkin comes to America as one of the few omegas in pro hockey, lights up the NHL, and spends a lot of time wondering why Sidney Crosby is so damn weird.


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snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
This meme is going around again, and it's been almost exactly a year and 21 fics since I did it last, so hey.

first lines )

In short: clearly I think the question of when is the single most important question to answer. Also who.

I started listing the last lines, too, but it was too depressing. I need to pay more attention to how other people end their stories, because mine end with dialogue very nearly always, and more variety seems desirable.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
* This Rarewomen fic is finally turning into something I like. You know how there are fic that you can write in one or two sittings? And then there are fics that you write 300 words for, and then you have to go away, and when you come back you delete the last fifty and write another 300, and so on? This is definitely one of the latter.

* I have my Fic Mountain and Not Prime Time assignments! Fic Mountain will require a tiiiny bit of new canon and some review of old canon, but should be fun. No worries there. And the NPT assignment is a great fit, so my trouble there is mostly narrowing down what I want to write.

* Yesterday in a pile of papers I found part of a hopelessly self-indulgent hockey fic I started writing longhand a month ago. I thought it was lost forever, but lo, it is not! So, yay, even though all 1600 words or whatever I have will need major rewriting if it's ever to see the light of day.

* In the department of "I don't have to write RPF, because the media writes it for me," have an article about Sid and Geno and leadership and stuff. Also FEELINGS. Lots of feelings.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
I haven't done one of these in ages. I snagged this one from Tumblr. If you want to play, pick a number, and I will discuss.

the mission, should you accept it, is to stay positive about your writing and yourself, but to also be fair about your shortcomings.

1. of the fic you’ve written, which are you most proud of?
2. favorite tense (past/present/future)
3. favorite POV (first/second/third/etc)
4. what are some themes you love writing about?
5. what inspires you to write?
6. thoughts on critique
7. create a character on the spot…. NOW!
8. is there a character you love writing for the most? the least? why?
9. a passage from a WIP
10. what are your strengths wrt writing?
11. what are your weaknesses wrt writing?
12. what’s your favorite place for writing resources?
13. who are your favorite writers?
14. anything else that you want to know XD
snickfic: half-portrait of Natasha (art by Noto) (Natasha)
I have [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen words! Words I like! I know exactly what I want to do with this fic and have known since a day after I got the assignment, and it is a thing I can do without the handwringing that began my Beyond Panels assignment, and I am altogether very pleased. Plus the prompt gives me an excuse to write an aspect of canon I've been wanting to write for quite a while. YAY ALL AROUND.

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Upcoming films, because I went to see Winter Soldier yesterday and there trailers.
* Lucy, with body horror and ScarJo with out-of-control powers? And also Morgan Freeman? YES PLEASE I WILL WATCH THE HECK OUT OF THAT. Even though the ~science is clearly ridiculous.

* Godzilla looks very silly, but also probably cooler than the last Godzilla remake, and I am a TOTAL SUCKER for giant megafauna which I may have mentioned, so. Also Bryan Cranston, what even.

* Maleficient looks more interesting than I expected. I can see why people have been getting a femslash vibe from it. I will definitely wait on reviews, though.

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Speaking of, yes, I saw Winter Soldier! Unspoilery version: I enjoyed it quite a bit, for pretty much exactly the reasons I expected to enjoy it.

spoilers )
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
Last year was super productive for me; this year was slightly less so, but still my second-best writing year ever. I wrote or finished two more +20k fics, which pleases me. I didn't write as much stuff this year I was super happy with, though; I don't feel like I was experimenting in as many directions as last year, either. IDK, maybe I was getting more solid at the things I learned last year, rather than learning new ones. However, I did write 26.5 fics – 14 SPN, 6.5 SPN RPF, 3 Saga, 1 FF, 1 Discworld, 1 Buffyverse, for a total of 79k words, which is nothing to sneeze at, I suppose.

Below the cut I go into a LOT more detail, because these retrospective things are better than cake.

my year in fic, in much greater detail, with a meme )

other fannish things )
snickfic: (Dean has a hat)
Pick a fic of mine and a question and I'll tell you:

1. What part was most difficult?
2. What are you most proud of?
3. What's a reference you made no one has picked up on yet?
4. What's a bit that sums up your take on a character?
5. Favorite line(s) of dialogue?
6. Favorite lines(s) of prose?
7. Were there any points where you were trying to do something specific with sound, vocabulary, or rhythm?
8. How many drafts did the work go through?
9. Were you listening to anything while writing the fic? If so, what? I have severe ADD and cannot focus with music playing, so the answer to this one is always no.
10. Imagery that is important to the fic, either while composing or in the fic itself?
11. What were you most worried about during the composition?
12. How do you want readers to react to this fic?
13. What did you want them to take away from it?
14. What inspired this fic?
15. If you used a beta, what did you agree or disagree on?
16. Did anything surprise you during the writing?
17. Were any parts written under the influence? I don't really drink? Like, I have shot glass of wine sometimes, if there's wine open. You're welcome to ask about me being under the influence of other things, though. :D
snickfic: [West Wing] Josh: "Victory is mine, victory is mine, great day in the morning, victory is mine" (TWW)
I never want to write 20k in a month again. At least not on purpose. It's basically what I did for RBB, but then I was writing to the end of the story, not to some arbitrary word count.

This draft definitely falls down at the end. It needs at least one, maybe two more scenes to end properly, and also we may very well remove the gratuitous porn at the end, or else make it less gratuitous. Ideally I will clean it up some before I send it to my artist. Artist claims on SATURDAY, EEEP.

Also I post for [livejournal.com profile] genteensybang tomorrow. Blessed be to the teensymod that my posting date was not today. (I didn't think to ask when the schedule was being made.)

Speaking of teensybang, go look! Glorious fic already being posted! Glorious art likewise! I can already tell this is going to have one of the highest awesomeness per work quotients of any event this year. Proper recs later.

Also, now that bb is out, I have to tidy up [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen. Guys, I love rarewomen and all that it stands for, but I'm skipping it next year if I sign up for bb again.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (mood writing)
I've seen the meme going around where you quote the first lines of your 21 most recent fics. Results below. This is a pretty broad mix, with lots of SPN and SPN RPF but also some BtVS and Downton Abbey thrown in, plus a Yuletide fic.

Generally with first lines I want to give convey setting or character or era (if canon-fic) or conflict or, ideally, all of the above. Most of these do at least one of those things. I also tend to start things with context-less statements that I then interpret in the next paragraph or so. Otherwise, I'm not seeing a lot of patterns here.

first lines )

OTOH, I decided to list my last lines as well, and wow am I confirmed in my impression that I was weaker with endings than beginnings. First, lots of dialogue, which is not necessarily a problem in itself but which probably should not end every story, and second, a lot of sentence fragments that make no sense out of context. Hmph.

last lines )

BB progress

Apr. 4th, 2013 11:43 pm
snickfic: (bb)
Because I want to tell someone that words are happening. Slowly, but they are happening. And I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, which is basically my single biggest hang-up when trying to write, especially long things. So.

4284 / 20000
(21.42%)


(word count thingy generated here)

\o/

Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:45 pm
snickfic: [West Wing] Josh: "Victory is mine, victory is mine, great day in the morning, victory is mine" (TWW)
[livejournal.com profile] genteensybang draft SUBMITTED.

And just in time, since I hear [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen assignments go out on Monday, and also I seriously need to start in on something for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. (Although I did post a snippet of the likeliest candidate, over at the check-in post.)
snickfic: [West Wing] Josh: "Victory is mine, victory is mine, great day in the morning, victory is mine" (TWW)
Y'all, I have had the most spectacular fic-writing year. I said something like that last year, but this year blew that out of the water. I wrote 135k worth of fic this year (including 15k posted that I haven't yet put my name to); best previous year was 75k. I wrote a whole range of things I'd never have guessed: explicit sex, some real actual kink, some m/m, some f/f, and a threesome. I wrote two fics longer than 20k. I wrote fics for The Vampire Diaries, Downton Abbey, and my Yuletide fandom, all brand-new fandoms, as well as my old standbys.

Below the cut I go into more detail. A LOT more detail. This got long, folks.

my year in fic, in much greater detail, with a meme )

other fannish things )

Y'all, I am so proud of myself this year. I really, really am.
snickfic: Buffy Dawn weird love is better than no love (Buffy Dawn sister love)
END OF YEAR FEEDBACK MEME
my thread here


Concrit heartily welcomed! If there's something that's bugged you about my writing but that you've never felt comfortable telling me about, here's your chance.
snickfic: Dean getting out of Impala in the rain (Impala)
Google Maps is the road-trip fic writer's best friend and a boon to mankind. Streetview even lets me see the scenery my trio is driving through.

Also, after I pinpoint where a specific scene is happening, I can look up weather events on YouTube.

Also also, thanks to the wonders of social media, I've seen the pumpkin one of my favorite actors carved for Halloween.

The 21st century is weird, y'all.

Dear World

Oct. 18th, 2012 09:16 pm
snickfic: (Downton Abbey)
I appear to be writing Sybil+Thomas fix-it fic. WHAT EVEN IS THIS.

kink_bingo

Oct. 1st, 2012 09:58 pm
snickfic: (Dean has a hat)
Now that I know I'm not going to default, am posting my [community profile] kink_bingo card here for future reference. (We're going to pretend that that icon up there has something to do with the historical roleplay square.)

card is here )
snickfic: (Buffy desert)
The Get It Done minibang is looking for artists. There are a few very intriguing summaries there - Giles/Lilah! Amnesia!Spuffy! Dawn-centric postapocalyptic goodness!

Mine's not in there, in case you meant to look for it - having just finalized [livejournal.com profile] shipswap fic sometime yesterday, I decided I am done with meeting fic deadlines for other people this year. No more exchanges (unless I am very very tempted) and no bangs until next year. Ideally I will still finish up my Faith/Giles snowpocalypse fic by the Get It Done deadline in December, because I do truly want to finish that fic, but now there's no pressure.
snickfic: (Spike disapproves)
A problem with writing exchange fics is I watch all this fun TV and I write all these things and I can't talk about any of it because it is sekrit. *pout*

(However, once [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen fics are revealed, I'm definitely going to talk about mine. Partly to wibble and apologize for its failings, but.)
snickfic: (River)
* My brain may now at any time substitute "Jared" when I mean "Sam" and "Jensen" when I mean "Dean" (and logical vice-versas). *facepalm*

* I remembered the other point I wanted to make yesterday about RPF, which is: I know there are lots of fandoms that take a pairing or two from their canon and go crazy with werewolf AUs and space rebel AUs and what not, and I never cared about them before. The reason I care about the crack AUs now, with RPF, is that I don't give a fig about the canon. Er, 'canon.' This particular group of actors has kept on failing to disillusion me for a surprisingly long time, but I still do not know or care to know the details of their lives. Which means turning them all into space rebels doesn't offend my canon-purist sensibilities in the slightest. :D

* I have so many things I want to say about fics I am writing but cannot talk about! Grr.

* I'm back in that phase where by far the most interesting entertainment is fandom and/or writing. This means no TV recently. I've watched Mad Men through 2.03, I think, and I haven't watched anything else at all in ages. Except SPN. For various projects I cannot talk about.

* I read this nifty River/Sam crossover today, and I feel I should tell you all. (That's River Tam, not River Song.) It's a very fun fusion thingy, more River-centric than River/Sam, but Mal and Dean in particular are also delightful. And it has plot and everything!
snickfic: (Willow hmm)
Folks, I promise I will start talking soon about something other than fics that you can't read yet. Right now, though, I'm all YAY BIG BANG (my draft came in at 21k, but I think it'll gain a couple thousand words in the rewrite) and YAY RAREWOMEN (reveals on Monday).

However. Next year, plz remind me not to move two weeks before a major fic deadline, 'kay?

In other things. Um. I've been thinking about prompts, and what works for me in a prompt and what doesn't. [livejournal.com profile] brutti_ma_buoni talked in her Writercon discussion on prompts last year (Brutti, wasn't there an audio recording, too?) about writing to prompts from the kink meme. She contrasted between prompts that are all about action (Faith/Dawn/Kennedy strap-ons) vs. emotion (Wesley/Fred frantic comfort sex during the Beast rampage), and how for her, emotion prompts and action prompts don't.

I think I'm the same. This crystalized for me this morning while I was looking at the prompts at the latest commentfic meme over at [livejournal.com profile] ohsam. It seems to me that prompts like "Sam has asthma, and Dean helps him through an attack" (not an actual prompt) functions like the h/c equivalent of an action prompt on the kink meme. Apparently I find them equally uninspiring whether they're sexy or h/c.

Now, if we add an emotional dimension with maybe some conflict built in, then I'm interested again. For example, "Sam developed food allergies while at Stanford, but never told Dean. When Dean finds out during an attack, Dean takes it as evidence that Sam doesn't trust him."

Obviously, this is very much a YMMV topic; what works for me doesn't work for everyone. It occurs to me that it also depends on just how deeply someone is invested in a particular kink. Like, you can give me a fandom, a pairing, and the word 'mpreg', and you know I'll go to town, no additional details required.

Semi-related, I'm having trouble with commentfic memes over in the more Buffy-centric corner of fandom because single words and random song phrases as prompts are in vogue right now, and those usually only work for me if I haven't written in ages and am just boiling over with writing energy. I'm much better off with a what-if prompt. Of course, then I want to write a big long plotty thing that's 10k+ words, but that's a separate issue.
snickfic: On With the Exposition (Scoobies exposition)
Nabbed from [personal profile] alexseanchai:

If you could sit me down for a day or whatever and say, "I want you to write this story for me," what would that story be?

Feel free to tell me that what you really want is for me to finish project X that I have posted part of / keep talking about. *g*
snickfic: (mood narcissistic)
'Tis that time of year again: the time when I ramble on at length about fic and other fannish activities. It seems unlikely that I'll post any more fic before the end of the year, so I'm just going to go ahead and do this before holiday busyness sets in.

I had what was, for me, a really spectacular year in fic. Variety was the word this year: three fandoms, tons of POV characters, several different ships, a full range of genres.

MUCH DETAIL about Snick's year in fic )

other fannish stuff )
snickfic: (Willow hmm)
Why is it all my SPN fic wants to be written in present tense? I can almost see it with Dean, because I think he functions as a very here-and-now kind of guy (other than, you know, the years of guilt he carries around). However, this latest thing doesn't even have Dean in it, and still: present tense! Creeping in every time my back is turned!

On the good side, I have 450 words, and I think they might be okay words. \o/

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In unrelated things, thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] rebcake and [livejournal.com profile] goldenusagi for the fuzzy blue spiders. They are darling.
snickfic: (Yuletide)
1. I don't think I'm doing Yuletide this year. I love it, I encourage everyone else to do it, but I think I don't have the energy for it this year, myself. I just now, with Seasonal Spuffy, have finished the last of my fics with deadlines, and I still owe fics to a number of other people, including (but possibly not limited to?):

* Harvelle fic for Eilowyn
* potato ricer fic for [personal profile] ghostyouknow
* SeaQuest fic for Eowyn (I am soooo sorry, hon. I haven't forgotten!)
* something Giles-Buffyish for general Giles fen on my flist, although I may unilaterally decide that the Faith-Giles winterfic counts instead. :)
* others? If I owe you a fic and it's not here, tell me! I want to write you fic!

Anyway, point being: deadlines are stressful right now, and I just don't think I can do Yuletide justice this year. Alas. Also, there's nothing I desperately want to request, and I wanted to offer Twin Peaks yet I still haven't finished the series. And finally, I have fic projects of my own that I care about more this time around.

But I shall cheer you all on!

2. Without warning, Sam/Jo is now my SPN OTP. No, I don't know how this happened. I just think they have the potential to be functional together and good for each other, that they could meet each other as equals in ways almost no other potential pairing in this fandom could. I just, I like them. So there.

3. Speaking of, there is now more of the mpreg sequel to [personal profile] ghostyouknow's Sam/Jo plantfic. 'Tis here, 'tis called Diaspores (hee), and 'tis dark and angsty and cracky as all heck but, you know, good. In fact, it is quite possibly the best plantbaby mpreg fic ever. And it is for meeeeeee.

4. AO3 was being a pain this week. It's better now, but for a while I kept getting errors every fifteen minutes or so. You're supposed to be better than LJ, AO3! *shakes fist*
snickfic: (Harmony)
Today was the day to work on any one of the three front-burner writing projects. You know, the SPN fic, or the rewrite, or the original SF story. ANY OF THOSE.

Today was not the day to add 1000+ words to the Spuffy WIP you'd forgotten you even had until you were glancing through your folders last night.

*facepalm*

At least I might have something for Seasonal Spuffy again in the fall.
snickfic: (Willow hmm)
Plotting is much, much easier in SPN. If you know me, you know that plot has always been my nemesis, even (especially) in original fiction. BtVS is no easier; with so few restrictions on its worldbuilding and no really standard episode structure, there's very little guidance for plotting a story that "feels" like BtVS. At least, that's the trouble I have. When anything goes, it's hard to narrow down "anything" to "something."

Whereas SPN has a basic episode structure and is at least sporadically committed to making its MOW plot interesting in its own right, which simplifies things a lot. I worked up a full episode-style plot, complete with spook, motivation, the Winchesters' emotional arc, a general idea of events, and overarching meta/theme/commentary, in about half an hour this morning. Not that I'll probably ever write it, because I have more than enough projects already and the subject matter was going to take some very sensitive handling, but still. A plot! I came up with a plot!
snickfic: (Spike Dawn sibs)
This question came up because I was thinking about how I find it nearly effortless to write Spike and Dawn together. Theirs is a dynamic that just makes complete sense to me. I know how they work.

For a contrast, I find Faith and Buffy a real challenge to write together, even though post-series they clearly need to be BFFs.

So, a couple of questions: which couples (romantic or not) do you find easy to write? Which couples do you find hard to write? I'm not looking for shipping preferences here; I'm curious to know ships/pairs of people that you've actually tried to write together. If you've never tried your hand at Angel/Cordy, for example, feel free to leave that blank for both. OTOH, if you keep wanting to write the great Xander/Cordy epic and can't get started, that counts.

Note that this list is a bit idiosyncratic and not exhaustive.

[Poll #1711238]
snickfic: (Default)
It drive me crazy when a character is described as 'snarking.'

"Whenever I'm down in the dumps, I buy a new hat," said Liesel.

"I always wondered where you got those hats," snarked Ettie.

See? If the dialogue is actually snarky, then I the reader know without being told; if it isn't, then being told it was just points up the author's failure to deliver and/or self-evaluate. Plus it feels self-conscious, and in most cases self-consciousness in humor is fatal.

Same goes for "she quipped," "he joked," etc. (Except, snark feels even just a little bit worse because it's colloquial and relatively new, which makes it stick out even more.)
snickfic: (mood ftw)
Because it can tell me how long it takes Giles and Faith to drive from Rome to Florence, and what roads they take. Dude. Why have I never thought of this before?
snickfic: (Buffy revolution)
Counting the Oz fic just posted I now have three completely separate and mutually exclusive post-apocalyptic 'verses occupying my brain.

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