snickfic: Buffy Dawn hug (Buffy Dawn hug)
[ profile] eilowyn is hosting the Awesome Ladies Ficathon, a comment ficathon for the women we love. All fandoms welcome, including RPF, as evidenced by the gorgeous banner below. (That would be Genevieve, my RPF BFF.)

snickfic: Dean getting out of Impala in the rain (Impala)
Yay, [ profile] spnspringfling fics have started appearing. Mods post them anonymously over the course of a week. Apparently they got ~150 participants (yikes), which means lots and lots of fic. And also art. (I dare you not to go awwww.)

I don't think I can commit to writing a ficlet for folks who guess mine, but if anyone does spot anything that seems to have 'Snick' written all over it, I will be very curious to know.
snickfic: (Jayne PR)

Basically: double-blind 1-week fic/art exchange; thing you write should be between 500 and 2500 words. I'm in!
snickfic: Spuffy Smashed kissing (Spuffy sexy)
* I would like to point out that as of this post, I have made 1000 entries to my LJ. This seems momentous.

* Thing I hate irrationally in fanfic: first person POV. I don't hate every fanfic ever written in it - I'm pretty sure I have recced fic in that POV before - but if I'm browsing something new, first person will make me backbutton faster than a whole lot of other, objectively more problematic things.

I think the problem is that I am not willing to identify that intimately with a character about whom I already have ideas. I watch TV characters from the outside, and having them talk to me is just about more than I can deal with. Maybe it's a fourth-wall problem? I don't know. I don't dislike first person nearly as much in original fic.

(OTOH, I don't mind second person nearly so much, even though it's usually considered to be intrusive. I dunno.)

* [personal profile] ruuger's multi-fandom Valentine's Day Friendship Ficathon is still going. There are plenty of prompts, although not so many fills. I myself wrote an SPN ficlet, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, which is Ellen and Dean circa 5.10 Abandon All Hope.

* [personal profile] quinara and I been have talking back and forth about a Spuffy fic of hers, As Good as a Rest (which you should all read if you haven't yet, because it is long and chewy and glorious). I commented that even though I usually skip the sex scenes out of boredom, I really liked the one in this fic. Her response struck me as so insightful that I'm going to quote it.

I find sex scenes difficult to write quite a lot of the time, because to my mind they have to be a very fine balance of so many things to be successful - explicit enough that people know what's going on, but not so itemised that it's like reading a technical manual; full of emotional connection but not overwrought or clich├ęd; realistic but still crafted like an expressive piece of prose that communicates something; interesting/varied but not so much that it seems like you're trying to make a political statement about heterosexual normativity (unless you are - and I suppose I am somewhat some of the time, but I always like my politics to be things that are built into the fabric of how stuff works, rather than really obvious and overblown actions from the characters).

As it is, I don't think I've ever managed to write a 'normal' sex scene, but I think I assume my readers can imagine Buffy and Spike getting on with that in their own time. When they're 'on camera' in my fic, I like them to be doing something interesting, with some conflict or as part of a plot or something, which is a very long winded way of saying that difficult sex is in some ways easier to write because you have some tension to write around. And I swear what makes sex scenes hot is how much tension you can write into them, rather than the actual hotness of the actions in and of themselves. (I find so many sex scenes are boring precisely because they are boring in a literary sense - you know exactly what's going to happen and the pace at which it will occur, without any management of anticipation. Obviously that doesn't account for kinks etc, but I'm going to stand by that as something I've observed.)


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