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( Aug. 24th, 2011 10:34 pm)
19. When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

It depends on the bunny. Some of them, I have to write right away. Some of them, I can sit and let percolate in the back of my brain while I do other things. Generally, I don't write ideas down. If it's good enough to write, then it's good enough to remember.
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( Aug. 20th, 2011 08:21 am)
Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

I'm a bit hampered in answering this, because I haven't had any real inspiration since I finished "Ember, Ash, and Kindling". I've been writing for prompts a lot over the last few years - I find them quite inspiring, usually. Even if they're something I wouldn't normally write, getting kicked out of my comfort zone long enough to scribble something is helpful.
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( Aug. 13th, 2011 05:11 pm)
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?

Most of the time, they're the bane of my existence. Up until I actually had to post it, "Ember, Ash, and Kindling" was just 'the Maiko Big Bang'. A lot of the time, titles are even harder for me than summaries. Since I'll cover the same themes in multiple fandoms, I have to come up with different-ish enough titles that still fit the story... Which is why I have a Thor fic called "Foundling" about Laufey realizing how Odin came to have Loki, and I have a TF: Animated fic called "Found Child" about Emirate Xaaron finding an Allspark child.

Given how rarely I write chaptered stories and how difficult titles are for me, chapters do not get separate titles.
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( Aug. 9th, 2011 10:27 am)
16. Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

For me to read a story, it needs to have a summary. (Exceptions: high recs from friends or people who know I'd like it anyway.) However, writing summaries is a pain in the ass for me. Trying to find the balance between "vague enough not to spoil" and "interesting enough to entice people to read" is tricky, tricky.

Coming up with them is usually an exercise in "what is the story about, what is going on, and how can I encapsulate that in a handful of sentences without giving the game away?". Thus, coming up with summaries is of the devil. *groans*
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( Aug. 7th, 2011 10:58 am)
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?

Rape. Warn for it ever single time. Warn for dubious consensuality, too. It is a completely dickish to spring that kind of thing unwarned for on readers.

I also warn for detailed high violence and the nastier bits of horror I use.

The strangest thing I've warned for is either cannibalism or Thanatari. Not really sure if I actually used the Thanatari warning or not, but if I have, that's definitely the strangest. Otherwise, the cannibalism.
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( Aug. 4th, 2011 08:12 am)
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?

As high or as low as a story needs to go. I tend to have a harder time with NC-17 because I need to be in the right sort of mood to enjoy writing smut. Most of my stories tend to average out around PG/PG-13, because I like writing violence, adult situations, and cussing.
12. Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, and I have no interest in doing so.

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 am not even entirely sure what this question means!

That being said, I prefer to rely on canon for my writing. Any fanon I choose to use has to fit within the constraints of the canon and make sense. Thus, One's For Sorrow. The assumptions behind that fic have shaped the way I write Long Feng ever since I developed them, which was a good while before I actually wrote that fic.

If I'm writing a story ostensibly set in the canon universe, I'm going to use the canon rules. It's only when I start getting weirdly AU that I start throwing the rules out the window. Which is probably just as well, because I hate the sparkbonding trope/fanon in Transformers fandom with an abiding passion and inevitably write it going horribly wrong when I do write it.
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( Aug. 1st, 2011 06:53 pm)
11. Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I love to write adventure, horror, and romance. Not necessarily all in the same fic. However, I'm also the sort of person who just goes with whatever story is in her head. Sometimes (a lot of the time), that's just a scene's worth of stuff. In my head, for instance, both Conduct Unbecoming1 and Found Child are part of the same story-arc. I've just never gotten around to writing all the rest of it.

I'm told I have a really bad habit of writing cliffhangers or not wrapping up stories properly.

1. This is getting changed to be about Beta in the near future.
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( Jul. 22nd, 2011 06:04 pm)
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?

I... Fuck if I can remember. Well, yes, there are some pairings I love that I cannot write for crap. But whether or not I like a pairing is irrelevant to whether or not I can write it. What I write may not be nice, but I'm still able to write it.

For me, pairing fic doesn't have to be romantic and fluffy. One of my personal favorite bits of Transformers slash I've written is from the pov of one Autobot falling into obsession with a young, jerkass member of the Decepticons. There is lots of UST and denial. It makes me prrr.

Sometimes I have to work to find an angle to make two people fit together. This is often where things go from romantic to potentially disturbing. Tracks/Sunstreaker took me a while to figure out because I couldn't imagine Sunstreaker admitting it or Tracks being interested without a compelling reason to be interested.
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( Jul. 18th, 2011 08:32 pm)
09. Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

- DragonBallZ: never actually wrote pairings for this
- Sailor Moon: Ami/Rubeus, Usagi/anyone
- The Matrix: Smith/Neo, Trinity/Neo
- Jackie Chan Adventures: (adult) Jade/Hak Foo, Jackie/Valmont, Jackie/Viper
- Transformers: Motormaster/Silverbolt, Megatron/Starscream, Tracks/Sunstreaker
- Avatar: the Last Airbender: Ozai/Ursa, Mai/Zuko, Long Feng/Song
- Harry Potter: nyet
- Robin McKinley's Damar: not so much, really
- Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs.: again, not so much
- Stargate SG-1: Yu/Daniel, Sam/Jack
- The Mummy: Evie/Rick, Imhotep/Evie
- Jim Butcher's Codex Alera: Tavi/Kitai
- Star Wars: the Clone Wars: Rex/Ahsoka
- Thor (2011 movie): Thor/Loki, Loki/Tony Stark
- Marvel (mutants): Wildchild/Northstar
- Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Harry/Susan, Harry/Murphy
- ReBoot: Bob/Dot, Matrix/AndrAIa
- The Bible: nyet
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Will/Elizabeth, Will/Davy Jones, Will/Tia Dalma
- Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet: Daine/Rikash, Ozorne/Numair, Ozorne/Daine
- Dr. Who: nyet
08. 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.

Yes, I write OCs. I also don't do anything to make certain they're not Mary Sues. I don't give a crap if people think they're Mary Sues. They're my characters, and they're either there to serve a specific story function or they're there because I think they're fun.

I really think fandom puts too much emphasis on original characters being "done wrong" if the writer doesn't work hard to make them bland and unimportant. No. Fuck that noise. Write whatever you damn well please with your original characters. A good writer can pull off anything, and even if you aren't there yet, you can have fun.
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( Jul. 11th, 2011 10:23 pm)
07. Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Oh yes. I consider stories one of the best ways to present opinions about characters, in fact, because of this. You are more likely to make me buy "Spinister is a creepy bastard, Needlenose is a psychotic fop of an artist, together they snog" with stories than with explaining it to me in mind-numbing detail.

When I am first getting a feel for a character, I try to avoid other people's fics about that character because of this. I want to settle down my own interpretations of a character solely based on the canon before I open myself to outside influences.

There's a fair amount of other people's fingerprints on my character interpretations from reading their stories. The afore-mentioned Spinister/Needlenose bit comes from Luna. A lot of my Jet interpretation comes from Rin. Then there's other stuff where I can say "I was probably influenced but damned if I can pick out anything specific because it has been years".

Of course, I've also had my opinions of characters change by writing fics. I used to seriously dislike Hahn before I wrote "Tide and Time". Having to get inside his head and write him as a person striving in his own right really changed how I looked at him.
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( Jul. 10th, 2011 10:26 pm)
06. When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

Given how much I write giant robots and computer programs who only have a gender because they decide to have a gender, it's... not really an issue for me. I tend to think I am better at writing female characters, due to having grown up as and being female, but I don't really think I'm bad at writing male characters.

So, no preference.
05. 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?

Let them. If they want in, it must be for a reason. So I'll see where writing that character in takes the story. If I don't like it, I can cut all that section and try again.
04. 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?

No. I actively avoid having a "muse". I find it to be a conceit that leads to too much "I am so special" waffling about writing things. (I have had some bad encounters.)

I like to be the kind of writer who can just sit down and write anyone or anything. Not always possible, but it's what I aim for.
Also, my normal computer is down right now. I let it restart to install a new Windows update about three and a half hours ago, and it's still doing that. Luna, that thing I was going to ask you about will have to wait until tomorrow.

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

- DragonBall Z - 1 story, some drabbles
- Sailor Moon - a bunch of drabbles and request ficlets
- The Matrix - a bunch of stories, some drabbles and request ficlets
- Jackie Chan Adventures - a handful of stories, a few drabbles
- Transformers - a shit-ton of stories, a fair number of drabbles and request ficlets
- Avatar: the Last Airbender - a lot of stories, a lot of drabbles and request ficlets
- Harry Potter - a few stories for ficathons
- Robin McKinley's Damar - one Yuletide story
- Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs. - one Yuletide story
- Stargate SG-1 - a handful of request ficlets
- The Mummy - one Yuletide story and two drabbles
- Jim Butcher's Codex Alera - three stories
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars - one story
- Thor (2011 movie) - seven stories
- Marvel (mutants) - a handful of request ficlets and drabbles
- Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files - two stories
- ReBoot - some stories, a few drabbles and request ficlets
- The Bible - one story
- Pirates of the Caribbean - a few stories
- Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet - two stories
- Dr. Who - one crossover with AtLA

If I have ever written in any other fandoms, I do not remember them.

The fandoms I still write in is harder to define. I recently pulled out some Transformers story-fragments from my files and went "hm, I can do something with these". I also finished a novella-length AtLA fanfic a month ago and have burned out on AtLA. My Codex Alera stories tend to be written solely for the Codex Alera ficathon, which I sign up for every time. I've got some ideas for Thor stuff to write, but I'm a bit "meh" about the kink meme right now. I toy with doing another Daine/Rikash story, there's a Sailor Moon story I really need to rewatch the entire series in order to write, and I'm probably good enough now to tackle the JCA novel I planned out years ago if I'm willing to sit down and rewatch the first three seasons.

And, of course, Lord knows what I'll wind up writing for Yuletide. Maybe I can give Seanan another heart attack for Christmas.
Thirty days of fanfiction questions, and everyone knows I like to ramble about this sort of thing. The full list can be found here.

01. 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?

The very first fanfic I remember writing is "Closer to the Heart", which is still up on my FF.Net account as a sort of archaeological record. It was a Dragonball Z story about Nappa, proving that even eleven years ago, I was going for little-loved characters.

I first got into fandom at all with DBZ through looking for more stuff related to the anime. This was back when the dubbing stopped halfway through the Frieza saga so I desperately wanted to know what happened next. When I first encountered fanfiction, I was baffled by the concept. What kind of stories could people possibly tell? Why would I want to read them when I could watch the show?

I don't remember what exactly changed my mind and got me into the whole thing. I do know my own fanfic was a response to Dragoness Eclectic's Raditz stories. There's a couple things in "Closer to the Heart" that are drawn entirely from her 'verse.
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