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Hm, my water appears to be shut off. Wish I'd noticed that before I went to the bathroom. *feels unclean* ETA: Neighbor says the laundry room flooded. Lovely.

Anyway, not much else to report today. I'm behind on The Daily Show and Grimm, so, I'm gonna fix that. I'm finally going to watch Ed Wood, which Netflix sent. Yup. Totally going to do those things. And not work on my new fic idea (yes, another). Even though I'm kind of enamored with it and what I really want to do is dive into it just to get the stuff out of my head before I forget it. Curse my inability to write scenes out of order. I've been useless at work- I recently downloaded this game that drains my battery like a starving vampire but it's fabulous for giving me something mindless to do so I can think. I hit the button that fires it up and BAM, I'm wandering off in my own little world. Which is a pretty fun place to be when I'm working through the details of a new plot. Anyway, it's called Dubble and it's your basic upside-down Tetris thing where you shoot these blobby little balls at a descending curtain of more balls and if you get at least three of the same color to touch they burst and you get points. Not having ever seen anyone else play Dubble, I'm pretty sure I'm amazing at it.

So, you know what I noticed? On that fic-writing 30-day meme thing, I'm missing day four and I have no idea how to find it. Uh, whoops. As such, on to day five! 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?

Well, the only thing that comes to mind is a little meme fic I did for [livejournal.com profile] c_quinn forever ago that was supposed to be a random meeting between Simon Tam from Firefly and Rube from Dead Like Me. River totally barged in and.. I pretty much let her. Honestly, she has way more interesting things to say than Simon just in general, but especially to Rube. Once again, [livejournal.com profile] c_quinn, if you want me to try again with another couple characters, I am more than willing.

Otherwise, at least with multi-chapter stuff, I tend not to deviate too far from the basic plot I set out at the beginning. And, I dunno, I think I avoid getting all that many characters involved. Too many working parts to take care of. If you will recall on day one, in a very early piece I entirely forgot about the existence of two not inconsequential characters by the end of the thing. I'd like to avoid doing that again.

Date: 2012-04-21 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visiblemarket.livejournal.com
Curse my inability to write scenes out of order.

I write everything out of order. I like to pretend it's because I'm emulating the way movies are shot and everything, but mostly it's just because I get bored if I can't do the parts I want right away.

The only time I've had trouble with characters intruding is when they're OCs, and I rein those in pretty hard for fear of them seeing self-inserty or Mary Sue or something.

I like the look of that 30 day meme thing, do you have a copy of the whole thing somewhere?

Date: 2012-04-21 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lotus0kid.livejournal.com
Yeah, I don't know why I need to plod in a straight line from the beginning to the end, usually without even scribbling down something so I don't forget it. It's just the way I work.

Heh, mine are much more well behaved, probably because I only use them to accomplish very specific tasks and nothing else. Doesn't make for very gripping OCs, but they to what needs to be done.

Sure, here it is (minus day four- where the heck did that thing go?):

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 from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?
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 day 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 fanon 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!

Date: 2012-04-21 12:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visiblemarket.livejournal.com
So did your water get turned back on, finally?

Well, everyone's got their own process, and in the end it's whatever gets something finished, right?

*laughs* I just really love coming up with OCs. Names, backgounds, motivations, vocal patterns, it's so much fun for me, even if I never use half of it. Which means I should probably just write original fiction or something, but coming up with my own plots is the thing I hate most in the world, so...that won't be happening.

Also, a quick google reveals:

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?

Date: 2012-04-21 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lotus0kid.livejournal.com
Yeah, but it took quite a while. I started getting worried how I was going to brush my teeth.


That's very cool. It's been so long for me and my OCs have such limited capacity... I don't think I really made an effort with any of them except for Harvey in Rescue Me.

Well FINE, if you're gonna be all not lazy about it. Eh, I wouldn't say I have a "muse" character anyway. Maybe Claude.

Date: 2012-04-21 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visiblemarket.livejournal.com
Well, you could always have bought some bottled water and used that, as I am told tourists do in Mexico.

I just get bored with only two people to work with, which is what tends to happen when I'm writing because most of what I write is pairing focused. And since for such a long time I did only write the one pairing, it's nice to get in someone else's headspace even if I have to make it up.

Lol, yes, googling required some intensive effort.

Date: 2012-04-21 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lotus0kid.livejournal.com
If I got desperate, probably.

Yeah, just having a few characters to get into can be kind of limiting.

Exactly, so naturally I didn't bother.

Date: 2012-04-21 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellensparkleyes.livejournal.com
hope your water is back on by now.

Date: 2012-04-22 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lotus0kid.livejournal.com
Ah, well, it was, but now it's off again. Guess they're still fixing the laundry room. Yay.


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