And jain did my wonderfully awesome Second Verse (the Dead Before Dark Remix) Remix, which everyone should read.
Remix is usually the diciest challenge I do each year, for me, in that I often end up scrapping my original idea at least once to start over when it doesn't work. I did that this year too, but fairly early on so that I was fairly sure of what I was doing most of the time.
Most of my author's stories were very neat in and of themselves. Self contained in a way that made them not jump out at me immediately for a continuation or a POV switch. Which isn't an insult, they were lovely, it just took me a while to find a hook to work with. I narrowed it down to two fics, and initially went with another one, and then changed my mind about 500 words in, and went back to this one.
Originally, it was a sweet little first meeting ficlet about Alice and Frank. I knew I wanted to use Augusta as my entry POV, and expand around that meeting, and have it as more of a looking-back point than a present day story. I wasn't sure how FAR I wanted to go with that initially, and played with a few ideas before coming up with the angle that worked for me in the end.
My Remixes have all been pretty different, so I never really got into a set pattern of how I work with them. For The Weasley Catalog, I pretty much just stared at the original, and went through and wrote notes in notepad from Percy, then went back, expanded on them, and hit up tygress to help me figure out how to do it with graphical aid, since I felt like the funny of it didn't come through as well with just text. (This is what usually happens when I go to Kym for help. I plan to do it just through text, and then get the idea that it would work BETTER another way. And each time I do it, I end up handing her a bigger project to help with. So, she puts up with a lot.) With Kings and Hairy Feet, I wrote most of it off the cuff, since it's probably my loosest translation of "remix". With the rest, I referred back to the original, cut and pasted the parts I knew I wanted to use wholesale or paraphrase, and kept them at the bottom of the doc as I worked.
With this one, I was a little worried that the original was making up such a small part of the overall that it wouldn't quite seem a proper remix. I kept all the dialog and the scene the original had depicted intact, and in the end it worked I think.
Remix is different for everyone, but the point of it is to take the story someone ELSE told, and say "how would I have told this story?" The story I wanted to tell was about Augusta, and Neville, and grew out of that story of Frank and Alice. I find it interesting - and there was a thread on the Remix lounge talking about it - hearing how others work on their Remix stories, since remixing is kind of a different animal from just writing a fic, or even a challenge fic where you're working off of a prompt or request.
I was pleased with it overall. And I have to say - I love the hell out of the Ao3. Remix and Yuletide both ran off of it this year, and it was smooth, and awesome. Plus you kept the ability to edit constantly, which was great, and it's just all very usable and lovely.
So there's Remixy news. Otherwise - all of my fic is now moved over to the Ao3. I'm leaving my IJ fic archive open too, for now, until I can figure out how to get a few of the graphically-inclined fics to format right. (Mainly the WWW catalog, which doesn't have the table part work over on the A03's coding. I put it up there anyway, for the sake of completeness, but made a note that it should be read over at IJ/LJ and linked to it there.) I've also, finally, got things sorted out at dreamwidth, and started posting there and crossposting to my LJ. I think I got most people added there, but I probably missed some, so if you're over on dreamwidth, and didn't get added by lorax there yet, then drop me your DW name and I'll add you! I still need to upload icons and such there, and find a good custom layout and figure that out and such, but I'm basically functional there and think I've figured it out.
I decided not to import my LJ over there. Fresh journal, fresh name, fresh start and all that! My LJ is a perm account, so it won't go anywhere, and importing is confusing anyway!
And finally, in the spirit of trying to post more, a TV meme swiped from eyesdelight!
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled
Everyone and their mother is going to say Firefly, and I don't disagree, but I'm going to let other people use it and say something else. Also Firefly was such a perfect run of awesome that part of me is afraid that if it HADN'T gotten axed, it would have lost that warm glow of love and my nitpicky nature would have set in eventually.
My first instinct was to say the awesome Kings, but it did the job it set out to do and told the start of David's rise toward rule, so while I would have LOVED to see a second season, it was tidy.
I'm going to go with Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I loved this show. It was flawed in places, sure, but I love the Terminator mythos anyway, and grew up predisposed to love the first two, because my dad did. I was, at first, hugely dubious about anyone stepping in to fill Linda Hamilton's shoes. Linda WAS Sarah, and Sarah was an iconic character. But Lena sold me. Her Sarah was softer, in some ways, but she needed to be to carry a show, in my opinion.
The show took the movie framework, and then built on it, changing time periods so that it wasn't stuck sticking to close to how the movies ended/went. John had his whiny, emo moments, but also got a lot of badass moments, and evolved as the show went along. The Reese brothers, even if Kyle didn't show up much, were fantastic, and Summer Glau as Cameron was great, even if the character was, by definition, inaccessible.
Overall, it was a great show, that ended on a HUGE cliffhanger that was ripe with possibility for what could happen in the future, and then boom, we don't get to see any of it. I still mourn this damn show, and probably will for a long time. Instead of SCC, we got a second season of Dollhouse, which had some great moments, sure, but it was and always will be the weakest of Joss' shows, so far, and I would have rather had more Sarah Connor, if I'd gotten to choose.
Plus Derek was sexy as hell (who the hell thought BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN would grow up sexy?) and I have the hugest girlcrush on Jesse - and Lena!Sara, really. And pretty never hurt my chances of falling for a show. And the opening sequence for season two set to "Samson & Delilah" is one of the coolest season opener moments ever, to me.
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death
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