Age of the Geek, Baby (lorax) wrote,
Age of the Geek, Baby


Catching up on a few days again

30 days of fanfic
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?
Canon. While some fanon things DO seep in, I don't usually manage wild AU's very well, and have to sort of work around the canon to make things work in my mind by either sliding it in between existing canon events, or explaining it in-text in a way that jives with the original, at least a bit.

I think being in fandom and writing for it has made me think more critically of fandoms. I notice the marginalization of females and characters of color now more than I would have before, but it's honestly difficult to tell if that's fandom at work or just me getting older and more aware of things outside of my own experience, since I've been in fandom in one way or another for over ten years.

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?
I'm comfortable going to all ratings, but my stuff usually falls into or below a PG-13 rating. And even my adult rated stories usually skirt AROUND the sex. It's never a conscious I WON'T WRITE SMUT decision, that's just how it seems to happen.

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a story?
The basic warnings for the general, common triggers are very important. Non-con, dub-con, shota, graphic sex, violence, death, murder, sexual violence, and spoilery canon events. But I also thing warnings are an organic thing that should be looked at for each individual story. You can't warn for every possible thing, but if there's something in your story that you feel COULD be a problem for someone, then I think it's best to warn, even if it's behind spoiler text.

I DON'T think that things like slash or femmeslash or incest should be warned for, so long as the pairing is also listed. If the pairing is listed as Simon/River, then incest is implied. If the pairing is Sirius/Remus, then obviously it's a slash pairing. I generally think listing a pairing is a good idea because it lets people who only read certain pairings skip or find, as desired.

The warnings for my Inhabits Common Clay are probably the most WTF, when all taken in together. I still think that story gets a lot of hits just because people are baffled by the warnings and pairings list and click to see. Other than that I think the warning for Never After Midnight when it was first posted was "warning for Mogwai abuse", which is probably not something said that often in the Firefly fandom.

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.
3/4 Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the story isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse? (I accidentally combined two there. Ooops.)
5 If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a story, 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 story 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" story of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?
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 story? Also, if you do chaptered story, do you give each chapter a title, or not?
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your stories (aka "bunnies") from?
19 – When you have bunnies ideas, 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 inspired from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a story 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 story? 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 story? 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 story?
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 story?
29 – What is your current project or projects?
30 – Do you have a favorite story you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

And a TV Meme, ganked from louboutin over at LJ.

Instructions are:
shows you've seen 3+ episodes of,
shows you've seen the full run of, and add one or two that are missing, if you so desire.

30 Rock
7th Heaven

American Gothic
American Idol


Arrested Development

Babylon 5
Babylon 5: Crusade
Batman: The Animated Series
Battlestar Galactica (Original)
Battlestar Galactica (Reboot)

Beavis & Butthead

Beverly Hills 90210

Blake’s 7

Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal

Boy Meets World

Breaking Bad
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Chappelle's Show
Charlie's Angels


Clarissa Explains it All
Commander in Chief
Cowboy Bebop
Crossing Jordan
CSI: Miami
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dark Angel

Dark Skies
DaVinci's Inquest
Dawson's Creek
Dead Like Me

Deadliest Catch

Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives


Dharma & Greg
Different Strokes

Doctor Who

Due South

Everybody Loves Raymond
Facts of Life

Family Guy

Father Ted
Fawlty Towers




Get Smart
Ghost Whisperer
Gilligan's Island
Gilmore Girls
Grey's Anatomy
Grange Hill
Growing Pains

Happy Days
Hercules: the Legendary Journeys

Hogan's Heroes
Home Improvement

Homicide: Life on the Street

I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Invader Zim
Hell's Kitchen

How I Met Your Mother


Kim Possible
Kung Fu
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

La Femme Nikita
LA Law
Laverne and Shirley
Law and Order: SVU
Little House on the Prairie

Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Lost in Space

Malcolm in the Middle
Married... With Children

Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
Mod Squad
Modern Family

Mork & Mindy
Murphy Brown

My Life As A Dog
My Three Sons
My Two Dads




One Tree Hill
Perry Mason
Power Rangers

Prison Break
Project Runway

Quantum Leap

Queer As Folk (US)

Queer as Folk (UK)

Red Dwarf
Remington Steele
Rescue Me

Road Rules



Saved by the Bell

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?


Seaquest DSV


Sex and the City

Six Feet Under

Skins (U.K)

Skins (U.S.)
Slings and Arrows

So Weird
South Park

Spongebob Squarepants
Square Peg
Star Trek

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Voyager

Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis

Stargate SG-1

Starsky & Hutch


Teen Titans
That 70's Show

That's So Raven
The 4400

The Addams Family
The Amazing Race
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Brady Bunch
The Cosby Show

The Daily Show

The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Flintstones

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Golden Girls

The Honeymooners
The Jeffersons
The Jetsons

The L Word

The Love Boat

The Magnificent Seven
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Monkees
The Nanny

The O.C.

The Office (UK)
The Office (US)

The Powerpuff Girls
The Pretender
The Real World

The Shield
The Simpsons

The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing

The Wonder Years

The X-Files

Third Watch
Three's Company
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
V (2009)

Veronica Mars

Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)

Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)

Will and Grace


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Tags: fandom - firefly, fandom - harry potter, meme, meta - fic talk, meta - writing, tv talk

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