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

I Have the Dumb

This morning, I think I said the dumbest thing I've ever said.

Dad comes out on his way to church with mom, and goes back to check the pool because it looked low. He comes back in and says he thinks there might be a leak or something, as it's low. I, in my brilliance, meant to ask "was the ground wet?", as in was the water leaking out onto the ground somewhere.

Instead I said "was the water wet?"

Dad looked at me for a beat, wherein I didn't realize what I said, and then was like "Yet, the water was wet. I mean I didn't check it, but I'm pretty sure it's wet. Maybe I should make sure."

And then proceeded to laugh at me while I threw popcorn at his head.

Seriously, dumbest thing I've ever said.

30 days of fanfic
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?
I usually try to put an idea or a line or whatever it was that popped into my head down in some way, so I don't forget it. Usually if I'm not at my compy (which, let's face it, is rare), I'll put it in a note on my ipod or phone and then synch it to my lappy and work from there. I usually have a lot of files with just ONE line or one stray description or something similar in them. Sometimes them get folded into something else, a lot of times they just sit there long enough that I stop thinking they're clever and never use them.

20 – Do you ever get bunnied inspired from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?
Definitely. I'll get struck by someone doing something and want to try a similar format or the like. That's initially how I fell for the five things style format or the like. Sometimes I'll write something that comes from a fanwork, too. As in inspired by, not lifted directly from it. I know there was an awesome Dead Poets vid which didn't have too much to do with the fic I wrote, save that it was something that made me want to write in the fandom to begin with.

More often I'll read something in a different fandom though and think "what if something similar happened in X fandom" and then will explore that. Half of these stories never see completion, or the light of day if they are completed, though. (I have a lot of unposted stuff that I consider drawerfic, just because NO ONE BUT ME WOULD LIKE IT.)

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?
Yes, but not often, just because most of what I do is standalone fic. I like sequels in general, since if I love something I'm always happy to get more to read, but I like it more when things are planned to be large and sequeled rather than when something is popular and people demand a sequel so it's written and feels shoehorned on.

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?
I've done a lot of challenges, but haven't successfully done a Big Bang yet. I've written stores long enough to qualify, but not yet actually finished one as a Big Bang. I'd love to do so, but I've fallen short so far when things didn't work as I wanted them to.

As far as fests/challenges, my favorite is always Yuletide. There's always a bit of wank that goes along with it of course, but for me as a writer it's been a kind of joyful fandom experience. Tiny fandoms! Awesome fic! People all working together to fill ALL THE PROMPTS. I also really love Remix, as it's never NOT a challenge and I love it for that.

23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
When I first started writing, I would crosspost things a little, but as I got older I very rarely did. Now I never do, though there's been several times when I was really proud of a story and dearly wanted to post it a few more places for exposure, but in the end was too chicken. (Something I didn't have when younger but DO now is a weird social anxiety about posting in new places, whether fic or just to participate in a discussion. I get too nervous to do it half the time.)

So now, I post to the A03, and post a link to it in my DW, which crossposts to my LJ. But that's it. I do have accounts and archives elsewhere (Skyehawke, IJ, etc.) but no longer use them.

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?
13 Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or
14 Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with
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?
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?
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!

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Tags: meme, meta - fic talk, meta - writing, personal stuff, tales of the dad

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