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Come back to me, lappy!

My Macbook is going in for repairs. It's doing this weird and INCREDIBLY frustrating thing where it will randomly select things as I type if my wrists/hands touch the computer at all. Not even on the trackpad, just anywhere other than keys, like the trackpad click is stuck and can't unstick properly. I didn't check yet to see if you can just disable the trackpad entirely and use a mouse to get around it, since it's still under extended warranty so I'd rather get it FIXED than do a work around. But man, not having my mac makes me a sad, sad panda. Thank god Scrivener has a windows beta so I can continue working on stuff without putting it all in word files or googledocs. Duma, feel better soon, okay baby?

The warranty runs out in like three months, so thank god it's doing this now and not in three months. I've just backed up everything I had on Duma, and it took two external hardrives. It's probably safe to say I keep too much shit on there.

But whenever I get on the desktop, I feel like I don't remember how to do anything anymore because I'm so used to the Mac. I am a dumbass all over again.

Let's finish this puppy up.

30 days of fanfic
27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
I usually like to write best on my laptop, in the living room with no one else up/out there. This doesn't happen often. I pretty much always write on a computer these days, but if for any reason I don't have one around, I pretty much always have a notebook and pen around to jot things in. Failing that, I do notes on my phone/ipod a lot. (I like shovebox on the ipod which syncs to the mac. . . which I don't have on the windows desktop. I miss it already.)

Failing that, I write in my room either with the laptop on the bed and me lying on my tummy, which is never good for my neck but I do it anyway, or on the desktop.

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your story?
I do RP a lot which is collaborative writing. (I'm actually working on an article on RP style collaborative writing which. . . I have no idea what I'm doing with. Possibly posting to rp_tutorials. I don't know why I'm writing it, I just AM.) But I don't really count that. I haven't co-written fic in years. I have worked with an artist, namely [personal profile] banesidhe/etchedglass, who does the visual aspects of fics like Map, The WWW remix, and The Leverage zombiefic. Those stories always came to me with visual aspects, and since I had no skill to render that, I asked the wifey for help. In the case of the WWW remix, I couldn't get the formatting to work right, AND I felt like a text-only version lost all the funny, so she worked it into images that were easier to format, and did the notes as a visual project instead of just a text one. The other two the concept always HAD visual elements that I didn't know how to do on my own and flailed incoherently at her to help me. It always came out about twenty times lovelier than I anticipated.

I did try to work with other writers more recently for the Star Trek St Respect Olympics, which I enjoyed but felt I wasn't really great at. My last minute style doesn't mesh well with a team undertaking. (I still need to finish cleaning up and reposting my Star Trek/Wizard of Oz fic to the archive, because it makes me giggle, damnit.)

Overall though, I do really love working with other people to add visual style or another viewpoint to my writing, I just haven't had much practice at it, aside from the wife.

29 – What is your current project or projects?
Oh god, so many. I have. . . three Vampire Diaries fics, four Marvelverse fics, two Doctor Who fics, six Dragon Age fics, three HP fics, a Teen Wolf fic, two crossovers of doom, A Kings fic, a White Collar/Leverage fic, two Merlin fics, a WoW fic, two A:tLA fics, two FNL fics, and like five original projects.

Of those, I'm working on finishing two Marvelverse ones (one is just in editing), one of the Vamp Diaries (originally a big bang, but I had to drop out because the first take didn't work), two Dragon Ages, the WoW fic, and two original ones.

30 – Do you have a favorite story you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!
I'm really fond of Map, because I feel like it came out as the story I saw in my head the most clearly. That was how I saw the Marauders' in-between years, and it just worked for me.

After that it's probably a toss up. I'm very fond of A Year of Women, because I think the points I tried to make and the story I tried to tell worked well together. I also like Survival By Eliot, because SO MUCH WORK oh my god, but it still makes me smile. And it's never been super popular, but I really like my XMMV Pyro/Gambit fic, But We are Not Snakes. And my Firefly/Gremlins fic Never After Midnight just because while there are some writing things that pain me in it, it remains my favorite prompt I've ever gotten in a challenge. GREMLINS. SO AWESOME.

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?
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?

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