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I fairly certain no one cares about any of this, but I'm trying to find reasons to post to break me out of my dumps. If you want to know the answer to any of these, let me know (or if you'd like to apply it to vidding, I'm game for that too). I've been enjoying reading other people's!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

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trepkos
Aug. 29th, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
G, H, Y
gwyn_r
Aug. 29th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
G: I really ended up liking how most of a Pacific Rim Hot Dads story turned out last year; it was different from a lot of what I write in that there isn't a ton of dialog, and it's not a first-time fic, etc. I loved trying to write a guy who is really repressed but also has big emotions roiling under the surface, and who is doing most of this interiorly. And this was one of my favorite things to write in it, where Herc's been basically cage-fighting because he's running away from everything connected to losing his son and his lover:

Once in a while he looks at himself in the mirror longer than it takes to shave or brush his teeth. There are so many new scars to go with his old ones, and the bruises bring them to vivid life. He runs his hands over his drivesuit circuitry scars, the ones Stacker used to trace with his fingertips, his lips, a blind man reading the Braille history of Herc’s combat. He can almost feel it now, still, Stacker’s mustache bristly against his pale skin, his hand covering the scars in ownership, or protection. Herc cherished the chevroned lines of circuitry scars on Stacker’s left arm, the curlicue that rose along his left ribcage and led up his side. They would sometimes trace the lines of each other’s tattoos, a different kind of mark upon their bodies, telling different stories.

H: I am so fucking torn about this one. I love the dialog between Wendy and Bucky in the Middleman/Captain America story I wrote last month, There Must Be a Joke in Here Somewhere, because I think it's just so much fun and so in character. Also, the whole story is centered around dialog, and writing Wendy Watson is just oodles of fun, always. But the Justified story I wrote for Yuletide back in 2010 is always the one people mention to me, and this section of dialog has been quoted back to me more than almost any other thing I've done (which, not a lot, but any time anyone mentions something to me, it's this). And it's hilarious because I always thought Tim was gay, and then this past year, the producers finally confirmed that Tim is in fact gay:

“You have wide-ranging tastes for an ex-Ranger,” Raylan said, flipping through a bunch of announcements from various clubs stuck together under a fridge magnet. “That your family in those photos? With their kids?”

“Yeah. All three of my sisters.”

“Three!” Raylan acknowledged with wonder and a shake of the head. “Always wished I could have had sisters. But that would have been a nightmare for them, havin’ a father like mine.”

“Didn’t seem like it was good for you, either,” Tim said. He’d wondered, after the night he saw Arlo strike Raylan in the face, if his father had just been a random, temperamental hitter or more focused in his violence, but he had a feeling Raylan would push any questions about that away with a cryptic smile.

Raylan pulled one of the flyers down. “Crossings ... isn’t that a gay bar?’ he asked.

Tim stood at the sink and kept his back to Raylan, so as not to let him see his smile. “One of the very few. That’s definitely an area where I share your feelings about Kentucky. It has a pretty narrow nightlife, comparatively.”

Raylan tacked it back up on the fridge. “That where the former snipers hang out these days?”

Tim tried to hide his smirk, and moved into the living room. Raylan stood in the doorway, scanning the room, looking intently at Tim. “Oh,” he said eventually. “Oh.” He paused. “Well, aren’t I the asshole?”

Y: I answered this over on my DW http://gwyn.dreamwidth.org/102744.html?thread=406104#cmt406104 , but basically, I just wish I HAD a beta. Someone who would read whatever I wrote and would be a kind but hardassed buddy.



Edited at 2014-08-29 08:22 pm (UTC)
trepkos
Aug. 29th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I like the scars piece - very evocative. And so much going on in that dialogue! I've had some good beta readers (I think) but they do tend to be fandom-specific.
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gwyn_r
Aug. 29th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! T! Yeah…I used to have good conditions, in that I could sit at my computer and play music and drink something that put me in a mood…but now I'm in constant pain and it's a battle to type. It's definitely had an effect on me in terms of how I struggle to write. Sometimes being in a place like a coffee shop or having a bunch of people around me talking paradoxically makes me write like the wind -- there's something about the energy of people talking that can fire me up. One of the best writing experiences in terms of churning out something good really fast was at an Escapade con -- I was sitting at a dealer's table with M Fae Glasgow on my left and Rachael Sabotini on my right and they were talking over me, and I wrote so much good stuff while that was happening!

Edited at 2014-08-29 09:07 pm (UTC)
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daria234
Aug. 29th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
AC and AL
gwyn_r
Aug. 29th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
AC: You know what? I'd love to write what happens after Steve brings home those porn pics in that story you wrote, Work Up a Sweat? When Bucky finds them…

And AL, because I hit post too soon:

I don't think I ever get reviews…I get some comments, but I don't really ever get reviews, not for a long, long time. I think the only one I can even remember is from ages ago, when I was writing a lot in Magnificent 7, and it made me feel really good at a time when I wasn't feeling very good at all. It's for a story called Cold Enough to Snow, from a site where a group of fans posted reviews and recs and general information for Mag7 fans:

This lovely, gentle story of lost opportunities and second chances even moved the hard-hearted Outrider. It's a very fresh and moving entry into the crowded Chris/Vin's first time category. The beauty of the writing made my heart ache.

Edited at 2014-08-29 08:49 pm (UTC)
daria234
Aug. 30th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
I would so be there to read it if you wrote Bucky finding Steve's porn (that looks like Bucky), regardless of whether it has anything to do with that fic. :) Or anything where Bucky and Steve talk about porn :)

I saw AL and just assumed it meant comments, I didn't even notice it specified reviews. Is it on ff.net where they call all the comments reviews? I see why that review stayed with you - it's lovely!
gwyn_r
Aug. 30th, 2014 06:48 am (UTC)
Oh, awesome! I've never written to someone else's story before, but I have a fic to write next that's basically kind of remixing (read stealing) a favorite old zine story from way back and I think it'd be fun to take someone else's concept and run with it.

So, did you research the "blue" shops back then, or vintage porn? That's definitely an area I don't know a lot about, what kind of stuff was available back then and where.
daria234
Aug. 30th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't do much research. I've seen some vintage porn and the people often look like ordinary people as opposed to a more extreme body type that is valued now like with the bodybuilder types. A friend of mine who also likes Steve/Bucky wrote sex worker fic set in the 40s and she did a ton of research on it, and she told me some things, including that for a brief while the trend in porn was for very skinny men who were "effeminate" but that when it came to actually paying for sex, the most desired type was more traditionally masculine and a bit muscular (like Bucky's body type basically, or maybe stockier). So Steve might have found lots of porn that looked like himself, but I don't think he would have looked twice at that.
gwyn_r
Aug. 30th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
That makes sense, given the times and I think the way non-normative sex was starting to creep out into the light just a bit back then.

Man, I spent a lot of wasted hours on google last night, trying to find out about porn shops in the 1930s. I wish I had the time to pick up some books about it, but just don't right now. See, you got me all intrigued about how people actually got hold of this stuff. Damn you!
daria234
Aug. 31st, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
:D that stuff is really fascinating. i think the way other time periods viewed sexuality is always just so interesting

I'm sure whatever you write/vid concerning Steve looking at porn would be awesome if you ever felt like it ;)

cesperanza
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I want A but the YOU-VID - like, your vids seem very diverse to me and so I wonder what you think a "you vid" is!
gwyn_r
Aug. 29th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
I've come to believe I don't have a vidding style -- after years of participating in the Challenge show, and sitting there listening to people say, "Oh, that vid has to be so and so" for every vid I did and never thinking it was me, I was pretty convinced I didn't have a style because no one ever thought of me for my own vids. And I stopped looking at the Guess the Festividder for the same reason -- I think I'm so nondescript, so all over the board, that no one could pin a style on me.

I mean, I'm not technically competent, so part of my style is that I don't use a lot of effects. I can't do fancy graphics and stuff. I have synesthesia, so color and music inform my choices a lot more than most vidders, which is saying a LOT since that's a primary aspect of good vids. And I am motivated by feels, so I have to be really engaged.

I guess a me vid would be -- not fancy, but I am good at seeing pattern matching and structure, I am very narrative focused much of the time, feels focused, and color will play a huge part in the vid. I think I'm good at coming up with unusual concepts and even though I can't always make the vid I see in my head because of my tech incompetence, the ideas are interesting.

I think Orange Crush is a perfect me vid, as an example (actually, editing to say, both my Cap vids, because I think Shelter is a good example of this too) -- I'm proud of a lot of my edits in that thing, the way things flow into one another, and the use of color and structure and feels. My Beautiful Reward for Firefly might also be a good example of a me vid -- it has a story progression that a lot of people remarked on as being unusual at the time.

Edited at 2014-08-29 09:20 pm (UTC)
daria234
Aug. 30th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I LOVE the edits in your vids :)
cesperanza
Aug. 30th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
I love you, but god knows you always find the most depressing way to put something that could be said a lot more flatteringly! "not a particular style" is not necessarily "nondescript" - I'd say you vid the FANDOM rather than your TICS, and that that itself distinguishes your vids from lots of other people's. And that you make very pure, very clean vids that don't have a lot of effects but instead match patterns and colors to create really emotional narratives. :P
gwyn_r
Aug. 30th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
Ha! OK, fair enough -- but I will hire you to do my press from now on. ;-)
cesperanza
Aug. 30th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
This is what I'm here for. :D
ixchel55
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'll ask for the same slightly altered question I asked someone else because the answer was so interesting: AN but I won't ask you to actually rewrite an ending. Just pick one of your fic that you wish you'd ended differently and tell me about it.
gwyn_r
Aug. 30th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
I tried and tried to find one that I would redo the ending to. Since I can't write unless I know exactly what the ending scene is, I had a really hard time. Like, impossible. It might be that the only story I think I wuold redo the ending to is one I never finished, because I couldn't quite get the ending to gel in my head, a Professionals story that has sat on my computer for years. Or the Buffy WIP I left off, Measure of a Man. I really wish I could have finished that, and it torments me still. I don't think there's even a Buffy audience left for fic, but damn, I wish I could find a way to end that.
kirbyfest
Aug. 29th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
S.
gwyn_r
Aug. 29th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
I have never had a muse. I don't even know if I'd know what a muse was. It's such a foreign concept to me. I think I just have always spent so much time inside my own head, from when I was a kid (I found stories I'd written that my mom kept, when we were going through her things, and I started when I was FIVE), that I've never known what that kind of thing would be like. I guess the closest I could come is an imaginary reader -- a person who's just like me who gets entirely too wrapped up in language and FEELS and loves to be swept along.
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