netgirl_y2k: (panic)
I had almost decided to sit out the returning remix until I noticed that they've revamped the qualifying fandoms meaning that I could sign up with just Game of Thrones, and I wouldn't have to offer either Doctor Who (Moffat Issues, bleh) or Merlin (where there's an extremely high risk of an untenable match; both on my end, and for the poor bugger who might be assigned to remix me with the not unreasonable, and yet still false, assumption that among my 50+ Merlin fics there might be one that's actually about Merlin and Arthur).

I am a bit miffed that Once Upon a Time didn't even merit being put to the vote. Although, I would have had to write more to qualify; perhaps it would have been motivation to finally get to those Aurora/Mulan or Emma/Regina fics I've been wanting to write. On the other hand, there's a lot of Belle/Rumpelstiltskin in OUaT fandom, and Belle/Rumple is a bit like Arthur/Merlin for me, in that no one who likes the pairing really needs to hear my opinions on it. For the curious, my opinion on Belle/Rumple is neatly summed up thusly.

Game of Thrones has that much going for it, there are dude characters that I couldn't care less about - Hi, Stannis Baratheon! Your narrative is a constant revelation to me, but only because I keep forgetting that you haven't died yet - but there are very few that I absolutely couldn't write. And I'm not sure there are many people who exclusively write, like, the Greyjoy uncles anyway.

Anyway, I'm still musing over whether to sign up, or to hang on and do the female character remix ([community profile] femmeremix) in early May. In the old days of the remix I was quite often assigned to remix people who mainly wrote slash, and they were often awesome writers, one or two of them I'm still friendly with now. But I would be lying if I said that it wouldn't be nice to know in advance that there'd be some female character centric fic for me to remix, and also that someone wasn't opening my AO3 page and going: Aw, no, not her, or at least, not for that reason.

Of course, it's entirely possible that I'll lose all self control and do both.

But I'm putting the cart before the horse, because I still haven't written my [ profile] rarewomen fic. My assignment is perfectly doable, although it isn't exactly singing to me. I feel like I'm repeating myself a bit when it comes to fic with the women of ASOIAF: something something patriarchy... mild feminist propaganda... background lesbianism... here, have this crown, try to do better than the dudes... repeat until you've run through all the women in the 'verse... eh. Still, hopefully the start of S4 will prove inspiring in some way.
netgirl_y2k: (brand new day)
I am 200% in favour of lesbian vampires.

No. Today's post is about writing and about my bumbling, baby attempts at writing something original. The reason [personal profile] fitz_y asked me to talk about lesbian vampires is that when I went to visit her in Germany over the summer I woke up one morning and announced "I've got an idea for a novella about lesbian vampires". You know, as one does. And when you're in Berlin, in a heatwave, drinking a beer by the river, chatting up a group of Australian lads about this novel you're writing (still a lesbian, just wanted to know that I could...) you feel like you could write anything, you feel like you could write Crime and fucking Punishment.

The other thing I found super-inspiring about being in Germany was being able to talk to [personal profile] fitz_y and H about writing. Because I generally don't. Not about fanfiction, not out of a sense embarrassment, well, maybe a little out of embarrassment. A few months ago I was watching The Hobbit on DVD with a crowd of folk, and somebody mentioned fanfic, not in a condescending type way, just in a I know this exists type way, and my immediate reaction was: stare into your drink, stare into your drink, don't make eye contact with anybody. And even mentioning that you write original stuff only prompts a bunch of questions, to which nobody is interested in any answer that doesn't end with you being the next JK Rowling and all of us going to live in a house made entirely out of fifty pound notes, so why bother.

Basically, I'm not sure what my family and friends think I'm always doing on my laptop; they either think I play hell of a lot of words with friends, or watch a hell of a lot of porn.

I've always made up stories and written them down. I have a friend, actually, who's a very talented pianist, and who was accepted into a really good music academy after we left school, and he emerged after a year looking like bloody Gollum, and saying he was going to jack it in because having to do it all day every day was ruining the piano for him, it was making him hate this thing which had been a source of great joy in his life. He's in traffic management now. Anyway, aside from the traffic management thing, that's pretty much how I feel about writing.

Anyway, I came back to Scotland with this idea for a group of all female old school vampires (proper Dracula, Carmilla types) failing to negotiate life in modern day Edinburgh. I know Glasgow better, but you can just imagine vampires in Edinburgh, can't you? And it's been a source of great amusement to me to work out the mythology and build up the characters, and I've been having great fun going through sets of writing exercises writing snippets in that universe.

But the other thing I'm learning is that fanfic and original fic are two entirely different skill sets. For one thing you need a plot, and I've spent many years learning to write in the gaps in other people's plots. Not to sound arrogant, but I think I'm a pretty good fanfic writer, and if nothing else I've carved out a niche which suits me, and I feel like I could write decent enough fanfic about the world and characters that I've created -- but there's no overarching plot, nothing coherent tying it together, which was why my attempt to actually write some of it for NaNo faltered on, like, day two.

Hopefully, something will come to me someday, but even if it doesn't, and it just lives in my "snips, snails, and puppy dog tails" folder, then it's still made me happy, and like writing fanfic or playing the piano, if something makes you happy and it doesn't hurt anybody then you should do it.
netgirl_y2k: (fire cannot kill a dragon)
And written in response to a question from [personal profile] st_aurafina which I shall now reproduce: Any day that suits you - you write a lot of AUs, especially in Game of Thrones, with lots of contradicting premises (which I love!) but do they ever clash in your mind?

That's a good question, I think, and not just because it says a nice thing about me. Short answer: no.

Long answer: no, but--

I am envious of people who can work on more than one story at a time, and I know they exist because I've seen them answer those "post one line from each of your wips" memes. I can't do that, I can only focus on one thing at a time; I have to pick an idea, and let it percolate in my hindbrain till at least the first two thirds are mapped out pretty well. The last third I tend to make up when I get there, which is why that's the bit where a lot of my stories start to wobble. If I try to work on more than one thing I do get confused, and not just about the details of the AU, but about the tone of the fandom, and the tone of the fic, and the style I'm writing in. Also, I'm an epic procrastinator, and given the option of more than one thing to do I'll panic and do nothing.

About ASOIAF/Game of Thrones -- I know the wait for The Winds of Winter is getting ridiculous, and while I'm a lot more positive on the show than a lot of book fans, I don't want the show to overtake the books in terms of plot either. But I do think the narrative is stalled at a really, really interesting point, where you can see the overall direction the story is going in, but there's still so many things that plausibly or conceivably could happen. Which makes it a heaven for future AUs or canon divergence AUs.

The other thing that helps, is that all my future AUs take place in a very similar future for Westeros. Unless the fic is actually about someone unlikely taking the Iron Throne, or for plot related reasons I need her somewhere else like the Wall Daenerys is always queen. Stannis is always in exile or dead offscreen. Aegon is always a fake. Jon is either not a Targaryen, or has no interest in leaving the Wall and interfering with my plot. Sansa always emerges from the Vale of Arryn relatively unscathed and free of Petyr by methods fair or foul. And that gives you the basic shape of a world where the ice zombies have been defeated, there's no-one squabbling over the throne, and Dany's dragons have convinced everyone to simmer down a bit, and once you've got that you can write any number of AUs within that future.

The really interesting thing - and the one that does trip me up, is that I always try to obey the established rules of the world. So, although I can never get enough of "Sansa's courteous and inevitable rise to power" stories I'm leery of anything that makes her Queen in the North without explaining what's going on with Bran and Rickon, because whether I like it or not, she's not the heir. I mean, it's pretty easy to get round by having Bran stay north of the Wall, and Rickon being too young/missing/feral to rule. But, still. And sometimes I want to do away with one of the fundamental rules entirely. I wrote an AU once where Westeros had abolished male-preference primogeniture but I could never make it work the way I wanted it to, because it changed too many things and I couldn't make a cohesive world out of it, so I ended up with five mutually-exclusive AUs.

Similarly, I want to write an AU where the Night's Watch is a Sisterhood-- and I got stuck because why would the Night's Watch be a women only organisation? And I eventually worked out that it wasn't always, but by the time GoT starts it's basically considered pointless, isn't it? So send girls, why not. And Westeros is a world with no place for baseborn girls other than the sex trade, or for highborn girls who don't fit into their traditional roles, and I was sure some of them would choose the Wall given the choice. I've also got Lyanna Stark filling the Benjen Stark role in the Watch, having been sent to the Wall as punishment for her role in provoking Robert's Rebellion. And I got stuck there again, because why would Robert send Lyanna to the Wall, as far as he was concerned she was the wronged party, and if Rhaegar won, he loved her, so again why would he? I eventually went with it being Aerys who sent her, and Rhaegar tried to rescind the order when he became king, but by then Lyanna (who is a lot like Jon) had already taken her vows for good or ill. And the really, really silly thing is... none of this is relevant to the plot of the story, which is to be about Arya Stark petitioning her Aunt Lyanna to join the Watch, experiencing the same short sharp shock as Jon did in canon, female friendships, bonding, and background lesbianism.

I just like logic and internal consistency, even if it's only within my own mind, you know?
netgirl_y2k: (Gwen Beer)
I tripped over the dog coming down the stairs yesterday morning and have done something unwise to my ankle. I also landed on the dog, so he's having a bit of a sulk and ignoring me. Still in full on Yay Christmas! mode, though.

Anyway as I'm laid up and doing end-of year round up posts anyway, that meme where you talk about the fic you wrote through the year.

2012 in Fic: 41,000 words across 27 fics in five fandoms. Jeepers. )

Questions! )
netgirl_y2k: (power)
A year ago there was a meme going round where you posted your top ten fics by AO3 hit count and then navel gazed about the stats, and I did that, and now some people are repeating it and talking about what has changed, and because I am nothing if not a sheep, I am going to do that too.

Also, I find AO3 stats nerdily fascinating.

List of Fics )

Navel Gazing )
netgirl_y2k: (Katie)
For the fic commentary meme [profile] starbuck_river asked for a commentary of, well, Pastimes & Lifestyles, but that's like 17k long and I'd mostly be repeating what I said when I was talking about Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle; that I have basically no interest in Merlin as anything other than a gateway into the frankly much more interesting show about Morgana which lives in my head.

So instead here is a commentary of Like a Hole in the Head, which is interesting just because if left entirely to my id this would be all I'd ever write.

The version without all this silliness lives here.

Like a Hole in the Head (DVD Commentary Edition)
Merlin; Morgana/Morgause; PG

In which there are lady knights, more of my Morgana headcanon, and much frustration that Merlin fandom didn't exist to fulfill my every passing whim )
netgirl_y2k: (Kahlan Sword)
For the fic commentary meme [ profile] mcdoh1902 asked for a commentary on Walk Softly and Carry a Magic Sword, which, it has just occurred to me, is kind of a crap title, so it shall henceforth be known as The One Where Kahlan is the Seeker and Cara is Foiled by Evil Geography.

The version without all this nonsense lives here.

Walk Softly and Carry a Magic Sword (DVD Commentary Edition)
Legend of the Seeker; Cara/Kahlan; PG-13

In which I have feelings about Cara's feelings, shipping in the LotS universe, and appropriate things to wear when sword fighting )
netgirl_y2k: (brandnewday)
So for the fic commentary meme [personal profile] woldy asked for a commentary on Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle (probably better known as the Lesbian Morgana fic) and [ profile] anjali_organna asked for any of my Merlin fics, which I am choosing to interpret as meaning Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle, please.

The version without my insane ramblings lives here.

Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle (DVD Commentary Edition)
Merlin; Morgana/various female characters, Arthur; PG

In which there are many FEELINGS, my Merlin headcanon, and overuse of the phrase 'the tragedy of Morgana' )

I am planning to do a couple more of these through the course of the week, but I shall endeavour to keep any future ones to a less insane length.
netgirl_y2k: (gwenxrhys)
I love this time of year because I don't actually have to think up my own entries, I can just do endless time-wastey memes.

fandom in 2011 )

I usually do the year in fic meme as a post of its own, but, then, I've usually written enough to justify it.

11 fics, 22,000 words, and that's only if I include the Squid Thing, plus questions )
netgirl_y2k: (Claudia Bottle)
Distracting myself from my inability to sleep by writing fic. Well, failing to write fic. Admittedly, I think part of the problem with that is that I am trying to write two fics at once. One is a future history of the Queens of Westeros, featuring all the queens, future queens, and could-have-been queens in a sort of intertwined series of AUs, and the other is a supremely ridiculous Merlin/Warehouse 13 fusion featuring Gwen and Morgana as slightly rubbish Warehouse agents, and I suspect the change in tone as I switch between them is proving somewhat jarring.

So, a meme to distract me from my inability to perform even these seemingly basic tasks. Why, yes, I am using you all as an aid to insomnia.

Name a fandom and I will tell you my...

Favorite character(s):
Least Favorite character(s):
5 Favorite ships (canon or non-canon):
Character(s) I find most attractive:
A random thought:
An unpopular opinion:
Canon OTP(s):
Non-canon OTP(s):
Most badass character(s):
Pairing(s) I am not a fan of:
Character(s) I feel the writers screwed over:
Favourite friendship(s):
Character(s) I want to adopt or be adopted by:
netgirl_y2k: (winter)
Bring me the finest muffins and bagels in all the land, because victory is mine!

By which I mean my yuletide fic is finished, and finished ludicrously, ludicrously early. Not only that, but I am actually quite proud of what I've written.

Honestly, yuletide this year has been so easy that it's almost felt like cheating.

Right. Done gloating now.


Nov. 22nd, 2011 12:11 pm
netgirl_y2k: (Catelyn)
My yuletide assignment is extremely shiny and excellent and I already know what I'm going to write. In fact, I could probably start writing it right now if I were remotely the kind of person who was that organised or efficient. As I'm not, I'm going to take a book to the cafe round the corner and have a cup of tea and a bun. And a bun, that's how happy I am with this assignment!
netgirl_y2k: (lost girl shots)
Today contained much exciting plumbing. I popped home for lunch to find the bathroom under an inch of water. At times like that there are two voices in my head, the first of which points out that I am a calm, competent, grown up woman and I can deal with it myself, the second of which goes, Da-ad! Help! There's stuff everywhere!

On the plus side, I did manage to get the leak fixed on my own without needing to call in a plumber. Admittedly I did have my dad on speakerphone telling me what to do the whole time. Still. Not bad, eh?

Speaking of things that are mad and stressful, NaNo starts tomorrow, which I'm not doing because you could add up everything I've written in my entire life and I doubt you'd get 50 000 words. But I do like to try and write a fair few fics during November as a way of joining in the fun a bit. And this is the point where I ask you lovely people to do the hard bit for me and tell me what to write:

Leave me me a prompt. Characters, pairing, general scenario, whatever you like, and I will work my way through them over the course of the month.

Suggested fandoms, for the sake of variety: Classic Doctor Who, Warehouse 13, Lost Girl, Game of Thrones/ASoIaf, Being Human, Discworld, Legend of the Seeker.
netgirl_y2k: (Gwen Beer)
Because I'm trying to get back into the habit of writing more often, and because I was saying not so long ago that I actually do tend to know what happens after my fics, it just never gets written down because I don't so much finish stories as stop when I get bored or feel I've written a sufficient number of words. Anyway, I don't think I've done this one before: the timestamp meme

Give me one of my stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future (after the end of the story), or sometime in the past (before the story started), and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.

fic masterlist or AO3, as you prefer.


Sep. 13th, 2011 10:23 pm
netgirl_y2k: (dany)
I read somewhere that it's a good idea, when you're just getting into writing in a new fandom, to start with teeny-tiny little fics. Thus, a meme, using GoT/ASOIAF characters.

1. Write down the names of 10 characters.
2. Write a fic of twenty words or less for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.

Characters and titchy fics )
netgirl_y2k: (Morgana Blue)
There's a thirty days of fanfiction meme doing the rounds which I quite fancied the look of, but I figured we'd all be happier if I didn't spend the better part of a month whittering on about writing, so instead I thought I'd do it all in one go. And, anyway, talking about writing might inspire me to actually do some, I'm not at the moment, my current fandom projects are a podfic, a vid and a recs list. All of which are a lot harder and more time consuming than you might think.

All answers written while recovering from the effects of my mate's home brewed cider and with one eye on the tennis, so you know...

30 Days of Fanfiction: Days 1 to 30 )
netgirl_y2k: (Default)
I have decided what I hate most about writing - other than the bits that involve thinking about words or writing them down, those totally suck - the bit I hate most is thinking of titles.

I should just call everything Untitled Femslash No. 17, even the things that aren't femslash.

How do you come up with titles, O wise f-list?
netgirl_y2k: (Catelyn)
Writing fic is hard and I don't want to (just kiss the girl, Nina! I promise it'll help with the werewolf angst) so what I shall do is stop for a bit and talk about this week's Game of Thrones.

1x05 The Wolf and the Lion, plus the odd book spoiler )

On a vaguely related note, because Game of Thrones is one of the fandoms up for voting, there's a poll up at [community profile] femslash11 to see which fandoms should be on this year's Big List. Admittedly, I don't know who you'd ship from GoT unless you wanted to write me epic Cat/Cersei rule the world and have a lot of hate!sex AUs but I will applaud anyone who tries.

And finally a vid rec: I never managed to get into The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but that didn't stop me from loving the pants off of [personal profile] chaila's T:SCC/Fringe vid Virus. Awesome bionic redheads are plotting your demise, oh yes!

ETA: Also, [community profile] thelittlebang femslash big bang challenge is having another round this year, and people, unlike me, who can write long fic without rending their garments and weeping should totally think about signing up.

A03 Meme

Apr. 16th, 2011 12:37 am
netgirl_y2k: (Donna Oi)
I hate getting upset, I also hate the top post in my journal being me being upset because that makes it that much harder to pretend that I am a laid back, practically zen individual who never ever gets upset. So with that aim in mind here is a fun meme which I have snerched from [personal profile] sophinisba where you post your top ten fics by their AO3 hitcounts and then navel gaze about why that is. Fun all round. Although possibly more for me than you.

10 fics )

Thoughts about them )


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