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[personal profile] ambyr asked What's your process, when it comes to fanfiction? Do you start with a character arc, or a what-if question, or an image, or a snippit of dialogue? Do you outline, and if so, do you always reach the end you expect?

I apologise in advance for how self-indulgent I'm going to be in my answer.

Mostly I write from prompts, sometimes more successfully than others. I do a lot of exchanges and begging-for-prompts type memes; I sometimes scour kink memes and the like for ideas, but I find it much harder to get motivated without someone specific to write for, even though I feel like that's stupid, especially because increasingly I just use the prompt as a jumping off point to go off on a tangent of my own.

At their best exchanges can force you to write some really innovative fic. I think the best fic I wrote this year was probably Kiss The Boys And Make Them Cry (Dany/Jon, Dany/Aegon) which is a fic I never would have written if I hadn't received the prompt in an exchange. I'm endlessly fascinated by Dany; I might be one of the few people in the fandom who're actually really into the fact that she's a rubbish queen at the moment and that her massive messiah complex has hugely backfired on her, without using it as an excuse to character bash. But while I think her story and Jon's are running on parallel tracks, and doubtlessly destined converge, the idea of them as a ship leaves me less than cold. And as for Aegon - I tend not even to include him in my future fics, assuming that he died offscreen like the giant and obvious red herring that he is; on the other hand, if it's a plot twist, and he's not "the mummer's dragon" then I will be genuinely and lastingly cross at the narrative choices that have led to that. So not a fic that I would have written on my own, but one I'm ultimately rather proud of.

The fic I had the most fun writing this year was Keep the Bouquets, Throw Away the Grooms (Sansa/Margery). Okay, the surprisingly delightful arranged marriage of Sansa Stark and Margaery Tyrell is the stuff of my id, and something I might have told myself to amuse me on a long walk or lull myself off to the land of nod. But I never would have written and posted it if I didn't have a prompt giving me implicit permission, or I don't know, validation, to write it. Stupid, I know.

Of the things I've written that didn't come directly from some kind of prompt: there's The Sisters Black (the Night's Watch) and while I would love to take credit for the idea of an all female Night's Watch AU, it's actually the result of my becoming obsessed with this graphic and not being able to believe that nobody had written it yet.

There's also This Is What You Will Wear To The End Of The World (Gwen, Morgana). To give you some context, the tagline for Merlin in my head is, Merlin: the show and fandom so toxic and sexist it makes Game of Thrones look like the feminist utopia. And that was something I wrote mostly to work through my residual feelings on that fandom and give myself some closure; silly as an may seem to need closure on an excessively stupid teatime beeb show.

The main difference between those two and the stuff I write for exchanges is how long they took. They were both, not in progress, because I wasn't actually writing them, but I was thinking about writing then, and working them through in my head, for more than a year apiece. In the absence of a deadline it takes me a long, long time to write anything, and mostly I'll write nothing. There's a sequel to The Sisters Black that I've been thinking about writing since March, so you know, expect it next July, maybe.

I outline a lot in my head, which is fantastic, right up until the point where you come to write anything down, where you might as well not have bothered.

Many years ago I had a crack at being a standup comedian, and I never wrote my routines down in their entirety; I had a list of beats I wanted to hit, where the laughter should be if I was doing it right. I don't know why, because I was a terrible comic, but I use the same approach for writing. I approach a story as a series of vignettes. If it works it should go like... section one reveals this about the characters and packs this emotional punch, the next section reveals this other thing and packs this different emotional punch. When it doesn't work, and it often doesn't, it looks like you've got the skeleton of a story rather than an actual story.

By the way, the last time I think I did this well was The Quiet Ones (Sansa/Myrcella).

The other thing, I think, that can make my writing look a bit barebones is that when I work out scenes in my head I do it dialogue only; I think, I hope, I'm getting better at remembering to colour inside the lines when it comes to actually writing.

This is why a lot of my fics have numbered sections, and even the ones that don't were probably written that way and just had the numbers edited out later. When I first started writing fanfiction the five things format was a huge thing, and I think I found it formative. Also, it's good for motivation, I think, to break things down; tonight I will write section ii, which consists of scenes a,b, and c, makes point y, and includes line z, which I've been proud of since I thought it up and should write down before I forget.

Endings suck, especially my endings. I tend to have the first two thirds of a fic reasonably well worked out before I start writing it. Not coincidentally, the two thirds mark is often where it all falls apart. That's not always the case, sometimes I come up with the ending first. Everything in The Game of Courtship (Sansa/Margaery) from Sansa's crush at first sight on Margaery, to their sweet romance at Highgarden, to Margaery's declaration of love, was written to spiral towards the last scene where Margaery gives Sansa the purple amethysts. My whole thing with Margaery is that she might genuinely care for Sansa but she'll never shy away from using her.

Sometimes an obvious ending presents itself. Abu el Banat (Oberyn Martell) was written for a prompt about Oberyn and his daughters, Oberyn has eight daughters, but in the writing it morphed into a fic as much about Oberyn's relationship with his sister Elia as anything else. I'm really fascinated by sibling dynamics, is the thing. So it seemed obvious to end it after Elia's death with Oberyn naming his fifth daughter after her.

More often I don't end fics so much as just... stop.

Speaking of just stopping.
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Day 3. Something you wrote for someone else

This is either a really easy question, because almost everything I write is for someone else, or a really hard one, for the same reason...

I almost never write fic without some kind of prompt. It's not so much that I have no ideas, so much as I have a never-ending, nebulous, increasingly ludicrous list of things I might like to write some distant day. I am indecisive and a procrastinator by nature, so exchanges and prompt memes are often the only way I'm going to write anything.

Keep the Bouquets, Throw Away the Grooms (Game of Thrones; Sansa Stark/Margaery Tyrell)

This I wrote for a prompt meme on tumblr (which means it wasn't really for anyone, because in those cases it's more like the prompter is doing me a favour) where there were a list of tropes, and people pick one and suggest a pairing. And one of the suggestions was Sansa/Margaery arranged marriage. And one of the reasons I love doing those prompt meme ficlets is that I tend to write them quickly if I'm going to write them at all, so it stops me from over-thinking things. Like, if this had been an idea I'd come up with on my own I would have gotten stuck on why would there even be arranged same-sex marriage in Westeros? Seriously? and never written it.

I'm actually kind of proud of my reasoning there, which is threefold:
1) Joffrey is basically Caligula; and decrees Sansa and Margaery have to get married for reasons...
2) Tywin and Cersei don't stop it because it keeps the Tyrells away from the throne, and strips Margaery of her power.
3) Arranged same-sex marriage as something that's super-rare and looked down upon, but does happen. Usually as a way of humiliating defeated enemies, and wiping out bloodlines.

Of course, the Lannister plot goes awry, because Sansa is happy to be marrying someone who can take her away from this terrible place to Highgarden, and Margaery quickly redirects her political ambitions towards the Starks (pragmatic romantics, romantic pragmatists, yay!)

I was asked a couple of times if I was going to write a sequel, and I very much doubt it. But, there's a bit in the books where Cat thinks that if Robb had to break off the Frey deal then she wishes it had been for Margaery Tyrell. And if I were ever going to write a coda it would be about Sansa being reunited with Cat and going : Um, so I'm married to Margaery Tyrell now, and my wife's grandmother wants to talk to you about ending the war in a fortnight.

Usually when I write fic in this universe it's book based, just because there's so much more depth to the books--

As an aside, you know that thing where people were asking if GRRM will die before he finishes the books. And yeah, that's a horrid question, and a dick move to ask him. But I genuinely suspect that we might never see a conclusion. Not because of any health concerns, but because on some level I just don't think GRRM is interested in it anymore. I think he's interested in his worldbuilding and the history of his universe - which is why he keeps writing side stories, and why the last couple of books have been increasingly meandering - but I think he's lost interest in the actual plot of A Song of Ice and Fire.

--but this is entirely show based. Partly so I could include Sansa and Tyrion's friendship (he's going to write to Sansa in Highgarden; occasionally he sends her books), partly so I didn't have to wrangle any extraneous Tyrell brothers (sorry Willas, you have been written out of existence in the name of femslash), and partly because as much as I had my issues with S4 of the show, Sansa and Margaery's friendship in S3 was done brilliantly, and made me ship them in ways the books never did.
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2. Something new - talk about a new fanwork of yours!

Well, this is timely, because my fic for this round of [ profile] got_exchange was posted today, and you can't get much newer than that.

A Westeros Fairytale (ASOIAF; Lyanna Stark/Elia Martell)

The prompt for this was: a situation where Lyanna chooses Elia over Rhaegar, and my original idea was for an AU where Rhaegar defeated Robert, took Lyanna as his second wife to appease the North, but became disenchanted with her when she gave birth to Jon Snow rather than the daughter Rhaegar expected. I saw a glorious fan wank somewhere that the woman's name Rhaegar said when he was dying might have been Visenya. The whole thing was going to be about Lyanna and Elia learning to live with one another, raising their children together, and hoping no-one had noticed that they were the ones running Westeros as Rhaegar became increasingly fixated on prophecy and dragons.

And it would have been... fine, probably. But I was writing it in stilted fifty word bursts, and not enjoying it at all. So, I deleted what I had and started from scratch.

There's a chapter in, I think, Storm of Swords, where Meera Reed tells Bran a thinly veiled story about the tourney at Harrenhal and how Lyanna met Rhaegar. I used that as a framing device to have Meera tell Bran about the time that Lyanna Stark dressed up as a knight, crowned Elia Martell the queen of love and beauty, and ran away with her. Thus sparing everyone a great deal of trouble and upset.

I go back and forward on whether I think Lyanna Stark was the knight of the laughing tree. On the one hand I want her to have been, because lady knights are everything I want. On the other, basically two of the very few things we know for sure about Lyanna is that she was scrappy like Arya, and that she was a brilliant horsewoman. But I feel like she would have needed more than that to beat three even mediocre jousters. And I doubt jousting is a skill she could have picked up in secret, and it's so outside the feminine sphere that it would have been mentioned.

So, yeah, I wish the mystery knight had been Lyanna Stark; I think he was Howland Reed.

But, hey, it's my fairytale, so of course it has girl jousters, and female characters rescuing themselves, and happy Starks!
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For the last month or so all my free time has been consumed by football and books. Football for obvious, world cup related reasons; and books because, well, let's be honest, there's a lot of time during football games when not a lot is happening.

So, to get me out of my posting malaise, I'm going to do that seven days of self-promotion meme that's been going around. Um. Yippee.

Day 1. Something Old.

Not Exactly Human (Discworld; Susan Sto Helit/Angua von Uberwald)

Every year since it started (and it started in '04, three mods ago, eek) I've done the annual femslash ficathon. It's probably, actually, a pretty good measure of my changing fandoms, style, and writing ability. I started off writing Harry Potter fic for it, then Buffy, Doctor Who, Merlin, and for the last few years, Game of Thrones.

And looking at my earlier fic in the more technical sense; these days I am much less prone of misspellings and typos, much fonder of the oxford comma, about as likely to skip words on account of my brain being faster than my fingers, and I abuse grammar in different, yet equally incorrect ways (if I scatter enough semi-colons around the place some of them must end up in the correct places, right?)

We're not going all the way back to 2004, because no-one with eyes needs to be subjected to my early attempts at stringing words together. Anyway, five years is ancient history in fandom terms. Fandom years are like dog years.

So in 2009 I wrote a Discworld fic for the exchange. And the thing I think is interesting about Discworld fic, is that if you're going to write it then you have to emulate the style of the books, otherwise what's the point? And I don't think that's true for all fandoms, not even all book fandoms where there is a written source to emulate. Certainly, my ASOIAF fic is nothing like in GRRM's style, because who wants to spend three paragraphs describing some armour or a food laden table. As a matter of fact, the stuff I write in ASOIAF/GoT is probably as close to my original style as anything, if that makes sense. But in Discworld, absolutely, go Pratchett or go home! Which is probably why I've only written two fics in the fandom, and why it is still, I think, a Yuletide sized fandom. Pratchett's style is fun to emulate, if very easy to miss hit. And you get to play with footnotes, which let me get my jokes in without mangling comma usage even more than I usually do. But one of the reasons to wish there was more Discworld fic than there currently is that maybe then we could have a standard way of formatting footnotes in fanfiction.

There are a couple of interesting things about Susan/Angua as a ship; namely Angua being a werewolf, and Susan being Death's granddaughter can be thought of as comparable experiences, what with having one foot in two worlds, and abilities other people don't have however much they may inconvenience you in your day to day life. I really could have done more with that rather than going the cliched quaff alcohol - hook up approach.

There's also Angua's canon relationship with Carrot. And there are a bunch of of different ways to write out a canon love interests, from having the relationship never happen in your AU, to sending them on holiday to Scotland for the duration of the fic, to killing them off. I've noticed that the less I like a canon pairing, the more gently I break them up, and the fairer I am to the "surplus" love interest. It's like a precaution against inadvertent character bashing. And I must confess that I have long been slightly skeeved by the Angua/Carrot relationship. There's an owner/pet vibe to it that I really can't dig. And it doesn't matter that that's been addressed in canon, that it's part of who Angua is, or that Carrot's a good guy who would never take advantage of it. The fact that Angua couldn't, as I recall, leave him even if she wanted to, that what she wants or thinks will always be second to what he wants or thinks bugs me.

I mean, I'm overthinking this, I know. We're talking about a canon where Carrot's only real love rival for his werewolf girlfriend is an actual honest to god wolf called Gavin. Still, it's one of those lizard brain things. So I went out of my way to have Carrot be a good guy, and a good friend, because, you know, he is. I like Carrot. I just don't want Angua with him.

In conclusion, I think it's cute, and funny, and Pratchett-y enough to gloss over the more out of character moments. But better things were to come.
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Two different remixes that I'd written over the last month or so de-anoned this weekend, and I thought I would self-indulgently talk about them. Because I think they're both kind of interesting in that I don't think they're as obviously by me as a lot of the things I write. I have a very distinctive style, I've been told.

So for remix_redux I remixed an ASOIAF five things fic called I Believe The Children Are Our Future, which is about various characters (Lyanna, Bran, Cersei, Arianne, Jon) being fostered out young and brought up in a different house. And each segment is basically a ficlet of a few hundred words (nothing wrong with that, I've written stories in that style myself) so my idea as to how to remix it was to expand every section into a longer fic; because why write one remix when you can write five?

The biggest change was that one of the sections (Arianne being raised in the Targaryen court in exile as Viserys' intended) was exorcised completely. Partly because I ran out of time/fannish energy, and partly because I had a lot of trouble with the idea of writing a sane future King!Viserys; I guess the you are the chosen one vibes I get off Dany are too strong, even as the narrative itself actively works to undermine those vibes. And I know it smacks of excusing my own laziness, but I think the remix works better as a four things than a five, because this way it's all about the Starks, really: three Starks who were brought up by other families, and one Lannister raised by wolves.

Hence the funky remix subtitle.

Live For Just These Twenty Years (the wolves in sheep's clothing remix)
ASOIAF; PG; 7527 words; Lyanna Stark, Bran Stark, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister

Political fostering, yea or nay?

(Lyanna Stark, fostered at Sunspear; Bran Stark, a ward of Pyke; Cersei Lannister, a lioness in Winterfell; Jon Snow, a southron knight)

I also signed up for the Merlin fandom remix, which could have easily gone very wrong, because Merlin fandom is even more overwhelmingly Merlin/Arthur centric than it was in my day. And it's not that I particularly object to remixing M/A, it's that my interpretation of the M/A relationship is So Very Different to the majority of fandom's that nobody who ships them really wants me remixing their fic.

For the curious, my take on their relationship can be summed up thusly: the only thing creepier that Merlin's canon obsession with Arthur, is the way fandom romanticises it.

Anyway, I was very lucky with matching that I got someone's who's oeuvre included Lessons Learned which is a post series fic where Arthur has returned, and Merlin is pre-emptively killing Arthur's enemies (Mordred, Morgana, etc.) as they rise again; only it's strongly implied that these aren't the old foes come again, they're just random people, and Merlin is just violently paranoid.

So, I made my remix explicit that these weren't the reincarnations of anybody, just innocent bystanders, and I split my remix between two perspectives. Between the boys; Arthur, and Merlin teaching him about the modern world, which I'm sure has been done in 1001 fics before, and the detective who's investigating Merlin's killing spree.

I am weirdly proud of this remix. Mostly because I don't like Merlin as a character, nor do I like M/A as a ship, but I think I managed to respect the original fic, and the ship, while making my problems with it (not just the dead women, but the co-dependence, the way that Merlin manipulates Arthur, and how Arthur doesn't realise how much Merlin controls his life) pretty explicit.

Lessons Learned (a little bit of history repeating remix)
Merlin; R; 3200 words; Merlin/Arthur

Merlin has always killed for Arthur, ever since Camelot, but they're not in Camelot anymore.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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! )
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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.


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