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30 Questions )

24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

Basically, as many as I can get to help me out. My English grammar sucks and I always like more opinions on story structure, characterisation and so on...

Don't really have a horror story, well the closest to it was when I just came online, and I'd written my first fic. I'd managed to get someone to agree to beta, sent it to them, and never heard back.

Small thing to remember, this was my first experience being online, and I was using the computer at a youth center. This matters, because I didn't have any idea how email worked, so I accidentally used the youth center's email instead.
And then I spent the next week or so wondering why I never heard back from said beta ;-)

(well the fact that the fic was about Methos meeting my Mary Sue like oc probably didn't help matters either)
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21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I've written sequels, series and I've got several more planned. The problem is that as much as I'd love to write sequels to some of my stories I sometimes get way too easily distracted.

I love it when other people write sequels to their stories. They may not always be a successful continuation from the previous one, but it's always nice to return toa familiar word.

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 love big bangs, I preobably do best when I have a deadline to work towards, because it forces me to keep writing and finish. My favorite expereince was for a crossover big bang. I wrote a spn/criminal Minds crossover for that one, and it's up to now still one of my most popular fics. But more than that, my fic got picked by a great artist who made awesome art for said fic in question.

23 – When you post,where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Pretty much wherever it fits. My AO3, my account, my livejournal of course, and a link to tumblr and any lj com I can think of.
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18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

It depends, sometimes stories I read, the news, other fics, conversations about characters. Watching an episode and thinking about the character's emotions, how they'd react in different situations. My own kinks, other people's kinks, the kink meme... And sometimes, I have absolutely no idea how, but sometimes an idea jumps fully formed out of your head, and you just have to write it, and those are usually the best ones.

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

It depends, sometimes I talk about them with a friend, on others I just post it on the kink meme. Most of the time though, I just keep them in my head, if they're strong enough to survive, I'll end up writing them regardless.

20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

All the time, the difficult part is trying not to copy them, and if the idea is too close, to at the very least credit them for it.
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16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

BIt of both really, I love them on other people's fics, and I know they're essential to get people interested in your work, but they can be hard as hell to come up with. I either try and think what the readers most need to know, without spoiling thme, or when I can't think of something, I try and pick a line from the fic that shows what the fic is about, in order to get them interested.

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Bane, most definitely bane. It's hard enough to come up with a decent title for a fic as a whole, trying to come up with a new one for each chapter is nigh undoable.
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30 Questions )

14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

Since my fics are pretty dark, my ratings can be pretty high. Admittedly, I've written fics, expecting them to be at least R, and ending up with a PG13 instead, but that usually has more to do with the lack of sex in said fics. For me, a rating depends on the story, if the story takes me to dark places, then I'll follow it, even if that means a heavy NC17 rating. But if it would feel like the sex would be crammed in for the sake of it, then I'll just as easily drop the sex, or even the romance in general, if it doesn't add anything to the story.

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

Most important, I'd say, are things like underage, non-con, torture, gore, pedophilia, bestiality, you know the usual things that might squick the hell out of people.

I wouldn't say it's strange, but I have warned for cannibalism, and though I've not used the warnings, I do at time feel like I should warn readers of my Teen Wolf fics, that though I try anything to avoid charbashing, that I'm not, nor will I ever be Stiles-positive. And that no matter how many reviews they leave behind about it, that I won't make any fic any more Stiles-centric than I absolutely have to.

I have been using a scott-centric tag on some of my TW fics, but that's not a warning, that's just a way to tell fellow Scott fans that my fic is something they might like.
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30 Questions )

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

The closest I've come to this, is a SPN/In the Flesh fusion that I started writing. (and still need to finish)
The idea was to think of what could have happened if the Rising happened in the spn verse, and Dean had been one of the PDS sufferers who rose from his grave during it. With John and Sam having to cope with their son/brother being one of the monsters they've been fighting for the past few years.

oh no wait, I also did a Highlander/Harry Potter fusion, where the Highlander characters were Hogwarts students. Fic was gen, with a possibility of future Methos/Richie.

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I generally prefer canon, even when I write aus, I try to keep the characters as close to their canon personalities as I can manage. It's one of the reasons why Teen Wolf fandom pisses me off so much, since the majority of them throw canon under the bus in order to make Stiles look better
In my opinion, fanon often removes what makes the characters interesting to me in the first place.

Not saying that fanon doesn't have its good points, I do like the occasional 'good big brother Gabriel who actually cares about Cas', but I wish I could see more Gabriel fics that actually have him treat Cas as he does in canon, and then deal with how that affects Cas.
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11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I tend to write darkfic, angst, hurt/comfort. I pretty much suck at writing anything fluffy and/or humorous.

My main genres seem to be slave fic, abo, and stuff close to it.
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30 Questions )

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?

I would love to write a Scott/Boyd fic (for Teen Wolf), but haven't yet managed to do so. Still planning on it though.

Well I've tried to write a Willow/Spike fic once, but somehow it didn't work. The attempt was to write Spillow as realistic as it'd be, without bashing Willow, it didn't quite work out and in the end it was never finished.

I also used to have serious issues with wincest, still do up to a point. But I've known written a fic fics in the pairing that worked for me. As I mentioned before, best for me is when either Sam is evil and that causes the wincest, or when as in my Dean/Sam/Gabriel/Castiel fic, that there are two other guys involved and it's a free for all with Dean as the bottom*g*
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30 Questions )

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.

I used to, a lot more than I do now. Back when I first started writing fanfic, I'd write fanfics about my oc's as the main characters. And though I did try to keep them from being perfect, even the one I specifically wrote about myself, looking back, they probably were Mary Sues.

Nowadays, I do still use oc's, but I try to bring in new chars, the way the show I'm writing about would. Keeping the focus on the canon characters, and using the oc's to add to the story, instead of having them take it over.
Even with an outside pov fic, where the story, inherently is taken over by the oc, the point is not to write about this amazing oc, but to use them to give a view on the characters that the readers do already care about. And get the readers to identify with them, because of their observations on the canon characters and world, and not because they're the most amazing person to ever be amazing.
That doesn't mean the oc can't be the main character, just that you have to be careful in how to introduce them, and how they interact with the world already there.

Using my fic 'the Pet Whisperer" for example.
Despoine may be the main character and the pov character, but her point in the story is to reflect on the relationship between Cas and Dean, and the world she lives in. To explore what it's like to be a pagan god in the spn verse, without making it look better than it is. (in ergo, she does eat and/or enslave people, and the fic isn't shy about it. I don't try and make the pagan gods somethign they aren't in canon, or any less dark than they are in canon, which I think helped the fic in the long run.

Or in Tempering the Blades where half the story is told from my oc's pov, but the story is on how outsiders would see the Winchester family, rather than on CPS agent saves the day.

In both cases, the oc is a main character, but I tried to make sure that their presence, doesn't diminish the role of the canon character.

Joss Whedon once wrote an ep of btvs that showed exactly what a Mary Sue is and does, aka Superstar, and it's that that I'm trying to avoid. Whedon used Jonathan who wrote himself as the center of the narrative, taking away Buffy's role as competent leader and making her a bumbling sidekick to his own heroics. He becomes the center of their lives, their friendships, pushing away the people who actually play those roles in canon. In fact, one of the only Mary Sue tropes that Whedon didn't hit with that ep, was making Jonathan the surprise family member of someone in the cast ;-)

And by writing this ep, whedon shows us exactly what not to do when bringing an oc into a story. And what the difference is between a character who may be slightly too awesome, and a Mary Sue*g*

In short, there's nothing wrong with a well written oc's, and in a lot of ways, I actually do prefer them to seeing a canon char twisted in such a way that they're no longer recognizable. But...they need to be used with care and caution.
And for me personally, though I don't mind all 'secretly family' fics, it does tend to put up a red flag of caution. Especially when the char is written for a family where the family dynamics are a huge part of what the show's about.
Just saying, it's one thing to bring in a secret father for someone like say Xander, because his father is a minor char in btvs canon, but if you try and push a new sibling into the Winchester family, then you may well screw up the entire Winchester family dynamic that is the center of the story to begin with.
(same for giving Harry Potter a new set of parents, since so much of Harry's interactions with other chars like Sirius, Remus and Snape relies on the fact that he is James and Lilly's son.)
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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 fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Thought that was question 3*g*
Ah well, uhm, I guess for me muses are the characters that pretty much make the fandom for me. Without those characters, I'd probably lose my interest in the fandom in question.

Temlan in Highlander fandom. He was this oc that I created, little brother to Methos. And somehow, even when he wasn't in the fic, he at the very least least got a mention. Of canon chars, I'd say Methos. Richie was admittedly more of a canon stu, but Methos was the canon char that at the time pulled me in the most. Which is funny, cause when I rewatched the show a few years ago, I realized that I now identify much more with Duncan, and think that Adrian Paul was the better actor of the cast. So if I ever write HL fics again, he'd probably be the char that would slip in, no matter what the subject of the story would be.

Spike in BTVS and Angel. It just doesn't feel like the Buffyverse to me, if Spike isn't there. Even when I read someone elses fic, I keep wondering where he is, or what he'd think of what's happening. Which is annoying since most btvs crossover writers don't seem to feel the same way  *pouts*

Dean in Supernatural, and Jensen in spn rps. I just can't read or write an spn fic that doesn't have Dean as its emotional core. It's also the main reason that I just can't read bottomSam. I just don't care enough about Sam, to read about him as the emotional center of a story. (and since the bottom char usually is the emotional center of the story in the majority of fics)

And I think I already explained about Scott in Teen Wolf. The lack of a decent amount of scott-centric fics, is probably the main reason that I never quite seem to be able to slip entirely into teen Wolf fandom, mostly because I lack any and all interest in Stiles. And don't even get me started on how boring I find Jackson.
I can't even imagine writing a Teen Wolf fic that isn't about Scott in some way or another.

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Unless it goes too much against canon, I usually let them, after all, I'm more likely to follow where the story leads me, than to just plot things out in advance.

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

I hate to admit it, but I usually go with male characters. I feel too close to female chars. I'll bring them in when I can, but since I usually write dark stories, esp. including non-con and slavery, I just don't want to write those with female chars in the submissive role, nor do I want to turn them into the bad guys. So they usually end up being outside observers to what's happening, which makes their parts less emotionally charged and thus smaller as a whole;
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3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

OC-verse: Brains, a thirteen year old girl who's mutation was that her brain wouldn't stop growing, making her go from below average intelligence to a supergenius.

Highlander: my oc's? (ducks for cover), well them, and oddly enough, the Kurgan.

BtVS and Angel, Spike, I loved Buffy, but somehow at the time, Xander and Spike were easier to write. Though admittedly, this is the fandom where I started to grow up, grew out of my focusing too much on oc's stage and realized I was starting to use Xander as a Canon Stu, which led to me losing interest in him over time.  By the time I left fandom, I was primarily a Spike-writer.

Marvel, Peter Parker, no ifs or buts, Peter just hit me in a way that none of the other characters have ever managed to do. Which is why Dan Slott's ruination of the character pretty much ruined the fandom for me as well.

Criminal Minds Grimm, the Listener, NCIS, ... no particular fave, though I did love writing for Derek Morgan. And Nick is easy to write for in Grimm fandom

Supernatural (and spn rps), as mentioned before, Dean, Dean, Dean, and Jensen, and oh yes, some more Dean*g* And Victor Henriksen who's total fun.

Teen Wolf, Scott McCall.  He's the one character I most identify with, and who feels most unique amongst the Teen Wolf cast. Liam's fun too, but Scott is just so sweet and kind in how he deals with everyone, while completely insecure about his own worth. These days, on most shows, the main characters are either cynical jerks, or the broody manchild anti-hero, which I do like when done well (see Dean), but they've just become such clichés, that it's becoming hard to relate to new versions of the trope.

I mean, I like Derek, but if it weren't for Hoechlin, his char would be nothing but cardboard. It's like the writers were ticking off a list on what a brooding manchild char is suppsed to be like and then filled every single field.

With Scott, it's so rare to see a main character who's emotionally open, who accepts his feelings and emotions and supports others. Who to use Potter terms, is a Hufflepuff rather than a Gryffindor. Whose main emotional state isn't anger, or sadness, who can admit when he makes a mistake (often toth e point of his own detriment) and whose entire heroisme isn't based on some dead female relative/love interest, but on the example of still living role models. (aka Melissa and Deaton)
We saw Scott actually grow up, yet still keeping his same core values, which is soooo incredibly important to me. He feels like a combination of a younger version of Peter Parker and Steve Rogers and I totally love him for it.
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30 Questions )

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?

Man, that's a hard one. I think the first fandom I ever wrote fanfic in was technically Marvel. Sure it was an original school for superhumans, with my own original characters that had only a rare few connections to canon Marvel, but still, it was basically a Marvel verse fic.

I wanted to try and create characters of my own, and I think I came up with over 300 or so. Basically the idea was a school that actually felt like a school, and not just a small classroom.  And then I came up with their families, and the town they lived in, and how everything would work. I still sometimes like to think back to that school and how I'd write a fic about that verse today.

Think I've posted only about one or two fics of that verse online.

Other than that, Highlander. First fic with actual canon characters, first Mary Sue as well*g*

I still use the online name Liliaeth that I got from my first major oc when I needed a name for my email, and that I've been using for over fifteen years now.

I just liked to explore the effect of age and guilt beyond what Methos allowed us to deal with. And of course, like every newbie writer, I decided that my oc's had to be related to Methos, cause you know, they ain't as cool if there isn't some connection to a canon char. I blame it on youth and inexperience*g*

2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

No idea about the numbers, and honestly, I don't even have all the fics I've ever written online anymore.

Marvel(sort of) , First there was the Delhouney institute verse, which as mentioned in response to question one, was a superhuman school set in the marvel universe.

Highlander, over a dozen, most of them center around oc's. I occasionally have ideas for this fanfic, mostly spn crossovers centering around the pairing of Richie Ryan/Jo Harvelle

Btvs, once again, dozens of fics, but to [ profile] spikes_heart's great regret, i've mostly lost my muse for this fandom. Last fic I wrote in this fandom was a BTVS/SPN crossover.

Marvel (again), This time mostly Spider-Man fics, with some smaller Marvel fandom fanfics written for Yuletide.  I do still think of writing in it, and probably will sign up for it for Yuletide, but Dan Slott has ruined a lot of my love for the fandom

Criminal Minds Grimm, the Listener, NCIS, ... all of which are fandoms I'm in, and I've written one or more fanfics for them, mostly crossovers, and I probably would write them again, if I get the right inspiration, probably either for yuletide or as a crossover though.

Supernatural (and spn rps), my current main fandom, dozens of fics, and still writing for it. My only regret with the fandom is how Sam/Jared and Castiel centric the fandom is becoming. Especially sicne my main interest is and always will be, Dean, regardless of the pairing.

Teen Wolf, my other current fandom. And the one I would have already transitioned into, if it weren't for the complete and utter lack of decent fanfics to drag me into it. (I know there's good fics, but the fandom is so infested with Sterek and Stiles-centric fics, that it's hard to find anything actually worth reading.

And it's not even like I'm that difficult, I just want some good Scott-centric fics, preferably with minimal Stiles, I'm fine with almost any pairing, hell I'll even read Sciles, long as Scott's the emotional center of the fic instead of Stiles. But so far it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

I've written a few fics in this fandom, most of them Scott-centric. The hard part is keeping in mind that Scott does not share my low opinion of Stiles ;-)

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