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October 14th, 2016

--Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?

Only in the sense that I refuse to feel guilty about them. :D But almost everything I enjoy writing is self-indulgent and tropey in some way, most of it holdovers from reading every Regency Romance in my small town library in high school: pining, misunderstandings, stoically suffering characters with secret hearts of gold, playing with identity, "happy ever after" endings, swoony first times.

Speaking of which, I just finished up my longish moviefic which has spoonfuls of the last two, yay! And am re-committing to trying to write mostly one-shots in comic book fandom, since I'm apparently still pretty burnt out about writing longer stories. We'll see how long that resolution lasts...

Oh, and is anyone doing Yuletide and/or NaNo? I got my Yuletide assignment and am psyched and will probably be writing them a treat to boot, so that's good!

October 7th, 2016

--Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic of yours?

Or to talk about what you like and/or dislike in the h/c genre! I think my favorite h/c I've written is probably "Chalcedony," where Bruce has a high fever and starts using Biblical language from his childhood to talk about Clark, who is so worried that he's oblivious to what Bruce is implying. I like h/c best when you're in the point of view of the person not hurt and most of the point of the story is to watch the unhurt person suffering second-hand agonies over having to see the other person suffer, if that makes sense.

I have written little h/c this week, but lots and lots and lots of angst! Fun times! I hope your week has been going well (angstily or not) too!

September 30th, 2016

Better late than never, I hope!

--How would you describe your style?

Oh, hmmm. I guess some words off the top of my head that at least I'm aiming for would be "clear," "understated" and "romantic." I'm not sure those all work together or that I achieve all--or any--of them!

Almost done with one short series and making lots of progress on another! I'm going to confess quietly here that part of the reason I've had a hell of a time lately writing any smut with Clark and Bruce is that some people have very strong opinions about who should be topping and bottoming, and while I have my own tendencies, they're not set in stone. As a result lately I end up seriously overthinking and worrying about how people will react about a sex scene, with the end result being a mental block on writing much of anything at all in that area. I know, I know, just write what works, but... yipes, some people have strong opinions. Well, I shall gird my loins (and Clark's and Bruce's) and plunge onward to this ultimate chapter and sex scene! Hope you're feeling less blocked and having fun (I'm still having fun, just seriously overthinking!)

September 23rd, 2016

Wow, I'd forgotten how much fun it is to write short pieces--and how quickly I can put them in my "finished" folder when I don't have to make sure a multi-chapter plot holds together. This is very satisfying. I hope you are finding satisfaction in your writing this week as well!

--If you wrote a sequel to one of your stories, what would it be about?

I still very much want to write the sequel to a very old story where Clark was born female and meets Bruce as a teen. I know they meet up again before their caped versions appear and there's identity porn and glittering parties, but other than that I just don't know! If you could pick a story and have a sequel magically come to you, what would you go with?

September 16th, 2016

I'm home at last after a month on the road! And battling a vicious chest cold (travel may broaden the mind, but it definitely weakens the immune system, alas). But bravely writing smut through the pain! *puts back of hand to forehead dramatically*

This week's question: How did you come up with the title to your current WiP(s)?

Ugh, I'm in an Unsatisfactory Title Rut right now, so this is poorly timed! "A Week of Rain" was my fallback because the events described take place over roughly a week. And it rains a lot during it. *sigh* I mean rain is symbolic of a lot of things in the story, so it's not quite THAT banal, but it's close.

"To the Victors..." is the working title of the story in which my wrestling frenemy OTP accidentally wins the tag team titles and has to deal with the repercussions. It was originally "One is Silver and the Other, Gold," but that seemed too long and also I wasn't sure anyone would know what it was a reference to (Girl Scout camp doggerel might not be on everyone's reference list).

I hope your writing is going well, that your health is good, and that your titles are inspiring!

September 1st, 2016

I have no good questions for this week, so I'll just ask how everyone's writing has been! I have a LOT of inspiration in my non-superhero fandom this week, so that's good. And I have a mostly-free day tomorrow that I plan to fill with lots and lots of writing. Wish me luck!

August 25th, 2016

What are your top two most used additional tags, and your bottom two? What would happen if you combined all of these into a fic?

If you're not on AO3, I guess what themes tend to crop up a lot in your work!

My two most common are:
Humor (55)
First Kiss (33)

And the two bottom of my top ten (so still pretty common!) are:
Reunions (13)
Slice of Life (9)

Put them together, and you get...a pretty typical story for me, in which Clark is presumed dead, but comes back (early on, so it avoids angst and stays funny) and Bruce probably asks him out on a date and gets super-nervous and muffs it all up, but the evening ends on a kiss.

Writing has been close to non-existent since I'm on the road and with family, but I am managing a bit here and there! With any luck I'll post the next chapter of my movieverse fic tonight...it's a day late from my personal deadline, but I figure it's been such a chaotic month I'm allowed a day's leeway...

August 5th, 2016

--What are your top four character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?

Bruce Wayne (208)
Clark Kent (189)
Dick Grayson (33)
Diana (Wonder Woman) (26)

Nothing puzzling about that at all! :D Bruce squeaks in past Clark because I also like writing some Batfamily gen now and then. Looking a bit down the list, Sami Zayn is currently my most-common non-comic book character, you go, Sami!

Writing has been slow this week, as I've been ushering guests around Tokyo and that's keeping me alarmingly busy. August in general is looking like a total wash--when I'm looking forward to a 14-hour flight because hey, maybe I'll be able to get some writing done, you know things are busy! That nice little backlog should get me though some of the month as well, thank goodness. This week I realized the last scene of a chapter belonged in the next chapter--which is kind of nice because it means suddenly I'm five hundred words into the next chapter, whoo! How about you, what's up with your writing?

July 29th, 2016

--What are your top four fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot? (if your work is mostly original, do you have "worlds" you tend to stay in more than others?)

DCU (Comics) (194)
DCU (47)
World Wrestling Entertainment (46)
Sherlock (TV) (23)

I'm honestly shocked that the WWE has moved into the top three, and will certainly be #2 by the end of next week or so! It'll be a while before it moves into the #1 spot, though... If we were to go by words, I'm pretty sure the Hobbit movies would be perhaps #3--I only write a few stories, but they were LONG stories--but the DCU would probably jump even higher into #1. I tend to be very very monofannish; it's only recently that I've tried to write in more than one at once because I don't want to lose touch with the comic book world even though pro wrestling has kind of eaten my soul.

You may remember that last week I was ALMOST done with three different stories? Well, as I suspected would happen, I now have FOUR finished shiny works ready to post, just... not enough time to post them! It's really nice to have a backlog for a change, though! I hope all is going well for you too! In what world is your writing taking place this week?

July 22nd, 2016

--How many fics have you written in each relationship category?

M/M (289)
Gen (96)
F/M (36)
Multi (10)
F/F (9)
Other (3)

Oh, more multi even than F/F? T_T I've posted two F/F stories in the last month, but before then it had been a four-year drought. This intersected with last week's response makes clear that what I tend to write is "gen slash"--romantic non-explicit M/M, basically.

I'm at one of those places this week where I'm working on three different stories and all of them are basically at the same point of development, which means I feel equally far from finished with all of them and it's kind of discouraging! By next week I should have two or three completed stories all at once, though, which is potentially nice. I hope things are moving along well for you!
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