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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!

July 15th, 2016

Having wrapped up our latest batch of questions, I thought I'd play some Fun with AO3 Stats! Obviously if you don't post on AO3 or if you're talking mostly original work, feel free to use your own estimates. First question!

--What’s your first and second most common work ratings?

For me it's:

General Audiences (237)
Teen And Up Audiences (113)

I like writing explicit stuff when I'm inspired, but on the whole I usually end up with stories for a more general audience--my mature and explicit-rated stories are pretty much tied at 40 each, a big drop-off. I've been inspired lately so I'll be trying to run those numbers up a bit, I guess! This week was all gen, though, and not as much progress as I'd like--not bad but not inspiring. How about you?

July 8th, 2016

--What did you learn from the WiPs you're working on?

Let's see... from one I learned that I like writing moody atmospheric pieces, but I find it hard to write without a traditional plot of some sort to hang the atmospherics on. From another I learned that I can have fun writing a pairing that breaks up my OTP as long as I don't do it for too long (usually that is just flatly not possible for me, an OTP is an OTP is an OTP) but I have to keep kicking the neglected member of the pairing in the face to keep him from busting into the story and taking over. Annnnd I think from the third I learned that there are ways to talk about the frisson between the combative fiction of wrestling and the cooperative reality of wrestling without it becoming RPF, but it takes some work. None of these are important life lessons, but I think that's fine! How about you guys? And how goes the week?

June 24th, 2016

--Is there anything in particular you wanted to get across with this WiP?

I actually really like this question because it's so vague!

With my Dawn of Justice story I'm hoping to get across the mood of the movie--gloomy and brooding and decaying--while shifting the tone a bit toward optimism at the end (as the movie itself does, we'll see to what long term effect).

With the story I'm writing with two guys handcuffed together, it's a way of dealing with worry and angst over the fact that canon might separate them again. The characters hate being tied together but on the other hand they're really good at working as a team once they get past their dislike, and in the end they'll probably realize they don't want to be separated (and then they will be, and I'll have to deal with that, alas).

What are you trying to "get across"? I figure it could be almost anything--a mood, a theme, a message, just something about yourself. Whatever it is, I hope it's going well!
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