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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!

June 17th, 2016

My husband got my computer to work again, so I have no excuse at all for not posting last week except it utterly slipped my mind in a whirl of stuff. But I'm back!

--What do you like least about your current WiPs?

Oooh. Uh. I'm trying my hand at movieverse Clark/Bruce, and I don't like feeling unsure about voice and characterization, since I've only seen the movie once. They're very different from the comics, and I don't want to just write the comics versions into the movie, you know?

I'm writing enemy wrestlers handcuffed together, and while I know one of the fun set pieces is going to be the scene where they have to tag team wrestle while handcuffed to each other, I'm dreading figuring out the logistics of it!

And I'm writing two frenemies hanging out together in another fic, and I've been worried they wouldn't have much chemistry (they haven't interacted much in canon lately so I don't have much to go on) but it's shaking out okay, I think. How about you? What's coming together or falling apart?

June 3rd, 2016

Posting from my phone because my computer is doing its best impersonation of a brick and I'm trying not to cry. There was... A lot of stuff on that computer.

I'm gonna be honest, this thread has not come at a great time for me, so I'm just going to post this and resist the temptation to be too negative (I've already erased like three whining posts!) Well, I can share the small and kind of amusing negative, at least, which is that I signed up for Season of Kink because it had a bunch of bingo card kinks I thought would be fun to write and got a card with not a one I was really jazzed to write. But that's the vagaries of bingo cards and at least it's lacking any kink that I really feel I COULD NOT write. I think I've already written every single one for superheroes, though--maybe Leather/Rubber? I mean, that's a...canon kink, right? :)

(Anyone else want to sign up? It looks fun! You can even choose two kinks to opt out of, so there's no fear of getting stuff that severely squicks you...)

How's your writing going? Give me some positives to get me to the weekend!

May 27th, 2016

--What do you like best about your current WiPs?

Oh, let's see! "Heroes" it's been the challenge of the fusion, finding ways to turn both wrestling canon and comics canon into a new thing together. The other two are wrestling fics, one set in Japan (so what I like best is imagining how the characters would react to Japan); and the other is a ridiculous fake-dating romp which I like because I get to have fun with a character who is pretty much incapable of realizing he's in love with someone. I don't know why, I just really enjoy writing him as ALMOST figuring his feelings out and then not quite being able to. Luckily the other half of his OTP is patient and content to wait (while punching each other in the face a lot).

I got a TON of writing done yesterday, actually, so I am feeling on top of the world! I finished the fake-dating story (my beta's looking at it), I finished the first chapter of the Japan story and will post it soon, and I am one scene away from done with "Heroes!" How about you, feeling good? How goes?
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