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December 2nd, 2016

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate it! November is over and 2016 is nearly over!

This week I'm asking about favorite tropes, mostly because I felt like taking this trope sorter test again and seeing what I came up with. Listing only my top ten yields a fairly predictable set:

1 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
2 Sex Pollen
3 Hurt/Comfort
4 Fake Out Make Out
5 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
6 Amnesia
7 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Warp
8 Trapped in an Elevator/Snowed-In Cabin/etc
9 Loyalty Kink
10 Enemies to Friends to Lovers

What are your results if you feel like it, and what are you working on this week? I don't have anything ready to post (alas!) because Yuletide took up a lot of my energy (I do have four Yuletide stories written, so I feel good about that!). And things are going slowly on the writing front in general but I'm confident I'll find some time soon to work on my alien sex party fic, muahaha.

November 11th, 2016

So. How are you? Are you taking care of yourself? Have you been able to write anything? I sat down yesterday and made lifeless, deadwood words appear on my screen for a little while, then deleted them because the idea of love conquering all seemed like nothing but a cruel joke. Maybe some other day. I'd love to hear that you've been able to create something, though!

November 4th, 2016

What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with? Or, I would say, what's the weirdest bit of worldbuilding you've ever come up with? Either way, what's your most off-the-wall concept? (For me, easy--superheroes as wrestlers, wtf).

Still poking at my SuperBat Big Bang idea and wondering if I can make it to 8,000 words with it. Everything is else is coming smoothly but I'm suffering some pangs of anxiety with that one--I have plenty of ideas to write, but none of them seem definitely solid enough to get to 8K. We shall see! How about you?

October 28th, 2016

--What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?

Oh, it's hard for me to top Bruce with Alzheimer's locking himself in the Fortress and programming it to pretend to be the Manor so as his memory goes it can work around his memory loss and the rest of the extended family can call him and get his insight without upsetting him. Except--being the world's greatest detective--he keeps figuring out over and over again what's really going on and being horribly distressed until his mind slips away again...

Yeah, nothing I'm even considering right now is going to compare with that! In fact, I just finished posting my long Clark/Bruce movieverse series, and just finished writing a long super-romantic lush wrestling fic, and am working on Yuletide stories and just signed up for the Superbat Big Bang, so I am extremely busy in mostly good ways! How about you?

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!
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