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June 15th, 2018

--How many unfinished works do you have going right now?

*pokes around Google Docs*

Looks like three: a vampire fic, a semi-nonfiction history of a semi-fictional character, and a three-person celebratory sex scene with a fourth person watching (consensually all around).

I'm starting to poke at the idea of a "pretend relationship" story where Clark and Bruce have to pretend to be newlyweds in the suburbs, but I have yet to be able to put together a plot framework for that yet, so it's still languishing a bit.

Really, nothing's happening elsewhere in my head until I finish up the second piece, the history. And then I'm going to need a couple of days to just cry. 50,000 words, two years, a staggering amount of research--I'm as proud of it as I am of my doctoral thesis. Maybe more so, because there's so much more of me in it. It's going to take a little while to recover from that.

I hope your writing is going well, that you're having fun, and that all your WiPs are inspiring!

June 8th, 2018

--If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Oh, I like this question!  Also, I have no idea!  I think a lot of it would be simple pragmatic stuff--no, really, you don't need epithets, and you can probably trim most of those adverbs and italics as well.  On the other hand, I didn't follow that advice then from better writers than myself, so I would be unlikely to follow it from myself!  Also, I had fun and weaned myself off them on my own, which is probably better anyway.  (Okay, I did not wean myself off italics and adverbs entirely.  I love them too much).
How is writing going for you?  I signed up for an exchange, which I haven't done for... over a year now?  Luckily the person I matched with has multiple (oooh, italics again) prompts I would be happy to write, so I'm waiting for tomorrow's latest canon installment to get me jump-started.  I hope everything's going smoothly and well with you!

June 1st, 2018

--Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

This question on the list made me laugh and I couldn't resist putting it here, because I have zero interest in being original! But at the same time I don't particularly worry about giving readers what they want? The big advantage of fanfic for me is that I don't have to focus on either of those things, I can write whatever cliched trope I enjoy. For me the challenge is seeing if I can execute a cliche in a way that's fun to write and also fun to read.

And I'm having a lot of fun with vampire fic right now, and also with the nonfiction! The nonfiction is an interesting case because I'm writing up a history of my two favorite wrestlers (and have been for more than a year now) and it's clear that fanfic has really been excellent preparation for it? A lot of the (non-slash, of course) ideas and emotions I explored in fic about them have slipped into the history at some level and made it a lot stronger, I think. I only have one more essay to go in it and I am suffering horrible separation anxiety, I have to confess! It's been such a fun project, my faves have gotten a lot of pleasure from it, and I am not sure what I'm going to do with myself when it's done.

May 25th, 2018

--What is your writing Kryptonite?

I think this question can be taken a couple of different ways, either "what keeps you from writing?" or "what are you unable to resist writing as often as possible?"

For the former, the thing that destroys my ability to write is pressure, whether in the form of deadlines or expectations from other people. I had a pairing that I ended up increasingly unable to write because I had a friend who got vocally unhappy if I wrote the "wrong" one of the two topping, and I ended up second-guessing every sex scene ("Am I writing X topping out of spite now? Am I writing him bottoming just to keep this person happy?") so much that it became almost impossible to write sex with them at all.

What am I always weak for? I'm a trope-junkie, I love taking established tropes and seeing how to make them fit new characters in fun ways. My life in a fandom isn't complete until I've managed some form of amnesia, sex pollen, handcuffed together, truth serum, and fake dating. Maybe I'll try to put them all into one fic someday. :)

I actually have two pieces completed and waiting for a beta, so I'm really happy about that! Writing has been slow but when I do it, I'm enjoying it a lot... I hope the same is true for you! (the enjoying, not the slow).

May 11th, 2018

--Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Oh, neither, I think! I find it very soothing; when it goes well I would actually compare it to meditation, just being in the moment and letting the words flow through me. And I've been writing more again and am very happy about that! It's very indulgent, trope-y vampire fic, and I'd feel guilty about that except that life is a huge stress factor right now and anything that gives me a chance to just rest and write about erotically-charged bloodplay is a good thing. :P

How about you? Is writing exhausting or energizing you right now, and why?

April 27th, 2018

Hey, we finished up the list of questions about characters! And I think I'm going to take that opportunity to switch over to questions about writing in general some more, based on a list I found of "questions for writers" that I'll pick and choose from. Starting with:

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Oh, from a fanfic perspective that shifts meaning a bit, and I think you can answer it either way! I've definitely traveled to settings that are important to the characters I love to write in wrestling fandom, both to give me concrete inspiration and just as a pure pilgrimage. Because venues are so important to mood and setting in wrestling, some of them become famous because of years of associations. In fact, the one I most wanted to travel to in Reseda, California, where so many of my OTP's greatest moments happened, just held its last show and I'm in mourning because I'll never get there now.

It's harder with comic books! Both because Metropolis, Gotham, Smallville are so fictional and so distinct, and because the authors rarely have the same sense of place that someone like Shakespeare or Virginia Woolf had. I did deliberately drive across a stretch of Kansas prairie once in honor of Clark...

How about you, what are you working on? I managed to get a fair amount of writing done this week and if I can just find the time to post it, a whole story is finished! I hope things are going well for you!

April 13th, 2018

--What is your most recent POV character hiding from him/herself?

Back to Sami Zayn, I think (I'm planning the next story but haven't started writing it yet, so I don't know whose POV will be best!) I feel like he's hiding from himself the fact that sometimes his self-righteousness hides a selfish and narcissistic streak--that he tends to drape his self-serving needs with "FOR GREAT JUSTICE" and so convince himself it's okay to go for them.

I am putting aside a couple of hours to write today! A scenario in which my characters finally, FINALLY admit they want to have sex with each other--only to abruptly find themselves roped into a situation where they have to drive for hours with a camera on them the whole time for a tv show. Desperate low-key flirting, teasing, and frustration ensue...

April 6th, 2018

--What is your most recent POV character hiding from him/herself?

Oh God, what ISN'T Kevin Owens hiding from himself? Depending on the story, it ranges from how dependent emotionally he is on his friend Sami, how much he values Sami, or that he would really, really like Sami to dom the holy hell out of him. ;)

And this storyline that you've heard me distantly wailing about--the one where Sami has become evil in order to join forces with Kevin--is coming to a head this weekend, so pray for my soul! They might become enemies again or they might be closer friends than ever...

March 23rd, 2018

What is your most recent POV character’s most noticeable physical attribute?

Oh, we're back to Kevin Owens just in time! Man, I dunno... seen in the wild in civilian clothes Kevin is a pretty normal schlub, I have to confess. I think he works pretty hard at being unassuming when he's not at work destroying people. Lately it would probably be his arms, I think he's been working out more and he's starting to have pretty muscular arms; if he were wearing something sleeveless I think that would catch the eye.

Writing is slow and painful still! The nonfiction is very involving (I'm writing a history of two wrestlers' career together, which is complicated because it's in part a history the real people and in part a history of their characters' story. Which means the latter half is basically fiction, and someone described it complimentarily as "fan fiction" and I kind of froze up--I think I use a lot of the same tropes and images that appear in my fic about the characters, but I had hoped it wasn't THAT obvious!) but it's still chewing up a lot of energy. I probably need to cut back to once a month instead of every other week, but I want to wait until I finish this part of the history first, which will happen in June if all goes well. I hope things are going smoothly for you too!

March 9th, 2018

--How would a dear friend or relative describe your most recent POV character?

You know, the last few iterations of this have really clarified for me why I'm having a hard time writing my current POV character--because Aleister Black is a total cypher in canon and I have no idea how to make him less opaque. He doesn't have dear friends or relatives, as far as I know! I assume he has a parent, but they would probably describe him as "I haven't seen him for years, I think he became a wrestler? Quiet kid..." I've toyed with making him a total con man, but then I still have no idea what he's like under the con...

I hope your POV characters are more intelligible! Or that you have the time and energy to make them more understandable, which... to be honest I'm just not very invested in him. I'm starting to wonder if I should ditch this story and get back to my more beloved characters, in this time of relative creative drought...
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