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October 12th, 2018

--In your current WiP, who is your protagonist’s best friend?

I'm allowed to have best friends who are also lovers, right? ^-^ In that case, Kevin is Sami's best friend, though whether that's a wise choice or not is definitely an open question.

I hope your writing is going well! I really wanted to sign up for Yuletide, but it's impossible, I'd just turn in something mediocre at this point, my life is just too crazy. It's sad but that seems to be the status quo from now on. Share woes or give me some information that might cheer me up by letting me know other people are doing better in comments!

October 5th, 2018

--Which character in your current WiP is hardest to write?

Oh, easy question this week: definitely Sami Zayn, who I never had great amounts of confidence writing anyway, and since he's shifted moral alignment I just... can't, really. I have no real idea why he's doing anything he's doing (or even WHAT he's doing, like there's a scene where he might have tried to trick and betray his friend, but there's no definite answer and they never address it again, so what the hell am I supposed to do with that?) So everything feels OOC and it's really frustrating. THUS THE SLOW WRITING. But I did get a few hundred words written this week, and there's hope for more this weekend! How about you, who's giving you fits at the moment?

September 28th, 2018

--How easy is your current WIP to write?

So not just "how is your writing lately," but specifically how hard is this particular WiP to write. For me it should be easy, but I'm having increasing problems writing non-gen fic for my OTP, which is so frustrating! It's led to a general block on all fic writing, too, since it's so hard to write what I really want to that nothing else is coming easy either. I'm debating signing up for Yuletide, since I feel like it could either break me out of my stasis... or I could possibly end up defaulting on Yuletide for the first time. I hope you're doing better than I am and aren't feeling so blocked!

September 14th, 2018

--Do you Google yourself?

I kind of liked this question, though it scans a little differently for fanfic writers than for actual published authors!

I try to resist the temptation, but one every few months or so I do give in and poke around to see if anyone is talking about me. The last time I got exactly what I expected--some people scoffing at how earnest, overrated and over-invested I was--so I was reminded of why I try not to do it too often... :D (I am at the very least earnest and over-invested, so I can't really argue with that!)

What are you working on this week? What's caught your attention? I'm still struggling with my vampire fic a bit; I am not in a great place for writing smut and that's what's coming up! I keep stalling and hoping I'll be in a better place for it soon...

September 7th, 2018

Random life/travel/stress stuff has kept me distracted, but I am back! And actually wrote some fiction! I'm actually having some interesting thoughts about the way I approach canon right now--I have a tendency to put lines and moments together and come up with theories about why characters are doing what they're doing, and people often respond with "But since they didn't SAY IT CLEARLY, it can't be correct." I do think my background as a fanfic writer makes it so I approach the canonical text differently, it hones the tendency to try and read subtext and implications. But, uh, let's just say I don't feel comfortable telling people "Oh, my background of writing characters in non-canonical romances inclines me toward paying attention to subtext," so... yeah.

How goes the writing? How goes life? The question for this week:

--Share a line from your WiP that you think sums up its premise.

Hah, well, I just finished writing the line I picked up the whole story for, cheesy and gushy and on-the-nose as it is, so:

Sami felt a sudden odd rush of utter pride well up in him. “My friend is fucking spectacular,,” he announced. “He’s the bravest, strongest, most self-sacrificing person I know, and I love him with all my heart.”

How about you? What sums up the main idea of your current WiP?

August 16th, 2018

I'm traveling in the US but found the space to post a bit, yay! Not so much to write, but that's okay...

--Why does the protagonist of your current WiP pull at your heartstrings?

Oh, my current protagonist is a vampire, reluctantly turned, who feels like he's terribly weak because he can't go longer than nine months or so without drinking blood. But he's about to find out that almost no vampires can go more than three months without blood and so actually he's incredibly strong-willed and didn't even know it! (I am always a sucker for a good guilt-ridden vampire!)

How about you? Tell me about your most recent protagonist and why they're appealing...

August 3rd, 2018

Moving back to WiP-related questions for now, this week I'm just going to ask what you're working on and how it's going!

I'm still having fun with my iddy vampire fic (I finished a chapter and when I feel a little more caught up on things I hope to post it!) and am starting to write a treat for an exchange that's basically a scene with a character visiting his enemy in the hospital and being a little nicer than you might expect. (Confession: this is a treat for someone that I wrote the main gift for, and I kind of feel like the gift is inadequate, so I wanted to give a little something extra as a semi-apology...)

What's getting your attention right now?

July 27th, 2018

--Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I find this question fascinating because it's meant for pro authors and, to me, really illustrates one of they differences between that and fanfic, because "reviews" (comments) are basically the only "pay" fanfic writers get! Of course I read each one and treasure the good ones. I also agonize way more than I should over bad ones, to be honest. But good-bad reviews can be really useful--I mean, thoughtful ones that actually raise issues, not "I don't like A/B and you should write A/C" or my favorite negative comment I've ever gotten, "When are A and B ever going to kiss??" (they'd already kissed twice in the series). Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between feedback that will make your writing better and feedback that just wants to make you feel bad, I think...

July 20th, 2018

--Do you hide any secrets in your stories that only a few people will find?

These are questions for pro writers (of which some of you are!) but I think it also works for fic writing as well: that is, do you put in Easter Eggs or odd little things that not many people--maybe no one--will get? I don't ALWAYS do it, but I often will have cameos or references that are mostly there for my pleasure and I don't expect anyone to spot--though it's bonus if they do. :)

I'm writing exchange fics at the moment, which is fun and forces me out of my comfort zone. Not gonna lie, it also is very pragmatic, as it helps me connect with people who might not have read my work otherwise, you know? Maybe I can tempt some people into reading my more OTP-focused stories if I write something for a pairing they love. It's also really well-timed because it has energized me about the canon at a time when there's very little energy in it for me (my favorite is out with an injury and the rest of 2018 is a barren wasteland devoid of sunlight or OTP-moments...) If I write other characters and pairings I'm more likely to find joy in other parts of canon, which is a very good idea.

How is everything for you? What secrets are you hiding or revealing?

July 13th, 2018

Hi everyone! The last two weeks fell into a hole due to a kidney stone attack with my husband--emergency rooms, CAT scans, the works. He's okay now but dealing with it in a foreign country was... well, a lot cheaper than in the US, without a doubt, so I'm not complaining, but it was scary!

--How many hours a day do you write?

This is a very different question for a professional versus an amateur writer! I try to get 30 minutes to a half hour in every day no matter what, though lately that's been difficult. That's not a lot of headway, but I'm dedicating the next few weeks to writing some exchange fic, something I haven't been doing as often as I'd like! I hope things are going well for you!
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