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Workshop: "A Character Study of Slade Wilson, Part 2" by Ilyena_Sylph

In one of the biggest goofs in comics publication history, the first several Deathstroke issues released months before the end of the Titans Hunt storyline. Talk about spoilers. Even though it took until Deathstroke #5 for Slade to admit even to Wintergreen that he'd been forced to kill Joe... the issue of NT where Joe died wasn't published for another three months.

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Questions, comments, "oh lord, just shut up already"?
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Workshop: "A Character Study of Slade Wilson, Part 1" by Ilyena_Sylph

Some time back, during one of the discussions about possible essays for superhero_muses, I was asked about doing an essay on Slade Wilson, Deathstroke. At the time, I tried to pass the buck to someone who was less personally invested in the character. That didn't happen, and it's been niggling at me ever since.

I admit, perhaps I'm not the best person to write this one, but I seem to be the one who's willing to. I owe katarik, merfilly, second_batgirl, and www.titanstower.com a huge debt.

Slade's history is... complicated, and at times he is utterly baffling to us, but here's my best shot at introducing him.

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Workshop: "Writing Roy Harper (Speedy/Arsenal/Red Arrow)" by Ilyena_Sylph

Sidekick. Troublemaker. Titan, Teen and otherwise. Junkie. Hero. Screw-up. Devoted father. Worthless. Best friend.


All things Roy Harper has been called, or called himself. Interesting list, isn't it?


The guy that was Speedy, then Arsenal, and in current continuity has taken up the name Red Arrow has enough history to confuse anyone, but I'll do my best to give as clear a run-down as is possible of the things that make (at least my) Roy Harper tick. I'll probably start giving fewer details as my retelling gets closer to current events.


There's a major problem with any character that's been around as long as Roy has (okay, two. *ignores the aging thing for the moment*), and it's that their early history is Pre-"Crisis on Infinite Earths"... which for all practical purposes means that it doesn't "really" exist, not in proper continuity. Which might not be such a horrible thing, given the sheer levels of silliness in a lot of those 40s-60s comics.

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Upcoming Workshop: Writing Roy Harper (Speedy, Arsenal, Red Arrow), by Ilyena_Sylph

Dick Grayson/Roy Harper is one of the most popular slash pairings in the DCU, and most people know Dick's backstory and personality quite well, but Roy's a rather less-known character, despite being on the JLA now.  So here to walk us through his history and personality this week is ilyena_sylph, who writes him often and well.

A shamefully tiny sampling of her stories featuring Roy include:
"One of Those Nights," (Dick/Roy, NC-17, BDSM themes)
"How Do You Numb Your Skin," (Dick/Roy, PG)
"Anticipation," (Dick/Roy, early Teen Titans-era, NC-17)
"Chocolate-Covered..." (Dick/Roy, NC-17)
"Snapshots," (co-written with merfilly, Roy deals with the news of Bart Allen's death, PG-13)

Check them out and tune in later!
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Upcoming Workshop: Writing Threesomes by Merfilly and Ilyena_Sylph

Threesomes...are daunting.  Alarming.  Intriguing.  The technical details alone are enough to startle a writer away.  Startle no more!

Our next workshop is a wonderful walkthrough on writing threesomes by ilyena_sylph and merfilly, and it's a fun read even if you never intend to throw another person into bed with your favorite OTP.

Filly and Yena write a variety of interesting trios--here are links to (appropriately) three stories with threesomes.  All are NC-17, of course!

"And a Loud Noise" (Tim/Kon/Mia)
"When the Kids are Away" (Dinah/Bruce/Ollie)
"Lessons" (Slade/Dick/Roy)

See you on Monday!
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Upcoming Workshop: Co-Writing with Merfilly and Ilyena_Sylph!

I tried co-writing an academic essay with my husband once and it was about the closest we ever came to divorce, so I'm in constant amazement of people who co-write!

One of the coolest co-writing teams I know is merfilly and ilyena_sylph, and tomorrow I'm going to post an essay of theirs about how they approach co-writing.  It's an excellent and interesting read!

Filly and Yena co-write a variety of amazing things, but perhaps they're best known for A Darker Path and Happyverse, which are also very different series in terms of tone, so it really shows off their range as well.

I asked Yena and Filly what they personally thought were particularly good examples of their co-writing, and they suggested the following:

A couple of excellent introductions to "A Darker Path":
Nightmares and Pancakes
Fractured Lines

In Happyverse:
Joyful and Triumphant
Cupid Drew Back his Bow
Also in Happyverse, I'm going to add:
An Arrow, A Bat, and a Bird, simply because I like to pimp Happyverse's awesome threesome scenes whenever possible.  (NC-17, Bruce/Ollie/Dinah)

See you tomorrow!