pitry: (individuals!)
This is my real life ramblings LJ.

All my fics can be found on A Teaspoon and an Open Mind (Doctor Who & related fandoms), Fanfiction.net (DW & related fandoms, Harry Potter, Misc), and Archive of our own (etc).
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So, I, uh, got roped in by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook to do trope bingo. Which is probably not completely clever seeing as I'm not here for half of the month (I'm going on the trip with Tsilhqot'in in two days!!!!! OMG OMG OMG and HORSES.) and the fact that the last time I wrote a fic was in January and since then I dropped out of [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship because I wasn't in the right mindset to write for the past two months. I think I need to re-read HP or something to get back into the mindset, but I don't have the time because at any given moment I have about 10 linguistics books and/or books about First Nations people and history and culture looking at me accusingly and telling me I need to go read them.

So this is probably unwise. But LOOK I HAVE A CARD. And it is PERFECT.

character in distress au: apocalypse au: fantasy kidfic handcuffed / bound together
trust and vows wingfic secret twin / doppelganger sharing a bed transformations
unexpected friendship bets / wagers FREE

au: space deathfic
poor communication skills language and translation au: college / highschool coming out (of the closet) au: alternate gender norms
in vino veritas / drunkfic au: other au: mundane au: romance novel presumed dead

and looooooook at that first column. And then from that bottom square up in a diagonal line. Why hello there, Bruce/Selina who will probably be meeting Lois Lane and possibly Clark Kent down the line.

I need a Bruce/Selina icon. Sigh.
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(feels oddly early this year, I must say!)

Hello, dear Yuletide author!

Waffling under cut )
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Anyway, to stop my string of whinage about life/syntax/moving/politics/me being silly (delete as applicable) I shall... *drumroll* rec fic!

At first I was like, "but I never rec fic!" Then I realise I actually do - only in Calufrax and not in my journal. Seeing as this is not Doctor Who and I don't know of any comm that's relevant, I think this is the place. I realised that most of my flist couldn't possible care less about HP or TDKR, but a) you lot do like friendship fics, so reccing from [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship could possibly work, esp. as almost all of you have read HP (except for [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle, but he's just weird that way). The Batman recs... well... I feel like it. Y'know, exciting, new film released I actually cared about enough to read & write fic just as everyone's starting to!

Aaaanyway. From [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship

What Always Has Been is a lovely Neville & Ginny-centric fic about how they were friends all throughout Hogwarts (while the Trio continually ignored and underestimated them, cough). It's very real, very sweet, it actually remembers that Ginny was possessed by Voldemort and that it's going to have long time ramifications, and it's just lovely.

Mad Dogs and Scotsman is the tale of how Emmeline Vance helped Moody get over being locked up in his own trunk for 9 months in GoF. Now, I know what you're going to ask: Who the hell is Emmeline Vance. That's the best thing about this fic. Emmeline Vance is one of those throwaway names, she's mentioned about twice in OotP then we're told she was killed in the beginning of HBP. So basically, an OC, and the author managed to write a very real person (and a great fic) in such a short fic (about 2000 words) and really bring life to this character. Also, it's awesome.

The Secret of Black Hall is for [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook the Enid Blyton fans out there. Very very Blyton-esque fic about the two canon Squibs (Mrs Figg and Filch) when they were kids during WW2. It also treats a bit how it is being a Squib, which really isn't something that's done often enough.

Within A Morning Star is long. Okay, very long, 15K. It's also all OCs. And it's really worth it. The premise is to look at a bunch of fifth years in Hogwarts during DH, ie what the kids who aren't the Trio and/or the DA are doing during the war. It was gorgeous and very very realistic. It doesn't take shortcuts and it doesn't make excuses and at the same time it doesn't condemn people for being, well, people. Also, it doesn't feel like 15K because it's made of very short segments.

Five People Who Insisted on Being Friends with Severus Snape is just... aaaah! It's canon Snape! As a child! And then he grows up! And it's all in character! And touching and brilliant and very Harry Potter, and yeah, go read it. It's made of 5 segments, each a different relationship with someone in Snape's life, and there are some really cool gems in there (for example, any and all interactions with McGonagall). Did I also mention how IC and canon-y Snape is in this? It's very hard to fine fics about Snape as he is in canon*, so I completely cherish this one.

And lastly from that fest... The Peculiar Resilience of the Refugee is a great Petunia centric fic taking place post DH. Petunia and Dudley can't go back to their old lives, so they ended up living among wizards, in this case Madam Rosmerta from the Three Broomsticks. It does a good redemption job on Petunia and confronts her with some of the unpleasant stuff she did and remains loyal to the character. Hurrah!

*As long as I'm rambling about brilliant touching incredible canon Snape fics, Pasi's Into the Fold. It's loooooooong (seriously. 160k or so. I'm a filthy hypocrite, I can write huuuuuuuge fics like War is Over and Inter Arma, but I rarely read them. This one I read over one weekend and couldn't stop. It's got everything. Really. If you've ever enjoyed Snape, go read this.)

And now for Batman. From here there be spoilers... )
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I'm bored. And been wondering due to reading fic. So, question.

What's harder to write in character: secondary/one-off characters or main characters?
(As in, we don't know a lot about secondary characters so the writers don't have a lot to work on, as opposed to knowing a lot about the main characters but having the writer's view of the character skewed because of their preferences etc).
pitry: (philosophy)
So I took a look at VBS. The only thing that's still going on there is the Mind Game.

I kinda feel sad about that. Granted, I've walked out about 5 years ago, and have no intention of coming back (Yeah, I'll go back to a website run by Orson Scott Card when he stops being xenophobic and homophobic, i.e never). But that RPG was my first serious writing experience, and definitely the first one I got feedback on and the one that pushed me to actually write.

And now it's completely and utterly dead.

What Pitry learned about writing from Virtual Battle School. Warning: this is looooooong. )

Hmm. Sorry for this attack of nostalgia.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle

Number one:
Give me one fandom I write/rec/read AND a type of AU (space opera AU, pirate AU, superhero AU, etc) or another time period (Ancient Rome, Regency England, etc). I will then explain the gist of the story I would write for that AU.

Number Two:
Give me a pairing and I will tell you:
1. What they most commonly do during sex
2. Who has prettier hair
3. What they argue about most often
4. Who'd cope best if the other one died
5. The happiest plausible happily-ever-after I can think of for them.
pitry: (Jim Keats)
29 – What is your current project or projects?

Know what? To hell with it. I'm listing everything in my ideas folder cos I don't think most of them are going to end up being written... )
I'm suspecting that if I do get accepted to a PhD I'll have to quit my job under pretence of 'wanting some time off' around June to write even half of them... (it's not like I'll earn that much in another month to warrant staying anyway :P)

30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I suspect this changes with my mood, but ATM it's a tie between You, Me, and the Baobab Tree and Lost in Translation. What makes them my favourite? my current mood. Also, the fact that Baobab has Gita in it.

On Multi-chapters, I think What's Past is Prologue and Reset are my best one, or at least, the ones where I managed to drop the least amount of balls (in both, though, balls have been dropped on several occasions). Also, Reset has the Doctor wearing John Lennon glasses and singing the words "Silly human race", and What's Past Is Prologue has the Doctor happily walking into an emerald city declaring he's off to see the wizard. I'm enjoying the mental images immensely.
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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Usually it's Doctor Who, so to Teaspoon. If it's a crossover I also post it on AO3.
I've actually been wondering about that lately, as I'm writing for the first time a non-crossover HP fic. I've looked around in the big HP archives, but they've all angered me with their conservatism and hypocrisy and offended me with their homophobia, so that's a no go (unless anyone knows of a decent one, I'm open to suggestions...). I guess this one will go on AO3 and maybe FFnet. I'm not against FF.net per se, it's just that the HP section there is soooooo huge it'll all just end up getting lost.

24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I've only one story beta'd. I need to have more, I know. It's a dream story, really - [livejournal.com profile] wojelah volunteered to beta Temptation because they wanted the wintercompanion fics to be beta'd without knowing anything about the fic itself, and all her comments were really helpful and enthusiastic. And because I have a tendency to think everyone can read my mind and so end up not always writing in the clearest ways possible, the couple of times she got confused really helped me key on where I should have been more clear. Hooray!

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic?

I listen to music when I write... I find it weird. Some things I can't write when listening to, for example The Moody Blues. I love the Moody Blues, but if they're playing, nothing will get written. The Who, on the other hand, are perfect. I just write and write. Upbeat things in general - last night the Yardbirds helped me stay in the mood a lot, and Led Zeppelin are often a safe bet, too.
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22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Never a Big Bang. I never have enough time to commit to writing a long enough fic. I did do a couple of fests/ficathons though, the Who_like_giants last year (not this year - lack of time and focus and was too uninspired during sign-ups) and the wintercompanion holiday fast last year (not this year - lack of time and focus and was too uninspired during sign-ups).

My favourite experience. Well, I only did two! And I quite like the results of both, which are But, Oh, Those Human Women and Temptation. I actually don't remember, other than Temptation being an idea I had been playing with a bit before and the prompt fit in perfectly, and that I had a bit of a problem focusing on Human Women until it started writing itself. Hmpf.
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21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Ah. Complicated question. I'm in two minds about sequels. A lot of the sequels I see in fanfic - just like in any pro-media, TBH - aren't good enough to justify writing a sequel. They never get to the level of the original, and they even detract from it sometimes.

BUT. on the other hand. Sometimes you can see the author really has more stories to tell, and those stories have just as much point as the previous ones. In a lot of ways, the problems of many sequels are the same of many long stories anyway - the writer doesn't seem to know what to do with them.

In short, it depends.

As for me, while I have never actually got the level of posting sequels, there have been some in the works. The most chances of a sequel being written by me, though, is when it was planned from the beginning as a sequel. Alternate Realities Are No Excuse was originally imagined as a sequel to Time Crash, and even though that definitely isn't going to happen, it might end up being written one day reimagined as its own story. The HP thing I'm working on now is meant to have a sort of sequel, but not quite (there's 20 years apart and I do mean to write them in standalone way).

And of course, the Atlantis/ SG1 crossover sequel that got abandoned due to SG annoying me. This one will definitely not be written, seeing as I took the best scene out of it and put it in Reset (except, you know, with the Doctor and Jack and not Daniel Jackson, Elizabeth Weir and an OC Wraith. What does it say about me that the Doctor took the place of the wraith?!)
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(yeah, I'm doing these in groups.easier for me).

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

It depends. Sometimes it's pretty simple, as the Doctor fits everywhere, if I get inspired to write another fandom it would most often start with "and how does the Doctor fit in there".
Sometimes it's parts of canon that bring up ideas, or other fanfic, whether I liked it and it just brought another "what if" to my mind, or one of those really frustrating fics that start full of potential but then go in a direction/OOC/whatever that made you go "WHAT NO!"
Hey, I started writing DW because of one like that.

And a couple of times I got bunnies from challenges/dw_straybunnies.

19 – When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

It's usually not an idea per se but rather a couple of scenes that get worked out. I usually write them down, possibly together with a rough outline, but I need to be in a very specific mood to be able to start writing right away - esp. as I also need to work everything out before.

20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

As said in #18, yes.
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15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

Triggers, and the content of my stories usually doesn't warrant warnings. And as I'm saying this I've written something that will probably either need to become less graphic or warrant a warning.

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

...is there a way not to use them? I don't mind them. They key, I think, is that a summary doesn't actually have to be informative. It's much more important that it reflects truthfully the content of the fic. That is, if the spirit of the summary matches that of the fic, it doesn't actually matter how much about the fic is actually explained. Er. I'm not making much sense,

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Usually I have the title of the fic before starting to write it. IT's almost never "I'm writing this Doctor Who/Famous Five fic, how am I going to call it?!" but rather "I'll write a Doctor Who/ Famous Five fic. Good name - Famous Five Save the World. Now I just need to figure out what it's about other than that..." The only time I can think of this wasn't the case was with Fade Away. And I regretted the title later, as I decided it should have been called Almost Like Saying Goodbye, but that's too late now.

I usually give each chapter its own name, but not always.
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14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

I usually stick to canon rating, ie PG-13 at the most. No, scratch that. I make a point to stick to canon rating. That includes language, BTW, as I've discovered today. The only fics I write where people are really swearing are for Torchwood. And I don't write explicit violence. And the most I would get to is a strategically-placed fade to black.

I'm sure everyone who knows my stuff is surprised... :P
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12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

Nope. That sounds like it could have been an interesting exercise 10 years ago, but not really now.

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

Canon, absolutely. I have trouble with writing things that contradict canon too much. It;s a good example of what killed my SG1/SGA story before I ever managed to complete it - season 2 came along and since my premise was based too much on "what happens after season 1", it made it from "possible continuation" to "complete AU" and killed my ability to write it. Likewise Alternate Realities Are No Excuse (if I ever get to write that one) that originally was supposed to be a sequel to Time Crash, but that's not gonna happen now.

Most of the time I write on the faultlines. I don't directly contradict canon, and I do my best to make it plausible that my story actually sits somewhere inside canon. It can also work with AUs - that's how Reset works, for example, going through AUs until it reaches canon.

Likewise, fandom doesn't change my viewing of canon. The things that are open to interpretation are open to interpretation, the things that aren't... aren't. When it's open to interpretation I'm never stuck on one interpretation (I know that even my favourite explanation/ theory are just that, one of many) and when they aren't, well, that's not gonna change.
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11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I... write fatalist time travel stories about people who are trying to fight their fate and lose, stories about traumatised people who are capable of functioning but never truly get over their trauma, and sometimes I write stories that include both (okay, elements of both).

Well, and sometimes I also write crack.

Where does the trauma that never truly heals come from I know, but I'm not quite sure about the fatalism.
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9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favourite pairings to write?

The closest I get to write pairings is the one-sided "Jack is in love with the Doctor but knows it'll never happen" I write every once in a while. For any fandom. Sorry.

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

See #9.

rest of days )
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8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I don't have anything against writing OCs. In fact, the two big fics that are right now under "in development" (but quite in advanced stages, whee!) are going to have a huge cast of OCs in them, and I've already tried a bit playing with OCs in What's Past is Prologue.

How do I make certain they're not Mary Sues? Well... I might be giving here the unpopular answer but... I don't.

It's simple. Take one of my favourite characters of all time, The Doctor, and put him through one of those Mary Sue litmus tests. He comes out the biggest Mary Sue that has ever been written. And he's a wonderful character.

It's not that Mary Sues are wonderful characters- they're often aren't. But let's admit it. None-Mary-Sues aren't always all that wonderful as characters, either. Over at [livejournal.com profile] pitry_rewatch I find myself talking about this a lot, but at the end of it, I think that the same thing that creates an interesting human character also stops your character from being a Mary Sue. To wit: make it as human as possible.

So I don't write my OCs as plot devices. Obviously, they're there to serve the plot, especially if my focus is canon characters. But they're people on their own. Which means that they should be allowed to do things that are not directly relevant to the plot, they should be allowed to have inane conversations or do silly things and even make it harder for everyone else, even if they're full of good intentions. They shouldn't have one trait.

That's what I tried to do with What's Past Is Prologue - my readers will have to tell me if I succeeded. But I tried to make sure that even though Marvin was my McGuffin and token bad guy, to show why he's not only "allowed" to hang out with the others but even wanted, why they consider him a friend. So I made him somewhat obnoxious and over-excited and happy to mess around with others and have some ridiculous arguments. Same with Noble - she was the leader but it was important to me that she's not limited to her function in the story, i.e to be a leader.

I think I succeeded, but that's one thing I can't actually judge.

rest of days under the cut )
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7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Reading or writing? Since this is a writing meme, I'll assume writing. The answer is: not really, but in a way, possibly.

When The Eleventh Hour aired, I suspected Moffat wouldn't go with Amy in the directions I found interesting. And he didn't, unfortunately, and for that I complained a lot already.

But then through the weirdest conversation I found myself writing a small ridiculous ficlet about Owen Harper and Amy Pond meeting in the afterlife in Life on Mars' Railway Arms. I think I got Amy there quite well, if I can say so myself.

And it kinda allows me to live with her in peace. No, we're not going to see the most amazing conflicts that can be the result of both her suspicion and trust of the Doctor. But we can enjoy her attitude towards life nonetheless.

rest of days )
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This time it was the universe that conspired against me...

5 – If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?
Sorry, that one gets a boring answer. I learned a long long time ago that if I don't know in advance where I'm going with a story, I would never get there. I don't always write a detailed outline, but I always have specific points I want to go. There isn't any room here for characters to get inside stories where they don't belong.

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

No particular preferences. It's how much I am interested in that character in canon that determines whether I want to write them, not their gender.

rest of days )
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Ho, LJ outage that does not allow me to continue with my memeish resolutions.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favourite characters to write?
SG1 - I think Daniel and Sam I'm most comfortable with. I adore all of them in canon, but I'm always feeling inadequate in writing Jack's lines (what can I do. I'm not as funny as RDA.). And then there's Teal'c... who I also feel inadequate to write because a lot of his comedy is physical.

SGA - Elizabeth. And Rodney. He rants a lot. But Elizabeth has got this cool calmness...

Doctor Who - the Doctor! The Tenth, specifically. He's sitting inside my head and chatters. And Jack, too, I'm enjoying. (If I'm already on Torchwood, Gwen I find easiest after Jack, as she's the POV character for the show and I tend to gravitate towards those).
Also, I've only written SJA's Gita once, but she was sheer joy.

Harry Potter - again, Harry, due to canon POV issues.

4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Sorry, no muse characters. I'm going with the story I want to tell... maybe the Doctor as I always end up writing about him, but I think that's more due to the fact he's the centre of DW.

rest of days )
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30 days of fanfic meme, form [livejournal.com profile] magnavox_23 and [livejournal.com profile] sg_wonderland

1. How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

Well, that would depend on how you define "first". We had a notebook for writing stories in my second year at school, and at 8 I wrote stories about characters called Laura and Mary Ingles. I can't remember if it was actually Little House on the Prairie compliant or I just stole the names. Around the same time I also started to write a story starring my favourite Bionic Six character, Bunji Bennet. Then my older sister saw it and mocked me, and I haven't written anything resembling fanfiction for years. Don't ask me for complicated things as motivation. It's been so long that the only thing I can tell you is that I liked these books and TV show!

So my first "serious" one was an SG-1/ Atlantis fanfic. I got into it for the same reason I end up writing all my stories - I reach a certain saturation of obsessiveness where reading/watching the fandom isn't enough, discussing the fandom in forums isn't enough, and reading other people's stories isn't enough. So I just write my own.

What pulled me into SG1 fandom? C'mon, I've been the biggest fan for years and years. Specifically at that point it was after years of being stuck on the Channel 1 (awful) broadcasting schedule, broadband has become available so me and my dad downloaded the whole series (then in mid-series 8) and I re-watched the whole thing. See: obsessiveness levels. The first season of Atlantis also left me with some hopes for the future (yes yes, they were soon squashed, but y'know, for a while there it actually looked like they'd be improving!)

Rest of days under the cut )
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A bit late, but to follow [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook's request, a support groups goes to the Doctor. Didn't watch a Six episode in the end, though. :|

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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler, well, and from last year! :)

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