mo’ beta, mo’ better…
Anonymous asked: I miss you, imaginary friend. Hope all is well. <3
I am around - although I am about to move, so the next two days are going bizarre and haphazard in terms of internet presence
mistyzeo asked: 12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
I just answered this one - BUT I forgot to answer the second part of the question:
Yes, I am totally excited about Maintenance and Repair and Untitled Potterlock Project - I can’t wait to finish MaR, and I am so ready to post the Potterlock thing, you have no idea (you probably do :P)
But the Poorly Titled First Ever Try at Johnlock Fic? Not so much…the spark of it is pretty dead…although upon reflection I really like this passage, so here, have some BAMF!John:
Kush Territory, Kyrgyzstan, Day 1
Twenty minutes of darkness, and then a weak cough.
John’s throat is raw like sobbing, like screaming, like the first breath after hands have tightened and squeezed. Didn’t quite get the filter sealed in time.
Eyelids flicker and open, and he knows without looking that the whites of his eyes are now reds, blushed by a chemical caress. In his mind’s eye, his nostrils glow with each inhalation, like the end of a cigarette. Each breath is an adventure in pain, in risk-and-reward analysis.
His chest aches, and his back and shoulder are filing strongly-worded complaints about the position they’ve been forced to endure. Cramped, on his back, half under the burnt building, half under the shell of a jeep burnt weeks ago by Molotov means, his legs tangled in debris, his head and vulnerable orifices under the jumble of his arms.
God, he barely made it.
The worst of it had rained down on his well-covered midsection, and the doctor in him knows there will be a rash. But his feet, in their boots and under the jeep, and infinitely necessary for carrying his weight (and hopefully another’s) have been spared the gray, moist dust that slanted down twenty minutes ago.
His head – eyes, nose, mouth, throat, ears – all so soft and open and membranous – ended up under the building, under his flack jacket, under his arms, mostly covered by the partially sealed chem-mask. If some habits – like running towards danger – die hard, it seems some reflexes die even harder.
Like hearing a distant pop and puh!, and suddenly legs are propelling him across the grassy lot to dive headfirst into cover, without understanding why.
No need to understand why. React. Survive.
No need to understand, and doesn’t it feel amazing.
consultingsmartarse asked: You cannot leave one of those writing question things up and not expect me to ask you for every single one....ok, just a few then: 3, 4, 6, 12, 14, 15, please!
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
Definitely Maintenance and Repair and With No Motive of Greed take the cake on this - for published works at least. MaR because it’s still not done, it’s a sprawling beast, and it covers a lot of ground and time…
WNMoG because the pieces had to fit just so to preserve the tone I wanted, and getting the order right took some calming breathing exercises.
4. Which has the most “you” in it, however you’d define that?
The aforementioned two stories, again, because I spent/am spending so much time with them. Specifically, MaR because I bring a lot of my experiences with pain and processing otherness about my body into John’s POV and perception.
With WNMoG it has more to do with sensations and experiences of mine being filtered for Sherlock’s perception/POV.
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
Hmmmm….I never say never, but I have a memo app full of little ideas that haven’t found homes (yet)…
I also have a live file I write in that is titled (Blood)(Pattern)(Analysis) that is meant to be a mathematical look at how those concepts interact and what they mean in the scope of larger collection of vignettes detailing Sherlock’s youth and subsequent familial interactions, as thrown into relief by the addition of one John H. Watson to his life…
But time and a general distracted nature have kept me from really sitting down to figure out how it would work structure-wise, never mind actually producing the content necessary to fill in the pattern….
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
I have three WIPs that are in progress right now:
Maintenance and Repair: Status - Nearly Complete! (gasps! shocks! studio audience swoons!) It needs tweaking (transitional scenes need to be added, and I need to go back and make sure everything makes sense on the emotional levels of interaction) and beta’ing…and then it will be ready for those who are interested in that sort of thing ;)
Untitled Potterlock Project: Status - Nearly Complete! (Anon requested Potterlock: First Kiss a loooooong time ago, and what should have been 3K words ended up being closer to 20K…but better late than never?)
Poorly Titled First Ever Johnlock Fic: Status - Complete? I’m not so sure about this one…it was my first foray into writing for this fandom, and it is long and actiony and BAMF!John all the way and maybe one day I’ll give it a spit shine and trot it out for show and tell…
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
Of course I would love to write for television (part of my degree/training was exactly for this type of writing) and it’s always nice to write for something that you love…that being said, loving something can make you blind to its flaws or keep you from taking risks, so I’m not sure if I would want to bring that level of uncertainty into my life.
On the other hand, if Moftiss asked me to write for them A) I would not say no, and B) I would uphold tjlc as subtly or unsubtly as I could get away with doing ;)
15. Does font matter to you when you’re writing a draft?
YES. YES IT DOES.
It has to be an unobtrusive font or everything will taste weird until I get settled in to using it….I used to write exclusively in TNR, but being forced to use it for essay after essay after essay turned it a bit brittle and made it less palatable for fiction… Calibri(Body) is my current font, and when I’m drafting I boldbecause reasons.
badwolfbadwolff asked: 1, 5, 10
1. Which is your favorite of the fics you’ve written for X fandom?
For longer fics, it has to be Maintenance and Repair.
Shorter would have to be With No Motive of Greed.
5. What is an image/set of images that you’re particularly proud of?
From Faster than Thought:
John looks out at the lake, the thrashing ink of it, lit at one end by the orange smudge of fire and smoke and laughter.
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written:
From With No Motive of Greed:
“You could always leave,” he says.
“That’s twice you’ve been wrong about me now,” John notes before moving into the kitchen to start tea.
From What They Have:
"Why now?" Holmes must ask, because some things change, but never this. He must know why.
"Because the world has changed, and we are in it. Because we have changed so much already," Watson adds wryly, his eyes tracing the latest of Holmes’s visages, a self-deprecating quirk of his chin indicating his own stature. "Because I am tired of using lukewarm words to garb my love for you. I am tired of choosing lesser actions and greater distances."
- So reblog this if I can pop into your box and ask you questions about writing (You can probably make a version for art, too). And you can ask them to me if you really want to.
- Specify fandom if you want for any of the questions.
- 1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
- 2. Favorite piece overall?
- 3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
- 4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
- 5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
- 6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
- 7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
- 8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
- 9. Favorite character to write?
- 10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
- 11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
- 12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
- 13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
- 14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
- 15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
- 16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
- 17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
- 18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
- 19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
- 20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify:
- Go on, my chickens, and ask each other questions
- I couldn't resist this one.
Oh god someone popular reblogged the thing I posted, I was not prepared for all the notes. It’s like fifty notes y’all. What am I supposed to do with that. Can I trade them in for credits or points or—?