I just remembered that I wrote these up a while ago and forgot to post them! Oops.21. Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?
Nope, never. I tend to write things that don't need sequels, or things that are connected but not really related, or stories that are actually one big fanfic written as several smaller ones. I expect someday I will write one (Knife & Ink doesn't count, okay) but not for a while yet.
How do I feel about sequels? Well, sometimes they're good, and sometimes they're bad, and sometimes they're just not as
good, and sometimes they're actually better. I think the best kind of sequel is something like Geas of Gryffindor
, something that takes place after the original story but is not just a continuation of it. I guess I really don't like having one story split up into two—why bother? If it's long, then it's long. If it's two stories, one of which happens to be set after the other, then that's a real sequel. 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?
I tried to participate in au_big_bang once, and failed miserably by both over- and under-thinking my plot. From that experience, I have learned that it's totally okay to elide over small details like timelines and period accuracy, so long as you know why the hell all the characters are doing what they're doing, and have a rough idea of where the hell they're going to end up.
I'd like to try that one again at some point, I think. But the one I'm really interested in is the idea for a potential Asexuality Big Bang someone on asexual_fandom proposed a while back. Partly because GO GO (GADGET) ASEXUALITY, partly because I don't think I would sit down and write any of the ace longfic I have semi-planned for quite a while yet without someone pushing on me. Then again, I hate being responsible for things. So IDK, really. But it might be fun, and even if I don't participate I'd really love for it to happen. Genfic is great and all, but I'd love to see some longfic with explicitly ace characters.23. When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?
I've done fests and things, though. FMA Ladyfest, springtime_gen, blind_go, Yuletide. And I've signed up for a bunch more now, though it may not be the wisest thing to do on a full courseload. :D
These days I mostly post to AO3, unless I'm responding to a prompt/participating in a non-AO3 fest/exchange. It does all the things I need it to do, it's pretty cool. But there's just something special about typing in a comment-box. 24. 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?
Well, I'd like
to use at least one. :/ But since I usually write super-short things it just doesn't seem worth it to ask anyone. Maybe for stuff like Knife & Ink, when I write enough of it.
Horror story, now . . . well, let's just say I have become absolutely determined to only beta for people I am actually friends with. I just don't have the patience to work with people who a) I don't really know and b) can't master the apostrophe. 25. Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?
Sometimes I listen to songs to get me in a certain mood, sometimes I listen to them because they're catchy and they're stuck in my head. But yes, I do usually listen to music while I write. It's a combination of needing noise and needing to be able to control the noise—a lot of the times I can't stand the quiet, but I also can't stand the noise other people are making. So, loud pop music!26. What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
Right now, I'm researching Heian-period waka structure and trying to pretend it's for Knife and Ink.27. Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?
I nearly always write at my desk, on my laptop. The bad thing about this is that it faces the windows, so I can see what a lovely day I'm missing while I sit inside and type. And it's kind of a pain to try to keep this on my lap while I type, or to lean over & type on it when it's on the floor, so I don't usually take it outside.
I like writing on the computers at school too, though. They have really fun keyboards, all big and clacky, which encourage typing.28. Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?
No. But I want to! fulselden
, if you see this, let's co-write/shared-universe Knife & Ink together for awesome, okay?29. What is your current project or projects? ( Is there a common theme here? I'm honestly not sure. )30. Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!
The Hermione-in-Ohtori fic is my favourite, full stop. I love everything I'm writing and most of what I've written, but this is my chance to just write about a bunch of stuff I like without worrying about things like whether or not it's period-appropriate or canonically accurate. Anything can happen, so long as it's in the right style and is full of symbolism! Also, I can finally write my favorite kind of romance. I think it's one of those months-long projects, but oh my is it ever going to be wonderful.