Hi, Claudius

Aug. 27th, 2014 07:18 pm
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It's Wednesday reading meme time! And I am actually reading something, it is exciting. Getting my iPad (Aredhel) has really seen an upswing in my reading habits. I'm reading almost as much as I did in high school, where I could finish a three hundred page book in a day or so. And still retain it years later! Yeah, college kind of killed my voracity for the written word, but I will be there again.

What I've just finished

Maurice. My thoughts about it from the previous post, although it's more my thoughts about the book versus the film rather than purely book thoughts. I really enjoyed reading Maurice, and mildly spammed my Tumblr with quotes that I liked best.

What I'm reading now

Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves (see: title), a Memoir with a capital M. Quick question -- were there any British writers who were happy in public school? I mean, besides C.S. Lewis.

I read I, Claudius when I was miserable in school (though in spectacularly different circumstances, of course!) -- and it helped, weirdly enough, but I never read the sequels because I didn't want to see Claudius murdered. Livia continues to be one of my favorite characters ever. I think I've read a few of Graves' poems too, but they didn't stick half as well.

And of course there's Regeneration, where Graves himself shows up and is kind of a bad friend to poor Siegfried Sassoon. Man, fictionalized versions of real people can get pretty tricky, eh.

From what I've read so far, Graves seems like a bit of a jerk, actually, which I support because it makes for interesting reading. Anyway, I'm right at the beginning of WWI. This should be horrible. Can't wait.

What I'm reading next

Still on the WWI kick (along with the rest of the world), I'm finally reading The Great War and Modern Memory.
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It's Wednesday reading meme time:

What I've just finished

I finished up Kraken not long after I posted about it last week. I enjoyed it a lot, for all that I wasn't emotionally tangled up in it. It's super clever and wryly funny and it features a squidpocalypse cult and dudes who have fists for heads. I feel like spoilers ) So I would recommend it, if you don't mind a bit of a hefty read.

I also read The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne, which I thought had some excellent writing and ideas in it, but which I just didn't like. It's the story of two young women on similar journeys - both Mariama and Meena are on the run from something (something that is sadly obvious, in Meena's case. I'm not sure if I was supposed to know from the start or if it was supposed to be a mystery that spoiler ) and they're heading from an old (unhappy & terrible in Mariama's case) life in India to what they hope will be a new start in Ethiopia. Their journeys take place at different times, but they intersect spoiler? )

There's some fascinating world-building happening here - inexorable climate change means that some parts of the world have started to be drowned and that energy as always is a crisis, and a company in India has managed to build a prototype of a solar array that runs from India to Africa and if it proves feasible, it will be replicated in other areas of the world. There's stories about people walking on the Trail, as it's known colloquially, and Meena decides that's what she's going to do. (Mariama is a young child when she makes her journey - she's found by some helpful truckers.)

There were a couple of issues for me with this book. spoilers )

This also should come with a warning for non-graphic child abuse: spoiler, if you want more details ) And there is also some gore I could have done without: spoiler )

I also feel like Meena's sections suffered somewhat from what I was talking about yesterday. A lot of this book is stuck in her head while she's by herself, and spoilers ) it gets samey after a while. At least Mariama is interacting with her fellow travelers.

Anyway, I felt like the writing was much stronger in this than in A Madness of Angels, or maybe I just really wanted to know more about the Trail, because I kept reading, and it does contain some interesting world-building - I really wanted to know more about the politics and science of this world, and the other people who'd walked the Trail and who were living on the seasteads etc. and maybe I'm just unsympathetic etc. but yeah, that was basically my response.

I also reread Lords and Ladies and Men at Arms, which I enjoyed very much.

What I'm reading now

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss, which is the story of Alex Dumas, father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas. I basically read the prologue at lunch and then my bosses started calling my name so I am about five pages into it. But I'm sure I'll have a lot to say eventually!

What I'm reading next

Ha! I can answer this question for once! After I finish The Black Count, I plan to finally read The Three Musketeers, which I have never done before. So unless something else from my hold list at the library comes in, that's the plan.

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Fic

Aug. 27th, 2014 12:12 am
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Nemo me impune lacessit (2026 words) by zeen
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Curufin/Finrod
Characters: Curufin, Finrod
Additional Tags: Consensual But Not Safe Or Sane, Well - Freeform, Dubious Consent, Caves, Festivals, Alternative Universe - The Cask of Amontillado, Drunkenness
Series: Part 6 of The Nargothrond Series
Summary: No one cuts me with impunity.


Also available on SWG.


It's the Finrod/Curufin Cask of Amontillado AU that no one asked for! I was asked for drunk!fic for this pairing, but, er, this happened instead.

I stuck it in the Nargothrond Series because that's where all my weird Finrod/Curufin fic lives.

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I was all confused when [personal profile] liseuse posted her Wednesday reading today, because it's still Tuesday here! but I did want to discuss a book that I picked up and put down this weekend, and while it probably should go in the Wednesday meme, I feel like the stuff I have to say about it is more about a narrative choice that applies more widely than about this book in particular (especially since I only got about 45 pages in), and I have a lot to say about some other things I read over the past week, so those will probably take up a lot of space too.

Anyway! So I mentioned that Saturday I went out to MCU* Park in Coney Island for the Cyclones game, which means around 90 minutes (or up to two hours, depending on wait times/delays etc.) on various bits of public transportation. This is prime reading time for me, and I was looking forward to starting a new book. The one I chose was A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin, which I had picked up because it was recommended in the same breath as the Rivers of London and Felix Castor series, both of which I enjoyed (though admittedly, the former more than the latter).

The story opens with about 35 pages of the narrator - who doesn't quite know what's going on - describing things. Now, he has his reasons for being so disoriented (and they are pretty good), but good lord, it's page upon page of overwritten descriptions of things without any meaningful interaction with other characters (except for an interaction with something trying to kill him, i.e., spoiler ), which was clever and should have been entertaining, but the writing was so bogged down in endless metaphors and neither the writer nor the narrator seemed to have any sense of whimsy or humor in dealing with it), and I realized that unless your narrator is super charming, like Peter Grant, whose personality pops off the page right on page 2, or your writing is both enjoyable to read on a sentence level and moves the story along, I'm just going to get bored.

I realize that this is at least 75% about me and my reading taste (and my very limited attention span for scenic description) and only 25% about the writing, but I'm begging you, as an avid reader: don't waste a promising start like your main character waking up from being dead for two years on endless, overextended metaphors about garbage (um, that's not me being judgy; he spends a lot of time talking about the trash littering the street where he is) without ever giving a sense of who the character is. I mean, I guess this was a guy who thought up a lot of ways to describe garbage? IDEK. It just went on and on and on, and there I was on the D train thinking, "I can't with much more of this." And I was kind of a captive audience, you know? (Had I had a paper book and not my iPad, I would have been a captive audience and I'd have been much more pissed off about it.) And yet it went on for another five pages. And then he finally does meet up with another person and he's a huge asshole about it and I was like, "I am so not here for this jackass," so I closed out of it, opened up Lords and Ladies and enjoyed the rest of my epic train ride.

And it's not that I can't or don't enjoy asshole characters (I can, and do), it's that having spent 40 pages on my own with this guy, I had no desire to go further. And even when I do like a character, if you send them off on their own to have an epic internal monologue for fifteen or twenty pages, I am probably going to get bored.

This was also my main issue with the third Steerswoman book. I really like Rowan a lot! But I did not want to read a whole section of her on her own observing creatures doing the same things over and over again. It is boring! This is also why I tend not to enjoy reading solo Batman adventures. He's going to investigate broodily. Then he's going to narrate broodily. He's going to brood a bit - broodily. Then he's going to punch some guys broodily. And then there's going to be more broody narration because he's a noir hero and his parents are DEAD and wah wah wah please talk to someone soon before I claw my own face off, Bruce. And no, Jason's case doesn't count.

Ahem.

To get back to this book in particular, then there's the part where there was no frisson of delight - the metaphors were lugubrious and landed like wet blats of used paper towels on the floor of a public restroom. Like, with Kraken, last week I said I wasn't getting the same sense of glee that I have from other writers, who seem to really enjoy what they're writing in a way that comes through to me as a reader, but in the end, I did feel like Mieville was pretty pleased with the crazy shit he put in the book, if in a gloomier and more subdued manner. And it certainly had a sense of wryness, a deadpan that permeated the gloom. (And it was entertaining even if it wasn't particularly emotionally engaging.)

This book did not have that, not in the small bit I read, anyway, and it needs to come through to leaven both the ponderous narration and the character's unpleasantness. Someone needs to be having a good time somewhere, even if it's just the writer enjoying putting the characters and the reader through the wringer! And this book did not have that spark at all and I just didn't like it.

(Interestingly enough, I did finish another book this week that I also didn't like very much, but which I found much more compelling and interesting to read. I'll talk about that tomorrow though.)

Anyway, like I said, this is in large part a matter of taste - I also can't stand most of Dickens or Theodore Dreiser, which has gotten me the side-eye more than once - so if you enjoyed this book, or books in this style, um, mileage obviously varies! And my mileage is much more interested in books that don't do this.

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*it stands for Municipal Credit Union, not Marvel Cinematic Universe OR Major Crimes Unit

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The Ten Word Fic Meme

Aug. 25th, 2014 09:16 pm
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The Charioteer:

1. Angst: Gyp whimpered in the dark cage. He missed his Boy.

2. AU: Laurie’s hand slipped from the doorknob. Inside, the smoke hadn’t yet cleared.

3. Crack!Fic: “A long-lost brother!” Bunny exclaimed, “How romantic!”
Laurie felt faint.

4. Crossover: “What’s your name, then?” said Durham’s father, abruptly.
“Lanyon, sir.”

5. First Time: It was almost unbearable, being so close to another person.

6. Fluff: Andrew, with rare mischief in his eye, offered him an apple.

7. Humour: Sandy thought his life a tragedy. No one else agreed.

8. Hurt/Comfort: "I can do that myself,” Laurie said, gritting his teeth.

9. Smut: Secretly, Lucy counted herself lucky for having had two wedding nights.

10. UST: “Heel,” Sandy said.
Alec obeyed, looking faintly astonished.“And then?”

don't need to discuss much

Aug. 25th, 2014 01:11 pm
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Wow, so the fantasy draft thing is pretty intense, considering it all happens in silence on a website. (There was a chat function, but I didn't say much.) I'm okay with the team I ended up with, mostly because I drafted third in the first round and so was able to procure Peyton Manning as my QB1. There were a few guys I waited too long for and lost out on (Pierre Garcon, Percy Harvin, and Ladarius Green, and also the Niners D), but I was able to get a couple other guys I wanted (Davis, Hilton, Bryant). And how could I resist having SMOKIN' JAY CUTLER as my backup QB? (I was told it was okay to not have backups and just pick one up on waivers the week I needed one, but I felt more comfortable and also he was available, and I was afraid I'd end up with, like, Geno Smith or something.) I also took a couple guys that ESPN swears would be useful but not game-changing (Bell, Tate, Robinson) but who could have breakout seasons, and also Trent Richardson, who has to have a bounce-back year right? (and at least I didn't draft Ray Rice, which someone actually did.) So here's what my team looks like going into week one of the season:

The Mighty Asgardians
QB1: Peyton Manning
RB1: Ben Tate
RB2: Trent Richardson
WR1: Dez Bryant
WR2: TY Hilton
TE: Vernon Davis
FLEX: Joique Bell
K: Mason Crosby
D/ST: Broncos D/ST
Bench-QB2: Jay Cutler
Bench-TE: Zach Ertz
Bench-RB: Khiry Robinson
Bench-WR: James Jones
Bench-WR: Jarrett Boykin
Bench-K: Jay Feely
Bench-D/ST: Ravens D/ST

Now I plan to pay little or no actual attention to anything until I have to...submit a roster for Sunday's game? I don't even know how it works. I'm sure my niece will let me know if there's something I need to do.

Before the draft, I made dinner, but I completely misread the recipe and though it needed fresh cherry tomatoes, not a can of cherry tomatoes (I have never seen them in a can!). It said you could substitute a can of diced tomatoes instead, but I didn't have that, so I just used the tomatoes I roasted last week and the fresh tomatoes and sadly, it did not coalesce into a sauce when baked. But I still have 3/4 of the pasta so I'm just going to mix up some ricotta/mozzarella and add some actual sauce and bake the whole thing as ziti (well, it's actually shells, so... you know what I mean). But that'll teach me not to read a recipe before I set out to make it.

I also made lemon cake again, and this time I added some raspberries to it, which meant it took a little longer to cook, but oh, it's still so good.

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Tide of Yules.

Aug. 25th, 2014 09:28 am
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So, the 2014 Yuletide schedule has been posted, so obviously it's a great time to talk about what we want nominated. Right? Right.

I'm definitely keeping close to the rules this year -- and probably won't have time to do a pinch-hit -- so it shouldn't be too hard to pick what I want this year. In theory.

Some possibilities:

- Leopold and Loeb RPF (Nathan Loeb, Richard Leopold, Clarence Darrow) - Because no fictionalized account actually touches on the absolutely strangeness of this case and the people involved. Hat tip to zopyrus for leading me to Thrill Me, which is fantastic, by the way.

- Maurice - bookverse. (Maurice Hall, Alec Scudder, Clive Durham. If they're already nominated -- which I assume they will be -- I'd ask for Kitty Hall, Violet Tonks and Anne Durham. But that's for the nominations post.) Woo! I feel guilty, a bit, because whenever I read something fantastic, I usually do want fic for Yuletide. But I do want fic for Yuletide.

Maybe meeting up again during WWI? Or any kind of future fic, really. I ended up low-key shipping Kitty/Miss Tonks because they both deserve more than they get, and I kind of want the reaction of his family to Maurice having chucked everything.

Also, an obligatory crossover with The Charioteer. (I know that there's one already, but still. More.)

Uh, the third place is kind of tricky. I know earlier this year, I wanted to nominate The Last of Wine (and I still do), but... Eh. I've been think of A Separate Peace, and how God awfully unsatisfied it makes me. Maybe I'll ask for futurefic with Gene and Brinker meeting up years later, in LA, for a some bitter banter. And hatesex ensues?

Maybe. It's difficult to tell. How about you, flist?

ETA: I unflocked the entry on the LJ side for easier discussion.

To the boathouse!

Aug. 24th, 2014 06:52 pm
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- I got a job! I'm so happy, because I was really convinced that it would never happen. But I got it! From an online posting too, will the miracles never cease. I start as soon as I can clear the drug test. I might be able to qualify for Obamacare for next year! Excellent.

- I finished reading Maurice, and then immediately watched the film. (Which, by the way, is not available for streaming on Netflix, which makes me incredibly bitter. The time for DVDs by mail is over, Netflix! I would never have even gotten a Netflix subscription if not for the streaming. I ain't got time to wait for DVDs in the mail!) Ahem. Well, I loved the book and liked the film -- more. )
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I owe answers to comments and I keep thinking I should write something, but I have spent this morning finally looking over player projection lists and making a spreadsheet about who I want to draft (and who I will have to draft in case who I really want is gone already. I am Team 8 of 10 in a snake draft, so I'm not sure I've gone deep enough, but we'll see.).

Oh, who am I kidding? I am going to be dead last every week. I can already taste the humiliation.

Meanwhile, my boss keeps emailing me at home. It's Sunday morning! I don't get paid enough for this! (it is, I think, an accident - she has my home email as the default on her home computer, I think. But even so, ugh, I do not like the sudden spike of anxiety when I check my gmail and her name is on top.)

Yesterday's baseball game was fun - they really went with the princess theme and there were a lot of little girls dressed like princesses in the stands. After the game, they did a parent/daughter dance on the field, which was sweet. There were some unfortunately obnoxious fans of the visiting team in the section next to us. I mean, it was mostly embarrassing that they were so much more vocal than the Cyclones fans (and that they brought their own cowbell!), but it did get kind of obnoxious a couple of times. Not Eagles-fans-at-Giants-Stadium obnoxious, but I feel like few fan experiences are as obnoxious as being subjected to Philly fans in any sport. Sorry! But it's true. (I mean, obviously Yankees fans, but that kind of goes without saying?) *ducks*

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Yesterday, I finished rewatching the Cadmus arc of JLU, and I have to say, it's pretty brilliantly done. rambling about JL/JLU and future directions of the MCU, mostly just nattering, with occasional Age of Ultron info garnered from Entertainment Weekly )

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Oh my, how is that the time? I have to go grocery shopping and bake a cake. Sigh.

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Hand, meet Glove.

Aug. 23rd, 2014 08:11 pm
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Imported from Tumblr, but you know....

In a text post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

1. Bakcheios by emilyenrose (Dionysus/Pentheus, Greek mythology.) This story blew me away when I first read it. I've always shied away from the myth of Pentheus (because it's extremely disturbing) and this story is that -- but it is also utterly gorgeous. I wince at the notion of 'literary' fanfiction, but if such notion exists, this must qualify.

2. Promise of Fire by Maggie Honeybite (Fingon/Maedhros, The Silmarillion.) Must've been one of the first Fingon/Maedhros stories I read. (This was back in 2009 or so? It was like excavating a lost civilization a bit -- everyone seemed to have gone! Thank Eru I was wrong.) This story really stuck with me, especially the bit about Maedhros' teeth. I tend to like my Maedhros a little (okay, a lot) weathered, but the teeth. I never go that far. (I want to though, and I think my Fingon would love him regardless -- and the Noldor would obvs invent dentures, but...)

3. Blood and Fire by Clodia (Gen, The Silmarillion.) No real point in writing the fall of Doriath while this story exists.

4. The Middle Sector by Aliana. The first! The best! Silmarillion space AU.

Now, I won't have you assuming that I am just obsessed with Silmfic... I am obsessed with other things too!

5. The Man from Gotham by Betty. (Harvey Dent/Matches Malone, DCU.) A Batman noir AU! Or, not really, since it matches the canon pretty well. Beloved for the extremely true author's note -- if anyone was bisexual, it would be Harvey Dent.

6. Jason and Me by hradzka. (Gen, DCU.) I am always IN FLOODS when I reread this story. It has all my Jason feels and all my Steph feels. Really, better than canon.

7. I have to see a man about a god by Toastzombie (Apollo/Dionysus, Greek mythology.) I am forever ruined for Yuletide because of this story -- what could beat it? (Nothing.)

8. The Water-Horse by Thamiris. (Sir Gawain/the Green Knight, Arthurian mythology.) So great! I read this a lot when I started writing porn.

9. Kingdom of Rain by romanticalgirl. (Withnail and I, Withnail/I.) I really need all of the fic for this particular pairing/fandom.

10. Eldritch, betentacled Bridstow by Naraht (Canon pairings, The Charioteer.) I did ask for it, and I'm still so happy about it.
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Legend of Korra: Into the Void/Venom of the Red Lotus

Outside the cut, I have to say, it would have been a million times better if nick.com wasn't acting like it was 1998 and buffering every five seconds (clearly I wasn't annoyed enough to buy the episodes but I may just buy this season, which I didn't bother with for the first two), but I enjoyed that a lot.

spoilers )

There's more, but I have to start getting ready to leave. I'm going to a Cyclones game this evening, and meeting up with [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo and [personal profile] innie_darling at Totonno's beforehand, and it takes me two hours to get there from here. Sigh.

But if you gave up on this show for any number of reasons, now that s3 is done, I highly suggest watching it. (You don't really need to catch up first, but there was some good stuff in s1 and s2, despite them not being great.)

[some of this was posted last night to tumblr.]

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she gets the faraway look in her eyes

Aug. 22nd, 2014 09:35 am
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Have a meme for a Friday morning, seen most recently at chez [personal profile] moetushie:

Give me a letter & I'll answer! (My stories live here.)

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?
N. What's the worst writing advice you've ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description).

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Heya!

Aug. 21st, 2014 06:02 pm
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I got a meme for you, journal!

Give me a letter & I'll answer!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

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