WIP Update!

Jul. 2nd, 2012 10:01 am
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List now has a bunch of due dates because I've signed up for big bangs and there are a few things that really should be written this summer.

Finished:
  • Avengers Clint/Coulson authority figure kink bingo: DONE and posted!
  • Original story for anthology, due 1 July: DONE and sent to editor
  • ST Chapel/Rand Radcliffe AU for [livejournal.com profile] heroinebigbang, posting date 23 July: DONE, with readers, to be sent to beta by end of week
  • Community Shirley/Jeff virginity/celibacy kink bingo: DONE, with beta, to be posted by the start of the new season


Other deadlines:
  • 14 July is International Day of Femmeslash--what to post? Maybe one of the planned P/P below?
  • White Collar Diana/El obedience kink bingo: working on this week, as I'm in a bit of a lull, so entirely possible I can get it done before the new season starts on 12 July
  • Avengers Pepper/Natasha for [livejournal.com profile] avengers_rbb, due 13 August (5000 words): awaiting discussion with artist, but have idea
  • Avengers Pepper/Natasha rock band AU for [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang, due 21 October(10,000 words): working on plot outline
  • Glee Mercedes/Quinn, to be posted by the start of the new season: 75% done


To be done in the fall/winter:
  • Avengers Clint/Coulson tailor AU (needs a plot)
  • Avengers high school AU (needs a plot)
  • Avengers hipster AU (needs a plot; might write Pepper/Natasha portion for rbb)
  • HP Pansy/Millicent school time
  • Inception Ariadne/Yusuf Vegas AU
  • Suits Harvey/Mike secret matchmaking for Jessica; not going to finish/post until season ends


It's [community profile] kink_bingo season again, but I'm not getting a new card because I'm still working toward a blackout of my round three card! I've posted 11 fics and have plans for the remaining 14; and want to get them posted before the next round starts, so another year:
  • Avengers Clint/Natasha/Pepper/Coulson whipping/flogging kink bingo (started)
  • Suits Harvey/Mike collar kink bingo (started); not posting at least until season ends
  • Suits Harvey/Mike consent play kink bingo; not posting at least until season ends
  • ST Chapel/Rand phone sex kink bingo
  • JH Duckie/Cameron medical kink bingo
  • HP Harry/Hermione nipple play kink bingo
  • HP Draco/Ginny painplay kink bingo
  • HP Pansy/Parvati strap-on kink bingo
  • HP Pansy/Parvati worship kink bingo
  • HP Pansy/Parvati/Luna/Tonks gangbang kink bingo
  • HP Seamus/Dean rest of my ff100 claim including two kink bingo squares


kink bingo card! )

WIP Update!

Jun. 3rd, 2012 11:34 pm
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SO! It's been quite a while! I'm feeling super multifannish these days! Loving Avengers, still loving Star Trek, loving my USA shows, and that's left me with a metric fuckton of stuff I want to write this summer. Oh, and I signed up for the marvel big bang so there's that. (I already planned on signing up as a mixer for STBB this year.)

To be done by the end of June:

  • an original fic that I've started writing
  • ST Chapel/Rand Radcliffe AU for heroine big bang, over half done!


To be done later:

  • White Collar Diana/El obedience kink bingo (started)
  • Glee Mercedes/Quinn (half done? a little more?)
  • Community Shirley/Jeff virginity/celibacy kink bingo
  • Avengers Clint/Coulson tailor AU (needs a plot; possible BB)
  • Avengers Clint/Coulson authority figure kink bingo
  • Avengers Pepper/Natasha rock band AU (possible BB)
  • Avengers high school AU (needs a plot; possible BB)
  • Inception Ariadne/Yusuf Vegas AU
  • Suits Harvey/Mike collar kink bingo (started)
  • Suits Harvey/Mike consent play kink bingo
  • Suits Harvey/Mike secret matchmaking for Jessica
  • HP Pansy/Millicent school time
  • HP Pansy/Parvati strap-on kink bingo
  • HP Pansy/Parvati/Luna/Tonks gangbang kink bingo
  • HP Seamus/Dean rest of my ff100 claim


Mostly I need to just WRITE so I don't constantly have this backlog of fic. And as with the Chapel/Rand story and the Natasha/Pepper stories, I'll probably be calling out to all of YOU for support. There just isn't as much of an infrastructure for writing femslash as there is for slash, yet that's what I find myself thinking about lately.

Also, I think I want to slowly but surely work toward a blackout of my kink bingo card! Here's how it looks right now, including stuff I've planned:

kink bingo card! )
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Color War has the day off because I coded it and forgot to post, but that's FINE, it will go up tomorrow. Keep voting, though! There's a close one in Monday's poll so I'm keeping it open a little longer.

Writing-wise, two things:

Hey Trek people: is anyone interested in cheerleading me on this Chapel/Rand I'm writing? I keep getting a little stuck and I think I need a push. It's the Radcliffe side of the Harvard fic, and I'm writing it for [livejournal.com profile] heroinebigbang. I think I need other people being excited to keep me going! Let me know and I'll open up a gdoc to you.

Hey all people: [personal profile] sirona_fics is hosting a PAN FANDOM HIGH SCHOOL AU FIC CHALLENGE! Go check it out on livejournal or dreamwidth, go leave prompts, go write a thing, whatever you like!

I am super excited about this, and so of course an idea took me over for a couple of days and I had t write it down to get it out of my head. Given that [livejournal.com profile] smilingskull wrote the definitive Trek HS AU, [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne wrote the definitive Idol HS AU, and Harry Potter canon is already at high school, the only place I could go was Avengers, and there's the start of a Natasha/Pepper story in the comments. BUT, I have a bunch of stuff to do before I get back to it, so think of it as a sort of promissory note.

I have a metric ton of other stuff I am/should be working on/finishing. (So much femslash, so little time, seriously.) Given that I don't have a ton of plans I'm not ruling out the idea of just sitting in my AC and writing all summer.
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Ten years (and a few days) ago, I posted my first fic ever, the first chapter of Eight Ways from Sunday, on FictionAlley. Also, ten years ago (sometime next week) I got the code and started my livejournal. And right now, leaving out one co-authored fic, I have 200 stories posted at AO3.

I've written 200 stories in 10 years, nearly 800,000 words in total. So you'll allow a ridiculous chart or four, right?

a pie chart about bars and a bar chart about pies )

I'm pretty proud of what I've written, I have to admit. And I have more goals for the future than ever before. It's nice to take a step back and remind yourself that all these things you write, they aren't for nothing, even when there aren't tons of people watching.
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So I've written three short Clint/Coulson fics, and I have two Avengers AUs in the planning stages in my head, one Clint/Coulson-led, and one Pepper/Natasha-led. So what I'd love to try to do before the movie opens here (which for various reasons is nutty but let me have my illusions) is to write three Pepper/Natasha fics and feel all balanced and stuff. At the very least I'll write them before I start the AUs, but that won't happen until July anyway.

Sadly, there isn't the prompt/encouragement machine for Pepper/Natasha that there is for Clint/Coulson, fandom and femslash blah blah blah, so I'm looking to you wonderful people. [personal profile] heidi already directed me to the Avengers Kink Meme, where I found eight prompts, and [personal profile] amyamy gave me one on twitter; you can see them all in my pinboard. I'll probably poke around those porn battles (anyone have links?) and maybe some of you know of some other femslash prompt-a-thons floating around, even if the prompts are a little older?

Meanwhile back to the things I must be writing--happily, I assure you, but still, deadlines are looming ...
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So what I didn't realize would happen now, as opposed to in the late spring, is that I'd start writing Clint/Coulson fic. I'd had an AU in my head that I was planning on tackling after I saw the new movie and that's still the plan, but I ended up writing two stories beforehand. I also wrote fic for a couple of K/Mc challenges!

  • Let Me Hear Your Body Talk, Kirk/McCoy, finished and posted!
  • A Beard Is a Sometime Thing, Clint/Coulson, finished and posted!
  • A High Road Out from Here, Clint/Coulson, finished and posted!
  • What Happens in Greenwich, Kirk/McCoy, with betas, possible epilogue


What I'm working on, at least in my head:

  • White Collar Diana/El, now that the season is over, well started in my little book
  • an original fic for which I need to figure out how the caper goes (ugh, plots, right?)
  • ST Chapel/Rand, Radcliffe AU, which is outlined and started


To be done later:

  • HP Pansy/Millicent schooltime, and possibly a Pansy/Parvati/Luna/Tonks foursome fic
  • Avengers C/C AU
  • Glee Mercedes/Quinn, quite a ways done, and I'm just waiting for the rest of the season to play out before finishing
  • Community Shirley/Jeff, done "in my head" and waiting for the season to play out before writing
  • Inception Ariadne/Yusuf Vegas AU, maybe for the next big bang?
  • Avengers Pepper/Natasha, what I don't know just that the universe needs more of it
  • HP Seamus/Dean rest of my ff100 claim
  • Suits Harvey/Mike two fic ideas: secret matchmaking for Jessica, and a weekend off including a nice dinner, apple-picking and pie-making, and corset-wearing (on Harvey's part)


Mostly I need to just WRITE so I don't constantly have this backlog of fic. Also, I think I want to slowly but surely work toward a blackout of my kink bingo card! Here's how it looks right now, including stuff I've planned:

kink bingo card! )

WIP Update!

Jan. 4th, 2012 04:07 pm
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I wrote 47 stories and 148,000 words in ten fandoms in 2011. Go me!

Up in the next six weeks:
  • White Collar Diana/El, hopefully done before White Collar premieres on 17 January.
  • Rom Com Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] jim_and_bones, where I signed up for The Philadelphia Story.
  • Whatever kink I get assigned for [livejournal.com profile] km_anthology


In the spirit of giving myself the cookies, here are my [community profile] tenwomen:
  1. Parvati Patil: Patience Is Its Own Reward, Fresh Air, Above All This Bustle
  2. Pansy Parkinson: No One Needs to Know, TBD Pansy/Millicent
  3. Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Padma Patil: Entr'Acte, The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
  4. Janice Rand: April Is Over, TBD Radcliffe AU
  5. Christine Chapel: April Is Over, TBD Radcliffe AU
  6. Mercedes Jones and Quinn Fabray: TBD Quincedes
  7. Diana Berrigan, TBD Diana/El
  8. Shirley Bennett, TBD Shirley/Jeff
  9. Ariadne, TBD Ariadne/Yusuf Vegas AU
  10. Kate Beckett and Lanie Parish, TBD college AU
  11. Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanov, TBD

    So that's six or seven stories to finish before August. Plus I have two ideas for Suits fic, one where Harvey is secretly matchmaking for Jessica and she ends up with Tudyk's character from Knocked Up, and one where he and Mike have a weekend off, so they go to a nice dinner Friday night, Harvey spends all day Saturday naked and getting fucked by Mike, and Sunday they go apple-picking.
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Once again at BFF C's place in Mass where punch was had and a gong was struck at midnight. Brilliant.

2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002


2011 stories written )

2011 Stories in Review )

WIP Update!

Dec. 5th, 2011 12:10 am
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The writing genie seems to be back after a month long hiatus.

  • P/P orgasm denial fic—back from beta!
  • P/P outdoors—back from beta!
  • P/P Christmas—written, to be sent to beta
  • Harvard-AU-based [livejournal.com profile] space_wrapped—written, to be sent to beta


SO excited that my STBB fic, April Is Over, got such great response! That and dipping my toe back into the Harvard-verse for my [livejournal.com profile] space_wrapped fic makes me excited for the Radcliffe AU. (I really need to start reading the other fics but I've been incredibly drama-averse of late; even sitcoms are piling up a bit on the DVR.)

In my immediate future:
  • Yuletide, conceived but not yet started
  • White Collar Diana/El, started in my notebook, to be finished in early January so it can be posted before the season resumes on the 17th


[community profile] tenwomen:
  1. Various Pansy/Parvati fics, posted
  2. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing, P/P plus Ginny+Hermione+Padma, posted
  3. April Is Over, Chapel/Rand, posted
  4. White Collar, Diana/El, started
  5. Community, Shirley/Jeff
  6. Chapel/Rand Radcliffe AU
  7. Inception, Ariadne/Yusuf Vegas AU
  8. Castle, Lanie+Kate College AU
  9. Glee, Mercedes/Quinn, post-college, nearly half done
  10. Possibly a Suits fic about Jessica


And there's always the remainder of my Seamus/Dean fanfic100 claim, 58 fics (but they can be drabbles).
jlh: a screen that says "how about some girl on girl kissing for your friday?" (girl on girl kissing)
First, thanks to everyone for the good wishes the other day. It'll take me a bit to reply to them all (talking is a little hard right now) but reply I will! It's going to take a while before I'll be bouncing back, and while I'll try not to be negative (because it makes me feel worse) I might not be as positive as usual in the meantime.

In the meantime, a meme! I'll post the working title of a story, and the first sentence, for my most current WIPs. No pairing or summary info. Though for nearly all of these stories, the pairing is given away in the first sentence anyway, and my working titles are all the pairing or the summary, basically. But! First lines! All femslash, mostly multiracial.

  1. “Scared?” Quinn said, making a noise somewhere between a laugh and a sob. “I’m terrified.”
  2. "So tonight," Pansy said, "no sneaking into the club bathroom, no getting yourself off secretly—"
  3. While their friends moved into perfectly sweet little three-bedroom family homes (well, and Malfoy Manor), Pansy and Parvati thought, penthouse.
  4. Divorce Granted: Roger Korby and Christine Chapel Korby, filed by Mrs. Korby on grounds of mental incapacitation —The New York Times, April 20, 1920
  5. The shopping started, as so many things did with the cousins, with Annie Weasley-Wood.
  6. Christie was talking about the hospital wanting to send her to Boston to help with some training, which, fine, it was only two months and Diana would run up on her days off—that's what trains were for.

WIP Update!

Oct. 2nd, 2011 11:31 pm
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I had a lot of long fic on my plate and kept putting off making this post until a bunch of it was done, and now it is!
  • EWFS sequel—FINISHED AND POSTED! Called The Trick Is to Keep Breathing, and heavily featuring Pansy/Parvati.
  • ST Chapel/Rand 20s AU for STBB—SENT TO BETA! Called April Is Over.
  • Schooltime fic focused on Pansy—FINISHED AND POSTED! Called No One Needs to Know.
  • Worlds Collide Crossover fic of Bo from Bottle Shock and Kirill from Bourne Supremacy—FINISHED AND POSTED! Called Backchannels.


I would have bet money that my [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang fic, being femslash of TOS characters that weren't in the reboot movie and all, would be like, last to match with an artist and a mixer. But I got home the night of the match and thought, well, I'll just check and see, even though the matching had only been going on about four hours at that point. And wow, the story has already been claimed! I'm super excited! Very encouraging for all the small-pairing femslash sitting in my half-written and to-be-written pile.

In my immediate future:
  • P/P orgasm denial fic—written, to be sent to beta
  • P/P outdoors—written, to be sent to beta
  • P/P Christmas
  • As much of the Ten Women as possible starting with Glee Mercedes/Quinn
  • Harvard-AU-based [livejournal.com profile] space_wrapped
  • Yuletide


Ten Women: I have a year from the end of May, or perhaps now, depending on when I want to claim the Pansy/Parvati started.
  1. Pansy/Parvati fics
  2. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing
  3. April Is Over
  4. Glee Mercedes/Quinn, post-college, nearly half done in my notebook
  5. White Collar, Diana/El
  6. Community, Shirley/Jeff
  7. Chapel/Rand Radcliffe AU
  8. Inception Ariadne/Yusuf Vegas AU
  9. Castle Lanie+Kate
  10. Possibly a Suits fic about Jessica; possibly a Justified fic; possibly a HIMYM fic


And there's always the remainder of my Seamus/Dean fanfic100 claim, 58 fics (but they can be drabbles).
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30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I'm terrible about favorites--far too loaded a word. Here are links to four stories I've written and why I really love them and you might, too. The first three are pretty accessible even if you're not familiar with the fandom--and a passing familiarity with the universe of Harry Potter is all that's necessary for the last one.

A Dream That Could Not Last (LJ | DW | AO3)--An Idol AU set in London during the Phoney War and the Blitz (1939-40), and very accessible even if you never watched Idol. Het, slash and femslash, and lots of characters of color, plus tons of music. Includes dancing the lindy, snogging in air raid shelters, and horseback riding across a duke's estate. Oh, and fighter pilots. 97,000 words, NC-17, Ryan/Simon, Anwar/Kimberley, Carly/Amanda.

Why I like it: I wanted to write a period piece that had a diverse cast but dealt with that diversity while still being a primarily comic romance, and I think I achieved that. It was an ambitious story, and it did what I wanted it to do.

Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe (LJ | DW | AO3)--Star Trek Hollywood AU, where Kirk, with a crew that includes Sulu and Scotty, directs an indie film based on McCoy's script, with Spock and Uhura producing, starring Chekov, Gaila, and an old pro to be named later. Includes stripping to "Toxic", neurotic pregnant actresses, indie band t-shirts, snarky teenage daughters, and the entire Hollywood awards season. 71,000 words, NC-17, Kirk/McCoy, Spock/Uhura, with some other background ships.

Why I like it: It's pretty subtle, what's going on for these two guys and why they come together and why they do need each other. But it doesn't isolate them--they've got family and friends and coworkers and careers. On top of that is a big, silly, "let's make a movie and maybe we'll win an Oscar" old-fashioned Hollywood story.

Count Me In and Count Me Out (LJ | DW | AO3)--Cameron from Ferris Bueller and Duckie from Pretty in Pink. They had that perfect summer-before-college fling, and haven't seen each other in almost twenty years. 2600 words, R.

Why I like it: This story is about getting back something you've lost, through the eyes of a couple of guys facing their forties.

For Harry Potter, four linked stories. (And there are tons of one-off shippy stories that spin off from these central fics.)
Eight Ways From Sunday (LJ | DW | AO3) and With One Breath (LJ | DW | AO3)--6th year
Entr'Acte (LJ | DW | AO3)--The summer after the war
The Trick Is To Keep Breathing (LJ | DW | AO3)--Three years later
142,000 words total. GoF canon, ensemble, Seamus/Dean, Pansy/Parvati, Harry/Hermione, Draco/Ginny, Ron/Padma

Why I like it: More on this later, but I had a specific, tricky thing I was trying to do with the EWFS sequel, and I think I actually accomplished it, so I'm really, really proud of that story. And then there's EWFS, just about the first thing I wrote in fandom, ever, which set up the universe for all my other Harry Potter fic. If you like stories about friendship and romance and career and trying to figure out where you're headed when you're young, and also the effects of British imperialism on indigenous magical systems, then this is the fic for you.
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29 – What is your current project or projects?

I am editing my STBB fic, which is a Chapel/Rand American expats in '20s Paris AU. Jim and Bones are their BFFs and play that "getting them together" role that female characters so often play in boyslash fics. It's fun to turn that trope on its head.

After that I have some more little Pansy/Parvati fics to get out, and hopefully I can get either the White Collar Diana/Elizabeth or the Community Shirley/Jeff or the Glee Mercedes/Quinn done before I need to get ready for Space_Wrapped and Yuletide at the holidays.

Basically I'm just writing a lot of ladies having sexy times with other ladies. So far I'm not great at writing the more popular femslash ships, but you have to go where the star leads.
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28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I did collaborate on one story for Team Jones for the Ship Wars. It was definitely an enjoyable experience, and really fun, but in a way it didn't really feel like writing. I didn't have a story that had lived in my head for so long I had to write it down; instead, I was trying to create according to someone else's vision. I never felt like it was my story really. It was sort of like doing a really heavy beta for someone else's fic. Which doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable, but just that it wasn't like what writing is for me.

I don't really consider an artist working on something for my fic to be collaboration, because the fic is the fic and the art is the art, and at the end of the day we do what we want. The artist is inspired by whatever scene in the fic inspires them, and I'm lucky that they felt that way. But then they make the art and the art is theirs, whether it was inspired by my story or not. I wrote some the prose on the fake Variety covers that affectingly made for my STBB last year, but I still consider the art itself to be hers, because she made all the decisions about it, as she should.

Part of why I write fanfic is to write what I want, and part of the fun of it is to realize the vision I have in my head. I have a lot of fun beta'ing and helping people get their fic to where it needs to go, but that's not the same as writing. So I think I'm not a natural collaborator--I want all the control!
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27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

Some stories want to be written by hand, others on the computer. I write a lot on the train, and I write at work on googledocs. I always edit on the computer--I use Scrivener and I love love love it. Generally, I'm sitting sideways on the love seat in my bedroom when I'm doing any kind of serious writing at home.
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26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

This is I think the toughest question because I never know what other people are going to think is odd or funny. I keep track of dates a lot and timeanddate is totally bookmarked. I'll look up maps for how to get from one place to the next—I just looked up the automotive routes from Paris to the French Riviera, and also where the French ocean liners docked. I read a biography of Natalie Clifford Barney as research.

I've looked up old NYC subway lines, the timing of various cultural events including the entire Hollywood awards season in January-February, the time of sunset on a specific date in a specific place, the proper use of pyrex sex toys, when the Dodgers and the Giants left New York and when the Mets had their first season, makes and models of cars, a lot of fashion, the specifics of the evacuation at Dunkirk, what movies premiered in the summer of 1977 and famous defections of Soviet scientists.

But mostly I look up dates and timelines.
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25 – Music – 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?

I do everything listening to music. So of course I listen to music when I write.

I make playlists for myself, because I often write on the train or at work and need to get back into the mood of the story very quickly. Music is awesome for that. Sometimes it's just a genius playlist off a particular song that has the right sort of mood; sometimes it's a particular artist; sometimes it's a bunch of artists in a particular genre or era. Sometimes the music seems like a non sequitur. The fic I'm writing now is set in the 1920s but seems to want to be written to girl rock of the 1990s.

Of course there are songs that just ARE the fic in such an overwhelming way that when you hear them at other times you think of the story. For example, "The Man with the Child in His Eyes" by Kate Bush is Hermione thinking about Harry in the EWFS sequel. Or "Love Hate Sensation" in my mind is that moment in the Hollywood fic when Jim takes Bones on a motorbike ride up the PCH.

And I've written a lot of fic that had songs baked in, mostly Idol AU's where all those singers are still singers. Songs are referenced—they are diagetic, meaning they are happening in the world the characters are in. They hear songs on the radio, or they're performing songs for each other. The 90s AU, Keep Your Enemies Closer, had about 40 songs in it. The 60s AU, Radio Friendly, had about a dozen, as did the 40s AU A Dream That Could Not Last. It's really fun when you take those singers and put them in other eras to think about what songs they might sing, and how their present-day musical tastes would translate into another time.
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Forgot this yesterday, probably because it's really emotional. Backdating is my friend once again!

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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?

If something is longer, I like to use more than one beta, and hopefully one of them is someone I'll talk to as I'm going along about the plot and where I think I'm going. If it's short, a one shot, I can just have one person look it over for sense and errors.

I once had a very close fandom friend with whom I often discussed what I was writing, and she helped me think about things in bigger ways and was so encouraging, especially for the WWII AU and the early stages of the EWFS sequel. She made me feel like she really wanted to hear about my writing, and that I wasn't imposing. Ely was a fantastic person, and I lost a really good friend when she passed, but also to a much smaller extent a really key person for my writing.

Ali is super fantastic as well, and she's been so helpful for pretty much every long thing I've written in the past few years--the WWII AU, the 90s AU, the EWFS sequel, the Hollywood AU. I also get to read what she's writing, and I really enjoy that kind of reciprocal relationship. It makes me feel more comfortable to ask people to read over what I'm doing when I'm also helping them.

And seriously, there is no one better for beta'ing kink than Catja. No. One. And no one better for encouraging me to write it in the first place than one evil_erato. And I doubt that the recent Pansy/Parvati stuff I've been writing would be as good as I hope it is without slytherincess's help.

The WWII AU in general was probably the dream beta situation. I knew that the story wouldn't have many readers, and I got most of my pleasure in the process. I had about five people reading that story at various points in the process, and while Ali and Ely did most of the heavy lifting in terms of structure and characterization, I wouldn't have gotten through it without Juli's cheerleading nor had the courage to post the thing without Allyson batting clean-up as the SPAG beta and Dana being the unspoiled reader-stand-in. It was really super fantastic, working on that story and feeling like people were excited about it while it was in progress.

I guess the horror story would be the Hollywood AU. I'd come off an unfortunate situation where a beta disappeared on me, so I was nervous about asking people to read my stuff anyway. And then in the course of that story--which really, Ali beta'd from stem to stern with a big late-game assist from Catja--I had three betas drop out on me, two without any sort of notice or communication. It was honestly pretty horrible, probably one of the worst experiences I've had in fandom. I had to chase people down, which I'm not good at because I really hate being a burden or an intrusion (I have a lot of issues surrounding those words). I had people tell me over and over that they were just behind, only to seemingly never really get around to reading it. And these people I had trusted, so I wanted to believe what they were saying to me. It got to the place where I wasn't even excited when I finished a new chapter, because I only saw my writing as a burden for other people--another chapter finished meant that my overburdened betas were even more behind on giving me any feedback. After a January in which I had horrible writer's block, a February where I finally broke through only to have my notebook stolen in a mugging, a March where I could do no more than try to recreate the writing that was lost, and finally hitting a groove with the story in April, to spend all that spring trying to get people to read a story that they had agreed to beta was a little more than I could really handle. I'm so glad that people had such a great reaction to the story, because by the end I was convinced that the whole thing was just a horrible mess, or otherwise why would all these people refuse to read it for me? It was just, unfortunately, a truly lousy writing experience.

It's left me very distrustful of betas to be honest; I don't really believe people who say they'd like to beta for me because they so frequently punk out on me. I don't like asking people to read over my stories, I'm shy about even talking about what I'm writing, and I still see my writing as a burden for someone to have to look over.

It's unfortunate because I actually really like being someone's beta, and I'm not really doing much of that at the moment, either, for various reasons, though I'm hoping to get back into it soon. I miss that kind of relationship I had with Ely, that thing where you're very involved with someone else's writing and you're excited and positive and cheerleading for each other. But I also miss having the sense that when I finish writing something, that someone else will be excited to read it. I think the Hollywood AU experience really broke me of that.

And of course it's all incredibly ironic, since I'm the beta coordinator over at the Jim and Bones community. While I haven't needed a J&B beta since I started as a mod, I have in the guidelines stressed very much that everyone has to be honest and realistic about time commitments before agreeing to work on someone's story. It's really lousy to agree to do a thing and not do it.
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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post to three places: my LJ, my DW fic journal, and AO3.

For HP fic, I will post to FA if it's within their guidelines (not NC-17 and longer than 500 words) though I admit that making html files is a giant PITA and I don't really like doing it now that I don't have to. I have also put my Draco/Ginny fic on the Fire & Ice Archive, and the Harry/Hermione fic at Portkey (though I don't think I'll do that again). I know there's a Jim/Bones archive and I have an account there, but I haven't yet started uploading.

Definitely LJ and AO3 have made me more complacent about putting fics on archives. There isn't an awesome html editor for the mac, and programs like Word tend to export stuff that says it's html but actually is not and won't upload. Back in the day, for FA, I used Netscape because it had an editor included, and I could WYSIWYG edit my html files, but I can no longer do that. It's frustrating enough that it keeps me from bothering with archives. Crossposting is enough effort without making all new files and posting them all over the place.

Also, it's tiring as a writer and as a reader to have all these archives all over the place that have only some of my fic and don't send me notices when someone comments, etc, etc, etc. Now that I'm pretty firmly multifannish, I like having things a little more centrally located. AO3 is the only place other than my LJ/DW where I can post all of my fic. FF.net doesn't accept RPF or NC-17; Skyehawke doesn't accept underage (and I've written a couple of teen stories in HP); and most other archives are fandom- or pairing-centric. Putting this here and that there, it can get a little overwhelming.

Or I'm just lazy!

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