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An Ode to My Shoes

Sang Taps yesterday morning in honor of my not!birkies, who have bit the dust after five years of exemplary service. They've been replaced, though, by a new pair of real Birkenstocks, which I wore out to the movies with Mum today. They're much nicer than the LL Bean knock-offs; they have arch support, for God's sake.

Speaking of movies, saw The Devil Wears Prada with Mum. God, awesome movie. Meryl Streep is just scary, and Miranda really is the Devil herself. I was really entertained by the fact that she never wears the same coat and purse twice. Anne Hathaway really does clean up well (Princess Diaries flashbacks, anyone?), but I don't like that odd pseudo-mod haircut they put on her. Fashion is so odd; half those "perfect" outfits were ugly as hell. Miranda was too old to have had kids the twins' age, but I like that they proved that she was human under the make-up, Prada, Chanel, and fur coats. Plus, Stanley Tucci is God, and I can't believe that Miranda screwed Nigel over like that. No, wait, I totally can. In short, awesome movie. Go see it. Anyone who's planning on a career where selling your soul to the Devil is a possibility will enjoy it.

Finally got the Key to Atlantis fic updated to the (brand spanking new) website. I'll possibly be pimping it around, but if you're interested in a link, do let me know. Note: m/m sex and (pseudo-)slavery are involved; be ye warned. In other writing news, the femmeslash fic of d00m is almost done, but I'm having trouble deciding how to end it, and I like it too much to just slap something on. kashmir_ki_kali and superboner have been a great help, as usual, and I'm hoping to finish it soon so I can go back and edit things.

Now, since I'm talking about writing,

How/why/when do you choose your point of view or main characters, protagonists?
It all depends on the fic. In fanfic, there are certain characters I understand better, so I tend to write them mnore often (Daniel in Stargate SG-1, Remus in HP); in original fic, it's generally the protagonist, whoever that might be. Generally, though, it depends on the action, since in longer works I often change character POV; whichever character's POV would be most effective is the one I go with. Key to Atlantis is the best example of that style.

How/why/when do you choose point of view (first, some variety of third person)?
My favorite POV is intelligent third person, when it's third person with a view into the brain of one of the characters. More recently, I've added first person to my repetoire, but it usually depends on the character. Jack (from Stargate SG-1) tends to be in first person or a really well-informed third, and for some reason Zoe (from the femmeslash of d00m) was in first person as well, but I usually stick to that third person.

How/why/when do you choose where the work (whether it's a drabble or a novel in progress) "starts" or opens?
Dunno. I tend to start at the beginning and move forward, either in chronological order or a snippet of the present followed by a jump back leading back to that opening and then the activity afterwards. There's no real logic to it beyond that.

Is the first thing you write about likely to end up being the first thing that your readers eventually read?
Most of the time, yeah. I rarely write things out of the order they'll appear on the page. Sometimes I'll get hit with snippets that come later, but usually just a few lines of dialogue or a bit of description I especially like.

Do you ever write the ending first? How/why/when do you choose chronology/structure?
I've only done that once, with the failed NaNoWriMo attempt from last year. Sometimes I have an end in mind when I start (some fanfic, Osprey), but most of the time I just wing it. I tend to be linear when it comes to time, so things go in chronological order most of the time. Structure-wise, I only tend to play around when it comes to fanfic. Original fic is subdivided as it makes sense to do so, after the goal for the section has been reached. Fanfic, since I see it as a toy, often gets forced into fun shapes: five sections of 150 words, individual pieces 100 or 150 or 500 words long, exactly. Drabbles have certainly taught me to use words sparingly, so I enjoy the format, but it doesn't work unless the characters are pre-established.

What do you most like writing about in your fandom (or in your original storyverse)? What do you least like writing about? Do those preferences relate to your reading interests as well? (Fanfiction or original fiction).
Imma divide this by fandom. For Stargate, I love to write the interaction between characters, primarily Daniel and Jack, with Sam and Teal'c to a lesser degree. Even without the slash filter I view the show through, the way they interact is what makes the show so good; the sci-fi might have hooked me in (actually it was Daniel, but I can pretend), but it's the characters that keep me watching, which is part of why I don't like this season as much, but that's something else. I also love the 'gate as a plot device. I don't like having to pull science out of my butt, which is why I don't do it much, sticking instead to character study or the more anthropological side of things. I tend to read everything J/D in the fandom, short of hard BDSM stuff, but I bitch about a lot of it afterwards.

I'm just drawn to the Harry Potter 'verse as a whole, and I picked up the Remus/Sirius filter from fandom, not from my own readings. There, too, I love the characters, but in HP it's more my perception of them, since we don't know a lot about them, and what we do know is contradictory. Magic is fun. I guess you could say that I dislike the doomed nature of anything with Sirius in it, but I actually like it sometimes. While I wish I could give them a happy ending, I'm enough of an irony monster that I like how everything is shaded with the future, since we as readers and writers know what has to happen, no matter how happy they are. I don't read much in the fandom, so I couldn't say how my writing affects my reading.

There's no real method to my original fic. I write based on characters, plot, or some external pressure ("Pedestal", "Summer Rain"), and the only thing I don't like is having to create everything, rather than having a pre-made 'verse to play with. I don't read much unpublished original stuff, except for everything maderr has ever written. I know what I like, ok?

Does your writing process change when you shift genres, topics, fandoms (say from a story to an essay, or from fanfic to original fic)?
Yeah, it does. I treat non-fiction stuff a very different way than I do fiction (planned out versus totally played by ear). Stargate tends to have longer plots than HP; original fic gets a lot of character plotting before I write anything, but not much in the way of plot plotting. I tend to stick to much the same genre when I'm writing, so there's no change there.

Oh, and utterly irrelevant, but most be noted. Repeat after me: Old English = Beowulf, Middle English = Chaucer, Early Modern = Shakespeare, Modern = now. Get it? Got it. Good.

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kashmir_ki_kali
Aug. 8th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
The History of English Literature was very educational and entertaining. Thank you ^_^
melayneseahawk
Aug. 8th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Very funny, wench. I was answering a question on noduque and I wanted to vent.
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