1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.
1. What's one thing you want fandom to know about you?
I am completely neurotic about word choice. No, really. I'll sit and puzzle over a specific word for hours. It's kind of pathetic, actually.
2. Why not het?
Now, that's not fair. I have no problem with het. I like the girlbits (;D). The real question should be "Why no het pairings?". And the answer to that is simple: I feel like I have no stories to tell. Generally, I go for subtextually-strong pairings (Jack/Daniel being case and point, but there are others), rather than just "they'd be hot together!" Yeah, we all like a little (a lot) PWP sometimes, but I like plot, and I feel like the het pairings I tend to like are canon, and that I have nothing to say.
Also, I really haven't written as widely as I read/watch/contemplate, so there are a lot of pairings (Wolverine/Rogue, Jack Carter/Allison Blake, Ron/Hermione) that I ship but haven't ever gotten around to writing. Poke me and I'll get on that.
3. Because we talked about it recently, what are your views on AUs?
The way I see it, there are two broad kinds of AUs: changes to canon (X never died, Y had a non-canon baby, CROSSOVER) and--for lack of better phrasing--what some people call "past lives" (Jack and Daniel as soldiers in WWII, or police officer and professor, or whatever). I'm not saying one is better than the other (actually, I will :P), but I see two separate groups. Whether it's a little change (Daniel leaving Jack gifts while he's Ascended; not mentioned in canon but possible) or a large one (Daniel doesn't stay on Abydos, Janet/Charlie/whoever doesn't die, Daniel was born a woman, etc.), the situation is still recognizable when compared to CANON (such that it is :P). Past lives, AUs, what-have-you, however, are just one step away from original fiction, and 90% would be better if people just bit the bullet and wrote the original stories, for fuck's sake. Warning: Pop Psych, but people are the sum of their experiences, and radically different circumstances are going to create different people. For me, the only way a past life AU (or some of the stretchier canon twistings) is if a) the circumstances are as close as possible (Daniel doesn't lose Sha're to Apophis, but she dies during childbirth and a grieving Daniel returns to the SGC; Jack is a cop and lost his son due to an accident he thinks he could have prevented, so he's the same kind of burned-out shell when he meets Daniel) and b) more than just the pairing of choice are involved. I know not everyone does their AUs that way, but I like seeing the universe to be as true (for whatever value you choose to apply there) as possible. And what makes that truth, for me, is other important figures (Sam and Teal'c, definitely, but I like squeezing in everyone I can). Plus, it's fun.
There's a certain cowardice (wah, I'm a judgmental bitch, get over it), I feel, to taking two characters that look like Jack and Daniel (or whoever, but I'm most active reading and writing with those two) and writing a plot that has nothing whatsoever to do with the show they came from. Just put on your big girl panties, write the original fiction, post it to simpleslash if it's not porny, one of any number of original slash fiction communities if it is, and own your characters as well as your plot. Yeah, some of them will hold you to a higher standard than the fanfic communities will, but isn't that for the best. And then you can actually write NaNoWriMo for real, not cheat and make up fannish versions instead. :P
4. What stories are you working on?
At the moment? Those drabbles, that cinder!Danny fic (don't run screaming) (and theemdash, you owe me beta), plotting the next chapter of An Apple a Day, a multifandom drabble series celebrating various female characters, the last pair in the Worst-Case Scenario set (and that needs a new name), the next installment of Danse Macabre. And you all wonder why I never get anything done!
5. What is your favorite color of highlighter?
Dude, I'm sure I never told you about my obsession with highlighters. I've got a whole drawer full of them, in any number of colors. Generally, it depends on my mood, but I've been known to highlight in four or five colors in one text (something I picked up in high school English and could never shake). I think I scare people. :P
1. How did you find this Stargate thing in the first place?
Dude, I don't even remember anymore. I think I probably started watching it when I was stuck on the couch with the sprained ankle, fell in love, and found the Jack/Daniel crowd while I was doing a massive watch from beginning to end. (Help me sort the timelines, if you will: I was caught up just as s9 aired.)
2. Apple cinnamon or chocolate flavoring?
If you have to ask that, you really don't know me. :P
3. If you magically instantly learned swordsmanship, what weapon would you want to be proficient with? Why?
I would love to be able to fence. I think a rapier or foil--something that relies on agility rather than brute strength--would be a better match for my skinny self.
4. If you weren't going into stage management, or the theatre at all, in fact, what field do you think you'd be interested in?
I kind of have a secret dream (once I'm old and have had my knees replaced so I can't be active enough to stage manage anymore) to open a coffee shop of my own. I'd do all the baking, and sell cold salads and damned good iced tea, and I'd have a sign on the register that said "Be nice or no caffeine for you."
5. What is your favorite chess piece?
I'm kind of torn between the rook (solid and steady, the best way to protect the king even if you're backing him into a corner) and the queen (owning the board, the power behind the throne).