a meme!

Jan. 30th, 2016 08:18 pm
snick_backup: (Buffy desert)
Nabbed from many people.

1. Your 3 fanworks with the most AO3 comment threads: Make Yourself at Home (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno, bowerbird AU), my new most popular fic ever. Three Christmases with Miss Honey (Matilda, Matilda + Miss Hockey), a moderate hit for YT one year that I thought might be my most popular fic until the end of time. Switch Hitter (Hockey RPF, girl!Sid/Geno, D/s AU).

2. Your 3 fanworks with the most kudos: Base Notes (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno, a/b/o) – my first hockey fic! Make Yourself at Home, again. And finally And in Health (Hockey RPF, Sid/Geno). This fandom has spoiled me for kudos, basically.

3. Your oldest fanwork: A Right Sorry Couple of Vamps (BtVS/Ats, Spike+Darla), written for the Fall Fandom Free-for-All back in 2008.

4. Your latest fanwork: three's a crowd (SPN, Tamara+Sam), a weird, atmospheric little futurefic for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_xmas.

5. Fanwork you are proudest of: ONE fanwork?? How about I just pick one that comes to mind: worn for sleeping (SPN, Jess/Sam), which is moody and creepy and has a twist and says stuff about canon, all in 1100 words. Still super pleased with how that one turned out.

6. Your longest fanwork: Still Seraph (BtVS, Spike+ensemble, mpreg), a 67k fic I finished in 2009. Have never even come close since. But I've got a WIP that might bump up close to it if I can ever finish. /o\

7. Your 3 fanworks with the most bookmarks: Base Notes, Make Yourself at Home, Switch Hitter. Hockey fandom does it again.

8. Your top 3 crossover works: I have no idea how we're measuring this. I write very few crossovers anyway, but here are three I'm fond of: This is the World We Made (BtVS/Dollhouse, Dawn+Topher), the first fic I've managed to write that really gets at how I feel about how freaking badass Dawn Summers would grow up to be. The Very Small Girl and the Monster (BtVS/Firefly, River+Spike), far-future fic for BtVS in which River meets someone who can finally explain who she is. Lift (Firefly/Matilda, River+Matilda), another River-centric crossover that gets a lot of mileage out of her dreams. Probably the crackiest crossover I've ever attempted, in terms of canons crossed.

9. Your favorite characters to portray: I'm going to assume this means "favorite characters to write, in which case Dawn Summers, Illyria, Jo Harvelle, Genevieve Cortese, Geno.

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snick_backup: (mood writing)
I have Big Plans for my Sid/Geno exchange fic. I know the story I want to tell, and I have a pretty good idea of the emotional beats (subject to change, of course, once I get into it). However, I am not just sure how I'm going to tell it yet. I'm not positive whose POV I'm going to tell it from. I'm still figuring out how best to introduce the worldbuilding and how much of it I need to make explicit. Some of what I'm imagining as backstory may not make it into the story at all. I don't even know when in the timeline the story starts. It's top-down writing: I have an idea for the end result, but I have to then write the words that produce that result.

On one hand, there's something very satisfying and concrete about having a clear goal for what I want to do. On the other hand, that means it's easy to get frustrated when the words I am writing do not, in fact, achieve that goal. I think this is part of the reason I had SO MANY false starts when writing the girl!Sid D/s AU that posted in January - I knew what I wanted, and I kept having to backtrack because what I'd written didn't get where I wanted. I think I cut 6k out of an eventual 9k story. Here's hoping that doesn't happen this time.

The thing is, this is completely the opposite of how I write a lot of fic (and original fic, too, for that matter). Very often I'll start with a scenario - "A meets B" or "A, B, and C go on a road trip and develop feelings" or "A gets pregnant" - and then work out what that means for the characters. I think of this as bottom-up writing. Emotional beats develop more organically, which sounds nice until you look at ivy climbing up a wall and realize organic is often code for "messy and nonlinear with a lot of unnecessary side tangents." If your writing strategy is "plant the seed and then let the story grow of its own accord," that's going to mean pruning. It also means that the story can't be hurried along, and no matter how you push at it, it might take much longer to grow to maturity than you would like. (See: my Illyria fic. Five years and counting!)

Anyway. That is my writing thought for the day. Is there one of these strategies that you guys use more often than the other? Do neither of them fit your mode of writing at all? Talk writing at me. :)

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Progress continues slowly but steadily on my current WIP. It's a little weird for me to focus so long on one project; I tend to jump between them like a magpie. That thing over there is always shinier than whatever I have in my beak. But I started this one in the beginning of February, when I was in the middle of a schedule that was sucking all my energy, mental and physical, and so writing 200-400 words a day on something super low key was all I could manage. And lo, now I have 9800 words (with no end in sight).

(It doesn't hurt that other than the upcoming Sid/Geno exchange, I have no exchanges right now to distract me. I'm not even tempted anymore. I don't have any idea how long it'll be until that exchange bug starts to hit again.)

But sometimes, even at this pace that feels glacial, I have to stop, because I don't know what happens next. And this is not really a story where I can bull my way to the next plot point; it doesn't really have a plot. This fic is all about the journey. So sometimes I just have to stop and let the next part come to me. I have to think about it as I'm driving or in the shower, as I go to sleep. I have to daydream.

I realize that this sounds like a very ~artsy writing technique, for good or ill. It is also so inefficient. I get impatient, because I want the next bit of story to happen NOW. Or I want a LOT of the story to happen now. And meanwhile the fic continues to come to me in installments of 200-400 words.

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snick_backup: (mood writing)
It hasn't been quite a year or 21 fics new fics posted yet, but nonetheless I was in the mood to do this meme again. I am startled by how much more directly these enter into the action, and there are almost none with explicit time cues, versus, well, MOST of them last time. All in all, I think I actually prefer these. That's called improvement, right?

lines and links )

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snick_backup: (malkin)
This was the year of ALL THE FANDOMS and ALL THE EXCHANGES. I didn’t so much mind hopping and skipping around fandoms, but my first and foremost goal for next year is FEWER EXCHANGES.

Anyway, as a result of those two things, my writing has been kind of fragmented. I ended up posting 75k words in finished fic, which is down just a tidge from last year and included several exchange fics I was really happy with. I ended up writing 21 fics - 4 hockey, 4 SPN, 3 Buffyverse, 3 Marvel comics, 2 Saga, 1 SPN RPF, 1 MCU, 1 Downton Abbey, and 1 Decoys (movie).

In addition, I wrote somewhere between 30 and 40k this year on various other fic projects that have not yet seen the light of day, which is a little frustrating. One of my goals for the new year will definitely be to get some of those finished up and out into the world.

Below the cut I go into a LOT more detail, because these retrospective things are better than cake.

my year in fic, in much greater detail, with a meme )

other fannish things )

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snick_backup: (crosby)
Behold, I have written hockey fic! 16.5k of it, all at once! I feel like anyone who knows me even moderately well who happened to read this fic would know it was mine, because it is so much bound up in my particular a/b/o preoccupations. And indeed, both Brutti and June guessed it ahead of time. Brutti sent me a PM that was basically, "Soooo, I'm pretty sure you wrote this fic..."

notes and process for this fic - possibly better read after reading the fic )

Base Notes (16505 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Evgeni Malkin/Maxime Talbot
Characters: Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Maxime Talbot, Sergei Gonchar
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scents & Smells, Romance, Language Barrier
Summary:

In which Evgeni Malkin comes to America as one of the few omegas in pro hockey, lights up the NHL, and spends a lot of time wondering why Sidney Crosby is so damn weird.


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snick_backup: (mood writing)
This meme is going around again, and it's been almost exactly a year and 21 fics since I did it last, so hey.

first lines )

In short: clearly I think the question of when is the single most important question to answer. Also who.

I started listing the last lines, too, but it was too depressing. I need to pay more attention to how other people end their stories, because mine end with dialogue very nearly always, and more variety seems desirable.

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snick_backup: (mood writing)
* This Rarewomen fic is finally turning into something I like. You know how there are fic that you can write in one or two sittings? And then there are fics that you write 300 words for, and then you have to go away, and when you come back you delete the last fifty and write another 300, and so on? This is definitely one of the latter.

* I have my Fic Mountain and Not Prime Time assignments! Fic Mountain will require a tiiiny bit of new canon and some review of old canon, but should be fun. No worries there. And the NPT assignment is a great fit, so my trouble there is mostly narrowing down what I want to write.

* Yesterday in a pile of papers I found part of a hopelessly self-indulgent hockey fic I started writing longhand a month ago. I thought it was lost forever, but lo, it is not! So, yay, even though all 1600 words or whatever I have will need major rewriting if it's ever to see the light of day.

* In the department of "I don't have to write RPF, because the media writes it for me," have an article about Sid and Geno and leadership and stuff. Also FEELINGS. Lots of feelings.

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snick_backup: (mood writing)
I haven't done one of these in ages. I snagged this one from Tumblr. If you want to play, pick a number, and I will discuss.

the mission, should you accept it, is to stay positive about your writing and yourself, but to also be fair about your shortcomings.

1. of the fic you’ve written, which are you most proud of?
2. favorite tense (past/present/future)
3. favorite POV (first/second/third/etc)
4. what are some themes you love writing about?
5. what inspires you to write?
6. thoughts on critique
7. create a character on the spot…. NOW!
8. is there a character you love writing for the most? the least? why?
9. a passage from a WIP
10. what are your strengths wrt writing?
11. what are your weaknesses wrt writing?
12. what’s your favorite place for writing resources?
13. who are your favorite writers?
14. anything else that you want to know XD


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snick_backup: (Natasha)
I have [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen words! Words I like! I know exactly what I want to do with this fic and have known since a day after I got the assignment, and it is a thing I can do without the handwringing that began my Beyond Panels assignment, and I am altogether very pleased. Plus the prompt gives me an excuse to write an aspect of canon I've been wanting to write for quite a while. YAY ALL AROUND.

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Upcoming films, because I went to see Winter Soldier yesterday and there trailers.
* Lucy, with body horror and ScarJo with out-of-control powers? And also Morgan Freeman? YES PLEASE I WILL WATCH THE HECK OUT OF THAT. Even though the ~science is clearly ridiculous.

* Godzilla looks very silly, but also probably cooler than the last Godzilla remake, and I am a TOTAL SUCKER for giant megafauna which I may have mentioned, so. Also Bryan Cranston, what even.

* Maleficient looks more interesting than I expected. I can see why people have been getting a femslash vibe from it. I will definitely wait on reviews, though.

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Speaking of, yes, I saw Winter Soldier! Unspoilery version: I enjoyed it quite a bit, for pretty much exactly the reasons I expected to enjoy it.

spoilers )

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snick_backup: (mood writing)
Last year was super productive for me; this year was slightly less so, but still my second-best writing year ever. I wrote or finished two more +20k fics, which pleases me. I didn't write as much stuff this year I was super happy with, though; I don't feel like I was experimenting in as many directions as last year, either. IDK, maybe I was getting more solid at the things I learned last year, rather than learning new ones. However, I did write 26.5 fics – 14 SPN, 6.5 SPN RPF, 3 Saga, 1 FF, 1 Discworld, 1 Buffyverse, for a total of 79k words, which is nothing to sneeze at, I suppose.

Below the cut I go into a LOT more detail, because these retrospective things are better than cake.

my year in fic, in much greater detail, with a meme )

other fannish things )

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snick_backup: (Dean has a hat)
Pick a fic of mine and a question and I'll tell you:

1. What part was most difficult?
2. What are you most proud of?
3. What's a reference you made no one has picked up on yet?
4. What's a bit that sums up your take on a character?
5. Favorite line(s) of dialogue?
6. Favorite lines(s) of prose?
7. Were there any points where you were trying to do something specific with sound, vocabulary, or rhythm?
8. How many drafts did the work go through?
9. Were you listening to anything while writing the fic? If so, what? I have severe ADD and cannot focus with music playing, so the answer to this one is always no.
10. Imagery that is important to the fic, either while composing or in the fic itself?
11. What were you most worried about during the composition?
12. How do you want readers to react to this fic?
13. What did you want them to take away from it?
14. What inspired this fic?
15. If you used a beta, what did you agree or disagree on?
16. Did anything surprise you during the writing?
17. Were any parts written under the influence? I don't really drink? Like, I have shot glass of wine sometimes, if there's wine open. You're welcome to ask about me being under the influence of other things, though. :D


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snick_backup: (TWW)
That is all.

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snick_backup: (TWW)
I never want to write 20k in a month again. At least not on purpose. It's basically what I did for RBB, but then I was writing to the end of the story, not to some arbitrary word count.

This draft definitely falls down at the end. It needs at least one, maybe two more scenes to end properly, and also we may very well remove the gratuitous porn at the end, or else make it less gratuitous. Ideally I will clean it up some before I send it to my artist. Artist claims on SATURDAY, EEEP.

Also I post for [livejournal.com profile] genteensybang tomorrow. Blessed be to the teensymod that my posting date was not today. (I didn't think to ask when the schedule was being made.)

Speaking of teensybang, go look! Glorious fic already being posted! Glorious art likewise! I can already tell this is going to have one of the highest awesomeness per work quotients of any event this year. Proper recs later.

Also, now that bb is out, I have to tidy up [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen. Guys, I love rarewomen and all that it stands for, but I'm skipping it next year if I sign up for bb again.

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16442 / 20000
(82.21%)


Also, a draft of rarewomen is in. \o/

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snick_backup: (Fred math)
Nabbed from [personal profile] likeadeuce this time around, here are stats and more blathering than you care about.

table o' stats )

me blathering about the fics )

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snick_backup: (mood writing)
I've seen the meme going around where you quote the first lines of your 21 most recent fics. Results below. This is a pretty broad mix, with lots of SPN and SPN RPF but also some BtVS and Downton Abbey thrown in, plus a Yuletide fic.

Generally with first lines I want to give convey setting or character or era (if canon-fic) or conflict or, ideally, all of the above. Most of these do at least one of those things. I also tend to start things with context-less statements that I then interpret in the next paragraph or so. Otherwise, I'm not seeing a lot of patterns here.

first lines )

OTOH, I decided to list my last lines as well, and wow am I confirmed in my impression that I was weaker with endings than beginnings. First, lots of dialogue, which is not necessarily a problem in itself but which probably should not end every story, and second, a lot of sentence fragments that make no sense out of context. Hmph.

last lines )

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BB progress

Apr. 4th, 2013 11:43 pm
snick_backup: (bb)
Because I want to tell someone that words are happening. Slowly, but they are happening. And I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, which is basically my single biggest hang-up when trying to write, especially long things. So.

4284 / 20000
(21.42%)


(word count thingy generated here)

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\o/

Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:45 pm
snick_backup: (TWW)
[livejournal.com profile] genteensybang draft SUBMITTED.

And just in time, since I hear [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen assignments go out on Monday, and also I seriously need to start in on something for [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. (Although I did post a snippet of the likeliest candidate, over at the check-in post.)

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snick_backup: (TWW)
Y'all, I have had the most spectacular fic-writing year. I said something like that last year, but this year blew that out of the water. I wrote 135k worth of fic this year (including 15k posted that I haven't yet put my name to); best previous year was 75k. I wrote a whole range of things I'd never have guessed: explicit sex, some real actual kink, some m/m, some f/f, and a threesome. I wrote two fics longer than 20k. I wrote fics for The Vampire Diaries, Downton Abbey, and my Yuletide fandom, all brand-new fandoms, as well as my old standbys.

Below the cut I go into more detail. A LOT more detail. This got long, folks.

my year in fic, in much greater detail, with a meme )

other fannish things )

Y'all, I am so proud of myself this year. I really, really am.

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