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Fic 1 of 2 for Marvel Bang 2014 is done. (Trying to work on the second story right now; I have a very nice beginning, which I wrote several weeks ago, and ideally I would finish the rest of it in one sitting to get the right kind of feeling to it…)
In general, writing has been giving me some trouble: during the first month of my summer vacation, I prepped for my trip to U.S. - then spent two awesome weeks there, writing next to nothing. Upon my return, jet lag or some such got the better of me, and for the two-three weeks after coming home my sleeping pattern was… not very reliable.
I’ve finished a few shorter stories, which have been a struggle. Here’s hoping for more productivity and less distractions!
(And yes, of course I signed up for Robot BB, what did you think I was going to do? All I need to write for that is some Tony & JARVIS & bots stuff. :D)
Sign Ups Open: 12 July
Author Check In: 30 August
Rough Drafts Due: 27 September
Artist Claims: 29 September
Posting Date Claims: 20 October
Posting Begins: 5 November
So, I have arrived to the United States of America (and will be staying here for the next two weeks with my wonderful beta Mythra; I can say with a fair certainty that I will not be posting new fics during that time, seeing as doing things on the road is always more complicated than when you’re at home).
Be on a lookout for new things (including my entry for Case Story #4, once I get back!)
I’m still working on my two entries for this year’s Marvel Bang. The first one is progressing nicely, seeing as I had time to focus on it at a few stages of my 24-hour travel from one continent to another. (I’m almost literally on the other side of the world, woot!)
So, in the next few weeks there will hopefully be many writing-related things going on, “sight-seeing” and exploring.
the original: boxoftheskyking
Q & A
1. Which is your favorite of the fics you’ve written for X fandom?
2. Favorite piece overall?
I don’t really like to pick favorites… I’m most happy with the MCU things, but that’s because I’m into that fandom right now and they’re my most recent works (which means they ought to be better written…).
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
I’m going to pick “The Fervid Defense Protocol”, because while the plot was simple enough, the POV of J.A.R.V.I.S. the AI was rather restrictive and took some figuring out in terms of making the plot actually work.
4. Which has the most “you” in it, however you’d define that?
My beta would probably point at the grim apocalyptic things; I definitely like that. But if we’re talking about “me” as a person, that could just as well be one of the relaxed, easy-going stories at the lighter end of the scale… or the warm, bot-focused ones, like the “Genius, AI & Bots" series.
5. What is an image/set of images that you’re particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
I am yet to come across that issue. I have plenty of ideas in store, some of which need some extensive research so that I’ll feel comfortable writing about them, but I haven’t dismissed anything (so far) just because it didn’t work.
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
I rarely have those; it all depends on the mood I’m in, and whether I’m able to focus on writing. Sometimes getting from A to B is troublesome. I suppose I generally have scenes where I feel I’m ill-equipped to write them sufficiently.
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
When I’m in the “flow”, anything. I like action, and I love it when my brain gets wickedly smart with dialogue. It doesn’t happen all the time.
9. Favorite character to write?
In MCU, Tony Stark, absolutely - and J.A.R.V.I.S., because I love that AI, and he complements my other favorite. ;)
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written
This is more for my beta than me (from “Can’t Break Me”, where Thor doesn’t quite grasp the meaning of ‘counting sheep’):
“What are these… sheep you are so keen on counting?” Thor asked. “Are they an important possession?”
There are many fine one-liners in many of my stories - most of which I don’t remember anymore, but this exchange between Tony and J.A.R.V.I.S. is one of my favorites (from “Date Night Dictation):
“The success of a date depends on the level of enjoyment of both parties, sir. I suggest you do as she asks.”
“You’ve got the right idea, although what happened to girls getting hot for the dangerous guys?”
“I believe your escapades as Iron Man leave little room for further aspects of danger.”
“Noted. But, she should be delighted that I save lives on a daily basis, in a high tech metal suit of my own design. She’s dating a legitimate superhero!”
“You seem far more excited by that notion than she is, sir.”
“I should take myself on a date.”
“Shall I tell Miss Potts you’re blowing her off tonight in favor of some narcissistic me-time?”
11. If I’m showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
The WIP project from hell, “The Last Journey" - my first fic; it’s been going on for years. Started in 2004, there have been several breaks of several years (not kidding). I want to go over the story, edit it, then go on with it, preferably sooner rather than later. (Can you tell I say that every year?)
Other than that, I’m happy to announce there are no WIP fics going on at the moment - save for unfinished series… and also “Heroes of Tomorrow" in Heroes fandom, that is sort of on a break of its own…
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don’t actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
I’m good at over-planning and sticking to said plan, save for taking certain detours. Occasionally, when making my final edits before betaing, I decide some aspect of the story is unnecessary or some line is too radical and might offend someone (people get offended more easily than I do…). I can’t remember any major, plot-altering changes, though, because those rarely happen.
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
I would love to write MCU tie-in stories for Marvel.
15. Does font matter to you when you’re writing a draft?
Well, sure. I mean, I always use the same draft base for writing ^^
(Times New Roman, 10pt, with 5mm indents and no line breaks between paragraphs, unless I’m switching the scene or something.)
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
There are too many awesome things scattered out there. Some of the best comments usually come from my beta, but they don’t count. (However, “Chitauri Apocalypse" got some great comments at AO3 and FF.net.)
17. Any mean comments? How’d you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
I’ve been spared, mostly.
Back in the day an anon flamed me on my website for writing Real Person Fiction (they clearly didn’t read the disclaimers or were just in a trolling mood).
Also, I’ve upset a few people because of the lack of understanding in vocabulary (using a term they deemed offensive).
Other than that, not really. I try to shake them off, but I have a low self-esteem so they get to me either way. Also, there’s miles to go between con-crit and just going out of your way to be unnecessarily mean.
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
All of my LotR fics (different era, the writing’s way worse than what I’m capable of these days). And I’m about to do it, too.
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
Everywhere, all the time. While walking, while watching something else, when listening to music, while sitting somewhere and waiting… I always have some means of writing down notes with me, usually a notebook and a pen, or even my phone (I’ve mastered the skill of sending emails to myself :D). Sometimes it feels like I’m just drifting in this line between writing and the real world…
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing.
I’m yet to figure out the answer to people asking me why I write. (Good thing I don’t get asked that a lot.) I just do. End of story. (Or, the beginning.)
Ever since I was a kid, I remember knowing that I wanted to be a writer. As in, writing a book, getting published. I seem to have trouble letting go of fan fiction, however, and as I grow older my book ideas change. I need to find a balance between the two. However, I regard fan fiction as excellent practice - especially since I plan on writing the book(s) in English, which isn’t my native language, so all practice is great practice, going towards my big goal.
Fan fiction has given me so much (even when I don’t get to share it with the people around me, either due to the language barrier or the fact that none of my stories would make sense to them without being knowledgeable of the fandom, which they rarely are). Just today I re-directed the conversation after it came up I’ve been writing in English for 10 years, knowing that the company I was in was thinking of me writing some kind of original fiction and I didn’t think explaining the existence of fanfic was going to do me much good.
I think writing isn’t usually a choice (like, a person at work said, 'I should write something [a book]'). Writing is a way of life. You do it, or you don’t. You can dabble in it… but unless you have the natural inclination and skill towards it, you never really get there.
That in mind, I sure hope I have the skill…
I’m currently in the middle of re-writing the epic paralyzing/arc reactor stealing scene from ‘Iron Man’. (In other words, I’m getting closer to the end of “The Heart" - a sequel of "The Voice”). Ideally I would wrap up the story before I finish working today (after all, one must get something done on a 12+ hours workday!)
And the commission fic thing! Need to write that, too.
Also, why do I keep misspelling “fingers” as “wingers” a lot?
In September this year, (that’s an approximate and roughly accurate), I’ve written fan fiction for 10 years.
Not all years have been glorious. Not all my fandoms have made it this far (in fact, I seem to have trouble writing more than one fandom at a time; talk about fickle muses). Most of those fandoms I look forward to revisiting in the future.
I’m thinking of doing something special to celebrate a decade of awesomeness that most people in my real life don’t get - and the fact that I’ve been writing in English for about as long as I’ve tackled the world of fanfic.
Those aforementioned special plans may include:
Anyone got any other good ideas?
Been writing “The Heart” (sequel to “The Voice”). I’ve also gotten spectacularly side-tracked by Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and began writing some Bucky/Tony, which I’ll be doing for Marvel Bang 2014).
Also, got my first commission request ever! (♥ starkred) Just need to find time to work on it (this will also be CA:TWS inspired…).
In other news:
I’m watching a new challenge, Marvel Grab Bag, for potential prompts to fill… if I feel so inclined.
Title: World Acclimation
Author: Del Rion
Series: Part 1 of Transmutation
"Secret" reviews are the best, sometimes ^^
I totally own up to all the negative the reader stated near the end: the story was rushed, many elements should have been explored - and after now having completed the second part in the series where I had the time and the patience to take my time with things and expand the verse, I feel even worse for the shortcomings of “World Acclimation”. It just reflects badly on how I usually write. (this is me, hoping that wasn’t how I usually write…)
But I’m thrilled about all the positive as well!
Tentacle Big Bang fic got finished with major birthing troubles, so to speak (no births or pregnancies in the fic, though! Just a figure of speech…) I almost abandoned this project 9k into the story, which isn’t something I often do, but I pushed it to the finish line and hopefully someone will enjoy it once it sees the light of day some time in May.
Next up (and already in the works) is the sequel of The Voice. I have two sequels planned for it and I’m adamant to get them written before moving onto the next thing.
In non-writing news:
I didn’t get tickets to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. (There is, of course, the re-sale, although I won’t get my hopes up. I would have loved this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Avengers 2 panel, which I kind of suspect might take place there… Oh well, it will come online eventually.)
In related news, I’m going to visit USA this summer, if all plans pan out. My wonderful beta of many years, Mythra, is gearing up to take care of me while I visit. (In case someone didn’t know, I’m Scandinavian - a Finn, to be exact - and I haven’t traveled a lot. Certainly not across the Atlantic. Looking forward to this trip, though, with all the expected butterflies fluttering around in my stomach!)
BDSM Big Bang, 2014
Authors & Artists Sign Up Starts – 17th March
Authors & Artists Sign Up Ends – 6th June
Authors’ Summaries Due – 29th June
Artists Claims – 4th July
Authors Rough Drafts – 11th July
Authors/Artists Posting – 8th September
Serial Killer Big Bang, 2014 (round 2)
Sign-ups: March 1st to April 30th, 2014 11:59 PM (PST)
Optional Checkpoint: June 15th, 2014
Mandatory Check-In: July 15th, 2014
Artist Claim: July 21st, 2014
Artist Check-In: August 11th, 2014
Posting Date Selection: August 18th, 2014
Posting Begins: September 1st, 2014