From jadesfire2808 who was bored. Being equally bored, I decided to give it a shot. Yes, I know being equally bored means i should reply to comments, but I'm having a "non intelligent" week, so it takes me twice as long to compose something.
2. What got you into fanfiction (and/or adopting muses)?
Well, apparently I've been writing fanfic before I could even write, I just didn't have a definition for it until I discovered the internet. I have clear, fond memories of staying inside during kindegarten so that I could basically re-illustrate stories/books we read in class (as only a five-year-old can) and narrate the new variation to my very patient teacher. This trend basically continued throughout my life, except I think maybe the illustrations have gotten better (and now I don't have to imitate writing text).
3. What kind of fanfiction do you write?
Mostly gen, with heavy doses of humor, angst, action, and when I can convince myself I'm not going to kill the boys, h/c.
4. What is your most popular fic/muse, and why do you think people like it so?
Of 'fics', I'd have to divide it into fandoms. I wrote a fairly lengthy fic for a smaller fandom around this time last year that is immensly popular, I think partly because it's hard to find fic of any decent quality in that fandom. I have a really hard time narrowing it down for SGA, since I've written so much over such a length of time. I'm thinking it could possibly be "Wit's End", which is popular because, face it, being mean to Rodney is fun (and it might possibly be saying something else at the same time).
As for my muses, John and Rodney are the most popular, and they <i>refuse</i> to shut up. If they didn't keep me amused on slow days, I might get annoyed.
5. Forget other people, what is the fanfic/post/prompt you've written that you're most proud of?
Oh, dang it, making me choose. I'm really torn between "Thicker than Water" and "See No Evil". I think I'll have to go with the latter, because not only did I finish it when I was convinced that wouldn't happen, but I really tried different literary things with it that I think gave it an extra flair that my stuff doesn't normally have.
6. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What aspects do you struggle with?
I find it both, at the very same time as strange as that sounds. The words flow much easier these days, and I'm able to slip into the "writing" mindset without having to practically meditate to find my muse. However it's very challenging, because I always struggle with trying to communicate what's happening in the story, what's happening emotionally, all without sounding like I'm repeating myself ad nauseum. I really struggle with setting and description, and being able to weave it into the narrative without it feeling "pasted on".
7. Do you write for the same pairings/characters?
I do tend to think/write serially. I try to branch out and write from different characters, but there are certain characters that speak to me much more than others partly because I think there are aspects of their characterizations that resonate with me deeply. Part of the reason I find John Sheppard and Rodney McKay so fun to write is because each of them speak to a different part of my personality. (Of course this is just my take on them).
8. Write a few sentences of your favorite pairing or character. (Er, spoilers for "Miller's Crossing", so close your eyes if haven't seen)
It's like a punch in the gut.
Because in the end Rodney wasn't the one who saved Jeannie. He didn't finish the coding to deactivate the nanites, and he wasn't the one to make the sacrifice to make sure that happened. He wasn't even the one to get them out of Wallace's hideaway.
So Rodney can't complain about Caleb's well-meaning, foul-tasting thank you beer, and takes another bitter swig. It's not penance, because oh, that'd be the kind of afterlife he'd want if he was apt to believe in that sort of thing. Need to atone for your sins? Drink a Molson's, we'll call it even.
Although it probably wasn't a sin if you didn't commit the offense in the first place. Self-sacrifice only counted if you lost something. Rodney feels like he has, but he's not sure what it is.
9. Are there any fanfiction trends/cliches you hate?
Oh, god yes! There's quite a few, so I'll try to keep from getting on a soapbox: men acting like junior high girls, twisting canon for no other reason than to fit an OTP, total woobification without just reason, emotionally distanced characters that don't like to reveal any weakness whimpering and crying about their aches and pains, which I guess really boils down to bad characterization... and more but that enters soapbox territory.
*squirms* A bit. Although I usually try to rewrite those bits until the cliche is unrecognizable, or has valid characterization/plot reasons. It happens though, yeah.
11. What was the first fandom you wrote for? Do you still write for it?
*squirms again* Fandom indicates internet, and I'm in active denial about my first internet fandom, and you can't make me name it (I'm sure none of you would recognize it, but still...) And no, no, I do not write for that fandom at all. But they still write about me *hides*
12. Name your OTPs and explain what is it about them you love to write.
I really don't have an "OTP" in the sense of the word, but I might have an "OTF", in that I do believe John Sheppard and Rodney McKay are best friends and will always be, because that's what I see on screen. I love that they "get" each other on a very deep level, their banter cracks me up, and John Sheppard getting his "worried" face on screen or in fics does little flippy things to my stomach.
13. What would you call your writing style?
I think it's detailed-in-the-moment, light-hearted at times, and I have an unnartural love for using dialogue to reveal inner-workings of my characters. I guess maybe it's "on the surface"?
14. Do you read other people's writing? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?
I tend to read when I'm not writing, because I have a "serial reader" mindset and it's hard for me to juggle more than one story at once. However I do like reading h/c, humor, fluff, and really enjoy a good adventure piece but those are harder to find.
15. Name one thing you'd love to write but have been too afraid or shy to do.
There's not much I'm afraid to write, just what I'm "afraid to share". I have a 5000+ word crack fic with the pairing Everyone/Technology that amuses me to no end, but I've convinced myself that I'd be opening myself to a wankstorm if I ever finished it and shared it with the world.
But I would love to write Teyla more, but it's not fear that keeps me, just an inability to climb into her head. One day, Miss Emmagen, one day!
16. Do you feel uncomfortable taking criticism? Or worse, do you have the dreaded bloated ego?
Oh, I'm pretty sure my ego is of the dreaded bloated kind but I do work hard to try and keep it in check so no one knows. However, I really love criticism. Some embarrasses me a little, if it's a characterization issue (ie: I really should have known better), some helps me find areas to improve on within my writing, and some just generates some fascinating discussions with readers. Actually, I kind of prefer discussion to ego stroking, because it doesn't make me feel so separate from the reader.
17. When you write, is there anything that helps?
Music and ambient noise/free-of-clutter helps me focus, but for me the key is being alone in a room, or being somewhere where people aren't watching me. I will hum and haw to myself, try to imitate sounds or expressions that my characters go through. If someone else is in the room they might think I'm having some sort of breakdown, so I get self conscious about acting things out. Also, I cannot carry on a conversation aloud or over IM while I'm writing. I have a "Ficcing - Disturb Under Pain of Death" away message I use to try and warn people I might sound a little disgruntled if they attempt discussion with me at that point in time.
18. What inspires you?
Other stories and fics, a bad moment or day, sorting through mountains of CDs, deadlines, character discussions, driving in traffic believe it or not, lyrics on the radio, and occasionally, that fugue state in the morning where I'm neither awake nor asleep.
19. Lastly, how would you sum up your fanfiction/RP experiences and you as a writer?
An incredibly rewarding, never-ending learning experience.
20. Tag some friends, because they'll hate you for it.
But... I don't want my friends to hate me!