supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Taxicat.)
I, of course, am not an expert in this. Let's be honest from the outset though, there are very few, if any, original ideas left in writing. There are simply original takes on things that have already happened at other people's pens.

Context: I'm trying to write a story for "an upcoming fandom exchange" that walks a fine line between original fiction and inspired by the "core material" while not being a word for word copy, an uses 'tropes sparringly but well.

Fantasy: I want it to be fun, quirky, sassy. I want it to be memorable.

Reality: At this point, I'm going to hope for the best. I'm not feeling my story at all, it's the second major attempt at writing something for this prompt, the first attempt didn't feel right even as I was writing it-- this one feels moderately better but meh overall. It feels a little violent, vulgar, and ugly.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Taxicat.)
I speak of Jukebox of course. I feel overwhelmingly underprepared to write original fiction, even that which is based on song lyrics or a music video. Eek!


Sunday, April 12th, 2015 11:15 pm
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Taxicat.)
Short and sweet this week.

All is meh in the world. I have signed up for two exchanges and my fandom requests are meeting with rejection, disdain even. I shall be dropping out of one very shortly, and risk dropping the other if things don't improve. I will not adjust my settings to make life easier for other people.

Work continues to be ugh.

My sister was surprisingly PMS this week, OMG I wanted to just silence her fucking tone of voice and the things she was saying to me.

On an unrelated note, I was thinking today, do the successes of Lil' Bub and Grumpy Cat make it easier in this world for non-average moggies to be adopted and loved. Not simply for perceived fame for a funny looking cat, but simply because people are changing their preconceived notions of what cats mean to us and whether having a perfect pussy cat is important anymore. If you can afford the upkeep of a cat with health issues, is there any reason not to give one a home and the love it certainly deserves? Thoughts to be thunk on.

I'm still not quite there myself personally, maybe one day in the future I'll be emotionally resilient enough to adopt again.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Taxicat.)
Another rant in my semi-regular programme of rants lately. It's very cathartic to vent on things that annoy you.

So I temporarily have a sign up for Night on Fic Mountain, that might and probably will change before the end of sign ups because all of my requests have a big fat zero against them and I don't want to go to a pinch hit list.

I've signed up to a few of these things now and pretty much each time I end up with a pinch hitter, the reason I know that it's a pinch hitter is because it could've been written from wikipedia entries, there is none of the little clues and hints that you're reading something that someone knew more than the basics, there is no soul.

My feeling is, as writers, because fanfiction writers will never not be real writers, we need to challenge ourselves just as much as our original fic comrades. Don't always take the easy fandom, you might not have anything new and fresh to offer it. Sometimes you'll find it's more gratifying to take on something more risky and write something that challenges you, forces you to write from unfamiliar character povs, or time periods, or genders, or comfort levels, the list could go on.

You won't get the enormous number of comments but surely that's not why you're doing this?

The first yuletide I participated in was the only time I didn't get what I consider a pinch hit story. What I read was from someone with more than a passing knowledge of the source material, they knew how the characters acted, how they moved and communicated with each other, something only gleamed from reading the book series my request came from.

When I wrote The Feline Specialist, I had watched Aliens a million times (or surely a few dozen), I know the source material, I loved Alien, I loved Jonesy and Ripley, I loved all of the characters in that particular movie except the one you're not supposed to love but even then, I loved his programmed villainy. It was a risk writing from the cat's pov but it paid off.

For Learning to Drive, I'd watched the film about three times over the last few years. I loved the source material, I loved the driver and I loved Betty, I yearned to know more about him and where he came from, how he met her, how things became the fucked up normal that things were in that film. It was risky to write it only having watched it three times but my ideas and the prompts were for things that had occured prior to the film so I was going to be worldbuilding a little, it was worth the risk. Maybe it paid off, maybe it didn't, I can't read into it to much.

There have been a few times where I was matched on my weakest offer and my attempts received mixed reviews, that's okay, I wasn't an expert and if anyone was an expert in that fandom they hadn't stepped up to write something better. I made an attempt, it was in one instance rejected, and one embraced and loved.

I weighed it up each time, take the risk and write in a fandom that I had only a passing familiarity to, or don't. What could I gain? What would I lose?

This NoFM I have signed up to write five passingly familiar fandoms, partially by choice, partially to push my personal writing envelope. It's a terrifying feeling. I am not a popular writer, I don't have a following, I don't have a bunch of people leaping out of the shadows to beta for me no matter what fandom I write in. I think sometimes that the requestors don't even know what to make of my efforts on their behalf but are almost all unfailingly polite to me, sometimes they rave, sometimes there are crickets for days.

I think what I'm trying to say is that if we all played it safe in these exchanges, no one in the truly rare fandoms would ever get a new story. If we all played it safe, we wouldn't find new fandoms to love and people to share them with. If we all played it safe and only wrote the new popular fandoms that have squeaked into these exchanges because they are new and haven't build up a firm and numerous following yet. We, doesn't that go against the concept of rewarding fans of rare fandoms?

It's fine if you have a solid idea for one of these "squeaked in" fandoms, but isn't it better to post it outside of the exchange and take on something truly rare in the spirit of the exchange?

In this years Night on Fic Mountain, it appears Agent Carter is the favourite, followed not closely by Forever (TV) and Jupiter Ascending. I ask you, are they rare? Truly rare?

My personal belief is that writers sign up hoping to get an Agent Carter and get something else entirely, something a little tougher than they expected, and how many default because it's too hard? Too many I think from watching how these things unfold after posting date.

And this is where I have an issue with pinch hits and why exchanges like Beyond Panels who have a history of posting the pinch hits publicly where the requestor can see that not a single writer wanted their requests-- any of them; well, it enrages me.There is something to be said for maintaining the illusion of dignity for the requestor-- no one wants to be rejected, even more not publicly rejected, no one wants to know they're holding up the entire exchange because their fandoms were "too hard" to write in. A smart moderator wouldn't have posted that publicly, that's why you have the pinch hitter's emails right? To do it privately? So fucking do it privately. The requestor knows because no gift has appears in their AO3, do you have to say it outloud for the whole world to know as well. Privacy, look it up.

So in closing this vent up tight, if I don't have a taker for any of my rare fandoms by close to sign ups finishing, I will drop out of writing in my five rare fandoms and not think twice on it. For my risk, I want a reward, and I want one from someone who actually gave a shit, didn't phone it in or more accurately, researched it in without feeling a thing for the fandom or the requestor. I don't want a shitty pinch hit that has no soul, I don't want to read something that doesn't sing to me about how much the writer loved writing it.
supertights: Gif of a cat driving a car (Vance & Angel.)
Dear Writer Letter

Buckle up, here we go again.

My requests:
Nova (Comics) - Richard Rider, Sam Alexander
Richie Rider finally returns from the Dead Pocket Universe to find Sam Alexander as the only surviving Nova left in the galaxy, cutting a rookie swathe through friends and enemies alike. Awkward hilarious mentor-ship shenanigans ensue.
New Warriors (Comics) - Vance Astrovik, Robbie Baldwin, Kaine Parker, Maria Aracely Penalba, Faira Sar Namora, Selah Burke, (Mark Sim), (Sam Alexander)
New Warriors hijinks post series five launch. There is so much humorous potential with this new team, Sam and Aracely competing for most annoying team member, Faira just wanting to hit something (reminds me of Namorita), Vance with a constant headache in the form of Kaine, Robbie, and Selah arguing about the direction the team is going in. Mark just standing back bemused by the whole team of heroes thing. Accidental heroics with awesome teamwork then more arguing.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Comics) - Peter Quill, Jack Flag, Mantis, Rocket Raccoon, Vance Astro, Groot
I love the old crew from post-Annihilation but six characters doesn't allow for Drax, Gamora, Phyla-Vell, or early team Adam Warlock to be listed but feel free to include them. I'm not keen on the latest incarnation/characterisation of the team at all. My preference is a rollicking space adventure-humour type story from around that time in the GotG timeline please? Also, coffee drinking, name calling, cosmic s#!t and/or drinks that infuriate Jack so much, and generalised stupidity that leads to improbable success anyway - with Peter and co banged up and in bandages by the end when they have to give their debriefs.

Captain America/New Avengers - James "Bucky" Barnes

Bucky's fine living on his own or with Widow dropping in and out as she likes but  this whole encampment of Avengers hiding out in his apartment is getting on his last nerve. I was re-reading the whole New Avengers run with Bucky Cap during Dark Reign where various on-the-run Avengers were living/camping out in his place, eating all his food, and it was literally a dump because of it, and he was trying to start a conversation about it then stuff happened. I kind of wanted him to lose it over all the trash and being taken for granted because Bucky appears to be a really tidy kind of guy, almost OCD about cleanliness, and it was clearly getting to him (as it would most normal human beings). Slice of life-ish. Again, humourous if possible.
Generalised stuff:
I love humour, humour, humour, also, happy endings, fluff, crack, plottiness, hurt/comfort, kindness, characters being competent, height difference, love, tenderness, friendship, families being families, heroism, magic, fix-it fics, rule 63, gentle touch, slice of life, mundane, mentors being awesome.
I don't enjoy (AKA please don't even consider giving this to me): I would prefer no angst at all (please I cannot stress this enough, I was given angst for Yuletide despite saying I didn't want angst and it kind of fucked up my Yuletide experience.) Also, no explicit sex, bdsm (particularly dominance), violence or any combination of those (I won't make a list of kinks I don't like, just think vanilla-ish, yes, yes, I am boring, darling), fetishism, non-con or dub-con, physical or mental or sexual abuse and anything that comes under those banners, self-harm, good going evil, dark themes, a huge multitude of AUs, character death, animal abuse and/or pet death.

Offensive language doesn't bother me. Slash or yaoi is all good and fine.

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