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Tagged? Again...?

April 12th, 2008 (01:40 am)

Somehow, this seems to be more suited to my fic journal, but... *shrug*

Anyhow, *someone* decided to tag me on the fanfic writer meme. >.<;;

  1. How about a brief introduction.
    Hi. I'm Shadow.

    Too brief?? Umm...? *thinks* That's all that's coming to mind. Sorry. ^^;

  2. Fabulous, and what got you into fanfiction to begin with?
    ......I'm not sure. I know the first fandom I wrote for, and we were pretty insane there. It was half RPing in terms of a fandom, so I guess it made a logical progression from there.

  3. I see. So what kind of fanfiction do you like to write?
    Most things as long as I can 'see' it. If I hear someone complain about something being unlikely, not working, or weird, I'll try thinking of ways to make it work. But mostly, I like to watch the characters interact and be together.

  4. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What are the aspects of writing you struggle most with?
    Hrm... neither really. When I'm in the mood, it can run away on me, but when I'm not, it's worse than pulling teeth. Still, if you want something written, I can probably come up with something in terms of 'this'll work', but it might not be the most inspired.

    Probably intensity is one of my weaker points - that getting the characters feelings to come across firmly in different ways, both subtle and non-subtle. Likewise for scenes. I don't think that really comes across as strongly as I want it to.

  5. Write a few sentences or so of your favorite pairing or character.
    Ehhh?! All of a sudden?? Umm... I'm going to cheat and put a clip to one of the stories I... probably won't get around to writing for ohhh... a year at my current rate. ^^;;

    Naru slipped into his office warily seeking the person he sensed had entered his domain. He slowly made his way further into the room before finally making his way to his desk. There, hiding in a corner below, was Mai curled in a small ball, sound asleep.

    He sensed Lin enter his office as he knelt on the floor behind his desk.


    Mai didn't react.

    "Mai," he said more firmly, but again, she didn't move.

    Naru sighed before reaching under his desk. "Mai!" he said sharply as he shook her firmly.

    "Iyaa!" Mai shrieked as her eyes suddenly snapped open. She jerked away from Naru and straightened up... or at least tried to straighten up when she slammed her head hard into the bottom of his desk.

  6. Are there any fanfiction clichés or trends you're sick of or just can't stand?
    Cliches are cliches for a reason, and when well done, they're okay. When they're over done, or done poorly... *sigh*

    On ff.net, I can't stand how some authors beg readers to R&R. Likewise, the failure to label things as AU or what have you is very annoying because I'll be expecting things to be normal only to be thrown into something completely other. Otherwise... I hate it when the characters are completely out of character for no reason other than author laziness or whim. Also, an author's OTP is their OTP, that's fine. If I know what the pairing is, I'm reading the story because I want to see how it's done. I don't enjoy character bashing by an author simply because they can't make their pairing work otherwise. Make the pairing work on its own merit.

    Oh! Spelling, grammar, and plot. They don't have to be perfect (because they simply won't be), but at least try for reasonable spelling and grammar. Sadly, it's common to spot errors within the first paragraph of a work, even in professional writing. Having a good plot is also something that I often want, but don't often get. For one shots, that plot is often going to be minor, but major plot holes or contradictions in larger works is something that really annoys me.

  7. Are you guilty of any fanfiction clichés you hate? Or any other ones?
    Oh, I'm sure I am. ^^; I don't have a true beta for my writing, so there're lots of grammar points I'm missing in my read throughs; I use cliches sometimes because it keeps things moving, and having tumble weeds suddenly roll through the office usually doesn't go well in the middle of Tokyo regardless of what sort of office it is; and I'm sure I miss or forget plot points in my own stories that eventually come back and bite me. The trick is to try to keep them all down to a minimum and, if you do end up using something annoying, to do it in a way that is interesting or different.

  8. What was the first fandom you wrote for, and do you still like/participate in it?
    Star Wars X-Wing PC game in CIS's FSCombat forum. Oh my... that was a very long time ago! ^^; I've long since left the squads and all that there, not to mention CIS is virtually non-existent now. (It might be worth mentioning that the stories written in there were mostly POVs / self-inserts. *laughs*)

  9. Name your OTPs or most frequently written pairings/characters and explain what it is about them that you love to write.
    Naru x Mai! ^o^ *laughs* I love the chemistry between those two; they really do complement one another well. Naru's terrible at expressing himself; Mai's as easy to read as a book. Naru's so analytical; Mai's instinctive. It goes on and on. There are other pairings that are also fun, but these two can be so much fun to watch. :P

  10. What would you call your writing style?
    Ouch! Uninspired or bland probably. It's definitely missing a certain flair which I wish I had. I remember working on joint stories when on CIS, and Avery always made things that much more intense and inspired with her edits. (Don't get me wrong, I don't think my writing's bad, but it's missing a certain 'je ne sais quoi'.)

  11. Do you read other people’s fanfic? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?
    Definitely, although most of what I read is in Japanese. I love long investigative fics, but just about anything goes as long as the characters are kept in character. (Long investigative stories might be my fave, but they're hard to find sometimes!) There are some fics in Japanese that annoy me as well because they're not in character. I also love some of the AU stories I've read. Black cat Naru is definitely one of my faves. ^^;

    Name one thing you'd LOVE to write, but have been too afraid or shy to do.
    Eep! Like many others, probably a lemon. I can see something mentally, but describing and writing it... *sigh* I could use an awful lot more experience in writing (and translating) before I'd truly be up to writing something like that. ^^;

  12. Do you have trouble taking criticism? Or worse yet, do you have the dreaded bloated ego?
    Hmm... I do like constructive criticism because it can only help my writing, but I need to learn how to ignore unimportant comments and asides more. Other people's personal preferences (esp. OTPs) or concepts can get me derailed looking for issues when they might not exist. Of course, there's the bigger problem of if something is wrong and I simply can't see it for whatever reason. That one's spooky. >.>

    I do have a certain amount of ego invested in my work; I won't deny that. I write things and put it out because I like what I wrote. I'm not likely to put something out in the world that I think is pure crap; I do believe in having some confidence and pride in my work. Most important, is keeping everything in balance and not going too far either way. Actually, I think this is why I despise how writers beg others to R&R on ff.net or refuse to write if they don't get X number of reviews. Getting reviews is nice and all for the ego, yes, but what's the point of begging your readers like that? I believe writers will write regardless simply because they have an image of something they *want* to write. The rest is gravy in that sense. Of course, it's the constructive criticisms that knock you off your pedestal and help you improve. ^_^

  13. When you write, is there anything that helps? Music? A quiet room?
    It depends on how I'm feeling. Sometimes any sound annoys me and I need silence. Other times, certain sounds annoy me and I need to drown them out. Mostly I work in silence, but on occasion I do listen to some classical. (I'd listen to jazz and other things too but have no idea where most of my CDs are. ^^; )

  14. What inspires you?
    Just about everything. A comment, a scene, something I read... there are cues and prompts all around us all the time. My biggest issue is drive. If I'm pulling teeth to write, chances are, you'll 'hear' it in my writing.

  15. Lastly, how would you sum up your fanfiction experiences and yourself as a writer?
    I'm too inconsistent a writer and need more experience overall, but ultimately, it's something I do for fun. Mostly, everything I've written has been well in keeping with that concept. ^_^

  16. Wow! That was quite long. ^^; I'm not tagging anyone, but any fic writers are more than welcome to nab and write. ^_^


Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 12th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)

=P See? Not so bad.

I would peg you as a character writer. Your characterization is the best. There are times when your descriptions of things around the characters could be better, but I wouldn't ever say your writing is bland.

No insulting yourself!!

I don't think I've encountered any of your works that don't have solid plots, either. Beta readers are great for catching things like that, but peer reviews are even better for it.

That's why you have sacrifical lambs (or sacrifical plot bunny in my case) for Greenwood and to an extent Insidious Whispers.

Ah, I don't beg per se, but I do request-- although, I request the well-rounded reviews. Maa...I'm shameless. But at least I admit it.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)


I'm not necessarily insulting myself; I've identified something as a weakness in my writing that I became aware of when doing joint stories back on CIS. It was the first time I'd ever been edited and it taught me that good editing can really make a difference.

IMO, beta readers are for catching the problems before they get out. Peer review is where you learn that you still missed things and you need to be more careful. ^^; Peer review is where you'll get your real feedback, and it's also where there can be no excuses for problems (assuming you've been reviewing your work). ^^;

Hm, I suspect the aspect about begging didn't come across entirely as I wanted it to. I can understand wanting constructive criticism because that's really what will help you improve, but what people are begging for most often on ff.net isn't that; they're wanting ego stroking / comments (especially those that want x number of reviews before they'll continue the story). The reviews on ff.net aren't so much reviews as they are comments to the author. Reviews should be reviews - by readers for readers on the story's strengths and weaknesses as well as readers thoughts about the story. Could you imagine the comments on ff.net being submitted as reviews for books on Amazon or as proper reviews overall? It'd be worse than laughable.

Posted by: Kakurenbo (akinarei)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)

Could you imagine the comments on ff.net being submitted as reviews for books on Amazon or as proper reviews overall? It'd be worse than laughable.

*hides* That'd be freaky.

Ah, the 'I-want-x-number-of-reviews-or-I-won't-update!' authors. Petulant children that they are. They're the ones who don't get it, I think.

(I'll let you in on a secret. Don't tell. I'm horrible at joint fics myself. ^_~)

It's hard to do a joint project because everyone has their own style of writing. I've tried to co-author things with daemontwin2 but it was moderately successful. Her style of writing is different from mine. So it's hard to work on one chapter together because we both have different views of what we want the chapters to end up as. Now if we wrote separate chapters, that was another story.

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: April 12th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Joys of fandom

Keeps nodding head more and more as read... about cliches and things that irk (ahem you know where esp ^^) and lemons.

I'd add the author's description of their story, "Please read, it's great and ____ "

Oi, N&M story tidbit means poking for more you know? ;)

Most things rattle around my head and don't get to paper or only as bits... so much much praise for all the great stories you do get written out!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)

*laughs* Or the ever dreaded 'lousy at summaries blah blah blah'. ^^; Writing summaries and coming up with titles is a headache all writers deal with. It doesn't need to be stated like that.

:P You mean why was Mai sleeping under Naru's desk in the first place? ^^;; Actually, that story is literally prologue and chapter 1 only. I haven't gotten beyond that conceptually yet. ^^;

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: April 13th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)

Oh yes, this story might contain spoilers... ff.net summary underneath title has already mentioned Gene and Oliver Davis... *headdesk*

Yes, but intrigued so want more. ^^;; Ergo will feel compelled to ask if gotten any further. But if revisited the longer fic about the doll exhibit that would be good too. I know, it'll get done when it gets done. ^^

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