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If anyone wants me to answer any of these questions, comment with a letter and I'll answer it. Taken from more places than I could count without taking off my socks, both here and at Tumblr.

If you prefer me to talk about Tolkien or Sherlock or anything else, just make it clear. Otherwise I'll choose.

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic. (Sherlock)
B. Is there a type of story you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to? (Tolkien)
C. Is there a type of story you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole? (Sherlock)
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them? (Sherlock)
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it. (Tolkien)
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it. (Sherlock) (Tolkien)
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write? (Tolkien)
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more? (Sherlock) (Tolkien)
M. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
O. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
P. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
Q. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
R. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
S. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
T. How many times do you usually revise your story/chapter before posting?
U. Choose a passage from one of your earlier stories and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask should make suggestions).
V. If you were to revise one of your older stories from start to finish, which would it be and why?
W. Have you ever deleted one of your published stories?
X. What do you look for in a beta?
Y. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
Z. How do you feel about collaborations?
AA. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much. (Tolkien)
AB. Do you accept prompts?
AC. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant? (Tolkien)
AD. How do you feel about smut?
AE. How do you feel about crack?
AF. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con? (Sherlock)
AG. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AH. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AI. Talk about your current wips.
AJ. Talk about a review that made your day.
AK. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them? (Sherlock + Tolkien)
AL. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description]. (Tolkien)

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shirebound
Aug. 23rd, 2014 04:03 am (UTC)
"AJ" -- Tolkien, please!
marta_bee
Aug. 23rd, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a tough one, isn't it? But just recently I had someone I'd never met who went through and left me kudos at ArchiveOfOurOwn, to every Numenor-centric story I'd ever written. Since I'm not writing much Tolkien stuff these days and Numenor isn't exactly a booming part of the fandom, it intrigued me. I emailed her to thank her and got to talking about how she'd found my work.

Turns out she was working on a graduate school paper on theodicy, basically the question of how an omnipotent God could let bad things happen, and came across a double-drabble I'd written about Ulmo disagreeing with the decision on the Valar's part to let Iluvatar step in and handle the situation with Pharazon. Which she found some of what I'd said interesting but didn't get the context.

So not only did she think this little bit I'd written years ago and wasn't particularly proud of was interesting enough to spark her own academic thought, she actually read the Akallabeth just to understand my stories. And now she's reading the Lord of the Rings books as well and said she may email me if she had questions. It made me feel like what I write actually got people interested in something worth reading, which felt very good.
donutgirl
Aug. 23rd, 2014 07:35 am (UTC)
oh wow that's a fantastic story.
marta_bee
Aug. 24th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
I've had some great interactions with strangers over the years. One of the reasons I love fanfic.
shirebound
Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's amazing! How wonderful that she reviewed, and you were able to find out all of this.
marta_bee
Aug. 24th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
It really was. I think that's one of my favorite bits of fandom, making those kinds of connections.

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