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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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donutgirl
Aug. 23rd, 2014 07:37 am (UTC)
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my primary interest is Sherlock, but I don't mind hearing about Tolkien.
marta_bee
Aug. 24th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm most active in Sherlock at the moment so let's do that. :-)

D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

Well, I have two in complete draft form, complete with comments from betas, but I've been fighting through depression and not really up to finishing them off. One is a conversation between Lestrade and John about the fact he's living in a different postal code than his wife, ostensibly so he can take care of Sherlock after being shot, and is kind of about the state of that relationship but also about their friendship. The other is a series of vignettes between Mycroft and Sherlock mostly when they're kids, loosely based around the meaning of their names and the virtues of telling stories. It's kind of hard to describe.

I also have a definite idea for a ficlet, a fleshing-out of someone's headcanon that's basically retirement era Johnlock built around John not being quite as knowledgeable about bees as Sherlock would like. Need to sit down and write that out as I know pretty much exactly how it will happen. But the drive to actually write just isn't there at the moment for a variety of reasons.

L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?

Assuming we mean BBC, I think I've been most interested by Mycroft's attempts to get Sherlock involved with the "family business." So for instance I'm fascinated by how Sherlock managed to hold on to the Bruce Partington plans and not get arrested for basically trying to sell (or trade) them to a domestic terrorist. The laptop trade in HLV falls into the same category: why did Mycroft have it there, was Sherlock meant to "steal" it, etc. And in a related question, I'm fascinated by what background if any Sherlock has with the British intelligence. His ability to handle himself around terrorists, his nerves of steel, even the obvious training he's had with how to handle a gun don't really seem to match with someone who's just a clever observer and amateur chemist. So I love speculating about a past where he worked with Mycroft for a while before getting driven away. It's a fascinating corner of "just how did we get here," though I expect my theories are much more thought out than Team Moffat's. :-P

AF. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?

Well, there's the obvious proviso: in the real world, I'm absolutely not okay with it. And whether I'm okay with it in fiction depends quite a bit on how I'm feeling about how closely real-world ethics need to match up with what goes on in a story. I'm less comfortable with a big divide than a lot of people (it's no accident that my "shipping" same-sex couples seemed to occur more and more often as my own sexual ethics shifted from the "LGBT = sinful" mode I grew up in to one where sexual morality was more tied to being committed and monogamous, whatever the genders involved). I do get that there's a distinction between the two, though, and that just because I wouldn't approve of something in RL doesn't mean it should always be wrong in fanfic.

So... I'm not crazy about it and almost never read noncon stories. I don't judge those that do but it's not really my thing. Dubcon is a bit different because I find the power dynamics to be really very interesting. When done well, it can be really involving and fascinating, but it has to actually be done in a way that lets me think about those things. So I'll read dubcon but usually not unless I know the author can handle nuance and grey areas from other fiction I've read.

As a side-note, I'll say I've read a lot of sexually explicit fanfic in the Sherlock fandom, but I get the impression I read it for different reasons than a lot of people. I consider myself asexual, and eroticism isn't really a big pull on its own for me. But I have found some adult fanfic that does other things very well, is just very well-written or does a good job at capturing the sense details of a scene or just uses that as a window into the character's psyche from an interesting angle. And I think that's the attraction of dubcon, such as it is for me. It's less that dubcon is sexually exciting for me (though I get that it is for some people) as that the power-differences and how people navigate it.
donutgirl
Aug. 24th, 2014 10:30 am (UTC)
ooh, your headcanons about the Sherlock/Mycroft backstory are very interesting! I spend a lot of time wondering about their relationship as well.

Well, there's the obvious proviso: in the real world, I'm absolutely not okay with it.

ha! yes, I hope we can assume everyone present is opposed to actual rape.

thanks for your thoughtful answer. I am very interested in the way noncon and dubcon appear in fanfic, perhaps because I used to investigate sexual misconduct for a living. in my line of work, we tried to draw extremely clear lines about consent -- basically, we acted as though "dubious consent" did not exist. either consent was fully and enthusiatically granted, or the encounter was sexual assault/misconduct/rape. we had to behave as if there was no gray area.

so it was interesting to me to discover the popularity of dubcon in fanfic, and I think the things ficcers do with it are very interesting. I stayed away from those fics at first, because while I respect everyone's right to their own fantasies, rape fantasies have always made me uncomfortable. it's not something I consider a turn on, or even intellectually interesting.

but idk, I guess I have become interested in the way women are maybe using these dubcon stories to safely explore the gray areas of what consent means, of what power means, of what sex means in a relationship with an unequal power dynamic (which is basically every relationship, in some sense).

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