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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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indybaggins
Aug. 23rd, 2014 10:57 am (UTC)
A, C, H, AK, Sherlock? Only if you want to, of course :)
marta_bee
Aug. 24th, 2014 05:51 am (UTC)
A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.

I'm not sure that I really have one just yet in the Sherlock fandom; I'm very much still finding my space. In Tolkien it would have been around 1,500 words, involving an interaction between two characters, most likely a conversation of some kind where one of them sort of discuss some issue. Often it was heavy on remembered incidents from their past. Cross-cultural things were bit.

With Sherlock the canon isn't really set up to handle that, at least that I've found. So my stories have had more of a proper plot but it's still been driven by that need I seem to have, to find the one moment that lets me examine whatever "issue" I'm interested in talking about. I'm drawn to vignettes and things that start out in my mind as flashes - things like series of moments that have some structure, five elements, or "five times when _____" or the like. They don't always have that structure at the end, but that's how I tend to start thinking about them. Character interaction, throwing two people into a room and forcing them to sit down and work out whatever issue I'm interested in talking about, is still going to be a big part of it. And because of the way I write, the fic is going to be driven by trying to create a well-developed moment in time, almost a snapshot but one where the characters have histories that kind of determines how they act without necessarily being fleshed out. That means a lot of references to things that have happened "off-screen," that don't necessarily get told linearly.

C. Is there a type of story you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

Very few, actually. As a reader, I've found in the Sherlock world I'll read almost anything. There are some things that because of my personal history have to be done very well (mostly suicide, domestic violence, and terminal illness), and I have to trust the author a good bit and feel psychologically "strong" to read them, but there's almost nothing I won't read if I trust the author or have it recommended by someone I trust.

As a writer, I seem to have a very hard time writing a linear, longer story and not every story can fit into the kind of story that comes naturally to me. I also am methodical verging on plodding so things like action and adventure and casefic are a struggle for me to get the pacing quickly. So it would be hard for me to write but I'd be up for trying it if the story idea was enticing enough.

marta_bee
Aug. 24th, 2014 05:51 am (UTC)
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

When it comes to dialogue in this fandom, one story really springs to the top of the pile. I had the pleasure to write a story a while back with Anthea and Mummy Holmes sitting around having tea. This is post-TRF and Mummy's trying to work out whether he suspicions that Sherlock is alive are warranted, but it was also a chance to put two women at the same table and just let them have a proper battle of wits. This moment is probably my favorite:

Once inside, Margaret guided her to a chair and set an extra teacup out. "Now, Altheia, what brings you out to Limpsfield?"

"Day off," Anthea answered. "I have an aunt in Westerham and I wanted to visit her. Get out of the city for a few hours. Mr. Holmes asked me to bring this to you as I was passing." She pursed her lips, as if a question was occurring to her for the first time. "Though why he didn't use the normal courier service, I'm not sure."

It was a good lie so far as those things went. Westerhan was near enough to make dropping by plausible, and the small moment of doubt lent authenticity, but Margaret didn't miss the way her fingers thrummed against her tie under the table. It was a giveaway – perhaps affected, but certainly a sign that this was more than just a casual visit.

"How is Mikey, anyway?" Margaret poured tea into both of their cups and sat down across from Anthea. "The last I'd heard he'd given up red meat."

"It was that or pastry after his last medical," Anthea said, " and – well, you know your own son. But I'm surprised you'd call him that. In front of his subordinates, no less. I can't imagine he likes it."

"The joys of motherhood, and of advanced age." Margaret's eyes twinkled. "He hates it, of course, but there's little enough he can do to stop me. Now, tell me why you've come. You may have an aunt in Westerham, but sure as daylight you wouldn't have come this way if Mycroft hadn't sent you; otherwise, why worry about a wasted journey? And Mycroft would never send his personal assistant all the way out here unless the business required it. Just what has he got himself into?"

Anthea raised her teacup to her lips and took a sip, Margaret guessed to hide the smile reflected in her eyes. "Sometimes I forget the Holmes brothers didn't spring fully-formed from the foam of the Thames, like the gods they believe themselves to be; meaning no offense, of course." Margaret nodded her head graciously. "That they must have sharpened their wits somewhere," she continued, "and that you and not your husband is the one with SIS clearance."

"Quite so," Margaret said. "All of which means, quite aside from the futility of obfuscation, I know how to keep a secret. Perhaps you should speak plainly?"


(from "Hearth-Fires)

marta_bee
Aug. 24th, 2014 05:51 am (UTC)
AK. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

Not so much regarding my fanfic. I think it's the benefit of writing shorter fic - people don't have as much invested, and there doesn't really seem to be the same incentive to attack when there aren't more updates coming. It's self-contained and well-crafted and well-established in my own mind before I ever post it. I do interact with people before posting about it, but various beta readers and people I discuss the ideas with - friends. And that makes a lot of difference.

I also make such an effort to be positive, sending nice messages to people whose work I like and generally focusing on the good. It helps that most people I've "found" in the Tolkien fandom are through Tumblr, and on that site there's just not the structure I need to say anything nuanced. That means that most of the time it really is a matter of if I can't say something nice just keeping it to myself. That has its own problems in terms of authenticity and just feeling comfortable in your own skin, but angering people to the point of rude comments doesn't seem to be one of them.

The few times I've gotten rude feedback was actually int he Tolkien fandom, which is weird because I have such strong friendships here. But both with the MEFAs and when I was a HASA admin, I would get rude emails and see rude comments made about me. The overwhelming majority was positive, don't get me wrong, but there was enough it stayed with me. Usually my response varied between being objective and removing my ego from the equation (focusing on the task at hand)... and avoidance. Turning off the computer, or watching whatever i watched before I got into British television. I had a strategy of turning off the internet so there was no chance of accidentally sending it and then writing angry, swearing-laden emails. Kvetching with sympathetic friends helps too. And then going off and doing something different. Usually the situation would resolve itself or I'd at least be in a much calmer position to handle it.

Really, though, I'm rational enough that rude reviews don't bother me, because I've been called worse in my offline life. Usually the thought process is that the people worth caring about don't do stuff like that, and the people who do stuff like that aren't worth caring about. It's not complete inoculation, but that combined with the fact I try to be nice enough that I'm not a very attractive target does mean the barbs that get under my skin aren't nearly as common as they seem to be for other people.
indybaggins
Aug. 24th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I really did make you answer a lot, didn't I? :) I have to say I find it so fascinating to read through this entire thread, you seem to approach writing completely differently from how I do and the people I know well, it's like getting a peek into someone else's brain, it's great. I enjoy how you seem to approach all of this so intellectually, you seem quite structured and mature in the way you think about writing.

I asked about the rude reviews because that is something that I never had to deal with in smaller fandoms, but I have in the Sherlock fandom and I often wonder about how others deal with it. Thank you! :)

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