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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)



Aug. 23rd, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
AA and AC Tolkien,please
Aug. 24th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
AA. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.

Oh, goodness. I was sure someone would ask that and it's so hard because there are so, so many. But I have to choose, and just going by the three authors that to my mind are underappreciated but have always been my favorite (I could probably rattle off a dozen more:

1. Celeritas aka labourslamp. One of my favorite hobbit-centric writers, her fic is always family-friendly and feels fresh without that making it less complex or compelling.

2. Tehta aka tehta has some of the most original, interesting interpretations of Silmarillion elves I've ever come across. She's probably the one whose writing first convinced me to see them as more thna old fuddy-duddies, and while there have definitely been others (Rhapsody, Dawn, and Himring spring to mind, though you'll always get in trouble when you name names), your first love always holds a special place in your heart.

3. Gwynnyd aka gwynnyd clearly has a background in all things medieval, and it shows. Her stories deal with convincing problems that spring from the way societies like the ones Tolkien laid out seemed to work, but she's also a very skilled writer. (She worked mostly with Aragorn and the Dunedain, though not exclusively.) The combination was always enticing to me.

That's without going into the personal side of all the friends I have, looking just at their writing. And as I said that list is hardly exclusive.

AC. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?

See, again this is a bit of a tricky one because of the way I view Tolkien canon. To my mind, it's a series of historical documents which give us one perspective, one take on events that actually happened. And that perspective can be biased or flat-out mistaken, which means it's actually honoring Tolkien's canon to not take it as the only possible take on those events. Take Denethor's refusal to recognize Aragorn as king unless his claims were given, for instance. We have Frodo's account of this as recounted by a rather scared and stressed Pippin who didn't understand the history or the legal and cultural situation at play there. He did know Aragorn and probably thought he'd make at least as good a ruler as Denethor seemed to, but he wasn't from situation where you needed more than that to rule. Gondor is so much more stratified and bound by actual law than the Shire seems to be. So Pippin (and therefore Frodo) is going to overestimate the importance of some things and understimate the importance of others. That means you're going to get a very different take on that event from the canon than you would if Beregond or Imrahil or even Aragorn or Gandalf was writing it.

That was kind of the driving force behind one fanfic I wrote, Pelendur's Folly. (It's a letter between one of Imrahil's sons and one of the Dunedain Rangers, discussing Denethor's actions in the war.) Now I'd say theis is perfectly canonical. I'd even say it's more canonical than if you wrote a story where a Gondorian understood the events in exactly the way our hobbit historians do. but it's much more sympathetic to Denethor than what you get in Lord of the Rings. And in Tolkien at least, that's the kind of approach I tended to take. I'd say it was taking canon very seriously (I'm not sure I ever changed the canon just because it suited the story), but I wrote quite a few that took a different read of those events because I found it interesting. How that answers that question, I'm not 100% sure. :-)

Edited at 2014-08-24 06:39 pm (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your very interesting answers.

I miss gwynnyd's stories. She is one of my favourites too.

The whole Denethor/ Aragorn thing fascinates me.



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