amberfocus: (OT3--Nine/Rose/Jack)
And the snow? It can really stop now. Okay, so it's been crazy this week, but I finally got my son caught up on all the school work he missed when he went down for the count for 3 weeks with a nasty illness. I did want to get back here and finish the meme, but this is really the first chance I have gotten. [livejournal.com profile] azriona asked for 12: Make up your own question. Her question: What's the story you WANT to write, but haven't yet, for whatever reason? (Or if you'd rather not tell us the story itself, what's the reason you haven't written it?)

If we're talking Doctor Who, I'd like to write the story that is alluded to in Boomtown when the Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Jack are in Kyoto in the 1300's. But the minimal amount of research I've done has told me that I have a boatload more research to do on the war that was going on at that time in Kyoto. But I don't have the time. And historical research is really needed to write a historical fiction piece. I've done enough reading to know that a fic set during these wars could be amazing, especially if Nine, Rose, and Jack are all trying to help on the side that isn't going to win. It is not something I want to give short shrift, too, either.

I would also really, really, really like to write a Doctor Who/Fringe crossover fic. I've been doing a Fringe rewatch and there have been so many times when I think that it would be so easy to cross Pete's World and Ten2 and Rose with alt!Livia and Walternate and them working for a version of Fringe Division in London and having to come together to solve something. I mean that universe had Zeppelins even, so it is not a stretch. And I've only ever seen it done by one person. There may be more out there, but not that I'm aware of. I've also thought about doing Nine/Rose investigating just what the heck original Walter has been doing all this time to shatter the fabric of the universe. I can totally see Nine in the Bridge Room lecturing. But that's never going to happen.

I also have 3 burning original novels that I desperately want to write, but until my son graduates from high school, I don't see how that is ever going to happen.
amberfocus: (A Sky Without Stars - Donna/James)
The five day windstorm that has been playing havoc with my internet over the long weekend and well into last night seems to have finally abated. Perhaps it is time that Comcast learned how to bury their lines instead of leaving them whipping from poles in the wind. It is super annoying to have intermittent internet service, especially when you are still trying to catch your child up from a three week illness at his online homeschool. Fortunately we managed, even if it did drop the internet connection every ten minutes or so like clockwork there for a while. Now it is not dropping the connection but it is being almost as slow as dial-up.

[livejournal.com profile] develish1 asked for # 1, "Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?"

This is a tough one to answer, because it is sort of like choosing between your kids what you are most proud of.

A Sky Without Zeppelins probably holds the biggest place of pride, especially for the character of James who was so well received and the romance between alt!Donna and James. But also because I had to create an alternate Rose who was very different, one who never left school, one who was driven to succeed, but who was also younger in a lot of ways than the original Rose even though she was physically older. Despite that, she still had to be recognizable as Rose Tyler. And a Ten2 who had had his memories completely erased and his DNA overwritten as human, so there was no bit of the Doctor left and yet he was still very Doctor-y. And I loved the alt!Jack there. I loved Illuminate as the corporation that was protecting aliens from the rest of the world. I also loved Caelum and the little coral creature who becomes Cariad. It was so much fun to write, it was epically long (probably should have been two fics in retrospect), and I enjoy it as much in reread as I ever did writing it. And for sheer number of words, over 200,000, it was quite the accomplishment.

Dev also asked # 5, "What inspires you to write."

Everything, really. I mean, I have dreams that are fully formed fics or just massive ideas for fics. Someone can make a throw away comment in the reviews and I'll find my imagination just captured by it. A Sky Without Zeppelins grew out of a comment Shen made on Sacrifice based on a line of dialogue Ten2 says, that if Rose chooses to stay with Ten instead of him he'd want to be completely mind-wiped by the chameleon arch and made completely human so he can't remember. Shen said she'd like to see the fic where that happened and suddenly so did I. I can find the kernel of a fic from just a line in someone else's story or from a single word that plays over and over again in my mind. I can see a child playing in the park or a couple walking on one of the docks and watch the interplay of their relationship and suddenly be gone on an idea that takes over. A photograph of an exotic locale, a sinking boat, or a woman staring moodily off into the distance.

One fic, "Someplace Nice," was completely inspired by the dress and jewelry Rose wears in it. Wolf Moon was inspired by the actual wolf moon and the fact that I'd gone through a bunch of wolf songs and moon songs recently.

Music seldom inspires me, though, probably because to me music is someone else's deeply felt story. I think there have been two stories (Wolf Moon not withstanding) in the huge number of stories I have written that were inspired by music, one We Are Relentless and the other A Place in Time. Not that music doesn't play a part in other stories. The whole premise behind The Prettiest Rose on Prometheus is that the Doctor overhears Rose singing Doctor songs. But for the most part music plays very little role in writing for me. In fact I tend to write in silence.

Sometimes inspiration seems to come out of the blue and it just wallops me upside the head.

And when none of that works, there is always the Idea of the Month Club (Mercedes Lackey).
amberfocus: (Cult of Nice - Nine Rose Hug)
[livejournal.com profile] corusca asked me to answer number 6, my thoughts on critique.

See "A Dangerous Creature? Not So Much" http://amberfocus.livejournal.com/590135.html for my thoughts on that score.

I think people online often use the guise of critique to tear down people they don't like or authors they think are getting too much attention and haven't paid their so-called dues. It seldom has anything to do with the work itself. I have seen it happen too often. I have seen it from people who are in positions of...if not authority in fandom, they at least have a modicum of power in it. Some of these have been quite vicious and nasty, to the point of driving people out of fandom. Often the critique ends up showing more about the critic and his or her personality, than the story that was written.

True constructive critique is rare. And it is usually done in private. It is polite and well-reasoned and can give insight into how things are being perceived by readers that an author might not have realized. It is helpful and not hurtful. It can point out a canon mistake or fandom faux pas, like writing something like "Doctor Who did this" instead of "the Doctor did this." It is well-meaning and meant to genuinely help a writer improve. That is always welcome.
amberfocus: (Terra Nova--Mother and Daughter)
[livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68 asked for number 7, to make up a character on the spot.

Holly Lattimore is 19, but looks 25. She’s one of those kids who grew up fast, too fast, not just mentally, but physically. A good thing, too, since she’s been able to pass for an adult ever since she took her little sister and ran three years ago. All she knew then was that she had to protect Ella at all costs, and witness protection wasn’t doing it, but now the past is catching up with her. Her uncle, who has always helped them, has died under mysterious circumstances. A detective has been sniffing around Ella’s school. And her father has just been acquitted of murdering her mother, something Ella witnessed and repressed, but something Holly remembers all too well. With their father suddenly hot on their trail, Holly knows it’s time to run again, to create new identities, to find a new community to become part of, and so they do. But now Emma’s memories are starting to resurface in horrific nightmares and Holly’s sexy new neighbor, who is also the counselor at Emma’s school, is questioning their identities. It’s all Holly can do to hold it together and try to lead a normal life for her sister’s sake, but she knows all it will take is one mistake and the world she’s built for her sister will come crashing down around them with devastating consequences.
amberfocus: (A Sky Without Zeppelins 2)
[livejournal.com profile] jer832 sort of combined questions 2 and 3 about favorite tense and favorite point of view. Her actual question was, "Have you found that one specific tense fits a specific pov or theme best or better than others in your short stories?" (e.g., Rose ->UST->present tense)

I prefer writing past tense and 2nd person point of view with an omniscient author. I want to be able to get into anyone's head in the story and not be limited by one person's thoughts and motivations. I rarely write 1st person. I did with Repercussions, but that fic was an experiement, sort of a serial, where I'd release a new bit twice a day, back when you could post whenever you wanted on Teaspoon and there was no moderation. That style of writing wouldn't work today over there because you can't set your own time table of when posts appear. But it worked then. It was also my first AU fic and the only one with an alternate Tenth Doctor and an alternate Rose. (Remember Zeppelins is an alternate Rose and a fob watched Ten2) Actually, I think when I posted it to LJ, I might have actually changed the tense to past and then corrected in on Teaspoon. I can't honestly remember. It was a long time ago.

I do think the extremely action heavy stories benefit from being in present tense. It puts you in the center of the story in a way that past tense doesn't quite provide. More bang for you buck, I suppose. But they shouldn't be epics.

She also asked, "Are there stories that, looking back on now, you would have done quite differently?"

Oh, yes. If I'd realized that A Sky Without Zeppelins was going to turn into the behemoth that it was I never would have wrote it in present tense. Don't get me wrong, I love the story as written, but it is quite difficult to stay in present tense so long and then I was tied down to writing any sequels in the same tense. And I didn't want to. If I ever get back to writing A Sky Without Stars, I will probably go back and change the tense. Also, I think that Zeppelins should have been written in two parts. There is quite an obvious place to me where the first story could have ended and the second began, but at the time I wrote it, it wasn't so obvious.

When it comes to that, I would have split To Call Our Own and You Reap What You Sow up differently and it would have likely been 3, maybe 4 stories instead. I have to say I was really learning things on the Time Eternal series.

I've also had a couple stories that I went back and rewrote. Stories from my first year of writing fanfic. I had skimmed some of the characterizations then and I wanted to go back and expand that. I also became a better story-teller in the intervening years, learned more about pacing and anticipation and added those elements into the fics. I had lived with the characters longer and knew them much better by then.

Most stuff stands as written originally, though. Stories I'd never change, except to correct the occasional spelling error or something.
amberfocus: (9 Rose They Write Us Doing What?)
Sorry, having two animals die in the last...well, I thought it was a week, but I guess it's closer to two weeks now. Anywho, it is hard, plus being sick and the fever and all...well, intentions didn't follow through. But now I am answering it. So...

[livejournal.com profile] fannishliss asked for question 4, What are some themes you love writing about?

I'd say the first one is difficult pregnancy. Which is probably a big fat duh to anyone reading this. I love writing about Rose getting pregnant. I used to do it a lot. In fact I had to put some rules in place to stop myself from doing it in the Better With You series. As much as I enjoy it, baby!fic all the time does get tedious. But it's an important theme in my life and I think I used it to work out issues I'd held in for years. Some of you know that I had several miscarriages and the two pregnancies I did carry to term were very difficult, involving hyperemesis gravidarum in both cases, which is why Rose has it in You're What? And in my daughter's case I also had the relaxin hormone kick in way too early so that my pelvis started spreading several months too early. I was on bed rest for the better part of those pregnancies. So that is why I gave Rose such a difficult time of it in that story.

It's also part of why I put Rose through such an emotional wringer in Moments in Darkness. And, well, I suppose Rose being kidnapped in To Call Our Own and all that ensued there while she was pregnant with Dare, and then Rose getting hit with an arrow in You Reap What You Sow and then Cassi regenerating in the womb later on when Rose saves Donna...well...yes, Rose cannot have an easy pregnancy. Even when she finds out she's pregnant in Glow it took 8 years. And Rooftops...well, that wasn't exactly peachy acceptance, either. So definitely a theme.

I don't know if I have any other overriding themes. I mean I enjoy the misunderstand each other to the point of Rose thinking the Doctor wants to take her home and the Doctor thinks Rose wants to leave him, angst, angst, angst, followed by them finding out that isn't true, and fluff, fluff, fluff ensues.

I like the whole Rose and the Doctor accidentally end up sharing a bed and both are sitting there debating with themselves to be good and not "ruin" the relationship by making unwanted advances that are very much wanted. Dealt with that one a few times.

Of course the whole alternate universe 9th Doctor thing.

I don't know. I suppose there are more out there, but I'm drawing a blank on any other themes right now.

Then she asked for question 11, What are your weaknesses in writing?

Commas, homophones, run-on sentences (cause that is how I think), tense shifts, and hurrying the plot (which usually my betas make me not do that so you never see it much).

And then she asked for question 8, Is there a character you like writing for the most? The least? Why?

That's a hard one. I enjoy writing Rose the most. I relate to her, even though I am nothing like her. I can get inside her head. She's easy to write. She flows. For a long time I didn't like writing Martha. I didn't feel like I really had a good handle on her character. I resented the whole kiss thing, though I never disliked her for it. I disliked the lovesick puppy storyline because I thought she'd be stronger than that. I felt like the times I wrote Martha I didn't have the characterization right. I feel like I definitely got it at the end of You're What? and I know I have it in The Watchmaker's Daughter. So I suppose that she really no longer is the character I like writing for the least now that I've found my way with her. Now if you ask me a character I won't write for, it's River. Lovesick puppy times a million. Enough said.
amberfocus: (Rose--Shoe Love)
I haven't done one of these in ages. Since I'm stuck in bed except when it comes to feeding and watering children and livestock, I figured I'd hang out around LJ this week and try to write something. Anything. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] earlgreytea68

Put a number in the comments and I’ll answer accordingly.

The mission for those of us who answer the questions, should we accept it, is to stay positive about our writing and ourselves, but to also be fair about our shortcomings.

1. Of the fic you’ve written, of which are you most proud?
2. Favorite tense
3. Favorite POV
4. What are some themes you love writing about?
5. What inspires you to write?
6. Thoughts on critique
7. Create a character on the spot... NOW!
8. Is there a character you love writing for the most? The least? Why?
9. A passage from a WIP
10. What are your strengths in writing?
11. What are your weaknesses in writing?
12. Anything else that you want to know... (otherwise known as Fill in the Blank)
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So I've been hard at work on Vortex all morning and it's going well. But I'm taking a little break and thought I'd do a meme I swiped from [livejournal.com profile] angelfireeast.

Name a fandom and I'll answer the following...

1. The first character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
6. The character I would totally smooch
7. The character I’d want to be like
8. The character I’d slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise

Fandoms I like are Doctor Who (duh), Torchwood, Drop Dead Diva, Gossip Girl, Fringe, Roswell, Eureka, Buffy, Angel, Lost, X-Files, The Hunger Games, Farscape, any of the Star Treks, Dragonriders of Pern, any of the Stargates, Bones, and Terra Nova.
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So I've been hard at work on Vortex all morning and it's going well. But I'm taking a little break and thought I'd do a meme I swiped from [livejournal.com profile] angelfireeast.

Name a fandom and I'll answer the following...

1. The first character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
6. The character I would totally smooch
7. The character I’d want to be like
8. The character I’d slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise

Fandoms I like are Doctor Who (duh), Torchwood, Drop Dead Diva, Gossip Girl, Fringe, Roswell, Eureka, Buffy, Angel, Lost, X-Files, The Hunger Games, Farscape, any of the Star Treks, Dragonriders of Pern, any of the Stargates, Bones, and Terra Nova.
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] develish1

Meme )
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] develish1

Meme )
amberfocus: (Fringe--Peter and Olivia)
Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows. Comment,"Letter me" and I'll give you a letter! [livejournal.com profile] flydye8 gave me the letter P, and it took me a while to come up with 5, but here they are:

Memey Goodness )
amberfocus: (Fringe--Peter and Olivia)
Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows. Comment,"Letter me" and I'll give you a letter! [livejournal.com profile] flydye8 gave me the letter P, and it took me a while to come up with 5, but here they are:

Memey Goodness )

Meme

Jan. 12th, 2012 10:04 am
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] honorh

Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

The book closest to me is The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook.

Use fresh vegetables from your garden or your local farm stand.

Deciding maybe I'd do better with the fiction book closest to me I picked up Elizabeth Moon's Rules of Engagement.

"What am I supposed to do if I get kidnapped and need to escape?"

Well, then. Looks like it's going to be a really weird year.

Meme

Jan. 12th, 2012 10:04 am
amberfocus: (Thing in Progress--Respect the Thing)
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] honorh

Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

The book closest to me is The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook.

Use fresh vegetables from your garden or your local farm stand.

Deciding maybe I'd do better with the fiction book closest to me I picked up Elizabeth Moon's Rules of Engagement.

"What am I supposed to do if I get kidnapped and need to escape?"

Well, then. Looks like it's going to be a really weird year.

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