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from Brutti and [personal profile] likeadeuce:

have 115 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 115 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.

Or, you know, three other things, if there's some other aspect of the story in question that you'd like to know about.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)


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May. 21st, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Actually I am having a hard time figuring out how to do this, because "recent stories" only shows so many fics, and then you click by fandom to see the rest? So should I specify category and number?
May. 21st, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
You can do that, or you can click on "works" and that'll give you all of them regardless of fandom, 20 at a time.
May. 21st, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
I shall give you 5 under "works," then, because you know I delight in it so, and also because I am too lazy to click beyond the first page. :)
May. 21st, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hee! I do like that one quite a lot, too. Sagetan was just talking about mutual admiration couples, and that Gen/Misha is one of those to me.


1) Joyous consensual exploratory little-bit-awkward tentacle sex, because that, minus the tentacles, is nearly always my favorite kind of sex in fiction. (I'm okay if you take out the joyous part, too, though.)

2) Adrianne/Aldis. I really want more fic of them, now that I've written them as a secondary couple a couple of times.

3) That I introduce Jared dressing as Thor, which of course is a fandom in-joke, and then rather than Jensen being Loki, which is where this is idea usually goes, I made Jensen be Jane Foster. I worried a little about imposing heteronormativity on gay couples there, but more I just really loved the idea of Jensen thinking Jane Foster was awesome and totally a worthy Halloween costume, regardless of her gender. :D
May. 21st, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
Hmm. 112? I like hearing writers talk about their general process, if you want to take your three-things that way. (It kind of has to be 112 because our canons overlap so little! Oops.)
May. 21st, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm, process. Well, this fic came into existence in roughly three phases, so let's use that. :D


1) I received my rarewomen assignment, and out of Brutti's six or so requested characters, narrowed down to a handful I was interested in writing, including Dru and the Buffybot. Then in her letter Brutti mentioned that she had trouble imagining putting any of her requested characters together in the same fic, which meant I immediately had to try to do so. I've always wanted to write more Dru, and I hadn't written the Buffybot before but always enjoyed her in other people's fics. It took me about ten seconds to realize that the Buffybot as a dolly that Dru is rescuing was a perfect hook.

I wrote maybe 200 words, kinda of squinted at it, wasn't sure where I was going, and then put it away for over a month.

2) I got it out again I think two days before the first rarewomen deadline and managed to produce enough more words to go over the 1k limit. I didn't really like it - the prose felt ponderous, it wasn't funny enough, and it didn't have an ending worth calling one. The summary was fairly ponderous, too: "Lying by a fire is a broken dolly full of sparks that no one remembers. Except Drusilla."

It was, however, enough to count as a fic for rarewomen rough draft non-default purposes. I promised myself I would come back and fix it after I'd turned in my SPN big bang draft, which deadline was two days later.

3) I came back the night before reveals were supposed to happen, lightened/trimmed the prose and exposition in the the first couple of scenes, gave it the f/f ending that it kept insisting on, and ended it with a ridiculous, possibly unforgivable pun that I simply couldn't help. I couldn't. Also, with encouragement from ghostyouknow27, I wrote a much snappier summary ("Dru has lost all her dollies, but she knows where to find a new one."), which I credit for probably at least half of my total hits. Summaries are key, yo, especially on AO3 when you're trying to get the attention of people with whom you have no history.

Oh, and also it was apparently the first Dru/Buffybot fic on AO3, which means I added another brand-new pairing tag, which always pleases me. :)

Edited at 2013-05-21 07:23 pm (UTC)
May. 21st, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Ohhh! Oops! I thought the order was the opposite - I was asking about your Graveyard Book story.

But at least I had read your story before reading this commentary on it - I liked the prose, but when I was going through the rarewomen archive, I couldn't think of anything to say, due to how little I know the canon. (My fandom-osmosis version of Buffy would include 'Drusilla's a villain friend of Spike's and she shows up only in flashback, right?' And I had no idea there is a bot version of Buffy, or to what extent this is a metaphor.)

Thanks for including your previous summary - it is always fascinating to see the ones that fell by the wayside.
May. 21st, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh! And here I thought you were confused and had got it backwards, since I knew for a fact that you'd read the Drusilla story (since you kudosed it). :D Will be back later with comments on the Graveyard Book story (although I wrote it so long ago that I'm not sure how interesting they will be!).
May. 22nd, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Lessee, I remember precious little about writing this fic. So let's just go with things I like about it, and maybe some process will come out. :)

1) I really how I set up my OC and her setting - as a keeper of secrets, sitting at the center of a great yarn web in an all-night knitting shop. It feels fairly Gaiman-esque to me, which makes me happy, so I despaired of writing actual Gaiman-esque prose.

2) The OC herself also pleases me. Of course she isn't quite an OC; she's sort of a modern-day surviving Philomela, which seemed also a fairly Gaiman-esque turn on things: importing mythological figures into shabby, peculiar little corners of London (although that would really have felt more at home, probably, in a fic of Neverwhere or American Gods or the Sandman series).

3) This line: Yarn hung from the low rafters and pooled in the floor and sat piled in skeins, soft and still as dozing guinea pigs.

I'm absurdly fond of that bit about the guinea pigs. :)

May. 21st, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
27! I love the pairing but I have a hard time writing Jo in relationships with Sam and/or Dean, but your portrayal makes me hungry to read more Sam/Jo and possibly try my hand at them.
May. 21st, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Aw, I am so pleased you enjoyed it! I pretty much can't write Dean/Jo, because they read as much more a sibling vibe to me than a romantic one, but I really like the idea of Sam/Jo. I would very much like to see more fic of it out there. :)


1) I pretty much love the world I created. It's the first time I've written an AU of canon (as opposed to an RPF AU) where I mixed and matched character elements and plot elements while adding in my own worldbuilding. It takes a lot of its cues from a/b/o, but then suggests that the a/o people are actually a separate species or race or something that the rest of society doesn't know about, and also they are the only people who can do magic. So that was fun.

2) Jo! I'm very protective of Jo's hunter ambitions and her strength of will - I get frustrated with how much of the Jo fic out there is happy post-hunting shippy curtainfic - and here I got to have plenty of that, plus this edge to her that I don't think canon!Jo has but which this Jo has due to being an omega, which is even more an obstacle here than being female was to her in canon.

3) I like that my villain's motivations make sense emotionally, based on her experiences. Jo kills her to save Sam and Dean, but she also sympathizes with her a lot in ways that Sam and Dean couldn't, and she doesn't like having to kill her.

That verse is one my favorite writing accomplishments last year, so I am tickled for the chance to talk about it a little. :)

Edited at 2013-05-21 07:32 pm (UTC)
May. 23rd, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for talking about this one! I love knowing about an author's process, because it gives great insight. ♥
May. 23rd, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
You are so welcome! :)
May. 21st, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
I am randomly going with 33. Or 77, whichever interests you more.
May. 21st, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
Gen + Julie McNiven genfic in the knottingverse

1) Julie as the zen genius corridor mom. Which is basically canon.

2) Getting into alpha!Gen's headspace some more, and her uncertainty in her alpha identity. This ficlet is basically the prologue to my bb this summer.

3) The fact that it's inspired by this set pic, which is basically the most adorable thing ever.
May. 21st, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yay, I win! Hadn't read it (I think before I realised I could deal with a/b/o when well written). It's just lovely, especially for that thing about people being able to control themselves, alpha not always being Big Guy on Campus and all the complexity that makes it an interesting trope.
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