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02 August 2010 @ 09:43 pm
fanfic, amusing publishers, and a meme  
So, last Friday, less than a week after finishing Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex and several days before its North American release, I managed to a put up a post-TAC fic on ffent. I write the story on the Sunday and Monday night, nights when I normally never write. And then I polished it over the week (it needed tweaking in several places) but I'm quite pleased now.

Also I finally managed to get Grey posted, my Seth/Eirika AU story set in a World War I-esque setting. It's gotten quite a few reviews so far – at least for the FE fandom! I was a little nervous about it so it's nice to know people liked it in spite of the unusual concept.

So tonight I was working through a list of publishers who deal in fantasy. I mentioned a while ago that romance seemed to be awfully popular. Well I confirmed that tonight while working through the list. Soooo many publishers of fantasy romance (i.e. men with big swords) or paranormal romance (sexy vampires and/or werewolves), etc. There were some amazingly trashy ones. Like... hardcore fantasy romance with nearly-nude men on the cover.

There was one site though that was absolutely awesome: Samhain Publishing. Not only was the site itself well-made but the book pages... The books vary in types of romance from soft to hardcore, but they all have these great warnings like:

Warning: This book contains virginal angst, a hero who’s too nice for his own good, wings, claws, and convenient use of glamour. It contains heartbreaking loss, conversation with a woodland creature, and sweet, sweet demon loving.


Warning: Contains patricide; noble self-sacrifice; one bad-ass, demon-possessed despot; a bad-tempered dragon; and a water mage who likes to "rain" on her husband’s parade—literally. Downside: A quest for a magic book (written in blood) that nobody wants, and a talking war mare with the warm, fuzzy voice of Judy Densch. Upside: Serious ass-kicking. Be prepared to learn to curse, cry and laugh—in Elvish.

I could not make this up if I tried. I am so amused

And a fanfic meme I snagged from saffiremoon21

1. How about a brief introduction of yourself?

I'm female. I live in Canada. I turned 30 this year – how weird is that? I've been writing steadily since 1992... which is possibly before some of you were born. ;P

2. And what got you into fanfiction to begin with?

I've always read fanfic but I used to consider it a distraction from my original work. Maybe it is, but at a certain point I had a bad bout of writer's block and I wrote some fanfic for fun and I cam back to it at other periods when my original stuff was at a stand-still.

3. What kind of fanfiction do you like to write?

Romance or Romance/Adventure

4. Do you tend to write the same pairings/characters? Or are you a fandom whore?

Mostly the same. Nearly all my fics are Seth/Eirika in FE and all my AF fics are Artemis/Holly. And other than that I only have three stories from other random fandoms.

5. What is your most popular fanfic and why do you think people like it so?

My most popular? Err it's hard to compare due to the varied fandoms and number of chapter. I'd say Tarnish and Sunrise are the most popular of my FE ones (even though Moments has more hits and reviews due to it being 60 chapters) and Hunter Hunted is probably my most popular AF one, though Moments. All three do the same thing: adventure plus romance so that seems to be a winning formula for me.

6. Forget other people...what is the fanfic you've written that you're most proud of?

Hmm... Sunrise I think. It's probably the most original piece of I've done. I don't know of anyone else successfully pulling off the Groundhog Day concept in a fic. It's not easy to do in writing (vs. on tv or in a movie where you can use the visual element for variety).

7. Do you find writing easy? Hard? What are the most difficult aspects of writing?

Well there are times when it requires persistence and work, but I love it so I could never call it hard. And fanfic is so much easier than original writing as I don't have to do multiples drafts. The polishing process to have a finished manuscript for my original work has been a slog. Fanfic doesn't have anything like that. I mean if it were difficult I doubt I would bother with it as the whole point of fanfic is to give me a break from other projects and let me just play.

8. Write a few sentences or so of your favorite pairing or character.

Right off the top? Errr...

How about I just paste something from an unfinished story:

"You shouldn't listen to idle gossip," Eirika said. He could feel her eyes on him yet he could not look at her.

"What I said once before remains true. You have been too close to me." Those pale fingers tightened around his arm. "It's not proper. That they should think– That–"

"Seth." He turned then to meet her eyes. "I don't care what they say."

"But, my lady, your honour–"

She put a finger to his lips. "Is less important to me than you are."

And to that Seth had no reply.

9. Are there any fanfiction trends/cliches that you're sick of?

Bad grammar, Mary Sues, wangsty emo fics – oh the list could go on and on!

10. Are you guilty of any of these? Or have you committed other crimes?

Well I did write some Mary-Suish characters when I was younger, but luckily none of it was ever posted on the internet... largely due to the fact that there was no internet when I was fourteen. Even then I wrote better than the run of the mill stuff.

11. What was the first fandom you wrote for? Do you continue to like/participate in it?

Well I did write something for HP when I was over there but it was for a prompts contest on a closed community so I don't really count that. My first fic on ffnet was for Star Ocean 3 and no that was a one-time thing.

12. Name your OTPs or most frequently written pairings/characters and explain what it is about them that you love to write.

Seth/Eirka: I've been shipping this so long I'm not even sure why now. There are several aspects to the dynamic I like including the fact that they've known each other for ages and that Seth is Eirika's protector. They're also both characters who have qualities I very much like and admire.

Artemis/Holly: Through the course of the series these two come to respect and care about each other and develop this amazing connection. They are a part of each other – literally even, after the events of book five when they switch left eyes. That connectedness is what gets me.

13. What would you call your writing "style"?

I'm not sure how to answer this. I consider dialogue to be central to my stories. I try to use description as necessary, when it ads something to the story or setting. Oh and I like semicolons.

14. Do you read other people's fanfics? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?

I read fanfic very sporadically, and most often from authors I already know. I usually only read romance for my favourite pairings. Mostly shorter fics as I rarely feel I can squeeze in time for longer ones and – to be frank – it's hard to find longer ones that are good and complete.

15. Name one thing you'd LOVE to write but haven't yet.

Well I just posted a World War I AU fic and WWI is something I've been wanting to write about in some form for ages so I'm not sure there's anything else right now that I really want to try and haven't.

16. Do you have trouble taking criticism? Or worse yet, do you have a really bloated ego?

It really depends. When it's constructive criticism delivered in a polite manner then I can usually handle that. But when it's ridiculous stuff pointed out to me a rude or sloppy, ungrammatical manner then I see red: Learn how to spell before you tell me how to write!

17. When you write is there anything that helps? Music? Quiet room?

I absolutely need an absence of distractions to write. Writing late at night is nice that way it's so quiet. I sometimes play music when I write, sometimes not. I also need tea. Large quantities of tea and possibly a grilled cheese sandwhich.

18. What inspires you?

Anything can. Music often does and I also drawn on my varied non-fiction reading quite a lot. It's amazing how a random bit of information from a book I read a few months earlier can come in handy in a story.

19. Lastly, how would you sum up your fanfiction experiences and yourself as a writer?

I sometimes worry that fanfiction is a terrible distraction from my original writing. But I try not to worry about that because, in the end, fanfic has been a hugely positive force in my life. It's allowed me to meet so many wonderful people, including some of my closest friends. It's also given me the chance to be actively part of a fan community and to share my writing with others, something which I couldn't really do with my original work. And it's been really nice to have an audience for a change, even if it's a small one.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Sarah: Charliepocketcucco on August 3rd, 2010 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm getting pretty excited for the new Artemis book. :D Especially after reading Amazon's little paragraph-long summary--it sounds like it's going to be good!

Ooh, AU FE in a WWI kind of setting, that sounds really neat! I'll definitely have to check it out when I have a chance to sit down and read.

I like the questions in that meme... I might have to grab it and fill it out sometime.
wolfraven80: AF: EIBwolfraven80 on August 4th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Just remember there's another book to follow so we'll have to wait to get any resolution. :P

Let me know when you do read it, though. I'm be curious about what you'll think of it.
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on August 4th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
I am so amused that dialogue is your strong point.

wolfraven80: Dictionarywolfraven80 on August 4th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
*throws it at you to see if you'll run away*
saffiremoon21saffiremoon21 on August 4th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
(Anonymous) on August 24th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
romance with adventure