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Fanfic 2009 Meme - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Fanfic 2009 Meme
Gakked from several people but in this form, with these specific questions, taken from rahirah.

Looking back, did you write more fics than you thought you would last year, fewer than you thought, or about what you predicted?

I probably wrote more fics, but a lot fewer words, than I would have predicted. I’d certainly never have dreamed that I could go 9 months without adding to ‘Tabula Avatar’.

Where did you publish/archive your stories?

LJ, TtH, and I’ve recently re-started posting at the Pit of Voles. I posted on Dreamwidth for a short while but gave up because it’s just not worth it. If their much-hyped cross-posting feature worked as advertised I’d post there but it doesn’t. I haven’t published anything on my own website at all during 2009 – doing the html is just too much hassle.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2009?

I wouldn’t have predicted my move into the Stargate: SG-1 fandom. I always enjoyed the show but missed a lot of episodes during the first run. My dislike of Cameron ‘Mr Charisma Bypass’ Mitchell, my loathing of Adria, and my utter seething hatred of Stargate: Atlantis and everything connected to it, eventually meant that I stopped watching. However Sky’s re-showing of the entire series, especially in conjunction with the ‘Series Link’ facility on Sky+, re-awakened my interest and, after starting off with the first of several crossovers, I even wrote a pure SG-1 fic. And went on to write a crossover series starring Cam Mitchell – although I do have him being comprehensively out-acted by a stop-motion animation gerbil.

What's your favourite story last year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you the happiest?

A Plague of Serpents. Actually it depends on what you mean by ‘happiest’. It makes me cry – one reason why the next chapter hasn’t appeared yet is that sometimes I can’t see the monitor through the tears as I type – but it’s the one that I find most satisfying. Even though I haven’t got to the really fun bits yet; with Chantry’s tragic return to Neverwinter, Shar joining the Second Betrayer’s Crusade, and the Goa’uld invading Faerûn in force all still to come.

Okay, NOW your most popular story.

Extinction Event. It didn’t make much of a ripple here on LiveJournal but on TtH, and on the Internet as a whole, it made a tsunami. It was the web-wide reaction to ‘Extinction Event’ that led me to start posting at the Pit of Voles again. The next most popular was Olaf through the Stargate (or ‘Crowning Moment of Awesome’ as it is known in some places).

Story most under appreciated by the universe?

The Ringworld Slayer.

Story that could have been better?

‘Extinction Event’ had flaws; I corrected them at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ but LiveJournal’s posting limits meant that I couldn’t correct them here. That’s why the link above leads to the vastly superior TtH version rather than to the original, still flawed, LJ version.

Sexiest story?

‘Olaf through the Stargate’.

Most fun story?

‘Olaf through the Stargate’.

Story with single sweetest moment?

I don’t do sweet. Although some people thought that the moment in Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport when Skippy pulled out a P-90 and unleashed a hail of hot lead upon Bastet’s Jaffa was pretty sweet...

The story that made you cry?

‘A Plague of Serpents’, of course; Six Thousand Miles; and the scene in ‘Extinction Event’ when Jack’s watching the DVD of Ninmah’s post-disaster TV broadcast to the Commonwealth.

Hardest story to write?

Came the Thunder – because the Algonquin language family is hard and I regard the Cheyenne language parts of the story to be essential.

Easiest story to write?

You can’t really count drabbles and so it would be ‘Six Thousand Miles’.

Most overdue story?

‘Savage Beauty’.

Did you take any writing risks last year? What did you learn from them?

I always take risks. What I learned was that people you think are friends will stab you in the back and that, no matter how good a story is, a crap story in which a ridiculously over-powered Xander rains down vengeance upon people who have failed to appreciate his awesomeness will always get more votes in the TtH CoAs.

Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?

Finish ‘Savage Beauty’, finish ‘Came the Thunder’ so that Nonoma’e’e becomes eligible for the ‘Best Original Character’ award at the 2010 TtH CoAs (I failed in my aim to get her eligible for 2009), and finish ‘Debt of Blood’, and get ‘A Plague of Serpents’ up to the Goa’uld invasion. If I can’t finish ‘Tabula Avatar’ at least get it up to the ‘Throne of Bhaal’ stage. And write a story in which a ridiculously overpowered Xander rains down vengeance upon people who have failed to appreciate his awesomeness – and somehow manage to refrain from visibly taking the piss as I did in Take Me To Your Leda.


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From: arkeus Date: January 3rd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad to hear that bout 'a plague of serpent'.

Also, hoping for some Tabula Avatar love sooner or later.

Btw, it's pretty definite there won't be Willow cameo in the later fics in 'Tabula Avatar universe'?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 3rd, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually Willow may well have a cameo in 'A Plague of Serpents' - it will depend on if there's room to feature her. She will be there, as one of Shar and Eilistraee's army supporting the Betrayer's Crusade, but as that army is two hundred million strong Willow might not be visible in the crowd.
From: arkeus Date: January 3rd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

You of little faith! go worship the red-haired goddess of puppy eyes!

anyway, thks for the little spoilers. Hope there will be a small scene of her <_< glad to see you working hard
jedibuttercup From: jedibuttercup Date: January 3rd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
> ...no matter how good a story is, a crap story in which a ridiculously over-powered Xander rains down vengeance upon people who have failed to appreciate his awesomeness will always get more votes in the TtH CoAs.

Preach it. =) I don't know some of your canon sources, but when I do, I always enjoy your stories tremendously.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 4th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
At least you've managed to win a few well-deserved times despite the Super!Xander crowd's block voting. Not that they'd really have much effect on categories such as 'Best portrayal of Wesley', or 'Best portrayal of Fred/Illyria', of course.
rahirah From: rahirah Date: January 3rd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are people who fail to appreciate Xander's awesomeness? Shun the unbelievers! SHUN!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 4th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm quite prepared to accept Xander as awesome - but because he's got heart, determination, guts and a sense of humour and not because he can field-strip an M-16 in 1.264 seconds, shoot two Desert Eagles simultaneously while hurdling a barbed wire fence and still hit the eyeballs of two different targets, and shoot lightning (often spelt 'lightening'!) bolts out of his ass.
From: arkeus Date: January 4th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
ahah, i guess you read that http://m-mcgregor.livejournal.com/129799.html ?

But, yeah, if it's hard for you, imagine what it is for people who like writing about Xander being almost like Xander, and what happens when they 'betray their fans'.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 4th, 2010 11:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually I hadn't read it - and I must say m_mcgregor is very much not the person I would have expected to write a post on that topic.
From: arkeus Date: January 4th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, a lot of Xander fan still like him a lot, but he does try and write about the cast and not about Xander pwning the cast.

Of course, i don't know of your own experience with him, but i find that despite a few quirks i agree with him on a lot.

eh, in the same genre but in fic format: http://m-mcgregor.livejournal.com/114528.html
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if it isn't possible to at some time have a fanfic author write about younger Xander meeting older Xander and being appalled at how much he came to resemble his own father. -.- I still think Whedon, Noxon & Co. dropped the ball big time on the three mains during the last two seasons, and are now frantically trying to white-wash their own faults in the comics.

From: arkeus Date: January 5th, 2010 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
you actually think Xander came to resemble his father? I thought Xander did well at actually not needing to be special that much (though he still err from time to time) and not needing to be over people, while still having fun.

It's been a while, but i can't quite remember Xander acting like a Drunk guy that much.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
After ditching Anya at the altar he surely did have a huge amount of character degeneration, he got drunk a few times, got increasingly violent and offensive with Spike and generally turned into much more of a bigoted cad. He recovered in season seven, but a lot of bad sentiment was built up in season six with a lot of fans.

Same goes for Willow, incidentally, for other reasons than Xander, of course.

From: arkeus Date: January 6th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd say every character was in a bad place then. Everyone abused everyone repeatedly, Xander being stupid and scared, Anya being all wrathful and indecisive, Willow letting her moral and desires being entangled, Buffy just trying to get back to living and feeling, and Spike going back and forth between wanting to manipulate people because of dependence and pride.

It's not about Xander or Willow, but the climate.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I think we can agree that BtVS got pretty dire after "Once more with feeling". Character derailment all around. I guess that is what happens if the head writer writes off his own show to focus on his current pet project and the new chief ( Marti Noxon ) decides it is time to work out her highschool traumas. -.-

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
So, what *happened* to Tabula Avatar. :p

Forgive me for hectoring you for a second, but I kinda see it going the route of Barbs "A Parliament of Monsters" at the moment, with the next chapter coming out in three months and then trailing off into oblivion, while you write side-projects for the wider universe. It seems like a common thread with fan-fiction authors ( see: Alicia McKenzie's "True Believers" universe ) and I kind of fear that this is where we are heading. :(

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 5th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I changed the goal of 'Tabula Avatar' after experiencing the staggering injustice of the ending of 'Mask of the Betrayer'. When I decided to do something about it (The Whole of the Moon marks the point at which the idea hit me) I put Tabula Avatar on hold while I worked out how I would mesh everything together. Debt of Blood is an important staging post on that route and I decided to complete it before picking up Tabula Avatar again. I thought it would take me 3 weeks. I was hugely wrong. I have, however, reached the point where I now know what needs to happen next in Tabula Avatar to make sure that it ends up at the right place. I've made a start on the next chapter and I'll be going back to it as soon as I've finished 'Life, Resumed' - which had been untouched since February '08.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 5th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I am sure the final product will be worth it. :)

From: arkeus Date: January 6th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
happy to hear that. And, yeah, FR has been hit hard :-)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, ugh. I didn't really mentally connect "Mask of the Betrayer" with the FR. I think I mentally scrubbed that name out of my memory.

Yeah, the FR are pretty dead to me, due to Wizards ruining them. It's a damned shame, I always liked the setting very much.

speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 7th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The issue I have with 'Mask of the Betrayer' is nothing to do with the changes WotC made to the Realms - first Lisa Smedman killing off Eilistraee in favour of her Mary-Sue and then WotC massacring almost everyone else so that the Realms became right for their 'darker and edgier' Fourth Edition - but dates back to Three Point Five.

At the end of MotB you are faced with the perhaps the biggest injustice ever. You, the PC, have been hugely wronged and forced to suffer the punishment decreed for someone totally different - and it is brought home to you that countless millions of people are being hideously tortured for all eternity when they haven't necessarily done anything wrong. You're not allowed to do anything about it. The most you can do is escape your own unjust punishment. One of your companions is determined to continue the fight - you're not allowed to help her, you are simply forced by game designer fiat to accept Kelemvor's decree.

Well, sod that. In the TA 'verse, where Yoshimo's sister is one of those suffering the appalling unjust punishment, Shar is not going to let it end like that. She told Kelemvor "I'll be back" and she will. And she's bringing friends. Millions of them.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 9th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I clearly suck with names... Mask of the Betrayer was the expansion for Neverwinter Nights 2 ( which I never played, since the main game already bored me to tears ).

However, what you just enumarated so aptly was the cause why I left the Realms behind, since they are now only a crippled shadow of what they once were. Kinda like they did with the BattleTech universe, although I think you won't know that one.

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