ladybug_archive: (ecks_wye)
So while I was going through stuff tagging it recently, I stumbled on that entry where I was comparing Napoleon and Illya's interaction to Jim and Arte's. That was before I'd seen The Summit Five Affair, so I didn't even really believe there was a friendship between Napoleon and Illya and in any case, if there was, I preferred Jim and Arte's insult-free friendship. It was interesting to read that again. And even though now I have come to believe in Napoleon and Illya's friendship, the comparison still made some observational points that are relevant regardless. I've been thinking about it ever since.

It was amusing about Napoleon and Illya, really. The whole fandom pretty much celebrates their friendship, and then there was this one person who insisted she didn't see their relationship that way at all and felt they were only partners, and then there was me in the middle. I wanted to believe in the friendship, but I wasn't feeling it, and I wondered if she was right. I was thrilled when I watched The Summit Five Affair and finally saw clear and present friendshippiness. Yet in spite of that, and in spite of the fact that I enjoy reading other people's friendship fics with them now and then, I personally don't seem to be that interested in writing about friendshippy, hurt/comforty situations with them. For that matter, I don't really seem to be that interested in writing that sort of thing with Jim and Arte, either.

It could be the fact that I don't actually crush on any of them very seriously. (I do have mild crushes, to varying degrees.) Generally, I reserve hurt/comfort scenarios for characters I'm actually crushing on very seriously. On the other hand, it could be that plus the fact that for both shows, my favorite things about them are the plots and mysteries rather than the friendships. (And some of the guest-stars....) And that may sound strange coming from someone who can get so intrigued by friendships that she'll even tinker with characters she normally wouldn't go near, but considering that mysteries and detective shows were always my first love, it makes sense. I mean, seriously, I was four years old and I knew I just had to watch Carmen Sandiego because it was about detectives in these awesome fedora hats and catching crooks and that just sounded so epically awesome. I'm still puzzling over how I already knew I wanted that type of show. I certainly hadn't been exposed to it before; Mom felt I was way too young for that sort of thing. Then the same thing happened when we got this thingie in the mail telling about upcoming shows and I learned about Darkwing Duck. I was like "... A crime-fighting duck?! I MUST WATCH!"

So yeah. Pretty much if it was a crime show, I wanted it. That was my original motivation for getting into The Andy Griffith Show too. (Well, that and Barney sounded hilarious.) Then I started learning all I could about classic TV and found out about U.N.C.L.E. and WWW and all those great things and I wanted them. But it took years before I actually had access to them. And I was all over the James Bond film Moonraker when I saw it (aside from the bed times). Spy stuff ... yay!

But back to Napoleon and Illya. Their specific friendship type is not being very open about their caring. As Crystal pointed out, the best way to see their caring in most episodes is through their facial expressions. It's a very visual thing. That, of course, doesn't translate to stories (unless they're illustrated). But that could be part of my disinterest in writing friendshippy fics about them too, since in lieu of seeing the caring via pictures, it would have to come out some other way. I don't want things to get too mushy/goopy since that would be OOC for them, but sometimes even them discussing deep things at all can result in them seeming too open/OOC. With them, I usually prefer to keep things pretty much as they are in the show, and hence, my stories usually seem to focus on their adventures instead of being hurt/comforty (aside from one creepy fic). I do like having them discuss deep subjects at times, which they do in The Peaceful Meadows Affair, but it doesn't really feel like I'm having them be so open.

Then we have characters like Brett and Danny, who also have that insult humor I don't like but can also do a 180-degree turn and be very open about their caring like it's the most natural thing in the world to show it (which it should be, but it's understandable/professional/better if secret agents like Napoleon and Illya don't follow that idea). I'm hoping to write more fics with them, but I am wondering if I'll be able/comfortable getting the insult banter into things. I haven't really needed to yet, and come to think of it, I've left that out of the U.N.C.L.E. fics too. The thing I adore about Brett and Danny is their openness and I find that easier and more relatable to write than friends who are holding themselves more at arm's length.

When I really think about it, Brett and Danny may very well be an exception to the usual, as it seems like the friendships I usually enjoy writing about the very most ... are often ones I've developed almost or entirely on my own, rather than being fully in canon. With the exceptions of the canonical friendships of Sephiroth and Zack (as shown in Crisis Core), Joe Mannix and Lew Wickersham, and now Brett and Danny, it seems like most of my main friendships have only really been developed into friendships by me. The familial relationships I've loved to write about are canon, but the friendships ... either hardly ever are or else there's only the slightest smidgen of it shown in canon and the smidgen is enough to intrigue me and make me want more. Even with Seph and Zack, there isn't a whole lot showing them together in canon, although as I recall, someone does specifically identify them as friends in-game.

Usually I characterize working partners as friends, regardless of whether they're actually depicted as such in canon. Other examples would be Gin and Vodka, the bikers, Schrank and Krupke, Ginger and Lou, and Ecks and Wye (although the evidence for the latter being friends seems pretty strong to me, given Wye's actual flipping out after finding Ecks stabbed).

With the bikers, Raph seemed protective of Valon in canon, but Valon and Alister couldn't seem to get along. And usually aside from that, they didn't interact together. But it became a fanon thing to have them be friends anyway, with several people adopting the idea of them deciding to start over together after the Doom arc, since they'd already been through so much together and they were really all each other had.

With Ginger and Lou, you have to look pretty closely to see what's going on there, but there is definitely some kind of chemistry between either the actors, the characters or both. I think that essay I wrote pretty well examines every possibility and shows that it is possible that they could be friends. I develop the idea by saying that they became closer and more open while in prison, thus opening the door for their interaction as I've depicted it. Of course, one could certainly use the argument I made with Napoleon and Illya and throw it back at me, saying I shouldn't portray these two being open either. I've worried about that. But one thing is, we've only seen how Ginger and Lou canonically interact during a high-stress situation. With Napoleon and Illya, we've also seen how they behave during downtime. So with Ginger and Lou, I figure there might be some leeway since we don't know how they behave during normal times. I try to make their interaction as fitting the characters shown in canon even though at the same time I'm trying to develop it a bit beyond that. (I guess I also figure no one would care if I soften Ginger a bit, really, since I doubt anyone really became intrigued by him and Lou in canon like I did. I kind of worry what David Chase, the writer of that episode, might think, though. Yes, that David Chase....) Of course, that's what a lot of the U.N.C.L.E. writers do as well, often with excellent results.

Then there's Autor and Ahiru, who were certainly not friends in the series proper. But Autor seemed friendly in that little follow-up play some of the voice actors did, and given Ahiru's gregarious personality, I have a hard time believing that she wouldn't eventually come to see the good in Autor and accept him as a friend. So that seemed to have good potential even though it wasn't expressly canon and that became another of my favorite friendships to work with.

Then we have Duke and David. There's no indication of who David is to Duke in canon (aside from the dub note that he's the store manager), but since Duke confided in David about his plans, at least partially, and David teases Duke without consequence, I would say it's pretty likely that they're friends.

And of course, things like Ray Norman and Coley Rodman, Snakes Tolliver and Beau Maverick, and Snakes and Duke, are most certainly not canon by the slightest stretch of the imagination. Those characters are not on the same show in canon, nor are Ray and Coley or Snakes and Duke canonically in the same time. It's interesting how things like that can just develop in fics or role-plays and end up feeling so right.

Perhaps I usually prefer focusing on things like that because I feel that either canon or the other fans are handling the main friendships just fine and I'd rather do something different and explore other angles. I know that's how I tend to feel about Rumbelle, even though I still enjoy writing my vignette series now and then. That's more in protest of the way Once has gone downhill, though, instead of a desire to actually write Rumbelle. I like to write them talking, which the show should have done more of, but I am pretty useless when it comes to romantic stuff. In general I find romantic/kissing scenes tedious, boring, and almost impossible to write, and I don't want to let down the fans who want to see lots of that, so I still hesitate to post my vignettes on FF.net. (That, and the fact that I don't update that story very frequently....)
ladybug_archive: (hamilton)
So money has been so hard to come by lately that I finally broke down and did something I had vowed never to do: I started writing some articles for the lowest-paying category at Textbroker. I was desperate; the site isn't how it used to be and most everything for the better categories was too technical or about locales I didn't know about and couldn't write about or was otherwise unacceptable for me. At least in the lowest category, I found a bunch of movie and television descriptions that needed writing. It's been hard digging out ones about shows I've actually seen, but it's a triumph every time I've found one. And it's been fun, too.

One of the ones I found that I could write was for one of the Winnie the Pooh shorts. And while I was writing it, it occurred to me that "... Hey, how can a teddy bear eat honey (or anything else) anyway?" Of course you're just supposed to accept it as children's book logic and not question it, but when they keep reminding you within the stories' adventures that he is indeed a teddy bear (stuffing ripping, needing to be wrung out if wet, etc.), it does cause one to scratch their head and wonder what's going on around here anyway. It sounds more like a fantasy that Christopher Robin is acting out with his plushies and isn't something that could really happen. Yet you know it really is happening in the context of the show, because at least four of the characters are not plushies (Rabbit, Tigger, Owl, and Gopher, and maybe Piglet isn't a plushie either; I don't remember seeing stitching on him or other indications that he's a plushie) and they're real and interacting with the plushies, which have apparently come to life yet are still plushies (i.e., Toy Story).

And amazingly, I had another good sleep. I also had weird dreams that also leave me scratching my head. It's so strange to all of a sudden dream about something you weren't actively thinking of while awake.

I was afraid I'd go to sleep dreaming about those terrible Goosebumps books, because I have Ginger and Lou talking about Mike having read some when they came out and hence, I needed to know what year they first came out. Then I got curious, read the whole article, and also read the titles of the books and a few summaries, something I really wish I hadn't done since several of the books deal with my most-hated trope. That, coupled with the fact that R.L. Stine says there are no deaths in the books, means that there must be weirdness on the level of what happened to Once Upon a Time's Mad Hatter, which I ... honestly think is worse than death. **shudders.** I was curious because having read the titles, I couldn't figure out how there couldn't be death in at least some of the books, so I read some summaries, and thankfully just glanced/skimmed at the one in that group of books that involved my hated trope, but it was enough of a glance to understand more of what was going on than I wanted to. Ugh! I wish I wasn't so curious sometimes.

But anyway, I did not dream about those things. The most stand-out dreams in my mind are two that seemed to be happening concurrently: 1, Mom and I were going to get a taxi cab and go to Wal-Mart after dinner, because I wanted to shop baaad and Dad wasn't available to go that day, and deciding to get ready was happening very slowly and I was getting impatient (something that often happens when going for groceries with Dad in reality, since he doesn't like going places), and 2, I was watching/acting out a very convoluted version of Princess Tutu's episode 22.

The taxi dream was taking place at the old house yet again and when we finally called the cabbie, he said we could go out the upstairs back door because that would be quicker. In the dream it made sense, but in reality, there is no road back there to drive out from. (There is a driveway that goes back that far, but when we lived there, we had old cars along that driveway. There wasn't room for another to drive along.) There is just the backyard. And in the dream, the snow was coming down generously (finally; the poor East Coast has gotten all of the West's snow!) and I was hoping the snow wouldn't complicate the drive. I was also a little leery of going out the back way, which fits reality, as I was pretty terrified to go into the backyard at night after the neighborhood started getting so scary. Also, both in the dream and in reality, we kept that door pretty bolted up. In reality, we never went out that door after we found it necessary to bolt it up.

Also frustrating was that the cabbie was a crook who just wanted to rob us. **headdesk.** One dream trope of mine is having extreme difficulty getting anything to go the way I want it when it comes to shopping. Either we don't get there at all, or we get there, but I can't find what I want and the stores are weird and I wander around in them a lot. It's very strange when I actually find what I want in a dream and can keep hold of it. Sometimes I find it but then it mysteriously disappears during the trip.

In the Princess Tutu dream, nothing in Act 22 was going the way it really went on the show except that Autor had been officially introduced. Autor was also being chased by a horrible purple tentacled monster, which he was fleeing from in panicked terror. I knew that in Act 23, it caught up to him in a creepy old house (that looked a lot like a house I know in reality) and Fakir and Ahiru, or even just Ahiru, came in to save him in time and then Autor and Ahiru talked for a bit, so I wasn't too worried. Autor definitely was, however, and when he reached said house, he ran around to the back and hid under a gigantic rock, trying to make himself unseen by the monster, which hadn't come around yet.

Meanwhile, for some reason Fakir was operating a crane. Maybe that was part of him trying to catch the monster, I don't know. Another scene had Ahiru quack and go duck and she was sitting on the steering wheel of Fakir's car, while he was sitting at the wheel and observing something. And I was thinking, "Oh yay, proof that Princess Tutu does take place in the modern day, just in a town that still looks beautifully old, just as I've said."

Weird, weird dreams, as usual. And I wake up kind of wanting to look over some of my Tutu fics. I have two hanging fics for that, I think, but I'm pretty sure they will never be finished, or at least not the one that's more fantasy-like. I don't have any inspiration for oneshots, either, but I still love the characters and it would be fun to revisit them sometime.

One long ago idea for the YGO story I've finally picked up writing lately was that they visit Kinkan Town before leaving Germany and Autor finds some more information for them on the amethyst. When I picked up the story several weeks ago, however, I decided not to do that angle. I don't think I want YGO to co-exist in the same verse with Princess Tutu (even though, yes, I had Siegfried and Leonhard make a cameo appearance in my longest Tutu fic several years ago). The magical girl shows I like tend to have a verse of their own, while YGO shares the more realistic verse with my live-action shows. In spite of the Shadow Realm and creepy magical items and things like Yami Marik, YGO fits a lot better into my live-action verse than any magical girls show does. I have the live-action characters run into weird supernatural stuff a lot, mainly ghosts, evil spirits, and sometimes haunted items, but weird, giant monsters and girls casting magic to save the world? No. That's a whole different category of weird and supernatural that really doesn't fit what I want for my live-action verse.

I guess basically, I can sum it up with that I believe ghosts, evil spirits, and haunted items all exist (I also think there are at least two haunted items in this house), but of course, I do not believe in bizarre monsters or magical girls. For my more realistic, live-action verse, I prefer to stick with stuff that I believe could more easily happen/already exists. (Admittedly, I break that rule now and then, like when I want to do an enchanted death, but not very often.) Of course, YGO has monsters too, but they were only really real in the long-ago past and were locked away in their own dimension, so that's not the same as monsters terrorizing people in the present-day, as they do in magical girls shows. When it comes to the monsters being "real" in Shadow Games, I think of it more as the Item holder influencing things in the other's mind so that they seem to be real. (Of course, they were real in Doom Arc, as I recall, but eh.) But then, I'm an incurable cynic and skeptic about things like monsters, when it comes to shows where monsters exist but so do mind games. :) Pretty much how I write Ginger and Hamilton and other cynical characters.
ladybug_archive: (raynorman)
So somehow I stumbled across this little article, which is a nice read: http://www.fm100.com/public/queue/view/5828 And the bit about Paul still having conversations with John is so squeeable! Love it.

Now I have more decisions to make. I have enough spare money for a nice little shopping spree. But since I like to stretch it as much as I can, I wonder whether to spend a certain part of it on one DVD set that has two episodes I want, or whether to spend it on several smaller, Pony-related items.

The DVD set is a nice show, but probably one I wouldn't be interested in if not for those two episodes. But those two episodes have Simon, and if he's the main guest-star and has a lot of screentime, it would be SO WORTH IT. But the set is newly out and I'll have plenty of chances to get it. But Wal-Mart has the best price and they might not have it long. They've been rotating their DVDs more than usual lately (or so it seems to me).

Then I badly want some of the new Pony stuff: the Celestia and Cadance plushies I mentioned, and some of the new figure sets, and also I'm getting awfully intrigued by Sunset Shimmer and want to get that figure. And there's an adorable Christmas ornament of Twilight in a stocking that I really want. Hobby Lobby has their Christmas stuff 50% off, so if they have that one, she surely wouldn't cost too much (unless their ornaments are outrageously expensive, which I doubt).

I still haven't seen the Equestria Girls movie, but I plan to do that soon. I dunno, for some reason, while humans turning into animals is absolutely abhorrent to me, I am kind of fascinated when the reverse happens. Of course, that's the premise behind Princess Tutu, and then there's two Ponies in Equestria Girls who become human (Twilight and Sunset). I'm particularly interested in Sunset's experiences. She seems more spoiled/prideful than outright evil to me, so when spoilers! )

Of course, then there are times when I don't like the "animal to human" trope, either. I was trying to do that in one of my YGO mysteries and have Oreo the cat be temporarily human, but I ended up not liking that and had the human just be a manifestation of Oreo's heart, so she had a voice.
ladybug_archive: (hamilton)
So I was reading about Disney's Lone Ranger movie the other day. It sounds basically quite interesting and good, but ... Some spoilers for those who don't want them )

Good grief.

Feb. 8th, 2013 04:30 pm
ladybug_archive: (coley)
Well, it's official now: The Night of the Time Travel will be my longest fic to date, surpassing even It's Probably Me for the Princess Tutu fandom. I'm going to embark on chapter 24, and unlike for It's Probably Me, chapter 24 is not going to be the last chapter.

I've also been trying and failing to timeskip since around the fifth chapter! This story really likes proceeding in real-time. I'm going to try again and see if the timeskip I've had written and waiting since chapter 15 might be ready to slip in now.

Perhaps another reason for the reluctance, besides continuing to think of more angles that need to be documented before the timeskip, is that I know after the timeskip, things are probably going to spiral rather quickly to the climax. And I'll feel sad to bring this fic to a close (even though it will be a thrill at the same time). It's been such a joy to work with it, developing the characters as I please and focusing mostly on that instead of lots of action (even though the overarching plot tries to move ahead with each chapter, too).

I have part of the climax scene written and occasionally go flesh something out more or add something I thought of. Mostly it's the part after Coley is fatally hurt. I was working with it today, and gah, it's especially heartbreaking after everything that he and Ray have come through in the fic. The more of the fic that gets written, and the more their friendship develops, the more heartbreaking the climax sounds when I re-read it.

I'm trying to decide if, in the segment after that, they take Coley back home or to the hospital or whatever. Okay, realistically, yeah, he'd have to go to the hospital. But for this science-fiction/fantasy fic, once he is apparently healed enough to revive (if he was dead at all), I'm unsure if he's still wounded badly enough to warrant hospital care or if Ray would be able to nurse him back to health just fine at home.

I reaalllly hate sending characters to the hospital and would rather they take him home. Plus, Jane the cat was sure something would go wrong and was yowling pitiably not wanting Coley to leave. If they return without him and she sees he's not there ... gah.

If that happened, I did have a cute scene in my mind where Ray calls the club from the hospital and has Jane hear Coley over the phone so she knows he's alive. Otherwise, if they just bring him home instead, Jane runs to him and meows and purrs and snuggles.

The phone scene would be awfully cute, but I still don't really want to have to use the hospital if at all possible. I suppose the only real thing to do is wait until I get to that point and see what would work best then.
ladybug_archive: (hamilton_mignon)
The [livejournal.com profile] 31_days prompt for the 19th was Strands of Pearl. I'm not entirely sure why, but I started being reminded of the song Drops of Jupiter by Train. I wrote the latter part of the piece with that song on Repeat.

I remember when that song first came out. I had gotten interested in the radio a year or two before that and they played the heck out of that song. I got a bit tired of it being on so much, and I wasn't fully sure I understood the story of the song for a while. Later on, Aubrie's interest in the song and some intriguing AMVs (including one she liked with Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and one I found with Sailor Jupiter) made me slowly come around to liking it.

Drops of Jupiter fit the latter part of my ficlet for the 19th, at least somewhat. But now that the piece is up, my mind is wandering and I'm thinking of it also in connection with Hamilton and Mignon. It reminds me of Mignon's interest in the supernatural and the like. I could imagine her coming back from some soul-searching trip and Hamilton's thoughts running similar to the narrator of the song.

I wish I could make AMVs other than slideshows.... Although I wonder if there would even be enough clips of Mignon that would fit. It's kind of a long song.

And I'm reminded again of a problem that I sometimes have when writing for friends when they're a man and a woman and there's someone else in the picture who is the significant other of one of them. The problem cropped up with Autor and Ahiru and Fakir for Princess Tutu and then again with Hamilton and Mignon and Mignon's husband, although in the latter case the husband is deceased. But the problem is, in both cases I'm more comfortable writing for the friends and not the couple, and I worry that I make it sound like the friends are more compatible than the couple. In the Perry case, several times while writing my theme set for Hamilton and Mignon I wondered if it was even plausible that Mignon would have chosen Jack over Hamilton, since she and Hamilton had such wonderful interaction and really, frankly seemed more compatible. But it's canon that she and Hamilton are friends (and don't seem to be anything else), and I prefer it that way.
ladybug_archive: (schrank_krupke)
I honestly don't know if I'll post any more Perry stories to FF.net when I finish getting up The Broken Ties. I haven't heard from Harry in days. I'm wondering if he's not going to be reviewing anymore. I really valued his comments; he enjoyed my gen approach. And reviews from others are often sporadic; they don't always review each chapter. I like at least one review per chapter; I don't think that's asking too much. And for the climax, I kind of thought there'd be more of a turn-out than one review on the first half (and so far, one on the second half); I thought all the regulars/semi-regulars would say something.

And I'm obviously doing something wrong here; my hit count for the past couple of chapters has been way down, like to the point of losing half my audience. Even without a lot of reviews, I was thrilled by my hit count. I thought they would at least stick with me through the end of the story, even if they wanted to leave afterwards.

I'm very curious: Is it really so all-important to have Perry/Della in every chapter? Is that really the only thing most Perry fanfic writers and readers care about? Sometimes it feels that way. I've tried to have the spotlight on all of the main characters, but admittedly this is Hamilton's story, his and Paul's. And Hamilton is the one Vivalene tries to kill in the climax. I'm sorry if the majority of the fanbase doesn't like that, but I won't apologize for writing for Hamilton the most and making him the main hero of this fic. (He deserves to be the hero sometimes. I'm giving him his due.) I can't be what I'm not; I'm not a fan of romance, nor can I figure out how to write as many (platonic) Perry & Della scenes as people want. But I try. I put in extra scenes because I know they're wanted. I extend scenes with them when I can. And sometimes I feel like that's not even appreciated and it doesn't matter to some of them because I don't have Perry & Della (or Perry/Della) as the main, or one of the main, factors.

Actually, I tried, with this story. The villains didn't want them to meet because they were afraid the spell over everyone's memories would start to weaken if they did. Perry and Della's bond was key to everything. I put in scenes wherever I could, but to be honest, it was often difficult for me. I don't connect with them the same as I connect with Hamilton (even though I love them all). And if the majority of the fanbase can't connect with Hamilton and is tired of trying via my stories, then I guess never the twain shall meet. I wouldn't enjoy reading stories where Perry/Della was the main factor, unless there was something else that captured my attention. And I wouldn't expect anyone to read my fics if they didn't want to. I guess in the end, I just feel disappointed and discouraged, especially since I did have a pretty good-sized audience until a couple of chapters ago. I can't figure out what the problem is, unless it does have to do with the way things moved towards the climax and what happened in the climax itself.

I love the fic myself, make no mistake about that. I'm very proud of it and I think it's a good piece of work. And of course that's the most important thing. But that doesn't mean I don't want others to enjoy it too.

I'll be honest; even though I write these stories for myself, first and foremost, when I post them to FF.net it means I'm hoping, even expecting, a bit of commentary and some outside interest. When I post them to Livejournal, on the other hand, I generally don't expect reviews at all. Heck, I don't know if anybody even reads the stuff on Livejournal, since I don't have a hit counter like I do on Blogger.

(However, if I've posted to, say, a Monkees comm and don't get reviews, I probably won't keep posting. I'll figure there's no interest, especially since I can't see a hit count. I don't expect reviews in a place like [livejournal.com profile] 31_days, but I do in a fandom-specific comm.)

I did get some inspiration for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days. I'm thinking that for the first time I may try the challenge of writing a short fic for every one of the days. The fire/ice themes, I've decided, might serve Hamilton and Mignon well. But since I don't think anyone gives a flying fig about their interaction, and probably most of them have never even seen the episode with Mignon, I really don't think I'll bother putting them on FF.net. Unless I have a change or heart and/or become convinced there would be interest, I think these ficlets will only be on [livejournal.com profile] 31_days, as a sort of personal challenge to myself.

I'm reminded of the Princess Tutu ficlets I was writing for [livejournal.com profile] 30_deathfics. Some did go on FF.net too, it's true, but others were comm-exclusive.

And in the end, I'm still very indecisive about writing another Perry mystery for FF.net. But the possibility isn't completely canceled out, either. The plot I have in mind for the next one would make it more Perry's story than Hamilton's (and that isn't me giving in to the fanbase; it's just the way the plot would work), but there probably still wouldn't be enough Perry & Della scenes to satisfy the shippers. And there's my concern that I wouldn't be able to to come up with enough plot to carry the story through to the end. I don't want to leave it hanging.

I just don't know what to do about it.

Fanfic Meme

Jan. 1st, 2012 11:43 am
ladybug_archive: (schrank_krupke)
I decided to try using my Dreamwidth account for something and posted that fanfic meme that's been going around.

http://insaneladybug.dreamwidth.org/441.html
ladybug_archive: (lifeislikeaboat)
Playing Hamilton Burger in an RP, I get to portray his canonical skepticism over anything bizarre. It's a blast.

And I realized something. Skeptics/cynics are among my favorite character types to play, because they largely reflect my own views. I believe in a few supernatural things, mainly ghosts and their sub-category of evil spirits. I believe in aliens too, and if one wants to call God, the Devil, angels, and miracles supernatural, then those as well. But beyond that I rarely believe in anything supernatural and bill it all as superstitious nonsense. I also, for the life of me, do not understand what's so great about magic and generally go to great lengths to have logic and science a large part of things instead---unless I simply can't get around magic, such as with YGO and Princess Tutu and some others.

I don't think I've ever mentioned this before, but as much as I love Autor and relate to him on many levels, I had to struggle sometimes to remember to write him as fully believing in the oddness that permeated Kinkan Town, as my natural instinct was for the character to be very skeptical.

That's one of the big reasons why Batman is one of the only superheroes I really like, because he's all about the logic and science. He doesn't have superpowers to fight the bad guys; he relies on his own strength and mind. I love it.

And it's also one reason why I don't like crossing a lot of fandoms over, particularly in fics. If I cross a supernatural fandom with a realistic fandom, then I have to force the skeptics to believe in the supernatural somewhere along the way. Otherwise, their skepticism just becomes irritating and exasperating after a while. But I hate having to force them to believe in something that I personally deem absolute nonsense. I often end up thinking "I don't want this to be true in this fandom, since it would be impossible in this other fandom and in real-life." I think that a lot about the oddball things that get stolen on Carmen Sandiego, for instance. It makes perfect sense there, but honestly, nowhere else. Trying to convince Hamilton Burger that a building can be walked off with is both hilarious and brain-breaking at the same time.
ladybug_archive: (Default)
Kim had an excellent idea of taking a 30-Day fandom meme, splitting it in half, and doing a bunch of the questions all at once. I was particularly interested in this meme, so I've taken the first half of it. I'll probably take the second half when she posts it.


01 – Your favorite all-time fandom(s)

Gosh, I’m not sure. I met a lot of my dear friends through my YGO writing, but I try to stay away from the fandom in general. There’s a lot of awesome people, yet there’s also a lot of scary, immature people, and sometimes they’re more prominent.

Princess Tutu has a really good fandom. The fans are mature, agree to disagree, and engage in deep and fun discussions.

When it comes to specific shows, Tutu and YGO both top the list. And I love classic TV shows, but it isn’t always easy to find good fanbases for them. The Perry Mason fanbase is very active, however, which I’m thrilled about.

02 – Your current fandom

Perry Mason. The characters are old friends to me, after spending more than a decade observing their adventures, and I finally realized how fiercely loyal I am to them.

03 – First fandom, the one that made you the fangirl you are today

Gosh, I don’t know. I’ve always been incredibly loyal to shows and characters I love. I suppose my first fandom was probably Fox’s Peter Pan and the Pirates, when I was four. (And it seriously hurts that most people don’t even know what I’m talking about and are only familiar with the Disney version! Fox’s characters were so much better and more three-dimensional.)

Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? would probably fall under that first fandom category too. I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic for it again lately, probably because we’re nearing the 20-year anniversary of its debut. (Gosh, I feel old.) Detective shows rule. It was the detective element that made me determined to see the show when it first came out. I thrilled at the picture of the cool guys in fedoras in the TV Guide.

04 –First, current, or favorite fandom crush

First would be … oh, Heavens, I don’t know. It depends on which show came first. But my early crushes were Mr. Rogers (there we go with that older men thing), Chuck, Captain Hook (from the Fox version), and Sean Altman.

Current would be Simon Oakland and William Talman. My favorite of Simon’s characters is presently the controversial Lieutenant Schrank. For William, it’s always been Hamilton Burger.

Overall favorite…. I can’t be expected to pick just one.

05 – Your fandom secret

I … don’t think I have one that I haven’t already revealed.

06 –Favorite song that brings fangirl tears to your eyes

I can’t think of one, honestly. I have lots of favorite songs, and sometimes I do cry over some, but I don’t think I’ve fangirled said songs or their artists. Oh, except maybe some of the Full Moon wo Sagashite songs. They are absolutely phenomenal. And when I remember key scenes in the anime when they were played, I do sometimes tear up.

07 – Your OTP(s)

As most people know, I am not a romantic kind of person. Give me a good friendship any day and that’s what I’ll squee over.

Nevertheless, romantically I do love Seto/Téa (from YGO) and Fakir/Ahiru (from Princess Tutu). Their interactions are highly intriguing. I just wish there had been more canonical interaction for Seto and Téa.

08 – A fandom that you thought you wouldn’t get sucked into, but ended up getting sucked into anyway

Probably Perry Mason. I did my homework when it was on back in the day. But secretly, instead of reading, I was watching it more and more as I became deeply interested in the characters. I looked forward each night to pretending to read while watching it instead. (I was very prideful and unwilling to admit I was nuts over a show my parents were watching. It’s only been the last few weeks that I’ve wound down and let my interest really show.)

09 – One of your favorite characters

It seems it should be someone I haven’t talked about much before. I get tired of rehashing and I’m sure people get tired of reading me rehashing.

So let’s see … let’s go for someone completely unexpected. Knuckles, from Sonic the Hedgehog! Sonic was my first favorite until Knuckles came along. I was there right from the beginning, with the introduction of Sonic 3. I didn’t get to play the game unless I was at Toys R Us or a friend’s house, but I loved it and the character all the same. I had the Archie comic where Knuckles made his debut and was thrilled. To this day it’s sometimes hard to imagine Knuckles having a different speech pattern than he had in that comic (which was that of a streetwise tough guy), although I love Dan Green’s interpretation for Sonic X and some of the games.

And exactly why was it that Knuckles appealed to me over Sonic? I’m not fully sure, but I think his mysteriousness had a lot to do with it. And I was intrigued by his and Sonic’s interaction. And I loved that he was an antagonist who turned to Sonic’s side when he realized he had been tricked. Knuckles is also more serious than the happy-go-lucky Sonic, and of course, everyone knows how much I love serious characters.

Also, let's say Hamilton Burger. I've talked a lot about why I love him at the Perry blog, so I don't want to rehash too much here. But I really admire him for his strong sense of justice, as previously mentioned here. He and Perry may sometimes have different ideas on how to achieve justice, but in the end, since they both want the same thing, they cooperate. Plus, I love his hilarious expressions and comments. And the way his character clearly develops through the seasons, starting with being closer to the frustrated antagonist of the books and expanding right away to be so much more than that. Even when he and Perry clash in season 1, it's obvious from a lot of episodes that they are growing close. And it becomes more that way season by season.

10 – Your favorite scene or moment from one of your favorite fandoms

Gosh, just one scene or moment?

Well, I discovered a new favorite Perry Mason scene last night. I was watching The Golden Oranges and Perry is trying to prove that a dog didn’t bite someone. Mr. Burger overhears the court case and comes in to see what’s going on. His expressions are priceless. At the end he goes over to Perry and asks, “Is business really that bad?” LOL. And I have determined that season 6 just may be my favorite season. Mr. Burger is so different from season 1, so relaxed and openly friendly with Perry in, it seems, most of the episodes.

11 – The fan art, fan fiction, cover song, cosplay, etc. that you’ve made that you’re most proud of

I still say Lead Me Through the Fire is some of my best work, and certainly my favorite long fic.

I am also really proud of all of my non-fiction work lately. I co-run the Simon tribute blog and I have my own Perry blog, and I try to make each post on both very mature and intelligent and professional (while still keeping a casual air at times). And I know this doesn't belong on this meme, but I love the articles I’ve been writing for money (which I don’t have the option to share, as I’m ghostwriting for the time being). I was given the highest rating possible for an amateur writer when I submitted my writing sample to the site.

12 – Your favorite fanartist or fanfiction writer

I don’t have one. All of my friends, let’s say.

13 – The best cosplayers of your fandom that you’ve seen; the ones you consider to be real-life versions of your favorite characters, OTP, etc.

There are cosplayers I can think of who are favorites, but I don’t have their links (and usually not their names) handy. I love Puchiko’s Autor, pictured on Cosplaylab.com. And there are some incredible Sailor Moon cosplayers out there.

14 – A group of characters from one of your fandoms you’d love to hang out with for a day

The Sailor Senshi, on a day when they’d just be hanging out at the mall and not fighting demons.

15 –Your favorite collectible/merchandise from your fandom that you most cherish, or one that you wished you owned

Just one favorite piece of merchandise? I can’t quite think of one piece I cherish above all else; my favorite material object isn’t from a fandom at all. (Well, I guess technically it could be; it’s a Holly Hawk Hobby quilt. Yeah, when I was little I couldn't say Hobby and Hawk stuck instead.)
ladybug_archive: (Default)
Crystal and I have been working on our little project together (which we hope to have ready to unveil soon!), and over the course of the last few hours I realized something. Non-fiction writing is my passion, just as fiction writing is. It's strange, how it took me this long to discover that.

Oddly enough, I have Autor to thank for it, in a round-about way. It was because of writing his distinctive, serious speech pattern that I started thinking about my overuse of emoticons and how I wanted to change that. I've mostly weened myself off of them by now, save for an occasional smiley in casual conversations. And now that my entries look more professional, I've become very excited about them. That seems to be continuing over to all non-fiction writing I've been doing lately. I always did like writing essays (when I enjoyed the topic). Now I feel the same sense of pride over any bit of writing, whether it's an actual essay or not. I think my non-fiction writing is improving. I'm excited to see where it takes me.
ladybug_archive: (sephiroth)
In the morning I tinkered around with Baa Baa Black Sheep (a.k.a. Black Sheep Squadron), a WWII-era series. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first, although I absolutely adored a scene where General Moore talks with the main character Pappy and ends up yelling his name in frustration, just like Tony always does with Kolchak.

I watched straight through that episode until it decided to start buffering. It was all together in one chunk and the website didn't seem to know what to make of it, either. Once it started buffering I got impatient and skipped around to other parts. It continued to buffer.

By that point I didn't have enough time to watch a full episode, so I switched to one in several parts and skipped around a bit in it to see if it was one I'd like to watch in full later. And that episode, #4, made me decide I loved the show and that I'd definitely be giving it another chance.

Why? Because the plot involved the main character, Pappy, going missing in action. It flipped back and forth between his adventures and how the rest of the unit was dealing with him being missing. And they were not handling it well. They were neglecting their duties, refusing missions, and lying around getting drunk. This went on for a while.

And General Moore finally had enough. After he was informed of the problem by the colonel, he went to bawl them out. They were letting him down, they were letting Pappy down, and they were disgusting him. He had this whole big rant and I was eating it up. I loved it. It really helped them, too. After that they started getting their act together.

In real life General Moore would probably scare the heck out of me. But in fiction, when I can sit back and just watch, I highly admire his actions. I've always tended to do that. Sephiroth, whom I'm loved writing for in both Final Fantasy 7 and Kingdom Hearts, is much the same. He's stern, he's tough, and he will be as blunt and harsh as he has to be to get things done. I adore writing scenes where he chews someone out who really needs to be chewed out. I've also done that with Alister, definitely in RPs and I think in stories, too.

I think the reason for my admiration is that I wish I were more that way. It's the same reason (well, one of them) that I like Autor so much. But also, it's the same philosophy I fully believe in. When people are depending on you you can't just keep lying around as the unit was doing in the episode. You have to get up and keep going, even if you want to break down. I've had to put that into practice in real life before and I hope I'll always be able to do so. And I'm of course not saying you should never have a time to break down/cry/grieve/whatever, just that sometimes there truly isn't a time.

So, hats off to General Moore (played beautifully by Simon Oakland, if you haven't already figured that one out).
ladybug_archive: (kolchak cross)
A few days ago I switched my second claim at [livejournal.com profile] 30_losses from Tutu to Kolchak. I've been wanting a theme comm claim for Kolchak and the plunnies started biting when I looked at the themes again, so it was a no-brainer decision. I already have two fics done (although one is just a little drabble) and one posted.

The death fic, the posted one, came zooming out. I think it took longer to tweak some things with it than it did to write the initial first draft! I have another drabble-length idea and then I think it's on to the idea inspired by Kaze's prompt. I think I'm going to call it Mirror, Mirror.

One thing I really like about this fandom is that, considering the subject matter and the way it's presented, it should be fairly easy and IC to insert religious things here and there. The crossover fic had some, and the death fic has even more. Most fics won't have as much as the death fic, though. Considering the plot, it was a necessity there.

I've been watching some of Darren McGavin's guest-spots on other shows. I've seen all three of his Gunsmoke appearances now, as well as one on The Virginian. It's hard to narrow down favorites, but The Virginian episode The Deadly Past is definitely one of them! His character is a hired gun/mercenary who claims he doesn't ever make friends, but over the course of the events in the episode he becomes friends with the other characters and stays behind to help them in the climax even though he claims he's leaving. He ends up getting himself shot, but thankfully he survives! I just adored it.

I really like the Han Solo-type character he plays in his first Gunsmoke episode, Twenty Miles From Dodge. He's a poker-playing scoundrel who's a lot better than Kitty thinks he is. Even though he seems to be out for himself during the hostage situation, he's subtly gathering things to help all of the hostages. Plus, he struck up a rapport with a boy among the hostages. I loved watching their interaction! And I knew the boy's mother looked familiar, but I just couldn't place her. Then in the credits I saw she was Aneta Corsaut, the one who played Helen on The Andy Griffith Show!

His second Gunsmoke appearance, The Hostage (not to be confused with a later episode called Hostage!), had him playing an escaped convict, but he was innocent. He helped Marshal Dillon when the other escapees were beating up on him. That appearance also featured Simon Oakland, as the most rash and hot-headed escapee. It was a little strange to see him in that role, but I loved seeing him and Darren working together.

His third episode, which I saw first, is Gunfighter R.I.P. His character honestly enough is a bit of a jerk there, and somewhat turns me off because of that, but the episode itself is beautiful. Darren plays a gunman hired to kill Marshal Dillon, but he ends up injured when he gets involved in an unfair attack on a Chinese girl and her father and tries to protect them. He's nursed back to health by the girl and her sweetness slowly begins to change him. I would have liked to have seen more of the changes, but of course there's only so much you can do with a fifty-minute episode. The part where he becomes so protective of the girl is absolutely squeeable.

It's strange; I absolutely know without a shadow of a doubt that I was here once: http://www.darrenmcgavin.net on the subpage "Scripts" and that I read the ultimately deleted alternate ending for Gunfighter R.I.P. I don't know when I was there or why or how I ended up reading it, but when I stumbled on the site and saw it a few days ago, I knew for a fact it had happened. (My guess is that it was five years ago and I was seeking information on Jimmy's appearance on Kolchak.) I'm glad they didn't use that ending; it would have been absolutely heartbreaking and discouraging.
ladybug_archive: (lifeislikeaboat)
I finished tinkering with chapter 6 and put it on [livejournal.com profile] monkeesfic. When I put up the final installment, I'm going to use the WTH icon. It's bizarre.

I actually got some inspiration and have started jotting off a Bowery Boys blurb/scene between Duke and Myron. I never thought I'd be writing for them again, but it felt very comfortable, as was reading through the stuff I'd written for them five years ago. If I like it well enough when I'm done, I'll probably post it to the Bowery Yahoo Group.

I was thinking on how it felt alright to shift the time period to the present day. The Boys' films seemed to move ahead with the times. The fifties movies don't feel like forties movies, for instance. There's plot devices and ways of writing that are distinctly for each decade the films were made in. If they had continued making the films, they likely would have continued being modernized. Hence, it doesn't feel so odd to imagine the time period just being the present day instead. They likely could have had oddball adventures in the here and now while still keeping the spirit of the old films alive. I love how Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books, and Kolchak graphic novels, take place in whatever era they were written in.

I'm hoping to start work on the Kolchak/YGO fic today. I also may take on one of the few prompts at [livejournal.com profile] sharp_teeth that's for any fandom, once I can decide which one it should be written for. It would easily fit YGO or Kolchak or Tutu, or probably even The Monkees, if done right.

Also today, I must start catching up on people's Tutu fics.
ladybug_archive: (kolchak)
I'm very interested in checking out the Moonstone graphic novels and comics about Carl Kolchak. I love that the time period is updated to the present day, like what's done with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. And I hear very favorable things about characterization.

But there is one thing that bothers me. I hear that the comics are presented as one overarching mytharc storyline that's leading up to Kolchak being some amazing Chosen One who will save the world. I'll have to see them myself to judge, but if this is what's being done, I'm very disappointed.

Why? Because there's too much of an emphasis on Chosen One storylines in general. Apparently that's what you have to be if you're risking your life to save people. You can't just be a regular person trying to do good.

And frankly, one of the things I love about Kolchak is that he is just an average Joe, trying to live his life. To some extent, he can be related to. He's not famous. In fact, he's usually ridiculed and branded a crackpot. But he's always going after the supernatural beasts to stop their rampages against innocent people. Why does that have to mean he's some all-amazing Chosen One who is destined to save the whole world? Why isn't the way he's presented in the TV series good enough? Honestly, I think him being a relatively normal person trying to protect people without any special world-saving powers in and of himself is more amazing than him being a Chosen One.

I think these deep-seated feelings are probably what's also behind my strong dislike of canon characters without magic being portrayed as gaining superpowers, such as certain wildly popular stories about The Monkees. I have never been interested in those stories. I believe the author(s) portray The Monkees well; I just don't care for them gaining special abilities. I love how they defeat bad guys on the show without needing anything like that.

And as I analyze my feelings further, I wonder if this could also be behind some of my long-standing inability to understand what's so great about magic in general. I feel that so much of an interest in and emphasis on magic powers takes away from really thinking about amazing things people can do without needing magic. And to me, that's really a shame. Magic doesn't always equal the ultimate awesome. People determined to help other people is what equals the ultimate awesome, whether they have powers or not. And if they're doing their best to help without having any magic, more power to them. Let them stay that way and don't feel that giving them magic would make them even better.

I think this is also why I tend to stray away from focusing on magic in Princess Tutu fics. I'm curious and I want to see the characters try saving people without magic. Even though I write fics with magic resolutions here and there, overall I present other solutions.

And here I should probably insert that I realize some people who write canon characters gaining magic powers are curious and just want to see what would happen if they tried to save people with magic. I don't care for it, but I realize that's the goal for at least some of them. And they're free to write whatever pleases them.

It's just that I wish it would be pleasing to more people to explore amazing characters without magic, because there's a treasure trove of largely untapped material there.

Aurgh!

Mar. 2nd, 2011 11:11 am
ladybug_archive: (yamiM_artichoke)
I have such bizarre hangups sometimes.

Back in the day, when I'd watch Alias Micky Dolenz, I wanted it to be the last episode in a set. If I ended up watching it at one point thinking that was all I'd have time for, and I'd end up changing my mind and watching more, I'd watch that episode *again* so it would be the last one. That's how much I loved and was obsessive over it. (I've done the same thing with Akt 21 of Princess Tutu.)

It seems I still feel that way. Today I watched Alias Micky Dolenz, thinking that was all I'd have time for. But I kept wanting to see more, so I finally got out Monkees on the Line, another classic. Now I'm wanting to watch Alias Micky Dolenz again. But I can't, because I don't have time. And that's probably going to keep bugging me for a while.

Maybe if I just watch a scene or two....

And this accent problem is driving me nuts. I was so sure Tony's accent was Brooklyn before. Now I'm not sure at all. Could it be Queens? Do Detroit people have accents? (Even though they didn't in that news story I watched.) I just want things to be accurate. And with something like an accent, it just seems terrible to get that wrong.

Ugh.

Mar. 1st, 2011 10:47 pm
ladybug_archive: (yazoo)
I hate it when I have weird, creepy, disturbing, and exhausting dreams concerning characters in my fandoms. Right now I can't even remember exactly what I was dreaming earlier, and I'm in no great hurry to do so, either. This on top of listening to clips from all of the Monkees albums missing one or more members and, indeed, feeling sad thinking of them being absent. Although I still want those albums, I think. There are some songs I like on them.

... Oh, I spoke too soon, I'm starting to remember what I was dreaming. I need some brain bleach.

And LOL! That reminds me of Peter actually joking about brain bleach (or was it brain detergent?) in The Card-Carrying Red Shoes. It was priceless.

Actually, maybe remembering what it was will actually help to push it out of my mind. I hope so, anyway.

I finally started to catch up with all the posts in the Tutu comm that I've been neglecting while I worked on the fics for [livejournal.com profile] 31_days. And I'm thinking maybe I'll watch some Charles in Charge along with The Monkees later. Yesterday I bought a YGO manga at Borders, so there's that to read too. Yes, back to fully juggling fandoms. I think.
ladybug_archive: (micky)
But before I say what I realized, an announcement.

Everyone should check to see if they receive the new network Antenna TV! The Monkees air on the weekends! Edited, unfortunately, but it's exciting that they're getting national exposure again! I have all the uncut DVDs, but I watch the Saturday episodes to support the airings.

Now, while thinking about my favorite Monkees episodes it dawned on me: my tastes for Monkees episodes are no different than my tastes on everything else. The episodes that appeal to me are the ones where they're either trying to help someone or where they're tangling with crooks. Sometimes those categories overlap.

I do not care much for any of the episodes that involve girl problems as a central point. Hence, Peter and the Debutante, Too Many Girls (Davy and Fern), The Monkees Get Out More Dirt, The Wild Monkees, etc., have never been among my favorites. They're alright (I probably like the Peter one best of them), but I'll almost always choose other episodes to watch over them. And I've never cared for the infighting in The Monkees Get Out More Dirt. It's just depressing to see them each trying to outdo each other to get the girl they all like. That episode really brought out the worst in all of them.

This isn't to say that I like all the episodes with crooks; there are some there that don't appeal much to me, either. Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers, Son of a Gypsy, and The Card-Carrying Red Shoes are all ones that have also never been among my favorites. But in general, I'll go for the mystery/thriller episodes over anything else.

I do like The Chaperone. The girl problem may have jump-started the episode, but it doesn't seem to be the central plot. The central plot involves Micky in drag and just wanting out because the girl's widowed father and Mr. Babbit both think he's a she. LOL. It was priceless.

On a different but related subject, Some Like It Lukewarm is a hilarious episode. What I like best about it, though, is how Davy feels so guilty about doing something dishonest. What bothers me about it is that none of the other guys seem to see anything wrong with it. I can't help thinking that if it had been an earlier episode, they all would have had some reservations even if they had still decided to go through with the plan to make Davy come in drag so they could pass themselves off as a mixed group in the contest.

I've been working on that new Monkees fic that revived my idea about exploring Peter with amnesia because of how in The Case of the Missing Monkee he seemed a bit more cold towards Micky than towards the others. Crystal inadvertently helped the plot along by asking if Baby Face would be in it. I'd originally not planned to feature him, but now he's a central part of the plot. Peter wanders off and encounters Baby Face and of course thinks he's Micky. Then he's only more upset, thinking Micky is a gangster. He ends up forced to go with the gang because they're having problems with a rival gang. In frustration, Baby Face has Tony deliver a message to Micky about coming to get Peter. Everything is eventually going to culminate with a gang war in an old warehouse.

I'm writing it for the prompt Found the dark in you at [livejournal.com profile] 31_days and intend to post it on Amnesty Day. We'll see if I have it done by then, but I think there's probably a good chance of it. I'm already quite a ways into it.

I also have a fic idea for Monk, which I can finally watch religiously thanks to My Network TV. I don't think I'll describe the idea here, though. I'll see if it'll come out right at all.

I will say that even though it will take place around season 8, or maybe even post-series, Sharona is going to be in it. I'll be seeing Natalie for the first time this coming Friday, and I don't think I'll be confident enough to write for her for some time. (Plus, I love Sharona and I've been picturing a conversation with her and Monk concerning events in the fic.) I'll have to figure out a reason why Sharona is in it. If it's post-series, I can have her move back to San Francisco. Natalie can be on vacation or visiting family or something. Albeit if I decide to write several Monk fics I'll try to have both Sharona and Natalie around.

I still think the reason the writers gave for why Sharona left in season 3 was terrible and OOC. I don't know which is worse, giving an OOC reason for departure or disappearing from a show without a trace.

And I've written more in the Tutu tape recorder fic. I think I'm drawing closer to the solution being discovered.
ladybug_archive: (duke_triedmybest)
I'm at an odd sort of junction. I seem to be trying to juggle five different fandoms that I am actively interested in/writing for/getting plunnied for.

Tutu: I started the tape recorder ghost fic and it's been moving along swimmingly. It flows every time I sit down to it. Currently I'm on page 20. I'm having a blast. Each one of the suspects has given a drastically different picture of what the dead girl was like. It's up to Ahiru, Autor, and Fakir to sort out the mess and discern the shocking truth about what happened 65 years ago. I'm probably going to be surprised too. I'm feeling out the mystery as I go along, albeit I do have a increasing idea of where it's going.

I just put up chapter 20 of the thriller fic. The response has overall been dying down, so I feel I'd better hurry and get the rest of it up. I'm concerned people are abandoning it because they think it's going to keep going on and annoyingly never end. I eliminated several things I'd originally wanted to do and kept only what I felt was important to the main plot, including all of the character interaction that's present, but I'm not sure all of the readers realize that.

YGO: I wrote the opening lines of the next chapter of Close Your Eyes, Clear Your Heart. I also keep wanting to write something from David's POV.

Patty: I've been plotting how to finish that fic with Alfred being hit by a car. Suddenly I wondered if I could use the recent huge snowstorms in New York as a backdrop, since this is supposed to be set in modern times and there is a snowstorm prominently featured in the fic.

The Monkees: I am craving to write a fic focusing largely on Micky and Peter (still my favorite Monkees friendship duo). I also discovered my old idea for expanding on the scenario in episode 17 when Peter had amnesia and seemed to be particularly frigid towards Micky.

Final Fantasy 7: After literally *years*, I realized how to finish that fic where Kadaj is being stalked by a master thief and Yazoo is shot to death instead of Kadaj during the fight with her. I'd wanted to give the story a happy ending, like its inspired roleplay had. It didn't want one. After years, I still feel that way. I gave it a bittersweet ending and am tentatively planning a sequel, but I probably won't write it unless there's enough interest.

I've also considered bringing back a Yazoo icon I used to use, or using one of my own that I made. I'm grateful I uploaded my icons to Livejournal; I'd have lost most of them otherwise. I'm still hoping I sent most of my other graphics to various people who might still have them.

The other day I also discovered this, an unfinished application for a group roleplay. I didn't complete it because I realized I didn't have the time or the motivation to participate in something big like that. But I saved the application because I did a very interesting character analysis. Here, have a look at what I put in the Personality section. A bit is expanded on based on my own concepts, but most is interpretation of things directly seen in or gleaned from canon.


Yazoo Musings )

Oy vey.

Feb. 2nd, 2011 12:26 pm
ladybug_archive: (ghostbusters)
It looks like Snowocalypse isn't coming here, despite the news reports. I'm alright with that, but I wish we'd get *some* snow. Instead it's a bright sunny day without a cloud in sight.

And I forgot to mention one other fic plunnie I had. This one is courtesy of an episode of the old crime show Highway Patrol and has the majority of the plot lifted from the episode.

The plot involved a young couple out camping and they end up falling and getting hurt. The guy can't get up, so the girl needs to go get help. But she's ended up with total amnesia. She isn't even speaking. She wanders down to the road and is found by the Highway Patrol. They then have to unravel the mystery of who she is and if anyone else was with her. Eventually, after they determine who she is, some part of her starts to remember something and she leads them to the campsite and then to where her husband is. Her memory comes back and there's a squee reuniting scene.

In adapting it to a Tutu plot, Ahiru and Fakir are out investigating something and have the fall. Fakir is probably knocked out, and possibly pinned by a tree branch or something, instead of having a broken hip like the guy in the episode. But Ahiru gets the total amnesia. She wanders around and is found by Autor. He then has to figure out what happened, try to get Ahiru to talk to him and remember, and locate Fakir.

[livejournal.com profile] paranormal25 says that since amnesia is so rare in real life, just amnesia alone is enough to fill their Amnesia prompt, without it needing to have brought about by something supernatural. I'm probably using the plunnie with that prompt. Originally I had wanted to do something with Autor getting the amnesia, but I like this plot a lot better.

I have problems with Autor being the major cause of angst, anyway. After his descent into madness in Fall From Grace and his death in the Phantom Hitchhiker series, I like it better for him to not be the bringer of angst. True, in the thriller fic there's the underlying problem of Fakir believing Autor is dead, but that isn't the driving force of the fic and Autor mostly plays the part of concerned rescuer. Fakir's abduction by the gang provides the main conflict.

The problem is, that since I don't want to overdo it with Autor as the victim, I may end up overdoing it with Fakir as the victim. Although this amnesia fic would have both Ahiru and Fakir as victims.

And of course, with regular old hurt/comfort I have no problem with Autor being a victim. I'm sure he will continue to be such in many future escapades, including in the mystery fics.

He'll probably continue to be a bringer of angst in many of the unpublished blurbs for [livejournal.com profile] 30_deathfics, too. At least one more of those will take place in the Phantom Hitchhiker series, and then who knows what will be the case with some of the others. Blurbs, not going up on FF.net, often aren't as polished and can be far stranger than finished fics. The thing I did for prompt #2 at that comm was quite odd. Although it was also one of the most polished.

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