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The thing about rarely posting in one's LJ is that I always feel like I should have A Pronouncement or something when I start an LJ entry, or at least A New Story, but I have nothing like that! I do have a fic rec, however - this story filled me with PURE DELIGHT when I discovered it last month and I think it's necessary that everyone read it because it's Just That Good.

Ending on the Rhyme - So Snake Juice gets recalled a week or so after its big launch. Something about illegal additives and ruptured stomach linings and other big words he doesn't bother remembering because he is too busy sneaking two cases out back into the trunk of his Acura Legend. (Parks & Rec, Donna/Jean-Ralphio)

The Jean-Ralphio voice is PERFECTION and a well-done Donna/Jean-Ralphio is one of those things I never knew I always wanted, to quote Fools Rush In (which is, for the record, a movie I haven't seen in years but remember thoroughly enjoying and now want to look up to see if it's on Netflix Watch Instantly or something). Anyway: You should totally read the story!

The other news from here is that I had a fic-related mini-crisis early last month, when my father sent me an e-mail with the subject line 'hilarious story' and the following in the body of the e-mail:

who the heck wrote the outstanding story attached?



I got the e-mail at work on my bargain-basement-smartphone (because my current job doesn't permit me to access the internet/personal e-mail/anything fun on the work computer) and it took approx. 86 hours for the attachment to appear on the e-mail, which I needed to see to tell which story he'd found. In that gap between me getting the e-mail and seeing the attachment, I went through cycles of panic, embarrassment, and close-reading (Does he know I wrote it? Is he being sarcastic with the 'outstanding'? WHY would he be sarcastic? HOW DID HE FIND THIS?) until finally I saw that it was the Psych story I wrote for Yuletide years ago, which to be honest was probably one of the better options for my dad to stumble across. When I finally spoke to him about it and told him I wrote it, at first he thought I was BRILLIANT for coming up with the whole fake-psychic-detective angle, which meant I had to explain Psych as a TV show, and then the whole concept of fanfic. It kind of blew his mind but - to his credit - in the end he was pretty cool about it.

The answer to the mystery of how he came across it is that I must have been working on it while filling in at his office years ago, which gives you an idea of the kind of dedication I bring to the desk as an employee, and apparently he came across it while going through some old files. Crazy! Also: Am hoping I didn't save any old files of Helen's guerillas or something, because that would be harder to explain, I think.

The other news from here is that I no longer have a website for my fic - for many, many years I was kindly hosted by the super-awesome [livejournal.com profile] kaelie, but over the last few years as I became more comfortable with LJ and now Ao3 I haven't been great about updating it, and so when she said she was considering letting the domain lapse, I realized I didn't feel the need to create another one. Most of my stuff is somewhere in this LJ or here, though there are a few things I still need to move over. What's there is kind of an odd mix, chosen primarily by my mood at the time I was uploading stuff, but eventually I hope to get everything over there.

As I've mentioned before, I heartily enjoy self-indulgent memes, especially self-indulgent fic memes, and so of course I can't resist the 30 days of fanfic meme. I actually really love reading people's responses to the meme and want everyone to do it! Though I find it comical that I'm doing a meme that's supposed to take 30 days when I average approx. six journal entries a year. Which means this meme will conclude in late 2016.

Anyway, the meme!

30 days of fanfic

Day 1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

I always wrote little stories about things I was obsessed with. I remember in third or fourth grade having a creative writing assignment and writing what was essentially a piece of fanfic for the excellent television show Small Wonder. Again, beginning a pattern of me being given credit for other people's creative work, my teacher read the story and thought I was brilliant and super inventive for coming up with the concept...and my eight-year-old-self did not correct her. I do remember feeling guilty about it at the time, but too wimpy to 'fess up.

After that, I remember having a little notebook in which I wrote stories for the excellent tween drama Swans Crossing, which I shared with my next door neighbor Cathy, who was ALSO obsessed with Swans Crossing, conveniently enough. The stories were never more than a page long and almost always involved someone being kidnapped, which honestly was pretty close to the tone of the show. I loved this show so much that: (1) Cathy and I spent ages perfecting and used to perform the dance in the opening credits in the street, and (2) when it was canceled, my twelve-year-old self made a distraught phone call to my local affiliate begging for the show to come back. Oh, the days before the internet, before you could google why a show didn't come on at 5:30 in the afternoon the way it always did before, and therefore ended up making pathetic phone calls to baffled receptionists at local TV stations.

Continuing my growth into a Super Cool Individual, in high school I got really into seaQuest DSV and discovered that one of my friends was really into seaQuest TOO, and the two of us ended up composing a massive (to us at the time, probably approx. 15 pages total) Dual Mary Sue epic, where we inserted ourselves into the show complete with our own names. I remember we had to give ourselves assignments on the show and my friend Annie being super science-y and therefore an easy fit on a science exploration vessel, whereas I...was not? And therefore I ended up being the morale officer for the ship, and looked after everyone's emotional well-being and ran the ship's video rental facility (which I'm almost positive we made up, but seaQuest did have a talking dolphin, so who knows). The story was called seaQuest Wannabes, and it was written with a fair bit of humor, and even though we shared it with each other, I never thought of putting it online.

The first fandoms where I wrote and posted something online were either Remember WENN or maybe Buffy? I'm not sure. Remember WENN was a great little fandom for a wonderful show that I still miss - the show was set in 1939 at a radio station in Pittsburgh and followed the antics of the people who worked there. Kind of like NewsRadio, but set in the past, and I totally LOVED it, but I can't really remember if I posted any fanfic there. The first fandom that really sucked me in and got me to write and post multiple stories was Roswell. Roswell was kind of the perfect storm - it combined teen drama (which I loved, see: Swans Crossing) and sci-fi stuff (which I also loved, see: seaQuest), and did both far better than the things I'd loved before. It also came at a time in my life when I had plenty of time to procrastinate by writing stories, aka college, and I was fortunate to meet a group of people in the fandom that were fun and supportive and super talented and all-around great (like the aforementioned [livejournal.com profile] kaelie!). I'm still good friends with a lot of them to this day.

2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

4 – Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the story isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a story, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

7 – Have you ever had a story change your opinion of a character?

8 – Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

10 – Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" story of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a story?

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the story? Also, if you do chaptered story, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your stories (aka "bunnies") from?

19 – When you have bunnies ideas, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

20 – Do you ever get bunnied inspired from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a story you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your story? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your story? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a story?

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your story?

29 – What is your current project or projects?

30 – Do you have a favorite story you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget
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