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Still Plagiarizin' after All These Years...
Stolen ruthlessly from flaming_muse: There's a meme going around where authors are offering to do a DVD-style commentary about their stories. I don't know if I could do that without some direction, since I'd be likely to write a million very boring pages about what was going through my head at every line [and/or I might not remember what I was thinking at the time without specific prompting; some of us have deteriorating mental faculties, y'know] , but if y'all have any more focused questions about any of my fics, like where an idea came from, why I decided to twist things in a specific way, why a character does something in particular, whether I slaved over a certain line or if it just popped into my head, how I write a drabble, how I write ficlets, how I write a series or a longer fic, how I plot things out, why I write S/X and eschew use of the word Spander, while hypocritically throwing around "Spuffy" right and left, please feel free to ask. I'll answer in a separate post. I can't imagine that y'all are interested, but I'm fascinated by other people's writing, [way true, and bears repeating in non-plagiarized format] so I figured I'd throw open the floor in case I'm wrong.

[A pre-emptive note for the folk who feel the need to sneer at these things every time they come around: Yup, it's an ego-meme, in that everybody who's posted it or the original variant is making an offer to talk about themselves and their writing process, only on the off-chance that anyone cares. In their own journal. Who'd-a-thunk. Which is not to say you can't sneer, dears -- just that I for one think it's pretty silly.]

thebratqueen

2004-01-19 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

[A pre-emptive note for the folk who feel the need to sneer at these things every time they come around: Yup, it's an ego-meme, in that everybody who's posted it or the original variant is making an offer to talk about themselves and their writing process, only on the off-chance that anyone cares. In their own journal. Who'd-a-thunk. Which is not to say you can't sneer, dears -- just that I for one think it's pretty silly.]

[smoooch] This is part of why I like you.

zortified

2004-01-19 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

So what's up with that story you wrote about Andrea and stuff? Whatever made you wanna write a story about that? And what's up with the Anya scene, original and second version?

Who are you?

mpoetess

2004-01-19 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Shh! It's a seeeekrit!!! (Yes, we should. I believe Xander and Joyce were last seen heading off for coffee?)

Because I like to kill little girls. Nodnod. Er. Eventually.

The first version was funnier and I think more in character while the second version went more for generically cute, and I think they should be combined. Yup. Um. If we didn't already.

mpoetess

2004-01-19 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

I am the walrus.

I am a rock. I am an island.

I am, I cried, to no one there, and no one heard at all, not even the chair.

I am going to get some dinner now.

dragovianknight

2004-01-19 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why do you eschew "Spander", and yet use "Spuffy"? (For the record, I think all such combo-names for pairings are stupid and mildly sickening. And I thought so when they were limited to anime fandoms, too; it's not just a Spander/Spuffy thing.)

mpoetess

2004-01-19 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Look at me not answering in a separate post. *g*

I really don't like any of the portmanteau pairing names. I first came across them in my tangential relationship to anime fandom (my roomie is in the fandom; I watch the pretty pictures) and thought the concept was rather silly. But since they seemed limited to names from another language that didn't seem any stranger or sillier in combo than they did apart (i.e. Satoshi + Shigure = Shishi all sound vaguely Japanese and without explanation I wouldn't know what any of the words meant) I didn't worry about it overmuch. Not my fandom, so somebody else's problem.

Then it started creeping and then galloping through other fandoms including Whedonverse, and ack. Uck. [tongue-in-cheek]Not in MY Fandom![/tongue-in-cheek] I like my "/" , thank you. Especially not Spander, which sounds like it involves lycra workout suits of some sort, and takes away from my favorite pairing-name pun ever, that being "S/X = sex."

I mean, I think as a joke, saying "Yup, wrote three more pages on my Spangelillarla" instead of "my Fanged Four fic" is funny, but it driveth me nuts that it's become common serious throwaway parlance to say Spander and Spangel and the like.

The reason Spuffy doesn't set off the annoyance bells for me is that the phrase was around in terms of discussing the canon relationship, in places like Television Without Pity, and the Buffy Cross & Stake boards, long before the combo-names started slithering into fanfic descriptions. The use of "Spuffy" came off to me as an actual commentary on how the relationship was being treated onscreen, like everything about Spike and Buffy boiled down to will-they-or-won't-they shag -- just as once Xander and Anya were engaged, they were joined at the hip and barely ever appeared in scenes without each other, prompting the snarky reference to them as one gestalt "Xanya" creature in recaps/reviews.



indri

2004-01-20 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)

A few fairly dull questions from me.

Of all your work do you have a favourite story and why? And do you have any favourite phrasings or passages in particular? I ask because on occasion I've been haunted by pieces of your work for weeks, for example, a section of "Bachelor Pad".

And, a ghastly question this I know, what is it about the Whedonverse that inspires you to write fanfic?

mpoetess

2004-01-20 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)

See me answer this one not in a new post, too... perhaps I should wander up to my orginal post and change that, lalala...


do you have a favourite story and why

Chocolatey Goodness is still my favorite story, I think, despite it undoubtedly not being my best, and being unfinished, and having more mental and emotional baggage than the luggage bay of a 747. It's the story that sits in my head as "this is what really happened in my happy place, so at some level it doesn't *matter* what they do to the characters onscreen anymore. Which, since it has that function, makes the fact that it's not *finished* and rests at a place where you can't even say "And they lived happily ever after" for sure (even though *I* know they lived happily ever after), even more frustrating.

do you have any favourite phrasings or passages in particular

I have a really high fondness for the Spike/Xander shower scene in CG (Sunday Funnies) where Spike first admits to himself that he's in love -- the breakaway back-and-forth from the actual conversation to Spike the 2-bit philosopher musing on the two things that always fuck up a perfectly good plan for world domination or cornering the global kumquat market. (That being lack of patience, and the L-word.) Despite what, looking back, is an irritating number of dropped g's in the Spike lines, I felt like I was writing really good snappy, funny dialogue back then, and being able to balance it with internal monologue without one getting totally swallowed by the other.

(Whereas now I have deep suspicions that my dialogue sucks when I can even think of anything for the characters to say -- which is why 3/4 of the solo things you see from me when you see anything at all, are internal monologue/narration with an unbelievably small number of spoken lines.)

what is it about the Whedonverse that inspires you to write fanfic?

I'm really not sure -- I suspect it's the smart dialogue (which granted, like mine, seems to have waned in later seasons, though theirs is still better, natch), which makes for clever characters, which makes for characters I care about and want to see fucking each other against the wall interacting with each other offscreen. The fact that they're all easy on the eyes doesn't hurt, but visually, I think what helps is that they're all quirkily easy on the eyes. None of them, even Buffy, is traditionally or boringly attractive.

flaming_muse

2004-01-20 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I, personally, would love to hear about how Chocolatey Goodness started and evolved as it went on. :) And, at this point, I use the term spander as a joke to tease my beta, who is adamantly against the word. I like the look of s/x.

mpoetess

2004-01-21 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)

*g* "Spander" doesn't send me into fits of apoplectic rage or anything - my own love of "S/X" is more mock-snootiness than anything else. But dammit, I fear for the Youth of The World, that we have Come To This!

CG musings here, such as they are.