I'm an English expat, teaching TEFL in Italy. I like various things, write fanfic, pontificate from time to time.Ask me anything
frozen-delight-blog said: And now I see you will indeed let me ask - splendid. I'm going to be quite greedy and ask for 1, 3, 4, 14, 23, 28 and 39.
Oh, yay, questions! Thank you :)
- Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
Something introspective, where a character has to make some sort of decision and navel gazes about it while reflecting on their life and relationships, and how their childhood made them the person they are today. Most of my earlier fics in HP fandom were like this, though I think I write more plotty stuff now, there still usually is some quotient of navel gazing/’how my childhood messed me up’.
3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
Not really – there’s always some part of my brain that will say ‘challenge accepted!’ whenever the more sensible part of my brain says ‘I could never write that.’ That said, I don’t have much interest in writing PWP. Sex as a subject matter generally doesn’t interest me much unless there’s some kind of emotional or plot purpose. Same goes for action scenes, although people don’t tend to write that without plot so much, I guess.
4.How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
A few! Many which will never see the light of day, I suspect. I came up with a backstory for Mary Morstan which I sort of want to write, but I’m having trouble giving it any kind of structure. The inconsistent writing in S3 does make characterisation a bit difficult.
14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
I never like any writing advice that is too prescriptive, such as ‘there is never any excuse to use epithets/purple prose/ POV shifts/dialogue tags other than said’. This advice often springs from a good place – new writers probably do need to be told to avoid these things. But I still think there are times and places where these techniques can be used effectively and for good reason. Basically, any writing advice should come with a ‘these are more like guidelines’ disclaimer.
Also, one piece advice of which I think works for some writers, but which doesn’t work for me is ‘all first drafts are shit, write them anyway’. I’m not a perfectionist, and my first drafts certainly are never brilliant but I find if I write my first draft and it really is complete shit, I lose all desire to revisit it. Sometimes sitting on things until I feel in the right place to write is better for me.
23. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
Probably Catch Me If You Can or The Sign of Four. Both were written to a deadline and I was quite preoccupied with banging out the case stuff in both of them and, so I feel I could have done a better job of building the emotional/character stuff into a satisfying arc. Casefic is haaaard.
28. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
This is hard! I’m going to say:
thesardine - I think their fics were some of the first I read in fandom. They have an incredible knack for words, and for letting you feel a character’s mental damage through their thought process rather than spelling it out explicitly.
waid from ACD fandom does a great job of evoking the period without falling into the trap of over emphasising or poking fun at the silly Victorians, and they write about sad things beautifully. I loved the case in The Masked Ball as well.
emungere - Writes both the fluffy stuff and the intensely dark and disturbing stuff very well. I even liked her M/L fic, and that’s one of my least favourite pairings.
39. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
I did get one quite funny review for Dining with Frogs, which asked me if I was a real Sherlock/Irene shipper or ‘a Johnlock spy trying to infiltrate the pairing’. I was quite tickled by the idea of being some sort of fanfic double agent. I suppose they had a point in that a lot of ostensibly Sherlock/Irene fics wind up being about how much Sherlock fancies John, but even so, I’m not sure accusing writers of being part of a conspiracy against their pairing is they way to handle it. I think I replied with ‘there will be no S/J in this story’ and left it at that.
In general think almost all of the reviews I’ve received has been well intentioned, though one of two a little blunt in terms of pointing out that I’d made SPAG errors without any cushioning comments about the fic in general. My response is always to thank them for the comment, because I think in general people are trying to be helpful and if they aren’t, well, that’s their problem.