That survey just came around on the holmes-slash Yahoo-group and I figured I give it a go. I don't really participate on the list so I didn't bother to post there, but I figured it'd be nice for any fandom! So, here goes! :DWhat are you working on now?
Two fics. "Re-Possession", a House/Wilson fic I started in January but then abandoned briefly when the urge to write a Torchwood fic became to great and was stifling my writing speed. So Kris
"allowed" me to put in a Jack/Ianto fic in between... hehe. So I'm actually working on "When in Rome" now which is close to completion. After that I'll probably pick up "Re-Possession" again, even though I already got bunnied for another Jack/Ianto fic LOL.
"Re-Possession" is about House and Wilson ending up in a haunted house together. In "When in Rome" Ianto gets sucked into a portal and ends up at a strange planet where he's to be sold as a slave unless Jack bails him out. Lame, I know, but it's really not as bad as it sounds! The idea was actually a little ironic because Kris and I were chatting and I said that's the beauty of Torchwood, that you can pull out all those Star Trek and Star Wars clichés again and so we were wondering what could be the silliest alien cliché fic I could write. And here goes. Haha...What do you think is your greatest strength as a writer? Weakness?
Hmmm... I think I have an inherent talent for writing. It's a bit hard to describe, but I just have a natural feeling for narrative, how to set up a scene, how to make it work out. I can't really explain it, but most of the time I'm surprised by my own writing and I have no idea how I did that. I think I'm especially good at writing lively descriptions of settings (even though I hardly ever do that in fics) and writing good in-character dialogues. I can be rather witty at times.
Conversely, I tend to write too much sometimes. I think I often get lost in details and just describe too much. I admire people who manage to be concise and to the point. I also don't think I'm very artsy which I regret. I'm more of an entertainment writer, the kind who churns out the paperback novels that people buy for a dime, read and forget. I wish it wasn't so... but what can I do. Oh, and I'm way too lazy. I usually have to force myself to write.Where do you get your inspiration? (music, Canon, etc)
All over the place. Sometimes it's a song, a scene I've witnessed, a random idea that came to my head. Rarely, it's canon actually! I'm not the type to write tie-ins and episode fics and stuff. Most ideas lately stem from chats with Kris, wondering about the characters, their motivations, what they'd do in certain situations... And that's how ideas are born. And then they usually turn into Behemoths of 40 pages D:.What's your favorite of all the things you've written?
Man, I hate that question. That's like asking which one of my babies is my favorite. You could say I might have stories that are less favorite than others, but in general I really like them all or else I wouldn't have written them. I always feel that the short ones I've written ended up a little poorer, but I don't know. I'm still rather proud of "My Favorite Year" because I think the language is beautiful and I just love that last line. "Altruism" is always a runner-up because it's something I've never done before and I loved that. But all in all... I love them all.What do you do when you have writer's block?
LOL, seriously, I hate it when that happens and I have no remedy for it. I can just wait till it passes. Sometimes chatting with people helps. Usually it's Kris. We then talk the scene over and I hope that inspiration springs from it. But thing it, usually I get blocked for the weirdest reasons. Even when I know exactly what I'm going to write. Then I just can't bring myself to start writing and I just stare at the blank page for hours. Or I start dicking around online, procrastinating, watching vids on YouTube, play Solitaire... stuff like that. Terrible, terrible thing to happen.What do you love most about writing [insert pairing here]?
Hmm... Let's see. With House/Wilson it's the dynamics of their relationship. I like it that they're friends and peers. They're equals. They both have issues and they know each other well enough to deal with them. I like each of them individually as a character, too, so that makes it all the easier to combine. I like it how they seem so very much married, even on the show. I like the familiarity about them. Things like that. Kinda hard to describe, really. I like the battle of wits I can have between them, the way they tease each other and then support each other again next time. I also like the issues between them that seem to compliment each other. Like... House being emotionally reserved, bitter, grumpy... Wilson on the other hand being caring, outgoing, friendly... needy of neediness. So yeah. Not a very good answer, but the best I can come up with right now.
With Jack/Ianto it's... hmmm... I guess a deep attraction to both characters. There are a lot of things I like about Jack as a character. Like I said to Kris last night, "He has a big heart and an even bigger bed". Hehehe... So I just like writing him. And Ianto I like too. And they have enough chemistry between each other to make fics work. I guess I can't really come up with a better answer right now. I still need to get used to the pairing in general.Do you have "fear of posting"? How long does it take you to publicly post your writing once it's complete?
No, I don't. At all. To me this is the ultimate goal I'm driven towards. I know it's a really lame thing to say, but it's true. I mean, I'm obviously writing fanfiction to share. Otherwise I probably wouldn't bother. So yeah, as soon as my fic is done I can't wait to post it. It's also good to give me this sense of closure or else I'll continue to dick around with it till Kingdom Come.How do you feel about feedback?
I love it. I need it. I want it. I mean of course we all say we're not writing for the feedback, but for ourselves yadda-yadda-yadda, but IMO that's only partly true. We may not write for feedback, but we certainly post it. So, when I post a fic I kinda want to get some feedback at least to see that my time and effort wasn't wasted. I don't think that's too much asked. It's like... "careware". When you read a fic you like, let the author know so he or she feels got about it. Also, I like knowing what people have enjoyed about a particular fic. It gives me an idea of what works, what doesn't. And I especially like it when it's things I've took special care in.
I realize this makes me sound really self-absorbed and all... but it's true.