Writings

Apr. 13th, 2016 11:54 pm
dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I've been writing a lot of Star Wars fic lately and have come to the conclusion that I structure them slightly differently than I do the rest of my writing. It's not anything obvious or that anyone but me would notice, but it is there.

It's a bit more circular, a bit more mirrored and relies a lot on tripled patterns.

It's also more visual, but I think that's a consequence of me having fallen back into the tried-and-true (for me) habit of visualising things like comic pages. It's a thought pattern I occasionally fall back into, not least because I do a lot of drawings of whatever I'm writing at any given time (one sketch a day is hard to come up with ideas for, just saying) so the combination of words and ideas lends itself logically to switching to comics mode.

I like comics mode, don't get me wrong. It allows me to see things from a different angle and that can be very useful.

It's just that comics and plain text are not the same medium, and sometimes I run into problems like trying to translate "this scene is a double-page spread" into prose.

I think I have something that might work, though. It's a difference of emphasis.

The difference between a single panel in the right uppermost corner of the right-hand page (right-up-right and left-down-left tend to be the most overlooked areas of a double page spread when reading left-to-right) and a double-page spread is not the difference between:
His lightsaber flew into the girl's hand.
and
The Force sang like it had not sang in years; it was a deep, resounding note that dug into your bones and echoed there.

It reminded Anakin of Mustafar, the perfect clarity of it.

Out there in the forest, out there in the snow, his ancient lightsaber, the accursed, bloodied thing, had flown through the air into the girl's hand and the Force sang.
but it's pretty similar.

The actual, physical ACTION is exactly the same (and it's also exactly the same as what happens in the movie, starting at 00:56). What's different is the emphasis put on this moment.

In movie form, that emphasis takes the form of a wide-shot and a swelling soundtrack. In comics form, it's a one-panel double-page spread. In written form, it's -- more words, basically.

Not just any words either, but extended metaphor. Here it's the-Force-as-music, which is how I tend to write the-Force-as-perceived-by-Anakin but it doesn't have to be. A bit of repetition on occasions doesn't hurt and it's no coincidence it both starts and ends with "the Force sang". (I'm also really fond of "the accursed, bloodied thing" for reasons.)

Watch me have to cut this because it doesn't fit the tone of the rest of the fic, lmao.

dhampyresa: (A most terrible case of the Star Wars)
I was having a bad day of the "well i might as well just quit everything and fandom especially since nothing i do ever pleases anyone does anyone even like plotty fic no they do not why do i bother i know i can't do shippy i am a failure as a fan" type but then I drew some stuff and watched Mission Cléopatre so I'm feeling better. Not great, but better.

(Just so you don't worry: I'll be gone tomorrow evening and should catch up on the -- has it been a week already? -- week or so of posts and comments I missed soon.)

ANYWAY! Upcoming fannish stuff I'm excited about!


ROGUE ONE! I still have a most terrible case of the Star Wars, lmao (you should see my WIP folder). Things I got out of this trailer: Jyn Erso! MON MOTHMA! Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma! Admiral Fancy Cape! Jyn Erso in Imperial uniform! Voice-over guy! SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

The things I want from this movie are basically the same and I'm really hoping fandom delivers on both the femslash and villain/hero shipping. OR BOTH. Both is good. (A fandom person can dream of Imperial!Jyn/Rebel!Mon, okay. Let me liiiiiiiiiiiiive)

I decided it was time I got a Star Wars icon, so now I do (on DW).


DID YOU KNOW CLOAK AND DAGGER ARE GETTING A TV SHOW? Now you do. I am so happy about this, I love Cloak and Dagger a lot. They were awesome in Ults Spidey. I enjoy seeing them show up in any/everything. (The TV show won't go that way, but 1602 Witch Hunter Angela has THE BEST interpretation of their origin story.)

ALSO I really like the Captain America: Civil War - In Good Company featurette.


And this seems as good a time as any to mention the fics I wrote for Bad Bang. I am basically TOO EARNEST FOR BAD BANG, sadly, so they're less crack than crack taken seriously:

Jedi and mutants, oh my! )

The story of how these fics got written is kind of convoluted (and the remix chains on Ao3 are not much help), but it all started in a discussion about Padmé's favourite colour, hence the insistence on MAGENTA NOT PURPLE >:[

dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
I mentionned the Hannibal/Scipio Star Wars fusion twice already. It's grown a helluva lot of plot (five words: Supreme Chancellor Padmé Amidala Naberrie), but I think I finally have the bare bones of an ending. Of course now I have to figure out how to get there.

And finish watching the Clone Wars cartoon.

Anyway, it took me until today to realise I could make Cornelia not just Aemilia's daughter, but also Scipio's padawan, even though it seems so obvious in retrospect. This realisation and the fact that I don't actually need to with every single plotline ever raised in Star Wars canon (plus figuring out how to deal with Order 66) ended up netting me what I have of my ending.

I realise vey few people are interested in Hannibal, Scipio and their peeps fannishly/the way I am, but I've been wanting to write an IN SPACE AU for ages and at least I might lure some readers looking for Star Wars longfic? Also, lightsabers, man. Lightsabers are awesome. (And there's apparently a planet named Scipio in Star Wars canon and now I can't not.)

It's going to take me a while to write this though, because it's grown so much plot I'm going to need spreadsheets (plural) to keep track of everything and everyone. I may need to colour-code stuff. I'm not sure I know what I'm doing (I'm trying something new with how I approach the outlining), but at least my plotting skills are getting an excellent work-out.


Chocolate!

Feb. 21st, 2016 09:14 pm
dhampyresa: (Default)
I wrote one fic for [community profile] chocolateboxcomm .

Hush (344 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Wanda Maximoff, Maria Hill
Summary: A quiet moment.
It's about grief and mourning. It was a lot harder to write than I expected (/is an idiot).

I had guesses about my two writers. I guessed right for [personal profile] minutia_r writing Delphi Falls. I thought Isis might have written Olden Times, but then they had the first comment, so I was confused. I gave it 50/50 on Nightsmistress and Merit (based 100% on who I knew had read the books). It was merit.

dhampyresa: (Natasha and red)
Mirage (3173 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Rey (Star Wars), Original Female Character(s), Luke Skywalker, Original Male Character(s), Knights of Ren
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Friendship
Summary: This apprenticeship thing is nothing like Rey expected.

Posted for [community profile] halfamoon 's "Friendship" prompt.

Spoilery fic notes )
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
For reasons of 2016 being fucking fired, I need to distract myself, so here's the post no one wanted: DVD commentary for the Hamilton fic I wrote yesterday, The Devil Went Down to New Jersey.

I had honestly not thought I was ever going to write fic for this musical because before I listened I listened to it all I knew about the US Founding Fathers was basically "are they the dudes on Mt Rushmore?". Add to that I felt it would be very important to match the canon tone (and I know nothing about rap/hiphop/musicals/etc + I have a tin ear for music + my English accent is, to put it mildly, complicated) and I'm a very visual person, so it was pretty much a no-go.

But I was prompted a Hamilton fic and so I had to do it. I've been listening to the entire thing at least once daily for the past week or so. I fear "The room where it happens" is never going to leave my brain.

It did the trick, though, because I originally sat down to write down the first five lines before I forgot them and emerged three hours later with 500 words and a complete fic.

I'm going to babble about it, because like I said, I really need to be distracted.

Commentary )

I'll tell you the worst
At the end of the day,
It's not the musical on replay
Nor anything I did intend
That drives me 'round the bend.
Honestly I think I'm cursed.
This was such great fun
-- And I still need the distraction --
I'm ready for another run!
Bring on the interaction,
For every comment I'll reply
And give rhyming a try.

Comment need not be related;
The rule stands as stipulated.

dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
GUESS WHICH IDIOT JUST WROTE 500 WORDS OF BURR MAKING A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL IN RHYME

THIS IDIOT.

The Devil Went Down to New Jersey (500 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Aaron Burr
Summary:

In which Aaron Burr
Gets an unlikely visitor
And a likewise offer.


The title is a reference to The Devil Went Down to Georgia. I really hope this works!

(I also wrote a teeny tiny Mark Watney vs vampires ON MARS ficlet.)

dhampyresa: (Parker!)
[community profile] fandom_stocking is live! My stocking is here and it's amazing. I got so much great stuff!

I got Wanda + Natasha fanart (MCU), a Natasha wallpaper (MCU), Parker & Eliot + DINOSAURS (Leverage), Parker steals A SPACESHIP (Leverage) and more stuff, like cat pictures, an IOU for more cracktastic Hannibal/Scipio by [personal profile] sineala (DON'T THINK I WON'T COLLECT), icons, book recs, etc.

I wrote two ficlets, the first for [personal profile] sineala and the second for [profile] thebonesofferalletters .

Shiny Makeover Version (527 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Invincible Iron Man - Fandom, Marvel 616
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Victor von Doom/Tony Stark
Characters: Tony Stark, Victor von Doom, Stephen Strange
Summary: Has Tony mentionned how handsome Victor von Doom is lately? Because he's very handsome. (Tony's in big trouble.)
You know how I say I ship everything? I SHIP EVERYTHING. Yolo, mates.

Annabelle and the Crows (512 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera - Shapera
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary:

Annabelle McAlistair was raising up the dead. The crows did not approve.

I listened to the Dolls of New Albion recently thanks to [profile] thebonesofferalletters and their stocking mentionned crows and fairytales so I wrote a sort of fairytale about crows. With bonus Edgar Allan Poe joke. (Name-wise the musical flip-flops between Annabel and Annabelle; I went with the later to rhyme with Nouvelle.)


(I have a lot of tabs open right now, lmao. I was hoping to get to them yesterday, but I had an unscheduled reunion with friend + Bladerunner on the big screen thing instead.)

dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
Like I said previously, I wrote 8 fics for yuletide: 1 assignments, 6 full-length treats and 1 madness treat (presented here more or less in the order in which I wrote them). Now you get to hear me talk about them and be a giant nerd. At length.


The Devil's Party (2987 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (Comic)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lucifer Morningstar, Elaine Belloc, Mazikeen, Beatrice (Lucifer), Rachel Begai, Lady Lys, Duma Angel of Silence
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: Lucifer returns from the Void in Hell. Lucifer returns from the Void in LA. Both these things are true.
Assignment )


Lion Champion (1376 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Nancy Whitehead, Doreen Green, Tomas Lara-Perez, Ken Shiga
Summary: Nancy's life takes a turn for the unexpected.
Treat )


Hunter's Moon (1293 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gwen Variants (Marvel Comics Covers)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gwenverine/Laura Kinney
Characters: Gwen Stacy | Gwenverine, Gwen Stacy | Gwoot, Laura Kinney
Additional Tags: Post-Apocalypse
Summary: Gwen's day gets weird.
Treat )
All's Fair (1006 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hellenistic Religion & Lore
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ἄρης | Ares (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Αθήνα | Athena (Hellenistic Religion & Lore)
Summary: Ares and his sister have a complicated relationship.
Treat )


Ogygia (1570 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: What-If
Summary: Hannibal was captured after Zama.
Treat )


Zero Sum Game (1357 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fantastic Four (Comicverse), Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Victor von Doom, Reed Richards, Valeria Richards, Franklin Richards
Additional Tags: Secret Wars
Summary: It's not the Sheriff who finds the ship, it's the Foundation.
Treat )


Lies told by firelight (1533 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Loki: Agent of Asgard
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Loki (Agent of Asgard), Verity Willis
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: As it turned out, what Loki had meant when he'd said "I need a break. So... Let's skip ahead a bit" was "Let's do yuletide".
As it turned out, what "Let's do yuletide" meant was "Let's spend the end of the world telling stories about stories".
Treat ) totally guessed it was me based on those).

Because I wrote this fic ON THE PLANE. I did everything on that bloody flight, from canon review (canons I could have reviewed from my hard-drive: Agent of Asgard, Spider-Gwen, Mulan) to brainstorming to writing to editing to... Yeah. Everything but post the thing.

You wouldn't know this from the posting date though, because it's dated as one day BEFORE my flight, for reasons of it being a meta joke for it to be posted on the solstice (makes sense if you read the fic). I don't think anyone caught it, but I am ridiculously proud that I thought of this meta reference so now you get to hear about my brilliance.

Loki's feelings about yuletide that prompt Verity's "Wow. You're actually a gigantic sap." are totally my feelings about Yueltide and fic exchanges in general. Whatever, I'm a sap, I own it.

I really like " "I'm the Skald," Loki said. "The mythmaker at the end of everything. The narrator of sinners and sorcerers. The deceiver. The storyteller." " as a line, but my favourite is "There was something ugly in the way Loki said that last word, something twisted and sharp like barbed wire.". I'm quite fond of "a campfire vigil for the internet age" as a phrase.

(Doom actually is signed up for yuletide, but he's changed accounts to one Loki doesn't know about. It's cool, Loki is going to write his old account a fic anyway.)

(Loki is female through most of the fic because of how hot my recip said she was as Goddess of Stories and yeah, I can only agree.)

Yeah, I think this fic turned out really well, given the givens.


God Games (512 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ambition (ESA Short film)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: The Apprentice (Ambition short film), The Master (Ambition short film)
Summary: This is how the world is made.
Madness )

dhampyresa: (Default)
(FYI, I am answering a bunch of old comments (including on Ao3) right now, so be warned.) (I really really need to stay on top of comments, omg.)

Anyway, I posted the Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen fix-it fic I mentionned yesterday.

Ab Irato (1461 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Maya Hansen, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Fix-It
Summary: Maya Hansen blows up half the building when she comes back to life.

And the Foxface fix-it fic.

Fire burns (813 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Foxface (Hunger Games)
Additional Tags: Fix-It
Summary:

Foxface has a plan.


More fic coming soon, hopefully.
dhampyresa: (Default)
I apparently have a lot of finished or almost-finished fics hanging about in my computer hard-drive.

Would anyone be interested in reading any of the following:
  • A post-Iron Man 3 Maya Hansen-centric fix-it
  • Julie d'Aubigny and Mark Antony taking Alcibiades on a roadtrip
  • A Journey into Mystery AU in which Serrure never became kid!Loki (also Pepper Potts and la sorcière de la rue Mouffetard are there)
  • The fic where Hannibal Barca timetravels to 1830s New Orleans and teams up with Rose Vitrac
  • A Hunger Games Foxface fix-it
  • A weird Young Avengers AU in which Kate, Cassie and Teddy are the first superheroes
  • "How Darcy met Doctor Doom"
  • That ridic MCU/Good Omens "both Peppers are the same person" fic I wrote way back before the first Avengers movie
  • The Leverage fic where Parker timetravels, breaks the timeline then has to steal it back
  • The Locke & Key AU in which Luke comes back instead of Dodge
  • A Journey into Mystery 641 Leah fix-it
I don't even remember writing some of these, omg. And let's not even talk about the actual WiPs, because seriously, some of those are... Well, I don't even know what they are.

(Plus, I know I'm missing some fics in the above list, because the MCU Natasha vs Russian fairytales fic is nowhere to be found. Where did it goooooooooooo)

((See, this is what happens when I write fic without a deadline: it ends up never being posted.))

dhampyresa: (Bad Wolf)
I seem to have fallen deep down the musical rabbit hole, because I had a dream about a Second Punic War musical and all I can remember about it is that Aemilia stole the show (her anger was a thing of beauty), Tanith had an entire song where she was murderously gleeful about something and Maharbal's big song was called "You know how to win" and that is literally all I've got, which is a crying shame.


I've been backreading some entries (and still ahve some more backreading to do), so if you get random comments that would be why. In the process, I've discovered my yuletide letter crossposted half a dozen times to my LJ, so I'm sorry about that. I'll see what I can do to fix it.


I wrote four fics for Trick or Treat. I wanted to write more, but then Life.

I wrote two for my recip:

New Light (387 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: Legend of Korra
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Korra/Asami Sato
Characters: Korra (Avatar), Asami Sato
Additional Tags: Spirit World, Post-Canon
Summary: Korra takes Asami on a tour.

LA? No, Miami (511 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel 616
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Tommy Shepherd, Cassie Lang
Summary:

Tommy runs into someone from his past.



Then I wrote two treats:

Favours (703 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Related Fandoms - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Thalia Grace, Nico di Angelo
Summary:

It's the Hunters of Artemis, not the Hunter of Artemis. Plural, not singular. Luckily, Thalia knows a dude.



(I probably shouldn't be amused that this fic already has more comments than The Oracles on the Delphi Express, but I am.)

Capitoline Wolf (509 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Werewolves
Summary:

Surprise! The wolves are not a metaphor.



(One day, there will be a fic written in this fandom in an exchange that will be written neither by me nor for me and on that day I will get my tiny mind fucking blown, but today is not this day.)
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
I'm back!

What I did while I was away: sleeping, reading, sleeping, blackberry jam, sleeping. Seriously, I must have slept something like fifteen hours a day? 15 hours a night + 3 hours of siesta = 15 hours. I don't understand why I'm still tired. HOW?!

I also did a lot of reading. I finished a bunch of things, averaging about one a day, although a lot of it was comics and BDs, details forthcoming.

I did not finish Ghost of Cannae, because I am very very bad at reading non-fiction. I just keep stopping and highlighting bits and going "I need to put this aside for a bit while I think about it". I do this with everything! Whether it's Ghosts of Cannae or Rome's Revolution or Trickster Makes This World, every time I read non-fiction I end up highlighting at least one thing on every page. And we're talking ebook pages with a bigger-than-average size font, here. (Y'all should see what my paper copy of Métronome looks like. So many post-its!) Idk whether it's because I'm very very stupid or the books are very very interesting or something else, but I end up having to read tiny chunks at the time if I want to process things properly.

Also, I apparently became a "great historical specialist" ("la grande spécialiste historique Dhampyresa") while I was away, so that's nice. Where can I collect my award? (Just kidding. I ordered Le Graal de l'InfraMonde already. I was looking for info on when Book 3 was coming out, which is TBD.)

Also also, I was tired of feeling like I'd written fuck all since July started, so I wrote a fic on the train back.

House Rules (1111 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Scipio Africanus, Hannibal Barca, Gaius Laelius
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - College/University
Summary: Game night is more interesting than Scipio first thought.

Basically, there was a bunch of people trying to play 7wonders (excellent game, btw, would totally reccomend) and a girl reading Kid Paddle nearby, so I wrote fic in which Hannibal and Scipio bond over playing Ephesus in 7wonders and Max from Kid Paddle is there also. (Untagged, because I find it very dubious that anyone would go looking for Kid Paddle fic on Ao3.)


It also fills the "High School / College AU" prompt of my[community profile] genprompt_bingo card from way back when.Card under the cut )

Hey, does anyone know if I can count fics I didn't explicitly start for the bingo as filling bingo squares? And how much I can stretch the definition of "gen"?
 /fails at bingoes forever

And that brings to 10 both the number of fics I've written in the "Ancient History RPF" fandom and that weren't written for anybody else (out of 39). I'm sure this says something about me. Not sure what, but something.

And now, more sleep.
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
I wrote three fics, as previously said.

Senatus consultum ultimum (5029 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, Cornelia Africana
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 1 of Latium
Summary: The Roman mob kills Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus. His brother investigates.


This was my assignment and it was great fun to write! It's an idea I've had ever since this comment thread. It's stayed pretty similar since then. I mentionned it at the end of this entry with "1) a buddy cop AU, 2) one of them's a ghost, 3) there are flying cars 4) and also togas, 5) the mob's involved, 6) there's a West Side Story-esque subplot involving neither of the buddy cops and 7) familial relationships between characters are changed. And before you think that's all, it is also 8) a murder mystery". As you can see, only point 7 has changed -- that really helped streamline the story, oddly enough. (Point 6 was moved to its own story, see below.)

Notes on various characters and concepts appearing in the story. (I deliberately threw various periods of Ancient History into this AU.)
Under a cut )



FC Barcelona 1 - 0 AS Roma (630 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Football
Summary: A quiet moment after the game.
This was the one pinch-hit the exchange had. I had great fun writing it as well! And I can't believe no one made the Barca/Barça joke before.

(I picked AS Roma more or less at random, but it was an inspired choice. The Barça itself describes them as familiar rivals.)



This isn't West Side Story (1938 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Scipio Africanus, Hannibal Barca, Gaius Laelius
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 2 of Latium
Summary:

Scipio and Hannibal, through the years.



I woke up at 1PM on Sunday and said to myself "fuck it I'm writing the Hannibal/Scipio mobsters AU". And I did! Even though I took five/six hours out of my ten to meet with a friend and see Tale of Tales (would not reccomend, btw). It could have been better if I'd had more time, but I enjoyed writing it and I like how it turned out anyway.
dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I didn't do a reveal post for any of those, so I'm grouping them together to do so.


For [community profile] jukebox_fest, I wrote a fic based on "Sympathy for the Devil".
Dawn (1701 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones Song)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: Lenore just wants a quiet drink. Things don't go as planned. (Do they ever?)
I enjoyed chucking a bunch of references to things in there, including Poe's works and Jewish lore. I hope the reveal about the narrator worked.



Three guesses what I wrote for [community profile] nightonficmountain and your first two are friends and countrymen. Yeah, I wrote about Romans. That's not like me at all.
Spirits of this age (1005 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Mark Antony
Additional Tags: Alternate History, Double Drabble
Summary: Five lives Mark Antony never lived.
The main reason I didn't want to talk about the reading I'd done before the fics went live was that the last of the five lives involved a stealth crossover with Alix/Alix Senator. I just needed to name a Senator.

Also, I feel like I should mention that I have been reading so much about bloody Octavian lately that I can recognise him at ten Roman paces. LITERALLY. I was at the Louvre recently and one of the statues had a familiar face... Yep, it was Octavian. A++ job by everyone involved that I can recognise a man two thousand years after his death.


For Remix, I remixed I Choose You! (Or Jubilee really needs a Pikachu.) by TheSecondBatgirl.
Like no one ever was (The Gotta catch them all Remix) (1062 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel 616, Pocket Monsters | Pokemon - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Wanda Maximoff
Additional Tags: Crack
Summary: Wanda Maximoff has a Pokemon.
I (re)watched Pokemon: the First Movie to write this and that movie is nothing like I remembered. Which is probably for the best, because if it was, it would have been five seconds long.

(I enjoyed writing this fic. I did not enjoy the exchange as a whole and will not be signing up next year. It was so poorly run I was soured on it, even though I so wanted to like it, because I've been wanting to do remix for years and years.)


I probably shouldn't be wondering how many treats I can write for [community profile] history_exchange before story reveals, but I am.
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[livejournal.com profile] cherrytide : And/or the difference between writing fanfic and original fic?

The biggest difference between the two, imo, is that for original fic, you're alone. It's just you and your blank page.

I don't mean that just in the way of "fandom is a community that will support you and brainstorm with you and beta read your fic and a thousand other little things to help you write and post your fanfic". That's part of it, but not even the most of it. In case phrasing it that way makes it sound like I'm saying fandom doesn't support people original ventures, I will just say that is a filthy lie. I don't know if I would have written those three novel first drafts without support from people in fandom. (You know who you are and you're all amazing. <3)

No, what I mean is that, much like when you and your fandom friends find yourself in different fandoms, your friends are missing some of the context. Because half the worldbuilding only exists in your head. Or you're trying not to spoil a specific plot point. Or you added that character at the last second and you'll go back to edit their subplot in any day now.

I mean, maybe it would be different if I actually let anyone look at my draft-zeros as I write them, but I don't. Like with fanfic, I write original fic in a draft-zero that no one will see but me (this allows me to actually write, because only I will see if I fuck up and need to scrap a whole scene or whatever) which I then clean up and send to beta as a (finished) first draft. Because my original fiction writing is novels and my fanfic writing is short stories, it takes a lot longer for me to be done with a piece of original fiction, so I do sometimes end up feeling like I'm the only person invested in it. Obviously YMMV on this.


On a storycrafting level, though, you are also all alone.

As far as I'm concerned, stories have three 'objective' elements: characters/settings/plot (order deliberate, btw). Now, in my head, I conceive this as the three vertex of a triangle that provides the base for two pyramids with a triangular base, the last two vertexes of which are theme (below) and tone (above). But 'theme' and 'tone' are very 'subjective'. Characters/settings/plot are concrete, so I'm going to talk about those.

I always phrase it as "characters/settings/plot", in that order, because that's how I build stories: plot happens at the intersection of character and setting and at the intersection of character and character. So, (character + character) + setting = plot, basically.

The difference between fanfic and original fic is that all three of characters/settings/plot come from you, not from outside. In fanfiction, at least one of the three is from outside.

(Themes and tone are pretty much always personal. I'm tempted to say the combination of the two is what makes "voice", but we have talked about the part where I have no formal writing training, yes?)

Most people read fanfic for (and as a consequence most fanfic is written about) the canon characters. A lot of fic is also written in the canon setting (or close enough). Some fanfic (fusions) even borrow the plot from another source.

(Apart from possibly the plot, I categorise anything that borrows character and/or setting from somewhere to be fanfiction. Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald is fanfiction. Published, Hugo award-winning fanfiction, but fanfiction nonetheless.)

Actually, Study in Emerald is a very good example of a story that wouldn't work as original fiction. It's a story that relies on the reader's familiarity with the works of both Arthur Conan Doyle and HP Lovecraft. The reveal about the narrator, his detective friend and the criminals they are hunting would have no impact if the reader wasn't already invested in ACD's characters. The entire thing, including the adverts, relies on the reader going 'I see what you did there' for entertainment value. I would say "replace the names and see how well it holds up", but it would hold up, because it's good fanfiction and everyone is in character, including the setting.

That's the thing: original fiction and fanfic have different sets of goals and problems. When I'm writing original fiction, I make the rules. If, halfway through the book, I decide that the character who is non-binary isn't alone and in fact part of that society's third gender, I can! (I have.) When I'm writing fanfiction, I can't. What I can do, is rely on my readers' pre-existing affection for the characters to get them to read a story that's driven not by "what happens next?" but "how did we get here?", ie, a story told in reverse chronological order (I'm talking about Retrograde, if you were curious). That's one extreme, but I like to think that all my fics would fall apart if you took away all references to the original canon.

And now I am going to talk about how I Do Fandom Wrong.

A lot of people read fanfic solely for the characters and the (often romantic, often sexual) relationships between them. There are people out there who are able to write 100K+ stories that are only about Alice and Barbara getting together. I don't know how they do it and it kind of blows my mind. I can't write without plot. That's why there's always shit going on in the background of even the character pieces (of which I have, like, two). I'm not claiming my plots are any good, I'm just saying that I can't write for shit without them.

I need all three vertexes of that triangle, or else it collapses on itself and I end up stalled. I can't tell you how many ideas for settings or characters or emotional arcs or whatever I have just lying around, waiting for a plot (or to connect to something else to make a plot). So I write things with plot (I basically have to approach that part of the fanfic writing process like I do for original fiction). I've seen people talk about not wanting to read fanfic with plot "because I have canon for plot". On the other side of things, I've seen people outline a brilliant plot and then dismiss the above as essentially worthless with a "I ain't writing no gen fic here". (As someone who is mostly a gen writer, it's nice to know that the reason people don't read my fic not because I write in small fandoms but because people aren't banging. /sarcasm)

Another difference, I think, is that in fic you know your reader picked your fic for a reason. That reason is often that they like the characters you're writing about, but not always. Whatever the reason, though, they're already invested. You get some leeway to get to the interesting bits, because your reader expects you to get there eventually. They trust you.

In original fiction, you have to build that trust. It's not easy, but it's challenging and exhilirating and I love it.

I love fanfiction too. I can love writing and reading both, the same way I can love jumping from the 10m diving board and having hot chocolate with friends. They're different things. One isn't "better". I can like making shit up and I can like poring over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore (the glamourous life of writing for comics canons). I can love both and I do. What I don't like is people pitting the two against each other. Whichever side you're on, you sound like an asshat when you do that.

Basically, I feel like the difference between writing fanfiction and original fiction is that writing fanfiction is a shared activity while writing original fiction is not. (For me, at least. It could be!)


Next time, I'll be talking about an achievement I'm proud of, which might go under f-lock depending on how it turns out. (The Meta Monday Masterpost is here. If you want me to talk about anything, let me know over there.)
dhampyresa: (Quit killing people)
Hi! Welcome to Meta Monday, in which I go tl;dr about stuff.

[livejournal.com profile] cherrytide : the experience of writing a novel?

I'll be honest: I waited until I'd finished the desert novel before writing this, because I felt having three novel first drafts would be better than having written 2.95 novel first drafts.

Disclaimer: I've only been at this since November 1 2013. I've never been published. I only have three first drafts finished, so take all this with however much salt you feel is reasonable.

I have a tag, that I mostly use when I use when I hit milestones in my original writing. All but two of the posts in that tag are f-locked, but the gist of a lot of them is that I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing. I'm not A Writer. I don't have a PhD in English or a Masters in Creative Writing or any sort of qualifications.

All I have is a computer and the stories I want to tell.

Words and a picture )
Long story short: the experience of writing a novel is a lot of writing, getting things wrong and then reading things months later and thinking 'you know, that wasn't actually that bad...'

And you know what? It's a hell of a lot of fun and I love all those characters so dearly (even/especially when they can be such idiots).

Next time, I'll be talking about writing original fiction versusfanfiction, ie: how I'm Doing Fandom Wrong. (The Meta Monday Masterpost is here. If you want me to talk about anything, let me know over there.)

dhampyresa: (SCIENCE SMASH)
Hi! Welcome to Meta Monday, in which I go tl;dr about stuff.

Today, I coined the term "ficframed", which is to fic ideas what earwormed is to songs. They dig into your brain and won't leave.

Well, that was an easy meta post to write.

More seriously, I'm going to answer [livejournal.com profile] taiyou_to_tsuki: "Since you've read a fair bit of stories based on mythology-- how do you feel about translating characters from a mythic to a literary narrative? Are there any cases where you have felt a deity/other mythical being to be misinterpreted by the author?"

I've read a lot of mythology books and books based on mythology. Most recently, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series(es?) and Joanne Harris' Runemarks series. I'm not counting things that are only distantly related to myths like the Asgardian side of the Marvel Universe, but I've read a lot of that, too.

How do you feel about translating characters from a mythic to a literary narrative? )

Are there any cases where you have felt a deity/other mythical being to be misinterpreted by the author? )

Sweet Tanith, this got long!

Next week, I'll looking at AUs.

(I need some sort of meta icon.)
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Remember how I said this was going to be my last Ides of March themed post this year? I lied!

I wrote a fic for [community profile] historyfest and you will be surprised to hear it's not Hannibal/Scipio. No, not even a little.

If at first you don't succeed... (Try. Try again.) (3919 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Mark Antony, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Time Travel
Summary:
Gwen's mission is to stop Julius Caesar's assassination in the Senate. Shouldn't be too hard, right?

Wrong.

With that fic, I now have 5 fics of more than 500 words in Ancient History RPF. Given that I also have 5+ works of 500+ words in Marvel 616, that means I'm eligible for Remix Redux in two fandoms. Granted, they are small fandoms, but I've got two of them and I've never been eligible for remix before on account of writing in tiny fandoms and not having a lot of output and I've been wanting to participate in remix for years!

My only regret is how closely the deadlines overlap with the Night on Fic Mountain ones, but this year I have decided to live dangerously, so I think I'll be signing up.


This fic also serves as the "Original Characters" square on this bingo card.

By the by, the fic is kind of a stealth crossover, so if you figure it out, I'll write you a fic, provided I know the fandom and you pick a prompt from the bingo card.

Repost of the bingo card )

Actually, if anyone has any ideas, I'm listening.

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Nominations for [community profile] nightonficmountain are currently ongoing!


I posted the fifth and final chapter of The Oracles on the Delphi Express, in which Rachel makes her case and things come to light.

The Oracles on the Delphi Express (10154 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Related Fandoms - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Annabeth Chase, Luke Castellan, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Silena Beauregard, Thalia Grace
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, roadtrip
Summary: Annabeth says "yes" where she might once have said "no" and goes on a road trip with Luke. Things go downhill from there.


I'll post the "Last lines" half of last week's First lines, now.

Twelve last lines )

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