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Thursday, June 4th, 2009 04:05 pm
So, I've been pretty much wallowing in RPF lately, and I've decided that it's about time to go back to where my true interests lie: totally fictional fandoms. I haven't read fic in about two weeks and that's just about unheard of for me. The thing is, I got really bored with all my regular fandoms back in, like, February, but I feel as though this has been enough of a break. I miss them, but I'm having trouble deciding where to begin. In order to facilitate this desire to get back to my roots, I'm hunting up fanfiction memes to hopefully get me back into the spirit.

Do you read or write fanfiction?
Both. I read a lot more than I write though.

When did you first start reading/writing fanfiction?
Ten years ago I started writing--before I even knew what fanfiction was, I was making up stories about The X-Files and writing them out on notebook paper. I was 13 then. I didn't really find out what fanfiction was until the next year, when I got into Sailor Moon, and then I was reading it all the time. So 9-10 years ago, thereabouts.

What was your first fandom?
Well, like I said The X-Files was the first thing I ever wrote anything for, but I didn't actually know there was a fandom for it at the time. I didn't even have a computer then. I count my first fandom as Sailor Moon, and once I got bit by the anime bug there was no stopping from that point on.

First ship?
I do this in two parts: My first ever ship was Mamoru/Usagi of Sailor Moon. My first slash ship was Sasuke/Naruto of Naruto. I'm pretty exclusively slash/gay couples now, and have been for the past four years.

What website do you use most?
Livejournal or Fleeting Fancies. Like most people, Fanfiction.net was my first fic site, but that was a loooooong time ago. Before it became what it is now. Now I only go there from recs. I'm pretty into serial monogamy when it comes to my fandoms, because I've been in so many, that it's hard to pinpoint any others that I use as frequently, like archives or whatever. Those two I listed are the standards, and Livejournal, of course, encompasses all of the comms I frequent.

What do you think of Fanfiction.net?
The Pit, as it's known several places, is an apt term IMHO. It wasn't always like that though. One of my favorite nostalgic expressions is "I've been around since Fanfiction.net still had an NC-17 rating." There are still gems to be found there--because it's so convenient and authors can have several stories in several fandoms all listed on one page--but it's so tedious, slogging through all the refuse to find them. So I don't even bother anymore, unless it's a super small fandom or I've been directed to a particular story from a rec page.

What fandoms have you written in?
Oi... Sailor Moon, Card Captor Sakura, Digimon, Dragonball Z, Tenchi Muyo, Cowboy Bebop, Naruto,  Trigun, Inuyasha, Harry Potter, Blades of Glory, Scrubs, Queer as Folk, and The O.C. to name a few. My attention span is incredibly short and I've left a long line of AWIPs behind me, which I'm not proud of. Nowadays I stick to One or Two shots, so I don't disappoint anyone.

Pairings?
I have even more pairings of which I'm a fan than I have fandoms that I belong to.

Any fandoms you would like to write in?
I want to write in any fandom I'm a part of, but that doesn't mean I will. I'd love to write in the Whoniverse or Merlin, but I have, like, no faith in ability to write believable "British" and I'm afraid I'd look ridiculous.

Do reviews affect how you write in any way?
If the fic is popular I might be more tempted to write more than a fic that gets fewer reviews. It doesn't affect what I write though. I have very specific ideas about where I want a fic to go when I begin it.

Do you use a beta?
I used to get someone I knew to look it over, but that is no longer an option, so no. I haven't written in a while though.

What ratings do you read/write?
I I'll read any rating. It depends on my mood. For the longest time I was too chicken to write anything over PG-13, but my last few fics have been extremely porny.

What warnings have you used on your fiction?
I warn for porn, but I haven't written anything else that would need a warning, as far as squicks go.

Do you have any squicks?
I have a huge embarrassment squick.  If it's a British fandom, I don't like Americanisms and vice versa. Bad grammar/spelling is a gargantuan squick. I can't stand anachronisms in my fic. Like, if it takes place in the 70's, don't reference a Shinedown song, okay? OOCness to a certain degree. Deathfic, definitely. Other than those the usual.

Do you Role-play online? If so, what?
Nope.

Have you ever stolen something from another person's work?
Not to my knowledge. I mean, ideas come from everywhere and I'm sure I've incorporated some from other people's  work but I've never directly stolen from someone.

Favorite fandom to write/read?
Too many to list.

Favorite writer/writers?
 Lightning on the Wave is my all time favorite writer--fanfiction or published work.

How long should a chapter be?
That's kind of a subjective question. I try to make them at least 3k words, but it really depends. A chapter needs to do what it's supposed to, and then it can end.

Do you write/read drabbles?
Not as a rule, but there are some exceptions. I don't like to write them (or rather I do) because I'm very wordy and they always end up being way too long.

Any fandoms you avoid?
I tend to avoid both Firefly and Doctor Who (though not Torchwood) because those are both fandoms with crazy-obsessed members and it frightens me a little, as I have a very mayfly mindset when it comes to fandom. Interest dies and spawns regularly.  Also, from here on out, I will avoid Real Person Fandoms for exactly the same reason. Crazy-scary people there. For srs.

Pairings you avoid?
I usually avoid Het whenever possible, though there are exceptions. Also, abuser/abusee relationships, and there are no exceptions. Muraki/Hisoka makes me ill. I have pretty set pairings that I like and I tend to avoid any that break those up. I would never ship Brian/Michael or Justin/Ethan because I like Brian/Justin too much.

Warnings you avoid?
main character death. I will not read a deathfic for anything, no matter how good it is. Gross things, like felching, golden shower, or scat, I won't read because, um, ew.

Do the number of reviews tell how good a story is?
No. When I'm trolling I pay more attention to the summaries than anything. If the summary lacks mistakes and seems cogent, then its a pretty good indicator of the fic quality.

What do you think of Mary Sues?
I think they're mostly funny, in a snort-then-click-the-back-button-and-shake-my-head kind of way. The fic I read is of the quality that the authors usually know better than to fall into the Mary Sue trap with their original characters. I'm a huge fic snob.

Have you ever flamed someone?
Unfortunately yes. I was young and stupid and I regret it now.

Have you ever been flamed?
If I have, I don't remember it. I think the worst comment I've ever got was that my story read like a Harlequin romance...? Does that qualify as a flame? It was a long time ago, and in all honesty they probably weren't wrong. I was pretty awful when i was younger. I've really matured as a writer though, and it's the internet, so I don't take anything too seriously.

 
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