I apologize for disappearing, and I should have left again for work two minutes ago. I still want to finish my Florida post, and I need to catch up with everybody, but life is once again tumultuous and I'm running in circles. So in lieu of anything substantial, have another writing meme!

I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] abrae's tumblr and nicked it. If you like, select a number and ask me to respond. Or choose a number and answer it yourself. Or post the meme to your journal.

Running now.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
2. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
8. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
9. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
10. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
11. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
12. Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more? (What?)
13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
16. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
18. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
19. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
20. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
21. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
22. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style.
23. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
24. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
25. What do you look for in a beta?
26. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
27. How do you feel about collaborations?
28. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
29. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
30. Do you accept prompts?
31. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
32. How do you feel about smut?
33. How do you feel about crack?
34. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
35. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
36. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
37. Talk about your current wips.
38. Talk about a review that made your day.
39. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
40. Write an alternative ending to [insert fic title] (or just the summary of one).
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From: [personal profile] psyfic

just dropping by

to wish you a very Happy Birthday with many wishes for a fulfilling year ahead. :-)

From: [identity profile] dbassassin.livejournal.com

Oooo, no. 15 please.

And I'm off to post this myself. I love me a good writing meme.

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?

Most of my fics aren't terribly filmable, I'd say. Not a lot happens; most depend on description and random emotional weather, which would be lost in translation and make for a very dull movie experience.

The Lost World is probably the likeliest candidate, yes? I can imagine the scenes shifting back and forth between the heightened, ominous, erotic visuals of the Forest/garden and the domestic discord and familiarity of Harry's home life, with Al darting between in symbolic disruption. (This would especially be true if I could ever manage to finish the longer version of this damned obstreperous fic. Hrrrmph.)

In cinematic terms, the disturbing quality of the eroticism could be laid on thick, in particular the early sections where Harry makes out with an invisible partner and we only ever hear Snape's voice. It would be deliciously creepy. A director could have a grand time finding ways to suggest the person who's not there, or the sex that comes close to being a hallucination. And I'd love to see what a good art/CGI department would do with the Tam Lin sequence, where Snape keeps transforming, Harry's naked and Snape's not, and they set about wrecking the furniture.

The longer version has a more complete arc (IMO) but would need condensing for visual economy. The ending is more ambiguous and feels more satisfying to me as a horrific or melancholy fairy tale, but since I haven't posted it, you can't know what I'm talking about.

I could also imagine No Room for the Weak being choreographed as a kind of chamber piece, almost a stage play, all claustrophobia and misdirection and Tennessee Williams-esque undercurrents. Both it and The Lost World would rely on the director keeping the audience off-balance, playing up uncertainty about what's really happening and what the characters' motivations are.

So, yeah. The Lost World. Possibly as re-conceived by Bryan Fuller.

From: [identity profile] dbassassin.livejournal.com

I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read either of these; in my defence I think it's been five years since I've read an HP fic. Though your description of The Lost World has definitely piqued my interest.

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

Oh, no worries. I suspected you hadn't read them, but it doesn't matter, because they're the best answers to the question anyway. It got me thinking in a non-prose medium, which was fun. Although I'm not sure The Lost World as text would line up with the way I described it here, since I was trying to re-imagine it in visual terms, with that kind of framing and economy. I picked out the elements I reckoned would benefit from a visual re-creation.

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

I have to go out again in a minute, even though I feel a bit trampled from the week and doubtful whether my brain will be of any use. So let me answer the easy one first and come back to the other one after.

Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

Several of 'em. A/B/O and its oft-found accessory, knotting, to single out one of the more recent fads. I have enjoyed reading fic using this conceit, but only because I adore the author and think she can do anything. Which she proved by persuading me to gobble down her Hobbit fic. But apart from that, the dynamics are a bit of a nightmare for me. Not a squick, just a bunch of mating/baby tropes that make me grumpy.

Other tropes that are not for me: mpreg, humiliation/degradation, graphic torture, club-style BDSM (meaning I like elements of BDSM but have zero interest in "Snape owns a BDSM club and Harry learns to enjoy submitting to his clients," both because the formal aspect bores me and because it doesn't match my interpretation of the characters).

I'm sure there are others; I'm actually a fairly narrow writer and keep mining the same territory without straying too far.

Btw, I owe you an email, re: the massage fic! I am, as per usual at this stage in my life, having conniptions over the consequence of my choices, so I have some catching up to do.

From: [identity profile] enname.livejournal.com

I suspect there are about two fics in the world that involve A/B/O that I enjoyed and neither are in this fandom, and they are by and large political commentary or character studies that have nothing to do with the mating/baby tropes and gender classifications that drive me up the wall. Also usually delivered in a ham fisted manner. Alas, baby tropes tend to be a ridiculously big squick of mine, likewise mpreg (unless, you know, somehow it is part of canon) etc. I always feel like I am seeing too much of the author there.

*snorts with laughter* Thanks for that image of Snape the BDSM club owner. I think Snape even looks angry in my imagination at being put in that situation. Harry just looks furious.

Yes, but the territory you mine is apparently quite a large region and geographically diverse. :)

Well, given that I owe you an actual response to the massage fic, rather than an off the cuff place holder - I suspect we are even on that front. This might have to wait until the weekend, now that the other thing that got done last weekend has been completed. :)

From: [identity profile] perverse-idyll.livejournal.com

Ack, the second question is unexpectedly tricky. One of the commonest reasons for the cry of "sequel!" (not that I have proof of this, it's just a semi-educated guess) is an ambiguous or romantically unconsummated ending. Needless to say, I happen to enjoy those and don't want people - even the author, in most cases - messing with those endings as long as they make artistic and emotional sense.

Of course, having said that, I'll now proceed to violate my claim by choosing a fic that has exactly such a perfect bit of thwarted closure and aesthetic clarity. Actually, I'll give you three fics, all for different reasons, although only one is because I feel some desire to push back against the ending. (Which is a lie. I love the ending and wish I could command this kind of delicate emotional mindfuck. Although 'mindfuck' is too coarse a word for what the author achieves.)

1. "Truth" by thisveryinstant. I don't actually want to write the sequel. I want the author to write the sequel. It's a pretty brilliant compression of the original unhealthy Snape/Potter electricity and twisted dynamics and psycho-sexual intensity. Snape is a hideous, borderline-deranged mess, and by the end Harry's got him over a barrel and is calling the shots. I want to see how that unredemptive sexual recognition plays out. I just don't think I could do it justice; I'd probably give Snape some redeeming features that would bungle the delicious dirtybadwrong power (im)balance. But the writer produced one of the best versions I've seen of Snape breaking under pressure to his own internal self-loathing, and I desperately want to read the consequences of that.

2. "Kestrel" by lomonaaeren. This is the only Snarry fic by this author that works for me, and it really is complete unto itself. It's not as if a sequel is necessary. But the UST, the sheer weirdness of Snape and his thought processes and his fascinating if rather grotesque profession, and the wings as a factor in his and Harry's sexual chemistry, make me wish there'd been a follow-up fic where they actually get naked and risk intimacy. Snape's abnormal emotional reactions and the physical complication of the wings would provide as much plot as a smutfic needs. So, yeah. Porn.

3. "Pale Green" by torch. This is the one. This is the fic I feel guilty even suggesting I might like a sequel to, because the original story is so exquisite and so beautifully handled. Yet it's one of those fics whose possibilities nag at me. And again, I don't think I'd have the skill to play that game. I'd love to see a fic set just after the war wherein Harry turns the tables and inflicts the same enigmatic, tormented, and possibly unpremeditated sort of seductive move on Snape, especially an injured and exhausted Snape who doesn't trust his own perceptions. And then Harry leaves him alone to be obsessed and haunted by what happened and what it might mean, while Harry wrestles with self-disgust, feeling he's transgressed in some way, although obviously there's no moral or legal boundary line of the kind Snape crosses in the original. I'm not sure how this one would end - if there might be a hint of rapprochement, or if it should follow the same normalization and exorcism, and sense of worlds tilting and then standing upright again, as she manages in Pale Green.

Ahem. That's probably far more than you wanted to know, but it's not a question I've ever pondered before, and once I started, it took on a momentum of its own - which of course involved getting sucked into re-reading all three fics!

From: [identity profile] enname.livejournal.com

You saw my cunning plan in asking this one, because it is a really hard question to grapple with. I love endings that I hate, so it is something I find impossible to answer. Plus I wanted to know the answer, so actually, you haven't left me with more than I originally wanted, given that what I originally wanted was a considered answer and not just the usual 'give me more because I got to the end of the story and am sad or dissatisfied.'

'Truth' is one I would have chosen myself, even thought it is so very complete in many ways, and needs nothing more. I just want more of that particular world and that particular author and that Snape, and if possible, more Snape breaking, because apparently I need that in my life. It is delicious and something I always come back and read and go 'argh!'. I also really like Harry in here.

I hadn't actually considered a continuation to 'Pale Green', but I am intrigued by this suggestion and well, torn both ways. One of my favourite stories that I cannotforthelifeofmerecallthenameofortheauthordespitebeinginthesnarryolympicsmaybeIimaginedohIhopenot, I love precisely because it ends in the complete break down of them both and of any hope of relationship. Mostly for its brutal realism. But, equally I rather like the idea of that brittleness and failure to spark carrying on into something equally real but not perfect and sweeping. Perhaps if I ever find that author and story (and the rest of her stories) then I can consider that the first sequel.

I am not actually sure I have read 'Kestrel', which might be a minor miracle! So I shall revisit in :)

From: [identity profile] valis2.livejournal.com

Can't wait for an update, I've been wondering how you're doing! *hugs*


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