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1. What do you think is your best story, and why?

2. What do you think is your worst story, and why?

3. Which story did you enjoy writing the most, regardless of how well the end product has turned out?

4. Which story did you enjoy writing the least?

5. Which story has been the most popular? (you could measure this in amount of feedback, recs, awards etc)

6. Which one is the least popular?

1. I think Con Job is my best story. It feels real. I love the way canon folds so neatly into it, to create something that is very different from how people normally view Ray, and yet isn't an AU. I've had a number of readers tell me that this story has permananently affected the way they think about Ray Kowalski. Which is very cool.

2. I'd say my worst story is the SGA snippet Alphas (The Voyeuristic Remix). It was a pinch-hit remix for isiscolo, so I was very limited on time. I like the idea of it, but I failed to capture John's voice in a way that is uniquely bad for me. Normally if I'm writing a story, I hear the narrator's voice, so it's automatically in-character, at least as I see the character. Sorry Isis!

3. I had a blast writing The Price of Interference, my first piece of fanfiction (and longest story still to date). I had no clue how to go about writing, hadn't done it for fun in over 15 years, and then one day just sat down at the computer and wrote the first scene, Joe Dawson whispering in my ear. I sent it off to a couple of authors who's work I admired with the character, hoping for encouragement and concrit. mackiedockie wrote right back to me with very kind words. The woman taught me how to write dialog. Literally. I thought you stuck the entire conversation in one big paragraph. I wrote a piece almost every night, scattered bits of different scenes, and sent them off to her as a timeline emerged and I had some sense of what was actually going on in terms of plot. Good times!

4. Safe House was a nasty writing experience. It's such a dark piece; it got into my head and changed the way I saw the world for a few very unpleasant days. Also, since this story first came into my head as a play (with stage directions, lighting cues, the whole shebang), there was a completely external POV and lack of narrative voice that made it technically difficult to write. Father Confessor was also very difficult, but for a completely different set of reasons. It was a DSSS present for exeterlinden. I got the idea for the story soon after reading her request, but just couldn't seem to get moving on it. Finally, in the last weeks before the deadline, I found the right music and got into the groove. Then, 10 days it was due, I put together a timeline to fix the last few bits, and found that the story was only half-written. Yikes! Stress! I ended up writing for 5 hours straight to get it to my betas in time for them to read it through. Urk. In the end, it came out with a different flavor then the rest of my work, and I'm very pleased with it.

5. As for popularity, I think it's a tie between Con Job and Death-Defying. I'm pretty happy about that, since I'm proud of both. The entertaining thing about 'Death-Defying' is that now, every time I think about it, I blush a bit at my use of poetry. It seems ... extravagent, and I'm a minimalist writer by nature. But it was what the story demanded, and people seem to like it, so it's all to the good.

6. Least popular would be my vids. Any of them. I know that people download them, because I check my website download stats. And the people who DO comment have nice things to say, but I sweat blood to make these things, and get, what, maybe 5 people leaving feedback. Seriously - am I doing something WRONG when I vid, and fen are just too polite to say so? If so, please tell me. Aah yes, here's the winner. Crown of Thorns, an angsty Highlander vid, with a grand total of one comment. It wasn't my Mom, though, so I'm OK with that. Also, someone an bitchinparty last April told me they liked it.

I have to say, I really do enjoy writing and vidding, and then having people read/watch what I've created. It's like this on-going piece of performance art. I can move people I've never met, and we reflect and amplify and modify each other's creative work to create things that are beautiful, sad, funny, frightening, hot, and joyous. It's an amazing thing!



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 23rd, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
The Price of Interference was great fun to read from the very beginning--you're a natural storyteller!
Oct. 23rd, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Thanks Cath - I don't think I would've started writing if it weren't for your help.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
And thank you--I need all the Writing Karma I can get right now--I'm really rusty. But I think you would have found ways to get your stories out no matter what. They've got a life of their own.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
Hee, I love that you blush at your use of poetry. Don't be ashamed of it! God, I love "Death-Defying". I haven't even reread it, because I want to save that until some time when I really need it.

I get your frustration with not getting vid feedback. I think a lot of people download and then close the tab, and then when they watch the vid, they forget to feedback. I used to do this a lot, too, but I'm getting better at it.
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