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2008 Writing Meme

Here's the Meme that goes with my 2008 Writing Round-Up.


My best story of this year:
Death-Defying. I never tire of readers telling me that Fraser makes a perfectly in-character contract killer. I really like the pacing of the story, and the way that Denny turned out.

My favourite story of this year:
When the Walls Close In. This snippet tells exactly the story I wanted to tell, and I love the way that last sentence changes the emotional flavor completely.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Réveillé, a remix of etben's Looking, didn't get much of a response. It's an angsty look at how Fraser's romantic history has shaped his response to Ray. Check it out?

Most fun story to write:
I really enjoyed the beta process I had with nos4a2n09 for Death-Defying. The story changed quite radically from the first version to the published one, as we pushed it back and forth.

Sexiest story/sexiest moment:
Not much to choose from here. Standoff. The kiss is hot, and the wrist-lapping, mmmm.

Most "Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story:
Dog smut. Definitely.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
Probably my Victoria Valentine. I get Victoria, now. And I sort of wish I didn't. It takes a reality shift. I wrote some pieces with dark portrayals of Fraser, like Réveillé, Unthinkable, and Death-Defying. But that's not new to me. I've always seen him that way. It comes of entering the fandom via cesperanza.

Biggest Disappointment:
*sigh* Alphas (The Voyeuristic Remix). I wanted to write this remix, and I still like the idea of it, but I never heard John's voice in my head the way I normally do with my narrators, so the piece doesn't sound like him at all. Bah.

Biggest Surprise:
Ray Vecchio as an idealistic young patrolman in Field Training.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story:
I suppose I tend to deal with emotionally fraught situations through total, blinding avoidance, like Fraser in Standoff.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Certainly less than last year, but more than I thought I had when I first sat down and started listing it all out.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2007?
Wesley/Giles, Elaine/Frannie, kid-fic, and The Three Musketeers were all surprises.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
In earlier drafts of Death-Defying Denny and Fraser were lovers. Yes, our beloved Fraser, sleeping with his jail-bait apprentice. Nos talked to me at some length about the relationship. How it affected her. How it might affect readers. Was it in character. All in a very sane, Nos-ish way. Completely unlike the 'Are you f-ing crazy?!?' response one might expect. My Denny Muse was all, "Sure, we're going at it like bunnies!" Wishful thinking. Unreliable narrators. Gotta love 'em. In the end, once my Fraser-Muse got a bit chattier, I realized that was actually a healthier relationship than he was capable of at that point. What did I learn from it? After long and considered thought, I am completely willing to offend and upset readers, if it's true to the characters as I see them. (Don't worry, I'll include applicable warnings!)

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
Oooof. At this point, I just want to make it to June. Once I do that, I can start thinking and working creatively again.

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brigantine
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
I quite like your slightly-darker-Fraser stories. While it's fun to imagine him as 100% Do-Right, that gets boring pretty quickly. Giving him a bit of an edge, a dark twitch hidden behind the eyes now and then, that seems to suit him.

I dig "Reveille" for that desperation that Fraser still can't shake, but that Ray understands, and "Death Defying" is one of my favorite stories, not only amongst your stories, but period.

I like "When the walls close in" for that zap! moment of Ray suddenly having a much better understanding of where Fraser's coming from.
keerawa
Jan. 16th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, brig! "Death Defying" is one of my favorite stories, not only amongst your stories, but period *does the happy dance*
nos4a2no9
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Nos talked to me at some length about the relationship. How it affected her. How it might affect readers. Was it in character. All in a very sane, Nos-ish way. Completely unlike the 'Are you f-ing crazy?!?' response one might expect.

♥ ♥ ♥

I do try! *smishes you* And really, it wasn't a crazy thing to do with those characters, but I think your eventual decision to take it out worked better for the story. And "Death Defying" has gotten a GREAT reception, which is awesome. I love the podfic version, too. Good show all 'round.

And thanks for finishing up the meme!
keerawa
Jan. 16th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, actually, the response to 'Death-Defying' was a pleasant surprise. Even from a couple of people who don't read 'due South'. Couldn't have done it without you, Nos!
nos4a2no9
Jan. 17th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Awww, that story was all you, Babe! I was just the sounding board. *smishes*
akamine_chan
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
You've written a lot of excellent stories this year, keerawa, but I have to agree that When The Walls Close In is my favorite, too. I remember reading it and going, "Ohhh!"

I also have a special place in my heart for Unthinkable...

Overall, I don't think you list is anything to sneer at. Most of us can only envy the quality of work you've done this year...

keerawa
Jan. 16th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, aka! I like that moment in Unthinkable where Fraser suddenly suddenly remembers his own abysmal track record with relationships and decides he can't be trusted with Ray's heart.

Most of us can only envy the quality of work you've done this year *blushes*
cyberducks
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Was it always planned that Denny would die in "Death-Defying"?

I wouldn't have minded a sexual relationship between Fraser and Denny, as I love Denny, and this Fraser might have gotten some much needed pleasure and joy out of it - however, dark Fraser seems predisposed to deny himself these things, so maybe it would have been sort of ooc. And could this Fraser have survived Denny's violent death had they been lovers? As you wrote the finished story his emotional survival was already a very close call.

Like I told you before - this is one of my Due South faves - and yes, I do have a comparison with the fan fic biggies now.

I haven't read some of your other stories on purpose yet - grins, don't want to run out and am kind of hording them like chocolate truffles.

Edited at 2009-01-18 02:31 am (UTC)
keerawa
Jan. 18th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Was it always planned that Denny would die in "Death-Defying"?
Always. That was one of the first scenes I wrote. But you're right that it was even more brutal when they were lovers. In the earlier version Denny was shot by the cops by ditching the van, which both denied us the Denn-Ray bonding moments and made it even worse for Fraser. But he always died in that room.

I am delighted to be your chocolate truffle!

Edited at 2009-01-18 04:08 am (UTC)
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