Saturday, August 21st, 2010 03:41 pm

Ooh, a fanfic writer's meme!

o1. What fandoms have you written for? Italicize your currently active ones!

Short answer here...Final Fantasy VII, Death Note, Yami No Matsuei...I think that's it. Aside from early, pre-game and anime stuff that I cringe to think of now.

o2. What pairings and genres do you find yourself writing over and over?

Zangeal, angst. I may have to rename them Zangstgeal. I am capable of pure silliness, though. Ask me what I once did to Silence of the Lambs.

o3. What's one fic you've written that you think is kinda under appreciated?

I think they're rather overappreciated, actually.

o4. What characters do you write so in-character it's kinda scary? Why do you do it so damned well!?

Hmm, I don't think I write anyone particularly in-character. I've been complimented a lot on my Sephiroth, and I do find him probably the easiest character to write. He's socially-inept and isolated; I know that well.

o5. What genres and characters are outside of your comfort zone? Why?

Pure, smushy romance isn't uncomfortable for me, but I don't think I could write without making everyone barf at the cheesiness. Het is icky to me in writing, so that's out. And a lot of people have asked me for another humor story a la Silence of the Chocobos, but I think I used up all my humor in that one. Now what's left goes in the Decorum series.

Cloud has become hard to write as part of a pairing, since I have the chibi version bouncing around asking me to hug him, but I'm trying not to let this impact Decorum.

o6. What are the best three fanfics, in your opinion, that you've ever written? Link us, please!

Hands-down, number one is The Madness of Angels. I don't even know how I pulled it off. And if the love for that one gets any more extreme, I may end up responsible for a cult.

Let's see...number two. I'm pretty happy so far with Pendulum, but it's still in progress and slow-going.

Finally...I don't know. I'm actually pretty proud of The Silence of the Chocobos. I wanted to do something I hadn't seen before - combine serious drama with total crack, and I think it worked.

o7. Pick out three lines from the fics in question 6 that are gonna knock our socks off.

Agh. I think I'll pass, if you don't mind.

o8. Have you ever won an award for a fanfic?

I actually don't remember...I don't think so...

o9. How long have you been writing for? Can you find a short passage from an early work to show us your improvement?

I started too long ago to remember. I don't remember NOT writing. And dear Gaia, no. Let's just agree that I've gotten better. :)

1o. What inspires you to write a fanfic?

A happy mood, often induced by reading other people's fanfic that I like. Playing/watching the canon and wondering what if this, what if that. All of you guys. And naturally, the Choir. :)

Anyone else wanna give this a whirl?

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
This is a pretty interesting meme. I'll have to give it a run through after I get myself out of this hole I dug up and threw myself into.

Hee! Sorry. That feeling when you look back on your early stuff and go, "So that's why I changed my screen name..." It's fantastic. And something you want no one else to know about. God...
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
So true. I have had several screen names. :)

*peers* Do you require a rope of some sort? I can lower Cloud down and you can climb up him. Not in a naughty way, though, 'cause Seph will be watching.
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Nah, I've just got to fill out drabble requests; I've hit some... planner's block, so I'm currently writing drabbles for people who give me prompts. It's helping, oddly enough.

And don't worry, Seph. I only give hugs to Choir!Cloud. And... uh... fuschias. *hands Cloud a hanging basket* But, you know, keep an eye on Pocket Axel 'cause he tends to take action when my attention is sufficiently caught by something else.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Does it help? I've never been able to drabble, due to my Exposition Tourette's.

Cloud: "Oooh!" *carefully hugs flower* "So pretty! Thank you!"

Don't worry, Angeal will help him take care of it.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Generally I have the same problem; can't quite handle drabbles or crack because my head goes "why is this happening? what are the consequences? there isn't nearly enough detail here!" but in this case it's... writing out a single scene? It's an exercise, I guess, challenging myself to convey one moment in a fic and give it just enough to make it seem like a stand-alone. So... I suppose it does help. I've managed to format about half of the new and (hopefully) improved chapter two, at least.

There'll be a lot of those hanging from that basket eventually, and soon hummingbirds and butterflies'll be buzzing (or flapping quietly, as far as the butterflies are concerned) from all over the place. Drives cats crazy. Poor Odin.

Oh, good. That was going to be my next question... this particular species of fuschia is pretty sensitive, so just make sure they get water every evening and that they only stay in the sunlight in the morning and that they're in shade for the rest of the day.

Also, thanks for that meme; I had a lot of fun filling that out. Memories...
Edited 2010-08-22 01:29 am (UTC)
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
The Madness already has a cult, I think. :) Loved the meme, though!
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I was afraid of that. :)
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
No need to be afraid. Zack, on the other hand, should be VEEEEEERY afraid. ;)
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Zack: *hides behind Angeal*

He made me SWEAR not to make him do anything embarrassing in the sequel. That's gonna be a barren source of amusement... :)
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Madness won third place a few years back in the Slash Cat at the GA, remember? :P
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
Seriously? How did I not remember that? *smacks head* I can remember nothing useful, I swear...
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
I for sure will give this a whirl! It's so rare to find a fanfiction meme.
Saturday, August 21st, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh!
Although I should totally be in bed, I'll do it 8D
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Why are you just so wonderful?

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
:) I was hoping you'd nab this one.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
If I had to come up with a line from any of your stories that "knocks people's socks off", I'd be in trouble, too. There are just far too many (and as I said before, it's one of the reasons why I keep reading your stories).

And how can you say they are 'overrated'? Can your trusty fans be wrong? ;)

I'm thinking about giving this a try, but there are a few questions I can't answer... (and others I could rant an eternity about). Still, I might try at least. I'll let you know :)

Hope everything is going well over there in the States? Tell the choir my muses said 'hi' ;)

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
The states are boring as usual, and humid. I pine for Alpine air! Try to send some of your mild European weather this way.

Cloud: "STELLA! Hug me!"

Can't say no to that, can you? :)
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
I tried, but do you reckon the weather gods are listening to me? No such luck... I should be used to that by now. Just in time for the end of the school holidays, the hot weather returned over here(but at least it's dry, not humid).

Me(*melts inside*): Awwww... Who could resist that? (*hugs Cloud*)

Just what I needed, an anti 'tomorrow-school-starts-again-and-I-don't-want-to' hug :)
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
(Just wanted to say that I gave it a try... ;)
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
I LOVED The silence of the chocobos! XD And Madness too, just in a different, angsty way. Bawled my eyes out.

I miss the Choir a lot - especially Gengen and his 24/7 mouth - will they show up anytime soon? I know Cloudy was pretty busy with his birthday, but maybe he and the rest can spare a few moments... ;o)
Monday, August 23rd, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
Genesis: "For a fan, anything." *tosses hair* "Where oh where have you been, dear?"
Zack: "Hi!"
Angeal: "Good to see you again."
Sephy: *nods*
Cloud: "Are we gonna play checkers?"

*facepalm* I can't tell if he just doesn't get the Czech thing or if he's just being silly...