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unbelievable2 ([personal profile] unbelievable2) wrote2017-01-05 05:03 pm

Snowflake Challenge Day 1



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Okay, so I'm going to have a go at this, too, and like Snycock said, maybe it will help me get my head around doing things on DW.

Ah, but what a task to start with!!! Noooo!!!! We have to self-rec and self-reccing just feels so *wrong*. :(
Plus I haven't been producing fanfic for long, so I don't have a lot to offer. But... here goes:

I've only written in three fandoms - The Mighty Boosh, The Professionals, and The Sentinel (Oops, just remembered a very short story for Person of Interest, but that barely counts...). So, in the interest of fairness, I'm going to talk about works in all three fandoms, not necessarily because I think those works are *good* but because they have significance for me and my journey in the fandom universe.

The first thing I ever wrote is also, I think, the most explicit thing I ever wrote. I've tended to veer away from slash in that form after the early years of being in fandom, both for reading and for writing. I suppose you could say that the slash stories I now prefer tend to be of the romantic rather than the explicit kind. I like to hear about the relationship, rather than see every little physical detail. That's just me - everyone has their fave and all preferences are entirely valid, as far as I'm concerned.

Which is why this Boosh story - "The Power of the Amulet" -

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1210012/chapters/2473618

is an oddity, now. It was written soon after my first exposure to fandom slash writing, and the need to write this story absolutely consumed me - it was also a pretty terrible time in my own life, and creative writing gave me such an escape from it. I remember sitting up in the middle of the night, scribbling away in secret.

But it didn't see the light of day for a while, as I was too shy to post it. But then some lovely people in the Booosh fandom on LJ not only beta-ed it for me, but also encouraged me to get it posted. It got a good reception, which was extremely gratifying, and it made me eager to write more. And the whole process also told me one thing that I hadn't really realised - that I needed the opportunity that fanfic provided to *create*. It was a seminal moment for me.


I fell into The Sentinel completely by accident, and it captured my heart immediately. It's the fandom (of the three) that I find it easiest to slip into, and I have found the opportunity to write ficlets/short stories in that fandom a great way of sharpening writing skills and also getting that buzz of *actually writing something*.

Which I why I love the Sentinel Thursday comm so much, even though I have been remiss for the past year or so - for various personal reasons.
There have been a few of these ficlets that I've been really pleased with. The first two here -
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1457431 "Jokers are Wild, and
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1117164 "The Demon Barber of Cascade" -

got a reasonable reaction, but they are two that I really like, and I think are *me*, in terms of writing style.

The third - "Inconvenient Truths"
http://archiveofourown.org/works/1184112
- has my second highest kudos count on AO3, and third highest hit-rate after two very long fics. It was interesting to me, and extremely nice to know, that somehow I'd written something that struck such a chord with a lot of people.

As for longer work, I think "Two Singles, One Return"
http://archiveofourown.org/works/2886173
is the sort of fic I get most pleasure from writing right now.

Finally - The Professionals. I loved this series since the day it first aired in the UK, and I have a sort of pact with myself on the fanfic I write. It needs to be as close as I can make it to an actual episode, so there is limited swearing, nothing too explicit in either sex or violence, and no slash. My focus, I suppose, is what I would term the *epic friendship* between Bodie and Doyle. For me, the Gen category is the best way to do that.

I don't write much in Pros - it takes a me a lot of time to gear myself up to enter that world. But once I do, I become completely absorbed with portraying, as well as I possibly can, the world of the UK in the mid 70s to early 80s.

The first long Pros fic I wrote, for the Pros Big Bang -

"A Put-Up Job" - http://archiveofourown.org/works/2526881

- is one that, to my mind at least, met my self-imposed strictures, and I like to think that it shows how Gen fic can explore intensity and closeness in a deep friendship without letting sex get in the way. :)

OMG! That was loooong!;)
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[personal profile] kiki_eng 2017-01-12 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
I am enjoying the decisions you have made about your layout/background here. They are very nice.

Thanks for sharing about your fannish journey and writing process for various fandoms. I have stuff that I can slip into easily, too, and other stuff that is like: obsessive canon review, notes, research, okay, now you can do the thing. It was neat to read about someone else having that kind of experience.