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That meme about the first lines of your last 21 fics, with last lines added because I saw that elsewhere and thought it was interesting.

First lines )

Last lines )

Not much insight here, except that I like last lines better than first lines, and I really like paralleling my first and last lines. Unsurprisingly, I also like last lines that are the punctuation to the entire fic, which probably only works because mine stories are so short in general. The first lines I like best are either the ones that set up the voice for the story or the ones that set up a reference for the last line.
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Hi! I could use cheering up, and I am sure other people could as well. Or even if they don't, I seriously doubt anyone ever minds being complimented on their writing. So I am going to tell you which fandom writers I wish I wrote like (feel free to substitute different types of writers or vidders or whatever floats your boat), and not in a "Wow, I suck" way, but in a "These people are really awesome, and I admire them a lot" way. Please tell me about people you admire! Or, better yet, post this in your own LJ and hopefully make someone's day.

I love [livejournal.com profile] thuviaptarth's gorgeous prose and ability to slide in and out of unreliable narrators. I also love that even though she writes jeweled Gothic stories with sharp edges, she can also write delicate and oh-so-wistfully bittersweet and adorable as well.

I love [livejournal.com profile] etothey's prose as well, the way there are so many things left unsaid and hinted at, the glimpses of the intricate clockwork of plot. I love the way things look in her world, everything just slightly off, slightly different from this one, and infinitely more interesting and marvelous.

I love how [livejournal.com profile] edonohana writes, sharp and snappy and funny and vivid. I love how she captures the absurdity and humor in situations and thoughts, and then makes a sharp turn into heart-wrenching emotion so you're laughing and wincing at the same time.

I love how [livejournal.com profile] rilina_fic gets into characters and finds pieces of them that you never really thought about, the way all the details in her writing accumulate and give things a weight and significance.

I love how [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212's work just sneaks up on you and then worms its way into your heart, how her characters are so human and complicated, each containing worlds.
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Whoo! First draft of the Yuletide fic has gone in to beta, and it is well over word count.

Anyway, from [livejournal.com profile] vee_fic and [livejournal.com profile] etothey:

You might be reading one of my stories if:

1. There are loving descriptions of food, especially of Asian food. Sometimes I attempt to squeeze in characterization with the food, but sometimes it's just gratuitous food porn.

2. Very little actually happens. Even if there actually is plot, the bits that I write will be the moments right before or right after the action, or they'll be the small character moments in the cracks.

3. I will attempt to squash in as many references to Chinese culture as I possibly can. This will include but will not be limited to: poetry, holidays, food, poetry, significant landmarks, and more poetry.

4. At least one thing in there is taken from personal experience, because my imagination sucks.

5. The story will be built around themes or images intended to illuminate character. If there is actually some plot, it probably managed to sneak past me. Also, if you find it, please tell me and let me know, as I would like to capture it and enshrine it forever.

6. Aforementioned themes or images will probably only be connected together in my brain, leading to fic composed of many snippets that are linked together only by structure or imagery.

7. Everything will be very, very quiet, and very, very happy. If I cannot achieve happiness, I will at least go for peaceful joy. Or I will go right past that to the dark sucker punch.

8. I try to layer as many images as possible. I like to tell myself that this is actually crafting symbolism or constant repetition for greater effect, but part of it is because I am lazy.

Does that sound about right?
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Name a fandom you know I know and I'll tell you:

1. The first character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer
6. The character I would shag anytime
7. The character I'd want to be like
8. The character I'd slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise
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I'm not sure if you could actually call these works in progress, given that I write once in a blue moon...

FMA (spoilers for series and movie) )

Honey and Clover )
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Grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] rilina_fic

Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudo-canon.

Suggested fandoms: Honey and Clover, Spooks/MI-5, Dead Like Me, Heroes, 20th Century Boys, Bleach, Naruto, xxxHolic, Saiyuki, Fruits Basket, Scrubs, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Sandman, anything else you know I've read or watched.

(why yes, I do have an assignment due tomorrow, how did you guess?)
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So, for those of you who write for anime and manga fandoms: do you ever have problems translating the characters in your fic?

I've found that it's much easier for me to get character voice for manga, provided that I've read the manga in translation, but with subtitled anime, I've been having a very painful time. There's always a small mental disconnect in which the characters are speaking Japanese in my head, but English in the fic, whether I'm reading or writing something.

I keep hearing the characters saying things like "Sou ka naaaa..." and I can't figure out how to do that in English. And I don't want to pepper my fic with too much random Japanese, as a) reader accessability is a good thing, b) it furthers the disconnect somewhat (i.e. I as a reader have to flip between Japanese and English even more often), and c) I have had too many bad experiences with fangirl Japanese.

How much Japanese throws you out of a fic (or does it ever)? How much do you personally try to keep in (if any)? Do you try to keep suffixes like -san and -chan, and do you try to keep interjections like "ne"?

And how in the world do you translate things like "Sou ka" and the not-quite-yes "Un" that often goes with a nod and all that stuff?

*wanders off, confused*

And now for something completely different!

I've been endlessly amused watching people I know write themselves as Mary Sues in SPN ficlets, but alas, since I don't watch SPN, I will instead apply this to my currently most active fandom!

Mary Sue Saiyuki! )

You are all grateful that I never got around to trying to knit the ikkou socks. Stripey, candy-colored socks. Or possibly a gun cozy.
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Ah yes, it is that time of year to babble about things I wrote. Also, just for the heck of it, I'll dabble with the commentary meme again.

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] rilina_fic, with some additional stuff from [livejournal.com profile] cofax7

2006 Fic in Review )

Randomosity

Aug. 9th, 2006 12:33 am
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Um, so, I am dipping my toe into the DVD Commentary thing. All stories here are up for grabs.

Also, on the alternate side, I am volunteering to do DVD commentaries for my own stories if anyone is interested.

Memery!

Jul. 5th, 2006 01:40 am
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You, the reader, get to ask me, the author, what happened after the written end of a story. It also gives you the chance to volunteer your opinion.

So, um, yes. A little late to the party, but I feel I should keep this LJ in use.
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I give in...

Pretend for a minute that the only contact you have ever had with me is through my fic. We've never exchanged LJ comments or emails, never hung out in chat or on AIM, never talked on the phone or met each other in person, none of that stuff. The only thing you know about me is the kind of fic I write.

What kind of person would you think I am? How would you describe my attitudes and opinions about real-life issues? Or, to use the rephrased question:

Based on the way I write my characters, and the way they speak, think, and behave, what would that say to you about my attitudes and opinions about real-life issues?

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