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10 August 2011 @ 01:05 pm
Fic meme and other...  
First, a great opinion piece by the always-eloquent Leonard Pitts, addressing the public reaction to the new Spiderman of Color: Times A-Changing And So Is Spider Man.

Second, courtesy of Wired magazine, a sample match.com entry for Optimus Prime. That dude's going to be waiting by the phone for a few more centuries, at least.

Also from Wired, a handy-dandy formula table for How to Make a Texas Chain Saw-Style Horror Flick.

And now for a fic meme. No, not the other one that's going around--this is my own, personal piece of insanity:

Pick one of my fics, and I'll answer this question for you: WHY did you WRITE that?!?

(Links to my master fic-lists from this page, mostly up to date. Mostly).

cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on August 10th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
killer treez!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Laugh SPNhalfshellvenus on August 10th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahaha! And how painfully perfect is that icon? :0

I wish I could just claim that "Killer Treez" was a prompt for spn_christmas, but in fact... it was MY prompt.

After the S3 Christmas episode, which was one of the most bizarre but also depressing random canon episodes ever, I was in the mood for some serious crack. And since no-one else wanted to write it...

Plus, Dean's arson fetish will never grow old for me. \o/
Clair de Lune: pb - brothers4clair_de_lune on August 10th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Icicle Palace. Or Impaired Judgment. Or both :-p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 10th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I thought my excuse was going to be that "Icicle Palace" was a PB Fic Exchange story, but I looked at the author's notes and saw that the prompts could really easily have gone toward something schmoopy instead of what I actually wrote.

I don't entirely know why I took that approach with it. I do tend to veer away from dark!Fic, but something about the "My Brother's Keeper" episode (which I kind of hated, in SO many ways) put a completely different idea in my mind about the wrongness/denial/hopeless-inability-to-walk-away that would be more likely in an incestuous relationship.

Afterwards, I just could not understand why people liked that story so much. The darkness changed how I felt about it, and made me want to ask the reverse question of readers: Why do you LIKE this?!?

I hope that wasn't a completely dissatisfactory answer. Clearly, it was a really good question!

And "Impaired Judgment" is totally a drunk-slash kink setup. I think we all have to write that story, eventually. Possibly in every fandom. ;)
Clair de Lune: origami - canardclair_de_lune on August 10th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Why do you LIKE this?!?

Seriously?! ;)
But okay. As far as I'm concerned, because you can sense their desperation, the yearning, and the situation feels real. And because the schoolgirl in me finds some romanticism in the "forbidden/impossible love" aspect, but I'll deny having admitted that ;) I like lighter Michael/Lincoln stories, if only because the show turned so sour for me that I can only handle small amounts of angst in fics now. But it doesn't change the fact that I think it would be a twisted or wrong relationship, or at best an odd one. So a darker take... fits.

How annoying am I if I ask why you didn't like My Brother's Keeper?

Um. I've written tons of Michael/Lincoln, but never a drunk!fic. I did write one in which Lincoln was (allegedly) high, but it doesn't really count since 1. he knew what he was doing and 2. he actually detered Michael to go "there". Obviously, I'm doing it wrong - maybe I need to make it right :-p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on August 12th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Seriously?! ;)
Well, I understand the appeal of that story better now, with some distance. At the time, it completely boggled me that people liked it so much, especially compared to some other thing I'd written around the same time that _I_ liked better.

How weird is it not to understand your own writing?

Or the audience? Of all my Michael/Lincoln stories, the one with the most comments is "Bound By Love," and it's even darker than "Icicle Palace." Though it might be exactly the kind of thing that would turn my slash crank in another fandom, so who knows?

For My Brother's Keeper, I think I hated most of the "background" for the characters (which Jossed a whole bunch of them). I didn't really like junkie/needy Lincoln and Michael being annoyed by him (totally realistic, but it doesn't fit very well with Michael's S1 choices!). JunkieSara was a surprise (and Jossed one of my stories). C-Note started off as a fiercer, darker character, and then got rewritten into a sanitized victim o'circumstances (and Jossed another one of my fics).

Maybe I'm taking that episode too personally. ;)

As for drunk!fic, there's always time to write that several different ways. The more, the better!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: PB: ZOMGbadboy_fangirl on August 10th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Obviously I must know where the crack fic with the line "fucker clings like a monkey" came from. Because, duh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Gen PB brothershalfshellvenus on August 10th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha! But of course! ;)

That story is "SONA, Arma, Muerto, Loco," and it really sprang out of how much like crack the early part of S3 (or maybe ALL of S3) already was.

You know how some things beg to be mocked? Or pushed farther along the path they've already begun walking (farther as in, right over the cliff)? That was definitely early S3 for me.

The rain. Michael brooding again. The chicken feet. The gladiator challenges. Mahone's attempts to make good with Michael after offing Michael's father. Everyone's attempts to woo the MacGuffin character over to their side. Lincoln visiting Michael in prison instead of the reverse.

The crack practically wrote itself, thanks to canon. ;)

And I think that line is one of the most evilly true I've ever written- in any story, EVAH! \o/