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Wow, I suck at keeping up with this! Have three more.

9: Pairings: For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

The O.C. - never wrote any but it probably would have been Ryan/Seth, I think they were my first real slash pairing... Summer/Seth is also good, and then Ryan/Taylor too (sorry Marissa :/ )

Veronica Mars - Logan/Veronica was my main ship, but lowkey warm for Cassidy/Logan as a dark ship. I never wrote Veronica/Mac but I wish I had because I ship it HARD

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Sherlock - Only wrote Sherlock/John but I wouldn't be averse to a bit of Sheriarty, or any ship involving Sally Donovan, who is queen of the world and my heart.

Merlin - Merthur is top ship, I don't think I'll ever get tired of writing them. I always love a bit of Morgwen and am slowly building up more fics with them (I think I'm on 4 now). I've only done one fic with Arthur/Elyan/Merlin but they are my OT3 and I really loved writing them, so I think that'll be my third.

10: Pairings: Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

I really like Merdred but I haven't done a successful one of them yet! Flycatcher was technically Merdred but you couldn't exactly call it romantic... So, yeah, I need to give that ship a go.

I'm writing Elena/Mithian atm and I'm a bit nervous about that! Because I definitely ship it but I chose Mithian as the POV character and honestly I think I would have had a better handle on Elena...

I don't think I would write a pairing I didn't like! Unless I was up for an extreme challenge (some people were talking about the challenge of writing Uther/Arthur fluff in Chatzy the other night, but I don't think that's one I'll be taking up...)

11: Genre: do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Hurt/comfortttttt. Give me all of it, there can never be enough!

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Getting there! Slow and steady...
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I was back in the suffering dome yesterday so have two more today!

7: Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Not really, although I suppose Uther being quite nice at the end of The Wasting Game was a bit of a change in opinion. I usually go for the maximum 'Uther suuucks' route, but I think there I had more of an image of him as a stressed father, trying to do right by his kids and failing most of the time.

8: Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I think I've only really written two - Daniel and Evan, Merlin's foster brothers in After the Heart Goes - a fic I did about Merlin growing up in care. I enjoyed writing them and they weren't a big enough part of the story for them to ruin it if everyone hated them!

The cool thing about the Merlin fandom is that we often use one episode characters who barely got any screentime in our fics, and it's a bit like writing an OC when authors decide what characteristics to give them. I genuinely love seeing people's take on, like, Mary the Tavern Keeper

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Pictured: the face of a stone cold legend

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I was in the suffering dome yesterday so here are 5 and 6 together!

5: If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

Mordred insinuated himself quite far into a fic I wrote recently called Happy Hour, to the point where it almost became a Merdred fic. WHICH I AM TOTALLY COOL WITH. But I kind of wanted it to be a gen fic so I had to give him a gentle rap on the nose and tell him to return to his assigned seat.

Mordy crying gif

6: When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?

When I write non fandom stuff in RL, I vastly prefer writing women. Almost all of my other stuff is very woman orientated. But my fanfic is overwhelmingly male and I've been thinking a lot about why recently. Smarter people than me have spoken on why we're drawn to men and male perspectives in fan culture so I'll simply say that I'm trying to expand my horizons a little and leave it at that!

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4: Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

Okay, I am drunk and my brain is mush but I'm determined to do this challenge so I'm just gonna say that Merlin usually tries to muscle his way in on stuff, and I usually let him because, you know, love that guy. But I should probs give him less free rein...

Weirdly, I'm writing Merlin as quite unpleasant for one of the fests coming up. Not dark, not angsty, not sadistic or power mad or corrupted. Just... not that nice. AND IT IS SO WEIRD. He's been my pivot character for so long that to write him as some kind of unimportant, not very nice side character is super bizarre (I really hope it works...)

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3: For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

The O.C. - ha I'm sorry it's just hilarious to be reliving my time as an OC fangirl. I would say Ryan, because I always tend to cleave to the most vulnerable character on any given show...

Veronica Mars - again Logan for the vulnerable thing, but I'm sad I never got to write more Veronica perspective because she's probably one of my all time fave characters. She'd be really interesting to characterise I think, because there's so many layers. Plus, she's the Queen of Snark and that's my jam.

Sherlock - I am unrepentant Moriarty trash, god rest my soul. As long as he is a character on that show, I will probably continue to watch it, no matter how far Moffat tests my patience... Anyway his speech patterns are a lot of fun to write, and you have the bonus of reading them out loud in his accent, which is always enjoyable ;)

Merlin - it's hard to choose between Merlin and Arthur, although sometimes I feel like you can put a more original spin on Arthur's characterisation because canon left so many gaps wide open. My Arthur is usually slightly damaged in some way, and needs looking after (see above: most vulnerable character wins my undying affection).

I've also been writing Elyan recently which has been awesome, even if I'm still trying to settle on his characterisation. He's coming out quite whimsical at the moment, which is a bit unexpected... but not necessarily unwelcome.

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2: Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

The O.C. - 1 (rip in peace, my friend)
Veronica Mars - 2 (1 WIP)
Sherlock - 4 (2 WIPs)
Merlin - 28 (1 WIP)

Oh dear, now I just feel guilty about all my wips... I need to finally finish one of those Sherlock fics because I've been dragging it out for years. But I'm so firmly ensconced in the Merlin fandom at the moment that I find it hard to write for anything else.

I am working on a short Humans fic though, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of writing 00Q in the future...

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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] agenttrojie's LJ and it looked fun! I keep meaning to use my LJ for more fandom stuff, so here goes...

1: How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

Other than an early and traumatic Mary Sue sex fic that thankfully stayed offline, my first fic that made it on the internet was for The O.C. five years later (ah, The O.C.) and it's still a WIP, oops. Sorry Seth and Ryan, your fate hangs in the balance to this day :/

Ryan and Seth shrugging gif

As for why fandom pulled me in... I stayed for the people, of course :)

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Thirteen fills and I finally got a line!

I'm attempting to do 25 separate fics but we'll see if time becomes an issue... It's been insanely fun so far :)

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