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Posted on Friday 19 January 2007 at 10:34 pm

FanFic Plans 2007 Meme

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Thanks yet again to the amazing gilpin25 for putting together this fantastic meme! I think I have somehow managed to answer every question without saying much of anything of use. The big question is: how many times can Rachael talk about a project without saying anything about it.

1. What are your fanfic writing goals for this year? Do you want to try a new ship, genre, rating or style? Tackle new characters?
I'm working on a rather large project. My main fanfic goal is to start posting it sometime before the end of the year. Unfortunately, I can't post any of it until it is all done. It's the nature of the beast. However, that also means that once I begin posting, I can all but guarantee uninterrupted weekly updates. It will likely include all of the above except a new rating. It will definitely require tons of new characters, styles, and hopefully genres. New ships are debatable. To give you a sense of the project: here is a picture of my closet doors, taken with my brand new digital camera.

2. Do you have any New Year's updating resolutions?
Finish writing and commence posting the rather large project. Once I start posting that, I intend to update it once every week, come hell or high water.

3. Do you have original writing goals for the year?
Does starting work on my doctoral dissertation count or are we referencing original fiction only? If the latter, no. If the former, obviously major goals of research and planning though I doubt much concrete writing will begin this year.

4. Which of your fics are you most looking forward to getting completed? Do you want them finished before DH comes out? Do you have stories planned out that you are yet to start?
The rather large project, which has just recently moved from infancy to toddler-hood in my mind in terms of fic development, is the one thing on which I really want to focus. I fully intend to do one-shots and the like along the way, but that is really the only ongoing project I foresee. I don't care if it is finished pre-DH or not. I could always hope DH will give me more to work with in terms of characterizations…

5. Any exclusive previews/extracts/hints of things to come that you’re prepared to reveal to your trusted f-list?
The rather large project will be 20 to 24 connected "stories," some one-shots, some multi-chaptereds and some don't ask me whats at this point. I've written (though not fully tweaked) the first, written the opening of what will be the second, third, or possibly forth, and written one chapter (of an expected four) and a conversation from the last chapter of one from somewhere in the middle (maybe). The timeline is a tad vague, in case you can't tell.

Bloody hell! I just went to open the files to get an excerpt or two and… they're not there. I've got the latest bit that I've done, which is the only thing I've done on the new laptop. Everything else was done on the old laptop, but I moved everything off of it and onto the new one. Or so I thought. The old laptop is in my office so I guess I'll check tomorrow and get the files for the rather large project. I'll pose an incredibly misleading excerpt and possibly one or two not so misleading ones then. Assuming the files are on the laptop. If they aren't, you will all probably know as soon as I do because my cry of anguish will be heard at all ends of the earth.

EDIT 20 January 2007: I went to my office and retrieved most of the files. Excerpts now posted here.

6. Have you learnt anything in the last year of fan fic writing that you hope to continue to make a conscious effort to improve on this year?
I'd like to work on internal monologue more and branch out beyond the R/T straight romance that has been dominating my fanfic of late. I'd also like to do more than just one-shots or very short chaptered works, but that requires major planning for me. Hence the rather large project.

7. What's your current burning fanfic desire(s)? (ie - 'Oh, I really must write a story where...’)
I've outlined a one-shot that I really have to write. It keeps invading my mind and demanding to be written, largely because I have a theory and when I have theories about how the Harry Potter universe works or ideas on filling in plot holes, I have to get them out there to see what other people think. Some people write essays on their theories but I write missing moments fanfic and slip them right into the story. The current theory is an attempt to explain the seeming plot hole of Lockhart and the Homorphus Charm. My theory will be explained in a Remus and Hermione (not Remus/Hermione!) story that is the next thing I'll write.

I also really would like to go back to Portrait of a Soul and write two sequels for it: one during HBP and one the year after. I'd like it to be canon-compliant, though, so the third part of the trilogy will have to wait until after DH.

8. Which updates of other people's fics are you most looking forward to?'
There are a ton so I'm limiting myself to the first five that pop into my head…
jdbracknell's Werewolf
mrstater's TH sequel
bratanimus's Star Danced
celtmama's Contact
godricgal's Ducking

EDIT: I've officially decided that I could stare at that column of little smileys reading and be completely entertained for far longer than is at all reasonable or sane. I'm going to blame it on the headache making me more easily amused than normal.

9. Do you have any plot-bunnies that you don't think you'll have time to write, but would love for someone on the f-list to try? Describe the bunny here, and see if you get a volunteer...
If an idea occurs to me that I love and think I might write, I jot down a note. If it is a pretty good plot bunny, but I know I'll never have the time or inclination for it, I forget it. So I'm sure I've had lots of ideas I'd love to see someone else tackle, but at the moment I can't remember any.

10. For those who also do original work, do you find that with the seventh book coming out, you're willing to put that on the backburner since you know the window of fanfic opportunity is shrinking?
No original fiction work, but who says DH means the fanfic window is shrinking? I refuse to believe that!

11. After DH comes out, do you think you'll still be as active in the fandom? If most of the important questions have been answered, will you still write fanfic?
Absolutely to both questions! I seriously doubt most of the important R/T questions will be answered in the book simply because Harry's going to be too busy fighting Voldemort to have long fireside chats with one or the both of them, pumping them for answers to all the questions on how they met, where they're going in their futures, etc.

As to the rest of the HP universe, even if she does manage to answer every question, there will always be future stories (she can't literally kill everyone) or Marauders school fics or the like.

12. If you are writing a WIP that contradicts DH once it is released, would you start writing according to the book 7 canon, or would you continue on with your original idea? Would you amend any previous fics if assumptions made have been proved false?
If DH is published this summer, my rather large project will likely not be posted yet and I can therefore revise it to fit as needed without anyone knowing otherwise. DH will not seriously contradict any of the major things I plan. I'll bet money on that.

If DH is published after I've started posting my rather large project, I'll finish it even if by some miracle DH does majorly contradict it. I'm willing to go back and make minor changes to anything to fit factual canon details. If my assumptions of characterization or the like (including any of my various versions of how and when R/T got together) are proven false, I won't change old stories to reflect that. I'll certainly consider it for further writing, but I'm not getting rid of the old stuff.

13. If you're favourite character(s) dies, will you take it like a man/woman, cry like a baby, or dedicate your life to AU fics where the deed doesn't happen at all?
I'll probably do all three. I'll curl up in a ball and sob for a while. Then I'll write some stories in an AU where (s)he is still alive, write some technically canon compliant fics set before the moment of death, and write some that take place after the death and accept it as reality.

14. After the seventh book is released, will you focus on "after the war" style fics, or "before the war" (eg: Harry still in school)?
A bit of both. I'll probably do more after the war than I do now, but I won't abandon the before/during the war. There are just too many holes that can be filled, especially if Harry isn't your central character.

15. If you stay active in fandom post book 7, will you continue to focus your stories on canon characters, or do you think you will be more willing to venture into the realm of original characters?
Both. I hate limiting myself. So if I have an idea for a story that focuses on an original character, I'll write it. I have some vague ideas now but I'm waiting to see what DH does because they would be set post-war and I want to know the real outcome before I start building a post-war world. But I'll always prefer and focus on the canon characters.

16. Have you ever had to defend the idea behind something you've written from critical reviews? Has it impacted on any future projects?
The only times I've ever had problems with that is with the occasional review that is coming from a completely different interpretation of canon (i.e. R/S as OTP and Tonks as a whiny baby tyring to get a Remus who clearly has no interest in her) than the one I take. If that is the case, I just ignore it as the author's preconceived biases preventing them from ever giving my work a chance and have no interest in defending my ideas against something like that. Everything else, I've always seen as constructive suggestions, some of which I agree with when made and others I disagree with. If I disagree, I usually explain why and, to the best of my knowledge, the dialog has never been a problem. The reviews of concrit that I agree with when raised are much more likely to have an impact on my future projects than the other kinds. Unless I initially disagreed with a concrit and then lots of people start raising similar issues. That I would take very seriously.

17. Will you consider doing NaNoWriMo this year?
No. I am not at a point where that is at all feasible.
I've had a headache all day.
Feeling: I've had a headache all day.
Exploring: Apartment
Listening: None


kileaiya at 4:20 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Okay, you know what? I wish I hadn't read this, not because it wasn't interesting, it's because you're teasing me about a big project. First Katie(celt_mama) was teasing me earlier about a project she has in the works and now you. Durn you! *shakes fist* :P :P
kileaiya at 4:22 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Eep, celtmama, not what I wrote. Why do I have the urge to put underscores in everyone's name?
bratty_jedi at 4:29 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)

Why do I have the urge to put underscores in everyone's name?

Works for me. People are more likely to leave the one out of my name. That's why when I decided to create a layout tester journal I went with brattyjedi. That way if someone puts my username someplace and leaves out the underscore, I've put up a post that will direct anyone following that link to come to my real journal here.
kileaiya at 4:42 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
That was a good idea. :D

I often think I should have chosen an easier name to spell. I often get people telling me they have to look it up every time they want to type it. Heehee.
bratty_jedi at 4:46 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I sometimes switch the second "i" and the "y" but that is my only difficulty with your name. I think I usually get it right. If not, I screw it up in posts rather than comments so I can go back and edit. The edit button is my friend! Comments could use as edit button. Except than wank would get even worse because people would edit a comment and then deny that they ever said whatever they edited out.
kileaiya at 4:52 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I was just going to say something about an edit button in comments because I realized I used 'I often' twice in that comment up there right after I clicked the post button. I hate it when I do that. The edit button is also my friend. *pats it lovingly* We have a very good relationship, he keeps me from looking like an idiot and I use him often. It's win/win. :P
bratty_jedi at 4:59 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Rather like me realizing I typed "as" rather than "an" above? I always catch stupid typos, poor wood choices, grammar mistakes, etc. as I'm hitting the post button. Which leaves me with this comment, demonstrating to the world that I can't make proper use of the English language and making me look like an idiot.

Random: Did you know that, in Firefox, you can hit the escape key and it will make all displayed animated gif icons freeze?
kileaiya at 5:12 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I don't like to delete the comment then repost it edited either, because I don't want to spam the person's email.

I didn't know that trick. That's useful, sometimes the icons flash so fast I can't catch them and I have to save them, and then open them in Adobe ImageReady just to read them.
bratty_jedi at 5:21 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean. I thought it was a handy little trick when I learned it today. The other new bit of technological information I gained today was a GreaseMonkey script that puts my tags on my update entry page so I can just click on them right then to add them instead of having to try to remember exactly how I've tagged something before so I can type it the same way again or go to the edit tags page later. I'm most pleased with these new bits of information.

I really need some kind of coding/computer geek userpic...
kileaiya at 5:32 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Can you link me to that GreaseMonkey script? I always forget my tags.

My favourite GM Script is the one I have that unfolds all the comments on a post so you don't have to go to the folded threads one by one. :)

I would totally make you an icon if I knew what to put on it, but all I can think of is the text 'Computer Geek' and that's not very cool. Hee.
bratty_jedi at 4:26 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry! I just don't want to say anything concrete until I'm further along. I'm still afraid the entire thing is going to blow up in my face and I don't want everyone to build up really high expectations and then be disappointed if it doesn't work as I hope.
kileaiya at 4:39 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I understand that. :) Hopefully it'll work out. I'm still dead curious though. :P
bratty_jedi at 4:54 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Blame the flist for creating a meme about writing plans. When I've got one huge project that takes all the time I have to devote to fanfic, it is rather hard to not mention it. And when I really don't want to mention much in the way of details on it, the result is the odd balancing act demonstrated above.

I'll hopefully have the Homorphus Charm one-shot up within a couple of weeks, if that makes you feel any better.
kileaiya at 5:14 am on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to the one-shot. :D
bratanimus at 2:41 pm on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I am so excited about your big project!!!! Here I am biting my nails in anticipation. Although I probably should be glad it'll be a while before you post, because I've got SO much fic reading to catch up on it's ridiculous. I know you're busy, too; how on earth do you prioritize?

Thanks for mentioning A Star Danced as fics you look forward to reading! I'm very honored. *blush* Just so you know, I should be posting the next chapter tomorrow afternoon or evening. I've also got the chapter after that all mapped out (which is the one I've been looking forward to; it was the first image I had in my mind before I started writing this fic), so I'm going to try to get that one up before another two months pass. Damn real life and its nasty habit of interering with fanfic. ;)

BTW, I really like the new brown on brown on your LJ. I think it's very readable. :)
bratty_jedi at 3:28 pm on 20 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I know you're busy, too; how on earth do you prioritize?
I don't? Seriously, I spend more time than I should online and doing fic. I have to set timers and stick by them. If I say I'm going to get on the internet for 30 minutes, or work on a story for an hour, I set an alarm and when it goes off I get back to work. Otherwise I get on the internet for 30 minutes and the next thing I know it is 5 hours later. Not good.

As to prioritizing within writing fics, that is much easier. Whatever I feel a burning desire to do. Lately I've been working in scatter shot bits-and-pieces on the Remus and Hermione one shot because I fell like I have to get that idea down on paper. Last night, after posting this, I just had to work on the big project for a bit. So I did.

Just so you know, I should be posting the next chapter tomorrow afternoon or evening. I've also got the chapter after that all mapped out (which is the one I've been looking forward to; it was the first image I had in my mind before I started writing this fic), so I'm going to try to get that one up before another two months pass. Damn real life and its nasty habit of interering with fanfic. ;)
Hooray for fanfic updates and boo for real life interfering. Add in hooray for coding/playing with LJ layouts to the fanfic updates, and that sounds like a fairly decent summary of my life. How sad is that?

Glad you like the color scheme. I'm happy for the moment. Of course, I have yet to keep a color scheme for more than two months so we shall see how things go.
bratanimus at 7:01 pm on 21 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
"I have to set timers and stick by them."

That's a great idea. Perhaps I shall try that. I still don't know how to prioritize catching up on READING all the fics I want to. I love giving decent reviews to everyone who has worked so hard, and it's just hard to create time out of nowhere. Boo, nonexistent time. :)
bratty_jedi at 10:01 pm on 21 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you there. I don't think I've read 1/10 of the rt_challenge fics this go round.
bratanimus at 10:07 pm on 21 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Holy moly, I haven't even LOOKED at those because I'm so behind on the MetamorFic Moon Advent ones. :O
bratty_jedi at 10:13 pm on 21 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I think I read all those but have yet to comment on the vast majority. I can never convince myself I should at least leave a "Lovely. Good job." rather than planning to come back later and leave a more detailed comment, knowing full well that I might never get to it.
bratanimus at 10:39 pm on 21 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I hear ya. I've got several that I read that I've been meaning to go back and review. Argh. You're right, sometimes it never happens. Oh well. :(

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