watchmakersylar: (Lips - Scruffy)
30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!
Going out with a bang here. Here is a list of some of my favorite fics that I've done over the years. There's a lot of Heroes since that's been my dominant Fandom for the past 4 years. This LJ will be 4 in September. I've also included the fic I wrote yesterday for Auggie Anderson from Covert Affairs, because I really like it.

The Best of Me IMHO )
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28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I’ve collaborated in the past with a few people where we’d write alternating chapters of a story. I suppose in a way these were really more RP than fanfic although we would write for each other’s characters, which is not done in RP. It’s fun to share a story, but usually the other person flakes on me. So I don’t do it anymore. I hate having a definite story die because my partner wandered off.

A friend and I are trying to write an original novel together, or we would be if I hadn’t had writer’s block for a few months. Now we’re both working on separate projects, but I know we’ll get back to the novel again in the future. Writing with someone else on that level is very different for me.

29 – What is your current project or projects?

I’m writing a multipart fic right now called Fire & Ice. I don’t usually do big fics. I much prefer to get a bunny and just whip that story out. Other than F&I I am writing one-shots and working on a couple of novels. One novel needs a final edit to go to the publisher, and the other needs to be written after a drastic change to the main character.
watchmakersylar: (Father Gray)
26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

I am a research junkie. I love digging into every single nook and cranny of a subject. I’m sure most of you think my answer will be about blood splatter or something else to do with murder, but I can get that stuff watching Forensic Files and Investigation Discovery.

The weirdest thing for me was investigating what you have to do to become a Catholic priest, which I did for writing Caleb. I wanted to make sure that I had all those little details in place like the educational requirements, how old he should be at a certain point in his life, and what sort of duties he’d be performing along the way. It was really quite fascinating, and I’ve since used that knowledge other places.

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I can barely sign my name anymore without my hand cramping up. I don’t remember the last time I wrote anything long hand. I carry blank notebooks with me to jot down ideas, but lately I’ve been using my phone for those. Also if I’m someplace where a plotbunny might strike, I usually have my laptop with me. Did you know Starbucks is full of bunnies? Tru fact.
watchmakersylar: (Mocking)
25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

God yes I need music. I think it came from having headphones on all the time at my previous jobs. I did it to block out the noises of the people around me, and more than a few times I pretended I couldn’t hear them when they came to bother me about something. I worked with enough escapees from the Tar Pits that they honestly thought I couldn’t hear them.

My original characters each have their own playlists and bands as do my muses. Peter seems to like Shinedown and 3 Doors Down. Gabriel likes Stain’d and Creed. Sylar’s tastes are considerably darker.

Since I’ve actually put together Sylar’s playlist in the past, here it is for your listening pleasure:

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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

I post in my muses’ journals, my fanfic library fanficbylee, and I crosspost to the applicable fandom comms on LJ. I also post links on Twitter and on Get Glue. I have a account, but I always forget that it’s there. I used fanlib tons, and I was sad to see it shut down.

24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

Anyone who reads my posts when they first hit knows that I don’t have a beta. I write. I post, and then I see the errors that I didn’t see before I post and scramble to fix them. I have enough people betaing my real writing, and I want to just enjoy writing fic without that kind of pressure.

PS: Freelance job is pretty much done, and the muses are chattering. I should finally get some fic up soon.
watchmakersylar: (DIAF - ELLE)
22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

I think the biggest event I’ve participated in was the 100 Drabbles of Summer 2010. I completed 10K worth of drabbles before the end of July. I get on a roll with them, and I cannot stop. Sadly the mods for the comm didn’t give out a banner or even send out a congrats for completing it first. Yes, I’m bitchy about it. It’s the Leo ego that wanted some stroking, which is why I did not participate this year. It’s also why I always make sure that everyone who participates is an event on one of my comms gets something for it.

I’ve done a few fests, but I’ve never much liked them. I seem to get the worst prompts/pairings possible on the things. I had to drop out of Heroes Exchange because I couldn’t stomach the idea of writing Luke with anyone. I’ve wiped the character out of my mind, so I forgot that I want nothing to do with him. They wanted Luke/Nathan. *pukes*

I much prefer to ask people to request fics from me in small doses, and usually I get those done. Although the writers’ block was screwing that up until recently, but I’m back on track.
watchmakersylar: (Glaring)
20 –Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

I don’t really read other peoples’ fic. I’m sorry guys, but I’ve always been pretty upfront about that. I do not want to be bunnied from someone else’s work. I don’t want to take the chance of stealing a story idea. It’s hard enough to write unique fanfic if you try to stay as true to character as possible. I’m sure there have been plenty of times when I’ve used the same lines as another fic writer, but at least I can honestly say that I didn’t read it someplace else. I read fic from a handful of people, and that is it.

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I’ve had one shots that won’t die, had ‘verses spawned in one fic that need to keep going. I don’t write a lot of big fic. I prefer to explore the characters in 2K or less, but once in a Blue Moon, I do write something that is in multiple parts. That’s not exactly a sequel, but it’s as close as I get.

I think sequels are great, but like the movies, books and television there comes a point when it’s time to let the character/world go. I don’t want people to ever read my fic or my real writing out of obligation or morbid curiosity like so many people I know keep buying LKH’s Anita Blake books. They know they suck. They know Anita should have been retired around book 9, but they keep buying them.

I never want to be the writer that can sell a bag of puke because my name is on it. I’d rather be the writer that sells because my story is good, not because my name is big. I think that’s why when it was time to retire Caleb, it wasn’t hard to let him go. Someday I’ll have to retire Sylar, and eventually I’ll have to retire my original characters too.
watchmakersylar: (He Started It)
18 – Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka "bunnies") from?

I wish I could say I have a trigger, something that sets my mind off, but I really don’t. Usually I’m chatting with friends, and a bunny will bite. I’ve taken to calling the really pushy ones Rabid Plot Bunnies or RPB. Had one of those last weekend when we were discussing how to make a RP situation work out. In that scenario Gabriel has a twin, Michael. A couple of months ago,

Gabe’s player said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Mike was all in Gabe’s head?”

I said, “Hell yes!”

Then last week I started pondering about the real Michael Gray. I was inspired in that scene by Gabe, who is nearly Sylar’s, murder of Isaac. He did it in a bathtub. Suddenly the image of the real Michael Gray in a bathtub full of blood when he was a teenager popped into my head. Gabe’s player and I chatted some more, and before I could do anything else, I had to write a piece for Michael about his suicide, and where he was today.

It was a blast. I love it when RPB’s bite.

If you’d like to read Michael’s story, you can see it here on [ profile] heroesreduxrpg Group #1 Tag. I’m now playing headMichael who still looks like Gabe, and have had a nice RP with Chandra from Mike’s real account. I can’t wait until Gabe and Mike meet in the flesh.

Although this was a roleplay situation, it’s pretty much the same way my writing works whether it’s fanfic or my original writing.
watchmakersylar: (Calling You)
This is taking too long, so I'm lumping together short answer days.

15 – Warnings – What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

I warn about gore, character death and if I think something might be a trigger, but I don’t use them often. Since I write from the villain’s POV in 90% of my fanfic, I don’t really feel the need to warn. It’s pretty much a given that bad stuff is going to happen when you click on that LJ-cut. If you're expecting fluffy bunnies and unicorns with rainbows coming out their asses, you're reading the wrong person's fic.

16 – Summaries – Do you like them or hate them? How do you come up with them, if you use them?

I don’t write summaries. I will occasionally add an author’s note to establish an AU situation, or to link to something I was inspired by. But I think summaries are a waste of time.

17 – Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

I actually like coming up with titles although usually what happens is I’ll title the fic, then I go to write something clever in the LJ-Cut and swap them out. I come up with a lot of titles for my RP threads too. Song titles always work if you’re having a brain fart.

I don’t give multipart fics their own titles anymore than I title the chapters in my novels.
watchmakersylar: (Blood Splatter Portrait)
14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

I don’t rate my stories until they’re done. Then I can decide whether the violence, language or content needs that label. Smut always gets at least an R and a NSFW tag. That’s a given. But the rest is subjective. I don’t think I could count my G rated fic on one hand if only for the language.

I used to get sick to my stomach at the thought of writing smut. It terrified me. I had a huge mental block. I’d rather write about making kitten sashimi than sex. But I’m over that now in my fic, my RP and my real writing.

blah, blah, blah )
watchmakersylar: (Tea Time)
13 – Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I much prefer canon for all of my fandoms. I enjoy filling in the missing scenes and such in my fics for specific episodes and situations for the characters. I can be a canon Nazi. I hate reading fic where the facts were ignored, or they’re done wrong. My need for a solid canon is probably why writing LOST fell to the wayside. It was too nebulous for me to play in that sandbox for long.

I’m the same way with my real writing. I research the history of the area or era. I make sure that I know as much as I possibly can before I tweak the world to make it mine. Nothing ruins a book like making a huge error like someone working on a 57 Mustang. The Mustang was introduced in 1964. Yes, it’s an awesome car, but don’t mess that up.

As for fanon – I think if you’ve changed something so much that it’s barely canon based anymore, you may as well write original fiction.

the rest )
watchmakersylar: (Unf)
11 – Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

I seem to gravitate towards Gen or Slash primarily. I like [ profile] jackvelvet's answer. “I write drama.” That’s what I try for. The telling of a good story is the whole point. I do enjoy writing some funny stuff on occasion too.

12 – Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

I did a fic for a movie mashup event once that is one of my favorites. I retold Bedazzled staring the Winchester Brothers. I had a blast writing it. I’ll include the links, and please be kind. I wrote it a long, long time ago, so I’m sure it’s not the best written fic I’ve done. I did the movie poster art for it too.

If you click on the movie poster it will take you to my no longer in use Fan Fic library.

the rest )
watchmakersylar: (WTF Seriously?)
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?

If I don’t like a pairing, I will not attempt to write for them. Also pairing up characters is the last thing on my mind when I’m writing a fic. If the characters have chemistry together, I might explore some shipping, but I do not write to ship. I write to write.

the rest )
watchmakersylar: (Sybriel Slut)
9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write? (Yeah, I ignored the 3 thing.)

Star Trek –
I am a huge Spock/Uhura shipper. I love writing little exchanges with them although I have as yet to write a big fic. Spock is a fickle muse.

Heroes – Sylar/Peter is my #2 ship for Heroes. My #1 is Sylar/Sylar or Sylar/Gabriel, but it’s not as easy to write as Petlar. You have to do so much more set up for Sybriel. Petlar writes itself especially after The Wall since they pretty much made it canon. I also LOVE Sylar/Lydia. During my pre-slash days I wrote Sylar/Eden or Sylar/Elle. I preferred him with Eden.

Firefly – Mal/Inara they belong together, plain and simple, that’s the facts ma’am. If we bounce into Crossover ‘Verse Mal/Kara Thrace.

Buffy and Angel – Spike/Dru, Wesley/Lilah and Giles/Amy were my pairings. In case you’re wondering it was Buffy/Angel. It was NEVER Buffy/Spike. Spike belonged to Dru.

Supernatural – Dean/Ellen, yeah that’s my ship for SPN other than Dean/Castiel, which I haven’t attempted to write.

Here be other questions )
watchmakersylar: (Glaring)
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 do not write OCs in Fanfic other than minor characters. They can be filler and canon fodder. They cannot be a major part of the story. It’s too hard to keep them from coming across as Mary Sues, and it’s not that hard to write a good fic using canon characters. If your fandom doesn’t have what you need, try a little crossover action to get the story you want.

I save my OCs for my real writing, where it’s also a battle to avoid Mary Sues. Sadly a great many novels in my genre, Urban Fantasy, feature Mary Sues. In some it’s taken them a few books to get there from power upgrades and sex with gods, but in others, especially YA books, it seems to be a requirement for the lead to be a Sue to begin with. That is something that I do not want in either my fanfic or real fiction.

the other questions )
watchmakersylar: (Company Killer)
7 – Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

I don’t really think so. I usually write from 1st person POV, so that hasn’t happened that I’m aware of. My characters’ opinion about the other characters is what matters when I write, not my opinions of them. The ball is in their court.

Sylar hates Bennet, so I write that into my fics. Personally I love Bennet. I think he’s one of the best characters on Heroes, but I can’t let my opinion on him matter. I happen to like Elle too. Sylar isn’t terribly fond of her, so that’s what gets written down. It would be out of character for him to go along with my feelings about anything.

the rest of the questions )
watchmakersylar: (Angel time)
6 – When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters?
It’s pretty obvious that I prefer to write and RP male characters. I can write a few females, but they have to be tough bitches that will hurt you like Faith, Aeryn Sun and the Huntress.

I started RPing males in our real life game because I was bored with RPing females, and the gender of a character does have an influence on game play. But the biggest reason was because the geeky guys I RPed with couldn’t handle encounters with female NPCs. The boys would freeze up the second they had to talk to a hot chick. They could never shut off who they were in real life to become their characters, and for me that is so easy. So by default my boys would end up being the Alpha Males in the party, which you know is kind of sad since I’m not a guy.

Then there’s Jace Winters. When I mentioned Denver running Jace out of her book, I realized it was because I suck at writing women. I have since scrapped two novels where Jace was female, and Jace is now Jason Winters. Jace as a male nearly writes himself, and his personality is strong enough to stand up to Denver. They are doing the buddy thing so well in my new project that it makes me smile.

And yeah, there’s a lot of slash potential there.

the rest of the questions )

Note - I am currently working on another chapter of Fire & Ice, but I probably won't have time to finish it until next week.
watchmakersylar: (BW & Smexy)
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?

I’m going to take this one out of the realm of fanfic, and plop it down into my real writing. I have a character named Denver Sinclair that I created for a Vampire the Masquerade game. Denver was a ton of fun to RP, and then the bastard decided that he wanted more, passing right into Muse-hood.

Denver kept nagging at me that he likes Vegas. He should be in Jace’s book. Jace’s book would be better if he was in it, and I let him have his way. The biggest problem was that Denver was by his nature a much better character than Jace, and he pretty much chewed his way through her to turn the novel into a story all about him. I let him do this since I’m an organic writer. I don’t plan my real writing anymore than I do my fanfic or RP. I let the characters decide what they want with sort of an endgame in sight.

Then one day I was watching the History Channel where they were running a show about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, and Denver whispered in my ear. “Y’all know I was there, remember. You should tell my story.”

So I wrote a short story that was rejected far and near because I was told it should be a novel. That novel is the one being published in September. It’s called Dead Man’s Hand, and it’s about Denver’s struggle to survive the earthquake, the fires and the bitch who sired him.

The moral of this story – if your muse thinks he’s right about a story, he usually is.

As for the fanfic answer to this question: Where do you think all those crossovers I write come from?

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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?

Let’s talk about my boys. I’m not sure who owns who. My Muses are more than a bit cat like. They want attention. They want control, and it’s really just easier to let them have it. I also let them each have their own LJs. It seems to help keep the peace if they have their own space, and since I tend to RP them as well that's a requirement.

In the Buffy fandom I was writing a bit here and there for Faith or Giles, and then there was Caleb [ profile] firsts_chosen_1. Caleb was the chosen one of the First Evil at the very end of Season 7. Nathan Fillion got my total attention with the incredibly evil son of a bitch. I loved Caleb before I let myself care about Mal since Firefly had already been canceled, and I hadn’t been bitten by the Browncoat Virus yet.

I had so much fun exploring what made Caleb who he was. I joined [ profile] joss100, and I completed all 100 prompts in a 4 year period. I RP’d him a lot too, although most comms freaked out a bit at how evil he truly was. He’s retired now, but once in awhile he’ll still pester me for a drabble or crossover.

Mal [ profile] cptmalreynolds was a muse for a couple of years. He was so much more complicated than anyone knew. We only had 14 episodes of Firefly and then Serenity, and I wanted to know more about him. His lazy drawl and moral convictions led to some pretty good fic. I’m only bummed that I never got to really RP him. Any game we ever joined or created died, although he did have a lot of fun with a Kara Thrace a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

And then there’s Sylar [ profile] thewatchmaker. He devoured me. He devoured all the other little minor muses that were in my head. Even now when a new character inspires me they have to fight against the Watchmaker. I’ve written more fic for him than any other character. I’ve been RPing him for almost 4 years straight too in one game or another, and for the past two on my own [ profile] rp_shadesofgray.

I adore his complexity and his intelligence. I love exploring the shades of gray in his soul, and how he’s not completely evil. Somewhere inside of him, Gabriel Gray still exists, and studying Gabriel has been a frequently painful experience. I’ve had quite a few people ask me why Gabriel never gets happy fics, and I think that’s just the way it is. His life pretty much sucked ass. I write for Sylar and Gabriel Gray [ profile] gabrielisgray, and they are so different that they each get their own LJ.

Peter Petrelli [ profile] italianeaglesct was never supposed to be in my head. He’s a good guy. He will die to protect other people, and you have to admit that’s quite a bit different than my other boys. Mal will die for you, but he’s got to care about you and your cause. Peter doesn’t seem to be that selective.

It took until season 4 Peter to get to me. Before that he was too much the happy puppy, and it took Nathan’s death to make him into a character with enough balls to interest me. I suppose that’s why I also take a turn at writing and RPing Future Peter [ profile] tarnishedhero, because that boy is totally fucked up.

I'd love to list Spock [ profile] iam_spock and Castiel [ profile] thursdaysangel, but they are fickle bastards.

the rest of the questions )
watchmakersylar: (Coat of darkness)
3 - For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?
I think I already touched on the answers to this in yesterday’s reply, since I mentioned which characters I wrote for. So I guess today’s reply is a bust. Sorry.

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Sylar - Gabriel Gray

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