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Character Meme from [livejournal.com profile] paynesgrey:

1. Leave a comment to this post!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows

She gave me 'M'.

1 - Malcolm Reynolds: I had no intention of liking Firefly. It was on FOX, so I knew it was doomed. But then I saw Mal kick Niska's minion through Serenity's engine, and I fell in love. He was like a more kick ass version of Han Solo, and Mal had much better taste in women. Inara trumps Leia any day of the week. I have RP'd and ficced Mal. He is one of my top favorite characters of all time. I think I rewatch Firefly a couple of times a year, and I know every single line by heart.

2 - Merlin: My favorite version of Merlin is from the Arthurian books by Mary Stewart. I read the Crystal Cave so many times when I was a kid. He was intelligent, mysterious and so messed up. His devotion to Arthur was incredible. Stewart's version ruined me for any other incarnation until Showtime's Camelot last year. While Stewart's was the Merlin of my childhood, Camelot's is my grown up version of Merlin. I wish the show hadn't been canceled.

3 - Moya: Moya was the living ship where John Crichton ends up after going through the worm hole on Farscape. Moya partners with Pilot to travel through space. She was a slave to the Peacekeepers and suffered at their hands. She's sentient, and if she doesn't want to go someplace, she won't go there. She's tough and cares about the fugitives who fly with her.

4 - The Master: The Doctor Who version not Buffy. I've watched the Doctor off and on since Tom Baker, and the Master was such an awesome villain even back then. The Harry Sims version is a delight to watch, and I still hear the drums. He's just so wonderfully bat shit crazy evil, but he's funny as hell too. I think Crowley on Supernatural owes a lot to the Master.

5 - Methos: Death, Death on a Horse. "I didn't do it for revenge. I did it because I liked it, and I was good at it." I was a big Highlander fan well before Methos joined the show, but once he did it was magic. Every single little glimpse we had of what made Methos who he was, was fascinating. When they brought in the Four Horsemen, and his relationship with Kronos, I was captivated. I think Methos was the first morally gray character to get to me. Before him you were either a good guy or a bad guy, but Methos taught me to love those who walk the balance. I miss the Old Man.
watchmakersylar: (Evil Smile - animated)
I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. so, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. only one word please. then repost so i can leave a word for you. don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!

taken from [livejournal.com profile] rodlox
watchmakersylar: (Now and Then)
Answers according to Shades of Gray Verse )

watchmakersylar: (Mocking)
Leave a comment with the Prompt + Muse that you want, and I will write a 100 word Drabble for you. You may pick up for 3 prompts, so that other people can pick too. First come; first served. Please read the other comments before you add your request.

No more for Sylar or Peter, Please. Thanks.

The Muses
Auggie Anderson Covert Affairs
[livejournal.com profile] augustanderson
Sasan Arfur
So NoTORIous
[livejournal.com profile] wholly_sasan
Skylar Adams Alphas
[livejournal.com profile] skylar_adams
Sylar or Gabriel
Heroes
[livejournal.com profile] thewatchmaker
Peter Petrelli
Heroes
[livejournal.com profile] italianeaglesct


Prompts
1. Comfortable - Peter for [livejournal.com profile] empath_peter
2. Chocolate Chips - Skylar for [livejournal.com profile] empath_peter
3. Convertible - Auggie for [livejournal.com profile] talldarknpsycho
4. Cop - Skylar for [livejournal.com profile] onepowerpete
5. Coffee - Auggie for [livejournal.com profile] ibreath
6. Thunder - Auggie - [livejournal.com profile] garyisanalpha
7. Tempted - Skylar - [livejournal.com profile] garyisanalpha
8. Toes - Sasan - [livejournal.com profile] garyisanalpha
9. Tough - Sasan for me
10. Tequila - Auggie for [livejournal.com profile] rosasaurusreckz
11. Magazine - Sasan for [livejournal.com profile] onepowerpete
12. Memory - Sylar for [livejournal.com profile] talldarknpsycho
13. Movie - Auggie for [livejournal.com profile] eriksselest
14. Moth - Peter for [livejournal.com profile] talldarknpsycho
15. Music - Auggie for [livejournal.com profile] sylargray
16. Sports - Sylar for [livejournal.com profile] rosasaurusreckz
17. Simple - Sylar for [livejournal.com profile] sylargray
18. Sleep - Sylar for [livejournal.com profile] onepowerpete
19. Sombrero - Sylar for [livejournal.com profile] empath_peter
20. Sibling - Peter for [livejournal.com profile] sylargray
21. Date - Sasan for me
22. Death - Peter for [livejournal.com profile] rosasaurusreckz
23. Determined - Gabriel for [livejournal.com profile] eriksselest
24. Dentist - Sylar for [livejournal.com profile] ibreath
25. Dog - Auggie for [livejournal.com profile] warchio

watchmakersylar: (Wet and Hot)
I've set a goal to edit 3 chapters in my novel and to write at least 500 words a day for this week. I'm done with my work, and it's play time now.

Pick a fandom and I'll tell you:

The first character I fell in love with:
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
The character everyone else loves that I don't:
The character I love that everyone else hates:
The character I used to love but don't any longer:
The character I would shag anytime:
The character I'd want to be like:
The character I'd slap:
My five favorite characters:
My five least favorite characters:
My deep dark fandom secret:

My fandoms: LINK to the list
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: (Bite Me)
The Mindfuck Meme: Expanded Ed. 1


Play this here in my LJ. I don't want to deal with Captcha, so I've copied the details from [livejournal.com profile] memekingdom.
My thread on the Big Damn Meme.

My personal rules for this:
1 - Character LJs only.
2 - Crossovers are cool.
3 - If you mindfuck me enough, be prepared to pay the consequences, which means that I can hurt you right back.
4 - What happens in the meme stays in the meme. It does not effect RP or our characters anywhere else. Unless we are mutually interested in pursuing something that we've started here.

This is so fucked up.. had to do it. )
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:


Get a playlist! Standalone player Get Ringtones
watchmakersylar: (Gentle)
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 ff.net 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: (Evil Smile - animated)

Your result for The Sorting Hat Test...

Slytherin

You scored 32% Order/Chaos, and 21% Moral/Rational

Chaotic Rationality. You don't think much of rules and restrictions; you look at things from an analytical perspective and probably think morality is relative to some extent. Your strength lies in being able to make your own judgments and form your own strategies uninhibited by others; your weakness lies in the wariness other people may have of you, perceiving you as dangerous.



You join people like Theodore Nott, Severus Snape, and Horace Slughorn.



The 4-grid I used to determine this is as follows:


Chaotic Orderly
Moral Gryffindor Hufflepuff
Rational Slytherin Ravenclaw





Take The Sorting Hat Test at HelloQuizzy

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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 )

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