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Fanfic meme

I did the meme that rahirah did, but better than me.

1. What is your penname/nom de plume/author name/alias/handle?
Bogwitch

2. How did you choose it?
I’ve had it for ages, long before fandom. It was a pet name given to me by my ex. It’s not exactly flattering, but no one else would pick it would they? (except that bitch on Flickr and the one on Ebay).

3. What fandom(s) do you write for?
Jossverse and crossovers to Eurovision Song Contest, Paddington and Time Team. I also wrote a LOTR parody fic, against my principles. I have a plan to write a Robin of Sherwood story one day,

4. What fic(s) are you currently working on?

Working My Way Back to You

Next up:

Illyria karaoke
A Drogyn fic

Stories done, half-done, started and may one day finish:

Finish off the Spike/Tara series
Spike and Dru at the funfair
The mythical ‘Inertia’
Another Spike at the Bronze one
A Lost Crossover
Tentacle 3
Vegas blow job story
The Robin of Sherwood story
A LOTR crossover

5. What fandom did you start in?
I was in a ST:TNG fan club and a Blakes Seven one. I would probably have gone into the X-Files if my internet connection had been faster, but Jossverse is the first I have been active in.

6. What is your deepest darkest fic-writing secret?
I once thought a Spike/Buffy and Giles voyeur fic was a good idea.

7. Do you have any particular quirks/habits to your writing?
Lots of clouds. A blatant disregard for sparing people long words.

8. Do you have any fanfiction pet peeves? (Anything that appears in fiction that irritates you, anything at all)
People poking fun at bad fic makes my blood boil.

9. Do you have an OTP?
Reading-wise, Spike/Buffy, but I’m not a loyal writer.

10. If you could get someone to write a fic for you right now, what would it be? (please include fandom, characters, scenario, as much detail as possible)
I’d like some people to finish their dead WIP’s, but it would be unfair to name them. A few aren’t in the fandom anymore.
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Illyria karaoke

Ooh, I was actually wondering about that the other day. Good to see it's not forgotten.

People poking fun at bad fic makes my blood boil.

That, I have to say, is interesting. Do you mean from a sort of 'everybody's got to start somewhere' respect, or is it something else?

Illyria karaoke needs a plot though, it's a bit lost on it's own.

I have a whole rant saved up about the bad fic thing, but the sheer abuse I had thrown at me the last time I mentioned it puts me off posting it. This 'mocking' of bad fic is bullying pure and simple. Who are these people to decide what people can and can't post on the net? What makes them better then everyone else that they can pass judgement on people they consider 'bad' writers? There are a lot of writers that are popular that honestly aren't very good, but if they enjoy writing and people enjoy what they write, who cares? If I write a pile of crap, I can post my pile of crap, it's up to other people to chose whether they wish to read it. Why discourage writers when they are just starting out, by ripping all the pleasure from it?

If you're talking about direct criticism, which looking at your reply to spiralleds I'm presuming you are, I completely agree with you. There's never any purpose in hounding somebody, or having a smug anonymous bitch-fest. It's just cruel. And you're absolutely right - nobody's ever forcing anybody to read something.

The thing is, I still find generalised (not pointed) parodies of "badfic" cliches, or any fic cliches funny - I did even back when I was writing a rather blatant Mary Sue. (I don't know whether you're talking about them or not, but I thought I should mention them anyway.) I can understand why someone wouldn't like them, though.

Yeah, that's more what I was getting at. It's the 'look at this awful fic I've found! Let's all mock it!' or 'I've written a terrible fic in this person's style' attitude that gets me.

Spike and Dru at the funfair
Oh please. Oh please. Oh please. Oh please.
If I harrass you enough might this get written a la the William Gibson crossover ::looks hopeful::
People poking fun at bad fic makes my blood boil.
I have to agree with you there. I've seen some worrying attempts, but the thing that always gets me is where do people find the time to fill their day with poking fun?
I wish you luck with that fic to be written, I'd love to read it :)

>>Spike and Dru at the funfair

That one sounds like an easy write, but hasn't been so far. It isn't dead yet though. You never know what you might get if you pester enough!

I would prefer to see people help these writers improve rather than stifle their creativity. I think that's an awful thing to do.


OK, now THAT is a dark fic-writing secret.

Luckily, I thought better of it.

::cheers on the Lost crossover::

Sawyer and Spike would have to duke it out over who had the best pet names for people. ;-)

Hmm. It wasn't going to be quite like that. I doubt I'll ever finish it, to be honest. My Lost enthusiam is waning. If season three gets me going again...

6. What is your deepest darkest fic-writing secret?
I once thought a Spike/Buffy and Giles voyeur fic was a good idea.


::giggle:: And although I giggle, I have come to the conclusion that as much as I may not be able to imagine an idea, any concept can be written well and believable in the right hands.

8. Do you have any fanfiction pet peeves? (Anything that appears in fiction that irritates you, anything at all)
People poking fun at bad fic makes my blood boil.


Directly and/or indirectly? I'm uncomfortable with individuals/communities that link to specific fic and mock the poor writing. However, I do find poking fun at bad ficisms in a generic way does have its place.

>>although I giggle, I have come to the conclusion that as much as I may not be able to imagine an idea, any concept can be written well and believable in the right hands.

I think I know people who could carry this off, but I don't think I'm quite pervy enough of this one.

>>However, I do find poking fun at bad ficisms in a generic way does have its place.

I meant directly. What you're suggesting is better because it's more constructive in pointing out writing pitfalls. Bad fic exists, I wrote a ton of it when I was a teenager, and I would have posted it if I'd had the internet, but I learnt by doing it. Let others do the same and let them discover the joy of writing without a pack of selfish jackals ripping their efforts apart.

I once thought a Spike/Buffy and Giles voyeur fic was a good idea.

You mean it's not?

Tentacle 3

YES!!! Little tentacle babies!

Vegas blow job story

!!!!

Illyria karaoke and Drogyn fic. Awesome.

No! It's a late night idea, that looks dreadful in the morning!

Tentacle 3 stalled. I do want to do it though.

Vegas blow job story

::is enigmatic::

it's an End of Days fill in the gaps that I wrote most of about three years ago and haven't been in the right mind-set to finish.

Well then, that's admirably Zen restraint.

I always think it'll be useful if I'm in a ficathon and I can't come up with anything!

I'm quite proud to have worked up four incomplete (and never posted, as well as that one elephant's carcass) fics on my harddrive. It makes me feel worldly.

Then you're well on the way to being a writer. I have tons of junk like that. Some of it good, some of it really not, but it's there to be plundered!

I can't wait for the next chapter of WMWBTY!!!! You are very talented and one of the things that makes your fanfic standout is your attention to details. *claps*

Possibly also the thing that slows me down. :)

It may be but great writing takes time. One of my favourite writers (who is also a Canadian like me) is Michael Ondaajte. His most famous book (although not my fav of his), The English Patient, took him 5 years to write. Of course, there are some writers who pump out crap like crazy (and refuse to have an editor - an affront to me) such as Steven King. But noone wants to be that horrible. And you have such a great eye for all the little things about the characters and you capture them so well. Plus, your settings are vivid and call upon all five senses. Truly wonderful!

Well, Tolkien is a big influence on me, and he took awhile, there might be some truth in that! I've always found that the bits of my writing I am most proud of are those observations, so thanks for agreeing!

The English Patient (the film anyway) was forever ruined for me by a parody cast with teddy bears. I have been unable to take it seriously since.

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