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October 15th, 2008


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09:13 am - My own favorite fics meme
Stolen (this time) from feliciakw, who says she doesn't tag but wanted me to do this anyway. :-)

Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five fic-favorites you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.

(psssst: i did this once back in early '07. yes, i am doing it again. it might be different this time. *g*)

My Five Favorite Fics

In no particular order:

1. Roll With the Punches (SG-1)
A character study of Jack O'Neill, built of tiny missing scenes from "In the Serpent's Grasp"/"The Serpent's Lair." It's my favorite because I was able to fine-tune what I wanted to say, and I think the theme I was playing with worked really well. I'm still very pleased with it.

2. Night's Candles (Harry Potter)
Mildly Jossed by Deathly Hallows, this is still one of my most elegantly-written pieces (I think), and it's a favorite because of how much I learned about writing while I worked on it. Lesson #1: the best way to evoke emotion is to avoid articulating it. Show, don't tell, indeed. (Also, I got some astonishingly good comments on the Sugar Quill when I posted this.)

3. Statistical Ghosts/Phantom Intelligence (Numb3rs)
I was one of few in the fandom to latch onto the depressing episode "In Plain Sight," and I produced these companion epilogues soon after. I love these fics because they were a turning point in writing, for me, in terms of what I would willingly put on the page. I also think I really nailed the voices (partly due to my brand-new-at-the-time beta, mistraltoes), and my readers seem to agree with me.

4. The Nameless Seeker (Firefly)
I adore Shepherd Book, and the chance to write him surrounded by kids and telling them a fairy tale was not to be ignored. Also, I got to use a passage of Scripture in an entirely appropriate way. *g*

5. Sua Sponte (Numb3rs)
Yes, more Numb3rs. I was thinking a lot about Colby after "The Janus List" aired, so when feliciakw asked me to write h/c, with Don as the h and Colby as the c, I tried. And it turned into something far more interesting than I had anticipated, and Colby's voice just came utterly naturally from my fingers, and there the story was. I adore it, and it's my most popular fic, to boot. AU, now that we've had season 4, but still a fav.

I'm not tagging anyone, but if you want to do the meme, I'd love to see your responses!

(7 lit candles | Light a candle)

Comments:


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From:kalquessa
Date:October 15th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Huh, I don't think I ever read "Night's Candles." *bookmarks*

Also, just going over the rest of these and remembering them...how are you so good at this, man? It's not fair. *pouts*
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From:izhilzha
Date:October 15th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Heh. How are you so awesome at writing humor? Cause I usually kind of suck at that. Fandom needs us both!
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From:kalquessa
Date:October 15th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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We need snazzy rings so we can do an "Internet Brain Twin Powers Activate!" sequence.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:October 16th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
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(chortle)
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From:izhilzha
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
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YES!
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From:snickelish
Date:October 16th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
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I went off and read "The Nameless Seeker," the only one of these that's in a fandom I'm familiar with. And I really liked it, despite not being very fond of either Book or faux fairy tales. I couldn't skim; You make every word count. *g*

Lesson #1: the best way to evoke emotion is to avoid articulating it. Show, don't tell, indeed.

Yes, yes, yes! Fanfic seems to be particularly bad about this, but there's a lot of published fiction that's not much better. I don't want to be told, darn it, show me! (Which brings to mind the My Fair Lady song...)

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From:izhilzha
Date:October 16th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm very pleased to hear that you liked "The Nameless Seeker" despite not being a fan of Book or made-up fairy tales. That means I *really* did something right. :-)

Lesson #1: the best way to evoke emotion is to avoid articulating it. Show, don't tell, indeed.

Yes, yes, yes! Fanfic seems to be particularly bad about this, but there's a lot of published fiction that's not much better.


Truly. This is something I've found most useful in my writing, both fanfic and original, but I learned it writing and getting feedback on this story.

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