What is your alias?
Izhilzha, since I got active in online fandom at all, which probably puts me back in...2000?
How did you choose it?
It's Babylon 5-specific, and yet, I never used the name in any B5 communities or on any B5 fanfic. I liked the sound, that it was unique on the net (partly because I altered the spelling slightly), and because isil'zha is a Minbari word that means, "birth, beginnings, the dawn of a new age."
What fandoms do you write for?
Currently? Stargate SG-1, The Sentinel, Numb3rs, Harry Potter, CSI, Firefly; I've had brief excursions into Star Trek (TNG and DS9), ReBoot, Star Wars, & the X-Fles, and have been strongly tempted by Quantum Leap and The Dead Zone (the novel).
What fics are you currently working on?
Aside from my original fiction (a screenplay: murder mystery set at a fan convention), I'm working on a CSI spec script (hey, fanfic an agent will actually look at). Also, two Numb3rs/Sentinel xover fics, one told from 3-yr-old Don Eppes' POV, and the other a more typical present-day crossover. A grandchildren-related piece of Numb3rs fluff. A Sentinel novel, which I wrote about half of during NaNoWrioMo last year and am struggling to finish.
What fandom did you start in?
Long before I knew what fanfic was, I was trying to write "The Lay of Aragorn and Arwen" (I was a LotR-obsessed preteen); from there I actually started writing fic with a novel set in the Star Trek universe.
What is your deepest darkest fic-writing secret?
Not sure what is meant by this...but I do write an awful lot of small, often tragic, h/c snippets, no plot or anything, to blow off steam or get the imagination going. My hard drive is full of this stuff, but if it doesn't fit a story, it goes nowhere. I've cribbed lines and bits of dialogue from these snippets, on occasion.
Do you have any quirks/habits in your writing?
As in, during my writing process? Absolutely.
I still find it very difficult to compose a first draft on the computer. I do it longhand, pen or pencil doesn't matter, in a spiralbound notebook. This quick-and-dirty version tends to be a glorified outline with dialouge, and I make copious notes in the margins, and bullet outlines of scenes adorn the top of most of the pages.
Do you have any fanfiction pet peeves?
You have to ask? Characters who act OOC for no good reason (except maybe to bash that character or another one by contrast). Cardboard-cutout original characters...if they're gonna be there, for pity's sake make them a little bit interesting! Bare-bones, boring writing. Now, I do prefer plain to overblown purple prose--there is much to be said for economy of language. But I like to know what's going on with the characters much more than I like knowing exactly whose punch landed where in an action sequence. And what color everything is, or what something smells like when it's not something the pov character would normally notice.
Do you have an OTP?
No, not in the way most people define it. Most of my 'ships are ones I consider canon, and given canon evidence (or really good creative fanfic ideas) I might be persuaded out of that 'ship. If any pairing comes close, it might be Ron/Hermione, if only because it's seemed so plain to me for so long that JKR is matching them for each other.