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June 5th, 2006


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01:34 pm - Writing meme
Snurched from yahtzee63, though I think I also saw astrogirl2 do it. Because I cannot resist the urge to talk about me and my writing. I'm all self-absorbed that way. :-)



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.

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From:kalquessa
Date:June 5th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I think my deepest, darkest fic-writing secret is that I have written fic. Not that it's that much of a secret, I joke about it sometimes on the LJ, but the fic itself is a secret, since I never ever allow anyone to view my pathetic fangirl posturings. They're embarrassing. Fun to write, of course, but...no.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 6th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
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Heh. Well, some fic would certainly fall under the heading "pathetic fangirl posturings"...but a lot of it doesn't. Or I wouldn't bother with it. :-)

Someday I should hire a hacker to steal your fic, out of pure curiousity.
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From:kalquessa
Date:June 6th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I've enjoyed some good fic in my day, and really the Star Wars books and similar are really just glorified fanfic (and frequently not as good as some armature stuff, I'm told). I'm just kind of embarrassed about writing it, for some reason. My stuff has all been pretty useless. Like myself, my characters like to talk, but have problems getting up and doing anything.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 7th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Like myself, my characters like to talk, but have problems getting up and doing anything.

Hee. Even my original fiction was like that for the first few years after I started writing seriously. You should go back to writing sometime--even fic.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:June 6th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
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Some day I want you to tell me all about the QL/DZ thing in detail. You've mentioned it before, and the idea fascinates me.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 6th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
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Some day I want you to tell me all about the QL/DZ thing in detail. You've mentioned it before, and the idea fascinates me.

Heh. What do you mean by "in detail"? Because that's the problem with that idea--it's brilliant, and I can see so many possibilites for it in my head, and yet...I've never been able to narrow it down to anything writable.

Maybe if I reread the novel, I can figure out where in the narrative we have enough of a gap to fit Sam and Al in.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:June 6th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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By in detail I mean in detail, of course. :-P Who does Sam leap into? What's the thing that went wrong that he needs to fix? Is Sam's intended result different from the book's ending, or would it be like that QL ep where Sam saved Jackie Kennedy, giving us the history we have? (Which I can't see any effective way to do with DZ, but there might be one I can't think of.)

Because I agree, it's a brilliant idea. I just want to know what these many possibilities are!
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 6th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Well! Let me try to at least write out a little bit of the stuff I've thought over--it's been a while since I worked on this at all, and like I said, it's never gotten to the writable stage at all.

Is Sam's intended result different from the book's ending, or would it be like that QL ep where Sam saved Jackie Kennedy, giving us the history we have? (Which I can't see any effective way to do with DZ, but there might be one I can't think of.)

That's totally the first divide I'd have to use to split the ideas. To be honest, I'd prefer the second option, if I could think of a way to do it. The problem would be that it would presumably require Sam to be active but not perceived as himself by Johnny (which is sad); I could think of at least one way the story could be written: Sam leaps into that young reporter, the one who snaps the politically-fatal image of Stillson using a child as a human shield. I had at least two other possibilities marked out for that, but can't recall them right now.

Honestly, though, I'd probably have to go for option one if I wanted to be able to play around with the ideas that really appeal to me about this xover. If Johnny touched Sam, would he be able to see through the Leap-illusion? How much would that freak Johnny out, or would it?

I see strong similarities between these characters: they both have a gift that is also a curse, they both use it to help people, they both have enough faith in God that they learn to trust their gifts almost entirely (Sam in every small thing he does while Leaped; Johnny in the fact that he believes God has chosen him to stop Stillson), and they have both lost their old lives. They even have similiar personalities: "an ordinary, sweet man" as Sara calls Johnny early in the book.

I'd be fascinated to read/write a story that has them working together to fix whatever went wrong. Something small in the course of the narrative (maybe something that encourages Johnny in his own mission?), which probably takes place during a time in the story when month pass for us in the space of a few paragraphs. Or something catastrophic, maybe a new way to get rid of Stillson, something that won't cost Johnny's life so immediately.

Anyway. I could probably come up with more details, but I'm wasting time at work and should get off LJ now. :-)

Have fun.
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From:aadler
Date:June 7th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
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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.

Right before going into Iraq, the backlighting on my laptop screen went out. While I was waiting for the thing to get back to Gateway, get repaired, and get back to me, I did all my stories in longhand … and discovered to my surprise that this approach worked better for me than composing via keyboard. Accordingly, I’ve stuck to it for years. Now I’m planning to try to return to keyboard composition, to see if I can achieve comparable results now with the addition of speed. Results are yet to be seen, but I wanted to note that you’re not alone in your habit, and that it doesn’t have to come from keyboard ineptitude.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 7th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to note that you’re not alone in your habit

That's actually pretty reassuring, because I've felt rather behind-the-times. I think I do it mostly because it gives me space to spread out my ideas while at the same time speed through setting up what I want to do with all the basics of the story. (I've also called these drafts, "Me figuring out how *not* to write this story.")

and that it doesn’t have to come from keyboard ineptitude.

Oh, absolutely. I touch-type 60wpm with a high level of accuracy, and do all my subsequent drafts/rewrites on the computer. So it's gotta be a brain thing. :-)

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