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Star Trek: Enterprise and crazy plots

I was flipping through TV channels tonight, and I happened to randomly come across Scott Bakula in the back of a truck with a bunch of Nazis. At first I thought it must be some episode of Quantum Leap that I hadn't seen before, but no, it turned out to be Star Trek: Enterprise. With Nazis. But not just any old Nazis. These Nazis were being led by aliens who want to change Earth's past. Yes, alien Nazis.

I didn't watch enough of it to tell you more, although I did wonder if there was a weathered Kansas farmer Time Lord* lurking around somewhere.

* An unfilmed crazy plot from Doctor Who, with bits available from a tape of Paul McGann's audition. There's a weathered Kansas farmer Time Lord, the Doctor, and Nazis. Presumably regular Nazis, not alien Nazis.


Ficathon update

So I didn't sign up for Yuletide, but instead decided to do Public Call, which is a relationship-based exchange for Doctor Who. I just got my assignment, and I had the exact same Yuletide-type thrill when I opened it, followed by the exact same "Wait, did I really say I would write this?" reaction which always seems to happen no matter how careful I am in my sign-up. I think it's the difference between the hypothetical vs. reality ("I can write this!" vs. "This is what I have to write!") But having gone through it before, I know that the nervousness will fade, and I will soon settle down to writing.

There are already a few things in Public Call that feel very different from Yuletide, though. First, it's a much smaller exchange -- according to the profile, only 15 people signed up! I mean, wow. With so few participants, I'm surprised I was even matchable, especially given the huge range of relationships in the tag set. I think most people must request and offer more than I did (I was pretty close to the minimum for both). Second, it's due a lot earlier than Yuletide, which is worrying me a little, although I think it will be good to have no excuse for procrastination. Third, the requests involve relationships, not just characters. The relationship doesn't have to be romantic, but it's dawning on me that it's not enough to write a story that simply features the requested characters; their relationship has to be centered somehow. This will be a new type of challenge for me. Finally, there's the fact that the whole exchange is based on Doctor Who. There I was, staring at my assignment, doing my usual "That's what I matched on? I know I said I can write it, but can I really write it?" when it suddenly occurred to me that look, there are a bunch of other relationships also requested, and OMG, I know those characters, too! That means if something doesn't come together for what I matched on, it's actually possible for me to switch and write one of my recipient's other requests. This is mind-blowing. In Yuletide, I have never, ever known any of my recipient's other fandoms well enough to write a request other than what I matched on. In fact, usually the other fandoms are things I've never even heard of.

Anyway, so far I am feeling pleasantly excited, nervous, and challenged. And, I'm not missing a Yuletide assignment. I think I needed a break from it this year, although once my Public Call assignment is finished, I'll definitely poke around Yuletide to see if I'm inspired to write a treat or two.


What should I offer for Yuletide?

Flist, I am once again having trouble finding 4 fandoms to offer for Yuletide. So, I'm looking for suggestions! What should I consider offering?

My favorite thing to do for Yuletide is write humor, so I am particularly looking for humorous fandoms, or fandoms with a cracky premise, where recipients are pretty likely to be requesting something in that tone. I realize you won't know if I'm familiar with a particular fandom or not, but if you think of something, suggest it, because maybe I know it!

Basically, I'm asking: anything I might be overlooking in the tag set? Or any 5-minute fandoms out there that I should check out?

FYI, you can find the tag set here.


Best laugh of the day

I was reading over at the yuletide_admin comm, and someone mentioned a problem they had with one of their nominated fandoms getting categorized as RPF:

"I just noticed on my nominations page that birdsrightsactivist (Twitter) has had Real Person Fiction added to the fandom name.

I just wanted to clarify that Bird (birdsrightsactivist) is a fictional bird with a Twitter feed, not a real bird with a Twitter feed."

This makes my day, and not just because of own struggles with AO3 wanting to categorize my fic as RPF.


Writing meme answer #5

Last answer to the writing meme! Thanks for bearing with me; it was a lot less overwhelming to answer these one at a time.

lost_spook asked me #5 from the writing meme:

5. If you wrote a sequel to It Doesn't Go 'Ding' When There's Stuff, what would it be about?

Hmmm. Well, I would have a hard time writing a sequel with Frobisher in it because I don't really know his character -- certainly not well enough to sustain more than a brief appearance. So I'd have to go in a different direction, and instead write the Tenth Doctor in a series of vignettes where he tries to discover Zygons with his non-dinging Zygon detector. And of course, since he's terrible at it, he would fail miserably every time. He would go after more non-Zygon rabbits, and non-Zygon chickens, and there'd have to be a non-Zygon horse in there, and I'd probably throw in non-Zygon Jack Harkness just for fun. At the end he would give up, and then I'd have Zygon-Queen-Elizabeth show up to try to snog him to death with those venom sacs in her tongue, at which point someone would have to rescue him. It would probably be Frobisher, who was initially disguised as another Zygon.


Writing meme answer #17

Continuing to answer the writing meme questions one at a time.

john_amend_all asked me #17 from the writing meme:

17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?

LOL, oh my yes. And that doesn't even count my WIPs, which I sincerely hope are not actually discarded. I have discarded prompts, and discarded snippets, and discarded plot ideas, and as for discarded scenes, I write them all the time. I also write discarded dialogue, and discarded sentences. It's part of my writing process -- I write, and then I discard, and then I write some more. If I'm lucky, then what I keep has more words in it than what I discarded, and I make progress on the fic.

Since I keep what I discarded as it sometimes makes it way back into the fic, I have plenty of examples handy. So here, have some of what I discarded from The Spotter's Guide to the Doctor:

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Writing meme answer # 19

Continuing to answer the writing meme questions one at a time.

lost_spook asked me #19 from the writing meme:

19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?

Sadly, when it comes to writing, the answer is a very strong no. I am quite capable of resisting writing all the tropes, and indeed all the fic, all the time, sigh.

Also, I don't tend to be inspired by tropes. Part of it is no doubt because I'm not much of a shipper, as a lot of tropes are shipping-based, or things like "pair these two characters up and see what happens!" When I pair two characters together in my head, nothing interesting ever happens. The fic always has to be about something else in addition to their romantic relationship, assuming they even have a romantic relationship in the fic, which chances are, if I've written it, they don't. This sadly came to a ridiculous head when I was asked to write about Rani and Clyde's budding romance for Yuletide, and still had to make the fic be ultimately about something else.

Arrgh, I sometimes feel I am such an awkward writer. I don't mind reading tropes when others write them -- in fact, some of them I enjoy a great deal. But while I still don't know where exactly my muse lives, I can say for sure that it's not on TVtropes.org. (Although not all tropes are shipping-based, and probably now someone will come along and point out all the tropes that lurk in my fanfic that I didn't consciously put in or even fully realize were there.)


Writing meme answer #7

Continuing to answer the writing meme questions one at a time.

ghost2 asked me #7 from the writing meme:

7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?

I'm not entirely certain, but given that this is a writing meme, I assume the question is about my favorite out of the crack fics that I've written. Anyway, it would be very difficult to name an overall favorite crack fic, because crack is high on my list of favorite genres, and I've read a lot of it, and my definition of "favorite" can shift quite a bit depending on which fandom(s) I've been consuming recently, what my current mood is, what I had for dinner, etc. It's likewise very difficult to name my favorite out of the crack fics that I've written, and honestly, if you come back and ask me this again in a few months I might change my answer, but as of right now, my current favorite crack fic out of what I've written is:

(drumroll) . . .

From the Desk of [Insert Mad Scientist Name Here]

I like how it turned out, and although it has a "fandom" attached to it (this Tumblr post), it's really original fiction written to a prompt. It is, by far, the best piece of original fiction I have ever written -- certainly the funniest, anyway -- and it has actually given me thoughts about trying to write more humorous original fiction, and possibly even trying to get that humorous original fiction published somewhere. Although I would have to come up with a funny prompt of my own, and not put in a bunch of saxophone links next time.


Writing meme answer #22

Continuing to answer the writing meme questions one at a time.

john_amend_all asked me #22 from the writing meme:

22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?

Why yes, yes there is. Gita! I want all the Gita Chandra fic, all the time. I have asked for her twice for Yuletide, and received her four times, and I've received her for Fandom Stocking, I've written her myself, and MORE, MORE, I WANT MORE. I don't know exactly what it is about her, but I love her to death, and she hardly ever appears in fic. Let's face it, Sarah Jane Adventures is a small fandom, and Gita is a minor character in that small fandom. But if you go to Teaspoon and filter on Gita Chandra, you will see 16 fics tagged with her, and of those 16:

3 were written by me
2 were written for me
1 was prompted by me
1 was betaed by me

So, either that's a very sad testament to a character-fandom-of-one, or I'm doing my part. :)

As for other characters, well, I never object to more Sarah Jane fic, and she sadly isn't written as often as she used to be. I also really like reading fic with the TARDIS as a character, and would love to see more of that.


Writing meme answer #14

I've decided to answer the writing meme questions one at a time, since it's less overwhelming that way -- more fun for me to write up, and hopefully more fun for others to read, too. Here we go with the first one!

lost_spook asked me #14 from the writing meme:

14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?

I would love to have someone finish my WIPs if they could finish them perfectly, and make them come out exactly the way I want them to come out. But since no one else can look into my head, no, I don't want anyone else finishing my fic for me, not even the ones that have been languishing away for years. Instead I will keep holding out hope that I will eventually get them to come out exactly the way I want them to come out, or, well, with an ending of some sort, anyway.

But this question reminds me of dw_straybunnies, a comm which has sadly gone by the wayside, but which was very useful for throwing out fic ideas that you knew you would never get around to writing, or just wanted to see someone else tackle. Looking at my list of un-started fic ideas, I do have a couple that I should post over there, under the assumption that there are a few other people around who are still watching that comm.

But as for what I really wish someone else would write, I'm still waiting for the full tale of the Doctor learning he's the Master's half-human brother, descended from Rassilon, rightful inheritor of the Sash, with Borusa as his grandfather and a weathered Kansas Time Lord farmer as his and the Master's father, with Nazis. Although jjpor made an amazing attempt that was beautifully written and not even crack!fic. But he hasn't finished it (yet), and anyway, can you ever have too many Eighth-Doctor-related-to-Rassilon-and-the-Master-through-a-weathered-Kansas-farmer-Time-Lord fics, with Nazis?