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28 - Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic? )

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29 - What is your current project or projects? )

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30 - Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link! )

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Things I have done today: defrosted the snus cooler at work. PM decided this needed to be done while we were temporarily out of stock, unplugged the machine, and left it for me and BW to keep an eye on through the evening. BW and I got the ice pried away from the front of the cooling element without much trouble, but the ice behind it was another story. Finally I decided to disregard PM's instruction not to poke at things, got a screwdriver, and just removed the plate and fished the partially rotted ice out in chunks. Then I dried the machine and put it all back together... and it worked just fine, thank you.

The funny part is that PM set up a really elaborate system of drip catchers in front of the cooler's open door. Unfortunately, she completely ignored the cooler's back, which is where most of the meltwater went, puddling all over the counter, trickling onto the carpet, and soaking several pamphlets and displays on its way. Ah well, such is life. *wry*
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25 - Music: do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain mood to write your fic? Do you need noise in general, or do you need it completely quiet? )

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26 - What is the oddest (or most entertaining) thing you've had to research for a fic? )

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27 - Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer? )

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Today I was moderately productive: I paid my rent and credit card bills, organized and filed a bunch of financial papers, and opened and dealt with the sheaf of junk mail and charitable pitches that had been collecting all month. It's always a good feeling to look at the cleared area on my coffee table and the cascade of paper in my recycling and know I don't need to deal with that until next month. :-)

At work, I inventoried the maps and decided we needed to order new copies of the Mapless Map (which is exactly what it says on the tin -- a listing of how to get to various places around Ithaca without having to trace the route visually on a schematic)... except once I found the consignment forms and the record of past orders, I ran in to the rather baffling fact there's an order dated January of this year but our inventory level never went up, which means the order never came in -- or perhaps was never actually placed. So I clipped all the documents together and left a note asking PM what was going on, since the last order form is in her handwriting.

Tomorrow I get to work with BW instead of MS, boo hiss. Firstly, BW tends to annoy me in general, and secondly, MS and I have Monday evenings down to a science (rather like ET and I used to), whereas with BW I always feel half a step out of rhythm. Oh well, I am sure MS can use a break!
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22 - Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not? )

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23 - When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site? )

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24 - Betaing: how many betas do you like to use to make sure there are no major flaws in your fic? Do you have a beta horror story or a beta dream story? )

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My local library does not, apparently, have a copy of Charles Mackay's Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, which annoys me because I specifically went there this afternoon to find a copy and I want to read it as background research for my Femgen fic. (And also because it is apparently a classic and entertaining in its own right.) I have ordered a copy from Barnes & Noble, because there is no point in having a membership discount card if I don't use it now and then. *wry*
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19 - When you have bunnies, do you start writing right away, or do you jot down the idea for later use? )

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20 - Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom? )

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21 - Sequels: have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote? If so, why? If not, how do you feel about sequels? )

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You know something? I went looking for the cut scene from my NFE fic and I cannot find it anywhere. Normally I save things like that in a separate file, generally labeled "alternate scenes" or somesuch, in case I want to use bits of them later on, but this time I seem to have accidentally deleted it wholesale. Very frustrating!
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16 - Summaries: do you like them or hate them? If you use them, how do you come up with them? )

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17 - Titles: are they the bane of your existence or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you write chaptered fic, do you give each chapter an individual title or not? )

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18 - Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka 'bunnies') from? )

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Ithaca is gearing up for the start of fall semester at Cornell and IC, which means a new wave of students who need to have it beaten into their heads that when you enter a store in a group, I need to ID all of you before I can sell tobacco to any of you. This is a requirement so I don't sell tobacco to someone who will immediately hand it over to an underage friend. Your verbal assurance that said ID-less friend is of age and/or doesn't smoke cuts no ice with the law. And no, you cannot just have the ID-less person leave the store. I cannot un-know that ze was with you a minute ago. You cannot all leave and have the would-be purchaser return in five minutes, either; I will still know you were with a group.

If you want to buy tobacco, leave your ID-less friends outside the store. This is not rocket science. But every semester, I have to explain it all over again, and smile and apologize while entitled young idiots get pissy at me for doing my job according to the rules.

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I was never that bad when I was their age. Then again, my addictions of choice are caffeine and books, neither of which is an age-restricted substance. *wry*
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7 - Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character? )

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8 - Do you write OCs? If so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues? If not, explain your thoughts on OCs. )

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9 - Pairings: for each of the fandoms from question two, what are your three favorite pairings to write? )

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I hashed out a couple plot points for "The Courting Dance" at work tonight, and will hopefully get Bree's chapter finished tomorrow. *crosses fingers* I also want to revise the scene I chopped out of my NFE fic, because I think it's kind of interesting in its own right (comparative religions, argh) and also because I might want to stick it back into the eventual revised version, depending on how my edits go. And it is where I worked out a couple metaphysical points and the motives of one character, so it might also be useful just to clarify some details.

Ah well, I will deal with it tomorrow.
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More questions about writing, yay!

4 - Do you have a 'muse' character, who speaks to you more than others, or who tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character become your muse? )

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5 - If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your 'muse' or not, what did you do about it? )

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6 - When you write, do you prefer writing male or female characters? )

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I am safely back in Ithaca and worked a closing shift at the smoke shop with no more problems than usual. In other words, the crazy duly arrived sometime between three and four o'clock, as it always does on Sundays, but it then duly slunk away sometime between five and six o'clock and I had plenty of time to get through all the things I needed to set up for Monday, plus do some tobacco inventory and write up orders to be called in this coming week.

Vicky is safely down in D.C. and has started apartment-hunting already. I wish her the best of luck!

And my parents are safely home in New Jersey, along with their dog. So all is well with my nuclear family. :-)
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This meme has been making the rounds for a couple months now, and I thought it might be interesting to answer the questions. But I do not have the patience to keep up a single meme for thirty days, so I am going to answer them in batches.

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1 - How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in? )

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2 - Name the fandoms you've written in, how much you've written in each fandom, and if you still write in them. )

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3 - For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write? )

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More tomorrow-ish...

In other news, I am back to working on "Weregild," but the next piece is going a bit slowly because A) I am out of the swing of the story, and B) I have to talk about guns from Arthur's POV, and I know fuck-all about guns. If the finished section sounds even vaguely believable, it will be entirely thanks to CyanideBreathmint's invaluable four-part guide to guns, judiciously supplemented by Wikipedia and Google. (Gnrgh, research. *grumble grumble pfah*)

And in other other news, fics are going up over on [livejournal.com profile] narniaexchange, one per day. I am trying to make a point of commenting on each one -- partly because I know how much it sucks to not get feedback on a purpose-written story, and partly because I am terrible about giving feedback and am having a temporary fit of conscience over that and trying to improve. These fits never last, but now and then I do try. :-/

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