Day 18

Jul. 20th, 2010 07:45 pm
serafina20: (dark goddess_azazel)
18. Favorite antag­o­nist and why!

Garrison Pike. Garrison Pike is the antagonist in Dark Goddess. I love him because he totally and completely believe that killing Kali is the right thing to do. On the surface, it's all about her being a vampire (although she's human) and wanting to save the world from evil. But, really, it's all about something else and that gets peeled away as the book goes on. He's a good man, and that's why Kali approached him int he first place. He's principled, but realistic, and feels deeply. Plus, he looks like Gary Oldman.

Day 17

Jul. 19th, 2010 06:54 pm
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17. Favorite pro­tag­o­nist and why!

Fanfic: It's a toss-up between Michael Scofield and Lex Luthor, I think. I write them both very similar: geniuses who are deeply insecure, notice too much of the world around them (that developed in Lex later... and in LLAR2, I actually gave him low latent inhibition), and who work constantly to get others to accept them. With Lex, I loved how incredibly fucked up his family was, how abusive Lionel was, and how he was so charismatic and able to draw people to him, even when he didn't believe in himself. (Same with Michael, without the abusive father part)

Original fic: Kali. She's strong and smart and fights for herself.

I'm really tired.

Day 16

Jul. 18th, 2010 07:50 pm
serafina20: (dogma_genocide)
16. Do you write roman­tic rela­tion­ships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you will­ing to go in your writ­ing? ;)

I almost never write romantic relationships and, if I ever do, I'm strictly a hand-holding, arm around the shoulder writer. I don't see what purpose writing romance serves; I mean, come on, it's all been done before, let's get something new. And, on the few occasions I've found it unavoidable, I haven't seen a reason to delve too deeply into it. I mean, what happens between two people in the bedroom should stay in the bedroom, right? Besides, as a virgin, I really don't have any way to know what goes on and wouldn't do a good job describing anything too intimate.

as for my answer )
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Or, in which Sera puts off cleaning and calling a friend. And writing and sending off query letters.

13. What’s your favorite cul­ture to write, fic­tional or not?

Human culture. And vampire culture. And angels, but only sorta. Oh, and geek. All my characters are geeks somehow with copious references to Star Wars, Buffy, and other geek venues.

I don't like the question because it calls attention to the fact I'm US-white centric and fail at life.
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12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of world­build­ing? Any side-notes on it you’d like to share?

Um, I don't really know? I mean, in fanfic, the worlds are already built and the few times I wrote AUs where i had to build the world (like LLAR and Pirate)... well, I did well in LLAR but, again, mostly someone elses world. Pirate was not really good worldbuilding at all.

So, I don't know. Even with Dark Goddess, I don't think the world is all that defined. I'm more into the characters. So maybe I'm just not a good writer.
serafina20: (dark goddess_azazel)
11. Who is your favorite char­ac­ter to write? Least favorite?

Favorite character: whomever I'm writing at the moment, really. I loved writing Michael Scofield, Wesley Whyndam-Price, and my Azazel (original flavor from my Angel fiction; I didn't get to go too deep into him in Dark Goddess although, if I ever do continue it, I will). Actually, I think I'm going to go with my Azazel (it's so weird to have to specify) because he was one of those irreverent, whimsical, eccentric, kind out of out of control characters in the vein of Q, Puck, and SPN's Gabriel/Trickster. And I love writing those characters.

Least favorite: I think I'm gonna have to go with Pete Ross from Smallville here. I just found him so boring. So normal in a very plain way. I couldn't ever get into him or have fun with him the way I did with the others. I tried, I really did. I wrote him with Chloe and Clark and Lana and I just couldn't get him to spark for me.

And that's today's entry.
serafina20: (prison break_dorkus maximus)
I am sleeping waaay too much. And in a totally f-up way, as I woke up at five, got up, had some food, stretched, tidied up the living room, then went back to sleep until 10:30. Which I stretched out until 11.

I also pissed off Brycee by putting a collar on her.

ANYway:

10. What are some really weird sit­u­a­tions your char­ac­ters have been in? Every­thing from seri­ous canon scenes to meme ques­tions counts!

I'm not entirely sure how to answer this question. I guess I made Clark and Lex pirates. I made Lindsey McDonald a drag queen (and made Jonathan Crane dress in drag, too). I also made Lindsey McDonald the Grail. I got Lex pregnant. Kali got drinks dumped on her in Heaven. She also met the Doctor. She drank blood in front of Jesus. I have this whole story about her taking the Phantom of the Opera's virginity, but I haven't actually written that.

ETA OH! Clark's super-healing, OJ flavored semen! That was weird.

I guess that answers the question.
serafina20: (dogma_genocide)
First look at my icon. That's just about my favorite Kevin Smith quote EVER.

8. What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?

Um... romance soap-opera stuff when I'm writing fanfiction. Let's face it: my plots are one drama after another. If I ever tried to break into the soap opera screenwriting biz, I'd probably make a lot of money. But soap operas generally have less gay sex than I write, even in today's market.

For original fic, I like writing about girls/young women who face horrible situations and manage to pwn everyone and grow as a person. If they fall in love or attraction somewhere along the way, that's fine, but it's not the focus.

Except in that pirate novel. Probably why I'm not really happy with it.

I know that's not exactly a genre, but ah well. It's what I like to write. I've done it in vampire format. I'm thinking of doing it in genetically engineered/manipulated solider format next. Or, I might do a King Arthur story (focused on a woman) or Robin Hood (well, Maid Marian) or that Persephone/Hades thing I started ages ago, which is technically romance, but also about growing and discovering individuality, etc.

I like to read books similar to what I like to write: strong girls who do stuff. Like The Hunger Games which is my new favoritiest favorite book EVEA. When I was at the bookstore today, I realized that the problem I'm having with most YA novels right now (and many grown-up genre books as well) is they all seemed to be focused on relationship/romance first and stuff happens to interfere or create that romance. And I don't want that. I want it to be like in the Hunger Games or even Patient Zero (which is about a boy, not a girl, but I read it aloud and pretend I'm the main character, thus making it a girl) where a bunch of shit happens that the character has to overcome, and there's someone there that, over the course of everything, they find they're attracted to.

I also like zombie books and plague books, but there aren't enough plague books that have the guts to kill everyone off.

9. How do you get ideas for your char­ac­ters? Describe the process of cre­at­ing them.

Um... I don't even know. Most of everything I do when I comes to writing is uncover them as I write. I knew Kali was young and the reincarnation of the first vampire. I knew she had to be strong, but, other than that, I didn't know much about her. The more I wrote, the more I discovered about her. Same with Gabriel, although I knew with him that he was going to be kind of a parody of Louis, only where Louis goes back and forth over killing people his whole life, Gabriel has always been too sensitive and in love with living things to kill anything.

So, yeah. I don't really have a way that I create characters. Maybe it would be better if I did, but I don't. They come to me and reveal themselves as we go along.
serafina20: (dw_donna)
7. Do you lis­ten to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your char­ac­ters?

I go back and forth. I like running the TV while I'm home, especially at night, so I generally just listen to that. When I'm out of the house, I'll listen to my I-tunes on random. I did make a playlist for Dark Goddess because there are songs I associate with characters. As I said in another post, Isis by the Goo Goo Dolls helped inspire it to begin with.

With fanfiction, I made a fanmix to go along with Corner of the World back before I knew what a fanmix was. There are definitely songs I associate with characters (eg. Eva Cassidy's Time after Time for Whitney; Queen's Save Me and Five for Fighting's 100 Years for Lex; Near You Always by Jewel for Chloe and Lana, etc). Lately, I've been associating Dean from SPN with When I Go by Dave Carter (mostly because I just started season 3 and he's gearing himself up to go).

I love music, but get out of the habit of listening to it from time to time. At least constantly. I wish I didn't.
serafina20: (dw_nine)
6. Where are you most com­fort­able writ­ing? At what time of day? Com­puter or good ol’ pen and paper?

Usually, I write either sitting in my comfy chair (which ain't as comfy any more) or at my desk. I really enjoyed writing at Borders, too, as it provided less distractions, but was a drain on my wallet. I tend to get a rush around ten or so at night, and like to write in the afternoon or evening other wise. Fanfiction I write purely on computer; novels I go back and forth. Often, I'll write a scene or chapter on paper (or start it on paper) then transfer it to computer.
serafina20: (white collar_sex on wheels)
5. By age, who is your youngest char­ac­ter? Old­est? How about “youngest” and “old­est” in terms of when you cre­ated them?

For some reason, this strikes me as a silly question. I don't know why.

Youngest character. Well, I guess it would be Meg's unborn child at the end of Ships in the Night. Wait, no. Rachel is less far along than Meg. But if we're not counting fetuses, then probably Lara Luthor-Kent.

In original fiction, I'm thinking Araceli is the youngest. She's a runaway seer/prophet that Kali finds after she escapes the 'bad' vampires. She around ten years old.

Oldest would be Morgan from Dark Goddess. She's the only vampire left alive from the original group Kali changed. I think she's about five thousand years old, but it's morning and I've only had one cup of coffee, so I could have that number wrong. Kali herself would have been the oldest, being the first vampire and all, but she was killed in the 1800s, so... she kinda lost that status.

As for "youngest" in terms of creations... I can't remember the last character I created. It might have been Meg, my Watchmen Mary Sue. And, of course, all the other OCs from that story, but I don't think they count.

"Oldest" is... let's go with Kaitlyn from yesterday's post. Even if, technically, she's not.
serafina20: (dark goddess_azazel)
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!

When I was "young," I Mary Sued myself into everything. Of course, I never, never, never do it anymore. Ever. When I was very, very young, all my OFCs were named "Sera" (only my real name). It wasn't until around seventh grade I became organized.

This got long )
serafina20: (firefly_mal in snow)
2. How many char­ac­ters do you have? Do you pre­fer males or females?

I have too many characters that I've created to really know the number. Let's just go with many. As for gender... I prefer writing males in fanfiction and females in original fiction, I guess. My writing boom started after I discovered slash, and although I've dabbled in femslash, my main focus in fanfiction is often males. Even still, I always try to incorporate women in their own story lines (because I like subplots).

Recently, I've been writing more OFCs fic in different fandoms. I don't know why, except I love creating strong, realistic female characters.

For original fiction, I write stories about girls/women. There's enough books out there that focus on men, and I want more books about me. Well, not me, but you know what I mean (I hope).


3. How do you come up with names, for char­ac­ters (and for places if you’re writ­ing about fic­tional places)?

Names are a pain in the butt. I troll baby name books or steal names that I like from other people. Last names often come from books lying around. Some characters arrive with names and I don't know where they came from, but others I have to work at by finding stuff that fits.

I still feel ill.

Meme

Jul. 3rd, 2010 10:44 pm
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Let's see if I can do this.

1. Tell us about your favorite writ­ing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.

I loved every minute of writing Lex Luthor, Ace Reporter. It was an idea that just sort of popped into my head and I rolled with it. My favorite part was how the whole time, I had no idea what was going to happen and then, all the sudden, the subplot with Morgan Edge came. I don't think he was going to be Lex's father until I wrote that scene, but once I wrote it, it was just... right. Then, that led to Metropolis Confidential which is one of my favorite stories ever. I also loved LLAR2 and I swear I'm getting back to that. I still know what I was going to do with it; I just got distracted.


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