I got tangled in a bathroom coat rack for like five minutes today. I am the incarnation of grace.
There is so much thought stuffed into this you wouldn’t even believe. Basic premise is post-canon Slytherin!Harry and Ginny are chosen to be the poster couple for the marriage law. Picks up immediately after the meeting where they’re informed.
I am so excited about this, tho. :33
Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear.
Basically the coolest little tool to have as a writer.
This is awesome!!!
Ooh, this is fun to pop your writing into. I am actually way better about passive voice than I had thought; huh, neat.
On the other hand my sentences get way long way fast, which I knew. Given the chance I will mash every single phrase I can think of that’s remotely related to a concept into one giant lurching Frankenstein’s monster of a sentence and set it loose on the world. It’s a problem.
They’re normally grammatically correct, too. Used to drive my English teachers mad. Still drives my PI to distraction, come to think. :p
must. correct. bluh.
pickledchips asked: Hello. I absolutely adore your writing, and the way you do characterization, and that DavespriteJade and psychic wolf Bec Noir piece you recently wrote was seven thousand kinds of awesome, and your Cyber Bunny Apocalypse series is like *air.* I love it so, so much. Also your Lightning Bug AU rocks. And going by your posts and reblogs you seem like a cool person. And a fellow Strider fan. I am uncertain how to tumblr etiquette.
*high pitched noises*
Hi, hello! Thank you! :D :D
I feel like I should have more to say but I’m mostly just very happy. ^^”
And yes, I have this theory that tumblr’s extensively overlapping and counterintuitive array of messaging options are some sort of elaborate sociology experiment. But feel free to talk to me any which way!
bkprsn101 (02:26:02): Dave Strider is clearly a superior characterbkprsn101 (02:26:32): Do you remember back in the day when you thought he was annoying? :XAskerian (02:26:56):i did?Askerian (02:26:58):… i DID?Askerian (02:27:02):o_OAskerian (02:27:09):MEA CULPA ;^;bkprsn101 (02:28:11): Yes. Upon first meeting Dave you were like “idk he’s sort of an annoying little jerk :”.bkprsn101 (02:28:25): And I went “…yes?” :Xbkprsn101 (02:29:50): Sometimes I remember that conversation, and then I go and happily wallow in your body of work, 80% of which features Dave Strider, Magnificent Nerdy AssholeAskerian (02:30:05):hahahahahaha oh wow i totally forgotAskerian (02:30:15):SORRY DAVE I LOVE YOUbkprsn101 (02:30:32): I am sure he forgives you XDbkprsn101 (02:30:57): This was during your first attempt at reading Homestuck, nobody can blame youbkprsn101 (02:31:17): Homestuck is something one must come to in one’s own timebkprsn101 (02:31:21): Like religionbkprsn101 (02:31:56): Or vegetablesbkprsn101 (02:32:10): …no wait that last one is weird
On the one hand, this is completely acceptable in every way.
On the other hand, you seem to be telling me I have missed my chance to be mermaid-Batman.
I’m so torn. D8
saffronheliotrope asked: Hi there! I'm so glad you liked the davekat species swap ficlet -- thanks again for the great prompt. I've been meaning to tell you how much I love your writing. For me, the cyberbunny verse falls into a very small category of fics that are SO original, SO unexpected, and utterly engrossing. The characterization is just breathtaking and your writing is so good. I'm loving the firefly fics and I just read your psychic wolves (!!!) and basically I'm just in love with everything you write. =)
I never really know what’s the socially suave way to tell tumblr people “hello! I like you! hello! :D “
—maybe pretend I did that plz—
aaahhh, thank you, I’m really glad you like my writing, that is so awesome to hear! <3<3<3
And also thank you again—that eridavekat ficlet falls firmly into the category of ‘exceeds highest expectations/wildly indulgent of me/probably should hand over hypothetical firstborn.’
leporidsandphalluses asked: Hey! I love your Homestuck fiction work. I'm absolutely crazy about Battlefield Terra. I was wondering if you ever have trouble with characterization. How do you keep them in line with how they act in the comic without deviating? Do you ever find that you don't know how a character will act in a certain situation? (Thanks in advance!)
Yeah, sometimes it’s hella complicated. Don’t worry, everyone has to work hard at it.
Okay, hmm. I don’t think my fics are the pinnacle of ICness; for example BT!John is more decisive and a bit more alpha male than canon John, I think, who’s more indecisive and takes his responsibilities less seriously. That’s both because BT!John has lived longer (he’s seventeen) and because he’s been raised from childhood to be aware of his responsibilities, and to handle them properly.
The trick is that — well, human beings act erratically from time to time, but if you write characters acting out of observed bounds, there has to be a reason for it. A calm, nice character blowing up needs to have had a really shitty day or something bad happened to someone they care about or they’ve been dealing with harrassment, for example. One acting like an asshole when they’re not usually an asshole has to feel justified or fed-up enough to explain it. “OOC” behavior can happen, but never without a good reason.
If you’re writing AU, then keep in mind how the change in surroundings and childhood influences would have affected the character growing up, even adjusted for maximum similarity, and work based off that.
There are two major points to ICness in fanfic writing:
1) WHAT does the character think or do in such and such situation
2) HOW the character says or does it.
For example Karkat and Dave say things in very similar ways — long tangled metaphors. But Karkat says them angrily, Dave mumbles or pretends to be calm about it. Karkat is obvious about caring too much, and pushes his point aggressively, Dave is more passive about it. They’re both all about thinking they’re not important and other people are, though, woo heroic sacrifice. Terezi and Rose both like to dissect people’s actions and thoughts, and they both fell into addiction, but their speech patterns and body language are entirely different and the histories that led them to this point are different as well, as are the somewhat different ways they present their reasons for their addiction (Terezi, guilt/grief over Vriska, Rose, boredom and missing/grieving her mom), as are the people they are surrounded by and who could affect their actions from there on. Rose has Kanaya; Terezi had Gamzee.
You could use the perfect Terezi quirk and her exact personality to drive her words an actions, but if you have her speak and gesture like Rose it’ll feel OOC, and vice versa.
What are your character’s values, what would they fight to defend and what do they consider less important? Canon sometimes doesn’t give all the information on that stuff, but when you know their values about some things you can usually extrapolate to other areas of their life. (people sometimes have contradictory values — mm, compartimentalization — but be careful not to be too jarring about value dissonance even if those things could happen in real life; with an oc it could pass but with a fanfic character people have been assuming things about them based on available data and you’ll really have to sell it if you plug the holes with unexpected material.)
What makes them angry? What sort of anger — explosive and then gone, cold and lasting, gritted teeth, snarling, hot tears of frustrated anger, repressing and turning it on themselves? What makes them sad? Happy? Do they laugh out loud or chuckle or do the quiet smile thing?
Has anything similar in any way happened in canon? If so you can base your reaction off that. Otherwise, extrapolate, otherwise go with whatever seems likely to you cause no one can tell you otherwise.
Also don’t be afraid of letting your character be themselves even in their faults, and for those faults to cause conflict. The other characters don’t know they’re a hero or that they mean well, they only know how the character’s actions and words affect them.
Plus, if they have a trait, not everyone is going to interpret it the same way. Gentle and doesn’t like conflict can look like spinelessness to someone else, nice/friendly can look suspicious or irritatingly invasive, decisive and strong can look aggressive or bitchy, etcetera. Make sure you have your characters bounce off each other and affect each other’s reactions! It makes things more interesting.
The major thing is that in fanfic you are working off an interpretation of the characters, and not two people have the exact same one, deep down. Just make sure you have an understanding of why a character does things, and after that, keep your interpretations coherent — don’t pick and choose, don’t change interpretations mid-story, don’t contradict canon just because — and it should work fine. ^__^
(but srsly if your plot rests on a characterer acting totally ooc for zero reason then you should change the plot, or put another character in it, or work harder at forcing them, and if that still doesn’t work then… well you CAN write it anyway, it could still be a good story, it just won’t be very good fanfic.)
(this wall of advice is null and void if the fic is ooc for humor purposes.)
I think there’s also a distinction to be made here about characterization as it apples to internal (values/motivations) vs external (voice/actions).
Me, I normally have a pretty good sense going into a fic of the internal stuff and it’s so flexible and fun to play with. Like Asuka talked about above, two people can start from the same place and go really different directions with it, or start from different places and wind up really similar. This is my very favorite thing about reading fanfiction—all the different interpretations of the same characters. So cool.
On the other hand, character voice often takes a lot more work for me, and I think this external stuff is very often the thing people are talking about when they describe something as out of character.
Asuka is really really good at voice. (No, really. So good. *__* She says it’s practice but I think it’s sorcery.)
When I’m figuring out voice for a character I haven’t written before I skim a lot of pesterlogs trying to pick out patterns and mannerisms. RP guides can also be really good for catching things you might not have consciously noticed. This gets you a toolkit.
But a lot of it is also just practice and I can’t practice if I let myself get too hung up on details, especially stuff that doesn’t come naturally, so a lot of times I find it helps me to just write it however and then go back through and tweak it until it feels right. (Beta readers are also awesome for this part.)
I can distinctly remember trying to get a voice worked out for AR in the cyberbunny prologue and finally it clicked that any sentence with an exclamation point in that chapter was not going to be in voice for him. :p 90,000 words later I am much too busy whining about how Kankri doesn’t default to snark and that is hard and he is hard, and doesn’t this story realize that snark is my native tongue? to remember that I used to think AR and Seb were the hard ones.
I dunno, there’s degrees of difficulty, but pretty much the only Homestuck character I have ever had flow naturally and easily straight out of my brain and onto the page was Eridan. Don’t ask me what that says about my brain. 8|
Anonymous asked: i love captain jane from the bottom of my heart and i love you. <3
eeee, thank you, darling.
I love lb!Jane so much. I think any of the kids could have filled the captain role but Jane just absolutely shines there. <3<3