oh god technology

coz still fucking hates web 2.0

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i dont disagree w/ this but also just thinking about it all from the hypothetical of having to write a serial drama essentially involving either pairing, you could write plenty about either without having to cut corners or make sacrifices
sorry im getting all fuckin meta about a hypotheticals on top of a hypothetical LOL

That’s fine! It’s a fun thing to talk about! I’m def approaching more from writing stand-alones, because I do a lot less serial drama and a lot more one shots. They’re both good and have their merits, but I know that I write a lot more one-shots than I do continuous stories. I think it’s pretty telling that the longest series I have is one where each story is a different pairing taking place on the same night rather than following a single pairing for any length of time. 

They’re both good pairings and they both make for really good and compelling drama. But one works a lot better with my writing style, since I get so frustrated when I feel like I’m writing the same story over and over again. 

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well if all you’re doing is writing things that centres completely around that relationship dynamic, yea, but when you have them involved in conflicts that DONT involve that im sure you can come up with plenty of material! SORRY FOR BEING CONTRARY

Hahaha nah it’s fine! I think Snowman and Slick’s dynamic, relationship or otherwise, would still just lead to a wider variety of options to write in any conflict they’re put in. You’ve got them actively/grudgingly cooperating, you’ve got one betraying the other, you’ve got them both at each other’s throats, and all of those possibilities exist within whatever conflict or plot they’re in. 

With Crowbar and Snowman, I don’t want to write one betraying the other because that doesn’t fit their characterization or the dynamic I like about them, so that crosses off a few possible ways for a story to play out around them, and I’m not terribly into them being enemies the way I’m into Slick and Snowman being both enemies and frenemies.

I really like Crowbar and Snowman when they like each other and there are a ton of plots I can put them in, but even within those plots, there’s a more limited way they’ll play out vs Snowman and Slick in the same plots. It’s not about which pairing is better or that one is bad because it doesn’t have the same variety as the other. It’s more about which pairing’s options are more enjoyable for me to write. (eg I could write Snowman fucking Crowbar over but that is nowhere near as satisfying or enjoyable as Snowman fucking Slick over, because Slick has earned being stomped on and Crowbar hasn’t). 

Filed under enjoy some tl;dr about snowbar and snowslick

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The worst thing about the question is that it’s less “what pairing do you like best” for me, and more “what pairing would become the least repetitive after writing it for years”. Because I love Snowbar, but there are a lot less fics where “people who get along and are stable and not shitheads" remains interesting and compelling vs "people who don’t get along and are constantly being assholes to each other in escalating ways and who change drastically depending on the situation”, which as far as I can tell is nearly infinite in its scope. 

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  1. Fallout: New Vegas
  2. Left 4 Dead
  3. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  4. Legend of Zelda (generic)
  5. Grand Theft Auto IV
  6. Silent Hill (generic)
  7. Mass Effect 3
  8. Bioshock 2
  9. Bastion
  10. Cooking Mama
  11. Little Inferno
  12. Portal 2 Co-Op
  13. Brutal Legend
  14. Team Fortress 2
  15. Papers Please
  16. Saints Row IV
  17. Flash Dress-Up Game (generic)
  18. Hitman (generic)
  19. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  20. God of War 3
  21. Red Faction: Guerrilla
  22. Fallen London
  23. Deadly Premonition
  24. Hotline Miami
  25. Spelunky
  26. Journey
  27. Carmageddon
  28. Space Station 13
  29. Dwarf Fortress
  30. Borderlands
  31. Universe Sandbox

Kudos to anybody who got more than half of these! 

Filed under snowman month

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mallomon asked: For the fanfic meme: number 16.

16. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?

Imagine me making horribly pained sounds as I read this. What a fucking nightmare. Snowman/Slick. Sorry Snowbar, you know I fucking love you, but Snowslick has more variety if I’m to be stuck writing something over and over again. 

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crovvbar asked: 1, 3 (other than A/B/O lmao), 5, 6!

3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

Okay I already answered this but I would actually write A/B/O just so I could point out how fucking gross, sexist and shitty their gender politics are, except I don’t have the time/patience to wade through the vast sea of dogfuck rapeworld to give a full and proper critique of why they are bad and should feel bad. 

5. Share one of your strengths.

ACTION SCENES! I have always found action to be very, very easy for me to write. I can see the whole fight in my head and I find it easy to follow it/transcribe it out. 

6. Share one of your weaknesses.

Fucking dialogue. I have gotten much better over time, but it’s still a thorn in my side. Nothing bothers me worse than looking back at old stories and seeing a line of dialogue that completely runs counter to the characterization. Also I am lazy and rely on turns of phrases a lot, to a point where I will regularly control-f through stories looking for them so I can weed them out/at least keep it down to one usage per story.

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hungoverskeletonguy asked: 14, 39

39. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

Occasionally! I usually ignore them. At most I might flag down Ember and point them out to her and we’ll laugh at them. I really don’t mind the rude reviews since most of them are meant to be compliments, just delivered badly, and the ones that aren’t are almost always so off-base or weird that they don’t hurt at all. 

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cineresis asked: 9, 10, 15, 23

10. Which fic has been the easiest to write?

Dress Rehearsal Rag, which came out like a dream. I wrote it over a day or two and it was a fic that I spent the whole time going “why am I writing this? nobody will care about this except for me”, but it came so easily that it felt like a crime not to write it. 

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Anonymous asked: 7 and 13!

7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

There are more doors, a pair of two that face each other, and this time when Damara steps through them, she finds herself in a room larger than any she’s ever seen in her life. It’s so big that the ceiling is taller than all the rooms she followed down stacked together, so far away that she can’t see the edges where the wall meets ceiling. Her steps falter for a moment, staring at something so vast that it fills a part of her with mild terror.

The Blinking of Eyes at the Sun has a bit where Damara sees the outside for the first time, and I’m still really pleased at how I described her looking at the world and being unable to understand what the sky is because her entire life has happened in a single floor of a building with no concept of ‘outside’ (or even ‘below’ or ‘above’). It’s always a struggle to write a character who can’t even begin to grasp a concept, and I think it worked pretty well here. 

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emberkeelty asked: 3, 9, 13, 14!

3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?

Hmm. I’m not sure. There’s stuff I don’t like, but you know how much I fucking love writing deconstructions of stuff. I guess the big one I steer clear of is anything involving mental illness as the main plot, because even trying to deconstruct that stuff can end up playing into other aspects of that shitty trope. It’s better just to write a regular plot that has people in it who might have mental illnesses that affect them, but don’t become the central focus of the plot. 

9. Which fic has been the hardest to write?

Probably still that damned Eggs and Biscuits fic. I rewrote it from scratch three separate times and I’m still very eehhh about the end product. It was so hard to find a believable pov voice that wasn’t obnoxious or offensive .

13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?

Pull out the dialogue from your fic and see if you can tell who’s saying it when there are no descriptors attached or in the sentences. If your sentences all look/sound the same, then you need to fix your characterization. People should be able to guess who’s saying what even if there’s no indication who’s saying it, and if they can’t, then your characterization is shitty.