May. 9th, 2017

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Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.

Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?

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

How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?

Share one of your strengths.

Share one of your weaknesses.

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

Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.

Which fic has been the hardest to write?

Which fic has been the easiest to write?

Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?

Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?

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

What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?

If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?

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

Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?

Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?

Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?

Describe your perfect writing conditions.

How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?

Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).

If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?

Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?

What do you look for in a beta?

Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?

How do you feel about collaborations?

Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.

If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?

Do you accept prompts?

Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?

How do you feel about smut?

How do you feel about crack?

What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?

Would you ever kill off a canon character?

Which is your favorite site to post fic?

Talk about your current wips.

Talk about a review that made your day.

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

Write an alternative ending to [insert fic title] (or just the summary of one).
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is bee on ground? is bee not moving much?? is bee tired??? help sick bee!!!

use paper to pick up bee!slide slowly under little bumbly legs and little bumbly body until bee is fully on paper

bring bee inside to open window or open door!!!when bee is better, bee will fly out!

make sugar water for bee!mix two (2) to three (3) tablespoons of sugar (can be normal sugar or organic sugar! no artificial, no diet sweetener, no sweetener, just sugar!!!!! no honey either!!!!!!) with one (1) tablespoon of water! stir until sugar dissolves!!!!

put sugar water on plate or spoon for bee!give to bee! put bee on clean parts of plate or hold spoon near bee! if bee gets stuck in sugar water, use paper to help them get unstuck!

let bee drink and rest!!!!!

can put a bowl / plate / container of sugar water outside for other bees!!!!! use same two to one (2:1) or three to one (3:1) ratio for mix!!!!!

I tried this but the bee wouldn’t drink the sugarwater. Then I had the brilliant idea “Flowers” so I went out and picked some wildflowers and placed them near it. It didn’t have much energy, but it was able to crawl into one and start drinking the nectar. After sitting on the flower and chilling for a bit, it had the energy from the nectar to fly away.

!!!!! more idea for helping bee friens!
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Tom Holland on Lip Sync Battle

Did not expect that

He really Did That
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1. Describe your comfort zone - a typical you-fic

I think a good “typical me” type of fic would be heavily invested in the world building. To varying degrees of success, I like to take the world apart and think about why something functions the way it does. Given enough motivation, I will go very deep into world building, even into details that I know the reader is never going to know/notice or necessarily care about. When I was quite young, I used to actually write rudimentary sort of textbooks for my stories - like what a history textbook would be in that universe, for example. I once made it through a significant portion of a dictionary when I decided to create a language for a story, and have often written creation myths or entire religions for my worlds.

“Geek,” you say? Why, yes. Yes I am.

Alternately/additionally, I think miscommunication/lack of communication is probably a staple of my writing, just because it’s so rampant in real life.

19. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in his basement. Do you have a muse? 

I have many, many muses. Most of them are annoying things with teeth that only pay attention to me when I don’t want them to, but there are a few people I find really inspirational. 

For fanfiction, I would say the canon/characters themselves are muses.

25. What do you look for in a beta?

Mostly I look for someone who is willing to challenge me in a collaborative way to help me flush out things that are just not getting to where they need to be. As you well know, I love having detailed conversations (and sometimes debates) over even tiny things (how long did we spend going back and forth on whether or not ‘smiling with teeth showing’ was appropriate in the scenario? xD) and pointing out places where I’ve assumed the readers are going to be able to read my mind. I’ve been lucky to have some really phenomenal betas over the years ;)

Of course, spelling/grammar/typo checks are always much appreciated.

Ask me a question
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By the way, I do still have two Stony Bingo fic challenge/requests in my inbox - I promise that they have not been forgotten. Life just went kind of sideways there when I was working on such things, and now I’ve got RBB deadlines looming. I promise I will get to those requests as soon as I’ve gotten the RBBs off my plate. :)

Thank you, everyone, for being so patient with me.
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TNG 5x17 'The Outcast': An androgynous race prohibits any expression of gender, as it is viewed as 'primitive'.
TOS 3x15 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefied': Two members of the same species view the other as inferior because of which color is on which side of their body.
VOY 7x13 'Repentance': Voyager rescues passengers from a prison ship whose prisoners are on their way to be executed.
TNG 2x9 'The Measure of a Man': Data's sentience is brought into question when he is forced by Starfleet to undergo an undesired procedure.
TNG 7x20 'Journey's End': The Enterprise is ordered to relocate a population of Native Americans from their planet of 20 years because of a treaty with the Cardassians.
ENT 2x14 'Stigma': T'Pol is recalled when it is discovered she has Pa'Nar syndrome, a disease transmitted through mind-melds conducted by an unaccepted sub-culture of Vulcans.
DS9 6x13 'Far Beyond the Stars': Benny Russel is fired from his writing job when his story about a black space station commander receives scrutiny from the publisher.
TNG 7x9 'Force of Nature': Two Hekarans board the Enterprise to convince them that their warp drive is damaging their home world and the space around it.
TOS 1x23 'A Taste of Armageddon': The Enterprise discovers a 500 year war on a planet that is run by computers that calculate the fatalities and force those people to die.
VOY 3x6 'Remember': B'Elanna experiences the memories of a telepathic woman's youth, where her lover and his people are relocated and murdered without repercussion.






Star Trek + Social Commentary (context in the captions)

THIS is what the original Star Trek TV series and films were about. Not just about blowing up things in space and snazzy lens flares with a side order of casual sexism -.-‘.

dude do you know how many people I have pissed off by saying the exact same thing?

Not enough people.

This what all good Sci-Fi is about.

This is why anyone who claims women, POC, LGBTQ people - anyone not defined by being straight, white, and male - don’t ‘belong’ in Star Trek are not, and have never been, a Star Trek fan.
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happy star wars day !!

i folded these eight origami x-wing starfighters using different models from several sources. here’s where you can find instructions to fold your own fleet:

#1: x-wing v0.0 by martin hunt 

difficulty: jedi master

#2: from star wars origami by chris alexander (only available in the book, unfortunately)

difficulty: jedi knight

#3: instructable by xenobia 

difficulty: youngling

#4: instructions shared by dormouse

difficulty: padawan

#5: diagram found here 

difficulty: youngling

#6: instructable by joe_tutorials

difficulty: jedi knight

#7: video by jeremy shafer 

difficulty: jedi master

#8: design by philip schulz

difficulty: padawan

note: all of my x-wings were folded with 6-inch square doubled-sided paper.

i hope you have fun folding some starfighters. may the fourth be with you!

(also, thank you to my brother who leant me his toy x-wing for these photos)

Look Sam, a whole bouquet of flowers!

I literally saw your name and this image and went “Oh, I know what’s coming” :D 

Aww, look at all the little Rebel flowers. 
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3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole?

My hard no’s for writing are underage and non-con. There are some kinks that I won’t write as well. I can’t think of any tropes off the top of my head except maybe things like “Kill the woman/POC character to advance the white guy’s plot.”

17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write scenes out of order?

Depends on how cooperative my muse is being! In the last year or two, I’ve gotten into the practice of writing very detailed outlines directly on the writing document, and sometimes writing scenes out of order if one scene/chapter is giving me trouble. It’s freeing to get away from that feeling that things have to be written in order, and you can’t write the thing at point G until you get through A-F. It has resulted in a lot fewer perpetual WiPs, and I’ve been overall happier with my stories as a result.

35. Would you ever kill of a canon character?

Depends on the character and why they need to die. I’m pretty fond of killing off bad guys and assholes. 

This is actually something I’ve been thinking about, off and on, for a while. When I first started writing fanfiction there was a prevailing practice that you had to kill off/get rid of the female love interest(s) of your m/m ship characters, or otherwise prove that those men never loved their girlfriends, or that their girlfriends never loved them (this was often achieved by having the woman cheat, or do something really vicious to justify him leaving her in a way that made him the victim). 

I was about 11 or 12 when I first started writing fanfiction and I didn’t question it - it was just what you had to do so you could get on with the rest of the story (There are many more reasons why this was/is a thing in m/m ff, but I won’t go on). So there were a lot of early stories I wrote where the first chapter begins with some method of getting rid of the girl. Once I realized that it was 100000% unnecessary, I haven’t had many occasions to kill off (non-bad guy) canon characters, and I don’t read stories that do treat their female characters that way.

Ask me a question
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It’s time to stop talking about The Handmaid’s Tale like it’s futuristic dystopian fiction. The war on women is real and Republicans are trying to legislate rape culture into law.

Right because feeling as though you can’t come forward to report your rapist doesn’t exist already. Yeah, legally find a way to truly silence rape victims by stacking consequences against them for seeking help.

Reminder to youth: No, this is not normal. This is not “politics as usual.” The history of legislative action in the US has been to keep shifting towards egalitarianism and equal rights and opportunities for everyone. In the past, congressfolk had worked to make sure their own people got those rights and opportunities first - tax cuts & subsidies for businesses that were strong in their states; money for roads and power to their own regions; more money for the kinds of schools they liked, and so on.

It’s very rare for them to vote against the interests of their constituents. Rare for them to directly vote to make life harder, to bring more suffering, to the people who’ll be voting for them in a couple of years.

List of swing district repubs who voted for AHCA:
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this is the kind of modern art I love….




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