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A: How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
B: Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
C: What character do you identify with most?
D: Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
E: If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
F: Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
G: Care to share a favorite crack fic?
H: How would you describe your style?
I: Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
J: Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
K: What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
L: What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
M: Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
N: Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
O: How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
P: Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
Q: Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
R: Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
S: Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
T: Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
U: A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
V: A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
W: Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
X: A character you enjoy making suffer.
Y: A character you want to protect.
Z: Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?
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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.

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Aaah! xD

5 favorite characters: Alice, Carlisle, Sam, Billy, Seth

3 OTPs: Carlisle/Esme, Billy+Charlie, Jacob/Edward.

Funniest character: Seth

Prettiest character: Jacob

Most badass character: Alice

Character I’d like as my BFF: I’m pretty tempted to say Rosalie, but I think she’d get on my nerves in a hurry, so probably Alice or Carlisle

Character that’s ruined my life: all of them, though not necessarily in good ways. xD

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5 favorite characters:

3 OTPs:

Funniest character:

Prettiest character:

Most badass character:

Character I’d like as my BFF:

Character that’s ruined my life:
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4) your favorite character you’ve written

Tony is always my favorite, but just to change it up a little, I’ll say an original character of mine who can “talk” to inanimate objects. (Which I believe is called psychometry)

5) character you were most surprised to end up writing

I did write a Twilight story, so I would say probably the entire character list of the story?

16) are there any characters who haunt you? 

There is a version of Steve from Never for the Dragon that kills me. I won’t give away why in case you haven’t read the story, but anyone who has read it knows why. 

25) copy/paste a few sentences or a short paragraph that you’re particularly proud of

I liked this interaction between Tony and Bruce in Dangerous Kitchen Tools,  because Tony was trying so hard to be Cool in front of his crush, and then as soon as Steve was out of the room: 

The silence lasted until Tony heard Steve’s footsteps on the stairs. He rounded on Bruce, pointing at him with an accusing finger. “Why didn’t you tell me that you’ve been teaching Steve Rogers how to make spaghetti for the last six months?” he demanded.

Bruce blinked twice and made a confused gesture toward the door. “Steve? Do you know him?” He frowned and shuffled past Tony into the kitchen. “And we haven’t been making spaghetti for six months. What did you teach them?”

He crouched down to open Tony’s bag and pulled out the siphon. He held it up. “I could be wrong, but I don’t think chicken kiev needs foam.”

“Everything needs foam,” Tony said dismissively. He grabbed the siphon and stuck it back in the bag. “Don’t change the subject. You’ve had Steve Rogers in your kitchen for six months and didn’t even tell me. I feel so betrayed right now.”

Bruce rubbed his hand across the back of his neck and scratched at his stubble, straightening out of the crouch. “I know he’s your type, but you got annoyed when I suggested that you might want to meet him, so…”

Tony cut his hands through the air to halt the reminder of blowing up at Bruce when he’d suggested one date too many to get him out of the ‘increasingly antisocial mood’ he’d been in for years. “Also beside the point. Steve Rogers? Comic book artist?” When Bruce showed no signs of any lightbulbs popping on over his head, Tony groaned. “I have every single comic he’s put out in the last ten years! I made you read them!”

Bruce winced and made a silent ‘o’ with his lips. “I didn’t put that together. Sorry.”

Pacing a tiny, agitated circle, Tony declared, “I thought we were friends, Bruce. Friends don’t do this to each other.” He pointed at Bruce’s nose. “You’re a bad friend.”

Not upset in the least, Bruce just said, “I’ll make sure to mention that at the next board meeting you’re going to make me attend for you.”

“See that you do,” Tony sniffed.
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awww - it is good sometimes!

I feel that world building is a strength of mine, and lately I’ve come to the (somewhat startling realization) that I write action pretty well?? Even just a few years ago, action was the bane of my existence, so that one is nice. ^_^
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1 - Is there a story you’re holding off writing for some reason. 

I don’t know if there’s anything I’m ‘holding off’ writing, but I do have about three gazillion plot bunny ideas ready to go that I haven’t written. One of my favorite plot bunnies that I’ve never touched for unknown reasons was an early one - someone had framed Steve and Tony for treason. Pepper gets Tony out of bed in the early early hours of the morning, Tony rushes to pick Steve up on his morning pre-dawn run, and they run off to a farm in the middle of no where to hide until they can figure out what’s going on. I have it pretty detailed, but it just never tickled me enough to put it on paper.

23- Any obscure life experiences that you feel have helped your writing? 

Hmm… I don’t know if I’ve had any ‘obscure’ life experiences (but how do you define an ‘obscure life experience’ anyways? Maybe someone who spent their childhood wrestling alligators?) but I moved around a lot as a kid (a lot - I attended 4 different high schools). 

For a young person, that tends to mean isolation and (at least in my case) a lot of introspection, reading, and writing. I also developed a contrary-streak about 6.5 miles wide, which translates to writing for me as “Oh, you think this thing can’t be done? Just you watch me.”
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17 - If you could give your fledgling author-self any advice, what would it be? 

Gosh. “You will never be satisfied with it”? xD That sounds horrible, but I was absolutely the worst with revisions. About every year I would take down whatever major story I was working on (I was in the Harry Potter fandom then) and start over. 

19) when it comes to more complicated narratives, how do you keep track of outlines, characters, development, timeline, ect.?

I tend to have separate documents. Usually, I have a brainstorming document where I keep conversations I’ve had about the story with betas/collaborators, a general outline that just has the major plot points in order, my detailed outline (that I write directly into), and then often another document with notes for things like character or world building history, and several document with parts of things I’ve removed from the main document. 

To give you an idea, this is what one of my story folders looks like on the inside: 

24) have you ever become an expert on something you previously knew nothing about, in order to better a scene or a story? 

I am a bit of research fiend, so there a lot of tiny things that I’ve gone into at significant length to satisfy some plot point. I’ve probably put the most overall effort into medicine, but I don’t know if that really counts because my BFF is a nurse, so I feel like I would have learned that regardless of writing. 

Probably the biggest thing that comes to mind is Berlin pre-WWII.  @synteis and I watched documentaries, and did quite a bit of research (she was way ahead of me) for Wolves in the World. 

To date, Wolves is probably my most heavily researched story. 
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1) is there a story you’re holding off on writing for some reason?

2) what work of yours, if any, are you the most embarrassed about existing?

3) what order do you write in? front of book to back? chronological? favorite scenes first? something else?

4) favorite character you’ve written

5) character you were most surprised to end up writing

6) something you would go back and change in your writing that it’s too late/complicated to change now

7) when asked, are you embarrassed or enthusiastic to tell people that you write?

8) favorite genre to write

9) what, if anything, do you do for inspiration?

10) write in silence or with background noise? with people or alone?

11) what aspect of your writing do you think has most improved since you started writing?

12) your weaknesses as an author

13) your strengths as an author

14) do you make playlists for your current wips?

15) why did you start writing?

16) are there any characters who haunt you?

17) if you could give your fledgling author self any advice, what would it be?

18) were there any works you read that affected you so much that it influenced your writing style? what were they?

19) when it comes to more complicated narratives, how do you keep track of outlines, characters, development, timeline, ect.?

20) do you write in long sit-down sessions or in little spurts?

21) what do you think when you read over your older work?

22) are there any subjects that make you uncomfortable to write?

23) any obscure life experiences that you feel have helped your writing?

24) have you ever become an expert on something you previously knew nothing about, in order to better a scene or a story?

25) copy/paste a few sentences or a short paragraph that you’re particularly proud of
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Ladyshadowdrake has had a massively bad day. 

Link me cute animals being cute and precious and come ask me about tentacles, or whatever, please.
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These are good ones


ABO story: 

“Mr. Stark,” Rogers greeted. His voice was the slightest touch rough.

Save as vocal passcode? The HUD asked, the vocal imprint showing above his left eye as valleys and peaks. Tony shuddered – hearing Mr. Stark from Captain America made him feel a little sick. “No. Log it for the profile.”

Meeting in prison AU:

“No touching!” the CO called across the room.

Steve-is-a-cop AU: 

Something about the man drew him in and made him comfortable, made him want to touch, but even more, made him think he might want to stay.

A demon!Bucky AU that I poke out every now and then:

The boy slung an arm around his shoulders. Normally if some other boy touched him like that, it was just to pull him off somewhere the adults couldn’t see, but Steve felt immediately comfortable under his arm.

A fantasy AU: 

“I know you can fight,” Bucky answered, glaring, “But I can’t, not with knowing you might be in trouble. So just stuff that idea, and stay here where they need you. You’ve got some of your mom’s healing touch, and they need you.”


Steve-is-a-cop AU:

Unless he took bribes only in cash and kept that stashed away. He could be just padding his retirement, or saving it up for a rainy day. 


Steve set her milk on the little table beside her chair and wrestled the old window open. It stuck no matter how often he oiled it, and he was sweating by the time he finally got it open half way. The air was chilly and wet from the previous day’s rain, but Mrs. Wilson preferred it a little cool. She patted him on the cheek.


ABO story: 

“And me?” he asked distractedly. She was… copper, gun oil, roses, and black tea. He could smell her laundry soap, the powder in her hair, the faint scent of her body odor – musk, and the sour smell of exertion. He missed her answer and jerked back when she leaned forward to snap her fingers in front of his face. The sound cracked in his ears so loud that they started to ring. She frowned and leaned down to look into his eyes.

Steve-is-a-cop AU:

Tony almost faked another choking spell just to get Steve’s warm hand on his back again, but his phone interrupted the attempt. He silenced it without looking, and it immediately started ringing again.
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From the Steve-is-a-Cop AU (I swear I will eventually get a title for that)

“Man, I have a cat. And she knows when you’re being sassy!”

Nanny AU:

“Since you’ve already run multiple background checks on me, I’m going to assume you know that my last name is not Willdo,” he said, but he didn’t wait for Tony’s sassy comeback.

I had to go hunt through my old Eureka fics to find ‘tender/ly’ in one of my WiPs? Apparently this is not on my most frequently-used words list.

Jack thought about it for a second. “Sure. Just not too spicy this morning, my stomach is feeling a little tender.”

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ABO story: 

Steve’s eyebrows drew together and his expression fell. He was pale and misted with sweat, hectic color splashed high on his cheeks and flushed over his chest, eyes so dilated that Tony could barely see the blue irises. He lifted a shaking hand to his mouth and wiped his fingers across his lips.

From a frostiron story I haven’t published anywhere: 

His lips twitched just a touch, and Tony felt his ears grow faintly warm, though he wasn’t sure why. He nudged the faceplate down just in case the coloring extended to his cheeks. 

Incubus!Steve story:

The world went syrupy slow, colors slipping across the inside of Steve’s eyelids, and for a few precious seconds he could feel his own heartbeat thumping in time with Tony’s, 212-213-214-215, and something clicked deep in his chest. 

Send me a word, if it’s in my wip document I’ll answer your ask with the sentence that it appears in. If I can’t find the word, I’ll write a sentence for it.
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From the sentinel story (I’m finding all the words here today)

He took control of the terminal, leaned back in his chair, and pretended that he was at a board meeting where old arcade games were often more productive than paying attention

From the ABO story: 

It made his skin tingle and stomach give a nervous jerk to keep his neck and back exposed to another alpha, but Tony didn’t let biological urges control the way he interacted with people.

From the Steve-the-Cop AU:

It had been years since he’d been touched this way, and it took all of his self-control not to just drop to his knees on his doorstep and pull Tony’s pants down for any passerby to see.

Send me a word, if it’s in my wip document I’ll answer your ask with the sentence that it appears in. If I can’t find the word, I’ll write a sentence for it. 
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From the aforementioned sentinel story: 

The world idolized his kindness too much, but even he didn’t realize he had that kind of viciousness in him. 

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From my ABO story Chaos and Dancing Stars

Tony’s eyes widened, his nostrils flared, and he instinctively tightened his hold, crushing Steve’s face into his neck at the very suggestion of danger.

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Send me a word, if it’s in my wip document I’ll answer your ask with the sentence that it appears in

If it’s not in any of my documents, I’ll write a sentence for it. 
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1. I have been called so many nicknames and just different names (i.e my friends and I went through a Sailor Moon phase in elementary school and I would tell substitute teachers that despite what it said on the roster, I was Serena, kktthx), that I just call myself The Jack of All Names. 

2. I have already described my Sense8 dream here. Which, going to be totally honest, is one of those dreams I desperately wish were reality. I can’t think of any others off the top of my head that aren’t a.) too incoherent to describe and/or b.) nightmares

7. We decompose. Whether anything happens beyond that? No idea.

8. I only speak English fluently, but a know a bit of Japanese and Spanish, and a few (mostly unhelpful) words/phrases in Mandarin, German, Korean, Gaelic (this is probably the single most frustrating language I have ever encountered, @lolaevil), and French. I had this notion as a kid that one day I was going to be able to speak 9 languages (No idea where the number 9 came from). Maybe I’ll actually get there one day. ;)

10. I don’t have a single song that is always in my head (*shudder*), but I usually do have a song stuck in my head - which I have noticed has actually gotten worse recently? In any event, at the moment it’s “Single Ladies”
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The most epic Lego battle ever witnessed in Avenger’s tower. It’s Clint fault of course (when is it not?) for mentioning Legos in the first place, and then Thor wants to explore these Magical Building Blocks of Agony for himself. Tony is an Encourager and Steve is an Enabler, so of course they have 100,000 Lego blocks dumped on the floor of the common room the next weekend. 

The common room has been bisected by a wall of Lego bricks four feet high and nine feet long. Thor and Clint are building castles on either side, two more deliveries of Legos have been made, and Tony is very disgusted that Clint’s Lego dinosaurs are not faring better against Thor’s Lego Star Wars X-Wing fighters. 

“They shoot lasers, Stark!”

“And dinosaurs don’t shoot lasers?” 

“What the fuck, of course not!”

Tony smiles, looks over at Thor and asks, “Does he know that?” 

Thor discovers the Agony part at three in the morning and thus The Great Wall meets an untimely end. Steve makes them pick up and account for every single one of the 200,250 Legos, and they go about the city donating them to pre-schools and charity centers. 

The victor is never clearly decided and just saying the words “Great Wall” is enough to get anyone banned from the tower for a week. 

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