Getting to know the writer in me meme
How about a brief introduction?
Okay, sure. My name is Michelle and I love writing. Most of the time. I would love to be a published author but fear I am not good enough. Plus I think I’m scared of rejection so never made the attempt to submit anything to an editor/publication. And then there’s the pesky problems of not being inspired by original characters (yet) and that I tend to like dark themed stuff that probably won’t have a market in the paid world…-_-
Fabulous! And what got you into fanfiction to begin with?
Voltron. No seriously. When I first got on the Internet, first I ended up on WEP forum board. It was the Friday of the weekend V3D would debut. Then somehow I gravitated into fanfics that same day. I remember getting insomnia, and staying up to print Lotor Allura fanfics off of websites. I think I had been curious to see if I wasn’t the only Lotor Allura fan, and then was shocked there were others like me. And shocked they wrote stories about them!
I got on the Internet I believe 1998…and I joined Denubian Tales which is a Lotor Allura list. The old list is gone, but the new version exists on yahoo. However, back then things got a little crazy and the gals started mary suing themselves as Lotor’s harem girls, the Scribes. I didn’t join in right away, but enjoyed reading their tales. I was going through a rough time, cause my kitty Jessica was diagnosed with cancer. I remember after the Scribe’s New Year party, thanking them for the entertainment they gave me during this rough period. At some point the mod got mad, and kinda kicked us of DT so Harem Tales was formed…
It was like we were roleplaying, but through fanfic. The stories were all connected, and sometimes people cowrite tales. I would have never probably written if not for Harem Tales. My first story was a silly 10 chapter Uno’s Pizza story. And I only wrote it, cause the list had gotten quiet and I feared it was dying. I sorta became the comedy girl along with Dom, until one of my stories where the men and Lotor went missing went from comedy to dark adventure.
I started teaming up with SCribe Tamy, and we cowrote a lot of stories. i’m embarrassed to say I was the Queen of Exclamation Points. No one told me I was abusing them! I have nearly all of the harem Tales printed out, and not just mine. I wrote for a few years before I tried my hand at cannon Voltron. And then…well a certain person killed off my writing urges, and I didn’t write for about four years. Valkyrie Profile Silmeria got me back into writing…all because I wanted Lezard to get a happy ending. I didn’t want him to die. So I finished the VP fic I started back in 2002, and was soon writing a billion other fics for him and Lenneth. Some happy, many not. Botias left a comment on my journal, and slowly lured me back into writing for Voltron. ANd I haven’t stopped since! XD
I see. So what kind of fanfiction do you like to write?
Voltron, Valkyrie Profile stuff. I guess romance, fantasy, dark stuff, action adventure. Serious pieces. I’d like to do more comedy, but I feel like I lost my comedy skills a long time ago. I can write a line or two that is maybe funny, but not a whole fic. :O
Do you find writing easy? Hard? What are the aspects of writing you struggle most with?
Actually for the most part I find writing pretty easy. Normally it only takes me a few hours to write a three to five thousand word chapter. I don’t know why I can write so fast like that. Sometimes I struggle, it’s mainly how inspired I feel. I also think it might be how draining a chapter is. Certain things I’ve written, i’ve felt drained both phsyically, and emotionally and had to take a break for a little bit to recover.
Write a few sentences or so of your favorite pairing or character.
This is not a fair question to ask me when I’ve been up for over twenty-four hours without any sleep. X_X I’m tempted to post some of my OSVP chapter I am working on just to answer this question. But I won’t. And yes Lezard Lenneth edges out Lotor Allura as my fave couple. I just wish Lezard Lenneth was easier for me to write!!
Are there any fanfiction clichés or trends you’re sick of or just can’t stand?
I don’t think so. Not really. The only thing is Keith fans always having Lotor hit Allura, and the having the threat of rape but refusing to allow anyone but Keith have sex with Allura. Sometimes they have really stupid situations where you know there is no way Lotor would not have raped Allura, and yet they came up with some contrived way to get him interrupted long enough for her to remain a virgin until Keith deflowers her. =/
What was the first fandom you wrote for, and do you still like/participate in it?
Voltron! Though it was that harem tales roleplay fanfiction. But I still write for Voltron! 😀
Name your OTPs or most frequently written pairings/characters and explain what it is about them that you love to write.
Lezard Lenneth, and Lotor ALlura. Oh God…do I have to explain? I suck at this part. But…I have a kidnapping fetish I blame on Lotor. Plus I like the villain good girl pairings. I…I don’t think I can explain…not without some sleep. This question makes me kind of regret answering this questionnaire! D:
Do you read other people’s fanfic? If so, what do you find yourself reading the most?
Yes, though not as often as I used too. I like reading for my pairings, but sometimes especially for Lezard Lenneth, it’s hard to find. I haven’t done this in a long while, but I used to get um…into these moods. Like I would be like I want to read Greed from Full Metal Alchemist fanfics..so I would look for Greed fics, not caring who they paired him up with. Or I might go for Kingdom Hearts 2, I want to read Axel and Roxas fanfics. So I’d look around to see that. And I’d be focused on that particular type of character or pairing, for a few days or weeks. And then just get over them. But Lotor Allura, and Lezard Lenneth is the pairing and stories about them that I never tired of. I always think about them, and keep wanting more works of them!
Name one thing you’d LOVE to write, but have been too afraid or shy to do.
Actually I don’t usually get afraid to write. Harmony even said something like I have the courage to post what other people don’t in the Voltron fandom. It doesn’t stop me from writing, though I get nervous sometimes about the potential for nasty comments.
Do you have trouble taking criticism? Or worse yet, do you have the dreaded bloated ego?
I don’t think so, so long as it’s helpful critiques. Mean stuff that is a flame just ruins me, but I have been working not to get so devastated. I don’t think I have the bloated ego, cause I am too down on myself and my writing. But I get uber happy when people are kind to me, and like my stories. I don’t think people realize how much they make my day with their nice comments.
When you write, is there anything that helps? Music? Quiet room?
I need it to be quiet. I can’t write with music on, or listening to the tv. But oddly enough, sometimes I write while IMing with someone. but it depends on the person. if they are too demanding in IM, i.e. nonstop Iming, the bell ringing every ten seconds, I can’t write. Sometimes I write while email chatting with Robert. Though he probably knows when I’m doing it, cause my email responses take longer than his, cause I am writing a sentence or paragraph and won’t stop the instant I get an emaiL! XD
What inspires you?
Oh geeze….it’s hard to know…anything and everything. It’s odd, but sometimes when I try to read books, I can’t, cause I read a few lines and it gets me thinking about MY stories. And then i have to put the book down. i can remember reading a Kim Harrison book, and it had nothing similar to the story I was working on…and yet I started the book (And it was a library book so that was added pressure for me to finish.) and got only a few paragraphs in when suddenly my writer’s block broke.
Also dreams inspire me. It’s crazy the ideas that come to me when I am asleep or half awake. Sometimes I start to get up to turn on the computer to post an idea on LJ. Half the time I realize the idea is stupid and go back to bed. Other times it’s good enough to me to want to work on it into an actual fic form.
Lastly, how would you sum up your fanfiction experiences and yourself as a writer?
Well fun for the most part for the experience part. As for myself, I hope people find me fun too, but I dunno…your mileage may vary depending on your tastes. I know some people get upset by the dark nature of a lot of my fics. :O