Writing Questions -- 18 and 26 :)

18. Where do you get the most inspiration for your fics (aka “bunnies”) from?

Talking to friends, a lot of the time. I’m a pretty subversive writer when I want to be, so a lot of the times the stories I write deconstruct an idea and put it back together, or to play with tropes. A lot of ideas come to me during twilight sleep, right as I’m waking up or falling asleep. I’ve got one bothering me at the back of my mind last night because I had a really weird sleeping schedule (went to bed at about 6:30, woke up at midnight, went back to bed at 4) and it’s both wholly like something I would write and something completely out of my league.

26. What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you’ve had to research for a fic?

I spent three days watching youtube videos on how to strip a gun. Granted, I ended up using that information for a pretty important scene, so it was nice. Research is hilarious to me because the longer I research something, the less likely it is to make it into the story. For example, for Superheroes Anonymous, there’s a scene where Gail faces off against a psychic villain at a train stop and I thought, WTF are those raised strips on the edge of the platform called? So I did a buuuuuuunch of research into “Tactile Paving” and then it became a tiny throwaway line. But I fell into the Wikipedia hole on the history and common uses and design makeup of these bumpy patches. Also, I now know more about Olympic diving than I will ever need to know ever, I am positive.

1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21
— Anonymous

1. How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

My best friend middle school/ninth grade started writing Star Wars fic where she turned all of the characters into tiny dragons that snarked at each other and generally caused problems. Why dragons? Why the hell not? Anyway, she got me into reading Harry Potter and started sending me links to her HP fic, and I naturally wandered from there. She’s now a functioning adult with a graduate degree who can talk for hours about very intelligent things and I was up too late reading The 100 fanfiction.

My first fandom was Harry Potter. I wrote cliched, terrible things that you need to write to less cliched, terrible things. I think fandom appealed to me because I always had my face stuck in a book growing up and then I was always writing after that. People mock fanfiction all the time, but it’s a great way to learn both good and bad writing habits. I won’t share my HP fic name. As Frea, I came into the Chuck fandom in very late 2009/early 2010 and the idea for Fates struck me because I was actively angry at some of the portrayals I saw of Sarah Walker (this includes canon). And from there, the story tells itself.

2. Name the fandoms you’ve written in, and how much you’ve written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Oh god.

Here is my masterlist.

3. For each of the fandoms, what were your favorite characters to write?

HOLY I HAVE A TYPE, BATMAN. Sarah Walker, Natasha Romanoff, Maria Hill, Felicity Smoak, Sara Lance, Lady Mary Crawley, Anna Smith. This problem is about to extend to Clarke and Raven, I CAN ALREADY TELL.

5. If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your “muse” or not, what did you do about it?

I went and got a soda, deleted the paragraph where that happened, and shrugged to myself. I write the characters. They don’t write me.

8. Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they’re not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

A Mary Sue does not mean the same thing to everybody. When I write characters, I just make sure they have a past that makes sense and informs their actions. Sometimes the plot dictates that they need fill a role, so I create a character who would do that. They get whatever time they need in order to do their business, and then I move on. If it’s a character the mains would pay more attention to, then that character gets more attention. I don’t focus entire stories on them as a rule (Frank is my exception) because the nature of fanfic is that you’re there to see characters you recognize and love in new situations, be they canon-compliant or AU. But gosh does this idea that characters are automatically Mary Sues if they’re not canon characters piss me off. It’s not complimentary to authors, stop asking that.

13. Do you prefer canon or non-canon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I ultimately prefer AUs. I read a lot of fic where I find the canon lacking, honestly. This is probably why a lot of people try to get me into SGA, which I’m told has cruddy canon and amazing fanon. And writing’s going to teach you something every time. Critical dissection is part of the process, so you’re always going to notice something new. It might not be positive (recreating several early canon eps for Fates taught me that Chuck had some really stupid plotholes, for example).

21. Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

If anybody needs me, I’ll be in the corner laughing helplessly.

Meme question: is there a fic you wish you would never have written? Why? -Nonny Friend
— Anonymous

At some point in time, pretty much every fic becomes one I wish I’d never written.

Here’s the thing about writing for me. There is a place in every story I’ve written (not talking about the tiny little stories I throw up on Tumblr) where I actively loathe the story, where even looking at it just makes me want to crawl in a hole and wonder what the hell was I thinking? Did I really, really believe I could actually write this story and do it justice? Am I talented enough to get the crap that’s in my head and put it down on the page in a way that makes sense? And in those times where I just absolutely detest everything about a story, my brain tells me no, that’s not possible. I’m not talented enough, or it’s not worth it, or I just thought the story was going to be different and this wasn’t what I signed up for, and what’s even the point?

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11. Genre – do you prefer certain genres of fic when you’re writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Well, um, my usual genre is actually kind of light science fiction. I guess urban fantasy. Fates and W11 too place in universes where the Intersect exists, making it science fiction, but one was a conman story and one was a spy thriller. I’ve bounced around from historical fiction (not my bag), sports romance, romance, supernatural fiction, fantasy, so on and so forth. I like not being constrained by genre. When working on my book, I was like, is it this or is it that? I’m still baffled at what they picked.

19. When you have bunnies, do you sit down and start writing right away, or do you write down the idea for further use?

Right then. Or else it will grow and gain nasty pointed teeth and become a full fic. A tiny little bunny can (usually) be dusted by writing out a quick drabbly fic. I say usually because HELLO MRS. CUPID ARE YOU HAVING FUN?

donotwasteacrumb:

freaoscanlin:

That chapter has always been one of my faves. The fact that it tortured you for six months is bonus. Also, the curtains are organdy.

You want to dress Carina in a curtain?

Heee. Don’t ever let her hear you say that.

What, like the next time she randomly drops by, I’m going to ask her, ‘Hey, Carina, ever considered wearing curtains?’ Pass.

That chapter has always been one of my faves. The fact that it tortured you for six months is bonus. Also, the curtains are organdy.

You want to dress Carina in a curtain?

Didn't wingman cone before fates? Or did that just come out first?

Wingman is listed last on my ff-net profile because it hasn’t been updated the longest, but Fates definitely came first. :)

Something old, something new…

vmsteenbeans:

I just got an idea.  Let’s try this out, fellow fic peeps.  Post the following:

1) Something oldA blurb from one of the first fics you’ve ever written.

2) Something newA snippet from something you’re currently working on, or from the last thing you posted.

3) Something borrowed-  A scene or section of dialogue from another writer’s story.  Maybe something that inspired you or resonated with you. (Credit the writer and link to it if possible, please.)

4) Something blue- C’mon, you know you’ve written a really gut-wrenching bit of angst at some point.  Let’s hear the saddest or angstiest thing you’ve got.  Alternatively?  Tell us about the last time you described the color blue. 

Tag whoever you can think of and get to reblogging.  All fandoms/fanships welcome!

Something Old - This is from the first chapter I wrote of What Fates Impose, which is my first fic as Frea O’Scanlin. I have other names, but I’m not sharing anything Googlable. And I say first chapter I wrote, not the first chapter posted.

“What are we playing?”

“What respectable spies always play when bored.” Sarah rearranged her own cards. “Got any sevens?”

“You know what? I don’t. Go fish.”

Something New - The next chapter of Mrs. Cupid is kicking my ass because I tried to stray from my outline and my brain didn’t like that. But here, have a piece of it since I missed Sunday Six.

Three hours later, Oliver finished his last push-up, but since Felicity had her heels resting on his back, her feet crossed at the ankles, he stayed propped up.

“You make me feel like the laziest person on the planet, just so you know,” she said without looking away from the TV.

He smiled at the floor. “I’ll put the coffee table back in a minute.”

“You sure you don’t have another fifty push-ups in you first? Because I can hold onto this for another half hour or so.” She held up her glass of water.

Something Borrowed - Have I mentioned how much I love ne71 lately? Because I love ne71.

swalker218: Oh, be careful when you leave today. There are baby coyotes in the parking lot.

nrdhrdr01: Is that code?

nrdhrdr01: The penguins swim at dawn.

swalker218: The fire department caught one this morning.

nrdhrdr01: A penguin?

swalker218: No, a coyote.

nrdhrdr01: Did he have a big box with “Acme” stenciled on the side?

- Chuck vs. the Emoticon by ne71

Something Blue - Gah, I don’t really write deep down sad. And I don’t really describe colors much. This is from one of the saddest, to me, moments in What Fates Impose, which is when Chuck’s trust is broken into ten thousand little pieces. Uh, spoilers, by the way, if you’re looking to read Fates.

Some official language followed—Eyes Only, Top Secret, the usual bureaucratic bull crap—but Chuck’s eyes cut very quickly to the only important line of the memo.

Please note for the record that Walker, Officer Sarah, has been read into Project Lincoln operations, Level Echo and adjust her pay accordingly.

Chuck looked at the date.

17 October 2007.

Slowly, he put the gun down.

Let’s see, I will tag felicityremarkablesmoak, donotwasteacrumb, enigma731, sugarfey, intosnarkness, isjustprogress, shenshen77. Tagged by rosietwiggs! Thanks, Rosie!

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Random question- How did you come across your love of bunnies? :)
— Anonymous

what fates impose
february 18, 2010 - may 8, 2012

crumby
may 8, 1613 - forever probably she’s a french highlander idk

top 5 aus
— Anonymous
  1. Pirates, given that I’ve done pirates AUs for two different fandoms
  2. Olympics
  3. Spy AU in non-Spy fandoms
  4. Non-Spy AU in Spy Fandoms
  5. Butterfly Effect AU
In the next couple of centuries when the beginning of the 21st century's fanfiction is considered the height of literature, how do you want the paragraph about you in a text book to read?

Frea O’Scanlin, often considered the greatest enemy to all rabbit-kind, is best-known for What Fates Impose, the saga-length story penned under the duress of a poor economy and even poorer life decisions. Many consider her greatest contribution to fandom to actually be the fourth chapter of Mrs. Cupid (published 2014, copyrighted to Cadmus Enterprises, all rights reserved), in which Felicity and Sara trip and fall into a mud pit and start slinging mud balls at each other while rapidly losing clothing. Descendants of Miss O’Scanlin still gather on her birthday to hunt rabbits to drink Dr Pepper and tell incredibly bad puns.

….or I could give you the bio I sent to my editor earlier. it’s a tossup. ;)