1. Ten things that you think are common in your fic1.
2. Ten things you think are uncommon in your fic although commonly found in fic in general
3. Ten things you wish were more true of your fic.
1. An apparent vendetta against sea lions. They're constantly being killed, disappeared, or verbally disparaged. IRL I don't think I actually have anything against sea lions, but apparently my version of Sam does?
2. The phrase "limpet mines." If there's ever an anon challenge and that phrase comes up, that one's probably mine. There's been limpet mines in people's chests, their interpersonal relationships, their ways of being in the world; in the ocean; in light waves; in a stormy Arizona sky. But never have there actually been any literal limpet mines involved.
3. Where the only thing that happens is Dean wandering around pointlessly. When it comes down to it, my favorite type of fic in the world is Dean wandering around pointlessly, I'll admit that. And I guess it is pointed in that I've thought too much about what Dean does in his "free" time, and I've decided that it's probably not a whole heck of a lot. XD Like, oh hey Dean, I just spent the weekend marathoning three seasons of The Good Wife. What have you been up to? Oh, me? Well, Sam, that's a great question, I dunno; I drove around and then I walked around and did you know that the bunker has a swimming pool? Yeah, found that. Didn't swim in it, ended up flooding all of the basement, sorry. Also I bought DVDs off some random hobo in some random town and yeah.
And those are all actual examples. In part I stand by these things, because 1) it is my fetish, and honestly I'd rather read about Dean driving 500 miles for 50 cent coffee than just about anything else, and 2) that pointlessness is part of my characterization of Dean, in that nothing is ever going to get any better, there is nothing anyone can do about it, the future holds nothing but more of the shitty same or just circling the drain so the best you can do is just maintain that status quo and make the same moves (the same mistakes?) over and over and over again until you don't remember anything else and you've burned all the bridges you secretly know won't lead anywhere good anyway. Not that I don't think it's possible to have an unproductive weekend without being completely morbid about it--I imagine Dean's spent a decent amount of time wandering pointlessly in a neutral to mildly upbeat and entertained fashion, too. But hey, it's 2015. XP
Of course, as much as I love all this, I think to never expand past it is a disservice. I'd love to write things that find more fight, more often. But it's hard to remember that that is a possible thing when I get too deep into Dean POV.
4. They're usually episode tags, though how closely they have anything to do with the actual episode varies. (Who wrote the 9x23 tag which had Layla Rourke's mother kissing demon!Dean on the head for some reason? Yup, that was me. Definitely me. Who considered writing a 10x22 tag about the Ghostfacers? ALSO ME.) Again, lots of fun, totally down with the form, and endlessly in favor of tags as episode responses vs. recaps, meta, or other forms of reaction. But also perhaps limiting.
1. Tropes (in the sense that the trope is the focus, or one of the foci, of the fic, and is actually utilized productively, interestingly, and well), kink (same), ships (also same).
1. I think I said as much last November, and I haven't done much in the service of this since, but I guess I'd really like my fics to...do more? Offer the characters an experience of their best selves, or their actual worst selves, or at least a self in the process of moving toward either. I think a lot of what I do is just trying to pin down/represent/react to who a character is in some present moment--which is a project unto itself, don't get me wrong. But I'd like to write more things that move and really go places, rather than sit still, reacting to one space.
2. I'd also like to write things with plots--the kind of thing that you read and want to keep reading because you actually want to know what happens next, or aren't sure what lies around the corner. This ties into #1, moving beyond characterization to just setting and narrative in general, but I think I'm decent at little vignettes or impressions, but less so at actually stringing things together in a plot-driven, sensible manner. Having just re-read my most recent attempt at this (last year's big bang) I can say that that fic represents everything I'm good at in fic and also everything I am absolute shit at. XD And one of the things I am absolute shit at is unfolding a plot organically--one that makes sense, is not tendentious, and doesn't get gummed up by turns of phrase that are so far from normal parlance at one point I wasn't even sure whether I was reading in English or not. Because I have a tendency to underexplain things for fear of overexplaining them--and for all that weakness can avoid the spotlight in vignettes and such, it's not so lucky when it comes to plotfic.
Having read that fic again, I think the most fluid, comprehensible segments were those where I added more and "overwrote" and thought I was just adding staid verbiage. I'd love to work on understanding that prose balance better, and knowing not only how to get fluidly from A to G but also knowing how to get there not-boringly, without incomprehensibly just skipping C, F and E.
3. This has less to do with the product of fic than the practice of it, but I'd like to learn how to not spend more time pointlessly and neurotically refreshing the Internet (in the hopes that someone will read a fic) than I spent actually writing it. Because seriously. XP
Having said all that, I've come up with three concrete goals for the summer hellatus:
Three goals I have for my fic in the next three months.
1. I will write some pairing fic, because I think it will help shake up my characterization patterns to have Sam and Dean et al react to each other in different ways. I have some creepy Sam/Dean I'd like to write, some sappy Dean/Castiel, and Donna/Lisa, Charlie/Rowena, and Dean/Crowley I'd like to write. The fics I still owe people fall under this category, too.
2. I will write at least one plotfic. And by plotfic I mean (mostly) linear, plot-based, five act fucking story. No funny business. I have a few candidates for this, and I guess I'll go with whichever one ends up seeming the least ridiculous. One involves Sam, Dean, Charlie and a truth serum that doesn't work the way you'd think it would. Another involves a town cohabiting with erotic asphyxiation spirits. Which, yeah, okay, if those are my examples let's just get in front of this and edit "least ridiculous" to "ridiculous but still feasible."
3. I will at least start a post-series semi-domestic fic where straits are probably still dire but everything doesn't go to complete shit in the end--because I almost never leave TFW better than I found them, and I think every so often happiness is a healthy alternative to inexorable disaster. This fic is probably just going to be an excuse for Castiel to farm endives and for Sam to vandalize Hallmark cards.