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Four Elements
St Margarets showed me this. It was fun to take.

Do you read or write fanfiction?Both.
When did you first start reading/writing fanfiction?Reading:  August, 2005.  Writing:  August, 2006 
What was your first fandom?HP
First ship?H/G
What website do you use most?Phoenix Song
What do you think of Fanfiction.net?A large heap in which trash mingles with gems, and there's no way of sorting between them.
What fandoms have you written in?HP
Pairings?H/G, R/Hr. I've scribbled a few H/Hr scenes, but never finished one.
Any fandoms you would like to write in?No.
Do reviews affect how you write in any way?Yes, when they're written by thoughtful, intelligent people.
Do you use a beta?Yes.
What ratings do you read/write?Mostly PG and PG-13. I don't want to write "kid stuff", but things that are truly salacious or disgusting don't ususally come into my fics.
What warnings have you used on your fiction/read?"Character Death" is the most frequent. Followed by "Angst/Sorrow" and "Violence"
Do you have any squicks?I don't know what the word means.
Do you Role-play online? If so, what?Only when one of my friends invites me to a "party."
Have you ever stolen something from another person's work?All writers steal; but my thefts come with lengthy footnotes.
Favorite fandom to write/read?HP
Favorite pairing?H/G
Favorite writer/writers?In fanfiction? St Margarets, Antosha, Viridian, Sovran. Elsewhere? LeGuin, Varley, Irving.
How long should a chapter be?I usually write chapters lof between 3,000 and 6,000 words; but I like to *read* really long chapters.
Do you write/read drabbles?I've started recently.
Any fandoms you avoid?Pretty much all except HP, LoTR, and Trek
Pairings you avoid?Any anti-canon pairings.
Warnings you avoid?Explicit sex & graphic brutality
Do the number of reviews tell how good a story is?No.
What do you think of Mary Sues?All characters are "Mary Sues" to some extent. Apart from that, I don't much notice.
Have you ever flamed someone?No -- I did write an angry review, though.
Have you ever been flamed?I don't think so.
That's it, aren't you glad?It was fun.

  • A large heap in which trash mingles with gems, and there's no way of sorting between them. LOL... that sums up just about all fan fiction (present company excluded)

    All writers steal; but my thefts come with lengthy footnotes. Love that answer, a academian to the core.

    I'm such a dope at fandom, it took me over 5 minutes to figure out what LOTR meant! I guess I'm in big trouble.

    Like your answers almost as much as I like your stories. :)

  • Excellent answers, but I wouldn't expect anything less. I think you're unable to lock down your brain and just write something 'empty' - haven't found anything yet, at least.

    I SO agree about ff.net, I've been there twice, trying to find something, and it's absolutely hopeless. I'm sticking to PS, SQ and FFA.

    Also what you say about "Mary Sues" rings true, I've alwys wondered how it is supposed to be possible to keep oneself completely out of any character. Is that at all doable if you want to write a character that rings true?
    • Hi, Berte. Yeah, the whole "Mary Sue" controversy just totally puzzles me. Everybody's using different definitions, and the definitions themselves are self-serving.
  • I wonder what prompted the angry review? You're normally such a careful, thoughtful reviewed that I can only imagine it was something truly awful!
    • Hi, Ros. Actually it was a very good fic that upset me because a character I liked was behaving badly in an AU. That wasn't really the part that made me angry, though; it was the response to my review. I can't say more without stirring up the whole thing all over again.
  • I don't mind reading long chapters in books - but I do have trouble on the computer. The screen just isn't as comfortable for me to read as the printed page.
    • Hm, I guess that's true for me too, although I think I may read more carefully (and therefore more slowly) when it's in a printed book.
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