It's done! Now for some reflection...
Tuesday, August 1, 2006

As of tonight, I have finished my From Under The Cork Tree series of fanfic. And I think it's time to reflect on what I spent four months of my life musing over and wanting to occasionally stab Pete Wentz. Don't worry, I wouldn't...

Two Quarters and a Heart Down... , which was inspired by 'Dance, Dance', came easy enough. Shindig is my favorite episode and just putting in that mindset of when they're dancing and bam! I had it. It was a good place to start...

A Little Less Regret, A Little More 'What If...' , inspired by 'A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'', was written when I was flaking off a Spanish project. The song made me think of the everyone thinking about what could have happened betweened Mal and Inara. So using the lyrics as intervals made the most sense to me. This one is very unique because it's the only one that isn't titled with some sort of lyric and the only time the lyrics were used like they were.

I'm Not Sure If It Matters , inspired by 'Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part To Save The Scene And Stop Going To Shows)', was an idea I had bouncing around for a while but the fic took awhile for me to like. I think it ended up being more inspired by the spoken word part at the end of the song. It reminded me of River more than anything so I thought of her just getting into Mal and Inara's heads...

Love Never Wanted Me , inspired by 'XO', actually took me some time to get the idea for. And I don't understand why it did! And it finally struck me one day. I think this one is my personal favorite of the ones I wrote...

Now I Only Waste It Dreaming Of You... , inspired by 'Of All The Gin Joints In All Of The World', was also a bit of a snag. I was constantly worried that I didn't do Inara justice, but I'm glad it turned out the way it did now. ^^

The Best Liars , inspired by 'Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued', isn't my favorite. I really think this one could have been done better, but I couldn't think of any other ideas for it. Ah well...

Not The Desperate Type... , inspired by '7 Minutes In Heaven (Atavan Halen)', was just a cute little idea that came from somewhere. I think I may have overdone Kaylee's drawl a bit, but I am happy with how it turned out.

The Lies Just Won't Stop Slipping , inspired by 'I’ve Got A Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)', was the first in the 'dream duet'. This one came at the same time as Brace Yourself and I definately tried to make it fit the sound of the song, which is lucid and tragic in a way. I was really worried about ruining the intergrity of the lyrics but I think it turned out just fine.

Brace Yourself , inspired by 'I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Go Was This Stupid Song Written About Me', was the second part in the 'dream duet'. The song is more abrasive than 'Dark Alley', so the fic turned out the same way. As for the River sneaking into his dream thing...I honestly don't remember where that idea came from, but I think it added an extra creepyfing factor to the fic.

Worse Luck and Far Less Gold , inspired by 'Sophmore Slump Or Comeback Of The Year', was one of the ones that gave me so much trouble. But after reading the lyrics and listening to the song, I just finally imagined River musing on several aspects of her life. It came out nicer than I imagined...

Scars and Stories , inspired by 'Champange For My Real Friends, Real Pain For My Sham Friends', was another tough one that didn't come for the longest time. Then, I just started seeing Saffron in my head everytime I heard the song. I tried to push her out but she wouldn't go away. So...there she is... I ended up describing the garbage bin too big though. XD

Keep My Jealousy Close , inspired by 'Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner', was probably the most allusive. I was planning on trying to keep it and the fic for 'Sugar' paired together(like it started in 'Baby' and ended with 'Sugar'), but it ended up being totally different. Actually, the story came to me while I was listening to 'Sugar, We're Going Down'! Weird...well, not as weird as the dream ones coming while listening to RHCP. And not to mention I loved writing River as the bratty little sister Simon mentions so often. ^-^

We're Goin' Down Swinging , inspired by 'Sugar, We're Goin' Down', I will probably say I had the most trouble with, but I always had the idea for it. I think I just wanted to save it for last...^-^

So...that's it...I am done with From Under The Cork Tree . My next challenge? A Fever You Can't Sweat Out by Panic! At The Disco...


Friday, August 4, 2006 8:38 AM


Amazing work with these, ShinyYukari! Can't wait for your "A Fever You Can't Sweat" series of songfics:D



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