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Friday, January 5, 2007 9:33 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


I've just started to read the stories in the Blue Sun Room and I have to say I'm overwhelmed at the amount of stuff there is to read.(Any suggestions from you are welcomed!) So far, the work I've chosen to read is really good.
As a fellow writer who belongs to a writer's group where we dig into the hows and whys of writing, I'd really like to get some similar insights into all of you who write fiction for our shiny and beloved verse.

So, for those of you are willing, here goes:

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Much thanks, in advance, to all of you!


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Friday, January 5, 2007 9:52 PM

MAGDALENA

"No power in the 'verse can stop me!"


Hey Kaylee girl - I have started 2 Fan Fics and though neither of them is anwhere near ready to be read yet I am enjoying learning about the process just from doing it...

1.) I was talking with others who had written fan fic - some of which I had read and realised I could put the little stories going on in my brain into writing and expand on them until they might be of interest to others...

2.) At the moment it is to get something to a stage where I will post it here and let others enjoy (hopefully) and critique (in a constructive way) and perhaps teach me more about the art of fiction writing - I am just using one of my favourite topics to do so!

3.) When I get there I hope to recive (as I mentioned) constructive criticism but I wouldn't say no to positive supporting comments too!! I am reading other people's work too and I think it takes a lot of courage to put something out there to be judged so I never just have a negative reaction no matter how much I might not agree, there is always an element of 'so this is how someone else sees this character' and some 'wow - this took a lot of time, thought and effort to get to this stage'...

Great topic to start by the way - good to see you posting a new thread KayleeGirl!!

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Friday, January 5, 2007 11:01 PM

NEWOLDBROWNCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?



I usedta write a long time ago when I was a kid, but I haven't written a word of fiction for at least 20 years.
I got hooked on Firefly, can't get the characters and 'Verse outta my head
I write what inspiration gives me. I don't rework much, just go back and correct spelling and typos. I've posted 2 pieces, about 6 months apart, and I've got another half dozen that won't quite gel for me.
I write what comes, and if I think it's finished, I post it to share. Critiques don't matter much, but then I don't get much negative feedback. If I wrote something that I thought was really great, and everybody thought it stunk, I would have to examine myself and what I wrote, see if they were right or me.
Comments are great, tho". Folks pick up on stuff I didn't even realize I'd done.

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Friday, January 5, 2007 11:38 PM

TATHRASEVENTEEN


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
So, for those of you are willing, here goes:

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Much thanks, in advance, to all of you!


I'm yet to post something here, but I am working on one at the moment. Eventually I'll get it up. Maybe.

Anyway, why do I write?
Well, why do some people play music? I write a lot; have been for ages. Some of my earliest memories are of writing. I write because it's natural for me to. I'm happiest when I write because it's a way to express myself.

What's my goal as a fanfic writer?
I don't usually write fanfiction, but a lot of the things I've written have been similar to Joss's in terms of the themes I like to explore. Plus, we all love the 'Verse, so why not?

Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?
Personally, I go in for critiques provided that they're constructive criticism. You simply cannot grow and mature as a writer if you're not getting feedback. Sure, it's nice to get a pat on the back from your peers, but there's more benefit in having them take a look at it and dissect it a little, telling you what works and what doesn't. Even pointing out grammar and syntax problems can help.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 12:41 AM

GLADIATOR32


Right, here goes:

Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?
I started to write cuz I had some ideas that I would like to see. Simple as that. There's certain plots and ideas that I would like to have seen, but due to F*x, never did. I've only written 3 chapters of one story so far, but got a ton of ideas for the future

What's your goal as a fanfic writer?
My goal is simply to write an entertaining story. I normally have something I'd like to achieve - a scenario, a relationship etc. I find that fanfics are great for exploring the 'what ifs' - things that would never happen if the series had continued. Non-canon relationships, character deaths etc.

Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?
I like both. Obviously, if someone likes something I've wrote, and leaves positive comments, that gives me motivation to write more. But if I've posted some complete shite, I would like people to let me know. If I've got a character's voice wrong, or wrote them in a way that contradicts how they would act, I would like to know. Just so long as it's constructive not 'that was rubbish, try harder you dolt'! But naturally, as a sensitive person, the nicer the feedback, the more I appreciate it!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 12:56 AM

ARCADIA


1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

Well... I wanted more M/I, to be honest. I wanted to try to write something novel length without the pressure of having to create worlds and characters of my own. Plus, I wanted more M/I goodness. So, "Over the Hills and Far Away" was born. After that, I found I enjoyed writing short stories because its easier to focus on technique, tone, all those fun terms English teachers make you memorize sophomore year of high school. :-)

When reading fanfiction in the BSR, I stumbled across a bunch of stories written in script format. These were the Virtual Firefly scripts -- www.stillflying.net. It's a virtual continuation of Firefly. First, VFF finished off the first season with six original episodes, ending in a script adaptation of "Those Left Behind", the season finale. In between season one and two, the headwriter, George, started a thread looking for more volunteers. And, being such a fan of the virtual series already (I have never been so impressed by fanfic before, and am still impressed), I couldn't pass up that opportunity.

So, I became a VFF writer. It was a neat challenge, since I'd never really written in script format before, and I still have problems breaking the "information wall" (luckily, editing fixes that!), but, wow, such a great experience. There are so many talented people involved in this project. I can't say enough about them. Gwek, D.C., Cohnee, Matt... I am so lucky to work with these guys. They are all so amazing and I have learned to much from all of them.

In this season, we're trying to retell the movie as if it occured over 22 episodes instead of two hours. You should check it out. Its very exciting! And George does such a great job of ensuring that all the episodes are high quality. Really, you should chek it out. Everyone should! Start from the beginning, and if you aren't impressed at first keep going. Like all TV series (or, err, in this chase, virtual TV series) it took a few episodes to find itself. Which isn't to say that the first few episodes aren't good, they really are, but like Buffy season 1, they don't showcase how good later episodes are. www.stillflying.net. Go read!

To answer part two (even though I've written so much already, I must seem so self-involved, lol)...

To date, I have written:
9 standalones and/or drabbles (I think only 8 are arcieved here, though)
1 novel length fic ("Over the hills...")

And with Virtual Firefly:
- 2x04: "Fireworks", co-written with David Elmer. I wrote primarily acts 3 & 4.
- 2x05: "Monsters", co-written with Matt Engstrem. Matt developed the episode. I wrote the first draft because he was busy with Real Life. Then Matt cleaned it up.
- 2x11: "Lilac", the first episode adapted from the movie -- which, ah! because it means Joss was the co-writer, preassure..
- 2x13: "The Breathing", co-written with D.C. Washington. I wrote Jude/Inara scenes only. They rest is all D.C. and, wow... I really love this one.
- (upcoming) 2x15: "Untitled", co-written with Thomas Cohn. He wrote the Serenity side, I wrote the Inara stuff. I am very excited about this one. Its being edited now.

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

Well... since about thirteen or so, I've known I wanted to write. (I'm twenty now, if they matters). I started writing fanfic to develop skills as a writer. To learn to construct plots, to play with imagery. All that fun stuff. My goal is to become a better and better writer. :-)

With VFF, my secret ambition is to write a fan favorite episode. But, I think that's every writer's secret ambtion. So maybe its not a secret? *shrug*

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

I love supportive comments. So nice! There's this great, wall, glowy feeling... But I like criticism, too. Its more useful, overall. You have to learn how to judge it though, you know? Not all criticisms are good or right -- which in itself is a cirticism, because if you are getting feedback that makes no sense, it really gets you thinking on your storytelling and how you are conveying this or that point and why it did or did not work, which is good.

I admit, though, I prefer criticism on VFF stuff, because it mostly happens behind the scenes. The other writes, especially Gwek, our head writer, pretty much get to tear everything we write to shreds a few times before its "aired". Each episodes goes thought at least... hmm... three or four rounds of criticism. Some go through many, many more. It sometimes drives me nuts, but on the whole its really... well, constructive. I have learned so, so much since I started this project.

Arcadia (aka Greyfable and/or Katie)
www.stillflying.net -- picking up Firefly were Joss left off. We will hold 'til he gets back.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 1:14 AM

ANNUETTE



1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

Because i loved the series and was gutted to know it had been cancelled. There was so many different things, so many different potentials and twists that could have come out in later series as well as character explorations. When i wrote my first fic i hadn't read much firefly fanific, it was only after i posted it I was reced several lj sites. My first fanfic just came to me from a prompt on promptsomeslash website.

I'm currently working on one ficathon piece, one set of general challenge fics. Written about 8 by muyself, two are a series, three were prompted, the other three were general ficlets. *grins* I like roundrobin writing too and writing with another author, we've done about 4 or 5 fics together.

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?
To have fun and enjoy it, while putting somethign out that other people can also enjoy. Oh and it's nicely destressing after work lol.

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?
Both. Supportive comments i love, but anything that can be improved on (and not in a 'ew i don't like that pairing, change it way') I appreciate. When someone betas for me i like them to be as harsh as possible.


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Saturday, January 6, 2007 4:21 AM

DONCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?


1) Just one so far: http://www.fireflyfans.net/sunroomitem.asp?i=11876
though I've written other fiction. I was struck by inspiration while watching "Out of Gas". I couldn't help wondering what happened right after Kaylee got hired. How did she manage to convince her folks to let her fly off with a bunch of strangers?

2) Rather like Joss, I suppose -- tell a story that wants to be told. Secondarily, I love language and want my prose read smoothly and effortlessly. I write more for my own amusement and to "scratch the itch", though I'm always happy to know that my work is enjoyed by others.

3) Not much to base an answer on here. I wouldn't resent critiques, but frankly I think my skills are pretty decent so the product is rather hard to find fault with, at least technically. Wow, did that sound conceited or what? Anyhow, if you read the story I linked to, by all means hit me with your best shot. Er, do I use too many commas, maybe?

Edited: KayleeGirl, I just noticed that you've already read my story. Thank you for the nice comments!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 6:01 AM

GOMITHROUS


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Much thanks, in advance, to all of you!



1. I wrote my first one just for fun, to show others here my take on the 'verse. I've technically written 6 fics, but only 3 are in the Blue Sun Room, the others are being beta'd.

2. My goal as a fanfic writer is to share my feelings on all the characters, I feel that writing fanfics is the best way to express that. All I really want to do is entertain, myself and others who read my fics.

3. I do look for critiques on my work (though supportive comments are great), I like to see what others think I can improve on seeing as I am fairly new to it all. There are some much more experienced writers out there who's critiques are really useful. I write the stories to entertain you guys so if there's something about it you don't like then I fix it.


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Saturday, January 6, 2007 7:36 AM

MAL4PREZ


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?


I wrote my first fic because I had a little plot bunny (inspired by another fic) that I had to set down. Life was pretty dull then, and the FF obsession was strong, so that dribble turned into a small novel. That was The Fish Job, and was followed by the much longer Easy Tickets. I'm currently working on the third in the series, which is turning into a gorramn monster!

But I have to say - I do love writing it!

Quote:

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?


At first, I just wanted to play in the `verse more, since the series was all cancelled and everything. Then I posted and got addicted to the thrill of taking readers for a ride.

I also write because I like the kind of stories that few fic writers (that I've found) tell. I'm not into stories that are mainly based on romantic relationships, even if they're brilliantly written. Really, it's just not my thing. Ditto with shoot-em-up gunfighty adventures.

I try to write the kind of stories I would want to read: heavy on the angst and psyschology, addressing all kinds of relationships, good and bad, and also containing little bits of the world at large. Politics, economics, technology, all those crazy social issues, etc... For me, the jobs/adventures are just a way to dig into this juicier stuff.

So my goal? I guess it hasn't changed - I want to play in Joss's `verse. The most satisfying way to do that, for me, is to write about it.

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3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?


Hey - support is always a good thing, it's so scary to post! But postive feedback isn't enough - I'm very much into critique. I do a decent job with the technical grammar issues (um... my very wise beta readers do, actually!) so the critique I'm most interested is more a discussion of the creative aspect: my take on the BDH's, how well my original characters work, and the storyline in general. I like it complicated, and I like to tell it in a non-linear way. I tend to err on the too complicated side, so it's very necessary for me to know if it makes sense to someone seeing it for the first time. (Ummm... I hope to write original fic someday, so it's all a learning process! Seriously, this fanfic thing is better than a creative writing class.)

Wow - see how wordy I am? This is why my fics keep getting so long LOL!

Good thread KayleeGirl!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 9:21 AM

KAYLEEGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by magdalena:

I was talking with others who had written fan fic - some of which I had read and realised I could put the little stories going on in my brain into writing and expand on them until they might be of interest to others...

I can relate! I've been a writer for a long time (fiction for myself and non-fiction in my job), but I'd never written a fanfic before one of my friends asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year and I said, "A new episode of Firefly." We both started tossing out ideas and one caught in my brain, so I started writng -- and will post it soon.

I'm looking forward to reading your stories, Magdalena. Thanks for posting on this topic!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 9:26 AM

KAYLEEGIRL


Hey there NewOldBrowncoat, I'm so glad you've started writing again. I've had some dry spells myself when the muse just wasn't movin me. And I agree that this verse gives us a lot to write about...

I'll be looking up your stuff and giving it a read soon. Keep writing! And thanks for your coments!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 9:37 AM

STINKINGROSE


1) I'd just discovered Serenity, then Firefly. An idea popped into my head, germinated into something approaching a story for a script, then insisted on being let out to play. (This had never ever happened before.) I wrote it down. I discovered FFF and (gulp) posted it. I could not believe how completely audacious and egotistical I was being, and was prepared for a request to cease and desist. Much to my surprise, people actually seemed to enjoy it. Hundreds have at least gotten through the first few lines before quitting, judging by the numbers at the top of each entry. I'm up to about my 15th as of last night.

2)My goal? Write until the story feels "done", or the ideas stop popping in to take over my brain, or enough people let me know they've hadenoughreallythanks. I don't really have a set goal.

3)Supportive comments give me the warm fuzzies and just encourage me. Constructive criticism is very much welcome, "you suck and this sucks" without telling me why it (or I)remind you of a Shop-Vac is just annoying, and possibly rude. What part(s) did you not like and why? Is it just that you don't like when someone gets shot or pregnant, or do you really feel it's completely out of character and unsupported for "X" to do "Y"?
Keep in mind I can feel free to ignore your advice, but I still like to hear it. By the same token "shiny" is nice, but "shiny 'cause I really liked this part" is better.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 10:32 AM

LEIASKY


>1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?


I don't think I can even count how many I've written. You can find them by clicking on my name.

Why did I start to write? Because I wanted more stories about my favorite, and not so favorite, characters.


>2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?


It's a hobby. I do it as I have time and when inspiration strikes. I really don't have a goal. Unlike many I've noticed here, I have no aspirations to be a writer of any kind.

>3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?


I like them both. Critiques typically point out something that I've overlooked being so closely involved with the story I'm trying to tell.

I'm big on characterization. I want to make sure I get the characters voices right. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

Because that is so important to me, that is what I typically critique, if its even needed, in another's work if I decide to leave feedback.



"A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned."

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 10:32 AM

STEAMER


KayleeGirl, I hope you realise you've opened quite the can of worms here. Many are the writers here, there and everywhere, and many are their reasons for doing what they do:

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

I haven't brought any Firefly fic to completion yet, but I'm moving right along with the first one, an adventure mystery that I'm trying to find a beta for. In the works are an epic adventure and then a post-BDM action/political thriller. Ambitious, you say? Well, what writer isn't? These first three are stand-alone, but they share an underlying River/OC thread that I aim to bring to fruition in the third one.

So, why am I writing the first one, let alone the other two? I think when it comes to writing fanfic, what it all comes down to is that we writers - whether we're Browncoats, recovering Trekkies, 'Gaters or DueSers - just want to immerse ourselves in this world we've grown to love. We want to explore new horizons and new ways of life that our heroes never got a chance to experience because the creators, in their finite wisdom, never thought of them first - or in more obvious cases, because the rug got yanked out from under their feet. Then of course, there's a desire to share these ideas with fellow fans, to provide them with another glimpse into the 'verse. As a writer, I like to share; as a reader, I like to see what my fellow fans have up their sleeves, if it's a genre or a topic that interests me.

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

As Uncle Joss has been quoted, "I poured my heart and soul into that show. I believed in it with every fiber of my being." That's why some of us write, it's how we open our hearts and souls to the world. It's all about expressing your love for something. It's not just Firefly that I express my love for - there are other things (and characters) that capture what little heart I have left, and I feel to share it with the rest of the world. Having said that, I also like to see what the rest of the world thinks of my work. In other fandoms I've experienced unimaginable difficulty getting any feedback, so here on FFF I'm preparing for the worst and hoping for the best....

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Oh, hell, when it comes to feedback, I'll take what I can get!



Shepherd's hair
Was wild and free
And that's what caused
River to flee
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Saturday, January 6, 2007 1:52 PM

REGINAROADIE


1. I wrote my first story for two reasons. In 04, I rediscovered the series upon hearing that they were going to continue the show in a movie. When I saw the show again, I remembered what I loved about it in the first place. I discovered this site, and after reading some really good fanfiction, I decided to contribute to the site my own spin on the stories I was reading. And my first actual story was more of a spin-off of another story I had read. It was this story called Not So Happily Ever After, and it dealt with Zoe having a miscarriage and the impact it has on the crew. And I just wrote a story that filled in some of the gaps from the first story. Since then, I've written about six stories since then, which share some continuity. The first story was THE SERENITY GIG which is basically the Silee wedding told from an outsiders perspective. I was an amateur wedding videographer at one point, so I just channeled my experience doing wedding videos into this verse to do an alternate spin on the Silee nuptuals. QUINTESSENCE OF DUST is a tiny epilogue of sorts to that story. BLUE HAND BLUES is part 2 of what I call my Shooter Trilogy, which are three stories that are influenced to some degree by my original character, Lucas Anyong aka. Shooter. SHOTGUN TAM and THE REPERCUSSION OF SHOTGUN TAM is sort of a meditation on violence and "what if' scenario that I'm sure Simon would have faced at one point in the series. And my latest story is my two years in the making epic called YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN, which is almost how I would have ended the series if I were in charge of the show. That's my part 3.

2. My immediate goal is to get YCGHA finally posted and finished. I'm a terrible procrastinator, so it usually takes a while for me to post new material. It amazes me how writers like TamSibling or ScrewTheAlliance can write 10 page plus chapters a day. But as far as goals go in my stories, I always try to go against the grain and do types of fanfic stories that have been written before, but in different ways. Like I do Silee stories, but I avoid the "I wuv you Simon, let's fuck" stories I tend to see a lot and write about them down the line when they've been a couple for a while and have an actual relationship. And when it comes to Gabriel and Regan Tam, instead of having them as shallow and disowning like most people tend to write them as (Gabriel moreso than Regan), I picture them as more tragic characters. As parents who not only know what has been done to River, but are destroying themselves over the guilt of what they've done.

To make it short, my goal is to write incredibly good stories and to take these characters in opposite directions from what the majority seems to think they should be.

3. Both. I love the positive comments because it tells me that all the time and energy I spend writing these stories is appreciated. But I also like it when constructive critisism comes my way. It lets me know what neds to be improved so I can tell a better story.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 2:46 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by tathraseventeen:
I don't usually write fanfiction, but a lot of the things I've written have been similar to Joss's in terms of the themes I like to explore. Plus, we all love the 'Verse, so why not?

Why not, indeed! One of the things that kept Star Trek going after cancellation of the original series was the market for new novels and stories set in that universe. I'd like to see all of us writer-Browncoats look to our fanfic with that in mind. Who knows where the first house-published original Firefly fiction will come from? Could be from one of you who are posting here.

Explore away, tathraseventeen!


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Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:02 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by Gladiator32:
On getting critiqued:
Just so long as it's constructive not 'that was rubbish, try harder you dolt'! But naturally, as a sensitive person, the nicer the feedback, the more I appreciate it!


I'm the same way, Galdiator32. I like to know what I can do better as well as what I've done wrong. I'm glad that so far so many of you feel the same.

When I read your work and leave a comment, I promise to be gentle!...And thanks for joining in on this thread!

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:14 PM

BABYWITHTHEPOWER


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?



1. The mood just struck me one day. I had envisioned a character in my mind and then decided that the Firefly universe was the best place for him. I decided how I wanted him to interact with the characters and major plot points I wanted covered and then wrote the story around those ideas. I've written the first part and am currently writing the second part to William Finds Serenity, which is posted in the Blue Sun Room. It is my first.

2. My goal is to simply write stories that other fans can find enjoyment in. It's also good practice in writing that other projects I have simmering on the back will benefit from.

3. I like critique, as long as it is constructive. I am the first to admit I am far from a great, even good, writer, and I know not all of my ideas float well with everyone. I want my readers to be honest, whether what they have to say to me is posative or negative.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:18 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Acadia, thanks for your post! I just recently discovered www.stillflying.net and was impressed by the concept and the way the site is set up, let alone the writing. I was wondering about the writers though and...here you are to tell me about yourself and the rest. That's great.

I will be reading all the episodes, but it'll take me a while. I've got a lot of catching up to do!
Question: is it important to read them all in order? (Oh well, I'm already curious to read your stuff first, so it's pretty much a moot question, I guess.)

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:29 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by annuette:

What's your goal as a fanfic writer?
To have fun and enjoy it, while putting somethign out that other people can also enjoy. Oh and it's nicely destressing after work lol.


Well put! While writing my first piece I was having so much fun. It was really nice to be in the verse with these characters while I was writing and not thinking about my own day to day stress.

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Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:38 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Hey Gomithrous, thanks for your post!

Here's a new question for you and all the others:
What else do you write besides fanfic? Are any of you writers of other genres?



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Saturday, January 6, 2007 3:41 PM

GOMITHROUS


Other than fanfics I write poems on occasion but I need some damn good inspiration. With a poem generally comes a song and tabs and stuff but I do mostly write fanfics (and stuff for school but I don't think that counts).


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Sunday, January 7, 2007 12:11 AM

ANNUETTE


*grins* It's always nice when something can make you forget the annoying or bad altogether. *hugs*

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 3:47 AM

COSMICFUGITIVE


1. I had never written any fan fiction before Firefly. My first story was accidental lol. It was the product of frustration, at being unable to write another Firefly story.

I kinda went in at the deep end with a really short horror/thriller. It focused on River, and I still have no clue where the story idea came from lol. It was a Halloween story, and had never been written to spawn a complete series.

My early stories are relatively short, but I packed them with hidden details and plot seeds to work on later. (Writing style outlined in #2.)

I have written about 12 stories. 7 of which span across two horror series. The horror series are called Schism and Resurgence. The fifth chapter of the Schism series was my favourite to write. It is 13 pages long, and was the chapter that bridged the gap between this and the next series. (Which I never thought would happen.) It also broke the habit of writing short chapters.

I have also written an angsty story about Kaylee, the first chapter of an unfinished Wash comedy, two original character stories in the style of a newspaper article, and a short, funny one dealing with Friday the 13th.

2. Goals: Keep writing! Never stop writing! :) I hate the idea of running out of plot ideas. I have an organic approach, and try to keep things fresh. The emotional truth of the character is the most important, and keeps things interesting.

3. All feedback is important. There would be no chapter two, three or four etc without any feedback or support. It all helps a writer to learn.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 4:25 AM

COSMICFUGITIVE


Recommendations:

The Destiny and Vengeance series by SoulOfSerenity is a cracking read. It features original characters as well as the BDHs, and has a lot of solid dramatisation and characterisation. The cliff hangers are the best! Wonderful, mature and action packed stuff.

I also enjoyed the Inara/Kaylee stories by TheCowboyFromHell. It is a slash fic, but it written in such an emotional and mature way. I was never a fan of the genre until I read this series. It reads like canon.

There are a lot of great writers out there, like AmDoBell, Channain, LucasHarper and loads, loads more..

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 4:51 AM

STINKINGROSE


CF: Love the avatar! You created a plot bunny though. Crossover! Muppet Firefly.
Kermit would have to be Mal, which means Piggy would have to be Inara because
a)she'd never let anyone else play his love interest
b)they're so good at that banter
c)it's the most glamorous female with the most costume changes.

She would,however, refuse to dye her hair for the role.

KERMIT/MAL: Piggy, are you sure you can't just wear a wig?
PIGGY/INARA: Just say the line, frog.
KERMIT/MAL: Sheesh. Howdy Inara. My, I love what you've done with your hair. Blonde suits you. Shiny.
PIGGY/INARA: Why thank Vous. Moi wanted a leetle change.

But who would play Jayne... Fozzy?

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 5:40 AM

DONCOAT


We've had whole threads here on Muppet Firefly, SR. Sorry I don't have links. IIRC, somebody has done some pretty nifty Muppet-fly artwork as well. In the BSR, perhaps?

"Pigs... In... The... Blaaaack!"

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 7:18 AM

DTUCK


Hey KayleeGirl... as a starving artist, er, well, not starving, per se, but, kinda hungry at the moment... I thought I'd chime in as to the whole mental process that goes into my writing.


1) I write fics because it makes me happy. Sometimes I have an idea for an episode that I think would translate well to text, and when it comes to original works of fiction, I've just got this crazy sense that maybe, just maybe, I'll strike a nerve with my readers. My Firefly fics, however, are all in their beta phases, none have gone public yet :(

2) My goal as a writer is to write things that are both engaging and interesting. I like to make people react to my stories. Whether that reaction is gut-busting laughter, or tears, or deep thoughts as to the nature of the universe, well, it depends on the story.

3) I take any comments I can get on my work, critique or support. I don't tolerate flames though, and have vehemently replied to several idiots on fanfiction.net and fictionpress.net about their behavior.


Also, it helps that I'm crazy. Totally, unabashedly, incontrovertibly, crazy. Why else would we write?

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 9:01 AM

STEAMER


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
Here's a new question for you and all the others:
What else do you write besides fanfic? Are any of you writers of other genres?



I write war stories. Some are short, some are novel-length, but they're usually set during World War II and strongly character-driven. I like to explore fictional characters' motives for fighting a war, how other characters feel about the war they've chosen to fight, and even some bits and pieces about the home front. As far as the front lines, I've mostly written about the U.S. submarine campaign in the Pacific; on the home front, I've dabbled a little with people who worked on the railroads to keep the front lines supplied (being a railroader myself, this is something I feel more than worth exploring ). Needless to say, some of these details are creeping over into my own exploration of the Firefly 'verse.



FOX watch out,
Warns Uncle Joss:
There's some Rivers
You shouldn't cross.
FIREFLY

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 11:27 AM

VALERIEBEAN


1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

My first story started because I was intrigued by Jayne's character. We know he cares about money, sex, and guns (listed in no particular order); but occasionally we see there is depth to him (like when he's mulling over the death of the mudder who saved his life). The hypothesis evolved into a story of how Jayne came to be the man he is today. Once I had the character story together, I realized I had too much plot for a single fiction, so I started a trilogy. In each book of the trilogy I focus on the back-story of a different character.

Firefly fic is fun to write because just knowing the plot isn't enough to finish the story. The characters are fun to play with and stretch into different situations. The stories i write are on the long-ish side (~70 pages each), so it takes a few months to write each one. I started in September 2006. The first two books are posted in Blue Sun and the final one of the trilogy is in progress... Book 1 starts here: http://www.fireflyfans.net/sunroomitem.asp?i=13632


2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

My goal is to entertain the audience! What surprises me most is how much I've learned about writing by trying to write character stories in the style of Joss. I'm definitely going to apply what I've learned to other original fics I write... In the end, I want fame, glory, and to be a world reknown novelist. On the realistic end, if they ever start commissioning official Firefly novels, I'd like to revise the work I do and request publication through that route.

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Both are nice. I like when people hypothesize about what will happen in the next chapter or how they think the story will end. If it's a part of the story that isn't written yet, I may incorporate those ideas. It's difficult to be true to 9 primaries plus added villains, so comments and critiques often help me stay more true to the voice of the characters and to the original storyteller. Critiques are especially helpful should I enter the aforementioned revision and novelization phase of the work.

"Just like handgrenades, you don't want to run into a horseshoe stake in the dark." -Gouda, FFF.net

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 11:27 AM

VALERIEBEAN


oops.. double post! edit undo! edit undo!

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 12:18 PM

ARCADIA


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
Acadia, thanks for your post! I just recently discovered www.stillflying.net and was impressed by the concept and the way the site is set up, let alone the writing.



Yay! I'm glad you're enjoying. Just fyi -- all of the writers post on the stillflying messageboard (some less frequently than others, though).

Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
Question: is it important to read them all in order? (Oh well, I'm already curious to read your stuff first, so it's pretty much a moot question, I guess.)



Hmm. Sort of? Not so much in season one. In season two, though, I would try to read in order, especially episode 11 onward, when we get into the serenity storyline.

Arcadia (aka Greyfable and/or Katie)
www.stillflying.net -- picking up Firefly were Joss left off. We will hold 'til he gets back.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 12:50 PM

MISSKITTEN


1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

I've loved writing fanfiction for years, but I had a long break from writing. And I don't know, I think the combination of missing writing and getting really into Simon/Kaylee was what sprung my first idea and I decided to go for it. I mostly start writing from ideas that come to me in the moments between awakeness and sleep.

I've written two series, one in 24 parts, the other in 5 parts plus 3 one-shots. All of them Simon/Kaylee

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

Have fun writing stories, improving my english and writing skills. Maybe one day I can write my own original stories, but right now I'm happy with fanfiction.

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

I love getting all sorts of comments. The Positive are good for my ego, the Negative often points out things I should work at.


I pretty much only write fanfic right now, the two fandoms I focus at for the moment is Firefly and Gilmore Girls. Right now I'm working on a long story for GG.

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"Joss, if you kill him now I'll stuff a compression coil up your ass sideways!"
~ Kaylee, "Serenity in 2000 words or less"

Kaylee's the perfect woman!

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 1:10 PM

JLIN13


i made a FanFic a while ago and havent done a second part to it cuz ive been too lazy. it has nothing to do with the 'verse but it is connected to Firefly.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007 5:15 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Hey everybody!

I wanted to say thanks to everyone of you who's been posting and a special thanks to those who have made recommendations on what to read in the 'Sun Room.

Here's a question for y'all -- something that's been making me wonder:

Does anyone else think 8 months is too short a time between the end of the series and the BDM?


I know too long a time with River growing crazier everyday would be bad (especially for Jayne), but isn't it too short a time for a) Inara to become an important force at the new Companion Training House, b) Book to have become so comfortable at Haven, and c) the rest of the crew to have visited Haven so often that they are welcomed like part of the community?

Have any of you dealt with this yet in your fanfic?


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Monday, January 8, 2007 8:10 AM

MAL4PREZ


Good question! Gives me a chance to prattle on for a bit .

Eight months does seem too short for all the reasons you say. Gotta note though: I think River was heading toward saner, not crazier. She was triggered and her Miranda memories were awakened, and that could have happened at any time.

I think Inara could get into the House in so short a time, because she's already very respected and powerful (as Nandee pointed out) The situation with Haven is the one that seems a little odd, though if the crew did something to save the colony, it could work.

How I deal with this in my fic? Let me expand the question a bit, because it's been on my mind with the fic I'm working on now.

My theory regarding the movie in general: obviously, Joss would have done many things differently if he'd been able to continue the TV series. He talks about all the decisions he had to make in order to put his 'verse on the big screen and make it marketable, like focusing on the action and cutting the romance stories way down.

So (blasphemy here, sorry!) I don't like how many things worked out. I don't mean to blame Joss or put down the movie - it was fantastic and he fit so much in there! But I don't want to include his movie decisions in my personal canon. It's like letting the movie industry boss me around, which poor Joss has to do but I don't.

An example - Simon and Kaylee getting together was more like a little bone (really don't mean the pun) thrown to the fans. It completely lacked all the interesting twists and depth that a relationship between this two characters deserves, and which you know Joss would have made much of, if he'd been able.

In my fic world, I consider the info revealed about the Alliance and River and the Reavers to be true, and other things like Kaylee and Simon hooking up eventually and Wash and Book dying. But I don't buy all the rest of it as set-in-stone canon. So - eight months? I would have no problem changing that if I needed to for a fic.

May Joss and the FF purists forgive me!


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Monday, January 8, 2007 8:20 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Feel a bit silly answering this since I haven't finished anything yet, but... what the heck.

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

Stories written to date - none

The reason for writing the stories I am now is to explore what happened post-BDM. I especially want to look at how the signal has changed the Firefly 'verse, the relationships between the characters (not just romantic ones) and how the characters themselves may have been changed by the events of the movie.

That and... I really like writing. Especially screenplay. I never have time to write and I miss it, so my New Year's resolution is to make time! (and to give up junk food, but that's for another thread)

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

To write something fans think is almost as good as the show. I seriously don't think it'll happen, but I'm damn well gonna try!

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

I've no problem with critiques. Well, I might get stroppy if everyone hates it, but I won't go off in a huff telling myself I'm really a creative genius and they just don't understand the brilliance of my work or anything. Well, not for very long.





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Monday, January 8, 2007 4:02 PM

STEAMER


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:

Here's a question for y'all -- something that's been making me wonder:

Does anyone else think 8 months is too short a time between the end of the series and the BDM?


I know too long a time with River growing crazier everyday would be bad (especially for Jayne), but isn't it too short a time for a) Inara to become an important force at the new Companion Training House, b) Book to have become so comfortable at Haven, and c) the rest of the crew to have visited Haven so often that they are welcomed like part of the community?

Have any of you dealt with this yet in your fanfic?



Haven't dealt with it yet, but....are you sure you don't mean the beginning of the series and the BDM? 'Coz if that's what you meant, yeah, that is too short a time. Especially given Mal's contention in 'Trash' that his first encounter with Saffron was "'bout half a year back". Since OMR took place in mid-late October 2517, that would put 'Trash' some time in, say, March or April of 2518 with the BDM happening only two or three months later. Maybe barely enough time for Book and the crew to get comfy at Haven, but not enough for Inara to leave Serenity and become so well established at the training house.

Just for go-se and giggles I'd conjecture that the BDM actually takes place somewhat later in 2518, which in some respect would make writing my two oncoming fanfics easier.

Now here's a question I'd like to pose to my fellow fanficcers:

What do you think of the issue of Mary Sue-ism? Do you consider this much of an issue in the Firefly fanfic community? And what's your opinion of original characters who are not Mary Sues, but still an obvious act of self-insertion? The line between self-insertion and Mary Sue is very fine indeed, but where should it be drawn?

Waiting with bated breath to see what's said on this one.



Inara and Mal
Argue what's canon
"I'm not a whore;
The term is Companion!"
FIREFLY

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Monday, January 8, 2007 5:54 PM

REGINAROADIE


Oh that is a perfect question to ask, since I myself have strayed somewhat into Mary Sue territory.

If any of you have read my stories, you know that I have created an original character named Shooter. This is somewhat ironic since I in general am not a big fan of original characters. Sometimes it works, but for the most part, I just ignore them. When I wrote my first fanfic (THE SERENITY GIG), not only had I just rediscovered FIREFLY, but I also began a somewhat sort lived career as an amateur wedding videographer. And so, real life intersected with fantasy, and so I decided to write my version of the Silee nuptuals story, but with a twist. Instead of a third person omniscient, it would be a first person account by someone who kind of knew the bride from way back when. I subscribe to the 'small verse' theory. And of course, I based the character of Shooter on myself in some aspects. While I am from the Outer Rim (or Saskatchewan as I like to call it) and have a passion for film and did wedding videos, I can only hope that I have an actual career in film, as opposed to filming war footage and being involved in propaganda.

I actually discussed this with another fanfic writer here on this site, and she says that Shooter isn't a complete Mary Sue, because Shooter does not go out on a date with Kaylee. On the contrary, he is there to film her official day of unavailability. And his feeling toward her is more on the lines of childhood crush that won't anount to anything instead of a regular friendship. So while Shooter does have aspects of myself in there, I'm smart enough to make him a distinct character that could easily inhabit the 'verse. I now picture him as an Orson Welles/Werner Herzog/Stanley Kubrick type mixed with the filmmaking aspects of Howard Hughs from THE AVIATOR. Someone who'd probably yell at someone "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY GODDAMN CLOUDS!!!" He's incredibly humble and civil and friendly when it comes to Mal and Co., but when it comes to filmmaking, he's a somewhat egocentric and insane genius.

I'm actually planning on doing a one-off story of Shooter about how far he's willing to go in order to get important footage. It's a story that involves Reavers, a rocketpack, censors and a freefall plummet towards a planet. But as per YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN, I have him as somewhat of a catalyst for the events in the story. He sets things in motion at the beginning, but near the end he's more of an impartial witness. I have this funny bit with him in the next chapter when it comes to his reaction to Signal.

In short, if it works, it's fine. There's no problem with writing characters that have aspects of the writer in them (that's what all writers do, get over it). But when it becomes obvious that the story is just wish fulfillment that has nothing to do with canon, then it becomes a problem.

As per the 8 month thing, I just go along with it. I think it's 8 months from SERENITY the pilot to SERENITY the movie.

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Monday, January 8, 2007 7:03 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by DesktopHippie:
Feel a bit silly answering this since I haven't finished anything yet, but... what the heck.

Don't feel silly! I haven't posted my first one yet and here I am starting this thread. I aim to feel a bit silly -- it always helps me to loosen up so I can get back to the writing. Keep posting and let me know how it's going! And welcome to the writers of the 'verse. (Writers of the Black? Scribblers on the Rim? We really should have an official name for our Firefly writers group. Any suggestions?)


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Monday, January 8, 2007 7:26 PM

KAYLEEGIRL


Quote:

Originally posted by Steamer:

...are you sure you don't mean the beginning of the series and the BDM? 'Coz if that's what you meant, yeah, that is too short a time.

Ai ya! Hwai leh! You're right! Mal does say in the BDM that Simon brought River on board eight months ago. Boy, that doesn't even seem enough time to get through all the episodes (not to mention that it gives Wash and Zoe even less time together!) I'm going to just have to write it off as pressure on Joss to get the movie made. Maybe he just likes the sound of 8 months as a time frame? Inara tells Book that she's known Mal for eight months in "The Train Job." (Blasphemy, I know!)


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Monday, January 8, 2007 9:23 PM

FEDEXXX


Hey everybody! I haven't written any fanfics on Firefly (so far) but I made 5 episodes on Lexx and I think they are all very cool. So I thought I could help with my experience:

1. Why did you write your first Lexx based story? And how many stories have you written to date?
Because I love my show so much and I won't to see its characters visit other planets, have more adventures. When I begin a story I have no idea how it will end, so I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next together with my readers. It's like watching an episode for me.
Another reason is that I personally am a creative person and love to write stories and express myself. I'm tired of all that main-stream on TV and I try to be original with my stories. This brings me pleasure, it's like satisfying a need.

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?
I don't have a real goal, just as mentioned above to satisfy my needs and to make a continuation of my favorite show. This is also a continuation for my readers, so I also make other lexxians happy this way. Plus, it proves my fandom and if a newcomer comes to the site, they'll think "Hey, the show is over for 5 years, but they still write their fanfics and love their show, it must be good!"
Also, I'm looking to improve my english by writing, I'm a foreigner and I'll have a big exam on english in a 6 months or so.

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?
I love critiques! It means people have read my story and enjoyed it enough to make competent opinions about it. Supportive comments keep me going, but eventually both I and the commentators get tired of them and eventually I end up writing in my ff thread all alone, while the others read silently. I want critique also because I want to know where my weaknesses are as a writer, which ideas does my audience like and if I describe what happens vivid enough, so they understand all of what happens.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 12:51 AM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
Hey everybody!

I wanted to say thanks to everyone of you who's been posting and a special thanks to those who have made recommendations on what to read in the 'Sun Room.

Here's a question for y'all -- something that's been making me wonder:

Does anyone else think 8 months is too short a time between the end of the series and the BDM?


I know too long a time with River growing crazier everyday would be bad (especially for Jayne), but isn't it too short a time for a) Inara to become an important force at the new Companion Training House, b) Book to have become so comfortable at Haven, and c) the rest of the crew to have visited Haven so often that they are welcomed like part of the community?

Have any of you dealt with this yet in your fanfic?




My own personal opinion, nope! 8 months seems just about right. Any longer would be too long, and anything shorter would be too short.

It's very likely that Inara set up the new training house. She could have her pick of top level places on just about any world. Nandi did mention that she came very close to taking over the guild. Since Inara seems set on avoiding Core planets (for reasons as yet unknown) it makes sense that she'd help Sheydra (who seems to be an old friend) set up a school.

As for Book being comfortable on Haven, and the gang being welcomed there with open arms - I imagine that shortly after he decided to leave Mal and the gang wound up helping Haven with some problem or other, and Book wound up staying behind. That would explain why the people of Haven were so grateful (having been helped with whatever problem and given a new preacher to boot) and why they welcomed the crew with open arms. If the girls at Nandi's place are anything to go by, Shepherds are highly respected on rim worlds - much as companions are respected on core planets - so it wouldn't take too long to get comfortable anywhere.

Actually, that scenario would make a cool fic! Must write that... or does anyone else wanna? I call Fanfic Challenge!!!




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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 3:23 AM

DONCOAT


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
...And welcome to the writers of the 'verse. (Writers of the Black? Scribblers on the Rim? We really should have an official name for our Firefly writers group. Any suggestions?)

RimWriters?

*hears a chorus of "Ghost Riders In the Sky" in his head*

Yippie-aye-oh,
Yippie-aye-ack...
RimWriters in the black.

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I'm pointin' right at it!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 8:11 AM

QWERTY


1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

It just sort of...came to me. I thought that one of the things about having the show not last very long, but still have such rich characters, is that there was a lot of fodder out there to explore. So I started exploring and it just sort of wrote itself.

As for what I've written...I've done two multi-part stories (Atonement and Spirited Away), my nine part series called "Nightmares" which contains one story for each character (which I consider my "personal best" up to this point), a few ficlets, and I'm about two chapters into another multi-parter.

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

To have fun, mostly. If others enjoy what I write, then that's just the cherry on top! :o)

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Oh yes. Praise is wonderful, but with so many talented writers out here, I'll take critiques as well. As long as they're constructive and not just a "This sucks!"

4. What else do you write besides fanfic? Are any of you writers of other genres?

I blog. I don't know if that counts, though. I've also had a particular story inside me for ages, I've just never been able to get it on paper.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 9:52 AM

TAMSIBLING


Quote:

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?


I fell in love with the characters - it's that simple. I had been writing Star Wars fan fics for almost 15 years, but never knew there would ever be a place to post them. Once I found FFF and the BSR though, I got really hooked. My first few stories focused on my favorite characters and once I started to get shiny feedback, it was all downhill (or prolific) from there!

As far as how many stories I've written - I'm not sure ... it's a lot! I have a few epic stories and a lot of one-offs. Just click on my name above if you're interested to see more.

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2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?


I am actually an aspiring professional writer, so for me it has something to do with honing my skills.

However, my overriding goal has always been to give all of us fans more of the 'verse we love - it was taken away too soon and so I think most of the fic writers on this site would tell you that we just like to explore. Joss created such rich and flawed characters and had so little time to fully tell their stories that the possibilities are literally endless. As a writer - or anyone with even a modicum of creativity - that's just a challenge you can't pass up!

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3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?


I honestly like critiques and supportive comments. My beta is pretty spectacular, so I don't often feel that I've really missed the boat on the major things (i.e. grammer, characterization, plot), but I like to know what people think!

Thanks for opening this thread - it's fun to see why people write ...

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So ... explain to me your obsession with all things evil?

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 11:02 AM

ZZETTA13


Quote:

Originally posted by KayleeGirl:
I've just started to read the stories in the Blue Sun Room and I have to say I'm overwhelmed at the amount of stuff there is to read.(Any suggestions from you are welcomed!) So far, the work I've chosen to read is really good.
As a fellow writer who belongs to a writer's group where we dig into the hows and whys of writing, I'd really like to get some similar insights into all of you who write fiction for our shiny and beloved verse.

So, for those of you are willing, here goes:

1. Why did you write your first Firefly based story? And how many stories have you written to date?

2. What's your goal as a fanfic writer?

3. Do you look for critiques on your posted work or are supportive comments enough?

Much thanks, in advance, to all of you!




Hi Kayleegirl

I have read some of the other posts as to why ppl write and put their stories up here. My reasons are likely the same. To borrow a line from Mal in the Train Job eps " We aren't thieves, but we are thieves...point is"

I'm not a writter, but I am a writter. Point is it's because I just feel a strong need to explore something that should have never stopped in the first place ( namely the tv story of Firefly) and it's fun.

I have about 30 stories with a range of different ideas that I've posted. Some are 1 or 2 chapters long but the longest is 20. They are all continuous.Meaning that I may have stopped writting them but they aren't finished. I can always pick up again. The main thing that has had me jot down some of what I feel is because The Joss verse feels somewhat real to me. With many untold events. Like a tree with many branches. I will take one of thoes branches and follow it out a ways.

Now as for as getting responces. They are great. Good and bad. It lets you know that ppl are reading what you have to say and that you've moved their emotions in one way or another. The good comments make you feel good and the crits help you to see what you need to do to get better. I welcome both and btw welcome or not you may get either so best thing to do is not to worry about getting crits.

One thing I will tell ppl about fanfic. It is like artwork ( it is just like that and I do draw a bit too). You are putting youself out there for everyone to see. Almost like stripping down nekid. Some will like what they read, some won't, thing is as a writter you have to have the guts to post it in the first place. Sometime ppl have a hard time doing that because they are scared what folks will think and say. But do it then move on.

Some ppl are timid. The web gives you a chance to put your feelings out there. So post those stories, or post thoes comments. The thing is, you do have a voice and you can say what you want to say. Any lurkers out there who want to join up and be heard, do it. It feels good.

Z

PS: I wear a plad shirt and live on the planet Pluto so chances are I will never meet any of my browncoat friends anyway. That's a joke. I don't wear plad....

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 12:07 PM

WAFFENMAC


Please everyone do yourself a favor and read all of her fics they are fantastic.You will be hooked I promise.

Mac Daddy

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007 2:01 PM

LEIASKY


>And what's your opinion of original characters who are not Mary Sues, but still an obvious act of self-insertion?

Hate them. Won't read the story or typically anything else by that writer if I read something that is such a clear, obvious mary sue.

"A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned."

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