Merucha
08 July 2009 @ 11:56 am
I am startled by the speed in which Children of Earth fanfic is appearing. I mean, the actual story isn't even completed yet! I am still trying to internalize stuff that happened in the first two series...

I'm never going to be able to write drabbles, I don't think. I tend to think in terms of stories -- what if Ianto went away and returned years later? What if he became a TARDIS symbiont? What if John Hart was in Cardiff during the year that never was? What if Gwen died instead of Tosh in series two and Rhys asked to be Retconned? What if Andy was an alien? I live in a world of what ifs. (For anyone who is interested, the next big what if is: what if Ianto was taken by the Rift?, but that is still cooking a bit). I also don't have the ability to tap into emotion as  separate from action; unless very well done (and some of you are really good at it!), a piece about Ianto angsting about a throwaway one-liner in an episode can annoy me rather than attract me. Maybe some day I will try to do that just to stretch the writing muscles.

I'm working of a series of short stories about the time John Hart spends on Earth between the end of Series Two and his joining Torchwood in the Homecoming Verse. It's more difficult than I expected, but also my most personal. I don't even know where to post it outside of my own journal. It's not "Jack/IKanto"; they are mentioned but do not appear, except that the last story will be the one explaining how John and Ianto achieved a sort of friendship; it's not "Torchwood"; he's a character in the series but this is all about Hart and his slow walk back from the brink. Well, some of you will probably like them.
 
 
Merucha
Friends have been pointing me in the direction of different fandoms, and I have a few general comments for writers:

1. If you decide to abandon a fic after posting 47 freaking chapters, have the decency of labeling the thing so I don't waste my time reading it.

2. If you want to know if an act is possible during sex, close your eyes and try to visualize it. There are certain positions a human body cannot assume without extreme pain and joint dislocation. I don't care if he is a magical boy or a 51st century guy.

3. Motivation is important. Me, I beat canon around the head with a Louisville Slugger (a famous type of baseball bat, for you all non-Americans), but I do try to figure out why a person would do a certain thing given his character. Helps a lot.

4. Suicide is not the answer to most problems. Neither is torture.

5. If you want to write about aristocrats, read about them first. They are actually real people; their ancestors just were more successful than yours at stealing. For example, the few real aristocrats I've ever met (in the United States, we would be talking about Real Old Money, 18th and 19th century) have beautiful manners. They would no more think about screaming at a servant in public than you would. Yes, we all have seen Hello and OK magazine stories. Note that those people are seldom considered Real Old Money.

6. Lucius Malfoy is a scary SOB. Pairing him with.... anybody is just... disturbing. I'm only saying.
 
 
Merucha
18 January 2009 @ 12:54 pm

Title: Evolution (Prologue)

Author: Emma

Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, Rhys Williams, others

Rating: Starts PG, but hey, it’s got Jack and Ianto in it!

Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?

Summary: Rhys Williams has his own monsters to fight...

Author’s Note: This story takes place in a totally different AU from Homecoming. In this one, Gwen and Owen died at the end of TW2. I hadn't planned to start posting it so soon, since some of the plot isn't ironed out yet, but this is what happens when you spend the night awake with back pain. I decided to post this for some concrit.



Read more... )


 
 
Merucha
11 January 2009 @ 11:34 pm

Title: Memory and Time (11/?)

Author: Emma

Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, 10th Doctor, Torchwood Three, others

Rating: Starts PG, but hey, it’s got Jack and Ianto in it!

Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?

Spoilers: None. This takes place in my Homecoming AU, twelve years after Invincible Summer

Summary: Something is trying to mess with Jack’s time line…

Author’s Note: From now on, it’s all Toshi’s POV.


Part one is
here; Part two is here; Part three is here; Part four is here; Part five is here ; Part six is here ; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here; Part ten is here

Read more... )


 
 
Merucha
09 January 2009 @ 10:56 pm

Title: Memory and Time (10/?)

Author: Emma

Characters: Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones, 10th Doctor, Torchwood Three, others

Rating: Starts PG, but hey, it’s got Jack and Ianto in it!

Disclaimer: Oh, please. If I owned them, would I let some of those idiots write the scripts? And if I were making any money off them, would I be where they could find me?

Spoilers: None. This takes place in my Homecoming AU, twelve years after Invincible Summer

Summary: Something is trying to mess with Jack’s time line…

Part one is here; Part two is here; Part three is here; Part four is here; Part five is here ; Part six is here ; Part seven is here; Part eight is here; Part nine is here

Read more... )
 
 
Merucha
07 January 2009 @ 05:04 pm

I found out yesterday that Invincible Summer has been nominated in the Stop and Watch Award Category of [livejournal.com profile] forbiddenawards . It's the coolest thing ever! 
 
 
Merucha
06 July 2008 @ 01:46 pm
I have been reading fan fiction, mostly Torchwood and Doctor Who, for about a year now, and have gotten many hours of pleasure from the work of you talented folk. It's amazing how much time and attention you devote to these characters and how much effort you put in developing actual storylines and exploring emotion. Even those of you whose specialty is smut (don't be ashamed when you're so good at it!) work hard at making the... ahem... action... have emotional underpinings that are true to character.

So, working on the assumption that you want to keep on getting better and I want to keep reading really good fan fiction, a bit of advice: spellcheck (or spell check, depending on the program) is not your friend. 




 
 
 
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