quinara: Cartoon Giles cleaning his glasses. (Giles cartoon)
My creativity is at a seriously low ebb, but I always like talking about past creations! Leave me any bit of anything I've written/created in the comments and I will indeed, as the meme going round says, give you a DVD-style commentary about it. Even if it's just gags/anecdotes. (It's possible I like those DVD commentaries the best in RL... But I also have wankery to share!)

[Find fic, poetry and vids on DW!]
[Find fic, poetry and vids on LJ!]
[Find fic and poetry on the AO3!]
[Find vids on Vimeo!]
quinara: Buffy leaning against Giles' counter in The Wish (Buffy Wish leaning)
I have mixed feelings about 2011, but by all accounts 2012 should be better, so hooray that we're here! I wrote quite a lot of fic last year and produced some vids too, so in the spirit of tradition, here is a rundown with my thoughts on everything at the end of this year...

Wot I wrote, all 100,000-odd words of it. )

Wot I vidded, all three things! )

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And a meme. )

OK, let's go.
quinara: Vyvyan's car from The Young Ones: a yellow Ford Anglia with flames up the side.  And a leg attached to the bonnet. (Vyvyan car)
I'm quite impressively bored, so I think, in imitation of dear [personal profile] stultiloquentia, that means it's time for a music meme. And that will be this:

Give me a character and a storyline/arc/season and I'll put together a three-track fanmix for them.

(And feel free to tell me you don't want any of that electro shit I usually post. I have lots of punk and medium-to-heavy rock. Soft rock less so. I do have some film soundtracks and symphonies?)
quinara: Tara walking in the Slayer's desert. (Restless desert)
As the subject has somewhat spoiled, Remix is up! All I can say is read, guess my fic and win (for this certain quality of winning) a ficlet from me and check out Thus I Do Abide (The Foggy with a Chance Remix) - which takes my Waiting in the Fog from [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_spike yeeeeaaars ago and reworks it into the current comics canon - ie. the Spike and Dru reunion. It's subtle and smooth - with a bombshell. :D

Also, though, meme:

Name a character in any of my fandoms and I'll tell you 3-4 things about them from my personal fanon-take on said character.

Personal fanon's fun, right? I count fandoms as anything I've written in or vidded, which I think does cover most bases, though I have also been watching a lot of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood recently and think that counts too. Or just ask whatever, heh.

(Must sleeps now.)
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
I've been putting off linking some fics I wrote for [community profile] sb_fag_ends, mostly because they ended up as a little series and really wanted to write a couple more to round them off, but haven't found the urge so far. Maybe in these last few days of April? Using the prompts of various magical creatures, they track a mid-A5 reunion and Spuffy setting up in London: Deep Sea Rescue, Tourist Trap, Dinner and a Movie and Slayage.

Also, I've been completely neglecting to mention that [personal profile] constance_b did a podfic of Microwave Meals (Quick, Easy and Sometimes Satisfying) (along with some other Spuffy fics) in her beautifully flowing story time voice; while [livejournal.com profile] misskittydu34 translated Breathing at Your Side into French, which (while I can't read it very well) I think really lifts the elegiac quality I was hoping for.

And just in case that wasn't enough chatting about myself, [personal profile] snickfic did a meme:

Talk about five of your favorite fics you've written, based on a category of your choosing: favorite fics for a certain ship, fics with your five favorite lines, fics set in a certain season, fics featuring a kumquat - anything you like! Just so long as you choose a category with five fics in it and you tell us why you like them.

I was going to do my five favourite fics I never thought I'd write, but strangely enough that seems to be most of them, so instead I'm going to go with another category that encompasses almost everything - my five favourite fics where Spuffy get thrown against a random concept... )

I think that may be my whole year's quotient for talking about myself. Whew!
quinara: Spike's car driving down the road. (Spike car)
[personal profile] stultiloquentia did a meme where people comment asking for a letter and then post their five favourite songs that start with it. I hassled her for a letter, so let's go!!

She gave me B... )
quinara: Approaching Black Mage from FFIX. (FFIX black mage)
I feel like my whinging about the world has already been far too indulged - but now there are DRAGONS, from the marvellous [personal profile] lettered, who should win a prize! With dragons in it. (In my pleased-as-punch embarrassment I'd like to apologise again for trying to shift all the rain from my parade to other people's, because that wasn't very cool.)

HERE BE DRAGONS )
quinara: Spke standing over the Chinese Slayer, with the caption 'Slayer' at his feet. (Spike Slayer)
A certain witch of a certain peaty place nudged me towards putting my money where my mouth is in terms of meme-whinging (sorry about that, gang; it was a bit pathetic). So here is a meme about character deaths! Because killing characters is contentious, right...

Deathy death death death... )
quinara: Spike's car driving down the road. (Spike car)
In which I say more stuff!! I was a bit more upbeat this time - and hopefully more comprehensible...

17 minutes of me.

Stuff I talk about: Spike (yay), Angel (sorry), Buffy-Giles (yay), Spuffy (yay), S3 (...yeah).
quinara: Why Bird from Playdays with tea in front of the Whytech. (Why Bird tea and tech)
I'm meming like it's 2005 at the moment; still, something to do, right?

[livejournal.com profile] bogwitch and I decided it would be fun to play Desert Island Discs, only with albums rather than single tracks, because having only eight songs for eternity would be enough to send anybody jumping for the sharks...

Music music music music )
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
I quite like the condensed version of this, with it all in one go, but I also quite like the audio version [livejournal.com profile] snickfic did... So I had a go. It went wrong, so I tried again [ETA: and it's the old version I'm talking about when I say I'm trying for fewer tangents, not Snick's, who was very much on message! Didn't structure that mental paragraph very well]. It didn't change much. I dunno; I feel like a lot of this has been said before, and I end up, for some reason, a little po-faced-serious and I don't talk very quickly and I'm not sure I ever manage to say things I wouldn't edit and reconsider if they were written down, but - it might be interesting? Feel free to clock out if you get bored.

It's about fifteen minutes long and does questions 1-5.

In case you want to work out whether to listen, I talk about S7 (yay), Sleeper (yay), Key by the Devics, as used in Crush (yay), Buffy (yay) and Willow (er, boo?).
quinara: Approaching Black Mage from FFIX. (FFIX black mage)
I thought I'd done this really recently, but apparently it was eighteen months ago! High time to do it again, I think, especially since other people are doing it.

No, anything that is still a WIP from the time before isn't getting in... )
quinara: Anya drinking whiskey. (Anya whiskey)
I saw [personal profile] stultiloquentia do this and was all, 'I haven't seen it anywhere...' - but then suddenly it was everywhere!! So here I am, belatedly (or not) on the bandwagon...

Hey! It's me! /Portal

Questions. )
quinara: Wishverse Buffy in a white frame. (Buffy Wish white box)
I did this last year and [personal profile] stultiloquentia talked me into doing it again. Of course, the list I'd tried to keep was practically useless, but I did some research into Places I've Been and think I've found a vaguely representative (though almost certainly still lacking) bunch of lines for where I found myself this year. Hope you enjoy! And do it yourself (maybe not on such a large scale even - what are five lines you loved this year?), because I want to read things...

My year in quotes from other people's fic. )
quinara: Anya drinking whiskey. (Anya whiskey)
Happy New Year!! Hope everyone had a nice time last night and that we all have a lovely year, or at least a better one! I went with a schoolfriend to one of our other friends' friend's house with her and her fiancé(!!) and had a great time playing Settlers of Catan and (briefly) poker. Also standing in a circle holding hands with our arms crossed and singing 'ner ner nerr ner ner' to the tune of Auld Lang Syne when it was on the telly. Of course.

As is traditional, I've done the 2010 rundown of my fic - but it's been added to this year by 'stuff'! I started it yesterday, but since it's turned out that I was quite prolific this year, I've only just finished it today. I've also possibly been chattier than usual, so it's turned into a rather epic collection of mini commentaries on my creative endeavours. So, if you like this sort of thing, enjoy!

In 2010 I did stuff. )

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Let's get the questions out, shall we? )

Right, then; onwards! Let's be having you, 2011.
quinara: Why Bird from Playdays with tea in front of the Whytech. (Why Bird tea and tech)
I'm gacking this from [livejournal.com profile] penny_lane_42:

If you were asked to pick one scene, one shot, one detail, one moment of some kind out of all the things I've written and say "This, this, for whatever reason, I remember, this is something that struck home with me, that I wanted to keep," what would it be?

Though I find the wording a bit schmalzy, so what I'd really like to do is qualify it to include anything that you found particularly memorable, even if it was in a not-so-good way. Because I'm terribly, terribly curious! I'm a big fan of thinking about audience and response in lit, and sitting on the writer's side of the equation makes me even more fascinated. (Of course, I say 'writer', but if what has most stuck in your mind about me is a shot from one of my vids or something, then I'd love to hear that too.)
quinara: Tara walking in the Slayer's desert. (Restless desert)
Though various flips and wriggles across cyberspace (/my DW netork), I came across this post, where someone I don't know quoted somebody else I don't know saying the line:

"[A]ll literature, highbrow or low, from the Aeneid onward, is fan fiction."


On the one hand, this is a very nice sentiment and, you know, in the context of the qualifying definition Michael Chabon provides, true. On the other, however, I find myself yet again amused/annoyed that apparently the Greeks were actually divinely inspired in the verve and originality of their literature. Or maybe this guy is just a really big fan of Catullus or something, but, if we play the averages, I suspect he might probably hang with the crowd that thinks Terence's Menander 'translations' were completely unchanged in their move to Latin and Ennius' tragedies just copied the oldies despite making drastic changes even in the fragments we have.

But none of those are major parts of the Western textual canon! you might say. The Aeneid is just making a big point, because everybody's heard of it! Apart from the fact that every fifth century tragedian was essentially writing fanfic too, and, oh yes, yet again we see Homer as The Original Source Text Of All Texts Ever. Because, you know, the Muse actually came down and told Homer what to say: 'he' was completely free of all outside influences - it was only when the Aeneid came along that the fanfic began. Uh huh.

...

I'm not even sure why I'm ranting about this. I love Homer and all his cleverdick ways (and he, whoever he was/were-in-the-plural-creators, really was a clever bastard), but, for heaven's sake, if everything from the Aeneid onwards is fanfic, then the Iliad and the Odyssey bloody were too.

IN OTHER NEWS: What do you think my fic says about my id?
quinara: Spke standing over the Chinese Slayer, with the caption 'Slayer' at his feet. (Spike Slayer)
So last year [personal profile] stultiloquentia made a list of the quotes she liked in 2008 and I thought it was very cool. Over the course of last year therefore I've attempted to keep track of fic that had lines that made me go 'hee' or 'ooh' or 'wow'. I'm not sure how successful I was, because I think I enjoyed a lot more than I remembered to remember, but this is at least an attempt to recreate what fic in 2009 felt like for me:

Quote Collage )
quinara: Heads Will Roll: Whiskey from Dollhouse in blue light (Whiskey blue)
Hmm - my friends were ill, so I spent New Year's Eve at home, but this resulted in me spilling a load of champagne on my laptop. NOT GOOD. Half my keyboard stopped working, basically. But it's all right - I've ordered a new keyboard off eBay, which will hopefully work when I take off the old one and stick that one in instead, and for the moment I've got a crappy USB keyboard out of the cupboard that my brother had when his old laptop first started dying. It's going OK!

2010, though! Hooray! Time for the 2009 rundown of what I wrote. :D [PS. As I write this, you may notice my growing progressively more drunk on Baileys, or not. Sorry.]

What fic did I write this year? )

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And the meme as well! )

I want to do more end-of-year things, so expect postage!

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