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Ten Years at Twisting the Hellmouth

February 7th, 2014 (03:40 pm)

So 2014 marks my ten year anniversary at Twisting the Hellmouth and my fourteenth year writing fanfiction. I've dedicated 2014 to writing for fun. Writing for me. Writing for my readers. Shh... don't tell work (boring academic journals can wait a year or so). Here is the current status of things in order of highest priority:

- Building Blocks (BtVS X SG1)- my little take on a real family story. This is turning into a much more plot-centric tale than I expected, but as a result I'm excited about where some of the characters are taking me. I'm particularly jazzed about writing Spike and, once it makes sense, more Buffy/Jack interactions.

- Life of the Party (BtVS X Anita Blake)- well, after a nearly eight (!) year sabbatical, I reread pretty much every crossover with Anita Blake I could get my hands on, left a few more pathetic reviews on Hell's Handyman, and decided to put my big girl pants on and write on this story again. And I did. I wrote the new chapter in two hours flat. Now, don't mistake me- I tried to write the same chapter about once a month for the last seven or so years. I actually was pretty determined that I had written myself into a corner and then suddenly, the characters slapped me upside the head. It was lovely.

- These Darkened Days (BtVS X Harry Potter)- my super dark take on what would have happened if Voldemort took over. Since I killed off most of my main characters before the story even started, I'm in an interesting place where I'm putting characters together I might not have been inclined towards. This one is something of a dark horse story for me- I can feel that it is going to big, and slow, and hopefully epic. Really epic. I mean, evil Harry Potter. EPIC.

- Gee, Thanks for All the Love (BtVS X Harry Potter)- another random real family story. This one probably has a few chapters left. Not sure what chapters, but a few.

- Assassination Attempt (BtVS X Mercedes Thompson)- I think I accidentally created this crossover genre with my story. This one is almost done. It needs one epilogue chapter. The only issue is, I have writer's block on it. I've started writing it and deleted it about fifteen times. Buffy meets the Marrok. That's all I got. Sometimes she's pregnant, but then it gets too mushy and weird.

- Everything else is on hiatus in my mind. I might eventually post a notice to this effect, but we'll see.

Kei [userpic]

Time Flies?

October 13th, 2013 (04:23 pm)

current mood: pensive
current song: Outlaw Country

Hello everyone, I've actually been back writing fanfiction for about six months after an unintended sabbatical. A lot changed in three years, I must say, though I've still been updated the same stories and even started a new one or two. I feel like making a list to organize my fandom thoughts looks productive, even if it isn't actually helpful to anyone but me. These are in no particular order:

1.) Buffy crossover fanfiction has gone much more mainstream, clearing a path for a lot more genres doing crossover fanfiction without a single Buffy character in sight.

2.) The readership at Twisting the Hellmouth seems smaller, though still awesome. I'm not sure if this is actually indicative of readership, or simply my absence making readers cautious.

3.) I occasionally Google myself in fandom. I'm around so rarely socially not many people discuss my work (the more present you are on social media and message boards, the more likely people are to follow/engage with you). That being said, I'm on a fanfiction page for TV Tropes (this btw, made The Boy inordinately excited).

4.) Still can't find a reliable beta reader (many nice people offer but for a variety of reasons it never results in clean, updated chapter) but people complain a lot more about my grammar. Hopefully this means people have gotten higher standards instead of my writing getting sloppier. This is very much a hobby for me and while I understand reader frustration I have to hire a copy editor to proof my professional writing. Explaining to me in excruciating detail every grammar error in a review really doesn't fix my general lack of precision. Oh well.

5.) I've been writing much more out of my own comfort zone. I'm not usually interested in writing relationships (and yet...) and I'm currently working on a one-parter that will likely alienate some of my long-term readers.

6.) I'm Dr. Kei now. This is exciting, but I'm still burned out. SO burned out. I miss words coming to me because I love words, instead of my current routine of staring at a screen and trying to string awkward sentences together. I'll be so much happier when writing is as easy as it used to be and I'm not constantly thinking about textual/legal/discourse/content analysis.

Kei [userpic]

Gee, Chapter Five

July 19th, 2010 (11:08 am)

current mood: amused

Sorry to those who saw this posted a few weeks back on Twisting the Hellmouth, but I dragged another chapter out for Gee, Thanks for All the Love. I rather liked it. Hope you do too. Next time- probably the "big reveal" and then maybe a conclusion. Because, as ever, I lack plot. Rather shamelessly actually.

I don't know why you guys put up with me.

Thanks though. ;-)

Kei [userpic]

Buffy and Firefly

June 7th, 2010 (01:10 am)

current mood: busy

So, somehow reading extensive amounts of Harry Potter Fanfiction as opposed to working on article revisions for my PhD has led me to start a huge one-shot Buffy/Firefly cross. I'm not sure why. I'm not even sure if I like it. It's very sweeping, and kind of dark, and sappy, and I am such a fangirl for Buffy characters. I don't know why, especially when they annoy the crap out of me. But I like to pet them and dress them in pretty clothes to play house. Thousands of words of house. 

I also want to write Harry Potter fanfiction now. Because it's become such utter rubbish. I used to be able to sort through and find some good ones in the lot but they're all so... bland. It's like watching a Spiderman movie. Repeatedly.

I also timidly admit to reading some Buffy/Twilight crossover fanfiction, mostly because like Real Person fanfiction- it just HURTS my brain. I've seen both Twilight movies (and read the series summary on Wikipedia). In the dollar theater. With a flask of whisky or tequila and candy bars hidden under my bulky coat. It was fantastic- we drank every time 'Bella' clutched her hair and moaned. But the idea of meshing the worlds together, with all the sparkle and fang, is just... I mean... Buffy playing Vampire Baseball? God, the crackfic that could and should inspire.

So, hopefully something productive from me. Soon(ish). Or a degree. So I can have my life back.

Kei [userpic]

Blah Blah New Chapter Blah Blah

December 23rd, 2009 (03:57 am)

current mood: awake

PhD. Blah, blah, blah. PhD. Blah.  I need to finish these stupid degrees so I can come up with a more interesting reason for not updating my fanfiction other than the fact that I spent most of the last three months in my underwear at my computer eating cheetos and writing papers. Though, that's funny the first time you hear it. Or, err, see it. 

ANYWAY, new chapter in Assassination Attempt.  Its looking like there's only one chapter left. Because that makes 5 and it amuses me to decree it so. Also, I have NO frickin plot at all.

How many of you authors have ever Googled your fanfic? I don't come up hardly at all with my real name, but its always neat (and amusing) to find recs and reviews I didn't know existed. My favorite this time around was someone who strongly disliked my "Mary-Sue" love of Xander and the Buffy crowd in Trick or Treat. Which is funny since I am completely un-Sccoby like in reality. I just like to make my typed dolls play house all nice and like. So, it was a very apt review, just fun to see from a different perspective.  This did lead me to momentarily ask why you would read Buffy fanfiction if you hated all the character and want to continue to hate them, but then I remembered my foray into real-person fanfiction right before it got banned on FF.Net, hang my head and shame, and go back to playing with my dolls.

Kei [userpic]

Gee, Another Update

August 24th, 2009 (01:45 am)

current mood: sleepy

I thought the icon change was appropriate given my lack of real presence the last year or so.  I am still stubbornly plugging away.  I wish that I didn't have to write for my job- it would open up so much more time for fanfiction.  *sigh*

Anyway, I posted chapter 5 to Gee, Thanks for all the Love.  I'm actually rather proud of it, despite Severus being slightly OC in my opinion. 

Kei [userpic]


June 12th, 2009 (01:13 am)

Erm, I updated Gee, Thanks for All the Love too.  I'm not sure where it came from, but I'm not arguing with it either. 

So.. yay?  Do I still remember how to w

Kei [userpic]

Oh my, Made of Fail

June 11th, 2009 (11:53 pm)

current mood: busy

November?  NOVEMBER was the last time I posted something?  Geesh.  I AM made of fail.  Okay, added an unexpected chapter to the Mercy Thompson crossover, Assassination Attempt.

A Step Sideways

They will be short chapters.  Its the nature of the story, and my life.  On the up side, I have a Bones crossover half written, a Buffy/Jack story no less.  What's with me and the romance lately?  Maybe some sort of real life deficiency or lack of good obsessable television.  Btw, who else had issues with the recasts in Dollhouse?  My brain short circuited a few times. 

Kei [userpic]

Gee, an Update

November 12th, 2008 (02:36 am)

current mood: chipper

Update for Gee, Thanks for All the Love.

Because I'm like, updating again and stuff apparently.  Hope someone else is happy about this. :)

Kei [userpic]

Assasination Attempt

November 4th, 2008 (01:13 am)

current mood: tired

Short Mercedes Thompson cross.

Assassination Attempt

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