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07 July 2019 @ 05:24 pm
Let me thank you right up front for whatever you are going to write. Although you've seen my sign-up, I know that most people like more than that to go on. I hope this letter will prove helpful. I know I've said more about some fandoms than others, but please don't read any significance in that. All are dear to my heart. (I've listed them alphabetically.)


GENERAL POINTS:

  • I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.

  • I prefer gen; but I'm not asking you to ignore canon relationships. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me, especially when dealing with children's books.

  • I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)

  • I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic or killed in war, and that sort of thing.)

  • I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.

  • No second person fic, please. First person is okay, especially for book canons that were written that way by the author.
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greerwatson
22 June 2019 @ 02:29 am
From [personal profile] moetushie, I have the following:

1. Tents:

Right at the moment, the Toronto Star is running its usual series of columns encouraging people to donate to their Fresh-Air fund to send kids away to summer camp. There's a lot of fond reminiscing along the usual lines.

Well, I remember the municipal day camp that our parents sent us to. The kids were taken by school bus from their local schools, crammed in tightly to a degree that was surely illegal, disembarked somewhere in the ravine of the Don River (not the real one!), and split into small groups of about a dozen kids the same age, each group with its own tent in a small clearing. You get what you pay for: the municipal day camp was cheap in every way. My memories are of heat, thirst, and boredom.


2. Candles:

My sister likes to have lit candles on the dining room table when there's a celebration. However, she also collects fancy candles—or, at least, she used to actively do so, and still has them in a display cabinet. She's got molded ones in fancy shapes, carved ones, ones done with layers of different colours, or with inclusions. These are definitely not for burning!

Around her birthday and Christmas I keep an eye out for any sort I don't remember her having. A fancy candle makes a good extra present.


3. Shell:

I used to collect seashells. When I was a kid, these were mostly ones my dad brought home when he'd been away at a conference; but there was a time when I bought them on holidays. Some years ago, my mother gave me a tall, skinny cabinet for them. I've not added to the collection in many years; but, as long as I have room, I've no intention of throwing them out. Some are beautiful, some are intriguing, and all are ones I've had for decades.

I've always been the collecting type. When I was a kid, it was stamps and coins, pebbles and seashells, and various inexpensive ornaments that got picked up on holidays or given to me as presents.

Nowadays, I collect small animal figurines.

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greerwatson
20 June 2019 @ 11:13 pm
Also borrowed from [personal profile] toujours_nigel (here). This time, the idea is to put up the last line of each of the last ten stories I have posted.

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greerwatson
16 June 2019 @ 01:42 am
Borrowed once again from [personal profile] toujours_nigel, whose own is here. We did this last year, didn't we? What goes around....

The idea is to put up the first line of each of the last ten stories I have posted, and see if there are any commonalities or patterns. Going back ten takes me right where I left off last year. How tidy.

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greerwatson
30 April 2019 @ 10:27 pm
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Let me thank you right up front for whatever you are going to write. Although you've seen the tags on my sign-up, I know that most people like more than that to go on, so I hope this letter will prove helpful.

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greerwatson
12 March 2019 @ 12:19 am
Copped off [personal profile] toujours_nigel, who got it from [personal profile] lilliburlero.

Rules: Go to your AO3 works page, expand all the filters, and answer the following questions!

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greerwatson
26 January 2019 @ 03:05 am
Let me thank you right up front for whatever you are going to write. Although you've seen the tags on my sign-up, I know that most people like more than that to go on, so I hope this letter will prove helpful.

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greerwatson
09 January 2019 @ 11:28 pm
When I did this last year, I wrote, "All in all, an adequate but not very exciting showing. I'm reasonably pleased with what I wrote; but I had a hard time getting fingertips to keyboard."

This year I wrote the same number of stories as last year, i.e. fourteen. A number of these were fairly short, including all five of my Yuletide fic. On the other hand, I did quite a long story for the Worldbuilding Exchange; and I think that my FK Fic Fest story, which touched on things that recalled the months after my mother died, turned out well—though some passages took a fair bit out of me.

Sadly, only two stories were Forever Knight, largely because I was the only person requesting it in most exchanges—even Yuletide this year, for which it's always been a hardy perennial. Similarly, I only wrote two stories based on Mary Renault's The Charioteer: the Renault Exchange didn't run again this year; and it's another fandom not much requested, except for Yuletide. On the other hand, this year I wrote several stories for the CW Arrowverse series, particularly The Flash. I've watched those shows since they started, but really only got into them—especially Flash and Legends—a little over a year ago. In addition, I wrote the usual miscellany of odds and ends, some of which are in fandoms that I've never written in before and likely never will again. Yuletide, in particular, always generates a few intriguing rarelit prompts, not to mention weird nonce fandoms. (I mean, battle snails?!!!.) I had fun with those little Yulefic.

Unfortunately, I have to admit the last part of what I wrote last year remains unchanged. Actually getting down to write was sometimes quite difficult. All of the stories were written for gift exchanges: the deadline was very helpful in, eventually, getting my fingertips dancing over the keyboard. Having someone else depending on me to write for them drives me to duty. Fortunately, once I do actually get down to writing, things generally come more easily. It's the getting started....

So doing gift exchanges gets me writing. On the other hand, there's a negative side: one's energy is taken up with writing to other people's prompts. I have a backlog of plot bunnies; and some of them would need fairly long stories to do them justice. Yes: I have a touch of writer's block. Some of that—though only some of that—comes from prompts that I find it hard to come up with an idea for, which in turn leads me to find RL reasons to do anything else but start writing. That I have finally had bookshelves installed in my mother's old bedroom and been shifting boxes round and unpacking means that there's always something else I can justify doing.

At any rate, last year I did Chocolate Box, the Worldbuilding Exchange, Exchange at Fic Corner, Everywoman, Trick or Treat, and Yuletide, as well as picking up a pinch hit for the new Multifandom Trope Fest. Plus, of course, FK Fic Fest: it's now my only fandom-specific exchange. This suggests that I should maybe sign up for fewer gift exchanges, and instead look for treats and pinch hits. Inspiration + deadline may result in less procrastination. For example, the long story I did for the Worldbuilding Exchange was actually an idea that I'd been working out for several months before I signed up. Obviously, I was fortunate in its matching my recipient's wishes. However, if I pick and choose prompts related to stories I already want to write, perhaps I'll be able to get more plot bunnies winkled out of the warren.

Mind you, I do still have an absurd amount sorting and unpacking yet to do around here. Moving in with my mother started five years ago; and she died three years ago. This seems a never-ending process. Then again, I've had two households' worth of goods to reduce to one. It's maybe not so surprising that it takes time.

The last few months have been complicated by the demise of my PC. As a result, I'm using my mother's old laptop. Eventually, of course, I need to buy a new computer; but, as I have other calls on my resources, I'm putting it off for now. As I still haven't put Filezilla on the laptop, I haven't made webpages for the stories written recently. So those stories have only one link.

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greerwatson
13 November 2018 @ 03:36 am
Not that one didn't know it would happen sooner or later. (He was 95.) Still, it feels like the end of an era, even though he had long since ceased to be the creator/writer/editor who made Marvel what it is.

'Nuff said.

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greerwatson
10 October 2018 @ 05:12 am
greerwatson on AO3.

First, let me thank you for writing me a story in one of the fandoms we share. I've listed them in alphabetical order, so as not to play favourites.


GENERAL POINTS:

  • I love worldbuilding and character pieces—stories that explore more deeply—through backstory, or by elaborating the setting/history/culture or exploring people's motivations and personal interactions.

  • I prefer gen; but I'm not asking you to ignore canon relationships. However, I don't care for anything more than PG-13: explicit sexual detail is definitely a DNW for me. (When I encounter it in stories, I skim over it.) When pairings are essential to the story, I feel that curtainfic > romance > smut. BUT character and plot are the best!

  • I love casefic; and, more generally, I like stories that are canon-compliant. The general exception to this is ignoring canonical character death if you want. (There may be other specific exceptions.)

  • I'm okay with violence if necessary to the story; but not gore for the sake of gore. On the whole, I prefer not to have characters die in the story; but references to canonical deaths are okay. (I'm fine with having original characters murdered in casefic, and that sort of thing.)

  • I enjoy comedy—being able to recognize the ridiculous when it pops up; also wit and wordplay. Having said that, I totally leave it up to you whether you write a serious or comic story—or a serious story with comic interludes.

  • No second-person fic, please. My feelings on first person vary. As a rule, I don't care for it with TV fandoms; but it is definitely okay for book canons that were written that way by the author. (Please see the specific fandom.)

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