Hi there! Came to ask a few questions of my own!
1. What era is your favorite? Why?
2. Where do you draw inspiration for your stories?
3. You mentioned your biggest weakness is dialog. What do you do to overcome that obstacle in your writing?
4. What about watermelons do you like so much?
Hello! I'm so sorry that I've responded so late! College classes are already killing (at least, emotionally and metaphorically
1. Probably Next Generation. There are so many
options. JKR has set this entirely wonderful world up for us, but also sort of offered us a way to express ourselves because it's really all up in the air. I like to both read and write in the NextGen era - it's so refreshing!
2. From anything and everything. No, really. There's just something about nature, society, ideas and thoughts themselves, the multitude of belief systems, just everything makes my imagination soar. I have a highly active imagination and so things morph out of that from what I've experienced in real life.
3. Once I finish writing, I read it out loud. That doesn't always work because I'm from the Southern USA, but it helps to give me a greater grasp on what is realistic in dialogue and what is not. Aside from that, I really rely on the reviewers who get to my stories first to point out any weird or stilted dialogue.
4. It reminds me of home, summer, the suffocating heat of a beautiful Georgia day. It's just one of those things, you know?
Thank you so much for your questions!
Hi Shelby! I'm
stalking visiting .
1) Come, Sugar. Where did that come from? Was it a creepy shadow in your mind, or did the idea of wanting a mainly metaphorically driven story come first, and you adjusted a plot to fit it?
2) For Come, Sugar why did you choose Scorpius and Rose?
3) In Once, We Were Kings - did you always plan on it ending the way it did. Was Ly always the bad guy?
4) Besides Kings and Sugar - What story of yours is your favorite? What one are you most proud of? And - what one would you suggest I read?
5) What is your favorite things about OF to write? Short stories, poetry?
6) Do you feel like you get a lot of well deserved attention for that amazing ability you posses to create imagery and descriptions, or do you think sometimes that incredible talent is overlooked?
Thanks for letting me hassle you .
You're killing me, Jami, killing me! You're just so sweet, I can't handle it!
1. This is a difficult question because I write at the most random times. Once I get in the zone, everything fades away, even the writing itself - it's like I'm in limbo and my unconscious/conscious/whatever mind just produces these pieces of writing. It's weird. But anyway, let's see if I can remember how it went. I sat down to write randomly one night. I knew I'd go stream of consciousness because that's how I always write, so I didn't really think on that. I decided to write about the very sensitive issue discussed in the story because I'd recently read something in a literature class and I wanted to bring some class and elegance to the issue (if that's even possible since it's such a horrid topic). I got through that first paragraph and then it hit me that I needed to put in something more. Something innovative in the world of fanfiction (maybe not so much in postmodern, contemporary literature). It hit me. Maybe I was craving sugar and wanted it to come to me/appear out of thin air, either way, it just sort of evolved. As for a metaphorically driven plot and the plot itself, I honestly have no idea where that came from. Like I said, once I get in the zone, it just all comes onto the paper. I don't ever remember really being cognizant of the writing or even understanding what I'm putting down on paper until I reread it. Maybe it's a sign that I'm supposed to be the next greatest writer or something?
2. They're my fall-back characters. I don't know if you know this, but I LOVE Eileen and Tobias Snape. They're so unexplored and there are virtually no stories about them, save mine. But I really didn't want to use my beloved OTP because the topic was just wrong, I felt. Rose & Scorpius are my next greatest loves because there are so many options for them. I wanted to pick characters that we see often in fanfiction, but give them a twist unlike anything you've seen before.
3. Once again, that story is honestly the brainchild of who-knows-what. It was even worse than Sugar. I just sat down and started writing. The only thing I remember of the entire writing process was sitting back after I was finished, rereading it, and wondering where in the world it came from. The writing of Kings and Sugar, for me, was so natural, it was like I wasn't consciously aware of the words on the paper, just that they had to come out - they had to be written down.
4. I've changed so much since I began writing fanfiction that I actually despise my first writings. But I keep them up to remind myself (and others) of the growth I've made as a writer, reader, and reviewer. Juliette
is probably my third favorite (read that one, if any). I wrote it three years ago for a Staff Challenge. Granted, it's not the greatest, but it was great for me as a writer at the time. It was the start of my really honing my abilities and truly learning and practicing the craft of writing. I'm proud of it because it represents a changing time in my writing - it's my transition piece between stages. I don't go through small stages either, they're rather big stages of bad, then okay (Juliette
), then good. I like I Alone
too, but I don't think people really understand it and I don't either!
My fourth favorite (discount I Alone
) is probably Spark of Insanity
. It was my first Eileen & Tobias piece. While I've grown so much and it needs a lot of work, it is also a representation of the strides of made in writing. I'm proud of that attempt because it was unlike anything else in fanfiction I'd read and it made me proud.
5. In OF? Definitely fiction. I'm not a poet. I've never been a poet - it's just not in my nature. I wrote a short piece for our online newspaper at my college. It was one of those that had to be 500 words or less. I whipped it up in about 10 minutes and sent it in - it was published and the editor really enjoyed it. Now, you need a bit of background. I start writing when I was 16-17 years old. Once I really found my niche in writing, I also found I didn't have time to write OF. I want to write novels - romance novels, fantasy (mild, not that crazy junk) novels, but also literary fiction. I think those three are where I want to be - can I write all of them with just different pennames?
So, as for OF, I don't have a bit project or multiple, fabulous projects to boast about because I just haven't had the time to actually write
6. When you asked this, my initial reaction was to be modest. But I'm not going to be modest. I think that since my more recent works,, Kings and Sugar (even my slash, Pour Some Sugar On Me
), haven't really been given the praise they deserve in terms of imagery and description. Granted, I'm no famous writer of the site that everyone knows, but I also know the merit of the stories. They're not perfect, but I think the imagery and description set them apart from a lot of other work we might see on this site. Maybe it has been overlooked - it's quite possible. I don't want to sound conceited, but I know very well that they're good stories for the most part. The small little monster inside me that likes to come out on occasion wishes that Kings and Sugar got more site-wide attention for the descriptions, the imagery, the emotions. But in the end, it's reviewers like you that make me glad I write regardless of any sort of lack of attention. (And now back to modesty - you shouldn't fill my head with such notions about amazing talent!
Thank you so much (both of you) for the wonderful questions!