author_by_night: (cool_large)
So I'm doing some Harry Potter fandom entries for the anniversaries of the first and last books respectively coming up. I asked my friends to ask me some things about my time in the fandom/thoughts on HP fandom in general. There's still plenty of time to do so!

I'm going to answer one of [personal profile] makamu 's questions:  The first fanfics I ever  read and/or wrote. I'll keep this public.

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author_by_night: (Ann by nuv0le_rapide)
A few years ago, there was a 20 Facts fest for Harry Potter, where you made up 20 facts about a character. I'm doing something similar for Buffy, except it's five facts about Willow Rosenberg. Long story short, I was unable to do all twenty, but might do four other characters later today or tomorrow.

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author_by_night: (zoeserenity by hobbitseeker)
Since I seem to be so drabbley lately, I figured I'll throw out the option for requests again. Fandoms I'd be comfortable writing are Harry Potter (I've been writing a lot of things from Charlie/Bill/Tonks's generations, so requests for that work, but other characters are fine as well), Parks and Recreation, and Firefly.

Ships (gen is also love): Pre-OoTP Charlie/Tonks, pre-DH Remus/Tonks, Ron/Hermione, Alice/Frank, Molly/Arthur, Leslie/Ben, Andy/April, Wash/Zoe.

Throw 'em at me!

Kudos

Apr. 14th, 2015 08:04 am
author_by_night: (Pawnee sign by nuv0le_rapide)
So I posted a fic at Ao3 (I've been meaning to for a while, I only haven't because laziness), and I received my first two kudos with no reviews, meaning I now know what people mean by that. It also received 17 hits.

I don't really mind, honestly, mostly because I think I'm used to people not commenting on the internet anymore. Don't get me wrong, I wish people would, it can be annoying - but I also think people often do internet things from their phones or even on work/school computers, which means they're probably multitasking. It's easier to leave a kudos then a review. (Though I do like reviews. Including negative ones, as long as it's constructive and not "I hate this pairing rah rah rah.")

Actually, I think what annoys me more is when people like questions you've asked them.

Me: Hey, does anyone want to go to that movie night thing?

Three people: *Like this*

Me: ...is that a yes? Maybe?

Even that, though, I think generally just means people are acknowledging you said something. It's vague, but well-intended. (Or they're flakes. Take your pick.)

Anywho, I'll be posting more fic there over the course of... time. Hopefully a few days. Mostly I just want a second place for it to be archived in case LJ does go down or I delete this LJ for any reason. I may upload a second fic after I post this, actually. If you're interested, my profile is here. (Still AuthorByNight - it's my fandom identity now, high schoolish as it may be. That and it's too late to change it, I think. If I do, it'll probably be "Azaelia." Or something entirely different.)
author_by_night: (cool_large)
The weather outside is frightful
And ABN is very ficful
So if you've no place to go
Write some snow, write some snow, write some snow

Ah - non-filk version: I'm asking all writers on my flist to write a fanfic that involves snow somehow. Any fandom, ship, gen, a combination of ship and gen, whatever. Have at it. Original works as well! Length also doesn't matter - it can be a drabble, ficlet, long fic, filk, whatever you want.  Just link me to it here or via PM so I can make a master list. :)


Some extra prompts if you'd like them (don't feel you have to use them):

- Lovebirds

- Christmas in January/February

- Twist on a fairy tale, myth or urban legend

- Smores are overrated! (Is a substitute in order?)

- Missing moment (i.e. something we know happened in canon, or assume happened, but never saw) or backstory

- Time travel (and/or historical backstory)

- Crossover

Write your hearts out!

(Keeping this unflocked so anyone can participate.)

ETA:  You can also submit fanart.
author_by_night: (zoeserenity by hobbitseeker)
So I saw another fic for a fandom I'm in, and it was an AU for the last installment, which admittedly the fandom almost collectively hated. (I think there's a few people who liked and even loved it.) I'm definitely in the "hated it" camp.
However, I'm not a big fan of "if book X hadn't happened" fics. I never used to mind them, I even tried to write one, but that may have been around the time I decided I didn't like them.

I'm not a big fan of AUs altogether, not because I have issues with the concept, but because the execution often ends up being more wistful than purposeful. Let's use Harry Potter. There were many AUs where Harry was Sorted into the Slytherin House. This opens up all kinds of possibilities; the problem is, fanfics that did this were usually more interested in opening up the possibility of a Harry/Draco pairing and maybe a bit of general Slytherin love. So it's not really about exploring the "what ifs" so much as it is a slightly more plausible way for Harry and Draco to get together. The same is true with AUs of the book the writer didn't like; it's a matter of wish fulfillment, as opposed to a look at what could have been.

I think my other problem with them is that the way I see it... certain installments, awful though they may have been (at least to you), happened. It's like the embarrassing Grandpa - you cringe at his old fashioned humor (sometimes not so funny) and ideas, but he's still your Grandpa and he still gets invited to Christmas dinner. There's no point in pretending he's not there.

I don't mind AUs by themselves. I don't even mind retellings, exactly - as long as they're about a true alternative perspective, as opposed to wish fulfillment.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

(Also, because this post is public, I'm omitting the name of the fandom in question as it's small. Although to many of you it'll probably be fairly obvious...)
author_by_night: (cool_large)
Okay, here we go - the first of my holiday Harry Potter fics. I'll do a master post at the end of the month, as really, it's part of an anthology.


Title: Common Colds

Author: [livejournal.com profile] author_by_night

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Rejected by her sister and abandoned by her friend, Lily finds herself alone Christmas Eve. She is joined by a classmate with whom she rarely interacts (unless he's offended her), and realizes he, too, has nowhere to go.

Characters: Lily Evans, Sirius Black

Ships: Established future Lily/James

Notes: I've taken some liberties with canon; her timeline for a certain event might be different from mine, but I felt mine worked best for the purposes of this fanfic.

I would like to thank my beta readers, [livejournal.com profile] aggiebell90 and[livejournal.com profile] vix_spes for their help.

Common Colds )


As always, constructive criticism is welcome.
author_by_night: (washtrain by hobbitseeker)
I'm doing two questions in a row again.

What song always reminds you of that One Fandom Moment?
We Didn't Start the Fandom (Refers only to the Harry Potter fandom, and it was filked before the seventh book.)

And of course any other song I saw filked or ficced. (Sadly I fear filks /song fics have gone out of style. Please tell me I'm wrong. But when I mention them to fandom people now, they're usualy confused and have not the slightest idea of what  I'm talking about.)


Tell us more about the obscure fandom/ship you love that you wish there was MOAR fic for. (Or any fic at all.)
First, as long as this question mentions ships, I really wish it didn't feel like so many fics focused only on ships. Contrary to some people's belief, I don't hate shipping or romance, I just need more than that to keep me interested. I don't need smut, I want an interpretation of a book/show/movie I love.

 I really wish there were more Mad Men fic sometimes. I understand why there's not, it would be so hard to write given how great the writing on the show is, but I think with the write writer and/or characters it could be done. I also realize part of the problem is how unlikable the show's made pretty much all of the major characters and most of the minor ones, but fanfic could work with that as well.

Also, I really, really want a Parks and Recreation/Prairie Home Companion crossover. There, I've finally admitted it. I realize one's in Indiana and the other is in Minnesota, and both shows are very rooted in their fictional towns in those states, but I don't care, I want it to work somehow. Maybe Lake Wobegon and Pawnee are also sister cities? I'd also like a Parks and Rec fic that tries to focus on the quirky town from a different perspective, maybe using Mark's POV as he's in the private sector now. That would be cool.
author_by_night: (cool_large)
So re-reading the third Harry Potter book has me fanficcy again. It's also re-emerged the Fangirl of Fandoms Past in me, but making fun of her within the recaps is subduing that quite well. (God guys, I honestly saw Sirius as Johnny Depp. Though it does amuse me that the guy in the American version of Being Human kind of looks like how I pictured a younger Remus... at least in the one episode I saw. I couldn't get into either the UK or the American BHs but that's another post.)


In any case, I need to get some drabble/ficlet/hybrid goodness out of my system.

Old friends, new questions )Constructive criticism is welcome; I do think it needs work.
author_by_night: (River-Llama song by active_apathy)
First, here is the link to the original questions. I apologize for the confusion before.

Day 2 - Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

Day 2 )

And this is really for Day 3, but I didn't see the point of waiting...

Day 3 )
author_by_night: (cool_large)
So for a while, I kept trying to write fanfic about Hestia Jones (Harry Potter). For whatever reason, no one storyline stuck.

So instead I've taken bits of WIPs and turned them into drabbles.  Feel free to nitpick, feel free to offer other input. :)



Exactly. Sort of. (Hestia and Megan) )
author_by_night: (Default)

tl;dr moving fics from LJ/other places to Dreamwidth. Long stuff will be posted individually, will probably post drabbles and other shorts in sets. I will probably edit a bit as I go along.

Title: The Trouble With Wash (A Quartet)

Author: author_by_night

Fandom: Firefly

Summary: When Mal meets Wash, he is instantly impressed, much to Zoe's chagrin. He doesn't realize how soon - and often - things will change.

Pairing: Zoe/Wash

Rating: PG

Genre: Gen, drabble

Warnings: Spoilers for Serenity
 

The Trouble With Wash (A Quartet) )



 


author_by_night: (Default)
So I've decided to merge some fics posted on LJ and/or other defunct sites onto DW. I'll probably post drabbles and shorts together.


Title: Same Difference

Author: [personal profile] author_by_night 

Fandom: Harry Potter

Characters: Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall

Ships: Genfic, so none

Rating: G

Word Count: 2,45

Notes: Originally written for springtime_gen as a gift to st_aurafina.
Same Difference )
 
author_by_night: (cool_large)

It's time to post some f the drabble/ficlet requests! It's a bit late so this is assuming anybody reads/sees this... :P

Link to request post - feel free to request something there



Harvest for daintress (PG, Neville/Luna) )

author_by_night: (cool_large)
I wrote this for the lovely lyras a while back, but never posted. She nudged me, so here goes. It's more of a rough draft, so feel free to beta in your review. And britpick. I am not British, no matter how much I wish I were, and I'm always concerned it shows. (Is American English spelling an Americanism?)

Title: The Guardians

Words: 1,976

Characters: The Order, Andromeda, Dora,Ted, Sirius

Summary: When Harry is left orphaned, two cousins attempt to step up to the plate - even though they're the last ones anyone thinks should.


The Guardians )



author_by_night: (cool_large)
This is a graduation drabble!gift for my friend [livejournal.com profile] vifetoile, also known as Queenie. I'm sorry it's late, I wish I'd known when you were graduating, but I hope it's not too late.

Enjoy.
Adieu )

Once

Jan. 13th, 2012 01:32 pm
author_by_night: (Friends by Joyfulsong)
So there's a fic I've had three friends, [livejournal.com profile] kelleypen[livejournal.com profile] lyras, [livejournal.com profile] gileonnenand [livejournal.com profile] steampenread over the past few years, but despite revisions I never reposted for various reasons. I've decided if I don't, I never will. It was originally meant to be a gift for [livejournal.com profile] vegablack62, so if you're reading this, wherever you are... this WIP's for you.

I realize there's probably a few Americanisms, and several 2012isms. That's why I'm posting it as well - I want honest feedback. Even if you're not on my flist. (Not sure how revision will work yet.)

Title: Once (Part I)

Fandom: Harry Potter

Pairings: Andromeda/Ted, Alice/Frank

Summary: Every story starts somewhere. There was one point at which the wheels began turning, a moment when everything changed. Once is about the Order before it was the Order, one of the worst Death Eaters when she was a young girl, and four friends who will sacrifice anything for each other - even the truth.


Once (Part I) )

Plot Betas

Jan. 25th, 2011 12:20 pm
author_by_night: (Friends by Joyfulsong)
I have a request. Would anyone on my flist - or who just happens to be reading this - who is in the Harry Potter fandom be willing to be a plot beta? By that I mean not only help with grammar and stuff, but help me plan out a fanfic. I tend to talk certain ears off, but I'd rather surprise the people I normally spoil for a change.


The premise would basically be about the Order during the last half of the seventh book (partly to coincide with the movie). The focus would be mainly on Kingsley Shacklebot. So far my other major characters would be Remus, Tonks, Andromeda, Hestia (with Kingsley/Hestia), and Kingsley's parents who would of course be OCs. (They might be closer to minor characters or somewhere in between, I haven't quite decided but I do know their stories). Kingsley's journey is ultimately fighting the war, finding the balance between being a soldier and still living as the friend/son/lover he wants to be, and coming to terms with the fact that he's been designated as the leader and trying to figure out how to fulfill such a vital role.

If you're interested, leave me your email address. :) Comments are screened.

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