The Swell Season- When Your Mind’s Made Up
The Swell Season- When Your Mind’s Made Up
13. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
To pay attention to what other writers whose writing you enjoy do. Take note of what they do stylistically, and then try to emulate that.
19. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
Ha! My muse is a fickle, fickle thing. :P But it isn’t just one person or thing. All kinds of things inspire me, and I loathe when that inspiration eludes me. But typically, it’s a song or a musical artist that will get me in the mood to write.
20. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
When I have a story/scene clear in my mind and the motivation to write. When I’m jonesin’ to get the words down on a page - maybe with a little music on in the background that fits the scene.
17. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
I definitely write out of order. Always have. I’ll write whatever scene(s) I’m most inspired to write and then fill in the rest.
18. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
I do use outlines. I also sometimes use timelines, and since I often write AUs, I’ll have a document that helps me with world-building.
8. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
"Stop making this so hard," Quinn pleads breathlessly against her lips once they break apart for air. "I’m not good for you, Rachel."
Rachel shakes her head and draws herself back just enough to stare down intently into hazel eyes. “I don’t care if you think I deserve better. I want you, and you want me. I know things are hard for you right now, but they’ll get better.”
"Sometimes I forget that you’re still seventeen," Quinn replies with a shake of her head. "And incredibly naïve."
"My age has nothing to do with this," she argues, feeling a little sting from Quinn’s words. "And I’m not naïve. I’ve always believed in following my heart, and I believe we could be so much more together, Quinn."
"I’m homeless,” Quinn retorts despondently. “I’m only going to bring you down, and if you were really honest with yourself, you’d see that.”
"You’re wrong," Rachel insists, cupping Quinn’s face. "You’re not going to bring me down. Let me help bring you back up." She captures Quinn’s lips in another kiss, and she feels Quinn surrender.
"You can’t save me," Quinn says softly with a hint of desperation.
Rachel doesn’t respond with words, and instead kisses Quinn again with every intention of doing exactly that.
This entire scene was actually one of the first I ever wrote for Never Go Hungry Again. A reviewer once told me that my characters are flat and my dialogue is uninspiring. Since then, I have tried to rectify that. I think (hope) that this passage illustrates one of those instances where I have done so.
12. Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
When it came to AtLA, the episodes that inspired me most were “The Crossroads of Destiny” and the last four episodes of Book 3. When it came to Glee, the episodes that inspired me most were those in the front 13, specifically “Ballad” b/c that gave us a lot of insight on Quinn’s character and her family life.
38. Talk about a review that made your day.
I have been lucky in that I have had a lot of reviews make my day. :) Really, any one just taking the time to tell me something about one of my stories that they enjoyed is something I really appreciate.
But one reviewer in particular on FF.net who consistently brings a smile to my face is Emerald Stag. Their most recent review on my fic Never Go Hungry Again helped me feel more settled in my decision not to write an epilogue/sequel, as it was never meant to be more than what it is. And knowing that did come across, and that the ending, while open-ended, worked for them was huge. Plus, their words are always very encouraging and just smile-inducing all around. :)
39. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
Fortunately, I haven’t really gotten any rude reviews. I think one I got was kind of dick-ish (although, tone can be hard to discern from text, obviously), but there was what could have been valid criticism in the midst of it all (some of their points were actually way off base). I replied to their points and let the rest roll off my back.
I would kill for anyone to continue AoCC. I still reread it, even though it breaks my heart every time I get to the non-end lol. Any chance you could share/point in the direction of info on what TMF had planned?
I would have loved to see AoCC continued, by TMF or anybody else. Could you share what she had in mind for the reminder of the story by any chance?
I was about to wrack my brain for the details, which she shared on her now-deactivated blog a long time ago. But luckily, I found this reply to an ask directly from TMF on the TMF Appreciation Society blog, which sums it up nicely:
"AOCC ends with Quinn and Finn switched back, heading to New York for college, and Rachel vowing to never speak to either of them again because she’s found out the truth. The second story in the series then picks up 3 years down the line with Rachel finally cracking and needing answers from them on why they did what they did, and what it meant. This leads to a slow build of a relationship (of kinds) between Rachel and Quinn, but the more I thought about this, the more I realized that I could never, ever actually this into a happy ending of the kind that fandom desires, at which point I thought it better for my own health that I just left it where it was."
I believe TMF also had plans for an interlude from Rachel’s POV taking place shortly after Quinn and Finn switched back (thus my thinking there were two more stories planned after AoCC).
2. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
The beauty and the beast trope. Quinn as the beast; Rachel as the beauty.
29. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
Man, this is a really tough question. I’d rather the original writers write any theoretical prequels or sequels, because I’m not so sure I could do the stories justice.
Even though I know more or less what TMF had in mind for the future of Assured of Certain Certainties (as well as two planned sequels), that is a ‘verse filled with lots of juicy stories and character dynamics to explore. So, I guess AoCC is my answer.
7. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
She holds her arms out, and Rachel wordlessly falls into them. Quinn stumbles back a bit—her legs tired from so much exertion—but she holds fast to Rachel before regaining her footing. She inhales deeply, breathing Rachel in—she smells like raspberries, vanilla, and all the things Quinn wishes to call home. She pours all her love into the embrace and feels her heart swell and ache and settle all at once.
-From Take This Longing
I’m proud of this entire one-shot, to be honest. It’s very loosely based on Leonard Cohen’s “Take This Longing,” and he was certainly my muse for this fic. I’ve never been particularly poetic with my words, but this is as close as I’ve ever come to it.
9. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
Fever Pitch. If I hadn’t promised to write it for Angel, it likely never would have been finished. I started writing it in late 2011, then stopped, as inspiration seemed to elude me. I picked it back up again in early 2013, and (almost) finished it time for Angel’s birthday that year.
One of my main hangups was struggling with not making it too OOC even though it was an AU. In the end, I’m not sure how successful I was on that front, but people seemed to enjoy it anyway. :)
15. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
Stories that feature angst of some kind, with a touch of hurt/comfort, are typically what I’m compelled to write. I find that writing those kinds of scenes come more easily - when my motivation is there, that is. ;P
3. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
I can’t really think of any tropes that I absolutely wouldn’t do, but I don’t have any interest in writing genderswap fic.
14. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
"Write every day." Since I’m not a professional writer, and this is really just a hobby for me, if I try to force myself to write every day as a means to get out of my seemingly perpetual writer’s block, it just leads to more frustration.
- Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
- Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
- Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
- How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
- Share one of your strengths.
- Share one of your weaknesses.
- Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
- Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
- Which fic has been the hardest to write?
- Which fic has been the easiest to write?
- Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
- Is there an episode above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
- What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
- What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
- If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
- If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
- Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
- Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
- Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
- Describe your perfect writing conditions.
- How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
- Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
- If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
- Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
- What do you look for in a beta?
- Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
- How do you feel about collaborations?
- Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
- If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
- Do you accept prompts?
- Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
- How do you feel about smut?
- How do you feel about crack?
- What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
- Would you ever kill off a canon character?
- Which is your favorite site to post fic?
- Talk about your current wips.
- Talk about a review that made your day.
- Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
- Write an alternative ending to [insert fic title] (or just the summary of one).
Mmm, I remember that fic. It’s an oldie but goodie. Punk Quinnis is always a plus. ;)
Of Fevers and Faux Leather by starsareFALLING
Rachel has been fond of Quinn’s rugged style ever since senior year began, but when the ex-cheerleader decides to introduce an even edgier article to her wardrobe, the new addition has Rachel sweating. G!P Faberry. NC-17-ish?
The first of 10 minutes of Faking It! Enjoy!!
Imagine: Quinn walking up behind Rachel, putting her arms around her waist protectively and then softly biting her neck.
I haven’t. :(
Can someone give me a link to a video of it? I’m very picky about the apps I install, and installing the MTV app isn’t something I want to do. :P