So I seem to be in a flurry of activity, despite being unable to sit down and work on a story, and yet needing a break and wanting to do something.... The following options have presented themselves, feel free to weigh in.
What would you like to see from Minx?
1. Meta on writing character POV (particular character request in comments)
2. Watch more Farscape and post stream of consciousness deep thoughts.
3. Meta on reading fic and the joys of the header (AKA red flags and deal breakers, or how to sell me your fic.)
4. A post in which all Minxes Fic are linked and located which will stand in for her woeful lack of a website. And forward date it, please.
5. Whinge about RL, for we find it fascinating, yes we do.
6. DVD commentary for a fic, requested in comments
Well, those of you who were hoping in the deep recesses of your grubby little hearts that I would natter on about character POV are in luck! Because the very lovely rydra_wong
requests... Sam meta.*
Writing SAM: ( Now is when I state my qualifications to hold forth on this subject. )( The starting line, or, making sense of the canon madness. )( The central point is that Sam can notice a great deal, but have no idea what to do with emotional stuff; it's not quite the same thing as being oblivious. )( The kind of personality who becomes a scientist and where the stereotype falters. )( Jack, Martouf, and where the UST takes a turn for the even more messed up. )( Pete, the traditional, how she thought she wanted that and how I think it's never going to be what she needs. )( Cliffs Notes version )( Oh, you mean writing like voice and sentence structure. )( Random fandom questions answered! )
Wow, I'm verbose today.
More questions? Clarification? Just ask. That's all I got for now, although I shall point out the list of Sam recs here
, solicit links for fic I've erroneously overlooked, your thoughts on Sam, writing her, and links to other meta posts. Discuss amongst yourselves and we (the royal we) will be checking in and attempting to continue interesting conversations, so feel free to return and return.
ETA: discussion with green_grrl
in the comments leads to the observation that for Sam, being comfortable with someone does not necessarily mean friendly; it means that she knows what to expect from them, understands and can predict that behavior. This came from discussing her use of slang and how quickly she fell into teasing Rodney in 48 Hours or the one where they shot the 'gate into an unstable wormhole ("You're creeping me out, McKay,") despite the clear animosity there. Rodney, though, very much presents a 'what you see is what you get' face and, both of them having gone through the academic training of defending one's ideas, that would be a predictable, understandable animosity for Sam. Yup, she'd be comfortable with Rodney very quickly. Barrett, on the other hand, whom I like a lot, is sometimes a little too nice to Sam, leading to stuttering and 'not-exactly' imprecision and second guessing what she's saying. Her best moments with Barrett were when they had the push and pull of working together with different priorities and a gentle ribbing and teasing (You? Boyfriend? Huh.) Sam gets that she has to tell him not to throw himself on the ground to protect her. That was a pretty 'guh' moment, I thought, with snickering. Also they were lying to each other, which was an interesting obstacle.
has been quoted as saying "Ha! I fear for fandom when I think of what you and RW could get up to together." So, for the record, we get up to fanfiction, and lots of recent postings of stories can be directly traced to AIM conversations. Beyond that, we are entirely serious, serious people and in no way plotting to take over fandom or anything else.
Also? RW does not have a fanfiction problem and can quit at any time and I professed an affection for the words 'inept' and 'Zimbabwe'. RW proclaimed that Skiffy is just really so classy entirely based on this official promo still
of Shanks attempting to act in some upcoming episode (I didn't find it particularly spoilery) while at least three people hide behind his codpiece, a boom and an electrician try to get in there too, and the photographer's thumb is totally in the shot. We discussed how Claudia Black quite possibly walks on water, and I am very excited for the Female Friendship Ficathon, despite the fact that I am not writing for it, and am trying to resist signing up for the Sam Ficathon due to RL stuff, though I'm tempted, omg...
All of this is the logical preamble to the phrase "Ooh, you should write Sam meta.", if you were wondering. No fandoms were harmed in the making of this meta.