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Questiony Meme Thing

A few folks have posted this. I figured I'd follow along like a good little lemming. :-)

Ask me a question about one of my stories. It can be absolutely anything in any fic and I will tell you the honest-to-god answer. Don’t hold back. Ask about my plans for future parts of my current series if you want to, but keep in mind, I may not have anything firm/definite in the works. Anything. Whatever you ask, I will try my best to answer.



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May. 29th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Were there any missing scenes, things you didn't end up writing, in Loophole? I'm not asking the typical "omg was there any smut?" question. I mean anything at all.
May. 29th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
That's good, because there wasn't any smut. :-)

Hmm... this is a hard question, because I didn't so much write Loophole as look on while it was written through me. But I guess that leads to the admission that before it took on a life of its own, it was intended as a very different story. I was going to head into Time War memory/angst for Ten with a side-order of sadistic/gleeful gloating for the Master. The mind-control part of it was always planned, but not in quite the way it came out.

It wound up rather darker than I had intended.

Later on, about the only time I remember really thinking about or deciding on something in the writing was when I was considering more detail in the levels of the Doctor's mind. There's so much potential for description and character moments there. I thought about detailing each incarnation's aspect of his personality, or even just detailing more of the levels in any way at all. But I wound up deciding that less might be more because I didn't want to lose the momentum of the scene.

Hope that answers your question! :-)
May. 29th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
It does. I was asking because when I'm writing a really intense story, a lot of scenes will play in my head that don't come out as well in text. Or, I decide they're too much of one thing or not enough of another, and they remain in my own head for my own private enjoyment.

Loophole is still my favorite of your stories.

May. 29th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Let's talk about one of my favorite stories, Sense! Where'd you get the idea from? How did it feel to write a story with that much emotion and with such high expectations? Also, if you could change anything about the story now, would you?

*hugs Sense*
May. 29th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Where'd you get the idea from?

Pretty much all of my fics are, at the very start, a What If? question designed to dump the characters into a whumpy, angsty, h/c situation. I then write the fic that both gets them into that situation and then back out of it again.

In the case of Sense, I think it started from my pet theory about the Doctor's incarnations being defined by different dominant senses. Nine's dominant senses are touch and time, Ten's are taste and telepathy. That idea comes from the show itself. Specifically, from Nine's never-explained manipulation of the big fans in EotW, Ten's frequent use of telepathy, and the fact that Nine doesn't use telepathy and Ten doesn't seem to directly manipulate time.

I wanted to write something that at least touched on that idea, and I was in the mood for Ten-whump and OT3 at the time. That led to the idea of a Ten-OT3 story that dealt somehow with senses. Then I started thinking about all the other meanings of the word 'sense' and how they might be themes for a fic as well.

So the What If? question for Sense was, "What if Ten lost all his senses? How many meanings of the word 'sense' can I work into the resulting story?" To get him into that situation I came up with the sadistic bastard and the chemical blindfold. The thing with the coat and the fact that touch remained but was heightened were entirely the sadistic bastard's fault. (I take no responsibility. He did it himself. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

How did it feel to write a story with that much emotion and with such high expectations?

Exhilarating, I think, when it wasn't creepy. What with the torture and conditioning aspect it did get dark, and I'm never sure where that stuff comes from when I write it. But I'm a complete review-whore, so the readers' reactions and enthusiasm more than outweighed the creepiness the story itself had in places. The specific expectations people mentioned in their reviews also helped me to write the story, since I was writing and posting as fast as I could manage.

There's also just something about the high-emotion h/c stories (both my own and others) that always sort of calls to me. I couldn't say why, but that's the kind of story I like to read. (When I go back and read Sense now, it's the high-emotion comfort parts that I keep re-reading. The bits with Jackie, mostly.) To write one, and to have so many people enjoy it, is quite a wonderful experience for me. I was drunk on the happy-review-whore high for a long while afterward!

Also, if you could change anything about the story now, would you?

Now that's an interesting question. I don't think I would change the plot or the general outcome of the story. But having now experienced the awesomeness that is wendymr in beta mode, I would probably write much of Sense slightly differently. It would definitely be written with more attention to POV if I were working on it now.

Thanks for the awesome questions! :-)
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