February 21st, 2007

bear by san

In re: fanfic. I comfort myself, at least it's gen.

I appear to be committing fanfiction.

Or, more precisely, I have committed a vignette with some cute backstory patching*, which I would be okay with, except it's insisting it's just a lead-in to a longer thing with a Plot and Theme and Character and Stuff.

Except it won't tell me what the front end is supposed to look like. Just this back end bit of character development. And then there needs to be, you know, a murder mystery. Which would somehow need to be thematically unified with the character development. And illuminate it.

And you know, (a) I don't write fanfiction; (b) there's no way to file the serial numbers off this and make it something I could use, because it it TOTALLY dependent upon the meta; and (c) I have a book and a novella due in April, which are the sort of thing that, you know, keep the cat fed.


...it's really cute backstory. It is so awash in clever character deduction and jigsaw-puzzling that I am halfway convinced it's what they mean to do eventually themselves.

Screw this, I'm going to bed. There's another thousand words of Pinion to write in the morning. Still more Stockholm Syndrome! Bonus oblivious adults! And soon, a type 1 supernova!

...and then maybe some fanfiction.

*I figured out how Reid pays the bills.**

**No, it's not boy-whoring. Go to the back of the class.***

***It's so clever and it works so well, I have got to write this. I am in fact enamored of my own clever.****

****Always a bad sign.*****

*****Yes, if I write it, I will post it somewhere. I mean, I posted the Clark Kent/Superman slash, didn't I?******

******Although yes, this differs in being actual serious fanfiction, as opposed to wacky self-mocking meta.
criminal minds hotch and reid has your b

fic: Two Pair Of Aces

Here, because I promised. If anybody sues, you all promise to take up a collection right? (If I had time, I would give this an actual plot structure to support the wangst, but... book due April 15.)

Title: Two Pair Of Aces
Author: Bear
Rating: PG, possibly PG-13 for one mild swear
Pairing: Pairing?
Summary: A gambler will bet on anything. (also, there is a sequel, "Dead Man's Hand," written by cpolk and me.)
Spoilers: Yes
Disclaimer: legally useless, of course, but no, I don't own any of this.

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That would be the unnecessary-explication-of-implicit-angst school of fanfiction, yes. *g* Also possibly the jigsaw-construction of backstory school.

And now, I have to go write a thousand paying words.
bear by san

never was a cornflake girl. thought that was a good solution.

When you explicate and concretize something, you often rob it of mystery and interest. Because liminal spaces, areas that are open to interpretation, are much more interesting than black and white, right and wrong.

This is an ongoing issue for the commercial artist, because of course the commercial pressure is to make your work more structured, the challenging. And I also tend to have little patience for the intentionally cryptic.

But the meaning in a story comes from what we lace into it, what we bring to the table as readers, and how the structure of the story shapes that input.

Make it too plain, rob it of power. Explications are not poetry.

1056 words last night on Pinion, 974 this morning. Page 310.

And of course 2169 words of unnecessary fanfiction. Which was far more fun than the novel, I gotta tell ya.

Are we there yet?

394 miles to Rivendell. I've just left Farmer Maggot's house.
sf doctor FANtastic!

whiskey you're the devil; you're leading me astray.

Cover art for New Amsterdam is in. It's by the amazing Patrick Arrasmith, and it is awesome.

But don't take my word for it.


Is that gorgeous, or what?

If you want one of your very own, to pet and call George, you can order it direct from the publisher here, or you can less cool, and order it from Amazon, here. Or, you know, I bet you could order it through your favorite local retailer, too