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29 January 2003 @ 09:32 am
Mm, yeah.  
I will remain calm today, even if I have to wrest calm from the jaws of fandom with every bitter, vicious ounce of strength I have in my body.

Was thinking last night about Anya. Or "my" Anya, such as she is. A notable trend in feedback on noir is about Anya, which is kind of interesting for a nominally Buffy/Spike oriented series of stories. It's nice to get praise for her, because when I started writing, I didn't know what to do with her. I remember staring "Carnival" and the opening scene was in Anya's POV. It was the first time I'd ever written from her POV and I was like, *what* the fuck am I doing? I was so tentative, and when I was done with that scene I was sure I'd never write from her POV again. Heh.

Am wittering along on the sidelines spin-off. It has a lot of Buffy-oriented stuff in it so far, which seems appropriate, especially for a "season opener", all examples of which in canon tend to focus in some way on Buffy's arc, i.e., its kick-off. Will be interested to see what happens. As I was shaping the first story I remembered a bunch of plotty stuff that, to date, I'd relegated to certain shall-not-be-written fantasies, where it happened to serve as backstory. (Even my smuttiest, most self-indulgent fantasies have elaborately detailed backstories, right down to the type of drapes on the windows. It's kinda funny.)

I must try to stop playing so much with my slinky. It's never more obvious that you're not working as when you're whipping a noisy slinky back and forth between your untyping hands....
MustangSallymustangsally78 on January 29th, 2003 09:50 am (UTC)
drapes on the windows
That's because you read too much house porn.


carta on January 29th, 2003 09:56 am (UTC)
I have a small two inch orange slinky that I'm very fond of hooking on my finger and whipping around in circles. I've been told that it's very annoying. But desk toys! The absolute best.
herself_nyc on January 29th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're writing the Sidelines thing. If you want any kind of beta reading, please send it to ME ME ME.
Tuesday Has No Phonesthebratqueen on January 29th, 2003 10:25 am (UTC)
If I can hazard a guess here, I think your Noir Anya gets attention b/c she's actually a full-fledged character, with more depth than the show bothered to give her until about season 6. It was definitely one of the things that struck me about the story. That and you actually made Xander/Anya make sense, instead of just hooking them up and assuming I'd fill in the blanks based on scraps of information tossed my way every 10 eps or so as the show does.

Which isn't to harp on the show which I obviously enjoy, just to say there's my 2 cent theory on why you may get a lot of Anya-related feedback.
(Anonymous) on January 29th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
Ya know. It's funny you mention the feedback you get on Anya. I was just re-reading -Both Natures- yesterday. The table scene - in the very beginning, where Buffy is giving Anya praise for being money-oriented, I kept thinking: God! That's so Anya... and even though the Scoobies seemed to think some of her comments rude or uncouth or whatever, I sympathized with her at the same time. I'm not sure why this is (meaning, I can't figure out what, specifically, it is about that exchange) that conjures up that mixture of feelings, but... there you are. I think it might be something as subtle as your word choice. Go, you.

Thought I should add my desire to beta-read anything you decide to put on page - even though I'm not a BNF like Herself.

herself_nyc on January 29th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Anya
Ahhhhh! Don't call me that, it makes me feel all squishy and weird.
(Anonymous) on January 29th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Anya ain't just a river in Egypt.

However, I won't call you that if you don't like. *Only* because your stories are divine and hold a dear place in my heart. Which, actually - seems like a pretty good reason now that I think of it. ;)

-Roquelaure. :)
she praised god for the creation of the heightsnaomichana on January 29th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, slinkies! I think I need more desk toys.

I've never sent you feedback for Season Noir, in part because it's still a WIP as a whole (my WIP feedback tends toward whining at authors to hurry up and write, and I know that's not helpful), in part because every blessed person I know in fandom seems to have recced it already, and in part because I'm lazy. ;) However, one of my favorite aspects of SN is the way you inhabit, transform, and lovingly give attention to all the regular and recurring characters of the Buffyverse -- some a little more so than others, and it varies by episode, but there's none of that familiar "Character X is a bitch" or "Character Y exists only to tell the Pairing of Choice that they should get it on" business that can show up even in relatively good 'shipper fic. There's not even a character without an independent emotional/plot arc of some sort, especially with Tara's latest career move. (I'm dying to find out what happens when you finally get back to writing Giles, though.)

As for Anya, specifically... she's been a favorite of mine since mid-S5, so I appreciate what you're doing with her; as an ex-demon, she naturally has a unique perspective which the show's writers all too often fail to use to its full advantage. I also agree with whoever said above that you're making X/A genuinely convincing, instead of expecting us to believe in it. I wonder if you'd consider trying your hand at an Anya-centric fic sometime, just as an experiment? You'd certainly have an enthusiastic audience. ;)
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Lil girlkita0610 on January 29th, 2003 04:51 pm (UTC)
(Even my smuttiest, most self-indulgent fantasies have elaborately detailed backstories, right down to the type of drapes on the windows. It's kinda funny.)

Jesus, I thought this was just me. I can't even have a proper day dream unless I know what color shoes I'm wearing in them. Glad to know I'm not alone in my insanity.

And you know I meant no insult re someone else's comment over in my lj...? I get it for Angel's hair and brow and acting and...all the time. Developed a thick skin. But I do know how it is to fucking *love* a character.