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18 November 2004 @ 02:44 pm
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Snagged from inlovewithnight:

If there is any question you would like to ask me about any one of my fics, then go ahead! What I meant by a particular line, why I chose that characterisation, what I was listening to as I wrote, what crack I was taking and where you can get some...anything. Anything you might like to know about how I wrote a fic, I shall do my best to answer.

Content that lets me feel I'm actually responsive to people in my LJ even though I'm behind on comments...
 
 
 
Kreskres on November 18th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)
Yep. I wanna know where that came from:

Nobody ever said to me, "Here, stick this fish in your ear."

because I'm replying this in my head from time to time, and I still wonder how you came up with it. Is there some association I can't catch?

:)=
shadowscastshadowscast on November 18th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
Without even knowing the context, my guess is that it's a reference to the babel fish from Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series.

Did I get it, Eliade?
(no subject) - eliade on November 18th, 2004 03:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Dittostretfordditto on November 18th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
Lmao at your 'content' remark....c'est drole. I wouldn't want to babel and don't have an intelligent question to ask, I'd just like to say your fics are excellent. Don't bother replying to this. ;)

Dxxoo
Anna S.eliade on November 18th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
*kiss*
(Anonymous) on November 18th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Not really a question, but...
In one part of In a Dark Time, you described rainwater running down a window pane as rhizomatic, and the image was just instant and perfect - that's stuck with me ever since. You write beautifully.
Anna S.eliade on November 18th, 2004 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Not really a question, but...
Aw. Thank you! :>) I'll answer the question you didn't ask, and say that I picked up that word from postmodernist reading in college. E.g.,

http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/courses/ed253a/kellner/deleuze.html
Re: Not really a question, but... - tenebrio on November 18th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Pamgoosegirl9 on November 18th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
Grrr. Livejournal ate my entry. I'll try again.

I love, love, love you BtVS stories - particularly Noir, of course. I even read your slash - and I don't read slash normally.

I am puzzled about why Buffy does not tell her friends to go jump in Noir, in regards to Spike. I can so easily see the dynamic being that her friends are afraid to get her to choose between them and Spike, because they know she would choose him. Instead, she has to publicly pretend that he is her sex toy while disavowing any caring for him at all - and she seems to be sort of under their control, which I don't understand. I mean, the way she acts, she acts as if they would kill Spike if they thought she was attached to him.

By the way, I think the chapter 'Hanging by the Moment' (I hope I got that right) is one of the most romantic pieces I've ever read. By anyone.

Anna S.eliade on November 18th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your kind words. :>)

One of the issues with noir that probably gave/gives readers a lot of problems is that it skips an unwritten season 7. So I was always referring back in my imagination to things that might have happened then, as backstory for my current story season. Then I'd try to put in references to this unfamiliar backstory, hoping that they'd be sufficient for readers to work with. E.g., how the first "episode zero" starts as if it's the finale of season 7, following up on all sorts of previous events.

Anyway. Somewhere early in the series, I make reference--maybe too subtly--to previous friction, and to an attempt by Willow and Xander to get rid of Spike, because he was bad for Buffy. Not necessarily to kill him, though. If I recall, it was some kind of spell that had side-effects more serious than they'd anticipated. So that's the background for why Buffy is so careful.
(Anonymous) on November 18th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
No question,
just a comment on something in Involuntary Bodies. Xander's thought: "So you're the one." I have to keep re-reading the paragraph and those four words. They're so unexpected but perfect somehow, and so dense.
I love your work, especially the Spander. Thanks for taking an anonymous comment.
Anna S.eliade on November 20th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: No question,
Thank you! It's great to hear that because that really was a hinge of sorts in the story--I placed a lot of weight on it, and the story finally swings into a different gear. I kept wondering whether it worked or not. :>)
shadowscastshadowscast on November 18th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
What crack were you taking and where can I get some? *g*

Okay, seriously, the thing I've always wondered about your writing is how you come up with all those fantastically original images and word plays and such. A couple for-instances from the start of "The House of Many Hearts":

"The Russian judge gives me a three for dismount--ow--and I just mowed the grass with my," a glance at Giles, "rhyming thing. Otherwise, fine." She got up without assistance, dusted off her rhyming thing, and looked up at the broken railings.

Rhyming thing. Hee! See? So clever, so original, so perfectly Buffy.

And:

A pretty snapshot of halter tops and girlish legs held Xander's imagination for a moment, reminding him of a time not so long ago when he would have appreciated the view even more. In a loud, forced, anxiety-ridden sort of way. He had a sudden impression of himself as he'd used to be, his entire personality like a gaudy shirt, worn as a disguise.

The shirt-as-personality metaphor was just so unexpected and perfect! And the whole story's full of moments like that.

Maybe not really a question you can answer, but: how do you do it?

(Do I sound enough like a squealing fangirl?)
Anna S.: xandereliade on November 20th, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC)
What crack were you taking and where can I get some? *g*

Buffy crack! They sell it in DVD form! *g*

Okay, seriously, the thing I've always wondered about your writing is how you come up with all those fantastically original images and word plays and such. ... Rhyming thing. Hee! See? So clever, so original, so perfectly Buffy.

Well, I think it's a piece of writing advice from John Gardner, to make sure that you don't inadvertantly rhyme within you prose. So in that case I suspect I noticed the rhyme, but wanted to keep the thought, and so just made it part of the dialogue.

...his entire personality like a gaudy shirt, worn as a disguise.

The shirt-as-personality metaphor was just so unexpected and perfect! And the whole story's full of moments like that.


Thank you. :>)

Maybe not really a question you can answer, but: how do you do it?

(Do I sound enough like a squealing fangirl?)


No, you're very sweet. I don't entirely know how metaphors and stuff come up as I write, but in this case, I was probably picking up on the oft-tacky shirts Xander wears on the show, and how they might tie in with his exaggerated mannerisms--particularly in seasons 1-3. You can really see the divisions of his personality in "The Zeppo." The clownish persona everyone is used to, and what it hides. :>)
ineke on November 19th, 2004 12:10 am (UTC)
'Meetings' -- Pessoa -- can you remember which part of The Book of Disquiet has that line Daniel reads, the one about the latent scream? (I mean, it's a long-shot question, but hey! I thought it was worth asking *g*) I love that whole story, but I love it even more now that I'm just starting in on Pessoa. I always get the feeling that I'm reading Daniel being... wrung, somehow, if that's even the right word for it. Wrung out, hung out. Sort of grey and making-do; finding something that's not It (Jack!), but it's good enough to keep him going. You know?

And hell, usually I'm such a sucker for a happy ending.
Anna S.eliade on November 20th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
'Meetings' -- Pessoa -- can you remember which part of The Book of Disquiet has that line Daniel reads, the one about the latent scream? (I mean, it's a long-shot question, but hey! I thought it was worth asking *g*)

Ack. No, I don't remember the particular page. Sorry! *g*

I love that whole story, but I love it even more now that I'm just starting in on Pessoa. I always get the feeling that I'm reading Daniel being... wrung, somehow, if that's even the right word for it. Wrung out, hung out. Sort of grey and making-do; finding something that's not It (Jack!), but it's good enough to keep him going. You know?

Yes!

And hell, usually I'm such a sucker for a happy ending.

Me too. I'm way invested in happy endings. Meetings seems very anomalous for me.
yonmei on November 19th, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)
I was discussing "Meetings" with friends on a mailing list, and found that we were split down the middle on whether it was an essentially upbeat story (Daniel is finding his own way to survive and live with the death of his wife at the hands of his friend) or an essentially downbeat story (Daniel is having casual, meaningless sex and violating his virginal body... ahem). I was on the upbeat side of the argument, as you may be able to tell already.

Anyway. I like this story especially because I do see SG1 as a very tight group with exogamous sexual behaviour: but I wondered how you saw it? Upbeat, downbeat, casual sex good, casual sex bad? (I love the sandwiches.)
Anna S.: daniel_geekyeliade on November 20th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
Anyway. I like this story especially because I do see SG1 as a very tight group with exogamous sexual behaviour: but I wondered how you saw it? Upbeat, downbeat, casual sex good, casual sex bad? (I love the sandwiches.)

I don't think the casual sex is particularly bad or indicative of, like, depression or anything--I get the sense that some readers find it out of character and/or heartbreaking, but I was just trying to capture a guyish sensibility about sex, which isn't usually in my stories, I think. But then again, underlying the story is a kind of melancholy, which some readers may associate with the sex itself, as much as with the emotional plot of the story--grief, restlessness, uncertainty, and Daniel's apparently unrequited romantic feelings for Jack.
(no subject) - tafkarfanfic on December 10th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
janecarnall on November 19th, 2004 03:28 am (UTC)
I'm a slave story fan, and "The Other Half" is one of the best twists on the slave story genre that I've read. What gave you the idea? Why the double-bind - where Jack thinks he's free and then has to put the collar back on again?
Anna S.eliade on November 19th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
What gave you the idea?

I love slave stories too. I had this really long AU in my head for a while about Jack (honestly, one of several long imaginary slave AUs set in the SG universe), where he'd once been a relatively low-caste but high-ranking soldier but was made the scapegoat for a failure during a war, and from that ended up in the mines of his world. Eventually Daniel visits--he's a rich aristocrat and diplomat-solider-type from another planet, and during his visit he's abducted. His abductors don't want to kill him, but they do strip him of identity and cast him into the mines. He meets Jack there, and they bond. Jack helps him to escape. Because he's been lowered in caste, he doesn't consider free citizenship an option, and besides, on Daniel's planet, slavery is considered a noble, companionship-based status and doesn't negate the possibility of meaningful contributions (artistic, military, etc). So they have a thing.

This eventually turned into a much different story.

Why the double-bind - where Jack thinks he's free and then has to put the collar back on again?

I realized I was copping out, wanting to end the story too early--I'm often inclined just to get things over with and wrap up a story with a happy ending. So I thought, what if, and just kept writing. :>)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on November 19th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
Oh dear, I want to ask some fantastically relevant and yet fawning question and yet I can't think of anything! Gaaaaaaah!

I'll come back to this ....
Anna S.eliade on November 19th, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
:>)
witlingwitling on November 19th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
Would you consider doing an MFA in writing? Or, if not that, maybe applying to a writer's retreat like Yaddo or Breadloaf?

Yis, that be my question.

::temples fingers::

::waits::
Anna S.eliade on November 20th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
I've considered doing an MFA--when I was living in Norfolk, I thought about going to ODU, which if not a high-profile writing school has a respectable MFA program. I might still do it someday. I love the academic structure as a prop to writing. If I could afford a writer's retreat, I think that'd be awesome. :>)
rubywisp: b/a kiss by kamilaarubywisp on November 19th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
I have no question. Only adoration. And squooshy hugs.
Anna S.eliade on November 20th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)
And I hug and adore you back! Squooshily. *g*