For the fan fiction asks (none of these really require me to specify a fandom): 1, 7, 11, 12, 26, 30, 49
1. things that inspire you
Good storytelling in general. Music because it can change my mindset. Some art and design. And tall ships apparently.
7. early influences on your writing
Madeleine L’Engle for sure. There is nothing about her writing I don’t love fiercely. Louisa May Alcott is also a writer who influenced me when I was young. For fic though, the writing on Farscape was fairly inspirational.
11. do you listen to music when writing?
Frequently. Usually instrumental music. If I hear words while I’m writing words, I end up singing instead of writing. These days I have Ludovico Einaudi on heavy rotation even when I’m not writing. I listen to music mostly to block out other household noises like kids and dogs.
12. favorite place to write
I like my office well enough, but really, I like to write when it’s quiet more than in a specific location. Although, I have to say, I really enjoyed writing on the train from Portland, OR to Vancouver, BC. Maybe it’s time for another trip.
26. story you’re most proud of
Generally speaking, I really do like the bulk of what I post. From way back in my Farscape days, I’m very proud of Dead Men Don’t Tell Tales. From my more recent writing for Once, I’m going with Little Brother, because it was a struggle writing it but I’m pleased with the work I did and ultimately how it came out.
30. hardest part of writing
These days the writing part is the hardest.
49. writing advice
Oh, man. Don’t be like me. Don’t let every little thing set you back. Don’t let those negative voices convince you of jack if you can help it.