Is there a limit on how many I can ask for? :D 9 for Branching Out, 11,12,5,2 for Balancing Act (This story had so much thought and care in the details which makes me love it despite barely being in the Blake fandom). 1, 14/15 for Agent Afloat Atlantis (in a fandom that focuses so much on Tony over Ziva (and tends to diss all the females ever) this fic is a astonishingly refreshing read ), 9, 14 Fragility Optional. THANKS FOR WRITING. <3 <3
Here we go:
Branching Out (my Stargate/Criminal Minds crossover where JJ joins Homeworld Security while she’s at the Pentagon)
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
Branching Out was the alternate version of this fic. I was trying to come up with ways to have Spencer involved in the Stargate world and nothing was gelling, so when the ep where JJ left aired, I finally found a hook to tie the Criminal Minds world to the Stargate world. I think Jack O’Neill would have been a better boss than what ended up happening in canon, honestly.
Balancing Act (My Stargate/Anita Blake crossover where Jack’s de-aged clone from Fragile Balance moved to St. Louis and got Involved In Shenanigans)
2: What scene did you first put down?
I started at the beginning…. and it was hard, honestly, getting through the first part where it’s introspective Jack. I can only ever write in chronological order, otherwise my narrative falters. And it sucks because there’s usually so much other stuff I’d rather be writing than to be stuck on the painful bits.
Anyway, the whole thing picked up when I got into the action of chapter 2, so that was good.
5: What part was hardest to write?
The action sequence in chapter 6; i was far less comfortable about action back when I wrote this (not like i feel much better now, but I have better rhythm). I tried to imagine it like an old episode of MacGyver, only with less mullet. Eh, I tried.
11: What do you like best about this fic?
I really liked being able to explore Jack’s character - he was still Jack, still the save-the-world guy, only he was now sixteen and having to do it all over again. Looking at how he thought about Sarah, and Charlie, when he was surrounded by kids Charlie’s age, and also how he would think about his old team, and the Stargate people, and the Goa’uld, when he wasn’t going to get back there for years to come.
It was an interesting opportunity to explore the “de-aged” trope.
(Also the Jack and Jack banter in Chapter 7, that was fun)
12: What do you like least about this fic?
On review, the stuff about the rogue werewolves feels a bit forced. But I think that’s part of growing as an author; you look back and see how you’d do things differently. I can’t stop worrying things, ya know?
But all in all, as a writer, I’m still rather proud of Balancing Act. But not as proud as I am of….
1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
The NCIS season had just ended and I was cranky about what they did to Jenny, and also how in fic Ziva kept on getting mis-characterized all the time. So I plucked her out of the American-centric NCIS and gave her the universe.
Ziva’s story in this one felt more melancholy to me, and while I was writing in English, many of the characters did not speak English as their mother tounge. By stepping ‘back’ from English, as it were, it slowed my thought process down (as I speak only English), made me think about everything, how everything was perceived and understood by the characters, and that was a good place of introspection, I think. I like the melodic feeling of the narrative.
11: What do you like best about this fic?
Exploring Ziva’s character. She was so interesting in the show’s early seasons, and I wanted to understand more about her motivations and reasoning, especially as the show is presented through the male gaze and that was keeping me away from her. This story helped me build up more of the character, and make her more real in my head.
Also, I liked writing the horror/action pieces in the later bit - that was just pure fun.
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
That we take our experiences with us, but they don’t have to control us. We have to make our own way, and sometimes that means making hard choices. Also, life’s hard but we have to keep trying.
These were all things I really needed to understand at the time I was writing this fic. Some days I’m not sure I’ve learned this lesson.
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?
that writing in one’s primary language can keep us from truly exploring what we mean, especially in an increasingly connected world such as fandom. I’m uni-lingual English Canadian, and when I write something, I might not be thinking about how much metaphor or cliche i’m using, and how those phrases might obfuscate my true meaning. (I’m encountering that now with the Yuri on Ice! stories I’m writing, where I am writing in English, my two main characters speak Russian and Japanese as their primary languages but communicate in English). But it’s not just about language; it’s about culture and perceptions and background. Language shapes what we perceive - there’s fascinating research on this topic.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that writing Agent Afloat Atlantis helped me to start thinking less insularly when writing fictional characters. I suppose that such awareness comes to us all in time; I”m glad this was mine.
(I’m going to pass on the Fragility Optional questions as I was always disappointed I couldn’t get further into this story, and also how stereotypical my line of thought was getting on developing Spencer’s character. We can chat more in messages if you’d like)
thanks for the fun questions!