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Writing Meme

tagged by @littlefists <3

Where do you publish your work?

I cross post between tumblr, AO3, and ff.net – though ironically enough ff.net is my old account from 2005 and has been unused since 2009, but I’m just now trying to catch it up (slowly but surely lol)

What medium/application/etc. do you write in or with?

I use so many different computers between my house, school, and work that it’s easier for me to use the drafts on tumblr for writing that way I have access to them. I’ve had wonk with it once or twice but in general it’s worked out for me and the format doesn’t have as much transitional issues as I’ve had in the past using google docs so it’s just personal preference

Do you collaborate with others?

Very rarely, but every time I do it’s an absolute joy. Some of my most prominent collaborations have been with @theeffar, and then more recently with @goodluckdetective and @secretlystephaniebrown. I’m always blown away with how such talented people give me the honor of working with them haha

How much editing do you do before you publish?

Not a lot, and it shows I’m sure. I’m much more concerned with getting stuff OUT than with whether or not it is a shining spot of perfection. This is all personal preference of course – I just have hundreds of ideas at any time and would like to move on to the next one more than worry about what’s already finished. 

That being said, back when I was in TMNT I’d use betas (namely @theeffar, beautiful saint <3) and I’ve at least thought of possibly having a beta again for some of my bigger stuff but… at the end of the day, I’d be tormenting that poor person with upwards of 6 chapters or one-shots a week? I just don’t want to pester someone like that. Maybe someday! Especially with my original content, I’m sure this attitude will change.

Do you listen to music when you write?

I listen to playlists I make for a fic to get in the mood – especially if I go on a jog before writing. But very rarely do I listen while actually writing.

How do you decide what to write about?

First come, first serve. I literally have a waiting list for my ideas right now. It’s… intense. I am an intense person lol. But I literally have a writing schedule and check off as I go.

When do you write?

Normally in the evenings, but right now I’m trying to get in the habit of writing later so that I can use fic to cool down before bed, and dedicate evenings to studying/doing homework.

How often do you write?

Every day. I will sometimes take a day break, but I almost always put out at least 1200 words. 

Do you take requests? Why/why not?

Yup. Always. 

There’s lots of reasons for me when I take requests. I like the spirit of it – getting to hear what content in my writing people want more of. I like the challenge, since a lot of times it forces me to expand my horizons with characters or circumstances I would almost assuredly never get to on my own. And, a little selfishly, I like being able to know that at least one person will read it. I don’t give myself that guarantee very often – I know that at the end of the day I have to write what makes me happy because I’m the only guaranteed audience and usually that’s enough – but the guarantee of at least one person’s feedback on a prompt means a lot to me when I’m feeling more down on my abilities as a writer. And unfortunately that means I sometimes take it very sensitively when a prompter never comments or thanks me for writing – i’ve got tons of prompts in the past where I didn’t even know whether or not they read the finished product. And it’s also why, for really unusual prompts, if it’s sent to me anonymously I’ll just delete it these days – those almost never get feedback from the prompter and people will request *really* weird things that no one else would want (I wouldn’t even want them).

Is there any genre or type of story you want to write but are hesitant to?

I would love to write a noir/mystery story or straight horror story (which I dabbled in in the past to… not so great effect lol).

Any inspirational quotes, videos, tricks, articles, etc. that help you stay motivated?

I can give you three that will reveal that my attitude as a writer is about as shallow as a puddle, because no joke they’ve shaped my entire perspective on writing:

“I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.” – Edgar Rice Burroughs 

“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.” – Stephen King

“The greatest tragedy you experience as a reader is following a character make all the wrong choices for all the right reasons.” – my 10th grade creative writing teacher

Go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, and share 7 sentences.

Okay, from the current WIP Twisted Legacy that I’m writing for Transformers (and is also probably meaningless to anyone reading this right now lol):

Not waiting a moment longer, Rodimus viciously pressed past Megatron. The former warlord did not give him much of a fight, simply watching as the captain moved through the door and avoided the communication deck. Opting instead to move over toward Nautica and another quantum mechanic that had joined their crew.

Magnus came to Megatron’s side, obviously displeased. “We are ready for launch whenever you… one of you gives the word,” he informed Megatron.

“About that,” Megatron grouched. “Why is he not running anything by me? I am the captain.”

“It could be worse,” Magnus offered. “When we originally launched, he hung up on Bumblebee and Prowl.”

I WATCHED 4 SEASONS OF OITNB IN 15 DAYS?

Ya’ll!!!! You have no idea how long this post has been on my drafts and until now I decided I was going to write it and post it. 4 years ago I wasn’t into the whole “Orange Is the New Black” fever, but oh boy, I regret not being part of it since the beginning. I think it was around 2 months ago, or maybe a little more, when I decided it was time for me to start watching this show; to see what my friends thought I was “missing” and to see if it was good enough.

I remember the last season had just gone up on Netflix and my best friend asked for my password so she could watch it and I gave it to her. Literally 3 days later she told me she was already done and I was like damn, really? She also needed someone to talk to about everything that happened and I was like “don’t worry girl, I got you. I’ll watch it and as soon as I’m done we’ll talk”.

It was probably around 1 am when I couldn’t find anything good on Netflix to watch so I was like “you know what? I’m gonna start it right now.” At the beginning I kinda felt lazy because the episodes were 1 hour long, but I swear, 1 hour wasn’t enough. I honestly LOVED the whole show. Netflix knows what they’re doing with their original series. 

The thing is, the show is based in a real life story and even though we all know that life in jail must be hard, I’m impressed with everything I saw. I know I keep repeating it but the show is amazing. They portrayed so many women’s lives and they were all entertaining. I’m gonna talk a little about the story and the characters now. I used to like Piper at the very beginning and I loved the flashbacks they used to portrait with her life before jail. She used to be so naive, I kinda related lol. As the seasons went on, she changed drastically, and to be honest, became super annoying. I lowkey liked the mini panties business she created on season 4 but that’s it. There was a point where I couldn’t stand her anymore last season.

As for my favorite characters, they are Poussey, Maritza, Crazy Eyes, Alex, Dayanara, Stella, Sophia (should I just mention them all then? lol). Okay. The fact that I love almost every single person in the cast is amazing. They did know how to choose these actresses and I’m in love with the work they’ve done. I’m telling you, if you’re like part of the 0.000001% in the world that hasn’t watched the show, GO DO IT NOW. You’re gonna love the story, you’re gonna love the characters and you’re gonna thank me later!

I am so so happy that the show got renewed for 3 new seasons I think, it makes me so excited to know about some characters’ lives before jail, I wanna meet new characters aswell and of course, to see how Piper’s life in jail ends. You’re gonna love and you’re gonna hate characters. For example, I HATED (okay I’m probably overreacting, what I mean is that I couldn’t stand) season 2 because of this character named Vee. Ughhhh I really wanted her to die so bad and I’m glad it happened at the end of the season (I’m talking about a fictional character’s life, I would never wish someone was dead). 

It was so stressing to see the characters changing but I mean, they’re in jail and everyone changes right? I actually have no idea if any of what I said made sense lol but can we talk about season 4′s ending!?????? Who’s Dayanara gonna shoot?!??? What’s gonna happen with the inmates!?? DUDE I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. I don’t think I can wait a whole year for next season but I mean, I have to.

Thanks for reading! So sorry if this post made no sense, but please let me know what you think about the show and who are your favorite characters. :)

Xoxo, Mary.