This week’s author interview is with the up and coming Veronica Mars fic writer, mysilverylining. Maybe you’ve heard of her? Duh. Of course you have! She’s currently got two WIPs. “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own,” a season one AU starting with 1.03, “Meet John Smith,” and “Neptune,” a future-fic that takes place five years after the finale.
1. When you’re not writing fic, what are you doing? I’m always writing fic. Sure, sometimes it’s the same paragraphs, over and over again, for weeks in a row. But whichever chapter I’m working on is always open on my task bar. Judging and taunting me.
Sometimes I sleep. Sometimes I work. I spend too much time commuting in my car. I watch a gazillion TV shows, but always seem to miss everything important - hello, ADD. I buy ridiculous kitchen gadgets I’ll never use and have no place to store (strawberry slicer, anyone?). I start fanvids I’ll never finish. I’m mostly ignored by my Aspie kid. Used as furniture by one cat. Stared at creepily by the other one (whom I’m convinced is plotting my murder).
And Tumblr. Always always Tumblr.
2. Had you ever written before you started writing for Veronica Mars? What inspired you to start writing for VMars? I hadn’t even read any fanfiction before watching Veronica Mars. I’d actually avoided reading ff for years.
I binged all three seasons in a fever, and then went crazy online searching for fanvids and forum discussions, recaps and meta. I’d never gone through show withdrawal like that before, and I remember feeling like nothing would fill that Veronica Mars shaped hole.
One day, seeing a link to a highly recommended fic, I finally said “Fuck it,” and clicked. Luckily, that fic happened to be “A Strange New Story Every Time”, which left such a strong impression that I started devouring all the fic I could find. Why did I wait so long? I’ve always made up stories in my head to help myself fall asleep, and Logan and Veronica started taking center stage.
I started a dozen or so stories in a OneNote notebook. Some were painfully awful. Some, were promising enough that I still intend to complete them someday. The first one I finished was this crazypants amalgamation of the Pilot, Credit Where Credit Due, and You Think You Know Somebody - all smushed-together on the same timeline - where Veronicatakes Logan up on his offer to “Come with”. They end up solving the Chardo case and the Troy case on this long field trip to TJ, while snarking and squabbling the entire time. Until…you know. That one will never see the light of day, but it gave me an idea how much I love writing. Especially that time period.
The first fic I ever worked up the nerve to publish was ‘I Hate You Because’. I would have been happy if four or five people had read and enjoyed it. The response to that fic absolutely floored me, and gave me the encouragement to keep writing.
3. Biggest Veronica Mars fanfiction pet peeve? I’m really not very hard to please. I can find something to like in almost anything. But there are a few things that irk me.
Logan acting like a Neanderthal who has a nervous breakdown every time Veronica leaves the house. Canonically, the only time he ever worried about her job was after Mercer/Moe shaved her head. Over-protectiveness is NOT Logan’s default setting. He doesn’t mind being the cavalry, but in three seasons, he only tried to stop her from doing her job one time - after proof that she was being targeted. Logan LOVES, admires, and respects Veronica as the badass P.I. she is. I’ll forgive it in a story, if she’s had death threats or a stalker in-universe. But if she’s just going out for a routine stakeout? Nope.
Overly neurotic characters. Of course,they all have major issues, which should be explored and addressed. They’re from Neptune after all. But if those issues are like a black hole that sucks all of the joy out of the story, I. Just. Can’t.
Logan trading his entire personality to be Veronica’s Generic CW love interest who always says and does the right thing. Happens a lot in S1 fics where Logan learns of Veronica’s rape or difficulties after Lilly’s death, and completely forgets how to snark. Jason Dohring’s expressive face can sell it, but in writing, Logan needs to have an edge. He needs to be dramatic and a little pissy. Morally gray. Cocky. The same goes for Dick with regards to Mac. You can’t turn him into Piz, throw a “Dude” in every sentence, and expect me to accept it as Dick.
The word “ministrations”. Acceptable if Veronica is cleaning Logan’s wounds or nursing him back to health, but takes me right out of a love scene every time. Kills the mood, because it summons images of Neosporin, peroxide, and gauze pads.
“The petite blonde”. This phrase is like nails on a chalkboard to me when it’s used in place of a proper name or pronoun. Same with “the older detective”, “the shorter boy”, “the younger sibling”, etc… I’d rather see the name/pronoun overused, than to see this. The exception would be when we’re reading about character(s) who haven’t yet been introduced by name. Does this make me a horrible person?
4. Why do you think it is that Veronica Mars, out of all the shows out there, is the one that has wormed its way into your heart in such a profound way? I love Veronica to death. I admire her and identify with her. I root for her and cheer for her always.
But Logan is my heart. My muse. The fictional love-of-my-life.
No character has ever gotten under my skin like that jackass. I want to write ALL of his stories. Pre-series unbroken (merely fractured) Logan. Pilot OPJ Logan. Reluctant Veronica-stan Logan. Angry self-destructive S2 Logan. Maturing S3 Logan. Rebuilding S4 Logan. Future, healthy-member-of-society Logan. Future re-OPJ’d Logan. All of them.
5. Season three of the series saw a number of hardcore fans give Rob Thomas the side-eye, and many left the fandom. Two part questions: a) what kept you sticking through season three? b) and is there anything you felt season three handled particularly well? I’ve never hated S3 as much as most people do. Sure, I hated the straw feminists, the keister egg rape, Tim Foyle, and his hideous wig. But there was plenty of greatness in S3.
Many of my all-time favorite Logan/Veronica moments are in Season 3. I could spend forever watching 'Actual-Married-Couple' L/V. Sharing meals. Bantering. Supporting each other. They’re not acting on pure passion like in S1. They know each other inside out. They love each other. They've chosen each other. And it’s beautiful. I HATED the Madison debacle, but I loved Every. Single. Other. Thing. between them. I loved their happy scenes. I loved their sad scenes. Their fight scenes. Even their post-breakup scenes (was their chemistry ever stronger?).
Season 3 gave us perfect onscreen pairings. Logan / Wallace, Veronica / Prof Landry, Veronica / Dean O'Dell, Logan / Heather Buttons, Mac / Max (So what? I liked it), Piz / Desmond Fellows, Veronica / Dick, Veronica /Jeff Ratner (love him or hate him, he was the perfect snarky foil for Veronica), and my personal favorite, Logan / Mac.
Season 3 ended with two stellar episodes, and set-up so many threads for an amazing Season 4. I’m going to write that story someday, dammit! Seriously.
6. Were there any storylines in the series, movie, or now book that you started off loving but ended up not caring for? How would you have handled it differently? That’s a hard one. I won’t even touch on the straw feminists. Everyone else has already said it, and probably better than I could. This is a hard question, because the things I would most change - the Madison debacle for example - weren’t things I ever started off loving.
The closest I can come to answering in the spirit of the question would be the S2 L/V/D triangle. I didn’t start off loving it, but I was initially okay with V/D dating. I felt that since they were “cruelly ripped apart by fate” according to the narrative, it was inevitable that they would try again eventually, and I wanted to just get it over with.
As much as I love (and would hate to lose) those flashback scenes from the Summer of LoVe, I think the better story might have been to have Wallace be the one at the door. I would have handled it differently by Veronica actuallynoticing Duncan’s transgressions, calling him on his shit, and kicking him and his Madonna/Whore complex to the curb. Veronica should have had the epiphany that NORMAL wasn’t really doing it for her. I would NOT have had Duncan ride off into the sunset, halo still shining. I would have had him stay in Neptune and battle for custody of his daughter. I would have had him experience consequences for his choices just like Wallace, Weevil, and Logan. I would have had him embrace his noir roots and “go dark”. Become a villain.
7. You are currently posting chapters for two stories: a season one AU and a future fic. Are there any challenges inherent in writing two stories so different from one another at the same time? I think the biggest challenge is remembering to use Past Tense when writing Sometimes. Present tense is the natural fit for me, and I really have to force myself to switch.
Characterization is not a problem between Neptune and Sometimes.
Where I’m actually struggling now is in keeping Neptune separate from movie and book canon.
One of the main premises of Neptune is how people adapt and change based on the events in their life. How adversity can bring out the very best or very worst in people. Logan has a very detailed and complex backstory that will eventually explain exactly how he came to be the person he is. So does Veronica. And Madison. Mac has dealt with the death of her bio-mom. Wallace is divorced. Characters that haven’t even been introduced yet have gone through profound changes. (Not Dick - he’s the same).
The changes in each of these characters are very important, as they speak to the actions and decisions they’ve taken and will take in the story’s future.
Where I struggle is that during editing, I keep finding myself trying to align characterization to new canon - which would be disastrous to my story.
My Veronica is more haunted than new!canon V. My Gia hasn’t experienced the same horrible circumstances as new!canon Gia. My Logan is similar, but is a bit cockier.
I just have to hope my readers can understand that this was plotted and outlined well before the movie was ever announced, so it is what it is, and the characters are who they need to be. Even when it conflicts with what we know now.
8. What is one moment or scene from any of your fics that you’re really proud of? What is it about that specific moment? There have been one or two scenes that made me laugh so hard I almost cried when I was writing them. There’s a scene I wrote for Neptune months ago, that probably won’t be published for many more months, that makes me bawl my fucking eyes out.
For my published works, I would have to go with Chapter 11 of Sometimes. It’s the chapter that contains the car chase - which gives me an adrenaline rush, and Duncan’s long flashback to the L/V/D origin story - which makes me physically ache for Veronica (and Logan).
My favorite stories are the ones that create visceral reactions while reading. Ones that give me butterflies in my tummy or make my gut clench from pain. PetPluto is a master at this. Everything she writes creates this kind of reaction in me. Ghostcat as well. But I rarely experience it reading my own stuff - except for that Chapter 11.
9. Pick a character or two from Veronica Mars that you write for. What are three things you like to keep in mind when writing for that specific character(s)? Good question. I don’t really have any hard and fast rules for characterizations. With Logan, I do try to keep in mind (1) what’s going on inside his head? where is his internal energy? (2) who is his audience and what kind of performance is he putting on for them? (3) what are his hands doing?
10. It’s the year 2030. Where are Veronica and Logan and what are they up to?
Snarkily ever after. Married - for practical reasons. Being told “family-only” by the Navy every time she tried to get any information about Logan, was not cutting it for Veronica, and Logan will take her any way he can get her. Two kids - the first, a result of an over-enthusiastic reunion. The second one planned - once they realize they aren’t actually miserable failures as parent.
Solid. Nine years apart puts all of their problems in perspective, as does two high-risk careers, age, and wisdom. Of course, they still squabble occasionally. For the fun of it. And for the making up.
Veronica is still detectiving. Logan runs a part-time flight school (for his love of flying), and provides muscle for Veronica’s cases.
He still makes her say “Woof!”
Logan & Veronica Appreciation Week: Day 2: Favourite Parallel ↳ 2x08 & 2x22 & book - (p.s. we’re just going to ignore the fact that she was talking about Keith in the original book quote because I liked this quote and wanted to use it here.)
I know, at this point it is probably getting very redundant. I can’t help it though, I love them. They were perfect. In my head, they are back together living happily ever after in some Veronica Mars universe.
…the idea of Veronica and Logan forever adrift and separated symbolized their [the fans’] broken relationship with the show. ‘I would agree with that,’ says Bell, “The idea resonates, too: You wanted - want - to see them save each other.’
This is a ridiculously hard question, and varies greatly, depending upon what mood I’m in.
I love the guy. He’s my favorite character of all time, so I want to name scenes where he’s doing positive, productive things and showing character growth.
At the same time, I’m probably most entertained by him when he’s being an utter shithead. That’s why I’m cheating, and splitting this question into two separate top fives.
Top Five angel-on-my-shoulder Logan moments:
Party scene in A Trip to the Dentist - it would have been so easy for Logan to just keep his mouth shut, and to allow people to believe what they wanted to believe. Instead, he made the harder choice, publicly announcing what Veronica meant to him and throwing a gauntlet out for anybody who had a problem with their relationship.
Boot scene in The Girl Next Door - again, Logan could have kept his mouth shut about the flagpole incident. Weevil wasn’t exactly waiting around for him to come forward. Here he proved that not only would he do the right thing without there being anything in it for himself, but he could look cool doing it. Even in the world’s ugliest boots.
Not Pictured - He saw Beaver had a gun, and literally drew fire for Veronica. He talked her out of killing Beaver, not because Beaver didn’t deserve it, but because he knew SHE’D never forgive herself. Then he made her a perfectly round stack of pancakes.
Epic Scene - Even after all the death, loss, and rejection, he still puts his heart out there (with the help of some liquid courage) because he’s afraid he’ll lose Veronica forever if he doesn’t.
Logan gives his professor an apple in Postgame Mortem - Okay, it’s a thirty-second scene, but it’s what it signifies that chokes me up. Logan started Hearst for Veronica. He went to his classes because Veronica wanted him to. Here, he’s lost her forever (or for the next nine years), and here is where he decides to start living for himself and building a future for himself, regardless of who he’s dating at the moment. I’ve never been so proud.
Top Five Devil-on-my-shoulder Logan moments
Plan B -
That’s Honorary Deputy County Commissioner Echolls to you - Logan’s on fire in this episode, snarky, sarcastic, and not impressed with your shit.
Logan goes after Piz - I have no shame. Logan slamming open those cafeteria doors is so freaking hot.
Cop car meets baseball bat - Logan Fucking Echolls, ladies and gentlemen.
Rescues Veronica at the River Stix - At least he tried the non-gun version first.
Aint No Magic Mountain High Enough - Come into my web, said the spider to the fly. For the record, I do NOT approve of Logan’s pursuit of Hannah, yet I’m still mesmerized by his manipulation skills.
Gory Sorokin, crash test dummy. Couldn’t leave it off the list. Couldn’t sacrifice any of the above, either.
Thank you so much for the ask, anon. Posting this now, before I’m tempted to add 20 honorable mentions. Like when he slips his test into the middle of the stack, or when he…