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23 January 2008 @ 02:08 pm
Back at School + Fic Awards  
Yup, here I am again. Back at school for my last semester. It's a relief that school will be over, but fairly nerve-wracking that real life will have to take its place. I've decided I'm only going to take two classes in addition to my thesis seminar, which will free up a lot of my time to work two full days a week, do fieldwork, and look for jobs. Maybe fanfic will even make its way in there somewhere. I'm also considering going back to work on the newspaper, since I really need some fresh stories for my portfolio.

I shopped a few classes yesterday, but I think I'm set on "Anthropology of Trauma" and "Conception and the Fetus." The trauma course will not only inform my thesis work, but likely my fanfic as well since I like to work my characters through a lot of pain, and experiences and memories that they'd likely rather forget. As for "Conception," I just find reproduction as a whole really interesting and loaded and something that is well worth my attention as a woman. The course description reads: We will explore how sociocultural environments rationalize conception, and the status and identity of the fetus. This cross-cultural approach explores how social life and family are constructed in state settings. These concepts will then be related to contemporary controversies surrounding abortion, new reproductive technologies, fetal testing and surgery, infertility and the sociopolitical issues embedded with conception and childbirth

On the fanfic front, I just won two awards for an older Spuffy fic of mine called Why Won't You Go from the Spuffy Awards. It snagged pretties for Judge's Choice Best Buffy Characterization, and Reader's Choice Best General Angst. Thanks to any of you who may have voted, as well as the graphic designers and judges. My most prominent memory about this story was I wrote most of it on my train ride to and from the Chan Buddhist temple I was doing fieldwork at last year. Buffy certainly could have used some centering and meditation in this piece.


Because I've not posted any Spuffy since September, I thought I'd do a short ficlet for ya'll in honor of this win. It's with the beta now, and I'll post it tonight. I've also been working on Part III of my Faith/Angel series, the Faith/Giles fic, and Part II of my dirtybadwrong Spawn. There are a few Spuffy fics that are at various stages of completion, but I find myself sort of toeing them around the page not really sure what's to be done with them. My inspiration has temporarily fizzled out on those two, which is why I've been taking an extended break from the pairing. In their stead, Faith has quickly become my favorite character, and it's refreshing trying out different pairings and new characters that I haven't tackled before. Who would have guessed I'd do Angel of all people? I have a real tenderness for him when he's with Faith, and I really appreciate that type of growth as a writer. Opinions aren't set in stone, it seems. It just took the right character to bring him to life for me.
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: misc: crazy persononly_passenger on January 23rd, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
congrats on awardiness.

almost went off deep end. now water=more shallow. new meds, back to antipsychotics, but a new one with hopefully less sedation.

write on that faith experiment and kick it back to me. it's a happy thought.

so are you.
ClawofCat: buffyfaith s3clawofcat on January 23rd, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
I called about an hour ago to see how you were. I had been fretting over you a bit last night, wondering if you were okay. I'm glad things feel a little more solid and that you're trying something new to keep the sane in place.

I love what you added to our Faith thingie, but I'm sort of stuck in the water about what you had in mind for the rest. So I'm just gonna make up some shit and see if it sticks, like F on D POV. Probably just a little teeny bit though, since I have some reading that needs doing.

it's a happy thought. so are you.
*gush* You're really asking to be my big lesbo girl crush, aren't you?

And this Spuffy thing I wrote. I kept thinking "grit, grit, grit. You...can...do...it." Oh, and it's about oral and bloodiness. Mwahaha. *wink*
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: misc: give you my heartonly_passenger on January 23rd, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of stuck in the water about what you had in mind for the rest.

i really don't have much in mind at all. i'm interested in how faith and dawn might interact near the end of season seven, and the jump dynamic--faith's cliff, buffy's tower, and all the potentials on the edge of the hell mouth, and then there's dawn. the girl who didn't jump. and how maybe a part of faith wants in on that, wants to know what it's like. *shrug* beyond that, i got nothing. just handfuls of lines to jam in.

i thought of a name for this though. not the actual story, but this style of writing. it's a crossword puzzle fic. you ever do that with anyone? fill in as much as you can and then hand it off, and then maybe they get a few words and it's enough where, when you get it back, you see something you couldn't before because you have that little bit extra to work with?

You're really asking to be my big lesbo girl crush, aren't you?
pretty much, yeah. but i get to be faith.

And this Spuffy thing I wrote. I kept thinking "grit, grit, grit. You...can...do...it."
if you wanna kick it over, be my guest. y'know, for a grit-beta. and not at all because i can't hold my wad when it comes to sexy bloody.


Shapinglightshapinglight on January 23rd, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the awards. I hope you'll write more Spuffy one day but you do write an absolutely wonderful Faith.
ClawofCat: faith spraypaintclawofcat on January 23rd, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I have been writing Spuffy behind the scenes, but just not posting any. It's a slow and uninspired process. I do like the little ficlet I dashed off today though. I'm of the impression that a lot of the people on my flist friended me cause of my Spuffy stuff, so it feels like a bit of a let down not, you know, writing any. Maybe what I post later tonight will appease them.

but you do write an absolutely wonderful Faith.
Aw, thank you. That means so much coming from you. Pass and I are working on this experimental Faith fic together. We're not really sure where it's going or what will come of it, but it's been a really good experience so far.
Shapinglightshapinglight on January 24th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that. Also, I'll try to read your ficlet when I get home.
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on January 24th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
uber congrats, hon!
ClawofCat: buffy poutclawofcat on January 24th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks =) So, when do we finally get to chat over AIM or whatever?
The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on February 5th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
We totally need to.

Although I don't use AIM. I'm on Y!M, though, u-name same as this one.
ClawofCat: freaking outclawofcat on February 6th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I don't have Y!M =( Just AIM and Gmail chat.

What to do!?