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17 September 2008 @ 01:39 pm
Something is Seriously Wrong with Me  

I just signed up for the[info]iwry_marathon, which is a Buffy/Angel ficathon in November. I know. Please, don't look at me that way. I'm not sure why either. I mean, I never participate in ficathons because I get really frazzeled and weird about writing on deadline. After quitting the paper, "the deadline" has become like a trigger for PTSD for me or something. And if it would be anything, you'd think it'd be[info]seasonal_spuffy, but no. Buffy/Angel, a pairing I don't even write. Except... I've been thinking about them recently after watching S1 episodes for[info]fantas_magoria. And with thinking and viewing comes story ideas and that annoying old niggeling feeling that I get from time to time of "You've never done this, but you could. You could even do it well." When the inner CoC starts issuing evil challenges like that, I want to prove her right.

It also seems pretty appealing because I really like[info]chrisleeoctaves, who's running the ficathon, and I've actually read a couple of solid Bangel stories that I really enjoyed recently. Not to mention, it's a whole group of fandom writers I don't usually engage with and they seem to be a pretty nice and talented lot from what I've gathered at [info]fantas_magoria. So, I'll dabble my toe in the Bangel waters and see what happens. It's fresh ground for me to explore - something I get a little giddy over.

As always, I'm digging the notion of a late-season fic, perhaps at the start of S6 when Buffy abruptly announces that she's going to see Angel after her resurrection. I'm sure it's a FITB that's been done to death, but why couldn't I put my spin on it, too? I'm not really sure if I want a pairing or gen fic. It all depends when I set it, where they're at emotionally. Still a lot of pondering to do.

In short, the whole notion that I volunteered for this is sort of freaky to me, but I hope I have all of your support. Maybe you're even slightly curious how I might choose to depict Buffy and Angel together. Hm? *nudge* Maybe?

ellan_vannin on September 17th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Good writing is good writing, babe, and if this is what you've put your mind to, there's no reason it won't be great.

I'm new to participation in the fandom, but I've been following it for a long time. I don't get the OTP-thing. I mean, I get it in the sense that a certain pairing speaks to you or you're seriously crushing on the character(s) or whatever, but the writers I admire have all pushed themselves at one time or another. Even chrisleeoctaves has written some truly beautiful B/A/S stories that have haunted me for weeks. And while that may not be a radical departure from Bangel, it's certainly a twist.

The best thing about the Buffyverse is that it's rich enough to encompass a vast range of relationships without diminishing any of them. So is your writing, so have faith. Or, um, rather, Bangel. ;)
ClawofCat: hugsclawofcat on September 17th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
*sigh of relief* Thanks for your kind, supportive words, darling. I think it's fairly obvious to anyone that I don't have an OTP, not even a 1TP of Spike. I've written stories (not many) without him in them. And for all the Spuffy stories I've written, I have just as many non-Spuffy fics to my name, too.

I guess I just look at my flist and think to myself that most people friended me because of my Spuffy stories. I write first and foremost for myself (unless I'm specifically writing a fic as a present), but I do think of my readers. Lets be honest, the Spuffy and Bangel 'shippers historically have a contentious relationship. Or so I'm told. I've never seen a 'ship war myself, but I've heard of them. And I like to think that my readers are as adventurous as I am and would like to take the journey with me, but I'm sure that's not entirely the case either. This is just me being a bit anxious and neurotic, which really shouldn't be feelings I need to drag into fandom. I've had enough of it in RL, and after school ended I've done a good job at keeping it at bay, for which I am uber proud.

Even chrisleeoctaves has written some truly beautiful B/A/S stories that have haunted me for weeks.
*nods* She is a lovely writer, mod and editor at [Bad username: su_herald"]. I'm glad that I've become an aquaintance of hers. For that I can thank my dear only_passenger, the only person I know that 'ships Spuffy as hard as she 'ships Bangel (and a bunch of other pairings, too!). I miss her... :(

Thanks, again. I always love the wise words of the mothers on my flist. You ladies get it like no other.