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05 November 2008 @ 08:58 pm
Favorite Fic Meme  

Recently, a lot of new people have friended my journal, so I just wanted to say a blanket "Welcome!" I'm always curious how people find out about me. Feel free to introduce yourself in a comment. I'm always happy to get to know my readers.

Two days ago, I posted my first femslash fic, Severed and Sewn, which I wrote in the style of[info]only_passenger . For those who aren't familiar with her work, go check out her AU Spuffy WIP In All The World. She just posted her latest chapter and it'll blow your socks off!

I was also tagged by[info]snowpuppies to do the top fic meme that's been going around, so here goes!

Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five fic-favorites you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.


1. Window-Dressing
NC-17, Spike/Faith, AU AtS S1
This fic is probably one of my best concepts to date. I originally wrote it for feedmykink for their anonymous sex challenge and I vacillated beyween a few pairings before I settled on Spaith. This was the first time I wrote Faith and when I began plotting out the action and her mindset, I fell in love. Faith is such a complex, colorful character. She's edgy, vulnerable, has a fantastic flair for violence and sass. By far, one of the most fun characters to write and I was able to really go the distance with her as I played her off of evil, homicidal Spike. A lot happens in a relatively short space of time, which is why I think this fic is one of my most exciting to read. I also wrote two alternate endings, which allowed me to creatively expand the idea. I strive to write another Window-Dressing. It's the gold standard. 

2. Wool Over My Eyes
NC-17, Dawn/Xander, Post-NFA
For anyone reading in th Buffy fandom, it's almost a certainty that you're going to come across fics that deal with BDSM, abuse, torture, or sub/dom themes. Most of the content out there is not to my taste, in part because I'm not interested in reading about characters whose dignity is stripped from them and sexuality used against them to subjegate. It's just not cool with me. The other reason is that the material often isn't handled realstically. This particular fic was very personal for me because I put a lot of myself into it and it reflected a lot of my own experiences. Bondage does not have to come from a place of domination or power. It can be an outlet for pain, cathartic, a positive release, and something that brings you closer to someone you trust. That is what I tried to represent in this story - empowerment, strength, perseverance. This fic is also my first where I wrote solely in second person POV, which is difficult, and I felt I handled it incredibly well. I'm proud of the message and proud of myself for being able to continue to show versatility when it comes to style. 

3. Acts of Contrition
 PG-13 Spike/Buffy, FiTB for S7 "Showtime"
For anyone familiar with my work, it's fairly obvious that one of my favorite types of fic to write are scene stealers and fill-in-the-blanks (FITB). It's the closest we ever get to writing the show; exploring those fade to black scenes or moments we never got on camera. This story was conceived as, literally, a bedtime story for only_passenger. I wanted to write something soft, atmospheric, dreamy, and gentle, and I think I accomplished all of those things. This fic has so much heart and love in it. It's very quiet. It reads like a whisper. I love it when my fics have their own "personalties." It also wrote itself in two days. I didn't have to yank and struggle to get the words out. They were just there and this how I like to think of Buffy and Spike, full of foregiveness, full of love.

4. By A Thread
PG-13y, Faith/Angel, Post-NFA
For me, this is a fic I can go back to and read over and over again, and just say yes. This is them. If I had to have an OTP, Faith/Angel would be it. They are meant to for each other, they understand in ways that no one else can, and their love isn't based on lust or sex, but a true connection because they've both been in the dark and survived to come through to the other side. I also was not a big fan of Angel for awhile. But when I wrote the prequel for this story, Unsung Heroes, I realized that I could love him because I could love who he could be for Faith. This is also one of the most beautiful fics and episode stealers I have ever written. I always strive for beauty with  my words, and it just came together really well here.

5. The Heart of Her
NC-17, Spike/Buffy, mid-Season 6
This is not my favorite fic. I've written better ones, but it is my first and it holds a very special place in my heart because it's what put me on my path. In many ways, it defined me. I took a squicky kink (menstruation) and I said, "This can be beautiful. This can be meaningful. My sex is going to say something about these characters, and I'm going to show you." I don't think I've given up on that motto or that goal since I started writing in March 2007. The Buffy and Spike I wrote in his story are much softer than what I'd write now, but story elements that I return to again and again are strong in this piece - memory, healing, hope, and sex as revelatory device.

Bonus Fic
6. All Wrong, Ch. 2
PG Spike/Buffy, Post-NFA
This is only a chapter in a WIP I may or may not finish, but it's a stand out for me because it successfully does something I wish I could always do - effectively move a story along through the plot while being breathtakingly gorgeous. I love this story. It's original, inventive, great concept, but I have a difficult time plotting and maintaining the emotional intensity for long intervals. It exhausts me. I look at this chapter, at the Buffy and Spike reunion I wrote, and I wish that I could do this all the time. I also think this is one of the best explanations of why Spike didn't go to Buffy during AtS S5, but that's just me.

I tag[info]eowyn_315,[info]shapinglight ,[info]only_passenger,[info]girlpire, and[info]sevendeadlyfun.

The Anti-OTPsnowpuppies on November 6th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Wonderful list, hon. "Wool" is definitely my fave, so I'm glad to see it there.
ClawofCat: dawn jailbaitclawofcat on November 6th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had a really good experience writing "Wool." Also easy-ish. Actually, except for Window-Dressing, all of these mostly wrote themselves. Enjoyment factor usually goes up if I'm not angsting out over a fic ;)
Shapinglightshapinglight on November 6th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
Wonderful list. It's good to have these so we can bookmark. And you're the second person to tag me so I suppose I'd better try and do it too.
ClawofCat: yayclawofcat on November 6th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, try it! I'd love to see your personal faves. It's also great to read little blurbs about why writers like a certain piece of work. I think that's the most interesting part.
louise39: Spuffy YES dream kisslouise39 on November 6th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
I think "Acts of Contrition" is my favorite of those listed.
It has beautiful images and a still space for Buffy and Spike.

Thanks for the commentary.

PS. Love to see more of "All Wrong"
ClawofCat: spuffy porchclawofcat on November 6th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. It was fun to do. As for "All Wrong," we'll see. Maybe I'll look at it again after my ficathon entry. It's one of those stories that I believe if I leave alone long enough, I'll come back and it'll have just written itself. If only...
eowyn_315: goddammiteowyn_315 on November 7th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Haha, I think that about all my fics... it never seems to work. :(
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaveronly_passenger on November 6th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
this is awesome. i, of course, already get a lot of the inside scoop on your stories/process, but i love reading blurbs where the author writes a little something about a story they've written. i'm totally gonna do this while my kid colors his shrinkydinks.
ClawofCat: Buffy stake raisedclawofcat on November 6th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Read your write-up. Nodded a lot. I think "Departure" is still one of my favorites, too. "Almost" is a fantastic short piece.

If I get home early enough, can I give you a call? I'm thinking I"m going th throw the Bangel out the window and try something completely different, something more manageable. That fic is just too big an undertaking for me right now.
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaveronly_passenger on November 6th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
ooh, yeah. i know that territory--it was the angels/gemini line for me. it's fucking hard. call if it's early enough, okay?

hello_spikeyhello_spikey on November 6th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
"Window Dressing" and "The Heart of Her" are my faves of yours. :D
ClawofCat: Spaith Make Meclawofcat on November 6th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
Viva la Faith! I was very happy to write her again with Buffy. I was missing her.

"Heart of Her," really? It's so... something. Old? lol.

And, whatever. Fuck the 5 rule. I tag you, too. *ding* You have so many fics, that I bet it'll be hard for you to chose.
hello_spikeyhello_spikey on November 6th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Just as I was thinking "Good thing I wasn't tagged, I've no idea what I'd pick..."

eowyn_315: attitudeeowyn_315 on November 7th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Well, even if Cat is cheating on her 5, I was gonna tag you anyway, so start thinking! ;)
mendenbar01mendenbar01 on November 7th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
I am still waiting (as patiently as it is possible for me - i.e. not very) for the Part III of Unsung Heroes/By a Thread. I have a strong preference for Angel stories that don't include Buffy but still have strong female leads like Faith.
ClawofCat: angel tearsclawofcat on November 7th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that interest is still there, but like I said to louise39, for me, fics happen when they happen. After I've finished my ficathon entry, I'll take a look at my WIPs and see if I can bust a move on any of them. Part III will get written, I just don't know when.

If you like Angel stories, you could try reading "The Hard Choice" or "Call it Closure." Those both have Angel in the leading narrative role. Also, they're pretty good ;)
mendenbar01mendenbar01 on November 8th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Excellent, Thanks. And write when the mood hits, but I just wanted to know that the fic hadn't been abandoned. I don't mind waiting.
mere ubu: willow shinymere_ubu on November 9th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh man, how can I not have read all of these? Bookmarking now! I think that when I first found your LJ, I scooped up all the Spuffy, and I've read everything you wrote since then, but I guess all the non-Spuffy stuff you wrote before last year has eluded me. I'm glad to know what I'm missing.

I think that "The Heart of Her" was the first piece of yours that I read, and I still love it.
ClawofCat: bite meclawofcat on November 9th, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
I actually like my non-spuffy stories a lot more, to tell you the truth. I think I've gone to some fairly interesting places with other characters, simply because it's sort of a whole new deck of cards and I tend to step out of my own writing habits and shuffle the deck a bit more. Anything that has Faith in it I immiediately heart. Next to depressed!Buffy, she's my best character.

That said, I'd love it if you read the others and let me know what you think! *muah*