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Poll Time (because I am bored)


Time for a poll about various things...

Poll #1715106 Writing and Whatnot
This poll is closed.

What piece of fanfic should I write next?

Sherlock/John squint-fic about Sherlock's "sociopathy"
Demented!verse timestamp that might not go anywhere interesting or have a point
Something else. I have a suggestion that I will leave in comments...

Would any of you be interested in reading original fic from me?

No, but I don't want to hurt your feelings, so I'm going to say Yes.

I feel like I've read every story everyone has ever written

Don't worry, people will write more.
Wow, you obviously don't have a life.
But have you seen THESE stories?! I'll tell you about them in comments
This is what happens when you only read SPN gen, and S/J Sherlock first-time fic
Awesome! If you've read all the stories, maybe you will bloody WRITE MORE NOW!

Sam is frightened of my poll:

Sorry, I just love this cap.



Mar. 8th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
I know the feeling. But I do have a suggestion, or at least something that sometimes works for me - try reading something in a fic genre you don't usually read. This usually works for me, because 1. I can read the "best" ones since I missed them the first time around and 2. since it's relatively new to me, I won't be so familiar with the hallmarks of those stories that it feels like I've already read them over and over again. (And if you'd like some recs in the AU department, which I know you're not a big fan of, I've got some good ones).

As to the writing thing- why not try something in a fandom (even if it's via crossover) you've never written for before? It's another way to conquer the fic reading/writing doldrums IMO.
Mar. 8th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Hmm, those are good suggestions. I'm not sure if I'm ready to try jumping into AU fic, but I'll keep it in mind. Though, I suppose for curiosities sake, I could have you rec me your favorite, most IC, AU fic.
Mar. 8th, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
My first instinct was to recommend a "gateway" AU (hehe), that is, something that's AU like WIAWSNB or The French Mistake was AU . But no, I think I'm going to go whole hog and recommend this: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4822628/1/The_Obeisance_of_Memory

Why I think you'll like it: Of the many AUs I've read, I think this one is probably the most easily cited example of how you can use an AU element (in this case, Dean coming back from hell with amnesia) to really explore a character. Here, you have a Dean who doesn't know he's dean, and even when he does....and thinks of himself as very different from "old" dean, the audience is just clobbered with the very dean-ness of it all, even as he does things that canonically would be very wrong. For example, this, which always cracks me up:

"Sam stares at him as if he's a retard, which makes Dean slightly anxious since Sam's supposed to be watching the road. "No, I meant you'd kill me. Slowly and painfully."

The emphatic stress makes Dean blink. "Aren't you exaggerating here a tiny little bit?" he furrows his forehead. "I wouldn't kill you."

"Sure," Sam says dryly, "that's what you say now, but someday you'll recover your memory and come after me with a machete for touching your baby. Much as I like saying I told you so, I'd really rather keep my head, thanks."

He rolls his eyes. "I'm sure I can -"

"Machete, Dean," Sam repeats insistently, looking utterly serious.

Dean opens his mouth, frowns, scratches the back of his neck. Finally he mumbles, "…Man, you weren't kidding about the unhealthy obsession thing, were you?"

Sam gives him a wry smile. "You call it 'baby' and talk to it when you think I'm not around. And when I am, actually, now that I think about it."

He stands there for a moment.


"Well, maybe that's exactly why we need to take initiative and fix this," he says determinedly, plowing ahead. "You know, make the before-me realize it's just a car and – " he catches the horrified look on his brother's face and rolls his eyes. "Sam, I'm sure I wouldn't actually kill you. I mean, I think I can safely say I love you more than the car."

The younger Winchester blinks. Opens his mouth, closes it. Tilts his head to the side, shakes it a little bit, and just full out stares. Rinse and repeat, until it finally seems as if Sam's settled on just staring with none of that other stuff.

As is often the case, Dean has the feeling that there's something going on here that he's missing, but for once Sam doesn't look like dark and stormy night and more, well, more like he's just surprised. Stunned, even. He replays what he said in his head, but no matter how many times he goes over it, Dean can't think of anything that isn't incredibly smart and witty and normal. Maybe – well no, more like definitely– Sam is just weird.

Or maybe, he suddenly thinks with a flinch, maybe he's actually hit a nerve. Maybe this wasn't a joke, maybe the Impala actually is the kind of dealbreaker that would get a guy to turn on his little brother even despite all the sacrificing and going to hell to save his life. It doesn't make much sense, but the before-Dean doesn't sound like all that stable a guy to begin with – at least if ghost girl and his brother are to believed, and that isn't a completely unbiased audience, true, but it's all he has to go on.

"…Right?" he ventures, a little desperately, [...]

But Sam keeps on staring like he's going for a Guinness world record, which doesn't bode well.

Is that a no? Dean wonders frownily, and thinks wow, their relationship must have been really messed up if all that stood before Sam and disgraced exile was a muscle car.

...It would explain a lot though.

The silence stretches for a while. At one point Sam clears his throat, and Dean waits hopefully, but seems like no, Sam's not planning on saying anything just yet.

A full five minutes – a goddamned eternity – goes by.

"Uh, y-yeah," Sam finally says, dazedly. "Right, yeah. Clearly."

…More silence. Same awkward kind. Dean doesn't know what to think anymore, but asking outright whether he used to be a volatile psycho is a little too blunt, even for him.

Dean clears his throat.

Time for a subject change.

"So… ever thought about getting a haircut?""
Mar. 8th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, ok...that passage sold me...*wanders off to read more*


Edited at 2011-03-08 04:46 am (UTC)
Mar. 8th, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Boh! Shoulda warned me for WIP!

Ah well...it was entertaining. An interesting experiment...I probably could read a few AUs if they were done similarly. But I'm not sure if I like the mix of canon or not..like, if you're going to go AU, you might as well go all out.
Mar. 8th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Sorry! I forgot Yeah, this is definitely one of the episode-following AUs, and I kind of forgot it was a WIP because of that.

I tend to like the AUs that play a lot with canon rather than diverging greatly from it - that is, while I'm usually skeptical of the 'change one element, then rewrite every episode' types, I do love me some timey-wimey ball AUs where all the seasons get smashed together at great speed - Bellatemple's big bang last year was an excellent example of that.