I woke up to the news this morning about the Brexit vote and wow, wow, what is happening? 2016 must be stopped. (angelgazing
texted me this morning to say that now she knows what the rest of the world is up to in all those US-centric YA dystopias, and it ain't good.) I'm terrified that here in the US we're going to wake to an equally horrific result in November even though part of me still can't believe we'd be that stupid! I mean, we are not very smart, a lot of the time, as a country, but surely we're not that
Anyway, good luck to all y'all in the UK. I have a feeling you're going to need it.
In less disturbing news, here's that AO3 meme - I posted it to tumblr yesterday, but I'm putting it here as well so I can find it again if I want to:What's your first and second most common work ratings? Any surprises?
General Audiences (269) and then Teen And Up Audiences (209). I would have expected it to be the other way around honestly. But then, I think I lowball the ratings sometimes. I seem to recall mousapelli
once telling me I couldn't rate something G that had under the blouse boob-touching. I think I listened to her? (I'm pretty sure it was some James/Lily schmoop.)What's your most common archive warning? Least common?
Most common: No Archive Warnings Apply (650); Underage (21). Least common: Rape/Non-Con (1); Graphic Depictions Of Violence (1). That seems about right. If incest were a common archive warning, it'd probably bump underage, but it isn't. Mostly I don't write stuff that needs warnings (or in the case of incest, the pairing is
the warning?). I kind of got all of that out of my system in those XMM stories that haven't been uploaded to AO3. *snerk*Do you consider yourself an adventurous writer?
No. I think you pretty much know what you're getting when you see my name on a story. With rare exceptions, I tend to write the stories I want to read, so I don't feel a lot of need to work out of my comfort zone or stretch or whatever motivates people who do that. How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?
M/M (292); Gen (205); F/M (198); F/F (27); Multi (21); Other (1). Taking into account the lack of most of the 100-odd XMM stories I wrote back in 2000-2003, most of which were het, I'd say this seems right. It's also missing a lot of the ficlets and drabbles I wrote in HP and never bothered to move to AO3. (You can see the numbers with those added in on my pinboard index
I do have preferences, but they're related to relationship dynamics rather than gender or sexuality – in some fandoms I do prefer m/m but in some fandoms I am all about the het (or the OT3). I also have a few fandoms where the family/friend/non-romantic relationships are just as interesting to me as the romantic/sexual ones are (SPN, Firefly, Star Wars), which accounts for the amount of gen I've written.
I do wish I wrote more F/F. I say that every year and yet I don't seem to do it. What are your top 4 fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?
Supernatural (159); Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling (156); The Avengers (Marvel Movies)/Captain America (Movies) (127); Firefly (51) (again this leaves out the ~100 XMM stories I wrote back in the day and never uploaded to AO3).
Except for SPN, with which I had an unhappy and rage-fueled breakup, I still write/want to write in all of these. (I mean, I do miss s2-era Sam and Dean – that was some fun writing times – but I haven't watched the show in 6 years or so and have no desire to catch up.)
I miss writing in Firefly sometimes – the specific cadences of the language and the characters spoke to me a lot – but I do have a new (old) fannish focus atm. I mean, I come back to old fandoms somewhat randomly in time or for ~reasons. I still have unfinished wsip in a couple of the fandoms I've written way less in (Push, DCU, etc.). And I'm not not
still in MCU fandom. I mean, I still read in it and want to write in it. But it's been nearly 5 years for me, which is a long time to keep telling stories about the same characters.
I tend to stay in fandoms for 2-3 years at least, and I frequently have a couple of fandoms going at once.What are your top 4 character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?
Dean Winchester (144); Sam Winchester (140); Sirius Black (137); Remus Lupin (136). Oh man, you couldn't have asked for Top 5? Then I could get STEVE ROGERS in. But that seems right. I mean, I will always love Sirius and Remus – OTP OF OTPS – and I did love Sam and Dean a lot when I loved them. That show was a gift for fic writers in its early seasons.What are your top 2 most used additional tags, and your bottom 2? What would happen if you combined all 4 of these into a fic?
Top 2: West Wing Title Project (83); Schmoop (45)
Bottom 2: First Time (16); Female Sam (14)
Obviously it'd be a schmoopy first time for Dean and his AU sister Sam with a title from a West Wing episode. Something I'm sure I wrote more than once.How many WIPs do you have currently running on AO3? Any you don’t plan on finishing?
I don't post works in progress.