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Feeling bad, so here are a few of my favorite things - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Feeling bad, so here are a few of my favorite things
What can I say? The first song I learned all the way through was "My Favorite Things," so, when the dog bites, when the bee stings, or when a potential crisis looms, maybe it would help to simply remember, etc.

So, five things in my life that make me happy.

  1. Despite the occasional irritation factor of dealing with the grown-ups at work, the kids always make me glad to come in. What would I do without my video-gaming crazy people who try to do retinal scans with the barcode scanner? (Yes, of course we made them stop when we caught them.) Today, I had to put a limit on the time extensions they got online, and one of our daily visitors came over--made a special point of doing so--and said, "You know, even when you don't give us extensions, you're really nice." They're complete lunatics, but I'm always so glad to see them!
  2. My f-list. :waves: I love being able to post a story snippet and have people come in and comment on it, Britpick it, whatever. Also, the other online communities I'm part of, especially the SugarQuill forums and the A.S. Homepage Forums. In fact, thank heaven for the Internet in general. It really is a wonder. After I did that post the other day about childhood memories, I decided on a whim to find the girl at whose house I'd once made shoes... AND I FOUND HER. We e-mailed. I'm not sure if we have anything to say to each other, but isn't that a kick in the head? I haven't seen her since we were about four.
  3. My old friends. Wow. Kim, Jen... MTFBWYAFLT, and ginger ale and M&Ms and all that. chienar, the only other person who knows the entire social history of Charlie Davis. I'm so lucky! I don't make friends easily, but the ones I make are keepers.
  4. My apartment. It's not perfect, but it's pretty, it's in a sweet, quiet neighborhood, and it makes me happy to come home to it.
  5. Writing and imagining. As maddening as my recent failed foray into original fiction was, I love knowing that I have my imagination at my fingertips, and really can just pour it into a keyboard most of the time.

Anyway, that's better. Now, maybe just a white dress with a blue satin sash...

Nah, I look like death warmed over in white.

It's not totally better, so I'm going to be totally self-centered and list the ten fics I've written (or written on) that make me happiest. Let's call it a new meme. Text, "What are the ten fics that you have written (or contributed to) that make you happiest, and why?"

  1. The Ascension of the Queen. I read this story now, and it pleases me that there are sections that I can't remember the authorship of. Was it me? Was it a-p? It flew through the writing--almost like dreaming at the keyboard, which is why there are parts I don't remember if I wrote--and the characters really found their stride. It's, imho, a plausible AU, and the fact that it does end with redemption--chosen redemption--really makes me happy. I also like some dream and vision sequences I dropped in there (Amidala sees herself as the three fates, spinning thread for Palpatine's loom out of Anakin's life essence).
  2. The Doll Army. Talk about a story that came like a gift from the powers that be... it just, bam, was there. And Dora just started chattering happily away, and she hasn't shut up yet. I love when that happens.
  3. A Drift of Azaleas. Another one that seemed to come from outside of me. Also, it was great to know I could still write horror if a horror idea struck me. I'd done some horror writing just after college, but had a stall-out on a novel that left me thinking I should maybe enjoy the genre from the outside. And what I like about "Azaleas" particularly is that it's not anyone else's horror--the ideas happen elsewhere, of course, but it wasn't "Fern trying to be femme!King."
  4. Father's Heart. My first grown-up SW fanfic. I'd been struggling with a couple of Tolkien fics when I started it and I'd done quite a lot of Quantum Leap fic, but my interest was casual at best. FH was the one that really made me start writing fanfic like me.
  5. Tom Riddle's Sorting in Of A Sort. That one scared the hell out of me while I was writing it, but when it was done, it pleased me because I really think it's a truthful kind of story, and I didn't back off from it at all (thanks to Violet_Azure, who beta'd it for me and reassured me that it was all right). I'm often a kind of cowardly writer, and in this one, I went all out.
  6. The Flight to Rison's Deep. All OCs. All Imperial OCs. And a complex situation with a very skewed point of view. (My favorite line, on re-reading, is an unnamed boy who responds to the destruction of Alderaan with, "Why do the Rebels keep making us do this?") Despite that, I don't think I made it relativistic about the Empire. Yes, they lost people, too, and it must have hurt the survivors, but the Death Star wasn't a morally neutral item of technology.
  7. Shifts. The idea hit me out of the blue, and I love writing it so much that I keep not writing anything else! I'm thinking even now about Peter's mother and what she'll be able to tell Remus, and what she has to say to him. It always finds a way to work itself out when I think I've hit a brick wall. (Please, JK... no canon balls 'til I'm finished! PLEASE! ;))
  8. Family Portrait. I did a plot! A plot! A real one! It has action and conflict, and it's paced reasonably well, and it still hits the character marks that I like best. Young Anakin did me the favor of coming out exactly the way I hear him in my head--trying to do the right thing, plagued by his emotions, loving his Master and knowing that he's loved in return... it came out like I meant it. This makes me happy.
  9. Lines of Descent. I'm so delighted that people liked Elizabeth. Any time you put an OC into a prominent role in connection to a canon character, it's risky, and I was very nervous.
  10. Dragonslayer. I'd originally planned to do four young Luke stories to match the four young Leia stories in FH, but it's hard to write young Luke--he's still so innocent at the time of ANH that he can't have had any major traumas yet (or, well, since losing both of his parents as an infant). But I think DS has a minor incident that really gets to Luke's personality and the way the adults around him responded to him, something that was on a bit of a back burner with stories about self-reliant young Leia.

Okay. That's enough. I feel better now after that session of unadulterated egoism. Sometimes, it's good for the soul. Not often, but sometimes.

I feel a bit...: crappy crappy

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leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: December 6th, 2004 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think what really strikes me about all of your fiction is the "omygod that is so real it could be canon!" factor. You always manage to strike a nerve that leaves your story humming around in the back of my brain forever. Some more than others, naturally, but that's more than a lot of published novels I've read! ;~P

To be honest, I prefer your HP fic to your SW, but that's largely because your focus in SW is different to mine. I loved your Father's Heart series.

And yours was the first HP fanfic I read when I stepped into the fandom just after OotP came out because I knew I could trust you to write the characters well (rather than wading through the fangirlish drivel at ff.n).

myf From: myf Date: December 6th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I only read 'A drift of azaleas' really recently - stumbled upon it and was surprised that it hadn't come to my attention before. But yay, and gross, and very good story. Mmm, macabre!

Ditto Leela on the canon..ness? canonicity? Anyway - the potential canon factor is extremely high. So very pleasing.
h311ybean From: h311ybean Date: December 6th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that fic meme. I think I'll try it...if I can find 10 that are worth listing down!
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: December 6th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have enough fics I'm proud of to do this meme (darn).

But--you wrote Quantum Leap fics?! Are any of them available anywhere? Or do you know of any QL archives that actually have good fics? I've done several kinda casual searches and found very nearly zilch. So sad! Cause honestly, one could write almost anything one pleased within the boundaries of QL.

Sorry about the randomness...I just suddenly felt the need for the company of Sam and Al....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 6th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's all under my real name. And, I realized after linking it anyway, bad, shippy, Sue-y crap. My best QL story, The Return, was published as a standalone 'zine. Well, that and one of the pro novels, which also contains the great secret of my real name, but what the heck. ;)
sreya From: sreya Date: December 7th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
And may I say that the book is great! I bought it a few months ago, and it was a lot of fun to revisit Quantum Leap. Fun to talk about it with the author, too. :~D

Just thought I'd give it a rec.
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: December 7th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
*jaw drops with audible thunk*

You wrote that one? *squees at smallness of the world* It's one of the four QL tie-in novels that I really liked. (The others being Mirror's Edge, Angels Unaware, and one about Al in Vietnam that I cannot remember the title of.)

How very cool. Am now off to look at your other Sue-y fics. Because I don't care right now, it's late and I love anything you write. No, really. ;)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 7th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
one about Al in Vietnam that I cannot remember the title of.

I think it's Pulitzer, by L. Elizabeth Storm (another fan writer who was tapped). Oh, for editors who like fanfic writers...
izhilzha From: izhilzha Date: December 7th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that would be it. I'm thinking Storm wrote a couple of the pro novels....

I too wish editors would look at fanfic writers for such work more often. I know Dr. Who has some of that, and a ficcer I know was poked by a publisher who was looking to turn out some Wiseguy novels, but I don't know if anything came of that.
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: December 7th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I own that book!!! Wow! I remember really loving that one because I was in OM when I was in elementary school and it brought back alot of memories.

^__^ Just another reason to be a Fern-fangirl!

sreya From: sreya Date: December 7th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Gosh, I don't even have ten completed fics to talk about! Impressive list, Fern.

I will say Banquet Encounter holds a special place just because the timing of it going online right when you did Father's Heart basically introduced me to you, and you are definitely one of the best people I've met online.
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