Oh, and...

May. 27th, 2004 10:16 pm
hradzka: (pointy teeth)
"The Color of Straw" is now up on the ff.net site. (Previously posted here; inspired by the random pairing generator.)
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (cat and bat)
A lot of people have had quite a lot of fun with the random pairing generator and the plot bunny generator. Both are quite fun, and have decidedly evil streaks. (The plot bunny generator just gave me "Bruce Wayne / ...prepares a meal" -- something that, if you're at all in Batfandom, you know is an extraordinarily bad idea.) Many stories have resulted, most of them being ficlets. (In part because of the five-minute game, which was an invention I can only describe as crackheaded and evil. Also fun.)

I suck at the five-minute game, and have been trying to figure out why. I come up with story ideas for a given pairing pretty quickly, but can't hold to the time limit at all. I can do stupid-funny pretty easily, but have only been able to produce one five-minute ficlet that's any good.

I think it's because of what and how I write. I'm a story freak. I love characterization, and banter, and I'm a sucker for good romance, but for me writing is all about *people doing something.* Making decisions, solving mysteries, facing challenges -- whatever. But I'm very much a beginning-middle-end-in-an-Aristotle's-Poetics-kind-of-way guy. And I can't do that in five minutes. Or at least, I haven't been able to yet.

It's not that I don't like ficlets. They're fun. But they're not really stories. They're more like the kind of thing one SF writer (Ray Bradbury, I think) called, "Here's an interesting idea; the end." My Two-Face story definitely falls into that category: it's a portrait, not a story. And I keep trying to write stories with a beginning, middle, and end. So I keep busting the time limit and writing longer ficlets, to the point that they're not really ficlets at all. I think my Lucius/Lois still falls into the "portrait" category, but my Jason Todd/Maggie Sawyer and my Scarecrow/Harley don't. And I prefer the story to the portrait. My reaction to a lot of ficlets is to say, "Neat -- so now what?" The best example is [livejournal.com profile] marag's "Fathers and Children" -- I'm annoyed that it ended, because I want to know what happens next. (She has another example of the contrast I'm talking about here: the first is a portrait, the second a story.)

So: ficlets are fun, but ultimately a distraction from storytelling. Which is where my interest lies.
hradzka: Cassidy, from Garth Ennis's PREACHER. (Default)
So far, it's resulted in a really interesting mix: some conventional and nonconventional pairings, but also a lot of genfic, a few lengthy pieces, and a fair amount of extreme silliness. Which is pretty nifty. Several other folks have done Harvey bits, which is making me realize that Two-Face is really underrated as a villain and a character. He's not someone I think of automatically when I think of the Batverse, but there's a lot of stuff to play with there.

Writing-wise, it's also fun to just toss off stuff -- I've got a couple stories in varying stages of doneness, and a couple more that I'm mulling over, and the untitled Scarecrow/Quinn piece made for a fun change of pace. (Also, I belatedly realized, it's the first story I've distributed in which people actually *boink.*)
hradzka: (pointy teeth)
And the timebuster. I had the whole story in the first thirty seconds; it just took a little while to *type.*

[Scarecrow/Harley Quinn, PG-13] )
hradzka: (jason)
The good five-minute genfic, courtesy of the random DCU pairing generator:




"It's true?" said Two-Face. He was heavily drugged, and spoke only out of the Harvey Dent side of his mouth. The other half of his face was slumped and drooling. Occasionally, Harvey lifted a paper towel to that corner of the mouth, pressing cautiously, as if he couldn't feel it, as if the mouth belonged to someone else.

J'onn supposed it did.

"It is true," he said. "I can alter my physical appearance. Look like any human."

The police had been talking about that, in the squad car on the way to the asylum. J'onn needed only a glimpse of Two-Face's surface thoughts to understand. He stayed well out of the mind itself. Too fragmented, too dangerous.

"And you read minds," said Two-Face. Harvey. "You know what I want."

"Yes," said J'onn.

"Would you? Please?"

"Yes," said J'onn. The shift came quickly, easily, as it always did when he had a physical reference.

Harvey Dent gazed on his unbroken reflection for the first time in years.

"Oh," he said quietly. "I was beautiful once."
hradzka: (pointy teeth)
Fun with [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn's random DCU pairing generator. I tried the five-minute game suggested by [livejournal.com profile] thete1, and wound up busting the time limite massively because I was just too ambitious (but I liked the story). Later attempts had several extremely silly things, one good genfic. A couple of silly examples, both involving Grace:

"Ever spend a night flying through the city with a powerful engine rumbling right between your legs?" said Roxy Rocket.

Actually, Grace had. And had Nightwing ever gotten pissed at what had happened to the ship. But, she remembered with a tiny shiver, it had been worth it. "You had me at hello," she said.




"So," said Grace with a savage purr, "Nightwing says you're the man who's taught him everything he knows."

"Pardon me?" said Alfred Pennyworth.

She pounced.

"I meant about domestic skills," said Nightwing, much later. But by then it was too late.

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