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In a meme-y mood...

...and also in a "Me! Me!" mood.

Well, not really. I just happened to see these two memes and felt like extending the chain.

Meme in which I talk about me...


From lost_spook (though it seems to be missing #7, so I renumbered them). I love looking at my works on AO3 and evaluating them.

AO3 Stats Meme

1. Your 3 fanfics with the most comments:

  1. The Actor
  2. Calling the Doctor
  3. Mistaken Identity

I think the coolest thing about the comments on The Actor is that they include one from a mother who told me that her autistic daughter loves the story and keeps it on her Kindle so that she can read it any time. I teared up when I read that.

2. Your 3 fanfics with the most kudos:

  1. The Actor
  2. Mistaken Identity
  3. Calling the Doctor

This set of three is going to repeat over and over. I'm pretty much a one-trick pony - I got my one good story written, with tons (well, tons as far as I'm concerned; not that many, really) of kudos and comments and whatnot, and then the rest are pretty average. All of the stats on The Actor dwarf those of the other two by 4x or more. And Calling the Doctor cheated - it's got a bunch of numbers only because it's a collection of short stories, so it has repeat visitors each time I post a new one (which hasn't happened in over year, sadly).

3. Your oldest fanfic:


When I first started writing, I posted on ffnet and Teaspoon. When I made an account on AO3, I wasn't sure how to post or how it all worked, so I chose an indifferent (in my eyes, anyway) piece to post first. Thus, my first posted on AO3 is not my first written.

4. Your latest fanfic:


I wrote this for who_at_50's fanwork-a-thon back in November. That's how little I've been writing recently. Actually, I've been writing every day - just never on the same thing two days in a row, and I haven't actually finished anything.

5. The fanfic you're most proud of:


There's no comparison. I think it's the best thing I've written. Honourable mention to "Every Mirror". And I really, really like Neighbours. I still haven't figured out why.

6. Your longest fanfic:


Coming in at just above 50k words.

7. Your 3 fanfics with the most bookmarks:


  1. The Actor
  2. Mistaken Identity
  3. Calling the Doctor

Oh, look. These three again.

8. Your Top 3 Crossover fics:


  1. Mistaken Identity
  2. "Bloody Doctors!"
  3. "A Splendid Day"
  4. "Ravenous"

Well, to be honest, I've only written four crossover fics. Mistaken Identity was the first multi-chapter fic I wrote. A bit trope-y (doppleganger crossover, anyone?) but rather fun, I think. "A Splendid Day" is a companion piece to it. Then I wanted to write an entry for a dA group's "trope" prompt. I chose doppleganger crossover and chose DW with Broadchurch, producing "Bloody Doctors!" but it was too long for the prompt, so I had to start again and produced "Ravenous".

Funny thing is, "Bloody Doctors!" is my most successful one-shot story, going by kudos. I still get kudos for it every couple of weeks, while all of my other one shots are silent. I have not figured out why. It really isn't that remarkable a story.


Meme in which you ask about me...


Mercilessly ganked from paynesgrey. I would love if you would choose a letter and ask me to talk about the topic. I'll warn you not to choose the Tumblr topics, because I don't really do anything on Tumblr, so the answer will be "I have no idea." The rest, I'll give an honest try.

Pick a letter and I will ramble. Post to your own journal so we can ramble together! Co-ramble!

A - Ships that you currently like a lot. (They don’t have to be OTPs because not everyone has OTPs.) Friendships, pairings, threesomes, etc. are allowed.
B - A pairing–platonic, romantic or sexual–that you initially didn’t consider, but someone changed your mind.
C - A ship you have never liked and probably never will.
D - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t.
E - Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom? If so, what?
F - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom?
G - Have you ever had an OTP? If so, do you remember your first one? Who was in it?
H - What is your favorite source text for fandom stuff (e.g., TV shows, movies, books, anime, Western animation, etc.)?
I - Has Tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?
J - Name a fandom you didn’t think about until you saw it all over Tumblr. (You don’t have to care about it or follow it; it just has to be something that Tumblr made you aware of.)
K - What character has your favorite development arc/the best development arc?
L - Say something genuinely nice about a character who isn’t one of your faves. (Characters you’re neutral about are fair game, as are characters you merely dislike. Characters that you absolutely loathe with the fire of ten thousand suns are exempt, as there is no point in giving yourself an aneurysm over a character that you hate.)
M - Name a character that you’d like to have for a friend.
N - Name three things you wish you saw more or in your main fandom (or a fandom of choice).
O - Choose a song at random. Which ship or character does it remind you of?
P - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).
Q - A fandom you’ve abandoned and why.
R - Which friendship/platonic relationship is your favorite in fandom?
S - Show us an example of your personal headcanon (prompts optional but encouraged)
T - Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending?
U - Three favorite characters from three different fandoms, and why they’re your favorites.
V - Which character do you relate to most?
W - A trope which you are virtually certain to hate in any fandom.
X - A trope which you are almost certain to love in any fandom.
Y - What are your secondhand fandoms (i.e., fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)?
Z - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go! (Prompts optional but encouraged.)

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a_phoenixdragon
Feb. 3rd, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
Love reading AO3 stat-memes!! The Actor was an epic piece! I can see why everyone loves it so!

U!!

*HUGS*
shivver13
Feb. 3rd, 2016 07:01 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! You are always so sweet and encouraging! :)

U: Three favorite characters from three different fandoms, and why they’re your favorites.

I'm going to expand this question and name one major (recurring) character and one minor (guest) character from each fandom. It's more fun this way; otherwise, I'd just ramble on about the Doctor. I don't know if I can name the top favorite minor character from a fandom, so it'll be "a" favorite.

Doctor Who

The Tenth Doctor: Oh, surprise, surprise! I don't know if it's possible to be a real fan of DW and not consider the Doctor to be your favorite character, but why the Tenth Doctor in specific? First, because he embodies what captivated me about the show in the first place, that the Doctor is an explorer and a traveler, interested in seeing the entire universe and helping out where he can; it's the reason that the Eighth Doctor is also one of my favorites. Second, because from the very beginning, we saw his inner struggle against corruption and self-importance, and that's what defined his life and his relationships, ending in his downfall on Mars and attempt to redeem himself in "The End of Time". Of all the Doctors, his character actually developed - grew and changed - and that's what drove his story.

Neeva: Neeva was a study in the destruction of faith. At the beginning of "The Face of Evil", he's the Sevateem's priest, who talked to the god Xoanon and did its bidding. As the story progressed, he discovers that Xoanon is not a god, and Neeva has to come to terms with that and the fact that the life his tribe has been leading was a lie. In the end, he sacrifices himself to destroy the "god" that had artificially created the war between the Tesh and the Sevateem, freeing both peoples.

Firefly

Kaylee: It's really hard to choose a favorite in this show, because all of the characters were designed so well. My husband would choose Jayne, I'm sure. Kaylee's my favorite because she feels very real and normal to me. All of the Serenity's crew have some skill that they are stellar at, and Kaylee's no exception, but most of the rest have a strong drive to achieve something in particular. Kaylee doesn't. She's this normal woman who's happy with her life and loves her cute things and frilly dresses, but also happens to be the best mechanic in the system. I also love that she's naive, unlike everyone else on the ship.

Saffron: I was going to list Niska here, because he's just fascinatingly cruel, but then I remembered Saffron. Selfish and amoral as well as skilled and confident, she was a great antagonist for Mal and the crew. In her second episode, they did a great job forcing the crew to work with her while trying to keep her at arm's length.

Harry Potter

Snape: As far as I'm concerned, the Harry Potter books were about Snape; they're really about his story. There just happened to be this other character whose name they put on the book cover. Thinking about it, I love Snape for the same reason I love Alec Hardy: both characters are objectionable on the outside, but on the inside, are brave and dedicated to their cause. Snape is complex and very realistically portrayed. He is on the side of good, but he is arrogant and disdainful. He doesn't like other people, doesn't even respect them. Even though he's sworn to protect Harry and to bring down Voldemort, he still hates Harry and what he represents - Lily's refusal of himself and her choice of James - and very humanly torments Harry for it. Basically, you can't judge a book by its cover.

Neville: I'm listing Neville as a minor character because he doesn't appear very much over the course of the books, but he certainly becomes major in the last book. You want character growth? Neville is character growth personified. He's a beautiful example of an insecure, tortured child who learns from his experiences and becomes a strong, brave adult. The seed was planted in the very first book, as Neville stands up to Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and blooms into the man that stands up to Voldemort and beheads Nagini.
a_phoenixdragon
Feb. 4th, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)
I thought I was the only one who felt this way about Snape!! Everyone is all 'why do you like him so?!?! OMG. So nasty to Harry!!'

But Snape (out of all of them) was so, so human. He was amazing and awesome and bigger than life, but he was also human on a level that us Muggles can understand. He was Voldemort all over again, but one with a conscious need to try to be better. He was bitter and hateful, but he tried anyway. He helped bring the Death-Eater to their knees. I just...love Snape. And I adored Rickman's perfect portrayal of him...

*HUGS*
shivver13
Feb. 4th, 2016 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, there are plenty of people who feel that way about Snape! That's pretty much the consensus in my office. (Puts on pompous hat.) I think that people who only see Snape for how he treated Harry completely missed not only the entire point of Snape's story, but also Harry's and Harry's parents' story. It's all interconnected. (Doff.)

It just occurred to me that my disinterest in Harry is demonstrated in my writing. I've written two HP fanfics (one is a crossover with DW). Neither involve Harry (the crossover mentions him obliquely), and one is specifically about Snape.
lost_spook
Feb. 3rd, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
E, Y!
shivver13
Feb. 3rd, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
E: Have you added anything cracky/hilarious to your fandom? If so, what?

I'm actually really not sure what this question means. Have I added anything to my fandom? Um, not really. I'm a fan writer. Nothing I write adds to the fandom. :/ So, I have to interpret this as, have I written anything that's particularly funny or cracky?

Then, it became a realization that I don't write humor. Sure, there are funny and non-serious spots here and there, but I don't write anything specifically for humor. That's probably a failing. Anyway. I had to go and review my list of posted works, and I found two stories, in Calling the Doctor that are lighter than most things I write. In specific, then, I'm calling out "A Tempting Proposal", because I particularly enjoyed Tegan, being none the wiser, seeing the Tenth Doctor and mentioning he's cute, and then Turlough making the rare choice to prank Tegan by mentioning her interest to Five and Ten, and Five capitalizing on it to get revenge on Ten's teasing in "Time Crash".

Y: What are your secondhand fandoms (i.e., fandoms you aren’t in personally but are tangentially familiar with because your friends/people on your dash are in them)?

Interesting thought, secondhand fandoms. Probably the first is Marvel. I've seen all the MCU movies, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones (how could I not?), but don't follow the other TV shows. I consider myself a Marvel fan in a way, but not so much that I'd feel comfortable writing in the universe. Of course, everyone at work are very invested in the MCU. My husband reads the comics, so definitely I'm a secondhand fan of those. I particularly enjoy the early Ultimates stuff (not so much now), but I only know 616 from what my husband tells me.

I'm a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I'm definitely secondhand for any of the other shows/movies. I haven't even seen all of TOS.

I'm probably thirdhand for Star Wars. That franchise holds no interest for me (I haven't even seen the latest movie), and my husband is secondhand himself. We also haven't seen Episodes 1-3, and never will.

Other fandoms that my husband is in and therefore I know way too much about: Kingdom of Loathing, Disgaea, Sailor Moon.

As I think about it, I play Guild Wars 2 all the time, but I really don't consider myself a fan of it. Its story, lore, and characters are singularly uninteresting. I play it because it's a fun MMO, but that's about it. My husband feels the same way, so I guess I'm not even a secondhand fan of it.


Edited at 2016-02-03 07:27 pm (UTC)
lost_spook
Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
The second-hand fandoms one is kind of interesting, isn't it? Thanks for answering!

I think E means something like the way ClocketPatch inadvertently created Cakefic because of a typo on a forum - anything that becomes a sort of in-joke or a meme in the fandom, probably. I've sort of mainly come in at other people's second-hand - I'm a jumper-on of memes, heh. (And you do add things by writing, of course you do - we all interact and bounce off each other and feedback, and that's the point of fandom! The more contained people are the more it happens obviously, but we all create ripples and sometimes chain reactions!)
shivver13
Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC)
Okay, now I'm sitting here reading cakefic. :) I'd never heard of that before.

It's really interesting thinking about how much you know about fandoms simply from your friends, especially when you haven't been directly exposed to the official content. You learn so much just listening.

Oh, I forgot one more secondhand fandom: anything Brandon Sanderson. My husband is in deep with his books.

That's an interesting point that we bounce off each other. I guess I'm considering the question more from the point of view as contributing to the universe, as opposed to the fandom. It's also very difficult for me to believe that I have made any ripples, but I do understand the concept.
lost_spook
Feb. 4th, 2016 09:42 am (UTC)
Heh, cafe!fic is the best! :-)
shyfoxling
Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
Funny thing is, "Bloody Doctors!" is my most successful one-shot story, going by kudos. I still get kudos for it every couple of weeks, while all of my other one shots are silent. I have not figured out why. It really isn't that remarkable a story.

Maybe because Broadchurch is still a relatively current topic?

Letter meme: T.
shivver13
Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
I checked the stats, and that story is also my most successful one-shot going by hits. I'm pretty sure that the attention that fic gets is coming from the Broadchurch side of things. The sheer number of DW fics out there means one tiny fic is impossible to find, and I'm sure the number of people thinking "I'm a DW fan; let's see what kind of crossovers people have done with BC are out there" is pretty small. Much more likely to have BC fans looking through the limited number of BC fics and, finding a crossover with DW, thinking, "I'll take a look at that." Especially because it's a short, quick read. :)

T: Do you have any hard and fast headcanons that you will die defending?

Oh sure! Here's my main one:

The relationship between Rose and the Metacrisis Doctor broke down quickly and ended in disaster.

I am in no way saying that I don't think they loved each other; they did, very much. But love isn't enough to sustain a relationship.

First, I believe that the Doctor, in the years between Rose's departure and her return in "The Stolen Earth", had plenty of time to not only get over her but also reflect on the relationship and realize how bad she'd been for him, how she'd distracted him from his purpose. He still loved her and was overjoyed to see her appear on that street, but I do not believe that he overlooked the fact that she appeared with a gun (and remember, she had no idea what was causing the problems in her world, so why should she come armed?), or that she had risked both universes by building the dimension cannon, and had started doing so before the stars started winking out (so therefore she did it only because she wanted to rejoin him, against his express wishes).

At the end of "Journey's End", he saw an opportunity to give Rose the man she wanted and to give MCTD a good, human life by pairing them and sending them to Pete's World. The problem is that MCTD is not the man Rose wanted. MCTD is part Donna - brash, self-confident, opinionated, all sort of rough. Pair that with the jealous, obsessive, manipulative Rose, and it's a recipe for disaster. First, Rose would easily recognize that MCTD is not the Doctor she wants, and she would pine for the "real" one while not treating MCTD very well. If she's true to form, she would toy with him, trying to keep him wrapped around her finger while probably attempting to rebuild the dimension cannon. MCTD wouldn't respond well to that, not putting up with that nonsense, and his reaction would further drive Rose to obsessing about the Doctor she didn't get. I also expect that MCTD would have great difficulty in dealing with the approximately forty years he has left to live, having spent his life with a life expectancy of thousands. Rose wouldn't even suspect that he's having these problems, much less want to help him with them.

I give that relationship a year, maybe two, because bad relationships tend to last longer than either party intends and I think MCTD, being the emotionally-clueless Doctor, will not understand well enough how to extricate himself from Rose's web.

Edited at 2016-02-03 09:11 pm (UTC)
shyfoxling
Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:29 pm (UTC)
At the end of "Journey's End", he saw an opportunity to give Rose the man she wanted and to give MCTD a good, human life by pairing them and sending them to Pete's World. The problem is that MCTD is not the man Rose wanted.

Well, that's a problem with it, surely. The Doctor assuming (as he often does) that he gets to decide what everyone does without discussing it first and taking what others might want into account is not helping!
shivver13
Feb. 3rd, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely. That's one of his main character flaws.

Along those lines, though, I have a theory about that, that's not supported by anything in canon but still makes a lot more sense than what we saw. I think that the Doctor and the MCTD discussed the situation and decided together that the MCTD would go with Rose to Pete's World, and then staged the whole scene at Bad Wolf Bay. I could explain why I think, but that would probably exceed your interest. :) It does, however, explain the horrible writing in that last scene.

Edited at 2016-02-03 10:08 pm (UTC)
paynesgrey
Feb. 4th, 2016 03:26 am (UTC)
I might have to steal that AO3 meme for my next post...

How about A?
shivver13
Feb. 4th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
A: Ships that you currently like a lot. (They don’t have to be OTPs because not everyone has OTPs.) Friendships, pairings, threesomes, etc. are allowed.

I'm glad that they clarified in this question that friendships are allowed, because I have little interest in romance and if they had just said "ships", I would have assumed they meant pairings and this would be a very short answer. To me, romances are very boring. Friendships are where it's at: explorations of what makes two characters perfect friends/partners/soulmates without being in love are the most interesting stories.

What are my current favorite friendships?

Hardy & Miller: I'm not sure either would claim to like the other, but they both respect each other, and trust each other to the ends of the earth. Their awkward, uncomfortable relationship is the best part of Broadchurch, and please, please, please, Mr. Chibnall, don't ruin it by transforming it into a romance!

Doctor & Donna: The Doctor needed Donna to ground him. Donna needed the Doctor to help her blossom. Both were damaged by their previous relationships and found better ground in their friendship.

Honourable mention to Dream & Hob Gadling.

Someone once asked me what my OTP in DW was, and, being a non-romantic, I replied that I don't care about romance in DW, but if I had to choose, I'd probably say Doctor/Jack. As I think about it, while I did mean a romantic pairing that time, my reasons for it really point toward me picturing it as a friendship. I think that Jack, as an immortal, can provide the long-term companionship that the Doctor needs, while the Doctor can provide the stability and guidance that Jack needs. I think things would have gone very differently for Ten if he had taken Jack on as a permanent companion when he had the chance.

(Side note: I chose the user icon because I also really loved that Five and Ten got along well when they met. They weren't antagonistic, or even competitive. Very rare in Doctor meetings.)

Edited at 2016-02-04 06:56 am (UTC)
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