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Unwritten Stories Meme — June edition

May's about done and I (finally) got all of those prompts filled, so I figured I'd go ahead and open up the June prompt list.

Rules:

Rule 1: There will be 10 (ten) prompt spots per month.
Rule 2: Tell me a story I haven’t written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences from or about it.
Rule 3: No more than two prompts per person, unless I've filled everything and there are available prompt spaces.
Rule 4: Only one followup on a previous month's prompt.

For fanfic, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS or NCIS:LA, please. No NCIS pairings with Ducky or Vance, no Jibbs. For LA and Hawaii 5-0, anything is fair game as long as it's canon-compliant because I haven't done enough writing in those fandoms to know what I can and can't write. No character bashing. Anything not excluded is promptable. :)

Also accepting original fic prompts from Exeter, for those who have read Thrown Out or some of the free short stories or ficlets on my Exeter site.

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Fifty Shades and Profiting Off Fanfic

The Associated Press had a story a few days ago about how Fifty Shades of Grey has its own fanfiction now, and it was a pretty interesting story. It brought to mind a rant on a fan fic rant community I saw recently where somebody was pointing out that a Twilight fic labeled as a Fifty Shades AU was pretty much like dividing by zero.

One of the points the AP story hit on was the issue some people have with the idea of “file off the serial numbers” fanfiction being published (and sold) as original fiction. Since I know some authors who have done this, I generally don’t express my opinion all that loudly, but if it’s a topic even AP is writing about… Keep reading

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Fic: Not A Cop (Hawaii 5-0, Steve, PG)

Title: Not A Cop
Rating: PG
Word Count: 895
Genre: Character Study
Pairing: None
Summary: He knows he's not a cop — except that now he is. Tag to 01.08.

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Because I'm not far enough behind on all my writing, I managed to get hooked on Hawaii 5-0 after the NCIS:LA crossover episode and ended up with a bunny begging to be written. *smh*

Title: Shift in Focus
Rating: PG
Pairing: None
Summary: There are still a lot of things on Hawaii that confuse Danny, but he's beginning to think he understands the team a little bit better.
Spoilers: 01.01-01.03
Genre: Character study

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Unwritten Stories Meme — May edition

ETA: OK, I've now watched the first two season of Hawaii 5-0 twice and gotten thoroughly hooked, so I'm adding H50 to the list of fandoms I'll write.

Because I don't already have enough on my plate writing-wise?

Anyway, same deal as last month. One prompt's already filled - a continuation of one of last month's prompt responses was requested by somebody (*cough* taylorgibbs *cough*)

Rules:

Rule 1: There will be 10 (ten) prompt spots per month.
Rule 2: Tell me a story I haven’t written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences from or about it.
Rule 3: No more than two prompts per person, unless I've filled everything and there are available prompt spaces

For fanfic, Hawaii 5-0, NCIS or NCIS:LA, please. No NCIS pairings with Ducky or Vance, no Jibbs. For LA, gen for anybody, pairings can be G/Nell or G/Sam. For Hawaii 5-0 anything is fair game as long as it's canon-compliant because I haven't done enough H50 writing to know what I can and can't write. No character bashing. Anything not excluded is promptable. :)

Also accepting original fic prompts from Exeter, for those who have read Thrown Out or some of the free short stories or ficlets on my Exeter site. On the off chance you hit on something that would give away a couple of key secrets in the characters' lives planned for future books, I might ask for a substitute prompt.

Prompt 1: More of the McGibbs response from April for taylorgibbs
Prompt 2: G/Sam -- 'Winnie' is Sam's favorite aunt. She wants to meet the man that has all of Sam's attention. For sunsaralyn FILLED
Prompt 3: When Brie is older, the imminent addition of another child to the McNozzo household. And of course a glimpse at the bat gremlin terrible trio. For singer_s_lament FILLED
Prompt 4: McAbby smut would be great. And if you're not in the smut-writing frame of mind, an Elf or Santa sequel would be very welcome. For pinkhairnroses FILLED
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Characterization

If you heard a squeal Saturday morning, that was me.

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In all, I was nominated in seven of the eight characterization categories I was eligible for (no Kate or Jenny stories last year) and won something in six of them. So that got me musing on characterization, which led me to this week's Writer Yoga post at my Exeter site about seeing the world through the character's eyes. I used a See No Evil example, and I could give a bunch of other NCIS ones. I posted it over there because that's where my Writer Yoga posts live, but since characterization is the single biggest factor for me in whether I enjoy a fanfic piece or not, I figured I'd post here, too.

I had somebody take offense at my definition of character-bashing a few weeks back, but my opinion on it comes straight from my emphasis on good characterization. In some ways, the longer the show runs, the more true that becomes. Each episode gives us new information about the characters, new details that help explain why they do what they do, how they became who they are. You can see this when you read older stories in the fandom, or even more recent ones like Razor's Edge. We as writers often extrapolated about a character's past based on what we knew — and we were wrong.

In some ways, that makes writing good characterization harder. We have fewer blank spots to play with, fewer places to imagine why a character does what they do. And many more places we can trip ourselves up by having a character do something that's not consistent with that we know about him/her.

But it also can make it easier. Kyrie says has a harder time editing my Exeter fic than she does my NCIS fic because she doesn't know the characters as well. Part of the reason I started doing the Story Cubes challenge was to basically fanfic myself and give Kyrie lots of the details about the characters in Exeter that she has for the NCIS folks from watching all 200+ episodes. The more we know, the more we can develop reactions and actions that are consistent with a character's motivation. That's the biggest reason I put Breathe on hiatus after Penelope Papers — I realized too much of why McGee does what he does in that series is driven by an assumption I made that was wrong. And I can't wrap my mind around that change and still feel like I'm writing the characters accurately, at least not without knowing more about what went on between Tim and McDad nine years ago.

What's your biggest challenge with characterization, either in fanfic or original fic? (Or who, if there's a character that you particularly struggle with.)

Looking for writing prompts?

After some nudging from a fellow Rory's Story Cubes lover and realizing I needed to get my Exeter writing back in gear, I re-started the Rory's Story Cubes challenge over at my pro (Exeter) writing site. I have to thank catwalksalone for introducing me to the cubes a few years ago - they're a great writing prompt tool!

If you're interested, I post a new set of the cubes each Wednesday morning. Details about the challenge are listed there. If you're looking to get unstuck on writing, rack up some words for Get Your Words Out or just want to try something new, please go check out the cubes.

(And if you already know about the Story Cubes, I'd love to hear how/if you've used them in your writing!)

Guest-blogging for the IBC today

I've got a "lessons learned" post over at the Indie Book Collective today, focusing on one of the things I learned the hard way with my first Exeter short-story collection: If you can't give your book a solid home in a genre, you're handicapping yourself big-time. Head on over and please comment either there or at my blog.
Title: Marching Forward
Words: 1,400
Genre: Family/Romance
Rating: Rated: PG-13
Summary: G doesn't trust easily, much to Sam's frustration. So when things look their worst and G asks Nell for help, Sam worries. Tin Soldiers tag.


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Title: Marching Forward
Words: 1,500
Genre: Family/Romance
Rating: Rated: PG-13
Summary: G doesn't trust easily, much to Sam's frustration. So when things look their worst and G asks Nell for help, Sam worries. Tin Soldiers tag.
AN: I've written NCIS fic for a couple of years, but this is the first time I've tried my hand at LA. The G/Nell ship has become my guilty pleasure the last couple of weeks, so I figured I'd start there.

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Unwritten Stories Meme

ETA: NCIS:LA as an option for fanfic prompts.

I'm submerged in big writing projects this year, so I figured I'd mix things up a bit with some ficlets and jump on the Unwritten Stories bandwagon.

Rules:

Rule 1: There will be 10 (ten) prompt spots per month.
Rule 2: Tell me a story I haven’t written, and I will give you 1-3 sentences from or about it.
Rule 3: No more than two prompts per person, unless I've filled everything and there are available prompt spaces

For fanfic, NCIS or NCIS:LA, please. No NCIS pairings with Ducky or Vance, no Jibbs. For LA, gen for anybody, pairings can be G/Nell or G/Sam. No character bashing. Anything not excluded is fair game. :)

Also accepting original fic prompts from Exeter, for those who have read Thrown Out or some of the free short stories or ficlets on my Exeter site. On the off chance you hit on something that would give away a couple of key secrets in the characters' lives planned for future books, I might ask for a substitute prompt.

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Operation Excavate Apartment

I'm on furlough from work this week, which is bad because I'm not getting paid and good because I need the time off. I took this week because it's the week of Va. Festival of the Book, which is just over the mountain from me. It started yesterday, but I'm skipping today and Sunday to take care of my *other* project this week, namely a massive spring cleaning of my apartment.

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Title: Patience
Summary: When Gibbs and the team catch a murder case, they think it will be routine. But they are six years behind their killer and before long, they realize nothing is quite what it seems. Can the team stop the deaths in time?
Rating: R for violence, creepiness
Pairings: None
Warnings: Stalking
Spoilers: Minor character spoiler for S9's Broken Arrow/Need to Know


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Tagged by Kesterpan for a meme

Kesterpan got me in a meme, so here goes. :) If you want to participate, leave a comment and I'll give you seven questions to answer.

1. What's your favorite fandom besides NCIS, and why?

Covert Affairs and NCIS:LA are the only two others I really read, and I'm not active in either. So I'd have to say Trixie Belden, because I was very active in that for many years. A lot of my close friends, including the excellent Kyrie, are people I met through the Trixie sites.

2. What's your favorite NCIS season and why?

Oh, tough one. Season Eight has more of my Top 5 episodes than any other season (Enemies Foreign/Enemies Domestic, Baltimore, Swan Song), but it also had a lot of forgettable ones. Overall best I'd have to say is Season 7 with Season 3 right behind. (And my usual disclaimer that I'd pick Season 4 if not for the stupid Frog arc.)

3. What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

Wow. Tough one. When I get my novel published later this year, that will probably be it. But until then, I think it would have to be my RPM certification because it's such a hard-core group fitness class and to be able to earn that qualification says so much about how far I've come in terms of getting in shape in the past five years.

4. Favorite thing to do on a rainy day when you don't have to do anything in particular?

Nap. :) Otherwise, head to the coffee shop, get a skim latte and write.

5. What do you think you'd have done with your life if you'd lived 100 years ago?

I would have been one of the suffragettes. Beyond that, I don't know.

6. Which fandom character would you like to share a deserted island with, and why?

McGee, as long as there was no poison ivy around. I'd love to see how he handles not having the technology around - I'm betting more of his Gemcity side would come out. And he's got Scout training, which would be useful.

7. What was your least favorite class in high school?

Math. Specifically Algebra II, which was the bane of my existence.

Fic: Patience 7/50-ish (R, Gibbs, Team)

Title: Patience
Summary: When Gibbs and the team catch a murder case, they think it will be routine. But they are six years behind their killer and before long, they realize nothing is quite what it seems. Can the team stop the deaths in time?
Rating: R for violence, creepiness
Pairings: None
Warnings: Stalking
Spoilers: Slight spoilers for S8's Enemies Foreign and Enemies Domestic.


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Title: Patience
Summary: When Gibbs and the team catch a murder case, they think it will be routine. But they are six years behind their killer and before long, they realize nothing is quite what it seems. Can the team stop the deaths in time?
Rating: R for violence, creepiness
Pairings: None
Warnings: Stalking
Spoilers: Slight spoilers for S7's Endgame and S8's Baltimore. Again, of the "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" variety.


FF.net and NFA

Fic: Patience 4/50-ish (R, Gibbs, Team)

Title: Patience
Summary: When Gibbs and the team catch a murder case, they think it will be routine. But they are six years behind their killer and before long, they realize nothing is quite what it seems. Can the team stop the deaths in time?
Rating: R for violence, creepiness
Pairings: None
Warnings: Stalking
Spoilers: If you don't know who the title of 09.03 "The Penelope Papers" refers to, there's a minor spoiler in here, but it's of the "blink and you'll miss it" variety. Also, small spoiler for Inside Man. Also of the "blink and you'll miss it" variety.


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Fic: Patience, 3/50-ish (R, Team, Gibbs)

Title: Patience
Summary: When Gibbs and the team catch a murder case, they think it will be routine. But they are six years behind their killer and before long, they realize nothing is quite what it seems. Can the team stop the deaths in time?
Rating: R for violence, creepiness
Pairings: None
Warnings: Stalking
Spoilers: Anything before Season 9 is fair game, but I'll warn specifically for anything in Seasons 7 and 8.


FF.net and NFA
Title: Patience
Summary: When Gibbs and the team catch a murder case, they think it will be routine. But they are six years behind their killer and before long, they realize nothing is quite what it seems. Can the team stop the deaths in time?
Rating: R for violence, creepiness
Pairings: None
Warnings: Stalking
Spoilers: Anything before Season 9 is fair game, but I'll warn specifically for anything in Seasons 7 and 8.

Because this is shaping up to be an epic, I'll post links to the NFA and FF.net locations instead of actually posting here.

FF.net and NFA
Title: Building a Table
Genre: Humor
Summary: Crime is slow, the team is bored and McGee's finishing up a project for Habitat that Abby's talked him into. What happens when Gibbs takes an interest in the project?
Rating: G

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