Shannon (kungfuwaynewho) wrote,

I have many thinkings today.

Started work this past weekend on my babylon5_love fic, which has to be done by Saturday so I have at least a little time to edit before I post it on Sunday.  It's going to be close.  It's turning out to be much longer than I had expected, probably because it's a lot more plotty than the fic I've written up to that, there's a plot. 

I'm pretty happy with it so far, though.  It's ~scary~, which is fun.  For those of you who don't know, I've spent the last five years writing two movies about murderers, so I quite enjoy writing dark and gruesome stuff.  It's interesting, trying to tap into the things that scare most of us, and how to make those old tropes fresh, especially when bringing them into an established fictional world like B5.  I think it also prompts one of my favorite things about fanfiction, which is creating new situations and then asking, okay, I know these characters, how would they react to the situation?  It's not dissimilar to original writing, in the sense that until you know your own characters the same way you might know the characters on your favorite TV show, and can just write down what they would do, and not come up with something for them to do, your work isn't finished.  You still have more to learn about them. 

I'm finding what's holding me up more than anything is my limited canonical knowledge.  I mean, I just finished watching the show the first time through.  I really sped through the last three seasons.  I keep having to run to the wiki and check facts - nothing major, nothing that really affects the plot, just the kind of details that if you get it wrong, it's a glaring mistake to someone who's more familiar with the show, and that's the last thing I want, obvs.

Still, it's fun.  I'm also trying to make at least one icon a day, for my icon post later this month.  Running into some of the same problems; I know generally what cap I'm looking for, but don't remember the specific episode, so it's reading the Lurker's Guide and the wiki and randomly scrolling through my files; ugh.  I'm getting there, though.
Tags: b5, blah blah, fic, writing

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