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02 August 2010 @ 06:21 pm
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 now...in 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.
mac_beth13mac_beth13 on August 2nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to your posts! If you need to pick my brain feel free to. :D
Shannon: firefly paranoidkungfuwaynewho on August 2nd, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Okay, I totally have a question. Is there any kind of manual system to turn off lights and open the doors inside their quarters? I know they do voice commands, and the doors seem to have an auto sensor on them, but is there any kind of panel with buttons on it? I just stuck one next to the Babcom because it seemed to me like there'd have to be something, for the interstellar equivalent of ADA if nothing else. It's not totally necessary to the plot, it just seems like...it should be there.

(The lights go out station-wide at one point, and characters are dealing with it, so.)
mac_beth13mac_beth13 on August 3rd, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I know there's the panel outside the door that we've seen jimmied so many times it's not funny; but from inside, to my recollection I don't think it's ever been specific and/or mentioned (the characters always just called out lights a few times then gave up). I do remember Garibaldi pulling of a wall panel near the babcom system in day of the dead to hot-wire a comm system so that definitely could work as an access panel/manual control area. I think the idea is free for poetic license. ;)
The lights go out, huh? There's a lot of things on that station that can go bump in the night. We could always use Kosh as a night light! *snort*
Love the your icon BTW! :)
Shannon: firefly mal flowerskungfuwaynewho on August 3rd, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Awesome, thanks. Yeah, I have the call box/key card slot thing on the outside (hee, I had to go back to Sheridan getting locked out of his quarters to confirm that they had cards they swiped), I just could not think of the other. I originally had a panel right next to the door, but then checked and definitely didn't see anything there.

I think it'll be okay. Heh.

Thanks! I miss Jayne.
mac_beth13mac_beth13 on August 3rd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Good luck with the deadline! Ah. of course, the getting locked out scene was great. Would've been funny to watch Susan make it rain and scare the crap outta security when she tried to jimmy hers. *ponders that plot bunny* No, definitely no panel on the inside of the door but there is a creepy frosted window in the door itself. (I always imagined some creeper peeking through that thing *shivers*)

Browncoat and proud of it! I love watching Castle and having random Firefly references.
"Nice shot!"
"Actually I was aiming for his head."
Shannon: firefly big damn cowboykungfuwaynewho on August 3rd, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
There's a panel in their doors?! I never noticed that before. Creeeeepy.

Heh, I would have liked to see Susan try to get into her quarters. There were A LOT of plots in that episode, though. Their quarters, the date, and the telepaths in Down Below. It was kind of crazy.

I actually just started watching Castle. I'm only four episodes in, but it's fun so far - mostly for Fillion. I know about him dressing up as Mal for Halloween; I read about it somewhere when it happened. I'm very much looking forward to it, hee.
nhpwnhpw on August 5th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I think I finally figured this LJ thing out. WIN.

If you have canonial knowledge questions, ask away. I have something of a photographic memory; lends itself well to remembering the tiny details. RE: the lights, I know that there are several times (I especially remember one two in Season 5) when we see a character wave his or her hand over a small light to make it go on or off without a voice command: Sheridan and Delenn do this after they are done having their "You were married to Capt. Lochley? WTF?" argument in bed; Sheridan also does it when he sits down in the middle of the night to read G'Kar's Declaration of Principles.
Shannon: b5 darkness and lightkungfuwaynewho on August 5th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
You made it! Yay!

There are the lamps they just wave at, that's right. Thank you; I can totally make mention of that. Since neither of you mentioned a "there is definitely no instrument panel with manual light switches" fact, I feel perfectly okay with putting one in. At this point it would be a son of a bitch to go back and change it.

I'm usually good with details, too - dude, ask me about Battlestar Galactica sometime - but since I just flew through the show and half the time was like "when are they going to kiss next?!" there was a lot of stuff I missed.

Edited at 2010-08-05 10:50 pm (UTC)
nhpwnhpw on August 5th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
"When are they going to kiss next?" LOL. I have to admit on my first go-round, I was actually completely sucked into the writing and the story, so I stored away a bunch of general-knowledge details. The second time (I can't believe I'm owning up to this), I was looking for whether or not Lennier's betrayal made sense/was foreshadowed/etc. By nature I therefore paid more attention to the J/D relationship. And then I said something to my husband that sounded like, "Um, he's hot." And, well, what happened next is not really important. Point is, I'm on my... I think 4th?... run through the series. Ask whatever trivia you want :)
Shannon: b5 john smileskungfuwaynewho on August 5th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
That's how I was the first season. I didn't really have a favorite character or a crush, I was just following the story and such. And then season two started, and I was like, "BRUCE BOXLEITNER WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN MY WHOLE LIFE." And then Delenn grew hair and was all pretty, and they were going on dates and stuff, and I was just like, oh shit. I'm going to ship these two, aren't I. Except that they're probably never going to get together and I'm just going to frustrate myself, which is what always happens.

So imagine how exciting the last few months have been for me.

I'm sure I'll have questions Saturday/Sunday as I get into serious editing before I post what is now going to end up being a WIP (DAMN IT), so I'll let you know.