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20 November 2010 @ 01:53
oh look, a meme!  
I stole this meme from MANY PEOPLE. And I changed the last question into an actual question, because I dislike tagging people chain-letter style. Also, given how many stories I've written in however many fandoms (hint: more than 9, less than 50, vaguely), I decided to limit my answers to Star Trek fandom.

Five Ways to Tell You're Reading a Star Trek Story by taraljc

  1. It's Pike/Number One and it features flagrant abuse of em dashes and an almost complete and total lack of semicolons

  2. It's a bit smutty (or sometimes more than a bit)

  3. It's almost always either calapine, boosette or possibly_thrice's fault(s)

  4. It's longer than 2000 words, yet I still refer to it as "a tiny snippet" because my normal range for short fiction is 7000-11,000 words

  5. It involves the USS Yorktown in one universe or another, and bears more resemblance to Vulcan's Glory than "The Cage", in terms of interpersonal relationships

Fifteen questions about my works

1. Which is your favorite story?
Paradigm Shift, probably because it was something I'd always wanted to read and it made me realise how much I LOVE writing Boyce and Barry as the Peanut Gallery. If I have a second runner up, it's Night Shift (which is the second in the Second Chances series).

2. Which is your best-received story?
One Thousand Words For Snow or The Size of His Dream because they feature Spock, Uhura, and McCoy rather than the Pike-era folk and therefore were actually read by more than 12 people. Tho T'Kay Tales (excerpted from From The Terran Coyote to The Klingon K'Ortar: Tricksters of the Alpha and Beta Quadrants - Revised Expanded 4th Edition) actually got a lot of attention for something so off-the-wall, which made the folklore-obsessed geek in me GLEE.

3. Which is your worst-received story?
Pretty much any of the Cognitive Dissonance series stories, as they take a niche 'ship into a niche part of the fandom, and don't appeal to a lot of the folks who normally gravitate towards Mirror Universe stories.

4. Which is your angstiest story?
No Small Dreams, hands down. It was heartbreaking to write, and I had to write fluffy swimming pool shenanigans to cheer myself up, afterwards.

5. Which is your funniest story?
The Benefits of Pragmatism, mainly for the last line of the first bit.

6. Smuttiest?
Aside from some as-yet unarchived kinkmeme fills, I'd say Safe and Sound, probably because it was the porniest porn I'd ever written at the time, and started, erm... a trend.

7. Fluffiest?
Crossed Wires

8. Have you ever made someone cry with a story?
Yes.

9. Which story frustrates you the most?
Cognitive Dissonance mainly due to trying for something that I fear didn't entirely come across the the reader as clearly as I'd hoped.

10. Which story was the most fun to write?
Oddly enough, I'm going to say Nick Of Time for angst-free TOS UST.

11. Who is your favorite OC you've ever created?
Hands down it's Commander Atoa, the first officer of the Yorktown in my AOS stories. You haven't seen a lot of him yet, but hopefully it'll make sense when you do.

12. Are you better at oneshot or multipart?
One-shot.

13. What character do you think you're the best at portraying?
Number One. Though I do love writing McCoy, even tho I've only written him a few times.

14. What character is the most difficult to portray?
Weirdly enough, I'm also going to say Number One. I have more freedom with AOS and MU Number One, but TOS Number One I have to walk a fine line with. And I admit that a lot of the Number One I write has more to do with Dorothy Fontana's Number One than Gene Roddenberry's. But I hope wherever she is, Majel might approve (except for possibly the whole writing porn part--tho she did play Lwaxanna Troi too, so who knows?)

15. What story do you want to write, but you haven't (yet)?
The one where Sulu and Gaila go undercover on an Orion colony, which I continue to refer to in my head as "Sulu and Gaila Go To White Castle" despite having never actually seen either H&K film. Just because a) it amuses me and b) it would be swash-buckling zany ADVENTURE.
 
 
 
era erransspikeface on 20th November 2010 10:16 (UTC)
Just wanted to drop in and say that I really love the Cognitive Dissonance series. I've probably been very bad about commenting on your stories but I just reread all of them and they comprise such a lovely 'verse. Number One is so engaging and I love how unsure she is about Pike, how you give Pike a more moral slant with his consensual "alliance" with Number One, but you never straighten him out completely.
ljc: star trek (mirror!pike)taraljc on 20th November 2010 14:34 (UTC)
*hugs you tight*

Mirror!Pike is one kinky bastard, in sooooooooo many ways zomg.
janice2002 on 20th November 2010 15:27 (UTC)
You mentioned several of my all time favourite Pike/One stories.
I LOVED Paradigm Shift, Night Shift, Nick Of Time and Benefits Of Pragmatism.
I especially liked Skinned Knees and Second Chances. You wrote a LOT of my favourites---so a special Thank You to you. I do love Pike and One!

Are you planning to write a continuation to Counting The Seconds?? I'm waiting for a happy ending to that one since it ended on a sad note for our couple.
ljc: star trek (pike/number one)taraljc on 20th November 2010 18:58 (UTC)
I still need to write another 2000 words on the story set after "Counting the Seconds". But it's coming!
Pixy: heartsleevestheoreticalpixy on 20th November 2010 17:11 (UTC)
I would like to second the love for the Cognitive Dissonance series. Those are probably my favorites for the sheer complexity and the balance of alluring and frighting and then all the shades of grey going on.

A lot of your stuff is what got me to write trek fic in the first place, that story in particular.
ljc: star trek (mirror pike/number one)taraljc on 20th November 2010 22:28 (UTC)
A lot of your stuff is what got me to write trek fic in the first place

*blush*
midnightsjane: Pikemidnightsjane on 21st November 2010 06:45 (UTC)
"Sulu and Gaila Go To White Castle" despite having never actually seen either H&K film. Just because a) it amuses me and b) it would be swash-buckling zany ADVENTURE.
Oh, please write this,it would be awesome.
Your Pike/One is canon for me now.