little_tristan: (Riptide Trio)
Title: 1984
Author: Tristan der Tanzer
Word Count: 2,340
Genre/Rating: Slash/NC-17
Characters: Murray/Cody/Nick
Notes/Warnings: Written for my personal prompty thing.
For [livejournal.com profile] catyah, who wanted threeway, politics, and humor.
Summary: Politics and betting make good bedfellows.

1984

Title: Touch Me/Touch Me Not
Author: Tristan der Tanzer
Word Count: 2,660
Genre/Rating: Slash/NC-17
Characters: Walter/Jess
Notes/Warnings: Written for my personal prompty thing.
For [livejournal.com profile] sydpenguinbunny, who wanted, well, this.
Summary: Jesse gets broken. Walter is the only one who cares.

Touch Me/Touch Me Not
little_tristan: (Canon Error)
Because I pretty much do whatever [livejournal.com profile] oddmonster says.

Total word count for the year:
According to what's posted on AO3: 243,275

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Much less. Mischief knocked me in the knees and a lot of things just didn't get done.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2011?
Wouldn't have guessed I'd write Simon & Simon, since I'd never seen it. But if I ever feel like writing again, I expect it will keep popping up.

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?
Stealing Pavel

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
I wrote Riptide/Emergency! crossovers and discovered that while the two shows have a lot of common fans, the styles don't necessarily mix. (E! fans aren't nearly as porny as RT fen, apparently.) I also learned that since everyone isn't going to like everything, I may as well do what I please.

Most under-appreciated by the universe.
I was a little bit sad that Don't Go Away Heartbroken went down without a ripple. Even if it is a Murray deathfic, I thought it was pretty well done, and is probably my second favorite for the year.

Most fun
Out of the Rubble

Story that could have been better
All of them, probably. I just couldn't figure out how.

Story that changed your own perception of the characters
Reforming

Story with the sweetest moment
Serious Moonlight kind of does it for me. But I try to slip something sweet into all of them.

Story that made you cry
Don't Go Away Heartbroken

Hardest to write
Of the finished ones, Relative Complications. Families can be so uncooperative. But there are another half-dozen that were either impossible to finish, or done too badly to show anyone, and any of those could count.

Easiest to write
Honoring Thieves (Firefly)

"Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story
The One Where Quinlan's a Werewolf

Most eyeroll-worthy title
Sunshine and Unicorns

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
One posted fic a month. And, you know, write that novel that's supposed to be published in May. Or June. Whenever.
little_tristan: (Default)
Now I want to write a fic where Quinlan is slowly going blind. Not Catbread, but with a similar M/Q relationship history. Thoughts?

[Poll #1805467]
little_tristan: (Bunny)
As a separate entry for all to enjoy. Also, I totally blew past that silly two or three sentence part (rules? what rules?) and followed the muse all over hell's half acre in search of ficcage. Here's what we found. Warning: One is porny, two are sad, and one is original. No darkity dark or major character deaths. (Just regular dark and unknown character death. You knew who I was when you signed up.)

The One Where Chekov Goes To Scotland To Visit Scotty's Parents )

The One Where Quinlan's A Werewolf )

The One Where the Riptide Guys Meet Simon & Simon )

The One Where Murray is Accused of Murdering a Client, and Nick and Cody Don’t Know if He Did It )

The One Where Murray Has to Pose as Heff (With the Contessa Girls) )

The Event at the Foundation )
little_tristan: (Riptide OT3)
12. Have you ever attempted an "adaptation" fic of a favorite book or movie but set in a different fandom?

No, but I intend to. I saw a movie once about three men who were lovers and it didn't end the way I expected it to. It was, in fact, a rather unpleasant story. Some day I'm going to write a Riptide version where they live happily ever after.

Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Writer Snail)
9. Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Not all of my fandoms have 3 pairings, but let's see what we can do:

1. Riptide: Murray/Quinlan, Murray/Cody/Nick, Cody/Nick
2. Star Trek Reboot: Scotty/Chekov, Kirk/McCoy. Spock/Uhura
3. Emergency! (crossed with Riptide only): Johnny/Murray, Roy/Joanne
4. The Losers: Cougar/Jensen
5. The Sentinel: Jim/Blair
6. It: Richie/Eddie
7. Supernatural: Sam and Dean (gen)
Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Riptide Murray's PI License)
8. Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

All of my Riptide series (and most of the stand-alone fics) have OCs, because there are so few canon characters to work with. They need neighbors and clients and doctors and such. Generally, the OCs don't have large enough roles to become Mary Sues. If they are that prominent, I just make sure they aren't filling a purpose best left to a canon character, like solving a mystery or pulling off a rescue. And they never (so far as I can remember) get to climb up on a high horse and rebuke/lecture/correct a canon character. Basically, the OC isn't the main character. (I admit I came close to blowing that in Murray's True Love, which was a very early fic. I hadn't even heard of Mary Sue, in fact. But she still managed to not be the entire focus of the story, and certainly wasn't the hero.)

Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Writer Snail)
7. Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

I've definitely developed and evolved my feelings toward characters through writing them, like Lieutenant Quinlan who went from enemy to half-hearted friend to half of one of my favorite pairings. But if it means gaining insight from reading other fics, I don't think so. I've learned about them and added to my person store of fanon, but I don't think that counts as a changed opinion.

Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Riptide Orange Grove Surprise)
4. Do you have a "muse" character, that speaks to you more than others, or that tries to push their way in, even when the fic isn't about them? Who are they, and why did that character became your muse?

My muse character is, of course, Riptide's Murray Bozinsky. He was always the star of the show to me, the one who had all the answers and solved all the problems, while his partners did the grunt work and took care of him. The dynamic is so complex and multi-layered, I've written close to 150 fics just trying to work it out and haven't quite succeeded yet.

I rarely feel moved to write in this fandom without him. In canon, he's either solving the case or getting kidnapped, or both, and I guess I lack the imagination to break out of that pattern. But I have done a couple of special request fics for people who prefer other characters, and it's not that hard to focus on someone else, if I have a plot. Murray makes his own plots, while I have to create ideas from scratch for the others. Still, I think I can honestly say I've never written a fic where I had to stop and think how do I keep this person out or how do I force this person in. They either belong in the story or they don't, and since I'm such a sucker for canon, I usually have everyone in there somewhere.* Murray's just the one who brings them together and gives them something to do.

*Excepting, of course, some of the later Catbread and Protective Custody fics where he's living with Quinlan. Nick and Cody just didn't fit into all of those.

Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Riptide Murray and Quinlan Sweetheart)
3. For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?
1. Riptide: In order--Murray, Quinlan, Cody, and Nick
2. Star Trek Reboot: Chekov and Scotty, with background Kirk, McCoy and Uhura
3. Emergency!: Johnny, Roy, Captain Stanley and Chet
4. The Losers: Everyone, with a focus on Cougar and Jensen
5. The Sentinel: Jim and Blair
6. It: Richie and Eddie
7. Supernatural: Sam and Dean

Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Writer Snail)
2. Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.

1. Riptide: 132 posted; 8 awaiting posting; more being written daily
2. Star Trek Reboot: 9 posted; more on the way
3. Emergency (crossed with Riptide only): 5 posted; 4 awaiting posting; potential for a couple more
4. The Losers: 3 posted; probably finished with the fandom
5. The Sentinel: 2 posted; potential for more
6. It: 1 posted; potential for more
7. Supernatural: 1 posted; occasional fantasies of others.

Rest of the questions this way... )
little_tristan: (Riptide Catch a Fallen Murray)
Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] tinx_r

1. How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?

I think everyone who wants to write practices with something like fanfic from a young age. Riptide was my first fandom and is still my main one. I fell in love with Murray Bozinsky when I was eight years old and used to imagine befriending him when I grew up so we could be cool geeks together. I took hope from his situation, being the brains of the operation and having really good friends to love and protect him. I love Cody and Nick, but what makes them so special is their ability to love Murray the way they do, even though he's so different. TV in the early 80s was full of buddy shows featuring buff pretty boys, but Riptide was the only one with a trio of equal partners, and the fact that the hunks accepted Murray as equal (even if the press and the fans never really did) is the key to their depth. He illuminates their hearts in a way that they just can't do on their own. It's too easy for them to love each other, being cool and pretty together. Extending that love to someone their cool friends probably beat up in high school is a sign of greatness. Together, the three of them are perfect.

Of course, this is not the dominant view in the fandom, and I never would have had the courage to get involved had I not met one person (hi [livejournal.com profile] catyah) who felt the same way. She was the one who pulled me in, with her fics and friendship and endless support for my ideas. I've met a lot of great people in the fandom and made a lot of friends, but she was the one who started it. And I still get her approval for everything I do, just so all the blame doesn't fall on me. :)

The rest of the questions are here... )
little_tristan: (Riptide Murray Thinky)
A couple years ago, I wrote a series of fics called Lost and Found. It consisted of three stories, all slash, Nick/Cody/Murray. It wasn't my most popular work, but I've always been fond of them, and lately I've had an idea about rewriting them. I'd leave most of the story the same, the plot would remain, and much of the dialog, but the relationships would change to Nick/Cody and Murray/Quinlan. Something Found would be the most affected, I think. And there would be a fourth story added to end it differently.

So my question for the fine folks of fandom is: Is this a done thing? Are authors allowed to remix their own work? I don't think I've seen it before, but there's a lot I don't know. Since everyone likes polls, come vote and tell me what to do. (Bearing in mind that voting in favor carries no obligation to actually read the stories in either form.)

[Poll #1762249]
little_tristan: (Riptide Cody and Murray (car))
Over the last couple days an unnamed guest has been working her or his way through my Riptide archive on AO3 and leaving kudos. If you're a friend or lurker here as well, I just wanted to say thanks. Knowing you're out there reading makes me very happy. :D
little_tristan: (Ranger)
I went downtown for the first time since I got the new chair. I think I like it better outside than I do inside. It's a really smooth ride, for some reason. Herr says it's the pneumatic tires (which it's not supposed to have, but they screwed up), but the old chair also had them (the solid inserts were discontinued for that model), so I don't think that's it. Maybe it has better shocks or something. Anyway, it handles the bumps really well, which makes me understand why Medicare got all bent about indoor chairs (medically necessary) and outdoor chairs (extravagance for the wealthy). Maybe there really is a difference now. Anyway, I got Bruder's prescription and a celebratory bottle of sparkly purple nail polish.

I'm working on a new Riptide/Emergency! fic in the current series, which has been trending toward sad. Only 1-3 have been posted, but I'm working on #8 now (there were supposed to be 8, but now I think 9 or 10) and it got sad in #7. So #8 is happy in spite of sad, and I'm pleasantly surprised by how easily the happy is coming. I might actually call it Sunshine and Unicorns. That's not a joke. It would actually relate to the story.:D

The mail brought my It's okay to be Takei button, which I'd just about given up on. I put it on my hat and can't wait to wear it out in public. Which might be tomorrow when I take Ranger to the vet for her butt-check. She's still healing nicely, so far as I know, but we need more pills.

We also got Willow's registration certificate, making her an official puppy, I guess. I don't see a whole lot of value in it, but it's cute and she deserves some recognition. The boys really wanted to do it, anyway, just because we've never had a papered dog before. Ranger and Doodle could have been, but I never followed through. It was enough to know they had the lineage without spending the money to prove it. But Wills' lists her parents' names, and I guess I'd have liked that for Ray. I met her folks, but we weren't formally introduced.

I need to start posting pics of Willow again. She's growing so fast! She doesn't really look like a puppy anymore. She looks like a small dog, with her elongating muzzle and perky ears. She does the drops and stalking moves like a Border Collie, although it's mostly Ray she's trying to herd. Obviously, she's not having much luck at it, but her moves are beautiful. I can't wait to see what she's like when her legs are long enough to actually keep up with Ray. They're going to have so much fun.
little_tristan: (Riptide Murray Satisfied)
Now Murray was sitting on the edge of the bed letting Cody button his shirt, which wasn’t even a falling hazard. It was sort of cute when Johnny did it, but this was just degrading.

“I can have done that,” he said, when Cody fumbled and scratched his chest with one fingernail.

“Not if you want to have breakfast before lunch,” Nick muttered. Murray sighed again and he felt bad, but not bad enough to apologize. It had been a long summer.
little_tristan: (Riptide Murray Too Early)
And linking quietly here out of respect for others (and fear of complaints/reprisals). Don't click if you don't lika da sad.

Sort of PG, implied slash, Riptide, with death.

Don't Go Away Heartbroken
little_tristan: (Writer Snail)
Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project -- published, submitted, in progress, for your cat -- whatever.

(In the interest of making it make sense, I decided to count segments of dialog as one line. I don't play by anybody's rules. Not even my own!)

“Nick was drinking. Is drinking, probably. I doubt he’s stopped since I left.”

“I figured that. Did he hit you?”

“No,” Cody said, too quickly. Then he saw the sweet understanding in Murray’s tired eyes, the unquestioning love and support that had always been there for him if he had only been willing to accept it. He could tell his old friend anything at all, so he may as well tell him the truth. “Not exactly."
little_tristan: (Dancing)
Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project -- published, submitted, in progress, for your cat -- whatever.

Johnny woke from a sound sleep to find himself alone in the middle of his double bed. He’d fallen asleep four hours ago with Murray snuggled under his arm, full of chocolate and looking forward to making love again when the sun came up. Somehow he’d slept through Murray getting up and sneaking away, and sneaking was how he thought of it. Even if he’d just gone to the bathroom, Johnny vaguely resented not being woken. He sat up and listened for the sound of running water or the click of a door latch, but heard nothing. Suddenly he was afraid that Murray was gone; that he’d just picked up and left in the dead of night for reasons of his own. Johnny leapt out of bed, grabbed a pair of boxers from the dresser, and hopped into them on his way out of the room.
little_tristan: (Emergency! Johnny Gage)
But it turned into a series. Fortunately, the others are much shorter.

Title: Out of the Rubble
Series: Between Carson and King Harbor
Word Count: 41,600
Genre/Rating: Slash/NC-17
Characters: Murray Bozinsky/Johnny Gage, Cody Allen/Nick Ryder
Notes/Warnings: Takes place in 1987, so post-canon for both shows. However, the Emergency! segments of the story (first 3 chapters) are set in that 1970s world, saving us from having to keep up with reality. So both segments should be familiar to fans of each show, without any of that pesky technological progress getting in the way.
Beta by [livejournal.com profile] catyah, who excels at playing both sides.
Summary: A natural disaster solves more problems than it causes. Eventually.

Out of the Rubble

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