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Pretty icons, courtesey of taraljc here!

Two Bad!Clarks, two Lexana. Ah, she knows me SO well! *hugs* Can see the four new ones here too!

In case anyone is curious, I am pathologically incapable of making cool icons. I depend on the skill of others. *g*

Other news.

Recs and thoughts on sexuality and materialism in Smallville, in which I ramble randomly over the subjects without much in the way of organization. To think I used to be GOOD at essays. My English teacher would put a hit out on me if she saw this.

Um. She isn't HERE is she?

musesfool is brave. Very, very brave. And frankly? Still not sure my ego is up to doing that to myself. *g* As if anyone would answer. But. Hmm. You know...

I actually COULD critique myself with this survey, though.

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
1a) Did you like it or not?
1b) Why or why not?
1c) What do you remember most about it?

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
2a) Why?
2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
2c) What separates it from other stories like it?

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
3a) Why?
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
4a) What stories exemplify this style?

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?




Ooohkay. Let's see what I like and don't like about myself as a writer.

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?

*snicker* My first story was Manipulation.

1a) Did you like it or not?

Still do. Usually.

1b) Why or why not?

Fast read, easy to follow, episode extender, and I was in the middle of this really weird short-sentence phase. Very weird to see the difference between then and now.

1c) What do you remember most about it?

The fact I could not COULD NOT write any form of sex into it. No, really. I AM that shallow.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?

The Wasteland

2a) Why?

Hmm. Because it fulfilled everything I wanted it to, which few stories I've written have ever succeeded in actually achieving. Technically, it's somewhat cleaner than most of my Smallville work. And the ambiguity of the ending--rational happiness, no real dramatics--works for me a lot. It's not an ending at all, but more like a different kind of beginning, and I like it for that.

Also? I like this Lex. A lot.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

Hmm. Not sure. See above.

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?

Not sure. See above.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

Dear God. Flight. A complete failure in every way that counts.

3a) Why?

Bad imagery, bad grammar, bad flow, terrible pov, nightmarish use of style, weird, weird, BIZARRE choice of subject. I swear, I HAD to be high, I HAD to be.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

see above

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

see above

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
4a) What stories exemplify this style?


skipping, not qualified.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?

*determined* Plot based. Episode style.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?

*more determined* Lex/Lana, Chloe/Clark.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?

Don't think I will be. I just want to try it.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

Besides wordiness and a tendency toward melodrama? *g* Clarity. Better focus. Stronger emphasis on current canon. Clarity of progression in the story. Less ambiguity.

Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue.



Okay, hit me. And if you'd like to jump straight into the 'don't likes', feel oh so free.

Come on. This is FUN. *g*
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I just want to say that your keywords for your icons amuse the hell out of me. That is all.

I will return at look at the survey later.

So glad to amuse you, chica. *g*

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?

A Year and a Day

1a) Did you like it or not?

Liked it muchly. In fact, am still waiting for the 4 months coda... I have a bit of it in my inbox, but strangely enough, more never followed...

1b) Why or why not?

It was different. Rogue was stronger, more mature, not the teary Mary Sue she is in so much L/R fic.

1c) What do you remember most about it?

The fact that I still can't figure out what the hell really happened in South America.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?

Uh, tough, very touch question. There are three that I find hard to choose between: Exceptions, A Little More Than Intimate, and In a Thousand Miles, because I love them all.

I'd have to go with In a Thousand Miles, though. Love. It.

2a) Why?

May I quote? *G*

"I thought you didn't like heart to hearts."

"I've grown."

She breathed into the snow.

"I've settled."

"And that's *much* better."

Her eyes widened when she realized what she'd said. His grip had loosened enough for her to pull away and she turned on her back, staring up at him. It was well after nightfall and if she hadn't opened her mouth she could be--well, she could try on a few more of Jean's clothes and see which ones would work for what she wanted to be doing.

Instead, she was sitting--laying--in snow staring up at eyes she couldn't read at all, with nothing in her head from him to help her through this moment--and wow, she'd just
told him the wrong thing in such a spectacular fashion.

"That's not what I meant."

"Good to hear. Try again." He crossed his arms over his chest and she belatedly realized that he was perfectly willing to wait as long as it took her to give an answer.

She searched his face, trying to find something, but he wasn't giving away a damned thing.

"I can be second best."

He considered for a minute, then slowly nodded, almost to himself.

"Should have guessed." Before she could come up with a response, before she had time to hurt, before she even had time to absorb what he'd said and what it meant and how incredibly thoroughly she'd managed to wreck everything, he leaned close and stared into her eyes.

"There's no second best."


::shivers::

Need I say more?

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

Uh, it's happy? Not too angsty?

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?

Believable characterization. Believable conversation. Excellent treatment of Rogue's being able to control (or not) her mutation. Plus, leather pants.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

Huh.

I could be obvious and go with the Logan/Jean stories, but instead I will be a rebel, and choose Illusions.

3a) Why?

Because I don't get this Rogue. I don't understand her. And that makes it hard for me to believe the story.

Also, incredibly downbeat and no hope for a good ending in sight.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

Usually, your characterization is much more accessible.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

Well, it's much better written than most of the truly dark L/R fic. I guess it's the lack of hope that makes it stand out.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?

It's very immediate, very action-oriented.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?

I think it'd be easier to list stories that didn't. *g*

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?

Romantic comedy.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?

Chloe/Clark.

Logan/Scott. Come on! You know you want to slash the growly alpha males!

Also, Xavier/Magneto - aka, Clark/Lex, Marvel style.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?

Because I've yet to see you be bad at something.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

Erm... less influence from other writers in your writing style? I can usually tell who you've been reading. Also, less concentration on style and more on story. Sometimes what's actually happening is less clear than the idea of what's happening, if that makes sense.

How'd I do?

*g*

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

Huh.

I could be obvious and go with the Logan/Jean stories, but instead I will be a rebel, and choose Illusions.

3a) Why?

Because I don't get this Rogue. I don't understand her. And that makes it hard for me to believe the story.

Also, incredibly downbeat and no hope for a good ending in sight.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

Usually, your characterization is much more accessible.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

Well, it's much better written than most of the truly dark L/R fic. I guess it's the lack of hope that makes it stand out.


*nods* It really IS. The farther I get from it, the more hopeless it looks. I mean REALLY. God.

Erm... less influence from other writers in your writing style? I can usually tell who you've been reading. Also, less concentration on style and more on story. Sometimes what's actually happening is less clear than the idea of what's happening, if that makes sense.

*snickers* Oh yes. My style has a damn GENEALOGY behind it most of the time. I honestly can't think of any story that isn't a really heavy influence by what I was reading at the time. Even Manipulation was because of what my college English class reading material was.

The style thing--*nod*. I'll catch myself every once in awhile, but sometimes I get lost in making all these PRETTY sentences. *g* Then go back and think, huh, well, THAT four pages could have been boiled down to a paragraph or two...

*g*

Thanks! *hugs*

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Closer to Breathing.
1a) Did you like it or not?
Liked it.
1b) Why or why not?
It was a nice, long, meaty, sexy Clark/Lex, with pretty style and pretty characterization.
1c) What do you remember most about it?
Seriously? Coatroom sex. I'm shallow.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Sleep While I Drive.
2a) Why?
It's gorgeous. It gets me everytime. I start reading and I want to just stay here, and
2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
It's dreamier, happier, a sort of beautiful fantasy.
2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
This is never going to happen. This is completely unrealistic. It has little relation to anything on the show. I believe in it anyway.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Syzygy.
3a) Why?
Because ... I don't get it.
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
I usually find your stories much more accessible than I found this one.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
I could answer that easier if I could think of what stories are like it.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
It's thick, murky, fulfilling. You don't see that done well very often.
4a) What stories exemplify this style?
The Wasteland, Three Impossible Things, Handful of Dust

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Hmm. I'd like pre-Smallville Clark or Lex stories. Cute little babies.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
I think you should write Pete/Chloe.
6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Um. Because you write pretty? Also, you want to practice your het, yes? *nod* Chloe/Pete, I'm telling you.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Um. I don't know. I'd agree with Victoria that sometimes you do have a tendency to go off too much into the vague.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Syzygy.
3a) Why?
Because ... I don't get it.
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
I usually find your stories much more accessible than I found this one.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
I could answer that easier if I could think of what stories are like it.


Yeah. Considering the mood I wrote it in, it's a hit or miss, even for me as a reader and not the writer. I mostly know what I was trying to do, but it really is way WAY too ambiguous, even for me.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
I think you should write Pete/Chloe.
6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Um. Because you write pretty? Also, you want to practice your het, yes? *nod* Chloe/Pete, I'm telling you.


*snorts*

You're just trying to get me for encouraging your little seed of Chete, aren't you? *g*

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Um. I don't know. I'd agree with Victoria that sometimes you do have a tendency to go off too much into the vague.


Look! Pretty sentences! Complex compounds! Lots of adjectives! *snickers* I'm HORRIBLE about that, and I'm still working out when exactly it became such an unbreakable habit.

I'm telling you, there should be a support group for those who abuse adjectives and sentence structure on a consistent basis. *G*

Thanks chica! *hugs*

This is awesome. I love this! I hope people will do it for me, too. :)

DISCLAIMER: I feel it necessary to confess that I've only read your NC-17 Clex stuff. Jeez, what does that say about me? I think mostly I just love your version of the boys being together, not getting there or being friends.

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Blow Your Mind (at TGI Friday's, alone with a white Russian and a very cute waiter){g}.

1a) Did you like it or not?
Loved it

1b) Why or why not?
Well, aside from the fact that it popped my slash cherry, I love that you made Clark very, very bi. I love the whole rescuing from the party when rescuing really wasn't necessary. The imagery was great and Clark's characterization was just perfect.

1c) What do you remember most about it?
I remember Clark's spot-on reactions to women, breasts, cars, etc.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
I can't make this easy. LOL
Depending on my mood:
Outside In
Sleep While I Drive
What I Do Is For Me...

2a) Why? (I'll keep these answers in their respective order)
Outside - I can be in this fic, I can be the one watching. It pulls me further into the fic than usual because Chloe's feeling exactly what I feel when I read Clex.

Sleep - I want all of those things to happen to me *NOW*

What I do - Clark gets this visceral experience (leather and Lex) while experiencing the forbidden bdsm at a safe, plausible distance. Lex gives him that experience through his experience. SO hot.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Outside - I can be in the story
Sleep - I wish I could be in the story
What I do - I can relive - um - stuff as I read this. It also gives me a safe, easy way to allow myself to enjoy bdsm without questioning my own sanity because it's not *really* happening.

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
Outside - I haven't seen anything else where someone is just *watching* them.

Sleep - You take your time getting to the sex - it's really a slow, easy ride. You don't just jump into it. The writing reflects the story - slow, gradually building pace and depth. It's so well-rounded, so complete.

What I Do - Clark's not actually a party to bdsm, but he feels the effects of it more strongly than in most bdsm fics I've read.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Fetish

3a) Why?
It lacks a background story, which is your forte I believe.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Ditto

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
I think Lex's reactions are better than in most bold!Clark fics I've read.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
The cadence and rhythm of your writing.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?
All of your fics that I've read have it - but I particularly notice it in Outside, Sleep, Three Impossible Things, What I Do

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Emotional h/c (more)

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at? Emotional revelation (as in, repressed emotions/events coming to the surface, triggered by something in the present). Could be either one of the boys, but the other would have to have something to do with the triggering. I've tried to do this a thousand times and can't pull it off. I think you could though.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
non-con between Lex/Clark because I think I could actually believe it

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

I think you tend to get locked into a style for your sex scenes. I love the style, I adore it, but if I read two of your fics back to back, the rhythm and writing devices you use in the sex scenes seem very similar. End stopping, end jamming, etc.

and I'm going to add this:

8) The one thing about my writing that you never want to see change:
The way every fic you write comes full-circle. You wrap every one of them up in a neat little bow and I love that. I love *feeling* the end of your fics, not being left hanging. And the candence. ;)

Re: Great idea hon!

DISCLAIMER: I feel it necessary to confess that I've only read your NC-17 Clex stuff. Jeez, what does that say about me? I think mostly I just love your version of the boys being together, not getting there or being friends.

*g* Totally understandable. My favorites, too.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Fetish

3a) Why?
It lacks a background story, which is your forte I believe.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Ditto

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
I think Lex's reactions are better than in most bold!Clark fics I've read.


Ooh. I never thought of that. Huh. You're right, too. It's really REALLY immediate, absolutely no backstory going on.

*mulling* Interesting...Thank you. I never noticed that before.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
non-con between Lex/Clark because I think I could actually believe it


*laughs* Considering I just finished one....

*still laughing*

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

I think you tend to get locked into a style for your sex scenes. I love the style, I adore it, but if I read two of your fics back to back, the rhythm and writing devices you use in the sex scenes seem very similar. End stopping, end jamming, etc.


Oh yes. I really DO fall into a rut with that a LOT more than I thought until I went to check out the last four CLexs I wrote. The high similarity is startling. Hmm.

Need to think on that more.

*hugs* Thanks for answering!


1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?

A Year and a Day. Roadtrip W/R.

1a) Did you like it or not?

Liked it.

1b) Why or why not?

a) Always loved roadtrip stories.
b) Though I'm usually not fond of letter fics, this one *worked*. Good characterization, compelling plot... And I liked that it wasn't another "Logan comes home" fic, which seemed to compromise most of the fics written at the time.

1c) What do you remember most about it?

See above. :)

2) What story of mine do you like the best?

X-Men movie fic: On Love and Lust at Mutant High.
Smallville: Sleep While I Drive.

2a) Why?

L&L: I really liked your St. John (and the St.John/Bobby pairing therein). Also interesting to see W/R through a third person POV while still getting some great moments.

SWID: I'm a sucker for happy endings.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

Pretty similar in quality to your other stories, but overall plot appealed more I guess.

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?

See above.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

A Handful of Dust.

3a) Why?

It's weird, because I liked it very much at first. After a couple of rereads and some thinking, I ended up with a feeling that Clark felt too OOC. Plus, the ending was kind of a downer. But the main reason's probably the characterization of Clark.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

See above.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

See 3a.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?

Um. The porn? :) Seriously, I like how you almost always throw in bits of humor, even in angsty fics. Original plots, and when you do write clichéd storylines, it doesn't feel that way. You stay true to characterization, and always manages to keep me hooked on the story until I've read it from start to end.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?

All of them. :)

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?

You do humor exceptionally well, so I'd like to see you write more Advanced Masochism type of stories. I really enjoy them.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?

Clex futurefic post-Rift.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?

I don't think, I know you'd be good at it. :)

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

*thinks* Okay, rarely comfortable giving constructive crit. to strangers as you never know what could be perceived as mortal insults... But I honestly don't think you have any major flaws. You're easily one of my favorite SV writers; I'm hard pressed coming up with anything specific that needs to be improved. Sometimes you throw in too many "--" in the middle of sentences, but it's not like it's a major eyesore. Just personal preference I guess. :)


2) What story of mine do you like the best?

X-Men movie fic: On Love and Lust at Mutant High.
Smallville: Sleep While I Drive.

2a) Why?

L&L: I really liked your St. John (and the St.John/Bobby pairing therein). Also interesting to see W/R through a third person POV while still getting some great moments.

SWID: I'm a sucker for happy endings.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

Pretty similar in quality to your other stories, but overall plot appealed more I guess.


*hugs* L & L! *grins* Yes, I am a total slut for people liking that one. *g*

Er, sorry bout that. Just makes me happy.


3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

A Handful of Dust.

3a) Why?

It's weird, because I liked it very much at first. After a couple of rereads and some thinking, I ended up with a feeling that Clark felt too OOC. Plus, the ending was kind of a downer. But the main reason's probably the characterization of Clark.


As the writer, I have a similar reaction to it now, though I can remember what I was using as my characterization basis. *thinks* IT's one of the most intersting criticisms about it--to be honest, on release, I thought the Lex would be the character considered most OOC, but in hindsight, there wasn't nearly enough backstory provided for Clark's change of worldview to make the transition work.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?

You do humor exceptionally well, so I'd like to see you write more Advanced Masochism type of stories. I really enjoy them.


*laughs* I love doing humor, but it's possibly the hardest thing for me to write. I always have to treat myself to a long, long, LONG course of reading Beth's SV and XMM work to be able to get through it without everything falling flat.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?

Clex futurefic post-Rift.


Oooh! Hmmm. *mulling*

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

*thinks* Okay, rarely comfortable giving constructive crit. to strangers as you never know what could be perceived as mortal insults...


*snickers* My skin isn't usually that thin.

But I honestly don't think you have any major flaws. You're easily one of my favorite SV writers; I'm hard pressed coming up with anything specific that needs to be improved. Sometimes you throw in too many "--" in the middle of sentences, but it's not like it's a major eyesore. Just personal preference I guess. :)

Oh god, the little -- ers. *looks at them accusingly* It's like crack--I just keep wanting to put them in anywhere and everywhere. The sad part? My betas usually remove, oh, HALF of those before I post. That, in retrospect, really SHOULD tell me something. *G*

*grins* Thanks for answering! Highly, highly enlightening!

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Blow Your Mind.

1a) Did you like it or not?
1b) Why or why not?
1c) What do you remember most about it?

Ooo, yeah. You hit, like, almost all of my kinks with that one: cryptic Lex, innocent but not *dumb* Clark, an edge of a party, leather... *g* The thing I remember most about it was the solid mood throughout; it jsut built and built and *built* to the boys in Lex's bed, and...well, as far as I can recall, it lived up to its title.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Spin.

2a) Why?
2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
2c) What separates it from other stories like it?

I love your Lionel. I love his observations, how he deals with his fatherly impulses, how he walks the tightrope with Lex...a lot of people demonize him, and I'm really impressed with how you kept from doing that while still keeping that edge of non-sympathy for him.

The separation thing is kind of obvious--a) it's Lionelfic, b) it's looking at Clark and Lex from an external POV, which is something you don't tend to do. (As I've said elsewhere, I'm a sucker for external perspectives--I also really like Outside In, for instance.)

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Syzygy.

3a) Why?
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

This is probably Me Being Dense, but I could not figure out what the heck was going on in that thing. *g* The events in the desert were great, and I was sufficiently creeped out by the insinuations and the conversation the boys had--it was great in terms of atmosphere and characterization. But I was too lost on the particulars of what got the boys there to be able to really *get* it.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
Your writing is clear and particular, but you still manage to write descriptively, artistically. You create damn good moods in your stories, and can drag me into a story's universe without my being aware of how thoroughly I'm there until I have to get *out* at the end.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?
Outside In, Fetish, Intent, A Handful of Dust.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Personally, I'm quite happy with what you've done so far. Keep it up, I say! ;)

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
I would love it if you'd do more Lana, because more good writers need to take her on. Also, Doctor Hamilton, just because I take it upon myself to pimp for Hamiltonfic whenever I can. *g*

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
You've written Lana well already; given the opportunity--and what you've done with Clark and Lex and Chloe so far--I think you could do some really intriguing things with her.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Oh, jeez. You're pretty dang polished; I don't think I can give you anything here..

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Syzygy.

3a) Why?
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
This is probably Me Being Dense, but I could not figure out what the heck was going on in that thing. *g* The events in the desert were great, and I was sufficiently creeped out by the insinuations and the conversation the boys had--it was great in terms of atmosphere and characterization. But I was too lost on the particulars of what got the boys there to be able to really *get* it.


*nod* In so many ways, that story just frustrates me. I know what I was trying to do, but I went about it in absolutely the wrong way to actually express it well.

*sighs* Experimental writing be darned.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
I would love it if you'd do more Lana, because more good writers need to take her on. Also, Doctor Hamilton, just because I take it upon myself to pimp for Hamiltonfic whenever I can. *g*

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
You've written Lana well already; given the opportunity--and what you've done with Clark and Lex and Chloe so far--I think you could do some really intriguing things with her.


Hamilton is fascinating--I still cling to the idea he is not yet dead-dead. I mean, meteor rocks! It's like the ultimate deus ex machina! They can totally raise the dead! IF he's actually dead and not--well, something.

Er. Yeah. *g*

Lana kicks my rear often. It's hard to be sympathetic when I spend half of every ep just wanting her to Go Away Now. Though Red opened up some intriguing possiblities, especially after discussion with Tara LJC on the Chloe and Lana friendship.

Hmm.

Thanks for answering!

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote? The co-written World Domination and Caramel, thanks to seren_himitsu's rec (and my having saved the rec is the only reason why I know this is the first story :) ).
1a) Did you like it or not? I liked it fine.
1b) Why or why not? Humor. I'm also terribly fond of geeky!Lex wherever I can find him, as shown by—in this case—his 'beautiful machine' and 'six months of nefarious planning.' Morally ambiguous minions and distracting!Clark also a bonus.
1c) What do you remember most about it? I hadn't remembered anything until I looked up Seren's rec-list.

2) What story of mine do you like the best? I'll cheat and list both "Spin" and Three Impossible Things (which may have been the first I read that was written by you alone). Those two have made it onto my personal list of four most memorable SV stories.
2a) Why?
"Spin": I really enjoyed how the Lionel POV was presented, including getting to see Clex through that, and the father/son connection of spinning stories and so on, and the ramifications of Clark's strength (a la "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex") actually played out and how they dealt with it. Yummy characterization.
Three Impossible Things: that one was certainly enjoyable (selfish!Clark! so human! lucky sod!) but didn't thrill me the first time I read it. Later on, I came back to it and continued to greatly enjoy proactive!Clark but was enthralled by Lex and what isn't explicitly laid out for us to see. What Clark sets in motion... that's such a huge deal for Lex, his potential loss is so great, and it's amazing seeing their tests and trials along the way. (Oh, and the penthouse? Yum.) See 2c as well. Also, while I wouldn't want "Spin" to have been any longer, I did so enjoy revelling in the length of 3IT.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
"Spin": nothing else quite like it. If it reminds me of anything, it's "Intent", but even that's fairly remote.
Three Impossible Things: Hard to say. It's connected in my mind with "Blow Your Mind" and Sleep While I Drive.

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
"Spin": nothing else quite like it.
Three Impossible Things: one weekend I OD'd on reading Clex and got pretty bummed by just how depressing it all was, what with the Rift hanging over their heads—ordinarily I'm all about ambiguous endings (see "Spin"), with this pregnancy I'm finding myself becoming a sucker for believable potential-with-work happy endings—and this story's result was the most convincingly positive to me. (Fluff doesn't count; it doesn't sufficiently deal with their issues. Also, while I enjoy futurefic, I'm most drawn to fics set relatively close to the present day.) It also had strong female characters, which seem all too rare in slash, and the alternate pairings were treated seriously, which made the result that much stronger.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*? No idea, and you're so wonderfully prolific that I don't want to go rereading and try to find something less interesting.

4) What about my writing style grabs you? Mmm. Your characterization as displayed in limited third person, with its immediacy (including the dashes, usually), and there's the humor amidst the passion, and authorial consideration of consequences, and... *waves to question two*
4a) What stories exemplify this style? I'm running out of steam here. *waves to question two again*

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write? Mmm. That's hard to say without the characters, but off the top of my head, I'll go for mind-games and flaws, issues of trust and risk and control and intimacy and self-doubt. The more geekiness, the better, too. And, uh, a satisfyingly pretty-much-happy ending?

[pt. 1]

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at? When you've finished with the 'things you want to try regardless of good-ness,' which I'm all for... more Clex, please. ;) More seriously, I'm most interested in the two of them and Chloe (a la "The Autumn People"). Chloe holds a lot of inherent interest to me—I like her vibrancy, her vulnerability, and her geekiness—much more so than Lana, say, for all that I did enjoy "Words Like Pale Stones" (which still had its Clark underpinning, like TAP, but unlike TAP, was mostly dominated by Lex for me). Cross-gen complications, a la "Spin", are also appealing.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it? After having read your SV stash, I figure that if you're having a good time writing it, I'll have a good time reading it—and I assume you won't write anything that's not rewarding for you just because we say we'd like to see it. ;) As to what you'd yourself mentioned, I think you're doing the right thing in wanting to try something regardless of whether it'll win some Best Fic Since Krypton Award: hurrah for risk-taking!

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing? A beta whose focus is on mechanical flaws (typos, etc.); occasionally some leap out at me as I read (even though I try not to hunt for them), and they're distracting. Sometimes pacing's an issue too, but in most cases I'm happy enough to stay sucked in by the prose, and solutions are far harder to discuss in the abstract.

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
In A Thousand Miles

1a) Did you like it or not?
Five sentences in, you had yourself a devoted fan. IOW, yes.

1b) Why or why not?
Because, well, first off, damn classy writing. But also because it took something so many W/R writers (myself included) try to resolve -- the Jean Thing -- without a lot of convincing success, and WAS a convincing success. Rogue's doubts and insecurities were poignant and real, and Logan didn't turn into a freakin' girl to reassure her.

1c) What do you remember most about it?
Paying nearly $5 to print that baby out in an expensive internet cafe in France. 'Cause I had to finish, and that was cheaper than staying on the computer. *g* But really, I remember the part Victoria quoted above, the "There is no second best" part. That was perfect reassurance, perfect Logan. I still love it.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Oy, pick just one? Okay, I'll say Jus Ad Bellum.

2a) Why?
A lot of personal reasons that you know about already. The reality of that particular work of fiction hurts, and not always in a good way -- which is a good thing to me. Knowing the amount of work you put into it, the dedication to writing it responsibly; that all put a filter on how I read it, and made me respect even more how well you pulled it all off.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
I think it's that it felt possible in a way that many other stories don't. They could make it the next movie and I'd barely blink; while you're always very good at writing stories that fit very well with canon and follow paths that make sense, this one was just different. I'm articulate today, no? *g*

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
I don't really recall reading any, actually. Which makes it all the more satisfying. And the quality of such a massive endeavor -- it's a really rare treat to see something so complex and long hold together so well.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Illusions, though I do still like it.

3a) Why?
The depressing factor. *g* The fact that while I like Rogue flawed, as she should be, I didn't like this one at all -- my dislike of her overshadowed understanding how she got to that point and feeling bad for her.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Gonna go with Victoria again: I usually love even your villians, but this characterization was hard to grok.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
It didn't flinch away from anything, really. Usually stories so dark press it only to a point, but this one... dark, man. Not a scrap of light to be found.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
I could talk all day, man. But first and foremost, your ability to build upon detail after description after detail, all with very rhythmed and elegant prose. I'm a word whore, and you tend to squeeze an incredible amount of juice from every letter you put down. I mean, everything tends to mean something, even background details.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?
I'll use Jus again. For all the length, it never feels stilted, and I never feel like any portion of the length is useless, superfluous information just sort of tossed in. Because of Rogue's situation, details matter, and the story doesn't fail to provide those details.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Without going to your site and making a detailed chart, I can't come up with any that you haven't already. Although, spinning off Victoria's romantic comedy, I might like to see you try to do an epic romantic comedy.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Xavier/Magneto, absolutely. And, um. Clark/Pete. I suspect you could make it work for me; it'd be neat to see if I'm right.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
For X/M, because SV has shown that you can write fabulous slash using characters that have a lot of parallels to Xavier and Magneto and their relationship. C/P, because I think you could strike some chord of truth about them and make it work.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Um.. what they said. :)

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Illusions, though I do still like it.

3a) Why?
The depressing factor. *g* The fact that while I like Rogue flawed, as she should be, I didn't like this one at all -- my dislike of her overshadowed understanding how she got to that point and feeling bad for her.


*nods* Illusions is REALLY damn dark in that respect--especially with the non-use of a Rogue POV to soften things out, a definte mistake.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Without going to your site and making a detailed chart, I can't come up with any that you haven't already. Although, spinning off Victoria's romantic comedy, I might like to see you try to do an epic romantic comedy.


*laughing* An EPIC ROMANTIC COMEDY?

Hee!

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Xavier/Magneto, absolutely. And, um. Clark/Pete. I suspect you could make it work for me; it'd be neat to see if I'm right.

Xavier/Magneto is fascinting and so complex--I think the only time I tried it was indirectly through Rogue. Hmmm. Clark/Pete. Wow. *thinks* I am trying to think of how to WRITE that.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Um.. what they said. :)


*grins*

Thanks, babe. *hugs*

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Blow Your Mind

1a) Did you like it or not?
Liked. Muchly.

1b) Why or why not?
I loved the feel of it, the situation. Loved Lex's kind of laid back high and Clark's reactions to everything just seemed very true.

1c) What do you remember most about it?
Honestly? Lex in leather.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Sleep While I Drive

2a) Why?
I really like the dream like quaility of it. Moments and questions that are right there yet still a little bit out of reach. I also like the way the 'mystery' builds with small details.

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
I think in a way it's more simple, less epic in a way than a lot of your stories. *thinks* Okay, that's not quite right. But it's as close as I can come.

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
See 2b.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
A Handful of Dust

3a) Why?
It really comes down to the ending for me.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Um. Again, the end, I guess. Stylistically and such it's not very dissimilar from your other stories. *shrug* Not very helpful am I?

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
See 3b.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
The vividness, the emotion. You have this descriptive style that just draws me into a scene and doesn't let go.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?
Blow Your Mind, Sleep While I Drive, Wasteland.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Maybe more canon based stories. Missing scenes, etc. You've already got the furture AU genre cornered.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
More Chloe. More Pete. *thinks* Maybe before Smallville Lex.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Um. This is a trick question right? :) Because I almost always like your interpretations of Lex.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Sometimes I'm caught wondering if you're being ambiguous intentionally or not, and that kind of throws me. It works wonderfully sometimes but I think maybe you could be clearer with what's actually going on.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
A Handful of Dust

3a) Why?
It really comes down to the ending for me.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Um. Again, the end, I guess. Stylistically and such it's not very dissimilar from your other stories. *shrug* Not very helpful am I?


Hmm. The more I think and read about it, especially with commentary, the more I want to go back and do rewrites on Dust. Not necessarily change what's there, but add to it more and try to clarify what I was doing.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Maybe more canon based stories. Missing scenes, etc. You've already got the furture AU genre cornered.


Mmm. Codas and episode extenders. Those ARE fun, I admit it. I completely forgot about that over the summer.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
More Chloe. More Pete. *thinks* Maybe before Smallville Lex.


Pete kicks my rear still, though Duplicity helped a LOT in giving him, well, character. *g* Pre-Smallville LEx, I admit, would be a LOT of fun.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Sometimes I'm caught wondering if you're being ambiguous intentionally or not, and that kind of throws me. It works wonderfully sometimes but I think maybe you could be clearer with what's actually going on.


*nods* Yeah--especially after The Wasteland, I think I definitely need to work on clarification of what I'm doing. I think of the four futurefics, it's probably teh most ambiguous in basically everything. Yeesh.

*hugs* You rock. *g*

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(It took out a couple of questions that I couldn't think of answers to. 5 and 7 I think.)

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
I'm thinking it was Between Spaces

1a) Did you like it or not?
I did.

1b) Why or why not?
It was very smooth, and the emotions were intense but still believable.

1c) What do you remember most about it?
I remember the coach's wife and her sunglasses, and Lex saying he was going to level the farm. That whole conversation between Lex and Clark was lovely.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Spin
Syzygy

2a) Why?
Spin--I like this Lionel. He's himself, and part of being that self is that he's Lex's *father*.

Syzygy--Because...I don't get it. At least not fully. But I'm okay with that. It made me think. I contemplated it intensively for a week and a half and I almost understand what's going on in Lex's head, but not quite, and I like that...

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
They're different. The different concept or POV makes it fresher I think. Sometimes you just hit it, right on, and for me, you do it more consistently in the styles and situations you do less often. Does that make sense?

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
Spin--see 2a
Syzygy--it manages to be complete unto itself without really explaining anything

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Only Sometimes

3a) Why?
It didn't read smoothly. I didn't like the cut-in flashback dialogue; it seemed choppy.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Your stories usually flow very well and very smoothly; this didn't.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
No idea

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
I know I'm overusing the word smooth, but my mental thesaurus seems to be offline at the moment. So. It's very smooth. The stories are complete and whole, even when they're not. Hm. You can give emotional intensity without making it more than it is, usually.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?
Between Spaces, Three Impossible Things...

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Something where the Luthors get to speak to each other. I like the way you handle Lionel and Lex, but you so rarely let them play off of each other. Even Spin has no actual interaction.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Good, believable, not unsympathetic handling of both characters.

~Susannah

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
I'm thinking it was Between Spaces


Squee!

Sorry, er, yeah. My first CLex. I have a soft spot for it. The sheer lack of actual slash is funny in retrospect, but it was so much fun to write.

2a) Why?
Spin--I like this Lionel. He's himself, and part of being that self is that he's Lex's *father*.

Syzygy--Because...I don't get it. At least not fully. But I'm okay with that. It made me think. I contemplated it intensively for a week and a half and I almost understand what's going on in Lex's head, but not quite, and I like that...

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
They're different. The different concept or POV makes it fresher I think. Sometimes you just hit it, right on, and for me, you do it more consistently in the styles and situations you do less often. Does that make sense?

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
Spin--see 2a
Syzygy--it manages to be complete unto itself without really explaining anything


Syzygy really does have a serious split on whether people liked it or not, usually liking or disliking for the same reasons. Huh.


3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Only Sometimes

3a) Why?
It didn't read smoothly. I didn't like the cut-in flashback dialogue; it seemed choppy.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Your stories usually flow very well and very smoothly; this didn't.


It IS very choppy--I don't think I've tried that style again since, because of that reason. It didn't feel entirely natural while writing, either, which is one of the things I remember best about the process.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Something where the Luthors get to speak to each other. I like the way you handle Lionel and Lex, but you so rarely let them play off of each other. Even Spin has no actual interaction.

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Good, believable, not unsympathetic handling of both characters.


Lionel frankly just overawes me as a character. He's so--huge, I guess? Viciously complex. Screwing him up is sooo easy to do. Hmm.

Good idea though. Must think.

And heys, thanks for answering! *hugs* Catching up, catching up, sooo catching up.

Survey

(Anonymous)
1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
'Handful of Dust'
1a) Did you like it or not?
I LOVED IT!
1b) Why or why not?
It was an AU I could well believe and the psychological interplay between CK and LL kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm such a sucker for Love conquering ALL other concerns, especially when applied to Lex.
1c) What do you remember most about it?
The moment when Lex tells Clark that he trusts him, at last!

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Three Impossible Things
2a) Why?
It's very much how I imagine the boys would get together ideally; i.e. after a long and close friendship. Also because the reader has to work hard (just like Clark) to interpret Lex's responses. It's like the Lex is perfectly realised but hidden - just to tease.</i>
2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
I love that Clark is more pushy in this story, while the Lex is still so controlled.
2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
I just couldn't scroll to the end to re-assure myself of a 'happy' ending, I was in it for the whole ride - just like Clark!

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
'Easy Tonight'.
3a) Why?
It's just too easy...
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
It lacks a certain requisite tension, IMO.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
I like PWP as much as the next slash-fan, but nakedness needs to be slow rather than quick for me.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
The way the narrative voice is so completely part of the story, whether it's Lex or Clark, that you 'see' through their eyes. Thus, nothing is given away too easily for either character. This strategy draws me into the story much more.
4a) What stories exemplify this style?
'Handful of Dust', Blow Your Mind', 'Three Impossible Things', 'Sleep While I Drive' and 'The Wasteland'.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
I have a weakness for Hurt/Comfort.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Situation = Clark very injured and Lex in emotional turmoil about it. Anger at perpetrators, fear at maybe losing Clark...etc.
6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
There were hints of H/C in 'Handful of Dust', where Clark was frantic over Lex, that just teased me. I'd like to see you explore the outer limits of LL's emotional control re: Clark. Also, I really loved the Diary snippet on Lex giving Clark drugs...more!

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Flaw = Not Enough! Remedy = Chain yourself to your comp and lose the RL!

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
'Handful of Dust'


oh dear GOD. That was the first??????

*laughs* That is--REALLY cool in some way I can't define.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
'Easy Tonight'.
3a) Why?
It's just too easy...
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
It lacks a certain requisite tension, IMO.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
I like PWP as much as the next slash-fan, but nakedness needs to be slow rather than quick for me.


*grins* Easy Tonight has that very, very careless thing going on it it, definitely. No real character or relationship defining moments. It really IS just a really, really long PWP. *nod*

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
I have a weakness for Hurt/Comfort.


Mmm. OH hell yes. H/C rocks. I have definitely picked up a taste for it.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Situation = Clark very injured and Lex in emotional turmoil about it. Anger at perpetrators, fear at maybe losing Clark...etc.


Ooh. *thinks*

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
There were hints of H/C in 'Handful of Dust', where Clark was frantic over Lex, that just teased me. I'd like to see you explore the outer limits of LL's emotional control re: Clark. Also, I really loved the Diary snippet on Lex giving Clark drugs...more!


*giggles* The Corruption story. Hee!

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Flaw = Not Enough! Remedy = Chain yourself to your comp and lose the RL!


Well, I could scale back all that pesky sleeping....

*g*

Thanks for the comments!




I'm tired. I probably shouldn't fill this out when I'm so tired. Not to mention I'm not very good at these things anyway. I mean, I'm not very good at being helpful, deep or interesting in these things. Um. Well, here goes anyway.

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?

Outside In

1a) Did you like it or not?

Hell yes

1b) Why or why not?

Well, it was one of the first Clex fics I ever read. I have a voyeurism kink, so that was nice. I also was really impressed with you ability to make the scene hot from that POV, without being able to describe or show how the people actually doing the interacting were feeling, what sensations they felt, etc.

1c) What do you remember most about it?

LOL! That it was hot. Heh. It has been a long time since I read it and I've read a lot since then, I'm afraid I can't recall specific things...just that it was very hot.


2) What story of mine do you like the best?

Tied between 3IT and SWID

2a) Why?

3IT: because I'm a sucker for a 'happy ending', I always appreciate a Clark that borders on being a jerk, the entire story really worked for me on many levels. The belated realizations on all sides, the jealousy, the fear...all of it worked for me.

SWID: The utter dreamlike quality of it. I was entirely transported and never wanted to come home. The story was very humid (the best word I could find to describe how it made me feel after I read it) and lush. I felt very lost in it and loved that. I enjoyed Clark's POV, the little knowledge he operated on, his faith and his irresponsibility. It was essentially wish fulfillment in so many ways, because who doesn't dream of just walking out the door and leaving and not calling anyone for days?

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

3IT: Well, for me the ending was more clear cut than most of your endings. I noticed in your own review of The Wasteland above you say that you like it the best, in part, because the ending was not entirely spelled out. While I don't need things spelled out entirely, I do prefer a clear ending...otherwise I have residual anxiety after the story is over. And while that may make for a good story, and it may demonstrate a powerful author, I don't enjoy the feeling it leaves me with. So, I tend to not read those ever again.

SWID: I think the extremely narrow Clark POV and the use of very close psychological/emotional distance made it very different from your other work, allowed me to be transported more easily, etc.

2c) What separates it from other stories like it?

Well, in both cases, author skill for one. For another thing, I'm not sure I've read another story in this fandom even remotely like the two above.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

Syzygy

3a) Why?

It bored the hell out of me. Sorry. See below for more explicit reason why.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

I didn't care about either character. You didn't make me even give a damn at all. No sympathy for either of them and I was bored out of my mind...luckily it was short.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

Never read anything else like it I suppose.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?

You tend to write from a close psychological/emotional distance and I enjoy that because I feel like I'm right there. And you are lush. A nice lush way with words.

4a) What stories exemplify this style?


SWID is probably the most lush and also had the extreme close up of Clark.


5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?

I'll be exceptionally unhelpful here and say I don't know. I like almost everything you write.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?

see above

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?

N/A

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

I sent an email to you once about stylistic things that I think may be overused occasionally in your stories...they tend to pop up the most in sex scenes.

Anyway, hope this helps. I'm thinking of putting this up on my LJ but I don't know how many people would even answer it...guess it can't hurt to try. *g*

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?

Outside In

1a) Did you like it or not?

Hell yes


I'm seriously amazed at the range of what people read first! Outside In....Wow.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?

Syzygy

3a) Why?

It bored the hell out of me. Sorry. See below for more explicit reason why.

3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?

I didn't care about either character. You didn't make me even give a damn at all. No sympathy for either of them and I was bored out of my mind...luckily it was short.

3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?

Never read anything else like it I suppose.


Like I said earlier, Syzygy was REALLY a hit or miss for most people, even for me. And yeah, it does have much more in the way of emotional distance and lack of explanation than anything I've written. I can see how they'd come off VERY--well, not there. *nod*

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?

I sent an email to you once about stylistic things that I think may be overused occasionally in your stories...they tend to pop up the most in sex scenes.


And I need to FIND that, because I have a reply somewhere half-written. But I agreed with most of your points on repetitive use of phrasing and style and still do, since it's a huge rut I'm trying to dig my way out of in terms of how I write.

*Hugs* I'm so sorry your'e tired. From writing, I hope? *g*

Thanks for answering!

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Advanced Masochism 101
1a) Did you like it or not?
Liked It
1b) Why or why not?
I liked the portrayal of Lex and even Lana was not too bad, plus it made me laugh
1c) What do you remember most about it?
see above

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Three Impossible Things, Handful of Dust
2a) Why?
TIT because I love happy endings and I buy the move into a sexual relationship. HOD because I like dark Clark and I bought his movement to controlling and delusional

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Not sure, just my emotional reaction, maybe because both had complex stories.
2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
Deep characterization

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Sygyzy
3a) Why?
Didn't understand it.
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
This is the only piece I couldn't figure out what was happening.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
Haven't read anything else like it.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
You do great characterizations and make me feel for the boys
4a) What stories exemplify this style?
HOD, the Advanced masochism series

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
I'd like more of the funny.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
A post-rift reconciliation story

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Because you have a good handle on both characters, and because it's not done very often.

7) Is there anything, in your experience, that you think would help me fix a specific flaw in my writing?
Sorry, I'm not good at that


3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Sygyzy
3a) Why?
Didn't understand it.
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
This is the only piece I couldn't figure out what was happening.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
Haven't read anything else like it.


Okay, I need to re-read Syzygy and find the failure mark. This is well over the minimal number of respondants who really dislike/don't understand it, and I've been uneasy since I posted it.

It's SUCH a damn weird story though. I know I missed something, but I'm not entirely sure what or how, if that makes any sense. Hmm.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
A post-rift reconciliation story

6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Because you have a good handle on both characters, and because it's not done very often.


*sighs* Those are my favorite to read. So hopeful! *nod*

Thank you for answering!

So I was going to send out my first LOC in... three years?, then found out you had a LJ and that I could actually reply to the survey *and* avoid having to write a loooooooong mail on everything I liked about your stories. :)

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Closer to Breathing
1a) Did you like it or not?
Loved it
1b) Why or why not?
"It's like--it's like going to a movie that you thought you'd love, but you ended up falling asleep halfway through, waking up to the smell of stale, greasy popcorn spilled over your lap and wondering what on earth you thought it was going to be..."
And I was reading and thinking "It's like -- it's like reading a book that you weren't sure you'd like only to realize it might actually become your favorite, and before you know it you find yourself digging for more and staying up all night just to read it all"
1c) What do you remember most about it?
The beginning. The whole scene with Clark explaining the show could have been aimed at him. The calluse study scene.

2) What story of mine do you like the best?
Three impossible things, the one I was originally going to send you feedback about
2a) Why?
Because it's plausible, in an ideal sort of way. Because if we forget about the Rift that should be taking place according to canon, I can picture Lex doing what you hinted at without really explaining it
I can see him decorate just half a place waiting for the only person who can make it (and him) complete, and keep it a secret when he realises that Clark doesn't want to go there.
I like this story because of the things not said, the implied friendship that has been going on for all these years without Lex saying anything.
Makes me go all "awwww" when I read it. Especially the "I've never been anyone else's" at the end. Just "Awww"

2b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
The "aww" factor :)
2c) What separates it from other stories like it?
I don't know if there are any other stories like it. I mean, I love your other stories, but they usually have more ambiguous endings than this one. Take the Wasteland (my second favorite with Sleep while I drive). You can't really call this a happy ending (and I wouldn't want it to be!) so I love it for entirely different reasons. 3IP is a story that cheers me up every time I read it. The Wasteland doesn't really cheer me up. It leaves me content in a sated sort of way.

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Syzygy.
3a) Why?
I don't get it.
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Well, since I didn't get it, for me it comes from nowhere, it goes nowhere, and well. There's no story behind it that I could grasp. And I just miss the usual weaving that you do with words and situations.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
see above. For me, no weaving.

4) What about my writing style grabs you?
Weaving. (Am I rambling yet?). What I mean is that you can't help being pulled into a story just by the style. You make up universes that you make so coherent and complete and enthralling that you can make people believe it whichever universe it is.
4a) What stories exemplify this style?
For me, Sleep while I drive and A Handful of Dust. Sleep while I drive because it's like a lullaby, makes you feel warm inside even though you know it's never gonna happen.
A handful of dust, because even if the characters don't really sound true to me, I believe it.


5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Long ones, with strong characterization and weaving. Yes, now, I'm rambling... Because I yet have to find stories that best yours in that department :)

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Actually I liked the way you portayed Clark in 3IP. Someone who goes for what he wants and does not feel remorse because of it. A more mature Clark. Because mature!Lex is already there in canon, compared to all the others. So I'd like more grownup!Clark. In long meaty Clexian stories :)
6a) Why do you think I'd be good at it?
Because you already did? :)

1) What was the first story you read that I wrote?
Closer to Breathing
1a) Did you like it or not?
Loved it
1b) Why or why not?
"It's like--it's like going to a movie that you thought you'd love, but you ended up falling asleep halfway through, waking up to the smell of stale, greasy popcorn spilled over your lap and wondering what on earth you thought it was going to be..."
And I was reading and thinking "It's like -- it's like reading a book that you weren't sure you'd like only to realize it might actually become your favorite, and before you know it you find yourself digging for more and staying up all night just to read it all"


*starts laughing*

I LOVE that! Thank you! *hugs*

3) What story of mine do you like the *least*?
Syzygy.
3a) Why?
I don't get it.
3b) What separates it from the other stuff I wrote?
Well, since I didn't get it, for me it comes from nowhere, it goes nowhere, and well. There's no story behind it that I could grasp. And I just miss the usual weaving that you do with words and situations.
3c) What separates it from other stories like it, if anything?
see above. For me, no weaving.


Okay, I'm opening this story when I get offline. I knew a lot of people didn't like it, but I had no idea this many people didn't. Hmmm. I need to work seriously to figure out what exactly went wrong.

5) What type of story (not which characters) would you like to see me write?
Long ones, with strong characterization and weaving. Yes, now, I'm rambling... Because I yet have to find stories that best yours in that department :)


*flushes* Thank you. That's--really flattering.

6) Is there a specific character or situation you'd like to see me try my hand at?
Actually I liked the way you portayed Clark in 3IP. Someone who goes for what he wants and does not feel remorse because of it. A more mature Clark. Because mature!Lex is already there in canon, compared to all the others. So I'd like more grownup!Clark. In long meaty Clexian stories :)


*nods frantically* I've loved some of the adult-Clark fic I've read extrapolated from Smallville. And writing him is a unique challenge in trying to integrate the present into the future.

Thanks so much for the comments!