Yea! I have finally finished coming up with answers of some sort to the questions posed to me about my fic in that meme a while back. I apologize for the delay.rosielotrfan
asked about Covenant
, my Harry Potter/Sandman/xxxHOLIC crossover.1. What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?
When I write, I tend to find a first line and sort of wander from there. I wrote this one for Fandom Stocking 2008 and spun it off from a fragment I'd already written because the recipient's fandoms seemed to fit. This story addressed a plot hole that would be in Auguries of Innocence if I carried it forward (and I have for at least a few chapters in the years since).
I still have no idea why I put Morpheus in the story. I don't actually like the Sandman comics at all. The characters interested me, but I couldn't deal with the horrific elements. Morpheus just seemed to fit here and to be necessary.
At any rate, I started with the idea of Luna needing a wish. I didn't think that she'd likely be in a position to visit Japan, but Yuuko's store doesn't seem to exist entirely in the physical world, and that led to the entrance through the dream realm. I didn't actually know when I started the story how the characters would interact. Luna kept surprising me.
I don't think I quite got Luna's wish right, not for the other work I have in mind, but this will do.7. Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
I think the biggest decision I made was to try to make this story stand on its own. There are a few bits— mostly references to Draco— that make sense only when one knows that this is a canon divergent AU. I could have made the AU elements stronger, more obvious. I think, though, that the story works better kind of vaguely unanchored.
I do think, too, that Morpheus adds something, possibly context, that doesn’t come from Luna and Yuuko interacting with each other. If I’d omitted him, there are a lot of things that would have been left unsaid. So, I guess, I do know why Morpheus is in the story.8. Was there anything I only learned about the fic after I had finished it? (themes, motifs, symbolism, etc)
I’m not actually sure. I think there are more things that I discovered as I wrote. I tend to wander as I write and discover both the details and the shape of the story as I go. I don’t generally analyze my stories much after the fact. I end up looking at things and being surprised that the bits all fit together when I didn’t plan how they would.14. If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
I’ve already written six and a half chapters (about 40000 words) of sequel to this. I have no idea how long that story will end up being or where it will end up going. I’m still trying to construct a plan for the plot. I’ve gotten as far as I have simply by writing and discovering things like "Oh. That character is a villain. I didn’t know that."
It is a dark, canon divergent AU in which Draco succeeded in killing Dumbledore during sixth year. Things go more than a bit sideways from there. The story picks up after Harry defeats Voldemort (six or seven years after Dumbledore’s death), but pretty much everyone has gotten a lot darker than in the canonical timeline. Draco and Luna are my main point of view characters, and they’re both more than a little, um, at an angle to reality as everyone else sees it. That makes writing them challenging but also a lot of fun.
This is the story I was working on when this year went pear shaped.lunabee34
asked about Faded Colors
, my Jadis centric Narnia backstory.3. What’s the part of the fic I’m most proud of?
I wanted very much to make Jadis a person. As Lewis wrote her, she’s a single note character, and she doesn’t have much of a past. He establishes that she did something really and truly terrible and doesn’t regret it all, but he doesn’t give her the complexities that would explain why she would become a person who would do that. I didn’t want to assume that she was born evil and so doomed from the start. I also didn’t want to minimize the terrible things that she does in canon.
I thought the scene where Aslan offers Jadis redemption was key. All of her life built toward her being the sort of person who would rather destroy than share, who would rather suffer than humble herself or admit to any error.maramcreates
asked about Fulcrum
.7. Were there any major decisions I made about the fic that could have made it go a whole different direction?
This was a Yuletide fic. My recipient said that they were definitely interested in a crossover between Zenna Henderson’s People stories and some other fandom. They didn’t list the fandoms that they had in mind, but they had a few fandoms listed in their interests on their LJ profile. My suspicion is that they were thinking of a crossover with Smallville, but that’s not a canon I knew much about. Doctor Who on the other hand… Well, I knew a fair amount about that. I don’t recall if there were other fandoms listed that might have worked for the crossover, but using a different fandom would have changed things vastly.
I had to decide which Doctors to use. I couldn’t tell from my recipient’s LJ which was their preferred Doctor, so I went with the ones I knew best, the Seventh and the Fourth. I’d seen the bits of new Who that were available up to that point, but I hadn’t really internalized them enough to see Nine (was Ten around yet when I wrote this? I don’t remember) as really being the Doctor. At any rate, given that every Doctor has a different personality, this story would have gone differently with different Doctors.
I’m not sure that the other decisions I recall would have made a big difference— I decided which state the story took place in, but I don’t think that mattered too much. I decided that I wanted Melodye there because I thought that Karen/Melodye was a real possibility even if I didn’t end up doing more than think about it.11. If I were to rewrite this fic, what would I change?
I think I’d use italics a bit less. I’m trying to get away from doing that these days.
Also, we know a lot more about the backstory for new Who now, and I think that that would have an impact on the plot. I was relying more on old Who canon than on new, but I was playing with the idea that this might be what the Doctor did to destroy Gallifrey, that, by letting the People establish themselves on Earth and not just on the New Home, he altered history enough that Gallifrey didn’t come into being the way it had in his personal history.14. If I were to write a sequel to this fic, what would it be about?
I would like to figure out what happened on the other occasions when Karen met the Doctor, and I’d like to expand on Karen’s relationship with Melodye. This is the closest I’ve come to writing a f/f romance, and it’s just barely implied. I mean, I think that one can see it that way if one’s paying attention, but it’s not even stated, so it’s equally possible to read it as 'merely' a close friendship. I’m not sure that more romance would have fit the story since the focus was elsewhere, but… Yeah. Karen and Melodye deserve more attention. I’m curious as to what Karen’s family would have thought. I like to think that the People would be open to same sex relationships. I don’t know that Zenna Henderson ever thought about it, but the sort of folks she wrote the People as being ought to welcome love in all non-abusive forms.