hrhrionastar: (rahl)
Day 1, 2, 3, 4+5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14+15, 16+17, 18, 19, 20

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I wrote a sequel to Master, but I'm not sure that counts, because it was really more like part 2 of the same story...I have trouble with sequels, because first you have to successfully finish something, which is a lot harder with long fic, and then there's the paralyzing doubt - somehow, the previous story got written, and it's in a certain world and style, and the sequel has to be in the same world and style. What if it doesn't live up to the first installment? What if the readers who liked the first story hate the sequel? It happens all the time to published authors, after all.

So I'm nervous about writing sequels - nonetheless, unless you kill all the characters at the end, there's always room for a sequel, and I do have bits and pieces for some, I admit - Love is Cruel was originally going to get a sequel, and still may - I enjoyed making Nicci the heroine, after all ;) But if I ever manage to write a proper sequel for a chaptered story, it would have to be for Destiny Swap. Of all the things I've written, that is the only story that begs for a sequel - I felt like I was stopping in the middle, and I do have some ideas for season 2 in this AU. (I'm hesitant about saying this; I really don't know if it'll ever happen. But it's a world that still interests me.)

rest of the days )
hrhrionastar: (kahlan)
Day 1, 2, 3

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?

This is a difficult question for me, because a lot of what I write isn't entirely consciously planned out - I don't do outlines, for example. I know where I want things to go, but sometimes the characters will take me the scenic route.

In general, main characters have a way of getting themselves mentioned. If I'm writing a fic about Cara set in or after season 2, I will almost certainly at least mention Richard and Kahlan.

But if the muse character is the one that makes you write, I suppose for me it's probably Kahlan. The first LotS story I wrote that I felt really strongly about was Lady Rahl, which was at least partly in response to all the Reckoning fic out there that focused on how horrible things were for Kahlan, how she'd rather die than let Darken Rahl touch her, but she had no choice, because it was for Richard, etc. Even if that was her initial position, I find it hard to believe that having a child with someone wouldn't change one's opinion of them, that one's emotional state would remain exactly the same for twelve years, and that the worst part of Reckoning for Kahlan was sleeping with Darken Rahl, instead of, say, losing Richard or living in fear of her own son.

(Since then, of course, I've read much better Reckoning fic that focuses on some of these issues - Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by [livejournal.com profile] brontefanatic, Hide your face so the world will never find you by [livejournal.com profile] ivanolix, and Until You Invite Me by [livejournal.com profile] dorothydeath, for example.)

So I think Kahlan is my muse character because she makes choices, such as her plan to sacrifice her own child in Reckoning, which I don't agree with, and I try to figure out why she makes such choices; because she is often faced with pretty serious moral dilemmas; and because she says confidently things which absolutely can't be true (Zedd says he'd only ever seen the good in Richard, to which Kahlan replies, "There is only good in him," for example), and I want her to realize her own hypocrisy.

Hence, Kahlan does sometimes end up even in fics that aren't really about her...and the pairing Darken/Kahlan sneaks up on me, too. (I seriously didn't see that coming in Destiny Swap :D)

5 –If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a fic, whether your "muse" or not, what did you do about it?

I let the story go where it wants to go. And I hope it ends up making sense :D

rest of the days )
hrhrionastar: (rahl)
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Title: Destiny Swap: Chapter 4: New Beginnings
Characters/Pairing: Darken/Kahlan, Richard/Jennsen/Denna, Zedd, Richard/Kahlan, Richard/Cara, Darken/Cara
Rating: R
Warning: implied incest, violence
Length: 3254
Summary: Written for a [livejournal.com profile] peoplespalace discussion: What if, in Reckoning, Richard and Cara ended up in the past, instead of the future? Can they get back to Kahlan, Zedd and Darken without changing their own past? Or is this the perfect opportunity to rid the world of an evil tyrant forever?

 

"If, in your reality, I am the tyrant that you are in mine..." )
hrhrionastar: (rahl kahlan)
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Title: Destiny Swap: Chapter 3: Seeker of Truth
Characters/Pairing: Darken/Kahlan, Richard/Jennsen/Denna, Zedd/Panis Rahl, also Cara, Dahlia, Darken's mother, Dennee
Rating: R
Warning: torture, character death, incest, violence...
Length: 7068
Summary: Written for a [livejournal.com profile] peoplespalace discussion: What if, in Reckoning, Richard and Cara ended up in the past, instead of the future? Can they get back to Kahlan, Zedd and Darken without changing their own past? Or is this the perfect opportunity to rid the world of an evil tyrant forever?

 

"Darken Rahl, you are the True Seeker. Will you accept the title?" )
hrhrionastar: (jennsen)
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Title: Destiny Swap: Chapter 2: There But For the Grace of God...
Characters/Pairing: Zedd/Panis Rahl, Panis Rahl/Taralynn Zorander, Darken/Kahlan, Richard/Jennsen, Richard/Jennsen/Denna, also Cara, Dahlia, Darken's mother, the Prelate, Verna, Dennee
Rating: R
Warning: implied non-con, torture, character death, incest, violence...
Length: 7065
Summary: Written for a [livejournal.com profile] peoplespalace discussion: What if, in Reckoning, Richard and Cara ended up in the past, instead of the future? Can they get back to Kahlan, Zedd and Darken without changing their own past? Or is this the perfect opportunity to rid the world of an evil tyrant forever?

 

"Never again," Jennsen said fervently. "I don't care what Father does to me, I won't embroider." )
hrhrionastar: (richard)
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Title: Destiny Swap: Chapter 1: Ancient History
Characters/Pairing: Richard/Cara, implied Richard/Kahlan, Darken/Cara, Zedd/Shota and Zedd/Panis Rahl; also baby!Darken
Rating: PG-13
Length: 5182
Summary: Written for a [livejournal.com profile] peoplespalace discussion: What if, in Reckoning, Richard and Cara ended up in the past, instead of the future? Can they get back to Kahlan, Zedd and Darken without changing their own past? Or is this the perfect opportunity to rid the world of an evil tyrant forever?

 

This journey to the past presented a rare opportunity - the chance to make things right before they ever went wrong. )

 

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