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Happy Halloween! Welcome to the eighth annual edition of virtual trick-or-treating.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment. My intention is to post all treats before I go to bed on Halloween. Lurkers and anonymous trick-or-treaters are welcome! (But if you're posting anonymously or with an LJ account that is completely friends-locked and you want a treat specific to your interests, let me know something about why you know me.)

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user Nick Stanley, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.)
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Hi! I'm excited you're writing me a story! Thank you for taking on one of these requests.

First up, what I do and don't like in fic. In addition to the like/dislike blocks below, I have fic likes and dislikes tags on Tumblr and here on LJ. I'm cool with gen or pairing fic, sex or no sex. I've tried to give you a variety of ideas for each fandom if you want somewhere to start from, but please feel free to go somewhere else with your story if there's something else you want to write. Most of the suggestions below are pretty mild, but I am totally into kink fic if that's something you want to write.

Likes: Clothes sharing, d/s, women, relationships between equals, people being smart/competent, people acting like adults, soulbonding and other variations on meant to be, they have to get married, cuddling, happy endings, well-structured endings, kids and babies, dialogue, snappy dialogue, people who are practically married before the romance/sex, slowly developing relationships, relationship negotiations of all kinds, kink negotiation, unconventional parenting arrangements, judicious parceling out of backstory/exposition, a/b/o, d/s AUs, people making reproductive choices, werewolves, non-creepy possessiveness, poly/poly V/open/unconventional relationships, nonsexual intimacy (sex is also good), power dynamics, feminist themes, dialogue.

Dislikes: Embarrassment (especially teenage embarrassment), misogyny, historical AUs based on actual history (I do like fake historical AUs, like regency romances where same-sex marriage is just as respectable as opposite-sex marriage), randomly inconsistent pov, abrupt endings, endings that throw out the entire premise of the rest of the story, an overabundance of teenage angst, first person, trope inversions, infodumps, things that are going to make me feel anxious or full of dread while reading (I like things that are prickly and difficult, just not in a doom is coming or embarrassment sort of way).

Now on to specific fandoms:

AT&T Lily Commercials, Bourne (Damon movies), The Killing, Ned & Stacey, Push (2009) )
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Happy Halloween! Welcome to the seventh annual edition of virtual trick-or-treating.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment. My intention is to post all treats before I go to bed on Halloween. Lurkers and anonymous trick-or-treaters are welcome! (But if you're posting anonymously or with an LJ account that is completely friends-locked and you want a treat specific to your interests, let me know something about why you know me.)

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user Heather Cowper, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic license.)
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Hi! I'm excited you're writing me a story! Thank you for taking on one of these requests.

First up, what I do and don't like in fic. The long version is below, and I have fic likes and dislikes tags on Tumblr and here on LJ if you want more than that. Short version: I like nonsexual intimacy (sex is good too), power dynamics, relationships between equals, feminist themes, dialogue. I dislike misogyny, abrupt endings, things that are going to make me feel anxious or full of dread while reading (I like things that are prickly and difficult, just not in a doom is coming or embarrassment sort of way). I'm cool with gen or pairing fic, sex or no sex. I've tried to give you a variety of ideas for each fandom, but please feel free to go somewhere else with your story if it works. Most of the suggestions below are pretty mild, but I am totally into kink fic if that's something you want to write.

Likes: Clothes sharing, D/s, women, relationships between equals (and yet D/s; it’s like a less complicated romance/erotica version of a koan), people being smart/competent, people acting like adults, soulbonding and other variations on meant to be, they have to get married, cuddling, happy endings, well-structured endings, kids and babies, dialogue, snappy dialogue, people who are practically married before the romance/sex, slowly developing relationships, relationship negotiations of all kinds, kink negotiation, unconventional parenting arrangements, judicious parceling out of backstory/exposition, a/b/o, D/s AUs, people making reproductive choices, werewolves, non-creepy possessiveness, poly/poly V/open/unconventional relationships.

Dislikes: Embarrassment (especially teenage embarrassment), misogyny, historical AUs based on actual history (fake historical AUs, like regency romances where same-sex marriage is just as respectable as opposite-sex marriage, are awesome), randomly inconsistent pov, abrupt endings, badly written endings, endings that throw out the entire premise of the rest of the story, an overabundance of teenage angst, first person, trope inversions, infodumps.

Now on to specific fandoms:

Dance Academy, Ice Princess, The Killing, Make It or Break It, Stitchers )
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Happy Halloween! Welcome to the fifth annual edition of virtual trick-or-treating.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment. I will be virtually handing out treats until around eight PM Pacific Time, but if I don't get to it by then, I'll give you a treat tomorrow, or by the end of the day Saturday at the latest. Lurkers and anonymous trick-or-treaters are welcome! (But if you want a treat specific to your interests, let me know something about why you know me.)

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user derekskey, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)
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First lines from the last twenty-one stories posted to AO3. (The original meme says last twenty-one stories written, which this is not since this covers some of the much older things I finally got around to posting in December.)


First Lines )
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Many of you probably already know all of this, but some of you are new, so hi! Have a meme.

Meme! )
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Happy Halloween! Welcome to the fourth annual edition of virtual trick-or-treating.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment. (I will be offering treats until nine PM Pacific Time, but if I don't get to it by then, I'll leave you a treat tomorrow morning.)

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user jeremympiehler, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license.)
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Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write).

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical au
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. high school / college au

I restrained my impulse to annotate this list (What is "drunk!fic" anyway? Is it just fic where people get drunk? How does that reach the level of a trope?), but since I've seen other people do it, I did cross out the things that made me hesitant to do this meme for fear that someone would want me to write them. I will take hockey prompts, obviously, and possibly other things - feel free to ask and I'll see if it's something I think I can do.
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Apparently there is a top ten hit count at AO3 meme. I'm having a feeling bad about my writing day (I think/hope it is mostly hormones + exhaustion + allergies and will go away with a few days and some extra sleep), so I thought I would do this too. I am mostly comforted by the fact that I'm not the only one who obsesses over her hit counts.

Top Ten )
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Writing
The only thing I've written this week is Sherlock fic. Sherlock fic! I do not feel qualified to be writing this - I'm not British and I don't think I'm up for the kind of plot it actually demands - and yet I have.

AO3
I'm fascinated by what it's like to have things on AO3. Watching what people kudos is totally interesting. Also fascinating: my top three stories by hit count are Angle of Refraction, which is Sherlock Holmes movieverse threesome fic that I wrote just after the movie came out, when it was likely to be noticed; Pick Yourself Up and Get On With Your Life, which was my Yuletide story and therefore likely to get noticed; and The Task At Hand, which I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] bandgirlsbang, which means people noticed it because of that. Even above and beyond that, what I find interesting is that two of those are stories where I consciously and deliberately worked to match the tone of the source material. I suppose that paid off!

Meme
Last time I did this meme, the only person who answered said she had a question about "The Task at Hand," which I was still writing and not ready to talk about. But now it's done, so let's do this again! Meme originated with [livejournal.com profile] disarm_d:
I've heard people say that writing is hard because you have to make decisions, but we never really talk about the decisions we make with stories or why we make them. We talk about plot bunnies, but not about how we actually turn them into a story.

And it seems like a lot more fun to do that than to work.

So, if you wanted, ask me questions! Anon commenting is on, if you feel shy. Or ask your flist to ask you questions.

What were you trying to do [here]? Why did you decide to ____? This is what I thought about xyz, is that what you were going for? What made you write ____? And so on.
Let me also repeat my own disclaimer from the first time, which still stands:
I've been hesitant about asking questions of the people on my friends list who have done this because the questions I want to ask people are the kinds of questions that I can imagine might be uncomfortable, so in addition to leaving anonymous commenting on, I want to invite you to ask me uncomfortable questions if those are the kinds of questions you have.
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Hi there! I'm super excited that you're writing me a story! Thank you for taking on one of my requests.

Now, I know you're really here to figure out what the heck I might like. Luckily, I can help you with that. I did the very long kink/trope meme a while back, and here is a shorter fic likes and dislikes post. The very short summary version: I like women, dialogue, intimacy along the nonsexual plane (although sex is good too), and relationships between equals. I dislike misogyny, randomly inconsistent pov, abrupt endings, and anything that makes me feel anxious or embarrassed for the characters.

And now, some specifics about the fandoms I requested:

Make It Or Break It - The story of my heart is the one where Payson is a lesbian. If that is not your thing, that is okay! I would especially love anything about Payson's relationships with other women (I'm the person who nominated both Kim Keeler and Heather, even though I didn't specifically request either of them), or really anything about Payson as a person.

Push - I can't tell you why I love this movie so much. I think it's some combination of the fantastic colors, Dakota Fanning, and the psychic abilities. I would love a threesome or some other kind of Cassie-Nick-Kira chosen family thing, but really anything with all three of them would make my day.

Rizzoli & Isles - The thing I love most about this show is their bantering and conversation. I would also read femslash. Or a casefile. Or anything else that involves Jane and Maura being their awesome selves.

Thank you again, writer, for taking on my request(s). I'm looking forward to reading what you come up with!

♥ and happy writing,
Ruth
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Happy Halloween! This is the third year I've done this, and it's always fun.

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Knock or ring the bell by leaving me a comment, and I'll reply with a treat of some sort. It might be a fic snippet, a picture, a song, or something else I come up with in the moment.

(Not my actual door. Photo by Flickr user pmschlenker, used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.)
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TAI announced today that they are no longer a band. I bring this up largely to disclaim: while I hadn't written any of this down yet, I've actually been writing this entry in my head for a week.

I think I'm kind of done with bandom. Bandom people, I feel sad about this too. I don't want to move on! I'm just not feeling the same way about it anymore. All is not lost, however; there are things I still want to finish. And that brings me to new fandoms. I'm afraid to start writing anything that could become a long story. I'm not ready for that kind of commitment. I'm also working on editing the Leighton/Vicky-T story, and I've reached the point where I never want to look at it again. I don't want that to happen with shiny new fandoms! I almost want a break between fandoms, but that's not the way my mind works.

Anyway, as I said, there are things I still want to finish. There are also things that are finished snippets that just need to be posted. Below the cut are a couple of lists of WIPs and snippets - bandom and otherwise - broken into categories. It's mostly for my own reference (and I'll probably keep a copy in my Google Docs to delete things from as I take care of them), but to make it more interesting, let's treat it like a WIP meme: if you ask about any of them, I will tell you something about it, or bump it up to the top of the posting list for things that are finished.

This List Is Longer Than I Thought )
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If, in your reading of big bang summaries, you idly wondered which one was mine, you can stop wondering; none of them are. I probably could have finished the Leighton/Vicky-T story for it, but the mods declared the pairing unallowable (maybe [livejournal.com profile] bandgirlsbang will happen, and I can finish it for that this year), and the other thing I was working on that will be long enough when it's done still doesn't have an ending. So since I'm not putting energy into watching the claiming post - and there's no need to even pretend to secrecy - I thought I would do that meme where I tell you the name of my in-progress Google docs (in this case that means things I am still working on or things I have the intention to work on again). Comment asking about one of them, and I will tell you something about the story or post a line or two from it. Items in parentheses are actually part of the doc title. The List )
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I found two things very interesting about this meme. First of all, it was longer every time I saw it. In that spirit, I've added a couple of things to it. Secondly, I was surprised by some of people's answers - even those of people I thought I knew really well. I would love to know what on here surprises you!

I have answered these as if the question regarding each item were, "Do you like this?" Unless otherwise specified, I will read - and enjoy - the things I've said no to when well-written, although I wouldn't click on them unless they were by someone I know is a good writer or they were part of a story with something else I wanted to read.


Meme! )
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Pick a character I write, and I will give you the top five ideas or concepts or factoids I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting him or her accurately.
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I like this one:
If you were asked to pick one scene, one line, one detail, one moment of some kind out of all the stories I've written and say "This, this, for whatever reason, I remember, this is something that struck home with me, that I wanted to keep," what would it be?
(I am bad at choosing one and picked six when I answered this for someone else.)
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Basics!
Ruth Sadelle Alderson is my real name. I use it on the internet both because it is who I am and because I could never come up with anything better. You can only call me Ruthie if you've known me since I was a small child.

I mentioned recently that I'm thankful for my boring life, and it really is boring. Right now, it mostly consists of work, writing, and yoga. There used to be more stuff in it. I took belly dance for almost five years, but left it a couple of months ago because as valuable an experience as it was, it's just not me right now. I took ballet for two years - only stopping for financial reasons - but I'm still deciding if I want to go back. I belonged to a writing group for two and a half years, and while that was also a valuable experience, it just doesn't fit my needs right now. I'm thinking of leaving my writing group and belly dance as making room for something else in my life, but I don't know yet what that is.

I have an identity statement kind of thing in my LJ/Facebook/MySpace userinfo, but if I had to boil it down to no more than ten words, it would be: Fangirl first, writer second, everything else after that.

Way More About Me )

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