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Posted on 2007.03.09 at 00:12
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: One Bourbon, One Scotch, George Thorogood
I just discovered I was tagged by the lovely[info]minuial_nuwing  and talullahred to do this here meme. So, hell, then I had to actually think about which of my fics I liked best and why. I’m lucky compared to some of you as I don’t have all that many fics to choose from since I usually indulge in long epics. So, let’s see.

WRITER'S MEME: Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of the top five favorite fics you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.

1.  Oromedon’s Lessons.  From Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy. I loved doing the research for this, everything from looking at ruins of ancient Susa, to learning about ancient perfumes and the proper way to apply kohl and the kind of container it was kept in. All of this appealed mightily to my inner archaeologist and historian. The research into eunuchs was both fascinating and chilling. Jeez, what nasty shite people do to each other. This piece also was a challenge in that I really tried for Mary Renault’s writing style, a great learning experience.   I was pleased with the evolution of Oromedon and Bagoas' relationship.  I love the final sentence that literally soars and sums up the whole story.  I can’t tell you how much fiddling around with words it took to achieve that seemingly effortless flight.

2. Swords and Seduction.  Twins/Legolas.   I enjoyed the twin’s relationship in this one.  I like the opening in which Elladan talks about himself as a creature that walks on the edge of shadow, existing between boundaries, not wholly of elfkind or human, doomed to an unnatural love.  It quite sums him up for me.  Quite a few scenes I remember fondly such as when Elrohir shows up wearing only his leggings to rescue Elladan from the bad guys, and when the twins first meet Legolas and have this conversation that is supposedly about weapons but is really about sex and then when Elrohir puts his middle finger completely in his mouth and draws it out slowly. . . mmmm. I couldn’t resist doing that same action every time I reread that section.  In places, the plot gave me fits. For example, how to work in the bit about Thranduil ordering Legs to shoot an apple off Nain’s head, which first appears in Dragon Fever.  Trapped by one’s own canon.  LOL.   Solving those puzzles are what makes writing hair-rippingly exasperating. But then it is so worth it when a solution appears.

3.  Time Enough for Love.  Legolas/OC.   This fic was written because a number of readers asked for more of Elwin.  I was pleased that people responded so positively to an OC, especially since he was originally just a plot device in my first fic “Ohtarnil.” Elwin got to be a Celtic fiddle player (something I’ve always wanted to do) as well as make mad passionate love to Legolas.  What could be better? I’d already written a fic set in Lothlorien and in Mirkwood, so with this one had to attempt the classic LOTR fanfic location of Imladris, which meant of course Elrond and also Glorfindel.  I fell in love with Glorfindel in this one, particularly some of the scenes between him and Legs. I also got to branch out a bit by writing from an orc’s point of view, which skirted on the edge of truly nasty. One of my favorite scenes is actually one of the least favorite of readers, judging from the number of reads, and that’s when Elwin visits his friend, William, who’s dying and Will tells about their fiddle contest and ends up asking for a final kiss.   But there are other scenes I liked as well, such as when Elwin and Legolas have to go tell Elrond about their embarrassing situation with the aphrodisiac, Legolas’s deceiving the orcs into thinking there’s a host of elves in the trees, and Glorfindel’s lesson with the fighting staff. Gad, writing is such fun sometimes, isn’t it?

4. Windfall.  From Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner.  I fell in love with EK’s Alec and Richard and just had to fill in the story when they met (as have a number of other authors).  Now, every time I see a set of dice, I think of this story.
Interesting that two of my favorites were non-LOTR fics.  Maybe that means I should branch out more?

5.  Number five is a toss up between “Osse’s Gift” and “Dragon Fever.”  But I think I’ll go with Dragon Fever, for sentimental reasons.  I’d always loved fantasy and wanted to write it but hadn’t before I got into fanfic.  “Dragon Fever” was the first fic that I attempted that had a strong plot and a real foray into a fantastic world with lots of characters, including a lot of OCs.  My favorite scene is the one where Legolas confronts Smaug, just because Smaug was so damn much fun to write.
Eh, writers can go on when talking about our own fics, can't we?  Guess I better quit here.

Okay, so's now I gotta tag some unfortunates.  Let's see, I don't think these guys have done it yet.  Heh heh. ca_tharsis_, heartofslash, ennorwen, m_carvaggio, claudi007, and she probably won't do it but I tag her in hope of getting her muse juices flowing, capella_fic

Comments:


gally
nimfaeriel at 2007-03-09 10:26 (UTC) (Link)
oh my, now i really want to re read all this!!! how am i supposed to do this, i'm busy!
........ well, i guess i could make some time..... oh dear, and i still haven't read your last fic..... somebody help!

*hugs* ok, i can just see the weekend flying by *grin*
take care xxx
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-10 21:13 (UTC) (Link)
So many fics to read, so little time. I'm always behind on ones I want to read, it seems. Good to hear from you gally.
ennorwen
ennorwen at 2007-03-09 12:27 (UTC) (Link)

What...

a formitable list - It really does make me want to go back and re-read everything. Geez, so much good stuff and so little time...

And unlike many of my other LJ friends, (winks at Fim and Min) - I still like A/L (pre-quest and pre-Arwen) and I'm participating in their secret santa ficathon. And I blame it all on you...If Ohtarnil was not the first slash I ever read I might feel differently...but you did me in and now I blame you for any A/L thoughts that come into my head!

The think that really got me to post here though was your song: George Thorogood! One of my faves. When I was pregnant with daughter number one, she absolutely danced inside to "Bad To The Bone," though it turned out that it would have been a better song for daughter number two. Hah.

Also, I have just recently (where have I been?) discovered Haleth's work. After delving into RPS for a while there, I had at least prelimilarly(sic) decided that I didn't like a whole lot of it - but then I read her stuff! Now, she can write RPS for me anytime - love, love, love that I don't see "Orli" used anywhere and especially loved the Bana/Bloom arc. I guess I should really tell her - Truly, I found only a very few RPS writers that I really liked and she's one of them...
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-10 21:21 (UTC) (Link)

Re: What...

You're writing in the A/L ficathon? Good for you. I don't think I have another A/L in me. But I quite pleased to have been your first and I accept all blame. (heh heh) Yeah, love George Thorogood. And yeah a better song for daughter no. 2 - LOL. A good one for both of mine.

Oh and Haleth. Yeah, I'm not an RPS fan either (I do read it occasionally) but I will happily read anything the luscious Haleth writes. The Way You Say . . . mmmmmm.
Capella
capella_fic at 2007-03-09 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Hey there! Not sure why you thought I wouldn't do it - I've been waiting for someone to tag me, so that I'd have an excuse to write about myself and my stories. Heheheh. Maybe not this evening though, as I think I've got mild RSI after spending the whole day writing 60 student reports.
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-10 21:22 (UTC) (Link)
YAY! Looking forward to your fav list. (Sorry about the reports.)
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elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-11 01:08 (UTC) (Link)
Okay gal, you MUST read Swordspoint and then if you love it, which you will, then Fall of the Kings and Privilege of the Sword.
Re: canon queens, yeah you know how I feel about it, but it just seems silly with fanfic to get one's panties in a twist about such issues as all fanfic is departure from canon. I guess if one is trying to be true to the original, then it is one thing to get one's facts all bolluxed up, it's another to decide how the world works in one's own head and then interpret other fanfic with those fixed notions branding anything that doesn't fit your own world view with the ultimate sin of NON-CANON. Silly. I look forward to your view of elf mating rituals.
I am a wench. *g* But I see you managed to pick out 5. I just wanted to watch you sweat. (Mmmm, sweaty, luscious Haleth.)
Minuial Nuwing
minuial_nuwing at 2007-03-10 16:17 (UTC) (Link)
It was quite a job for you to choose, as well, wasn't it? **grin**

I have read - and adored - every story you mentioned here, but my favorite (of these) is probably 'Swords and Seduction', not only for the obvious reason (**grin**), but because I absolutely love the way you developed the storyline between Thranduil and Nain. And I thought Thranduil deserved exactly what he got in the end, too. **snorfle**

I would hate to have to choose my own favorites from your stories, but 'Osse's Gift' would be on the list. 'Secret Heart', too. And 'A Sizable Diversion', and 'Wind and Fire', and...erm, yes. **grin**

**hugs**
elfscribe5
elfscribe5 at 2007-03-11 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you know, I don't usually think in terms of "this is my favorite fic." Usually, I alternate between hating and loving a story as I'm writing, then much later on, I can come back with a little more objectivity. Glad you enjoyed - er - like all my fics. LOL. Thanks babe! Thranny and Nain were fun as comic relief - especially when Thranduil couldn't get no relief and nearly swallowed Nain's tonsils. (Naughty twins!)
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