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8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
This is a toss-up for me. In “New Beginnings” I loved the plot point around H.G.’s “afterlife” experience. In “Accidental Tourist” I think the one line I love more than any other I’ve written so far is the one that ends Chapter 21. But it really is very difficult for me to not choose Pete’s adventure in that same fic. I never knew his part of the story would be as compelling as it became, and I was forced to end it too soon due to the precedent set by previously published chapters (which is when I realized I should have not published until after I had written the whole story).
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written
So not a fair question! Off the top of my head the first thing that comes to mind is from the end of “New Beginnings” when Pete side-tracks himself over how weird it sounds to say a certain phrase. It made me laugh to think of Eddie McClintock actually performing that dialogue and the way his face would probably squinch up. But if there is a better one it might be the way chapter 21 ends in “Accidental Tourist” with H.G.’s fabulous one-liner.
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don’t actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
Yes. The absolute entire ending of “Accidental Tourist” is not the ending I planned.
My intention was never to reveal the danger Myka faced with the memory-loss possibility until after she awoke and literally had no recollection of who H.G. was - a temporary state that would take quite some time to resolve itself. H.G. was going to leave the Warehouse in her heartbreak to go with Magnus and Tesla, and not until Myka’s disappearance in the follow-up fic would any of it come back around for them.
I ended up not doing this based on some very serious debate with some of the readers of the story. When they convinced me that my opinion of how H.G. would respond to the memory loss was not in keeping with the majority of the fic-reading fandom’s perceptions of H.G.’s personality, I reluctantly changed the end to be what it is today.
To this day I wrestle with that choice. While I do think it has a very nice fluffy ending that many readers adored, I do not feel it is authentic to the entirety of the story itself.
If I had been writing an original novel I would not have changed the planned ending. But, because this was a fanfic it did not seem appropriate to behave like Syfy and give the story’s fans a nonsensical ending they hated.
Thanks for the Ask! I like these questions! :)
I’m quite interested in reading the alternate ending, but I’m not sure I’d be interested in Charles’ story…
Thanks for the reply - it’s actually very helpful to hear back from readers. Not surprised by your thoughts on Charles - but I’m not wanting to write from his viewpoint because people have clamored for it, so that’s not an issue. ;)
Hell, one of the side-fics I want to write is to explain the cat - because there is an explanation, and one that I doubt anyone would have guessed. There are so many things I left unsaid - and events that happened in the story that we never got to see - that I keep feeling an urge to write.
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just that part of me not wanting to let go of that story, but I keep feeling like it’s just not as finished as it could have been.
Anyway, thanks for replying. You’re the only one who did, though, so maybe the story doesn’t really need anything more than what it is. I’ll keep thinking on it, I guess.
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1. Favorite childhood memory.
I think my favorite childhood memory is of my father shaking coconut trees so my sister and I could drink the fresh coconut milk from them. I was five when he did that - visiting him on Guam - and I swear he was 9 feet tall at the time.
2. If you could be any fictional character who would you be?
This is a good question. I think if I could be any fictional character I’d be God. She has a great sense of humor, afterall. ;)
3. Do you believe in the afterlife/reincarnation?
I do, actually. The Law of Conservation of Energy requires it, IMHO.
4. Chess or checkers?
Depends on my opponent. If another person then checkers. If a computer, then chess.
5. Give an example of a time when someone radically changed the way you thought/felt.
I was 24 and had just ended my first real relationship by taking the coward’s way out - and one of my mentor’s called me to the carpet for being a coward. It was a singular moment in my life and changed me dramatically. Until that moment I did not realize just how much pain I could inadvertently inflict by being avoidant. From that moment on I changed how I chose to live my life - and how I chose to deal with the people around me. It was a painful change - extremely painful - but I no longer live my life in such a way where I risk hurting someone due to lack of personal character.
6. Do you believe we are the only sentient beings in the universe?
I may be arrogant, but I’m not THAT arrogant. lol I think it is entirely possible that we could be, but highly improbable that we are. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even positive we’re the only sentient beings on this planet!
7. What food do you crave?
There’s this wicked good appetizer at a little restaurant I visited in England. I crave that. Too often. :(
8. Would you rather spend a night in a museum or a library?
WHY WOULD YOU ASK THIS QUESTION?! WHY?! UGH! I probably would prefer a museum unless it were an epic library - like, say, The Vatican Library. :D
9. What gets you so unbelievable excited?
Uhm. I’m going to assume you did not mean sexually…so, I think what gets me most excited is The Walking Dead. Seriously.
10. Have you ever met a famous person?
Yep! I have met quite a few famous people - and count more than one as a personal friend. :)
11. If this were your last day on Earth what book would you read?
Oh man…uhmmmm…I think if it were my last day on Earth I would probably read a short story, if anything. That way I’d have the rest of my day to write. I’d rather go out writing than reading. ;)
1. If you owned 1,000 acres what would you do with the property?
2. Coffee, tea, or soda?
3. What’s the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in the last 12 months?
4. What’s your favorite outdoor activity (non-sexual)?
5. What’s your favorite indoor activity (non-sexual)?
6. How old were you when you realized you were capable of love?
7. How would you define hope?
8. Do you ever buy lottery tickets?
9. If you ever won a big lottery prize (or received a large inheritance) what would you do with the money?
10. Dream car?
11. What item do you want most for your Zombie Apocalypse Kit?
that’s hard, but the only one coming to mind at the moment is Nikki from Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series.
I have no knowledge of this character…I must research…
Holy shitballs, dude… Your place is creepy as fuck! Well done!
Mwahaha! We are THAT house in the neighborhood. :p
Was just chatting with a friend and thinking - you know, everyone always talks about what kinda superhero they would be. I wanna know what kind of super VILLAIN people would be!
Me? I’d go the Fight Club route to even things out. Oh yes.
Tom Lieber at the Defiance Wrap Party:
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Is that a converted church?
Yes! 2-bedrooms on 3 acres.
Only if there is a God.
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NO YOU SHOULD NOT BE COMPLAINING! that would be a very silly thing to do… get laid! enjoy!
We’ve discussed this. I can never find someone who can keep me on my back.
I think we can measure your level of frustration by how quick you go from (mostly) innocent to porn… sort of like a high performance car.
omg… this is a true statement
Indeed it is!
OMG perfect reaction by Kris is perfect :D
Yes, I quite agree. :D
Kirsten, you just shut it! You are not helping at all. DO NOT encourage her!!!
I don’t think lack of encouragement will matter.
OMG perfect reaction by Kris is perfect :D
Yes, I quite agree. :D
well, I kinda notices the sudden pr0n that appeared on my dash… a very lovely distraction from work, btw (thanks!)
You did say it was the reason you took your iPad into work…