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Jan. 28th, 2013 09:44 pm
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 ...signups are opening for the [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang challenge. They're doing a 10k MiniBang this year, which seems more doable, so I may sign up for that.  
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Title: A Magician and a Gentle Man
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: 15
Spoilers: Pre-game, so no.
Warnings: Violence, angst
Summary: A 20,000+ word Dragon Age fic written for the 2012 annual scifibigbang ficathon. A teenage Anders escapes from the Circle and promptly finds himself in all kinds of trouble. Probably the best 25000 word Dragon Age pre-game fic you'll read all day! Link to AO3, as I';m writing this on a Whistler diner's free wifi and my laundry downstairs has just finished.

Can a magician kill a man by magic?
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To celebrate reaching 14,000 words out of 20,000 on my [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang story, I'm posting some random links. True, it's fourteen thousand slightly different words than the fourteen thousand I started with this morning, but hopefully these are better words.

DA2 fans will know that Unreliable Narrator Varric Tethras' unreliable version of events is a major theme in the game. Aimo on deviantart mocked-up covers for several of his racier novels, including this, To Tame The Dragoness : caption 'He found the wildest witch-and got more than he bargained for!'
Dragon Age and Mills and Boone are surely two things that go better together.

Aimo also has a neat line in cute sketchcards-check out this sweet M Shepard/Joker example here (warning: guys kissing)

Check out a review of Throne of the Crescent Moon on i09 here

read Penny Arcade's take on Mass Effect 3 here

and watch a guy who loves Jack Bauer far too much sing about it here

And yes, I should do more writing but I can't post it until bloody June 30th anyway.
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 So I mentioned a few days ago that I'd signed up to the [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang challenge again. Since finishing AC3 I've started to play Dragon Age 2, and the Anders' centric fic (working title: Seven Hundred Ways to Sing the Blues) that's resulted is fast becoming The Fic That Ate My Brain.

I decided to set myself a challenge based on [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna 's article on narrative machinery, more specifically how to create interesting and/or sympathetic characters.

The rules are simple.

1/ Take one unformed character.
2/ Give them something to want.
3/ Give them something to hide.
4/ Give them something to fear.
5/ Give them something to obsess over.
6/ Then hurt them. 

On a subconscious level I think it's something I've been doing for years as both a reader and a writer. Putting characters through hell is what makes a story interesting-certainly when I wrote my Assassins fics they were never so interesting as when they were backed into a corner. But I am slightly disturbed how easy it was to do n a conscious level. I've written 11,000 words in three days-over half the total story. I've used these words to give Anders a life outside the Tower, friends, a job, a pet.

And now it's time for the fun part. Of course, it'd be more fun if I just didn't feel so damn evil

How have you hurt characters in your stories (fanfic or original), and why did you do it?
 
communi_kate: (monkey)
So I took the plunge and I signed up to [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang again. I've missed the last couple of years because a 20,000 word fic is one that actually requires work. The last attempt resulted in the 27,000 words of moderately-depressing teenage angst that is The Shadow of the Flame
(Dragon Age: Origins: Alistair doesn't want to be a Templar. His superiors attempt to change his mind. It doesn't end well).  I'm planning a Dragon Age fic again this time, possibly centring on Anders. So many questions to be answered, and number one has to be 'why the hell the clothes?'  

If anybody's thinking of signing up, go for it! I love longer stories and there tend to be a lot of one-shots in most fandoms. Plus the whole thing is really well-organised, and stories aren't due until June 30th. T
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Title: The Shadow of the Flame
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: NC-17
Spoilers: Yes, for Alistair's origin story
Warnings: Spoilers, violence, bad language, moral ambiguity
Summary: Alistair doesn't want to be a Templar. His superiors attempt to change his mind. It goes...badly.



The Shadow and the Flame-Chapter One Part 1 )

DISCLAIMER: Kate is currently on holiday. This is being posted by her sister, who hates Pages, and Livejournal, and,
well, quite a lot of things at the moment, actually.

A fantastic playlist (with cover art!) for this story is avaliable here  courtesy of the wonderful Elizabeth 

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