To cope with the hideousness of the world, I started reading Jeeves/Wooster stories. I am hooked.
So, knocking out 'Jeeves And The Hardboiled Eggs' was a lot of fun, so I thought I'd start another story with the premise: Bertie is bisexual and is having a casual affair with a chorus girl. Hadn't thought much beyond that.
Then, the evil thing starts GROWING. What if Jeeves has taken a vow of celibacy? Maybe bunging Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers into it would be fun. What if Bertie discovers the theater is the perfect hiding in plain sight place for inverts?
AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!
At present I have almost 30 pages of partial scenes, each one divide, and more needing to be written. I'm not going to post anything until most of it is done. I've ran into so many WIPs in this fandom I'm ready to deck somebody. It's harder to tell on LJ than A03 when something is finished or not.
Fic rec: There Are No Winners In War, by BaBaLooBlue. A fantastic "missing scenes" story about the trip back from House's father's funeral. Beautifully written and no woobieness in sight.
Summary: When House rejects him, Wilson disappears. AU branching off from 7X23 "Moving On." Genre: AU, angst, smut Relationships: House/Wilson, House/OMC (past) Word count: 9736 Rating: M Characters: Greg House, James Wilson, Blythe House
So, once again, I’m tempted to write in another fandom. Over the years I’ve written fanfic for “Supernatural”, “House MD”, “Swiss Army Man” and on, a challenge, for “Dragnet”. It will take a long time to get the image of a naked Joe Friday out of my mind. Be careful of the writing challenges you accept.
Over the years, fanfic has proven the easiest thing to write. There are few expectations, no deadlines, no exposure to the wider world. The fandom applauds my stories and compliments my talent. It’s like giving candy to a baby. I’m a very good writer and I write easily in the voice of others. After all, I’ve been a playwright/monologuist for years.
I wrote my first Jeeves/Wooster fic, “Hard Boiled Eggs” and I’ve been on a reading binge for at least a week. A large part of the latter activity is that Mom's doing badly and I need to hide from that and from the state of the world in general. So I plunge into the world of fanfiction, Archive of Our Own, for hours on end.
But is all of my time to be taken up writing fanfic? I’m not young anymore. I should be turning my thoughts to a memoir, and essays. I have many ideas. I’ve written about mental illness. Right now I’m writing a piece about going insane. Going insane is definitely one of my strongest skill sets. I’m considering writing about handling a gun while I was in Memphis and how I really wanted to buy it. Even though I’m pro-gun control and a New Yorker to boot. I should finish a long piece I’ve been writing about my father’s death. Or the time a SWAT team showed up on my doorstep and took me to the psych ward. (Turns out it was a false alarm–someone called in to 911 deliberately. I never found out who it was.) I managed to write about being deported from England, in “A Basket Full of Cats”. Here
I should finish the enormous historical fantasy novel "The Princess and The Peeved" that I’ve worked on in spurts since 2009. I've finished reading Part 1 to my writing group. They shower me with applause and compliments. I should promote the anthology of my plays, “Cervix With A Smile”, that Exit Press published over a year ago. I should try to perform more than twice a year.
Part of me just wants to write about the unexpected consequences of when Bertie convinces Jeeves to be Fred Astaire to Bertie’s Ginger Rogers.
If I was younger I wouldn’t be quite so conflicted. Oh, wait, I’m always so conflicted.
So, as I'm toodling around AO3 and seeing everyone's great House fics, I think of the House Chainfic Challenges that flywoman wrote. It would be so great to post them on AO3, especially the Christmas one.
Would that be okay? What do people think? Particularly my other contributors?
I've certainly bitched about reactions to my fanfic over the years, being unappreciated, etc. But at least there were fan communities to get involved in.
As you can see, I've been compulsively writing fanfiction for the movie "Swiss Army Man". There are a lot of people who adore the movie, but no fandom, per se. So it's like writing into a void. I keep wanting to write stories, 'cause that's how my obsessions work. But writing stories virtually no one reads is so depressing. Yes, writing them gives me pleasure, but anybody who knows me knows I need attention. In fact, I'm an attention-whore. So I walk around with my feelings hurt by nobody in particular. In fact, writing this makes me want to cry. I'm writing this here rather than on LJ because I need to get it out of my system--or express it, anyway--and everyone there has probably had WAY too much of my whining.