Ask Me Anything

This page is for questions that I’ll answer here or on a podcast. Only members can ask questions of if you’ve got a burning (not plot related) question — drop a comment and I might answer it on the air. If I do, I’ll reply on a podcast, I’ll reply with a link.

511 Comments:

  1. How about getting over writing blocks, either because of life getting in the way, or the story not working, or any other of the infinite number of reasons.

  2. How do you NOT kill the idiots that send you whiny ass self entitled bullshit???

  3. How do you focus your research for stories: Do you layout what you need for plot and hit each high point or do you start with one thing, research everything you can upfront and re-enter research stage later if needed?

  4. where to find a really good beta

  5. do US publishers contract non-US/not-from-English-speaking-countries authors? (obviously the story would be in English)

  6. How do you plot out your story? In big arcs of “chapter 1, this, this, and that need to happen” or “chapter 1, scene 1, conversation between A and B leads to scene 2” or something else entirely?

  7. Dark_Evanescence

    So I was listening to the podcast, it was awesome BTW. And at the end you were talking about the lack of development in Ginny and Ron. I know you totally hate them both. But is it because of who they are in the book, or because you see what they COULD have been and it pisses you off. And could you ever see your self writing a redemption of one of them?

  8. How is third person omniscient different from head hopping? I’m reading a book YA called The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner. Personally, I feel like the author is head hopping like a motherfucker, but maybe it’s third person omniscient? Even after listening to your latest podcast this morning, I’m still not sure what the difference between the two are.

  9. I have to agree with Akane, I’m still not really sure about the differences between all of the 1st person and third person writing. I can’t even tell what I’m writing in, let alone anyone else.

  10. You write with a great flair, telling the best stories in an awesome way. Please do keep letting us experience thèm.

  11. What makes you decide the length of a fiction? Do you prefer set goals or writing until an arc ends??

  12. I have a question about the Bitch box! Updates… yes, yes, very nice… signed contract for original story?!?! When do you want my money and who do I pay it to?! I love your fanfiction but I really love your characterization, even your original characters are very real and oh, so alive. So I have no doubt that I will fall instantly in love with the people in ‘Fall for You’. So I reiterate, when do I hand over my hard earned cash and to whom?

  13. When you are researching or world-building for a story, how do you determine when you have enough to start writing? I know that there is always going to be something that needs to be looked up or researched in the middle, but how do you know when you’ve got the basics that you need to start? Do you use a list? Is it part of your plotting process or separate? How much if it is character based? And how do you keep from going overboard and world-building into infinity? (I’m a chronic world-builder, and found the latest Rough Trade really interesting and very challenging because of it. I just can never seem to figure out what I will need to know once I start writing and what is simply extra…)

  14. When writing how do craft the original character you are writing? Do you decide on their voice first or their overall interaction with the fandom known characters based on your outline of the story?

  15. How and when in your process do you come up with titles for your stories and series?

  16. Hi

    I am a very happy reader of both your sites. I haven’t visited roughtrade in a bit and when I just tried it said the domain name had expired. Can you post a link to the front page of rough trade please?
    Thanks
    Rdcalow

  17. What kind of process do you go through when writing in a new fandom? How do you pick it? What kind of canon research do you do? I know you just started writing Hobbit this year. How do you make that decision? At what point do you usually decide how much of canon you are ignoring and what you want to change, major and minor?

  18. Have you ever been in the middle of a story and decided to replot?

    This had happened to me for two reasons. 1) I just didn’t like the way the story was going. and 2) I’d written the character in such a way that keeping them in character no longer lined up with the plot.

    So, how do you go about stepping back, taking a critical view, and replotting from where you are?

  19. Multiple questions!

    1) Last words: strategies for getting to the end and writing a good ending.

    2) How to avoid “and then” (sort of related to #1)

    3) Thoughts on cliffhangers as endings (also sort of related to #1)

    4) First words. I find the first paragraph to be the hardest writing in the story. What’s that process like for you and how do you approach what to write first?

    5) Have you ever abandoned a story? What’s the process you go through in making that decision?

  20. When i come up with bunnies or am plotting i seem to come up with a way to make this story a bit fucked up has this ever happend to you and do you just go with it and put it as another bunny or leave it

  21. What books, fiction and non-fiction, have shaped you the most as a writer that were not about writing? You have mentioned several writing books, but I am curious as to what other books may have influenced the way you approach your craft. Or that you have just really enjoyed or felt inspired by.

  22. I remember the asshat who wanted you to warn for gay sex. I was wondering, who do you warn or tag for and why? Or alternatively what do you not warn or tag for?

  23. Hey,

    Are you going to be updating your ebook section now that some idiots made it needed to block copy and pasting on your website( so no one would repost your work) for those of us with limited wifi connection that love to reread your work over and over again?

  24. How do you decide what bunnies to write first becuase im always stuck cause i love them all

  25. How do you write the same characters in different stories and stay true to their canon personas (so they aren’t OCs with the name of the canon character) but still keep them different without becoming Mary Sue or Gary Stu? In your head, what do you do to separate them from story to story. Like Harry in War Mages versus Harry in Serpent King vs Harry in Phoenix. Or Snape in War Mages, Serpent King, Unspeakable Plot, Soulmate Bond, and Phoenix? Or Elizabeth where some stories she is awesome (Sentinels of Atlantis) and others not so much, the same with Keller. How do you keep it straight in your head without falling into a rut that makes stories all the same with only a few details different because the characters are the same and react to each other the same way? How do you keep your personal head canon from bleeding all over every story in a fandom? It is something I know I struggle with. I’d love some advice because your stories handle it well.

  26. How do you go about encouraging a young writer to write? I try and support my daughter as a writer but sometimes I feel like I should do more. Then I feel like I am pushing her to write when she might not want to. What is the line that I shouldn’t cross while giving the most support. 1 thing I know not to do is I have asked to see or read any of her writing without her permission. I wait and let her ask me to read something.

  27. Hi, Keira!

    Since it isn’t listed in the Bitch Box, I was just wondering if the Steve/Tony story you were doing for the Soulmates RT is still a WIP?

    Thanks for all you do, and I too am looking forward to being able to buy Fall For You!

  28. Thank you for answering my other questions, Keira! πŸ˜€ You’re definitely awesome! I appreciate the time and all the effort you’re putting into all the radio shows. I’m learning a lot.

    I have another question for you: how do you deal with time jumps in your work? What are some methods you’ve seen and which do you prefer the most?

    PS – I’m asking because of the HP fic I wrote in July’s RT. Harry was 5, 11, and 18 years old in that short story. I never said his age (or wrote down years as a header), but the reader could glean his age from the text. Still… It felt really chunky to me. :\

  29. First off, thanks for answering my other question.
    My next one is brought to you by comments I have received on different multi-chapter works telling me that the ending sucked (and really nothing else about the story)

    What makes a good ending? What makes a bad ending? How to make sure you write the first and not the latter?

  30. Dark_Evanescence

    So I love all things Darcy Lewis in MCU. She is paired with everyone in that fandom. Are there characters that you can pair with anyone?

  31. I’m a writer in huge part because I’m a reader. It defines who I am, and has since I was old enough to gnaw on books corners. I was lucky enough to have parents who don’t believe in censuring my reading, ever. They monitored, yes, and talked it over if something was of a delicate nature, but they never once tried to tell me something wasn’t age appropriate. It gave me a wide taste in books and because of it my comfort level with words and story telling grew. It inspired me.

    So, this brings me to the actual question part: We all have books (fiction or not) that inspired us, for good because of the subject matter or the writing, or badly because they were absolute crap. What are yours? Are there books you reread over and over again because you fell in love with them?

  32. Seems like I have another question, or maybe a need to bitch about something. The tendency for some slash writers to feminize male characters. Particularly in the hp fandom, there’s this trend of giving Harry hips and long hair, It’s usually enough to make me close a fic really fucking fast. Lately, I’ve also seen it in other fandoms. Your thoughts?

  33. You’ve said before that the original Harry Potter and the Soulmate Bond was written when you were younger and the current version is an updated, re-written version. And the version of Sentinels of Atlantis you’ve published is very different from the version you lost in the data crash. So my question is, when you enter into these situations where you are taking stories that you’ve already written before and decide to rewrite them, how do you go about deciding what to let go of, what to keep, what to change? So basically, how do you approach the process of rewriting something you’ve already written?

  34. Hi Keira,

    I think this is the first time I’ve commented on your site and that’s really terrible of me because you’re amazing and should be told so at every opportunity.
    So, there was a brief period in HP fandom history when it seemed like every other “Big Name Fan” was make the transition to being a professional writer and was removing all of their Fanwork from the Internet as a result. One of the reasons most frequently given for the removal was that the writers wanted to repurpose the original content of their fan fiction for their professional work. I’d really like to know what you think about this practice as both a professional writer and a fanfic author and if you’ve ever had an idea for a fanfic that at some point in the creative process became an original work or vice versa?

    If you’ve already answered these questions elsewhere I’m sorry. Also you’re amazing. Thank you!

  35. Detected this only today…

    I’m woefully behind in listening to your radio talks so if you have already covered this, please point me in the right direction: I’m really impressed by the pure volume of your work. But: How do you find the DISCIPLINE for writing not only so many stories, but to stick to one store – story arc – universe whatever for so long? I mean, is there ever a point for you, where you think “oh damn, I just don’t care about this story anymore, so let it die” ? As far as I can see there are stories in your work that go in hibernation for some time, but you always go back, pick up and drive farther.

    I would really like to know, how you motivate yourself for a story, which is somewhat lagging (in your mind) or you get distracted by real life or another shine story idea.

  36. How do you go about doing research for a character that is from a different culture or from a different background? Half the time I don’t know where to start or feel as I’m missing vital information because I don’t know what questions to ask.

  37. The naming of names. What process do you go through naming your original characters? It is one of the small details like this that slow me down when writing because sometimes the names just feel so fake and wrong for some reason.

    I know a few people that hit up baby name sites for this and will give their characters names with hidden meaning, like an evil character having a name that means “darkness” in another language or perhaps an unpleasant character having a name that roughly translates into “south end of a northbound mule as it breaks wind”.

    How do you find the perfect name for your original characters?

  38. Just wanted to say hello. Getting over a crummy night- reading Keira!fic makes it better, especially your Harry Potter stuff, the way you twist the escapism of magic into realistic grit, it’s damned impressive. If you could say one thing to an HP character, what would it be? Thanks again for all the effort and love you put into all your writing, it shows, and is so very much appreciated. I hope you know how much you’ve changed all of us.

  39. You mentioned cloud plotting in some of the podcasts. Can you explain more about it?

  40. What are some TV shows, movies, books, art, and music that have influenced your writing the most? (I’d also like to table this question to your mods if they wanted to contribute.)

  41. There are many, many brit fandoms. While I am aware of some of the differences (a panda= a policecar), I know there are things that I mess up (what exactly is a MP?). Maybe a show with you and one of the brit minions to point out common errors?

  42. 1) What are things you see in fanfiction that would never work in professional fiction?

    2) What are your thoughts on non-linear story telling?

    3) Sort of a tangential to #2… What are your thoughts on the use of flashbacks? Particularly a LOT of flashbacks?

  43. As both a professional writer and a writer of fanfiction, I was wondering what your thoughts are regarding writing in a fandom where the author/creator has stated they do not want fanfiction (Game of Thrones, for example). Also, do you think it is ok to edit your fanfiction works and then publish them?

  44. How do you go about making a villain that is believably evil enough to give the hero a run for their money while still being someone the reader has interest in and wants to read about? You’ve set some epic villains loose in your plots, but they don’t overshadow the heroes. I suppose I’m looking to make sure my bad guy won’t be flat without making him so big that he takes over the story.

  45. What constitutes a scene in a book? I’ve tried to find a definition but the definitions I’ve found were vague and unhelpful. It seems like everyone has their own definition.

  46. This is a pure curiosity question:

    Do you ever think about writing Garcia/Morgan fics? I’m asking because I love your writing and I love the pairing, and I think that if you were to write a story like that I might die…

    I read primarily Het with maybe some side Slash, but I’m getting into more Slash as I peer through your site. But I thought it might not hurt to ask if you are a fan of that pairing or something.

    I love you Keira!!

  47. You mentioned that writing flashbacks were bad in your last Short and Junk. What about writing scenes in a non-linear timeline? For example, writing one scene in the present, then jumping back 15 years for the next scene, and so forth.

  48. You’ve been very vocal about your opinions on Ron and Ginny, and lately on Dumbledore, but some other characters in the HP verse seem to cause varying opinions. The Dursleys, outright abuse or “merely” neglect?? Sirius, batshit insane or just compromised by 12 years in jail? Remus’ role that seems to go from present to absent, back to present and then “Harry will you be Teddy’s godfather?” Are the twins bullies or pranksters? The Hogwarts staff’s (I guess some of this goes back to Dumbles) attitude towards punishment, teaching, and just generally taking Dumbledore’s word as gospel no matter the danger.

  49. Could you do a show, preferably with guest, on favorite fanfics? I enjoy the stories you bring up in podcasts that I had not previously read. I’m usually nodding along when you praise old favorites (ex. Freedom’s Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Loose). I particularly mention this because I do not have great luck picking Inception fics to read on AO3. I close more than half of the ones I try, but I enjoyed your recent recs. My guess is others may have a similar experience with different fandoms.

  50. I’m curious about the stories you’ve written in an episode format. How does this differ from a say a series of novellas or short stories? Do you plan things differently for an episode vs. a short story? If so, in what way?

  51. I was curious if you have posted any of your work any where other than this site? Some of the author comments or story description made me think that you might have and I was curious either way. If you have do you mind sending me a link?

  52. Hi Keira, you’ve talked at length about POV first/third/god, as well as transitioning POV within a scene as opposed to using a scene break.

    I’ve only written one story with multiple POV and changed POV in chapter format. I kept the POV the same throughout the chapter, then when I needed to changed the POV in the next chapter I kept that POV throughout. (I hope this makes sense)

    What are your thoughts about changing POV via chapter?

    Thanks. πŸ™‚

  53. Why can’t I find any of your excerpts for North Star? I tried your FB, but it seemed to be on the fritz, and your “new” LJ doesn’t have it either…

  54. Kinda quick question (maybe), how would you approach using a background character from cannon as a main character in a story? Would you approach it as if he/she were an original character? Especially if there isn’t a lot of information about the character. Thanks.

  55. I saw an article that said books purchased through the publisher – in this case Cobblestone Press – paid the author more than books purchased through Amazon, etc. Do you have a preferred purchase point? Thanks

  56. Dear Keira:

    I wanted to ask your opinion on descriptive narrative. In fanfiction it is probably unnecessary to use description to set a physical scene or describe character’s physical appearance. However, if you are writing original fiction or introducing an original character in fanfiction I would think some descriptive narrative is required. I know too much narrative can be off-putting for readers and that has been discussed previously. How do you feel about description for setting and character’s within an original story or during the introduction of an original character?

    Thanks,
    Chestnut NOLA

  57. Keira,
    Hello I am new to this site and was wondering if you were going to continue Tangled Destinies Volume 2?

  58. Hello! Is it possible to somehow download your story so I would be able to upload it to my kindle? I cannot read a huge amount of writing on computer screen, I instantly see black dots and lines in my eyes :/

  59. I’m leaving for peace corps in a few months and the location I have been assigned to has limited internet that I can access once a week for about 2 hours.
    I want to keep up with your work because I love it.
    Because you have locked your site for copying the text (rightfully so. No one would be able to distribute your work places you don’t authorize. Rude people!) my plan to ask about copying the stories you post in a word doc and take them with me is null. Is there another way I might be able to do that? Would you allow something like that?I really don’t want to miss out on your work for 2 years while in Cambodia.

  60. I’m slowly making my way through the podcasts so you may have answered this one before. When you are plotting your story, do you plot every single scene or just hit the major points of each chapter? Also, when you are writing a chapter, do you ever just get ideas for a scene and write it into the chapter or do you stop and go back to plotting?

    Thanks!

  61. I have a completely random question about On A Pale Horse. Did you write Halo fic because you are a gamer or have a gamer in you house? If you are a gamer or have a gamer close to you, are you being inundated by Halo 5 propaganda? I am and it made me reread On a Pale Horse and the EAD excerpt. Still a great story. All those shiny video promos reminded me of Spartan 3321.

    • I am a gamer. I have all the Halo games and yes, I’m being bombarded. I’ll always love the first game though.

      • It was fun to reread SPARTAN John. Especially since the H5 Guardians (from the promos) seems like a universe John would fit into. The 4 man team diving off the transport reminded me of a gate team. Maybe H5 will provide fodder for more SPARTAN John or maybe a new game title will just mean more competition for writing time.

        I fully expect to lose my husband for a chunk of time to the new game. πŸ™‚

        Do you still consider the SPARTAN Chronicles an active WIP? I’m not intending to nudge, honest, I was just reminded of the story and want to manage my expectations appropriately. I love everything you write but I know some stories are more likely to be added to that others. Realistically, you only have so many hours to devote to this hobby.

        I think the original Halo was my favorite game as well.

  62. I was wondering how you decided what to work on next without getting overwhelmed. Do you plan ahead of time what you will work on, or write whatever, and in which ever fandom, you’re feeling like writing in at the moment?

  63. Do you consider music part of your writing process? And if so, how does it work for you? Do you associate artist/album/playlist to a different story or pairing or is music simply a way to isolate yourself from outside distractions and noises?

  64. I don’t know if this question has come up, but what’s your strategy for managing multiple separate plot lines in a story? Whether it’s the more extreme version where you have one storyline happening on Earth and one on another planet, to minor secondary storylines.

  65. Hello, i want to ask what sneak peak means. Is it a WIP, a drabble or something?

  66. What is your favorite genre to write in professionally? Paranormal, Futuristic, Menage, etc.

  67. I have several questions, one is simply me wondering if you had a playlist while you wrote Fall For You and, if you did, if you’d be willing to share it? Pretty please, with buttercream icing on top. πŸ™‚
    The other question(s) refers to Tie That Bind and a point you raised in a previous podcast about Rodney’s emotional journey not being complete yet. I am re-reading TTB after your comment, trying to keep my focus on Rodney and how he evolves during the story and it’s amazing how much I took for granted that TTB was just about John’s emotional healing, or maybe it’s just that I made an early assumption when I started reading the story and it filtered how I read it, because John does get the majority of my attention, in the show and in fics, so it’s very possible I side-lined Rodney without meaning to. I know that TTB’s about both of them, that’s not what I mean, it’s just that I completely negated the part of the equation of how Rodney would heal from Carter’s abuse. I think I took it as read that of course he would heal, that in fact he was already mostly healed due to the time he spent back at de Sade (like it’s that easy – I am so huffing in disgust at myself right now for even thinking that Rodney could have gotten over it so quickly/easily), plus there’s the healing powers of John’s magic cock! hehe. But seriously, in reading it again I am looking at Rodney in a different light and I was hoping you could speak more on Rodney and his emotional state so far in TTB. I am wondering if it’s a case of John who, at the beginning of the story had already progressed through the five stages of grief and so while he still needed to heal, it was just the final bit of healing that could only happen by falling in love again, whereas Rodney is still distancing himself from what happened to him leaving him stuck in the first phase/stage – denial, and it’s Rodney’s great coping skills (fuelled by having to continue to interact daily with his abuser and her continued abuse) that allow him to hide in plain sight, and so his journey is still really just beginning when TTB opens and he meets John. If so, how far along is Rodney in healing at the end of chapter 14 – The Broken Road (I’m only a 2 chapters into my re-reading of TTB)? Alternatively, am I seeing things that aren’t there, reading things into the story that aren’t there? Did I even make any sense at all? I also wanted to say that I hadn’t even considered the emotional nuances that having John need to heal from the death of his partner versus having Rodney need to heal from an abusive partner brings to the story until now, and wow. I appreciate you more and more as a writer with every read through and every new story.
    Thank you,
    Karla

  68. Does your writing process change depending on story length? How do you approach short stories differently than other works? Do you still go through the whole process of plotting and going through character profiles?

  69. I wasn’t sure where to put this comment so i will pop it here… currently there is a lot of chatter / discussions regarding readers reviews & comments & the large level of arseholery out in the fanfiction world.

    Newbies to fanfiction are taking their cues from current reviewers on fanfic, archive of our own etc etc so they are being taught by the very reviewers that are pissing the authors off.

    Currently it is up to the authors to “educate” the reviewers, which i don’t think is fair at all; and we are also seeing C**ts that think it is funny flaming & posting abusive comments/reviews with no consequences for their actions.

    Just throwing this out there, but it would be good to see a code of conduct regarding reviewing an authors work put up on all the major sites educating the newbies what is a acceptable & what isn’t

  70. I found a thematic list of SGA fic where a link to “Lantean Legacy” is included. Does this violate your “Do not distribute my work!” rule? The website I found it on has a “please don’t submit members-locked suggestions” so it must have been before you took your site private.

  71. Hi!

    When you are done with the stories, I am especially looking for “The Soulmate Bond”, “The Sentinels of Atlantis”, “Ties That Bind” and “What Might Have Been”, will you sell them either as an epub-files or a ‘real-hold-in-my-hand’ books?
    I am looking for real books (kind of old-fashioned!), and SO willing to pay lots of money for a stack of books!
    And what about a book with short stories? Would love to read ALL of them! (over and over and over again!)

    Tove

    • It’s illegal to sell fan fiction.

      • Hi!

        The first I was thinking was not something that looks good printed… *eg*

        As a reader, I am looking forward to anything you write, and Darkly Loyal are at the moment my favorite!
        Have never liked the Weasleys, and you getting rid of them…. Highlights the stories!

        Back to the other thing… will you allow epub-files download?
        For my part… ALL of your stories! Please! Pretty please?

        Tove
        *waving HI! from 6717N 01423E*

        • It is terribly unlikely — all of my ebooks got pirated and it really irritated me. I doubt I’ll make more. It was very disrespectful.

          • Yes, it was! *curse them*
            Then, I am going to be online with you a lot! (just finished chapter 30 of The Soulmate Bond (again))
            You, Goddess you! Keep that amazing brain of yours working!
            BIIIIIIIG HUG!

  72. Would you do a radioshow about how you strukture and research rituals in your Harry Potter fics. I Think they are well thought out and often awesome! πŸ™‚

  73. Did you know that your ties that bind series when logged onto only says fatal error

    lizsimpson

  74. Hi Keira, I love all your work and was excited to see a site update yesterday for Ties That Bind. But I cannot figure out what is new. Put me out of my misery? Thanks in advance – a shy Keira fan

  75. Hi Keira,

    I just finished rereading the entire TTB series (again) and was wondering what happened to the excerpt from Northern Star and your other EAD posts (specifically the Arthur/Eames one)

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  76. Hi love your stargate stories but i can’t read on mobile site.I only have a mobile so i cant read them.

  77. Time for me to Support A Bitch and can’t find the link. Is it down while you build your new site? BTW I love all your SGA stories and re-read them about every 2 months. Can’t enough of Shepard and McKay.

  78. Hello Keira i was wondering if we could get a update on how the Phoenix story is coming along, it was at 90,119 words on 10/23/2015. i have read the preview and loved it so was hoping to be able to read more of it. Love your work hope you had a great New Year

  79. Hey Keira:

    My desire to write died six years ago, same time my brother died. Last week i had an idea that wouldn’t go away until i wrote it down. And What do you know, I actually enjoyed myself I wasn’t expecting it. Point is what do i do to ease myself into this so i don’t lose the enjoyment? And I’ve forgotten most of what i ever learned about craft So how do i pick up those skills again

      • Am just listening to this show and had to pause to say how sorry I am that you, Jilly and indeed any other writer have to endure all of this crap from readers.

        My personal comparison, tenuous though it is, is with my knitting. I don’t do gift knitting due to the deadline element, and although I am fortunate that no one has tried, I would not allow anyone to dictate what, when or how I knitted. I am slightly prone to feeling guilty when I abandon a project that I am just not enjoying, but my husband has always said to me that it is supposed to be fun, so just stop if it isn’t, and I remind myself of that as and when necessary.

        I was in that CA group you mentioned for a bit, but the tone rapidly pissed me off, especially their attitude towards you & I have now left.

        Thanks as always for all you give us.

  80. Thanks Keira. Made me laugh so hard pepsi came out my nose. Now how do i get the stuff off my monitor? πŸ™‚

  81. How do you deal with not having control over your works? I post on AO3 and it’s generally good. But my fics got onto that ebooks site a while back, have been translated and reposted without permission, got mentioned and linked in some idiot’s college essay, and all this shit. I usually like posting online, but sometimes it really gets to me just how little control I have over everything.

  82. Would you consider a show on the fanfiction communities on livejournal and yahoo? What to look for, how to find a community that is active, what to do to asshats, etc? I’ve been trying to become more active in fandom, but all I keep finding are defunct and dead groups…

  83. Ok another question. Thanks for that first answer by the by. What is rough trade like from an author’s perspective. I made the mistake of posting the opening to my latest creation to that yahoo group we all love so much :/ Got nearly 100 comments about how my OC was shit, without any useful concrit. So do you get useful feedback or is it all the cheerleading stuff cus i need both

  84. Ok then I’ll ask this a different way how do i find a concrit partner who isn’t an asshole? Online or IRL doesn’t matter

  85. I have a question concerning Ties That Bind. I tried to check the comments, but couldn’t find if anyone had asked about this before. And since this is something that bugged me at the first read of TTB, and again at the second read, and I still had not figured it out after my third read through, I decided I shuld just try to ask about it.

    It’s about the club/restaurant scene in You Belong to Me, where there is this exhibition by a dom and his castrated sub. I understand that the social norms in TTB society make it very insulting to disrupt an exhibition in any way, and that leaving the exhibition even at the start can be interpreted as such.

    However, why was it more understandable that because Rodney is a de Sade Courtesan, he would not want to see a castrated sub to perform, and thus the exhibiting dom would not need to be insulted about it? The only reasons I could come up with were that a) de Sade somehow sees this kind of mutilation extremely unacceptable or b) this is something extremely unacceptable to Courtesans specifically.

    I have gathered that in TTB universe any kind of body modification is taken very seriously, and thus it might be related to that viewpoint, but I still have a hard time understanding why Rodney’s reaction was seen as acceptable from a de Sade Courtesan, but it would not have been acceptable coming for example from a La Petite Morte Consort? At least that is how I interpreted the situation.

  86. I keep getting a fatal error message when ever I try to load one certain chapter from Ties That Bind, A Lovely Agony. I was in the middle of reading it when the computer did an auto shutdown and reboot to load updates. I really want to finish the chapter and Really love the entire story. Is there any other place this is posted so I can finish reading it?

  87. It worked!!! Thank you SO much! I am diving right back into the story!! so much for doing dishes today,,,

  88. This your new Web Site look? I like it, easy to use and the banner is easy on the eyes πŸ˜‰

  89. Firstly I wanted to say thank you for hours and hours of blissful escapism. I love that I can reread and always find something new, some little detail I didn’t realise the significance of the first time around, or even the second time around.

    My question was inspired by listening to one of the older pod casts. You mentioned that Lantean Legacy and What Might Have Been are direct AUs and I was wondering if that was true of any of your other worlds?

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories and even more, thank you for not letting the assholes drive you away.

  90. What do you imagine are magical sex toys (HP universe)? Potions, spells, etc. I feel this has not been sufficiently explored.

  91. I was listening to your podcast tonight (Short & Junk: Sometimes I Plagiarize Myself) in which you mention how you deliberately reuse your OCs. This gives me hope! When you find time to continue the Tangled Destinies series — is there any hope that we will see more of Jaret Molia & his Taval? Jaret is such a striking character. Did he appear full blown in your creative mind or did he go through several evolutions as you worked on the series? It would be interesting to know how you came up with his character, his background on BetaZed, and where Taval came from.
    Thank you also for resuming the podcasts. I really missed them when you had to take a hiatus.

  92. Hey Keira,

    I’m slowly catching up on your podcasts, so I’m not sure if this question has popped up already.

    You said in one I listened to recently that dubious consent is rape. In many stories, I’d agree. The thing that makes me pause are stories involving something that inhibits or impairs the characters’ inhibitions on sex. Examples: the sex pollen trope, where a group of people get exposed to something that results in them all having sex with each other, or a more “normal” example would be drunk/high people having sex while under the influence. In cases like that, where people who normally wouldn’t have sex with other members of their group for whatever reason more or less have equally impaired judgment and decide to fuck like rabbits while under the influence, would dubious consent be an appropriate label? Because I’m not sure how that would be rape, unless you factor in the person/being who created the sex pollen to begin with but isn’t actually participating in the sex.

  93. I was writing a character redemption fic for the 2015 Nano then the character went and redeemed himself on the show… Now I’ve lost the drive to finish my story because canon satisfied me.

    Also, Civil War is later this year and I’m definitely scared to see cause it’s messing with my OTP.

    So, here’s my question – have you ever been cock blocked by canon? Are there ways to work around or push through it? Is it okay to just let the story go if you’ve lost the passion for it?

  94. So, when it comes to technology in your stories, how do you treat it? How do you keep it fresh? I’ve read older stories where the tech is very dated, and that can throw me out of the trance.

    As a second, do you look at current tech and try to imagine what it might be like in 10, 20, or 100 years?

    Thanks!

    ~L

  95. Okay, here we go. You’ve mentioned that you can’t read in Supernatural fandom because of all the incest and I totally agree with you on that. So how do you deal with Fred and George Weasley being married to the same woman in one of your HP stories? I think it was “Blank Space”. Are magical twins different in your fanon?

  96. I apologize in advance if this was already asked at some point and I missed it as I haven’t had a chance to listen to all your podcasts yet, but do you have any advice on making strong summaries for your stories? I’m flailing like a fish out of water when it comes to them, and I would prefer to get the summary set before I even start the actual story. Thanks.

  97. Here’s a question in your opinion what came first the egg or the chicken

  98. Dear Keira, I posted this question in the RT Facebook group and did get a couple of responses. The use of epithets in writing (his lover, the boffin, the agent, etc.) are these considered a poor writing choice. I do know that sometimes when writing m/m romance, that the he/him/his pronouns can get confusing and it often puts me off a bit when I read a character’s name over and over in consecutive sentences. I was just wondering what is your take on the use of epithets is, whether fanfiction or original fiction for publication? Thanks, Best, The Nut.

  99. I enjoy all your stories / podcasts. Thanks for sharing with all your fans.
    I really look forward to EAD each year. Are you participating this year?

  100. Craft question for you since this is what I’m working hardest on right now:

    How do you pull readers into stories and keep them there throughout it? I’d love to know how it differs for fanfic and original fic.

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