tristen84: (Purple baubles)

Title: A Christmas Conspiracy
Fandom: Flashpoint
Characters: Team
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Word count: approx. 915.

Warnings: Spoilers for season 4 finale Slow Burn.
Disclaimer: Don’t own any of the characters in this story. Wish I did!

Summary: the team have kept a secret from Greg. Written for [livejournal.com profile] bessemerprocess's stocking over at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking.
 
Special thanks to
[livejournal.com profile] loisarahfor the beta :o) Any and all remaining mistakes are mine.


This way to fic... )

tristen84: (Christmas landscape)
I've been a little out of touch lately and it's not because there are currently no new Flashpoint episodes airing ;o) I've just been incredibly busy: I have about 40 reports to write and I have till 15 January to get them all done, so that's not a whole lot of time. It's my own fault, really, because I chose to obsess and squee over Flashpoint rather than to start working on all these reports, and I honestly don't regret making that choice. It just means I'm scrambling right now, which is why I've been a little quiet! Hopefully after Jan 15 I'll be able to kick back a little and get back to the fannish stuff.

Speaking of fannish stuff, I still plan on writing at least one more fic(let) for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, but am lacking inspiration at the moment. I want to write something Christmas-y and SHORT but everything I come up with ends up mutating into something really long, and I don't have time for long! So...would anyone care to prompt me? It can be Ed & Greg friendship or team or something with Spike. I can't promise it'll get written, but hopefully it'll inspire me to write something (other than reports ;o)).

Anyway, hope everyone on my f-list has a wonderful Christmas (or insert other appropriate holiday) with family and friends or just with a good movie or book or something else that makes you happy :o)
tristen84: (Spike: eh?)
A few days ago I was so jetlagged that I woke up at 5 in the morning and couldn't get back to sleep. So I decided to try my hand at writing a FP fic for a [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking. Now, it so happens the person whose stocking I wanted to stuff prefers crossovers, slash and stories with (graphic) sex in them...all things I personally don't generally like to read or write. Not that there's anything wrong with that stuff, but as a gen girl I tend to like stories about friendship and family rather than romance, etc. So I wasn't expecting to get inspired to write a story that would suit her preferences at all.

That morning, in about two hours, I whipped up an SGA/FP crossover story with Sam/Sheppard slash and sex! Huh? how the hell did that happen? And I even kind of enjoyed writing it, too! ...I'm still scratching my head at myself. ;o)
tristen84: (vulnerableTony)
Read more... ) 

The research is necessary, but wow, it's depressing.
tristen84: (closeup Spike)
Title: A Burden Shared
Characters: Spike, Jules
Summary: missing scene for A Day In The Life. I always felt that they just kinda threw the Jules’-best-friend-committed-suicide bit at us and totally skipped over the emotional effect having to relive the memory might have had on her. So this is my take on what happened afterwards.
Rating: G
Word count: approx. 643. Just a ficlet.
Disclaimer: Don’t own Spike, Jules or any of the other characters in this story. Wish I did!
 
Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] loisarah for the beta :o) Any and all remaining mistakes are mine.
 
 
A Burden Shared ) 
tristen84: (Default)
Flashpoint has such a tiny little fandom that finding good, well-written gen fic is a real challenge if you're a Spike fan (or rather, if you're not a JAM-fan). So I thought I'd post a list of my favourite fic for any newcomers out there! I think most of the oldcomers will have already read these, but I guess there might still be one or two that slipped under the radar :o) Most of the fic I'll be recc'ing here will be Spike-centric, but some of them will be more team-centric or told from another character's POV.

Gen

Whisper Prayers into the Dark by [livejournal.com profile] chocolatekettle
Wonderful, beautifully written post-One Wrong Move fic. Team with a slight emphasis on Spike.

Make New Friends (But Keep The Old) by [livejournal.com profile] chocolatekettle
Spike and Jules break Leah into the team.

Getting To Know You by [livejournal.com profile] coneycat
Leah's thoughts on the team (and on Spike especially) after she first joins the SRU.

As Soon As I Am Able by [livejournal.com profile] coneycat
A classic, one that I know probably just about every Flashpoint fan has read ;o) Spike and Leah bond while Spike tries to cope with losing Lew. (Yeah, I know that really doesn't do it justice - just, go read it if you haven't already 'cause there's a lot going on in this story).

Swim Til You Drown by Illyria13
This is a Sam-centric fic, but I kind of like it as it's pretty well-written, and Spike plays a rather important part in it.

Hesitation by [livejournal.com profile] eviltwin
Lovely little post-Fault Lines ficlet. Spike-Wordy friendship.

The Right Words by [livejournal.com profile] eviltwin
Post-One Wrong Move ficlet. Spike-Greg friendship.

That's it for the Gen recs. Will do a separate post for slash fics later, but now I gotta get ready for work!

tristen84: (Default)
For me, the hardest thing about writing fanfiction is dialogue. Dialogue is such an important part of writing in that it's basically a window to your characters. It tells your reader how well you know the characters you're writing about. Being an avid reader of fanfiction myself, the dialogue is what makes or breaks a story for me. Of course, plot is also important. A story needs to be well-constructed, well thought-out, and grammar and spelling have to be up to par.

But good dialogue is vital, because it reflects a character's personality and attitude. Especially when writing about characters from a TV-show or a movie, it's important to get the characters to 'sound' right. You have to really get into the character's head to be able to anticipate what he/she might do or say in a certain situation.

Some writers are very, very good at it; it seems to come to them naturally. Other people, like me, have a really tough time getting the characters down just right. I have been successful once or twice (in other fandoms), and some characters are easier to write for than others, but I find SGA especially difficult to write for.

The character I have the most trouble writing for is McKay. In this case, it's not so much getting his character down right that I find difficult, it's the scientific mumbo-jumbo and the technobabble that gets me. I am not good at writing technobabble, nor am I good at thinking up (scientific) ways to get the team out of a harrowing situation. Since that's basically what Rodney does, being able to write about it is rather important. :) Which is why I usually end up writing tags, because it often means that the brilliant escape plan has already been thought up, explained and carried out, leaving me to write about the aftermath. Yes, I guess you could say I'm lazy :)

Another thing I have trouble with is the banter between Sheppard and McKay. I absolutely adore their easy banter on the show, but I have a hard time thinking of snappy comebacks for both characters. I'm not sure if that's to do with the fact that I'm not good at snappy comebacks myself in RL or if it means that I just don't know the characters well enough yet.

Either way, my problems with writing dialogue and with thinking up decent plots is what has kept me from writing a Shep-whump story of my own. So I'm taking the easy way out by just writing short scenes/drabbles and tags. But I take comfort in the fact that it's good practise and that it helps me to get to know the characters better. :)

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