What is your favorite Doggett/Scully fanfic that you've written? Why?
Hmm. I really liked how "Condensation" came out, because it seemed more poetic than other things I'd done, less on-the-nose. I always think I write too obviously, and really like it when I can make things more opaque so the reader has to think about it and possibly interpret it in ways I hadn't thought of. I had some lines come out of me that I so loved and couldn't believe I'd written. It was cathartic for me - I was working out some stuff that had happened to me, and it unexpectedly became a therapy session. I also got to write a bit of Mulder, which I hadn't gotten to do before.
I feel affection for each of my stories for different reasons. I liked "Watchdog" because I got to write a serial killer that I'd based on Ed Kemper, a really fascinating guy for a psycho, and because Doggett turned out so fiercely protective at the end. "C'mere" came out sexy and playful, and did this awesome thing where the phrase "C'mere" provided punctuation all through it, plus gave me a wrap-up at the end. (I had no real idea that was going to happen.) I liked "Everything But The Girl," because the relationship came out so sweet and funny, and because Doggett was so secure and happy for a change, the one who knew they were going to get together while Scully was still figuring it out. I say stories "came out" a certain way because a lot of times tone and relationship tends to reveal itself, instead of going as planned. It's like the story is in charge, telling you where it wants to go and you're just the typist.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you begin? Where do your ideas come from?
How do you come to finalizing your story?
Mostly, ideas come from wanting to see emotional resolution the show isn't providing. I have this thing for pining - I've certainly done enough of it in my own life. So if some gorgeous male character is pining for a woman who's not noticing, and he's proving himself incredibly worthy and she'd be totally better off if she just went with it... well, I'm probably going to give the pining guy his heart's desire as quickly as possible, and in the best way I can think of. It's like he's both my stand-in AND the person I'm pining for. Trust me, it's all a therapist's field day.
What can you tell us about the story picked for the Fanfic of the Month? ("Fire From Ice")
Wow... I'm trying to think how that even started and I'm blanking on it! That's kind of amazing. I just re-read it and I'm glad to see that if I hadn't written it, I would have wanted to read it. I guess it's like I said in the intro: fun with cliches. I just gave in to the fact that I wanted to see a fic where they were trapped together and got busy. I also remember that was about the only fic where I really did research - the stuff about hypothermia. I felt very writerly for that. ;)
Do you have any tips for beginning Doggett/Scully authors?
Well, I wrote my first fanfic because nobody else would write exactly the story I wanted to read (specifically, a D/S fic where they requited everything without a bunch of regrets or extenuating circumstances.) I didn't know if anyone else would be into it, but it didn't matter cuz I just had to do it. And then I got feedback and found out lots of other people were waiting for the same thing, and they were glad I wrote it. And as much as I see fic out there that is nothing I personally would want to get into, that's just my opinion, so I think you just have to follow your muse. I developed a motto after I started writing fic: "you're never the only one."
The other thing is -- and please don't anybody take this the wrong way re things you've written, because I'm a big ol' snob -- read up on what others have written, and do your best to avoid the clichés. Cliché situations and especially cliché phrases. If I never again hear phrases like "hardened nubs," "little bundle of nerves," etc., it'll be too soon. I really turn off to smut scenes that are just "and then he did this to her, and then she did this, and then they did that..." Think of new ways to say what we all know happens. Point out physical details that don't always get pointed out - use your own experience. Don't be afraid to leave things out of the play-by-play of who did what to whom, and elaborate on the dynamic between the characters, the bigger picture of what's going on, something.
The last thing would be: to make my plots hang together, I ask myself all the questions that somebody reading it (somebody with a slightly snarky attitude) would ask. Like with "Fire From Ice": Okay, why is Scully being protected by Doggett and not Mulder? Why wouldn't Mulder at least be there? Why would Scully be reconsidering her feelings for Mulder - aren't they all soulmates and shit? Why would she start noticing Doggett in the first place? Why would Doggett go out and get hypothermia, and why would he leave Scully alone? Figure out the answers to these questions, and address them in your text via description and inner monologue and stuff. Silence any naysayers before they can say nay. It'll make your plot tight.
What is your favorite Doggett/Scully fanfic (that you did not write)? Why is it your favorite?
Pretty much everything I put in my archive would qualify there. I wanted to collect all the stuff that rocked my world. I remember making a comment about how every damn thing Coolbyrne ever wrote was going in there. (My archive now exists only on my desktop, as I've been redoing my site, and wasn't sure if there was any demand for it anymore. If anybody would like me to put it back up, they can let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Do you have a favorite fanfic author? If so, who? Why?
Rachel Anton used to kick my ass. She had some unusual pairing fics that I loved - two that featured Doggett getting together with Marita ("Shadow Wife" / "Trouble Me With You") that I read repeatedly. She had another Scully/Krycek one where they were in an abandoned diner that was really hot. The name escapes me - I hope it's still out there somewhere. Oh, and there's always the Mulder/Scully fic that got me started on fandom in the first place - "Playing Goddess" by Shalimar. It was the first fic that showed me what fic could be.