On fangirling and writing fanfic

Hi, all!

I know. I’ve been neglecting all of you. But I have been writing a ton of Fangirl Friday blogs over at my other site, Women and Words, so if you wonder where the hell I am, check there. And the Twitterz, where I go by the cryptic handle @andimarquette.

Anyway, I’ve got a lot of things in the works right now. I recently published a short novel at Ylva — it’s a thriller with a little romantic undercurrent. Here’s the link, if you want to see more.

I’m working on some rewrites of my other stuff to get it back on the market…yeah. That’s been kind of a clusterfuck, and I apologize a jillion times over for that. Hopefully that will be remedied soon, but seriously. Clusterfuck. I can’t even with that. Sigh.

Plus, I have to admit, this election season has given me super angst. This whole fucking year has given me angst because of all the shitty-shit that’s gone down in a variety of quarters, which means I’ve sought escape in order to maintain my emotional and spiritual (and physical) health.

Along those lines, I’ve basically reclaimed my 37th childhood and decided to go fangirl for various things (see my posts at Women and Words) and seek solace with like-minded people. At least we can all fangirl together.

So in May I started writing a Clexa fanfic in the universe of The 100. For those not in the know, that’s the relationship between Clarke, the de facto leader of the 100 delinquents and Sky Crew sent to Earth from the Ark, and Lexa, the Grounder Commander (shout-out for bi visibility week and Clarke repping bi characters!).

I did this because I was so pissed off about what happened in Season 3 of The 100 that I just decided, screw it. I’m going to write what I wish had happened in Season 3.

How could you NOT fanfic this? I mean, for realz, yo!

How could you NOT fanfic this? I mean, for realz, yo!

And my first official fanfic was born. So far, I’ve posted 33 chapters (roughly 100K words) over at Archive of Our Own, a fanfic site (AO3, for those not in the know) and I’m still writing. This thing will probably go past 150K words, which puts it close to the “epic” category in terms of book length, as in OMG WTF THIS THING IS SO LONG. Given that the average length of a lesfic novel is about 70K-80K words, I’m outta hand with this thing.

I post roughly every week, though I skipped posting yesterday because holy shit I have to write more and I lost a bunch of writing days last week. I hate that I wasn’t able to post, but I want this to be at least readable, so sometimes we have to suck it up and take a bit of a breather so we can get caught up.

So here are 5 more things I’ve learned/observed in this, my first foray into publicly posting fanfic:

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1. Plagiarism seems to be a real issue, and that’s not cool. I’ve seen several authors note on social media that their fanfic works have been plagiarized by others who basically slap their names onto a work that they didn’t write and call it theirs. Some have even tried to publish these plagiarized works. I don’t think I need to explain why this is a massive bucket of suck, but in case you skipped the ethics and morals 101 class, let me lay it out for you:

Don’t take what other people have created and claim it’s yours.

One of the great things about the fanfic universe is that anybody can play. Anybody can post their own work. So instead of stealing someone else’s, do your own. Work at it, build up your audience, and have fun participating in fandoms. That’s what fanfic is about. Participating in fandoms and letting your own imagination create works within canon and in alternate universes. It’s hella fun writing your own, and there’s a real sense of satisfaction that comes from doing that. The fanfic universe is a community. Use it to help you improve your OWN writing so you, too, can then demonstrate your awesome. To reiterate: Give credit where it’s due and don’t take other people’s stuff and say it’s yours.

And if you want some writing guidance for your own fic, hit me up! I mentor quite a bit.🙂

2. Canon and AU. I’m still learning the lingo of the fanfic universe, but fortunately, there are places I can go to figure things out. Like here. So technically, what I’m doing with my Clexa S3 reboot is that I am writing within some “canon” (how the events actually occurred as depicted within the show [or book or movie or whatever is the original source]), in that I’m using the setting and many of the characters and some of the things that happened and are said in the show, but I’m creating basically a parallel or alternate universe in which those people exist and events unfolded differently.

So I’m doing a hybrid canon/AU fanfic, in that I’m using some aspects of the canon of the TV show, but the plots, dialogue, scenes, and narrative arcs are mine. I also bring in characters I created that were not in the show. They’re not canon, thus, but they fit the overall world in that they are as consistent as I can make them within the parameters the world has set. I have also introduced a few new cultural aspects within the canon. Whew. Got that? lol yeah, I’m still figuring things out, too.

3. There is also fanart within fandoms, and I’ve noticed that fanart can and often does depict characters and relationships as they appeared in different fanfics and not as canon in the shows/movies. Yeah, I’m a newbie, kids. lol

4. Along the lines of 3, above, there is hella awesome talent in fandoms, whether it’s the writing side or the fanart side. Speaking of, you can find some of it on tees, and I’ve discovered that the site RedBubble has quite a lot of really awesome fanart tees that might appeal to the Clexa ‘verse. I might have been buying a goddamn crazy number a few tees… #inspirationforwriting

5. Fandoms have engaged and engaging people, many of whom have provided some great thoughts and comments on the fanfic I’m working on (THANKS, EVERYBODY! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!).

I write organically — that is, I have an idea of where I’m going, but the particulars within the scenes and chapters I don’t really know until I write them. Which means that I appreciate all the comments I get and thoughts from readers. I’ve actually tweaked things a bit in scenes that are slated to post because a reader posted a comment on a previous installment saying, for example, they couldn’t wait for a particular scene and hoped it included X, Y, Z. I rather enjoy that. Clearly, that’s something that would probably never happen with the writing teams for shows, but in the fanfic ‘verse, it can and does happen and I do rather enjoy it.

So thus far, this has been a really interesting and super-cool journey. I’m kind of obsessed with this fanfic I’m writing, so I’ll for sure finish it, and then…who knows? I might write more fanfic. I might not. We shall see. For now, I’m having a total blast, so thanks, everyone, who’s been reading along and offering kudos and comments. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.

And if you’re interested, here’s the link to my fanfic. Definitely a work-in-progress.🙂

Happy weekending!

BLOG HOP! If Looks Could Kill PLUS GIANT-ASS GIVEAWAY FOR REALZ

Hi, all! So here’s my slightly late hop on The Law Game blog hop.

AND! DO NOT FORGET to get in on the giveaway! Leave a comment at Women and Words on THIS LINK. We are giving away a SET OF ALL FIVE OF THESE BOOKS, ebook. FOR REALZ. GO SEE!

For those not in the know, The Law Game is a collection of novellas/novels that all share a common theme. They have to do with “law” in some way.

I’m the last stop! HA! The buck stops here! Okay, not really. I don’t know what the buck does on its off time, but it doesn’t linger too long around here.

Oh, you can catch the fab Jessie Chandler’s installment of the blog hop HERE. She posted Aug. 24th.

If Looks Could Kill

And, so you know the awesome, here are the other participants in this here cool series thingie by Ylva publishing.

And here’s what my contribution is all about:

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HEY! REVIEWERS WANTED!

Hey, peeps!

My latest book is a longish novella called If Looks Could Kill and it is due out in August, but ARCs are available NOW.

If you’re interested in receiving an ARC — an advanced reading copy — which means you need to write a review, too — NOW is the time to sign up.

You can do that by hitting THIS LINK.

If Looks Could Kill — The Law Game Book 5

 

If Looks Could Kill

Eleanor “Ellie” O’Donnell is part of a special investigative unit within the New York City Police Department. Her latest assignment has her tasked with uncovering the relationship between internationally known fashion mogul and all-around ice queen Marya Hampstead and a local Russian crime family. As legendary for her business acumen and beauty as her uncompromising and unapproachable personality, Marya Hampstead is not a woman to cross.

Unfortunately for Ellie, the only way she can get close enough to conduct her investigation is by pretending to be an aspiring designer who takes an internship at Hampstead’s company. Definitely out of her element, Ellie has to put all her acting and investigative skills to work as she delves into what at first seems a simple case of occasional public outings with a man whose family has ties Hampstead might not know about.

But when Marya’s father, an international businessman, shows up in New York, it becomes clear that something else is going on, and that there’s much more to Marya Hampstead than meets the eye. The question is, how much more and how deep is Ellie willing to go to find out?

In the fast-paced world of clothes, critics, and competition, Ellie uncovers a lot more than runway gossip, including secrets that will kill far more than a bad outfit.

Books in the Law Game Series

ONE: Requiem for Immortals, by Lee Winter
TWO: Archer Securities, by Jove Belle
THREE: Daughter of Baal, by Gill McKnight
FOUR: Evolution of an Art Thief, by Jessie Chandler
FIVE: If Looks Could Kill, by Andi Marquette

SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE AN ARC?

I’m glad you asked! Here’s the deal.

  • ARCs are proof copies. So if you find any technical errors while you’re reading along (e.g. missing punctuation or an extra word), please let me know, and thanks!
  • ARCs are typically sent directly to your Kindle. That allows me to keep track of what I send to who. ARCs are fun to give out, but I have to manage them appropriately. So it’s oh, so helpful if you have a Kindle address, too.
  • Ideally, it would be so awesome for reviews to go up on Amazon on release day, so please shoot for that. Goodreads should be available before that, and you can leave a review there at any time.
  • Please be honest in your reviews. Hey, I dig 5-star reviews as much as the next author, but the last thing I want is for someone to feel obligated to do that just because she received an ARC.

So if this is something you’d like to get in on, SIGN UP HERE and THANKS!

There is a space for your Kindle address on that signup form, but if you don’t know it yet, or you don’t have one, you still get to sign up for ARCs. So go ahead and fill out the rest of it.

ARCs are typically sent directly to your Kindle, and it helps me out to do that. If you have a Kindle but you don’t know what your Kindle address is, hit THIS LINK. It walks you through finding it. You’ll also need to make sure I’m an approved contact. You will find the instructions about how to do that at that link. Trust me. It’s not as scary as it sounds.🙂

Here’s my email address to add me to your approved contact list:
andimarquette AT gmail DOT com
(AT = @ and DOT=.)

So if you have a Kindle address and you know it, you can just add it on that sign-up form. If you don’t have one, that’s fine. Fill out the form anyway and I’ll get you hooked up.

Thanks a bunch, everyone!

Things I’m up to, including a forthcoming release and fanfic

Hiya, peeps!

Whew. So the Order Up blog tour wound down and we gave a bunch of copies away and hopefully introduced a bunch of you to some new authors.

Next week is crazy-time for a bunch of lesfic authors in the States, as we head to the GCLS conference. So I’ll be running around doing that. Tweeting and Facebooking and things, so if you’re unable to join us in person, well, you can still hang with us in spirit.

I also very quietly have been working on a long novella/short novel that is part of The Law Game series through Ylva Publshing.

Mine is If Looks Could Kill, and it’s Book 5. It’s due out in the next month or two. I’ll keep you posted.

If Looks Could Kill

Description:
Eleanor “Ellie” O’Donnell is part of a special investigative unit within the New York City Police Department. Her latest assignment has her tasked with uncovering the relationship between internationally known fashion mogul and all-around ice queen Marya Hampstead and a local Russian crime family. As legendary for her business acumen and beauty as her uncompromising and unapproachable personality, Marya Hampstead is not a woman to cross.

Unfortunately for Ellie, the only way she can get close enough to conduct her investigation is by pretending to be an aspiring designer who takes an internship at Hampstead’s company. Definitely out of her element, Ellie has to put all her acting and investigative skills to work as she delves into what at first seems a simple case of occasional public outings with a man whose family has ties Hampstead might not know about.

But when Marya’s father, an international businessman, shows up in New York, it becomes clear that something else is going on, and that there’s much more to Marya Hampstead than meets the eye. The question is, how much more and how deep is Ellie willing to go to find out?

In the fast-paced world of clothes, critics, and competition, Ellie uncovers a lot more than runway gossip, including secrets that will kill far more than a bad outfit.

Hope you’re interested in checking that out.

OH, and here’s a bit more news. You guys, I’ve just started posting my very first fanfic. I’m one of those obsessed with The 100. I’ve already blogged about the episode in season 3 that shall not be named here, and that is primarily what kicked me in the ass to actually do fanfic.

I have written fanfic in the past. Just not about TV shows and I’ve never posted it. I’ve used it as a writing exercise, to explore characterization and motives while playing in someone else’s world. Maybe that’s a weird form of cosplay. Heh.

At any rate, I am posting a Clexa fanfic, a chapter or two at a time, every week or 10 days or so, over at Archive of Our Own. The title of the work is “Grounded,” and I’m AndiLand or Andi Marquette over there, if you’re into Clexa fanfic.

How could you NOT fanfic this? I mean, for realz, yo!

How could you NOT fanfic this? I mean, for realz, yo!

All rightie. Happy weekending, everyone.

ORDER UP BLOG TOUR with N.R. Dunham!

Hey, all!

Like I said. I went crazy over here on my blog with various authors who have stories in the just-released anthology Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance & Erotica, edited by yers truly and R.G. Emanuelle.

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Today, we are joined by N.R. Dunham, who will share with you some background about her story, “A Twist of France.” She’s also included an excerpt, so dive right in and get you some.🙂

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ORDER UP blog tour! Excerpt by Emma Weimann!

DARLINGS! It’s outta control up in here on this site. OUTTA CONTROL. We had Rebekah Weatherspoon, Jaye Markham, and now we’re having Emma Weimann!

I freaking love having all these people hanging out with me. Today we’ve got Emma Weimann, who scored a Goldie for her first novel, Heart’s Surrender.

Here, however, she’s got a story in Order Up: A Menu of Lesbian Romance & Erotica.

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In “Something Salty, Something Sweet,” Emma tells the story of two women who have been together a while but still find and make time for each other.

So I’ll turn it over to her, now, and let her serve you some delicious-ness.

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ORDER UP BLOG TOUR with author Jaye Markham!

Hello, people! Well, as it turns out, my blog is getting a lot of action (ha!) during the Order Up Blog Tour. Which is fine n’ dandy with me.

Today I’m pleased to introduce Jaye Markham, whose story “Not Spam Again!” deals with women in the armed services during World War II in London.

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I’m now going to turn this over to Jaye, who will give you some awesome historical (herstorical) background to her story and to the larger issue of women serving in WWII.

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