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January 20th, 2006
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Ten Ways To Know
you're reading a story by mofic. Okay, I'm a sheep. I'm doing it because everyone else is.


1. It's X-Men movieverse. I never write anything else, although I read in a bunch of fandoms. The later stories are only loosely tied to the movie, since they take the earlier stories as having happened, too, but there's always a reference to something that happened in "X-Men: the Movie" or "X2: X-Men United."

2. It uses a lot of comicverse elements - Alpha Flight characters, the Danger Room, etc. I pick and choose with these and don't feel the need to stick to canon with the comics characters. They have the same names, powers, and basic history, but I develop their characters independently. Northstar is gay; Havok has a troubled relationship with his brother; Guardian and Wolverine have a lot of history. Beyond that, they are somewhere in between canon characters and OCs.

3. There's lots of dialogue, including during sex; the characters make jokes, including during sex.

4. There are a lot of characters - movie, comics, and OCs. The OCs are really varied - from different places, adults and kids, mutant and not, assorted ethnic backgrounds, assorted occupations.

5. There's lots of plot. All sorts of things are happening to the many characters and they talk a lot while those things happen to them. It's not clear how the different sub-plots will converge in the beginning, but they always do by the end.

6. People quote from great (and not-so-great) literature. There are literature guides at the end that tell what the quotes were from and something about the poems, plays, and books.

7. Scott is an English teacher. If someone is shown teaching, it's him.

8. There's CanCon. It might be through Alpha Flight; it might be through the secret mutant outpost in Saskatchewan. It might just be someone taking a trip to Montreal, but somehow the land of my birth sneaks in. It's like B movies in the 1960s, when the early CanCon laws made it advantageous to mention "Professor SoandSo in Alberta," only I'm not getting any financial benefit out of it.

9. The sex scenes tell you a lot more about how the people are feeling than what they look like.

10. The details are right, dammit. Geographic, historical, medical, sexual, literary and so on. Lots of research goes into the stories, even if 90% of it never actually shows up directly. Everything but the mutant powers is as close to real life as I can make it. So are the mutant powers, for that matter.

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From:marag
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Go you on getting the details right! I didn't mention that in mine, but I do my darndest to get details right, too.

I wrote a DCU fic called Engineering 101 that used materials testing as a metaphor for the relationship between Batman and Robin. I read all kinds of things on the subject and pestered Avi for whatever he knew. And I'm proud to say that an engineer who does materials testing read the story and told me I did a good job!
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Good for you! I love it when people write to me and think I have first-hand knowledge and experience of something I wrote about.

My brother wrote a book once with some very vivid descriptions of long distance running, and got a lot of letters from runners, thinking he was one of them. He's such a couch potato that it's pretty funny, but it's also a compliment.
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I think the research is half the fun! OTOH, my kids are trained to say "We are lucky children to have a mother who went to library school" when I find things out for them.

I look forward to beta-ing for you!
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From:jane_sehrn_ta
Date:January 20th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
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I think it's awesome that even your top ten list seems so thoughtful and detailed! Speaks volumes of your method. I'm hoping to do more reading this year, and I definitely want to include your work on my reading list.
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From:mofic
Date:January 20th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
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What a nice thing to say! If you do read my stuff, let me know what you think.
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