I took a break from writing the series last night and did a first draft of my xmmficathon assignment. You get to choose from three, but I'd already written stories that met two of the assignments, so it was an obvious choice. It's a post-X2 Pyro story, which was interesting for me to do, since it's very different from anything I've written before. I've never written Pyro and my post-X2 stuff has all been my version of the Phoenix story. So, it was a chance to focus on a character new to me, and also a chance to write Magneto. I've always wanted to do something with him, and particularly focussing on his Holocaust experience. This one ended up referencing post-Holocaust, his time in a dp camp in Cyprus. Anyone want to beta - particularly anyone with a good feel for Pyro, Magneto and/or Mystique - please let me know.
I've been doing more beta-ing lately. I always enjoy that. There's something very exciting about seeing a story take shape. And the detail-oriented anal-retentive part of me likes to catch the little mistakes.
I'm thinking a lot about power in relationships lately, and how that issue is explored in fanfic. I'm particularly interested in stories where on the surface power dynamics are obvious and simple, but in reality they are much more subtle and complex. A post in musesfool's journal reminded me of the Ptolemy quip that said that Alexander was never defeated, except by Hephaistion's thighs. I think it was intended as an epigram and it is kind of funny. OTOH, there's something so compelling about it, too. You can be the most powerful man who ever lived and you're still subject to the power of desire, the power of love. Recommendations on fanfic dealing with such themes would be gratefully appreciated. I'm flexible on fandom.