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11 July 2007 @ 11:43 am
Mental Whiplash  
So today, I'm mentally plotting/writing the third part of my unintentional mini-series of the week. It's happy and fun and has an adorable brat of a Methos trying to win his bet with Duncan to get Triona to forgive him by the end of the day. And on the other side, until I went to bed last night (with a short break to watch Holby!), I was working on the next part of 'Fondly' which is currently dealing with evil, villainous mirrorverse Methos who's doing all sorts of terrible things to Triona.

I think I'm giving myself mental whiplash! Switching back and forth between the two is certainly proving to be an interesting exercise in writing. In a way, writing the happier stuff is helpful, because it keeps a fresh image in my mind when writing the not happy story of just what their relationship is, why they work as a couple, and the history they have.

Goodness knows they've had their up and downs (lots of downs!) over the centuries, but what's playing out in 'Fondly' could quite possibly be the defining moment in their relationship. It's good for me to remember they have a strong foundation. Brings a whole new meaning to 'for better or worse'!

Unovisunovis on July 11th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I swear, I can never figure out what category to put your stories under for the newsletter. Are they all crossovers?
Ith: Media - Bambi Butterflyithildyn on July 11th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Sorry! Sometimes, like the last two I wrote, I try and write something with nothing but HL characters so they aren't crossovers. A bit of a change every now and then.

Do you use mostly tags to sort things for the newsletter? I could start using a xover tag if that would make it easier. You have enough work to do putting the newsletter together without extra work in figuring out categories, so if it would help for me to add a tag, let me know. Certainly easy enough to do from my end.
Unovisunovis on July 11th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Sorry to complain. I'll put them wherever you'd like them to go, or where you think readers would look for them. Labeling is an awfully sticky issue, so I tend to err on the side of least information.

The main reason I started separating out crossovers was because some crossover fans, reccers, and at least one crossover newsletter pick up links from the Flash and the separate category catches their attention.

When I'm picking things up, I look first at the header information and then check the tags if it's not clear what's going on. A note or sign in either location would let me know what you want.
Ith: Japan - Sunset Lanternsithildyn on July 11th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Heck no, you weren't at all complaining! I don't know how you keep track of it all to start with.

I'll start adding crossover tags: xover forever knight, xover star trek, and so on, so they're more specific than just 'xover'. And in the long run, it'll probably be helpful to people poking around my LJ looking for specific fic.

Very glad you brought the subject up!
dejladejla on July 11th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
It's a point that it helps you keep in mind that they do have a strong relationship, even with the downs.

And maybe the point is that Triona needs to face and accept what Methos could have been, but realize that he isn't. It's certainly a great story situation. And I'm cheering them both on for a positive ending!
Ith: Art - Dancersithildyn on July 11th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
She has a pretty good grasp of that, I think. There's a scene in one of my stories -- Not Without Loss -- between LaCroix and Methos where Methos is telling LaCroix that he's a fool if he doesn't think Triona knows quite well the men they'd been.

Well, here's the passage: LaCroix looked thoughtful. “Why does it matter so much?” he asked softly with no hint of his usual acerbic tone. “Cassandra here and now, or in the past, doesn’t change Triona’s love for you. You should realize that by now,” he chided the ancient Immortal.

“Cassandra is a face on my past. It’s one thing intellectually to accept, but quite another for it to be a real woman that you’ve come to care for.” Methos’ jaw clenched. “And what kind of a face would my past have if Triona had Cassandra’s Quickening? I won’t risk that, Lucius. I won’t risk her.”

“You worry too much, old friend. Triona accepts my nature and her feelings for you wouldn’t change no matter what residual, amorphous knowledge she might receive from a Quickening.”

The other man shook his head. “It’s not that simple, and you’re fooling yourself if you think it is!” He waved away LaCroix’s protest. “Yes, she accepts your nature…now. But you’ve changed, Lucius. Circumstances, time, changed you, as they have us all. Be honest, what would you have done if you’d met Triona a century, or two, or three ago?”

Looking away, he replied, “I don’t know.”

“Liar! You know very well – and so does she, you’re fool if you think she doesn’t – she wouldn’t have lived more than few nights at best.” Methos shook his head. “I know you, Lucius, like I know myself. We took what we wanted and used it up because we could, because we ached for the feeling of power it gave us. The man you were would have utterly consumed her, because total possession was the only way you knew to get you what you craved. Whether you’d drained her or brought her across, the result would have been the same.”

I think a part of what's terrifying to Triona in this situation is the fact she does have an excellent grasp of just what Methos is capable of, so the anticipation, waiting for the worst to happen, is adding to the fear.
dejladejla on July 11th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Okay, sorry. Had forgotten that.

And of course, for women, the prospect of that kind of thing is always present. Men don't have quite the same terrible anticipation regarding what can happen to them in that situation.

Will shut up and wait to see what happens. With one eye shut.
Ithithildyn on July 11th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
LOL! It's not like I actually expect people to remember my fic, dear. I won't be requiring any testing or anything [g] I didn't realize you'd even read it. It just seemed like a good passage to illustrate what I was getting at :)

And I'll write it with one eye shut!
dracschick: artdecovampiredracschick on July 11th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
good luck with the writing/plotting!
Ithithildyn on July 12th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks :)