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Subject:The Family That Fics Together...
Time:07:15 pm
So I get my daily love check phone call from hubby when he got home with the kiddies yesterday after school and he tells me our 7 yrs old son is struggling with writing at school.  This is nothing new, he really dislikes writing.  He inherited my science and math genes but ended up with his father's visual art gene and unfortunately either my reading/writing DNA hasn't bloomed yet or it skipped him.  But evidently, yesterday, he was in tears at school because he just didn't want to write in his journal.  So hubby says, you love to write, see what you can do with him.  (I usually read with him at night but DH takes care of all the other homework before I get home)  That's when a thought hit me.... I enjoy writing fanfic, maybe he will.

Last night I took out the bound journal I bought him (like they sell at any major bookstore) and gave it to him.  It's spiral bound with a cool Japanese print of a crashing wave on it and has lined pages on one side and a blank page opposite side.  I said, tonight, I want you to start writing a story.  You can write Ben 10 (which he loves) and draw illustrations on the facing page.  You write your stuff and I'll write my stuff.  So after dinner he says, Mom, get your laptop, its time to write.  Off we go to climb in my bed and we discuss plot, how Ben 10 episodes start, what usually happens, etc. and how he wants to start his story.  For the next 45 minutes, he writes and draws and I write (I don't draw *g*).  He reads me his two pages (hey, it's slow but it's progress) and then he asks me to read mine.

Hmmmmm.  I'm finishing up a SPN fic. (it's off to beta and should be posted tomorrow, btw).  Anyway, it's heavy angst, heavy whump, which isn't exactly kid friendly.  And if anyone has read my stuff, you know I don't shy away from the more adult language.  So I'm struggling to find something, anything I can read to him.  Finally, I scroll up to an early flashback scene and with much filtering read it to him.  Cool, you can read more to me tomorrow, he says.

And I'm silently cheering.  Hopefully he'll write a few more pages tonight.  And in a few years, who knows, maybe he'll be posting to ff.net himself. *VBG*
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pansychubb
Subject:That's so sweet!
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Time:2007-03-28 04:23 am (UTC)
That is so cute. I wish MY family could write fanfic together. I'm totally trying this with my kids (if I ever have any).

Um, I'm still working this livejournal thing out (newbie alert!), but can I, oh, what's the word, "friend" you? I love your writing. I'm mostly an Atlantis fan, but I'm seriously considering getting into Supernatural now, just so I can read and understand your fics in that fandom.

Just a little ego boost (hopefully) for you. :-)

-Pansy Chubb
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liketheriverrun
Subject:Re: That's so sweet!
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Time:2007-03-29 03:35 am (UTC)
Please, friend away! I have to admit that I'm horribly behind in friending people back, but it's definitely on my to do list ;-)

And you should most definitely check out Supernatural if you're a h/c fan. It has tons.

And, yes, very big ego boost *G*. Thanks!
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piplover
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Time:2007-03-28 05:52 am (UTC)
Oh, wonderful idea for getting your son to write! My brother used to be the same way when he was younger. My mom ended up getting every Deputy Dan book she could buy and read it to him every night, then asked him to write up a little report on it. After a while, he started to get less frustrated and actually started to enjoy the reading and writing. I hope everything works out, and your son finds the same joy and excitement that my brother did.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-03-29 03:38 am (UTC)
It's odd, because he makes up stories all the time, but he *hates* to write them down. He actually has had to write little reports for school... in first grade! I don't remember having to do that in first grade. But I have to admit that my jr. high and high school were very big on writing and it has served me well in all aspects of my life, so I think it's important enough to try anything... including fanfic! :-)
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nebbyjen
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Time:2007-03-28 11:55 pm (UTC)
How awesome is that that he's writing stories with you? My older son writes Jurassic Park stories that have the dinosaurs talking to each other.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-03-29 03:41 am (UTC)
Heeeee. Connor loves Jurassic Park and anything dinosaur related. He'll be playing and tell me these long, elaborate stories about what the creatures he's playing with are doing and he dictates stories about sea life (Robin the eel's very bad day) and illustrates them (it's that art gene at work). But the actually *writing* he hates. But I have my fingers crossed that this will help.
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nameitlater
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Time:2007-04-06 03:09 am (UTC)
As a first-grade teacher and literacy specialist in training, I am so excited to hear how you are working with your non-writer! What a great idea to get him interested in his own fanfic. Perhaps one day we'll all be itching for his next chapter the way we do yours!

PS: Just so you know, your fic is addictive and detrimental to my studies. =p
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-04-08 08:13 pm (UTC)
It's been a struggle to get him to write, that's for sure. And he's so bright in math and science, I hate to see him not excel in the one thing that can help him communicate his ideas. But we'll keep at it and hopefully, one day, he'll come to enjoy it.

And, thank you so much for the lovely compliment ::blushes:: Although I hate to be responsible for pulling you away from school work, but it just helps you focus more when you take a break now and again. *G*
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nameitlater
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Time:2007-04-10 01:10 am (UTC)
Sadly my "breaks" tend to be very long on the weekends and evenings when reading fic is involved.

Also, your (and Koschka's) individual (and combined) series inspired me to create a mix album a while back. I swore I would never get that involved in the fic again!
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-04-10 01:54 am (UTC)
Okay, please to explain the term "mix album". I am old and unhip in the ways of youthful fanon talk. I hear mix album and instantly think a mix tape someone would make for potential boyfriend. ;-)
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nameitlater
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Time:2007-04-10 03:03 am (UTC)
OMG Gah! That makes it sound awful! (yet now I feel so young)

No, mix album like I'm a geeky fangirl who can't help but listen to music while I read fic, and then put together the best songs to represent the feelings and themes presented in the fic or group of fics... Again, it sounds really loser-y when I put it into words, but then I was totally the girl who made mix cds for potential boyfriends many, many years ago.

Also, see Radio Free Atlantis for others such as my crazy self. I swear I'm not the only one! http://community.livejournal.com/_rfa/profile

I haven't posted there yet, but I like some of the albums, such as Simple Math (+/-).
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-04-10 04:59 am (UTC)
I have to admit that I have never heard of such a thing but it sounds totally cool and incredibly flattering that we inspired such creativity! And I also have to admit that I'm terribly curious to know what you put in the mix album for our fics. ;-)

I do have certain music that I listen to to get in the mood for different characters and the particular emotions I'm going to write that day, so I guess that is somewhat along the same lines.
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nameitlater
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Time:2007-04-10 11:26 pm (UTC)
If you are truly intrigued, you can find the track listing on my LJ. I'm working on another "soundtrack" (better word, yes?) right now because I've been reading a lot of amnesia and mirror fic on the thematic index. Really angsty stuff calls for loud sad music.

It's interesting that you listen to music to get into the characters. In your mind, does each character have their own musical styling?
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-04-11 01:51 am (UTC)
Ha! Invincible is first on your list! I would looooooove to be able to vid just to do that song alone. That is definitely a Rodney song and a great McShep song.

As to if each character has a musical styling...sort of.

Rodney I listen to lots of Cake. It's quirky with lots of layers of rhythms going on... always in motion just like Rodney. Plus they tend to have an up tempo with minor chords (Hmmm sounds like a good name for a fic,I'll have to keep that in mind) so it has angst yet energy. I also like OK Go and Arctic Monkeys and Barenaked Ladies for McKay.

John is a little more complicated. If I'm going dark and angsty and angry, I go with Perfect Circle, Korn, maybe some Rage Against the Machine or Filter. When I wrote the fist section of Tritych, I listened to a remix of Freak on a Leash and a remix of The Outsider every day. If he's not so dark, I go for Smash Mouth or some rockabilly like Reverend Horton Heat... gritty, a little crude, a little irreverant and energetic. If it's action oriented and worry, it's electonica/techno.... Dirty Vegas, Prodigy, maybe Crystal Method or Chemical Brothers. It think it's the pounding bass line with the darker tones... it reminds me of a heart beat and adrenaline rush.

When I wrote my Ronon POV fic I just about wore out my copy of Demon Days by Gorillaz. You can almost read that fic along with the CD in order.

Teyla I tend to go with Sneaker Pimps, Cibo Matto, or Portishead... exotic, sultry, but with attitude.

Carson is The Pogues or Flogging Molly (although they're Irish) and Radek gets the Red Elvises (although they're Russian).

So, as you can see, my taste in music is a little eclectic. *G*
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nameitlater
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Time:2007-04-11 04:08 am (UTC)
I adore Invincible. It was the impetus for my "soundtrack" and I can't believe no one has made a vid for it.

Egads, I want to steal your music collection! I think eclectic is good, it speaks of character, diversity, and the inability to make up your mind =]

I find McKay so much easier to relate to music than Sheppard, probably because I'm a nerd and I project. In my mind he is totally a BNL fan. And not just 'cuz they're Canadian, eh!

I haven't listened to APC, Filter, or Chemical Bros. in years, but I totally can understand that vibe for Sheppard. I shall have to look into downloading some. I often get sucked into Faith No More for him, but I can't bring myself to include them on a soundtrack.

Darnit, you make me want to read Ronon fic now! I'm going to have to get a LJ sponsor. Is there a 12 step program to limit the reading of fic?
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2007-04-11 01:36 pm (UTC)
I have no idea why no one has made a vid for Invincible. I suggested it on a list once and no one responded. Bummer. As soon as I heard it I thought, that is sooooooo Rodney!

LOL! That's the perfect definition of eclectic and definitely me! Hubby and I laugh because we own a lot of obscure stuff that shows up in commercials and soundtracks of movies. So you know how you hear a commercial and think, wow, cool song! What is that? We usually have it. Heeee.

I can totally see We Care Alot as a Sheppard song (the original version, which is a tad better IMHO). And I was just listening to a CD of mixed electronica on the way home yesterday... it's not good for maintaining the speed limit :-) Maybe that's why I relate it to John, too!
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nameitlater
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Time:2007-04-12 01:21 am (UTC)
I'm going to remember that you are the go-to for obscure music references.

My FNM love is of the Mike Patton variety, so I can't agree with you about the original We Care Alot being better, but I can agree it's a totally Sheppard song. I'm going to have to break my vow and put some FNM on my next McShep "soundtrack".

Last night I started a "stay awake in the car" cd, as I was up past 2 reading angsty break up fic. The breakup fic lead to lots of breakup music...is it wrong to associate Kelly Clarkson with John?
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