December 27th, 2006

because it has to be

Bleat. Also: gusts.

Yeah, well. First, there was the coffee incident with the Macbook keyboard, which 24 hours later has not resolved itself. So Macbook is in the hands of the nice repair people, who smiled kindly when they told me it might be a logic board problem, or it might just be the keyboard, shrug, they'll call me. Because I am a) paranoid, and b) a programmer, the important data is backed up routinely. And my writing is all managed by a Subversion repository offsite (aka, on the Linux box in the half-rack I rent at a colo), so that is all safe, and Ars Draconis part 3 will commence its second draft tonight. But. My Mac. With all my data and infons arranged just so. Not with me! Bleat!

Then there are the "gusts" of wind, topping 35 mph, that apparently are enough to turn Silicon Valley into a third-world country. Intermittent power at my workplace. Intermittent Internet at my home. (ETA: The Chron says gusts have topped 50mph, so okay then. That is sufficient excuse for toppled telephone poles.)

On the plus side: I smell like cranberries today, thanks to glimmergirl! And I have many lovely small pieces of paper that I am afraid to do anything with lest I destroy them with my clumsy fingers, thanks to emmessann!
Ripper/Buffy

Buffy-writing

The Buffy of Ars Draconis is a lot smarter than the Buffy of Reconnection. I just realized this while writing her. The Reconnection-Buffy is more, er, an idiot savant? Which is exaggerating. She's sweet, and ditzy, and serious when she needs to be, and completely willing to do her job, but not entirely conscious of what makes her a sound tactical thinker. Whereas the ArsDraconis-Buffy is conscious of her skill acquisition and her training, an active participant in her Slayerness. And is a little less sweet.

AD-Buffy is aware that Giles is male, and attractive, but also aware that he's not for her. At least not that way. It's a Giles-Buffy partnership story. It's season 5; the relationships among the Scoobies are healthy, and the threat is external. But Giles' role among them is shifting because of the sword, especially his role with Buffy, and thus they must adjust. And then there's the mutter mutter issue, hinted at in part 2, which part 3 makes clear.

There are several editions of Giles co-existing in my head, some of them harder-edged than others. I've known this for a while. I was interested to note that my internal Buffy has begun to take on variations.

There are some similarities. I tend to class Buffy as a tactical thinker (assess a roomful of threats accurately; make judgments on the fly about immediate combat) and not as a strategic thinker (putting her in charge of larger battles or campaigns would be a mistake; that's what Watcher-training is for). Also that she has completely trustworthy instincts about who's evil and who's not. And that her #1 repeated mistake is going to be not trusting the people around her to help her, even when they've proven over and over that they can.

This is exactly the thing that fanfic gives you that standard writing does not. If I were to write a series of stories about an original character (which is, btw, exactly my goal in the next year), I would aim for consistency of character. Or a single growth arc, perhaps. I would not write variations on the character. Or write several takes on how the character would act in a fixed (canonical) situation. But we do this in fanfic, and enjoy it.