And then there's the Dark Xander fic, I had a plan last week, I was in a bolshie mood on Friday and spent the entire day actively not working (multiple absences meant people assumed I would cover their asses for them) and instead I wrote a long plan for a story which could work (and which is heavily inspired by an avenue I considered exploring back in the _end_of_days days (the Vi story, not the Nhamo one - for those of you who followed that RPG). And now looking at it all I can see is cliché writ large. So it's back to the drawing board, except the drawing board is staying resolutely blank now and taunting me with the fact that if I would stop over-thinking it then I could do it. I am severly lacking in inspiration now, I'd like to explore the possibilities of Xander being backed into a corner and having no choice - but being cognicent of his actions - but the simple fact of the matter is I can't bring myself to conjure up a situation where he would act so basically out of character. Yes, Xander could be a bastard, his words were as much weapons as they were jests, but actually acting out in a dark way? The situation(s) that would trigger that are eluding me right now. (Or at least ones which don't result in a simple 'vengeance seeking' fic are.)
So I'm scuppered right now, flailing about on here instead of forcing myself to write something - anything. Maybe I should write the cliché story, maybe being aware that it is a cliché would help? What is it Pratchett said, "clichés become so because they are the hammer and nails of communication", oslt. Or maybe I should just shut down the computer, grab a notepad and go write emo poems on a beach somewhere. Live the cliché.
Good grief that got a little emo there didn't it? *sigh once more* anyone have any ideas/bunnies for Dark!Xander that they're willing to give up for adoption, I'm all ears - check out the post over at pygs_lj for those already posted (I'm tempted by 4thdixiechick's scenario but when I put further thought into it all I'm getting is, yup, you guessed it, cliché. (Not the idea itself, but my execution of the idea.) I should stop kidding myself that anything I write is going to be 'original' really, I should learn to embrace the cliché.
Ficathon pimping - Rose Tyler Ficathon (the one that's turned out to be 'shippy' above all else); the other Rose Tyler one (which is a gen post-Doomsday one, which if I would consider entering if I could actually write anything at all right now); Old Friends With Indescretions - II Willow/Xander ficathon; and of course theDark!Xander Ficathon which is a promptless ficathon open to all.
Oh! Almost forgot, smhwpf, I never did send this on to you did I? Plagiary: Cross-disciplinary studies in plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification - that journal we talked about a few months ago. It's on Directory of Open Access Journals now so it's freely available to everyone.
Heh! ETA monkey_matt and I have been brainstorming about the Dark!Xander thing, I think I summed up my problems with this little comment: "Why are all the good stories already written?!" *g* Although - thank you Monkey!