McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with busaikko
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|Title:||McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with busaikko|
|Date(s):||August 19, 2009|
|External Links:||posted at mcshep_war, Archived version|
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It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.
Star Trek when I was in kindergarten, and got into anime in elementary school (I wrote an epic fanfic in elementary school back before I even knew that people *did* that.). In junior high I transcripted A-Team episodes, in high school I was involved with local SFF groups, when I moved to Japan I had one suitcase of clothes -- and all the Valdemar and CJ Cherryh books I could carry. I discovered online fandom in 2005 when searching, as one does, for Discworld Vetinari/Vimes stories, which led to copperbadge and his Harry Potter stories. I was in HP fandom writing Remus/Sirius and Remus/Severus for years. . . until Book 7 *curses Book 7*. Then I got mixed up in TV fandoms, reading in dueSouth, SG1, SGA, The Sentinel, Starsky & Hutch, Supernatural, etc. I currently write in SGA, though I've started on SPN, and I have vids for SGA, SG1, dueSouth, Twitch City, SPN, and Hard Core Logo. So. . . I started fannish behaviour about 34 years ago; fanwriting, 29 or so years ago; and online fandom about 4 years ago.
Why do you ship McKay/Sheppard? What draws you to the pairing, what do you like and dislike? Favourite scenes or episodes? Quotes? Screencaps? What other SGA pairings do you ship?
The main pairing I wrote before this was antagonistic (shipping canon enemies) so writing people who are good friends in canon was an interesting change. I like that right from the beginning McKay and Sheppard slotted together, bonding with geekery and glee. I love that they play games together. My favourite scenes tend to involve McKay looking stricken and Sheppard either angry or dead (The Siege, Common Ground, Midway, The Last Man) but I agree that Echoes was the ultimate date episode ('Hey, wanna go for a drive and whale watch?'). . . and the opening of Tracker, with Sheppard watching McKay primp for his date in the mirror, made my heart break.I usually write from the POV of the character I understand better (generally McKay); I have trouble writing John's POV. But I'm kind of fascinated by Sheppard, and I ship him with Woolsey and Parrish as well. I've written McKay/Keller: it's a pairing with potential that got screwed over by canon.
What are your 'tells'? How can a fic of yours be spotted in the wild?John Sheppard eats Fritos. Or Cheetos. He hoards snack foods. (I was trying to create fanon. . . and I think it's starting to take root.) My stories tend to have three main parts: the narrative/plot, the theme, and some dorky self-challenge (for example, writing a novel-length romance without using the phrase 'I love you' (HP); or writing a story without using pronouns (SPN) to describe a character; or turning a fanon cliché like 'they know instinctively what each other needs' on its head (SGA); and so on). I don't like war or find it romantic; I don't write gratuitous violence; even in my darker stories I like to have hope left (I have a very hard time writing stories with no hope). Oh, and my OCs aren't Caucasian: they tend to be African or Asian (I've been doing this for ages, and no one's caught on yet *shrugs*).
You've done some really interesting things with the characters and gender, so I'm curious, what do you like about writing those kinds of fic?I love exploring identity, what it means to be a character: what's essential, and what's mutable. One of the main comments I've read from people who dislike genderfuck is that by making a character male/female/trans/intersex 'you might as well be writing an OC'; that it somehow changes the character so much to have a dick or clit or both or neither that they lose their essential nature. I express my disagreement with fic. I want my readers not to think of characters' genders as their destiny, but rather that gender can be part of how a character evolves into his/herself (or doesn't...). *expresses thoughts badly: please refer to last question re my weakness in writing*