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[livejournal.com profile] snickfic instituted this meme, and others are following:

“I think that many of us like talking about our and linking to our work but are embarrassed to do so without excuse, so I am making us an excuse. Behold, the Seven Days of Self-Promotion Meme, inspired by another recent meme but with more categories, all obviously customizable as you see fit. Notice that the categories are very broad, so you can talk about your art or vids or meta or whatever if you don’t write fic.

The Days:
     1. Something old
     2. Something new
     3. Something you made for someone else
     4. Something you made just for yourself
     5. Something for a major fandom/pairing/character
     6.

Something for a minor fandom/pairing/character:

Again, where to begin? I love minor/secondary characters, and focused on them from the beginning of my Buffyfic career; in fact, the joke with my kids for the first few years was that I was a Buffyfic writer who never showed Buffy. Probably the most minor would be the girl who showed up in only one Buffy episode (“the Wish”), and didn’t even have a name, being identified in the credits only as ‘Asian Cordette’. The minor character I carried farthest would be the single-episode (“School Hard”) Sheila, who I’ve used substantially in three stories (“Come to My Window”, “Shadow and Substance”, and “… Than Meets the Eye”) and shown in cameos in two others (“Queen’s Gambit” — in a dream sequence — and “Echoes from the Battleground”). For that matter, “Come to My Window” featured only secondary characters, as did an unrelated fic years later that was built around Quentin Travers, Tara’s father, and an OC of my own invention.

Lots to choose from. Still, I have to settle somewhere.

Ultimately, I’m going with “Unbidden the Day”, which — at 17,500 words — was the largest story I ever devoted to a single minor character (Nancy Doyle, from the Buffy Season 3 episode “Earshot”). This was another story that was great fun, in that it was the result of a challenge — originally from me to [livejournal.com profile] sroni, but then I took it on myself — to produce a Mary Sue fic that still worked as a story. In “Unbidden the Day”, I went to considerable lengths to deliberately incorporate as many Mary Sue offenses as I possibly could, and then justify them and make the whole thing work as a plausible narrative. Lots of in-jokes, lots of over-the-top ‘characters’, and then a payoff-ending-resolution that was ultimately a little sad.

Seriously, if anyone ever cared enough to grant a title “King of Minor Characters”, I’d get the crown. We grab our fame wherever we can.
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     7. Something you’re just really proud of

And then other people can read your discussion and follow your links to your fanworks (and maybe comment on them?) and you can read their discussion and follow their links and comment on them, and it will all be lovely.”

Date: 2014-06-06 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
You are indeed the King of Minor Characters and that is something of which you should be very proud. That's territory into which I've never ventured. (Unless Kennedy counts... and it probably doesn't.) I am deeply impressed with your skill at illuminating the background.


Gabrielle

Date: 2014-06-06 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aadler.livejournal.com
Thanks. I’m still working to get it to a level where I might be able to aim for professional. You hearten me.

Date: 2014-06-07 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
You have every chance of that, believe me.

Oh, and I remember now that I too once wrote a true minor character piece. I wrote a ficlet from the perspective of Mr. Gordo. Which doesn't quite take me into your territory, but at least I have done it.

Also, I adore your icon!


Gabrielle

Date: 2014-06-07 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aadler.livejournal.com
I just read your Mr Gordo, yes. Did you ever see this one? It was hilarious.

Date: 2014-06-07 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] velvetwhip.livejournal.com
I had not yet read it, so thanks for the link. It was swell!


Gabrielle

Date: 2014-06-07 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
There are worse things to be than "King of minor characters". Someone has to do it, and you've made it your own. I think I got "Come to My Window" in one of the first/few remixes I've done. It was so challenging to work with characters I don't feel I know well (or at all), but a good challenge and great fun.

Date: 2014-06-07 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aadler.livejournal.com
Yes, I just re-read your remix (from my own Circle of Friends Remix event, I’d forgot that’s where that one came from!). So, you have some idea what I mean: adding backstory and personality, taking a canon character — however ephemeral — and making it sort-of-your-own by development and imagination. (Heck, as far as I know I was the first person to give Asian Cordette a name.)

Fun, isn’t it?

Date: 2014-06-08 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
Hard work! But yes, fun hard work. Personally, I love how you write Cordelia. I think the first thing of yours I ever read was a Cordelia fic (very AU if I recall) and I remembered your name after that because it was so much better than any of the others in that category. (Don't ask me where, when, or what category - I have no idea. It was a long time ago). I got to where I could spot your stuff because there was always Army goings on or lots of weapons about which you seemed to be very knowledgeable. Now I know why, but back then I didn't know you were in the military. :)

Date: 2014-06-08 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aadler.livejournal.com
If it was “very AU”, it probably was “Glass Ceiling”. And, yes, in that one I used a fair bit of military terminology with which I had become familiar in the preceding few years.

But it wasn’t always military weapons; sometimes I went just as overboard with martial arts terminology … and, there again, I knew about quite a bit more than I actually knew.

Date: 2014-06-08 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaymesoftly.livejournal.com
I think that was it. LOL Well, I was impressed. :)

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