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fic writer meme
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] airplanewishes

Brief Intro
I'm Maia :) I'm an academic in a rather esoteric field who enjoys shiny asian pop bands when I'm not locked in basements with ancient manuscripts or dancing <3 I write fic on trains to fill my time and I really just like writing for fun ^^ It's one of my escapes.

What fandoms have you written in?
I've written in JE, EXO and BIGBANG in English, and I wrote under another name in another language a long time ago ^^.

Do the number of reviews tell how good a story is? Do reviews affect how you write in any way?
hmmm. the number of reviews in general just mean that more people have read the story? i read a lot of great things with fewer reviews, and i don't necessarily think they are better or worse than stories with many reviews? there seems to be a sort of... name recognition that has people reading stories by certain authors more often, and it doesn't necessarily mean that author is better-- it does usually mean that that author has written things that were well liked in the past, and with SO MUCH FIC for this fandom, it's easier to just click on a name you think will be consistent.

I myself have so little free time to read that I just read what's recced to me by my friends or by authors i consistently love, and sometimes i'm a little sad at the things i must be missing by not regularly clicking on things on a whim like i did when I had more time.

As for affecting how I write... not really. I'm a genre-jumper, and I get bored easily, so I like to skip between short and long and super fluffy and angsty and etc. Sometimes I want to write something pretty and sometimes funny, and I try not to pay attention to what people like more because I write for a lot of reasons, but it's always to make myself happy first, and other people happy second. 

Do you use a beta?
So I usually have someone look things over for me unless it's a surprise. Sometimes I'll post and then later go back and make grammaticial corrections or spelling corrections when my friends point them out. I try to have things beta'd but sometimes different people will do different chunks of story because I always feel guilty asking someone to read something I wrote with any sort of attentiveness. It feels demanding and so :(. I'm working on that, among other things. Sometimes betas save me from making tremendous blunders though. I'm also very anxious about English at times, especially because nuances vary even between cultures-- for example, if I say she's 'quite pretty' I'm not giving her a compliment, but American English tends to think I am, haha, because the word 'quite' has a different meaning in American English. 

What warnings have you used on your fiction?
I warn for graphic violent imagery, and for sexual kinks that are considered outside the realm of 'vanilla'. I don't really write things that need much warning, but if I do think something might be triggering I always try to warn for it because I'm a little sensitive myself ;; There's an argument to be made that "books in real life don't get warnings" but I always thoroughly research books that might be triggering before i read them so that argument doesn't really apply to me.

Have you ever stolen something from another person's work?
Not intentionally? I'm an academic so I really try to avoid taking from others because I've been the victim of this in my life and it feels terrible. However, I have realized that sometimes I stylistically adapt to things I like; I went through a Murakami phase where everything I wrote was stylistically sharp like that, but obviously not as good because I am not Murakami. Those phases don't tend to last long, because I rediscover my own voice, but, well, it happens. I don't know if that's so much stealing as emulating.

Favorite fandom to write/read?
I tend not to read in fandoms i write in. Right now, I like writing in EXO because I'm obsessed with EXO. But reading... lately I've been reading Teen Wolf fanfiction and Naruto fanfiction, haha. I love Hikaru no Go fanfiction a lot, too.

Favorite pairing?
Not really? In JE fandom, I was really big on Akame and Pin, but I've sort of faded into liking just about anything well written. In EXO, it's IMPOSSIBLE to like one pairing. I'll admit a fondness for SeKai... >.> And G-Ri!

Do you tend to write the same pairings/characters?
Err, some pop up more than others but I'm really into writing new pairings, especially in EXO! In JE I wrote mostly Akame/Pin becausethe sheer amount of canon makes writing for new pairings an exhausting research project, and in BIGBANG I write only G-Ri. But EXO is a whole new ballgame?

Favorite writer/writers?
I'd rather not answer this question? I tend to like different authors for different qualities, and I wouldn't want to leave anyone out ;;

What is your most popular fanfic and why do you think people find it so?
My most popular fic is either 'Across a Bridge of Magpies' or 'Satellite Hearts' for JE. They're both stories that are written from a very personal place, and I think people can tell. 'Push and Pull' for BIGBANG was also really popular, possibly for similar reasons, but the fandoms I write in are different sizes? So it's hard to say what's most popular.

Forget most people, what's the fanfic you've written you're most proud of?
'Unbound', which is my epic 73k adventure novel :) Which is both canon and a fantasy. I'm proud of that fic for so many reasons, and I just love it. I really like 'Universal Languages', which is also a fic with a lot of 'me' in it, although I'm sometimes super hesitant to put a lot of 'me' into EXO fic because I'm really sensitive and thin-skinned as a person and seeing people tear something apart when it's so much of you is really painful, haha, so I tread lightly here. And I guess Satellite Hearts, because that fic is just... a lot of Maia.

Do you find writing easy? Hard? What are the most difficult aspects of writing you struggle with?
Writing is easy. Writing something that MEANS something is hard. Writing something personal is hard. I always write about things that are connected to me in some way. Writing about ballet, or going to China with nothing, or backpacking through a foreign country, or falling in love and not knowing what to do about it... these are things I know, but it's only when I put my own feelings into it that it hurts. Posting fic is harder than writing it. I can't bring myself to crosspost anymore, although I'm working on it, because I do write fic in part to share it, so being afraid to put myself out there is stupid of me. I'll crosspost the next thing, I promise ;___; 

Pairings you avoid?
I will read the best of anything. I am the same with music and art and books, etc, so it doesn't make sense to be different with fic :) It took me a while to get there, though, haha.

Are there any fanfiction trends/cliches you can't stand or are just sick of?
Eating disorders. It's not that I hate that people write about them, or think it's wrong to write about them, or even that people shouldn't; but having suffered through one myself, I find it horrible to read about, especially when it's portrayed as a postive/glamorous thing. And that's very personal to me, and not some rule I think fandom should follow or anything, because it's obviously my problem and not fandom's. But I would ask if people do write about them, please, PLEASE warn because it's very hard for me, and probably other people too, to read considering my own background.

Are you guilty of any of the fanfiction trends/cliches you now hate? Or any other ones?
A lot of people are tired of university aus and I definitely wrote one.

When you write, is there anything that helps? Music? Quiet room?
I make playlists for every fic. I used to upload them but I've stopped because my mediafire got deleted. sigh. I write best on trains.

Lastly, how would you sum up your fanfiction experience and yourself as a writer?
A mixed bag of experiences. I've met a lot of great people through fanfiction. I've encountered a lot of great things. But it's also shown me a lot of the ugly side of people when they have the distance of the internet to keep them from seeing how words can affect people. :/ A lot of my friends have been hurt really terribly by people they don't even know. But in general, to focus on the positives, it's given me an outlet for all the extra words I have! And it's given me the chance to share a bit of myself with people I'll never meet and never know and that makes me so so so happy. Me as a writer? I'm a complete amateur at fiction, but I'm trying, and I'm learning, and I'm hopefully improving :) and I just want people to finish the things I write with a smile because happy endings are often harder to come by in real life. So if I can make someone smile, it was worth it :) I know I'm not a great writer yet, but I hope I will be someday, so I can share ideas with even more people <3

and I guess... if you have anything you've ever been dying to know about me, here's the chance to ask? not that you have to want to know anything about me, haha, but if you're curious :3

Date: 2012-09-15 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murrc4.livejournal.com
You always, always make me smile. And Sigh. And flail. And sometimes cry. Sometimes fan my face. And definitely read again.

Sometimes what you write is so beautiful that you even make me want to write something myself...

Thanks so much for sharing a little bit more of yourself.

Date: 2012-09-15 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
;____________; you're my favorite iconless person ever <3 <3

also you're way too nice to me and I always look forward to your comments <3

do you ever write? i'd be curious ^______^ <3

i hardly do these memes because i never want to push my opinions or accidentally offend anyone, but this one seemed very 'i' so it's easier for me to couch what i say in "this is my opinion and only mine"; safer hahaha. ^^

<3 <3

Date: 2012-09-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
you are too interesting /creeper mode

Date: 2012-09-15 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
gurl please i am too uninteresting and is any of this new information to you?????

Date: 2012-09-15 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
that is a dirty lie and you know it

some of it is definitely new information, i didn't know you once wrote like Murakami Haruki for example.

also some of was not so much new information as just surprising, i expected seeing Climbing in there with the fics you're most proud of because you're always telling me it's your favorite :P but i guess being proud of a fic and loving a fic are different things

Date: 2012-09-15 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
My Murakami phase was horrible. Let me never go back, haha.

Climbing is a story I love but know, instinctively, is flawed. :( I love that story so much but it's got so many issues.

I think Universal Languages took a lot of the elements of Climbing that I was most fond of and refined them. I think I did a lot more with it, and while the story of tea is missing, I think that the self-discovery aspects are a lot better articulated. Thus ;)

Date: 2012-09-15 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] buzzbird.livejournal.com
I think I know what you mean, but I don't really care. A story doesn't have to be perfect to be good. I get that it doesn't feel like that for you for your own fics though :3 (I love both of these stories a lot, but the things I love are mostly how you described the sceneries <3 felt like I was there)

I'd love to read something from your Murakami phase if you ever feel like sharing :P Even if I don't always like his stories, I do like his writing style, so I'm curious what Maia + Murakami reads like ;)

Date: 2012-09-15 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tees2mai.livejournal.com
i def agree with you on the eating disorder cliche. they're hardly ever handled properly, and disorders of any kind are not fun to read about.

if you don't mind me asking, are you working on any gri fics?

Date: 2012-09-15 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
well, not everyone reads fic or writes fic for the same reasons! it might be they write about it to work through something they have, or something like that, haha.

i just want to be warned, so i KNOW what i'm getting myself into, because while it might be therapeutic or feel good for the writer, it feels terrible for me :3 and that might even be selfish of me, even, as a reader, but i don't think it's asking too much for something that might ruin my week, or if i'm unlucky, my month, to be annotated as such. ^^

i have two gri fics in progress, but i'm a bit stuck on both of them because they're both canon and there's a lot happening right now i have to work in. so i probably won't go back to them until BIGBANG slows down! haha. ^^

Date: 2012-09-15 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellemelody.livejournal.com
I love 'Across a Bridge of Magpies' and also Dream Boy <3 <3

Date: 2012-09-15 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
<3 <3 <3 Across a Bridge of Magpies is yours!!! <3 <3

Date: 2012-09-15 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellemelody.livejournal.com
and it's absolutely amazing <3 <3 <3 <3

Date: 2012-09-16 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dusk037.livejournal.com
All the ♥ for you.

Satellite Hearts, That HayaRyu fic, heck, basically everything I've braved clicking in this place has had my heart broke, crushed, and mended at different points in time. And I only say "braved" because they're so... epic/lengthy. :'D

Date: 2012-09-17 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
i know, that's how i feel writing them, too. like i;ve "braved" my word-doc, haha.

<3 <3 <3

Date: 2012-09-16 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cagnurit.livejournal.com
I've always adored the way you write. It's sweet, profound, and beautiful.
Oh and the happy ending, too. Always make my heart drown in happiness when reaching to the end of the story.
(I always try to avoid reading sad ending, you know; cause I would feel so desperate that I don't even understand myself ;A;)

(This is my little wishful wish and definitely not a request and obviously inappropriate, so please forgive me...
I hope you would write about JE again someday~
I'm so sorry for this selfishness m(_._)m )

Date: 2012-09-17 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
<3 <3 thank you so much!!!

i try not to write sad endings, so we're a match, you and i!

as for JE... I'm doing the Kame Bigbang!! Over at capslock turtle!! <3

Date: 2012-09-16 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-spotty.livejournal.com
You were the one who made me like Shirota/Kame which made me love you XDDDDD I don't regret that because it made me more open to like different pairings. *hearts;

I do agree with Eating disorders as part of something to warn in a fic. Situations like that might come across differently for other people especially whom had experienced it.

How many hours do you spend in a train? I normally think of plots in public transportation but I write the stuff I'd thought about best in my room. :)

Date: 2012-09-17 08:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
Shirota Kame ;_______;

Oh, probably a few hours a day, easily, on the train. My life on the train, sigh.

I work best on the train because I can't do anything else! it's like I'm trapped with fic!


Date: 2012-09-16 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slaviour.livejournal.com
wow... i learnt a lot from this hehehe..

and a question: are you writing more GRi???!/sobs/

Date: 2012-09-17 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
When BB slows down! I write only canon fic for BB and they're all too busy for me to write about them right now! I keep having to rewrite things and it's frustrating!!!

Date: 2012-09-16 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hineas-estel.livejournal.com
I really, really love your writing! It's beautiful and funny and sometimes sad, but it's always very human and that's what makes your stories so wonderful. At least it does for me. In other words, I adore your writing because it makes me laugh, and cry, and happy I ever became part of the JE fandom. I really love your 'The Five Senses' because it's breathtaking and I really enjoyed your idea of including external media.

Anyway, you seem like you are an amazing person and I wish you all the best ^______^

Date: 2012-09-17 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
<3 <3 <3 thank you so much <3 I still really like The Five Senses, even though I've grown a lot since then.

thanks for commenting!

Date: 2012-09-16 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
This meme was interesting. I've read a couple of them and it's nice to know what other people thinks about this stuff

Date: 2012-09-17 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
i think it was really interesting to DO also. like, examine myself.

Date: 2012-09-17 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wintersdancer.livejournal.com
I mentally did it all the times I've read someone else's meme .-.

Date: 2012-09-17 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playfulmelodies.livejournal.com

but omg Maia

you're like my favorite writer ever ;~~~;

/curls up in corner and rocks back and forth

Date: 2012-09-17 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
sjgfgkofdsd maybe i need to rec you some of my favs in exo fandom for real!!!

Date: 2012-09-17 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playfulmelodies.livejournal.com

Date: 2012-09-17 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galbijiim.livejournal.com
Universal languages <33333

Interesting to see you type very honestly in each of the questions. :)

Date: 2012-09-17 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maayacola.livejournal.com
^_______^ i'm actually not a very secretive person at all~ i just tend to keep all my opinions to myself because i don't want to upset anyone ;;

((i love UL it was such fun))

Date: 2012-09-18 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galbijiim.livejournal.com
Ohh~ But this was very interesting and eye opening to read. :D You have really strong points and stuff..

(BUT YEAH UL IS MY FAVORITE AND I LOVE IT 5E.. AND taochen is the best ship that no one ships but I'll still sail cries)

Date: 2012-09-18 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abyssinian13.livejournal.com
glad i read this..

you're one of my favorite authors out there so its nice to know your thought process when writing your stories..

thanks for sharing..

Date: 2012-11-22 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fashcndy.livejournal.com
Oh my God, I very love you.

I love people that can write with deep emotions and things like you.

And your writing is amazing to me and your page is like the second most visited after YouTube. lol

I agree soooo much with the eating disorders. I always think they are poorly written and come from the wrong place/perspective. I've never gone fully into having an eating disorder but I have dealt with depression/suicide and they never quite get that right in my opinion. Though I don't think it bothers me as much as it used to because I've discovered an outlet for my depressed thoughts i.e LJ and tumblr

But I also find mpreg like the worst. I've read a lot of mpreg thinking the idea was fun and interesting but I only found maybe 2 that were actually well written. But that was only because it had to do with wolves and Alpha Beta Omega things. And I love supernatural fics like my body loves water and oxygen.

You write Exo so beautifully and I have never been this obsessed about a kpop group during their debut year before but man I am batshit about Exo. My mom told me I needed to go to a 12 step program. lol

P.S Did I mention I very love you? lol Ever since Yixing said that to the fans I can't stop saying it. But seriously, you are like my ideal writer type if that makes sense....and you sound like a beautiful person from this info you gave. If you need a 6ft tall loud goofy friend....gurl I got chu!



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