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fun-fact! - the turnip patch
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Today's fun fact is brought to you by the fact that my phone and internet have been down since Thursday. =p Supposedly the technician is going to come out today and fix it.  We'll see about that.  But having no internet makes me less inclined to turn on my computer, which is not conducive to me writing anything.

As for the fun fact, I admit that I already accidentally answered it earlier in the q&a thread because I didn't have access to internet, so I was stealing a moment during work to check my e-mails, and I didn't realize that the question was being asked on that thread instead of another, which meant I totally could have procrastinated.  It's not good to waste legitimate opportunities to procrastinate!  Oh well.  Since I've already answered it, it jumps to the head of the line.  But with more detail.

So this time around, an anonymous soul wrote: Jumping off the "Zero Tolerance" train of thought, my question is: were Axiomatic and Additive Identity a giant extension of (riff on?) this chapter? It seems like there are a lot of similarities between the AxiomaticBoys' and the HavenBoys' thoughts and feelings towards Zero. Or maybe that's a natural part of how Heero and Duo exist for you?

Answer: That's just how they exist for me. =) Over all of my fics, Heero, Duo, and even Zero stay fundamentally the same, with allowances for situational differences.  (cf. some conversation from axiomatic where the whole jammie-clad!heero thing came up.)  I guess I'm just not a characterization butterfly.  ^_^  They are who they are to me, and I think that's part of the whole fun of playing with them.  Writing fic would be way too easy if I could just make them do whatever the heck I wanted, whenever. ^o^

Now, I'm not saying that they have to be the same all the time.  And I hope that I haven't written them the same all the time.  But I admit that I'm fangirl enough to consider them 'people' and not 'characters', and as people, they have a certain set of characteristics and personality traits that define them as who they are.  For me, there would be no point in writing a Heero who was a Duo or whatever.  I think more in terms of characters than plots, so I wouldn't write a story just because I wanted to write the plot.  I write the story because I want to write the characterization, or because I want to see how the characters react to the given plot.

And that's part of the fun, too, to see what I can make them do while staying within the rules.  (cf. duo's inspirational speech to his kiddies before the rumble began.)  I think it's interesting to start from a common base point and see which ways I think they could realistically go.  And I think it's interesting from a writing/characterization point of view, but I think it's also interesting from a sort of real-world/life perspective as well, in understanding how people can change and develop. 

... I really like writing persuasive essays when I all have to do is reference my own writing. ^^ That's much easier than trying to find citations elsewhere!

(...but if this question was actually more about zero than how my characters exist in my head, that will have to be a separate question! ^^)

If you or someone you know would like to submit a question for a q&a funfact session, please do so in this post.

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sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: March 17th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
As an aside to that... do your characters ever derail the plot and just go do what they want without you? Or is that a question for the master thread? ^^;
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 17th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm.  Well, for my plotty things, I usually dwell on them forever and ever and refuse to really start them before I know where I'm going.  (probably why i've got a few things stalled in my head. -_-)  So I kind of make them tell me if they're going to derail the plot ahead of time, and then I can deal with it ahead of time.

On a smaller scale, though, they usually end up convincing me that their way is better, so I can't really complain. ^^
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: March 17th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You'll get to Zero eventually... ^____^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 17th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
You gonna ask the question? =)
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for answering (twice, even)! My question was definitely Heero/Duo related, and not so much Zero. I do like your Zero, though...especially when he's being kinda grumpy about Duo.

As for anonymity, I just don't have an OpenID or livejournal account to sign off with. I'm Rin, longtime reader (first time caller?).
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: March 18th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
No worries about the anonymity.  I only mentioned it because I'm just neurotic enough that I didn't want to leave out who had asked the question and then have it look like an oversight on my part. ^^ And then after I figured out that I answered it kind of on the wrong thread, then I got neurotic enough to worry that maybe you wouldn't be checking that thread for an answer and you wouldn't be getting an automated response since you didn't post it with an account signed in and so I had better post the answer like I should have and then you would be able to see it!  I said I was kind of neurotic, yes?  I kind of meant it. >_>

Anyway.  Hello! ^_^ Glad to have you onboard.
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