Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love reel_merlin
I suicidally signed up for two reel_merlin
fics in July: Imagine Me & You
, and Laws of Attraction
. (RM, like many others of its kind, is a comm where people write Merlin
AU fic based on movie plots. You sign up for a movie and, in this case, get a two-month deadline.) Due to circumstances quite beyond my control, I found myself being signed up for co-writing a fic with firstlightofeos
; after much debate, we settled for Closer
. Runi also had a fic of her own to write—Mean Girls
. I of course didn't actually start writing much of my fics until, like, two weeks before the deadline (which was September 1st; later, it was extended to September 8th).
In the meantime, Runi and I discussed the Closer
fic at length. And by that I mean TO A TRULY RIDICULOUS EXTENT. Seriously. 'Overthinking' doesn't begin to cover it. We watched the movie—I think I watched it, like, three times in the past month—and read (and annotated) the play, and discussed each character thoroughly—their motivations, their personalities, the play/movie's recurring motifs and timeline quirks, the locations, shit, everything
. We drafted an outline, picked a structure and what would happen in each scene. I started spouting Closer
quotes in all kinds of everyday conversation; I swear, even my brain started monologuing in Closer
Er. We ended up not writing the Closer
fic, and chose to focus on our individual fics.( My creative process, let me show you it. )
And now I'm writing Imagine Me and You
. I have no idea whether I'll finish on time—I have four days, which is not much, but it's somewhat doable—but I'll do my damnedest!
So like, if I start spouting flower meanings out of the blue, please don't mind me, really. *grins* These fics have quite clearly eaten my brain.