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Here's the full 30 days, for those who want to play along.

Day 7: Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

All the time! Really good fic always gives me new insights into a character. I don't mind doing a 180 on characterization, but the fics I like best are more subtle. They don't change my mind so much as deepen the characterization that already exists. [archiveofourown.org profile] denugis's The Place of the Lion did this for me with Cas, and it's one of the reasons it will always be high on my recommended fics list.

Day 8: Do you write OCs? And if so, what do you do to make certain they're not Mary Sues, and if not, explain your thoughts on OCs.

I write OCs and original fiction. My original fic is on hold mostly, but I often introduce OCs in my fic because I need someone not involved in canon to get a point across. One of my very favorites was Kiidra from Rx, a Lorne/Zelenka story I wrote for [personal profile] scheherezhad.

My OCs are created usually because the story takes me somewhere that requires one. I treat them just like any other character; I'm always weirded out that people automatically assume OCs are either self-inserts or Mary Sues. They're often just characters that push the story where it needs to go. [archiveofourown.org profile] posingasme has just brilliant OCs, and I often like them even better than the canon characters, like in her series Inked Touches, where punk!Cas and law student!Sam get together and raise four foster kids.

I have strong feelings about Mary Sues and self-inserts, (see my Mary Sue meta), and they are that I love them. Even badly written ones. Maybe especially badly-written ones. I think that OCs are a way to flex your writing muscles, and like many things in writing, they take practice.

Day 9: Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two three, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

Caveat here is that I don't write a lot of these fandoms anymore, so there's basically "the pairing that I wrote" and "pairings I have read/would like to read."

Stargate Atlantis: Writing: John/Rodney, OT4, Lorne/Zelenka (and I love to request and read Elizabeth/Teyla but never got my own story off the ground).
Supernatural: Wincestiel, Sam/Castiel, Sam/Dean.
The Losers (2010): Cougar/Jensen, Pooch/Jolene as background. I will read Aisha/Clay/Roque, Clay/Roque, and have written and loved to read Aisha/a zillion other female characters.
Alexander (2004): Alexander/Hephaestion, with Bagoas as part of their lives, if not part of the sex.
Criminal Minds: Reid, in no pairing. Reid&Gideon mentorship, Reid&Prentiss friendship, Reid&JJ friendship.
Leverage: Parker/Hardison/Eliot. I have asked for Tara/Sophie which I would love the crap out of, and have read and enjoyed Sophie/Parker.
Lord of the Rings RPF: Writing: Viggo/Orli. Reading: Billy/Dom, Orli/Elijah, Elijah/Dom.
Psych: Writing: Shawn/Lassiter. Reading: Shawn/Jules, Shawn/Gus.
So You Think You Can Dance RPF: Kent/Neil (those are the only ones I've ever written, though I have also read and loved Travis/Ivan, and had Billy/Robert written for me (it's delightful)).
Constantine (2005): None. I wrote gen, and did it for Yuletide.
Priest (2011): Priest/Black Hat, Priest/Priestess (though I will probably never actually write that).
Marvel Cinematic Universe: This is for reading, as I don't write in this fandom and will probably never: Tony/Pepper, Steve/Bucky, Clint&Natasha BFFs (and I have to add Clint/Coulson just because I love what [personal profile] lavvyan's done with them).
Murder by Numbers RPF: Michael Pitt/Ryan Gosling (yeah, there's really nothing else here).
Firefly: Writing: Zoe/Wash Reading: Mal/Inara, Kaylee/Simon, Kaylee/Inara)

Day 10: Pairings – Have you ever gone outside your comfort zone and written a pairing you liked, but found you couldn't write, or a pairing you didn't like, and found you could?

All the time. By the end of SGA, I was pretty sure I could write any pairing that existed (and I wrote my first John/Rodney/Jennifer for SGA santa a few years ago). I'm not to that place in Supernatural yet; I have to finish the stories I've got in process, and eventually I will start getting non-OTP/3 bunnies and start writing those. It takes years for me to get there, though, so don't expect the Sam/Kevin, Dean/Benny, or Michael/Lucifer stuff until 2017 or so.

It's also happened to me where I was just done with a pairing (John and Rodney). When I fell out of SGA, it was partially because I just felt I'd said everything I needed to about John and Rodney (except for Impromptu, which will probably be incomplete forever, which is simply a crime. I'm almost ready to post it incomplete; maybe another 6 months.
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