So, this year I wrote not one but two fics, both Torchwood: Knocking at the Door (the Things Unspoken Remix)
and Hard to Swallow (the Percolation Remix)
. They're not exactly a pair, but they do complement each other. They have to do with Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones, respectively, and their early days at Torchwood, learning to deal with (or really, not deal with) their lives before this point. For Jack, it's about being abandoned by the Doctor and Rose, and all the abandonment issues and other issues he already had at that point compounding on one another. For Ianto, it's about surviving the destruction of Torchwood One and Lisa's conversion. Both of them are trying desperately to ignore their issues and go on as if nothing's wrong. And, of course, Torchwood isn't helping.
I was spoiled for choice this year; my remixee, glinda_penguin
, has a lot of stories in three fandoms I write (SG-1, Doctor Who, Torchwood). And while the earlier stories from when she was starting out aren't very good (as she admits herself), well, sometimes that leaves more doors for remixing than wonderfully written stories do. Not only did she have a lot of stories to choose from, I had a whole list of her stories jump out at me as having great possibilities for a remix. Even with a tight writing schedule, it was easy to pick one (Unspeakable Lists
) and remix it. The story was about Jack keeping lists of questions to ask the Doctor when he finds him again, and naturally I wanted to know what questions were on the list, so I wrote it. But it was only just over 1,000 words long, barely over the minimum, and I just felt like maybe I should do something more for my remixee, and I had the time, so I thought I would do another one. And it would be nice if it related, so I went to one of the other Torchwood fics that had caught my eye--a humorous ficlet about Ianto's love affair with coffee
. Which caught my eye because you know as an American, I'd always thought that Brits were all tea-drinkers. So how Ianto became a coffee drinker might be an interesting story, particularly if you intertwined it with how he came to Torchwood Three, and then it would complement my first story. It turned out to be longer, but no harder to write; like the first, it pretty much wrote itself.