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So here's a question...

Okay, I can't make up my mind about something in a fic I'm working on, so I decided to take a poll and go with whatever ya'll say. I'm working on the next installment of my post-"Not Fade Away" Angel series. When we left our heroes they were driving west after leaving L.A. and Wolfram & Hart behind them. I want them to (eventually) start fresh in a new town but... I can't for the life of me decide where. Seriously, I've changed my mind back and forth so many times that Word is starting to grumble under its breath. It's a stupid thing to get bogged down on, but I keep second-guessing myself and I just need to settle it once and for all and finish the damn fic.

The choice is essentially between two cities: Houston and New Orleans. For character/story reasons I want it to be one of those two. Here's what I'm wrestling with:


Pros: Because it's my hometown I'll be able to give the story an authentic setting without spending a lot of time researching.
Cons: Because it's my hometown it's just too damn Mary Sue.

New Orleans

Pros: The vampire/NOLA thing is ripe for skewering. And New Orleans is just plain awesome.
Cons: The vampire/NOLA thing has been done to death. And after the tragedy of Katrina it somehow feels... weird to set a fanfic there.

I'm leaving it entirely in ya'lls capable hands. And no, you don't need to have read the first part of the fic (or even know anything about Angel) to have an opinion.

Poll #663912 Afterlife question

So, where should I set my post-NFA fic series?

New Orleans



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Jan. 31st, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
My two cents...
A post-NFA fic set in NOLA has the benefit of being over a year ahead of Katrina, so there's lots of story potential there.

I have a soft spot for the post-NFA/NOLA connection because one of the first fics I wrote was one of those. It really can work on so many levels. Plus, it can be a tender, hopeful reminder of good times if handled by someone as skilled as you are.
Jan. 31st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
I totally trust you to not go the MS route. :)

Besides, the NOLA cliche is just too... It would distract me way too much. OTOH, lots of potential for humor. Can't you just see Spike making fun of Angel for the NOLA choice? heee!
Jan. 31st, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
I just worry that I'm already verging too close to Mary Sue territory with Aggie, who, while technically not an OC, might as well be. I worry that setting it in my own hometown might be a little too much.

I do have a whole scene written where Spike bitches about being dragged to NOLA which I'm rather fond of. But then, how many stories do you read set in Houston? There's lots of fresh territory to be explored there. And I wouldn't have to worry about getting the details of the setting wrong.

Gah, see how I can't make up my mind?
Jan. 31st, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
I do have a whole scene written where Spike bitches about being dragged to NOLA which I'm rather fond of.

That answers it then... I'd hate for the scene to go. NOLA forever! :P
Jan. 31st, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, but I've also got a funny Houston-dependent Spike scene written. Either way I'm gonna have to ditch one of 'em.
Feb. 1st, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Can't you write both and then it can be a reader "choose your own adventure"? hehhee
Feb. 1st, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
That would be cool! But way too much work.
Jan. 31st, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
*mind boggles*

Do you mind me asking where you are in Houston? I'm currently living in Cinco Ranch (Katy); I went to Rice; I was born in Alief.

I hate Houston. But I voted for it because I love the thought of vampires bopping around down here and reading something I'm familiar with. So my reasons are Mary Sue, too.

And now I'm off to save your fic so I can read it sometimes when I have more free time...
Jan. 31st, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
*waves* I live in Westchase right now. Grew up in Spring Branch, lived in the Montrose for a while, then Meyerland. I don't hate Houston, but I don't love the burbs nearly as much I liked living in town. I dream of one day owning a big old house in the Heights.
Feb. 1st, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
*waves back* I guess one of the things I hate most about it are our transportation issues. So many other cities have great ways to get in from the burbs to the interesting things in the city.

But yep, when I was living down in the Village I really enjoyed myself. Especially once they put the Metro Rail thing in. And the Heights are beautiful.
Feb. 1st, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
Austin! I dream of you owning a big giant house in Austin where I can spend my winters and telecommute to work. Don't deny me that dream Sus!
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