Fic post! I’ve been trying to finish this thing for like four months so I’m so happy to finally kick it out the door and watch it fly. Basically this is my version of an in-MCU Natasha/Bucky story, borrowing stuff from the comics while not really keeping to comics canon.

Once You Knew a Boy and You Named Him Lover | James “Bucky” Barnes/Natasha Romanov

That was the night she called herself Widow, though if her heart wept her eyes did not. She made her escape from the Red Room before they could get to her and she cut down anyone in her path, cold and swift and mechanical as a once-upon-a-memory steel arm.

kierongillen

iseekum asked:

I know you're not allowed to read fanfiction, but are you allowed to write it? If you have an amazing idea that you know editorial'll never let you write for whatever reasons are you allowed to just write it out anyway or d'you think it's best to keep is safe for dimension hopping stories or something? Also, hello!

kierongillen answered:

I’ve never had much attraction to writing fanfiction. I don’t spend much time thinking about properties I don’t own, as it’s “wasted” brain-cycles. I have more stories of my own to write. If something interests me in a character and it’s a story I know would never be able to write even if I worked for them, I’m more than capable of creating analogues and building something new from scratch (I’m generally in the camp that holds “the best superman stories haven’t got the actual superman in them”). In a real way, it’s probably more useful intellectually, as you have greater room. Inspiration and transformation. Even when I wrote bits and pieces set in another universe as a kid,  it was always Original Characters. I stayed miles away from the cast.

The exception to all of the above is porn.

kierongillen:

siguna:

"I don’t spend much time thinking about properties I don’t own" said the writer who literally writes comic books for Marvel about characters and properties that he neither invented nor owns.

I think fanfiction is great. I think all positive expressions of fan energies are great. From cosplay to fan art to fan fiction to everything else, it’s all great. I wrote Phonogram. I’m all about people’s response and relationship to art they love. I think this stuff is holy.

The question was about me.

I’ve only got limited time and energies to spend on stories, and if I’m spending that thinking about characters I can’t write, it’s time I’m wasting. I’m a working writer. I can’t afford to slack off when I’m in the office.

It’s not that I don’t understand how fanfic may simply not hold appeal for a lot of people, or the fact I found your original post to be quite dismissive of fanfic and its motivations regardless of whether or not you’re the one writing it, or the fact that the line between “real” writing and fanfic is more or less nonexistent when you consider the endless list of published, even Pulitzer prize-winning transformative work (http://bookshop.livejournal.com/1044495.html), that initially bothered me or that I wanted to or did bring up. I honestly think it’s nice that you replied with an affirmation of your appreciation for fanfic but you never addressed the actual point of my post, which was to point out the irony of a writer at Marvel claiming that he doesn’t spend time on properties he doesn’t own, when that is the very thing that Marvel pays you to do.

Anonymous asked:

You're a fucking dick. You do realize Gillen works as a writer for a living. Why would he write fanfiction in his free time?

Oh God, there are actually people who have nothing better to do than defend Kieron Gillen’s honor by cussing at people while hiding behind anon. Um when exactly did I say that he would or should be writing fan fiction in his free time?