May 29th, 2006


DVD Commentary: Cuckoo In the Nest (1/5)

A funny thing happened to me this weekend…other than the fact that I haven’t actually been home because I’ve been outside doing things like enjoying the sunshine.

[Now I have to pay because housework won’t do itself.]

Anyway, I was going over Cuckoo in the Nest to submit it to the writercon archive and to edit the version I’ve got on LJ while I was at it. I started taking notes about various things in the story and next thing I knew, I had a full-fledged DVD commentary.

So I figured: “What the hell. I’ll post it.” It just won a fanfic award and new people have taken a look at it. Maybe someone might be interested in seeing how it was constructed. If people want to read how I pulled it together, great. If not, I’ve got the notes for myself in memories.

If someone held a gun to my head and asked me which story I thought was — technically speaking — best short-form Buffy fanfic I ever wrote, this story would win hands-down. It’s the tightest story I’ve ever written and the one that’s the most economical with words. I can honestly say that there’s extremely little that’s extraneous here since every section ties closely to or is repeated in another one. It was also the most draining and hardest to write, especially since some of the hateful things that come out of “Tony’s” mouth (read: my keyboard) had me cringing.

Anyway, the DVD commentary is tucked in the story in bright red for anyone who wants to read it. But first, I thought I’d explain where this strange little story came from.

Cuckoo in the Nest sort of had four sparks that got married and birthed a plot bunny to make it.


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Title:Cuckoo in the Nest
Author: Lizbeth Marcs
Fandom: ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Buffy the Vampire Slayer are owned by FOX, written and produced by Mutant Enemy, which means none of the characters in this story are mine.
Summary: Tony Harris always knew there was something off about the kid. From the day he was born, he and Jessica never had anything but bad luck.
Genre: Character study, old skool/future fic
Warning: Language. Spoilers for all of BtVS.
Character (Main): Tony Harris
Supporting (Major): Jessica Harris, Xander, Anya, Giles, Willow

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