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22 July 2015 @ 12:49 pm
Meme (More Romantical Stuff)  
For those who first knew me as an angst-master, I'm very sorry.

Taken from awanderingbard:

How differently do they think of each other now compared to when they first met?
Both Elliot and Winnie are a little surprised about how strong the other one is. In Winnie's case, Elliot is legit surprised at how physically strong she is but after meeting her extended family it all made sense. Winnie was surprised in a pleasant way when she realized that Elliot is a lot stronger than one would initially think. He can flustered a lot but when it counts he'll stand his ground and be immovable like an oak tree.

Where was their first date?
Their first 'normal' date was going to a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum and dinner later. Before that it was a lot of late night hangouts in either Winnie's lab or doing stakeouts for unofficial crime investigating related things.

What do their friends/family think of their relationship?
Some were a little surprised when Winnie started dating someone as academic and quiet as Elliot. Her previous relationships had been with people who were more outgoing. But to Joan it made a lot of sense as she always knew her daughter gravitated toward people with more analytical minds. Sherlock wasn't terribly impressed with Elliot. Yes, he held a doctorate and was perhaps smarter than the average person but he found Elliot's thinking to lack any real flair or imagination. He would have thought Winnie might pick someone a little more outside of the normal distribution but as long as she's happy, it's fine. The only thing Elliot ever surprised Sherlock with his ability to stay very quiet and patient during a long stakeout where nothing is happening.

Elliot: I've sat through more department meetings than I can count. I've perfected the art of sitting through something deathly boring without complaining.

Once Winnie and Elliot started dating seriously, Bucky went a little 1940s Dad on them which everyone metaphorically slapped him on the head for. But to his credit, he was the first one to see that if Winnie was going to marry anyone, it would be Elliot and he was good for her.

How do their personalities/skills complement or contrast with each other?
Winnie and Elliot fall into the category of opposites attracting each other. Sure, they both love science and can geek out about a range of topics. They also both have the capacity to be hyper-focused. But Winnie is much more outgoing, active, and speaks her mind. This helps Elliot get a little out of his shell as he tends to be more of an introvert and overthinks a lot. His pondering nature, though, is useful sometimes for Winnie who can be impulsive which isn't always a good thing.

What is their favorite aspect of each other?
Elliot loves Winnie's curious nature and the fact that she rarely backs down from a challenge. Winnie loves that Elliot tends to get stuff done without much fanfare and with the attitude that it just needed to happen, no need for any applause.

Tony: Seriously? But what's the fun of doing anything if no one's going to see you?
Winnie: Different strokes for different folks, Uncle Tony.

Do either of them have pet peeves about each other?
It's almost impossible to get Elliot to do anything remotely related to physical fitness. During the early days of them dating, Winnie invited Elliot out for a run and he looked at her like she'd suggested he light a body part on fire.

While Elliot admires that Winnie hardly ever runs from a challenge, sometimes her singlemindedness once she's set her brain to something can be a little daunting as she has trouble knowing when one just has to let things go.

How would each reconcile with each other after a fight?
They apologize to each other and very much stick to the mentality that once they've accepted an apology, the argument is over. The only reason not to accept the apology is if one of them still needs to talk about how upset they still are which they'll do until they're ready to take the sorry.

What would be their ideal vacation getaway together?
Some place with fantastic scenery for them to bask in while reading (Elliot's choice of activity) or to go hiking around (Winnie's choice of activity).
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 24th, 2015 02:30 am (UTC)
Come to the fluffy side, we have lots of fluffy things here! Your summer course at the University of Fluff is going very well!

I like Winnie and Elliot's very sensible romance. I also love Uncle Sherlock's ambivalence about Elliot. It's very sweet and protective without being overtly affectionate.

I've discovered doing all those wedding memes that the only couple I've given a vaguely traditional proposal to is Steve and Nora, and even that one is very pared down. Everyone else is either not-romantic, a little weird, or somewhat botched. I wonder what that says about me as a person?

It might just be because my dad proposed to my mum by telling her to get up, they were going to Montreal to get an engagement ring, and that's the example that's been set for me.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 24th, 2015 02:35 am (UTC)
Your summer course at the University of Fluff is going very well!

I guess my Winnie and Elliot wedding fic will be my thesis.

It might just be because my dad proposed to my mum by telling her to get up, they were going to Montreal to get an engagement ring, and that's the example that's been set for me.

You know, I think I finally get now why I've never been good at romantic fluff until now. My parents had an arranged marriage which ended after a year so I don't have an example of how one proposes and stays in a marriage for happy reasons. Still, it's been fun to experiment. I think my No Angst for Steve Rogers mentality just leaked out and got all over any peripheral characters that surrounded him so that helped.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 24th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
My parents are totally not romantic at all. My dad is, but my mom is not, so the example set for me of an ideal marriage is two people who don't spend a ton of time together, never kiss or hold hands, get along really well, stick together through the crappiest of times, and have a very equal partnership. Which is great, obviously, and I'm really lucky. But when I write romantic couples, I have to remind myself that some couples are lovey-dovey, and they should probably kiss once in a while, and some couples are joined at the hip. I don't think I write epic romances for that reason. I write everyday, happy partnerships.

I think the idea of writing what you know definitely holds water.

Also No Angst for Steve Rogers.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 24th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
I think once I marry two characters, I sort of have to stop writing them because I don't know what it looks like to be married. I suppose I can just use my imagination. I mean, it's not like I know what it means to be a super soldier either or an angel or demon stopping the Apocalypse.

Also No Angst for Steve Rogers.

The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 24th, 2015 03:06 am (UTC)
My parents never fight. Like, maybe they have arguments when I'm not around, but I have literally never seen them have a fight. So whenever I try to answer the 'how often do they fight' question on the couples meme, I never know what to put because I don't know how often most couples fight, or if they should fight or if it's normal to fight.

But I'm not going to complain about growing up in a loving, happy family. I just have to remember that sometimes people get divorced or don't get along or have affairs or whatever.

I find most couples write themselves, though, in the same way characters write themselves. John and Sarah have a lot of space in their relationship, but Molly and Alec spend most of their free time together. Steve and Nora are quite romantic, but also kind of prefer to hang out in the same room but not necessarily doing things together, but JJ and Tess like to go on adventures together. Dynamics like that make me happy. Which is why these memes are so fun!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 24th, 2015 03:12 am (UTC)
Dynamics like that make me happy. Which is why these memes are so fun!

Very true. Adam and Sophie are your very typical, solid, loving but not sappy couple. Winnie and Elliot are like bros who have adventures and geek out over science and crime. Lestrade and Connie who are not married but basically are give each other a lot of their own space but are solidly there for each other at the end of the day.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 24th, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
JJ and Tess are bros, too, only they geek out over animals and history. Siger and Dora are two people who live entirely independent existences, except when they see each other on the weekends, like they're having an affair, only they're married with three kids. And Jarvis and Anna just really like to talk to each other and have a little domestic life of listening to the radio and making food and ironing shirts.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 24th, 2015 04:26 am (UTC)
I now feel like I should locate a Couples Double Dating meme to write what it would be like if Winnie and Elliot went on a double date with Adam and Sophie.

What is happening?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 24th, 2015 04:32 am (UTC)
Hee! Whenever you act like this, I always picture the little heart measurer device in The Grinch cartoon. 'And Joonscribble's heart grew three sizes that day!'.

For the record, I would have a lot of fun with that meme, if it existed.