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Okay, so I've figured out a way - and, maybe more importantly, a reason - to incorporate some Clint backstory into this fic, and it's gotten me excited about writing again. I've always felt much more comfortable writing about Natasha's past than his, maybe because assassin-training is fictional (or is it) and there's more room for creativity and more expectations of the suspension of disbelief from the reader, whereas carnival life, while also outside most people's normal experiences, is more grounded in reality. And it's not something I know very much about.

But I bit the bullet and started doing research, both on Carson's and traveling carnivals in general, and I think it's going to end up being worth it. I'm not going to stick like glue to the comics continuity, which might piss some people off, but my personal headcanon and things mentioned in WBP have him spending at least a little time in the military, so it wouldn't be exact anyway.

(Note to self: Now that I think about it, Koontz has a couple of older novels that take place in a carnival setting - The Funhouse (1980) and Twilight Eyes (1987) - so I might use them for a little secondhand research.)

So I'm going through the story so far and working in some references, which makes the editing process more interesting, and since I need to move some things around and do some rewriting of certain parts anyway, I might as well.

Honestly, this is the most work I've ever put into a fic.
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I love carnival and circus history. I've never heard of those but I tend to avoid Dean Koontz...my horror basically stopped with Christopher Pike and RL Stine in 8th grade.

However, and I know they're a bit older but some of the rundown establishments would still have it similar...I love Carnivale and I also really enjoyed the novel Water for Elephants. The author actually contacted the Ringling museum and researched her stuff.

YAY, mega Barton fic!
I thought of Water for Elephants, but I know there's a difference between circus and carnival and I didn't want to further confuse myself :)

(Funhouse is pretty so-so, but I really like Twilight Eyes, although it's spooky as hell. Not a fan of the horror genre, I take it?)
*claps hands*

I'm excited to hear that there is going to be Clint backstory and you're going to tackle the circus - I feel that that backstory is criminally under-used in Clint/Natasha fics.

I'm not going to stick like glue to the comics continuity, which might piss some people off, but my personal headcanon and things mentioned in WBP have him spending at least a little time in the military, so it wouldn't be exact anyway.

That's pretty much my headcanon for MCU-Clint as well; abusive birth family to negligent-to-abusive foster home(s?), run away to the circus with Barney, join the military as soon as they'll take him.
I'm excited to hear that there is going to be Clint backstory and you're going to tackle the circus - I feel that that backstory is criminally under-used in Clint/Natasha fics.

I've felt the same, but then, I've been part of the problem rather than the solution because that backstory has rather intimidated me. One, because I know so little about it, like I said, but also because it's part of the comics canon that has always felt... not contemporary. Of course, since you're talking about this happening in the late 70s/early 80s it wouldn't be contemporary, strictly speaking, and now I'm just babbling.

That's pretty much my headcanon for MCU-Clint as well; abusive birth family to negligent-to-abusive foster home(s?), run away to the circus with Barney, join the military as soon as they'll take him.

Yup. And then I see him getting into some trouble post-military, and eventually ending up with SHIELD.
Comment crash! My headcanon is pretty much the same as yours (and the hell with the comics, they're all over the place anyway). Except I have Clint get into trouble between circus and the military, and then get recruited out of Special Ops where his "special abilities" would have reached Official Eyes pdq. I stuck little blips of all these things, in that order and including the abusive childhood, into a very short "Five Times" fic. Really, really looking forward to your take on the backstory thing! :-)

A propos of nothing, and circus ... my father-in-law built a model three-ring Barnum and Bailey circus, complete with tent and tentpoles and period-appropriate circus train and 85 cars, that took up half the backyard. He left most of it to a museum but we got three of the cars, including the box office and the lion cage. (The box office car features indirectly in the above-mentioned 5-times fic.)
but then, I've been part of the problem rather than the solution because that backstory has rather intimidated me.

I am also guilty of that.