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End of Year Fic Review

December 29th, 2012 (07:04 am)
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feeling: contemplative

Borrowed and amended from ratherastory

Total number of stories: 130 (ish. Counting drabbles, of which there was at least one per week)

Total word count: 700,000+

Fandoms: 11
Primeval – 75
Chaos - 44
Castle – 5
Hawaii Five-0 – 3
Merlin - 2
Chuck – 1
New Tricks - 1
Suits – 1
Phoenix Blue – 1
North Square – 1
Avengers – 1

Gen: The vast majority

Het: About 10 (and I’m not counting a plethora of drabbles with a Stephen/Helen bent)

Slash: 2 (ish. One is unrequited; one is more preslash than anything)

Crossovers: 3 (2 Chaos/Primeval, 1 H50/Chaos)

Longest: God Complex (about 90k)

Shortest: Pick a drabble. Any drabble. I wrote a bunch of them.

Could possibly be a part of canon or future canon: Eh. It depends on the fandom. Most of my Chaos is pretty canon-based (for what that’s worth for such a short-lived show!).

Totally an AU: LOL, a lot. I have lena7142 and her Feral Stephen verse that I wrote a bunch for; I have my own Primeval Kept drabble verse I wrote a bunch for. And then I have maybe around 5 others.

Total icons: 193

Fandoms: 10 (Chaos, Primeval, Misc. James Murray, Sherlock, Misc. Douglas Henshall, Misc. Tim Blake Nelson, Hawaii Five-0, Thor, Skyfall, Supernatural)

Qualitative Analysis

Favorite of the year: 
The Burning Boy. This fic was so random – based on James Murray’s character in an episode of the British show New Tricks. I just wanted to write it and I did and I was really happy with how it turned out. It was so different than what I usually write!

Best of the year: 
That’s hard to say! But if I have to pick, I’ll probably pick An Indirect Proof. The plot on that one got out of control but still somehow came together and I was always fairly proud of how it all worked out.

Most fun to write: 
Rack and Ruin, hands down. I cowrite that fic with lena7142 and it was just meant to be. Everything clicked and looking back, I actually have a hard time separating my prose from hers. Plus, in all of it, I made a very awesome friend, which is worth more than every fic I wrote this year.

Most under appreciated: 
 I write fics primarily about a moderately obscure British actor. I’m sure 90 percent of my flist doesn’t even know what I’m talking about most of the time and would probably defriend me if defriending weren’t such a strange thing in LJ land. So really, I write the vast majority of my fics with the expectation of about two readers. Therefore, this is pretty hard to gauge. Basically everything Chaos I feel is a bit underrated just by default.

Sexiest fic: 
This amuses me. I don’t really write a lot of sexy fic. I mean, maybe I wrote one with sex in there at some point. I know When We Collide had a dubious con moment between Billy/Helen but it was pretty much all off screen. I may be forgetting something but I don’t really do a lot of sexy.

"Holy crap that's wrong even for you": 
LOL. Um. I guess maybe Rack and Ruin? Though I didn’t write much of the extreme stuff in that one. I also wrote a really sad fic called The Short Unhappy Life of Stephen Hart in which I killed Stephen’s clone in a horrible and miserable and slow way.

Fic that shifted my perspective of the characters: Run for Your Life (If You Can). In most of my fics, Billy is this ever-noble hero who cannot be downtrodden. In this one, I made him an insecure whiny kid and it was kind of a major change in how I gauge the possibilities of preseries Billy.

Hardest to write: 
Hmm. Possibly When We Collide because that got so ridiculously plotty. I totally freaked out over how to keep Nick’s “death” in canon while also getting him off with Stephen in his cottage.

Biggest disappointment: Interagency Cooperation. A crossover between H50 and Chaos sounded like a great idea but the delivery was all wrong. I ended up writing the vast majority of the action in summary and spent all my time having character talk to each other. Plus, I realized after about 10k that I didn’t want to write in present tense but it was way too late to turn back. All in all, I was sad how it turned out.

Biggest surprise: 
The Second Life verse with Feral Stephen. I didn’t come up with this verse, so when I started writing random ficlets based on Lena’s fic Point of Origin I really didn’t mean much by it. But then, after I’d written about 20 ficlets, it became apparent how much I was invested in it and how much more story there was to tell.

Most telling: Mumbled Prayers. There’s a lot about me in that fic and I’m not even very subtle about it.

In Sum: I spend a lot of time writing fic. Essentially, it is my only hobby. I spend most of my life trying to meet the demands of people around me, so fic is my escape and with this many words, it’s pretty clear that I escape as often as I can. I was really surprised by how much Primeval I wrote this year -- but then, I joined a Primeval drabble community this year and fulfilled the prompt just about every week, so that's a minimum of 52 Primeval fics alone. I would say that while I definitely have more Primeval titles, I probably have more Chaos content since my average Chaos fic is substantially longer.

It was also surprising to me that I wrote almost nothing outside of James Murray related things. And everything I did write that wasn't James Murray related was essentially for friends upon request. I'm not sure that'll change a lot in the coming year, though given my visceral response to the Merlin finale, I would imagine there'll be a bit more of that represented in 2013.

Overall, I wrote more than I did the previous year, though not a ton. Though, I made far fewer graphics. It's hard to say if I'll be able to keep this writing pace up, but writing is mostly a compulsion for me now, so I'm probably going to keep investing myself in it as often as I can :) Maybe someday I'll divert some of my attention to original fiction, but until life gets a little less insane, I'll probably keep writing fic (and whump) as my way of escaping the realities of life!


Posted by: sophie_deangirl (sophie_deangirl)
Posted at: December 29th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wow! This was great!

I loved reading your "stats" here. I, like you, find refuge in the inspiration to write. I have been writing literally all my life (since I could string words together into sentences). It is also my escape from reality, but it's also the way I delight in making things I want to see happen on favorite shows when I've been short changed by said shows. Hee! Also, like you, the derivative fiction allows me to keep my writing chops up even if I tend to be a completely unrepentant repeat offender/broken record with a gigantic scratch on it with the kind of fiction I write and you know what they are. HAHAHAH! Hey, 50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction so there's hope for me. Hahaha!

I could never measure up to your prolific talent, but am a joyful benefactor of it as I thoroughly delight in getting alerts that you have posted another story and the quality of your writing is inspirational onto itself. Hour of Darkness would never have been written if it hadn't been for your and lena7142 Rack and Ruin. I am very grateful to have "found" you to share my joy for writing. Thanks for enduring the repetitive emails as I share them with you.

I have found my h/c soulmate and am looking forward to another year of inspiration. Oh, and I credit you happily for my discovery of Chaos/Billy and James Murray. I have never had so much fun hurting a character as I have him. Hahaha!

Edited at 2012-12-30 07:52 pm (UTC)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 1st, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Re: Wow! This was great!
happy rick

Something about fic that can never be replicated by professional writing is the community aspect. Because we're not writing for profit, we're writing for ourselves and each other. There's a special camaraderie in that, which is just as much a part of the escapism as the writing itself.

So I'm so glad to have found other like-minded people like you! It makes it so much more worthwhile! And hey, I'm happy to spread the Chaos love whenever and however I can! The show deserved way more love than it got!

Posted by: kristen_mara (kristen_mara)
Posted at: December 29th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
Old Fashioned Stephen

Sweetie, you've had an amazingly prolific year! And I thank you for it! (One day I might get to catch up on reading all your Chaos epics *G*)

I'm so happy that you're writing and inspired by our Divine Mr Murray.

Why are you doing a review of your yearly writing now? There's still a day or so to go; knowing you, you'll tap out another 5,000 words or so before the new year turns over *G*

I look forward to seeing what you write next year (especially since it will involve a sequel for me - hee, what, you had to expect me to mention sequels, didn't you? I must download that icon you did).

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 1st, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
happy ralph

LOL, I only added 100 more words to the tally, so it's still about the same :)

Sometimes I don't even know how I write so much. But then, I also can't stop. So, here's looking forward to the crazy fics of 2013! Sequels and all :)

Posted by: Lena7142 (lena7142)
Posted at: December 29th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)

Most fun to write: 
Rack and Ruin, hands down. I cowrite that fic with lena7142 and it was just meant to be. Everything clicked and looking back, I actually have a hard time separating my prose from hers. Plus, in all of it, I made a very awesome friend, which is worth more than every fic I wrote this year.


I LOVE YOU TOO! *hugs*

Your fic is amazing and you are amazing and I love everything you do. I feel so spoiled to be able to read so much of your work, since every fic-- even the ones you don't seem to like --is incredible. You are prolific, but also hugely talented and I'm so happy we became friends this year. :)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 1st, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
arthur merlin friends

I don't know what I'd do without you. LOL, I'm serious. I mean, just in the fic world alone, you read all my randomness and that makes so much of a difference for me. That you put up with me is amazing! I would literally write anything you asked me to.

I'm excited (and a little daunted) by what insanity we'll come up with in 2013.

Posted by: sockie1000 (sockie1000)
Posted at: January 8th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)

what a fun way to recap the year! I think I've read most of what you wrote but I missed the burning boy somehow. so now I must hunt it down and read it! :)

and wow-- 700k. I think I can safely say I've never written that much in my life, much less one year! (and thanks for sharing all your levely stories!) :D

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: February 7th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
chaos team meeting

Wow, I'm so far behind in replying to things. LOL.

I'm sort of an obsessive writer. As in, I have to write or I start to feel weird. It's sort of like withdrawal. It's weird :)

And the Burning Boy was a pretty random fic, so I'm not surprised you didn't see it. You might not even understand it, given that you probably haven't seen the episode (or even heard of the show! I hadn't!). But it was one I wrote entirely for my own entertainment, which can be a rare thing for me :)

Anyway, I'm really rambling. Thank you for commenting!

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