Jan. 7th, 2012

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Well, if I'm going to post here at all I may as well do the Year in Fic meme that's going around.

Fic wot I wrote in 2011

Oxford History Department
Whited Out (crossover with Narnia)
Plus a stalled WIP doubleheader longfic, because Kivrin/Dunworthy suddenly looked a lot more plausible after All Clear...if I can ever figure out how to write a Willis-like plot.

White Collar
Ten-Story Interlude
Queequeg and Ishmael Road Trip in New Jersey
A Corner on the Limbo Market
Little Ransoms
The Case of the Non-Floral Present
Meet Me Tuesday
Begging for Lightning

Vorkosigan Saga
Five Fast-Penta Interrogations from the Works of William Shakespeare (crossover with...wait for it...Shakespeare)

That's about 50,500 words total.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?

Well, hell, I added two fandoms, so I not only wrote more fic than I expected, I wrote fic for characters I didn't even know in 2010. Fifty thousand words is not very much compared to my output in years previous, but considering that I started the year saying I was retired, it's rather...a lot.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January?

In January I think I had a sneaking suspicion I would not be able to resist writing White Collar fic forever. Then [personal profile] hedda62 made me finally read Bujold, and, er, thirty thousand words later.... But none of my fics this year went far outside my usual MO, which is: missing-scene fic, parody, and short comedy, for the most part. Fortunately I managed to avoid epic this year, thanks be to God.

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?

Oh, I'm pretty happy with "Anamnesis." But before that, I was pretty happy with "Queequeg and Ishmael."

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

Actually, I think I throttled back on risk this year. I didn't post anything that I didn't have a sense of control over, and I didn't post any WIPs. Delayed gratification is not my strong suit, but if that's a risk, holding off posting "Anamnesis" till it was finished paid off, I think.

From my past year of writing, what was your...
Best story

"Anamnesis" was the best. Of the shortfics, I think "The Case of the Non-Floral Present" was the most elegant.

Story Most Underappreciated by the Universe

Well, I'm sorry "Grip" didn't get more attention at the time of its posting; it was my first effort in the WC-verse. But White Collar fandom and Vorkosiverse fandom are way more responsive to my fics than Buffy fandom was, so the appreciation I have gotten for my fics this year rather felt like an embarrassment of riches. Or maybe *eyeroll* it's writing arcane OC-riddled epics that's the problem. Maybe I should write one of those for the Vorkosiverse fandom, in the name of scientific inquiry.

Most fun

I giggled helplessly while writing "Queequeg and Ishmael," but "Begging for Lightning" is basically a tag-fic written on IM with [personal profile] kivrin and is supremely silly, so I'll pick that one.

Most disappointing

Well, I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't get my plotting act together for the OHD doubleheader.

Most sexy

Gosh, I don't know. I wrote nearly all gen this year. It'd have to be "Anamnesis" by default.

Story With a Single Sexy Moment

I'm pretty proud of that thing with the pearl hairpins in "Anamnesis," I have to say. What most people don't know is that I borrowed that idea from the universe of my regency fantasy epic romance which will never see the light of day because it is, in a word, juvenilia, invented when I was fourteen. That's...er, a long time ago now. Erk. Anyway, it works even better for Simon and Alys than it did for my original characters, so I am pleased. Recycling from the slush drawer: it's a Good Thing. And kinda hot, if I say it myself.

Hardest to Write

I wrote nothing that was difficult to squeeze out, this year. Thanks be to God! After "Florentine Politics" I needed the break from a) plots that proliferate b) scenes that refuse to germinate and c) characters who refuse to cooperate. When the OHD longfics stopped presenting solutions to their own problems, I left them severely alone, thus preserving my sanity. "Anamnesis" involved some logistical challenges, but nothing insurmountable.

"Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story

See above re: not taking risks. Also, I tend to be fairly morally conventional as a rule. People seem to read my fic anyway. :)

Most Unintentionally Telling


Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?

It might be nice to actually tackle one of my original projects, but I fear this is not going to be the year. Maybe I'll revisit the OHD-fic and see if I can get a better handle on it. And since Simon Illyan appears to have eaten my brain (so to speak), there may be more longfic with him in my future. I don't know. Let's see what happens.

And now...I'd better learn how to make a Dreamwidth cut-tag. Next post, I promise.


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