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End-of-the-year fannish round-up, the 2013 edition
And it's time for the annual list of Stuff I've Done in Fandom:

Fanfic

Angel - Remember Bukarest

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Breathing Water, 1/3 (Spike/Buffy)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - When the Rest of Heaven Was Blue, 4/6 (Spike/Buffy)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Initiative (Spike)

The Mentalist - R3dJ0hnsMine (Jane, Van Pelt & Lisbon)
The Mentalist - Love and Affection (Jane/Red John)
The Mentalist - First Day of the Rest of Your Life (Hightower)
The Mentalist - The Red and the Grey (The Broken Prism Remix) (Jane & Lisbon)
The Mentalist - Devil's Tea Party (Jane & Red John)
The Mentalist - Fathers' Day, 3/3 (Jane & Lisbon & Team)
The Mentalist - Shatter (Jane/Lisbon)
The Mentalist - Respite (Jane/Cho)
The Mentalist - Pound of Flesh (Team & Red John)

The X-Files - The Underground Man (Leila Harrison & Dakota Whitney)
The X-Files - Fire and Ice (Mulder & Doggett)

Other

Organised Round 8 of babylon5_love
Organised Round 6(?) of xf_is_love with [profile] wendelah
Organised Round 3 of redjohnlovesyou
Organised the first round of [community profile] big_damn_fest
Organised the third VAlentine's Day Friendship Fic Fest

Again no icons and fanart. I blame the fact that my desktop is in a different room than my TV ;)

And then a fic meme:

Total number of completed stories:
13, plus new chapters for "When the Rest of Heaven Is Blue" and "Fathers' Day".

Total word count:
~30 000 words

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

I wrote almost twice as many stories last year, so definitely less. Though in average the stories were longer, so the wordcount was higher.

What's your own favorite story of the year?

"Shatter". I don't ship Jane/Lisbon, so I was happy that I managed to get the two of them in bed together ;)

Did you take any writing risks this year?

Nope.

My best story of this year:

I'm pretty happy with the way that "Fathers' Day" turned out.

My most popular story of this year:

"Shatter" for comments and "Respite" for kudos (for some reason Jane/Cho fic always gets a lot of kudos and few comments), though my definition of popular means about half dozen comments.

Story of mine most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
My Buffyverse stories are feeling quite neglected. I don't know if it's because the fandom is dead or if I've just lost the character voices and my stories suck, but these days I'm happy to get a single comment on a Buffyverse story :(

Most fun story to write:
"The Red and the Grey", because I love writing remixes.

Story with the single sexiest moment:
Hey, I actually wrote a sex scene this year! Woo hoo! But I actually like this bit better than the actual sex:

"Do you trust me?" She asked.

"With my life," he said, automatically, and meant it. There weren't many things left in the world that he still trusted, but she was one of them. Some days, he trusted her more than he trusted himself.

Her smile was gentle, and a little sad. "Then how about you trust me with my own life as well."

Before he knew what was happening, she leaned down, took his face between her hands, and kissed him. His first instinct was to pull away but she didn't let him. She was stronger than she looked, all muscle and steel, and she easily held him in place.

She tasted like mustard and diet coke, and that's how he knew that he wasn't dreaming, because he was fairly sure his imagination wouldn't have thought to include that detail.


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

"Pound of Flesh". I'm known for my deathfics, but this is the first time I've killed all the characters in one story ;)

Hardest story to write:
"When the Rest of the Heaven Was Blue". I really love that story (and have it completely planned so I *will* finish it), but getting the voices right keeps getting more and more difficult as time goes by.

Biggest Disappointment:

The fact that only three of my fics this year got more than two comments, probably. I can't really complain since I read very little fic myself these days, but it has inspired me try to make an effort to comment on every fic I read (and like).

I have nothing against kudos, since it proves that there are at least people reading (and possibly liking) my fic, and if it weren't for the kudos, I'd probably have stopped writing altogether. But fundamentally to me kudos is to comments like Tumblr is to LJ/DW - writing fic is to me a way to interact with other fans, and kudos lacks that connection.

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lynnalso

2014-01-03 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

I am really looking forward to the rest of "heaven....blue" - great story!

ruuger

2014-01-04 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks! I'm hoping to get at least one chapter finished again this year :D

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