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2015 Fic Round Up

As lovingly stolen from lost_spook


List of Completed Fics:

Can be found here. I feel a little guilty about not htmling them all in nicely, but... Guys, I apparently wrote 200 or so fics last year. It’d be 2017 before I could list them all.

Total number: 204 (!!!)

Ship/character breakdown:

Listing the ones appearing in my top ten only. Because, as ever, I am a fandom butterfly who likes ALL of the pairings.

Barry Allen/Leonard Snart x19
Hal Jordan/Bruce Wayne x13
Dick Grayson/Damian Wayne x10
Barry Allen/Lisa Snart x7
Edward Nygma/Bruce Wayne x6
Terry McGinnis/Bruce Wayne x6
Clark Kent/Lex Luthor x5
Barry Allen/Mark Mardon x4
G'Kar/Londo Mollari x4
Bruce Wayne/Wally West x4

Bruce Wayne x58
Barry Allen x34
Leonard Snart x14
Hal Jordan x14
Damian Wayne x13
Clark Kent x13
Dick Grayson x12
Harleen Quinzel x8
Lisa Snart x7
Edward Nygma x5

Best/worst title?

Best: it’s not even technically mine, I took it from a song that featured a lot in a game that P was playing, but I feel an absurd fondness for Catch Me if You Can. I just feel that it captures what I was trying to do with the fic really well, and invokes good memories to boot!

(Also What Does the Fox Say? is awful BUT I LOVE IT.)

Worst: Probably You Can't Deny (The Facts of Life). I don't think it's bad, necessarily, but I don't think it quite captures the tone of the fic in the way that I generally like my titles to.

Best/worst summary?

Best: Usually I just paste the first lines of the story in the summary, because that's generally what tends to draw me into reading fics, but I didn't do that for How You Get the Girl and I'm actually really proud of how the summary for that turned out. I meant it to be quite a light almost quirky sort of thing, and I think the tone for that is set excellently from the summary. :D

Worst: Probably What a Guy. I have problems with most of that fic, to be honest. It's a case of where I had a clear idea what I wanted to do with the fic, but I think it turned out a little messy in practice and the summary reflected it.

Best/worst first line?

Best: I wasn’t going to answer these ones, because I can barely remember last week let alone the first lines for all my fics, but then I realized that I was pretty proud of the first line of No Place for No Hero SO. Here we are.

(Below is the full interview transcript for the interview conducted by Lois Lane, former head reporter for the Daily Planet, with Mercy Graves, former assistant of the late Alexander Luthor. I was trying to write in the style of the World War Z book, and I think it worked out really well and I’m still proud of how evocative it is. :D)

Worst: Not so much the opening line, because I quite like the opening line, but I have problems with the opening paragraph of On the Right Track, Baby. I know what I wanted to do with that story, fluff between Shayera and Wally, but... I don't think I conveyed that as well as I wanted to with the opening, and I feel it seems a little messy as a result.

Best/worst last line(s)?

Best: I really like the last line of On Bated Tooth and Claw. That entire fic was something quite new to me - new pairing, new POV, much more tightly plotted than I usually do - and I think the end of it sums it all up really well. It was meant to be a Barry/Wells piece, but also a Wells character study. And I'm very pleased with how the conclusion tied everything together.

Worst: I always feel like I have a bit of a problem with my last lines, I feel like I need something to sum the whole thing up but when I edit it that summing up line generally looks clunky, SO. The main one I can think of this year is And the Butterflies and Bees. I enjoyed writing the fic, and I enjoyed the premise, but looking back at it the last line does seem rather... Clunky, and out of place.

I did write that in February, though, so hopefully I've improved since then! :D

General questions:

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

A hell of a lot more! I thought I’d manage at least a few, but nowhere near as many as I actually did. Apparently I was inspired last year? (:O)

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted last year?

It's not on the list, because I wrote it for Fan_Flashworks last week and so will be posting it on ao3 at some point this week, but last year I wouldn't have bet on me writing fic for Star Wars. Especially fic involving that particular pairing!

Also I probably wouldn't have expected to write so much stuff for comics fandoms, I will be honest. I was definitely starting to get into them then, but not to the point where I would've predicted them making up over half of my output!

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

Catch Me if You Can. I just... Really, really love what I did with this story. I want to do a role swap, with a decent plot and an exploration of several characters and I think I really managed that. It's one of the longest fics I wrote last year, and I still feel a warm glow of pride whenever I think of what I did with it.

Okay, NOW your most popular story.

Happily, also Catch Me if You Can! Which is steadily heading towards 5000 hits and shows no signs of stopping. Usually my favourite fic is the one everybody else ignores, so I'm really pleased that the stars seem to have aligned for this one. It's a piece of work that makes me really proud, and I definitely get a fluffy feeling every time another kudos or comment on it pops up in my inbox.

Story most underappreciated by the universe?

Not that unappreciated, since it's currently hovering around 80 kudos, but I half convinced myself before I posted it that Hold Your Breath and Count to Ten was going to be a mega fic for me, and... It wasn't. It did well, so I certainly can't complain, but I'm still a tiny and ridiculous bit sad that it wasn't the kind of fic that everybody fell over and worshipped instantly.

...Yes, I know I'm being silly. :P

Story that could have been better?

All of them, probably! No fic is perfect, and my writing has developed so much over the year that there are naturally ones that could've been a lot better but just weren't. Saying that, though, looking back on it Hold Your Breath and Count to Ten probably holds the title again. I still really like this story, and am pleased with what I did with it, but upon rereads it could've been a bit tighter and had a slightly sharper sense of the characters. Things to keep in mind for the future, I suppose!

Sexiest story?

This honour has to go to a fic that I and one other person have liked, Honest to God. I really went for a slightly dirtybadwrong atmosphere with really rough sex and a lot of moral dubiousness, and I feel that it worked out excellently. I don't care if only two people in the world like it and one of them is me, I really feel that this is one of the hottest things I've ever written and I'm proud of it.

Saddest story?

Probably On Bated Tooth and Claw, where I killed half of the main pairing off permanently and ended it on the POV character grieving. I don't generally write that much sad stuff, but I'm rather pleased with the gut punch of that.

(In second place is Twelve Step Plan, where I gleefully stamped on all the emotions, but that narrowly lost due to me writing a far happier sequel. Because I am a fluffy bunny at heart. ;;)

Most fun?

Definitely Superheroes of the Round Table. I was aiming to write fun and light crack with a surprisingly sweet core, and I think I managed it excellently.

(Now, I just need to write the sequel to it someday and we'll be golden...)

Story with single sweetest moment?

If we're going for a single story, and not a series, then I really love How We All Make It. It's Barry/Lisa, but it's mainly Lisa realizing that she's happy for the first time in her life. And I really liked writing that, it gave me warm fuzzy feelings that are still lingering now.

Hardest story to write?

Including posted stories only, because there's one unposted story that I technically wrote last year but that'll only be posted this year... All My Power, All My Glory. I love how it turned out, I think the whole thing is one of the best genderswaps I've ever done, but I did have to hammer at it quite a lot to get it into shape. At that point Snart's POV was quite different from what I was used to, and I think it was a bit of a struggle to properly capture the character of it.

Easiest/most fun story to write?

Let's Do It was, still to my surprise, an utter joy to write. Once I had the central idea, Peter and Nightingale get married, it was actually a remarkably easy process to get it all down on paper! I think the moral of this story is that I'm addicted to fluff and nobody should stand in my way.

Did any stories shift your perceptions of the characters?

I actually didn't ship Barry/Harrison Wells that much before I wrote On Bated Tooth and Claw! So, yeah. That story was wonderful for examining my feelings over them, and actually teasing out how much I do ship them and never actually realized it.

Most overdue story?

Hm. I wrote Out in the Storm in July/August originally, I think, but only got around to posting it onto ao3 in December time. Does that count?

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

A fair few, actually! I've certainly never posted so much fic before, which is actually a fairly big risk for me because in previous years I think I've maybe been a bit timid about showing my fic to the world. I also wrote a fair bit of epistolry (texts and letters), first person and even twitterfic. I've also indulged in a fair few new fandoms (though that's not really new for me, the fandom butterfly) and a few pairings that I've found fairly intimidating before.

Overall I'd say the risks have panned out. A few of them got fewer hits than I would've liked, but a fair amount were both really enjoyable to write and received a great response. I'm definitely rather pleased with them!

What are your fic writing goals for next year?

Keep writing large amounts, do more exchanges, maybe try and write a few more fics over 1000 words. I'd also like to write for a few more unfamiliar pairings, and branch out into more new fandoms!



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Jan. 6th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
That's an awesome meme :) I will consider snagging it, even if I haven't written as many things.

You wrote so many fics!
Jan. 7th, 2016 10:57 am (UTC)
Please do! They're very interesting to read. :D And, yeah, I'm kind of stunned by how many I managed to write! Way up on 2014, definitely. :D
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