January 1st, 2010

crouching tiger

End of Year Fic Wrap Up!

This year, I wrote a lot less in terms of number of fics, but I wrote a lot more in number of words than usual. My average fic length shot up by a lot, and I did, in fact, manage to reach my target of 50,000 words per year.

Overall, I have spent a lot of time feeling like I'm between fandoms, like I need something to really catch my attention and sink my teeth into it. We'll see what the new year brings. :)

Anyway, organized by fandom and with a bit of commentary:

I'll start with my [community profile] yuletide stories, because they were just revealed.

Wire in the Blood/The Mentalist

wreathed with seaweed red and brown - This was my main assignment, and it kind of shows. So basically, before I received my assignment, I had no idea what The Mentalist was about let alone seen an episode of it. I got confused as to who "Jane" was in the assignment.

So obviously, when I got my assignment (which asked for a crossover), I freaked out a bit and flailed until I sat down and put the entire first season of The Mentalist in my Netflix queue. Because never let it be said that I would back down from a crossover. :p

Anyway, I ended up working on this thing non-stop from when I got the assignment. It turned into a case file monster, with me trying to make Red John into a coherent character and make Tony sound like Tony instead of some random American chick channeling Tony. There were suspects! And witnesses! And lots of dead bodies!

I ended up working on this story right up until the last day, and I'm really proud of it as an accomplishment of sheer will, and I got some very lovely comments on the story as well.

Much love to [personal profile] roga and M for the handholding in the early days, when I was still figuring out the plot, and with special love for M for betaing and being the crime drama whiz that she is. [personal profile] zulu helped out quite a bit on beta and cheerleading duty, for which I will always be grateful.


Star Trek RPF (which, yeah, duplicated below. SUE ME.)

Best Man - A Yuletide Madness ficlet about George Takei and Walter Koenig. Short and fluffy. It received exactly one comment this year, which just goes to show that yuletide popularity is such a crapshoot. :p


Harold and Kumar movies

It's The Thought That Counts - Written entirely on the 24th without a lot of time left, and with me going OMG WHY ISN'T THIS ENDING? and OMG IS THIS TOO MEAN FOR HAROLD? IT IS NOT TOO MEAN FOR HAROLD, RIGHT? Uh, my only justification for this was that at the time, some of the Harold and Kumar stories were not wrangled in time for me to see that that there were actually some other ones written for yuletide. (And they are all awesome, go read them.)


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Now for the superlatives!

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So what about next year, huh?

I'll try to be more active in fandom, more feedback, more discussion. I learned a lot this year, especially in terms of race and identity, and I want to keep learning, keep growing. I'm glad for the new ways I've learned to express myself this year, for things like Remyth and the Asian Women Blog Carnival. I'm looking forward to seeing how else I can express myself in the future.

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