thedeadparrot (thedeadparrot) wrote,

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.)

Batman/Iron Man

Exposure - a porn battle continuation of one of last year's fics. I really like Tony/Bruce. How different they are and yet how similar.


Pedagogy - a little porn battle ficlet, featuring Mickey/Danny/Stacie, aka hotness. I am entertained by Danny's n00bishness at times.


Morning - also for porn battle. I adore Lois/Clark like almost nothing else. Trufax.


That The Science of Cartography Is Limited - written for [community profile] purimgifts. One of two Heroes ficlets I wrote for that. I wrote all three late one night after a stressful robots project, and yet I am proud of all three for different reasons. I like this one as an exploration of the implications of Molly's powers, and it is all the more hurty for it.

All In A Day's Work - also written for [community profile] purimgifts. The other Heroes ficlet. I adore Monica and Micah SO MUCH, and I enjoyed giving them something sweet and adorable to do together.


Things Cuddy Knows - my only House fic this year, and I am still very happy with it. I am totally a sucker for list fic, exploring a character in the details of their existence. This Cuddy makes me smile, and I hope she does get some measure of this happiness on the actual show.


All Tomorrow's Parties - So I kind of loved Kings for a while there, and this was my way of reconciling things in my head after the first episode. I liked trying to flesh David out, and make him less obnoxiously stupid.

Trip Through Your Wires - First Night was just begging for porn, so I provided it.

Kings/Star Trek XI

Shore Leave - yet another porn battle not-ficlet. It was sort of fun to throw these two together and see what happened.

Fast and Furious

Triangulation - One of the best things I wrote all year. Not something with wide appeal, but it definitely garnered me some really amazing comments. It was something that came together really easily from the premise, everything locking together perfectly. I love it when fic does that.

Star Trek XI

Beginnings - my first reboot fic and first Star Trek fic of the year, and you can see me feeling things out, trying to work my way into Spock Prime's head. It's almost a warm up for Not All Those Who Wander, and it really shows.

Not All Those Who Wander - the fic of my heart and soul. It's a love letter to the Prime universe, to a universe that was vast and huge and may never be seen again. And of course, it's a celebration of Spock Prime, what he's seen and what he's learned, and how he carries his knowledge of the future with him, but it doesn't have to play out the same way it did then.

Star Trek: TOS

Four Times Kirk Noticed Spock And One Time Aliens Made Him Do Something About It (Sort Of) - I got an irrational amount of glee out of the fact that the summary was shorter than the title, because I am weird like that. About the story itself, I think it's a fun mix of five missions where Kirk is kind of dumb about his feelings, and Spock is kind of snarky.

Wire in the Blood - not to be confused with the fandom of the same name. It had been a while since I did something that veered from my usual "warm and hopeful and fluffy" vibe, and this was an attempt to go in the opposite direction. Because dude, what's further from that than mirrorverse?

Stargate Atlantis

Steady State (Finding Your Equilibrium Remix) - my only SGA fic this year. Written for Remix Redux. I liked fleshing out the details here. I wrote it during the summer, and I think it captures the feel of it. The warmth and sunlight and sweat.

Man from U.N.C.L.E.

and loved the sorrows - probably the most self-indulgent fic on this list. It's about autumn and growing old and New York City (a little), and I still like to roll that title over my tongue from time to time. The poem I stole it from is perfect for this fic, and it just makes me happy.

Star Trek: TOS RPF

Promises - the start of my vaguely ridiculous Shatner/Nimoy obsession. I do feel like this is a story where I'm still feeling out the characters, getting a sense of who they are and how they interact.

Looking Through You - So I had this vague idea of writing an epic Shatner/Nimoy roadtrip fic, but that sort of fell apart the more I thought about it, so I ended up cannibalizing it for parts. This was one of those stories that was originally a theme in that epic fic, but I think it works as it is as well.

In Haunted Attics - the title of this comes from "True Love Waits," and I think it matches perfectly with the yearning here. I gave it a sort of happy ending, which no one really seemed to expect, but I don't think it's an unrealisitic one.

How To Win Friends And Influence People - eh, it's porn.

Recognizing Genius, And Other Things Leonard Nimoy Doesn't Do - Okay, this is basically crack, and you can kind of see the roadtrip recycled again here, and there are some jokes here that are some of the funniest I have ever made. Though no one seemed to like Hamlet Jr. the Great Dane. Get it? Hahahaha. I crack myself up.

Closet Space - eh, more porn.

Now for the superlatives!

My favorite story this year (of my own): Not All Those Who Wander. The competition is not even close. ILU, SPOCK PRIME. It was just a joy to write this fic, from beginning to end. It wasn't always the easiest thing to write -- I have like, three drafts of a scene that never made it into the final version in my writing notebook -- but I enjoyed it so much. Just thinking about Spock Prime wandering around, meddling and bringing joy puts a humongous smile on my face.

My best story this year: I still suck at this one. Overall, my ability to put together plot improved greatly this year, as evidenced by the increase in word count. And that is cool.

Story most tragically underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: I honestly have a hard time saying anything I've written has been underappreciated. The closest I can say is Triangulation, but that got some amazing, amazing comments and some truly lovely recs.

Most fun story: Oh man, I guess I'll let Not All Those Who Wander sit this one out and say a tie between It's The Thought That Counts and Recognizing Genius, because they are me at my goofiest and displaying my truly atrocious sense of humor.

Most sexy story: In past years, I have typically left this one out, mostly because I would laugh myself silly over them. This year, I discovered how to write porn that didn't make me want to hide under the bed and never come back out. I think Trip Through Your Wires wins this one, mostly because Jack probably oozes sex when he does anything

Story with single sexiest moment: I think I'll give this one to Closet Space, which has Leonard Nimoy saying things.

Most unintentionally *telling* story: Uh, everything I write tends to tell lots about me, and I think this year, especially, was more about me deepening and strengthening what I already write rather than running off and doing cool new experimental things.

"Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Uh, the Mirrorverse fic was pretty fucked up all over the place, so much so that I spent a lot of times wishing that I could peek at it from between my fingers as I typed. Still, it's Mirrorverse, so I knew what to expect going in.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: Hmm, I guess my Mentalist/Wire in the Blood fic did, in the same way writing in a new fandom makes you find the edges in characters you've never considered before, and in this one, I had to live with Tony for so long, it was kind of interesting to pick it apart.

Hardest story to write: I guess the crossover wins here, too. Not just because I wasn't familiar with the other fandom, but because case files like this involve lots of set up and logistics and plot work that is both fun and exhausting. It was rough, but I made it all the way through and lived to tell the tale.

Worst story: Eh, maybe some of my more tossed-off stuff like Promises or Beginnings. I think they both have some decent story bits to them, but they'd need to be fleshed out a lot more to be truly good

Easiest story to write: It's hard to say. Some things just seem easy in retrospect. Maybe All Tomorrow's Parties, which just seemed to flow out of me when I wrote it. I like it when stories do that.

Story I didn’t write but will at some point, I swear: Sheppard's Eleven seems to be the perennial favorite here, and progress has been made! In fits and starts, yeah, but I have not forgotten it. One day, it will be finished, and there will be much rejoicing. (Mostly from me.)

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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