thedeadparrot (thedeadparrot) wrote,

Much belated end-of-year fic meme

This year I ended up writing a lot of words. So many words. I'm glad I did, though. The average length of one of my fics is getting longer, which I hope is a good thing. Thematically, this year was all about TSN, and mostly about the mafia AU.

Lie to Me

The Ties That Bind

Sherlock Holmes (movieverse)


The Social Network


Technical Debt

we've got the dreamer's disease

Cryptography For Beginners

blood fever

ABC (Easy as 123)

Sympathy for the Devil

Gimme Shelter
Street Fighting Man
It's Just a Shot Away
Pleased To Meet You
Hope You Guess My Name
Boston Adventure Map


Five Relationships Nolan Ross Never Had

My best story of this year: I think I'm going to say SYN/ACK. It's just a culmination of everything I wanted to say, and it's still a manifesto for how I view this fandom and these characters. Everything else was just icing. I wanted to write a story steeped in technology and CS culture, where those two things are so deep into the DNA of the story that it would be difficult to separate the technobabble from the story and the characterization and have it still the work the way it did before. I don't know if I succeeded. I like to think I did.

My favorite story of this year: This year, it's been harder than most to figure out how I want to answer this. It's so easy to love different stories in different ways. I think Cryptography was the one that hit me the most, though. It was a really involved process putting it all together, and I'm not sure how much work actually shows up in the story itself. I wasn't sure how well the premise would stand up, but I like to think it works. (Also, don't ask about the mean version of the story. The mean version was mean.)

Story of mine most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: I usually hope that I at least get two positive responses (from someone other than my beta) to something that I've written, and even though I got some very nice comments from the the recipient of The Ties That Bind, I was hoping that at least one other person would enjoy it as well. I understand it in that it's about a one-off character in a TV fandom that is miniscule and strongly OTP, but still. It does make me sad.

Most fun story to write: I'm going to cheat and say that the entire mafia AU has given me such joy and lolz that I always have this weird compulsion to revisit it even when I don't feel like I have any more stories to add that 'verse. It was a blast working out all the details of everything with [personal profile] merisunshine36, and I loved the way collaboration made the world a whole lot bigger than we thought it would be at first glance. Her entire Sean fic spun off from one line about Sean in the first Dustin fic I wrote, and I think that is amazing and awesome.

Most "Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Uh, Pon farr fic? Not really 'wrong,' as pon farr is an awesome trope when it is done right (aka done in a way that hits my kinks), and I am okay with that.

Story with the single sexiest moment: Speaking of pon farr fic, I do love that moment when Mark shows up and Eduardo is all needy and sad.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: The first fic you write in any new canon will shift your perceptions of the characters, I think. It always forces you to really think about and solidify who you think these people are. I think on the other side, Cryptography For Beginners really helped me get into Eduardo's head and understand what makes him tick a lot better than anything I had written before, even if I think I ended up making Mark a little too nice in retrospect.

Hardest story to write: Hmmm. Probably SYN/ACK, as it was the first thing I wrote in TSN, and I felt like I had all these Ideas about the characters that I wanted to put down in some form. It was a lot of pressure to put on a fic, and I'm surprised that it's stood up as well as it has. I also kind of hated Diurnal while writing it, mostly because trying to keep track of all the relationships was exhausting. I made charts and everything.

Biggest Disappointment: I guess I'm not going to count fic I've abandoned (on various kinkmemes and on my harddrive). I dunno. I feel like for the most part my fic succeeded on the levels that I wanted them to. I would probably put we've got the dreamers' disease underneath 'biggest disappointment.' While it was fun to write it given the constraints of the prompt, I think I've written other things that do what it does a lot better.

Biggest Surprise: I think our map has to be the biggest one. It started off as a small thing, but then it started gaining dialogs and ficlets and turned into this thing where I got to have fun messing around with Javascript and jQuery. It's a lot more sophisticated than we were originally planning, and it's one of the things I'm proudest of creating this year. I definitely want to try to tackle more interesting, more sophisticated multimedia projects in the future, but who knows when that will be?

Most Unintentionally Telling Story: This isn't quite "unintentional," as I kind of knew what I was getting myself into, but ABC was a way for working out my issues in public. Sorry! I do think it was useful to have Mark as the central character, one who isn't nobly suffering or particularly concerned about minority issues, who is a good example that our oppressions and our privileges don't cancel each other out.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: Um, my help_japan fic. /o\ I'm so sorry, you guys, if you are reading this right now! I'm actually working on them instead of getting sucked into new fandoms! I promise!

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