thedeadparrot (thedeadparrot) wrote,

Yearly Fic Wrap-Up: 2016

I did not do Yuletide this year, and I spent a good 6-7 months not writing anything. But I wrote two 20k+ stories in two separate fandoms. And that is really fucking weird. Anywho, here's what I've got.

Star Wars

The Galaxy Is Not a Cold Dead Place (21019 words) (Poe/Rey/Finn) - I grew up with so many Star Wars feelings. I still have shelves and shelves of EU books. I enjoyed the characters introduced in TFA, but I was frustrated that they got saddled with a plotline that was a bizarro carbon copy of A New Hope. This is my attempt to write a fun sort of space adventure-y story, filled with plot and feelings. Also, it was my attempt to answer 'why did Luke even leave in the first place?' Because I wanted to know.

Sing It Loud, Sing It Strong (1786 words) (Poe/Rey/Finn) - I liked the kinkmeme prompt, so then I wrote it. Porn didn't quite fit into the long Poe/Rey/Finn story, so it was nice to get a chance to write it elsewhere.

Come Together (Over Me) (3266 words) (Poe/Rey/Finn) - Feelings! I wasn't sure what to do with the prompt 'rivals to lovers' but I thought it might be fun to make Rey and Poe rivals. They thwarted my attempts to pit them against each other, though, because they were too nice and friendly.

MCU (Iron Man)

L’esprit de L’escalier (7032 words) (Tony/Rhodey) - I have been a huge fan of Tony/Rhodey for a long time, and Civil War was awful/great for them. The movie gestures to Rhodey's recovery, but there's still a lot of gaps there. I wanted to explore that time period and how they felt about it. Plus, I wanted to write about Tony pining. I am so predictable.

Just a Wrinkle (2589 words) (Tony & Rhodey gen) - My favorite thing about Tony and Rhodey's relationship is all their messy history together as friends. So naturally, time travel. I tried to Google historical info on MIT, but then I remembered that being vague works the best.


A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1169 words) (Charles/Erik) - If I was more dedicated, I would probably write a million words exploring what brought Charles and Erik back together in the future of Days of Future Past and all of the messy emotional work they'd need to do to get them to the point they are at when we see them. But I am not that dedicated, so I keep chipping off these tiny slices of that world, just to see what they look like.

How to Get Away with Murder

all the things left unsaid (1767 words) (Connor/Oliver) - Band AU! I still have a boatload of Connor/Oliver feelings, because they are such a disaster that juuuuust might work. It was fun trying to translate all of that messy disaster into a different sort of context.

The Good Place

Breaking Bread (622 words) (Eleanors Shellstrop gen) - I loved getting to come up with weird details in the same vein as the show.
Writing in sitcom fandoms is difficult, yo.

Hockey RPF

Living in Salt (24347 words) (Carter/Richards) - The first time I saw Pacific Rim, I predicted that there would be a ton of AUs, starting in hockey. Three years later, I am my own cliché. I ended up with a ton of sad Mike Richards feelings, and then read every single Carter/Richards fic on the internet that I could find. And then I wrote 20k words of it myself because that wasn't enough sad feelings. It did help.

Leitmotif(s) of the year: Sad feelings. Assholes learning how to communicate. I think those are recurring leitmotifs of mine, though.

My best story of this year: Some years, I know straight off which one I think it is, and some years I have no clue. This year is one where I have no clue.

My favorite story of this year: The Galaxy Is Not a Cold Dead Place. I just love Star Wars, man. And OT3s. And exploring the Star Wars universe in all its messy glory.

Most popular story: Sing It Loud, Sing It Strong. Apparently people in fandom like porn. Who would have thought?

Story of mine most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: Living in Salt. Not quite fair because I posted it during a holiday weekend while everyone was consuming a ton of Yuletide fic and/or spending time traveling and/or with their families. But. You know. Writers live on comments and kudos. Etc.

Most fun story to write: Ack, this one is tough. I think all of my stories were difficult to write and fun to write pretty much equally? But I think having fun with a Pacific Rim AU and indulging in my most sadistic instincts was pretty fun. So. Living in Salt wins this round, too.

Sexiest story: Sing It Loud, Sing It Strong by default.

Hardest story to write: The Galaxy Is Not a Cold Dead Place. Plot is rough, man. Plot while juggling multiple character POVs is extra rough. I had to make an outline and add a ton of notes to it. But I'm so glad I toughed it out. I am proud of it/

Biggest Disappointment: I'm going to cheat slightly and say that I wrote a first draft of a How to Get Away with Murder fic that will never see the light of day because it's just an awful disaster. Second place goes to another X-Men fic that will also never see the light of day because it doesn't do anything and doesn't go anywhere.

Biggest Surprise: Living in Salt, because I started writing it and I kept writing it and I still can't even believe that I finished it.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: I caught Midnighter and Apollo feelings, so I started fic for that, but I am not sure where it is going yet. Mayhap someone will drag me into writing a different hockey pairing and/or convince me to write more Carter/Richards. I also put myself up for auction on Fandom Trumps Hate, so I will maybe end up writing something for that as well.

Bonus round:

A year in fic 2006 - My first year writing House fic! Damn, I can't believe that House/BSG series I wrote is ten years old. WTF, life.

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