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Fanfic Year In Review

I was gonna do one of these, and then I didn't feel like I'd written enough things to fill out an entire meme's worth of questions, and then I saw this really short version and said what the heck. ...True story, bro.

Total number of completed stories: 5 (and a new completed chapter of 1 more!)

Total Word Count: 10,900 posted to AO3. A lot more than that in longfic WIPs, but I don't keep track of that so I've no idea how much exactly.

Fandom breakdown:
Three Sentence Ficathon 2013-2014, a collection of three-sentence fics in response to community prompts; MCU/AOS, DCU, White Collar, Firefly, Doctor Who

Hey, it's really nice in here, Steve/Sam, goofy tropey fluff

Don't Bother Me, Steve & Sam & Bucky, cracky nonsense

Raise a Glass to Turnings of the Season, Steve & Bucky or Steve/Bucky, retirement fic

Patterns in Nature, Steve/Bucky, universe alteration: magical realism, still listed under Anonymous BUT I CARE NOT.

Chapter 10 of I'll Be Yours (A Love Story), Barbara/Dick, one-sided Tim/Dick, little-Timmy-is-a-terrifying-sociopath AU

Overall thoughts:

I'm pretty happy with what I did in 2014, although wow, time sure passes fast, some of the stuff that I still think of as "recent fic" I actually wrote in 2013, yikes. But yeah, 2014 was good. I played around with new characters, pairings, genres, and styles. The things I wrote make me happy, for the most part. (Some of it I'm still afraid to look at.) I had a good balance between prompt/gift fic (which is unexpected, invariably surprising, and almost always delightful) and fic that came straight from my own soul.

I think there's a lot of great things about 2014 that don't show up in this accounting. I participated in mini-wrimo in November, committing to (and succeeding at!) a minimum of 100 words of fiction a day. Very little of that made it to posting (some of these WIPs are looooong), but it felt wonderful to be making such rapid progress.

I participated in Festivus, a small holiday gift exchange. I've never bothered joining in on any of these before, but I was invited, and I thought why the hell not. It was a struggle, but a rewarding one. I submitted by the deadline, I did something new with my writing, and the recipient liked it. Win!

Finally, after some nudging from my boyfriend, I put two original works back up at the top of my WIP priority list. I haven't written original fiction since... 2011, I think. It's good for me. I'm going to try to stick with it.

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

I'm not really sure what I expected from this year. I always write less than I hope to, but I don't really set goals. But I posted twice as many words as last year, so let's say I wrote more than expected.

What genre/pairing/fandom did you write that you never would’ve predicted in January?

The Three Sentence Ficathon was fun because it was prompt-based, so there's no way I could've predicted any of that madness. I've never dabbled in White Collar, Doctor Who, or Firefly (except that crossover drabble with Metanoia, but that barely counts) before, and I hadn't played in the AOS or Thor corners of the MCU before either. And the crossover pairings! Dick Grayson/Neal Caffrey! River Song/Zoe Washburne! (I wrote FEMSLASH!!)

Also, in January, CATWS hadn't come out, so I couldn't have predicted I'd want to write about Sam Wilson, much less Steve/Sam.

Wasn't expecting a foray into magical realism, either.

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

I feel like anytime I play with a new fandom or a new character I'm taking a little bit of a risk. So, see above.

I really felt like I was out on a limb with Patterns in Nature. I've never written anything remotely like it before. I just got this notion in my head that I wanted to take the prompt of "matryoshka" and turn it into a metaphor, and this is what came out of it. My idea of where I was going with the story was very shaky when I started, gelled somewhat as I was going along, and reinvented itself in fits and starts, so I was never quite sure at any point while I was writing that I actually knew what the heck I was doing with the concept or how precisely it worked. It was also a bit of a risk because I was writing on a deadline, which I usually try to avoid. I ended up finishing it in a several-hour writing jag, shorter than I'd originally intended, with very little time for editing and no time for beta. I posted it in a headspace too wrapped up in the writing process to even have any idea of whether it made sense. (Apparently it does? People say so? I'm so relieved.)

Anyway, what did I learn. I learned I can write Sam Wilson, and he's super easy and delightful. I learned I can write Thor and AOS characters, if only in very small doses. I learned that I can write to a deadline if I need to, JUST BARELY, and that weird Inception-y magical realism AUs of Captain America are apparently something I can pull off with a decent measure of grace and aplomb. Go me!

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the new year?

Gosh, wouldn't it be nice if I could FINISH Love Story??? THAT WOULD BE SUPER RAD. I'm not gonna hold my breath, but I'm pretty close to finished with the next chapter, so there's that. Otherwise... idk. Write more than last year? Finishing ANY of my WIPs would be GREAT, but. Not sure I can pull it off. ...I'm super ambitious, you can tell.
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