2012 End-Of-Year Fic Roundup Meme
Total Fics Posted: 28, if counting each story of the Never Never Never Stop/Sheylinsonverse ‘verse as an individual story (which I do).
Total Words Posted: Oh, boy. 648,100.
Total Words (of Anything Excluding Blogs) Written: This, I am actually proud of. Including drafts of The Panem Companion and various unfinished things, I have written… over 1,000,000 words this year. It’s like a million and 34 or something, so I’ll just go with “over a million.” I don’t even care if this answer is cocky, I’m really proud of that.
My favorite story this year: May You Enjoy Your New Life is my — pun slightly intended — baby of the year, like Cinnafic was last year, so I really love it; I love Millie and I love the versions of the 1D boys that I wrote into that story. BUT I also would say that All Roads Lead in One Direction: Origins might be my tied-for-favorite? Then again, I’m really attached to the This Town… ‘verse, and Let You Put Your Hands On Me in My Skin-Tight Jeans brought me Lucy…
My best story this year: Again, probably May You Enjoy Your New Life for the sheer act of finishing it, because obviously I take a LONG TIME to finish things and A LOT of my fics languish and die when I realize they’ll be over 10k, and All Roads Lead in One Direction: Origins for the actual writing of some parts.
Story most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion: (Taking skellerbvvt’s lovely wording from when she did this as a Year End Meme in 2010, but the sentiment is true and also mine): “I never really feel like any of my fics deserve more feedback then they get. I mean, I’m usually astonished by how much they do get, when the chips are down and the man is getting beat up for his watch.”
I do wish that all fics in general, not even just mine but just all fics in general in the world still got comments as reliably and consistently as they did a few years ago. I don’t really like how passive fic consumption has become, although I am definitely guilty of that myself, too, and am awful at leaving comments. But it’s definitely easier to write when you know people are reading, so one of my goals or 2013 is to go through and AT LEAST comment on everything on my rec list.
This veered from the question…
Sexiest Story: I think it depends on how people view sexy. Probably Aphrodisiac. But definitely Never Never Never Stop/Sheylinsonverse ‘verse is the most sexual.
Most fun story: Millie was really fun. I miss writing her. It was also fun writing shark porn for Lucy because no one ever really expects to write… shark… porn.
“Holy crap, that’s *wrong*, even for you” story: Probably the car scene in I Don’t Care What They Say stands out to me most as being really dirty, but being honest here: I don’t even remember all of the dirty sex scenes in Sheylinsonverse. There are, I think, at least 8 orgasms per fic in that ‘verse???
Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: To coopt myself from last year, “if I write a fic and it doesn’t change my feelings on the characters or fandom in some way, then I don’t think I wrote it correctly.”
Hardest story to write: The length of Millie was hard, and I don’t know that I think it actually sustains its length. Most of the hardest fics I’ve had this year are still WIPs because I keep getting stuck (aka Deaf!Harry and Schrodinger’s Cat. Which are coming. I swear. But uh, ask THG fandom how well the next Five Loaves story is coming along…). Of fics that I posted, Viva was surprisingly hard to write?
Biggest surprise: Haha, that people were willing to read 11,000 words of George Shelley fic after he’d been famous for literally less than a day? That people were willing to read a babyfic longer than HPOotP?
But also just the reactions that people have to fic and to other fans/writers in 1D fandom has been very surprising, mostly in a good way, but not necessarily always. Sometimes it’s just been a real learning experience, which I can’t say is bad, but it’s definitely something new and distinct from any other fandom I’ve been in in the past. Maybe I’m just old now or something. But it’s been really interesting to see how things like Tumblr and Twitter have changed the landscape of fanfiction, since it used to be so centered on fic-centric sites like LJ and AO3 and FFnet. (That’s been interesting to watch in other aspects, too, like the interactions between published novelists and their fans — or detractors — on social media, too, because they always seemed so mighty and cut-off in the past. It’s all just interesting to me.)
And it surprises me that anyone reads my fics at all.
A story I want remembered: Obviously I’m going to say Millie; it was a labor of love (again, slightly a pun). Fandoms are notoriously fickle with fics, and MYEYNL is getting up there in age, but I hope that a) I wrote something that can sustain itself as an AU despite how quickly the fandom changes, and b) that people still sometimes think fondly of it and remember it. I’m always really surprised and happy when people still mention it!
Resolutions for 2013: I actually want to write less fic in 2013 and write more original stuff, because I feel like I used fic as a refuge/excuse/self-sabotage tool in 2012. BUT, I also have some fics that I have to complete and I have, right now, one will-probably-be-massive George/Jaymi AU that I’m tentatively planning for the summer and, yes, hopefully, the next Loaf of Bread, so we’ll see.
Mostly, just, I don’t even know how to say “thank you for reading” to everyone who’s joined higherarrowsfic. It’s really, really amazing to me. ♥