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Summary: I didn't write much until Yuletide and then I wrote loads.

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I intended to do this at the beginning of the month, but where did January go? I thought I'd better take a break from Fandom Snowflake and do this while we're still in the first month of the year at least.

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It turns out I did this almost exactly a year ago. Quite of a bit of it hasn't really changed... (last year's positions are in brackets)

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WIP meme

Jan. 30th, 2015 05:38 pm
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When you see this, share 3 lines from each of 3 WIPs.

Technically speaking I saw this a week ago, but I didn't have 3 WIPs then. Now I do! They are all first drafts, though, so a bit terrible and when I come to do the rewrite and editing stages these bits may not survive. I am taking the '3 lines' part liberally.

Lynda Day at the Chalet School
Lynda shrugged. "I have an important question to ask you."

Miss Bettany looked almost amused at that, but found an empty classroom and perched on the edge of the teacher's table, waiting. She didn't have to wait long.

"Why is Sarah editor of the Chaletian?"

"So that's what this is about." Miss Bettany's eyes twinkled. "Why does it matter?"

"Because I wanted to do it."

The Librarians sword fighting fic
"I see you fight with the traditional [something] technique," Flynn said, his blade moving wildly, yet somehow always seeming to be in the right place when he needed it to be.

"It's working very well," Jenkins said calmly.

"But you're not beating me." Flynn was gradually pushing Jenkins backwards.

"But I am expending less energy. How long can you keep this up?"

Sarah & Harry fic for [info]onlyonebed
"I'll sleep on the floor." He wouldn't able to stretch out, but it wouldn't be too bad if there was an extra blanket in that wardrobe.

"There's not enough room," Sarah protested.

And, it turned out, no extra blankets, when Harry looked.

"Look on the bright side," Sarah said. "Maybe we'll be attacked before bedtime."

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This is not the most useful place to look at statistics because the only fics I have on AO3 are for ficathons (mostly Yuletide) or other rare stuff. So by definition the non-Yuletide rare stuff is never going to get many people reading. Also, other people seem to have kudos in the triple figures, I don't understand how that's even possible. But at least my top ten kudos all has two figures, which I think is pretty good going (especially as kudos is a fairly recent feature).

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I couldn't do this in December because it includes my Yuletide fics and I thought that the two posts a day thing was getting a bit much.

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This year I wrote and posted:

Not including 2011's Yuletide and Fandom Stocking, because I wrote those fics in 2011, I wrote:

Tolkien:
21 drabbles/double drabbles for B2MEM Bingo, plus a four things story that consisted of drabbles

Doctor Who:
Five things story
New Who remix story
Story for not_prime_time
15,000 word Big Bang story
DW Femslash story

Press Gang:
Story for ship_swap

Yuletide:
1000 word stories in Downton Abbey, SJA, Downtime and Blake's 7
500 word stories in Make It or Break It and Downtime
Drabbles/double drabbles in Blake's 7, Quantum Leap and Dance Academy

Which comes to 38 stories in 11 fandoms and a total of about 34,000 words.

Overall Thoughts:

At the beginning of the year I struggled to write much - I did spend a couple of months feeling crap. Then B2MeM Bingo helped with writing, and at the same time I got more energy. I felt like I hadn't written anything beyond 1000 words (apart from my AU Big Bang story) because everything I wrote for Yuletide was so short, but I can see a few 2000-3000 word fics in there, so it's fairly standard for me, I think.

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

More if you include all the B2MeM drabbles. If you exclude them then it comes to less. But then there was a lot of sport going on this summer, which didn't allow much time for writing. Or anything else for that matter.

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

I didn't expect to write most of the Yuletide fandoms. But they're a bit of a special case. I wasn't expecting to write quite so much Doctor Who though.

What's your own favourite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?

Lost For Words, I think. It was just a fun Doctor Who adventure with an interesting alien. And at 3100 words, a length I like!

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

I did take part in dw_femslash for the first time. I suppose I learnt how to ship two characters I don't necessarily ship, but I've done that before - it's just a case of finding a way round it that you can believe and make believable.

From my past year of writing, what was....

My best story of this year:

Chasing Memories, if only because it involved the most time and managed to get over the minimum word count (if only by less than 1000 words).

My most popular story of this year:

Chasing Memories got recced on Calufrax. Remembering the Future got recced for Yuletide. And in terms of number of comments (+kudos) it's Homework Ethics.

Story of mine most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:

Chasing Memories, ironically. But my trouble with Big Bangs is I write things very few people want to read and this one involved First Doctor companions in a Seventh Doctor story.

Most fun story to write:

Probably The Consquences of Saying No, for trying to suggest as many ships as possible in Press Gang.

Story with the single sexiest moment:

Chasing Memories has a kiss. That's probably the closest to counting than anything else.

Most "Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story:

I didn't have any of those.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:

Maybe The Bridge at Sunset for making me think about Kate Lethbridge-Stewart.

Hardest story to write:

New World Alumni. I think because I was trying to prevent hhertzof from guessing I wrote it by writing in a different style and then struggling with the style I'd chosen. I still think it could be better.

Biggest Disappointment:

Not really writing any Sarah & Harry stuff and not managing more Tolkien longer than a drabble. Or any other fandom.

Biggest Surprise:

B2MeM Bingo.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story:

I don't think there are any really.

Fic-writing goals for 2013:

1. Write some more Sarah & Harry and Elrond (or his relatives, at any rate)
2. Write more fics > 1000 words
3. At least do some planning for Lynda Day at the Chalet School
4. Write some Big Bang length stuff - not necessarily for a Big Bang (depending on what comes up and what's suitable)

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I can nearly breathe out of my nose. This wouldn’t normally be an achievement but it is the first time in a week. My mouth and throat were so dry that I was drinking 1.5l of water a day, which is ridiculous. I know you’re supposed to drink 2l a day, but I was going to the toilet every hour and only really drink about half a litre a day usually. I just don’t have the capacity for large amounts of liquid.

And a drabble meme from [info]lost_spook I’ve been waiting to put up until I’m feeling well enough to think:

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request that I write a drabble of any pairing/character with a prompt. In return, they have to post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level.

Although feel free to ignore that last sentence – it’s not like I’m going to be checking. By first ten people, I mean first ten notifications in my inbox regardless of whether they come from my blog, LJ or DW.

There’s a list of fandoms I’ve written in on the left of my fanfic archive, but feel free to request anything I know. If I really can’t write it I’ll just get you to pick something else.

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And I didn’t write as much this year due to being ill, but I do this every year and it will be interesting to see how it all compares. And since WordPress tells you the number of words in a post, I can easily tell how many words each story has.

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