[info]aldiara wrote
on January 2nd, 2018 at 04:22 pm

Fic Meme 2017

It's that time of year - ramble about your fic accomplishments, share your favs, talk about your *PROCESS* and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back! :D

AO3 informs me I've only done 4 fics this year, but that's not gonna stop me.



Total number of completed stories:
Only 4, but it's deceptive, because one of them was loooong.

Total word count: 86,467 - only a few thousand less than 2015, when I wrote 50+ pieces, lol.

Total number of fandoms:
3 - Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Harry Potter, and Spartacus.

Longest piece:
The White Stone, at ~78,000 words.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
I didn't expect much from this year (I don't usually write much fic when I don't have a current newish obsession), so it was definitely more.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January?
I'd been in a writing slump for a while, so I wouldn't have predicted finishing a Sparty fic I'd planned to do in 2015.

What's your own favourite story of the year (of your own)? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?
The White Stone. I always find it hard to get back into writing after a hiatus (and I'm kind of always on hiatus, with sudden mad bursts of creativity in between :p), so after my Bring Back the Porn contributions this year, I wanted to make a concentrated effort to work on something longer and stick with it. I picked this story as something close to my heart that I wrote about 1000 words on two years ago and always wanted to finish. I ended up writing ~80,000 words in three months and was really happy with how it turned out.

Did you take any risks this year? What did you learn from them?
It's not exactly a new lesson, but write what you want to write/read, not what you think might be popular.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
No specific goals (they don't work out well for me), but I'm always happier and feeling more myself when I'm writing, so I want to keep it up. Fanfic, original, I don't know yet.

Most popular story:
If we're talking of all time, my smuttiest stuff is most popular (unsurprisingly), with Do Not Wake in the lead. If we're talking this year, a lot of people seem to like my Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda BBTP fics, Everything I Know About Roleplay I Learned From Star Wars Tumblr and Everything I Know About Kink I Learned From Spartacus. Yay!

Story most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Heh. I knew The White Stone wouldn't get much attention, being a rarepair fic in a fandom that is, uhm, shall we say 98% devoted to one pairing only. But that's ok, I loved writing it and it was awesome to have writerly talk with [info]alsha while we were both working on projects.

Most fun story to write:
Probably Everything I Know About Roleplay I Learned From Star Wars Tumblr. I love Simon and Bram, I love trying my hand at humour, and I love the dual layers of fannish geekery in writing a character who is a shameless fanboy himself.

Most Sexy Story:
Ok I wrote 4 things and three of them were all about the smut but I still think the fourth one is sexier? lol, I'm probably way biased. But I like a slow build, so...

Story with the single sexiest moment:
The White Stone. Unlike my usual process, I wrote the first sex scene for it while fully sober, being very deliberate about it, and focusing more on emotional intimacy than being as smutty/graphic as possible, and I think it's a better scene for it. (It is, er, still pretty smutty.)

Story with single sweetest moment:
I'm a sucker for unrequitedness turning requited so I'm gonna go for The White Stone again.

Most "holy crap, that’s wrong, even for you" story:
I didn't write anything really edgy or "wrong" this year. The closest by association only was Moonlight, a Ginny/Pansy one-shot that is in itself pretty tame but ties into an old fic of mine, Crimson, which involved a lot of self-harm and sexual violence and Ginny being messed-up.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
The White Stone, again. There isn't that much of either Castus or Sabinus in canon (they're both secondary/tertiary), so I had more freedom in making up backstories while still trying to stay true to what we do get from canon. Sabinus is probably the character we learn least about on-screen apart from the fact that he's honourable and devoted to Tiberius, so it was interesting to delve into what else might motivate him, and how he would deal if you take those two things away.

Hardest story to write:
I didn't have anything that was excruciatingly hard this year, though White Stone definitely had some challenges; partly due to its length and the fact that I don't outline and write non-chronologically; partly due to the fact that it's essentially an alternative season three with a different focus and POV, so there was a bunch of logistics that needed sorting out (like, Tiberius is a driving force behind much of the plot of season 3, so if you take him out of the equation but still want the eventual outcome to be roughly the same, you need to sit down and ponder some alternative routes to get there.)

Most disappointing:
I haven't really been disappointed with anything.

Easiest story to write:
All three BBTP pieces were pretty easy, even though I was under a lot of time pressure (I wrote them at the last possible moment, natch). As I mentioned before, Simon and Bram are fairly fun and easy to write, and the Ginny/Pansy piece benefited from not having much plot and leaning on my existing headcanon from the earlier fic.

Biggest surprise:
Writing anything at all this year, tbh. But yeah, writing anything as lengthy as The White Stone. I'm usually too easily distracted for long things.

Most unintentionally telling story:
lol, at some point while writing Sabinus in The White Stone I was telling [info]alsha how sad and amusing it is to realise you always find it really easy to write POV characters with low self-esteem because they're so easy to relate to.

Story I’d like to revise:
I loathe and detest revising, so NOPE. (lol, this answer will always apply). I was actually pretty drunk by the time I wrote Everything I Know About Kink I Learned From Spartacus and I wasn't super-happy with it the next day so I did go back and revised/added a bunch.

Story I didn’t write but will at some point, I swear:
hahah, I have no answer for this for next year, but I was taking the template for this meme from 2015 and my answer for it then was:

The epic tale of the tempestuous romance of Castus and Sabinus (hinted at in The Paths We Never Trod). There will be swashbuckling, conflicted loyalties, H/C, crashing waves and clashing worldviews and a lot of making out. Rarepairs for the win! Arrrrrr. (I have actually recently started this - let's see if I can keep up the momentum!)

I DID IT. ONLY TWO YEARS LATE. lololol
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