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It's my ficiversary! A year ago today, I finished writing my very first fanfic, Extracurricular. Hard to believe it's been so long already, but I sure have had a blast. I thought I'd look back on the past year with a little meme.

Total Fics: 26
-Merlin: 11
-Teen Wolf: 10
-Vikings: 3
-Les Misérables: 2
Total Word Count: 151,750. WHAT THE HELL. o_O

Fandom with the most fics: Merlin by a nose! I'm glad, seeing as how it was my very first. :D

Fandom with the highest word count: Vikings, surprisingly enough! If I'd been just a little slower finishing my last fic, though (or if it hadn't been such a huge monstrosity), that honor would've gone to Les Mis, even though it's only got two fics total.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted at the beginning of the year?
Well, I certainly did not expect to fall so far down the fandom hole that I ended up writing in four of them, so pretty much everything but Merlin is a surprise. The fact that over a third of the words that I've written have been rated Teen was a big surprise, though, considering I got into fandom for the porn.

Also, uhh. I told someone a while back that longfic intimidated the hell out of me. And now I've got four fics that are 20k or longer. And one of them is almost twice that long. Yeah, that's definitely a surprise!

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but he one that makes you happiest?
It's difficult to choose, but probably Lay Your Hands On Me. There is so much in that fic that delights me, from the hand/finger kink to Grantaire's mischievous sense of humor, to all the music. Alllllll the music.

My best story of this year: Oof. That's a hard one! I'm going to go with On Earth As It Is In Heaven, because instead of being a one-off sort of thing, that one actually chronicles the whole process of the relationship, from their initial, conflicted meeting, through to affection and sex and then commitment. I've written a couple others that did similar, but Athelstan in this one goes through the biggest transformation and the most growth.

My most popular story of this year: Lay Your Hands On Me, by a landslide. Holy crap. The Les Mis fandom is scary and amazing.

Most fun story to write: As the Sun Will Rise was such a blast. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite movies, and getting to riff of it and use it to humorous effect was a tremendous amount of fun.

Story with the single sexiest moment: There is a ton of food porn in Amuse-Bouche that reallllly did it for me. If I had to pick one moment, though -- probably the scene where Ragnar feeds Athelstan the little gelatinized ball of saffron-and-chardonnay soup and Athelstan bites into it and it bursts and drips all over his chin and mouth and Ragnar drags his fingers through the mess and, um, excuse me, I need to go take a cold shower.

Most "holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Unbroken, which not only has dub-con that's so dubby it treads the line of actual non-con, but also has Arthur fucking Merlin as an Almost Actual Wolf. I wouldn't call it "wrong", as I like that fic an awful lot, but it's definitely the one that pushes the limits the hardest.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: To the Beat of a Heart. I'd never written Laura before, nor pre-bite Erica, but it really gave me a better appreciation for Erica, in particular, and her struggle with her epilepsy and her self-image and her fierce determination.

Hardest story to write: Unbroken, which spent at least six months half-finished and collecting dust on my hard drive because I really wanted to use the fic to explore the ramifications of that initial dub-con/non-con scene, but I had a real struggle with actually figuring out how to portray it in a way that was interesting and still seemed real.

Favorite Opening Line(s): Where Nothing Remains: "You are still my king," Merlin whispered in the close, private space against the hollow of Arthur's throat, where he smelled like soap and skin.

Favorite Closing Line(s): As the Sun Will Rise: "So you did," Grantaire said, and pulled him into a fierce embrace. He shuddered with gratitude inside of Enjolras's arms, and pressed his face into his golden hair. Enjolras's brightness washed over him, and for the first time in longer than Grantaire could remember, he felt clean and safe and good. It felt like a fresh start.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: I haven't quite got a handle on it enough to start it yet, but there's a Les Mis Western AU idea bouncing around in my head that I really want to write.

Fic-writing goal for the next year: Oh man… I'm not sure? I just want to keep writing and keep having fun, really. Brevity is definitely still something I struggle with, but considering how much I've ended up loving my longfics, I'd be hard-pressed to complain about that.

Date: 2013-06-13 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teprometo.livejournal.com
DAMNNNNNN! That's some serious word count for the year. Especially on top of all the OF writing you do. Congratulations on a successful first year!

Date: 2013-06-13 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samyazaz.livejournal.com
Thanks! I am blown away by that word count. Hell, I was blown away a couple months ago when it was something like 80k.

What is even crazier is that 140k of that has been in the last six months. What the everloving hell.

Date: 2013-06-14 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekslave.livejournal.com
Happy anniversary!

I have a problem with brevity too. No matter how short I intend to make something it always ends up a bit longer.

Stacey

Date: 2013-06-14 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samyazaz.livejournal.com
Thanks! :D

I just can't believe that six months ago, I was going, "Nooo, I couldn't ever do a big bang, longfic intimidates meeeee." HA. HA. HA. HA.

I think my resolution for the next year should probably be titles. Gah, titles are so so hard for me.

Date: 2013-06-14 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekslave.livejournal.com
Titles are hit and miss for me. Sometimes I can easily come up with a title, sometimes it takes a lot of effort.

Stacey

Date: 2013-06-15 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samyazaz.livejournal.com
Ugh, they are so hard for me, it's ridiculous. Every once in a blue moon a title comes easily, but mostly I end up beating my head on the desk, bemoaning the fact that writers can't go with "Untitled #40" like artists can, and then going with something stupid because it's better than nothing and I just want to be able to post it, dammit.

Date: 2013-06-15 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geekslave.livejournal.com
Awww! Sometimes I do have to just give up and just go with something generic, because a generic title is probably better than nothing.

Stacey

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