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Total number of completed stories in 2013:

Oh man, I have to check, I haven't even counted. I couldn't even guess.
...Apparently the number is 51. Holy crap.

And a half, because of The Write Books About This Sort of Thing, which isn't done yet, but I'm posting it as a WIP, so it counts for half.

Total word count:

366,268. This number, at least, is not a surprise, though it does still blow my mind.

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

Considering I wrote a grand total of 10k in 2012, I'd say that this is well beyond what I ever could have predicted at this time last year.

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

I signed up for fests! Actually, this whole year has been marked by me saying that something frightens or intimidates me, and then promptly doing exactly that. "Longfic scares me!" I said. "I like PWP, writing something plotty seems intimidating!" I said. "Oh, I'm not sure about fests, deadlines make me nervous!" I said.

"Ha. Ha. Ha," my muse said.

Do you have any specific fanfic goals for the New Year?

Well, I just signed up for the third round of Trope Bingo and my card is amazing so I think I will definitely be aiming for another blackout. Other than that, I think my goal is to just keep writing and keep enjoying it.


From my past year of writing, what was…

My best story of this year:

Oof. That's such a judgment call. You Are the Moon is my current favorite, and I think it's got a lot going for it from a technical standpoint.

My most popular story of this year:

Lay Your Hands on Me, which kind of took on a life of its own and is my most popular fic to date by a rather significant margin. Which is fine by me, because I still love it tons. Fourteen thousand hits, though, good god. That will never not be staggering.

Most fun story to write:

That's probably a toss-up between Lay Your Hands on Me and As the Sun Will Rise. On the one hand, lots of music geekery and ridiculously fun hand/finger kink! On the other, Les Amis as Disney characters.

Hardest story to write:

I took a long break in the middle of In the End We Have Each Other that made it really difficult, once I got back to it, to get back into the groove, and I spent much of the second half of the fic feeling like I was completely failing to live up to the awesome voices and characterizations that I'd had in the first. Still, it all worked out in the end!

Biggest Disappointment:

I don't think any of the fics that I wrote have been disappointing, but of course there's always fics that you wish had reached a larger audience than they do. The Stars Look Very Different Today, in particular, is one whose hit count occasionally makes me sadface, because I enjoyed it so much, and I think it's a really lovely fic. But it's the rarest of rarepairs, and that pretty much hobbled it from the start.

Story I haven’t yet written, but intend to:

So there's this fic I am definitely going to write where Grantaire is a selkie and Enjolras accidentally steals his pelt and then he ends up with this irritating guy trotting on his heels bugging him constantly and trying to convince him that all his activism is just an effort in futility and working his way under his skin and into his heart and I'm super excited about it.

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first time / last time unexpected friendship matchmaker deathfic genderswap
au: alternate professions fake relationship bets / wagers au: alternate gender norms meet the parents / family
marriage virginfic huddling for warmth au: fairy tale / myth trapped in a dream
kidfic fuck or die forbidden fruit amnesia telepathy / mindmeld
au: apocalypse snowed in twenty-four hours to live fork in the road food porn
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Title: A Little Excitement
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: G
Word Count: 882
Summary: The speakeasy behind the unassuming façade of the Corinth is full of smoke and laughter and the sultry notes of Éponine's voice from the stage. Normally, Grantaire makes a point to step out from behind the bar and listen when it's her turn on stage, but tonight there's a man working his way up to the bar in ostentatious red and Grantaire thinks she's going to have to forgive him, because there's no way he's leaving the bar so long as this golden specimen of a man is cozied up to it.
Read it on the AO3
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Title: Somebody to Lean On
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 6371
Summary: Merlin may be the worst manservant ever, but when he breaks his arm and Arthur has to care for him, he quickly discovers that he's kind of terrible at it, too.
Read it on the AO3
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Title: Everything Old Is New Again
Pairing: Abbie Mills & Ichabod Crane
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 1633
Summary: It doesn't take more than a moment's thought for Abbie to realize that she's going to have to bring Ichabod home. The man can't even figure out how to unlock a car door, a hotel is absolutely out of the question. He'd probably lock himself inside and then starve to death.
AO3
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Title: In the End We Have Each Other
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 50769
Summary: Enjolras has spent pretty much the entire bus ride to the Musain trying to predict how this will go, but the thing that surprises him isn't that Combeferre isn't the first to notice, or that Joly doesn't start spouting something about infant mortality rates and immediately demand that everybody bathe in Purell. No, what startles Enjolras the most is that he manages approximately half a step through the door into the back room where they all meet before Grantaire rattles his glass down on the table in the back that he's taken for his own and drawls, "Is there something you forgot to tell us, Apollo?"

That silences the room, predictably enough. Everyone breaks off their conversations and swivels to stare at him. At him, and at the baby carrier that he's got hooked over one arm.
Read it on the AO3
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Title: When I Close My Eyes
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11032
Summary: Gwaine's parties are the stuff of legend, if his own bragging is to be believed. He holds them every month or so, and he's been trying since freshman year to get Merlin to come to one of them. "C'mon," he always says, wheedling. "You don't know what you're missing. It's not like you're going to be doing anything, anyway."

Gwaine thinks anything less than full-blown partying is "not doing anything", and Merlin long ago gave up the fight to convince him that an evening spent in his room with a challenging essay or a good book is actually an enjoyable way to pass the time for him, and not grounds for pity. Merlin's never going to win that battle, and he knows it.

Usually, he shrugs Gwaine off. He's heard rumors about what goes on at Gwaine's parties, and mostly, it sounds like what goes on is orgies. Definitely not Merlin's scene.
Author's Note: Written for this KMM prompt, and for [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon 2013's KMM Charity Challenge
AO3
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Title: I'll Eat You Up (Can't Get Enough)
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 14665
Summary: In which Arthur is a man-eating kelpie and Merlin has no sense of self-preservation to speak of.

This was written for [livejournal.com profile] pod_together with the fabulous encouragement and aid of [livejournal.com profile] rscreighton.

Read it or listen to Rose's fantastic podfic on the AO3
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So I have kind of been complete crap about updating LJ with new fics that I post. COMPLETE. CRAP. Sorry to anyone who watches for updates here rather than at the AO3!

This is a catchup post. There's a lot of fics beneath the cuts here.

Vikings )

Teen Wolf )

Merlin )
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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.
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Title: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
Pairing: Athelstan/Lagertha/Ragnar
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 38,614
Summary: Athelstan believes that the empty feeling he's had his entire life means that he has no soulmate, and is meant for God. Ragnar and Lagertha have been waiting for the third member of their bond for years and started to despair that they might ever find him. But when the summer raids bring Ragnar west to Lindisfarne, everything changes.
Author's Note: Written for this Vikings Kink Meme prompt, and with much love for [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell, who saw it first but was willing to share.

Read on AO3

Fic Meme!

May. 25th, 2013 08:28 pm
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] teprometo because it looks like a hoot and a half.

I have 24 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 24 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll either tell you three things or answer three questions about it - your choice.
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Title: As the Sun Will Rise
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 18,119
Summary: A Beauty and the Beast AU in which Grantaire's sense of humor goes over everyone's heads, he finds himself with a houseful of "prisoners" he wishes would just go away, Cosette falls in love with a chair, and Enjolras takes it upon himself to make sure the servants are paid a decent living wage.
Author's Note: Written for this kinkmeme prompt

Read it on AO3.

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Title: Incentive
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Rating: M
Word Count: 733
Summary: Stiles's research isn't going fast enough for Derek's liking. Derek comes up with a...unique...way of motivating him.
Author's Note: Written for Week 2 of Mating Games, "Texts From Last Night", based on this text.

Read more... )
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Title: Amuse-Bouche
Pairing: Athelstan/Lagertha/Ragnar
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,134
Summary: Working for rising-star executive chefs Lagertha and Ragnar Lothbrok is Athelstan's dream job. But Ragnar and Lagertha are anything but conventional, and if the food they keep plying him with is any indication, they're interested in more than just their new sous-chef's skills in the kitchen.
Author's Note: A birthday fic for [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell! Happy birthday, Nell!

Read more... )
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Title: Rhythmic
Pairing: Gyda/Thyri
Rating: T
Word Count: 556
Summary: Gyda likes the summers, likes sailing out with her brother and fighting at his side. The summer raids make her blood sing, but she likes winters best.
Author's Note: A birthday drabble for [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell! Happy birthday, Nell!

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Title: Animal Urges
Pairing: Scott/Stiles
Rating: M
Word Count: 711
Summary: Scott keeps breaking Stiles's PS3 controllers, and Stiles has to put his foot down: no more Call of Duty. But now what else are they supposed to do together?
Author's Note: Written for Week 1 of Mating Games: First/Last Times

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Title: To the Beat of a Heart
Pairing: Erica/Laura
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1650
Summary: Erica was taught well. That's why she has the fake ID, tucked carefully away behind her library card. Because she'd rather think that someday she'll find herself digging it out of there and handing it to a bouncer and knowing the secret thrill of getting away with something forbidden, than admit to herself that she'd probably never dare.

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Title: Lay Your Hands On Me
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 21,672
Summary: Between university and his on-campus political activism, Enjolras's attention is fully occupied. Until he meets a violinist busking on campus who worms his way into his thoughts and refuses to leave...
Author's Note: Written for the "HS/College AU" square on my Trope Bingo card and this kinkmeme prompt.

Read it on AO3.
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Because stealing looks at people's writing is super fun. ^_^

Some of these are going to be origfic, since I don't have enough of a fanfic backlog to make 21.


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