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05 January 2009 @ 04:10 pm
Fic Round Up  
I've been lucky this year. At the end of last year I was bored and grumpy and wanted to be inspired with something new, and then this year I was hit with not just one but two new fandoms! So it's been a bit of a productive year for me this time around. Not to mention that I made a New Year's Resolution this time last year, to write at least one fic a month - and I've managed to stick to it - yay! The only month this was really hard was July, when I was frantically trying to finish the Dr Who fic I'd started before the last day of the month. I only just managed it :)

January

Wag the Dog, Torchwood, Captain John/Captain Jack (implied), Captain John/Blowfish, a hrefPG-13
Captain John Hart hangs around Cardiff. Well. Someone has to.
Word Count: 1,000

February

Stage Directions, RPS, Fry/Laurie, PG for language
Hey, keep it real. They say that all the time here. Hugh wonders if anyone other than him finds that ironic. In Hollywood.
Word Count: 2,855

Perfect Faith, Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, PG-13 for language
As Ianto waits in the dark, there’s only one person he can trust to save him.
Word Count: 1,002

March

Men in Uniform, Torchwood, John/Ianto, mentions of Jack/Ianto, Jack/John, PG-13
Captain John has a lot of time to kill in Cardiff. At least it’s only time.
Word Count: 3,393

April

Happy Accidents, Lotrips, Dom/Billy, PG-13
Dom doesn’t wear eyeliner any more, Billy thinks, all of a sudden. He never thought he’d miss it. Weird.
Word Count: 4,365

Small Things, Torchwood, Gwen, Ianto, Gen
In the aftermath of Flat Holm, Ianto reminds Gwen that it’s the little things that keep us human.
Word Count: 1,928

May

A Life Well Lived, Dr Who, General Cobb, Gen
At the end of a long life, General Cobb regrets his actions so long ago.
Word Count: 699

Looking-glass, SGA, team-fic, PG, Gen
What if everything you learned really was learned from SGA?
Word Count: 3,551

June

Ouroboros, Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, Lisa/Ianto, PG-13
Ianto never gives up, and he never surrenders. Not even when he’s forgotten what he’s meant to be fighting for…
Word Count: 8,066

July

Half-life, Doctor Who, Rose/10.5, PG-13
The Earth can be small place when you’re used to the whole of time and space. A relationship can feel even smaller.
Word Count: 5,441

August

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, Torchwood, Jack/John, PG
CAPTAIN JACK: 'Had 'em for breakfast. Only source of pre-cooked food protein after the asteroid crashed. Long story.'
Word Count: 1,896

September

Danse Macabre, Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, NC-17
A day in the very ordinary life of Ianto Jones.
Word Count: 7,640

Que Samsara Sera, Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, R
‘When all desire has vanished, a person will not be reborn anymore.’ Jack may be immortal, but Ianto Jones is nothing if not resourceful. If he can help it, Jack will never be alone again.
Word count: 8,738

Each Our Own Devil, Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, PG
Everyone wants to be unique, wants to be loved – but Ianto has tools in his arsenal to ensure it.
Word Count: 3,352

October

Casting Couch, Torchwood RPS, Russell T. Davies/Gareth David-Lloyd, PG-13
Gareth had done lots of auditions, but this was the most important one of his life. He’d do anything for this job. Anything at all.
Word Count: 3,623

Made This Bed, Torchwood, Ianto/Lisa, PG-13
Ianto knows he had to save Lisa, knows he had to do anything and everything to save her. But managing a lie in Torchwood, under pressure? That was the easy part – it’s the aftermath that’s hard…
Word Count: 3,319

November

The Lantern-bearer, Merlin, Arthur/Merlin, PG
Sophia was an aberration, but that’s not to say that Uther’s wrong. One day, Merlin may have to learn to share.
Word Count: 1,742

December

Morning Out of Darkness, Merlin, Gen
Aquila has fought battles all of his long life, but it’s strange that now, as an old man, it’s the hard won peace of Camelot that seems so hard to bear...
Word Count: 3,105

Game, Sutekh and Match, Torchwood, John/Ianto, Jack/Ianto
When Jack is attacked and pieces of him are scattered around the world, he can rely on Ianto to bring him home. But can Ianto rely on John? His vortex manipulator is essential to the mission, but that’s no guarantee...
Word Count: 13,509

Keep It in the Family, A Dog's Breakfast, Patrick/Marilyn, PG-13, mild incest
Marilyn is Patrick's little sister, and she's the most important thing in the world. More important than Mom or Dad, more important than friends, or school or anything. But that's ok, because she knows it too.
Word Count: 4,245

Double-edged Sword, Merlin, Arthur/Merlin, PG
Being a Seer is a burden, but Merlin finds he has a unique opportunity when he meets Taliesin, Chief of Bards. Taliesin is a powerful Seer in his own right, and may have the answers that Merlin seeks.
Word Count: 2,869

What Maketh the Man, Georgette Heyer - Cotillion, Freddy/Kitty, Gen
Soon after their engagement, Freddy takes Kitty shopping to finally buy her the rubies he's wanted so long to bestow on her. The commonplace becomes a little more than that, when they run into Jack Westruther patronising the same shop.
Word Count: 2,598

Better Judgement, Lotrips, Elijah/Viggo, PG
Elijah keeps turning up wherever Viggo happens to be, is it fate, chance, or merely Schrödinger's cat playing a game?
Word Count: 3,663

Rather more happily than last year, I have written 92,599 words this year, in 23 stories, crossing 9 fandoms, which might be a personal record! That's a largeish novel :) I think I'll stick to trying to post at least one fic per month next year too, as I think it was a good motivater for me.

My favorite story of this year: Que Samsara Sera, I think. I wrote it in such a rush, and that often leads to my best stuff, and certainly did in this case. I just love my stalkery!Ianto, and almost feel a bit sorry for Jack, until Ianto realises what he's doing.

My best story this year: These two categories are often the same, I find. Que Samsara Sera. I wrote it in a white heat, and that's always fantastic, and led to a good place this time :) It got the most comments as well, although I'm really fond of Stage Directions and Danse Macabre too, because I think they're constructed well.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: Probably Keep It in the Family, but I don't really blame anyone, because it is icky :) But I think it's a good fic, and because of the incest ick factor, and small fandom, it will never be appreciated properly.

Most fun story: Wag the Dog or Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, probably. Anything with Captain John in is bound to be a bit of a laugh :) But writing Freddy for What Maketh the Man was enormous fun too - Cotillion-fic, after all, is never going to less than tongue in cheek.

Most sexy story: Danse Macabre? It was my only NC-17 story this year. Although in terms of awareness and seduction, and possibilities... Well, for those qualities, possibly Men in Uniform or Wag the Dog, for the innuendo-sexy beast that is Captain John, again :) Or even Stage Directions, for yearning love, perhaps.

Most "Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Keep It in the Family - has to be, really, doesn't it? :) My first proper incest story, using brother and sister characters who are brother and sister too, in real life. Can't get ickier than that really. Maybe next year I'll write tentacle porn to beat it :) (Although, Casting Couch comes a close second)

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: Possibly Each Our Own Devil - because when I started this fic, I had no idea where it was going to end - I had a completely different different plot in mind, and Ianto wrote it inside my head, and just sort of poured it out onto the page for me... Or maybe Casting Couch, because that was a wicked thing that was just there, ready to be written - with Russell's smirk in the back of my head.

Hardest story to write: Game, Sutekh and Match was the hardest to write - it was also the largest story I wrote all year. It's my own fault - it had a plot, a proper plot, that took a long time to sort out and write, and even then I had to cut it short before I sporked my own eyes out because I'd got discouraged and bored...

Biggest Disappointment: Same as above - Game, Sutekh and Match should have been amazing, I loved the prompt - but it just... wasn't. *sigh* I don't think I'm any good at long plotty fics.

Biggest Surprise: That people liked Danse Macabre as much as they did. As I was writing it, it got to the point that I would send myself to sleep if I tried to read it through, so I wasn't expecting it to be popular. Also, writing my Slashababy story was a pleasure - it's a pairing I've never written before, but it wrote itself smoothly and sweetly. That was a lovely surprise.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story: Half-life? Maybe? I have no obvious candidates for this category. But Half-life was my answer to the cop-out of leaving Rose with a fake Doctor, and it mattered enough to me that I had to write it as a refutation - although I've seen the same thing done better since, I still needed to write it at the time.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: Well, I'm halfway through a Merlin RPS story - does that count? :) Basically, I'm going to write more Merlin, I think that's a given, and I hope I can make myself write more Torchwood. I don't want to lose the muse again, in under a year. I think that's going to be the biggest challenge, my new fandom love seems to be getting shorter and shorter. Oh dear. It can't end well... Maybe the new series of Torchwood will spark things off again! *hopeful*
 
 
 
prochytes: Gerundprochytes on January 5th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
You have had a very productive year! I think that I would agree "Que Samsara Sera" was the highlight. I keep finding myself thinking about the sands of Boeshane...

The meme thing looks fun. Here is my own list:

My favorite story of this year: An Intimate History of Neo-Humanity. I puled out all the stops to get it finished before "Meat", which I thought would Joss it (it didn't).

My best story this year: An Intimate History of Neo-Humanity. Overlap here, as on your list. I like The Persistence of Memory as well.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: Borrowed Robes. I am not entirely convinced that anyone other than yourself and arachnekallisti ever finished it. 20 000 word six-continuity crossovers with a Big Bad from one episode of something screened in the Eighties are probably a bit of a niche market :(

Most fun story: Warning, which is made of fluff.

Most sexy story: Power Struggle. Although the Tosh/Willow dynamic in Borrowed Robes had definite possibilities...

Most "Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Power Struggle, again. I am not sure what part of my hindbrain decided "what Torchwood needs is a naked girlfight", but I would be lying if I said I did not enjoy listening to it.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: "The Lady by the Lake". Thinking about Morgana and Angela Petrelli together suggested some interesting ideas about how the former might develop. In light of the S1 finale, it will be interesting to see whether they bear fruit in the show itself...

Hardest story to write: Borrowed Robes, which was very fiddly. Also, "Fragments" Jossed some of its backstory and necessitated rewrites.

Biggest Disappointment: The hyperactive plotting at the start of "Heroes" S3, which means that there is no point at which The Persistence of Memory could be fitted into its canonical time-line. *sigh*

Biggest Surprise: That I started writing Merlin fics before S1 was three-quarters complete. It usually takes me longer to ease myself in.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story: Probably "A Study of Reading Habits". Comics geek on his obsession. It is not impossible that there may have been a little unintentional self-revelation there.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: Oh, so many...

"The Trade in Tears" (Uther-fic)

"An Old Man's Love" (Gaius/Geoffrey)

"The Lesson of the Master" (BtVS as scripted by Henry James)

"Bright is the Ring of Words" (TW)

And so on, and so on....
Valderys: Ianto - tourist guidevalderys on January 6th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Wow, you've got a lot of fic planned - and have TITLES! The title is nearly always the last thing I come up with, and can be the hardest. I have some plot ideas written down, but I don't know which ones I'll ever end up writing.

I like your meme questions - you should put them up on your lj, not just here. I like putting together a fic round-up like this each year, it spurs me on for next year, and makes me feel like I'm putting a period to it - or an underlying flourish, finishing it off. Lovely.