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Fanfiction Roundup: 2008

This is something I've seen basically all around my f-list, but I'm giving credit to trialia and callmeonetrack because they posted the coolest versions of it, the versions that I'm now going to proceed to steal. :D First, I'm going to list every single thing I wrote in 2008 - shortfics, TIS chapters, ficlets, claim fics, fest fics, whatever. These will be divided by month and subdivided by fandom, and at the bottom of each month will be two numbers - a total word count for the month and a total fic count for the month. After the December fic and word totals I've put a fic total for the year and a word total for the year, and after that will be a series of questions ganked from callmeonetrack about what fic I'm most proud of, my best fic, my most underappreciated fic, etc. etc.

Also, note that some fics will not show with the correct date stamp since they were re-posted to my writing community after their original posting date on this journal. This is because I prefer to link to jedionpaper wherever possible - as I no longer put up fic here - but if you're really picky about making sure I've matched fics to their correct month, you can look back through amidala_thrace's archive. The original posts are all still there. ;)

Now, onward!


Star Wars
The Beginning of Friends (Anakin/Padmé, G, 670 words)
The Promise (Anakin/Padmé, PG, 668 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 18/?: The Idea of Home (Obi-Wan/Padmé, NC-17, 5 959)

Battlestar Galactica
None - I was just getting into the fandom at this point, and therefore not brave enough to write for it yet. Heh. ;)

Overall fic count for January: 3
Overall word count for January: 7 297 words


Star Wars
Outsider (Padmé, G, 513 words)
The Surprise (Anakin/Padmé, PG, 581 words)
Insanity Theory (Obi-Wan/Padmé, NC-17, 2 472 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 19/?: Dreamweaver (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG-13, 4 670 words)

Battlestar Galactica
Transmutation (Kara, Tigh, Adama, PG, 781 words)
The Next Morning (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 633 words)
Collapse (Kara, PG, 758 words)

Overall fic count for February: 7
Overall word count for February: 10 408 words


Star Wars
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 20/?: An Ounce of Reassurance (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 4 902 words)
A Bit of a Situation (Anakin/Padmé, PG, 1 356 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 21/?: The Solution (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 7 142 words)

Battlestar Galactica
None! Guess my BSG muse was in one of her sluggish phases. ;)

Overall fic count for March: 3
Overall word count for March: 13 400 words


Star Wars
None. This was the start of the First Annual BSG Plotbunny Stampede in Liz's brain, and so most of my SW work got shoved aside. Heh.

Battlestar Galactica
Her Happiness (Sam/Kara, NC-17, 2 014 words)
Five Men Kara Thrace Frakked (And One She Didn't) (Helo/Kara, Lee/Kara, Sam/Kara, Leoben/Kara, NC-17, 1 931 words)
The Bargain (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 1 885 words)
Second Chances (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 5 220 words)

Overall fic count for April: 4
Overall word count for April: 11 050 words


Star Wars
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 22/?: Democracy's Death (Obi-Wan/Padmé, NC-17, 5 912 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 23/?: Endgame (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 6 055 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 24/?: Beginnings of Darkness (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 5 231 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 25/?: Hellfire (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG-13, 5 172 words)

Battlestar Galactica
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 1/11 (Lee/Kara, PG, 3 126 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 2/11 (Lee/Kara, PG, 1 358 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 3/11 (Lee/Kara, PG-13, 2 841 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 4/11 (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 2 650 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 5/11 (Lee/Kara, PG, 2 845 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 6/11 (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 1 744 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 7/11 (Lee/Kara, PG-13, 2 744 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 8/11 (Lee/Kara, PG, 2 645 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 9/11 (Lee/Kara, PG, 1 557 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 10/11 (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 2 676 words)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Chapter 11/11 (Lee/Kara, PG, 1 073 words)

Overall fic count for May: 5 (I'm counting the character study as one fic even though it's multi-chapter, since it is complete)
Overall word count for May: 47 629 words


Star Wars
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 26/?: No Emotion (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 4 647 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 27/?: Lessons in Grief (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 4 832 words)
You (Anakin/Obi-Wan, NC-17, 2 742 words)

Battlestar Galactica
The Nature of Love (Tigh, Six, Kara, PG, 808 words)

Overall fic count for June: 4
Overall word count for June: 13 029 words


Star Wars
None. In late June I had surgery, and the recovery from that substantially decreased my fic production.

Battlestar Galactica
Threaten to Reconcile (Sam/Kara, NC-17, 3 717 words)

Overall fic count for July: 1
Overall word count for July: 3 717 words


Star Wars
Denials (Anakin/Padmé, PG, 1 118 words)
To Tell the Truth (Anakin/Padmé, PG-13, 1 557 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 28/?: A New Life (Obi-Wan/Padmé, 3 997 words)

Battlestar Galactica
None. My Star Wars and BSG muses like to take turns switching off, as I've often said, and this was one of those times where BSG-muse decided to go on vacation to ... wherever muses go when they're not active. >.>

Overall fic count for August: 3
Overall word count for August: 6 672 words


Star Wars
Completed claim at sw_1sentence (Obi-Wan/Padmé, NC-17, 1 008 words)
Two Halves (Obi-Wan/Padmé, R, 1 834 words)

Battlestar Galactica
None. School starting tends to have a real impact on the amount of fic I can produce, plus my muse was still AWOL.

Overall fic count for September: 2
Overall word count for September: 2 842 words


Star Wars
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 29/?: The Surprise (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 5 371 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 30/?: One Day at a Time (Obi-Wan/Padmé, R, 5 069 words)

Battlestar Galactica
None. Oh, muse.

Overall fic count for October: 2
Overall word count for October: 10 440 words


Star Wars
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 31/?: Avatar (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 6 613 words)

Battlestar Galactica
None, due to muse reticence and exams and assignments.

Overall fic count for November: 1
Overall word count for November: 6 613 words


Star Wars
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 32/?: Moments of Peace (Obi-Wan/Padmé, NC-17, 5 108 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 33/?: The Bond (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 6 004 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 34/?: Pro Patria Mori (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG-13, 5 301 words)
To Ignite the Stars Chapter 35/?: Release (Obi-Wan/Padmé, PG, 4 025 words)
Surprise (Anakin/Padmé, NC-17, 1 507 words)
At Day's End (Obi-Wan/Padmé, NC-17, 1 519 words)

Battlestar Galactica
Like Fine Ambrosia (Adama/Roslin, R, 1 593 words)
Intrusion (Lee/Kara, NC-17, 964 words)
Untitled WIP Snippet (Sam/Kara, R, 2 731 words)
A Hard Bargain (Sam/Kara, NC-17, 1 468 words)

Overall fic count for December: 10
Overall word count for December: 30 220 words




TOTAL WORD COUNT FOR 2008: 163 317

Um ... wow. It really brings home how productive I've been over the last year when I total everything up like that.

And now for the meme-ish part, with thanks to callmeonetrack.

My favourite story this year (of my own): I really like Threaten to Reconcile, the Kara/Sam mid-Revelations fic, for all the emotional complexities raging through it. Same goes for Second Chances, which was utterly heart-rending to write but, I think, necessary so that I could properly explore Lee's frame of mind after Kara's return. My favourite TIS chapters are The Bond and Avatar.

My best story this year: Absolutely, hands-down, no-contest, The Sound of One Hand Clapping. I still believe it ranks as one of the best things I've ever done, whether fandom or non-fandom, and the fact that I can say that without cringing seven months after it was written is an achievement in itself!

Story most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion: Like callmeonetrack I don't so much like the "underappreciated" label, simply because I get so many kind reviews on my work, some of which are probably not deserved. Heh. ;) That being said, although Threaten to Reconcile was received very well by the Kara/Sam shipper community, I would have liked others to give it a chance too. So often I think many people are scared off by fanfic featuring a pairing that they might not be into, but they might be missing out on a good fic if they choose to give it a pass based on the main coupling. Ah well, I guess we can't all be multishippers. ;)

Most fun story: The Bargain. DAMN did I amuse myself with that one, and the funny thing was, it came into being completely accidentally. I had about an hour to kill before Andrew and I were going to leave for a playoff game, saw that sasa_hq was having a ficathon, and dashed something off in record time. It ended up being not bad and very bantery, which is something I often have difficulty with.

Sexiest story: The Sound of One Hand Clapping certainly had its moments, including one scene that turned out to be a lot smuttier than I'd planned, but I nonetheless think I'll give this category to At Day's End. Wall!porn = YUMMEH. Honourable mention goes to Surprise.

Hardest story to write: They're all difficult to some extent, in different ways, but I struggled the most and the longest with Second Chances. Part of the problem with that one is the fact that my muse and I had diverging expectations on what it was going to be. I thought I was writing a quick-and-dirty PWP, while the muse wanted to get all thinky and explore Lee's emotional state. Of course, my muses usually get what they want, and once I stopped forcing the fic to go in a direction it didn't want, it began to cooperate with me.

Writing technique or style you've done well: Geez, I don't know. I tend to do mostly serious, plotty stuff, and that didn't change much this year. I've made some leaps and bounds when it comes to present-tense writing, I guess, but there will always be things to improve on.

Something you'd like to work on in future: Length. Oh, I do like to go on and on and on and on and on and ... well, I'm sure you get the picture. ;) With To Ignite the Stars that's to some degree unavoidable, because I have a set and specific outline and certain things that have to happen at certain times. But I want to get better at figuring out exactly what a fic is going to contain and what focus it will have from the start, which may eliminate some of the verbosity. Maybe I'll make sort of a mini-outline for each one. >.>

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted? Less. Far, far less. That may seem strange given my overall word count - which shocked my socks off in its awesomeness, to be sure! - but I know in my heart that I could have gotten so much more done if it hadn't been for some curveballs that real life threw at me this summer. Summertime is traditionally a big writing time for me, mainly due to the fact that I don't have school and work is less busy, but this year I was kept occupied by one calamity after another (or so it seemed) and my production really suffered. Here's hoping that this year will be better.

Did you take any writing risks this year? The character study was a big one. I wasn't at all sure when I began The Sound of One Hand Clapping how it would be received, because it was intended to be a lot more serious than your typical fanfic and I'm sure it came across that way. However, I was very pleasantly surprised both by what I was able to achieve and by how people reacted to it. To this day it remains my most-reviewed piece.

Do you have any goals for the New Year? WRITE. WRITE, WRITE, WRITE. Finish To Ignite the Stars (which I will say until I actually do finish the damn thing). Do more PWP. Write more BSG. Finish some of my languishing fanfic claims. (Yep, I have a lot of goals.)

Apropos of nothing, I discovered to my annoyance that apparently you can't backdate journal posts in a non-personal journal (i.e. a community). Who knew? >.> This must be a recent development, however, because several communities I belong to have entries that say they were posted in the 1970s and 1980s, which is obviously impossible without backdating since it's waaaaay before LJ even existed. Anyway, my sincere apologies if you guys got spammed with a couple of fic reposts tonight. I tried to backdate them, only to be told that there was an error because users aren't allowed to backdate in communities. :( (And as I subsequently added to those posts, Deborah, you don't need to link the fics in jedi_news, because they are reposts.)
Tags: anakin/obi-wan, anakin/padmé, bsg, kara thrace, kara/lee, kara/sam, obi-wan/padmé, padmé amidala, star wars, thoughts, writing

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