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2019-2021 fic roundup
Monday 3rd January 2022 10:30 am

I haven't done this for three years, but I also haven't written much in the last three years. So I'm lumping them all together to make the meme worth it.

(Here is 2018's)

Stats:

List of Completed Fics:
Doctor Who: Banned Books
Star Trek: Baby, Baby (Between You and Me)
Star Trek: Teatime Stories
The West Wing: Two Weeks
The OC: Forward and Back (The Nth Chance Remix)
Galaxy Quest: The Trouble with Jason
Galaxy Quest: Weaving Connections
The Persuaders!: Night of the Unfeeling Fighters
Sarah Jane Adventures: The Practical Exam (Pencils Down)
The Avengers: The Killer Creme de la Creme
Galaxy Quest: A Galaxy of Disappointment
The Persuaders!: How to Flirt With a Man
The Avengers: Saving Christmas

Total number: 13 - so just over 4 a year
Total word count: 31,370 - so about 10,000 a year
Ship/fandom/character breakdown:

Type:
Gen: 7
Het: 4
Slash: 3
Femslash: 0

Fandoms:
The Avengers 2
Doctor Who 1
Galaxy Quest 3
The OC 1
The Persuaders! 2
Sarah Jane Adventures 1
Star Trek 2
The West Wing 1

Characters who appear in more than one fic:
Alexander Dane 2
Gwen DeMarco 3
Jason Nesmith 2
Emma Peel 2
Brett Sinclair 2
Spock 2
John Steed 2
Danny Wilde 2

In summary I've written a lot of different stuff. And an average of one Galaxy Quest fic a year.

Specifics:

Best/worst title?
So many of these I love. Banned Books, Baby, Baby (Between You and Me), The Trouble with Jason, The Killer Creme de la Creme, A Galaxy of Disappointment, How to Flirt With a Man.

None of them are bad.

Best/worst summary?
Can't say I love any of them. Or hate any of them. They're just all a bit meh. I tend towards bland descriptions of what the fic is about, which is a bit dull. You want the summary to give a clue as to what the fic is about, but there must be less bland ways of doing it.

Best first line?
Two Weeks: "You're not moving to Indiana."

Night of the Unfeeling Fighters: "Brett had been finding the evening dull before the fighting started."

Best last line?
A lot of them are the last few lines and only make sense with the rest of the fic. Probably the best that's only the last line is from Night of the Unfeeling Fighters: Brett rolled his eyes and kissed him again. This time for longer, so Danny could only return the kiss and not speak.

General questions:

Looking back, did you write more fics than you thought you would this year, less than you thought, or about what you predicted?
More. I was spending all my time coding, so I'm amazed I wrote so much.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted last year?
The Persuaders! given that I'd never heard of it before this year. I also always thought The Avengers would be too hard to write, but I enjoyed writing it.

What's your favourite story this year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you the happiest.
Teatime Stories. It's T'Pol and Spock being friends and I just love it.

Okay, NOW your most popular story.
Baby, Baby (Between You and Me). Writing for big fandoms gets you more readers, who knew?

Story most underappreciated by the universe?
The Practical Exam (Pencils Down) which went pretty much unnoticed.

Story that could have been better?
Aside from all of them, as always. I wish I could have done more with A Galaxy of Disappointment, but nearly 500 words was enough to get in everything I wanted to.

Sexiest story?
How to Flirt With a Man, since it involves an actual (very non-explicit) sex scene. Although it's still pretty much entirely banter.

Saddest story?
Two Weeks. It's less inherently sad and more a sad situation.

Most fun?
Saving Christmas. It's silly choose your own adventure.

Story with single sweetest moment?
Banned Books has a few sweet moments, I think.

Hardest story to write?
Probably Teatime Stories because I was working crazy hours for the whole writing period. Looking back, I don't know how I got it done.

Easiest/most fun story to write?
Banned Books - the only one on this list not written for a ficathon.

Did any stories shift your perceptions of the characters?
The Trouble with Jason. Before I wrote it I couldn't see Jason/Alex at all. But since my recipient could, I rewatched the bits of the film with them both in, and by the time I'd finished I could totally see it.

Most overdue story?
None!

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
Just doing some writing was risk enough, I think!

This year's theme and the story that demonstrates it most:
I don't think there was a theme, it was all just all over the place.

What are your fic writing goals for next year?
Do the same ficathons I enjoy (Unonventional Courtship, Remix, Yuletide) and finish off some started fics I have lying around. Maybe some other ficathons if the mood takes me and I have time. Just more writing generally, now I have more time for it.


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