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The year isn't technically over yet, but I don't have any holiday challenge fic going up and I don't plan on writing anything in the next few days.


All of my fic from this year went on AO3, so rounding it up here is really easy! I'm going to include the word count this time because looking over past years I found myself wishing I'd done that to get a better idea of how much I'd really written.

For femslash100 (Homestuck):
Literature (Kanaya/Rose, <500)
Politics (Kanaya/Feferi, <500)
Meteorology (Kanaya/Rose, <500)
Law (Mindfang/Redglare, <500)
Physics (Kanaya/Rose, <500, pared down version of the homestuck1000 fic)

For homestuck1000:
Untitled (Kanaya/Rose, <500)
Give and Take (PM/WV, <1000)

For the Homestuck request memes:
Wherever You Are (Vriska/Kanaya, <1000)
Freeze Out (Rose/Kanaya, ~2000)
Careworn Victory (PM and Jade, <1000)
Untitled (Jack/PM, <500)
New York Married (Kanaya/Rose, <1000)

For help_japan:
Oasis (Homestuck, PM, WV, and AR, ~1500)

For the Homestuck Shipping Olympics:
The Devil's Own (Kanaya/Rose, ~2000)
we all got wood and nails (Sufferer and Handmaiden, <1000)
and start to feel mortality surround me (Rose and Jade, <1000)
light of your deepest devotions (Dolorosa/Mindfang, <1000)
the sky in its blue glory (Rose/Jade, <1000)

For the Women Fandom Hates Fest (Madoka Magica):
Look At Me (Sayaka and the other Puella Magi, <1000)
Black and White, Red and Yellow (Sayaka, Mami, and Homura, <1000)
Pocky (Sayaka/Kyouko, <500)
Beneath thy guidance reconciled (Sayaka/Kyouko, <1000)

For Writing Wednesday (all Homestuck)
Steadfast (PM, ~1000)
>Equius: Troll Eridan (Equius/Eridan, <500)
Needs to be Done (PM and Kanaya, <500)
Round Robin (half of the trolls, ~1000)

Misc.:
Ordinary Girls (Pokémon; Mars, Jupiter, and Dawn; ~6000)
Zero Sum (Hunger Games; Katniss, Rue, Peeta, and Foxface; ~8000)





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

Looking back, I see I refused to put down my projections for this year last time I did this meme because I was afraid of jinxing it. Past-me always makes my life so difficult!

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2011?

The Hunger Games, definitely. I'd been hearing people talk about it but I wasn't particularly interested in reading the books myself. In the end, I didn't have to.

Also Eridan/Equius, but I wrote that specifically because the prompt was to write something I would never otherwise write.

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?

The Devil's Own! I am just ridiculously pleased with it. My only regret is that it isn't longer.

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

I wrote for a series I'd never read. The Let's Read I went off of was very thorough and had lots of excerpts and I found a pretty decent wiki, so in the end I think it worked out. But I still cannot in good conscience recommend it!

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?

Write a thousand-or-more word fic for the Valentines Day yuri exchange I'm signed up for. Participate in the God Tier Big Bang with my mahoushoujostuck idea. Actually finish Ladystuck this time. Write at least one more big fic about PM. Maybe host a carapace fest???


From my past year of writing, what was...

Best Story: Hm, probably The Devil's Own.

Story Most Underappreciated by the Universe: Okay, actually answering this question for once. TBH I thought The Devil's Own should have ranked just a bit higher in the polls... but I can't really say it was particularly underappreciated, since it did place and also got way more comments than anything else I wrote this year. I guess I'll go with Ordinary Girls, because I can never find much in the way of quality Team Galactic fic when I want it, and there must be other people just as frustrated about that as I am, and I guess I just wish they would all notice it??? Everything in the Pokémon section gets buried so quickly, though.

Most Fun to Write: Oh man, this is a tough one. I think it's a three-way tie between The Devil's Own, Ordinary Girls, and Zero Sum. The Devil's Own was fun because pastiche-writing is always fun and gothic horror is a great genre. Also, it is incredibly satisfying to co-opt narratives about eeeeeeevil lesbians being dangerous and sexy and corrupting sweet, horribly bland innocent girls with no agency whatsoever. Ordinary Girls and Zero Sum were fun for exactly the same reason, which is that I always enjoy writing from the perspectives of incredibly fucked up people. There were a few times when I was writing Zero Sum when I would pause, look over what I'd just typed, and mutter "Oh, Katniss, no! Katniss, what is wrong with you?" and burst into horrified laughter. I almost never write in first-person anymore, but when I do it always seems to be for twisted-up and deluded characters like Mars and Katniss. That's not a coincidence.

Most Sexy: The Devil's Own, again. Kanaya puts her mouth on Rose's tits! Compared to most of my other shipfic, that is practically smut!

Holy crap, that's wrong: What I was trying to do with "light of your deepest devotions" is... kind of questionable, to say the least, though no more so than the source material. Basically, it's a demystified passion narrative. In addition to all of the ways that idea is blasphemous in and of itself, you also have the saint in question a.) acknowledging that she's been raped and b.) actively ending her own life, albeit because she was already fatally wounded. The problem with writing this sort of story is that the people who are most likely to pick up on everything you're doing are also the people who are most likely to be offended by it. Fortunately, I haven't gotten any comments to that effect.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: I suppose I'm a bit fonder of AR after writing Oasis. My favorite part of the whole fic was the part about him hunting lizards, and my readers seem to share that sentiment. Kind of poor timing, though. :(

Hardest to Write: Oasis, only because there was so much pressure. Someone paid actual money for it!

Biggest disappointment: How bad I was at keeping commitments this year. I signed up for three fests and dropped out of all of them, and I only completed a fifth of my femslash100 claim.

Biggest surprise: The validation my Homestuck fic has been getting from canon. PM got the ring, which I wanted desperately but didn't think would happen but was more or less treating like canon anyway. Mom Lalonde is a hacker who infiltrates evil corporate empires like in my first Homestuck fic ever. Also, WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

A story I want remembered: Careworn Victory and Give and Take, not because they're particularly excellent but because I am very petty and want everyone who is just now realizing how awesome PM is to remember that I loved her first and also I fucking called it.

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