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23 January 2012 @ 12:53 am
Ganked from pale_moonlite because apparently I’m going to do one of these after all…

Fics this year (oldest to newest):

A List of Everything

For Harry Potter:

Inspection. Griselda Marchbanks, Pomona Sprout, others. PG. Gen. 3,165 words. “Griselda sets out to right a grievous wrong. She has firm opinions on bias.” Written for therealsnape as part of a surprise-TRS fest.

Mermaid Manipulation. Amelia Bones/Tonks; Amelia Bones/Mystery. NC-17ish. Femslash. 4,856 words. “Monday morning, Amelia Bones mused as she stood with her tea. There was little in the world she had less appreciation for than a Monday morning.” Written for dysfuncentine, for tetleythesecond’s prompt.

House of Comfort. Pomona Sprout, nameless ‘next gen’ Hufflepuff kidlings. G. Gen. 3,044 words. “Thus it was that even after centuries, the tradition of the Head of Hufflepuff House gathering the Hufflepuffs for a reminder of their importance would continue in the most comfortable common room in Hogwarts.” Written for hogwarts_houses.

Goddess of Fruit and Seed. Pomona Sprout, Minerva McGonagall, and Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank with a few slashes thrown in. Femslash. NC-17. Femslash. ~4,000. “Pomona always has her work cut out for her on Halloween. Thankfully she always finds the perfect helpers.” Written for samhain_smut for, I believe, kellychambliss’ prompt.

Faithful Friends Gather Near to Us. Uh…a large cast of mostly-Hogwarts-professors characters with some other humans and animals thrown in. Gen-ish (sprinkled fairly consistency with more pairings than I can count on two hands). ~16,300 words. “Christmas parties are as inevitable as the sun’s eventual return. Here is one such Christmas party in its entirety.” Written for jean_doe_27 as part of the hoggywartyxmas party.

Total Fics: Erm…I have no idea? Let’s go with 5 Harry Potter fics and way-too-many-to-bother-counting Emelan fics.

Looking back, did you write more fics than you thought you would this year, less than you thought, or about what you predicted?
Way more than I thought. I was sure that, with it being a year of my final uni exams and a dissertation, I wouldn’t get any writing done. Instead I got about 200,000 words (although that includes the dissertation).

Where did you publish/archive your stories?
Goldenlake (Tamora Pierce e-board) and Archive of Our Own. Occasionally writing to my writing ‘comm’ kiwi_calamus. I didn’t really publish/archive my HP stories and some other stories. Anyway, one to the TRS-fest, three were posted as part of a fest, and I believe I re-posted one of those.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in December 2010?
Amelia Bones/Tonks. I never really saw myself writing Tonks, especially not with Amelia. But the prompt called to me and then there it was. (With an OLSB pairing, too, because I just can’t help myself.) Oh, and it was dark-fic in a way, too, which had never been my writing gig before. Also, Briar/Daja/Sandry/Tris, since I never pictured myself writing four people boinking at the same time. Crazy!

What’s your favorite story this year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you the happiest.
Uhm. Well, I think as far as actually reading something and the reading bringing me happy feelings, I’d have to go with Faithful Friends Gather Near to Us, since that was the point of the story. But I also loved Goddess of Fruit and Seed for getting to bring plants into sex—and because it was fun to write.

Okay, NOW your most popular story.
House of Comfort, it seems, with 58 comments (including my responses).

Story most under-appreciated by the universe?
I don’t think any of them were. I mean, Inspection only got one comment, but it was from therealsnape and I wrote it for her and didn’t re-post it, which means 100% of the people I wanted to read it commented. That seems like a pretty good stat to me.

Story that could have been better?
Oh geeze. All of them, by a lot.

Sexiest story?
I’m going to go with Goddess of Fruit and Seed, ‘cause I spent a lot of time looking up the perfect flower to base those on and then studying up on my floral terms. I find science sexy, so knowing I had put some research into it made it sexier for me, at least writing it. (: I haven’t re-read it yet.

Most fun story?
Faithful Friends Gather Near to Us. I just let my imagination go wild with some of my favourite things, there, which meant that for all the time that I was writing it I was essentially partying with some of my favourite people. What more could I have wanted approaching Christmas?

Story with single sweetest moment?
I have no memory for fic, least of all my own. Hmm… I’m torn between House of Comfort with one of the moments in which Pomona worked to bolster her Hufflepuffs’ self-confidence, or Faithful Friends Gather Near to Us, which has a few moments that are sweet for me…but possibly most of all watching the ‘party dregs’ through Wilhelmina’s eyes. I love the quiet moments after a party, when people spend a bit of time appreciating the atmosphere and relax.

The story that made you cry?
Before this year, I don’t think a fic of mine ever made me cry. This year one of my short Emelan stories did. The Other Side made me cry. I tackled character death before in Postscript (a HP story), but that was in the heat of battle and with the touch of humour. While Other Side has humour (a little impossible to do Lark/Rosethorn without some), it’s the quiet, loving death…and it got to me. So that was interesting. I’d never experienced crying while writing before.

Hardest story to write?
Faithful Friends. In some ways it was the easiest, in that I had it all planned out and it flowed for me, but in others it was hard…because I knew I was writing what isn’t necessarily popular. It was long gen that didn’t cover a thick plot or Big Issues, beyond some quiet hinting; I kept flailing at featherxquill that I was at “x-thousand words of Nothing” and that it would be the Longest Story About Nothing that I had ever written. But strong female friendship and strong human-animal friendship tends to be what I love reading, and goodness knows I don’t find enough of it in popular literature…so I wanted to write it, thinking (and hoping) that JD would appreciate it, too.

Easiest story to write?
I’ve already mentioned how Faithful Friends was easy to write, so I’ll answer something else here. I think I’ll go with Goddess of Fruit and Seeds since, except for the whole ‘asldkfjalsdjf I have to start writing’ kerfuffle, it really came out of me with little fuss once I had started. I laughed and giggled and researched and wrote and thought, ‘gee, if they were all this easy, I’d be in fests constantly!’ But they are not all that easy and so I am not constantly in fests.

Most overdue story?
Faithful Friends. I was on extension even before I had it outlined, and once I saw it outlined I turned a bit paler and knew I had to email therealsnape because it was going to be Quite A Project, especially with the playlist that I wanted to create. But I did write it quite quickly in the end, I think. (If ‘fast writing’ made a writer good, I’d be one of the best.)

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
I took a risk in specifically writing a dysfunctional story, Mermaid Manipulation. I think I was going to end it even more dysfunctionally the first time around, without two of the characters discussing the events and ending in a greyscale How Will That Actually Work Out? But the (I believe suggested) ending I found I liked more. I learned that I can do dysfunctional—a bit, at least. Most of the time I avoid dysfunction in my fic because it’s not something I’m good with in fiction or real life, especially as much of it tends to come from a lack of communication or integrity, and I try to be Very Firm with communication and integrity in my life. Blurring the lines was a bit fun for a dysfunctional romp…but then of course I went and wrote Faithful Friends, which is pretty opposite. :B

Favorite Summary:
“Griselda sets out to right a grievous wrong. She has firm opinions on bias.” (Inspection.) Also the one from Mermaid Manipulation, but since that one’s the old one-of-the-first-lines trick, I won’t count it.

Favorite opening line:?
I’m tempted to go with ‘none of the above’ since I almost always hate my first line. Instead I shall go with the one from Faithful Friends: “Pomona’s fork stuck to her hand despite attempts to release it.” I don’t know how many of you have made wreaths, but back in high school I had to make one or multiple every year, and even with Goo-be-gone liquid (it had a very silly name that I can't recall), I would always end up very sticky. Even at lunch. That’s how I knew it was time for the winter festivities, when I couldn’t put my fork or chopsticks down without tugging.

Favorite closing line:
It is a tie for me between ““You don’t get to one-hundred and forty-seven by turning down drinks.”” (Inspection; the line touches my humour) and “So, Wilhelmina thought as Rolanda lay an arm over her shoulders, let it snow, let it snow…let it snow.” (Faithful Friends; it touches on my love for strong female friendships, winter, song, and snow).

Three favorite quotes:
I have no idea. I’d have to go read my stories again.

Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?
In 2011 all of my writing was for some sort of event: exchange, fest, deadline, SMACKDOWN, NaNo WriMo. I didn’t once just sit down with an idea I had on my own and write it; the closest I came was Inspection, so I appreciated that immensely. Combined with my ‘fret less’ resolution for writing, it may mean I shall, alas, have to fest less, too. I'm not sure I even know how to just have an idea and write it out any more. I also didn’t write much original fic—just the novel, which I write every year, and I didn’t finish it so I’ll have to continue working on that. So I guess, sadly, my fanfic goal for the New Year is to Write Less. I feel I am becoming a terrible fandom heathen, there… *Hides herself away.*

I also realise I just wrote this up instead of a Rowe reunion post. Dag nabbit! Ah well; there's always tomorrow. Back to multi-tasking.
therealsnapetherealsnape on January 23rd, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
Inspection was such a delight and a wonderful gift!
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on January 23rd, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it! I re-read it on a whim after posting this and giggled along as if reading it for the first time. (There are few cases in which having a shoddy memory is a life-plus: re-reading fic is one of them. A story becomes new again! Even if I was the one to write it!)