Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted? I wrote more than I thought I had, but not as many substantial stories as I have in the past. Many stories were really just comment fic or 1K fic written for fests. I understand why though. Buying a house and getting my boyfriend moved in were pretty distracting, and toward the end of the year, my Star Trek inspiration had begun to wane.
What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January?
I wasn't expecting to fall so thoroughly in love. In the past, the shows I loved all had large ensemble casts and some element of science fiction, fantasy, or the supernatural. Sherlock definitely doesn't fit that bill
Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them? Letting go of Star Trek and participating in other fandoms was frightening at first, but I am glad I did it. Writing my big bang was also a risk, and I learned how to push through long stories, but I also learned that I do not enjoy writing AU's or adapting movies. And maybe also that you are not actually obliged to finish something just because you've written 5,000 words of it.
Leitmotif of the year: Hm. This is a little harder to answer this year than it has been in the past, but I continue to write many stories that put women in the spotlight. Thematically, I have written more stories than I realized about people handling difficult relationships with their families, and many of those are my best stories this year.
Most unintentionally telling story: Lucky in This Life, which fits the theme of challenging family relationships.
Most fun story to write: Certainly A Velociraptor-Free Workplace.
Hardest story to write: As Clever Does proved challenging because my recipient's request included several characters I'd never written before. I had a few false starts, and when I finally had an idea I liked, it was difficult to make all the sections fit together.
Easiest story to write: Five Times Gaila and Sulu Saved Each Other was over 12K, but I began it with a very clear idea, and most of it came out the way I wanted it to on the first draft.
Best story of the year: I'll call it a tie between Five Times Gaila and Sulu Saved Each Other and Lucky in This Life.
Truest story of the year: I Hope It Was Fast
Biggest disappointment: No new Star Trek in 2012.
Biggest surprise: I was not expecting No One's Bait to do as well as it did. In fact, I wrote it for a comment fic fest and then decided it was too hideous to post, so it lived in my WIP folder for more than a month. Finally, I forced myself to post it at some godawful hour of the morning on Thanksgiving because I was sure no one would see it then.
Favorite opening line: The night Draco took the mark, Narcissa dreamed of killing the Dark Lord. A Mercy Even as the Darkness Hardens
It took Hikaru nearly a whole day to figure out his mother was probably dead. Lucky in This Life.
Favorite closing line: This isn't exactly one line, but it's definitely the best ending I wrote this year. It's from a story about Hermione going to find her parents, who don't remember her, at the end of the war.
“It's alright," her mother said, and for the first time, her voice was the same as Hermione remembered from her childhood... “Please say you're ours. I've missed you so.”
Hermione fell into her mother's open arms.
“I am yours,” she whispered. “Always.”
All Roads (Eventually) Lead to Home
Favorite line from anywhere: Am I bad for having more than one?
Narcissa remembered Lily Evans and Alice Longbottom. They'd say she'd chosen wrongly, but she was the only one here to raise her son. A Mercy Even as the Darkness Hardens
People look at James Tiberius Kirk all the time -- he makes sure of it -- but he never looks at anyone he can't fight or fuck, and that's okay by him. No matter what he misses. The Most Convenient Definitions
Maybe, Sulu thought, he could go hang out with Spock. “My mother died too,” he'd say, and they could both be logical about death together. Lucky in This Life
Goals for next year
*Continue improving the quality of my titles and opening lines.
*Continue to improve my understanding that the number of comments a story receives is not necessarily a reflection of its quality.
*Continue to write in new fandoms, but come back and visit Star Trek sometimes too.
*Re-acquire my ability to write short, meaningful ficlets and substantial stories that are a little shorter than my current 4-5K average.