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Fic Year in Review

Less Is More, and Other Lessons in Healthy Adult Relations - Tony/Pepper
Being in a relationship requires Tony to try out all sorts of new things, like trust and honesty and commitment. None of those are nearly as frightening as the day Pepper dares him not to spend money on her birthday.

Madness, Mayhem, and Super Spies - Maria Hill, Phil Coulson
Five ordinary and not-so-ordinary days in the lives of Maria Hill and Phil Coulson, SHIELD agents extraordinaire.

Exciting Adventures in Cohabitation - Clint/Natasha
Clint and Natasha try to navigate the mundane problems of living together. Like how someone can't be bothered to pick up her damn socks, and somebody else keeps leaving empty milk cartons in the fridge.

Rise and Join a New Order - Clint, Natasha
Natasha Romanov is the Dark Lord's best assassin...until she's sent to kill the best fighter of the Order of the Phoenix, Clint Barton. A Harry Potter crossover.

The Pregnancy Scare - Tony/Pepper
Pepper Potts has made it thirty-five years without a pregnancy scare. Unfortunately, she's not going to make it thirty-six.

The Right Thing in the Wrong Way - Tony/Pepper
People don't ask why Pepper sticks by Tony as often as they should, and if they did, she probably wouldn't tell them the truth: that he's never left her alone on the one day she actually needs him.

Two Lies and a Bit of Truth - Maria/Steve
Maria Hill has a lot of back stories. One of them is even true.

Congratulations on an Excellent Kill - Natasha, Clint, Phil, Nick Fury
In which Natasha discovers that Hallmark does not in fact make a greeting card for every occasion.

Games We Don't Play - Joan Watson/Marcus Bell, Sherlock
In which Joan solves a murder, goes on an unexpected date, outwits Sherlock, and survives his highly questionable attempts at emotional support.

Star Trek
Christmas Adventures in Spacecraft Thievery
If family Christmas doesn't work out, "borrowing" a Starfleet shuttlecraft is the next best thing.

Six Scenes from the Life of a Bad Ass, Bald Navigation Officer - Ensign Darwin, Sulu, Pike
Six small stories to explain how Ensign Darwin (aka that awesome bald lady on the bridge) came to Starfleet and pursued command

Fourteen Days of Shitty Coffee - Spock/Uhura, Kirk, McCoy
Starfleet Medical has the worst coffee. Nyota would know - she drinks it every day Jim is unconscious. Contains spoilers for Star Trek: Into the Darkness.

A More Imperfect Union - Gaila/Kirk
Dishonesty and subterfuge are not a good basis for a relationship -- unless you're Gaila and Jim.

I seriously look forward to this all year!

Looking back, did I write more fic than I thought I would this year, less, or about what I'd predicted? I knew my output would drop this year. As RL gets busier, I have less and less mental space for fandom even though I enjoy writing as much as I always did. I wish that I had written more substantive stories, but my writing time this year didn't really allow for long, emotionally intricate stories.

What pairing/genre/fandom did I write that I would never have predicted in January? Joan Watson/Marcus Bell is pretty WTF, but a prompt caught my eye, and I ran with it.

What's my own favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes me happiest? This is totally random, but Rise and Join a New Order, the one where Clint and Natasha are members of the Order of the Phoenix. It makes me so happy every time I read it.

What is my most popular story? According to AO3 hits, it's Congratulations on an Excellent Kill, which is pretty WTF.

Did I take any writing risks this year? What did I learn from them? I learned that Elementary fic is fucking hard. And I thought BBC Sherlock was a pain to write...

Do I have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year? Continue to accept that I do not have the same mental energy for fandom that I had in the past. Do not judge myself as a writer because of it. I'm also hoping to finish my Carol Marcus-Dr. McCoy friendship story, and the really long Darcy/Bruce story that's been mouldering in my docs folder for over a year.

From my past year of writing, what was...
Best Story: The Right Thing in the Wrong Way, which is a Tony/Pepper story where Tony really tries to be there for Pepper on the anniversary of her brother's death. I really wanted to show that their relationship is not one-sided, and Pepper has good reason for staying with Tony.

Story Most Underappreciated by the Universe:
I have no particular expectation that the universe will appreciate my fic, but I am sorry that fandom hasn't embraced Maria Hill more. I love my competent, bad ass ladies, and it's depressing to know that when I write a story about her, very few people are going to read it.

Most Fun:
The aforementioned Rise and Join a New Order. I had so much fun figuring out how to fit Clint and Natasha into the HP universe.

Biggest Disappointment:
I wished that the Star Trek movie had been better received. I understand why people had problems with it, but I personally loved it, and I was really hoping for a big fic-splosion like we had after the 2009 film.

Biggest Surprise:
I almost deleted Congratulations on an Excellent Kill rather than posting it, so I was definitely not expecting it to be so popular.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: I don't think a single story changed my perceptions, but I've enjoyed getting to know Natasha this year. I used to be very intimidated by her, but when I think of her as an outsider who didn't have a normal life and isn't sure about normal relationships, she makes a lot of sense. In a weird way, writing about her is like writing about Gaila.

Most unintentionally revealing story: This year, I didn't write anything that was secretly about me. I know what it feels like to be an outsider, and that comes through in my characterization of Natasha. I also know being called "intimidating" and "bitch," and that comes through in my characterization of Maria. But none of my stories about those women really have much to do with my life.

Best Opening Line
Pepper tells people just enough about her past to make them feel like they know her, but never so much that they actually do. (The Right Thing in the Wrong Way

Best Closing Line:
"I don't want you to be anyone other than who you are. Now let's catch some pirates." A More Imperfect Union

Best line from anywhere:
Here, have a whole passage...

When Fury offered her the job at SHIELD, active combat and covert ops, she said, "I assume, sir, that you did not somehow overlook my vagina when you decided to offer me this position."

Fury made a barking noise that might have been a laugh and looked at the bland and impeccable man behind him.

"Agent Coulson, make a note that Hill has a vagina."

"Duly noted, sir," Coulson said with a twinkle in his eye. "Do we give a shit about whether people have a vagina?"

Fury's smile was like a gash in his face. "We didn't last week. Has there been a memo this week?"

"One moment, sir, let me check." Coulson flipped through the papers in his folder. "No, sir, no memos about vaginas. Official SHIELD policy is still that we hire the best people for the job. Welcome to the team, Agent Hill." Two Lies and a Bit of Truth

This year's theme and the story that demonstrates it most: I wrote a lot of stories about seemingly mismatched couples finding ways to make their relationships work -- basically, every Tony/Pepper and Clint/Natasha story. There was also an ongoing subtext of people not quite being sure how to make normal friendships and normal lives work, which is most prevalent in my Natasha stories.
How did I miss so many of these? You wrote a Harry Potter/Avengers crossover!!! :D

*scrambles off to read fic*