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My Year in Fic 2008: The Multi-Fandom Edition

So here it is.

Total Fics: 29

Er...I wrote 29 fics? Okay, that is more than I thought I had. Heck, that is more than last year. I've been saying for months I barely write a thing. Huh. Though, most of these fics are super short and only slightly longer than drabbles, whereas I used to write massively long fics all the time. Oh time. Where have you gone?

Stargate: SG-1

Passing the Torch: Every oddball has his lifeline to reality. Post-series. Drama. Daniel. PG.

Conspiracy Theory: Conspiracy is in the air. Post-series. Humor. Jack and Daniel friendship. PG.

One Last Dance: She saved him one last dance. S7 - spoilers for the same season. Dan/Jan. Angst. PG.

Lost to the Dark: As a surprise storm rages off-world, SG-1 and Janet Fraiser hunker down in an old shack and prepare to engage an enemy that is slowly stalking towards them. S5, S5 spoilers. Dan/Jan UST. Team. Drama. PG.

When The Time Is Right: The right time finally arrives. Post-series. Sam/Barrett. Ficlet. PG.

Desperately Seeking: She knew she shouldn't seek him out. Continuum Ficlet. Sam/Barrett. PG.

The Little Things: It's the little things in life we hold dear. Post-series. Cam/Sam. PG.

Forgotten Star: Sam and her team would endure. S8. Sam Whump. Team. PG.

Seeing Is Believing: Daniel would have never believed it if he hadn't seen it with his own eyes. S10. Daniel, Cameron, Teal'c. Humor. PG.


Long Fic

Long Road to Ruin: When Sam suspects Dean has been possessed by one of the legendary Grand Marquises of Hell, he must decide whether to cross the line to save him. Takes place before A Very Supernatural Christmas. Word Count: 18,766. A/A, Angst, Drama. Teen.

Out of the Fire: Five years after the events in No Rest for the Wicked, Dean awakens to a changed world. He finds himself reluctantly joined with a group of freedom fighters who have one goal – destroy the tyrannical reign of Sam Winchester no matter the cost. Word Count: 9,097. Angst, Drama. Teen.

Pandora's Box: After Sam opens a mysterious box, he and Dean find themselves battling the same bogey their father defeated sixteen years ago. As they fight alongside an unlikely ally to safeguard the town, Dean struggles to tie up loose ends in his life while Sam continues to search for a way to save his brother's soul. Word Count: 31,931. Gen/Horror, A/A, Angst, Hunt Fic

[Chapter 1] [Chapter 2] [Chapter 3] [Chapter 4] [Chapter 5] [Chapter 6] [Chapter 7] [Chapter 8] [Chapter 9] [Chapter 10] [Chapter 11]

Short Fic

Unfree Spirit: Whether in Hell or on Earth, their spirits can never be free. Word Count: 189. Angst. Missing Scene for Mystery Spot. Teen.

Man in the Mirror: Dean feels himself slipping. The worst part is he doesn't care. Word Count: 159. Angst. Tag for In My Time of Dying. Teen.

Affliction of the Soul: Even at the end, Sam is haunted by the Crossroad Demon's words. Word Count: 412. Angst. Tag for No Rest for the Wicked. Teen.

The World Is What You Make It: As Dean's time is running out, he takes a moment to stop somewhere unexpected and considers his next move. Word Count: 1,451. Angst. Vague spoilers for Time Is On My Side. Teen.

Huntin' Ain't Never Been So Shiny: Dean and Sam find something new to hunt. Word Count: 531. Crackfic. SPN/Twilight crossover. No Spoilers. Rating: General.

Duplicity: An encounter with a charmed stone leaves Dean with a changed Sam, and a terrifying new reality. Word Count: 3,665. Drama. Takes place after Sin City. Rating: Teen.

Awkward Growth Spurt: Dean gets stuck in a hairy situation. Word Count: 1,297. Season: Pre-series/Teen!chester Fic w/John. Drama, Humor. Rating: General.

When What is Good Becomes Bad: Sam had always taken their protection for granted; soon he knew Dean wouldn't have that luxury. Word Count: 252. Season: Late Season 3. Angst. Rating: General.

Magically Delicious: It's St. Patrick's Day and the brothers find themselves on a hunt that doesn't go exactly how they'd planned. Word Count: 1,271. Season: 3. Spoilers: A Very Supernatural Christmas. Drama, Horror. Rating: General.

Touched: Once again, Dean finds himself in the hands of fate. Takes place sometime after 4x02 on a random hunt. Word Count: 563. Season: 4. Spoilers: Are You There God? It's Me, Dean Winchester. Drama. Rating: General.

Bright Spots: John finds a way to make it through the day. Word Count: 200. Pre-series. Spoilers: None. Drama. Rating: General.

Living the Lie: It's much easier to live the lie. Word Count: 254. Early S4. Spoilers: Lazarus Rising. Drama. Rating: General.

Performance Anxiety : Dean's new situation brings with it problems, in more ways than one. (Dean/Jo). Sam, Castiel. Word Count: 7283. S4. Spoilers: Through Wishful Thinking. Drama, Humor. Rating: PG-13.


Monday Morning: It's just another Monday morning at the Daily Planet. S8. Clark/Lois UST. Double Drabble. PG.

Silent Exchanges: Sometimes the best gifts aren't the ones we're expecting. S8. Clark/Lois UST. Word Count: 1349. PG.

Dark Angel

Lost in the Moment: She brought him to a place he never wanted to leave. Alec/Rachel. Spoilers: The Berrisford Agenda. S2. Ficlet. PG

Mind Games: Alec is forced to confront his demons, whether real or imagined, when he takes a bet with Sketchy to stay in a haunted house overnight. Spoilers: Hello, Goodbye. S2. Word Count: 2,669. Drama. PG

My Favorite Stories of the Year:


Pandora's Box
Out of the Fire
Magically Delicious


Passing the Torch


Lost in the Moment
(No reason for liking this one. Just do.)

My Best Stories This Year:
I would go with my 3 Supernatural fics I just listed for this one. Magically Delicious was my best banter piece, Out of the Fire was the best dramatic piece (imo), and Pandora's Box for the plotted time travel monster hunt.

Stories most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:

My beloved Pandora's Box in SPN fandom. I slaved over that fic. Well, not really. But I put a lot of effort in getting it right. I am insanely obsessive on making the characters as true to their real selves as possible. As a plot intensive person, it's full of both character driven scenes and plot. It was also hard because I had to write John Winchester, who as much as I love, is also very hard for me. And time travel stories always give me a headache. But it ended up working. Unfortunately, it didn't go over well within the fandom, but it doesn't make me any less pleased with the story :)

Stories I Wrote That I Never Thought I'd Write:
OMG, Performance Anxiety for the Supernatural fandom. Dean/Jo? Are you kidding me? Wing!fic? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? But it was fun. And man, I needed fun so bad. I'm so writing more wing!fic in that universe even if it's just gen, but I know there will be more het too. Not that my normal fare in fic isn't fun, but there is a big difference when writing something completely for yourself and without restraint and writing meticulously to keep everything as canon bound as possible. It's just different ways of writing.

Also, I wrote two fics in the Dark Angel fandom. I never thought that would happen. The feedback I did receive was extremely flattering.

Most Fun Stories:

Hmm. I would say my humor fics in SPN fandom - Magically Delicious, Awkward Growth Spurt, and Huntin' Ain't Never Been So Shiny which was the SPN/Twilight crossover fic. That was just pure crack. I think the Clois fics and Conspiracy Theory were fun too.

Sexiest Stories:

LOL Really? I mainly write gen and when I do write some kind of ship or slash, it's so tame that it's hardly sexy. But this past year I guess I would have to say Performance Anxiety, by Dean/Jo fic. While nothing really happens in that fic, there was kinky wing stuff going on there for a minute. I guess that is as close as I can get.

Hardest Stories to Write:

The Dark Angel ones. I love that the canon for that show is open enough to do a lot of exploration, but at the same time I don't know it as well as other fandoms which makes my me worry about proper characterization, voice, and canon fact. It's still an interesting fandom to explore, though.

Easiest Stories to Write:

Honestly? I don't think any of them were easy this year. I've had so much going on that even writing fanfic was difficult. I think SPN probably was the easiest out of all of them only because the show is fresher in my mind right now. But because I am so focused on writing them as I see them on TV, it does take work to make sure everything is correct.

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

I keep saying over and over that I wrote very little in 2008, but when I complied the fics for this list I was surprised I wrote 29 fics. Now, I've written more in past years. Longer ones, too. Look at 2006, for example. That year was kind of insane. Most of these fics of 2008 are short ficlets. Some are drabbles. Some are short stories. i did manage a few longer fics, but it's really not what I used to do.

Did you take any writing risks this year?

The only risks I took was to write primarily in a new fandom. Most of my ideas for SG-1 are coming to a close, aside from the WIPs I have started. So that was a bit weird. I've dabbled in other fandoms before, but when you make a fundemental switch, it can be a bit jarring. In terms of style, no big changes. And I wrote wing!fic, but that's just insane.

Biggest Disappointment:

Well, I'll be honest. I've been disappointed that my SPN fanfic hasn't gone over well with the fandom. I think I write the characters well and that I have decent plots. I put a lot of work and love into the stories. They just don't grab a significant audience. It could be that people are nervous about a new writer, since I only started writing in the spring of 2008, or it could be that the stories I tell are not the stories people want to read.I think I got spoiled in SG-1 fandom with the feedback, recognition, and awards, even if I was never a BNF. So the fact that I have the inability to reach people in SPN has been discouraging. Doesn't stop me from coming up with ideas and writing them anyway, though LOL

Biggest Surprise:
Magically Delicious was nominated for a fanfic award. I'm proud of the banter in that story, but I never expected it to get a nomination considering how I'm a virtual unknown in that fandom.

Tied with that was the big surprise over the feedback I received for my Dark Angel fics. I've only written two fics but the feedback I received was flattering and I've received multiple requests to write more often in the fandom and also to write longer, plotty, more epic stories. I really didn't know how to respond to that considering I feel very shaky canon-wise in that fandom.

Do you have any goals for the New Year?

I'm not sure, really. I tink I'm just going to take a relaxed approach to fanfic this year. I want to work more on my original stuff and keep the fandom stuff for just sheer fun and hobby. No pressure :)


Up next - updating my Master Lists for my fics and my website. It's like a New Year's tradition for me LOL
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