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December 27th, 2007


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2007 Fic Year In Review

I wasn't planning to post this until after the New Year, on the theory that I might get something else finished and posted by then. I now realize that's not going to happen; even if the current fic (a holdover Numb3rs story from September *g*) gets done this coming weekend, it wouldn't be beta'd in time to be a 2007 story. So I'm just going to post this now.



stories i wrote this year:

In chronological order (completed, or standalone series fragments):

1. Coming To Terms (The Sentinel)
After ten years of friendship, there are still things Jim hasn’t told Blair.

2. Fire and Water, Redux (Stargate SG-1)
The wave of heat and the scream hit him both at once. (deathfic challenge for jedibuttercup)

3. Shiny Daniel Trap (Stargate SG-1)
Reason one thousand and twenty-seven why Daniel is not allowed to touch things off-world. (Humorous deathfic challenge for maevebran)

4. Love Is As Strong As Death (Angel)
Codifying the physics of the soul. (Deathfic challenge for lizamanynames)

5. The End Ahead, the Enemy Behind (Stargate SG-1/Stargate Atlantis)
Double answer to the deathfic challenge: Jack O’Neill to die of Rodney McKay, and Rodney McKay to die of his own heroism. (For lizamanynames and krysalys)

6. Breaking Point (House)
House pushes Wilson just a little too far. (deathfic challenge for mistraltoes)

7. By the Manner of His Death (Harry Potter)
”To Percy Weasley, who redeemed a boring life by the manner of his death.” (deathfic challenge for amberdulen

8. Because I Could Not Stop For Death, pt. 1 and pt. 2 (CSI/Sandman)
I didn’t realize Grissom has a type, until I wrote this fic. Sara, Lady Heather, Death. . . . (deathfic challenge for kerravonsen)

9. Alms For The Poor (Numb3rs)
”It's just a student crush,” Charlie says. “That's it. As long as it doesn't interfere with her work, whoever she is, she can send me all the anonymous letters she wants.” Except that it isn't just a crush, and Charlie may not be the one in danger....

10. Holy Saturday (midrash fic)

11. Resurrection Sunday (midrash fic)

12. Shiny Daniel (sequel) (Stargate SG-1)
Daniel returns from his . . . sojourn. *g*

13. My Adopted Big Brother (The High School Hero Remix) (Stargate SG-1)
What might have happened to mini-Jack after the events of “Fragile Balance.” A remix of stargatebabe’s fic Adopted Kids Are Chosen.

14. Sua Sponte (“of their own accord”) (Numb3rs, AU)
There is an accident during the transportation of two prisoners. This is the aftermath. Post-“The Janus List”

15. Well-Sorted (Harry Potter)
The Sorting Hat and Snape have a conversation. Set during Deathly Hallows.

16. Day Has Gone Down (Numb3rs)
Megan isn’t dealing well with the events of “The Janus List.”


my new WIP's were:

Just one. If feliciakw and sarcasticval have their way, at any rate, the first scene of a powers!Dean fic (Supernatural) that I wrote from sarcasticval’s prompt will become a full-fledged case story with some hefty h/c.

I also worked on my unfinished WIPs from years past:

Harry Potter/CSI: What Is Truth? (unfinished, as yet)

As well as a couple of longer fics that I worked on but did not post any portion of:

The Sentinel/Numb3rs case story, recently titled “A Net Cast Forth”

The Sentinel case story, "Senseless" (NaNo novel, working title)

my favorite story of the year. not the most popular, but the one that makes me happiest:

Sua Sponte (“of their own accord”)

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

my best story:

Day Has Gone Down

story most under-appreciated by the universe:

both midrash stories, but I kind of expected that

most fun:

Well-Sorted

most disappointing:

The Percy Weasley fic, By the Manner of His Death. The prompt (from amberdulen) was “kill Percy Weasley with a goldfish,” which should have been humor. Instead, my brain went to the darkest place I think it ever has, in fic. I don’t appreciate that, Muse!

story with single sweetest moment:

Coming To Terms is chock-full of sweet moments, but I’d have to pick the ending, I think:

Gina sighed, a long, slow, contented breath. Then she turned her head against Blair’s and whispered in his ear, as if it were a secret, “Hey. We have a son.”

story with most interesting idea:

Well-Sorted

hardest story to write:

Day Has Gone Down (the story’s not even 5,000 words, and it took me 3 months to write!)

easiest story to write:

Alms For The Poor

most unintentionally telling story:

Day Has Gone Down

most "OHMIGOD HEY *I* WROTE THAT" fanon-turned-canon moment:

Arranged transport crash/escape for Dwayne & Colby, Sua Sponte (“of their own accord”); echoed as a plot point in Numb3rs’ season 4 premiere.

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

I think I wrote about what I predicted—which is odd, considering that I figured it would be much harder to make the shift from mostly fic to mostly original writing. Maybe I finished less than I hoped.

what pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in january 2005?

I wrote a fic that I knew would be AU when I wrote it (Sua Sponte (“of their own accord”)). That’s a first for me.

what's your favorite story of the year?

Again, I’m in too many fandoms to pick just one.

Top marks go to:

consumes thee in this den (Supernatural) by arliss

And here are the runners-up:

Bless Me, Father (Supernatural) by dodger_winslow

Gray (Stargate SG-1) by kalquessa

Prodigal Son (Supernatural /Grey’s Anatomy) by dodger_winslow

Fugitive (Numb3rs, AU) by Zubeneschamali

Wonderful Tragic Mysterious (Harry Potter) by cesario

Accidents Will Happen (Supernatural) by holli

Seed Pearls (Doctor Who, zepplin-verse), by honorh

did you take any writing risks this year?

Well, I started my first story in the horror (well, horror/action) genre: a spec script for Supernatural.

I wrote my first ‘shippy fic (Day Has Gone Down is Larry/Megan), and my first fic containing an “onscreen” romance between a canon character and an OC I created (Coming To Terms, though the fic is gen/friendship, not het).

what fanfic or profic goals did you make last year, and how did you do in meeting them?

These are my goals from last year:

Fanfic: write less of it, putting more energy into specs/profic. (Yeah, right. My muse likes fic, so we’ll see.) Finish rough draft of Senseless, revise by myself and with a beta, maybe eventually contact a ‘zine for publication. Work on N3/TS crossover, which is still eating my brain. Stay away from ficathons, except for the Finish-a-thon.

I did 3 ficathons (Multifandom Lyric Wheel, Gen Remix, and the Finish-a-thon), so avoidance worked a little bit. *g* Didn’t manage to finish “Senseless”; did write some more on the N3/TS crossover ( “A Net Cast Forth”), but it’s nowhere near completion.

Profic: finish CSI spec, and rewrite according to notes from my writer’s group (which has 5 hardcore fans of the show, fortunately). Plot and/or write a couple of different specs (Medium, Numb3rs, Supernatural. . . ?). Return to working on movie, finish first draft.

I did finish my CSI spec. I’m still working on the rewrite, though. I’ve plotted a Supernatural spec, and am reworking the plot at the moment (I got derailed from this project twice, once because the show itself stole my first idea, and once because someone in my writer’s group didn’t like it). Not much to show on the movie, although my writer’s group is leaning on me to finish it.

Set aside at least two evenings per week to work on profic, or if I’m stuck on those projects, on fanfic. The point being to make time for the craft instead of just using the cracks around my work and social life and TV watching.
I did pretty well on this. And I shall strive to do better in the New Year, because at least trying to set time aside seems to have a positive effect on my productivity.

do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the new year?

Profic: finish CSI spec rewrite according to notes from my writer’s group, and polish it to the point where I can submit it for the Disney Fellowship this coming July. Write complete first draft of my movie, dammit! Fix the plot of my Supernatural spec; finish writing it. Find plots for a couple of other TV specs (Numb3rs, Bones, House).

Set aside at least two evenings per week to work on profic, or if I’m stuck on those projects, on fanfic. The point being to make time for the craft instead of just using the cracks around my work and social life and TV watching.

Fanfic: write less of it, putting more energy into specs/profic. Finish at least one of my longer projects. Finish that darn TS AU short fic (you know the one, feliciakw). *sigh*

Maybe, figure out what I’m doing, still in fandom but unable to be fully committed because of RL projects. This is getting a bit frustrating, actually. . . .


Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Carry On My Wayward Son" (in my head)

(27 lit candles | Light a candle)

Comments:


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From:kalquessa
Date:December 27th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's a lot of fic. I haven't had a chance to go through all of this, but I thought you'd want to know that at least some of the links at the top are not working (haven't tried anything like all of them, yet, so not sure if they're all afflicted or not).
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
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Okay! Thank you for the tip-off; someday I will remember that while LJ's "preview" features will tell me if it doesn't like my user tags, it doesn't know that it can't handle "special quotation marks" from my word processor here at work. *sigh*
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and: fixed! All of them, I think. :-)
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 27th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Oh, and thanks for the pimp! *beams*

Dude, that one of cesario's with Luna and young Dumbledore? Dude! Duuuuude! *flails incoherently*

Also, I rather like the Percy deathfic, for some reason.

*goes away to read more links*
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, there was no way to keep that cesario fic off my list. It's amazing.

And I only pimp good fics, so... :-)
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 27th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
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And I only pimp good fics, so... :-)

*beams some more*

I started reading your Numb3rs fic! Despite your efforts to distract me by reccing Potterfic and Whofic! Ha!
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
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*dances*

I've been wanting and waiting for you to read my N3 fic. But only do it if you want to! :-) (And given how long that Whofic is, I'm mildly astonished you're reading my Numb3rs stuff yet. Or maybe that's why? *g*)
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 27th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I actually started reading your N3 last night. The you posted this and I was like "Whofic! Oh, wow, that's...kind of long. Should probably read more of Izh's N3 fic before I let that thing into my brain, or there will be no more room. But first! Potterfic with Luna!"
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 28th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Best thing about that Potterfic? The summary, where the author says: "Dumbledore/Luna. WAIT WAIT DON'T RUN." I laughed my behind off. And then went and read it.
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 29th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that cracked me up. And it works so bizarrely well!
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From:amberdulen
Date:December 27th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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I dunno, I liked the Percy fic, but then I'm okay with fratricide. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Hee! It was just weird; deathfic'll write, but fratricide and partner betrayal make me cringe and I won't read them, so writing one was...an experience, thank you. *g*

Glad you liked it, anyway. I was surprised at how easy it was to write.
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From:amberdulen
Date:December 27th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
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I cringe at partner betrayal too, which is why I never got into Journeyman. Killing family members, though, I'm on that like angst on Hamlet.

Would you say it was...suspiciously easy? ^._.^
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I cringe at partner betrayal too, which is why I never got into Journeyman.

Buh? I've seen almost all of this show (I think I missed one episode in the middle somewhere), and I don't recall any partner betrayal. There were some unfortunate words and moments exchanged between various parties, but nobody has compromised their marriage or anything, much less something that I would actually call "betrayal."

Now I want to know your thoughts! :-)

I'm on that like angst on Hamlet

*dies* Best. Description. Ever. *saves in brain for future use*
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From:amberdulen
Date:December 28th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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Well, from the way the first episodes went, it seemed like they were setting up the dramatic arcs to go one of two places: either he's reunited with his lost love, betraying his wife (with his brother conveniently there to step into her romantic plotline), or he stays with his wife and never recovers his one true love--he doesn't get the girl. Neither of those seemed satisfying to me, so I didn't bother getting too invested in the story if it was bound to end either in adultery or lifelong disappointment.

In general, I think if Livia had been his sister or something, I'd have tried a little harder to stay awake through the show. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 30th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
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Well, from the way the first episodes went, it seemed like they were setting up the dramatic arcs to go one of two places: either he's reunited with his lost love, betraying his wife (with his brother conveniently there to step into her romantic plotline), or he stays with his wife and never recovers his one true love--he doesn't get the girl.

Ah! I remember having the very same thoughts...I only kept watching because a friend told me to, and he has nearly-impeccable taste in television. They didn't go in either of those directions, which I thought was a feat in and of itself; as of now, there's a bittersweet working relationship between Dan and Livia, not quite fraternal, but as close as they'll ever get, and the other storyline was resolved without anyone betraying anyone. Complicated, yeah; but I'm impressed at the way it was handled.

Too bad the show is apparently not coming back. *sigh*
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 27th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I read it as a prank gone wrong, so it would only be accidental fratricide, but now you make me think...you know what? No. Not listening. La, la, la, it was an accideeeeent!
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
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It was deliberately ambiguous, mostly because (like Ron) I did not want to know. Nope. Don't tell me, twins, because I like you, and I do not want to know if this was intentional. Seriously. No.
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From:jd3000
Date:December 27th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Have no comment but that your choice of mental music is fantastic.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I just recently heard this song for the first time, and fell in love with it instantly. With every bit of it. And now I want to hear more of Kansas' music.
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I just recently heard this song for the first time,

I was wondering. We'll have to talk, because I have my own nostalgic/visceral reaction to the song. :-)

Must. Discuss.

And now I want to hear more of Kansas' music.

You got a phonograph handy? 'Cause that will give you the historical listening experience. ;-)
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Well, technically, I heard it at ComiCon, because the Supernatural panel had what was basically a music vid done by the production team to that song. :-) But yeah, it's only been recently that I've heard it without distractions, and that's when I fell for it (though its tie to the Winchesters in the "Salvation" recap didn't hurt AT ALL).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Their other huge hit is "Dust in the Wind", which is a more melodic, somber, folky tune, but my favorite has to be "Wayward Son." I was obsessed with it for about a month earlier this year.

And dude, if you're getting into classic rock, there is SO much unbelievable music I can recommend as good as "Wayward Son."

-JD
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From:jd3000
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Their other huge hit is "Dust in the Wind", which is a more melodic, somber, folky tune, but my favorite has to be "Wayward Son." I was obsessed with it for about a month earlier this year.

And dude, if you're getting into classic rock, there is SO much unbelievable music I can recommend as good as "Wayward Son."

-JD
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 28th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
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And now I want to hear more of Kansas' music.

I managed to track down a "best of" Kansas CD a while back, because I was trying to find a copy of "Dust in the Wind" which I absolutely adore (even despite the fact that it was over-used on Highlander, I loved it before Highlander existed). And that CD has "Carry on My Wayward Son" which, interestingly enough, I associate with Blake (of Blake's 7). But then I've never seen Supernatural, and I'm not sure I want to, since it could be too horror/gory for my taste.
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 28th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
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I won't try to talk you into watching Supernatural, since I myself was pulled somewhat reluctantly to the show (*throws a pointed look at izhilzha*). I will say that I'm not particularly fond of certain types of horror either. Gore for the sake of gore is not my thing. I've never been interested in slasher movies. I'm more of a "spook" movie person, movies where it's what you don't see that's scary, where atmosphere and scares are the result of camera work, music, lighting, acting, etc.

That said, though, Supernatural is more than the horror. For me, it's all about the brothers. And some of the "case" storylines (often based on urban legends) are really solid and suspenseful and creepy.

Character-wise, I don't think I've ever met a character as deeply angst-ridden (and yet constantly jovial) as Dean Winchester. And younger brother Sam, quite the reluctant ghost hunter in the pilot ep, has a complexity all his own. Add in some really great supporting characters, and I'm quite pleased with my latest fannish interest. (Obviously, or it wouldn't be an interest, now, would it.)

Someone once called SPN "Buffy for guys." There are also some very strong similarities to X-Files. The creator I think called it "Star Wars in truck stop America." A ghostbusting road trip, you might say.

I'm also aware that a lot of the TS fandom migrated over to SPN when the show came on. In some ways, SPN canon is what the TS fandom was looking for.

If you get an inkling to check it out, I do suggest the Pilot ep. It gives the backstory, and as far as Pilot eps go, it's very solid as far as the acting and storytelling go.

Otoh, if none of the comparisons above strike your fancy, that's understandable, too.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 28th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC)
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I think I have too many other fandoms that I have to catch up on (out of self-defence): Firefly, Farscape, Numb3rs and the later seasons of Stargate. And what do I do instead? I watch Doctor Who.

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