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A Fic Year In Review - 2010

What with having a fancy masterlist now, the usual Fic Year In Review probably doesn't have much the same point, but I'm a creature of habit.  So here it is!


January

The Fifth Act!  Continuing on from 2009.  Can you believe it's been that long?  The thing about longfic is it always feels like you only just finished them a month or so ago.

The Fifth Act (cont)
FFVII, genfic, time travel.
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25

February

I must have lost some steam and switched to weekly updates in Feb.  Bi-weekly updates are kinda insane as it is, I can't understand how I used to update daily on some fics.

Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29

March

Unsurprisingly, March was more Fifth Act.

Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33

April

What on earth was I doing in April?  I blame FFXIII.

Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36

May

And in May, finally finished The Fifth Act!  \o/  Wow, five months of fic right there.

Chapter 37
Chapter 38 + Epilogue

Even though I have in the past been trying to get better at short stories and brevity in general, I still enjoy longfic the best.  I love the slow and steady build up and gathering up all the loose threads you've been laying down throughout the story.  I like finishing things that have been on the boil for weeks or months.  The Fifth Act really was just one big adventure in self-indulgence and definitely had some room for improvement, but I think I improved a lot with it compared to some previous longfic ventures.

June

:O  No fic in June!  Post-longfic holiday I guess to refresh the mental palate.

July

Dear Kunsel
FFVII, gen. After Avalanche tries to blow up the Sector 5 Reactor, Cloud starts getting messages from a mysteriously well-informed stranger on his PHS.

This was a story I came up while working on The Fifth Act and my spontaneous fondness for the most unsung of minor characters in FFVII, Kunsel.  It's kind of a letter/e-mail fic, which I normally abhor, but unfortunately suited Kunsel perfectly.  I had a lot of problems with the pacing on this one, probably because of the unfamiliar format, and while I'm not satisfied with it, it holds a special place in my heart as all the experimental fics do.

August

August was lost to moving house and Manifest!

September

D:

October

D: D: D:

November

OH THANK GOODNESS.  I posted the first batch of Xmas Drabbles 2010 in November!

XmasDrabbles2010 Part 1
Featuring Natsume Yuujinchou, Eyeshield21, Harry Potter, Kuroshitsuji/Tenipuri AU, and FFVII Act V AU.  I was originally sure my flist was staunchly either Tenipuri or FFVII with a smattering of crossover between, but you guys sure showed me!  :|  MORE RULES NEXT YEAR  Mixed bag, I wasn't really happy with the job I did on the Kuroshitsuji/Tenipuri AU one, and the Eyeshield21 one felt sort of lazy and not really mine, fun though it was.

December

Of course, more Xmas Drabbles, which probably contained enough words all up to make up for the past few months of posting wasteland.  Seriously, there's 20,000 words in these things so far.

XmasDrabbles2010 Part 2
Featuring The World Ends With You, Tenipuri, FFVII... and most of them sequels to existing fics.  I am left wondering if maybe I should relax my 'no sequels' policy, but it just seems lazy after a while, and did I mention I like finishing things?  I am a selfish writer.  Was pretty happy with most of these, though secretly the FFVIIActV AU one is my absolute favourite and something I've wanted to write for a while.

XmasDrabbles2010 Part 3
Featuring FFX-2, Rurouni Kenshin, Eyeshield 21, Full Metal Alchemist and Hikaru no Go.  This was an interesting set - I'd never actually read any FFX-2 fic, but it turned out better than I thought it would (though this is from the eyes of someone who probably doesn't know the fandom well enough to make the judgement).  Revisiting RuroKen was both interesting and horrifying as those were some of the first fanfics I ever wrote.  It's kind of nice to see the improvement, but horrifically embarrassing that they were put on the net at all.  FMA was another brand-new-fandom-writing experience.  I had fun with the idea for the Hikaru no Go one but definitely dropped the ball on execution.  The importance of the editing process has been subsequently reinforced.

....And that's it!  Part 4 of the XmasDrabbles will likely be out either tomorrow or Sunday depending on how long this Summer cold lingers.


Well, that was the most boring and unvaried Fic Year In Review ever!

Total Year's Output: Roughly 110,000 words. Down again from last year, though this count is only posted fic which is some comfort.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Less, but I did do a lot more original work, and there was also a fair bit of fic work that didn't (and probably won't) get posted.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2008?
Almost anything of surprise came in the Xmas Drabbles which have become way too big I need to learn how to keep those shorter.  For example, I never ever ever thought I would wind up writing Harry Potter fic, much less Harry/Draco which isn't even a ship of mine.

What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest.
There's not much to choose from!  It would have to be The Fifth Act.  Even though there are a lot of things I wish I did differently and could have done better, I still think it's one of my best efforts yet.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
In terms of fanfic, there's one half done longish fic I want to finish soon, as well as the usual demanding plot bunnies.


Um, this is normally the point where I ask you guys for some concrit, but given that half the year was dedicated to one fic, asking about the best and worst has little point.  Bring on 2011!  \o/

Comments

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agentlerain
Dec. 31st, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
(I SAW YOU ON Y!M BUT THE MOMENT I SAID HI YOU LOGGED OFF. ;;)

Hi Sin! Bet when you read this, it'll already be 2011 so *squishes* you did so well this year with your extremely long fic which I'm sorry to say I still haven't finished since I don't know the fandom. ;; SORRY. (I'm apologising because I feel like I should read all your fic and I normally do, but this time I couldn't get myself to keep interest. ;;)

And the XMas drabbles! Sequels! And this half-done longish fic! Have you told me about this before, and am I just being forgetful or is this one of those SEKRIT SIN PROJECTS you casually mention and never reveal until finish? >:|

As always, no concrit since I TEND TO THIS ALL FIC IS MARVELLOUS. MAYBE CONCRIT IS TO SAY I HOPE WE'RE IN ONE FANDOM AGAIN SOON SO I CAN PLOTBUNNY YOU INTO WRITING SOMETHING FOR ME. :>

(Lots and lots of love from me to you by the way, Happy New Year and can you believe it's already been so fast?! It seems like only yesterday that I saw you last in Melbourne/Wai/last-last Melbourne. ♥ Looking forward to more meets soon. *squishes*)
sinnatious
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
Silly Y!M.

DON'T APOLOGISE, P-CHAN. I did try to drag you into the fandom but it is not to be! I keep telling you, you're definitely not under any obligation to read all my fic, I'm only sorry we're not currently sharing fandoms! But our friendship is strong enough without needing to share fandoms! *fistbump!* We're just that awesome.

Ah, half-done longfic is a FFVII one sorry, so I probably didn't bring it up! SEKRIT SIN PROJECTS are an entirely different kettle of fish. :D

Happy New Year to you too! Wow, yes, I got to see you twice last year! Both Wai and Manifest were such pure concentrated awesome and I cherish those memories, can't believe they were so long ago now! (And yet, so much has happened since!) Crazy times. May 2011 be filled with even more awesome!
agentlerain
Jan. 1st, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
*fistbumps back* ♥ OH DEFINITELY AWESOME. Any new year resolutions this year?

I AM STILL SORT OF WAITING FOR YOU TO SPRING A SCIFI NOVELLA ON US AND TO BE AMAZED. BUT YOU KNOW, NO PRESSURE. ♥

*_* I am being silly and hoping to catch you often this year, both online and in person! We talk so much about tripping, I forget, are you going to Manifest? Because I may not be able to make the Sydney concert (;;!) but I have been hogtied by Jenna into coming with everyone to Manifest again. (it wasn't very hard since there seems to be even more friends from Perth coming over too!) AND OF COURSE THERE IS JAPAN I AM STILL TRYING TO SWAY YOU INTO COMING WITH. ♥

I always cherish the moments. Ah, all jokes aside, Sin, I am so happy we're friends and so lucky enough to see each other a few times every year and it turning out so fun and awesome and HEE, YOU'LL BE IN AUSTRALIA FOR A BIT LONGER. ♥ TO MORE ADVENTURES TOGETHER!
sinnatious
Jan. 1st, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Too many! Lots of projects I want to finish (and some to start), and new things I want to learn. All of my resolutions seem to be career-related these past couple of years. ^_^; What about you P-chan? What resolutions aside from the perennial 'be more awesome'?

XD IF I EVER DO, YOU WILL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW. ♥

Hopefully! Though we got to meet up twice last year, not a bad effort! Shame about Sydney, but it's not April yet! :D I hope I'll be able to come to Manifest, though, can't see any reason why not at this stage! It's so far away, who knows. asfkljsalkjf, and I hope I can come with to Japan too! Tis a matter of getting the time off instead of money now. The unending struggle... That would be epiiiiiiic.

Same, P-chan! ♥ To more adventures! There are many more Ferris Wheels for us to curse!
firedraygon97
Dec. 31st, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Holy wow, you entertained us for over half a year with TFA, haha. I guess while waiting for updates, I don't really notice how much time has passed. Can't wait to see the new long-fic that's coming! FFVII ftw~

secretly the FFVIIActV AU one is my absolute favourite and something I've wanted to write for a while
Haha, glad I could provide such a vague prompt so you could write this!!

...and I totally forgot you're in summer right now. It's -22C for me. :O
sinnatious
Dec. 31st, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
While writing it, I didn't notice that much time passing either! Was kind of horrifying realising how little else I did last year. ^_^;

Ahaha, don't look forward to it too much, I don't want anyone to get raised expectations. It's just me writing selfishly for myself again.

Heh heh, thank you for your prompt! Sorry I kind of didn't keep to the intended spirit of it, but couldn't resist the opportunity~

Yup, Summer! TENNIS SEASON. :D So cold there! I can't even imagine those temperatures! Stay safe and warm!
killiara
Dec. 31st, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
I love Fifth Act, thank you so much for writing it. I'm such a Cloud fangirl at times, and I look forward to anything else you wish to write in that fandom!
sanctumsfw
Jan. 1st, 2012 09:31 am (UTC)
I know this isn't concrit, but I just have to say: thank you for writing the best gen FFVII long-fic I have ever read, hands down.
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