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A Fic Year In Review - 2012

Is it New Year's Eve?  It is!  I almost forgot about it, honestly.  It has been a busy week.  I may post on all the shenanigans later.

But for now, as per tradition, this means it's time fo another ic Year In Review.


I basically didn’t get around to any of 2011’s Xmas prompts until 2012.

Xmas Giftfics 2011 Part 1
This one was the Fifth Act cross-dressing one.

It was a fun, but I have to say, it was around this point I started to get a little bit tired of writing Cloud cross-dressing fics.  Never tired o readin it, never that, but I’m just about out of ideas on how to keep playing on this trope.  

Xmas Giftfics Part 2
This included immortal!Ciel (Kuroshitsuji) and Cats the Musical

I had waaaay too much fun with both of these prompts.  I’m actually really fond of the immortal!Ciel one, although admittedly the inclusion of real people (or rather, celebrity characters based on real people) felt a little odd.  This is why I’ve never been able to get into real person fic – or even very many fandoms based on live-action. Comic book movie fandoms are pretty much the only exception to this, and this is probably because the characters greatly overshadow the actors.

Cats the Musical one resulted in me developing a conspiracy about Mr Mistoffoles which is now my new personal head canon.

Xmas Giftfics Part 3

Another Witchmaker Duran epilogue, happy AU epilogue to Dear Kunsel, Fifth Act ficlet where young Cloud discovers the true identity of his ‘uncle’.

On the first one, it was really, really odd revisiting such an incredibly old fic.  My writing style has change a lot for the better, I hope), and it was something of a genre hop too, since Another Witchmaker was overwhelmingly romantic comedy and this prompt called for something more sombre.  Duran POV as well.  I am so terribly glad I chose to write that entire fic in Angela POV.

On the second, I had some misgivings about writing even a giftfic fill for Dear Kunsel, since I felt like it took away from the ending a little, but in the end guilt won out, and it was nice to write that scene.

I liked the Fifth Act ficlet too, although I had the feeling that I was still writing Cloud as a barely-twelve year old and not a fourteen year old.


Xmas Giftfics Part 4

This was ‘prequel’ to Allure of Honey, i.e. Duodecim edition, dealing with the Duodecim-specific cast.

I’d actually already toyed with the idea of writing this when Duodecim came out, so the prompt was a welcome excuse.  I don’t think it’s nearly as good as Allure of Honey turned out, but it was still a lot of fun to write.

Xmas Giftfics Part 5

Fifth Act and Fallacious Deity crossover.

Fallacious Deity was a weird fic for me in that I liked the concept a lot, but I didn’t feel like I really hit my writing stride with it until the fic was almost over.  So it was a big surprise to get any kind of prompt request for it – and even odder to get a crossover request!  It felt very meta, somehow.  It’s a universe I could easily write a lot more in though, if I ever got around to it… I do suck at the whole ‘sequels’ thing.


In March I finally grew tired of writing prompt fills and moved on to a new fic.

That new fic was Dissidia: Second String.

Dissidia: Second String, Round 1

Dissidia: Second String, Round 2

Dissidia: Second String, Round 3


Dissidia: Second String, Round 4

Dissidia: Second String, Round 5

Dissidia: Second String, Round 6


Dissidia: Second String, Final Round

Dissidia: Second String, Bonus Round

These were a series of connected ficlets, exploring what Dissidia might have been like if the cast were made up by th second ost significant character in their respective Final Fantasies (disqualifying Duodecim appearances such as Yuna, Kain and Tifa.)  The format was a little lazy – it was my attempt at making dealing with such a large cast more manageable, not really sure it was at all effective.  Either way, not many people read it, so I have no idea if it worked or not.  (Or maybe people did read it and it didn’t work and they were simply too polite to say?)  Another thing I’ve discovered is that when writing Dissidia fic I have a weird habit of cutting away the actual battle scenes.  Thinking on it, I realised this is entirely because I was thinking of it like writing cutscenes before and after the gameplay sections in Dissidia.  Dammit, brain!


The rest of the year more or less just belonged to Beloved.

Beloved, Prologue

Beloved, Chapter 1

Beloved Chapter 2

Beloved Chapter 3

Beloved Chapter 4


Beloved Chapter 5

Beloved Chapter 6

Beloved Chapter 7

Beloved Chapter 8


Beloved Chapter 9

Beloved Chapter 10

Beloved Chapter 11


Beloved Chapter 12

Beloved Chapter 13

Beloved Chapter 14

Beloved Chapter 15

Beloved Chapter 16


Beloved Chapter 17

Beloved Chapter 18

Beloved Chapter 19

Beloved Chapter 20


November was a scarce month!  Thinking back, there was a lot going on November, so that was probably why.  Ouch!

Beloved Chapter 21


Beloved Chapter 22

Beloved Chapter 23

Beloved Chapter 24
Last Beloved chapter of the year!  Only maybe three to four chapters left of this.  It’s already longer than it was supposed to be.  I originally planned for it to max out around 18 chapters.  Whoops.

I still don’t quite know how I feel about Beloved – I was definitely unfocused while writing it, if I could go back in time there’s a lot I’d do differently.  It grew a little bit more organically than normal – but in that sort of wild weed way, where you are only barely controlling it and it looks kind of pretty when it flowers but you can’t quite forget it’s a weed and there are meant to be other things growing there but it’s all out of your control really, short of ripping the field up and starting again.  I'm glad I decided to take the plunge and use a beta for it because it needed it and has helped keep it on track.  In any case, I am fond of it on a chapter-to-chapter basis, but as a whole?  Not so sure.  Probably won’t know until I post the last chapter.

Xmas Gifts 2012 Part 1

The first time in a long time I have actually been remotely punctual with even a couple of Christmas giftfics.  This one included yet another Fifth Act spinoff (though this one a further spinoff from a previous prompt), a Fallacious Deity spin off (which I totally cheated with since I had a tiny block of dialogue already written to expand upon), and a straight up Dissidia prompt which spontaneously made me decide to ship Warrior of Light and Cloud, because… well, I don’t actually have a good reason.  It made sense in my head at the time.  I might have been tipsy on too much Christmas booze.  I had an errant thought that WoL was a bit like Sephiroth and ran with it.

This set wound up being a bit melancholy overall though.  Don’t know how that happened.  I’ve been writing moody and dark fics all year, but I’ve not been depressed or anything, which is the usual source of moody fics.  I need to look at injecting a bit more crack back into my writing before it becomes oppressively heavy.

So that's it for the year!

Total Year’s Output: pprox 110,000 words.

Up from last year!  I have reversed the downward trend, success!  And this is only counting posted fic.  If I can keep it around this level I will be happy.

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

About what I predicted, although I posted somethin every single month.  This is the first time I’ve done that since I first started doing Fic Years in revie back in 2008.

Then again, that year was just stupid.  It’s insane now that I look back at it.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2012?

There weren’t actually any surprises here at all – I’d had the Dissidia idea rolling around in my head before even Duodecim, and a Genesis/Cloud fic since somewhere near the end of The Fifth Act.  The only real surprises were in the Christmas giftfics, but those don’t really count.

What’s your favourite story of the year?  Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest.

There aren’t exactly many to choose from!  Beloved, I guess.  Although I was also really fond of the Kuroshitsuji giftfic.

Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?

Want to square awa Beloved and also get through as many of the Xmas prompts as I can before I lose momentum.  After that, I have an Avengers one-shot which is something like 70% finished that has stalled.  And a couple of others FF7 fics I’d like to write, at which point I feel like I will have fulfilled all of my wishes in that fandom.

This is the part where I as you uys for feedback.  Concrit, favourite/least favourites and why, posting suggestions, writing methodology discussion, anything you feel like sharing should the urge strike you.  If not, thanks for another year!


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Dec. 31st, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Wow. I look at this list and feel like I've accomplished nothing. I also feel incredibly guilty for not reviewing in what has to be weeks if not months. *whistles innocently*

Anyway, I've really enjoyed Beloved and find it refreshing since it trolls through a time period I normally avoid. The idea of Genesis/Cloud is also very intriguing after The Fifth Act. Still rooting for Kunsel to show up though. :)

As for Dissidia fic, I haven't read it mostly because I've barely started the game. It got bumped down in my gaming pile after getting copies of FFXIII and Theatrhythm. I figure that I'll get around to it and the stories eventually.

So in summary, thanks for writing, looking forward to more, and have a nice new year.
Jan. 1st, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
Heh, it's odd, because I look at this list and also feel like I've accomplished nothing sometimes. I love fanfic but it's really a guilty pleasure. Like looking at a list of all the chocolates you've eaten.

No Kunsel showing up in Beloved, dash your hopes now!

Dissidia is a fantastic game, I'm sure you'll like it. Happy New Year!
Jan. 4th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
love your fic, absolutely!
i fall in love with the fifth act, and before that all the other fic you wrote on ffnet, it was awfully annoying that ffnet did what it did, but i'm happy to still be able to read you fic, my latest crush is beloved.... thanks for sharing with us....
Jan. 4th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) Though in FFnet's defence, I haven't officially abandoned it because of any changes they've made. It's really just because LJ's a safe little corner of the internet for me, and I like the fandom on here enough on its own that it makes me lazy when it comes to cross-posting.
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Feedback? Well, I haven't read your Dissidia fics because have never played the game and I'm not familiar with most Final Fantasies, so at least half of the characters are a mystery to me. Sorry. :X

Same goes for some of your other fics; I really am not familiar with the fandoms/series.

They do sound cool, though!
Jan. 1st, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
Perhaps the case with a lot of people. Thanks for commenting though!
Dec. 31st, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well I only found your LJ page in November and discovered Beloved. Except for the last couple chapters I read it all in one sitting. I have to say so far as a whole I enjoyed it. Its entertaining to see an author's prospective on something because really I don't see the weeds at all as you put it. I just see the beautiful flower

Then again I am absolutely in love with Genesis and anything Cloud/Genesis so I might be a little jaded.

I am also entertained about the part of a cross dressing Cloud. I love reading those stories but it can be hard to come up with a new and fresh reason to put him back in a dress. Is always entertaining at least.

I have to admit that sometimes commenting is a little awkward, because I'm the type of person that usually relates things I've done personally. I don't know how to do that here, with out sounding like I'm plugging my own stories to try and get you to read them (which I'm not) So I honestly can't say much else except I hope you have a great new year and thanks for all the wonderful stories!

Edited at 2012-12-31 05:54 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
Ahaha, I'm the opposite, I see nothing but the weeds! My opinion of the fic is nearly always lower than everyone else's. Probably for the best, really - it means I'll work harder at it.

Jaded - or do you mean biased? ;)

Feel free to comment however you like, or not comment, I never hold that against people because I can be awfully prone to lurking or awkward commenting myself. But thank you! Happy New Year to you as well!
Jan. 1st, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure I'm jaded, but biased works too :)

And I try and comment when I can. I'm a bit socially awkward (which is why I ended up explaining some of my flaws, trying to avoid pissing people off/annoying them) but I also crave social contact and meeting new people.

Sometimes there is just a lot I want to say from my own perspective as a writer, because that's something I know we have in common. But then I get terrified of coming across wrong.

Anyway I think I'm starting to ramble so I'm going to stop myself there.
Dec. 31st, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
I've already falling in love with your fanfiction.

Still, I hope to see some villain Cloudy fanfiction, I hate it when the author says Jenova take over Cloudy's body, I want to see Cloud turn himself to be a villain ;P

Jan. 1st, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Hahaha, guilty as charged of that trope myself! Villain!Cloud fanfic would definitely be cool, though, surely there's some already? I could have sworn I read at least one a couple of years ago.
Jan. 1st, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
Its short but I would consider this to be a good one as well
Jan. 1st, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
This has nothing to do with fic (though I'm sure it's awesome as astounding and admirable =P) but... Happy New Year to you, Sin! =D <3
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! Happy New Year! Keep being awesome in 2013~!
Jan. 1st, 2013 02:12 am (UTC)
*giggles* It is impossible to get tired of reading crossdressing!Cloud fics!
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:07 am (UTC)
It's a fun trope, no arguments there. All the more so because it's canon.
Jan. 1st, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
When I wanted to convince my friends to check FFVII out, ages and ages ago, I just brought up "the main character has to cross-dress at some point early in the game". BAM! Instant interest!

I do feel a little bad about spoiling that surprise, though.

But really, on hindsight, having to cross-dress your way into a brothel and everything involved in that mini-quest was a little hardcore for just a T-rated game. My parents likely would not have approved 13 year old me playing that game had they known...
Jan. 2nd, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
I can't believe how much has been written this past year by you Sin. I've always read your work and its great. Fallacious Deity, as much as you say you hadn't hit your stride till the end, was great from the first chapter. I would have responded to Dissidia second string, but unfortunately I haven't played the game yet so all of my knowledge off of the characters you mentioned were from playing some of the games or from reading fanfiction.

I can't wait to see your Avengers fic and I hope you never stop writing FF7 stories. You are simply amazing with the characters. I love your work and look froward to it every week! You are amazing!
Jan. 2nd, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your comments, both here and on all the fics!

Well, for the Dissidia fic none of the off-characters actually appear in the Dissidia game, just to raise the bar of entry that little bit higher. Seems to have been a common problem.

Thanks again and Happy New Year!
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