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My very first Daily_Deviant post! :D Again, a pairing I hadn't written before. It was fun :D
Kinks/Themes Chosen: Thalpotentiginy (arousal by feeling warmth or heat)
Other Warnings: Blood Play
Word Count: 1400
Summary/Description: He, who had defeated death, he, who had brought the Wizarding world to its knees, he, who held more power than any other wizard, had one weakness. Bellatrix.
Author's Notes: Written for daily_deviant
I wrote a lot of new pairings this year, which I had intended to (I like rare pairs best, they're more of a challenge, I think) including some smut for the Lestrange brothers (I actually wasn't interested in them until I wrote His) and knowing how much I love my angst, I never expected I would manage to write something with humor in it (there's a little of it in Drunk, but mostly in Bad Elf)
What’s your favorite story this year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you the happiest.
That, I think, is a tie between Broken (I love the story, and really enjoy writing it) and With The First Ray Of Light (this was the first time that I completely lost control of the story and characters, and it was amazing discovering what would happen as I wrote it, and it has my very first original character, which makes me proud)
Okay, NOW your most popular story.
Well, that'll certainly be Saving Your Life (it still amazes me to go back and see how completely different my writing was three years ago) but Broken is probably the most popular of my 2009 stories.
Story most under-appreciated by the universe?
That, I'm afraid, would be With The First Ray Of Light. It's probably because it's a rare pair (Hermione/Kingsley) and add to it an OC and that will get most readers running the other way, unfortunately, but (warning:self-pimping ahead, the story needs it) it's a really nice story, with lots (and lots and lots) of plot and a structure that was rather hard to write, and has suspense and violence, and romance, and smut, and angst, and even a little fluff somewhere around there.
Story that could have been better?
As a whole, Saving Your Life. The older chapters need editing. But also His, I think I focused too much on the smut and could've added more to the characters, but then again, it was just meant to be a smutty oneshot...
That's maybe a tie between Drunk and Night Time Show
Most fun story?
That's definitely Bad Elf. I never thought I'd be able to write something funny.
Story with single sweetest moment?
I don't write many sweet moments, but I think the sweetest one (actually rather bittersweet) is Broken (the Hermione/Teddy interaction, though be warned, the rest of the story is quite angsty) and there's also the required bit of sweet-ish in Saving Your Life's epilogue.
The story that made you cry?
Well, no question there, Broken.
Hardest story to write?
There were quite a few. Mind Games was very hard to write because I usually write more angst than dark, and I had to be very careful to keep things (i.e. Rabastan) in line, I didn't want him to be over-the-top evil, and I wanted more of a mind-fuck than blood and gore. Bad Elf was hard to write, too. It was my first attempt at humour and I was damn worried it'd turn out annoying or weird instead of funny.
Easiest story to write?
Probably With The First Ray Of Light, because it didn't feel like writing at all, it was almost the same experience I get from reading, the characters took the story wherever they wanted, and I was always surprised by what was happening.
Most overdue story?
Well, there are a few stories that have been put on hold time and again, and are still waiting to be updated. Bad lilmisblack!!!
Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
I certainly did! With The First Ray Of Light has two timelines (past and present) that are intertwined through the story (one chapter of each) and it was really hard to do this, and even harder to remember what information I could give in one timeline and decide what I had to hold back and until when. I also wrote an original character for that story, my beloved Caleb. Most of the stories I wrote this year were for pairings I had never written before, and I also tried new things regarding genre (a little humor here, a little dark!fic there...) As to what I learnt...well, I learnt that challenging myself is fun, and that there are a lot of characters out there that need some lovin XD
Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?
1. Finish all WIP's
2. Write Ron a story (with Hermione) I'm so used to being mean to him, I really want to try to get a lovable, mature character out of him, show him in a different light.
3. Mmmm stay away from fests, I think XD