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07 January 2010 @ 11:30 pm
Writing Meme  
Meme gacked from kellychambliss (I'd use a proper lj-link-thingy for the name, but every time I try to it eats up half the meme)

Saving Your Life (Hermione/Severus, NC17, Ch65, Epilogue, 7,166w)
Fallen Angel (Hermione/Sirius, WIP, PGish for now, 15,360w)
His (Hermione/Rabastan, written for GrangerEnchanted's Fuh-Q-Fest, NC17, 3,839w)
Night Time Show (Fred/George, Sirius/Remus, written for hp_porninthesun , NC17, 4,713w)
Broken (Hermione/Sirius, WIP, NC17, 15,503w)
Drunk (Hermione/Rodolphus/Rabastan, NC17, 4,035w) 
With The First Ray Of Light (Hermione/Kingsley, Hermione/OMC, written for hermionebigbang ,NC17, 52,335w)
Caught (Bill/Charlie, Tonks, written for the ABC meme at charlieficathon NC17, 1,185w) 
Liquid Courage (Sirus/James, written for hp_drunkenff, NC17, 744w)
Mind Games (Rabastan/Bellatrix, Rodolphus, written for hp_darkfest , NC17, 6,300w)
Bad Elf (Sirius/various Order members, written for daily_deviant, NC17, 3,982w)

Which means I wrote a total of 11 fics, and 115,162 words

 Looking back, did you write more fics than you thought you would this year, less than you thought, or about what you predicted?
I actualy wrote a lot more than I thought I had. Since I started writing fanfiction, Saving Your Live had taken up most of my time (243,558 words in 65 chapters that took roughly 28 months of work) so I hadn't written many fics till this year. Now I wrote ten brand new, plus finished SYL, so it was a better writing year than I'd expected.

Where did you publish/archive your stories?
Almost all of them are on ff.net and aff.net, all the Hermione-centric are on GrangerEnchanted, and since I started using LJ this year, there are a few stories I haven't yet managed to cross-post, but I'll get to that soon.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2008?

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...

Sexiest story? 
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

Vickielestrange_love on January 8th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Wow, you certainly wrote a lot in 2009. You also wrote some of my favourite stories of the year. His, Drunk, and With the First Ray of Light, to name three.

I actually added up all my completed fics from 2009, and well it was a surprise, my word count is less, but the number of fics I wrote is higher, a lot higher, 46. LOL!
lilmisblack: magiclilmisblack on January 8th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, 46 stories? Damn, girl! I'm more of a long story writer, my muse doesn't seem to want oneshots (though her plots thankfully seem to stay shorter than the almost 250k Saving Your Life, which was incidentally my first chaptered story -and second fic ever-)so for me 11 is a whole lot! XD
I'm really glad you liked my stories, and I'll tell you, you're entirely to blame for my new love of the Lestrange brothers, you and your damn prompts!!
lupinswolfielupinswolfie on January 8th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Proud of you!
I was surprised to see how many stories you'd written. I thought (as you know) that you complied a list of all your stories, and was thinking 'what about this one?' only to realise this was only last year's stories! And not only have you done all of this, but you've grown exponentially as a writer. Your stories shows more intelligence, more thought-provoking moments, and more maturity; while also cutting the BS that you used to add (BS being a good deal of smut *ducks*). You're more concerned with plot development and character development than you are about getting the accrediation and the reviews (though you so richly deserve them). AND you've helped me to grow as well.

For the record, I disagree with a couple of your thoughts: I think WTFRL was one of your hardest to write because you fell for Caleb yourself and had to break his heart in the end.

And I do love how your characters take over!

Now on to the stories of 2010 (and by this, I mean original stories so you can make us some money!).
lilmisblack: dungeonslilmisblack on January 8th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Proud of you!
Ohh, how I love thee!!
Man, I can't reply to most of this stuff, so I'll settle for blushing and giving you some love when no one's looking :P
As for the BS, yes, there certainly is a lot less smut in my stories nowadays, and I thought I'd miss it, but I don't, so yay for the muse, but bad for the loss of readers XD
You're right about WTFROL (I still don't know why I chose such a long title!) and my Caleb, he stole my heart and Hermione's as well, but hey, if I do get around to writing that sequel, you know what's gonna happen then...
And now, as you said, on to the stories of 2010 for me and you, I'm sure neither of us would mind terribly being rich and famous!