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I'm still alive!

Christmas has been busy, and also, I've been lazy lately - but my Christmas-time job is winding down now, so hopefully I'll be able to ramp up time spent on fandom things!

Anyway, as per tradition, and even though I only wrote two full stories (and 20 ficlets or so), here is my annual Fic-Year in Review...

My favorite story this year (of my own):

I imagine the gods saying, We will make it up to you

It also wins for Most Pretentious Title - but I REALLY love that poem, you guys. I want it to be read at my funeral. Anyway, this is a Merlin fix-it, and the only explicit slash that I've ever written under the hells_half_acre name. And I really like it. I've actually read it a couple of times myself when I'm in the mood to read something satisfying... which, yeah, I'm not sure I'm supposed to admit that I read my own fics, but I totally do. It's basically why I write them - because I want to have them to read later, when I don't remember writing them as well and can enjoy them like someone else's work.

My best story this year:
Hmm...  well, again, pickings are sort of slim here, so I'll go with I imagine the gods saying... again.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion:

The Time Traveler
(Captain America)

I don't understand why this story has so many few hits on AO3, when ever other story in that fandom gets 2x more just by dint of being posted. It also has a sort of sucky kudos to hit ratio for the fandom, which tends to over-kudos in my opinon. So, either my story is way suckier than I think it is (I kind of really like it) or it just somehow got lost in the shuffle.

I mean, maybe I should have made it longer... maybe it's too confusing... maybe I should have gone for my original idea and had sections from the POV of people who weren't brain-damaged. I don't know. It's kind of frustrating though. Maybe I should have put a sex-scene at the end.

Most fun story:

Meet Me in SoHo
(MCU/Demented'verse crossover)

I love this story so much and it's sort of beyond frustrating that it's SUCH a weird niche. It's not even a crossover with any recognizable Harry Potter characters - it's a crossover with one of my original characters who just so happens to be from the demented'verse.

The truth is that I'd kind of like to turn this into something longer - something where we get to see the time between when Clint gets Nate's phone call and when Natasha tracks them down at the gay bar.... but it'd be SO self-indulgent, because it'd basically just be for myself and [livejournal.com profile] franztastisch and no one else would care.

Most suspenseful story:

Again, I don't really write suspense - but I guess I'd say The Time Traveler, just because I suppose you have the suspense of not knowing what's going on until you get to the end. (Maybe this story just sucks.... maybe I only like it because I know what's going on the whole time?)

Story with single sexiest moment:

Well, I didn't write any anonymous creepy porn this year... so I guess I'll go with I imagine the gods... because it's the only story with sex in it. Or... well, maybe I'll go with Nate and Clint making out in a club in Meet Me in SoHo, because that's pretty sexy too.

Story with single sweetest moment:

Sweet.... hmmm... I like Tony and Bucky's interactions in The Time Traveler. I think they were sweet, which is sort of a surprise considering the two characters involved.

Most unintentionally *telling* story:

Hmmm... this is a tough one this year. I guess there was that time that I got really drunk and wrote stream-of-consciousness style ficlets for nearly all of my fandoms. I mean, it's *telling* in that it tells us that I should endeavour to only write when sober. :P

"Holy crap, that's *wrong*, even for you" story:

None of them. Everything I wrote this year was pretty kosher.

Fic that shifted my perspective on the characters:

Hmm... well, Meet Me in SoHo was a catalyst in causing me to have a shocking revelation about MYSELF... but it's kind of personal, so I'm not going to talk about it here (plus I haven't figured out how to put it into words yet). Anyway, no shifted perspective on fictional characters this year, just shifting perspectives on myself.

Most disappointing story:

Well, I'm disappointed that no one likes The Time Traveler as much as I do, so I obviously failed there somehow. Other than that, just like last year, I'm disappointed that I didn't write more. Though, I should say that I've written about 24k of a novel and 18k of the next demented'verse installment, so, it's not like I've been doing absolutely nothing since June.

Hardest story to write:

Hmm... some of the June Ficlets were a struggle.

Easiest story to write:

I'd say the majority were fairly easy. Maybe Senior Auror Phil O'Shaughnessy was the easiest, because it was already something I was ruminating on because I had been mentally working out the details of the next demented'verse installment.

This year's theme and the story that demonstrates it most:

Even though I don't have health problems like I (unknowningly) had last year, my productivity still sucks? :P I DO have to figure out how to not give in to the procrastination monster... or the happiness in the short-term, misery in the long-term monster (ie: "I could work now and feel pride and satisfaction later... or I could goof off now, have a good time, and worry about how my life is a crushing failure at some later date!")

Seriously though, I don't know if this year had a theme, writing-wise.... even thinking of the stories that aren't finished yet.... I mean, I guess... I guess the theme could be how sometimes you or your loved ones can get lost a bit and no one even notices. Like, people can get so caught up in their own problems, that they don't notice any one else's - even though helping people with their problems can sometimes help you with your own. If that makes any sense. I imagine the gods saying... is sort of about that, where both Merlin and Arthur are really struggling with weighty emotional issues and they're inadvertently only making thing worse for each other while thinking that what they're doing will make things better.

Date: 2015-01-01 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borgmama1of5.livejournal.com
It's basically why I write them - because I want to have them to read later, when I don't remember writing them as well and can enjoy them like someone else's work.

OMG that is exactly how I feel about what I've written--I've never seen anyone else explain why they write like you have here...but when it's been a long time since I've read one of my fanfics and then I reread it and can think it was very satisfying--that is the reason I write!

Happy New Year! I look forward to more of your SPN reactions, both current season and past!

Date: 2015-01-01 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Yay! I'm glad I could put how you feel about writing fic into words!

I should be getting back into the swing of things (rewatches) this weekend.

Happy New Year!

Date: 2015-01-01 08:33 am (UTC)
frozen_delight: (fireworks)
From: [personal profile] frozen_delight
What a fabulous fannish retrospective!
Happy New Year! *hugs*

Date: 2015-01-01 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Thanks! Happy New Year to you too! *hugs*

Date: 2015-01-01 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com

How the bloody hell did I end up loving that character as much as I do? :P

Date: 2015-01-01 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I don't know! I don't understand it either, because I put way more thought into Iggy and Andy in terms of where they came from and who their families were - and then I was like "well, these three friends have to have at least one other boy in their house that's the same year as them - I'll just call him Nate."


There will be more Nate in Part 3 of the upcoming massive Demented'verse installment. I haven't decided yet how much involvement he'll have (I've only written Part 1), but he will definitely be there, this time as an 18 year old.

Date: 2015-01-01 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
Wee! I'm so excited for more Demented'verse. Though I may need a SPN primer to cover stuff I've missed since I stopped watching it.

But who cares? More Nate! All the Nate! You should definitely write another Clint/Nat&Nate story! We'll create our own niche!

Date: 2015-01-01 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I'm taking the Demented'verse a bit AU from current SPN canon, so I'll probably be a little bit more explainy in the fic anyway - hopefully it'll sort of be its own primer. :P

I just might write more Clint/Nat&Nate stories... I have to decide if I want to keep Nate a wizard or not. Decisions decisions.

I figure, I could take myself to task for being self-indulgent, but really ALL my fic is self-indulgent, even the stuff that happens to reach a broad audience.... so, I might as well write stories just for the two of us if I want to. ;)

(ETA: I just had the thought: I need a Nate icon... and then realized there are no pictures of Nate, because he's an OC. :P )
Edited Date: 2015-01-01 09:03 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-01 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
I like the idea of Nate as a wizard but without you explicitly saying to. Just like in SoHo.

YAY! Clint/Nat&Nate stories! I am excite. :D

You need some sort of text icon that says I INVENTED AN OC I LOVED SO MUCH I NEEDED AN ICON OF THEM BUT THEY'RE AN OC SO I HAVE THIS INSTEAD. And that can be your Nate icon. :P

Date: 2015-01-01 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Hmm, yes, I like keeping things ambiguous too. I mean there IS still the statue of secrecy thing, so Nate would be keeping it on the downlow.

LOL - yes, that is indeed the icon I need!

In the meantime - Hawkeye!

Date: 2015-01-01 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
Ahah that just reminded me of "Ambiguity: What happens in vagueness stays in vagueness".

Hawkeye snap!

Date: 2015-01-02 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Oh! I forgot that I had a question for you - tangentially related to Nate, because I need to know for the story I'm writing that he will eventually be in...

UK English question - what would older adults use when addressing a teenage boy (who is unrelated to them) using something that is not their name - kid? son? sport?

Sample sentence: "Listen, kid, everything is going to be fine."

I think sport is pretty old fashioned, and "son" to me sounds really American, so I've been going with "kid" - but maybe there's something that's way more common that I don't even know about. I think "kiddo" is probably very American, since I can't picture a British person saying it, but then I'm not British, so what the hell do I know. Canada is the nation of people who don't know whether the words they use are American or British in origin. :P

Date: 2015-01-02 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
I'd say go with kid. But generally speaking, we don't tend to structure sentences that way, at least not generally when talking to kids. There's "mate" which is often used as a stand in for speaking to people you don't actually know, as well as people you do (i.e. on the tube a couple of days back the driver said to a guy on board "mate, this train ain't leaving until you get off"). But an adult wouldn't really call a kid "mate" so I reckon "kid" is the next best thing. But like I said, we don't use it as much as Americans do (or, as far as I am aware, Americans seem to use is more than we do).

Date: 2015-01-02 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Hmm, okay. Noted.

How about in a situation where there's a kid you don't know the name of - and you're talking about him to other people. Would you say "kid", "young man", "teenager", "the boy"... ?

Man, I usually don't have to ask these questions. I must not be watching enough British shows currently. (In fact, I am watching none, so that might explain why I've forgotten how you guys talk.) :P

Date: 2015-01-02 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
Depends on who's talking really. Most people in SPN and/or HP would probably use "kid", barring HP teachers who might use "young man/woman". It's a kind of in/formal thing.

Date: 2015-01-02 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Cool. Thanks. I'm probably obsessing about weird details and then going off and using the words like sidewalk and yard elsewhere and not batting an eyelash. :P

I can't remember when you stopped watching SPN, but it's basically Harry and the gang meeting Kevin Tran... and it's the first time I've ever written Kevin, so I'm a bit unsure about how everyone is interacting with him. Later I'm going to have the Winchesters hanging out with Teddy and Nate again (who are, coincidentally, around the same age as Kevin btw), but that'll be easier because it's just a more mature version of a relationship that I've written before.

Date: 2015-01-02 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franztastisch.livejournal.com
I stopped at s7x23, for no reason I can fathom, so I know who Kevin is (I LOVE KEVIN).

Oh oh oh Kevin and Nate and Teddy being friends! Yes? Yes. I have decided it is so. :P

Date: 2015-01-02 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
I think you're going to like my next installment... :)

Date: 2015-01-02 09:36 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-01-01 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] et-tu-lj.livejournal.com
I enjoyed Time Traveler. It's more demanding than a lot of fics, and I suppose I can see why not everyone gets it. But it's precisely because of the strange perspective and challenging story that I enjoy it. It demands a close reading, and you find yourself going back and rereading bits as you puzzle out what's happening. But the emotions are crystal clear and heart breaking.

Love this review meme. I always catch something I would've missed otherwise, and hearing your reactions to things is interesting anyway.

Date: 2015-01-01 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Sometimes I wonder if I just tagged The Time Traveler poorly, but yeah, I suppose it is more demanding than the usual fic. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2015-01-06 02:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nic
I noticed it's tagged with "gen" - anyone looking for Bucky/Steve would probably search on results that ELIMINATE gen. Maybe that's why?

Date: 2015-01-06 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Yeah, I did that because it could go either way - but I also tagged it m/m, so I thought that would get the Bucky/Steve people. Though, I suppose not if they do a search the excludes "gen"...

I don't know.


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