elen_nare: (elen)
Stats:

List of Completed Fics:

Warmth Harry Potter; Sirius Black & Remus Lupin; 652 words; G
Light in Shadows Harry Potter; Luna Lovegood/Ginny Weasley; 347 words; G
Definition MCU; Natasha Romanoff, Laura Barton; 692 words; G
Blood and Ink Harry Potter; Ginny Weasley, Dolores Umbridge; 100 words; G
Wish You Were Here Swallows and Amazons; Timothy Stedding/Jim Turner; 642 words; G
Beginnings Swallows and Amazons/Narnia; Bridget Walker, Lucy Pevensie, Susan Pevensie; 1028 words; G
Leaving Just A Memory Private Peaceful; Little Tommo Peaceful; 1414 words; G
Traditions Old and New Selkie (webcomic); Selkie Smith, Theo Smith, Todd Smith; 626 words; G
Home Is Narnia; Aravis & Lucy Pevensie; 970 words; G
Wild Hunt A-Coming Sherlock; Sherlock Holmes, John Watson; 550 words; G
Gold-flickering Fire Leagues and Legends; Laney Jones; 148 words; G
Arithmetic Chalet School; Hilda Annersley, Nell Wilson; 918 words; G
Warm Welcome Chrestomani Chronicles; Marianne Pinhoe, Millie; 1010 words; G
Bal Masqué El Tiempo Entre Costuras; Felix Aranda/OMC; 5679 words; G
Catch More Flies Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries; Phryne Fisher/&Jack Robinson; 722 words; G
Night at the 'George' The Red House Mystery; Bill Beverly/Antony Gillingham; 973 words; G
Square-Turn'd Joints and Strength of Limb White Boots; Harriet Johnson, Lalla Moore; 3080 words; G
And an AU meme for Titty&Dick (Swallows and Amazons), Joey (Chalet School), and Hermione (Harry Potter), all in the comments here.

Total number:

18 fics, plus 10 AU minificlets for each set.

Total word count:

18581 (not counting the AU meme because that isn't posted anywhere with a word count).

Ship/character breakdown:

Ahahahahaha this is so not a useful question for me... Ginny Weasley and Lucy Pevensie are the only people to have more than one, with two each! (Unless you count the AU meme ficlets separately, but I wouldn't). As for pairings, there's a grand total of, um, five with one fic each. Looking at it in a more 'general statistical overview' way, this does seem to have been the year I wrote slash? I mean, compared to my own previous years, I realise three fics is hardly a world record :P For tiny fandoms no-one else knows, of course! I literally had to make the fandom tags for El Tiempo Entre Costuras and the Red House Mystery... I know I may not sell people on the first as it's a Spanish tv series and I've no idea if it's had a subtitled/dubbed release (though [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, you may enjoy the rubbish secret agents ;) ), but I do recommend The Red House Mystery! It's a great murder mystery, a fun read, and on Project Gutenberg for free please come join me in my teeny tiny fandom of one :P


Specifics:

Best/worst title?

I quite like “Light in Shadows”, “Leaving Just A Memory”, “Home Is”, “Bal Masqué” (even if that one is in Spanish with an English translation, not in French, amusingly), and “Square-Turn'd Joints and Strength of Limb”. As for worst, there's my usual I-give-up one-word titles, but I'd also throw “Wild Hunt A-Coming” in there – not for the actual title (which in fact I rather like), but because it does seem to promise a sequel that knowing me will never be written...


Best/worst summary?

Hrm. I think my favourite summaries from 2016 are actually some of the ones for fanart, especially my more than a study group series, but they don't belong here...

In hidden corners of darkened Hogwarts halls, Ginny and Luna are each other's light. (Light In Shadows)

"“There’s one passage I remember particularly,” Natasha said, gazing into her coffee. “Aragorn was talking about Eowyn, describing her as a lily - maybe made of steel, or maybe frozen to ice. It felt… fitting.” She met Laura’s eyes now, challenging her to answer." (Definition)

Worst may peacefully live in obscurity!

Best/worst first line?

Jack Robinson found himself looking at Phryne Fisher with an all-too-familiar mixture of annoyance and admiration. (Catch More Flies)
Split the world’s walls - fulfill your desire, (Gold-flickering Fire)
I’ve been looking only forward, for the last few months. But tonight is a night for looking back, for remembering. (Leaving Just a Memory)
Ginny blazed brighter than ever in that year of darkness, a firestarter against the Carrows’ oppressive gloom. (Light In Shadows)
Letters had flown (or galloped, or run, or trotted, depending on the courier) between Archenland’s castle and Cair Paravel over the last few months. (Home Is)

None of them are so bad as to merit Worst (I hope).

Best/worst last line?

Steel, ice… both could fit Natasha, could fit the girl-made-weapon she had been forced to be, but she was so much more than either. Laura saw that, even if Natasha didn’t always see it herself. (Definition)
Phryne pressed down on the accelerator, and the car smoothly gathered speed, at a rate that had Jack praying to everything he believed in - and many things he didn’t, just in case. (Catch More Flies)
Reach through and grasp gold-flickering fire (Gold-flickering Fire)
‘Flitterflames only live for a day,’ Luna would whisper back. ‘That doesn’t make them less beautiful.’ (Light In Shadows)

There's a couple of others I like that only work in context, but I'm happy with that selection.


General questions:

Looking back, did you write more fics than you thought you would this year, less than you thought, or about what you predicted?

Possibly a little less, but about what I thought.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted last year?

I've already talked about the pairings... There's a couple new-to-me fandoms, and I suppose the AU meme did make me at least poke some new things. Oh, and 'Wild Hunt A-Coming', I definitely wasn't expecting to write Urban Fantasy Sherlock!

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

Oh, tough one. I really like “Light in Shadows”, “Leaving Just a Memory”, “Bal Masqué”...

Okay, NOW your most popular story.

Using AO3 stats as a metric because they make things easier: Square-Turn'd Joints and Strength of Limb by comment threads (10), Catch More Flies by kudos (48). Yuletide stories always seem to do well, but I was rather surprised by how quickly Catch More Flies got kudos and comments, I only cross-posted it a few days ago!

Story most underappreciated by the universe?

Hm... “Night at the George” is the only one without either comments or kudos on AO3, but them's the breaks when you write for things no-one else has ever heard off ;) (Come back, anonymous guest who left kudos on Bal Masqué! Let me love you thank you!)

Story that could have been better?

Well, all of them I'm sure... There isn't one that really stands out.

Sexiest story?

*Looks at entire sequence of uniformly G-rated stories* I don't think this question is really meant for me... I suppose “Night at the George”, it does end with a fade-to-black.

Saddest story?

Three-way tie between “Light In Shadows”, “Blood and Ink” (poor Ginny, I seem to have made her suffer this year!), and “Leaving Just a Memory”.

Most fun?

“Catch More Flies”, “Night at the George”, and “Arithmetic”, I think.

Story with single sweetest moment?

Ooh, tricky one... “Warmth”, maybe, Sirius and Remus are very sweet in that. Or “Traditions Old and New”, Grandpa Theo is lovely.

Hardest story to write?

“Bal Masqué” was a challenging one, since I wrote it in Spanish first (while whining about how rubbish Spanish dialogue punctuation is) and then translated it. “Gold-flickering Fire” was tricky, especially since I went and added a syllable count because a plain terzanelle wasn't hard enough apparently!

Easiest/most fun story to write?

A bit hard to say retroactively, I don't entirely remember how much I suffered or not on all of them... the ones I listed as “most fun” in general were also a lot of fun to write, getting all the teasing and snarky comments right.

Did any stories shift your perceptions of the characters?

I got to explore Natasha Romanoff and Laura Barton some more, and little Tommo Peaceful is essentially mine (as he's a newborn in canon!). I wasn't all that sure about Lalla playing hockey when I started “Square-Turn'd Joints and Strength of Limb”, and thoroughly convinced myself by the end.

Most overdue story?

The Hermione Granger AU snippets, I think (still haven't done any of the ones that were on my last year's “goals for next year”...)

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

I suppose writing in another language counts, even if it is one of my mother tongues... What I learnt is that I really really really hate the Spanish “punctuate dialogue with dashes” convention!

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

'The Internet Is Not (Just) For Porn'? :P Struggling to see anything really... Friendship/families/love, perhaps? But that's super broad, and I don't know which single story I'd pick for it... Thoughts, anyone?

What are your fic writing goals for next year?

As ever, WRITE MOAR. Or, you know, write even some of the ideas I have, play with in my head, and never actually put down on paper. People can't actually read them in my head, after all ;)

Date: 2017-01-13 08:50 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] lost_spook
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Aw, I do like your chosen lines here - some of them really are beautiful! :-)

Or, you know, write even some of the ideas I have, play with in my head, and never actually put down on paper. People can't actually read them in my head, after all

This is probably all for the best, all considered, but it's still a nuisance. When somebody invents thought-to-screen transference, they'll make a mint!

And, yes, fandoms of one! So much fun. So lonely - and then that one mystery guest kudos. Who are they? Why won't they stop and talk to me, can't they see I have nobody else to talk to about this thing? Obviously, I don't know how that feels.

Good luck with next year, too! :-)

(I don't know if I'm actually into rubbish secret agents, but there do seem to be a few of them about, thank you! :-D)

Date: 2017-01-14 06:52 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lost_spook
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LOL, I've read some stuff about real spies, I'm not surprised at all. Spies are wonderfully incompetent in rl except when they're scarily not, it seems. It's all that second guessing and bureaucracy plus professional inability to trust anyone.

"Why won't they stop and talk to me, can't they see I have nobody else to talk to about this thing?" Exactly!

*sobs* "All by myself, don't wanna be, all by myseeeellllff..."

Date: 2017-01-14 06:59 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] zeviz.livejournal.com
That's a very impressive list. And I like all of your stories that I've read, so I might also read the ones for the fandoms I don't know anything about.

And now I am tempted to do this meme myself, despite the fact that I only wrote 3 stories last year. But it's still a 200% increase over the previous year, and an infinity% increase over the year before. :P

Date: 2017-01-17 06:38 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] bluealoe
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Oh, Elen, you are the absolute definition of "eclectic". How many fandoms have you actually written more than one story for? ;) (I'm teasing, of course!)

I loved "Leaving Just A Memory" even though I don't know the original book. It dealt with loss so well. "Blood and Ink" made me think about Ginny in a new way, and "Beginnings" was adorable.

Keep writing, my friend!

Date: 2017-01-18 02:00 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] bluealoe
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I LOVE dirgewithoutmusic's work. The "Boy With A Scar" reimaginings of Harry Potter are utterly brilliant (and I see she's posted a new one about Hermone, have to go read that now!). I wish she would continue her series exploring the girls of Hogwarts. I've read some of her Narnia and LOTR works too. Thy have such a lovely writing style.

Date: 2017-01-19 05:48 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] bluealoe
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I'm reading the Hermione one now. :)

I downloaded the Leagues & Legends books on my Kindle a few months ago, and read the first few chapters of Beanstalk, then got distracted...I'm trying to read the rest of it now!

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