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Fic Year in Review: 2012

Time for the 2012 fic year in review, one of my favorite journaling traditions.

Master List

By canon, then in order of publication. Missing some Tumblrfic.

Avengers/MCU
Late, Steve Rogers(/Peggy Carter)
Moving Day, Cast, Jane Foster, Tony/Pepper, Thor/Jane

Cinders
Another First Kiss, Cinders/Tobias
Right Hand Woman, Cinders/Perrault

Dragon Age
Veritas, Fenris/f!Hawke
Beginning of the End, m!Surana/Zevran
Symphony in C, Marissa Hawke alphabet fics
In Confidence, f!Aeducan/Alistair, Alistair/Anora
Rite of Spring, Isabela/Merrill
Fetch, Alistair and Dog
Easy Money, Aveline/Isabela
Simple Pleasures, Bethany Hawke/Nathaniel Howe
Just This Once, Anders/Isabela
Let the Punishment Fit the Crime, Aveline and Isabela
Prisoners, Templar/Desire Demon
A Separate Place Fenris
At the Gates, Teagan Guerrin and Alistair
Simple Gifts, Fenris/Marissa Hawke, Isabela
Separation of Powers, Anders/Marian Hawke, Elissa Cousland/Alistair, Bethany Hawke, Justice (finished a WIP started in 2011)
Lessons, f!Brosca/Alistair/Zevran
From Dust We Came, a series of stories about Kasia Brosca
Cadence, Fenris/Marissa Hawke
A Sort of Homecoming, Bethany and Carver Hawke, Warden Twins AU
Callings, Anders/Nathaniel Howe
Waiting for the Last Goodbye, Aura/Justice
In the Ring, Amaranthine Wardens
Satisfaction, Morrigan/m!Surana
The Handmaiden's Canticle, Andraste

Final Fantasy X/X-2
Tell No Tales, Kinoc
Ghosts and the Machine, Baralai/Yuna
Complicated, Baralai/Gippal

Final Fantasy XIII
Depend on Me, Lightning

Wow, no published FFXII. That's really surprising. I also wrote a lot of ficbits on Tumblr and never cross-posted them to here or AO3; maybe I should go back and add something about getting better about that to my 2013 writing goals.

Questions and Answers

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January? Cinders is the obvious answer here, since I didn't even know the game existed at the beginning of the year. Also that I would write for MCU.

What's your own favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest? No one story really jumps out at me in that way. Maybe "Veritas", and some of the shorts that make up "Symphony in C". Actually the story I put the most of myself into is one that doesn't even appear on that list, because it won't be published until January.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them? Continuing to diversify into new territory, although that's less of a risk than it used to be for me. Doing quick fics on Tumblr, published with minimal editing, got much more comfortable over the year; part of me has fun doing it, but I also wonder if I'm not losing something by not taking the time to write fewer and better crafted stories instead. Finally, this question would not be complete without mentioning that I wrote and published a poem for the first time in my fannish writing history, and scary as it was, I think it worked out in the end.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year? Posted here.

From my past year of writing, what was...

My best story of this year: As with favorites, I can't really pick one this year.

My most popular story of this year: Most hits, comments, and kudos was "Moving Day" -- big fandom, tagged with a couple of popular pairings. It was my most viewed story on AO3 within 72 hours of posting, and the only one that's ever broken 1k hits. (Except huh, I just double-checked, and "Simple Pleasures" has almost 3,000 hits? Either that's a mistake, or it got linked somewhere and I never knew about it -- it's a cute little Bethany/Nathaniel drabble, a pairing with a dedicated following but nothing that should garner that kind of attention, especially not when it only has 4 kudos and no comments.) Second place is "Veritas", followed by "Symphony in C".

Story of mine most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion: I was going to say "Symphony in C", until it came up in third place in the previous question. :) But I did feel like the last few parts, especially, went by without much attention or commentary when they were posted on Tumblr. In a way, I think I missed the Alphabet Fic Meme's "moment" by taking so long to complete it.

Most fun story to write: "Symphony in C" and "Moving Day".

Story with the single sexiest moment: "Lessons" is possibly the porniest story I have ever written.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: "Right Hand Woman" gave me a lot of insight into several of the Cinders characters. That's a fandom I'd like to spend more time writing and reading in, for sure.

Hardest story to write: Two that you haven't seen yet, but that will emerge by the end of the month, I hope. ;)

Biggest Disappointment: No FFXII at all, and not making any progress on "Wardens of Ivalice".

Biggest Surprise: Writing fic for Cinders, definitely.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story: "Late" is pure romantic id on a page. Separations and tragic reunions? Could it be any more KJ bait?

In conclusion: I wrote a lot this year. Like, a lot. More than I have in years. At the moment Dragon Age and Tumblr get most of the credit, but I hope that I can carry it through to other fandom projects as well.

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