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Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2008-12-31 02:49 am

Year-End Fannish Round Up

I taught myself how to make videos this year! It was very thrilling.

Wanting To Begin (Doctor Who ; Martha)
Love Is All You Need (Doctor Who/Torchwood ; everyone)
Tristan (Doctor Who/Torchwood ; Jack)
Dance Commander (Doctor Who/Torchwood ; Jack)
Butterflies and Hurricanes (Torchwood ; Gwen)
Brianstorm (Torchwood ; team)
The Book Of Love (Merlin ; Gwen/Morgana)
Night At The Opera (Merlin ; ensemble)

My favorite video this year (of my own): Probably Tristan. Jack/Patrick Wolf=OTP. And I really loved working out how to make the editing fit the music, I'm still pleased with the first minute especially.

My least favorite: Wanting To Begin. Which, well, is a very fitting first vid in a number of ways but is such a First Vid, and oh the things I would do differently if I were making it now.

Most successful video: Love Is All You Need, by a long, long way. It's the most popular thing I've done in fandom to date! So, you know, if I'm forever remember as that girl who did the vid where everyone hugged a lot, I'm massively okay with that. :D It was such a happy thing to make, and spreading the love outwards was just great.

Video most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: Oh, well, this year's adventures in vidding were so much more about practising than feedback, and so getting comments at all has been really exciting. If I had to pick one, though, I would have liked more people to see Butterflies & Hurricanes - not because it's a fantastic vid in of itself or anything, but just because it's all about how awesome Gwen is and more people should recognise!

Most fun video to make: Night At The Opera. Oh my GOD I cracked myself up - the fact I appear to have amused other people is the best validation ever.

Hardest video to make: Night At The Opera, almost purely for the time it took to make at least most of the cuts in the music not sound completely horrible.

The things I've learned this year: Everything, really! I have made strides of progress! I have learned about aspect ratios and timing and exporting formats and movement in shots and effects and much more besides.

Things to work on in 2009: How to create better narratives - to date, I've mostly been retelling the stories of the shows, but I've got things in the works that need a lot more thought and consideration.


Fic round up! (Distinctly longer.)


All Ye Faithful
Neville can't bear to leave Hogwarts in the holidays, but a happy Christmas may be hard to find.
Harry Potter ; Neville, others ; 5700 words.

The first time Padma noticed Luna Lovegood, really noticed her, she was standing outside in the pouring rain.
Harry Potter ; Padma/Luna ; 3500 words.

These Bright Lights Calling
Seven times Remus thought he was invincible.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 1700 words.

Make Believe
Queen Cassie would like to present herself to her royal court
Skins ; Cassie ; 1500 words.

Four Midsummers
Four of Will's Midsummer days.
His Dark Materials ; Will ; 1500 words.

The Night Shift
The stars shine bright when you can't sleep.
Firefly ; Kaylee, Wash, Zoe ; 1000 words.

World Enough and Time
Jack has never been more grateful for the here and now.
Torchwood ; Jack/Ianto, team ; 900 words.


In The Room (Where People Come And Go)
New maternity brings guests.
Harry Potter ; Lily, ensemble ; 2000 words.

After The Agony In Stony Places
They'd kept vigil like this before now, and yet, the thought of anything happening to James, or to Remus - Remus, who only a few short weeks ago had just been a friend, and now--
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius, James, Peter, Lily ; 2800 words.

The Hardest Part
Andromeda's got a choice to make, she needs to make it soon.
Harry Potter ; Andromeda/Ted ; 1700 words.

Connecting Strokes
It's all in the wrist, apparently.
Torchwood ; Jack/Ianto ; 1000 words.

An Impeccable Source
After Martha, after Astrid, after everything, the Doctor finds himself drawn back to Earth.
Doctor Who ; 600 words.


Access Denied
Here lie sundry records and conversations pertaining to the changing situation of Torchwood Three circa the turn of the 21st century.
Torchwood ; Jack, Suzie ; 1200 words.

There's nothing about Torchwood Ianto doesn't know; that's the deal.
Torchwood ; Jack/Ianto ; 1300 words.

Should Probably Talk About It
There's not really much of a support network in the event of the death of your alien girlfriend. Tosh and Ianto make do.
Torchwood ; Tosh, Ianto ; 2500 words.

The Perfect Blue
Neville's a friend with a problem, and Luna wants to help.
Harry Potter ; Luna, Neville ; 1200 words.

Within The Lapping Waves
"So that was how I stopped being a nun."
His Dark Materials ; Mary/Alfredo ; 500 words.


The Tyranny of Petty Things (The Unconquered Skies Remix)
Moving into Number 12, Grimmauld Place is like starting a war. Sirius tries to fight it as best he can.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 5000 words ; a remix of [ profile] rian219's original.

The Rumour Mill
People really do focus on the strangest things.
Harry Potter ; Ginny/Luna ; 3000 words.

Snatches of Time (Bring Me Back, Bring Me Back)
There are some events in one's life that seem set. Thing is, that rarely takes into account certain mysterious blue boxes.
Torchwood/Doctor Who ; Owen/Tosh, the Doctor, Donna, team ; 2000 words.

stumbling, stopping; we outran death and fell
It's a weight they can hardly carry.
Torchwood ; Gwen, Jack, Ianto ; 1600 words.


Nothing, apparently!


Baby Names
Coming up with names proves more challenging than previously imagined.
Harry Potter ; James, Lily, Sirius ; 600 words.

I've Got A Diary, You Have All The Time In The World
Jack's never really understood the point of celebratory days.
Torchwood ; Jack/Ianto, Gwen ; 2000 words.

Night Of The Living Dead
The zombie apocalypse comes to Cardiff.
Torchwood ; Owen, Gwen, Tosh, Ianto ; 1000 words.

Everybody Knows That--
"So," she says. "So," he agrees.
Doctor Who ; Donna, Doctor ; 600 words.


The Basic Art Of Communication
Wherein chaos is unleashed, Lily Evans proves corruptible, and Sirius is trying to say something important, probably.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 3500 words.

Going Home
Come home, come home, home to my warm embrace.
Doctor Who ; the Children of Time ; 1400 words.


Sailed On Shooting Stars
Weddings don't change anything that really matters.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 900 words.

Your History Written In Stars And Time
Donna's forgotten. The universe hasn't.
Doctor Who ; Donna ; 1500 words.


Late Bloom
Sirius, the dutiful eldest son of the mighty Black family, has almost entirely lost his own hopes and dreams. An unexpected meeting with a long-forgotten friend might just change everything.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 10,000 words.

I Heard A Whisper (The Way I Might Have Been)
The whole world's in danger, if Ianto's to believe the bloke who's showed up claiming to be his time-travelling parallel universe boyfriend. It's the start of a funny old week.
Torchwood (& Doctor Who) ; Jack/Ianto ; 10,000 words.

The Alien-Fighters' Social Club
Sheppard and his team were to stay based with Torchwood Three until such a time as the Daedalus was in orbit. A chance to improve inter-organisational relations, apparently.
Torchwood/Stargate: Atlantis ; Team Torchwood & Team Sheppard ; 2500 words

The Light In My Eyes Is Strange
Rose knows the answer and it makes it hard to ask. "What have I done to you?"
Doctor Who ; Rose, Jack ; 1000 words.


Give Me That Unbridled Sky
"So when you said we were going somewhere a little different tonight, you meant--" / "Anywhere in time and space."
Torchwood ; Jack/Ianto, the Doctor ; 3000 words.

Four Ways Jack and Gwen Fell In Love, And One Way They Didn't
Four AUs off different bits of Torchwood, and one coda to 'Something Borrowed'.
Torchwood ; Jack/Gwen, Gwen/Rhys, Jack/Ianto, Jack/Gwen/Ianto ; 1700 words.

In An Interstellar Burst
Donna's got a teleport, Rose has an aversion to beaches, and maybe Martha's not quite as done with all of this as she thought. Next stop: everywhere.
Doctor Who ; Donna, Rose/Martha ; 3000 words.

Just Save The First Edition For Me
In which Aziraphale accidentally sells a book, and finds himself dangerously near to parting with another.
Good Omens ; Aziraphale/Crowley ; 900 words.


Let's Call This Whole Day Off
In which Remus has research fatigue, Sirius gets into a fight, and sleep is a long-overdue luxury.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 900 words.

A Change Is Gonna Come
When Jack first arrived in 1941, he read up on the social mores of the period, then chose to completely ignore them. It's not like he was planning on staying.
Torchwood ; Jack, Jack/various ; PG-13 ; 2400 words.

The Twilight & The Peace
"You're a sentimental old fool, you do know that?"
Stargate: Atlantis ; McKay/Sheppard ; 1100 words.

Your Last Best Chance
Other friends make out drunkenly at parties, they apparently kiss when at death's maw most dire. It's a long time since anyone's accused either of them of being functional, after all.
Stargate: Atlantis ; McKay/Sheppard ; 2800 words.


Spaceships Sailing In (On Christmas Day In The Morning
In which Gwen sleeps, Jack has a run-in with emotional honesty, Ianto is kidnapped by a wall, and Rhys meets his first alien tentacles. A Christmas tale.
Torchwood ; Gwen/Rhys with a side of Jack/Ianto ; 5000 words.

a flame in two cupped hands
Sirius didn't crouch down to tuck the coat under Remus's shoulders, didn't press a soft kiss to Remus's forehead the way he wanted.
Harry Potter ; Remus/Sirius ; 3000 words.

The Breath Before Our New Beginning
Merlin ; Merlin/Arthur ; 900 words.

Statistics etc:

Word count: roughly 100,000.
Story count: 44
Fandoms: 8 [HP: 15, TW: 14, Who: 6, HDM: 2, SGA: 2, Crossovers: 1, Good Omens: 1, Skins: 1, Firefly: 1, Merlin: 1]
Genres: 18 m/m, 17 gen, 4 m/f, 3 f/f, 2 mixed.
Most written pairing: Remus/Sirius at 8 stories, with Jack/Ianto a close second. You're all shocked, I can tell.
Most written character: Jack Harkness clocks in with appearances in 14 stories. Heh.

My Favourite Story This Year: In An Interstellar Burst, just because that particular AU is my happy place.

My Best Story This Year: Hmm. Actually, The Light In My Eyes Is Strange is a rarity in that rereading it never makes me want to change or rework any of it. It says everything I want it to in a concise and rather pleasing way.

Most Fun Story: A few contenders, but really, has to be Spaceships Sailing In (On Christmas Day In The Morning, because it's silly and festive and has aliens who take a shine to Ianto.

Sexiest Story: Hahaha. My PG-13 level prudishness is alive and well! There are a couple of moments in Four Ways Jack and Gwen Fell In Love, And One Way They Didn't I think are kind of hot.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: Your Last Best Chance - sitting down to write this made me get to know Rodney McKay quite a bit better. It was delightful.

Hardest Story to Write: Late Bloom and I Heard A Whisper (The Way I Might Have Been) get joint honours for this, because I was writing them at basically the same time and they're both twice as long as almost anything I've written and they both required plot and thinking through of timelines and characterisation and scary deadlines that I totally flunked. Most of the time I don't get too invested in feedback levels, but oh man, I'm so pleased they went down well in the end, because so much work omg.

Easiest Story To Write: A Change Is Gonna Come, which was written when I was meant to be NaNoing, thus really couldn't take very long. US politics and Jack Harkness and queer identities and Torchwood through the ages, it just sort of flew off the page because those are all things I like quite a bit.

Biggest Disappointment: The fact that, despite my intentions, Late Bloom still doesn't have a sequel? >.> Also, I think a substantial amount of my Whoverse stuff towards the beginning of the year is a bit sub-par, though I've found my feet now.

Biggest Surprise: I've been knocked a bit sideways by various chunks of feedback this year, but dude. Though I will probably never truly leave HP and R/S, OTP of my heart, I'd pretty much figured I'd said most things I had to say, AU-verse non-withstanding. I certainly didn't expect a flame in two cupped hands to become the most well-received Remus/Sirius story I've ever written, what? I mean, it was designed to hit the spot for Christmassy fluff and I hoped [ profile] glass_icarus would like it, but it seems to have struck a real chord with more people than I ever would have expected, which is rather lovely.

Most Underappreciated Story, In My Opinion: I wouldn't dream of being so churlish as to complain, but it was hilarious how Night Of The Living Dead completely bombed, though the people who did read it were very kind! No one wants to read about Owen & zombies, apparently. Why this is the case, I do not know.

Story With Single Sweetest Moment: This is really hard, which tells you everything you need to know about the sort of stories I write. *g* I think the end of Sailed On Shooting Stars probably cinches it.

This Year's Theme And The Story That Demonstrates It Most: Looking back, this was the year when my stories were about characters finding families, finding themselves, fitting into the scheme of the big wide universe, finding peace. Actually, wow, they were pretty much all about that. I Heard A Whisper (The Way I Might Have Been) is where I turned it into a sci-fi plot.

My Overall Thoughts on this Year's Fic: There's so much of it! And I'm distinctly happier, on average, with what I wrote later in the year as opposed to earlier, and so I feel excited for the ways I might be able to improve next year.

Next Year: On with the show! I have languishing WIPs to rescue, DW audiofic to write, Merlin/Arthur and Morgana/Gwen plots that are percolating in my head. I plan to write more pairings so that my stats next year look different. I want to break LJ's posting limits, I want to break my own PG-13 limit (one WIP does indeed have a sex scene in it that I've decided shouldn't just be fade to black - I've just, er, yet to write it). Merlin and SGA are inevitable, Whoverse no doubt ticking along, hopefully still some Potter. I'd like to write more plots, though perhaps more along the lines of sci-fi bodyswap cliches rather than super serious novellas.

Here's to the continuing fannish enjoyment of all!
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[identity profile] 2008-12-31 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
I'm suddenly very happy that I didn't read any of your fic before, about, June. Because it means that I've got six months worth of fic still to read. Well, that's me sorted for the next couple of days.

[identity profile] 2008-12-31 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
zombies = awesome. people are way too busy with the sparkly vampires to realize that. if i were familiar with the fandom i'd read it.

The fact that, despite my intentions, Late Bloom still doesn't have a sequel -- aww :[

Totally late and random, but...

[identity profile] 2009-01-23 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I still care! :) I'm excited that you're still working on it!

[identity profile] 2008-12-31 03:48 am (UTC)(link)
I agree with the "most fun" and "sexiest" categories. Those were wonderful stories. Thank you!

[identity profile] 2008-12-31 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, fantastic! I'm bookmarking this page. :D

[identity profile] 2008-12-31 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, I love this meme so much. I just recently friended you and now I get a whole list of fic to read, yay!
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[personal profile] woldy 2008-12-31 11:35 am (UTC)(link)
I hadn't noticed the PG-13-ness till you pointed it out, which I think is a compliment. But 100,000 words?! Whoah. *is mightily impressed*
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[identity profile] 2008-12-31 03:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Boo yah Jack FTW