2006 Writing Year in Review
Stories completed this year: 5
Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Much much less. I really lost my footing in 2006, due to a variety of factors, mostly involving my personal life. I don't think I've had a lull like this for a long time. Then again, 2004 and 2005 were abnormally productive. So maybe it's just the pendulum swinging back before I find the middle ground. The only thing that forced me to write this year were deadlines, rather than OMG LOVE, which I think is part of the problem. I usually work best when I am gripped by the desperate need to tell a story before it eats me from the inside out, rather than me trying to force myself to write.
I also need to stop signing up for ficathons, since it just makes it all worse when I'm not just letting myself down, but other people as well. Just about the only challenges I am too scared to bail on are Remix and Yuletide. I've never missed either, and I think part of my soul will die if I did.
What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2006?
Pirates of the Caribbean came out of left field. Blame yahtzee63. And Ruth/Harry from Spooks came as a bit of a shock.
What's your favourite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?
The Grand Tour, because it's the sort of thing I used to do and wish I did more of. Plus it was written out of the fevered need to WRITE, rather than me pushing to not disappoint anyone else, which gave me so much joy the brief time I worked on it. That's the sense of elation I miss most.
Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
Sadly, I took almost no risks, because I simply did write enough to experiment much. This is the first time in a long time that I've lost confidence in myself quite so much, and abandoned so many WIPs, though as always, I hope to get back to them someday.
Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
I need to start working the fantasy YA I've back burnered for years. And I still very much want to finish Painted Blind for my sister.
Truth (The Fire Alarm Remix)
I admit it openly: Rose and the Doctor, and their relationship, in the second series were so altered from the first series that I had a really hard time with this one. In context with the second series, just doesn't really fit anymore.
Remember the whole Companions Leave post? Welcome to pretty much the fanfic equivalent. Written for the Tenth Doctor Ficathon. I still feel guilty for bending my request so far as to be unrecogniseable. I am a bad author, and you shouldn't like me. You should throw rocks at my house.
Pirates of the Caribbean
For some reason, people on Fanfiction.net seem to assume this is about Jack, or Will. I thought about changing the synopsis, then in a fit of curiosity decided to leave it, to see how much people really do project onto the stories they read, and how little they pay attention. And obviously if you can't tell from the story who it is, I failed as a writer to a degree. So it's an experiment. Just me dabbling, putting my toe in to check how friendly the waters are before I dove in. Except the stories I started after this got lost, as I was swallowed up by research that instead of leading to writing led to me reading a shitload of Age of Sail novels by other people, instead. Much the same happened with Gosford Park, which led not to more Gosford Park fiction, but me devouring The Cazalet Chronices over the summer, instead.
The Grand Tour
This is just.... I want it so much, and I don't trust myself to write anything else yet really because I don't think I'd be any good at it (you'll notice that in both my previous two espionage series, Nikita and Jake 2.0 a total and complete lack of casefile stories that require me to understand a goddam thing about terrorism, global politics, and actually NSA/MI5/MI6/CIA/Etc. procedures, right?). Spooks is not a series I feel I could do that with, hence the massive amounts of research I'd have to do, before I could even start to break stories in my head for this. That said, it hasn't stopped me from playing around with some missing scene stories....
Robin of Sherwood
It was so deeply odd to revisit this fandom. For one, it's my first fandom, the one I sued to know inside out, backwards and forwards. I spent 5 years writing nothing but RoS fic, albeit most of it appallingly awful. But I hadn't written anything new in almost a decade. And so it was a challenge to get back into the canon and the characters. Particularly Robert, because I'd been a Loxley girl back in the day. And my knowledge of Scottish/English/French politics in the early 13th century is pretty goddam rusty. No lie. I actually learned a lot more about David of Huntingdon this time around, because we didn't have Google or Wiki when I was 18. Wow, would my early writing life have been different...