Jan. 1st, 2014

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I wrote 5 stories in 5 fandoms this year, guessed by no one. (Really, guys? :P)

My Assignment: Vocation (2200w, Gen, G, Snake character study) for [archiveofourown.org profile] edonohana in Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre.

This one I'm ridiculously proud of, because it was a BEARS fandom for me. My flist knows I matched on Pern, wrote a bunch, couldn't finish and edit before deadline and produced this one's rough draft over two crazy days before the default without penalty deadline as a "just in case". While I was only about halfway through the book -- luckily, I'm getting better at guessing and extrapolating so I only needed a few tweaks. So it was my first time reading it, my first time writing it, and my first time writing in a book fandom in a long damned time.

Wacky things I did throughout the writing process: Watched all available episodes of Oddities on netflix, as well as a bunch of murder documentaries, so that I could get the feel of organ preservation and autoposies. Also, I spent about a month converting all my purchases into Pernese marks.

(The original fic, still titled "Dragonsnoun" and is now part of my [community profile] getyourwordsout and will hopefully be done by next yuletide.)

My Pinch-Hit: Hope in the Bottom of the Box. (6500w, Gen/Preship, G Abbie Mills & Ichabod Crane, roadtrip/casefic) in Sleepy Hollow (TV) for [archiveofourown.org profile] whatbecomesofyou.

I picked this one up about 3 seconds after it hit the PH list, because I really regretted not signing up for Sleepy Hollow this year - and I'm so glad I did, because her favorite listed tropes are also my favorite listed tropes, and because Abbie is an amazingly fun POV to write in. The working summary was "Nothing bad happens and no one dies."

Wacky things I did in the writing process: Set the McGuffin in Saskatchewan specifically so I could learn how to spell Saskatchewan. It is also a fucking miracle that I'm not on a do-not-fly list after the googling I had to do to get this story written.

My Other Pinch Hit: Breadcrumbs (1400w, Gen, G, Gretel character study) in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters for [archiveofourown.org profile] oddegg.

I'd written the first draft of this back in January, immediately after the movie, and never posted -- so when this request came up on the PH list on the 24th, I tentatively claimed it and reread and adapted until it was sufficiently weird. I was really worried that oddegg might not like it, but they did, and I'm bweeful over that because the polish-and-post of an existing story is not something I've ever done before.

Wacky things I did while writing this story: Skimming fairy tales for tone absorption.

Treat: Evolution's Biggest* Hits! (1000w Gen, G, Evolution & Manager crackfic) in WTF Evolution (tumblr) for [archiveofourown.org profile] laughing_pheonix.

This one was the surprise! Hit of my works this year, and unsurprisingly - I had promised myself that if I finished my stories in time I could write a WTF Evolution treat. It is mostly about prehistoric megafauna, and who doesn't love prehistoric megafauna?

Wacky things I did while writing this story: I wrote each section as a reward for finishing either parts of Hope in the Bottom of the Box or editing my assigned stories/PHs.

Treat: Better than Monkeys (1000w, Gen, G, Scarlett & Karma worldbuilding/character study) in Temple Run 2 for [archiveofourown.org profile] aramley.

I'd had the opening line hanging out in my head since seeing their request, and the rest sortof ... followed, when I realized I had a few spare hours yet on Christmas Eve.

Wacky things I did while writing this story: Played a lot of Temple Run 2, at last unlocking that fucking santa hat.
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Dec 28th - how do you celebrate birthdays? (theeverbright)

I have birthday angst! I have the souped up king of unresolved birthday angst!

So the past 3 birthdays I've celebrated at work - our office buys everyone a cake and lures all the employees to the basement breakroom, and we get wished a noisy happy birthday, and we eat cake.

This is ordinarily followed by curling up under blankets and watching silly movies on my sofa. This year, [livejournal.com profile] taraljc and I went out for dim sum ... two? three? weeks after my actual birthday, but still solidly inside my birthday MONTH, so I'm calling an "it counts!" because, "it counts!"

Never actually had a birthday party, but I've also never actually enjoyed parties, either, soo ...


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