LIST OF FANWORKS:
break from these chains and make my kingdom new
(TFA; Finn/Rey, nsfw) (and if you think it's fine, will you) lay your head next to mine
(TFA; Finn/Rey) my turn in a minute (gonna put my message in it)
(TFA; Finn/Rey, Finn/Poe/Rey) the universe made manifest
(TFA; Rey & Luke) how galaxies collide
(TFA; Finn/Rey) at least we stole the show
(Daredevil; Foggy/Karen/Matt, nsfw) we're headed straight for the keep
(DAI; Sera/Dagna) Rear View [vid]
(TFA; Finn/Rey) hold the nail for the hammer stroke
(Rogue One; Jyn Erso/Mon Mothma) Away. To. [vid]
(TFA; ensemble) a knife on the things that held us together
(TFA; Han/Leia, Luke) (good is) not a thing you are
(Critical Role; Percy & Pike) our own hands against our hearts
(Critical Role; Percy/Vex, community theater AU) Kintsukuroi
(Critical Role; Kynan, Jarret, and Pike) can't we get a little grace
(Critical Role; Percy & Cassandra) let this moment be the first chapter
(Star Wars; Han/Leia) enough language in your mouth
(TFA; Finn/Poe, nsfw) various Tumblr ficlets various fanmixes, graphics, etc
TOTAL WORD COUNT FOR THE YEAR:
56409 words and 6:18 minutes of vids. Considering last year it was ~35K and no vids, I'm pleased. OVERALL THOUGHTS:
Like last year, I was curious about the breakdown of things written. By fandom:
The Force Awakens: 22697
Star Wars (not TFA or RO): 2155
Rogue One: 3924
Total Star Wars: 28776
Critical Role: 15300
Captain America/Daredevil/MCU: 6692
Other (Yuri On Ice, Dishonored, Marvel comics): 1416 By genre:
Het (outside the context of an OT3): 16806 (29.8%)
Femslash: 5140 (9.1%)
Female POV: 23797 (42.2%)
POC POV: 13476 (23.9%)
WOC POV: 1342 (2.4%)
I wrote a lot more het this year than last, like tenfold. I also wrote a great deal more femslash (almost twice as much!), although that's still not very much. I also wrote twice as much from a female POV, and I'm also pleased by that. I rejiggered calculations for how I track POC POV from last year to get rid of the "real-world" context qualifier (it didn't seem to make sense when Finn gets as much shit as Sam Wilson does for being black, even if it's a galaxy far far away), so it's not apples to apples. But eyeballing it (I'm not going to recalculate it), it doesn't seem to have changed much.
By volume, writing from the perspective of WOC still remains abysmal. I will need to work on that. PERSONAL BEST:
The story that challenged me most in getting me out of my comfort zone was a knife on the things that held us together. I don't really do sad/tragic, and after I finished it I was emotionally wiped writing-wise for like two weeks.
I'm also pleased with we're headed straight for the keep, because Sera's voice is super difficult to nail down. I'd like to think that as little as it's featured (for reasons), it sounds true to the game. PERSONAL FAVORITE:
HOW DO I DECIDE BETWEEN ALL MY BABIES? The universe made manifest contains a lot of my feelings about the different versions of the Jedi code and how much difference one word makes. Also it has some character moments I like. I like the structure of how galaxies collide. I don't do much consciously with structure usually, so it was fun to do. MOST UNDERAPPRECIATED (IMO):
Away. To., for sure. Yes I know it's pretentious, but that's why I love it. Also this Leia backstory ficlet
. MOST POPULAR:
According to kudos my turn in a minute (gonna put my message in it). This Kynan and Cassandra ficlet
(?) also got way more attention than I thought it would? STORY WITH THE SEXIEST MOMENT:
There are two. The first being break from these chains and make my kingdom new, and at least we stole the show.
STORY THAT SHIFTED MY OWN PERCEPTIONS OF A CHARACTER:
I can't say that I've ever thought much about Dagna before writing we're headed straight for the keep, so it was nice to be able to get into her head.
I'm also glad to see the Jyn in hold the nail for the hammer stroke doesn't seem wildly ooc from the one in the movie.
MOST FUN STORY TO WRITE:
The one with Poe in sweatpants
, for sure. It's very silly and involves people being discombobulated because of their crushes. In the same vein, my turn in a minute (gonna put my message in it). HARDEST:
Enough language in your mouth was a terrible, recalcitrant story that I despaired over, because I didn't know what it wanted to be and it didn't either.
How much I love everybody in Critical Role. The sheer gayness (which you can hear all about and still not be prepared for) of Yuri on Ice, how much I adore Yuri and Victor, and how much I needed this show without realizing it. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:
Like it is every year, not writing more.
Not finishing the things I wanted to get off my plate.
MOST UNINTENTIONALLY TELLING STORY:
As I said last year, all my shit is out in the open. FAVOURITE LINES/SCENES:
“Do you trust me? In matters of life, death, and appropriate neckwear decisions?” Poe asks. Finn nods, although Rey thinks it might be in spite of himself. She sees Poe smile in the mirror’s reflection. “Good. Now watch my hands, here’s the tricky part.”
“It’s all tricky, Poe.” Finn sounds a little despairing, and Poe laughs softly before kissing him behind the ear.
“I got you buddy, we’ll figure it out.”
(from this ficlet
“We all have the Force.” Chirrut says, his conviction as strong as a fact of nature. “Binding, surrounding, the fucking plastoid tape of the universe.” His voice gets gruff, fondly mocking, and Baze shoots him a glare.
“Is he frowning at me?” Jyn murmurs an affirmative, and Chirrut smiles.
(from this ficlet
LINES/SCENES YOU’D CHANGE:
I try not to think about it because then I'll want to change them and then I'll never stop fiddling. TOP FIVE SCENES YOU WISH WOULD BE ILLUSTRATED:
Chirrut and Baze in the snow from this ficlet
Kynan over the table in Kintsukuroi
Percy and Pike in this (kinda nsfw) ficlet
Sira and Finn in this ficlet
Jess leaning against Black One in this ficlet
2016 WRITING AMBITIONS:
A look back at last year's goals: I think I would like to write a long story, probably the Adoribull Eagle AU
Yeah that totally did not happen. I don't think I'm one of those writers who has enough stamina or patience to write anything super long, although I may surprise myself.
Also I think I would like to write something unrepentantly trashy. Something totally dead dove do not eat that makes people who aren't into it go D: a lot.
That also did not happen. Maybe next year!
After the election, and looking ahead to the next year or four, I have been thinking about what I can do as a creative person, outside of direct activist/volunteer work, to support people's spirits during what will undoubtedly be some grim times. I think about how after the election, being able to dive into a fic for a little while was such comfort. I hope to write stories about connection, friendship, and resistance with as much love and care as possible.