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My Fannish Year 2012

I thought I ought to do one of these before the month slips away from me. Since I didn't go to any fannish events last year, it's all fic. I actually wrote quite a bit (my evil twin wrote some stuff too), but most of it was pretty short. This is despite being blocked still, which I know sounds like a contradiction in terms, but I definitely am blocked. I know this because I still find writing anything longer than a ficlet really tough. Also, 2012 was the first time I signed up for a ficathon summer_of_giles and failed to deliver the goods.

Hopefully, I'll have more sense this year than continually to sign up for things. Which reminds me, I have to write something for rekindlespangel by the end of the month. ;)



January

I wrote Hell On Wheels for a sb_fag_ends prompt. Spike, Buffy and Dawn. PG

I also wrote Marry in Haste... for the Drunken Giles ficathon. Spike and Giles, PG. For the prompt: Giles in drunken Vegas wedding shocker.

February

I posted Deceptions, the next story in my long-running (because I'm too blocked to finish it) Spike/Giles re-telling season 7 series. This part rated PG.

Hawk From a Handsaw, an angsty drabble for sb_fag_ends. Crazy Spike in the basement. PG.

I also started a series of short fics featuring minor vampire characters from the Buffyverse.

Being a Vampire Sucks 1: Irony. Sheila (from School Hard), PG.

and

Being a Vampire Sucks 2: Takes One to Know One. Dalton (You remember, Spike's minion from season 2?). PG.

March

The minor vamp series continued in March with:

Being a Vampire Sucks 3: Calculated Risk. Sandy (from Doppelgangland and Shadow). PG.

and concluded with:

Being a Vampire Sucks 4: Blonde Ambition. Brad (leading light of the terrifying Harmony Gang in Real Me). PG.

I had great fun writing those. Always meant to do five, but I think I ran out of minor vamps.

Meanwhile, sb_fag_ends was having one of its best months of the year with the theme prompt tag, which meant people were riffing off each others' work. I managed to write my two best Fag Ends ficlets of the year (IMO) this month, though unfortunately they do rather depend on people knowing what other story they refer to.

First, I went for comedy - a ficlet that grew out of a throwaway line from a fic by quinara about Buffy throwing an impromptu birthday/explain Spike to the Potentials party in season 7, and Spike at some point telling her that if she kept drinking at this rate, if the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse knocked on the door, she'd invite them in for crudites.

The Apocalypse Has Been Postponed. Spike/Buffy. PG.

Then I went for major angst, which grew out of a fic by drizzlydaze in which evil Spike had sired Wishverse Buffy.

On the Beach. Spike/Buffy, rated R for character death. Or just death.

April

My evil twin surfaced for the first time in 2012 this month and wrote:

History Test for whichclothes's Spanked Spike ficathon. Spike/Giles, NC17. This entry is friendslocked.

Meanwhile, I managed another drabble for sb_fag_ends

Doubt. PG.

May

In May, I posted:

Repent at Leisure, also for the Spanked Spike ficathon, but pretty tame for a spanking fic. It featured Giles/Wesley and Spike, rated PG. A sequel to my story for the Drunken Giles ficathon back in January.

Also, another Fag Ends drabble:

Won't Get Fooled Again. PG.

Also, my entry for the spring round of seasonal_spuffy.

Last Dance. Spike/Buffy, post-apocalypse, PG/R.

June

In June I went on my trip to California (about which, being a nervous traveller, I was having kittens beforehand.) It was fabulous, though. Plus, I got to meet more LJ'ers in person - whichclothes, rebcake and thedeadlyhook, and that was fabulous too.

Not surprisingly, I didn't write much fic that month, just another Fag Ends ficlet, in honour of the Queen's Jubilee (plus it was Punk month again on Fag Ends).

God Save the Queen. PG.

July

Wrote nothing except another Fag Ends drabble. This was probably the month when I felt most blocked, and like I would probably never write a long, plotty fic ever again.

What She Deserves. PG.

August

In August quinara set up sb_ashtray, the sister comm for sb_fag_ends, where people can post fics from Fag Ends prompts which exceed the 1000 word count or aren't Spuffy enough. I broke my block a little by posting:

Premature Burial. Spike/Drusilla, Buffy/Angel, hints of Spike/Buffy UST. R. Actually, this fic was probably Spuffy enough for Fag Ends and didn't exceed the 1000 word limit. But never mind.

I also managed a Fag Ends drabble:

Under Threat. PG.

September

This was the only month of the year I didn't post anything to Fag Ends (bad me!). On the other hand, both me and my evil twin posted fic. This was, in fact, the only time in the whole of 2012 when the words just flowed the way they used to. I was trying to do one of those Five Times Fics, but it didn't quite work out because I could only think of five things, and you're supposed to have an extra thing to contrast. But anyway, the whole sequence is called Four Times Angel Wanted Rid of Spike and Once He Lost Him Anyway. Snappy, huh? The first two only appear in friendslocked entries on my evil twin's LJ.

Love and War One Year On. Spike and Harmony, Spike/Riley R. This fic is a coda to my evil twin's last long fic, Love and War and makes no sense if you haven't read that.

In the Family Way. Spike/Hamilton, NC17. This fic is very not nice. I don't recommend it. It's flocked anyway.

I posted the final three stories in the sequence on my LJ too. They are:

Alone At Last. A Fanged Four historical tale (God, I miss those!), rated R.

Unmentionables. Spike and a very dickish Angel (sorry, it's Comics Angel's fault), set in AtS season 5. R.

And finally, the contrast fic:

Day Off. Spike/Angel, Spike/Illyria. NC17.

These fics may not have been universally popular (hard to tell these days anyway), but boy, I had fun writing them. Even the nasty one. Just for once, writing didn't feel like wading through treacle.

October

Halloween month is a big month on sb_fag_ends and last year the comm (both mods and posters) absolutely excelled themselves. My own contributions were a series of haunted house ficlets, called (imaginatively) Haunted House, set in the hiatus between BtVS seasons 5/6. PG-13.

1. Cold Spot.

2. Silent Whisper.

3. Dead Will Walk.

4. Future Shock.

Then I helped (in a very modest way) to slay the ghost that was haunting Fag Ends, by fulfilling two prompts (titles taken from the Ghostbusters cartoon series).

The Collect Call of Cthulhu. Spike/Buffy and a slight misunderstanding on the telephone. PG.

Courtesy Call, for the prompt Transylvanian Homesick Blues. Spike and Dracula. PG.

That final week of October was the best fun I've ever had on Fag Ends. :Genuflects to my fellow mods quinara and bogwitch, who do all the actual graft:

Elsewhere, I posted:

Desperate Measures, the penultimate (I hope) story in my Spike/Giles re-telling season 7 WIP. I will finish the story this year! I will! I will!

I also managed to write a daft little something for the nekid_spike Halloween nekid numbers challenge:

Vampire Love. Spike/Giles. PG.

November

As you can see, October was pretty exhausting fic-wise, so not surprisingly, all I wrote in November was another Fag Ends drabble:

Blue-Eyed Son. Spike/Buffy from Drusilla's POV. PG.

December

Was busy again in December with the following:

Conversation With a Vampire, written for brutti_ma_buoni's letsgetitdone ficathon, which enabled me to finish the fic I'd started for summer_of_giles. Giles and Darla, pre-series. PG.

Christmas Party From Hell, written for sb_fag_ends and a late addition to my Wedding From Hellverse series, and not really comprehensible if you haven't read the previous stories. Spike/Buffy, Joyce/Clem. PG.

Then there was my entry for the autumn round of seasonal_spuffy:

One Hundred and Forty Seven Nights to Save Your Lover. Set in the season 5/6 hiatus. PG/R. Still blown away by the amazing feedback this story received. Wasn't expecting it at all.

Finally, the year drew to a close with noel_of_spike, for which I wrote:

No Time Like the Present, mention of all Spike's canon pairings. PG.

And that's it. Looking at this list, I can't believe I wrote so much. Okay, most of it was short, but still.... Also, I know people may look at this and think it's ridiculous of me to say I have writers' block, but writing most of these things was so hard I was ready to give up (and might well have if not for dwyld). Only the fics in September were easy to write.

Then again, maybe writing shouldn't be easy. Who knows?

Wonder how this year will compare.

Comments

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rebcake
Jan. 6th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh this is handy! I was just about to go hunting down some of these!

I'd like to encourage you to carry on with any Spike/Giles fics that come to you! Also, might I suggest Holden Webster for your 5th "minor vamp"?

I'm very impressed with all you've done this year. My list is not nearly so consistent as yours, alas. And yes, writing is all hard and stuff. Boo. But yay, you! Fics for every month of the year! We're luck to have you, blockage and all!
shapinglight
Jan. 7th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
I'd like to encourage you to carry on with any Spike/Giles fics that come to you! Also, might I suggest Holden Webster for your 5th "minor vamp"?

I did think of Holden but since he sort of monopolised a whole episode I wasn't sure he was minor enough. I also thought of Richard, the vamp Buffy's fighting in LMPTM, but there's so little to him that didn't really work either. And I can't think of anyone else. ;)

Re: blockage - I know it sounds ridiculous of me to say I'm blocked, but it definitely feels like it.
chasingdemons
Jan. 7th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
You really did get a lot accomplished, in spite of the fact that you were so blocked. Wishing you unblockage for 2013! :-)
shapinglight
Jan. 7th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, love. I wish it to me too. :)
dwyld
Jan. 7th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
Then again, maybe writing shouldn't be easy. Who knows?

In a couple of years, when you have enough distance, you can reread these fics and compare the quality of the ones in September with the rest - and you will have an answer.

Personally I think people write better stuff when they are happy, but that isn't necessarily the same as the writing being easy.
shapinglight
Jan. 7th, 2013 10:34 am (UTC)
In a couple of years, when you have enough distance, you can reread these fics and compare the quality of the ones in September with the rest - and you will have an answer.

Oh dear, are they that bad - the September ones, I mean? I ask because I was thinking of using that last one -the contrast one - as the background of whatever I write for rekindlespangel.

Personally I think people write better stuff when they are happy, but that isn't necessarily the same as the writing being easy.

I don't know about happy exactly, but certainly not being emotionally strung out is a big help.

dwyld
Jan. 8th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
Oh dear, are they that bad

Not what I was saying.

What I'm saying is I don't think speed and ease of writing equates directly to quality in either direction. You can write good or bad (or intermediate) stuff either quickly and easily or slowly and painfully. But that is a generalised statement based on my own experience and what I have seen in other writers. In a couple of years you will be able to look back and judge if it applies to you or if there is a clear pattern.

I don't know about happy exactly, but certainly not being emotionally strung out is a big help.

Yes, 'happy' was a shorthand for not being depressed or anxious or distracted. You don't have to actually be skipping around singing of puppies and picking flowers.
shapinglight
Jan. 9th, 2013 11:44 am (UTC)
What I'm saying is I don't think speed and ease of writing equates directly to quality in either direction. You can write good or bad (or intermediate) stuff either quickly and easily or slowly and painfully.

I see. Yes, I get that. It is nice when it just flows, though. Or at least, for me nowadays, it makes a nice change.
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