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20,742 words total in published complete fanfiction. (Most of it written in December.) On the other hand, I have about 90,000 words in first draft of a novel, so it wasn't a bad year for writing overall, as long as I keep working on said novel/series and finish it eventually.
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All my stories (except the ones that are incomplete, which can just languish on ff.net) are now up on AO3. I'm going to try to keep everything there from now on.

Also, writing summaries is hard.
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I wrote about 40,000 words again this year. Well, published. This isn't counting the stuff that's still in progress, or the stuff that's partially written but not actually in progress...

But it makes me wonder, because every year for the past five or six years I've read approximately 108 books (except this year, where I'm down around 100, but I blame reading more partial books for research). So is 40,000 words going to be another weird pattern, or is it just a coincidence that it's the same number (rounded off) as last year?

This year I did finish a longer thing: Swallowed is more than half of the word total at 25,000. So I feel good about that.

I didn't finish any of the things I said I was definitely going to finish when I did my year in review last year. This year, I'm dubious that any of them will ever be finished.

And I don't really feel like listing out every idea ever this year...though I would like to mention that I think the idea currently titled "His Dark Muse" is pretty good. It's about Spike (well, William) if Drusilla hadn't turned him when she did, but instead kept coming back and eventually turned him. Or maybe not. And what kind of vampire he would be when turned at different points in his life. And what his life would be like with a vampire that kept showing up in it (thus His Dark Muse).

On my actually actively working on it list I have two things in fanfic. The first is "And That Rhymes With P", which I almost finished back in July, for values of almost that include leaving a real mess when I just up and left it. But I'm going back and can hopefully make something out of it.

And of course I'm writing a long story which I would like to make into a series, all about the implications of the stuff that happened in the Avengers movie. Like that an organization called the World Security Council actually launched a nuclear bomb at New York City, and I don't really believe that could be swept under the rug. And humanity as a whole now knows that it is not alone in the universe. These are not small things. Plus there's all the science, which fascinates me because it doesn't make any sense, but sometimes I can make it make sense (to me, at least), mostly by assuming other crazy things... So there are a lot of implications, from the world level to the personal level for the individual Avengers. Oh, and I suppose as long as I'm summarizing, I might as well mention that it's also a genderswap story, because the main character is Dr. Beatrice Banner (who has always been female). (I used to have all kinds of things to say about why genderswap, etc., but at this point it's just what I'm writing. If/when I actually publish the first story, I'll dig out all the whys and wherefores and publish them too.) But anyway, there is plenty of room for this to be a very long series, and I have notes for worldbuilding and plot going far into the future (and far into the past)... And the first story is quite possibly going to be called "Fifty Ways of Feeling the Aftershocks" and is mainly about Bea and Tony Stark, though the other Avengers weave in and out occasionally. The second story is mainly about Bea and Natasha Romanoff, and it doesn't have a title yet. But the series is very likely to be called "Avenging It".

And it will all be very cool, when I get it written. When. I really mean it this time.
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About a month and a half ago, I read an amazing fanfic series in the Avengers fandom, and it was so inspiring that I started writing an Avengers story. A big Avengers story, taking on a lot of the implications of what happened in the movie, which I figured the MCU canon would probably never do, movies being shaped the way that they are. At the time, I was completely failing at my (misguided) attempt at making a fake deadline for another story I was writing (that never works, deadlines have to be real to work as motivation), and I'd been wanting to write something serial and open-ended and large for a long time, and it seemed like a good time.

So now I'm 20,000 words into the first part of this serial (I thought I was writing a chapter, but it's getting way too long for that label), and I'm scared to watch Iron Man 3 when it comes out on DVD.

In a way, I think MCU is a great place for writing fanfic because it's made up out of movies, and a series of superhero movies, just by their nature, have a lot of gaps in what they present. It's all exciting and action-packed and not so much with the follow-through or the deep characterization. So there's lots of room for filling that in.

But on the other hand, each individual movie is going to be a really significant event, which means that each movie is going to change the nature of the world, and quite possibly change the nature of the characters involved. A lot.

I mean, can you imagine having something in progress when Iron Man 2 came out? Where in Iron Man you had a guy with an iron suit of armor, but just a guy facing personal issues like being personally kidnapped and personally betrayed, suddenly you had a guy who lived in a world where said suit was THE weapon, and other people were trying to imitate it. A guy who had a place on the national or international stage because of the weapon he'd created.

This is not a reasonable extrapolation from Iron Man. I mean really. The Iron Man suit, while cool, is not THE anything. THE weapon? In a world that has thermonuclear bombs? What does the Iron Man suit actually defeat, besides unarmored people and other Iron Man suits/drones? And there's only one of them...or two once Rhodey gets his. I will grant you that there is a niche for such suits, situations requiring precision, maneuverability, and on the spot judgment (the Avengers movie basically claims that fitting into this particular sort of niche is especially useful for fighting aliens in urban environments), but overall...simply not the scariest weapon ever. Useful, but not game-changing.

So the world suddenly makes a lot less sense. (And I'm not even going to get into the whole "new element" thing...no, I'm not.)

But I suppose if you don't like it, you can always ignore that part, especially if you have something already in progress that would be broken by a world that looks like the Iron Man 2 world. Say you're now working in an AU and move on. It would be fine. Or at least mostly fine, though it would probably consume brain cycles trying to make it all work together somehow because saying you're going to ignore something and actually doing it are not the same thing.

But the bigger problem is that Tony Stark seems to be a different person, to some degree. He's faced with a problem, and he doesn't rise to the occasion, he does exactly the opposite and it's extremely cringe-worthy. I suppose if you're far enough into you WIP, you can probably weather that, keep with your original vision if the new characterization gives you problems, but...I feel like new characterization is hard to ignore. Far harder to ignore than new worldbuilding. There are all kinds of subtle ways that new characterization will work its way into the thing you're writing...

And I suppose maybe that's not entirely a disadvantage? Perhaps that's even what fanfiction is about, in a way...changing and responding as the canon changes? Because if you wanted to write entirely your own thing, you'd be writing original fiction. And yet...


(I also wonder to what degree this analysis would be different if I'd used the Captain America movie, which I generally liked, instead of Iron Man 2, which I generally disliked, as the example. Hmm.)
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I will post a story called And That Rhymes With P on July 29.
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Like a Spike Through the Heart (Spike,Dru,Darla,Cecily,Chinese Slayer,Nikki Wood,Angelus,OCs) (though the overall piece is incomplete, each chapter that isn't labelled "Interlude" is stand alone and may be considered complete)
When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be (Spike,Buffy)
Imperfect Happiness (Buffy,Angel)
Stronger than Death (William,William's mother,Spike,Buffy)
Cleanup (Xander,Buffy,Dawn)

Chaos in 17 Lines (poem, Spike,Buffy)
Something in the Eyes (Spike,Buffy)
Take This Villanelle (poem, Spike,Buffy)
Not On Boats (Buffy)
Some Watery Tart (Chao-Ahn,Buffy,Spike)
Life Force (Sineya the first Slayer,Buffy,Spike)
A Fine and Private Place (Joan,Randy,Buffy,Spike)
For Want of a Spike (Spike,Buffy)

Survival (Spike,Dawn)
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This year I wrote about 40,000 words of fanfiction. Which I don't consider to be a bad number, considering that I was only actually writing for half the year. If I wrote at the same rate next year, I could write a novel. In theory. If word count were the only thing that mattered about writing a novel. But it's a nice thought.

However, the only things I finished are the short things.

"When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be" (terrible horrible precedent, why can't I do that again -- written entirely in one day, from idea to finished story, and I still like it)
"Imperfect Happiness" (also written in one day, but only has one idea in it)
"Stronger than Death" (not written in one day, not even close)

I didn't finish a bunch of things that are longer:

"Demon Blood" (unlikely to ever be finished unless I think of a really cool demon for Tara to be, I started without an ending or even a middle in sight because I'm impulsive that way)
"Like a Spike Through the Heart" (this looks nothing like it looked when I started it, because I decided I didn't actually want to write the thing I started off thinking I was going to write. But all the same, I like how this turned out, more or less, and I am going to finish it. I sort of hate the title, but I don't think I can change it.)
"Every Day a Little Death" (I'm going to finish this too.)
"In Betweens" (Season 6 AU. This is me being ambitious. I need to rewrite the prologue or get rid of it because there's something wrong with it...and come up with much more plot, and more characterization, and more everything...)

And here are the other things that I either have substantial ideas for or part of it written, and could write at some point in the future:

Untitled Season 7 AU, sequel to "In Betweens" (not likely to happen any time soon, obviously, but I adore some of the stuff that happens here...)

Replacement Spontaneous Project (I don't know how spontaneous it can be when I've been thinking about doing it for months, but it's a true serial, it's got lots of time travel, there is no guarantee that it'll make any sense but it could be quite a lot of fun, and I only know what the first couple of parts are like but it could go on forever...)

"Cleanup" (I quit writing this to write my Yuletide story, hopefully I can still get back in and finish it)

Untitled Buffy story (sort of like "Stronger Than Death" only about Buffy in Season 6. It might be called "Crowned With Laurels" but then again it might not.)

And the rest of these are all in the same continuity:

"In My Father's House" (I'm not sure if that's the right title. A tragic detective story about pre-vampire Drusilla, many nuns, Angelus, and -- though he never actually appears in person, still very importantly -- God.)

"Present Mirth, Present Laughter" (How Spike found out about the Gem of Amara. The best thing about this IMO is the OCs, though.)

"And That Rhymes With P" (prequel to "Every Day a Little Death". Buffy and Spike meet for the first and second times post series.)

"The Difficult Decisions" (sequel to "Every Day a Little Death". Spike and Dawn, mostly, and the Dragonriders of Rohan (not their real name). And the end of a world.)

"Blood, Sweat, and Fears" (sequel to "The Difficult Decisions". A story about a struggling colony in a hell dimension, a burial mound and some royal ghosts, possibly a terrible secret, and two people learning to communicate with each other and get past their past. This one sort of scares me.)

"Death Be Not Proud" (Drusilla again.)

"Down to the End of Town" (Drusilla again. And Jilly/JJ, who is going through a brief phase when she wants to be called Jill.)

"The Vampires Human" (correct punctuation unknown and therefore left out, I'm not sure I like this title anyway. Mostly JJ and Spike.)

"The Secret Life of JJ Summers" (Worldbuilding festival so far, but it's Earth in the future worldbuilding, not hell dimension worldbuilding. And Spike goes to prom.)

"A Vampire in the Family" (Spike and the generations of Summers women. I'll probably never write this, but I like to think about it.)

And the moral of this post is: ideas are easy, titles are hard. Even when you steal them. And it's good to finish things.
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I finished my Yuletide story!

It was longer and more difficult to write than I expected, so I'm glad I got it with a little time to spare. And I hope it works as a story, because at this point I can't tell. But in any case, I can tidy it up tomorrow (and maybe come up with a better second to last line) and upload it a couple of days before the deadline.
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I miss roleplaying. I miss the spontaneousness and the back and forth and the influence of other people. Still don't miss the bit where half the really amazing ideas have to be abandoned because they don't work for other people, or the bit where I really want to be writing and roleplaying is only at most half about writing, but...


I can't regret turning my original spontaneous project (In Betweens) into something with an outline (without the outline, I'd never have gotten it to go anywhere nearly so interesting as where it's going to), but perhaps I need to do something a bit more spontaneous.


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