Sky (skyblue_reverie) wrote,

Yuletide and Yearly Round-Up

Hallo, my f-list loves! Happy New Year to you all.

So first: yuletide round-up. I'm still reading a few fics here and there, mostly off recs, but I've read most of the fics in the fandoms that I have any familiarity with, and they were fantastic. Fics for fandoms that I'd never thought I'd see, that I didn't even know there was a fandom for, and maybe there isn't. The Last Unicorn, Watership Down, Good Eats for god's sake! Amazing and wonderful. We were also gifted with several gorgeously well-done Fry/Laurie-related fics, which have been catalogued over at fryandorlaurie by my very own fantastically talented Yuletide santa (who wrote the brain-meltingly hot The Club), notatracer.

As the author reveal has now been done, I can now 'fess up that I wrote Yes, Sir, Jeeves. It was tremendously fun to write, and also challenging, as I'll go into a bit more below. I want to thank everyone who gave me feedback, and I am responding to all comments (as I always do - I can't imagine not acknowledging the gracious feedback that you guys have left) but it may take me just a bit. Also thanks to anyone who recced me - it made me flail with joyous blushing squeefulness to see a rec of my fic on the yuletide posts. Anyway, I'll be reposting it to my LJ in a bit, with links to the comms and such, and then I can fix that typo that's been driving me mad!

Oh, if any of you are poking around here because you read "Yes, Sir, Jeeves," and are wondering where to start, I'd recommend starting with The Matter of Mr Wooster's Headaches, which is the first fic in my J/W series. Each fic has a link to its sequel at the bottom. It'll make much more sense if you start from the beginning and go in order. I hope you enjoy!

One other Yuletide fic that I've just got to mention is The Buried Treasure Racket, by Dorinda. It is based on the movie The Sting, one of my favorite films of all time. I was a bit nervous going in, because of how much I love the movie, and how difficult it would be to write convincing fic for it. But this story is insanely good. It's one of the most amazing, involving, brilliantly plotted pieces of short fiction I've ever read. And as fanfiction, it's absolutely perfect. Voices, characterization, period details, everything is just completely right. And it has scrumptious slash between Johnny and Henry, played by a young Robert Redford and Paul Newman, respectively - that's just one of the prettiest pairings EVER. It's long, but trust me, it is well worth the investment of time.

And now, a yearly writing round-up meme, ganked from topaz_eyes. So I've only been writing fic for half a year. I still want to look back. :p

Number of Fics Posted in 2006: Nine, all of them Jeeves & Wooster, all but one slash, and all but one rated NC-17.

Total Word Count of Posted Fics: Approximately 68,500.

Favorite of the Batch: Eeek, this is so difficult, but if you forced me to choose, I'd probably say Jeeves and the Tale of Abington Chase. I've got affection for all of my fics, and at the same time there are things about this one (and all the others) that I still don't think are perfect, but I felt so compelled to write it, and it just felt so right as a backstory for Jeeves. Also, I'm sort of proud that I've never seen anything like it in the fandom, and I'm thrilled that it met with such acceptance from you all.

Most Fun to Write: Oh, gosh, that would be a tossup between my very first fic, The Matter of Mr Wooster's Headaches, and the Halloween bad!fic, A Love Without End. The former was the first time I've ever been so inspired by anything - it was almost like channeling, and it felt wonderful and terrifying at the same time. The latter had me giggling insanely and cringing in horror simultaneously. Both were great experiences, in very different ways.

Most Underappreciated By the Universe: That'd have to be the PWP ficlet Jeeves and the Billiard Lesson, which didn't get as much love as my other fics (not that I'm complaining about the amount of feedback, mind you!), and I've never been sure why. I am always struggling with the Bertie-voice, and still feel like it just isn't anywhere near as hilarious and effervescent as the original, but the Bertie-voice in this fic felt closer to me than most of my other attempts. Ah well - I'm a rotten judge of my own work.

Hottest Fic: Hmmm, I'd have to say the one I affectionately call the belt!fic, Mr Wooster Takes a Job. What can I say - I'm just a kinky puppy.

"Holy Crap, That's Wrong, Even For You": Without doubt, the Halloween bad!fic, A Love Without End, written for karaokegal's brilliant Come As You're Not fic party. I could just feel the waves of shock and horror emanating at me from all corners of the fandom after that one. Sorry, y'all! At least you had ennui_blue_lite's hilarious MST to console you. :)

Hardest Fic to Write: Again, a tie, this time between Jeeves and the Tale of Abington Chase and Yes, Sir, Jeeves. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy writing them - I did. Both were amazing experiences. But Abington Chase was very difficult and delicate subject matter, and it felt so sacreligious, almost, to bring such horror into the happy world of J&W, and the emotional responses had to be just right, and there were a ton of OCs, and altogether it just felt like running toward the edge of a cliff, not sure if I was the Roadrunner or Wile E. Coyote. "Yes, Sir, Jeeves" was tremendously fun, but difficult, because in my own mind, I'd already written "my" Jeeves's and Bertie's first time, and it was hard for me to envision any other scenario. Plus, I got hit by writer's block a couple of times throughout that fic, which was frustrating. There were parts of it that I could barely bring myself to write, because they hurt my OTP-y heart, like the scene where Terrence comes on to Bertie. I originally planned to have Terrence actually kiss Bertie, but in the end I just couldn't do it. Having him grope Bertie's naughty bits actually felt less personal to me, and enabled me to actually get that scene down on paper. The thing that got me through the process of writing "Yes, Sir, Jeeves" and made it completely worthwhile, and so much fun, was the gift-fic aspect of it. I had a blast stalking poking around notpoetry's LJ for little things I could throw in there to make her happy. And the feedback I got from her made the struggle more than worthwhile. I'm really proud of both of these fics, and I think the difficult writing process only made the end result that much sweeter.

My New Year's Writing Resolutions (?): To branch out beyond J/W. I'm tossing around the possibility of writing Fry/Laurie RPS, Tony/Control, Lord Peter Wimsey (Peter/Bunter), and/or possibly even some original fic. On the other hand, the Jeeves-muse is still very much with me, and I've got zillions of J/W bunnies hopping around. The ones which are most urgently vying for my attention are a D/s-y PWP from Jeeves's POV, and a long, plotty fic, also from Jeeves's POV, which will involve Bertie and Jeeves running into Philip, from the Abington Chase saga. I'm not sure how I'm going to balance all of this with my very busy RL (and I'm notoriously bad at following through on resolutions), but I will certainly not stop writing.

I want to thank all of you for your incredible supportiveness, kindness, and general moist pink fluffy loveliness during the relatively short time I've been here.

Please feel free to pop in and say hi, and/or share your thoughts on any of this.

I hope that 2007 brings health, happiness, and love to you all.
Tags: fic challenge: yuletide, go read this now sky commands it, in which i ramble about writing, sky is a sheep baaaahhhhhh
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