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01 January 2007 @ 06:38 pm
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.
How do I feel?: peacefulpeaceful
Jestana: J&W: Bertie having his tie fixedjestana on January 2nd, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
I confess, I was a little puzzled when I read Yes, Sir, Jeeves because I was so used to your series that I didn't think that it might be another first-time fic. *shakes head* Still, it was lovely and I adore how Bertie didn't get why the other servants found some of his answers so funny. He's adorable when he's oblivious, isn't he? *grin* I loved the bit where Bertie walked in on Jeeves getting out of the bath. *licks lips* Such a lovely picture in my mind. *wink* I wanted to kick Terrence for coming on to Bertie, but I can't really blame him. *smirk* Bertie's very lovely.
Sky: [j&w] jw ampersandskyblue_reverie on January 2nd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you, m'dear!

Heh, yep, the first-time aspect was because that was my recipient's request. I honestly wasn't planning on ever writing another "first time" story, but I'm glad I did. Definitely I love it when Bertie is oblivious, and the first-time scenario does give lots of opportunities for adorable dimness from darling Bertie. :)

The towel bit was probably my favorite scene from that fic, and the most fun to write, and you're the first person to mention it, so thank you!

And the Terrence character was fun to write in general, but I found it so difficult and painful to have him make a move on Bertie! I wanted to kick him too, and not let him do it, which as you can imagine, made writing that scene rather difficult. :p

Thanks for your kind words, hon, and happy new year to you.
Jestana: J&W: Jeeves quirky smilejestana on January 2nd, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
No problem! *grin*

It's fun to come up with different ways for Bertie to overcome his obliviousness, isn't it? *wink*

I loved that and I kept wondering why Bertie wasn't pouncing on Jeeves. *giggle*

I know what you mean. Still, it worked beautifully. *hugs*

Happy New Year!
wemblee: my fandom has been co-opted by a corporawemblee on January 2nd, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
I know I already sent an email, but I just wanted to say, fucking congrats, dude -- your Yuletide story is amazing and I'm so glad everybody's lovin' it (and I loved it, too, obviously).

I feel a little guilty, because it seems that some of the things in your stories that hit my buttons hard (role reversal in "...Abington Chase" with Bertie being the strong one, sort of; OC-coming-onto-Bertie in the Yuletide story) seem to be your squicks (or, at least, not-so-much-your-buttons). Um, viva la difference?

But I think it's a mark of your skill that, even though I knew that the OC thing was probably a squick for you, I wasn't sure while I was reading. You're like a pro. So go you. :)
Sky: [j&w] jeeves mouth animatedskyblue_reverie on January 2nd, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
Eee, thanks, my dear! I got your email, and will respond ASAP, but thank you also for the comment here.

Hee, you shouldn't feel guilty! I chose to write that stuff, no one held a gun to my head, and I wanted people to enjoy it! I actually think I'm okay with role reversals as long as it's temporary, and justified by the plot of the story. So that part didn't squick me to write in either of the two fics where I've done it (or, well, the rest of my fics, if you consider the D/s part to be role reversal). The part with Terrence was definitely difficult for me. I whined and complained to my very patient and lovely beta, and she wrote me a hilarious bit of cracked-out fic as a "suggestion" for how to end the story to get past my writer's block (self-imposed and otherwise) and it contained some wonderful lines and ideas that I shamelessly stole for my fic. :D She also came up with the title, which I think is a great one, and put in hours of work with me to beta the thing. I'm very lucky to have her!

Anyway, thanks so much for the email and comment here! I'm so glad you liked the fic. :)
jadedgothchild: Homosexual gardenjadedgothchild on January 2nd, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)
You wrote 'Yes sir, Jeeves'? I'm seriously impressed. Moreso than I would have been if I'd known it was you from the start. Since I'm favourably disposed to all your stuff anyway. Except the stuff without porn, since I've not seen or read any Jeeves/Wooster other than in the fic world. I can't read it without at least a liberal dash of slash. Otherwise I'd read the original writer, right? I'm still going to read Plum's stuff anyway, but the porn is more fun. Especially with Fry/Laurie faces. Ahem. This started off as a rave for your yuletide offering. I seriously loved it. So much that I was considering feedback without knowing the author. Now, however, I'm blown away. It was well thought out, fully characterised and had a real story as well as OC's and J/W love. All the things that make for a happy me.

I loved it, and I'm seeing your writing in a whole new way having looked at it anonymously first.
Sky: [fry & laurie] whisperskyblue_reverie on January 2nd, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much, darling! I'm always thrilled to hear from you, especially since I'm such an admirer of your work. I know what you mean about getting to look at someone's work in a whole new way when it's anonymous, and I'm just glad that you liked it even when you didn't know it was me! :)

The only story I've written that wasn't slashy or porny was the intentional badfic. I just couldn't bear to get porny with a Jeeves/Mary Sue fic, and I couldn't bear to write slashy bad!fic: I couldn't pair either Jeeves or Bertie with another man, because it would hurt me too much, and I couldn't bear to write badfic about the two of them together. Yes, I'm very strange, I know. :p

Also, total agreement on loving the porny, slashy fic versions of J&W almost more than the originals. We've got so many gifted writers in this fandom that it's easy to revel in the slashy goodness and neglect the originals, but I'd highly recommend Wodehouse. The subtext is really strong anyway, so it's almost like reading pre-slash. Or slash with the scandalous stuff edited out. *g* And I absolutely use Fry/Laurie faces, when reading fanfic or the original canon stories!

Anyway, thanks again so much for the kind words, and Happy New Year to you and Lytica, my dear!
The answer is in ananasrahka.: omg crowley and hamster aziraphalenoirenails on January 2nd, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
Hello, it's me again :D

I just wanted to ask you if you mind me friending you? Because 1. you seem like a nice person and I wouldn't mind finding more about you, and 2. your fiction has made my last couple of days absolute heaven. Even though I've forgotten to eat on several occasions, but oh well.

My kitty sends his best regards, too <3
Sky: [j&w] family portraitskyblue_reverie on January 2nd, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Hello again, hon! Absolutely, friend away, and I will friend back. I'm so glad you're enjoying the fic (and thanks for the kind words about me, as well!). I've been really enjoying the comments you've been leaving. :) Sorry about the forgetting to eat thing, though! :D

My kitties send their regards as well, and their condolences to your kitty on having an owner who, like theirs, is apparently far too involved with that computer-thing, to the detriment of time that should be spent worshipping their feline wondrousness. ;)
Still Holding This Goat: What hoturntap2 on January 2nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
I know I already commented on your Yuletide fic, but it can't hurt to worship thank you again for bringing it to fandom. I can only imagine how difficult it was to write! Still, it made me laugh and smile and go "awwwww!" at all the right parts. (If I end up fanart-ing parts of it, it's totally your own fault. GUH. The sexiness.)

And, oh! :D I flail my arms at the thought of all the possible fic you'll write this year, be it Jeeves/Bertie, Tony/Control or Fry/Laurie RPS. I can't wait!
Sky: [j&w] indeed sirskyblue_reverie on January 2nd, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much for your kind words yet again! I really do appreciate it. And yay for laughing and smiling and "awww". I'm glad I inspired those reactions. :D If you do end up fan-arting it, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Heee, yay again for flailing! Thank you so much, old thing, and to paraphrase Jeeves - I shall endeavour to give satisfaction. :)
Fluffy: brrrtieflufshepherd on January 2nd, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
You! I knew that fic was yours. Wanna know how I knew? *assumes you'll say 'yes'* ... 'Cause I couldn't get it out of my head for days and I've already re-read it at least twice. Only you can do that to me.

Re: Your New Year's Writing Resolutions: I can't wait for any of those! Especially RPS and more J/W. And original fic! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

I'm really sorry I haven't responded to your e-mail yet. I'll finally have time to do it tonight, though. =-)

Happy New Year, m'dear!
Sky: [fry & laurie] legsskyblue_reverie on January 3rd, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Heee! You're very clever, you figured me out! Actually, I figured probably a lot of people on my f-list would take one look at the sheer length of the damn thing and go, "oh yeah, that's sky." (and the rating, and the touch of kink, would only serve to confirm the diagnosis. *g*)

Thank you so much for the kind words! I'm so thrilled that you liked it. Yay for re-reading! *is flattered*

As I may have mentioned to you, I'm on a writing hiatus for the next week or so, just because I need a bit of a break to re-charge my batteries after writing two fics in December (and one of them was a 14,000 word monster). So as for other projects, we'll see what the muse demands next.

Don't worry at all about email - I'm really behind on my own emailing and such. I promised myself that on my vacation, I'd catch up, but then between frantic last-minute christmas shopping, family commitments, yuletide, and just general screwing around, somehow I ended up even more behind than when I started. Yikes.

Happy New Year to you too, cupcake buddy!
Fluffy: house oopsflufshepherd on January 3rd, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, the length and content were definitely big clues, too. But, for me, the diagnosis was confirmed when I went back to read it for the second time. And you're welcome for the kind words. You deserve all and more.

Of course! You definitely deserve a break. As I told you before, try not to let fic-writing become too stressful. And when it does, breaks are very much of the good.

I'm sorry; I fell asleep before I got to the e-mail. I've got it open now, though, and am working on it. I know what you mean about falling behind. Same thing happened to me over the holidays. Almost caught up now, though. If you need time to catch up on all of your stuff, feel free to take as long as you'd like getting back to me. I know how it feels.
ennui_blue_lite: HeresLookingAtHugh_bw mzlizennui_blue_lite on January 3rd, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, babe!

This year you wrote, hands down, some of the best fic i've ever seen. Seriously. Abington Chase was brillianty written, and Yes,Sir,Jeeves had the best Wodehouse plot yet - wonderful stuff. Mr. Wooster's Headaches was sweet, hurt/comforty, and in lovely voice. The Belt-fic (aka, Mr. Wooster Takes a Job) was wildly hot, much like Jeeves and the Billard Lesson. I cannot wait to see what 2007 brings.

Collaborating with you on the evil bad!fic was the most fun I've had in ages. Every so often I dig that thing up and read it again - and shudder, wondering all the while how such a talanted writer managed soemthing so horrible. And we will do it again next Halloween, even if I have to tie you down and force you to write it.

On you branching out... *SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!* I cannot wait to see what your venture into Hugh/Stephen and (SQUEEEE!) possibly Tony/
Control will bring. Oh YAYAYAYAYAYYAYYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAY! Is all I have to say.

I feel very lucky to be one of the privilaged few on this planet who gets to indulge in your work.
Sky: [fry & laurie] i love youskyblue_reverie on January 3rd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Hello, my love!

You are so sweet to me, darling, really. I'm so glad that you enjoy my fics, and as you know, I adore yours.

I totally agree about the bad!fic/MST/flamewar thing - that was the most fun I had this past year, I think. SO much fun. Heee. You know, darling, that threatening to tie me up if I refuse to do it again is just an incentive for me to refuse! ;) But we will definitely do it again, although we'll have to come up with some new twist - we wouldn't want to repeat ourselves and bore the partygoers next year, now would we? We'll come up with something new and horrifying to inflict on the crowd. *evil grin*

As for what 2007 will bring in terms of branching out and writing... well, whatever else it brings, it will definitely bring more sky-ennui collaboration. I'm really excited about that. :D

Awww, honey! You are far too kind to me. I feel lucky to have you (and your lovely work) in my life, and getting to know you was definitely one of the highlights of the year 2006 for me.

silksievesilksieve on January 4th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
I'm excited to read whatever you choose to write this year! As a newbie to your fic, though, I have to say the thought of a J/W fic with J&W running into Philip (and hopefully having Bertie pop P one) makes my heart sigh. In any case, will be looking forward with glee!
Sky: [j&w] let's have sexskyblue_reverie on January 5th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! There will definitely be Bertie-on-Philip violence, that much I can say for sure. And smut. It's pretty much a safe bet that whatever I write, it'll be smutty. Er, not Bertie-on-Philip smut, though, Bertie/Jeeves smut. *g*
silksievesilksieve on January 5th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
To which I say, Woohoo! :D
nineveh_uk: Placetnineveh_uk on May 17th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC)
/passing by via desperately trawling the internet for Wimsey-fic

To branch out beyond J/W. I'm tossing around the possibility of writing Fry/Laurie RPS, Tony/Control, Lord Peter Wimsey (Peter/Bunter)

The world is crying out for Peter/Bunter. Write it, and people will be offering you their first-born before you know it.
Sky: [fry & laurie] whisperskyblue_reverie on May 18th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Heh, I've been there in terms of desperately trolling for Wimsey-fic. I'm certainly still planning to do some Peter/Bunter at some point, but I'm afraid right now Fry/Laurie RPS has stolen my brain and shows no interest in returning it. :) Thanks for the heads-up on the first-borns, though! ;) I totally agree, there's not enough Peter/Bunter.
nineveh_uknineveh_uk on May 18th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
Then I shall continue to watch at intervals and hope (and read the Jeeves/Wooster as soon as I've got internet at home ::counts down::).