Looking back, did you write more fics than you thought you would last year, fewer than you thought, or about what you predicted?
I probably wrote more fics, but a lot fewer words, than I would have predicted. I’d certainly never have dreamed that I could go 9 months without adding to ‘Tabula Avatar’.
Where did you publish/archive your stories?
LJ, TtH, and I’ve recently re-started posting at the Pit of Voles. I posted on Dreamwidth for a short while but gave up because it’s just not worth it. If their much-hyped cross-posting feature worked as advertised I’d post there but it doesn’t. I haven’t published anything on my own website at all during 2009 – doing the html is just too much hassle.
What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2009?
I wouldn’t have predicted my move into the Stargate: SG-1 fandom. I always enjoyed the show but missed a lot of episodes during the first run. My dislike of Cameron ‘Mr Charisma Bypass’ Mitchell, my loathing of Adria, and my utter seething hatred of Stargate: Atlantis and everything connected to it, eventually meant that I stopped watching. However Sky’s re-showing of the entire series, especially in conjunction with the ‘Series Link’ facility on Sky+, re-awakened my interest and, after starting off with the first of several crossovers, I even wrote a pure SG-1 fic. And went on to write a crossover series starring Cam Mitchell – although I do have him being comprehensively out-acted by a stop-motion animation gerbil.
What's your favourite story last year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you the happiest?
A Plague of Serpents. Actually it depends on what you mean by ‘happiest’. It makes me cry – one reason why the next chapter hasn’t appeared yet is that sometimes I can’t see the monitor through the tears as I type – but it’s the one that I find most satisfying. Even though I haven’t got to the really fun bits yet; with Chantry’s tragic return to Neverwinter, Shar joining the Second Betrayer’s Crusade, and the Goa’uld invading Faerûn in force all still to come.
Okay, NOW your most popular story.
Extinction Event. It didn’t make much of a ripple here on LiveJournal but on TtH, and on the Internet as a whole, it made a tsunami. It was the web-wide reaction to ‘Extinction Event’ that led me to start posting at the Pit of Voles again. The next most popular was Olaf through the Stargate (or ‘Crowning Moment of Awesome’ as it is known in some places).
Story most under appreciated by the universe?
The Ringworld Slayer.
Story that could have been better?
‘Extinction Event’ had flaws; I corrected them at ‘Twisting the Hellmouth’ but LiveJournal’s posting limits meant that I couldn’t correct them here. That’s why the link above leads to the vastly superior TtH version rather than to the original, still flawed, LJ version.
‘Olaf through the Stargate’.
Most fun story?
‘Olaf through the Stargate’.
Story with single sweetest moment?
I don’t do sweet. Although some people thought that the moment in Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport when Skippy pulled out a P-90 and unleashed a hail of hot lead upon Bastet’s Jaffa was pretty sweet...
The story that made you cry?
‘A Plague of Serpents’, of course; Six Thousand Miles; and the scene in ‘Extinction Event’ when Jack’s watching the DVD of Ninmah’s post-disaster TV broadcast to the Commonwealth.
Hardest story to write?
Came the Thunder – because the Algonquin language family is hard and I regard the Cheyenne language parts of the story to be essential.
Easiest story to write?
You can’t really count drabbles and so it would be ‘Six Thousand Miles’.
Most overdue story?
Did you take any writing risks last year? What did you learn from them?
I always take risks. What I learned was that people you think are friends will stab you in the back and that, no matter how good a story is, a crap story in which a ridiculously over-powered Xander rains down vengeance upon people who have failed to appreciate his awesomeness will always get more votes in the TtH CoAs.
Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?
Finish ‘Savage Beauty’, finish ‘Came the Thunder’ so that Nonoma’e’e becomes eligible for the ‘Best Original Character’ award at the 2010 TtH CoAs (I failed in my aim to get her eligible for 2009), and finish ‘Debt of Blood’, and get ‘A Plague of Serpents’ up to the Goa’uld invasion. If I can’t finish ‘Tabula Avatar’ at least get it up to the ‘Throne of Bhaal’ stage. And write a story in which a ridiculously overpowered Xander rains down vengeance upon people who have failed to appreciate his awesomeness – and somehow manage to refrain from visibly taking the piss as I did in Take Me To Your Leda.