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List of fics:

It’s a Bittersweet Timpani  (Hetalia; 384 words)
Beauty and the Beach  (Hetalia; 767 words)
Too Hot To Handel  (Hetalia; 1,001 words)
Tied In (Austrian) Knots  (Hetalia; 543 words)
Ah-choo, I Love You  (Hetalia; 512 words)
The Falling Leaves  (Escaflowne; 573 words)

Total fic wordcount for 2016:  Somewhere around 20,000, though—as is usually the case—not all of that ended up getting published.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you’d predicted?
Less than I wanted to, but actually a bit more than I expected, looking back?  I mean, granted, a lot of my fics from the past year were short, but the number of fics is still greater than last year.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2016?
Hmm, well, I did write not only a human AU, but a high school AU for Hetalia (in Too Hot To Handel), so that probably counts.  But that’s about it, haha.

Did you take any writing risks this year?  (See above for unexpected pairings, etc.)  What did you learn from them?
I did ask for (and then fill) a lot of prompts, which is something I don’t normally do.  It was nice—really helped me get some inspiration/motivation—and I think I might do it again this year.  Maybe in the spring?  We’ll have to wait and see when I get a nice chunk of time.

Do you have any fanfic or pro-fic goals for the New Year?
I’d like to continue my rewrite of Catherine and the Pirate. (I actually have chapter 8 written, but—because they’re so closely connected—I don’t want to post it until I have chapter 9 complete.)  I also have my positively ANCIENT AusHun story, Forward and Reverse, that I said I wanted to get back to (so I can post it in time for the 150th anniversary of their marriage), but I don’t know if that will happen.  I’d like to write more, but I also feel I should be a responsible adult and direct a lot of my creative energies toward, like, my actual RL job, hahaha.  So we’ll see.

From my past year of writing, what was…

My Favorite Story:  Oh man, it’s so hard to choose, because pretty much all of them this year were so much fun.  If I had to choose, though, I’d probably make it a three-way tie between Catherine and the Pirate, The Robin, and I, and the Sweet Cherry-Tree, and Too Hot To Handel.  (Catherine and the Pirate because AGE-OF-SAIL ACTION, The Robin... because GADDES, and Too Hot To Handel because—as short as it is—I’m actually really proud of the characterizations and general flow?  Plus, I will never get over how much of a delightful, self-sabotaging disaster teenage!Austria is.  It doesn’t matter if it’s canon compliant or a human AU—the boy is just a mess.  XD)

My Best Story:  Either Too Hot To Handel or The Robin...  They’re both really strong on character, I feel, and while Too Hot To Handel is definitely shorter and more comedic, I still think it’s a really well-crafted story?

Most Popular Story:  Hmm, hard to say.  Probably a tie between Too Hot To Handel and Beauty and the Beach.

Story Most Underappreciated by the Universe:  Catherine and the Pirate, haha.  Usually my Esca fics get the least love (because small, old fandom and all that), but not this year!  XD  That’s okay, though—that rewrite is totally a labor of love.

Most Fun:  Oh, geez.  Probably all of them, no joke.  Most of my stuff was on the lighter/comedic (if not downright fluffy) side this year.  Even the most serious ones (Catherine and the Pirate, The Falling Leaves, and The Robin...) were still a lot of fun to write.

Most Surprising:  Either Too Hot To Handel, because of high school AU, or else Ah-choo, I Love You, because of surprise (implied) oral sex at the end?

Most Disappointing:  Probably Catherine and the Pirate again, and again, only because I wish I could have posted more.

Sexiest:  Hmm, things weren’t too sexy this year (unfortunately?), but it would probably come down to Beauty and the Beach (because swim suits), Ah-choo, I Love You (because of aforementioned implied oral sex), or Catherine and the Pirate (because of sexual tension).

Sexiest Single Moment:  I’m gonna go with the almost-kiss in chapter 6 of Catherine and the Pirate.

Hardest to Write:  Catherine and the Pirate (hence why I only managed to get three chapters posted this year, heh).  Thankfully all the others flowed really nicely and relatively quickly.

Easiest to Write:  All of the prompts (save for maybe The Robin...) came really easily to me, but It’s a Bittersweet Timpani might have been the easiest, simply because it’s so short.  (I still really like it, though, especially the relationship dynamic on display, and feel it kind of gets a little overlooked because of its short length?)

“Holy crap, that’s wrong even for you” Fic:  Hahaha, does a high school AU count?  XD  It probably does, for me.

Fic That Shifted My Own Perceptions of the Characters:  I don’t know if I’d say it shifted my own perceptions of the characters, exactly, but The Robin... sort of...let me get to know Gaddes, and even Eries, a little bit better.  It was neat to simply get into Gaddes’s head (he’s so chill and so relaxing to write!—even when he’s almost crapping his pants XD), and it was neat to approach Eries from his perspective, because girlfriend really is quite mysterious/secretive, even after writing her so much.

Most Unintentionally Telling:  Hmmm, I’m gonna go with The Falling Leaves.


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