Well that went by fast.....
Number of fics written (published): 34
Total word count (including WIPs and fics for fests that have yet to be published/revealed): 411,000 give or take
Made and Meant to Look for You [Showxing, 4.3k w. AFF * AO3 * LJ]
The Fifth Son [Showxing, 9.4k, AFF * AO3 * LJ]
Three Days [Xiuhan, 5.2k, AFF * AO3 * LJ]
Adventure Bound [Xiuhan, 754 w.,A03]
For All to See [Xiuhan, 957 w., AO3]
Show Some Skin [Xiuhan, 304 w., AFF * AO3]
Let us love like chaos [Xiuhan, 418 w. AFF * AO3]
Why it Snows [Xiuhan, 1.2k w., AFF * AO3]
I Laugh You [Xiuhan, 1.8k w., AFF * AO3]
Man in the Mirror [Sesoo, 851 w, AFF]
An Autumn Sound [Xiuhan, 1k w.,AFF * AO3]
The Finder (started) [Showxing, 4.8k w, AO3]
Benevolent (started) [Xiuhan, Krisho, Showxing, 100k ongoing, AO3]
Leverage [Seho, 12.8k w, AFF * AO3 ]
Until Next Time [Xiuhan, 4.9k w., AFF * AO3 ]
The Fault in Our Starboard [Xiuhan, 33.3k. w. ,AFF * AO3 ]
Two Scoops of Friction, Hold the Sprinkles [Baeksoo, 6.2k w., AFF * AO3]
GO-ing to Get Lucky [Xiuhan, 3.7k w.,AFF * AO3]
Love in a Hot Climate [Xiuhan, Baekxing, Seho, 7.8k w., AFF.* AO3]
Don’t be SAD [Showxing, 12.8k w., AFF * AO3 * LJ]
I’ll be your medal, baby [Xiuhan, 7k w., AFF * AO3]
Class Pet [Showxing. 14.4k w, AO3]
Roommates are a Chipmunk’s Best Friend [OT12 platonic, 4.8K w, AO3]
Let Me Forget About Today until Tomorrow [Chansoo, 30.1K w, AO3]
The Sky Above the Rain [Krisho ,23.2k w, AO3]
First Comes Baby [Sesoo, 7.3k w, AO3]
Best in Show [Chansoo, 12.3k w, AO3]
Strangers on a Train [Xiuhan, 3.2k w, AO3]
Something wicked this way comes [Xiuhan, 2.5k w, AO3]
I only want to have PHHUN with you [Krisho, 8.5k w, AO3]
[Redacted] for Monster Fest
[Redacted] for SNCJ Secret Santa
[Redacted] for Seokmonsters
[Redacted] for Yeollie Pop Day
[Redacted] for Let Out the Baby
Slept like a log….woke up in the fireplace [Xiuho, 4k w, AO3]
Misc. WIPs that have yet to see the light of day (but I worked on this year):
Sesoo Body swap AU [1.6k words]
Xiuhan mafia AU [35.7k words]
Chansoo figure skating / YOI fic [2.5k words]
Krisho hybrid undercover AU [2.5k words]
Seho hybrid firefighter AU [500 words]
One shot add on to Let Me Forget about today [1k words]
Xiuhan island survival Luhan only brings a watch AU [2k words]
Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Definitely more! At the beginning of the year I thought I would write very little. I started a new job and didn’t know what to expect, but assumed my free time would be nil. Thankfully that hasn’t been the case and I have had time to write.
What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January?
Chansoo. This pairing kind of came out of nowhere for me and I haven’t looked back. I am absolutely in love with writing them now and I could never have seen that coming. Chansoo slapped me – sums up my writing year, quite frankly.
What's your own favorite story of the year?
Gahhh, it is a tie between Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow and The Fault in Our Starboard. I am extremely proud of Let Me Forget because I took a lot of risks and wrote out of my comfort zone. The amount of research that went into that fic was enormous, combined with the editing and revision period it was a feat to write. Also, I have a soft spot for the characters.
The Fault in Our Starboard was so much fun to write. I had a blast with that fic, the sheer fun of writing it makes it a favorite.
Did you take any writing risks this year?
Yes! Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow and The Sky above the Rain were both far more melancholy stories than I normally write. And Benevolent….well that is probably the most complex fic I have ever attempted *laughs nervously*
Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the new year?
I have to finish Benevolent! There are probably fifty thousand or so words left and I really need to buckle down and finish it. I got lost in fic fests and exchanges this year and ended up neglecting this fic. I really need to sit down and do it justice, because it is near and dear to my heart. After Benevolent is complete I do have a historical au I would love to write, assuming I don’t get lost in fic fests again *ohhh more nervous laughter*
From my past year of writing what was...
My best story of this year:
Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow. Personally I think it is probably the best fic I have ever written.
My most popular story of this year:
Best in Show. Who knew people craved a Chansoo dog hybrid show AU? I never expected it to be as popular as it is (I’m not worthy gahh).
The story of mine most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Hi, I am a broken record – Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow. I think a lot of people probably are turned off by the historical aspect, or maybe how sad it seems at the beginning.
The most fun story to write:
The Fault in Our Starboard. Imagining rich dumb Exo on a yacht (and their subsequent misadventures) was never boring.
The story with the single iest moment:
Best in Show's ending *cough breeding kink cough*
The most "holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story:
I am starting to think that sentiment doesn’t exist haha. I wrote some ty fics this year but I don’t think any of them were beyond the messed up stuff I normally write. Okay, there was no Listless-esque fic this year, but still, nothing too surprising.
The story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow. I had an idea of the character's and their motivations / feelings, but as I wrote the fic they surprised me. The unexpected hope that occurred, it was something that I didn't perceive at first but happened during the writing process.
The hardest story to write:
Redacted] for Seokmonsters. I have been in a major slump for over a month and I don’t see an end (aside from the deadline rush) in sight. The cut scenes from this fic were longer than what I kept until a few days ago, if that tells you anything OTL
The biggest disappointment:
That I let Benevolent fall to the wayside. I am usually more diligent when it comes to chaptered fics but this year I stumbled.
The biggest surprise:
Leverage. I honestly didn’t think anyone would like that fic and it ended up getting a lot of love.
The most unintentionally telling story:
There was a piece of me in Let Me forget about Today until Tomorrow. Of course I don't have the same trauma the characters do, but I understand what it is like to be hopeless and depressed.
Favorite Opening Line(s):
“If I see one person hug a tree, I’m out,” Yifan grumbled as he clicked submit. – I only want to have PHHUN with you
“What is that?” The way Sehun accentuated the question told Kyungsoo it was much more an insult than an actual query. – Best in Show
So he didn’t really need a $1,000 dollar watch, a pair of maroon vintage loafers or a signed Miranda Kerr beauty bible. - Leverage
Favorite Closing Line(s):
It was more fun to be wicked together, after all. – Something Wicked this way comes
Kyungsoo would have made a smart remark in return, but he couldn’t. Not with Chanyeol’s fingers in him, making sure nothing escaped. Best in Show indeed. – Best in Show
Minseok: Wait what – Chipmunks are a Roommate’s Best Friend
Luhan missed Yixing’s last words, his attention drawn in by the self-declared love of his life. – The Fault in Our Starboard
Favorite 5 Lines from Anywhere:
“You are...me?” Yixing gasped as his chest tightened, his world spinning.
“No Yixing. You are me .” The Director smiled. – Benevolent
“I will kick you in the brain!” Yifan screamed, trying to shake the man off of him. – I only want to have PHHUN with you
“I am sure you get asked this all the time, but were you the inspiration for Alpha Over Flowers because I could almost swear you look exactly like the most handsome member of A4.” Baekhyun flirted shamelessly. – Benevolent
“Thank you, for putting up with me.” Junmyeon whispered into Sehun’s ear. For a second he considered that maybe his first assumption had been right, that Junmyeon was some master of and lies and- “But please don’t come on my Star Wars comforter again. I forgot to change it before we started.” – Leverage
“I can’t be a dad, I’m still a baby!” He whined more than once. “She said there are snakes and wild hogs in Texas! I can’t deal with wild hogs I’ve never even been around a not-wild hog!” – The Fault in our Starboard (Honestly like 90% of The Fault in our starboard has my favorite lines. The entire confession on the island scene makes me crack up).
Top 5 Scenes from Anywhere You Would Choose to Have Illustrated:
When Yifan and Junmyeon reunite. - The Sky above the Rain
Chanyeol and Kyungsoo walking along the road in winter. - Let Me Forget about Today until Tomorrow
Luhan, friends, and Minseok on the Jade Monkey. - The Fault in our Starboard
Minseok meeting Luhan in the palace. - Chapter 1 of Benevolent
Baekhyun and Kyungsoo in the ice cream stand. - Two Scoops of Friction, hold the Sprinkles
Fic-writing goals for 2017:
I have to finish Benevolent! I think I need to be more disciplined when it comes to joining fests and exchanges in the coming year so I avoid letting my ongoing fics fall off the radar. Also, I need to learn how not to turn a story that could be told in 5k words into a 30k fic. I need to figure out how to shut the hell up.