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Writing and fandom round-up for 2012 - athene
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Writing and fandom round-up for 2012


2012 was an interesting one. This time last year I was extremely disappointed to have only written 48,675 words of fic in 2011, although that was based on stuff posted rather than stuff written, of which there was considerably more. So, was 2012 any better?



This year is the first year that I’ve actually kept a spreadsheet documenting my daily word count for the whole year. So, here we go with some figures:

Primeval fic written (inc drabbles): 46,549 (posted 43,589)
Primeval meta written: 71,745 (posted 55,646)
Merlin fic written: 1723 (posted 1700)
Original fiction written: 2352
Total words written for the year: 122,369

Woohoo! Okay, the fic total isn’t actually that different to last year’s fic total, but what’s made the difference this year is obviously all that meta (Abby – 59,178, Connor – 7383, Becker – 5184). I’m going to try to have a push to get back into those and finish them this year, because I was enjoying the Abby one far more than I expected, and only broke off because it was interrupted by the July fest. I had been intending to return to it in August, but the less said about the August the better, really (see below). BTW, the rather large discrepancy between the total written and the total posted is because I apparently have all of series 4 of the Abby meta written, I just never got round to editing/posting them. Oops! I want to finish the Connor meta because it’s something I had wanted to do for ages. I’m a little annoyed I didn’t get more of it done in time for July, but with all the other fic and graphics and so on I was doing in July, I wasn’t able to give it as much time as I did for the Abby one in April.

One thing I have noticed about this year’s fic, is that with some notable exceptions, the vast majority of it has been fairly short ficlets, or stuff written for the drabble trees, particularly during the team fests in Jan/April/July. I’ve written very little longer fic this year, and the long fics I have written have nearly all been for the fests, or gift fics for birthdays or the secret santa. The longest fic of the year was Void (10,020), second longest was the secret santa, Not Quite According to Plan (5385). I’m not sure what that says about my writing this year, apart from that I spent several months from April to July pouring most of my effort into meta, and that I apparently had a much shorter attention span for fic for a lot of the year. I’m going to blame this on work stress and related health issues, I think!

I had been aiming for about 10,000 a month as a vague target, but in the end I only made or exceeded that target in four months of the year. A couple of times I got quite close with 8 or 9k, although there were also a couple of months where I didn’t even make it to 1k! Best word count month was April (37,519, most of it Abby meta). Worst month was August (200, just two P100 drabbles in the whole month). I think August was a combination of burnout from the July team fest (which I won! Woohoo! *happy dance*), and health stuff, but I don’t know.

I’m quite pleased with myself for writing a drabble for all but two of cordeliadelayne’s primeval100 prompts this year. The two that I missed were April Leonard, and the Christmas tree picture prompt from a few weeks ago. It has to be said, in the bad writing months, particularly in the latter half of the year, forcing myself to write *something* for the P100s every fortnight has at least kept the word count ticking over.

For the last two or three years I’ve been saying I was going to write Merlin fic, and this year I finally have. Three weeks before the series ended for good *headdesk*. Since when has a series ending stopped us from writing fic, eh?

I’ve also started writing original fiction again, including two short stories for Writers’ Club competitions, and *gasp* a couple of poems, again for Writers’ Club. The fact that I placed second in the Summer Prose competition was a massive morale boost, and I’ve decided I’m going to try to enter at least one story for all of this year’s prose competitions.

2012 was also the year that I finally took the plunge and started playing with GIMP. And thus lost many, many hours of my life. I have to admit I started with it mostly so that I could enter the July fest header competition, but since then I’ve had a huge amount of fun making icons and graphics and wallpapers, and entering the monthly icon competitions. It’s also been surprisingly good for morale, because in the really bad writing months in the latter half of the year, if I was making graphics then at least I was still doing *something* creative, so I didn’t get quite so upset or angry about it as I might have in previous years. I’m thinking for this year of doing a ‘graphic a month’ thing, where every month I make icons or a wallpaper or an e-book cover or something for no other reason than because I want to (this is in addition to entering the icons comps, and any graphics I might do for gifts or challenges, etc).

So, bit of an up and down year, but I’m feeling pretty positive about it. No real writing resolutions for 2013, I’m just going to see how it goes.

Happy new year, everyone!



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fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 2nd, 2013 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for GIMP! It really is useful when writing is a struggle.
And placing in a writing contest is awesome. I hope you do well this year, too! *waves pompoms*
Really great fic count, considering. May 2013 be a more excellent year for you *hugs*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 3rd, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
GIMP has been great fun, if an epic eater of time!

I;m certainly hoping to write more original stuff this yer as well as fanfic. We had a creative workshop at Writers' Club last night, and I came away with an idea for a short story set during the Back Death. I think this means I need to go to the library and do some research!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 3rd, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Nice one.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 2nd, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a great word count, and the metas were really interesting, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of that soon! :)

And I can't help it, whenever someone mentions GIMP, I just want to laugh... ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 3rd, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do want to finish them, I just need to re-read what I've already done, and make time to rewatch the episodes again.

Lol! It is a rather unfortunate name, really ;-)
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 3rd, 2013 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! :-)

I must admit, i found GIMP a godsend whenever my writing ground to a halt. And it's very satisfying being able to make your own icons and journal headers, not to mention pretty things for other people.

Have you got a drawing tablet? If not, I'd recommend you get one, even if it's only Bamboo Fun to start with. It's way easier to use than doing graphics with a mouse.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 3rd, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, GIMP has been awesome when the bunnies really refused to co-operate this year. I haven't done any writing yet in 2013, but I did make a start on my next graphics project on New Years Day. Now that I'm uploading more stuff to my kindle, I thought I'd try branching out into making e-book covers for some of my favourite fics.

What's a drawing tablet? I don't even have a mouse, I'm using a laptop touchpad, but seem to get on okay with it - most of the time!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 4th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Something like this:

http://www.johnlewis.com/231625100/Product.aspx?s_kwcid=ppc_pla&tmad=c&tmcampid=73&pup_ptid={adwords_producttargetid}&pup_kw={keyword}&pup_c={adtype}

(There are cheaper ones, and more expensive ones, depending on your needs and budget. They make it much easier to do detailed work, so if you're getting more into graphics, it would definitely be worth your while trying one. Just google 'graphics drawing tablet'.

I make ebook covers too, though only in B&W, for my Kobo, it's good fun! :-)
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 4th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay for placing in the writing contest, that's amazing! You definitely need to keep that up this year!
I've enjoyed all your fic, and I'm very pleased to have received the 2nd longest work :-) (Also, the slave!Becker was fab *looks pleading and hopeful*) Hope 2013 brings lots more stories from you!

Gimp is a tremendous time-eater but very enjoyable and you've done really well with all the graphics and icons
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 6th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I really ought to get writing something soon, I still have no words at all for 2013, although I do have the start of my next graphic. I'm still trying to read all the secret santa fics, though, and it's taking ages, so I'm not getting any writing done.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 6th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Shockingly I have nearly 2000 words. But that's mostly due to a bunny biting last night and very little to do with anything I should be doing!
I have a lot of secret santa fics to read still. I started off okay, and then it all went a bit pear shaped.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 6th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, go you! I have a couple of pup!verse ficlets that I fancy playing with, and (extremely surprisingly) an Abby/Becker that keeps poking me for attention.

I'm determined to read *all* the secret santas, though, and I'm working through them all chronologically, otherwise I'll lose which ones I've done and which I haven't. I've been reading for most of today, though, and it's getting to the stage where I can't decide whether to keep ploughing on with the fics, or whether to take a break and do some writing of my own now.

That said, I'm just up to the 30th now, so if I do carry on hopefully I'll have read yours before I go to bed tonight. Unless I get distracted by bunnies! :-)
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: January 6th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't get your hopes up. Mine was last at 12.5k and right before it was Mays which I think is well over 30k! The last two are the longest two :-)

Yeah, my bunnies are birthday puppies *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 6th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, bugger. I might cheat and skip ahead to yours, and come back to the others. I've already cheated and skipped Lsellersfic's, because that one's over 10k as well, I think.

Oooooh! You've just given me an idea! \o/
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: January 5th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I still can't believe how much meta you did! I really enjoyed what you posted so far. Yay for all the words and especially on placing in the contest! That's really fabulous.

And lol, considering fic still gets written for things that have had no new canon for decades, I think there's plenty of opportunity for you to write more Merlin fic. *g*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 6th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea the meta was going to be so big. Although that's probably a good thing, because if I had, I might not have started it at all!
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