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2011 writing round up and word count, and general fandom activities stuff - athene
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2011 writing round up and word count, and general fandom activities stuff
It's that time of year again, so here's my round up of my writing in 2011.


To put it bluntly, it's not big and it's not impressive (ooh er!). I knew I hadn't had a great year for writing, but my total words of fic posted this year is a paltry 48,675, which is *massively* down on last year's 115,860. That total is spread over 25 separate fics, and 17 drabbles (which was a nice surpise, as I didn't think I'd written many drabbles at all this year). I have to admit to being disappointed - even though I knew I hadn't done so well this year, I thought I'd at least get 50 or 60,000.

Nevertheless, looking at the positives, as well as the fic total, I can also add 4315 words of Dinosaur and Era of the Month posts on Denial (four posts in total this year). I've been enjoying the Dino and Era of the months, because they've allowed me to wallow in research and books and stuff, which was always my favourite thing about writing essays at university. I also dabbled in a new fandom for the first time since Primeval grabbed me and wouldn't let go in early 2007. 2011 saw my first attempt at Doctor Who fic, with The Last Centurion, because Rory and River are completely awesome and were probably my favourite things about DW series 6.

Also, this year I've been keeping a spreadsheet of my daily word count (admitedly only since May, so it's not actually a full and accurate count for the year), and what I have noticed is that the total of words I've *written* far exceeds the total of words I've *posted* as finished fics. The biggests discrepancy here is the Mini Bang fic, that I've been writing on and off all year, and is now standing at 21,551 words, and still not finished. Fingers crossed I can finally put that one to bed this year.

Anyway, the fic that I am most proud of in 2011 was undoubtedly The Dying of the Light. It was one of those fics that just *worked*, and the finished fic was almost exactly what I'd imagined in my head when I started, which is always nice. And I made lots of people wail loudly, which is a bonus! The fic that I most *enjoyed* writing was probably A Pirate's Life For Me, because it had pirates and swordfighting and exploding sea monsters and action adventure and semi-naked Becker, and it was completely bonkers, and how can that *not* be fun! It was also my longest single fic of the year, at 6540 words.

In other fandom activities, I've taken an extended break from doing the Monday picture on andrewleepotts because I wasn't finding time to do the screencapping and stuff every week. Ironically, I then (slightly by accident) ended up pretty much taking over the running of mansfieldfans and started doing a weeky Thursday picture there instead. I'm still not entirely sure how this happened, but never mind, I'm having fun, and I still get to enjoy the weekly A-LP pic without having to do any work for it, which is nice.

And finally, it appears that for the last two years running in my yearly writing round up I have said something along the lines of "I'm going to start writing Merlin fic this year", and have thus far spectactularly failed to do so. So this year I won't say it, and we'll see if I get mugged by disgruntled Merlin bunnies later...

Happy New year everyone!

P.S. My RL friends are awesome! I went to a new year party last night and we swapped Christmas presents with everyone that I hadn't seen before Christmas, and one of my presents was a book entitled, "Man, Oh Man - Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Cash"!!!!! Which we then spent a large part of the night passing round the room and reading bits out and sporfling quite a lot. And there's an *entire chapter* on writing angst and hurt/comfort!!!! Squeee! I can't wait to read it properly. :-)

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nietie From: nietie Date: January 1st, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
You may think your word count isn't impressive, but you're very active in the comms. The mansfieldfans comm is awesome!

The book sounds really interesting. *rushes off to sites to see if I can buy/order it here*
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am really enjoying doing stuff with mansfieldfans, even if I don't manage to do a picture every week (or it's occasionally a day late!). And now I get to enjoy a weekly dose of both Ben *and* Andrew yumminess!

The book is by Josh Lanyon, if that helps. The friend who found it for me has read quite a lot of his fiction (mostly gay romance/erotica by the sound of it) and she says his fiction is very good as well.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: January 1st, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some of this depends on how you could stuff. I've always gone on words written not words posted, so my total probably incudes at least 40K of unposted fic. So I certainly wouldn't be disappointed in what you've achieved.

That book sounds fab! Who's the author?
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Given how many wips I've currently got, and fics that I've started but never finished this year, I think the total of words I've *written* is probably more like 70 - 75,000, which isn't anywhere near as bad.

The book is by Josh Lanyon. As I mentioned to Nietie, my friend was telling me last night she has read quite a lot of his gay romance fiction, and speaks quite highly of it, so it might be worth looking for his fiction stuff as well.
reggietate From: reggietate Date: January 1st, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*hugs* At least you kept writing, that's the main thing, and your total isn't that bad.

I've written a lot more than I've posted, too, but because I've kept it all in a spreadsheet for the whole year, I know it's everything - if I'd only counted what was posted, it'd be a fair bit less. I must see how big the difference is.

The M/M writing book sounds brilliant. You obviously have excellent friends :-D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be interesting to see the difference between what people have actually written against what they've posted in a year. The main difference for me has been the sodding mini bang (which is really not very 'mini' any more!), and I've spent quite a lot of time working on that this year, but it's just not finished yet.

In past years, my yearly word count has always been based on the total posted, whereas I know I've probably written a great deal more that never got finished, or drabbles that I failed to edit down to 100 words in time for the deadline.

The book looks like a great read, and I think it's highly amusing that they're encouraging my gay porn writing in this way!
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: January 1st, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's quality, not quantity, you know! *g*

I really loved that DW fic you wrote - it was awesome! And of course I shall continue to wave pom-poms for Mini Bang! ;)

And I really think you need to bring that book to the next Denial meet-up - it sounds most interesting!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I'm not convinced about the *quality* of a lot of it either, lol!

I did enjoy that DW fic, although I'm not sure if there will be any more - it was primarily Rory and River and that episode - A Good Man Goes to War - that made me want to write DW fic.

The book sounds rather fun. I might have found all the most useful best bits by the time we next meet up!
jaynedoll From: jaynedoll Date: January 1st, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's still a good word count. I remember that Dr Who fic - I really liked it.
And that book sounds great.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I did like writing Rory and River just that once.

And the book sounds like it ought to be a fun, and useful, read.
louisedennis From: louisedennis Date: January 1st, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've enjoyed lots of your stuff this year so I wouldn't be too down hearted!!! There's no point in simply writing for the sake of it!!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, there is that.

I think I'd been hoping that the new series of Primeval would have set lots of bunnies loose at the start of the year, but then it really didn't. It took until about October before I even wrote Matt or Emily for the first time, and series 4 and 5 seems to have completely killed my Connor/Abby bunnies, which is annoying.
casy_dee From: casy_dee Date: January 1st, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! I think you've done quite well for yourself. ;)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, and Happy New Year!
fififolle From: fififolle Date: January 1st, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow!! Sounds a great book, hahaha!
The Dying of The Light was incredibly stunning. *wibbles*
And any words are good words, from you :D
All the best for 2012!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 1st, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The book sounds like a lot of fun, and potentially very useful as well. I'll no doubt be reporting back and recomending it if it turns put to be really good.

I really am quite proud of The Dying of the Light, it's great when a fic just *works* like that even if I was killing and maiming the boys again.

*hugs*
cordeliadelayne From: cordeliadelayne Date: January 2nd, 2012 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
It's still an impressive word count - posting any fic is always an achievement!

Lol, that book sounds very interesting.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2012 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
For some reason I just haven't felt very motivated to write for the last year. I've had plenty of bunnies, but no motivation to write them, which is just a little strange. Suspect I may have been having an extended down patch for at least part of the year. Oh well, let's hope 2012 picks up a bit.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: January 2nd, 2012 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)

////To put it bluntly, it's not big and it's not impressive (ooh er!).////

*sporfles* As you know well from Primeval Denial, it's not what you've got, it's what you do with it... *VEG*

////because it had pirates and swordfighting and exploding sea monsters and action adventure and semi-naked Becker////

I did love that one *G*. Congrats on the word count and Dino & Era of the month work.

////a book entitled, "Man, Oh Man - Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks and Cash"////

Love the title and the idea. I can hear the stampede of fangirls.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: January 2nd, 2012 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
lol! I really did enjoy writing that pirate fic, it was one of the most fun things I've written all year. Maybe this is the bunnies trying to tell me that what I need to be writing more of is crack-tastic action adventure with semi-naked hot men fighting, flirting and bantering all the way through it!

The book sounds great, I'm sure it'll be a fun read.
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