toujours_nigel: (writer)

I wrote 17 stories last year, ranging from just over 1000 words to just over 12,000, and totalling over 78k words. A good chunk of that, just under a third of it, was for Yuletide. Still, not a bad haul, for an otherwise fraught and busy year.

The fandom break-down is alphabetical, and within each fandom, by word-count:

Alexander Trilogy:
Foster-Child of Silence and Slow Time (1124 words) (Yuletide)
Autumn, Fall (1062 words)


the night, the beloved body (12163 words) (Yuletide)

Harry Potter:
Tieresias Trap (8608 words) (w.i.p)
and the life (7709 words) (w.i.p)
The Wish to Move Backward (3166 words) (r-s games)

kounteya (6481 words) (w.i.p)


Isn't Love (1170 words) (edited and posted to AO3)

Night Watch:
not the squares of the cinema but envelopes of affection (1428 words) (Rare Women)

Penny Dreadful:
Between the Shadow and the Soul (5027 words) (Yuletide)

The Charioteer:
conditions best suited of all to unreserve (9789 words) (w.i.p)
The Thousandth Man (6569 words) (Yuletide)
Not a House or Even a Tent (6084 words)
restless nights in one-night cheap hotels (3514 words)
A Vote of Thanks to Mr. Abse and Lord Arran (2529 words) (Yuletide)
the unwearying heart over the waves of the sea (1500 words)
Auld Lang Syne (1001 words)

ETA: Because it's right there at the top anyway, my total stats on AO3, over 172 fics spread in 38 fandoms (not counting variations of the same fandom) are:

Woefully small, compared to most who have been around five years and change, but I'm not remotely prolific.

What's interesting about the stats is that I can practically chart my mental health by looking at them. 2014 has been a good year, at least since August and is certainly the most I've written in a year, with 2013 clocking in at just below 60k (59861 words) and 2010 a distant third (42817 words). 2009 gets off easy, since that's when I got into fandom and was writing almost entirely drabbles, and because a lot of what I was writing was in role-plays on various communities. You can see the worst of the depression just by looking at output-levels: in 2011 I wrote just over 16k in 10 stories, of which 7 were for Yuletide; in 2012 I wrote 21k or thereabouts, missing Yuletide entirely but getting invested in The Charioteer as a writing fandom.

My aim for 2015 is to write at least 80k of fanfic, and hopefully get a chunk of work done on the novel.
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[ profile] whitmans_kiss asked for Harry Potter; Oliver Wood/Percy Weasley

nothing to see here )

[ profile] whitmans_kiss asked for Maurice; Maurice Hall/Alec Scudder

on a winter's night, a traveler )

[personal profile] avanti_90 asked for Mahabharata; Karna/Draupadi

rising with the sun )

[personal profile] naraht asked for The Charioteer, Alec Deacon/Sandy Reid

his name close as my own blood )

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So, I re-read The Charioteer. And got one of the girls here to read it. She's smitten. As one is. We've been, at random, saying things like, "and the 'flash boys' thing", and continuing for the next hour or so about the R.R. Lanyon.

And I'm thinking about TC cross-overs. Maurice, yes, certainly, and there's a story I must write someday about Maurice (and Alec) meeting the grown-up Lanyon and his friend, as Maurice puts it. I think there's a lot of potential in Maurice Hall being the captain of the Icelandic trawler Ralph works on, so, yeah, that.

But also, oh, Pearl Harbour, because Rafe (Affleck's character), is in England in the blitz, working with the RAF, and could easily have met Bim, who would certainly think it hugely amusing to introduce him, if not to Lanyon, at least to Alec. Or even Lanyon, really, simply for the hilarity of the names.

And, lastly, since Lanyon dates only women who are bitches, is there any chance he might have dated Susan Pevensie? Or is she too young for him? I don't know Narnia well enough to remember the dates.


Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:17 pm
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I wrote over a hundred fics last year, here and elsewhere. (elsewhere being [ profile] maryrenaultfics, [ profile] lgbtfest, [ profile] yuletide, and [ profile] fandomcommerce.) *happy*

Now to start off the count for 2010. Prompts, anyone? In a drabbling mood. Fandoms are anything in the tags. (Or, alternatively, anything I can read up on, or am likely to know.)
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and so I've been doing the thing where I laze around, forget to return my books on time (thereby accumulating a library fine it will be a bitch to pay off), and read my way through a ton of old books.

Have some observations:

1. In The King's General, is Dick Grenvile gay? Or am I succumbing to the then-prevalant ideas of presenting as masculine? ) IDK, but Dick does present as what we'd still rate as slightly left of straight, meh.

2. When does 'u' drop into English as spoken in England? I mean, "color", and "honor", etc are all older spellings, right? So, when does it change to "colour"?

3. One of the loveliest scenes regarding Hephaistion is, oddly, in Funeral Games. And is such a shock to the system, too. ) I love seeing Hephaistion through Ptolemy's eyes, especially after the Bagoas-coloured lenses that are all we got throughout The Persian Boy.

4. And then we go back to Arridaios, and the whole horrific scene, and I feel physically sick. I feel sick throughout Funeral Games, more or less, actually, it's such a nightmarish book. Not that FFH and TPB are bereft of horror, of course, but, well, bildungsroman, love story, deathdeathdeath. The elephants. The babies. Stateira and Drypetis. Kynna. Sisygambis. Eurydike. Olympias. Alexander IV. Kassandros, gah.

5. This isn't to do with a book, but has anyone written the creepy bad Maham Anga-baby!Jalal fic? Because I watched Jodhaa-Akbar today, and, boss, that vibe is so there.

6. My copy of Maurice (third re-read, just about done) takes issue in the preface with Maurice's appearance in the film. And, yeah, a large dark-haired man has a very different impression than a large, fair man, esp. when, as in the film, he is more than awkward. Clive is the one who is small and fair. Incidentally, what does Alec look like? Do we ever know, other than the bright brown eyes?

7. I was planning on reading Forster, anyway, but have got sucked into reading A Room with a View solely because of Helena Bonham Carter ). Baby Bella! With that hair! awww.

ETA: 8. I was watching an old Friends episode, where Chandler says, "You're the one who kissed my mom!". The whole cafe turns around. Ross says, "We're rehearsing a Greek play." They all nod and look away. I found this funny for about two seconds. And since then, I've been wondering what play they're talking about. I embrace my geekery, yes, haha, but, is Ross simply misremembering Oedipus Rex? Or is it some other play?
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"Maurice," Scudder said, "you sure we should?"

"Yes," he said, and "we can't not," and, finally, turning to face him, "come now, Alec, surely you're not nervous?"

"What if I am," Alec asked, face brightening from the gathering glower, "what if I'd much rather not meet your toff friend, then?"

"You get along famously with him."

"'e was just a boy, then."

"Much the same, still. It's luck we met last week."


"We're here," Maurice said, with the same heavy declaration he'd given to the assertion that he was leaving his well-padded niche in society, and rang the bell.

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So I just wrote a 1000 words of fic. It is not my [ profile] fandomcommerce story. Or my [ profile] yuletide story. Or any of the drabbles I'm supposed to write as gifts. *headdesks repeatedly* Okay, then.

What it is, is a fusion(cross-over?) of Maurice and The Charioteer. [ profile] whitmans_kiss , this is not your Christmas gift, but I hope you like it.


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