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The DSSS reveal is upon us! vienna_waits wrote the delicious gen case-fic Gone to the Dogs for me. Check it out - it's hysterical!

I wrote Father Confessor for exeterlinden, a Vecchio character piece from the POV of Father Behan.

Now for the Great 2007 Fic Round Up. I was ridiculously productive this year. All told, I had:
66 pieces of creative work, including 15 drabbles, 19 snippets, 24 short stories, 2 novellas, 4 vids, and 5 podfics.
97,107 words total. (I was tempted to dash off a quick 3,000 word fic, but I didn't.)
47 due South, 16 Highlander, 2 Farscape, 1 The Shield, 1 Vorkosigan.

The Secret War
HL, 24k words. Joe Dawson and Methos take on the Hunters. (R)
Saying No
dS, 1670 words. Stella/RayK, An epilogue to "Strange Bedfellows". Stella looks back on her marriage. (R)
Your Lips Say Yes
HL, 1400 words. Amanda/Tessa, Amanda visits while Duncan's out on a Challenge. (NC-17)
Dawson sets the record straight
HL, 700 words. Meta discussion of Duncan MacLeod, in character as Joe Dawson
And He Swore He'd Never Go Back
HL, 100 words. Methos and a Dark Quickening
Life Among the Watchers
HL, vid, Joe Dawson is trapped between his Oath to the Watchers and loyalty to the Immortals he cares about.
Leaving a Mark
dS, 2,800 words. Fraser/RayK, happy knife kink porn! (NC-17)

During the Wedding, She Found His Name was Antonio
HL, 100 words. Amanda and a shotgun wedding
The Thrill of the Hunt
dS, 277 words. Diefenbaker's introduction to Chicago
A Lazy, Naked Sunday on the Barge
HL, 100 words. Duncan/Methos drabble (PG-13)
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
dS, 13.2k words. Fraser/RayK. A noir-harlequin AU in which Fraser is on trial for murder and Ray is the PI trying to prove that he's innocent. (R)
Death is not a Threat
dS, 425 words. A roof-top chase doesn't end quite as Fraser expected.

When Masks Slip
dS, 2145 words. Fraser finds out more than he wanted to know about RayK. (R)
Cats and Dogs
dS, 234 words. Ray K on what happens when Fraser and Stella are in the same room.
Burning Down the Locker Room
dS, 300 words. Fraser at the end of "Burning Down the House", the naughtiest G I could write.
The Case of the Missing Stetson
dS, 300 words. Fraser's hat is missing, and he knows just who to blame.
Am I Getting Through?
dS, vid. Very angsty look at the people who have tried to connect with Fraser.
Counting the Days
HL, 100 words. Darius drabble.
HL, 100 words. Fitz drabble.
Bright Shiny Penny
dS, 290 words. RayK on why Fraser drives him nuts.

Suspicion is the Silent Killer
dS, 1,759 words. RayK worries when his new partner, Fraser, starts acting funny.
Photographic Memory
dS, 276 words. Fraser in the ruins of his apartment building.
Comsets and Conspiracies
Vorkosigan, 700 words. Miles jumps into action when Gregor is in danger.
Death and Taxes
HL, 250 words. Methos claims he hasn't felt guilt since the 11th century. Then again, Methos lies a lot.
HL, 100 words. A phone conversation between Adam Pierson and Don Salzer.
All This Could Be Yours
The Shield, 298 words. Acting Captain Billings has a lot on his plate.
dS, 295 words. Diefenbaker during "The Wild Bunch." Angsty!
Desert Mirage (Sympathy for the Devil Remix)
HL, 1,255 words. A dark remix of teresa_c's Desert Mirage. I suggest that both be read together at one sitting.

The Christmas List
dS, 850 words. Fraser and Vecchio serve a warrant on Christmas Eve.
Unwritten Rules
dS, 1,500 words. Fraser gets introspective during a stakeout.
Train to Jackson
dS, vid. Fraser/Canada, Fraser/Canada/Kowalski. There and back again, Ben Fraser style. It's a ghost story, and love story.
HL, 100 words. Duncan/Amanda drabble.
The Feast of St. Jude
dS, 563 words. Ma Vecchio sits Fraser down for a talk.

Scent of a Man
dS, 1,500 words. Four times Diefenbaker saved his packmate.
Con Job
dS, 5,300 words. Undercover was easy, and Ray was good at it. (NC-17)
I didn't think it would end this way
Uh - RP Zombie apoco-fic? 800 words.
Outside the Tent
dS, 287 words. A rather dark Fraser POV snippet, set post-CotW.
Inside the Tent
dS, 3,070 words. RayK/Fraser sequel to "Outside the Tent." (NC-17)

Four week road-trip, so nada.

All That's Best of Dark and Bright
HL, 535 words. Methos looks back on two lovers.
Transfers, Tea, and Goldfish
dS, 400 words. Fraser gets a second chance. With Turnbull!
The Return of Nautilus
dS, 300 words. Fraser and Ray get another chance to track down the Russian spy.
Podfic: Black Ice
dS, 15 min. Soon after the events of Eclipse, Fraser has a bad day.
Podfic: Con Job
dS, 32 min. Undercover was easy, and Ray was good at it. (NC-17)

Podfic: 4 Snippets Up, 4 Snippets Down
dS, about 9 minutes each. Two collections of audio snippets, organized by mood.
dS, 292 words. For Frannie, dating is like shopping.
dS, 290 words. Fraser/Vecchio. Fraser goes looking for Ray during a blackout.
Pigs in a Blanket
dS, 292 words. Jack Huey after "Juliet is Bleeding."
Proper Care and Feeding
dS, 2,915 words. Back in Chicago after the Quest, Ray starts to get jealous.
A Study of Stressors Among Researchers Investigating Polar Exploration
dS, 270 words. Ray Kowalksi consents to an interview.

dS, 735 words. RayK/OFC. This seemed like a good idea an hour ago. (R)
Blood on the Court
dS, 300 words. A young Ray Vecchio deals with Frankie Zuko and his father.
On Three
dS, 300 words. RayK, Fraser, and 5 bank robbers.
Slow and Easy
dS, 1,500 words. Fraser/RayK spend the night at Maggie's. PWP! (NC-17)
Into a Far Country
dS, 9,000 words. Fraser/RayK, written for the dS-Match. It was as if the streets had swallowed Fraser up without leaving a ripple.
5 Team Angst Bombs
dS, 1,075 words total. Anonymous snippets written for Romance Team members.

dS, 250 words. Bob Fraser, posthumous. I haven't lied to Benton; I just didn't correct his misconception.
dS, 300 words. Fraser isn't certain of his welcome, now that Lieutenant Welsh has assigned Ray Vecchio and Ray Kowalski as partners.
dS, 480 words. F/K . Ray Kowalski tells his daughter a bedtime story.
Safe House
dS, 4,000 words. Ray/Ray. Very dark, violence, noncon. In the summer of 1996, two CPD detectives meet for the first time. (NC-17)
Farscape, 240 words. John Crichton looks back.
Truth and Dare
HL, 425 words. Amanda/Joe. Amanda visits Joe after "The Cross of St. Antoine."
dS, 300 words. RayK and Fraser argue in the aftermath of a case.

Ends and Means
dS, 300 words. Fraser's sequel to "Accessory."
Father Confessor
dS, 6,314 words. (F/V, V/SK, V/O) Father Behan looks back on his history with Raymond and the Vecchio family.
Eggnog à la Uncharted Territories
Farscape, 100 words. John and Rygel rustle up the ingredients for a special treat.
Fallen Leaves
dS, vid. Fraser might not be able to save the world, but it's not for lack of trying.

And now for the meme...
Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Way more. Way, way more. Twice as much as last year.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?
I took several of my characters dark-side this year, up to and including non-con. I learned things about the characters from it, and also that there's a significant number of readers willing to go there with me.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?
Absolutely! I want to finish some of the long WIPs I started this year, particularly the 3rd in the Dawson Chronicles trilogy, the gen Fraser-RayK case-fic related to Suspicion is the Silent Killer, and the due South psych bin fic I've been bugging nos4a2no9 about.

If I write 4,000 words of a 4,000 word story, I'm done. But when I write 4,000 words of a 25,000-word story, all I've got are bits and pieces. Since I don't write chronologically, it's not even publishable as a WIP. I find that somewhat frustrating. Grrr. Argh.

I'd also like to create more podfic.

My best story of this year:
I think Con Job is some of my best work. I love the way I developed Ray's back-story with Cash, and the utter unreliability of his narration. Among the short-fic, I really love what I did with Outside the Tent. It's a very rich story told in just a few words.

My favorite story of this year:
Hard question! Aside from a few snippets that I am meh about, I like most of what I write. But if I had to pick one to re-read, for the pure pleasure of it, I'd probably go for my noir-harlequin Guilty Until Proven Innocent.

Most fun story to write:
Into a Far Country, my Team Angst entry for DS Match, was lots of fun. I had three plot bunnies, right off the bat. All of the story ideas started with exactly the same scene, Dief hurling himself at Ray's door, Fraser gone missing. But I had three different ideas for who might be responsible for the disappearance. I posted to the Team, asking them what they thought would make the best story, and why.

Once I went with Option C, "Something that goes bump in the night", the story just flowed, quick and easy.

Story with the single sexiest moment:
Best vanilla sex: Slow and Easy, for when Fraser starts blowing Ray while he's asleep.
Best kinky sex: Leaving a Mark, for when Fraser looks down at Ray and moans, wanting to taste.

Most "Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story:
Hmmm. The Secret War for the head-space Joe gets into. Safe House for the mind-fuck semi-rape scene. Then there was Desert Mirage (Sympathy for the Devil Remix), a story written entirely from the POV of evil personified. All quite icky.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
I learned some things about Ray while writing Con Job. Layaway made me very angry with Frannie, which was a first. Normally I gain a more sympathetic view of characters when I write from, for, or about them. And Father Confessor taught me quite a bit about both Ray and Frannie.

Hardest story to write:
Safe House was difficult for both technical and emotional reasons.

Most stories come to me in the form of the main character whispering in my ear – "Safe House" I saw as a play. With curtains, entrances and exits, stage lighting, the whole bit. And since the fic was about moving Ray from being himself to being someone else, an external locus seemed appropriate. But I didn't know how to write that way! I don't even change POVs within a story. I wasn't sure how to describe objects and events without a narrator's voice. And how can you write a sex scene from an external POV? It's all about how things feel, and how you react to them. So that made it very tricky to write.

Emotionally, "Safe House" pretty much wrecked me. I was nervous, irritable, and distracted for the two weeks I was working on it. Pushing the Rays into channeling the bad guys had me doing it, too. I felt very cynical about people and their motivations, much unlike my normal self.

Still, I'm proud of myself for tackling such a difficult plot bunny, sticking with it, and thankful to my betas for helping me make it work.

Biggest disappointment:
Vidding has been my bête noire this year. I love it, I hate it, and I am constantly disappointed by the huge gap between what I want a vid to be, and the way it comes out on-screen. My technical skills aren't what they could be, and they seem to be are improving very slowly, if at all. Maybe I need to take a class, or have somebody sit down and show me how to do this stuff?

The other part of the problem is that I try to tell stories, with complex plots, in vids, and the medium isn't well designed for it. A few really talented vidders can pull it off, sure. But not me. So while other people are making shipper vids or character studies, I'm trying to make a vid in which, "This is sort of an AU. River and The Operative are light and dark angels of death, fighting to determine the fate of the souls of the crew of the Firefly. Oh, and see this part? That's where the whole crew dies, and River takes them to a Better Place. Well, yeah, I know that didn't happen in canon." *groans*

All of which explains why I have more unfinished or unpublished vids than I do published ones, at this point.

Biggest surprise:
I wrote this cute little story, Proper Care and Feeding and people love love loved it! I like it too, but it got a much bigger positive reaction than I was expecting. I was also pleasantly surprised at the reactions to Father Confessor. It fit Exeterlinden's DSSS request to a T, so I figured she'd like it, but lots of other people did too. Yay!

Also I was a bit surprised by how few people responded to Safe House, which is a pretty sharp if nasty bit of writing on my part. Still, I suppose the warnings are there for the express purpose of scaring people off from reading it. *shrugs*

Most unintentionally telling story:
Probably Unwritten Rules. That rather dysfunctional version of Fraser is a bit too much like me.

I'd Like to Thank the Academy:
First, I'd like to thank the people who put in the work to set-up challenges. The majority of my writing this year has been for one challenge or another, and the kick-start made all the difference.

I'd also like to thank my betas. I've worked with 40, yes, that's forty different betas this year. You've taught me how to show not tell, the proper use of the semicolon, the difference between secular priests and those in a religious order, given me insight into characters and told me what wasn't working in my stories.

But there are two women in particular I want to call out, who I feel like have improved me tremendously as a writer. mackiedockie taught me to write dialog from scratch, always brings it back to the character's POV, and I still think of her whenever I sit down to write Highlander. nos4a2no9 has an gift for putting her finger on the heart of a story and making it shine. If anyone out there has a chance to work with either of these incredible authors and betas – do it.

Stuff I Wish More People Would Read/Watch and Comment On:
1) Any of my vids. Literally, any of them. These things take as much work as a 10k word story, and get less feedback than my snippets. Plus, my vidding confidence could use the boost right about now.

2) Leaving a Mark. It's happy NC-17 F/K knife-kink porn! With love and trust! How can you resist?

3) Safe House. This one deserves the warnings. NC-17 Ray/Ray, it is dark and nasty, with non-con. But if you can take the heat, it tells a story I haven't seen or heard anywhere else in the fandom. Check it out?

Well, that's my fannish 2007 in a nutshell. Just compiling the list tuckered me out!



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 1st, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, keerawa, I so wanna be you. 97k worth of ficcage? Wow. Congratulations, keep up the good work.

I really like these end-of-year-meme things 'cause I can use them like a checklist to go back and read and/or comment on fics that I missed before...

Yay keerawa!
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty over-whelemed by it, actually. You don't HAVE to read/watch/listen to all 66. That makes it sound to much like work.
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Well, I'd actually read a lot of your earlier stuff, but it was before I un-lurked myself, so it's not that big of a deal to go back and read or re-read and comment. *dramatic pose, back of hand to forehead* Oh, no, please don't make me read more great stories. Ow, ow, stop twisting my arm...
Jan. 1st, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, Keerawa, this is a massive body of work. It's pretty impressive, particularly when you list all of your vidding and podficcing accomplishments alongside the writing. It's such time-consuming work, and you're right: the feedback just isn't the same for vids and podfics even though they often take much more time and effort to complete.

I have loved each and everyone one of your stories, and part of what made 2007 such a great year in the fandom was the arrival of you, Spuffy and Arrow on the dS writing scene. I've loved working with you (as a beta and an author) and each time you've tapped me to beta it's been an amazing experience. I learned so much about constructing character and backstory from you, and "Con Job" is one of my all-time favourite dS stories. Between that, "Safe House" and "Leaving a Mark" (as well as the fabulously porny "Slow and Easy") your fics make up at least half of any desert-island list of stories I'd like to carry with me, and I wish "Safe House," in particular, had gotten more of a response. It's one of the bravest characterizations of either Ray I've ever seen, and the darkness you imbue to the characters feels necessary and essential. I can understand why some folks gave it a pass but I think it will be heavily recced in the future, and I certainly hope it'll be appreciated for its unflinching look at Ray's determination, just like "Con Job." Both Rays have a terrible will and you really do illustrate that perfectly with those two pieces.

And your podfic! I keep listening to "Four Snippets Up"/"Four Snippets Down" and "Con Job" and I still cannot get over how perfect your voice is for those noir-ish pieces. I hope you'd someday consider recording "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" (it would make such a fabulous podfic!) but even if you don't, I'm still so happy that you tried out podfic and discovered a love for it.

I'm going to do a vid recs post soon and I'll be including both "Train to Jackson" and "Am I Getting Through?" I finally have headphones and I'm off to watch "Fallen Leaves" and I have a feeling it'll be a three-part recs post :-) Thanks for a tremendous year in fic, audio and video, and you are my very favourite multi-media creator. You've given us so much good stuff and I hope you'll be around for a long, long time.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Nos! *blushes furiously*

Pod-ficcing "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" is on my list of thing to do in 2008. At the moment I am unable to podfic because my neighbor is engaged in some DIY construction project. Hammering, sawing, drilling - not conducive to audio recording!
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Holy cow! I knew you were prolific this year, but 97,000 words?!? That is incredible. (This is why I don't do this meme: I wrote only seven fics and about 16,500 words this year, and 12,500 of them were for you.)
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
It was sort of scary, making the list. I kept finding more things that I'd left off, stuck on ds_flashfiction or ds_snippets.

You wrote 12,500 words for ME! YAY! I love that story so much!
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
OMG, you wrote tons of good stuff in 2007! I bow before the sheer number of your plot bunnies!

I'm so glad you posted this, as I joined the DS fandom here in I think spring of '07, so there are earlier things on your list that I haven't read. Not all of it's fandoms I'm into, but still, there's DS fic here I haven't seen, too. Kewwl! \o/

Jan. 3rd, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
I'm rather staggered by it, myself. Definitely check out Guilty Until Proven Innocent, it's a blast. Enjoy!
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