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01 January 2006 @ 02:10 pm
The Writing Meme-- Finally!  
Here it is, finally: The Writing Meme Right down to the wire—I posted my last story of 2005 at Midnight. A total of 3 stories (including one chapterfic) were posted the last day of 2005.


PrisonBreak Genfic
Dialogues in Faith
Remembering Who We Used To Be
Dreams and Strategies
Butterfly Secrets
Stealth
Love Is a Lecture
It Isn’t Because She Loves Him
Broken Toys
Why She Stays
Final Hours
Closer to the Inevitable
Possession
Who He Was
Roadmaps
In Between The Plan
Gray
Things Michael Had Not Expected in Prison
Watching Football In the Pen

PrisonBreak Slash
Awakening
Mistletoe
Where It All Began
What Michael Wanted
The Arrangement (chapter series)
Rescue and Revelations

Supernatural Genfic
Back Road Adventure (chapter series)
Lost
Atonement
In Search of Ordinary Dreams
It’s Sam
11 Drabbles:
Being Prepared
The Altar of Truth
Never Watch TV With Dean
Dreams Die Hard
Dreams Enough to Survive
Failure
Windows
Time
Shadows
Worth Holding Onto
Chasing Contentment


Supernatural Slash
Truths Spoken in Anger
Closure
Drabble: Some Things Never Change

That's 43 fics, 15 chapters! (And actually, all were written since about Sept 20, so just over 3 months).


My favorite story of this year: “Final Hours” (Prison Break fandom). This is the most emotional of my stories, obviously, and I think it goes the deepest into the core of who Lincoln and Michael are. We see them here at the hardest moment of their lives other than losing their mom, and we see some of who they were, and who they became.

My best story this year: By subgrouping, I pick “Who He Was” in PrisonBreak Genfic, “The Arrangement” series in PrisonBreak Slash, “Atonement” in Supernatural Genfic, and “Closure” in Supernatural Slash.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: Hmmm. My readers tend to be good to me. The most underappreciated, relative to what I consider its quality to be, is probably “Gray.” It is a very short Prison Break piece from Michael’s POV, and the language and metaphors strike me as poetic and true. But it speaks to me more than to readers, obviously!

Most beloved by readers:(I added this category) Going on reviews alone, it’s either “The Arrangement” series, or “Closure.” Interestingly, these are both slash. Going on recs and word-of-mouth and variety of reviews, it’s probably “Who He Was,” but I’m guessing with that one.

Most fun story: “Back Road Adventure” (Supernatural Genfic), just barely squeaked into 2005 (posted by midnight, Dec. 31).

Most sexy story: The Arrangement, especially chapters 4 and 9 in the Prison Break fandom. “Closure” is slightly less sexy, but is in the Supernatural fandom.

Story with the single sexiest moment: The Arrangement, as above. Whoo. Hotness.

"Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: Did I write one of those? I guess “Things Michael Had Not Expected in Prison” is the most out-there of my works, in that it’s the most unlike anything else I’ve written for Prison Break.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: “Love is a Lecture,” which gave me a whole different view of LJ (Lincoln Jr.).

Hardest story to write: “Back Road Adventure”. I had to come up with a plot! And it’s full of dialogue. Those are both of my weak points.

Easiest story to write: “Final Hours.” It was not easy in terms of emotion (it hurt to write it), but the whole story just flowed. It was written in a single night, with only minor revisions afterward.

Biggest Disappointment: Nothing big for me-- if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t post it. I have only a minor disappointment, which is that “Truths Spoken in Anger” was supposed to be a lot more slashy. But it didn’t go there, and when I let it finish the way it was going, it worked itself out to its own conclusion. However, I haven’t given up yet. I’m still trying to write additional chapters for it to move it into the slashier direction.

Biggest Surprise: Either that I suggested the whole “Love is a Lecture” idea for someone else, and then wrote it myself in under 24 hours instead, or that I was persuaded to turn “The Arrangement” into a chapter series. No regrets about either one of those. Actually the fact that I started writing Drabbles (12 of them) is a big surprise, since I previous never liked or appreciated those. But Supernatural authors such as maygra and whipper have really altered my view of drabbles.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story: I can’t come up with an entry for this. As a whole, the most telling thing is that I’m writing Brothercest and even I can’t believe I’m doing it. It has to come out of my love of The Pretty, and of annngst, because after all—it’s Brothercest (not even just regular slash). Aside from this, well, I try to write from the characters’ voices and not from my own. If it’s too much “my” voice, I’m doing something really wrong.

Most Untelling Story: (I added this category). I think that just based on “Dialogues in Faith” alone, most readers would not guess that I am agnostic. I think I wrote the chaplain’s POV, in terms of what he believes and how he tries to help others believe, pretty darn convincingly in that piece. I have great understanding of the meaning of faith for others, and what they believe—I just don’t happen to share any of that myself. Were you surprised to discover this?

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Now I’d be interested to see what readers nominate for those categories, or any other comments they have. Anyone? Anyone?
 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: dom greenthelana on January 1st, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
I think you have a pretty good idea what your readers like :)

Definitively agree on all the Arrangement nomminations.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: Well most recently Awakening.

"Holy crap, that's wrong, even for you" story: I didn't think that TMHNEIP was that out there. Probably because it reminds me of that Haywire story quincykat wrote :) I thought that "Watching Football in Pen" felt a lot more random in comparison. I actually wondered if that was provoked by some real life thing.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: I actually picture "Final Hours", at least compared to how much you love it.

My best story this year: Chapter 4 of The Arrangement ;D I also love your Linc pieces, Who He Was, Roadmaps, Dialogues in Faith. I also think that the contrasting Micheal/Linc drabbles you wrote for prisonbreak100 are also really good.

My favorite story of this year: Well there's always the infamous Chapter 4. But the prequels, Where is All Began and What Michael wanted are also very dear to my heart. Plus all the "best story" nomms of course.

I reread Gray and did I really not comment on it. Love the whole "lair of beasts" thing :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on January 1st, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: I actually picture "Final Hours", at least compared to how much you love it.

I thought about that one, and probably feel it in my heart that it is less loved than I would like. But, at least it has feedback. "Closer to the Inevitable" is a contender too, because I can barely tell if anyone's even reading it.

"Watching Football in Pen" is knd of random, but at least it isn't mostly humor!Fic, which I mostly just don't do in the PB world. The first one came closer to that. It was also one of the earliest ones I wrote.

I think the Linc pieces tend to be my strongest overall, which is odd because I'm more like Michael, myself. I also think that the contrasting Micheal/Linc drabbles you wrote for prisonbreak100 are also really good. Which ones of these are you thinking of? "Dreams and Strategies"? Or "Butterfly Secrets"? I think of those as pretty good, but not really strong contenders compared to those Lincoln pieces.

Well there's always the infamous Chapter 4. But the prequels, Where is All Began and What Michael wanted are also very dear to my heart. I really like those too, and I almost feel like I'm tarnishing them by writing other pre-slash from the PreSeries world. BUT, they can live in their own "The Arrangement," etc. universe. They are pretty emotionally deep, compared to these other pre-slash one shots.

I reread Gray and did I really not comment on it. Love the whole "lair of beasts" thing :D See? You didn't comment on it. No-one has-- I got a single comment over at ff.net before getting evicted. It's the idea of the grayness overtaking Michael, sapping all of his initiative and sense of self, that I like about it. Oh well :-)



The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothers reunitedthelana on January 1st, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
"Closer to the Inevitable" is a contender too, because I can barely tell if anyone's even reading it.

That's another good one, even if it will probably always be Chapter 5 to me on some level (even though I do dig the changes you made).

Which ones of these are you thinking of? "Dreams and Strategies"? Or "Butterfly Secrets"? I think of those as pretty good, but not really strong contenders compared to those Lincoln pieces.

Both. The one about smell and/or the one where they are thinking about what they want to do on the outside. I think I'm kind of a sucker for such writing gimmicky things, like you know, contrasting POVs showcasing the subtle (or not so sublte) differences between the characters. I'm easy that way.

See? You didn't comment on it. No-one has--

Weird. It's so unlike me. Because I defnitively read it before, I remembered it when I read it and from your Michael drabbles I remember it as being one of my faves. Not just the imagry, but also because I see it as something Michael would be in danger of and something he would definitively be worrying about. Any chance I at least commented on pbf? Otherwise, bad, bad me.

I almost feel like I'm tarnishing them by writing other pre-slash from the PreSeries world.

Awww, that's such a sweet sentiment. I get where you are coming from, but I adore prequel world. I didn't really realize until recently that there is like a whole world of additional potential scenarios. Plus I'm a sucker of having many different scenarios for the same idea. Like it could have been this way or it could have been this or it could have been this way.

I think the Arrangement prequels are very perfectly. I don't know. The characters just have this certain... honorable (for lack of better word) vibe about them, and the prequels just fit that a lot.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 2nd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
The one about smell and/or the one where they are thinking about what they want to do on the outside.

Ah, that first one doesn't actually trade POVs. It's all Michael's POV, although it's about both of them. (I like it too).

Any chance I at least commented on pbf? Nope. :-) See what I mean?

I think the Arrangement prequels are very perfectly. I don't know. The characters just have this certain... honorable (for lack of better word) vibe about them, and the prequels just fit that a lot.

I know what you mean, on a subliminal level. Those prequels all have to do with what you might call romantic devotion on Michael's part. They aren't lust-triggered, as some of the other recent things I've written are. They are emotionally driven, and they lead very much to the Michael in "The Arrangement" series. It's far more than sex for him. It's the naming of his soul, I would say.
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: happy sarathelana on January 2nd, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
I feel like I should be jumping up to defend lust driven, but I really like the more romantic idealized devotion of Arrangement, too. So again, I can't pick, I'll just keep loving both :D