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ladyfoxxx ([personal profile] ladyfoxxx) wrote2013-01-15 12:32 pm

2012: My Year In Fic (AKA I am late for everything)

It's (about two weeks past) that time of year again! Ahahahaha, I am never on time for anything. But I like to do these fic roundups so here we go:

While You Were Unconscious | Frank/Gerard, 11 000 words, NC-17 - Gerard creeps on his hot neighbour. Written to [ profile] brooklinegirl's [ profile] no_tags prompt. SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.

Ass-Kickin' Chick Music | always-a-girl!Gerard/always-a-girl!Frank, Pete/Mikey, 20 700 words, NC-17 - My [ profile] bandomreversebb fic, written to [ profile] ciel_vert's awesome mix. Girl!Gee and girl!Frank - fic of my heart.

It's Not A Thing (except for when it is) | Mikey/Ray, ~2k, NC-17 - Ray accidentally discovers Mikey's a painslut - Written for a kinkmeme and god I love bb!bandboys stumbling into kink...

Nostalgia Porn (Is The Best Porn) | Ray/Ian, ~6k, NC-17 - Fic where Ian's favourite pornstar from his high school days turns out to be none other than a young Ray Toro. Because I want ALL the fic where Ray was secretly a porn star.

We Used To Be Friends | Frank/Mikey, 50 500 words, NC-17 - My [ profile] bandombigbang fic where Frank is a school teacher and Mikey plays rhythm for The Used. Also my Nano 2011 story.

Eruption (Or: Ray Toro's Jailbait Boyfriend) ~10k, Explicit - Ridiculous twitter-originated not!fic cowritten with [ profile] pennyplainknits and [ profile] eledhwenlin where Ian and Ray hookup via their respective bands and Ray wears leather pants. Because: REASONS. (Also, FANDOM OF THREE! High five!)

This Is How It Could Have Happened | Mikey/Pete, ~500 words - A Summer Of Like snippet I woke up with in my head. Ah, SOL, how I love thee.

Over Sharing | Ray/Patrick, ~2400 words, Mature - Ray and Patrick bond when they're forced to share hotel rooms because Pete and Mikey are hooking up. YES I WROTE RAY/PATRICK, WHAT OF IT?

The Tropes Meme! 5 so-called ficlets, some of which were actualfax fic.
This Motel Sucks | Gerard/Mikey, Frank/Ray (sorta), Gerard/Mikey/Frank/Ray, 1800 words, NC-17 - Forced to share a bed

In The Centre Seat | Frank/Gerard, 1000 words, NC-17 - Huddling for warmth

Out Of My Head | Frank/Gerard, 1500 words, NC-17 - Telepathy (except not really)

It's Better If It's You | Pete/Patrick/Mikey, ~2000 words, NC-17 - Bodyswap!

Dreams Of Robot Mice | 1300 words, Mature - Gerard/Gerard Telepathy (except still not really)

Not As Advertised | 4000 words, Mature - Frank/Frank Amnesia (except not really)

Wishing It's Real (And Knowing It's Not), Mikey/Ray, ~8k, Explicit, twitter originated pretend boyfriends sort-of not!fic cowritten with [ profile] pennyplainknits

On Air, Frank/Mikey (Ray/Christa), 15.5k, Mature - my [ profile] bandomstuffsit fic! Frank is a mechanic by day and a punk DJ by night, Mikey and Gerard are independent horror filmmakers.

Total written: 10 fics, 6 ficlets.
Total wordcount for 2012: 138 200 words
Not bad considering I was working insanely most of the year and didn't feel like I was getting much writing done at all. Definitely wrote less in the latter half of the year, but I had a lot going on in RL.

Leitmotif(s) of the year:
Oh god, probably misunderstandings? Lots of epic misunderstandings about relationships/potential relationships and communication stuff. Also: GET RAY LAID, with like, as many people as possible (Mikey, Ian, Spencer, Patrick, Christa etc.) I'm happy with that.

My best story of this year:
Mmm, probably We Used To Be Friends, because I really put a lot of effort into it. Technically I wrote it in 2011, but I didn't really FINISH it until 2012 so I'm counting on that loophole!

What’s your favorite story this year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you the happiest.
Oh man, Ass-Kickin' Chick Music definitely makes me stupid happy. I love that fic a ridiculous amount. There is a lot of me in that fic.

Okay, NOW your most popular story.
Ahhh well according to my stats on AO3 that gong goes to While You Were Unconscious! I am a little surprised by that. Huh. I guess I didn't write THAT much Frank/Gerard this year and that pairing tends to be the most popular, so maybe that's why.

Story of mine most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
Oh man, I have no idea. I mean, the rarer pairings don't get as many hits, but they tend to get great comments so… I really have no idea. I am just happy anyone actually reads my stuff.

Story that could have been better?
I must admit I had pretty big plans for my stuffsit fic On Air initially, but time got the better of me. I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out, but the idea was to follow it through further, actually get past the initial flirtation and have some actual porn. Looking back I'm still not exactly sure how I could have made that happen, so maybe it's better the way it is.

Most fun story to write:
Oh man, this is a tie between Wishing It's Real and Eruption for SURE. Both were really low-stress because they essentially started out as twitterfic banter back and forth between Penny and Eledh and a lot of folks were following the twitter feed and commenting along the way and they were just FUN. I know they are not exactly examples of high literature, but they still make me smile.

Sexiest story?
Oh man, I don't know. I don't feel as though I was exactly batting to my usual average in the porn stakes this year. Maybe Out Of My Head? Since it was pretty much solely concerned with sex. I'm also pretty chuffed with the sexy scenes in We Used To Be Friends because I feel like I got the balance between it being sexy, but also silly and fun in the vein of their friendship. Oh and I was really happy with the way the porn in Wishing It's Real (And Knowing It's Not) came out.

Hardest story to write:
Oh dear, most of the ones I was having REAL trouble with I just didn't finish. Isn't that terrible? I guess I had some fits and starts with We Used To Be Friends because it was so huge, and On Air was tricky because I was so aware I was writing FOR someone and wanted to make sure I was producing something that would work for them, so I was second-guessing myself a lot.

Easiest story to write?
I won't mention the co-write not!fics because that just feels like cheating. The Trope Meme ficlets came pretty easily - but then there is something about writing for a meme where I'm typing straight into the comment box that somehow removes a lot of my self-conscious blocks and just lets me get words out. Plus there is the time pressure of trying to get stuff posted before people get bored and stop reading, so I was pleased with how quickly most of those ficlets came out.

Biggest disappointment.
That I didn't finish my fic for [ profile] polybigbang. I really like that challenge and I really love the fic bunny I have for it, but I just didn't have time this go-around. I'm not giving up on that idea though!

Biggest surprise.
Probably writing Ray/Patrick. I mean, I don't even know where that came from! Actually no, I do, it was all [ profile] cee_m's fault! But if I'd gone on to write the Ray/Patrick/Pete/Mikey that it bunnied I think I would be even more surprised.

Most unintentionally telling story.
Heh. Probably Ass-Kickin' Chick Music Um. I feel like I've said enough.

Where did you publish/archive your stories?
LJ and AO3, except the co-writes which are solely AO3. I'm starting to wonder if I should bother continuing to post to LJ or just put everything on AO3 and crosspost headers to LJ. It's nice to have the redundancy of having fic in two places, but LJ is so unreliable now I wonder if it's worth the effort.

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to:
Oh god my WIP folder makes me want to CRY. I have the definite beginnings and a solid sketch in my head of the MCR poly fic of my heart that follows on from the schmoopiest gang bang and I will NOT give up on writing that yet. I also still owe Aka more Hooker Frank - I have at least another snapshot from that verse in my head that needs writing. I also have my [ profile] no_tags to write, and my never-ending quest to get Ray laid CONTINUES. So, yeah, plenty to do.

In Conclusion
Seems 2012 will go down as my year of Frank/Mikey, and Ray/everyone LOL. I wrote a startling amount of non-porny fic this year. And not as much Frank/Gerard - I must admit I miss that pairing. A lot of the fic I actually FINISHED was either for challenges or for memes, which just goes to show that when I'm really busy RL it's the stuff with a deadline I'll actually finish and the stuff that falls by the wayside will be the stuff where I'm letting down none but myself.

Next Year?
I don't know what this year will bring. It feels like I have less and less time for fannish stuff, which makes me sad. It's weird though, I feel like fandom is changing and splintering - LJ is getting less reliable and people are moving to DW, or tumblr, or twitter, and it's just not the community it used to be. That makes me sad too, but there's no point rallying against change, is there? I just love my fannish community and I feel like it's such an awesome safe space full of super talented people and I don't want to lose you guys. Wow, downer note to end on - whoops!

Once again, I'd like to thank anyone who's ever read any of my ridiculous ramblings, whether you commented or not. Thanks for being my audience! Massive thanks to all those awesome authors, podficcers, artists and other awesome fangirls and fanboys who keep producing the goods for me to consume. I love you guys.

Please do feel free to weigh in with any opinions in the comments. Even if it's just to tell me about Ray Toro's thighs. In fact, especially if it's about that.

[identity profile] 2013-01-15 02:41 am (UTC)(link)
You are COMPLETELY and TOTALLY amazing and i don't think I tell you that enough. I really admire you and MARVEL at the awesome stuff you put out there for us to consume.


♥ ♥ ♥
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[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:42 am (UTC)(link)
YOU are completely amazing and I APPRECIATE YOU a really really lot.

Thank you for another great year! <3
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[personal profile] isweedan 2013-01-15 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
I am making such HAPPY FACES at being reminded of all the stuff you wrote in 2012. I think I need to reread We Used To Be Friends VERY SOON.


ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:43 am (UTC)(link)
Awwwww I love that you went and reread it and then livetweeted it. Your enthusiasm is so fantastic and I'm always chuffed when you chime in on any of my fics.

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[personal profile] akamine_chan 2013-01-15 04:13 am (UTC)(link)
You are so awesome, bb. Seriously, so much to be proud of.

I also still owe Aka more Hooker Frank - I have at least another snapshot from that verse in my head that needs writing.

YESYESYESYES. I will do whatever it takes to make it possible for you to finish these stories.
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:44 am (UTC)(link)
This other snapshot is super depressing as well though.

I don't know WHY this verse is just one big bummer, I've never been an angsty fic person but uuughhhh.

Anyway, fair warning - another sad one!

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[personal profile] eledhwenlin 2013-01-15 06:51 am (UTC)(link)

Rayyyyyyy. Best thighs in fandom, y/mfy?

I also mostly wrote for challenges last year. RL can be a bitch, sometimes. *hugs*
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:45 am (UTC)(link)

So Penny and I were twitficcing the other day about how Ray accidentally slept with all of panic. I really like this idea! Ray/hot young things = OTP forever

RL is a total bitch. We need a fangirl commune!
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[personal profile] eledhwenlin 2013-01-23 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I was able to follow part of that convo! It was A+++.

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[identity profile] 2013-01-15 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
Seems 2012 will go down as my year of Frank/Mikey


That makes me very happy.

We Used To Be Friends is all kinds of fantastic, and It's Not A Thing (except for when it is) amazing. And of course you know how much I enjoyed your Stuffsit.
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:47 am (UTC)(link)
Hehehehe the Frank/Mikey was DEFINITELY the dominant pairing in terms of word count at least!

I'm happy to make you happy. I've said it before, I'll say it again, I love writing Frank/Mikey knowing it's your OTP and that you will read it - it's so motivating!

You're pretty awesome, thanks for all the support over the year. <3

[identity profile] 2013-01-15 01:21 pm (UTC)(link)
2013 is totally the year to Get Ray Laid. I will totally revisit that Mikey/Ray/Pete doc and maybe we can write ACTUAL fic rather than not fic together?

Love your fic (and youuu)
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:48 am (UTC)(link)
We should totally revisit the Mikey/Ray/Pete, and maybe the Ray/Everyone In Panic idea could get a run.

One day we are gonna figure this out! And write! And LOL Rayfest! Maybe on his birthday in... July. Hah.

ILU fannishly MFEO!
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[personal profile] turlough 2013-01-15 06:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm impressed with how much you've written this year despite being so busy. You totally rock!!

(Though I notice you haven't gotten Ray laid with Gerard. That's a grave oversight in my opinion ;-)
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:50 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

I know, I know, the lack of Ray/Gerard is an oversight. I think I've only ever written Ray/Ways, not Ray/Gerard. I do have a bunny for a fic where Ray gets hired as a gopher on a porn set and Gerard (the star) mistakes him for a fluffer. That one's got legs!

Thanks for continuing to be a solid presence in fandom, bringing the goods with your recs, icons and other awesome contributions!

[identity profile] 2013-01-15 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi hi hi! I REALLY enjoyed a ton of your fic this past year, and I'm so glad you did a round up - it's reminded me of a bunch of fics I CLEARLY should reread :D

I definitely feel you on the fandom shifting thing - I think that right now there's a bit of a transition period, both for fandom at large and also bandom in particular, especially since MCR and Panic have been in the studio and then off doing side projects and all that. But I ALSO still really love the fandom community, and writing, and THESE BOYS, and I'm just going to have faith that fandom will figure out how to adjust and create something NEW, you know?

Also I am very happy that you've been exploring new pairings and having fun with that, AND I would just like to say that if you were feeling INSPIRED to write more Frank/Gerard again, I WOULD NOT SAY NO :D :D :D
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:55 am (UTC)(link)
Awwww thank you! Did you do a round-up? I bet you did, and I probably missed it. But I have to say, the fic you wrote last year that is IMPRINTED on my HEART and BRAIN is your awesome OT4. Oh GOD I love that fic. It is extremely close to my heart and loins.

I really hope fandom can figure this thing out too! I don't really want to have to move off LJ, but if I gotta, I gotta. I'm sure this must have been what it was like back when the shift from mailing lists to LJ happened in the first place. Oh wow, thinking about that makes me feel old!

Heh, Frank/Gerard will always be my OTP and my wheelhouse. I'm having fun treating Ray as the little black dress of bandom and slutting him a ound, but writing F/G feels like easing back into my favourite comfy chair.

ILU! <3

[identity profile] 2013-01-20 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
So as I scrolled through this I noticed that I have read everything you wrote this year and there wasn't a thing I didn't love. You also introduced me to the killer hair power couple of ray/ian so I must be forever gratefull for that. I have also noticed that lj has dwindled a little and am so happy you're still here and continue to generate amazing work. May fortune follow you on your (very noble and important) quest to get ray laid. Ahem. That should happen more.
Anyway I can't wait to see what you do next
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2013-01-23 07:57 am (UTC)(link)
So as I scrolled through this I noticed that I have read everything you wrote this year and there wasn't a thing I didn't love

That is such an awesome thing to hear! Thank you. I'm so glad you are drinking the Ian/Ray kool-aid. I really do love that pairing! And yes, I certainly plan to continue trying to get Ray laid!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! ♥