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(All stories also at AO3; some stories also at ff.net)

Also, here's a collection of my RECS of other people's stories. Mostly Harry Potter, but also some other fandoms. Or search by my "recs" tag (and then scroll to the bottom) to get a more easily overviewed, condensed view instead of seeing all the recs written out in full.

Fic in 2016! [Feb. 5th, 2017|02:18 pm]
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A little belated, now, because there was so much else going on in January, but I didn't want to let the turn of the year go by entirely without doing this reflection on "what I wrote this past year." (Even though, wow, there's not a whole lot to say about last year in the writing department.)

This is, of course, in addition to my massive reflection on everything I read last year, which you can find here: "Books in 2016!"

And by the way, because I'm a dork (and a librarian in training...) I've added some tags to make everything even more easily searchable: In addition to my general "books" tag, each year's reflection on All The Books I Read is now found under the "year in review – reading" tag, and each quarterly post where I talk about some of my favorites from those three months are under "quarterly books." (My years' reflections on my writing, like this one, will also be findable under "year in review – writing," though I'm not sure why anyone but me would be interested in searching back for that?)

Anyway! What I wrote in 2016...


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"Mini NaNoWriMo" complete! [Feb. 1st, 2017|11:47 am]

I met my word goal for the month! I mean, I feel kind of silly saying that, because I only even decided I had a word goal partway through the month, once I had some good momentum going on the story I was/still am writing (The Snow Wolf) and wanted a specific motivation to keep pushing forward and getting more words down.

So I decided my goal was 15,500 words in January, because that’s an average of 500 words per day. And I can now report that by my count I wrote 15,600 words this January. :-)

Now, 500 words per day is tiny – though I don’t think I ever actually wrote 500 words in a day. I wrote 1000+ words lots of days, and then I must have taken at least a week off (because I reached a point in the story where I couldn’t keep writing forward until I figured out some backstory stuff first, and I wanted to discuss some of it with my beta-reading friend but she didn’t have time to meet for a while). And then I got back on track and for the last few days I finally did the thing properly, where I had a goal to meet and thus an approximate word count I needed to hit each day if I wanted to make it.

But even done so haphazardly, the experience was good in that it showed me, okay, doing a NaNoWriMo type thing is possible; it isn’t even that hard (at a technical level) to write 1,667 words a day (or whatever the NaNo average actually comes out to – 1,613?). Of course, the real challenge would come in staying the course, pushing on even on days when the motivation’s not there, etc. – and that’s all stuff I didn’t have to face while doing my dilettante-ish 15,000 words.

But. But. "Mini-NaNo" was meant to be exactly that, a mini version of the real thing, a tiny bit of a taster of what real NaNo might be like (someday!) even though I didn’t have the capacity right now to commit to the real thing, and I feel like that worked. And it kept me writing! Definitely writing more and faster than I would have done otherwise, pushing forward at times when it would have been easy instead to say, eh, I don’t feel like it, maybe tomorrow.

And the best news is that this in combination with the motivation-inducing deadline of rt_morelove has led me to write a whole complex multi-chapter story that wouldn’t exist otherwise! The story’s turning out longer than I expected, too, definitely proper novella length.

It feels so good to have a proper, big writing project to sink my teeth into again. 
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I Write about Reindeer, and Gaze at Northern Skies [Jan. 19th, 2017|10:02 pm]
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Those of you who also follow rt_morelove might now understand why I've spent most of my spare time lately googling information about reindeer and random locations in Norway – because I'm writing an adaptation of The Snow Queen!

Yes, after giving over 2 or 3 months of my life to stage managing a play version of The Snow Queen, I'm now also writing a version of it... I actually think I'd enjoy someday writing an entirely "original" adaptation (for example like Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs) – it's such an endlessly fun story to play with; it's usually kept as a children's story more or less in line with the original, but I think it would be interesting to give it adult characters, and maybe two female protagonists instead of a girl and a boy – f/f romance maybe? Anyway, who knows, someday I may also write a full-length original novel version, but first, right now, I needed something to write for rt_morelove and stumbled on this idea of doing a Snow Queen fusion (Harry Potter characters and universe + Snow Queen plot) and it's SUPER FUN to write. Whee!

So, yeah, I spend lots of my time lately looking at pictures like this:

(Photo from Wikipedia.)

That's the town of Honningsvåg, very near to the very, very northern tip of Norway. I was gazing soulfully at this picture at work the other day, and showed it to my colleague when he happened to pass by my desk, and thus learned an interesting difference between the two of us: When I look at this picture, I think, WANT, whereas his response was, "If that's the sky that's coming at me, I think I'll run the other way."

Anyway: looking at pictures of far northern landscapes = always the best, writing a fusion of Harry Potter and The Snow Queen = SO FUN, and best of all having this project (and a deadline attached to it) has kicked me back into writing regularly for the first time in ages. As a direct result of all this writing-ness, today, too, I finally got unstuck on another fic that's been sitting here for ages: It's going to be four chapters total, and I've been stalled on the very last (but crucial) bit of Chapter 3 for months. Tonight, just now, I figured out and wrote that last bit, and finished the chapter. Wheeeeee!

I didn't do NaNoWriMo in November, partly because I didn't have time and partly because the friends here in town who'd wanted to do it together ended up not doing it. Then I didn't do NaNoWriMo in January for the same reasons (still didn't really have enough time, and the group of friends who'd said they didn't have time in November but would totally do it in January...didn't end up doing it in January). But partway through this Snow Queen/Snow Wolf writing process, during a week when I was pushing myself to write at least 1000 words each day to keep up toward the rt_morelove deadline, I decided to aim for a "mini" NaNo this month, see if I can get my writing by the end of January to average out, at the very minimum, to 500 words/day. Doing well so far! (Average of over 600 words/day, and that's only because I didn't really start writing in earnest until partway through the month.)

Writing mojo reclaimed, or at least once again visible to the naked eye, after a long disappearing act.
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Snowflake Challenge, Day 15 [Jan. 18th, 2017|11:32 am]

Day 15

"Write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, or to your flist/circle/followers. Share you love and squee as loud as you want to."

Okay, catching up on the last day of the Snowflake Challenge...

I've been trying to think of something non-cliché-sounding to say to this, but I'm not really sure what that would be, and if I spend any more time thinking about it, I'll never get to actually doing it. (My usual method of approach!) So I'll just do the cliché stuff and you'll have to forgive me. :-)

Fandom's given me new friends all over the world. Fandom came out of nowhere (I literally didn't even know fanfiction existed until I discovered it a few years ago – can you imagine?) and introduced me to all these little (and not so little) pockets of kind, caring, supportive people who are passionate about things and about sharing those interests with each other. I know there are also parts of fandom that put each other down and have shipping wars and are needlessly hurtful to each other – I've been lucky not to stumble into those. The people I've met have been lovely.

Fandom has been such an amazing place to practice writing and grow as a writer. I never would have written hundreds of thousands of words over the last couple of years if I'd been just trying to pull together the motivation to work on original writing projects, in isolation, for some theoretical future audience. Fandom and fanfic means a built-in, already-existing community, and that means motivation to write – because someone will actually see it. And that means that I write, and writing is how I get better as a writer.

And fandom provides community. This was really driven home to me over the past couple of weeks, with the airing of BBC Sherlock series 4. I love the Sherlock characters, I love(d) the show they came from, but I do not love almost anything about how the showrunners have written their own show for the last few years. (I think it's a hot mess of out-of-control ego and incompetence, actually!) And yet I still watched the new series, partly because I do care about these characters, but in large part because I feel involved and invested in the fandom. I'm so done with the show, but I still love the brilliance, caring, cleverness and heart of the people who came together around the show.

And that is the power of fandom.
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Snowflake Challenge, Days 11–14 [Jan. 14th, 2017|11:16 pm]

Gonna do a quick little run of these so I'm finally caught up, despite having started the challenge a week late!

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Researching Wood Pigeons and the Seas of Norway [Jan. 14th, 2017|03:05 pm]
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One of the greatest things about writing (well, among many things!) is the delightfully random assortment of things I find myself needing to research for story purposes. In the last 24 hours, for example, just a few of those things have included:

–what precisely is considered the border between the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea?
–are there any Norwegian women's names that mean "deer"?
–what's the difference, in appearance, between female and male wood pigeons?

I think back on my own search history, and it cracks me up. :-)  (And by the way, if you can guess what story I'm working on just from those clues, I'll be very impressed!)

I just spent a few hours at a café, having a sitting-and-working-on-our-respective-projects writing meet-up with a friend. Yes, I finally made a local writer friend here in my new-ish town! I am rapturously happy.

It was when I was cracking myself up over my own research of wood pigeons that I admitted to my new friend about the exact nature of the fanfic/fusion project I'm working on; she's a Serious Writer from a Very Literary Background, not a fic writer, but she said it sounded amazing and she wants to read it.  !!

That's even more motivation to write thousands of words in the next few days if I possibly can, and complete this story. (This is the fic I'm writing for rt_morelove, and I'm 10,000 words in but still only maybe...2/3 of the way through the plot? Because it's a fusion, there's a fairly clear plot arc I have to follow, and I've got a few sections of it still to go!)
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Snowflake Challenge, Day 10 [Jan. 12th, 2017|10:18 pm]
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Day 10

"Share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs."

I don't know if this exactly counts as a "trope," but here is a type of fic that I LOVE:

The premise sounds like total crackfic...it is total crackfic...and yet somehow, also, it totally works, it's emotionally real and in character within the world of this seemingly absurd premise, and that combination of humor/absurdism and emotional realism is just perfect.

Here are some beloved favorite recs to show you what I mean:

A Study in Squawking by castiron – Sometimes a fic comes along that so perfectly slots into that “thing I never knew I desperately needed” category – and this is one. This is series 1 reimagined where the only thing that’s changed is…that Sherlock is a hyperintelligent parrot. (A hyacinth macaw, to be exact.) And it is so good and so deft and so clever. Something that sounds like it should be total crack but reads as a gripping, real and engaging story…that’s one of my favorite things. I cannot fully express how great this story is. Mycroft’s backstory! Sherlock’s cunning use of his pigeon network!!

The Adventure of the Seal in the Living Room by Bold_as_Brass – John comes to 221B to find…a harbour seal flopped on the living room couch. And Sherlock insisting that John and Lestrade help him drive the seal to a seal sanctuary. The best kind of story: One where the premise sounds like it should come out as total crack, but instead it’s sweet and funny and moving and a great portrait of a friendship.

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Snowflake Challenge, Days 8–9 [Jan. 11th, 2017|08:30 pm]

Day 8

"Make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself."

• I like that I care so much. About...everything, really. It's also my great downfall, because so much caring so hard and thinking so hard makes everything more complicated, but I still prefer it to the alternative of not caring.
• I like that I'm adventurous and say "yes" to things, even when they're hard for me.
• I like that I try to be kind to people. I currently work with teenagers, and even in the interactions that are as brief as half a sentence or even just eye contact or a nod, I try to make sure everyone feels welcome.

Day 9

"Send feedback to two fannish people — they can be anyone you want: a writer who’s made you happy, a moderator of your favorite exchange (not us!), a fanartist you avidly follow… There are so many possibilities. Just let someone know you appreciate their work."

I'm going to cover this by finally catching up on reading and commenting on the entries that are up so far at rt_morelove! (Haven't had time to read anything, because I've been so intent on my writing my own bit-off-rather-more-than-I-can-chew-in-this-timeframe fic for the fest.) Haven't done this yet, but I'm leaving rt_morelove open in another window to remind myself to return to it.
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Snowflake Challenge, Days 6–7 [Jan. 11th, 2017|09:54 am]

Day 6

"Create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts."

translation of anything I've written – especially into German or a Scandinavian language
     If you know me, you know translations are a sure way to this translator/language nerd's heart! I've been lucky and delighted to have quite a few of my fics translated, but so far it's been mostly into Chinese (which I don't speak at all), plus French and Russian (which I can puzzle out a bit, but don't really speak). Seeing something I wrote in German (which I speak fluently) or a Scandinavian language (which I can kind of halfway guesswork my way through, cobbling together my English and my German and the tiny bit I've studied of both Swedish and Icelandic) would be THE COOLEST.
beta-reading friends, or just friends who enjoy bouncing writing ideas back and forth
     I know this is not exactly something one can just request off a list, but I do some of my best brainstorming for stories by talking (/writing) it out in conversation with friends, so I really enjoy those kinds of writing brainstorming conversations where you toss a lot of ideas into the mix and see what sticks. Basically: I like to chatter on about ideas, but only to someone who also enjoys that and definitely won't be bored or annoyed by it. :-)
podfic of any of my fics!
In fact, I have an open policy about all transformative works – if you translate/podfic/fanart/etc. anything I've written, I will love it! Just let me know about it, so I can see it and be fittingly excited!
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries recs
     I'm new to this fandom, but as usual I've discovered it later than almost everyone else... If anyone has recs of well-written, in character Miss Fisher fics, I want 'em! Especially Phryne/Jack, of course, but also anything featuring Mac being awesome. Or Jane. Or Dot. Or, well, all of them really.

Day 7

"Create a fanwork."

I'm currently madly at work on a multi-chapter fic for a too-soon deadline, so I'm going to count that!
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