Brat Farrar (bratfarrar) wrote,
Brat Farrar

the written year in retrospect

Original fiction: 5 written, 2 in progress
Labyrinth: 1
Shakespeare: 3
SG-1: 3 written, 1 in progress
SGA: 23 written, 5 in progress
plus a random handful of drabbles

Total: 48,200 or so words (I think---I might have missed something somewhere)

My favorite story this year (of my own): In Time I Might Be King. I like how pretty it is, how stylized.

My best story this year: Sharp and Sided Hail. Not that I can come up with any decent defense of why.

Story most underappreciated by the universe, in my opinion: On the Care and Feeding of Mammoths, which was read by about two people. Granted, it's a little weird, but it makes me laugh every time I read it.

Most fun story: to read? Elbow On the Floor, or perhaps Fair Warning. To write? Most definitely Please To See the King, which is probably the most self-indulgent thing I've written in a while.

Story with single sweetest moment: To Move Mountains, right at the end, when John's cradling Rodney's head and refusing to let Rodney despair. Or maybe Best For Winter, when Hermione closes her eyes so as to listen better to her son's story.

Biggest disappointment: I Am Not the Thing I Was. It works, it just doesn't flow as smoothly as I wanted it too, and every time I read it, I find phrases that really could have been worded better.

Biggest surprise: Ten Things About John Sheppard (plus one). I didn't realize how much I knew about John ("knew" as opposed to "was told by the show") until I wrote this.

Hardest story to write: I Am Not the Thing I Was. Writing from the perspective of an alien amnesiac meant that I had to keep rephrasing things so as to keep Michael from knowing either too much or too little.

Easiest story to write: Getting Back On the Horse. Once I let Rodney start talking, he just kept talking. The thing very nearly wrote itself.

This year's theme and the story that demonstrates it most: Family is really important, and not having any can really screw you up. Sharp and Sided Hail might show that best, since that has John both with and without family or a support system.

So what's coming for 2008? Disappearing dead unicorns, Jack O'Neill dealing with a traumatized John Sheppard, the dreaded SGA college AU. Lots more about John and flying and magic. I probably won't kill off any more of John's family, though, since he doesn't really have any left.
Tags: meme/poll, writing about writing

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