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Per here. I made good on my threat and built a table.

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Things do move around! Go figure!

Now that JoJo has an anime again, Senza Fine has gotten pretty popular (I think it's mostly thanks to Hwei reccing it on Tumblr XD;). A Proof By Contradiction is destined to always be my 4th most read story, I guess.

EDIT 05/20: both the CA:TWS movie and the JoJo pt.3 anime came out, so after a month Super Detka is at 7306 hits and 319 kudos, and Senza Fine is at 2062 hits and 75 kudos, through no further effort on my part. :P WWSWWDS is at 1573 hits and 71 kudos. A Proof By Contradiction moved up into 3rd!

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Since everyone else is doing a count.

I only listed stuff I read a significant chunk of. )

Did about a book a week at a steady clip for the first part of the year, then read almost nothing during June/July, then very little again Sept/Oct/Nov as work got insanely busy. I basically gave up on logging progress during the second half of the year, so some of these (esp. the comics) are very much from memory. Most of the serializations equate to 2-3 skinny hardbound collections, which in time turn into 1-2 massive paperback collections. Say maybe 30 book-length reading units.
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Per here. I'm going to start tracking kudos as well -- suspect it won't be indicative under these circumstances, but can't hurt. )


1) So, yanno, joke stories in big fandoms. XD

2) The real action actually took place between last year's #9 and #10 stories. Two new small-fandom fics, and "Senza Fine" moved up a lot.

3) At this point I have enough data to make a spreadsheet, which will be more legible than these numbers are becoming. Though there are a few interesting aspects that the above says nothing about, such as the "performance" of a story in the day/week/month/six-month period immediately after posting, or the impact of AO3's functionality development. Mind you, I'm currently uploading a bunch of JoJo fics to AO3, which seem anecdotally not as known in that fandom as eg. Proof seems to be in HnG; there's no reason I couldn't start tracking them now. (Not that I'm conducting a real study: I wouldn't just use ten of my own fic if I were. XD But the exercise can generate hypotheses for testing.)
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Pascal's Sphere

TRIPPING BALLS!!11! I feel bad that Andy Warhol never got to see Twitter, and that Borges never got to see a Mandelbox. Well, he wouldn't have been able to see it anyway, c r y i n g

Via [personal profile] dira, the first lines of my last 21 10 stories in reverse chronological order. This takes me up to the last time I did this meme, I think. )

Not sure there's much to conclude, other than that I like to jump straight into things -- I'll always tell you who in the first two sentences, almost always where, and most likely what. A lot of these just state what the entire story is about. PS: You know, I didn't realize that This Means War mentions two wars -- the impersonal and the personal. I totally thought I named this fic after that terrible Tom Hardy/Chris Pine movie meant to do that, I swear.
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What are you reading/watching now?

I'm beginning to think I ought to do this meme on Mondays rather than Fridays; I usually start books on weekends. (The resolution for this weekend is to finish the stuff I've left hanging.) In any case, the actual answer today is An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, which has been my iPod reading project for a while now. Cut for stuff. )

What did you just finish reading/watching?


A couple of first issues, in the bath -- a Sherlock Holmes one, the prequel to Star Trek Into Darkness...

Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem. Notes. )


Stoker. It's Park Chan-wook, all right. I mean like "haha, weird to see an all-white cast in a Korean movie" obvious Park Chan-wook. It is dialled down some, but my personal opinion is that Park improves by dialling down (or "maturity," if you prefer). Cut for length and mild spoilers. )

The Incredible Hulk. I'm starting to feel a bit fandom-deprived (the good stuff starts coming out again in May), so I got around to this. Cut for notes. )

Also, I did indeed go see the Peruvian art exhibition at the MMFA. ARQUEBUSIER ARCHANGELS.

What will you read/watch next?

Maybe some comics? Maybe I'll pick up some more Star Trek comics. XD;

EDIT -- It is still Friday night, so I'll note here that I just watched Star Trek V: The Final Frontier on Netflix. Cut for... cut. )

BONUS QUESTION: what books/movies did you acquire?

None, but a whole lotta records!
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Blank slate for this week -- not going to bother to do questions -- I didn't read at all, I was trying to get something written for Clarion/Clarion West. Which I failed at, for the record. XD;; Like, very-last-minute, if-I-only-had-two-more-hours failed, which isn't very clever. On the other hand, the ending isn't quite there, so if I'd managed to submit it I wouldn't have expected to make the cut. I mean, surely they'll be able to meet their quota easily with short stories that have proper endings? XD;

Cut for frowny writing natter bit )


I did watch The Life of Pi, though! Parts of it were annoying, weirdly paced, or throw up ideas that are then poorly executed, but I suspect I'm taking issue with the book (which I haven't read) rather than with the film. The film totally deserves its Oscar for best achievement in large CG felines.

More to the point, this weekend I'll have birthday parties, and next weekend I'm headed to Cuba with my sister, where my only concern will be which book to read on the beach.
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Not much this week since I'm mostly writing stuff and/or sick. :P Theme: concerted strategic attempt to clear the shelves results in exposure to girlfriend near-fridging.

What are you reading/watching now?

Previously in-progress stuff plus John Sundman's Cheap Complex Devices (one of two metafictionally linked books I bought from the author at SXSW '11 -- and I've read the first, so I want to strike it from my list XD)

What did you just finish reading/watching?

Jo Nesbø, The Snowman (lent by a workmate, needs to be returned)
Winter Soldier #10-14 (finishing the Brubaker run so I can archive it)

Finished the LotR extended DVD featurettes. I know, right?

What will you read/watch next?

Will see once I finish the in-progress stuff...

BONUS QUESTION: what books/movies did you acquire?

None! Wow!
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Very quickly -- commentary to be added later.

What are you reading/watching now?

Bentham on Torture and Unfinished Tales still (both nearly done). Re-read a bit of Captive Prince when the books came, like everyone else in the known LJ-verse.

What did you just finish reading/watching?

David Wondrich, Imbibe!

Cabin in the Woods
Evangelion Rebuild 2.0 and 3.0
Princess Tutu 1-5

What will you read/watch next?

Who actually knows. XD; Finish the ones I've got, then I'll see.

BONUS QUESTION: what books/movies did you acquire?

S.U. Pacat, Captive Prince 1-2 (technically I bought these a while back, but the Amazon box only came this week)
JRR Tolkien, Unfinished Tales
Jo Walton, Among Others
David Wondrich, Imbibe!

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Bass Frequencies (XMFC, m/m, AU)
Crocus (Swordspoint, m/m, post-series)
The Motion of Bodies in Public Spaces (Captain America, gen?, WIP)
Super Detka (Captain America, m/m, ridiculous)
...and Yuletide story which I'll edit for after reveals tomorrow. Shadow and Light (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, implied m/m, implied everything)

I'm also working on two other short stories, but neither will be done before 11:59 tonight. XD

One Week One Band, January: Charlotte Gainsbourg
One Week One Band, December: The Libertines 101 song reviews for The Singles Jukebox, plus or minus one. (There doesn't seem to be a way to filter to the reviewer, but I have them all saved in a file.)

Meme questions )


Sep. 20th, 2012 06:21 pm
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From [personal profile] flamebyrd and a couple of others:

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing that I'm familiar with and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write).

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. high school / college

Fandoms/pairings: anything really, I reserve the right to inform you that what you have picked is not sexy. XD (Especially "secretly a virgin," I've never really understood that one. Does the person have to actively lie about not being a virgin to secretly be a virgin? Also, either it's not that surprising, or it feels like OOC fic, no?)
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Via [personal profile] dira, who had the good idea of redoing this meme from exactly one year ago to track changes.

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1) I wrote three reasonably popular stories in the last year? Did that happen?
2) There are a lot of people in these Marvel movie fandoms.
3) I thought the Yuletide 2011 story was going to be a hit when I wrote it, then it turned out not to be. But now it's got more hits than either of the other Yuletide stories year over year. XD;
4) Man, folks just really like that HikaGo story.
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Since I know I have to get out of here in 1/2 hour and I won't have time to answer them all XD; (work has been insane today, but at least I have had some good $$$-related news *ahem*). Questions asked by [personal profile] ayalesca.

1. your imagining of anime genderswap sherlock :DDDDDD

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2. fashion/personal style

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3. favorite alcoholic drinks

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4. places I need to go if I ever hit up Montreal

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5. favorite tropes in fiction, all forms of (yeah I'm asking a lot of people this XD)

Part 2!

6. the next thing that you would like William Gibson to write

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7. most surprising/counterintuitive thing you learned in business school

Part 2, again. XD;
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I plumb forgot I was missing a day. XD;

30 – Do you have a favorite fic you've written? What makes it your favorite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I don't, actually. ^^; Some of them are more important to me than others, usually because I've spent more time and energy on them, but my favorite tends to be whichever one I've reread last.

EDIT -- I hit post as I was falling asleep last night, so apologies for the abrupt ending to the meme. I can provide a link to my AO3 account, if anyone reading this doesn't know where it is. :P
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LJ is back up sorta, have some content. Lots of content.

days 25 to 28 )

29 – What is your current project or projects?

I finally feel like I can write, these days, but I have shockingly little time to do it in. XD; I am going to do my best to beat the stuffing out of the Madoka story by the first week of August! Was actually going to post the first bit to carnet but LJ DDoS etc.

To be honest probably most of my ideas are origfic at this point, because I've been marinating in large fandoms I don't really feel the need to write for. All the WIPs are origfic, except for the Madoka and the GitS. One thing I've been thinking of doing - and I know I've talked about this - is a straight rewrite of The Blind Banker to make it not stupid. XD;;; As a Genuine Chinese Person(tm) I have a slight leg up on this one, I guess. My other options for Sherlock are to do "Scandal in Bohemia" which I clearly won't because it'll ruin the upcoming canon for me, and Inception-universe fusion AU even though I don't read Inception fic. They're all massive-scale concepts, is the problem. It's more tempting to go "fuck it" and write about Charles and Erik eating sandwiches or something.
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28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

I picked fiction writing as "my" art - I was very young at the time - partly because no one else "owned" that one in my family (poetry and memoir yes, but not fiction), partly because you could practice it with the least overhead/equipment and the most alone time. Want to dance? You have to buy shoes and rent a studio. Want to make a film? That requires dealing with actors. XD; I'm much more mature about trusting other people's expertise now, as a grownup, but at base this is the kind of person I am. Discussing WIPs (mine, yours) is fun. Actual collaborative writing is more a Does Not Compute than a Do Not Want. One day I would have to sit at the end of a table and watch people write collaboratively, and then I would understand what that even means.

I've tried collaborating with artists but it's always petered out on my end. I've also occasionally received art after the fact - fanart - and that's absolutely lovely, but not the same thing as collaboration.
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Though I always meant to compile the posts here when I was done. I'm glad I'm coming to the end of this - it was fun, but I feel as if I've been a massive bore nattering on about myself every day. XD;

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

If I really get a good flow going, then the playlist peters out and the tea gets cold. Music is an important element of the thought framework for basically all my stories, but I do my important (curatorial) listening before and after the actual act of writing. Anyway I don't listen to as much music on the computer as I used to. Even when I did it wasn't so much to set the mood as to stabilize it, as one might use caffeine or alcohol or even sugar.

There are some specific stories where I remember an album being a lucky crutch - Brian Eno for the Blind Go fic, notably. I know I've tried "sexy" mood music but IDK exactly what. XD;

26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

I enjoy research. I wouldn't like to drill down on a single topic to the extent of a PhD, but the scattershot approach inherent to fiction writing is always fun, and I'm more comfortable with finding information than making it up. So, yanno, what is odd? XD; The interior design of a specific IRL boutique hotel in Berlin (Lyonnesse)? The stimulant drug trade in Southeast Asia (Traffic)? Genetic algorithms for solving go games (A Proof By Contradiction)? Italian breath mint flavours (Honour)?

27 – Where is your favorite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

I actually am one of those people who write best with a pen in a paper notebook at a sunny cafe table surrounded by strangers, with a bottomless drink at their right elbow. Rather, I'm sure the vast majority of my stories made a start on paper, but I have to take the draft to the computer at a fairly early stage, just because the pen isn't efficient for the way I correct and refine and correct and refine. Those of you who've received my postcards would be surprised at what the "creative" handwriting looks like. I also - and I would love to know if anyone else is like this - find it really hard to judge my own product if it doesn't at least look like a printed page. Wordperfect 6.0 (or whichever one was first black Times New Roman on white, instead of white screen text on blue) did more for my writerly ambitions than any factor before or since.

Writing on the computer would be more efficient if there were no Internet. But being on a computer with no Internet feels to me like being in a room with no possibility of air circulation.
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24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I'm pretty casual about betaing. It used to be I didn't have betas at all (particularly if the story was short or written quickly); or I would fob a printout off on the nearest IRL person, just to make sure the action wasn't confusing. At one point I started posting partial first drafts to [ profile] carnetdevoyage, that anyone who had access to that LJ could read and comment on, if they liked - this actually worked really well. The last few things I wrote, [ profile] sub_divided read over; and [ profile] ayalesca read the last Yuletide one too.

I want to give [ profile] sub_divided a shoutout here, but I can't really explain why she's a good beta. XD; Maybe she's the kind of beta I need/like? When we read the same book or watch the same movie we often come away with completely different explanations of what the thing was about - different, but not contradictory. I ignore her advice half the time XD; but that's the same with any feedback I get, and is why I usually didn't have betas. I also have a pretty solid idea of when a story needs an outside opinion, and when I just have to sit there and plug at it until a breakthrough happens.
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23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Things are admittedly sort of fragmented. XD; Everything up to 2007 is on my personal site (the earliest posted stuff was probably around 1998). Everything from 2002 and beyond is somewhere on this LJ. Everything between 2002 and 2007 is on FFN, unless it was too short or too PWP. Everything after 2007 is on AO3, plus a couple of the "important" stories, plus some "b-sides and rarities" that were never archived anywhere. So everything should be mirrored on the Internet at least once. I don't want to be in every conceivable archive - I mean, I could have tried for an account at Teaspoon or the like, but I'm lazy. XD And it's hard to keep track of, when you have to prune and maintain your "social media footprint" huuurgh.

If I were posting a fic tomorrow, it would go up here, be mirrored at DW, then linked from a post in the major active fic comm (if that exists) a few days later. (There are optimal times and days for posting to fic comms, aren't there? XD Wednesday and Thursday, mornings or early evenings EST.) Then, once I was sure I wasn't going to fiddle with the text anymore, it'll go up on AO3.
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22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Well, I did PoT Subrosa and Blind Go (once each, squeaked through), Yuletide twice, and KB (failed), and the odd challenge besides (Tin ran a bunch, IIRC). The first two were awful experiences toward the end, actually XD; like stressed-out, hair-pulling all-nighters, brink of tears awful, and the result was suboptimal. I managed to fix the BG fic but have been left poking at the Subrosa fic to this day. The Yuletide experiences were far less disastrous, though they took up more of my Decembers than I'd've liked... I'd do it again, so that's a success. KB I was just incapable of, which I still can't quite believe tbh. XD; But apparently I absolutely have to start with an abstraction and work my way down to the act, the other way around doesn't work.

BB format... I don't even read that much long fic anymore, let alone write it. XD; I've always wanted to do a remix, though. The problem with that is I don't have a quota of stories in enough popular fandoms.
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20 – Do you ever get bunnied from other people's stories or art in the same fandom?

Reading other ppl's fanstuff (including meta, random comments, whatever) refines my ideas, as I've mentioned. Fanon is an ongoing conversation! If we're talking direct inspiration, though, then no - I'm rarely directly inspired by one single anything. I wouldn't eg. write a fic describing a scene depicted in a piece of fanart (well, I did image prompts for SSBB, but I wouldn't normally).

21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

I had to think about this. XD Yes - I wrote a sequel to Demi. That was the first and last time I wrote a standalone story, someone (Tania) asked me for a sequel, so I sat down and wrote a sequel (unfinished). All my other story arcs and open-ended universes were intended as such from day one. If I wrote four fics in a (loose) sequence, chances are I mentally sketched out fourteen. I don't know if that makes them all "sequels" of the first; certainly I don't always start with the first event in the overall timeline. I don't like creating more than one 'verse per fandom, because I'm lazy. XD

I guess I like sequels as a reader? I mean, if you liked the first one of anything, you'll check out the second unless someone tells you it sucked, right? I almost never read all the books in a long series, though.

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