sophinisba: Troy and Abed from Community sitting on a couch with a computer in front of them (troy abed by carly-icons)
I posted last week that I hadn't made any fanworks in 2016, completely forgetting how much I'd struggled to eke out a fic for [profile] camelot_remix:

Title: tell me the story you'd like to hear (the picture's worth a thousand words remix)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sophinisba
Fandom: Merlin
Starring: Elena/Mithian, secondary Gwen/Morgana and Vivian
Rating: PG
Summary: Mithian's watched other couples come together through fandom.
Content notes: N/A
Author's notes: A remix of tell me the story you'd like to hear by the fabulous [archiveofourown.org profile] growlery. I loved this original when it was first posted and I feel that my remix had potential that it didn't live up to, and in some ways regret the negative attitudes about fannish experiences that it contains. On the other hand, omg I finished a fic in 2016!

hesitations and podfic talk )

So whatever, fannish resolutions 2017:
  • post on Dreamwidth every month

  • make a fanwork

  • archive and post my old podfics at the AO3, five works every week until it's done

Currently feeling very optimistic that if I make it a regular thing most of them won't take nearly as long as last night's. If I stick to five per week I should get them all finished by halfway through the year and I could well finish much sooner.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (Default)
Hello, LJ and Dreamwidth! This is me trying to get over not posting inertia by making a short post (using my phone, even!). After all I Tweet just about every day, so why go for almost a year without posting here?

Also I can go ahead and take care of something else that usually takes me a lot of words around this time of year: I have no year-in-fic or year-in-podfic meme to share because I didn't write any fic or make any podfic this year. I also barely read any fic or listened to any podfic this year.

The one big fannish thing I did do this year was to go to Minneapolis for [community profile] podfication in October. This was a late decision on my part but a super great one. The organizers did a fabulous job balancing programming with free conversation and opportunities for making things. I loved getting to see folks I'd met at previous Minnesota gatherings and meet some dear online friends like [personal profile] yue_ix and [personal profile] cantarina in person for the first time, and in general getting to hang out with so many kind, creative queer women and others. Even though I'm not a person who makes podfic these days I sure love the podfic community.

This year has had a lot of good stuff for me personally even though it's been mostly horrible for my country and planet. Maybe I will make some other posts about that soon.
sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
I usually do a fic year in review meme around this time, but in 2015 I only wrote five ficlets and I already listed and reflected on them back in September. In order to have a graph to post I went ahead and added up the wordcounts for fics I'd posted in previous years and confirmed that, yes, this was the least I've written since I started in 2005.

fic by year, fandom, and wordcount

I was definitely surprised by the big numbers back in 2006 and 2007. And there was even more LotR and Faculty podfic I wrote and posted back then but that doesn't show up here because I never finished them or posted them to the AO3. I was also surprised by how multifannish I was from the beginning -- I'm used to thinking I fell for the hobbits in the beginning, then sort of lost interest and wandered in the wilds of multifannishness for a while until I fell for Merlin. But there was Faculty and Firefly mixed in all along. And back in 2007 I would like, watch a movie or an episode of Lost and then write a fic -- it didn't matter that I wasn't *in* the fandom. I was also a little surprised to see that I was never as prolific in Merlin fandom as I had been earlier.

So anyway, I didn't write much fic at all this year but I was happy to have [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon and [livejournal.com profile] team_gluttony bring me back to fandom and its joys for a few weeks. Alas, the excitement did not continue and when I got within a few days of the [livejournal.com profile] merlin_holidays deadline in November I realized there was no way I could write the fic I'd promised (even though I had an excellent assignment). I hope I'll write some more Merlin fic again at some point though I'd be too embarrassed to sign up for that challenge again. :(

I made eight short podfics this year. The last five haven't been posted here before:
I can't do a graph comparing this to previous years because I haven't finished (or gotten anywhere close to finishing) archiving my old podfics at the AO3 so the numbers aren't handy. (I used to do a lot more but whatever.) I like that podfic lets me continue to be multifannish, that I stay in touch with other podficcers through Twitter, and that I can contribute to the community in small, sporadic ways like recording a five-minute thing for the the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology ("The Mechanic") or the Informal Twitter Podfic Exchange ("Wings" and "Learn to Fly"). I did have a horrible time with technical issues "Someone Special" but have since acquired a nicer microphone and gotten a little more practice with the latest version of GarageBand so I'd like to make more podfic in 2016, perhaps a few more substantial things for Femslash February.

I'm not going to make any fannish resolutions for this year because I don't want to feel bad about failing at them like I did last year.
sophinisba: Hunith and Merlin at a campfire (hunith merlin by slightlytookish)
fic by year, fandom, and wordcount

I made more fic in 2014 than the year before! That is not to say that I made a lot or that I feel like I'm on the upswing, creativity-wise, but hey it's a new year, let's have a list and some graphs and commentary! I'm not doing a separate meme for podfic or vids this year because I made very little of them.

List of previously posted fanworks, January through September )

NOT PREVIOUSLY POSTED ON THIS JOURNAL

October
-Pets (The Remix As Nature Intended), Merlin fic with many pairings
-Her Masterpiece Is the Mess Inside You, Arthur/Gwen and Gwen/Morgana podfic

November
nothing

December
-Dragons Aren't Extinct, Arthur and Morgana gen fic

I'm not going to answer the old meme questions about which ones I like best and all that, because there aren't really that many to choose from, and because I'm kind of tired of thinking about those questions. Basically I liked everything I made but didn't feel like I broke through any big boundaries with things I hadn't done before, and nothing I did was popular. Anyway here are some more graphs and thoughts.

statistics!! )

So idk, feelings are weird? I kind of don't want to write fic ever again? Or make podfic? But also I want to do both more often? I've been sketching a bit for the last couple weeks and would like to learn to draw fannish characters, and I have some leftover Merlin vid ideas. Also this spring it will be 10 years since I started participating in fandom and I think it would be a shame to stop now.

So here are some resolutions that are more about staying in touch than anything else. For every month in 2015:
-make another journal post that is not a fanwork
-comment on a journal post by someone else that is not a fanwork
-post a fanwork that I made
-comment on a fanwork by someone else
-answer all new comments on my fanworks!
-repost my old podfics on the webspace generously provided by [personal profile] paraka and create pages at the AO3, 20 per month until I'm caught up

I'm not sure I've ever had a year where I posted a fanwork every month but I mean, I can always make time for a five-minute podfic, can't I? And, if I'm going to, my best chance to record something this month is probably going to be today. Hmm.
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merry!)
I made so few fanworks in 2013 that it doesn't make sense to do the questions meme, as much as I normally enjoy that, but I can't resist making a list and a graph.

a list and a graph )

So, you know, just my least productive year in fandom ever, but what are you gonna do. I would like to say some positive things:
-Lots of ladies!
-I like making sets of things! I think my [community profile] kink_bingo blackout with 25 different femslash ships for 25 different kinks is really, and so is my set of podfics in space.
-I had fun with that Amy/Rosa podfic last week, and it's made me want to get back into podficcing again. Conveniently, I expect to have a little more time alone at home over the next few months than I did the last few months.
-I know I will make at least one vid in 2014, because I'm signed up for [community profile] festivids and they are due in... ah ha ha less than two weeks! No, but it's cool, I have clipped and I have a song. I will manage something.
-Having just made a bunch of links, I think I will update my podfic index today, and maybe even post to [community profile] amplificathon
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (time lord by keksx)
Okay, well, I'm still hoping to write and vid a little more before the end of the year but I'm pretty sure I'm done podficcing, so here's the Year in Podfic meme! Previous editions are on my meme: year in review tag.

list )

stats (and graphs!) )

questions )

Would you like to do this meme? Here are the questions I used. Obvs you can adapt them however you like!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (merlin ot3 by melody_icons)
It's possible I've written fewer words of fic this year than any year since I've been in fandom, and most of that has been short PWPs (plus a few other ficlets that didn't have porn or plot). However, I would never skip the fic year in review meme because I love it, plus it is nice to compare from year to year.

List of fics )

Numbers and graphs! )

Questions meme )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (monica awesome by lay_of_luthien)
I made a ton of podfic this year!

a list! )

a meme! )

Tomorrow or sometime soon I'll post the fic meme! Less material to talk about but more graphs with pretty colors, yay!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (annie carnival)
Let's have some memage! First here's the one with favorite shows and stuff. Your main fandom... )

I figure I'll do the one about fics I wrote next week, even though I didn't write much this year, and then I should also do one for the podfics I made, though I don't know of a template for that. Podficcers, what do you think of this?
podfic meme template )

Oh wait, dude, I totally did a podfic year in review meme already last year! Here's the template:

Ha ha I feel like a dork now. Well, use whatever version you like, of course. I hope a lot of people will do it!
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
Here is the fic year in review meme, which I look forward to every year! I wrote a lot less fic in 2010 than in 2009, but this edition of the meme is more exciting than past ones because I've added graphs!!

Part 1: ALL the fics )

Part 2: Numbers and graphs! )

Part 3: Themes and favorites )

sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (william hack rose by semyaza)
Some people said I should do a "Year in podfic" meme like the year in fic meme, and I didn't see one around, so I did this!

favorite podfics and stuff! )

sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (gwen by infinitesunrise)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] slightlytookish! Thank you for helping lure me into Merlin fandom. It's been great having a familiar friend around and getting to know you better this past year as we've both been trying new things. I'm glad your mathom was released in time for your birthday. :) I hope you have a great day.




Now I get to do the giant fic year in review meme! I love this meme and I always look forward to it, but it wouldn't have made sense to post it before I could claim my Solstice fic, which was more than a third of my writing for the year.

I had a good fic writing year! Most of my fics were very short but there was that one long one and I think I ended up with more in quantity (words) than in 2007 or 2008, though probably less than 2006. (This is the first year I've totaled up wordcounts though so I don't know that for sure.) I'm happy to have found a place in a new fandom where I'm (sort of) comfortable and enjoying reading and writing. I feel about as good in my online life now as I did back in 2006, when I was really settling in with hobbit fandom.

So, for the first part of the meme I have links to the fics I posted each month. I've listed the fandom for everything except the Merlin fics. list )

Next comes the part of the meme where I get to ramble!

themes, favorite stories, etc. )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (pippin cheeky by danachan)
Here are two fic year in review memes (adapted from [livejournal.com profile] rubynye's version), plus commentary on my Yuletide stories.

Leitmotif of the year: Small fandoms, minor characters, and unusual crossovers. Sometimes I worry that this is a way of giving up or withdrawing from bigtime fandom, like saying, "I know my Frodo fic will never be as good or as popular as ***'s, so I'll just go over here in this corner and write some Pippin/Marigold, and if no one comes to read that's just because it's a rare pairing and not through any fault of mine." However, most of the time going with the new characters feels like the right thing to do, in order to say something that's new and interesting to me. When I try to write Casey/Zeke or Frodo/anyone these days I always feel like I'm repeating myself, as well as repeating all the other fics I've read about those characters. On the other hand, a few weeks ago I wrote a fic about a character who appears in just one chapter of a book that to my knowledge no one else has ficced before. I really loved doing this.

Favorite stories etc. )

Story I haven't yet written, but intend to: There's an unused Yuletide prompt that I really love for one of my favorite movies, The Motorcycle Diaries. It makes me a little nervous because it's on the edge of RPS, being about historical characters and all, but I really want the fic to exist, so I'm going to try. Also, while putting this meme together I came across an unfinished genfic about Frodo visiting Lobelia post-Quest that I would like to try to finish.

All the stories, listed by month )

Oh my goodness, I have a lot to say about my Yuletide stories. The thing is, I feel like I had about as good a Yuletide experience this year as a person can have (apart from having limited Internet access and reading time those first few days after the fics went up). I mean, I know my writer enjoyed her assignment and I loved the story she wrote. I got a great assignment and I wrote a lot of stories. All five of my recipients had really nice things to say. The fics that were in widely known fandoms got read by a lot of people, and the ones in more obscure fandoms got a few really appreciative comments from the few people who knew them, which I figure is more what Yuletide is really about. I didn't rush through anything like I did last year, and I am happy with all the things I wrote for the challenge. Whoo!!

more on the Yuletide stories )
sophinisba: Gwen looking sexy from Merlin season 2 promo pics (frodo writing by nefithilwen)
All the fics I posted in 2007 and what I think about them, this version gacked from [livejournal.com profile] rubynye. Cut for massive linkage and introspection )

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