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2008 fic round-up

I wrote 28 stories totalling 75910 words in 2008.

Stories posted in 2008

Gunpowder Tea - Buffy/Wesley, FRT
Wesley's in Cleveland, cleaning up after Merrick's career. He thinks he doesn't have a Slayer. 2239 words. 2008-02-17.

The Co-Conspirators - gen, FRC
Rupert is taken shopping in London by his grandmother. 1806 words. 2008-02-23.

Flannel Sheets - gen, FRC
Giles's flat in Bath has a guest room. 466 words. 2008-02-26.

Sorrows End - Giles/Buffy, FRM
Buffy's still got a hole in her side. 7454 words. 2008-03-02.

Confessions - Giles/Jenny, FRT
It's Valentine's Day, and Giles and Jenny don't have the conversation he was expecting. 1472 words. 2008-03-07.

Office Hours - Giles/Xander, FRM
Xander shows Giles the best way to spend an hour locked in your office. 1165 words. 2008-03-09.

Roses - Giles/Anya, FRT
Roses, history, tea, and decisions. 1199 words. 2008-03-09.

Baritsu - gen, FRT
Buffy demands an explanation. 1003 words. 2008-03-11.

The Guardians - Giles/Jenny, FRC
Buffy learns about names and magic. 1579 words. 2008-04-03.

What Friends Are For (Flow My Tears Remix) - gen, FRT
Xander takes steps to make sure he remembers what he needs to. 1812 words. 2008-04-12.

Sparks - Giles/Xander, FRT
Giles and Xander attempt to figure out what happened in Willow's last moments on the cliff. Something strange, that's for sure. 4251 words. 2008-05-11.

Rehabilitated - Giles/Ethan, FRT
Giles brings Willow back to the coven, where Ethan is waiting. 1926 words. 2008-05-26.

Quirks and Remnants - Giles/Ethan, FRM
New Year's Eve: champagne, sarcasm, and sex. 2548 words. 2008-05-26.

Patience - Giles/Jenny, FRM
Giles's first experience with Jenny. 1941 words. 2008-05-28.

A Bottle of Jack Daniels Following Apocalypse - Giles/Buffy, FRM
Giles, Buffy, and Xander drink to fallen friends in a remote motel room. 4995 words. 2008-06-01.

Bootprints - Giles/Xander, FRM
Xander and Giles discuss the relative merits of the back seat and the front seat of the typical American automobile, among other things. 3813 words. 2008-06-30.

Bent - Giles/Xander, FRM
Giles and Xander shower after a messy patrol, and things get messier. 1701 words. 2008-06-30.

Banter - Giles/Xander, FRM
Once again, Xander distracts Giles from the nerve-wracking business of waiting. 2537 words. 2008-06-30.

Weapons - Giles/Xander, FRM
Giles shows Xander the one possession he retains from his earlier life: his bowie knife. It has a history. 3152 words. 2008-06-30.

Liegeman - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
Buffy settles into command of her liegeman, but finds that the rest of her life is complicated, and dangerous where she'd expected safety. 5668 words. 2008-07-09.

Timeout - Giles/Xander, FRM
Tonight, Xander’s in charge. 3497 words. 2008-07-26.

Trio - Giles/Xander, FRM
Giles dreams of the past, and wakes to the present. 1693 words. 2008-07-26.

Rollercoaster - Giles/Xander, FRM
Giles clears the way for future fun. Xander decides he's a bad, bad boyfriend. 2485 words. 2008-07-26.

Gifts - Giles/Buffy, FRM
Giles and Buffy dally in a stone circle. 2838 words. 2008-08-25.

Memory - Giles/Xander, FRM
Xander wants to carry his memories with him. Giles isn't sure. 3024 words. 2008-08-31.

A Short Rest - gen, FRC
Xander's convinced it's Hellmouthy, but probably it's just the flu. 4745 words. 2008-10-08.

Likely Stories - gen, FRC
A Scooby signs up for NaNoWriMo. 670 words. 2008-12-04.

Concealed Weapons - Giles/Buffy, FRT
Giles is cleaning his pistols. Buffy has some questions. 4231 words. 2008-12-13.


2008's resolutions and their outcomes

Post the next section of T&P: Ahahahahahahaha. No.
Finish "Reconnection" & "Ars Draconis": Ahahahahahahaha. No.
Do the Remix ficathon again, but otherwise limit ficathon participation: I did better.
Finish the Holmes crossover sequel, "The Professor and the Adept".: No. Damn.
Write the "Thusia"-verse Cruciamentum story: No. Huh. This story still interests me.
Finish the signet ring story that I started for 2007's Summer of Giles: This story will be the one I finish for the Big Bang.
Make significant progress on the long story in the "Breaking Glass" universe.: No.
Write a new Giles pairing of some kind: I wrote a short Giles/Anya thing, but otherwise I didn't make this happen. I did write more Giles/Jenny.


2008 by the numbers

2007's totals were 32 stories and 200,772 words. The longest 2008 story was just over 7000 words. So I wrote shorter stuff this year.

10 Giles/Xander
6 gen
5 Giles/Buffy
3 Giles/Jenny
2 Giles/Ethan
2 stories not involving Giles at all
0 wips finished

The year of Giles/Xander slash. It's interesting that Giles/Ethan counts only twice, because it's such a omnipresent Giles ship for me. I treat it as canonical, so like Giles/Jenny it's there as character history in a lot of stories that don't focus on it.

I consider 2008 to have been a bad writing year. Though I guess I have only 3 data points to compare: 2006, 2007, 2008. But still, I'm not happy with what I wrote during the middle of the year. I'm happier with what I've been working on recently. If all goes well, I'll have a bunch of stuff reaching readability in the first months of 2009. And speaking of which...

Resolutions for 2009

Write the stupid Giles/Spike ficathon story, you idiot. Do it in January.
Finish the signet ring/time travel story for the Buffyverse Big Bang ficathon.
Do Remix again, since it's always so much fun.
Do Drunken!Giles again.
Otherwise, say no to exchange ficathons.
Plan ahead for a strong showing in Summer of Giles and Spring with Xan.
Finish one WIP. Any WIP. Pick one.
Write longer stories overall. No more 1500 words and out.
Write some Giles/Spike in addition to the ficathon story.
Write more gen.
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Speaking as someone who wrote not a lick in 2008, which is a sad, sad thing, I think those are amazing totals. And I don't think 1,500 words is a shabby story length.

I got a 404 message on every story link I tried to click on. Not sure what is happening, probably something with my stupid computer. (of course, I'm at work, and that could be the world's way of telling me to quit procrastinating and do some work).
oops. Tool generated relative links not absolute ones. One moment and I will fix.... Fixed! Thanks for the bug report. (Heh.)

Edited at 2008-12-30 10:10 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I did not read a lot of Buffy fic in 2008, which means I missed most of these. Now I shall have to go back and read them.

I may do such a roundup myself, for my fic. I was ridiculously prolific in the NCIS fandom this year.
Roundups are good! Sometimes you don't see the shape of your fannish year until you look back at the whole thing.