2007 fic round-up

13 ficlets, 27 short stories, 3 novellas. 43 pieces total.

13 Giles/Buffy
8 genfic
6 Giles/Xander
4 Giles/Ethan
3 Giles/Jenny
1 Ethan/Dawn
1 Giles/other
1 Giles/Oz
1 Giles/Oz/Xander
1 Giles/Tara
1 Giles/Wesley
1 Jonathan
1 Giles/OMC
1 Ninth Doctor/Jackie Tyler

No longer 100% Giles! Two stories didn't feature him, and one story wasn't even Buffyverse.

Novellas (over 17.5K words)

Tradition and Protocol 1: "Initiation" - Giles/Olivia, Buffy/other, but counts as Giles/Buffy, FRAO
"Dust on his hands from the sky" - Giles/Xander, FRM
"Thusia" - Giles/Buffy, FRM

Short stories

"Please" - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
"A Quiet Night" - Giles/Oz, FRAO
"The Adventure of the Sigerson Crypt" 1/3 - gen, FRT
Gas-ring alchemy" - Giles/Ethan, FRM
"Risotto" - Giles/Xander, Cloud Animals verse, FRT
Ars Draconis 3: Dragon's Heart - gen, FRT
"Paragon", Jonathan/Buffy sorta, FRC
"Slow Rise" - Giles/Xander, Cloud Animals verse, FRM
"Partners 1" - Giles/Xander, Cloud Animals verse, FRM
"A Soft Place to Land (Free Fallin' Mix) - gen, FRT
"Hazy Solos" - Giles/Oz/Xander, FRAO
"Blackmail" - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
"Amends" - Giles/Wesley, FRT
"The First Slayer" - gen, Thusia-verse, FRC
"Readings" 1/3 - Giles/Buffy, FRT
Blackmail 2: Polestar - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
"Anadeixis" - Giles/OMC, Thusia-verse, FRAO
Helios Hyperion 3 - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
"Fenrisulfr" - Ethan/Dawn, FRM
"Les Bijoux" - Giles/Jenny, FRM
Reconnection 3 - Giles/Buffy, FRT
"An Antique Roman" - Giles/Ethan, FRT
"Rough Boys" - Giles/Xander, FRAO
Helios Hyperion 4: "A Rooted Sorrow" - Giles/Buffy, FRAO
"Banana Daiquiris" (Dr Who) - Nine/Jackie, FRAO
Helios Hyperion 1 (director's cut) - Giles/Buffy, FRT
"Mutual Society" - Giles/Jenny, FRC

Ficlets (under 1000 words)

"The Sock Drawer" - Giles/Buffy, FRT
"Not An Argyle Socks Guy" - Giles/Xander, FRM
Helios Hyperion 1 (original) - Giles/Buffy, FRT
Helios Hyperion 2 - Giles/Buffy, FRM
Back by Teatime (working title) - Giles/Ethan, Doctor Who crossover, FRM
Into the Fray - Giles/Ethan, Nine/Rose, Doctor Who crossover, FRT
A Toast - Giles/Spike, Xander, FRM
Gentleman's Agreement - gen, Spike, FRC
The Professor and the Adept excerpt - gen, Holmes crossover, FRT
Tactical Considerations - Giles/Jenny, Buffy, FRT
Debriefing - gen, Ethan, FRT
Rose hips for tea - Giles/Tara, FRC
This is not Sparta - gen, Buffy, FRT

It was not a year for short-shorts; I wrote fewer this year than last. And three of those were connected to larger series.

Works in progress

"The Adventure of the Sigerson Crypt"
Ars Draconis
"Rough Boys"
Tradition & Protocol
Watcher's Child

My resolutions for 2007 revisited

Finish "Reconnection" & "Ars Draconis".
Well, I moved each along by one chapter. Argh. I compounded my problem by adding to the list of serial stories in progress.

Add 2 more Giles/Buffy WIPs to the list, since about 100K words of them are on my hard drive right now.
I posted one of the two, Tradition & Protocol. The other remains unfinished and unposted; this is the one in the "Breaking Glass" universe.

Write a meaty Giles/Anya story, and finally understand Anya.
Didn't even come close. I have had no plot ideas for this. Anya matters to "Dust", but alas, not in a happy way.

Write more Giles/Ethan.
At last, a resolution I kept. I have the urge to write even more. And I will, in the Who crossovers.

My resolutions for 2008

Post the next section of T&P.
Finish "Reconnection" & "Ars Draconis".
Do the Remix ficathon again, but otherwise limit ficathon participation to a few key choices.
Finish the Holmes crossover sequel, "The Professor and the Adept".
Write the "Thusia"-verse Cruciamentum story. (For SoG?)
Finish the signet ring story that I started for 2007's Summer of Giles.
Make significant progress on the long story in the "Breaking Glass" universe.
Write a new Giles pairing of some kind: Giles/Wesley? Giles/Joyce? Giles/Anya finally?

Year-end fic meme

Favorite: I'm proud of the three novella-length stories. I'm also pleased with "Fenrisulfr".

Best: "Thusia". I managed to sustain control of the material and tone, and unlike with "Dust on his hands from the sky", there are no sections that make me curse myself for not taking a few more hours to write.

Most underappreciated by the universe: "Gas-Ring Alchemy". There's something about that story that I find sweet, and I utterly love that universe's Rupert. Plus there's all the hidden stuff in it, with the Jungian alchemical tranformation, the color schemes, and the sequence of metals.

Most fun to write: "Paragon", the crackfic challenge response for gileswench. Jonathan's point of view was funny and melancholic at once.

Sexiest: Hrm. Hard for me to tell, because they all stop working for me round about the third draft. I have to hope they retain some heat after editing. "Hazy Solos"? "Helios Hyperion", slow and deep third segment? The "Ally" segment of Blackmail, with the non-kinky hypnosis smut?

"Holy crap, that's wrong even for you": "Anadeixis". I mean, come on. Giles and who? Pure crack.

Fic that shifted my own perceptions of the characters: "Fenrisulfr". Writing this made me think long and hard about Dawn.

Hardest fic to write: The remixathon fic, "A Soft Place to Land". This was the scariest to write as well. Gift fic is one thing, but tinkering with somebody else's baby is terrifying. Huge pressure. The stylistic shifts I made in writing this one, in honor of the source material, ended up being fun, though.

Biggest disappointment: Not finishing part 2 of Tradition & Protocol. I have had so much of it written for so long.

Biggest surprise: Blackmail. I started out with a cracky short fic I intended to be a response to a single prompt in a table. Instead, I ended up with a solid (and one hopes sexy) S4 retelling.

Most telling fic: I'm not entirely sure what this one means. Surely somebody other than me could answer this better? "Dust on his hands from the sky" has the most personal emotion in it.
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Uhm, hi?!
I just wanted to say: I just love your fics...
Ok I´am a slash-girl *;)*, but... I just love this from you!
"Dust..." best fic I read in 2007!!!!
Thanks so much! You made often my day in 2007!
My English is realy bad, so my comments are small... *sigh*
Happy new year to you and your family!
Hopefully I read something from you sooooooooooon :D!!!

Oh and this outfit is lovely!!! :)))))

Edited at 2008-01-01 08:58 am (UTC)
:) Your English is so much better than my German! I can read mathematical proofs in German, and that's all. Thank *you*!
As you know, Bob, you are welcome to steal anything it suits you to steal. I will spend some time with young Michael Robson myself, in the next story. And yes, you wrote enough! I just read your fic roundup!
Hello, I just stumbled upon your fic yesterday and have spent a significant part of the new year reading your stories, and I'm hooked. I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend. :)

'Helios Hyperion' blew me away, it had such economy and grace in setting the mood and you managed to carry Buffy and Giles' long history with its ups and downs over with minimal explanation. 'Thusia' has me riveted and waiting for more very eagerly - I'd be happy to exchange parts of the real show for this and make it canon. And 'Anadeixis' was hot, only crack-ish at some points and very convincing - I liked learning more about Giles' trials and tribulations. Might be also because I'm Pagan and fascinated by Apollo and his many faces... so there. :) And before I forget, happy new year to you, and may it bring you happiness and all you deserve.
Hello, pleased to meet you, and thank you! I'm thrilled I could provide some hours of entertainment for you. Seriously. That's why I do it. And I'm also thrilled it turns out lots of people enjoyed Greek God crack!fic. That's a fun world to invent and play in, and I'm looking forward to spending more time in it.