Total: 4 drabbles/ficlets plus 3 new chapters of 1 multi-part fic
Sofia the First: 1 Total
No One Crosses In Between, James/Sofia, 2987 words
Tales of the Abyss: 3 Total
The Girl Can't Help It, Anise, 387 words
Sugar and Spice, Guy, Anise, 500 words
How Far, Guy/Natalia, 3 new chapters
Yotsuba to!: 1 Total
Yanda and the Smaller Piece, Yanda, Asagi, 750 words
Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Less. I'd wanted to write four chapters for HF, but I only completed three (and even then, I took one really long chapter and broke it into two). And as people have continued to flee LJ, most of the writing communities I belonged to have died, so there hasn't been the inspiration to try new things I used to find.
What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2012?
Sofia the First and James/Sofia! The first episode of the actual series, "Just One of the Princes" (in which Sofia challenges traditional gender roles, and is coincidentally streaming on Disney Junior right now!), is what inspired No One, although it actually took me months to finish and isn't as good as I'd hoped, but for a first go, it'll do.
What's your favorite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?
It took me almost four years, but I finally got Guy and Natalia married in HF. And D started reading it, which made me happy. (He's just finished chapter 10 (he reads it if he has absolutely nothing else he's reading), and his reaction was basically, "Man, Natalia is horny", and I was like, "Hell yeah she is.") It's also become my second-longest and third-most-popular story, and that makes me happy, too.
Did you take any writing risks this year? (See above for unexpected pairings, etc.) What did you learn from them?
It's not a risk, but D and I started writing a Free! (Gou/Nagisa) fic together. It's not finished yet and so doesn't count in my total, and as such also falls in my disappointments for the year. I want to get it done. Basically how we write together is we bounce ideas around, I sit and do the actual writing, and then he reads over it and makes changes and suggestions.
Do you have any fanfic goals for the New Year?
To keep plugging along on HF, to finish our Free! fic, to maybe write some more James/Sofia (and I've been kicking around an idea where James and Amber talk about their mother, but I keep wondering if we're ever going to get any actual canon information about her, so that's been holding me back), and maybe even to write some CCS stuff. I started writing CCS fic in 2002, and this was the first year I did nothing. The anime rewatch and discussion (particularly about Touya) in tsukimineshrine has made me regret not finishing WIDK and for missing a huge opportunity to explore Touya's darker motives in Shadows. That's something that could maybe be done as its own thing.
Guy and Luke's bro time in HF. I'd been sitting on that idea for a long time, wondering if I really wanted to go there with the Luke/Tear thing, but then I decided, hell with it, I'm doing it, because I loved writing Guy's reactions.
My non-HF ToA stuff. I love Anise, I love Guy, but Guy/Anise is a big fat no, so I try to work around it to honor the request, but I think you can tell I just am not in it.
Most Sexy and Best Sexy Moment:
It was written but not posted, so I don't know if it counts, but the foreplay in the next chapter of HF is pretty hot, I think. There will be an ff.net-acceptable version and then the full version will be posted to my fic journal, provided I actually ever get it done. And it's not the sex part that's keeping me from finishing it; it's the reception part at the beginning--now that D's read the birthday chapter, I said, "Do you see how I don't want to just repeat all this again for the reception? It feels so redundant."
Hardest to Write:
How Far, as always, even though the subplot has taken a backseat for now. It's going to rear its ugly head again soon enough, and I am just the suck at writing plots.
Most Unintentionally Telling:
I couldn't say. I'm a simple person, really.