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Musings about fic

29th October 2008 (00:27)

Last week, I put together an index of all the fic I've written in the two years I've been on LJ. Today I did a bit of poking around with the numbers.

Apparently I've written 55 drabbles, 12 ficlets (under 500 words), 19 stand-alone fics and 6 multi-chapter fics with 24 chapters between them, for a total of 110 individual items of fiction. That comes to a grand total of 90,662 words... which on the one hand sounds like an awful lot; but on the other, NaNoWriMo participants are expected to write 50,000 words in a single month, and I only managed 90,000 in two whole years...  Now I've depressed myself. :-)

Other fun facts about me (Excluding drabbles, and counting chapters as individual fics):

 

  • My longest fic is still Hiywan's Story at 14,877 words, despite it being unfinished.
     
  • The longest completed fic is We Just Declared War at 12,562 words.
     
  • 6,000 words seems to be about the longest fic I can write in a single burst of inspiration.
     
  • My average fic is 1,548 words long.
     
  • I've written six fics with explicit sex scenes. That's 11%. So far, none of the sex scenes have involved men.
     
  • The people who've got lucky in my fics have been Willow, Kennedy, Tara, Buffy, Dawn, Faith and Saga Vasuki.
     
  • 13 of my fics involve the death of a human. Featured characters I've killed off include Faith, Kennedy, Buffy and Willow. Five fics involved the dead character's experiences in the afterlife.
     
  • Only 1 of my fics (plus one drabble) involves the conception and birth of a human. This is possibly out of balance. :-)
     
  • Out of 55 fics, 44 were set in the Buffyverse, 2 in the Sarah Connor Chronicles, and 9 were crossovers of the Buffyverse and something else. I've written a couple of drabbles for 'Firefly' but no longer fics.
     
  • In my crossovers, Buffy has met Cameron (from T:SCC) and Ripley and the Colonial Marines (from 'Aliens'). Angel has met F'lar and Lessa (from the Dragonriders of Pern series) and Elric of Melniboné. Buffy has also encountered Odin and Faith has met St Peter, but I'm not counting those as crossovers.
     
  • Buffy herself has featured in 25 of the 53 fics I've written set in the Buffyverse. Willow appears in 23. All the other characters appear much less often: Kennedy has been in 8 of my stories, Faith in 6 (and Hiywan also in 6), Xander in 5, Tara, Dawn, Satsu and Angel in 3 each. Spike only appears in one story so far, although not because I'm deliberately avoiding him, I promise...
     
  • Among the more unusual pairings in my stories have been Willow/Giant!Dawn, Buffy/Buffy and Kennedy/Tara.
     
  • 10 of my fics are set before the TV series began, 12 during its continuity, and 31 are set after it. 8 of the latter are explicitly set in Season 8 or 'After The Fall', and 4 in the remote future well after the series ends. The other 19 are in a more vague "post-Chosen" time period, although once Season 8 was published I made them conform to canon wherever possible.

 

Comments

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 00:55 (UTC)

I checked and didn't see -- was the Buffy/Buffy actual 'romance' or just the meeting of each other in the time travely one?

NaNoWriMo participants are expected to write 50,000 words in a single month

URGH. For me, that's two whole episodes ;)

And thanks for the masterlist, in part because it reminded me to remind Foamy to update his own. Can you *believe* "Dawn Of the Dead" isn't on there? Sacrilege, I say!

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 02:06 (UTC)

It was the time-travel one, and I count it as romance because of the scene where they got all snuggly on the couch and went upstairs together holding hands, and Buffy invited Buffy to spend the night in her room then got all embarrassed because she hadn't realised how sexual that sounded - and the older Buffy was well aware of the sexuality of the situation but decided it was just too kinky for her. But there was definitely UST going on there.


Keeping fic master lists updated is really hard. :-(

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 05:32 (UTC)

Actually, Dawm Of The Dead is at the top of Foamy's drabble list...

Posted by: none of the above (frogfarm)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 11:16 (UTC)

Oh bah. That's what I get for not checking, but then again, it never occurred to me that something made of tons of drabbles still counted as one. Then again, my definition of "drabble" stops somewhere after a thousand words, instead of right at one hundred...

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:01 (UTC)

Heresy! The 55 drabbles I've written contain exactly 5500 words; no more, no less. :-)

Though I counted double drabbles as 200-word ficlets (and so on), not two drabbles.

Posted by: The Mezzanine (deird1)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 19:01 (UTC)

Hmm. You're one of THOSE people. Those but-surely-an-exact-word-count-doesn't-matter people.

Right.

There's nothing else for it: we must duel. Swords or pistols?

:)

Posted by: fix me, motherfucker! i'm standing right here. (immortality)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 01:48 (UTC)
[buffy] satsu | a keen and bloody sword

As soon as I saw you'd written Tara/Kennedy I had to race over and check it out. ♥ It's totally one of my guilty crack!pairings.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 02:08 (UTC)
kennedy

Did you find it?* I have to admit, it's only a really brief scene and all they do is flirt and put their arms round each other. I don't want to get your hopes up too much...


*It's Chapter 2 of 'And All My Secrets Laid Bare'.

Posted by: fix me, motherfucker! i'm standing right here. (immortality)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 02:11 (UTC)
[buffy] willow | the dark inside of me

I found it. :D And even though it was small, it was still awesome.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:02 (UTC)



(I had to cut and paste that from your comment. :-) )

Posted by: fix me, motherfucker! i'm standing right here. (immortality)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:05 (UTC)

Ahahaha. The html for it is &hearts*;

(Removing the *, of course. It took me forever to figure out, haha.)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:18 (UTC)




(yes, that was me practicing, as well as saying thank you)

Edited at 2008-10-29 18:18 (UTC)

Posted by: AnarchAngel (anarchangel23)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 04:33 (UTC)

And how many words of lit. crit. have you written about Buffy?

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:05 (UTC)

Depends on your definition. Most of my meta is about the characters and themes and storyline taken on their own merits, rather than analysing how the writers created the work and communicated their messages. Does that still count as lit crit?

And the other answer is, I don't know. :-)

Posted by: AnarchAngel (anarchangel23)
Posted at: 30th October 2008 00:27 (UTC)

I'd count it.

Posted by: Ruuger (ruuger)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 08:11 (UTC)
Writer

NaNoWriMo participants are expected to write 50,000 words in a single month, and I only managed 90,000 in two whole years... Now I've depressed myself. :-)

I've been writing fic since 2003 in four different fandoms, and I've only managed about 45 000 words, so you're well ahead of me at least :D

Spike only appears in one story so far, although not because I'm deliberately avoiding him, I promise...

I've actually noticed that I am ;) At least subconsciously. I keep starting fics about Spike, and they always end up being about some one else instead - even my "Spike: What if..." ficathon entry ended up being more about Giles than Spike.

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:12 (UTC)

I think I don't do Spike for a couple of reasons:

Most of my fic is either pre- or post-series, and I prefer to stick closely to canon. I don't really like writing anti-heroes or darkfic, so making an evil vampire my main character isn't an attractive option, which rules out pre-series fics about him. Canonically, Buffy doesn't even know he's still alive after the end of 'Chosen', so that rules out a lot of options too.

Writing Spike in character would mean being sarcastic and British. Since that's what I'm like in real life, it would feel too autobiographical. :-)
(I think that's also the reason I've shied away from writing hetero sex scenes).

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 16:01 (UTC)
Thinky James 2

Innnteresting. :) I've never bothered with a fic index, since I link them all in my sidebar, but now you've got me wondering about my statistics. I would estimate I've written far less individual fics, but many, many more words. :)

Posted by: StephenT (stormwreath)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:15 (UTC)

I decided I needed a fic index when I discovered that there's a maximum number of links you can include in your sidebar, and I'd just gone over it. :-)

I also notice that for the first year, I wrote almost nothing except drabbles; but this last year I've hardly written any, just longer works. So my average wordcount is likely to rise now...

Posted by: eowyn_315 (eowyn_315)
Posted at: 29th October 2008 18:25 (UTC)
coffee

I doubt I'd be anywhere close to the max, but I don't bother with the links section at all (mostly because I never tried to figure out how to use it) and just post all my links in the "blurb" box.

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