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January 1! So I can reveal that for Yuletide I wrote "Elinor & Marianne," a Sleepy Hollow story! The summary: “Here’s what I figure,” Abbie said. “You need to catch up to modern culture. But you should catch up in stages. By degrees. Even Mark Twain was a little too far ahead for you, so let’s take it back a step. We’ll start you off with what’s closest to your time period, and move forward a few decades at a time until you’re back in the groove.”

So she starts Ichabod with a novel Corbin gave her long ago: Sense & Sensibility.

Had great fun writing this and hope to do a bit more in this fandom. (With Victor Garber appearing as Ichabod's father, I would guess this is inevitable.)

Also, I now know that my lovely Orphan Black story, "Duplicity," was written by the terrific Barometry. Thank you, Barometry!

As for the 2013 fic year in review: The number of stories is fewer than ever - but one of those stories was 162K words, so I actually wrote a lot:

Honestly, I think two of the stories I wrote this year are two of the fanworks I'm proudest of over the whole (holy crap) 20 years I've been doing this. The first would be "Anarchy in the U.K." an XMFC royalty AU. The summary: Charles lives in the unceasing glare of the public spotlight, yet keeps his sexual orientation a closely held secret, afraid he could lose his throne and force his deeply troubled younger sister into a role that would crush her. Erik, journalist and world traveler, has been a loner most of his life; he has little patience for closet cases. But a chance meeting in Kenya brings these two opposites together and sets in motion a love affair that will challenge the British monarchy -- and their most deeply held beliefs about who they are, and who they should be. Writing that was SUCH a joy, and the characterizations for that AU (which is indeed very AU) have stayed with me so strongly that I still think about them. I've even started writing a collection of ficlets from that universe, which hopefully I can publish in a month or so. I already wrote one brief follow-up, "Born to Rule," featuring the birth of a future heir to the throne. Apparently I have a bigger weakness for royalty stuff than I'd realized.

The other fanwork from this year I'm hugely proud of is "Death Before Dusk", an "Elementary" story. The summary: The bad news: In 111 days, an asteroid will strike the Earth in a cataclysm that promises to destroy human civilization as we know it.

The good news: There's been a murder.

I can never thank the frabjous [personal profile] meronym enough for letting me pick up her idea and play with it, because putting Sherlock and Joan into such a stark near-future was a joy to write.

Once all is said and done, I think I'm going to be as proud of my other long XMFC story last (and this) year, "Pantheon." The summary: In the year 96 AD, all Rome is aware that their gods have begun to Mark certain people with their gifts -- the healing power of Apollo, the metal control of Vulcan, the deathly touch of Pluto, or the mental powers of Minerva. When those gifts fall to slaves or barbarians instead of the Romans themselves, strict control is necessary.

Then a gladiator from Judea meets an enslaved scribe from Britannia, and the repercussions will shake the Empire itself.

My deep love of Roman AUs has come out to play. I had to put this on hold while I finished umpteen other things, but I love how the story concludes and can't wait to turn back to it (within the month, I believe).

And of course there was my Secret Mutant gift exchange story, "Xmas in Connecticut." The summary: In December 1944, the entire nation loves Rebecca Lawrence - "America's Most Beloved Homemaker." Her columns about leading the ideal life in the country help lift people's spirits on the home front during World War II. But when her publisher asks her to host a war hero for Christmas dinner, the world is in danger of learning the truth ... which is that "Rebecca Lawrence" is imaginary. Really, she's a combination of Raven's snappy writing and Charles' knowhow in the kitchen.

However, this war hero, Erik Lehnsherr, is headed to Connecticut, so Raven and Charles have no choice but to find a way to make the imaginary real - at least, just for Christmas. Charles thinks they can pull it off, at least until he opens the door to see Erik and falls in love at first sight.

I don't do enough fluff, I think. "Xmas in Connecticut" reminded me that I adore writing fluff.

My other two stories this year were for "Sleepy Hollow," both the Yuletide fic linked above and the first one I wrote, a few hours after I saw the pilot: "Madhouse/Asylum". Honestly it's too short to summarize; let's just say that, given the state of mental health treatment in the era Ichabod came from, he would have thought Abbie was taking him somewhere truly terrible in the pilot. So it plays with his expectations versus hers. This was recced by Fandom Fast Learner Orlando Jones, which tickled me pink.

And that's it! If I have a fic resolution for 2014 (how is it 2014 how how how), it's to write more but shorter stories.
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