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Fiction Meme - 2010

As some of you have noticed *g* I didn't post this end of year meme for 2010. I started to do it, but then during the summer decided I wasn't going to bother and so got rid of it. I honestly didn't think it would be missed.

However, more than one person actually looked for it, failed to find it and asked me about it, saying how much they enjoyed reading it and seeing the stats, etc. So I decided after a wee bit of thought that I would do it after all. At first I thought I wouldn't bother with the list of links to the stories and I'd just list the stories. However, as you'll see I did do the links that was because a) it was actually quicker than I thought it would be as quite a lot of them were in two posts and b) well you know me, I couldn't post something half-done and not 'tidy'.

Previous years can be found here:

Fanfiction - 2005
Fanfiction - 2006
Fanfiction - 2007 & the Addenda
Fanfiction - 2008
Fanfiction - 2009



I. FICTION IN 2010



BUFFYVERSE - Giles-Centric Gen (02)
Death Was Her Gift
Judgement Calls

DUE SOUTH - Fraser/Vecchio (02)
To Have And To Hold
Trying Something New

M*A*S*H - Hawkeye/BJ (02)
I Think Of You
Their Real Goodbye

NCIS GEN

DiNozzo (03)
Everyone Has Ghosts
It's Time
No Excuse

Ducky (01)
Please Come Back

Ducky & Abby (01)
Just A Game?

Ducky & DiNozzo (02)
In His Nature
Talking To Ducky

Franks & Jenny (01)
Act Of Kindness

Gibbs (01)
Optimistic

Gibbs & Ducky (02)
By Dint Of Friendship
Rule Fifty-One

Gibbs & Tom Morrow (02)
A Cop From Baltimore
Very Different Men

Jimmy (01)
Worried About Dr. Mallard

Kate (02)
Knowledge Isn't Always Power
Suicide By Cop

Vance (01)
The Power In His Hands

NCIS HET

Abby/McGee (03)
Indulged
Just Another Day
Quilt Of Hope

DiNozzo/Jeanne (01)
Sometimes Love Is Not Enough

DiNozzo/Ziva (08)
Dad, Meet Ziva
Falling Leaves
He Knows Her
Maybe One Day
My Fault
Someone Who Understands
Stay With Me
Weathering The Storm

Kort/Jenny (06)
For Once
I Loved Her
The Only Person
Too Late
Until Tonight
You Had To Be There

NCIS SLASH

DiNozzo/McGee (05)
A Drink Is Just A Drink, Or Is It?
Breaking Rule Twelve
Doing It For Love
It Began In The Squad Room
Work It Out

DiNozzo/Palmer (02)
Changing Of The Guard
Do You Want To Be My Ducky?

Ducky/Fornell (01)
What Now?

Gibbs/Ducky (42)
A Fake
A Hard Habit To Break
A Matter Of Spelling
A New Start
A New Year
A Patriot Still Remains
A Peaceful Time
As Long As The Moon Keeps Shining
Being There
Blame It On The House Elves
Can There Be A Happy Ever After?
Daily Meeting
Dear Jethro
Don't Want To Share
Dreamers Never Lie
Ducky Takes Charge
Here We Are
It Was Time
It's A Date
Keep Them Guessing
Magic In The Air
Making A Mistake
Making Amends
Making Ducky Think
Making Gibbs Think
Making Time
Not So Black And White
Putting Others First
Quite Provocative
Reach Out And Touch
The Best Defense
Ties
Time Will Tell
Too Different
Too Much
Were You?
What Happened Next
Where Are You?
While I'm Gone
Who'd Have Thought It?
Why Fight The Inevitable?
Would You Want Me To Have Been Illya?

Gibbs/Fornell (06)
About Time
Forget The World
Going Steady
Keeping It In House
Living It Down
Matchmaker

Gibbs/McGee (03)
Life Is Too Short
Sensory Attack
Starting Anew

Gibbs/Palmer (04)
A New Light
Finding One Another
Joshing Jimmy
The Team Should Know

Jenny/Ziva (01)
Her Savior

McGee/Palmer (01)
Without You

SAPPHIRE & STEEL - Silver/Steel (01)
Crossing A Line

SHERLOCK HOLMES - Holmes/Watson (01)
Contentment Is Mine

STARSKY & HUTCH - Starsky/Hutch (01)
Watching And Waiting

THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES - Lynley/Havers (01)
Expectations

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. - Napoleon/Illya (01)
A Russian In America

THE PROFESSIONALS - Bodie/Doyle (01)
Drawn Together





II. STORY STATISTICS



Statistics

Total Number of Stories: 112

Total Word count: 186,189

Shortest story: 200 words

Longest story: 32,195

Drabbles 100 words exactly: None

Stories 101 - 1,000 words: 71

Stories 1,001 - 5,000 words: 36

Stories 5,000 - 10,000 words: 03

Stories 10,000 - 25,000 words 01

Stories 25,001 - 50,000 words 01

Stories 50,001 - 100,000 words None

Stories over 100,000 words: None

Average length of story: 1,662

Story Ratings:

G = 36

PG = 52

PG-13 = 17

R = 07





III. GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE STORIES



Stories already written but not yet posted: 00

WIPs: Too many! I really must stop starting new stories *Nods* I really must *Watches he pigs fly by the window*

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?

Far less :-( 2010 wasn't a good year for me writing-wise, both in terms of the number of stories and overall word count.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2010?

*Grins* Quite a few, actually:
- Kort/Jenny. Which was all down to nicis_anatomy who 'created' the pairing. I read one of her stories and something clicked in me and I then found myself writing several stories.
- Gibbs/Palmer. This was down to sexycazzy who wrote a story and just had me thinking 'oh, boy, this really works. And it does, I don't really know why it does, but boy does it work.
- DiNozzo/McGee. I can't blame anyone for this, as I just started writing them. I remember Tweeting after the first story to say it was a one-off for a pairing I never thought I'd write. And then to confess to a second one.
- DiNozzo/Palmer. Again, I started to write this pairing all by myself.

Did you take any writing risks this year? What did you learn from them?

See above for the unexpected slash pairings. Breaking up my beloved Gibbs/Ducky is always a risk, because there is always the bit at the back of my mind that's saying 'this isn't how it should be' and wondering if I'm going to write the non-G/D character OOC and more like the 'missing' half of G/D.

As for the ones involving DiNozzo, well, it's no secret that whilst I do like Tony tremendously, he isn't one of my favourite characters whereas Tim and Jimmy are (along with Fornell) my next favourite characters after Gibbs/Ducky. Thus, the pairing is rather unbalanced in my affections. In fact it's the first time in over eleven years of fanfic when I have done this, when I have written a pairing whereby I don't love both halves equally or nearly equally - thus it was a challenge and also a risk, in case I didn't write Tony well. That didn't turn out to be the case.

I learnt I could write these pairings and enjoy doing so. Also, that it was possible for me to successfully write pairings where I didn't love both halves equally or as nearly equally.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?

Nope. I'm done with setting myself goals. I have a few 'I'd really like to achieve x, y and z'. But I'm not setting them as goals.





IV. STORY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS



This year I decided to answer each question for a) Gibbs/Ducky, b) NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky and c)Non-NCIS.

My favourite story this year. Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest: So many make me happy, choosing one really is so hard. But here goes . . .

Gibbs/Ducky: Ties
Set a little while after Mother's Day. Gibbs overhears the kids talking and it gets him thinking. He goes to talk to Ducky and is stunned by what Ducky tells him; so stunned he decides to do something about it. The story arose after seeing Ducky in very 'un-Ducky' neck attire during a few episodes and reading what may or may not have been potential spoilers. This is my explanation for the 'change', as it was written before we got to find out why he was wearing them, it does contradict canon a little. Oddly enough, given my penchant for established relationship stories, this is a first time story. It makes me happy as it's a nice mixture of humour, the team, angst, a wee bit of conflict, romance and love. It has a bit of everything, I feel.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Joshing Jimmy (Gibbs/Palmer)
People keep teasing Jimmy. Gibbs realizes he doesn't like it. Protective Gibbs, naive Jimmy - and yet not quite so naive too. A slow build up, flirtation, wrestling, first time scenario. I wrote this for taylorgibbs for her prompt 'Joshing'. I really enjoyed writing it and it made me very happy.

Non-NCIS: A Russian In America (Napoleon/Illya)
Set before the series began. Illya isn't sure he made the right decision about joining U.N.C.L.E. He is reconsidering his future when Napoleon steps in. It touches more than one emotion and shows how hard it must have been for Illya to work in America at the time of the Cold War.

My best story this year:

Gibbs/Ducky: Making Time
Set before, during and after Flesh And Bone. Ducky needs Gibbs, but doesn't want to approach him. Gibbs is busy and doesn't realize Ducky's reticence. Vance takes advantage of Gibbs's seeming lack of caring. It's the longest story I wrote last year being just over 32,000. It's a first time story that involves a case as well as G/D's relationship and the case has a huge impact on Gibbs.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Weathering The Storm (DiNozzo/Ziva)
On the way back from a routine questioning session, Tony and Ziva run into difficulties. With no way to solve the problems themselves, they have to hope the team will come through for them. However, as well as external issues, there are internal ones as well. This was written for this year's ncis_ficathon and when I received my assignment I was rather worried as I'd been given my sixth pairing choice because they were short of people who'd write het. Plus, I'd never written a longish DiNozzo/Ziva story before and whilst the story only has to be 1,000 words, there's no way I could just write that for an exchange. Also, it's the first time I've ever written a story for someone I didn't know or didn't know someone who knew. I had an idea immediately, but didn't start writing (unlike me) for a while as I had to come up with the title (I know that sounds crazy, but there you go). J actually helped there and the title fits in two ways with the prompts. So from a story I really worried about I ended up very happy with and I do think it's my best non-G/D story of the year.

Non-NCIS: To Have And To Hold (Fraser/Vecchio)
Ray and Benny make a decision. It made a lot of people very happy and I received some wonderful feedback on the story. It's a domestic setting, quite simple.

Story most under appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
This is always difficult to answer because it's hard to say what constitutes 'under appreciated'. If a story makes one person happy and they go to the trouble to tell me, especially if the story was written for that person and they love it, then it's very much appreciated. Is the appreciation of one or two people worth less than nine or ten? To me no. Is it 'fair' just to go on the number of comments? However, I will find a couple of stories to fulfil this question.

Gibbs/Ducky: Keep Them Guessing
Gibbs and Ducky's plans for a day out together get scuppered and DiNozzo is left with a puzzle. The 'universe' in general doesn't appreciate Gibbs/Ducky for some reason *g* so I could have chosen any story. However, in terms of the G/D universe this story received the fewest comments, although the ones it got were very appreciative. I only chose it in order not to have a blank here.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Her Savior (Jenny/Ziv)
Jenny thinks about what Ziva means to her. This received the fewest comments on any non-G/D and non-NCIS story. It's short, but I think packs a lot into 500 words and shows Jenny in a different light from the Jenny we see on-screen.

Non-NCIS: Judgement Calls (Giles)
An entry from Giles's personal Watcher's Diary. Judging others and himself plays an important part in Giles's life. This received the fewest comments on any non-NCIS story during 2010.

Most fun story:

Gibbs/Ducky: Magic In The Air
NCIS and the FBI arrange a 'friendly' game of baseball. It was fun to write (and I have murgy31 to thank for all her help with it). And is fairly light-hearted to read and involves the whole team.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Just A Game? (Ducky & Abby)
Abby wonders why Ducky is acting so strange and there is some mis-understanding until she finds out his secret and then she shares it.

Non-NCIS: Watching And Waiting (Starsky/Hutch)
Hutch starts of hating vans but has a good reason to end up loving them.

Most disappointing:

Gibbs/Ducky: None. I can in all honesty say that there wasn't a single story in which I was disappointed (I wouldn't have posted it had I been thus).

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: None. I can in all honesty say that there wasn't a single story in which I was disappointed (I wouldn't have posted it had I been thus).

Non-NCIS: None. I can in all honesty say that there wasn't a single story in which I was disappointed (I wouldn't have posted it had I been thus).

Most sexy story:

Gibbs/Ducky: Quite Provocative
Set after False Witness. Gibbs goes to see Ducky and expresses interest in the emails Ducky received. A first time story that isn't quite a PWP from beginning to end, but does have a fairly protracted love-making on-screen scene.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Sensory Attack (Gibbs/McGee)
Tim thinks about Gibbs and all the things that remind him of Gibbs. It's not PWP sexy, but it plays on all the senses and I think comes across as fairly sensual as well as involving a rare non-fade-to-grey sex scene.

Non-NCIS: None.

Story with single sexiest moment:

Gibbs/Ducky: A New Year
Gibbs makes three New Year's Resolutions. Gibbs and Ducky in Ducky's hall with Ducky dressed only in his dressing gown and Gibbs takes him into his arms.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: The Team Should Know (Gibbs/Palmer)
The story begins with Gibbs pressed against his front door and Jimmy on his knees.

Non-NCIS: Drawn Together (Bodie/Doyle)
Bodie and Doyle naked in the shower.

Story with single sweetest moment:

This is more than a bit difficult as 'sweet' and 'Nikki' are fairly synonymous. To pick one is incredibly hard as a huge amount of my stories have at least one sweet moment in them. It's pretty much just pick one out of thin air time, I'm afraid. So . . .

Gibbs/Ducky: A Matter Of Spelling
Gibbs comes home to find Ducky reading Macbeth and gets an impromptu lesson in Shakespeare. The moment isn't sweet in the usual sense, i.e. the large declaration of love or giving flowers or something. But I think it's very sweet in what Gibbs does. He shows Ducky how much he loves him.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Doing It For Love (DiNozzo/McGee)
Tony gives up the city and NCIS for Tim. It's not sweet in the usual sense, there's no big declarations of love or sweetness. But it's Tony's own brand of being sweet and I think it says so very much.

Non-NCIS: Crossing A Line (Silver/Steel)
Sweet is not the thing you think of when you think of Steel. However, there is at least one 'sweet' moment, but Steel's standard in this story. The one I had in mind in particular is the very final paragraph.

Most Unintentionally Telling:

Gibbs/Ducky: I honestly cannot think of any story that would fit this 'category'. If my stories have a message at all, it tends to be an intentional one, one that I have thought about.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: I honestly cannot think of any story that would fit this 'category'. If my stories have a message at all, it tends to be an intentional one, one that I have thought about.

Non-NCIS: I honestly cannot think of any story that would fit this 'category'. If my stories have a message at all, it tends to be an intentional one, one that I have thought about.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:

This is really another of those when I don't really have an answer, as really I can't say any of my stories do that to a great extent. However, I have chosen a couple out of the whole 'playing the game' thing.

Gibbs/Ducky: Making A Mistake
Set after Double Identity and before Jurisdiction. Gibbs is blunt. We all know Gibbs is a bastard, but we all know he never lets that side of his character come out when interacting with Ducky. However, in this story he does. He kisses Ducky and his reason for doing so has, he says, nothing to do with having feelings for Ducky.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: A Drink Is Just A Drink, Or Is It? (DiNozzo/McGee)
I never thought I'd write Tim with Tony as I never thought I'd see Tony as anything other than out and out straight, as that's how he comes across to me on the show, plus I never thought Tim would find Tony attractive. As I say in my Author's Note on this story: 'I think 'Never say never' should be my motto *g*'

Non-NCIS Expectations (Lynley/Havers)
I never thought anything could phase Thomas 'Tommy' Lynley, Detective Inspector in the Met and the 8th Earl of Asherton. However, something did.

Biggest Surprise:

Gibbs/Ducky: Ducky Takes Charge
It's Christmas Day and Ducky is waiting for Jethro to come down to breakfast where he has a surprise for him. For once it's Ducky who takes the 'lead'.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Finding One Another (Gibbs/Palmer)
I just never gave this pairing even a passing thought until I read a story written by sexycazzy and something made me go 'oh, yes, they work'. Up until then I'd seen Jimmy so in awe of Gibbs and scared of him that nothing could happen. Not to mention the fact they don't have a great deal of screen time together. So writing them was a surprise.

Non-NCIS: Contentment Is Mine (Holmes/Watson)
It's very mild slash indeed, in fact the first Holmes/Watson story I've written that goes beyond pre-slash (or pre-pre-slash), but I was very pleased with it. It finishes a wee arch of stories. It's a surprise as I didn't think I'd write a H/W story that went beyond pre-slash.

Hardest story to write:

Well as conceited as this will sound I tend not to find stories hard to write, not really. I have times when the words won't flow or the story seems to be going nowhere, but generally that is fleeting and I'll stop what I'm writing and start/continue something else and when I then return to the story all is well. However . . .

Gibbs/Ducky: Too Much 
Set after Rule Fifty-One. Everything is too much for Gibbs. He decides he has to get away for a while and be alone. This story was written before either Patriot Down or Rule Fifty-One aired and so does to an extent contradict canon. It was the hardest story to write as it's very angsty and Gibbs feels alone in the world, especially as several of the team has turned against him.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: Just Another Day (Abby/McGee)
Abby is trying to decide what to wear. It's a death story and was hard to write because I kept getting tears in my eyes, despite the fact it is only a quintuple drabble.

NCIS Non-NCIS: Their Real Goodbye
It's set at the end of Goodbye, Farewell and Amen. The war is over and Hawkeye and BJ have to say goodbye. It was hard to write because it was the end of their relationship. It's a story that really shows why I never got heavily into M*A*S*H, why Hawkeye/BJ could never really be a main fandom, because even I can't find a 'happy ever after' for them.

Easiest story to write: Again, this is another one that I find difficult to really answer as (again trying not to sound conceited) I don't find writing most stories difficult.

Gibbs/Ducky: Here We Are
Gibbs and Ducky do what they hoped they'd be able to do, but never really thought or dreamed they would be able to. The story just flowed so very easily, probably because it's one of my favourite subjects to write about but also because it did involve the whole team. It's fluff, romance, humour and has a feel good factor.

NCIS Non-Gibbs/Ducky: About Time (Gibbs/Fornell)
Set after Short Fuse. Gibbs makes Fornell an offer. Short Fuse gave us Gibbs/Fornell on a plate, it made the pairing as close to canon without actually being overtly canon as it can get. Thus the story was a doddle to write as I just took the final scene from canon and continued it in a way that could easily have happened given what we'd already been shown.

Non-NCIS: Death Was Her Gift (Giles) 
Set during The Gift. Giles is trying to come to terms with Buffy's death. Despite being painful to write, it was really easy too as it was a snap-shot in a very short time period and I was writing from a canon scene just putting thoughts and feelings into Giles's mind. As with Ducky I find I can channel Giles quite easily and find him easy to write. This story really flowed so easily.




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