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The Bogwitch Creative Review of the Year

Happy New Year and all that.

It's time for my creative review of the year again:

I started the year in quite a positive frame of writing mind, but this fizzled out in the face of underwhelming levels of feedback to some of my stories (especially the Supernatural ones). I wasn't expecting pages of feedback, but an active fandom should be able little more then I'm used to getting.

Oh well. There's nothing I can do about it.

The full list for 2009:

BtVS/AtS

Check and Mate (BtVS)
Buffy versus Christmas and Spike doesn't care. Spike/Buffy.

Moon Memories (Or the Lack Thereof) (BtVS)
Where were you when they landed on the moon?. Spike/Buffy.

Tellin’ Porkies (BtVS)
Swine flu is no laughing matter. Spike and Dawn. (Gen).

Going Native (BtVS)
Just lie back and think of Fortnum and Mason. Buffy and Giles (Gen).

Old Gods, New Bonds (AtS)
“You must adapt or return to your rest.”. Illyria and Drogyn the Battlebrand (Gen)

Supernatural

And Lucifer Brought the Light (Supernatural)
The war was about to begin. Sam, Dean and Lucifer (Gen). Tag to 4x22.

The Book of Dean (An Excerpt) (Supernatural)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and… Dean? Dean and Castiel (Gen)

Crossovers

Divine Interruption (BtVS/SPN crossover)
Spike’s unlife gets a divine interruption from the angel of a rather atheist apocalypse. Spike and Castiel (Gen)

Coffee Nirvana (BtVS/Dark Angel Crossover)
Prompt: Max & Buffy and the perfect cup of coffee. Gen.

Drabbles

Sweetheart Surrender (BtVS)
Prompt: Love Hearts (Sweethearts). (Willow/Tara)

The Right Girl (BtVS)
Harmony settles in.

Travelling Light (BtVS)
Spike/Harmony. Home decorating for vampires.

Plus:

More Working My Way Back to You (BtVS).

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28

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30

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

If the enthusiaum I’d experienced earlier in the year hadn’t been killed off by the lack of feedback, then the answer might have been yes. However, it was, so no.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2008?

There was no real surpises, but a lot more Gen then there used to be.

What's your favourite story of the year? Not the most popular, but the one that makes you happiest?

I liked ‘And Lucifer Brought the Light’ best. I thought it deserved better.

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

I don’t think so. Maybe taking prompts was a risk.

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

Same as ever: Working to be finished, the Black Widow sequel to be done and I’d like to write a proper Supernatural fic. There are still some ficlets that need finishing and the list prompt fic.

From my past year of writing, what was...

My Favourite Story: And Lucifer Brought the Light. The runner up was Coffee Nirvana.

My Best Story: And Lucifer Brought the Light.

Story Most under-appreciated by the Universe: And Lucifer Brought the Light

Most fun: Tellin’ Porkies.

Most disappointing: Working My Way Back to You as usual.

Most sexy: None of them!

Story With a Single Sexy Moment: As above.

Hardest to Write: Working My Way Back to You again.

Most Unintentionally Telling: None of them.

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Supernatural fandom is very cliquey. If you are in the in crowd, you will get a ton of feedback no matter what you write, and if you are not in the in crowd hardly anyone will bother, again no matter what you write.

Although I probably shouldn't say that, since I barely read anything and am worse still at taking the time to feedback on what little I do write. I feel very out of fandom in general at the moment. I also feel strongly that writing shouldn't be dependent on feedback, should be about telling a story you want to tell for your own satisfaction, although it is easy to say that but less easy to believe it when a story that has been slaved over gets passed by unnoticed.

I have noticed that. I have to say the Supernatural fandom isn't nearly as much fun as the Buffy one and I've found it hard to connect with many people there. I actually seem to do better as an artist, but my PC is playing up which makes art a bit frustrating.

My feedback overall has decreased in general too though(unless I write Spike/Buffy, which I'm mostly past wanting to do) and this has made me withdraw a little, and that doesn't help either.

>>I also feel strongly that writing shouldn't be dependent on feedback

Well, so do I, but I don't enjoy writing to a void. Feedback levels won't stop me writing, but they very much affect my motivation to write more.

I'm not the best at leaving feedback either, but that has a lot to do with the way I print stuff out to read, I never seem to get back to comment.

I haven't quite got to your fic yet either, which seems very interesting...

I was never really in Buffy fandom, either, certainly not until the show was long over, so can't really compare - although having said that, I am a moderator on a very active buffy forum, which has a lovely tight-knit community. But having been a member there for so long, I couldn't comment on how easy it is for someone new to to break through the barriers that establish themselves in any long-standing community in order to feel at home. I know I very rarely venture into the buffyverse debate threads these days.

I don't really write fic any more, although have been getting back into it a little bit lately with a couple of stories to try to get those creative juices flowing again. Once upon a time I was very keen - wrote a whole series of Buffy spin-off stories and had tons of plans for how to continue that, which never got written. I get the notes out and play with them from time to time, but am always prevented from actually writing anything new by the burning desire to go back and completely re-write all the old stuff, which I look back on now and shudder!

You say your feedback was greater when you wrote Spike/Buffy - that doesn't surprise me at all. I've noticed that feedback is far more likely if you write for something popular, like a well-established ship - all the shippers will jump all over you in delight for catering to them. If you stray beyond the boundaries of shipdom, however, it is harder to pick up readers, no matter how good your idea or entertaining the end product.

Wierd experience, writing, no?

I think writing is a hard experience, getting it to the right places is the weird bit.

I got sucked into the Buffy LJ fandom by luck really. I friended a ton of people when I was a reader and I got a response when I started producing stuff (art then writing, although I'd written a lot as a teenager). I'm loathe to do that now though because I can barely cope with the size of my friends list as it is and because I haven't found many people I actually relate to. Nor do I expect them to put up with all the Buffy stories I still intend to finish (there's enough to keep me going for a bit).

I've never been a shipper as such. I liked Spike/Buffy, but as it's canon, I kind of considered it Gen. I've always been more of a Spike fan. But because I wrote a few Spike/Buffy stories and that's what I used to read, it's what I'm now known for and what my FL likes. I write what I want though.

I was never expecting an avalanche of comments for the SPN stories, but I thought I should have got more than a pitiful few. It makes me not want to write SPN.


Happy New Year!!

Thank you [from a Spike/Buffy fan]

And you!

I daresay I'll still visit Spike/Buffy sometimes. :)

Sorry to hear about the dearth of feedback getting you down. :( I've loved your stuff this year - especially Going Native. >:D

Yeah well. It's become so variable I don't know what to think.

Edited at 2009-12-31 10:21 pm (UTC)

People are losers. And/or I think over the years the mechanics of LJ have gone a bit weird - the list of people on my flist and the people who comment on my fic really don't overlap as much as you might think.

That's very true. I think 10 comments is doing fairly well these days, it used to be 20. Yet I have 250+ on FL.

What really got me, and which still rankles, was the struggle to get more than four comments for the SPN fic. I think it has about 8 now, but I had to chase every one by posting everywhere.

FL?

Clearly SPN fandom sucks.

Friends list.

Not entirely, but I still much prefer the Buffy fandom.

Happy New Year (and all that) to you too!

Thanks, hope yours is a good one!

A very happy new year to you too!

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