So, there's that meme going around where you pimp your own fic. Pick your five favorites that you've ever written, etc. I don't exactly have a huge body of work to draw from, so I wasn't going to do it. But hey. It's Friday, the fight scene I'm in the middle of is fighting me
, it's a really slow work day, and I need a distraction. Which means, meme, and variations on this one are all that's making the rounds on my f-list.Sometimes it's ok to pimp yourself out. Post a list of your top five fics favorite you've written, regardless of fandom or the reason you love them. This isn't about the BEST things you've written, but what you LOVE most. Then tag five other people to do the same.
So here goes, my five favorites of my own fic:
1. The Illusions Series
2002 - 2003) Is this one really a surprise to anyone? Technically, I suppose it could take up all five slots here, being five separate fics written over a two year period. But they're not, really. I wouldn't recommend reading Shadows
, for instance, if you've never read the first four. This was my first real foray into fandom. It was my first and probably still my strongest experience with having my name recognized for a fic I'd written. It will probably hold a sacred place inside me no matter how much time passes, or how much my writing changes over the years. Sure, I read it now and have the urge to rewrite bits of it, edit others, but hey, what author doesn't look back at something they wrote years ago and feel the same? For the most part, I love these fics to pieces, and there are moments, images from them that I cherish as a writer. A hotel room in Rome, filled with blood and feathers. Sark, coldly killing a man while uttering the line "You shouldn't have touched her." The moment when Sydney first realized she'd fallen in love with the enemy, which, coincidentally, was the exact same moment when I
realized it. Jack, figuring it all out and confronting Syndey, then later Sark. And, finally, that moment in a hospital waiting room that spun my Sark's life in a new direction. *sigh* Absolutely, positively number one on my list.
- (King Arthur
, 2004) I love the legend of King Arthur and his Knights. I adore the triangle between Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere. I have yet to be satisfied by any of Hollywood's renditions of it. I was so deeply disappointed in the 2004 movie which actually killed off Lancelot before the story even really got started, I had to "fix" it in my own head. Fated
was my way of doing that. It pretends that Lancelot never died, and delves into that triangle and how it came to be. I loved writing it, and I've always intended to write a sequel. I don't know that I ever will, but this fic remains one of my favorites, even though I didn't really like what the movie did with the Arthurian legend, other than the cool relationship between all the knights.
3. Dark Reflections
, 2006) This fic began as a passing comment by mspooh
that became the plot bunny that wouldn't die. I can't remember the exact phrase, but she mentioned something about "wouldn't it be cool to see John as Pirate!John in a fic", and my brain went "Yeah, that would be awesome
!" And lo, one quantum mirror, a pair of leather pants, a beard, and a gold earring later, Evil!Pirate!John was born. I had so much fun writing it, I've got several related plot bunnies spinning around in my head still.
4. Alias Drabble, Part 1 & 2
2006) - It's no secret that I suck at drabbles. SUCK.
They're supposed to be, like 100 words, right? I think the shortest drabble I've ever written was 400 words. These were even less successful than that, sitting at over 2000 words each, for a total of 4500 if you count parts 1 & 2 as a single fic (which I do). Sark and Sydney remain my favorite 'ship to write, and Sark (mine, anyway) will always be a favorite character, period. This was the kind of fun, decadent fic that I don't write very often. I tend more towards slightly dark, complicated, emotionally traumatic things in my writing. But I enjoyed this one for what it was - short, hot, and sweet in a dark chocolate kinda way. :)
5. Midnight Meetings
- (Firefly, 2006) This one was a tough choice. I don't dislike any of my fics, really, and once I've picked my very "favorites" the remaining ones kind of hover around the same level of fondness for me. I can't say with any honesty that I liked this one any more than my LOTR
fic, or my Charmed
fic, or the rest of my Alias
fic. But this one stands out for another reason. I don't usually write fic in fandoms that fulfill all my fannish needs. Farscape
are two of those fandoms. I tend to write fic because something is missing, and I want to add it to that world. But I love Firefly
just as it is. Still, when carmen_sandiego
needed a pinch hitter for her Mal/Inara ficathon, I volunteered. And truthfully, I had a great time writing it, finding the voices for these character that I love so much. And I did get to deal with two things I wanted the show/movie to do, that never got the chance. Zoe's grief over Wash, and Mal/Inara. But the funnest part, by far, was purely the cast of characters. Even though they only got to make brief appearances, for the most part, I loved writing them.
And I'm not going to tag anyone. Mostly because I think almost everyone already has. But if you haven't, and you at all want to, consider yourself tagged.