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It's that time of the year again! Last year's results are here.


By hits (again, excluding some that have definitely been hit by bots or bugs skewing the count):

1. Century's End (Poldark, Ross/Demelza, 2692 words) 1585 hits.
2. Not Bad for a First Attempt (Heyer, Rule/Horry, 200 words), 1532 hits.
3. Truth & Compromise (Discworld, William de Worde/Sacharissa Cripslock, 4404 words), NYR 2011, 1458 hits.
4. This Single World Is Double Till I Die (OUaT, Emma/Regina, 4138 words), 1264 hits.
5. Ten Times The Doctor (Almost) Got Hitched (Doctor Who, 5358 words), 1227 hits.
6. So We Meet at Last (Miss Marple/Dracula crossover, 578 words) Fan Flashworks, 1218 hits.
7. Observation (Miss Marple/Harry Potter crossover, Miss Marple & Luna, 357 words), 1153 hits.
8. something in the heart (15th C Hist/Shadow of the Tower, Henry VII/Elizabeth of York, 730 words), Trope Bingo, 1144 hits.
9. Five Times the Doctor Got in the Way of Captain Janeway (and One Time They Got Along Just Fine) (DW/ST: Voyager crossover, 5260 words), 989 hits.
10. Take the Second Path (OUaT, Emma/Regina, 2828 words), 817 hits.

(With another Henry VII/Elizabeth of York just outside of the top ten, Rewards of Battle.)

Most of my better/Yuletide fics have now been ousted by random things I wrote in popular pairings or pairings that later accidentally became popular, so I shall disdain this top ten obv. (Ross/Demelza, Emma/Regina & Henry VII/Elizabeth of York - blame The White Queen for that one, not Shadow of the Tower funnily enough).


Anyway, kudos! The most reliable method, without bots or bugs randomly getting in the way (I hope!):

1. So We Meet at Last (Miss Marple/Dracula crossover, 578 words) Fan Flashworks, 134 kudos
2. Century's End (Poldark, Ross/Demelza, 2692 words), 75 kudos
3. Observation (Miss Marple/Harry Potter crossover, Miss Marple & Luna, 357 words), 74 kudos
4. Take the Second Path (OUaT, Emma/Regina, 2828 words), 63 kudos
5. Five Times the Doctor Got in the Way of Captain Janeway (and One Time They Got Along Just Fine) (DW/ST: Voyager crossover, 5260 words), 63 kudos
6. The Time Traveller's Guide: Important Additional Information (Time Traveller's Guide, 1722 words), Yuletide 2013, 56 kudos
7. Not Bad for a First Attempt (Heyer, Rule/Horry, 200 words), 55 kudos
8. Truth & Compromise (Discworld, William de Worde/Sacharissa Cripslock, 4404 words), NYR 2011, 54 kudos
9. Of Elements and Existence (Discworld/S&S crossover, 2642 words), Yuletide 2012, 53 kudos
10. This Single World Is Double Till I Die (OUaT, Emma/Regina, 4138 words), 51 kudos

(With Extract from the Memoirs of a Credit Snake (Yuletide Madness 2014) just hanging about below the top ten.)

Yuletide is beginning to show again here at least. Miss Marple still wins by a considerable length there. One day some stupid random pairing will overtake that ficlet and I will be v sad. In the meantime, Miss Marple will continue to pwn Dracula and the rest of my fic.


By comments:

1. So We Meet at Last (Miss Marple/Dracula crossover, 578 words) Fan Flashworks, 40 comments
2. Of Elements and Existence (Discworld/S&S crossover, 2642 words), Yuletide 2012, 28 comments
3. Persistence in Porcelain (Jonathan Creek, Jonathan & Maddy, 4090 words) Yuletide 2013, 28 comments
4. Hit and Run (B7, Blake, Jenna, Avon, 4533 words), Yuletide 2010, 22 comments
5. Seeking Dragons (Tough Guide to Fantasyland, 2059 words), Yuletide 2010, 22 comments
6. Compendium (B7, Avon/Servalan, 4846 words), Yuletide 2011, 22 comments
7. The Quality of Mercy (Is Most Definitely Strained) (B7, Avon/Servalan, 509 words) Yuletide Madness 2014, 20 comments
8. Extract from the Memoirs of a Credit Snake (I,Claudius, 693 words), Yuletide Madness 2014, 20 comments
9. Vigil (Measure for Measure, Isabella/Duke Vincentio, 1246 words), Yuletide 2012, 20 comments
10. New Tricks for Old Dogs (or Five Alternate Universes Where Sandra Pullman Was Always Awesome) (New Tricks, ensemble, 2746 words), Yuletide 2012, 19 comments
=10. The Time Traveller's Guide: Important Additional Information (Time Traveller's Guide, 1722 words), Yuletide 2013, 19 comments

And, as ever, if you want people to talk to you, you need to do Yuletide. Apparently these days, there's just no other way. (This section is a collection of fics I'm much happier with, too. Yuletide FTW!) (In non-Yule fics, Five Times the Doctor Met Captain Janeway is lurking just under the radar here.


Bookmarks, as a bonus this time:

1. So We Meet at Last (Miss Marple/Dracula crossover, 578 words) Fan Flashworks, 23 bookmarks
2. Five Times the Doctor Got in the Way of Captain Janeway (and One Time They Got Along Just Fine) (DW/ST: Voyager crossover, 5260 words), 15 bookmarks
3. Observation (Miss Marple/Harry Potter crossover, Miss Marple & Luna, 357 words),
4. Truth & Compromise (Discworld, William de Worde/Sacharissa Cripslock, 4404 words), NYR 2011, 9 bookmarks
5. The Time Traveller's Guide: Important Additional Information (Time Traveller's Guide, 1722 words), Yuletide 2013, 8 bookmarks
6. Home? (Doctor Who, Three, Ten, Donna, the Brig, the Master, Jo, 7938 words), 6 bookmarks
7. How To Save a Life (Ish) (Red Dwarf/DW, Arnold Rimmmer/Martha Jones, 2925 words), 6 bookmarks
8. Ten Times The Doctor (Almost) Got Hitched (Doctor Who, 5358 words), 6 bookmarks
9. something in the heart (15th C Hist/Shadow of the Tower, Henry VII/Elizabeth of York, 730 words), Trope Bingo, 6 bookmarks
10. Persistence in Porcelain (Jonathan Creek, Jonathan & Maddy, 4090 words) Yuletide 2013, 6 bookmarks

(There are 6 fics with 5 bookmarks lurking below the line: Ego Clash (DW/Poirot), Field Trip (Six, Ian & Barbara), Nobody's Property (Seven & Ace), Vigil again & Breaking the Bounds (Doctor/TARDIS).)


I would make constructive and interesting conclusions here, but all I can think of is how sad it is that people don't comment very much any more. But, you know, maybe I should get well and write betterer stuff or something and then they might. So I had better go find something more cheerful to do!

Date: 27 Apr 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (Writing - Let Me Tell You a Story)
From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
I'm well and write stuff that gets a ton of hits, but the number of comments is minimal.

Date: 27 Apr 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (Judi - Writing (Snagged by permission))
From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
Oh yes - the times they are a-changing!

I totally agree with you there - it is hard to tell.

Date: 27 Apr 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (wiztardis)
From: [personal profile] john_amend_all
The obvious solution to random pairings displacing your fic: Miss Marple / Dracula romance for Unconventional Courtship. Just to make sure :-) )
345) The Real Adam Brightman - Roz Fayrer
International media mogul Count Dracula puts away his playboy facade and drowns his painful past in whiskey — like he does every year on this night. Except this time Jane Marple is determined to make him face his demons.

116) Dealing Her Final Card- Jennie Lucas
‘If my card is higher you’ll belong to me, obeying my every whim for as long as I desire.’ As Count Dracula hears the icy words of Russian Princess Jane Marple, the woman whose ring he once wore and whose life he once ruined, he nervously accepts the biggest wager of his life. His body for a million dollars. Vlad knows better than to doubt the steely ruthlessness of this woman. With everything to lose, and the weight of Jane's gaze upon him, he will have to play the best he’s ever played – or run the risk of losing himself completely…

265) Witness Protection by Barb Han
How far will U.S. Marshal Jane Marple go to protect her innocent witness?
US marshal Jane Marple's life is a lie. But when a devastating explosion nearly kills Count Dracula, the one man who can put away a murderer, only the truth will keep him alive. Revealing her secrets connects Jane to Vlad in ways she never expected… and unleashes an attraction she can't ignore.
Minute by minute, they race closer to justice but sink deeper into the crosshairs of a deadly criminal ring. To protect her witness, Jane has to gain his trust. But once she tastes the temptation of Vlad, she's torn between breaking every boundary for a life with him… or breaking his heart and letting him go.

Date: 27 Apr 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
john_amend_all: (cleanlife)
From: [personal profile] john_amend_all
I was tempted to send Lucy Eyelesbarrow as well, but there was already a Lucy in the Count's party and it might have given rise to some confusion.

Date: 27 Apr 2016 09:07 pm (UTC)
ilanala: Akihabara@deep (poutyface ryo)
From: [personal profile] ilanala
Ooh, I'm going to have to try this meme. I obsess over my AO3 stats more than I probably should, and it'll be nice to have a record to compare year to year.

And I very much agree with you about comments. The enthusiastic responses people used to give to fic did so much to build my confidence and get me writing more and trying new things, and the current paltry response in my fandom (which seems to be especially bad about commenting) is really demoralizing.

Date: 27 Apr 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
And, as ever, if you want people to talk to you, you need to do Yuletide. Apparently these days, there's just no other way

Having just been looking over some of my own fics on AO3, I've been thinking the exact same thing. A lot of people make a real effort to comment on things for Yuletide. Otherwise... not so much, these days. It makes me a little sad, too, because I would really love to hear what people think about stuff I've written, what worked for them or what didn't. Friends on LJ will still comment, but on the odd occasions when I write for a fandom people on my flist aren't really into, the silence sometimes makes me feel a little like I'm shouting it into the void. Even if getting some kudos reassures me that at least some number of people liked it for some reason. (And I do think the kudos button is at least partly responsible for the apparent decline in comments on AO3. It means you don't feel like you have to leave a comment if you mostly just want to let the author know you liked it.)

And, of course, I am a massive hypocrite in all of that, because I myself am absolutely terrible about actually commenting on things that I read.

Date: 28 Apr 2016 09:07 am (UTC)
ext_8151: (confuse)
From: [identity profile] ylla.livejournal.com
I think the whole business of writing fic is far less of a conversation that it used to be.

I mean, when I was first doing it (back in the late 90s, ulp) everything was posted to mailing lists, so it was all part of a conversation, not a static record - someone might set up an archive on a webpage, but that was extra.

And then I came back to a complete different kind of fandom about 10 years later, and it was all LJ communities, but they were still places where a group of people carried on conversations, whether about fic or not.

But if you're just posting to AO3, you don't have that readymade group of people who are used to talking to each other, and it's just... all different. And there's nowhere, as far as I can see, for having conversations about the thing you're interested in, rather than about particular fics written for it.

I miss it too :/

Date: 28 Apr 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
I saw a comment from someone somewhere once suggesting that authors who respond to their comments shouldn't, because they're just artificially inflating the comment count that appears on the fic and making themselves look more popular than they actually are. (!!!!!) Which seems just insane to me, and to be missing the entire point of writing fic in the first place. It's not a contest to see who can get the best stats, folks! Or it darned well shouldn't be, in my grumpy old estimation. But if people are hearing, or thinking, things like that, maybe they feel inhibited about replying? Plus, of course, some people are just shy and/or awkward about knowing how to respond. IMO it's generally much better (albeit difficult) not to read to much into silence.

I'm generally more pro-kudos button than otherwise, myself, but I can feel that way and still lament the side-effects a bit. (Hypocritically.)

I keep sort of forgetting Teaspoon even exists, even though I make a point of cross-posting my Who fic there, and I always feel weirdly startled when I actually do get a comment there.

And if you're a fandom grandma, I don't even want to think about what I am! :)

Date: 28 Apr 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astrogirl2.livejournal.com
I think maybe I am a fandom grandma, since once again I find myself reflecting that fandom these days seems to going in directions I neither like nor understand. *shakes cane at kids on lawn* Well, at least we can be fannish fogies together? :)

(I have one fic right now in a fandom I'd never written before that I was really uncertain about. It's getting a gratifying number of kudos, a really good kudos-to-hits ratio, in fact, which is absolutely wonderful, but, man, how I long for just one person in that fandom to tell what it was they actually liked about it. So I could know. Ah, well. I'll just try to be glad that anybody likes it at all.)

As for your Yuletide complex... Well, I think there are always going to a significant number of Yuletide authors who disappear at some point for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with their assignee. Enough so that, statistically, there are inevitably some poor souls to whom it's going to happen repeatedly, without it actually meaning anything at all. Despite which, I totally understand the reaction. The one time I got thrown to a pinch hit, it was impossible not to wail, "But what's wrong with meeeeeeee?" in my brain, even though intellectually I knew that was completely unjustified.

Date: 28 Apr 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
ext_8151: (mice)
From: [identity profile] ylla.livejournal.com
I was almost a late defaulter this year - I was already working full time and studying part time and trying to do too many other things, then my uncle was rushed into hospital about a week before the deadline and almost died - then, having thrown together 1000 words just before the deadline, my dad decided to bring the norovirus home from the hospital and pass it round the family! So, looking back, I didn't reply to my comments, because although everything was on the mend by then, I just didn't have the energy...

I meant to, though!

Date: 28 Apr 2016 10:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sallymn.livejournal.com
I get very few comments outside LJ/DW... kudos on Ao3, yes not a huge number but enough. I just accept that as I am a closed canon person, that's the way of things...

Date: 28 Apr 2016 03:52 pm (UTC)
ext_8151: (confuse)
From: [identity profile] ylla.livejournal.com
I just can't get my head round Tumblr - I mean, I can see how it might work for posting memes and things, but there doesn't seem to be any way to have a conversation except by posting the whole thing over again and hoping the same people read you.

Date: 29 Apr 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sallymn.livejournal.com
I found tumblr unsatisfying... I look at the pictures sometimes, but that's it.

Date: 28 Apr 2016 02:37 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Avengers Steed and Ems)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
I agree comments is king, but as I'm rubbish at writing comments I can't moan at others for not doing so and seeing a "you've got kudos" email does brighten my day. It would be nice if 'guest' would say hello sometimes. E.g there's a guest who kudoses my AAL fic and it would be nice to say hello as it's not a big fandom.

Writers not replying to comments is dispiriting too. When I see someone has written a lovely comment and nothing... But it could be for rl reasons and not rudeness.

Overall, yes, more comments, pls. It's hard to tell if what I'm writing is any cop or I'm just obscure!

Date: 29 Apr 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Avengers Steed and Ems)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
talk to them for six hundred hours Lol 100%:)

It's even sadder if people aren't replying to comments because things turn nasty - wtf fandom? Tumblr sounds like it's become like a wordy twitter.

Date: 30 Apr 2016 01:47 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny: (Avengers Steed and Ems)
From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
I got a comment today! It was spam:/

Aw! I don't know ... post a mega-long reply and hope it fires them up? Hmm, that's prob just as scary:S

I guess without a f-lock button it makes it easier for trolls. I know if I had to live in Tumblr and nowhere else I wouldn't post about not being bothered *gasp* about the latest shiny to save being beaten up by randoms, who have nothing better to do.

Date: 29 Apr 2016 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
I agree, Yuletide, and some smaller exchanges, are when people comment. Pretty sad that so few does it outisde. The natural evolution is, of course, that in the end no one will post fics unless it's Yuletide (for smaller fandoms that is) and we will see a complete dearth of fic the rest of the year. :)

Date: 29 Apr 2016 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
to either long AUs or fluff ficlets as prompted by Tumblr for people's OTPs seems to be where its going

*in a highly complaining tone of voice* But I don't like fics like that. Waaaah! Well, I do like shippy fics at times, but I don't do OTP's. And I prefer something short and well-written any day.

Date: 30 Apr 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
Let's! :)

And then I instantly pictured this:

Date: 2 May 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scripsi.livejournal.com
Their heads will be spinning. :D

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