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rosa_acicularis ([personal profile] rosa_acicularis) wrote2011-05-05 08:04 pm
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the state of all things ficly: self-indulgent edition.

So you guys may or may not have noticed, but I suck at finishing WIPs. (Should really be WsIP, I suppose, but that's just ridiculous. WIPs it is.) Part of my problem is that in the last two years or so I've become entirely unable to keep stories within the scope in which I originally conceive them - they just get longer and longer, and while I always promise myself I'll wait until they're complete to start posting, the truth is I probably wouldn't post anything at all if I held myself to that. Component Parts is a good example - for the two months or so while I was working on that fic on a daily basis, I was still totally consumed by all things Star Trek. But you know what happened? Two months went by and the fic was getting more and more ambitious, and I suddenly all I wanted to think about was Arthurian legend and this absurdly epic Merlin fic I'd started by accident one night. That turned into The Goose Girl, which while technically complete was meant to be followed by two more stories of equal length all about Arthur becoming king and Merlin finding out that Bess was Nimueh and then the whole Lady of the Lake Mordred insanity, and oh I had such plans. Then I started a little Journey's End fic called Tomorrow Is a Long Time, and I was off again.

So. If you're curious (and even if you aren't, which is more likely) here's a rundown of my WsIP file, and those fics that I expect to emerge from it, blinking into the light, and those which will probably rot there, dessicated and forgotten. Yummy.

Fics that are positively, absolutely, undeniably, and reliably dead:

Tomorrow - A series two set Doctor Who groundhog day fic.
Last updated: August 2007. Seriously, people. This sucker is internet ancient.
Why it's dead: I don't remember a thing about what was supposed to happen in this story, and all of my notes were lost two computers ago. I know that there was a broken time machine that was looping time, and for some reason Rose remembers the loops while the Doctor doesn't. Stealing enthusiastically from that marvelous episode of Stargate SG-1 episode with precisely the same plot, Rose would have to learn to turn off the machine herself over the course of many, many loops, and would be forced to explain the situation to the Doctor each time. I love the idea, and it has lots of comedic and dramatic possibilities, but my current level of interest is a 0. Well, maybe a 2. It is a Groundhog's Day fic, after all.

Heartbreak Hotel - The sequel to But Broken Lights that will never be.
Last updated: Never. BBL was posted in, like, 1989 or something. It's old. 
Why it's dead: Again, I have no idea what I had planned for this fic. That's not entirely true - I remember that it was going to be an interspecies and intergalactic beauty pageant, and I had a bunch of original characters worked out, and a number of mysterious murders that had something to do with a former beauty queen hidden inside the walls of the hotel. I think Rose and Doctor were also going to bump into Six and Peri at the end; I have no idea why. The romantic conclusion to the BBL arc was actually going to come in a third fic, in which...the Doctor lost his voice? Or something? These ideas did not sound quite so idiotic at the time.

Chrysalis - The fourth story in the Amor Mundi series.
Series last updated: With Of Monsters, April 2009.
Why it's dead: Talk about having grand plans - I'm so invested in the developments that were meant to come in this story that I still don't want to tell you guys about them, even though I know it'll never be finished. The Master and an increasingly demented, god-like Rose traveling the universe in a TARDIS named Larry, searching for a way to kill off the Bad Wolf before Rose loses control altogether - yeah, I'm not going to say another word. Just in case.

Fics I haven't touched in ages, but totally intend to finish one day:

As Told By - A Wizard of Oz fusion.
Last updated: September 2010.
Why it's languishing: Two words: Sherlock. Holmes. I freakin' love writing this story, but I hadn't been working on it for very long when Sherlock aired. Before I knew it I was writing about twin sociopaths instead, and Ten!Scarecrow and the gang were abandoned in the Emerald City.

The Days Are Just Packed - Calvin and Hobbes-inspired Pete's World fic with Rose and Ten II. 
Last updated: July 2010.
Why it's languishing: I got stuck. I'm usually able to work my way past the doldrum spots when a story suddenly loses all its momentum and/or charm, but I just cannot get out of this one. One day. Maybe it's a story that just has to be written in summer, eh?

Still Untitled Socialite!Rose Tyler AU - What it says on the tin.
Last updated: March 2010   
Why it's languishing: Oh my god, I love this story. I have no idea where I would go with it if I picked it up again today, but I love writing alt!Rose and Nine and Martha and the Master and no, it was never really going to make any kind of sense, but I want to write it so badly. The Doctor and Mrs. Rose Saxon, at the end of the world. Why aren't I working on this? 

Component Parts - The Star Trek 2009 Spock/Uhura from the beginning fic. 
Last updated: August 2009.
Why it's languishing: My obsession with Star Trek burned bright and hot and brief during the summer of 2009. I fully expect that it'll revive when the new movie comes out, and that's why Component Parts belongs here, rather than in the Deader than Dead section. I think the story sort of stands as it is, in a way, because I never really introduced any sort of plot or suspense or anything that really needs to be resolved. Aside from the lack of Spockish smooches, I suppose. I imagine I would have gotten to those eventually, if I'd kept going.

Fics that haunt me when I try to sleep at night:

Tomorrow Is a Long Time - The 20,000 word Doctor Who series four acid trip that wouldn't end.
Last updated: May 2010. It's almost our one year anniversary!
Why it's slowly devouring my soul: Sooooo clooooose. You'd think I'd just get it over with and finish it, wouldn't you? HA. WRONG. I don't write Doctor/Rose much anymore, and when I do, they have all the emotional authenticity of...something really inauthentic, I don't know, THIS FIC BROKE ME, OKAY? A little too much nuclear holocaust and not enough porn, clearly - though god knows I did try to combine the two.

The Anatomist - The Sherlock fic that wants to cut you open and see what's inside.
Last updated: January 2011.
Why it's slowly devouring my soul: I never would have thought I'd say this, but I think this fic is too dark for me to work on right now. I've never really felt like writing dark stuff affected my mood before, but RL this spring has been brutal, and this fic is only getting bleaker as it draws to its inevitable Reichenbach Falls conclusion. I love Molly, but I can't be in her head right now. What I might do is something I considered from the beginning, when I was first outlining the fic - call The Anatomist complete as is, and write a sequel later. Pacing-wise, that might make the most sense.

The fic that I'd actually be working on right now, if I weren't writing this post:

Arcana - Working title of fem!Watson witch!AU.
Why I can't even think about writing anything else: Oh, my happy fic place. I get to do a ton of research on magic and herbalism and all sorts of dorky things and there's just enough world building to make me twitchy but not enough to overwhelm me completely, and it's full of other new challenges, like genderswap and elaborate deductions and trying to figure out how the hell I'm going to write a convincing Sherlock/Joanna relationship and OH I AM SO EXCITED, I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU.

But I'm not going to post it as a WIP, I promise. And this time I mean it.     

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