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Thank Merlin That’s Over

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty glad to see the tail end of 2020 in my rearview mirror.

Aside from the obvious (disease, Trump, diseased Trump, etc.), it wasn’t a banner year in terms of productivity.

Yes, I know all about Shakespeare writing King Lear during his plague year, but chances are, he wasn’t trying to corral little Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet into schooling via Zoom and putting up with Anne asking him every ten minutes, “Are you working?”

I had been hoping to get some more personal writing done this year, but it wasn’t to be.

I only managed to write three new stories (okay, four, but one was for this year’s Hoggywarty Xmas fest and the reveals haven’t happened yet, so I can’t claim it).

Leaving aside updates on ongoing stories (and I didn’t do much of that) or reworkings of existing stories, I managed a paltry 12,600 new words of HP fic this year. I solemnly swear to do better in 2021, if you can just get me a fucking vaccine so the kids can go to school, and Mr. Squib can go to the office.

The good news is that Squiblet #2, who is a fledgling writer, managed a lot more writing than I did, and I couldn’t be prouder of them. It’s amazing what one can accomplish when one only has a three school classes, a room of one’s own, and few responsibilities. Not that I begrudge them that. Much.

As usual, I’ve done an end-of-year tally and crunched my numbers because, by God, there are numbers to be crunched, and crunch I must because Science and shit.

My total HP fanfic output as of December 31, 2020 is:

603, 414 words

53 stories

The most popular were:

My most popular story by far, in terms of absolute number of views and review, and views and reviews per word, remains Epithalamium.

My grand total of views on my stories was 812,272, which is practically nothing in the HP fandom—I suppose writing about middle-aged and older characters doesn’t position one in the ranks of bestsellers, alas.

But I am content if a few people get some enjoyment from reading them, as I certainly enjoy writing them, and a huge thank-you and infection-free kiss (mwah!) to those of you who have read and commented on stuff I’ve written. You’ve made this pen-monkey very happy.

Here’s to hoping 2021 is better all around for everyone.