I'm summarizing, but here are Mai's instructions: "Let's go back 365 days, and chronicle the last year's journey in 5 stories."
Everyone's Got Secrets (NaruSasu, IruKaka) It all began here. This is my first fanfic ever, and it's taught me more about writing than anything else. Sure, the dialogue in the early chapters makes me shudder today, but I'm going to leave it on the site intact as a reminder that I've made progress through all this obsessive Naruto research and hours typing at my computer. (One more detour and then I'll be finishing this baby up!)
Lie With Me (SasuSaku, ItaSaku) This is where I flexed some different muscles, delving into a significantly darker area to test myself. This is not a pretty piece, and yet I think there's hope at the end. I like Sakura. I think she's stronger than she gets credit for. Writing this wasn't... natural. But I feel stronger after writing this.
Sleepless (NaruGaa) I love this piece. I love the simplicity of the idea, and how it speaks volumes about the dynamic between these two characters. It's one of my shortest, and I think one of my best. I need to write more of this pairing.
Reconstruction (SasuNaruSai triangle) This was a real challenge, since I had some constraints set on the concept at the beginning that negated my original idea. But! I think in spite of that, this is one of my strongest pieces in terms of organization, plot, and storytelling. It's the first time I've written Sai before, and I think he's great in this. I also wrote this piece in about 15 days, which is crazy if you consider that it's ~25,000 words.
Tricks of the Trade (slight KabuSasu) .........I have a confession. Kabuto has always been my favorite character. SHOKKU! This is the first piece I've written, however, because even though I've had bunnies dating back pre-Secrets, I was much too afraid of butchering him to make a single attempt. So I feel that the existance of this first fic starring Kabuto represents a certain mark in my confidence and abilities as a writer, and of this I can be proud. ♥
Other stories that might have made the 5 fic cut are Genesis (Hokage's 1 & 2) which is my first Gen fic, and The Best Man (NaruSasu) my first AU setting, both of which have taught me many valuable lessons as I explore this wacky way of life.
And now I tag: phoenixdown7 thatreevesgirl crazy_toffee lellian nezumiko paperninja Because some of you I know very well, and some of you I'm still getting to know. But it's always fascinating to hear what other writers have learned in the last year and I want more good stuff to read! Tell me your stories!!! XD