So I had a moment of buh while looking at my posting stats in AO3.

Total Word Count: 3,192,064
Down to Agincourt series: 541,405 (and in progress)
Percent of Total: ~17%

Granted, there are several things I haven't posted there, but still.

I posted my first fanfic circa 1999, but roughly 17% of my total posted output was in the last nine months with three novels, and two of those are one and two on my longest novels list (A Thousand Lights in Space and It's the Stars that Lie, respectively). My five longest novels are those, Jus Ad Bellum (X-Men), Map of the World (book one of Agincourt), and War Games (Star Trek Reboot).

When I started this series--which was a freaking writing exercise, for fuck's sake--three years ago and it started growing, I made a joke about haha, this could reach 300,000 words. According to my last rough word count in my Agincourt workbook, because it needed one, the series will top 1.5 million words, and numbers immediately lose meaning for me just writing that.

...and I still can't tell you how this happened. My last clear memory was when I sat down and thought "I wonder what Cas and Lucifer's meeting after Dean's death in The End would be like". And in A Thousand Lights in Space (book three), I have the better part of a chapter devoted to the characters digging a giant hole for a new mess and observational relationship drama (and coffee).

Like, years ago, [personal profile] hradzka described John Ringo's later books as man gets women and builds things and how that was super attractive as genre. I got it then, but I really really get it now; it's very fighting to save the world plus home improvement (...militia camp improvement?) and negotiating important trade alliances while learning to cook (and farm) and build a do-it-yourself camp LAN. There is something unbelievably satisfying about how after killing demons everyone goes home and works on that new addition to the cabin and fixing potholes and learning leatherworking and scheduling patrols in Excel before checking the reports you are adding to a Oracle database that patrol turns in on jump drives. And you have just enough time to go pilfer rugs from somewhere because the ones in the living room are hideous before cleaning your personal arsenal that takes up an entire closet and talking about what all your knives are made out of (titanium versus ceramic versus hardened steel).

Last clear memory: writing a angsty confrontation between Cas and Lucifer over Dean's dead body.

Current part I edited recently (about two books ahead): a sincere discussion regarding the pros and cons of certain colors of weather-resistant paint for Chitaqua's cabins. It's getting kind of heated and everyone is way too armed.
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2015-03-21 03:04 am (UTC)
Worldbuilding is the most fun part. All the more so when you have to very literally build a world. (Wanna know why Qui Habitat's not finished? Because I had far too much time figuring out the economy and the social structure to figure out how to kill the bad guys. Turning salt and homemade snickers bars into commodities beats space warfare. Figuring out how to raise an army is more fun that sending that army into combat.)
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2015-03-21 05:36 am (UTC)
I mean, I admit, I still haven't read any of it but I really, really enjoy laughing at you a lot over this series. Shockingly, worldbuilding is fun and you kind of got eaten alive by the worldbuild. Shockingly. :P
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2015-03-21 06:40 am (UTC)
Looking forward to reading this so much. I'm always going to be most interested in the characters but world building and how things get done is a huge part of why post-apocalyptic stories appeal to me.

I don't read WIPS because the but what happens next questions drive me crazy. The only problem here with that strategy is every new chapter prompts a little voice in the back of my mind saying start now and read realllllly slow and you won't catch up before it's done. Hah! I'd blitz though it in a month and then curl up in a corner whimpering until the next update.

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2015-03-23 09:58 am (UTC)
For real, I have no clue how they did it in 36 hours. But I can guess they were INCREDIBLY motivated. Because that's just how Agincourt is. It gets its hooks in, and then by the end of the week, you're eating cookies and cry-laughing over the part where someone is hanging lights, and you've read it twice already, but that doesn't really stop the hilarity.
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2015-03-21 09:25 am (UTC)
Your worldbuilding is what got me reading this - I remember reading War Games and getting really invested in how Jim was going to change Starfleet by constructing a new curriculum, and then I saw this new fic by seperis, and thought hmm, I haven't watched Supernatural since season 5, and I don't really like zombies, but let's see what the worldbuilding is like.

And so, nine months later, your story is the light of my life, and I am now invested in the garden Dean is going to plant for Cas, and how they make friends with Alison and Teresa and create a civil society almost from scratch. I am also really invested in hearing what happens to hippofucker. There was a brief drunken moment when I considered learning Demotic so that I could translate it myself, and then I remembered it doesn't exist.

In short, I am enjoying your worldbuilding immensely. :)
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2015-03-23 06:28 am (UTC)
I spent most of yesterday reading A Thousand Light in Space, I did the same with Books 1 & 2.

Your worldbuilding is the best. ♥
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2015-03-24 07:29 pm (UTC)
So a few months back I was going through podcast archives and a review of the orignal B/W The Day the Earth Stood Still led me to the realization that SM Stirling's Dies the Fire is like an AU of that premise with much nastier aliens: Instead of just shutting things down for an hour to prove they could, with a lot of merciful exemptions to let planes land and cars stop and hospitals keep patients alive, and sending an emissary to explain to humanity what this demonstration was about, Dies the Fire is about what happens after electricity and gunpowder and a few other important bits of technology just stop working one day and humanity has to learn to cope and rebuild. That gave me the urge to reread the series, plus the books published since the last time I read any of them, and now I'm impatient for the two due later this year. But I think the Emberverse may really appeal to you -- especially since past the initial trilogy (when the action jumps to the children of the main characters of first books) it becomes explicit that the explanation is magical and there's a war of gods and demons being played out over the future of humanity. In any case, there's a lot of technical consideration and people plundering historical texts figuring out what they can recreate and learning how to farm and fight and make their own clothes and all the other damned things that suddenly aren't being taken care of by workers thousands of miles away.
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