Yes, I'm still working hard to finish my fics this year. (Though I'm sure it doesn't seem like it right about now.) It's been hard to concentrate on fics, though, due to work related stress. Came close to a demotion because I wasn't being enough of a pep-rally for management. Gawd, I hate front of house. So now I must force myself to deliver motivational speeches pretty much every hour, and all it really is to me - and I'm sure most of the crew - is really fucking annoying. But I want my job, so annoying I shall be.
I've also gone and been distracted by TV series. After avoiding both series for years, I have become hooked on The Walking Dead and Supernatural. Once someone posts the season finale for TWD, I'll be caught up with that. Just made it to Season 3 of Supernatural, but at this rate I'll probably be caught up by the end of the month. LOL Y'know, it's kinda crazy because the reason I like these two shows is the exact opposite.
I like TWD because it catches you off guard, and has the most amazing continuity of any tv show I've watched since Babylon 5. They will pull something up episodes to seasons later. (Spoiler alert! One of the character's deaths in Season 3 involves a pre-scene with a play on one of the first lines said between her and the main character in Season 1. It really killed me.) Character development in the show is nothing short of amazing as well. Nobody is cut and dry and that is what makes it really gorgeous. Painful, occasionally extremely gross, tragic, but really, really gorgeous. (Just be warned going in that, yah, everybody dies. Literally, the writers are known for saying no one is safe. Though a handful have survived all season, including the main main guy. I really, really wouldn't mind if that changed, though, cuz frankly, he's the character I can't stand - especially in later seasons. Freaking hypocrite...)
Anyhow, Supernatural I love cuz, well, it's really predictable. Things tend to play out exactly how you imagine with very few twists. But, the thing is, you can't stop watching anyway, because even if you know what's going to happen, you want to see it happen - because it's just that well written. The characters - including the mini character-of-the weeks - tend to draw you in. Continuity bothers me, though, because it seems as the episodes and seasons progresses the writers forgot what they had written down, and things changed. I'm a bit of a stickler for the details, especially if it involves character histories. So if someone says xyz happened when they were younger, then it bothers me if five episodes later they say YZX happened instead. Character development, at least at the moment, is a bit sketchy. We seem to waver back and forth, with the characters seeming to overcome an issue in an episode, only to seem to have the same issue two episodes later. Almost makes me feel like I might potentially be watching it out of sequence. Despite the continuity issue,though, I really am enjoying it.