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I don't know why I love statistics so much. I totally blame this on my brothers who were forever reading and discussing baseball stats. I find it interesting what is or is not read and what does or does not get comments and kudos. I also find it interesting that the top hits and top kudos lists don't always match.

Yeah, I know the tag says top 10, but I tend to go a little beyond that. It still includes the top 10! LOL

Top 15 AO3 NCIS stories based on Kudos:

1) SOLD! with 679 kudos, WIP (started in 2010) [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (235,243 words)
This continues to hold the #1 slot. It's hard to believe I started writing this one back in 2010 and it's still a work in process, although it is moving along. This has far more hits, kudos, comments and everything else than anything else I have posted over at AO3 (probably at LJ, too!). While I was first writing it, I thought it was far too Tony-centric for most people to enjoy, but it does seem rather popular. It's a Gibbs/DiNozzo where there isn't much more than brief mentions of Gibbs for the first 20 chapters. With 6 chapters added this in 2015, it is now up to chapter 63. I do hope to get it wrapped up this year!

2) Ziva David Is Not My Lover with 270 kudos, 05/23/2016 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (5871 words)
I wrote two Tony leaving NCIS stories in May 2016. Personally, I prefer the other one You Don't Waste Good (which only has 67 kudos), but I often like some of my underdog stories, LOL. This is an alternate take on Tali being Tony and Ziva's child. I know a lot of people hated the cannon exit story, which is probably why this one is so popular. In this, it's found that Ziva had stolen Tony's sperm donation and had herself impregnated.

3) Call Me Tony with 239 kudos, 09/10/13 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (11,784 words)
This was #2 last year for the last couple years. This one is my second entry for the 2013 NCIS Big Bang. It was one of 2 bunnies that kept bugging me all summer while I was trying to write my Big Bang story. A couple weeks after finishing my first story, I began writing this one. It was written in 3 days. It was never intended to be a Big Bang story. I originally thought it would wind up being 3000-5000 words, but it kept growing and once it topped the 10,000 minimum WC for the Big Bang, I figured why not? This one has Tony working undercover when Gibbs takes a fancy to him. First time/first meeting fic.

4) Pencis: When Tony Met Jethro with 215 kudos, 08/09/14 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (12,529 words)
This was #3 last year. This one is my second entry for the 2014 NCIS Big Bang. Like Call Me Tony in 2013, this was just a bunny that was bugging me. It came to me quickly and was written over 3 days. Since it wound up over 10K words, it became a Big Bang story. This is different take on how Tony and Gibbs meet. Gibbs is a Marine and Tony is a teenager who was kidnapped by terrorists while traveling with his father in the Middle East.

5) Table For Two with 201 kudos, 07/31/2016 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (18656 words)
My second 2016 story to may it into the top 10! I'm really thrilled it broke the 200 kudos line, too! Like Call Me Tony and Pencis: When Tony Met Jethro before it, this was a second Big Bang story. I wrote this in 5 days. Somehow my second Big Bang stories, the ones I spend 3-5 days writing, go over better than the ones I agonize over for months. LOL. Gibbs Team (Stan, Vivian and TAD Tim) are investigating a series of murders. The only link they find is that the victims were all customers of male escort, Tony DiNozzo. Gibbs goes undercover as a client of Tony's to draw out the killer. I was happy with this and [livejournal.com profile] rose_malmaison did some lovely artwork to go along with it.

6) The Contract with 193 kudos, 08/10/14 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (31,130 words)
Written for 2014 NCIS Big Bang, hosted by [livejournal.com profile] ncis_bang. Like Playing Those Mind Games Forever the year before, I really struggled with this one. Tony's dad is forced to sign over custody of Tony to a friend to cover gambling debts. Tony is released, but one day the man comes back intending to reclaim him. This slipped from #5 last year. Actually, when I really think about it, this truly was a second Big Bang story for me in 2014. Although it did take months to write. My first go was abandoned and finally finished the following year as a second Big Bang story.

7) The White Room with 175 kudos, 12/01/13 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (14,703 words)
This was #4 last year and continues to slide. This was the other bunny bugging me over the summer as I was trying to write my 2013 Big Bang story. I'm both amused and surprised these 2 bunnies developed into stories that are now still in the top 10 kudos! I never know how the darker fic will go over, but this seems to be a popular one! This has Tony being kidnapped and eventually finding fellow kidnap victim Gibbs. Another first time/first meeting fic.

8) The Cabin Christmas Story with 169 kudos, 11/15/2015 (posted 12/22/2015) [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (4712 words)
This one amazingly jumped into my top 10 list within one week of being posted! I was totally stunned by that! It has slipped from the #6 slot last year. It is my 2015 story with the most kudos (but not the most hits). I was really struggling with my [livejournal.com profile] ncis_sesa that year. This is the story my muse wanted to write. I finally gave in and wrote this, but held onto it in case we had a drop out Santa and no Back-up Santa to claim it. Since this was Gibbs/DiNozzo and had a bit of holiday cheer in it, I figured it would work for a few of the requests. As it turned out, no one dropped out this year. YAY! Why didn't I use this for my SeSa? Because my recipient wanted a different pairing (DiNozzo/McGee) and had other requests. However, IF I had pulled a recipient who had requested a Gibbs/DiNozzo holiday themed story, they would have gotten this. I had a brief thought that IF my Santa had dropped out, I might have to use this as a story for me, LOL! No one would ever guess that I had written it, if I was the recipient! Tony agrees to spend Christmas with Gibbs at the cabin. When Tony fails to return from a walk on a snowy day, Gibbs goes out to search for him. [livejournal.com profile] rose_malmaison also created beautiful artwork for this story! The art was added 01/23/2016. This is also loosely tied to one of my 2016 SeSa stories, Paw Prints.

9) It All Started With A Burrito with 159 kudos, 12/20/2015 [DiNozzo/McGee] (11,425 words)
I'm shocked and stunned to see this one in the top 10! This was my NCIS SeSa story from 2015. It was another one that I really struggled with as my muse wanted to write The Cabin Christmas Story . I can't remember where it was last year, but it was way down on the list. I'm floored to see it's here. It's the only non-Gibbs/DiNozzo story to make it to the top 10. I was really struggling, so to jump start the story, I borrowed from one of my own requests, the beginning of the episode Stakeout where Tony throws a burrito at Tim, then the go at it (wrestling - although the camera cuts, so imagine what you like!). In this story, Tim and Tony begin to realize that their relationship is moving from friendship to romantic. It was a struggle, and my beta had me cut/re-write a couple scenes. But I was pretty happy with it in the end.

10) Paw Prints with 152 kudos, 12/23/16 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (6183 words)
This is my 3rd 2016 story to make the top 10 list, although just barely, LOL. Still, it's only been posted for about a week. I think that's pretty stellar. The original idea was just Tony seeing kitten paw prints in the snow. I was planning to use it for the Happy Holidays Challenge, but I really needed to write my SeSa story. So this got put on hold. I went from intending to use it as a theme story, then as a stocking stuffer. Then we had one Santa drop out of this year's SeSa, and it happened to be the same recipient (with a similar request) as the stocking stuffer I was going to use the story for. So, it became a last minute SeSa story. It was intended to be the year following The Cabin Christmas Story , so the stories are (very) loosely connected. But I mention the Millers as the neighbors of Gibbs' cabin in both stories. They're only mentioned in last year's story, but make an appearance in this one. Tony does find some kittens, then Gibbs helps to find them a home with the Millers. Tony takes a special liking to the runt of the litter Binx (named after a character played by Sean Murray in Hocus Pocus). Of course I always had a soft spot for this one. Come on. KITTENS!

11) Capes And Collars with 150 kudos, 05/03/14 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (3526 words)
This is the sequel of One Night Can Change Everything . Gibbs decides to make Tony his own. This has dropped up from #7 last year.

12) One Night Can Change Everything with 148 kudos, 04/19/14 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (3957 words)
This one dropped from #8 last year. It was my 2014 story that received the most hits and kudos that year. I thought it would be kind of fun to match Tony up with Fornell, then have a jealous Gibbs steal him away.

13) Rest And Vine 143 kudos, 04/26/15 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (20,205 words)
This has slipped from it's #10 slot last year. This is my only other 2015 to make and appearance in the top 10 and has the most hits of my 2015 stories. It was written for the 2015 Reverse Bang Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ncis_bang and features artwork by [livejournal.com profile] evian_fork. I hadn't signed up to write for this challenge. When I first saw the artwork, this was the one piece that immediately inspired a story. The artwork said "Bed & Breakfast" to me. After all the other authors made their choices, this was the one piece of art that hadn't been claimed. It seemed that I was meant to write my B & B story after all. With it being an obvious AU, I used Ellie, Kate and Ziva in the story, as well as both Jenny and Vance. Most of the NCIS characters (including Gibbs) have found jobs at the B & B, which is run by the Fornells. Tony is, of course, the handsome stranger with the red Mustang who begins a relationship with handyman/chef Gibbs.

14) Wyoming with 142 kudos, 04/16/2016 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (13850 words)
This is another 2016 story. I must have done pretty good this year. There are some frustrations with being the mod for challenges. In 2015 I think we had 6 pieces of art were claimed in the first hour for the NCIS Reverse Bang Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ncis_bang. In 2016, we had 10 or 11 claims in the first THREE minutes! And of course my favorite was the first one to be claimed *sigh*. Being on mod duty, I wasn't able to get a claim in for a while, and wound up with maybe my 4th or 5th choice? No matter, it inspired this wonderful story. [livejournal.com profile] hinky_hippo actually did awesome new art work inspired by the story. In this one Tony and Gibbs are on vacation at a dude ranch when they recognized a wanted man and decide to pursue him. In the process, Gibbs rolls the car and Tony is injured.

15) A Cock By Any Other Name… 135 kudos, 12/27/14 [Gibbs/DiNozzo] (1760 words)
This one made the top 10 list last year, but has dropped from #9. I must blame this one on [livejournal.com profile] rose_malmaison. The story is dedicated to her and was inspired by one of her posts about what you call the male appendage. It's mostly Tony teasing Tim, which is a scenario I never get bored with. I love mischievous Tony and embarrassed Tim. Such a good combination! This one was a lot of fun to write.




Top 11 AO3 PopSlash stories based on Kudos:

It's interesting to see the change in the kudos for these older stories. I've only moved about 1/3 of my PopSlash stories over to AO3, so 2/3s of the stories don't even have a chance to make the list at this point. When I first started posted the older stories to AO3, I had several with only 1-2 kudos. It's nice to see a few of them slowly breaking out of the pack. I started by posting my favorites over there, but if any PopSlash fans have a favorite of mine that isn't on AO3, please let me know. I'd be happy to move any of them over. It's just not a priority.

1) The Bassk Club 23 kudos, 12/22/03
[Multiple pairings, includes: Chris/Justin, JC/Lance, Lance/Justin, Joey/Justin, (implied) Chris/Joey, JC/Joey] (26,051 words)
This remains #1. This was the 4th fandom story I ever wrote. I'm actually surprised to see it having the most kudos. It did not make my list of Author's favorites, LOL. Lance runs a kink club and purchases Justin and Lance from a pimp.

2) Chris' Cave 12 kudos, 12/18/03
[Multiple pairings, includes: Chris/Joey, Chris/JC, Chris/Justin, JC/Justin, JC/Joey, Lance/Justin, Joey/Justin] (20,418 words)
In 2014, this was the #1 story, in 2015 it was tied for 1st. In 2016 it slipped to #2 and remains there. This was my first ever fan fic written. I always thought it would be my favorite. It may still be my favorite popslash story, but one of my NCIS stories has taken over my favorite fan fic slot. It's an AU (as most of my popslash is). Maybe it's futuristic. Sort of a cave man thing only much more thoughtful and articulate. Primitive society where young men are thrown out of their clans once they show signs of becoming mature (or at least sexually mature). Five young men find each other and begin a bachelor clan of their own.

3) Lion Around 8 kudos, 10/19/08 [Chris/JC] (4342 words)
This remains in #3 from past 2 years. This story is also near and dear to my heart. It's one of the few stories I have that ever won an award and it won two for the 2008 Pop!Tober Challenge, Best Love Story and Reader's Choice . One of my favorite things about it is that it comes full circle. I'm not one that plans my stories out much, nor do I do much editing. I start writing and whatever comes out is what you get. I'm surprised how often the perfect ending just comes to me. I absolutely love how this one turned out. JC is heartbroken when Chris leaves him, but finds his heart through a plushie lion Chris gave him.

4) The Proof Isn’t Always In The Pudding 6 kudos, 12/11/07 [JC/Lance, Brian/Nick] (25,371 words)
This was tied for 4-6 slot last year, and now holds #4 alone. Written for 2007 MTYG PopSlash SeSa. It is my first PopSlash SeSa story to make this list. The most notable thing to me is that, I don't know anything, really, about BSB beyond their names. I actually did a lot of research to try to get them right in this. I think it turned out pretty well. College AU meets murder mystery.

5-6 Tied with 6 kudos each:

Mighty Wind 6 kudos, 03/16/04
[Multiple pairings, includes: Chris/Joey, Chris/JC, Chris/Justin, JC/Lance, JC/Justin, JC/Joey, Lance/Justin, Joey/Justin] (33,771 words)
This is the sequel to Chris' Cave . I love it almost as much as it's predecessor. In this one, I like the growth & development of Lance. He changes from a shy kid into a leader & a hunter, able to stand up for himself & care for others. And of course, I love the horses! And Justin finally gets to see his mom again. And I love Chris' dedication, really how dedicated they all are, to JC.

Hidden In Plain View 6 kudos, 03/05/05 [JC/Justin, Lance/Joey] (4514 words)
I like the whole atmosphere in this one, the tenderness, the vulnerability. And Lance & Joey *sneaking* around together *G*.

7) A Centaur’s Journey 5 kudos, 12/22/08 [Chris/Joey, Joey/Kelly] (15,458 words)
Making it's debut on the top kudos list, this is one of my favorite of my PopSlash stories. This was a backup assignment for the 2008 PopSlash Secret Santa. I've always mentioned that I wrote this 15K story in 3 days. While I suppose that is correct, I didn't get the assignment until Friday night, and finished writing Sunday afternoon. So it was, in fact, written within 48 hours. I worked a bit Friday night, and a lot on Saturday and Sunday. I had 3 betas go over it (it was last minute and I was afraid someone might not come through). They all sent the files back the following day, and I remember staying up all night long editing. It was my fault that SeSa was a little late going live that year. I hope it was work it. Someone actually guessed that Ninjetti had written this. I much admire him as a writer, so that always thrilled me that someone thought he had written this. Still does! This is a magical story (to me anyway). A mixture of fantasy and Greek mythology/history with Chris as a zephyr intrigued with the earthbound beings, especially a centaur soldier (Joey) who is traveling home on leave after being injured in battle. Traveling with Joey is another injured soldier, Lance, a human archer. Chris engages his friends JC (a dream nymph) and Justin (a sunbeam) to assist him in courting Joey.

8-17 Tied with 4 kudos each:

These are unchanged from last year -

Roadways 4 kudos, 02/19/04 [Chris/JC]
Another one of my favorites. Probably one of my better written popslash stories. Chris picks up two hitchhikers, JC and Lance, while on his way to California.

Sunshine, Dreams And Unseen Things 4 kudos, 03/23/04 [Chris/JC]
This is the sequel to Roadways . I had originally thought of doing a third installment, but never did. I guess too many other bunnies got in the way!

Thanksgiving: TrickC Style 4 kudos, 11/24/05 [Chris/JC]
The third (and final) story in the Thankful Series. Another favorite of mine. Very sweet Chris.

Timberlake Café 4 kudos, 12/18/03 [JC/Lance, JC/Chris, JC/Justin]
This one was my 2nd ever completed fandom story. Lance thinks he’s in a relationship with JC, but learns the truth when they both end up working together at the Timberlake Café. JC is a slut.

Come To Me 4 kudos, 12/18/05 [JC/Justin]
This story makes its first appearance on the list! It was written for the 2005 MTYG PopSlash SeSa and is my second PopSlash SeSa story to make this list. I remember putting in a lot of time and effort into this story. JC/Justin isn't one of my favorite pairings, but I thought I did a pretty good job with this one. I do remember being really upset that while my recipient was posting to her personal journal before the reveal, I never heard from her until after the author reveal. I don't even remember if she commented at all on the story. I only remember that she said she hoped I wasn't bummed out that I hadn't heard from her before the reveal. Well, yes, actually I was very disappointed! Justin gets jealous, JC disappears, Justin worries.

These are new to the list:

Superstar 4 kudos, 02/03/04 [Lance/Justin, Lance/JC] (6875 words)
This is the beginning of one of my favorite series. As usually, my muse was doing everything in it's power to get Chris and JC together, LOL. Lance is thrilled when he finds out his boyfriend knows his idol, JC Chasez.

Shining Star 4 kudos, 04/04/04 [Chris/JC] (4510 words)
This is the third story in the Star Series, following Superstar & Falling Star.
JC takes Chris out to Lunch.

Taken 4 kudos, 01/06/04 [Lance/JC] (5543 words)
Lance gets kidnapped, then finds love.

Pet Story 4 kudos, 09/06/05 [Chris/Justin, JC/Joey] (9807 words)
One thing I really loved about this is that it was so different from other stories out there. The guys are miniature sized and kept as pets.

Stranded: Where Time Stands Still 4 kudos, 09/23/08 [Lance/Justin, Chris/Joey, JC/Chris/Joey] (23,103 words)
I'm glad to see this one making ground! I've always liked this one. It was originally intended for a PopSlash Big Bang. But here's want happened. Back then I was incredibly impatient to post stories. If they were done, I wanted to post them that day or the following day. I'd written in in about 3 weeks and was ready to go. And I had to sit on it. About a month after it was done, the mod posted a posting schedule. This was the first big bang I had ever signed up for and it original said that stories were to be posted Nov 1st. But this new post had it alphabetically not by pen name (Jacie), but by journal name (syncalot), so that put me not posting until December. I knew people would be writing their SeSas then and it wouldn't get read. I tried to talk the mod into giving me an earlier slot and she refused. I mean, I was DONE and many others were still struggling to write, but she wouldn't even discuss giving me an earlier slot even when I pointed out what she posted for the challenge was a go live date of Nov 1st. She never explained that all stories wouldn't be posted on that date. This was her first challenge (as far as I could tell) so there wasn't a previous year to go to and see that everyone posted on different dates. She basically said if I didn't like it, I could drop out. So I dropped out before entering the story for the art claim. A lot of people dropped out, and those who didn't said they got little or no reads or feedback. I still do not regret dropping out. Anyway, I really liked this one, and wound up posting it for Halloween. I consider it a *ghost* story. But it's one you almost have to read twice to really catch it. JC, Lance and Justin find themselves stranded on an uninhabited island and later find that two others, Chris and Joey, had been shipwrecked across the island years before. I had some good feedback from a couple people and still really like this story.

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