116!! *falls over onto the floor*
I thought there was a snowball's chance in Hades that I'd ever get to read them all. Working fulltime, going to school fulltime, and trying to keep the SWG afloat (plus family obligations, beta-reading, SCA, my own writing, my website, the Heretic Loremaster, my artwork, and the occasional hour of sleep) doesn't leave me with much free time these days. But I direly miss the days when my involvement in fandom included a good amount of reading stories about stuff I like. That's one of the reasons we're all here, isn't it?
Besides that, last year, I managed a dismal two reviews. I felt terrible for that. I have been well-nominated for the MEFAs for three years now, and it seems wrong to me to expect others to read and review my work while I sit and collect reviews and never glance at anyone else's stories. (Especially when, last year, each one of my nominated stories won third place or better, so people were generously reviewing me.) I know that it is not the MEFA expectation that nominees must review, and I do not judge people who I know accept nominations knowing full well that they have no intentions of reviewing, but for me it does not work to accept nominations without contributing as a reviewer.
So I really really wanted to get as many of those 116 stories reviewed as I could.
And, about ten minutes ago, I turned in my 116th review.
*falls over onto the floor in a happy stupor*
If I missed any First Age stories, it was purely by accident. Otherwise, I read and reviewed them all, feel like I've been a good community member this year, had a great time, and--perhaps most importantly to me--found some phenomenal new stories and authors. And got to reread some of my favorites too.