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Welcome to Night Vale (and now, the weather)

So I am holed up with my knitting today, making chicken noodle soup and listening to Welcome to Night Vale, episode ... 6 now. I think it's fair to say this radio series is adorkable and wonderfully creepy at the same time. So, it's probably time for a new official recs list. Only it's kind of hypothetical, as I'm making note of people in the fandom who are writing (please rec!) and waiting to read anything until I've caught up.

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thingswithwings' WtNV fic is all here, but the following story is particularly magnificent: The Observer Effect in which form 42R is a must. Cecil/Carlos.

Oh goodness! Dira Sudis is in this fandom? The Importance of Accurate Moaning. Oh, the things Carlos doesn't know. Cecil/Carlos.

Kidfic in Night Vale was bound to be something else, wasn't it? This is a wonderful and near-perfect script for an as-yet-unaired episode. The Temporal Tornado by novembersmith. No more slash than the actual show.

Also, the fandom seems to be podfic-enriched, a starting point: The Contract by bendingwind on AO3.

And, via troyswann, a rec for the lovely loneraven's work in vids and words. Some slash apparent on first glance, and very awesome looking. A constructed reality vid! Of course there are constructed reality vids in WtNV.

Night Vale Broadcast by jonaht: Gen, General Audiences. There is a strange wind blowing in Night Vale. I think jonaht really nailed the voice of the podcasts, so I encouraged her to put it up on AO3. rec via copperbadge.

Welcome to Night Vale recs at [community profile] fancake.

Um, so obviously I'll be adding to this list.

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Blink a couple of times, then reread

Fanfic Recs:

(I'll give you a minute to sit down and compose yourselves, it has been a while.)

Fandom: Sherlock Holmes, BBC.

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So, I give you, the stories I have been reading in Sherlock Holmes fandoms (mostly, but not all, the modern AU that the BBC is airing now.)

Classic early relationship and slash: The Perils of Urban Warfare by [personal profile] phantomjam. Watson POV, pilot timing, and how Watson goes on the mend. The early story is as much Afganistan in John's mind as London, but there's a moment at the end, where John laughs, without any exposition from the author, and I loved the catharsis of that moment. Very nicely written, not worksafe, Watson/Holmes.

A first kiss from [personal profile] resonant: Amenable, which might be cross-referenced under "experimental first steps" for Sherlock. John/Sherlock, not worksafe.

One of comms I've been trawling had a marriage theme for a bit, but like Jack and Daniel, I think John and Sherlock really just work in an "old married love" kind of way:

Declarations of Mutual Devotion which is sweet and just sort-of not about the sexytimes. Worksafe, by [personal profile] waketosleep.

This one deliberately sets up an affectionate, but asexual Sherlock, which is fascinating. And almost more intimate in understanding--the gestures made are resolutely meaningful. Horse and Carriage by [personal profile] flawedamythyst, worksafe.

On the subject of an asexual, or not-even-remotely-interested-in-sex Sherlock, a fic that has no more homoerotic subtext than the canon. Touchy Feely by the lovely [personal profile] basingstoke gen, worksafe, spoilers for The Blind Banker (ep 2).

Thirdly, an asexual (or, at least, really not very interested) Sherlock, with an interesting twist on sleeping together. I think I accept the resolution of the story, but I'm worried that I found it satisfying, when it might have kept it's edge. Regardless, a sweet story that has had me thinking long since I read it. The Second Law of Thermodynamics by [personal profile] entangled_now, and sequels The Art of Negotiation, The Definition of Insanity, and The Rules. John/Sherlock.

Okay, a little gleefully awkward negotiation and first time, because really I'm a joyful slasher: Thought Experiment by [personal profile] entangled_now Watson/Holmes, not worksafe.

One of those angsty, atmospheric, burn-through reveals that hurts so good. The Hour of Separation, by [personal profile] vegarin worksafe, but wrenching. John/Sherlock, PG-13. Spoilers for The Great Game (ep 3).

Trans Sherlock: Now I have to caveat that I am no expert on the trans experience, so I can only say that these stories read as legit to me and let you take what qualifications you will from that. What made these real is the sense that your body may not be an ally, that it can betray as easily as people can betray each other. I very much liked the read that it's not Sherlock's inherent discomfort with social niceties in general that puts him on the fringes of society, but rather that he is a fringe member of society, that he's hiding bigger secrets than loneliness, and that friendship is a bigger acceptance than merely tolerating a person's company. I loved the read of Sherlock as female to male, I thought it added amazing depth to the character and I think the stories that result are remarkable.

Two for your reading: Seems So Easy For Everyone Else by [personal profile] etothepii, link goes to part 1, this story is pre-series, and features Sherlock's changing relationship with Mycroft as a central point. It is gorgeous and heartwrenching.

The second is set in Victorian London, the Law & Downey, Jr. edition, by the physical description of Mary. Intemperance, by [personal profile] basingstoke from the journals of Dr. Watson, and wonderful. You want to hug them all, if there weren't significant danger that Holmes might bite you. Probably not worksafe, though all hanky-panky is off-camera, and the relationships are all canon. Still, this is like no story I've ever read before. As thefourthvine said in her recommendation (which got me reading fanfiction in this fandom in general) one of the amazing aspects of Holmsian fandoms is the reliance on Watson (prim, proper Watson) as a narrator. It's not a great leap to believe he might have edited out some key, private, details.

Related, but not FtM Sherlock: The Adventure of the Manor House by Lyra. ACD canon with a brilliant conceit: ACD was Watson's editor, and the stories are, therefore, real and more rounded than publishers at that time would have allowed. It's years later and the the ACD literary trust has decided to publish stories that had been deemed too indelicate for Victorian times (and later). It hits a realism kink of mine too: when first time sex (especially in an age where the Gay Kama Sutra is not available) is less than perfect, but good enough to continue. Not worksafe. Trans, slash, warning for past rape in the clients story.

In which either John or Sherlock is a little bit special (the magic skills AU trope):

Make Whole What Has Been Smashed by [personal profile] gigantic, in which Sherlock is not living in time the way everyone else is. John/Sherlock.

One of my favorites: an empathy with objects, an understanding of their history by touch. In this case, the skill is John's. They Tell Me Their Secrets (Will You Tell Me Yours Too?) by [personal profile] etothepii gen, worksafe.

Shadows on the Wall by [personal profile] arasigyrn in which John comes back from Afganistan psychic. I loved the even power dynamic, even if John was the only one who knew. UST between John and Sherlock, but still U. Worksafe.

Crossover with The Sentinel (which I know nothing of, and still loved this) which makes them both a little magic. This is ACD ostensibly, but I kept picturing BBC!Lestrade, Richie!Watson and one of the earlier film's Sherlock. I don't know. Also the headjumping, and I didn't mind. I read this three times on three consecutive nights. It's compulsive. Observations on Sentinels and Guides in Victorian London by [profile] ryuuzakochou. Worksafe, long and plotty. Holmes/Watson.

Brilliant, brilliant Molly: back of the envelope in a way. May be the smartest, awesomest, most intruiguing not-sexual attraction to the lead female character I've read in a long time. The Anatomist by [personal profile] rosa_acicularis. Work safe, gen, but not in any way a safe story. I would love if this were canon.

One of the more creative conceits I've seen: soul bonding with an extraordinary world built around it. Through the hiatus and, as the author says, the story of how John lost his mind and got it back. I did miss the romantic resolution, but it's a complete story if it's exclusively about John. The Ties That Bleed by [profile] luchia13. Work safe, but tenuous. John/Sherlock.

via brownbetty: The World on his Wrist by bendingsignpost. Long, plotty, Bob/gen/pre-slash.

A beautiful emotional ride. Not only John and Sherlock (Sherlock's POV and well written) but also Mary and Mycroft, all as fully emotional, multi-dimensional characters with motivations and flaws. One of the masterworks I've read in the fandom so far. The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by ivyblossom. John/Mary and Sherlock/John. First times, long piece, not work-safe, lovely.

AU before the pilot: Ridiculous by [personal profile] kate_everson in which John is the best extraction man the army has, and the doctoring bit is the best cover. Sherlock is the worst about getting caught, and it's love at first sight, probably. Well, with John being all BAMF, how could it be otherwise? Worksafe.

Between series: the one where they go home to Sherlock's family for Christmas, the family is unexpectedly wonderful, but everyone thinks John and Sherlock are dating. Kind of addictive, this one. Winter's Delights by [profile] kate_lear. Not worksafe.

The AU where your soulmate's complete first name appears as a tattoo on your ring finger: Finding John by IronicNarwhal at AO3. Not worksafe.

Recs post S2:

Let You Kiss Me (So Sweet and So Soft.) by [personal profile] out_there. It takes John slightly less time to figure out why Sherlock has started kissing him than it takes Sherlock to figure out why John kisses him back. Worksafe, adorable.

There are already so many tropes about how Sherlock takes back the "married-to-my-work" thing, and how John is magically bisexual even though he protests muchly. This one? This one rings pretty authentic. Here, Our Minutes Grow Hours by [personal profile] the_arc5. Worksafe (fade to black) John/Sherlock.

Acceptable Risk, by [personal profile] astolat (John/Sherlock), first time.

Also [personal profile] astolat, but in ACD canon and lovely. The Maiden Voyage of the Tiresias slash, first time, drag, fade to black details. Non-worksafe, but I do love the euphemisms.

Planet Sherlock Hilarious ranking of what sex means turns into fabulous ranking of sexual encounters with each other. Very funny awkwardness and got pretty sexy there too. Not worksafe.

The Real Meaning of Idioms by [personal profile] feverishsea. In which things have not returned precisely to normal, though John does keep trying. Worksafe. John/Sherlock

Two gen-ish (well, for Sherlock and John version of gen) post-Reichenbach fics:

The Least of All Possible Mistakes by [personal profile] rageprufrock. Lestrade is a woman, and the first time she meats Mycroft, she tasers him. All her interactions with Sherlock, Anthea and John are similarly, utterly perfect. This is a long, luxuriously wonderful fic that I immediately reread. It is also the first Mycroft/Lestrade fic that I read for Lestrade, and not as a background relationship. I loved Pru's Lestrade. LOVE. Bob.* Lestrade/Mycroft, platonic?John&Sherlock.

The Montague Street Doctor by The_Circus. John-centric survival, and how he picks new battles and survives. Beautiful emotion between John and Sherlock (and everybody, really) and fantastic supporting and OC cast. John&Sherlock, gen, worksafe.

ACD canon: Summer of Change by charlotteyonge.

Bound in Gold Arranged Marriage AU, and kind of adorable in their mutual outrage at the indignity of it all. By pennin_ink. John/Sherlock.

I find the idea of BBC Sherlock someday keeping bees a leap. This story showed how he might become that man. Seeds by thesardine. gen.

Molly. Awesome awesome Molly. Black. Two sugars. Sherlock should have known. Worksafe. Gen.

The end of the world, and the worst kind of quarantine. And all my pirates share the grave by cathedralcarver. not worksafe.

Brilliant, believable D/s where their friendship still comes first, even in the face of a personal case, and pasts that would legitimately break lesser spirits. The Cold Song Series by [Bad username or site: Eldritchhorrors @ ao3]. Hands down my favorite D/s series. Blatantly not worksafe.

S3 or including Mary Morstan:

A beautifully quiet evening full of small explosions. Repast by leavinghope, is a dinner party post-HLV. It ends on a beautiful hopeful note, and I particularly loved Harry.

A House Already Haunted by fickelpig. A very interesting conceit, as Helen Watson tells a ghost story. Probably not what you were expecting, unless you were expecting a haunting tale, with lyric timing, and a fantastically unreliable narrator. Not gen.

Not the Mary in S3, but she's here. This is a bromance or gen story between John and Sherlock, but you can respect everyone in the morning. and the rivers shall give up their dead by Raven. Sherlock struggles with emotions, John heals.

During the hiatus. Slash and het. Normal Life by overnightbivouac. Oh, John. not worksafe.

ACD canon (though there are more above, unorganized.):

These two stories were rec'd together, and I shall do the same. First is a masterwork, and I read it as my own weird ACD Holmes/Richie Watson, but I don't know why I do that. Possibly it is Richie!verse? Whatever, it is not to be missed, and absolutely does belong in one's personal canon for the backstory of Holmes and Watson. Mistakes of our Youth by candle_beck. H/W, and utterly heartbreaking. not worksafe.

Then the balm for that one (to mend your shattered heart) is Twelfth Night by Katie Forsyth. A master writer in the fandom, but this is the core of everything. H/W, not worksafe.


Other rec sites:

My bookmarks at AO3: minxy's bookmarks

Recs Pages/communities: oatmealjumper's recs page (note: page is down. Reccer has removed it, sadness!)

221b_recs for a livejournal recs site.

alizarin_nyc's delicious recs are also a treasure (lots of vids there too.)

A Sherlock rec a day at Raconteur (sort of every day now.)

Ghostbee's masterlist of Holmes/Watson fic.

What_alchemy's recs which is fanfiction in general, mostly all flavors of Sherlock and Avengers at the moment. This is a specifically ACD fanfic post

Wherein fen ask for recs, and the comments are awesome: Cesperanza's Request Post and Pandarus/Fayjay's Request Post. I love fandom. Such a wealth of recs, there.

Sherlock Holmes at crack_van also a specifically Sherlock BBC tag as well.

notes:

*bob or Bob is a tongue-in-cheek term for a story in which romantic relationships between people exists, but are not the main point. I always think of it in a "binary definitions don't really fit" kind of term (where binary would be gen vs. porny story). Proper definition at Fanlore

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Hello Dreamwidth open beta! Welcome to your third trimester.

I sincerely hope [info]denise, [info]mark and [info]janinedog have had a chance to get some sleep, but the glitch with the payment system looks nicely handled (this has been my experience with dreamwidth so far: not the problems per se, because yes, we're still in beta, but that they're handled quickly, efficiently, and with transparency.)

I'm beginning to panic about getting everything done in California and moving gracefully to New York without a hitch. I've decided I have to sell my car, so that's fun and extra work. I'm still involved in massive planning for a canoe race in three weeks, and I have two more months of work here to come through on. Then I have to choose a reputable and affordable moving company, organize packing and pick-up, find a new apartment, say good-bye here, visit with my family and get my arse (and my stuff) successfully installed in New York.

Which is probably why I'm dreaming of major illness in my family (my Mom has a history of cancer) but I seriously wish my subconscious would fuck off, because no amount of time can pass before even the dream of a relapse doesn't sent you into a tail-spin. Not a good way to start the day, srsly.

So, true to my own particular idiom, I offer gifts: Dreamwidth invites, as many as I have, first come first served (the first who came were those who responded a month ago to an LJ post, but I believe most of them found other sources of invites in the meantime.) Holla.

And, since the tealc_ficathon went live today (I'm going to be late, but I'll make it) I'd love to be the first to recommend janedavitt's haunting Teal'c/Cameron stranded story. She wrote it to my prompts, but so transcended them it's just amazing. Jane does a gorgeous job of having them get caught up in their own minds and dreams and then eventually connect to each other as something real, if just as characteristically frustrated. She does a particularly fine job of Teal'c's familiarity with the Tau'ri that still maintains a greater perspective of them in general and particular.
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This recs post passes the Bechdel Test.

Bite-size fic from the Sam Carter comment-a-thon:

Sam/Teal'c, early seasons, Full Frontal from shimmeringstar1. Dubiously SFW.

Cam/Sam, with some interesting lack of explanation, Vestry, from rolleson (host of the drabble-a-thon, props!). NSFW.

A little Jack/Daniel from the comment_fic community, from kristy841.

Some Sam and Daniel (with Sam/Jack in the background) plays on competitiveness really effectively. nandamai's A Little Friendly Whatever from carnivalofsquee.


Longer fic:

A brilliant project from Dira Sudis to write missing scenes from Stargate early seasons (she's rewatching) that pass the Bechdel Test. This is a fantastic idea, and her first moment is between Sam and Sha're during Children of the Gods. Sisters in Arms, worksafe, from dsudis.

[fangrrl moment with bonus rec: I have loved Dira's writing ever since I read With the Dying, a Moebius fic of glorious sadness, and Teal'c and Daniel friendship. And glory. And sadness.]

I am thrilled to further recommend a wonderful *Janet* story, S7, pre-Heroes (or absent Heroes, perhaps), in which Janet ends up out in the field with SG-1, surprised by the power dynamics and capabilities of people she's used to mending. It's truly wonderful. Adrenaline from BetaCandy.

[fangrrl rec moment number 2: BetaCandy also wrote the early season's stories Acid Worms, Assess This (speaking of Janet stories) and (I'm limiting myself to three, I swear!) Mostly Harmless ]

Okay, okay, you know what? MORE JANET. This is amazing truthiness, or something. Sex as truth, as only paian can make it (well, other people can too, obvs, but Komos has a gift, I feel.) Visibilium Omnium et Invisibilium is Janet/Jack, really honest and good people who take great comfort in one another dealing with the need for greater intimacy after loss. When each has failed at intimacy before, and the risk of failure is great. Janet and Jack established relationship of sorts, post-Meridian (season five). NSFW.

And nearly Janet! Well, it's Cassie. And season 8 or 9, which means that annerbhp introduces Cassie to Vala. It's wonderful. Surrogate, which is Cass growing up a little, but still just as snarky as any kid exposed to Jack ought to be. A really nice unexpected friendship.


So, just to prove that I'm not *just* about the wonderful secondary characters and brilliant friendships and less-than-common pairings in this fandom, I give you:

Jack/Daniel (oh, that connection.) Instantaneous Old Married Love. dragojustine's Inside the Defenses. It's a set of interrelated scenes. NSFW, (fade to black.)

And first person Daniel. Which means the curlycue thought processes that sometimes don't notice important things, and sometimes do notice, with laser beam focus. Speaking Jack from cplberen is a nice logical progression to relationship. NSFW.


I'll catch up on other fandoms in a bit. This'll do for now.
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A long awaited recs list you didn't know to expect,

Oy, guys. I've had a couple of months here that have been crazy. Beyond usual craziness, I moved, got in a car accident, had massive traveling issues for the holidays, have been fighting with my advisor so incessantly at work that I think I'm going to leave either in May or at the end of the summer (we're in negotiations on that point,) and have become a closed-beta tester for Dreamwidth.

And throughout it all, you guys have been entertaining me with stories. And I, without internet at home (but armed with a prodigious number of tabs open with stories to read) have not been leaving nearly the amount of feedback I used to manage.

So it's high time to at least recommend the stories that I have so relied on for a happy, sane, or otherwise predictably smutty end to some of the craziest days ever.

Which means I need to tell you about a new fandom I've been reading. Now, I've seen the canon, and I loved the canon, but it's the kind of show that is quite happily derivative fiction taking massive, massive liberties with the original universe. (If that's not your thing, or you take exception to messing with beloved Arthurian mythos, I will understand if you skip this recs post.)

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French Quarter at Night by Diane Millsap

multifandom recs post, mah people.

Some stunning events of the last few days have busted me out of obsessing about y'all's NaNoWriMo projects and reminded me of this stunning collection of stuff I been reading.

We shall attempt this with efficiency.

SG-1:

New from cofax7, which should get your attention (and what might go through your head is: brilliant gen, with amazing characterization, likely fascinating structure and amazing world-building.) Walkabout (gen, PG, SG-1) Jack, alone at the end of the world and getting past it. The world building will knock you, and the Jack characterization will knock you out. Gen. Worksafe. For apocalypse_kree

Early seasons Janet and Sam friendship: Three Meetings by kejsarinna. Gen, worksafe.

Some recent work from paian: Five Things Daniel Would Do With Time Loops (pretty adorable, Jack/Daniel-ish, but worksafe) and Five TV programs that Teal'c records so he never misses an episode, which is a fantastic mix of gravitas, empathy and humor (worksafe.)

This is what happens when kazbaby takes on Jack and Continuum: True Blue. Good Jack voice, good Cameron voice, and an amazing idea because, yeah, paradoxes and rules be damned, SG-1 makes sure there own get the information they need to save the day. Kind of amazing that this is how easily Jack and Cam would understand one another, eh? Worksafe.

And a fantastic haunting Sam POV, releasing self-imposed restrictions and allowing new ideas for herself. The Blessing of Presence is Sam in Unending, becoming Sam/Teal'c, and how. Lovely. Worksafe, from princessofg.

Dr. Who/Chronicles of Narnia

Yes, okay, I know, but it totally works. Spoilers for the series of books, not just the movie, but wonderful interaction in the crossover between Susan and the Doctor. From a World More Full of Weeping. Worksafe, from azarsuerte.

Atlantis:

I have to caveat this one by saying I kind of wish I could beta the end, but all the points leading up to it are pretty fucking brilliant, and the Rodney voice is one of the best I've read: Or Something Like It, is John and Rodney from semivowel, in which truth serum (or the Pegasus equivalent of it) works shockingly well on John and doesn't wear off before the rescue arrives. Just the idea of one of the John/Rodney duo of uncommunicativeness compulsively talking about his feelings is pretty hilarious. But then when Rodney resorts to spreadsheets to solve the problem, I don't know how you manage to not snort whatever you were drinking. Not worksafe (largely due to the snorting of drinks problem, but for other reasons too.)

On the difference between pre-series Rodney and Season 5 Rodney: Rewind, Reboot, Restore. Sheppard/McKay (interrupted,) and a neat exploration of the effect people have on each other, and what shared experience does. Worksafe, from rheanna27.

And the kind of intimacy that allows for openness, an in-character study (through sex!) that's really sweet in a completely not-saccarine way. A Place to Stand, John/Rodney by mmmchelle.

And for the angsty drama: future fic (if you liked Freedom's Just Another... oh, never mind) I don't know how to frame a recommendation for this story without referencing the tropes it squarely turns on it's head. It's Rodney as a parent, but not a miraculously good one. Well intentioned, yes, but this man is *flawed*, and it's more enduring than the inexplicable attraction kids seem to have for McKay. It's a future story, but not one that glories in the past. There's character death, there's loss, and this is McKay on Earth, so, but all of the explanations are so tangled and buried. This is how it truly might go. My Father Before Me. McKay/Sheppard, from the talented telleer, worksafe.

Comfort story back: cesperanza's New Day at Midnight, in which Rodney never considered, until he did, at which point he will claim that he knew all along. Not worksafe, and John is, oh, *John.*

Supernatural:

a crazy kind of plausible AU-genderswitch-end game from rivkat: Double Cross. Long and well done and plotty and fantastic, man, but not worksafe in the slightest. I think it might tweak some incest squicks, though it's not slash, and I don't even know whether you have to warn for incest in this fandom any more, but this one's hard to characterize. It's wonderous in it's messiness, though.

Merlin:

(No, I haven't seen this yet, but I totally d/l-ed the first episode and I'm going to start watching, probably. It's hard to resist y'all when you're being all squeeful about a new show. I gotta check it out!)

This is from the artist formerly known as Danvers, gen, technically, but there are shades of slash. Feels very organic, distracted, caring and oblivious. Powerful men and their illusions. Sentry, worksafe.

Firefly:

For the apocalyptothon, again (we begin and end with the apocalypse,) from escritoireazul, River and her ghosts. Canaries in the Mines, worksafe.

So I might mention that several of the above fics offer links to the Archive of Our Own, and that Fanlore is open in beta, allowing editing and updating. I had been watching with some mild interest as these things developed, but hadn't really been over to see what was up (after seeing the wreck of the original Stargate page, I mean really! Thanks to stultiloquentia for sorting out that nonesense and writing a sensible description.) So I meandered by on a pointer, and realized something that got me involved like nothing before had: there was nothing on the Teal'c character page. NOZZINK. I, er, might have spent a fair amount of time writing Teal'c backstory into his description as a result, but I burned out before I got to the fic links. I'm not sure whether people *want* to be linked, you know? But if someone wanted to finish the page, including this notion of references (really? What would you reference?) I would be really chuffed. And you can totally link to my meta or fic or whathaveyou, if you choose.

And someone should do something about the Sam page.
French Quarter at Night by Diane Millsap

Recs post, SG-1 fandom

You know how, when you're writing, you sometimes get the feeling that you're trying to do something you haven't done before, and you haven't quite sorted out the details of how that's going to actually happen? I'm there with my current story, which feels dangerously epic, but so far is being written in my normal, fairly terse style; it feels like something is missing.

Then I (re)read this: frostfire_17's At The Hour When We Are Trembling. thefourthvine recommended the story the other day (in an SGA recs post, actually), and it really is that good. If you haven't read this extraordinary SG-1/SGA crossover apocafic, you're in for a really fantastic yarn. Well crafted, incredibly well characterized, and a surprising pairing between the last two men on Earth (not really, but they feel like they are.) Slash. Novel-length.

Anyway, I'm indebted because reading that story clicked a few things over in my head, and I have a framework, I have a notion of an outline for the next bit, and I have a purpose for my guys, even if it's just traveling for the moment.

Other recs:

If you like apocafic (and who doesn't?) then you should also read dragojustine's The Stars Up Above You Feel Wrong, for the interminable wait while other people be the heroes. Banters and trying not to think about it and everything just a little sharp. A pointed little ficlet. Team, worksafe, SG-1. Set prior to Forever In A Day, so earlier seasons.

6beforelunch has a sweet aftermath story, where Cam picks them up and puts them in a room and hopes they come together. The fatigue is palpable, their perceived weakness is heartbreaking, and it's so sweet to see them rely on each other. A little bit of catharsis: And There's Screaming in the Stillness (SG1, PG-13, team)

paian takes a long walk through all the landmines that get planted in a relationship when you don't have the time for emotional honesty. The resulting weekend is filled with revelations that feel like ripping off a band-aid. The Jack and Daniel of her 'verses, though, are believably capable of talking through their problems if they must, and I love that her Jack, even though he can talk through something, still prefers to show what he means. This story is very NSFW, and not easy, but I think it's kind of wonderful. Under Wraps Jack/Daniel, SG-1, NC-17 (for just a lot of bouncing in and out of bed in various stages of emotional intimacy).

A couple of Cameron/Teal'c stories (EEEEE!!!):

First one is from princessofg, who writes them sparring and kneeling and plays with Cam's knowledge of Jaffa culture elegantly. Love the implied depth of other friendships with the rest of the team, the humor, and the sense of inevitablity and need. When You Know What You Know, Cam/Teal'c first timed, NSFW, no particular spoilers besides late seasons cast.

Next is from janedavitt, who takes them into established relationship. This one is a doozy, because you have two people deeply invested in kindness and manners and formality in some respects, but Jane writes the completely scorching contradiction they've always had where they prefer roughness with each other. Like, really, serious roughness. This is a short little bit of sexiness packed with intimate negotiations from name to intentions, and you know this is one of those relationships where they'll have the conversation once and the message will be received. Past A Certain Point, rated R, and you might possibly get away with it at work, but it is a conversation in bed.

Is there a pairing that Jane *can't* write? I'm just asking. I think she sold Jack/Teal'c at one point, even. Such skills.

Back from the mixed up files of stuff written a while ago: destina's Payment for Charon, which is early season's Jack/Daniel, with all the tangled emotions and upheavals and heartbreak that implies, and moreso. It's a wonderful tug on your heartstrings. Jack/Daniel, not safe for work, I'd say.

And more early seasons, yay! This is a Crystal Skull ficlet, worksafe: Que Sera Sera, from jd_junkie. Not precisely gen, but it's a worksafe kind of slash. And an edged teasing that still looks out for their own.

And one last Jack/Daniel from dragojustine: an unnamed (unimportant) argument, a moment between where choices are made, and then a universe of possibilities opened up. Lovely ficlet. Fighting Insticts. Jack/Daniel first time almost, safe for work.

I think I'll hold to SG-1 recs today. I have a few others in different fandoms, but they'll keep.

Also, there's the pimp your top five favorite stories author meme going around. abyssinia4077 has a partial list of authors here. (Bless the librarians.)

Aaaaaaaand I AM LAME and I forgot synecdochic (not because she's forgettable, either, because I am lame.) (Certainly not because she hasn't written anything, you know?)

So, Syne has been a writing fool lately. In her LJ, you will find:

Not just early seasons gun-training and loggerheads with Daniel, but Jack commanding in the first part of season 1: still sorting out personalities and navigating a new team. Extraordinary moment that would have turned out so differently at any other time in the series. Live Fire, gen, Jack and Daniel.

The Only Winning Move is wacky SG-1 training exercises set in early Season 7, when the team was renegotiating all it's dynamics as Daniel regains memories. A pretty hilarious romp that by-the-way reveals a great deal about the characters as they play with skill and cunning. Also gen, also worksafe.

Then there's an ongoing series she has about Cameron and Sam's friendship before Cam joined the F-302 program, before he joined SG-1. The association is so easy to believe, and the notion that they'd have a relationship like this is not a big stretch. Christmases over the run of the show, this is Season, what, 3? Right after Sam rescues her father in Jolinar's Memories. Bound To. This is Cam wondering where she is, and the rest of the team wondering who he is.

Stories from the Mezzanine AU that Syne wrote with ivorygates:

Both Hands is a coda to the stories that came before, established relationship and a need that Daniel hadn't seen, and learns to meet. The ways that these three navigate a poly relationship, and give and take and support are awe-inspiring. Not safe for work, really really, poly, kink, AU. Cammie/JD/Daniel.

Early years for Cammie and JD include all manner of needs of their own; Love is a Verb is Cammie's, how she needs, how she's cared for, and what they learn. Not safe for work (NOT!) but an extraordinary story of disability and limits and choices and care.

synecdochic also finished the second novel in the extraordinary back-of-the-envelope AU Broken Wings. Titled A Howling in the Factory Yard, you start the healing of Jack's clone (called JD)'s first years (Dial Tones), the redepmtion that Jack finds as a result of associating with him (Carthago Delenga Este) and then the slippery slide of identity, home, breaking and the faith that you can reopen old wounds and find a way to heal the scars over again. It's the storm after the eye, and luckily enough the Prologue for After (book 3) has already been written as a promise.
Teal'c falls

recs post

From destina, a lovely Supernatural gen story. Three Gifts Sam gave Dean (whether he wanted them or not) is backstory and the build to everything the boys were when we met them. Worksafe, gen.

Aeryn. by Melymbrosia Outcast. That has to be canon. I know I've recced it before too, but del.ic.ious is being wierd, and why not rerec a classic? Farscape, gen, but aggressively gen (as RW says) because Aeryn is never a safe character to visit. S1, but there are mild S3 references.

A fitting followup might be troyswann's A More Genial Heaven, with Aeryn keeping watch over John-Falling. John as alien, and the original character more dynamic than anyone expects. Set firmly just post-Liars, Guns and Money III, Farscape, S3. Gen.

Continuum SG-1 fic from kazbaby: After All the Roads of My Life. I love Continuum fic. There is so much there that we weren't told.

SGA, and toft_froggy bringing the smut (and smut this is, make no mistake, it's just that there is also a lot of story and characterization in there also.) Healing Station Argh. In which Pegasus has cable and they don't need your birth control methods, thanks so much, though, Milky Way. Very NC-17, poly, wonderful characterization of everyone on the team, even as they get down and dirty. S4, but no particular episode. Not worksafe.

A fantastic McKay/Sheppard on their own particular path to getting there, Clear Daylight, in which they still have relationships with girls, family and team, and they still cannot hold a meaningful conversation about feelings to save their souls, but the need between them is visceral. From nym777, not worksafe, through current episodes.

And with a derivative story of a b-story in an AU of SG-1, I give you princessofg's In the Ashes of Carthage. This is Sam and Jack of synecdochic's Broken Wings 'verse (which is two novels of wonder and counting) but this story I think I'd rec regardless of whether you're interested in that AU. This is Sam and Jack warily and stealthily creeping their way towards an open, adult relationship, and it's glorious to see them find a moment of happiness together, eyes wide open.

While we're talking about synecdochic, I'll point you to a series she's doing detailing Cameron and Sam's friendship across Christmases in the years before Cam was recruited into the Stargate program. It's wonderful to see a close friendship when Sam as we met her had had so many people let her down, and Cam's outsiders perspective is wonderful and concerned. Bound To is Sam's third year in the program, just post-The Devil You Know and Jolinar's Memories. Some references to a past relationship between Cameron and Sam (sometimes within the series), but this story is gen and worksafe.

Lastly, a nice little set of insights on Teal'c's early few months in the Stargate Program; perspective and well-balanced understanding of consequences. annienau08's Teal'c Ficlet, early season 1, through bloodlines, gen, worksafe.
vala act your age

recs for a rough week

It always feels like it's been such a long time since I did this. But. However. Therefore.

I think people could use a reminder of just how many happy places can be found in and about fandom. This is going to be a happy place kind of recs list.

Recommended fanfiction:

Some of the most fantastic meta ever to grace our pages, gwyn_r defines the broccoli test: history, usage and application thereof. Serious awesomeness there. And here, katie_m documents a rather funny application. I'll just link the whole quotedump because it has some brilliant snark in there.

Stories:

ivorygates brings the genderswap, in the 'if they were and always had been women' sense. There's greater history here if you follow IG and her evil partner in evilness Synecdochic, because they individually and together have pretty thoroughly explored both Daniel and Cameron if-they-were-women in grand universes of stories. But this one stands alone, if you care to read it as such, and there are greater wonderful aftershocks in considering an SG-1 that is three-quarters women. Daniel-as-a-female, Cameron-as-a-female, Sam and Teal'c, Season 9. Take Back Plenty (Bellemettle). Gen, AU, team, worksafe and a happy thing.

troyswann dabbles in Farscape with an elegant, alien, communication and lack thereof. Aeryn and John, Voila, for rydra_wong. Incredible atmosphere and stunning dialog, not to be missed.

My happy place is the ocean, and generally, lately, this involves a canoe. Imagine my suprise when Jack is of the same mind (he paddles a different kind of canoe, but I'm not going to quibble about details.) stultiloquentia gives us Meditation, a beautiful little study of Jack and the people who matter to him, even when they're still snoring away back at the cabin. S8's Moebius, but no spoilers. Worksafe.

dragojustine, fairly new to SG-1 writing, gives a lovely Jack/Daniel Five First Kisses, hard and soft and heartbreaking and close and distanced all at once.

Fantastic crossover concept between The Bourne movies and SGA, a sexy slashy thing between Jason and John, and twisty and hot and wonderful. Jack is particularly interesting. And That's For Remembrance by seperis. Not worksafe. Jason/John. Thanks to green_grrl for the link when Delicious and I failed to communicate.

A John/Rodney happy place: Five Lies John Told, by cesperanza, in which John is driven, not only to honesty, but to compulsive talking about feelings to almost everyone, which is so sweetly, terrifyingly, in character. Worksafe, mostly. PG-13.

And more John/Rodney, only this is established relationship without the compulsive talking. In fact, there is manly not-talking, with is possibly my favorite slash trope ever. helenish's Selfish. Really not worksafe (it's smutty, folks.)

And a classic psychological thriller (it's a slash fic! Get it? Sorry) from Torch: Heart of Glass. Interesting and wierd ancients with their inventions, slash, brilliance, love and saving of the day. Very well done. Not worksafe, I don't think.

Also, abyssinia4077 posted a marvelous remix of Into the Breach titled Rosemary for Remembrance (the Paragon of Animals remix) and it's lovely: full of outside POVs of Teal'c throughout his life. About choices and consequences and give and take. The friendship with Daniel, particularly, is lovely. Worksafe. Not precisely gen, though (but neither was the original).

And because I can, I'm going to point you at my latest: Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo, spoilers for Unending.
Ronon scholar

Hiya there, computer people

I spent the weekend travelling over ocean, via man and woman-power, 30 miles to the islands just off the shore of my town. Most people take the dayboat; we go by outrigger canoe and camp for two nights. It was epic. Also, I have crossed the line from 'pleasantly tan' to 'California surfer chic' or, as we in Scifi fandoms may better understand: 'so freakishly out of proportion with eye and hair color lighter than skin tone, it is clear that the biped standing before you is an alien of some kind.'

But I'm embracing that my lifestyle here has some drawbacks. Like the fact that my biceps are larger than some (skinny) guy's I know. But anyway.

(Did you need someone squashed? I could totally smash anyone my flist needed squashed, srsly.)

While I was away, it turned over into International Blog Against Racism Week 2008 (ibarw)! This is frequently an occasion for me to fangrrl Teal'c and his epic awesomness, but this year (unless for some reason I come up with something to say about Teal'c) I shall most likely blog about the books I read for 50books_poc which was intended to encourage reading of books by authors of color. I didn't manage 50, I don't think, but there are some incredible authors that really really deserve pimping, so that post is coming.

[eta: past Teal'c meta includes this post, this one, aaaaaaaand, yes, this one. There are many fic recs in there too, as you may imagine.]

I shall at this point, though, just take a moment to self pimp and tell you that I have written yet another Teal'c story. Only this is Teal'c's friendship with VALA, which felt like such an odd thing to take on, and now I've written it, I'm shocked that there aren't *more* Teal'c and Vala stories. I mean, is that not a fascinating friendship? And they clearly get along so well despite having every reason not to.

Anyway, at the intersection of ibarw and the gateverse_remix, I give you: Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo (the Joker's Wild remix). Worksafe, spoilers for the series finale. My story, yay! Remix of holdouttrout's fantastic Jester's Silence. Also gen, also worksafe.

It is also the one week anniversary of the Gateverse Remix 2008! (Link goes to the masterlist) All stories went live last week, and the last straggler late stories should be rolling in over the next day or two. As such, allow me to point you to a couple of the OUTSTANDING remixes that came in this year (not a complete list, obviously, go check out the masterlist and feed the authors yay!)

My very favorite set of stories (original and remix) are from synecdochic and raqs, respectively. They are the story of Daniel struggling to come home, and Jack figuring out what he has and what he needs. Beautiful, psychologically complex, and the remix adds an incredible layer with Daniel's smart, smart and detached POV. There are slash undertones, and it's recovery from a complex injury, but no one does PTSD like these authors do. Strongly recommended. all men will be sailors until the sea shall free them from synecdochic and ...and the truth shall set you free (the freedom remix) from raqs. R rated, but worksafe-ish.

synecdochic's remix this year was a Lovecraft-style remix of a dream sidlj wrote for Daniel. In the Fullness of Time (The Shores of Lost Carcosa Remix) is from Sid's In the Fullness of Time. I love this for the change in style, as opposed to POV, which takes it from a strange and revealing dream to a remarkably creepy story of love vs. madness in the search for the Lost City. Does anyone else remember Syne remixing a dream in funky style last year for the remix? I'd say she was falling into a pattern, except all of these are so clearly not what you expect. Fascinating to watch an author do such unusual things, really.

Another favorite is the Atlantis story blinking in the sun from minnow1212. This is a Teyla who belongs, who negotiates and translates and is patient and wonderful. Elizabeth is here in her memories, as are Athosians that few remember except herself, her relationship with Ronon is elegant friendship and John and Rodney are so alien and fond. Extraordinary story, a remix of raisintorte's Black Light in a Shady Alien Motel Room, John POV. Possibly not worksafe due to creative euphemisms.

Lastly, with the award for most dramatic structural remix, rigel_7 did a multimedia remix (Spatial Orientation, appropriately) of lokei's Learning Curve (Tilt). Fantastic tone, and I adored the advertisements in the magazine layout. Worksafe.