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Any betas out there?

Yes, I am SGA Santa obsessed. I'm so happy it's back, I've already got the rough outlines of one fic, and finished another. (Shh, it's okay if my recipient gets two fics.)

So. First draft of SGA Santa fic, a little shy of 5,000 words. Lots of action and excitement. Gen with implied pre-slash.

What it needs is a little help on the conclusion (it's weak, I know), and there's a scene that I should probably delete ... but maybe it needs it? If so, it has to be longer. There are jump-cuts in time that I need to be sure are clear.

Then once the pieces are in place, the next draft (hopefully?) needs the electronic polisher.
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Siennavie kindly reopened signups for a Round Two.

We've already added a dozen more authors--and there's still time!


SGA Santa continues for its eleventh straight year.
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Signups close today for SGA Santa. I'm so glad Siennavie reopened them for us!

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I've been far out of fandom for some time. Many reasons for it, but right now I'm in grad school, working, and deep into many, many projects. All of which take Time.

Yet I never miss the SGA Santa. Not if I can help it.

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[personal profile] scribblinlenore points out that this is the ten year anniversary of the SGA Fandom! What better way to celebrate than ...

...SGA Santa!


I'm there.
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Having just found out about the new Secret Santa challenge, I spoke with the mod (pleaded, begged...).

There was another person who'd missed the deadline. So [personal profile] siennavie took pity on us and opened up a "round two" for the sign-ups.


YES! My sign-up's already in! Spread the word!
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I did it again. I found another SGA Santa fic that I never posted outside the comm.

I realize I've been busy.

I realize I've had a job that doesn't give me two days off in a row.

But really, there's no excuse.

On the plus side, that means we've uncovered an entire cache of fics. Here you go:

Title: Toy Drums & Soldiers
Author: icarusancalion
Recipient: sabinelagrande
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Mild references to D/s.
Author's Notes: Sabinelagrande asked Santa for kinky fic with or without sex, and humor, and lots of other things I didn't include. Santa's sleigh was crowded! I couldn't resist a team fic and presents. Lots and lots of presents. Thank you to busaikko and rabidfan for the rapid, cheerful betas. I can always count on you.
Summary: The Atlantis expedition exchanges Christmas gifts, banter, and inside jokes.

('Coal?' Ronon asked.

'It's an oily mineral. You burn it to keep warm,' John explained.

'Valuable gift,' Ronon commented.
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I missed the SGA Santa signups.

At first I thought I'd need to jump in on pinch-hits (and those go in seconds). I'm so rarely on LJ that I never saw all the usual notifications that [community profile] sga_santa was in full swing.

But [personal profile] alyse switched things around so I could participate. Thank you! (I suspect she gave me the story prompt she was going to do or some other excessively generous act.)

This year I'm only doing two grad classes and working two days a week, so I have time to write. (Also, Thanksgiving in Michigan's been canceled--there's a story behind that.) And I've been missing writing.

I'd burned out after Out Of Bounds and Dragonlord -- especially Dragonlord, which was written for a Big Bang. I've found I don't do well with Big Bangs. I can do them. But I implode under the pressure of that tight a deadline. (Granted, I was supposed to start in April and didn't start writing until July. I'd turned a six-month deadline into three months.)

I've kept up with SGA Santa though, writing for it almost every year.

It seems everyone's moved to Tumblr from LJ.

Stories are now posted on AO3 instead of private websites and journals. The importance of the individual author has faded now that people don't follow personal journals to find the good fic.

The old fandoms like Harry Potter and Stargate Atlantis are still alive and continue in a desultory way. But most of my old friends have drifted. I hear distant mentions of the Marvel comics universe, Sherlock Holmes, manga and anime I've never seen.

Tried Yuletide. Assigned a great prompt. But being out of fandom, out of the habit of writing, isn't the time to attempt a random obscure fandom. I've an outline of that story and two scenes, but no more.

In the meantime, I've channeled all my creative yen into crafting. The OAR (Overly Ambitious Rug) is complete and plush. The cats sit on it proudly. I have several hand-knit sweaters, most of which are fit for wearing, some of which don't look homemade, and none of which have come out exactly as planned. I have hats that have come out perfectly, and socks that are comfy and wonderful-wish-I-could-knit-them-faster.

Didn't realize yarn was addictive. I've reached the yarn-stash point of "Oh, I forgot I bought that" and "Gee, what was I planning to make with this yarn again?" and "That's it, no more yarn until I finish more projects!"

Yet I get a fandom email every day... kudos on this story ... a review on that ... to remind me how much I miss writing.

SGA Santa, 2014. I'll see you there.
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SGA Santa has begun -- and I almost missed my gift while I was busy, *cough*, writing my entry days after the deadline.

That would've been tragic, because my gift fic is genuinely funny.

Reindeer Games, John/Rodney, PG
As John stared around the unfamiliar room, he reflected on the fact that McKay was not a man who understood the meaning of the word 'enough.'

The author understands the fine art of the prank. She knows that putting a pile of leaves in a car is lame, while stuffing said car to the brim with leaves is Genius.

She knows the value of originality, the importance of effort (on the part of the prankster and prankee), and realizes a good prank war incites both glee and fear in the witnesses as they wonder just how far this is will go.

How far does it go? It's John and Rodney. What do you think?

Click the link! Go, go. Enjoy! I'd be reccing this one even if it weren't mine all mine.
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Ooooh, I was late for SGA Santa this year. But I'm done, I'm done, *sings* I'mdoneI'mdoneI'mdone!

My beta really liked it.

I started my reading for grad school early. I've a Young Adult book club for one of my classes, and who could resist?

So far, while I'm enjoying it, I'm not impressed with Divergent. Like the world-building and I'm okay with the occasional plot hole, but this author lost track of the facts of her story. The heroine guesses crucial information early on, and then ... is surprised when she learns that same crucial information? The Hunger Games was much better.

Still, Divergent encourages me to write. If a story with such major flaws could be popular, hey....
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Okay, I got a minimalist SGA Santa prompt. Which leaves it wiiiide open.

But it gives me nothin'.

The author's LJ doesn't tell me much either. Except they seem to like close-to-canon fics. And John. And John/Rodney.


What do YOU want in an SGA fic?
icarus: (Happy Rodney by Monanotlisa)
Signed up for SGA Santa after all. Plenty of good writers and old friends this year, including...

[personal profile] gaffsie
[personal profile] wickedwords
[personal profile] busaikko
[personal profile] tarlanx
[personal profile] taste_is_sweet
[personal profile] omg_wtf_yeah
[personal profile] rabidfan
[personal profile] goddess47
[personal profile] shetiger
[personal profile] sam_gamgee
[personal profile] mific
[personal profile] ladysorka

Good turn-out, this should be fun! *rubs hands together*
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SGA Santa is open for business!

Do I dare sign up this year?

I wrote a fic for every year from 2007-2011. Actually, pretty much every year I wrote a Christmas theme. Well, except for the squid. And the cross-dressing.

But mostly.

2007: Silent Night - PG-13 - John/Rodney, team
"Christmas?" John blinked.* (Icarus reviews her own fic: I've always liked the peaceful mood of this short off-world Christmas fic.)

2008: All Dressed Up And... - R - John/Rodney
John had put a stop to it fifteen years ago. Even burned the evidence. But he just couldn't give it up. What's one more secret between friends?* (This story's stuck with me over the years. Not one I re-read, just, that vivid as I wrote it. If you're into crossdressing....)

2009 A: Star Drive - PG-13 - John, Rodney friendship
Ten thousand years ago, a cabal of militant anti-Ascensionists had a plan to force the Ancients to stand and fight the Wraith. Now all they need is John Sheppard to set it into motion.* (Muse's 'Knights of Cydonia' sums up this fic. I wrote John in a space battle. Of course I've gone back to re-read it! And I fixed the original drop off a cliff ending.)

2009 B: The Pandora Effect - R - Woolsey/Sheppard
Usually Richard avoided entanglements by focusing his affections on someone safely out of reach. But in the midst of a battle with the Wraith, an uncomfortable alliance, and disruptions on Atlantis, Richard is offered everything he could ever want.

2010: Squid And Christmas Trees - R - John/Rodney
Wherein John handles squid and Rodney makes a death pact. Sort of.* (It's the writing that works for me here. It was written shortly after I wrote my one and only SGA Big Bang, Dragonlord, and there's nothing like writing a massive 80,000 word story in three months -- I started late -- to tone up the writing.)

2011: Toy Drums & Soldiers - PG-13 - John/Rodney
The Atlantis expedition exchanges Christmas gifts, banter, and inside jokes.

Last year I had to pull out. My cousin moved in with her boyfriend and new baby and life just got really ... complicated.

This year I have a project that involves lots and lots of knitting until the day after Thanksgiving.

Do I try again? It would be due December 10th, so I'd really only have ten days to write it. On the other hand, it's a tradition.

* = You know how some stories you write as experiments but they aren't what you'd choose? While others hit you right in that sweet spot? Well, these starred fics I'd read.
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Having the worst time with my SGA Santa fic. Have no motivation at all. Outlined the story with Sarka in chat, but didn't like it.

Running short on time.

I may have to swap story ideas for something muuuuuch shorter.
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 2

Okay, so I may be a little behind.

What to rec, what to rec... the ideas collided, freezing me in place. I'm this way in grocery stores. One glance over the ten million varieties of breakfast cereal and I decide, Eh, not so hungry after all and leave.

Well, why not two rec posts? Let's call it: "something old and something new."

Let's start with the new: SGA Santa. The SGA fandom is alive and kicking, and it isn't Christmas (or New Year's or the week after New Year's) without SGA Santa. I've been planning this post since Xmas.

Stargate Atlantis is the perfect fandom for light holiday reading because, let's face it, we never took canon all that seriously, the main characters John and Rodney both play for laughs, and the combination somehow resulted in a zealous glee that made SGA crack-and-AU central. Plus, John and Rodney are awkward enough in relationships to make a perfect light-hearted romcom set up.

Kaleb Miller and the Green Knight by [personal profile] saffronhouse
It seems that the closed SGA canon has resulted in gentle exploration of minor characters. There's a depth to this fic, as the author points out how we take for granted the heroics of Rodney and John -- as do they. I get this. [personal profile] saffronhouse is right. When my car was broken into, I was not a hero. I pretty much tried to take control of an uncontrollable situation by standing around making lists. The depth of detail in this story (and I believed every precious moment of it, right down to the bronco's t-shirt) makes Kaleb real to me, and left with a deeper respect for what the SGA characters do every day.

So Good To You by [personal profile] busaikko
"There," Vala said, nodding decisively after the priestess pronounced them two halves made whole by the power of Origin. "Now we're allowed to enter the sacred warehouse of very old things?" Snappy writing. Laughtastic details. Character voices spot on. This felt ... like an SGA episode I somehow missed, the one where Vala made the moves on the pretty boy Sheppard, who batted her "I'm not really serious about this" sexual banter back at her as easy as breathing. Why would she make a play for the clean cut farm boy, or the too-serious academic when breezy, deliberately cheesy Colonel Sheppard was at hand? I think they both are deliberately obnoxious, and I dread the day they start sending out Christmas cards.

Basement Cat Has Infiltrated Heaven by [personal profile] kisahawklin
Best. Title. Ever. And who can resist this summary: There was an unkempt, fluffy, obnoxious black cat in Atlantis. I was prepared for the cute. I was not prepared for the soft, cat-like tone of this fic. This story comes in like fog, on little cat feet. I quote Sandburg to prepare you for this story:

THE FOG comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches 5
and then moves on.

And now you're ready to read.
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Yay! SGA Santa fic is done and in.

I've proved one can write lighthearted Christmas fic while standing in line at the MVA. But then again, it was my fifth trip to the MVA to get my Maryland license and I'd grown immune. I mean, the MVA was like a second home by then.

(I'd say the hold up was me, but as I stood in line Thursday I heard another weary MVA "customer" tell his father, "I thought I had everything this time, but they need your green card papers too, and that's the one document I didn't bring." Yessir, even if you drag a file cabinet, you still won't have everything. Well. I managed it once when I registered my car. But the MVA people looked nonplussed, startled, and strangely disappointed. Then gave me misinformation to make sure it would never happen again. Hence, five trips to get something much simpler.)

I am typing on my brand spanking new computer. It's vast. It feels like a great big mansion of a computer with no furniture yet. And it was so cool helping S. put it together. So doable. One step up from assembling cabinet doors -- until he got to the wiring and then I was lost.

Now to sign up for icenetwork.com and download all of this season's Merlin.

You know what else? I haven't turned on the TV once tonight. Because I have a compuuuuuteeeeeeer.
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Boo-yah! SGA Santa is open for business.

Sign-ups are here: Look, over here!

...says the ficwriter who started bugging Alyce about this in, oh, August?
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Yes, yes, the SGA Santa authors have been revealed.

I can now confess to writing a romantic death pact.

Title: Squid And Christmas Trees
Author: [personal profile] icarusancalion
Recipient: [personal profile] mific
Rating: R
Pairing: John/Rodney, also features explosive squid
Warnings: None, unless you are squid intolerant
Summary: Wherein John handles squid, and Rodney makes a death pact. Sort of.
A/N: Beta'd by the always tolerant [personal profile] rabidfan.

( Rodney's eyes goggled. "I thought you said you had steady hands. You have to have steady hands!" )

Happy New Year!
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And for your entertainment ...

Cracked.com's 'Five Ridiculous Things You Probably Believe About Islam

I've noticed the Yuletide cheer spreading across my friends list. Come one, come all. One year I'm going to write one of these. In the meantime, have an [community profile] sga_santa rec for Christmas:

A Fist Full Of Power Bars, SGA, teamfic, Gen, funnnny

Who wrote this? Can we have them cloned? John finally bests Ronon at something. "John had always imagined it would feel good to beat Ronon at something. It didn't. It felt fantastic!" We get note-perfect character voices -- especially John, who is 12 (if that). A plausible explanation of the weird initiation rituals. And the best end notes to a story, ever.

My own story was well-received. Meanwhile my fic writer was kind enough to write classic gender-switch for me. (grins) Best part: she actually considered some very plausible solutions to John's, er, problem. I found myself slapping my forehead. Why we didn't think of this before?

And The Plural For Penis Is? SGA, John/Rodney, NC-17, genderswitch

Hmm. And now I may just poke S. with a stick to see if he's still alive.


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