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astridv: Ronon and Todd vs a troup of Wraith (In The Pale Moonlight by astridv)
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 04:36 pm
SGA rec: Intergalactic Topology for Beginners by [livejournal.com profile] ladyofthelog
Rodney/Teyla, Torren; humor/snapshots/romance, PG; 1410 words
Summary: Rodney can't help but appreciate Teyla's facility with knots. On a purely academic level, of course.
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 08:48 pm
I'm having a hard time coming up with a specific idea for a Leverage fanart because what I really want to do is something set during a con, preferably with some action going on, and these guys are so specialized it's tricky to come up with something that has all of them in the same frame at the same time. I'm wondering if I have to go with the split-screen approach instead. I mean, I have like half a dozen ideas for Eliot just off the top of my head. That one's easy. But I want team!

(If you're having any ideas for a teamy action scene, I'm all ears!)
But first I'm drawing Nate with a hat. Because I just noticed he's hat-less in all my sketches!

[livejournal.com profile] womenlovefest is posting right now. I briefly thought about snagging Jennifer, Sam, or Teyla for a week of recs, art and meta but I don't have any new material (and, well, loving the female characters in that fandom is just too damn frustrating.)

But. If you want to read good fic with any of the above women, I can recommend some really good stuff in my tags: Jennifer fic recs, Teyla fic recs, Sam fic recs. And I have a general tag I named ladies in fiction for lack of a better description, which covers a variety of fandoms and characters.
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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 01:58 pm
The Hunters by To Be Revealed
gen (with just a hint of Jennifer/Rodney UST); PG-13; Jennifer, Teyla, Rodney, OCs; action-adventure; set early S5; ~26,500 words
Summary: On a diplomatic mission, Rodney, Jennifer and Teyla are overnight guests in a cliffside fortress. When darkness falls, an attack leaves Rodney a severely injured prisoner, and Jennifer and Teyla must get him back -- even if it means braving the lethal catacombs beneath the fortress with nothing but a couple of P90s plus wits, skill and luck.

I'd been feeling a little disconnected from SGA lately but this story restored my squee instantly. I love the author's take on the characters. The fic's got all my favorite things: Teyla and Jennifer kick ass (while saving Rodney's) in a gripping underground adventure setting with action, compelling OCs, and a creepy, scary enemy. (If anyone remembers that old C64 computer game "Impossible mission"... there's a scene in the fic that gave me flashbacks to a particularly nerve-wrecking part in that game. /digresses)
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Saturday, March 20th, 2010 12:10 pm
SGA recs, x-posted from stargateficrec/stargategenrec:
A Candle Against The Ocean by Ryuuza Kochou
Gen; Characters: Miko Kusanagi (main), Rodney McKay, Radek Zelenka, others; 4,500 words
Summary: Miko Kusanagi, despite several large pieces of evidence to the contrary, had been born in America; she wore the American flag patch on her shoulder, and not the staring red dot of her Japanese heritage.
Why this must be read: The author takes an underdeveloped minor character and gives her a backstory and a voice. This story feels very genuine and the Miko POV is fascinating.

All the Roads Return by [personal profile] sholio
Gen; PG; Teyla Emmagan, Rodney McKay; 9,500 words
Summary: Rodney and Teyla are stranded and captured, with a valuable burden to carry.
Why rec'd? Teyla and Rodney get shanghaied and end up far away from Atlantis. A really enjoyable friendship fic with an interesting look into Pegasus culture. I love the Teyla POV!

more fic recs (FMA/hagaren):
Chessfic by [livejournal.com profile] vikki (alternate link: ffn
Gen; G; Ed&Roy; 2,055 words
summary: Ed and Roy play chess against each other, and lessons are learned.

Delightful character piece.

The Perils of Coffee by [livejournal.com profile] solitude1056
Gen; Rated G (but comes with frank sex ed talk); Chars: Ed, Hughes, Roy, Riza; 3,656 words
Summary: He decided, then, quite firmly, that he wasn’t ever going to drink coffee again, with anybody. It was too risky.

I rofl'd. A lot.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2010 11:13 pm

spreading the word: Sign ups for the [livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon are open until Friday, Feb. 26. Stories are due Saturday, May 22.
Info and signup form, prompt list
You can now choose to pick your own prompt or have one randomly assigned. Stories should be at least 1000 words long (no upper word limit) and will be posted anonymously by the mods (authors to be revealed at end of ficathon).

Genficathon is my all-time favorite ficathon so I hope sign-ups will be plentiful! :o)

fic recs x-posted from stargategenrec:
Squonksgiving by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
gen; G; team; humor, crack; 1,800 words
Summary: Sometimes John just gets a feeling that this is going to be yet another day that's not going in the mission report.
Why rec'd? This fic is seriously hysterical. I just read it for the second time, and I was again giggling the whole time. The team are offworld and confronted with yet another alien custom. How will Atlantis' finest deal with this challenge?

Piece by Piece by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
gen; G; Characters: Teyla and ensemble; Spoilers for major events through all five seasons; 4,900 words
Summary: Teyla makes an afghan, and Atlantis learns to crochet. Seasons one through early five.
Why rec'd? This is a beautiful Teyla fic that spans the entire past five years... everything she has lost, the friends and the home she has found. Just like the zhadani blanket that Teyla is making, this fic is made of many little details and snippets that together make a whole.
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Friday, January 1st, 2010 12:30 pm
Happy New Year everybody! I had a lovely night with friends, fondue, and fireworks (not our own; we watched everybody elses). The cat was under the bed the whole time, poor bunny. Our neighbour's dogs freak out even worse, except for his trained hunting dog who gets all "Yay, where's the action?!" when she hears loud bangs. Anyway, I'm not a fan of fireworks because, well, I always had pets... but last night, with the new layer of snow that reflected the colors of the fireworks, was pretty. Then we went back inside and on the internet to show each other our fave YouTube clips. :D

fic recs!
Heart and Soul by Santa
gen; Teyla (POV) and Rodney, plus John, Ronon, Jennifer; G; 2,800 words
Summary: "You think there's something going on with McKay?"
Friendship fic with well-drawn characters. Another fave from secret Santa.

Siege tag by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
gen - John w/Rodney and a little Zelenka; 1300 wds.
A missing scene that really conveys that sense of exhaustion. Great character moment.

Promptfic 1: Rodney, fire by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
"Short straw," Sheppard said cheerfully. "McKay gets to build the fire."

next up: Big Bang recs for real

fanart recs:
Elizabeth Weir (AU) by [livejournal.com profile] aretria
A successful mix of painting and manip

And [personal profile] ratcreature drew a Santa!Cthulhu

If you'd like to start the new year with a bit of headdesking, here's a link I found via [livejournal.com profile] mecurtin: How Not to Advertise on the Internet

Here's an LJ-themed cartoon that cracked me up. I finally thought of adding xkcd to my LJ feeds.
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 12:04 am
Lullabies in a Minor Key by [livejournal.com profile] penknife
gen; Rodney, Jeannie; ~4500 words
summary: Rodney and Jeannie backstory. It's not exactly family harmony.

A really intriguing look at Rodney and Jeannie growing up. I love the way their relationship is explored in flashbacks, frozen moments of their family history that paint a clear picture. Wonderful character study with plausible backstory.

Cheating the Other Guy by [personal profile] sholio
gen; PG; Teyla & Sam; 2000 words
Summary: Sam and Teyla find themselves in a Western. Sort of. And Teyla seems to have accidentally sold her teammates to buy a ranch, but who can blame her.

x-posted from [livejournal.com profile] stargategenrec:
Truth in Action by [livejournal.com profile] tridget
gen; PG; post-“Trinity”; Characters: Rodney, John, Ronon, Teyla, Lorne; ~ 13,600 words
Summary: The Doranda disaster was just the beginning of trouble for Rodney.
why rec'd: This story deals with the aftermath of the Doranda debacle in a way I really like (not being a fan of YABS fic...) I find Rodney's and John' s reactions believable - Rodney driven by guilt and ending up working himself into the ground in his desire to make things right... I can see that happen. The whump is well written.

What I like a lot is that Tridget doesn't ignore what else happened in the episode - Ronon abused Teyla's trust too, after all, and must be dealing with similar feelings as Rodney. I really enjoyed reading the moments between the two teammates - my favorite part. All in all, this story rounds off the episode well.

The Long Star Mile by Blue Shadowdancer / [livejournal.com profile] frith_in_thorns
gen; PG-13; Characters: Mostly Rodney and John, some team; ~26,000 words
Summary: There is a lot of space between the stars, and it's a lot of space to be alone in. Injured, McKay and Sheppard are just trying to get home, but the galaxy isn't a kindly place...
why rec'd: This is a really enjoyable friendship fic with suspense and action; well-written and with great character voices.
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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 09:46 am
The winners of the Stargate Awards are announced and it looks like Rheanna's and my The Long Way Home won in the graphic fanfic category. Thanks to everyone who voted for us. :)

fic rec
Never Bend with the Rainfall by [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa
PG; Jennifer Keller/Teyla Emmagan; 1,650 words
Jennifer has never seen Teyla flee the scene, any scene, but no other phrase comes to mind. It's Jennifer's turn to blink because her eyes don't adjust that fast to the Teyla-shaped hole in the air in front of her. At least she took the gift flowers with her. That's good, right?

This is a really adorable fic about cultural misunderstandings and friendship and more. It's thoughtful, lighthearted, the characterization for both women is totally *on*, and the dynamic between them is very intriguing.

If you're, like me, craving fic that gets Jennifer's character right, go read! This brightened my morning.

I'm looking for Teyla/Jennifer fics in general. Friendship primarily, but femslash goes, too. Or Jennifer/Sam. Or the three of them together. Anybody know any? Self-pimps are fine.
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Saturday, September 26th, 2009 05:34 pm
Absolutely lovely SGA fic by [livejournal.com profile] penknife:
A is for Atlantis, an alphabet book, by John Sheppard (with the unasked-for assistance of Rodney McKay and Ronon Dex)

Just... perfect! Atlantis in a nutshell.

Also by penknife:
Three Lessons in Athosian History
gen (Teyla and OCs); ~1500 words.
Summary: All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.

An exploration of Athosian backstory that makes the Pegasus galaxy feel just a bit more real. I got goosebumps reading it.

(General rule: just go to penknife's LJ and browse her fic links, and you shall be well entertained. :)

poll: [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper has a cunning plan: But! I have an idea! What about kicking off 2010 with "100 Days of Episode Tags"?

linkage: via [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear: Fox 5's Ernie Anastos tells weatherman to 'Keep f---ing that chicken' on the air
Worth alone for seeing the expression on his co-anchor's face...
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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 02:33 am
Okay, I keep babbling on about climbing but at least I'm putting it behind a cut )

fic recs:
If You Wrong Us, Shall We Not Revenge? by Jem
Gen; PG-13, possibly R (for violence); Characters: Bill Lee, Jeannie, Teyla, Rodney; 30,000 words
written for sga_genficathon, Prompt: Artificial Intelligence
Summary: Bill just couldn't leave her like that . . . but enlisting Jeannie Miller's help was a mistake. A mistake, because McKay was definitely going to kill him when he discovered the mess—well, mortal danger—Bill had gotten his sister into. Yeah. He was definitely a dead man. As soon as he managed to escape himself, that is. Of course, Bill really needn't have worried, because Jeannie, her brother, and Teyla were a little distracted by body swapping and explosions and terrorist attacks and the terrible question of what, exactly, constitutes human rights . . .

This is a really intriguing story that combines an engrossing plot and excellent characterization with ethical and philosophical musings... Science-fiction of the best kind. (Check out Jem's other fic as well; s/he's an amazing writer.)

Homecoming (Where The Heart Is Deep Beat Mix) by [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster
gen with background McShep; PG; Characters: Jennifer, Teyla, Ronon; 1,820 words
Summary: Home is where the heart is.

I really like the portrayal of Jennifer here, and it's good to see glimpses of her relationship with Teyla and Ronon... and with Atlantis.

By the time she's comparing her mother's chicken and noodles—unfavorably, mind you—to the mess hall's bird-like and ersatz-noodle substitute, the vacation is definitely over.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 12:19 pm
I've been on a genfic binge for the past weeks... right now I'm reading my way through everything [livejournal.com profile] tipper_green has written in this fandom. This story here kept me awake through the night because I didn't want to put it down; by the time I was finished the birds were already prepping for their morning concert.

Never Stop Moving by [livejournal.com profile] tipper_green (or read it in chapters on ff.net)
Gen; Rating: T; Characters: Team, though Teyla is the heart; action/adventure, h/c; 83,404 words
summary: Chases, explosions, head wounds, twisted ankles, damaged ships and a desert serve as the backdrop to a rescue mission that doesn't quite go as planned. In other words, a typical Atlantis mission o' mayhem. Team Fic.

Where to start... this fic's got it all: Plot and fast-paced, nerve-wrecking action, wonderful team interaction, and most of all a terrific-written Teyla who is the heart and center of this story.

The story is pretty long but it's so action-filled that it just flies by - I was surprised when I saw the word count.

I can't remember if I ever posted this here: a sketch of Xander Harris I drew a few years ago. Read more... )

Now that the comic is finished, I can get cracking on my two fic-art exchange pics. I'm already almost done with the inks of one of them. (Also, I should prooobably get back to work one of these days. Today, ideally.)

So, my flist seems in agreement that Torchwood is really good now? When did that happen? I stopped watching after season one but maybe I'll try to get hold of this episode.
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Sunday, May 31st, 2009 12:41 am
(another x-post from genrec... there's just been an abundance of great gen recently, thanks to genficathon.)
Title: The Black Lake by [livejournal.com profile] tipper_green
gen; team plus Keller; Rating: K+; action/adventure; h/c; ~27,740 words
Warnings: none. *
Summary: Things go belly up (because they always go belly up) on a rescue mission to save an SGA team stuck deep underground and running out of air.

Why rec'd: I was squeeing when I saw this posted, because, well, action-adventure teamfic-plus-Keller is one of my favorites. And I wasn't disappointed... this story put me in a great mood.:)

This was written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon for the prompt The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly, and it's a great, creatively literal take on the prompt. The setting feels genuinely alien and very scary; there's a constant sense of danger that makes for a gripping read. I love the characterization; particularly Teyla and Jennifer get to shine (but the guys get plenty of airtime, too). The dialogue could come right out of the show, it's spot on.

*(unless you have a problem with Keller being well-written, kick-ass, and central to the story. Then this fic may not be for you. But please, please, don't comment there telling the author she shouldn't have given Keller a prominent role. Some of us *like* seeing her in a prominent role, okay? There's plenty of fic where she's marginalized or not in at all; why begrudge us fans the few stories where she gets to be awesome and part of the action.)
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 01:28 am
work & other rl stuff )

Trek: I've read some Start Trek fic and meta over the last week, and watched the movie twice (because the first showing was in German and the dubbing was even more awful than usual). I am intrigued with the whole reboot idea - stroke of genius, really - and I'm feeling not a little bit nostalgic... it's nice (and weird) to revisit my very first fandom. Nonetheless it's more of a casual fanning. I'm back to mainly reading Stargate. :) Still catching up on genficathon too, which brings me to

fic rec (x-posted from [livejournal.com profile] stargategenrec)
The Choices That Damn Us by [To Be Revealed]
gen; PG-13; AU; Teyla plus supporting; ~10,000
Prompt: “If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.”—Isaac Asimov
Summary: In her last moments, Teyla Emmagen's memories flash back through the path that brought her here, through her discovery of her own identity and the gradual unspooling of the dark and monstrous truth behind the Stargate Program.

Why rec'd: This story comes with the warnings 'character death' and 'fairly dark', which it is, but I urge you not to let that deter you... you'd be missing out on an excellent, intelligent AU. I don't want to tell too much about the story; suffice to say it's a chilling vision of the gateverse gone wrong. It's a story that bears re-reading; there's a lot of food for thought. The pacing and structure work really well, too.

I got two more Dreamwidth invites, would anybody like one?
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Monday, May 4th, 2009 05:53 pm
Yesterday I was feeling weirdly blah all day, and I didn't get any work or fanart done. I think the sudden drop in temperature sent my body in some sort of proto-hibernation. So in the evening I gave up and popped in my DVD of A Dog's Breakfast, which I hadn't gotten around to watching. I must say, I really liked it! The blah mood evaporated. It's got some very funny lines. And I found myself liking the characters. (From the scenes I'd seen, I somehow expected to dislike them a lot... more like Seinfeld, which I liked to watch even though I disliked every one of those characters.)

Definitely worth buying the DVD! It's got a load of extras and behind-the-scenes stuff, too. And practically all the cast are Stargate actors. Anyway, on my way to the gym just now I got hit with an idea for A Dog's Breakfast fanart. :O)

more recs originally posted to stargategenrec/ficrec:
A Time to Heal by [livejournal.com profile] wildcat88
Rodney/Jennifer; PG; Spoilers for S4 through TLM; 3200 words
Summary: Circumstances and a three week journey put everything in a different light.
Why rec'd: This is a missing scene fic from The Last Man that is true to character for both, shows their relationship grow in a very believable manner, and fits seamlessly into the episode. It was just what I was looking for after watching that ep.

The ATA Affair by [To Be Revealed]
gen; PG-13; AU; characters: team, various SG-1 and SGA cast in supporting roles; ~26,000 words
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon. Two of the S.G.C.'s top secret agents, Teyla Emmagan and Rodney McKay, are sent to the Casino Atlantis to investigate the suspicious business dealings of John Sheppard...
Why rec'd: This story is great fun! A fascinating Spy!AU that's plausible in itself, with pitch-perfect characterizations and gripping plot. Rodey and Teyla make a great team, and Ronon and John are quite mysterious. I love how it all plays out in the end. I'd read more in this verse!

Why can't I change the colors for my Dreamwidth style? Read more... )

I have five Dreamwidth invites; does anybody still need one?
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 01:48 am
With Friends Like These (John Will Never Make The Kessel Run In Less Than Twelve Parsecs) by [livejournal.com profile] argosy
Rodney/Teyla, John; PG; 5,400 words
Summary: John's in love, but Teyla and Rodney are the ones acting strange.

This story is adorable and very funny... I chuckled my way through it and it put a big smile on my face. Rodney and Teyla working together and being brilliant (and also kind of acting like dorks a lot) and Rodney being turned on by Teyla being brilliant... that's so much fun to read. I'd love to see more of that side of Teyla.

I think you'll love this fic even if you're normally not interested in this pairing: their story is told through the eyes of John and it's just as much about John and the new love of *his* life... his very own spaceship! (And if John is getting a little bit obsessed enthusiastic about his ship, it is understandable, right? ♥)

"I kissed her."

Oh. John was glad he was already sitting down. He hadn't been expecting that at all. A horrible thought occurred to him. "This isn't going to get in the way of you working together on my ship, is it?"

His ship. John still got a rush out of saying that out loud. He remembered the first time he'd boarded her. She was a little squishier than he liked in a ship, generally, and given the choice, he wouldn't have picked such... bold shades of purple and green for her interior. And he could have lived without the pulsing walls, but it had still been love at first sight. She had a real vibe about her. Rodney and Teyla must have felt it too.

"Sheppard!" Rodney snapped his fingers annoyingly close to his face. "Focus!"
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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 09:58 pm
I've been having a great time reading through the various entries for the Rodney/Teyla Thing-a-Thon. Here's another story I thought was really cool - but check out the Sticks and Snark Masterlist, because they're seriously all worth reading!

This one is a total AU that features Rodney and Teyla as a married couple who investigate supernatural phenomena. (Other Stargate characters make an appearance, too.) It's a plotty action/adventure/monster story, and it's a lot of fun to read. Apart from the cool plot and universe, I thoroughly enjoyed how the partnership between those two was written.

In the Hollow Tree by [livejournal.com profile] ishie
Rodney/Teyla; PG-13; 16,000 words

This ficathon was so much fun... I'm very very tentatively considering the idea of doing something like this either for Sam/Rodney or for Rodney/Jennifer. I might set up a poll sometime in the future to see if there'd be enough interest for either of these two. In any case I'm thinking friendship as well as ship and pre-ship, to cast an as large net as possible. But anyway, first I have to see how time-consuming my next job is going to get.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 10:08 pm
Confluence by [livejournal.com profile] carolyn_claire
Rodney/Teyla; PG; written for [livejournal.com profile] sticksandsnark; ~9,500
Summary: Some things just work better together.

In Atlantis, he couldn’t imagine anything like this ever happening, but they hadn’t been in Atlantis for some time, now.

I'm reccing this story not because it was written for ME *happy dance* but because it's fantastic... Rodney and Teyla get stranded in time, and have to combine all their skills to survive. A very satisfying time-travel story with a lot of setting detail and lovely character stuff that ties back into the plot - excellent plot!
I also like the non-linear structure, it's really efficient. I was drawn in right away.
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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 02:55 am
work: Inking's done! )

fic rec:
Midwinter Burning by [livejournal.com profile] rhymer23
gen; PG, Team (Teyla POV); Spoilers through 4x10 This Mortal Coil; 3700 words
Summary: Teyla persuades her team to celebrate midwinter, and to find some hope in the darkness.

Browsing through my to-rec folder... A winter solstice story is maybe a weird choice to rec at spring time, but hey, it fits my mood and the themes come across no matter the season. I found this quiet story very powerful, with an overlaying sense of melancholy and of hope. A really beautiful, moving team story.
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009 02:55 am
Second page of the day inked. Yesssss! The prospect of drawing fanart is a good motivator.
2 pages / 1 day => - 1 day + :o)!

fic rec:
Walk a Klick by [livejournal.com profile] trinityofone
Rodney/Teyla; PG; ~8,000 words
Summary: Teyla's head was killing her.

An original take on the bodyswap idea, in that they're not so much switching bodies as they're... switching. Identities. Everything. Fascinating idea, and fun to read.
Privately, Rodney trusted John’s instincts and agreed that the odd incident on M7X-948 was worth further investigation; he also understood that Star Wars was an important philosophical work among the Colonel’s people.