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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
12:03 pm - Fic: That Which Preserves
Fandom: PC Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath
Title: That Which Preserves
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Rating: PG
Date written: December 2008
Length: 1100 words
Summary: Shortly after meeting the Highlord's sister, Kindrie has a crisis of conscience -- his own, or someone else's?

Notes: A pinch hit written for Cherry Ice in the Yuletide Treasure challenge.

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11:45 am - Fic: Night of the Brotherhood...
Very belatedly, here's my main entry for Yuletide 2008!

Fandom: The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Title: Night of the Brotherhood of the Very Secret Thing
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Brisco/Bowler
Date written: December 2008
Length: 5400 words
Summary: Benefits and hazards and of a classical education.

Notes: Written for Blackbird Song in the Yuletide Treasure challenge.

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Friday, December 26th, 2008
10:34 am - Yuletide!
Yuletide is up, without author names yet, and once again I'm flabbergasted by the level of quality in these stories. By crotchety standards, almost every story is readable, about every other one is good or at least very clever, and about one in four or five makes me jiggle with delight and amazement. Usually I don't do recs because they're so personal it seems kinda like a crapshoot. But this year there were some stories that were just so perfectly to my own tastes that it seems like I have to rec them. There are lots of other very very good stories out there, but if you happen to be a clone of me, make sure you don't miss these ones!

Mir Belledas Nancy Springer -- White Hart series The story written for me, not-so-coincidentally a beautiful match to my tastes! I said, "if you can write smut in the author's style, WOW!" and that's what I got. A missing scene with enriching mention of other events throughout the book. Does an amazing job of capturing tone and voices (and language and culture) while going to a place Springer (probably) wouldn't have gone, or at least wouldn't have published.

The Golden Ones Sarah Monette -- Melusine series Mildmay and Felix beginning their exile after The Mirador. Perfect writing voices, rich visual/cultural references, gripping storyline, and a touch of m/m smut.

A Light in the Darkness Martha Wells -- The Fall of Ile-Rien Good characterizations, clever mystery plot, great use of the culture. Ilias and Tremaine after the trilogy. Not enough Giliead, but yay for including Nicholas! No smut in this one, just good clean fun.

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
3:22 pm - Yuuuuuuletide!
I just got my assignment for this year, and it's not my very favorite nor the one I thought was most likely, but I'm beginning to get enthused. Gotta bone up on the canon again, that will be SUCH a trial...

Now, for whoever gets to write MY story: usually I try to be non-specific, but in the how-to-write-your-request posts it seemed like more people complained about not enough guidance rather than too much guidance. So I'll try to be specific but give you lots of different options to choose from.

My general preferences: Most of all I like plot (adventure, case, battle, etc). If you don't have time or story room to write a whole plot, you can fool me by writing a vignette that implies plot happening all around it, like a moment in medias res. I like slash but I don't insist on it -- you can satisfy those urges with non-explicit slashiness, or strong friendship, or hurt/comfort. I mostly just want to see the connection between the characters, and if there are het relationships involved I don't want those to be the focus of the story. I usually like to see a style that matches well with canon or with the author's writing style and language, since all my requests this year were bookfic. But if you want to experiment with a different style, go for it -- just make it conscious and deliberate and consistent. I like strong characterization and being able to hear the characters' voices in their dialogue (I know that's tough with bookfic). I like either angst or schmoop in moderation, with a general preference for happy endings. I'm always willing to read explicit smut (and if you can write smut in the author's style, WOW!), but it isn't necessary to make me happy.

As for specific requests: In all of the first three requests I just really like the connection between the characters in canon and want to see more of it. For the Nancy Springer, I'm okay with reading incest but have never been able to write it, so I threw out a request to get someone else to write it for me -- there should be lots of potential for angst there. Same thing with the master/apprentice dynamic for Pamela Dean -- I can't write that but like to read it if you're game to try, or you can fall back on friendship and distract me with pretty language and Shakespeare quotes. With the Martha Wells I'm envisioning a Sherlock Holmes type mystery but it doesn't have to go that way -- maybe first meeting or first kiss or angsty rejection of one-sided crush or something.

The Bujold request is probably the hardest because it's so vague, and it's the only one that isn't character-driven. Here's where I'm coming from: I like the world Bujold built, but as far as the main characters go I'm happy with what we're getting in the canon and don't feel a drive to see more. So I'm looking for something different -- another part of the world or the history, or an expansion of some secondary characters (I generally like the Lakewalkers better than the farmers), or something like that. I have found myself toying with putting people from many of my favorite fandoms into that world and seeing how they would be different, how it might work if ATA gene=groundsense or Sentinel senses=groundsense or something like that. I'm intrigued by how little we know of the past world with the sorcerer-lords and maybe the gods weren't absent at that time, and how did that work? So there are a lot of different approaches you could take with this request, and I'm hoping that one of my suggestions will gel for you. I still have the general preference for something that's centered around a character or a couple, whether original or canon-secondary or transplanted from another fandom. I still have a general preference for m/m slash, but also willing to read m/f or f/f for this request.

I hope that's enough for you to work with! Just don't worry too much -- remember, I love these worlds and characters and will be happy to see anything written about them!

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
10:35 pm - Fic: Double Rebound
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Double Rebound
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Pairing(s): McKay/Keller/Dex
Length: 5800 words
Rating: NC-17
Spoilers: up to s4, Trio
Warnings: Mild kink, not fully resolved ending

Summary: Jennifer wants Rodney for an experiment.

Author's Notes: I wrote this way back in March 2008 after seeing Trio and the scene where Ronon kinda-flirts with Rodney in Kindred. I didn't want to post because I was trying to write the happy mcshep sequel. I finally admitted that the sequel would be long and angsty and not porny and not what I wanted to write. Then Tracker came out and I decided maybe this could stand as is (this story has no spoilers for Tracker).

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Friday, July 18th, 2008
12:58 am - Fic: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology, Part Three
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology, Part 3/3
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Pairing(s): McKay/Sheppard
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Violence

Summary: Years ago, John recruited a famous wizard for a project that went bad. Now he's asking for Rodney's help again.

Author's Notes: Written for the Away Team in mcshep_match, to the prompt "Call of Duty." Special thanks to argosy for story advice and beta, and to my beloved spouse for discussing this story with me week after week!

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12:52 am - Fic: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology, Part Two
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology, Part 2/3
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Pairing(s): McKay/Sheppard
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Violence

Summary: Years ago, John recruited a famous wizard for a project that went bad. Now he's asking for Rodney's help again.

Author's Notes: Written for the Away Team in mcshep_match, to the prompt "Call of Duty." Special thanks to argosy for story advice and beta, and to my beloved spouse for discussing this story with me week after week!

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12:45 am - Fic: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology, Part One
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology, Part 1/3
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Pairing(s): McKay/Sheppard
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Violence

Summary: Years ago, John recruited a famous wizard for a project that went bad. Now he's asking for Rodney's help again.

Author's Notes: Written for the Away Team in mcshep_match, to the prompt "Call of Duty." Special thanks to argosy for story advice and beta, and to my beloved spouse for discussing this story with me week after week!

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
10:43 am - Fic: Opportunity Knocks
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Opportunity Knocks
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Rating: PG
Date written: June/July, 2008
Length: ~10000 words
Spoilers: Set mid 4th season, sometime after Quarantine and before Kindred

Summary: A disgruntled minion hands Rodney an opportunity in disguise.

Author's notes: Tried to do something short and fluffy and plotless. Maybe I succeeded at fluffy.


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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
4:39 pm - Fic: Not Single Spies, But Battalions
I wrote this a while ago but forgot to post here. Note warnings!

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Not Single Spies, But Battalions
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Rating: PG-13
Date written: March/April 2008
Length: ~1000 words

Spoilers: through mid fourth season
Warnings: death fic, major character death, not for readers who hate death

Summary: What might have been in a world a few minutes different.

Author's note: Thanks to argosy for swift and insightful beta. Originally written for the sga_flashfic Family Challenge.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
12:34 am - Fic: Crossed Wires
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, The Sentinel
Title: Crossed Wires
Author: Quasar (quasar273
Rating: PG
Pairing: none, implied Jack/Daniel
Date written: February 2008
Length: 1140 words
Summary: Messages waiting in the top of the queue for the next databurst to Earth.

Notes: Another short bit for my Criss-Cross series; takes place after Crossing Paths. Here's a summary of the series, which contains links to the stories (and some story spoilers).

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Monday, February 25th, 2008
8:28 am - Fic: Cross Talk (Criss-Cross series)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, The Sentinel
Title: Cross Talk
Author: Quasar (quasar273
Rating: R
Pairing: Jim/Blair, John/Rodney
Date written: February 2008
Length: 4300 words
Summary: Jim and Blair's perspective on events in the Criss-Cross universe.
Notes: Just a bit of self-indulgent fluff for my Criss-Cross series. This one takes place immediately after Cross Country and shortly before Crossing Paths. Here's a summary of the series, which contains links to the stories (and some story spoilers).

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Monday, February 18th, 2008
3:02 am - Fic: Vuja De
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Vujà Dé
Author: Quasar (quasar273)
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: John/Rodney
Date written: February 2008
Length: ~11,000 words

Spoilers: many eps up to 4x15 Outcast
Warnings: borderline underage (15 year old with 16 year old)

Summary: It's bad enough being a teenager and probably gay, but going crazy makes it all worse.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008
7:34 pm - Cross Country, Part Four
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, The Sentinel
Title: Cross Country, part 4
Author: Quasar
Rating: borderline R/NC-17
Pairing: John/Rodney, Jim/Blair
Date written: December 2006-February 2008 (whew!)
Length: ~20,000 words (whole story)
Summary: Salvage of equipment, people, and relationships.
Notes: This is the fourth story in my Criss-Cross series (thanks to jya_bd_cp_ttgb for the name suggestion!). Read the other stories first, or continue at your peril. You can also read a summary of the series, which does contain some spoilers for the stories.

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7:28 pm - Fic: Cross Country, Part Three
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, The Sentinel
Title: Cross Country, part 3
Author: Quasar
Rating: borderline R/NC-17
Pairing: John/Rodney, Jim/Blair
Date written: December 2006-February 2008 (whew!)
Length: ~20,000 words (whole story)
Summary: Salvage of equipment, people, and relationships.
Notes: This is the fourth story in my Criss-Cross series (thanks to jya_bd_cp_ttgb for the name suggestion!). Read the other stories first, or continue at your peril. You can also read a summary of the series, which does contain some spoilers for the stories.

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7:09 pm - Fic: Cross Country, Part Two
At last! It is done, after much moaning and wailing. And after all that, I ended up cutting out some of the scenes that gave me the most trouble -- yet while I was writing them, I really felt I had to crawl to the other side and not skip over them. Anyway, it's done now and I thank everyone for being patient.

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, The Sentinel
Title: Cross Country, part 2
Author: Quasar
Rating: borderline R/NC-17
Pairing: John/Rodney, Jim/Blair
Date written: December 2006-February 2008 (whew!)
Length: ~20,000 words (whole story)
Summary: Salvage of equipment, people, and relationships.
Notes: This is the fourth story in my Criss-Cross series (thanks to jya_bd_cp_ttgb for the name suggestion!). Read the other stories first, or continue at your peril. You can also read a summary of the series, which does contain some spoilers for the stories.

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
10:05 pm - Fic: The Lost Heir
Fandom: C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia
Title: The Lost Heir
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~2500
Warnings: interspecies union, possibly underage
Summary: The Kings and Queens of Narnia disappeared while on a hunting trip, leaving no behind no heir -- save one.

A/N: Written for Sternel for the Yuletide rare fandom secret Santa project. This was written as a last-minute Yuletide treat on December 24.

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9:50 pm - Fic: The First Time is the Hardest
Fandom: Martha Wells: The Fall of Ile-Rien
Title: The First Time is the Hardest
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~8400
Warnings: het, non-con, scary stuff
Summary: Ilias and Giliead had to do things for the first time, and learn from their mistakes.

A/N: Written for marycrawford for the Yuletide rare fandom secret Santa project. This was a pinch hit I picked up on December 17.

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9:43 pm - Fic: That Which Creates, Part Two
Fandom: PC Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath
Title: That Which Creates
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~11700
Warnings: mention of gore and torture
Summary: Tori can do anything he has to, even forge a union among the feuding Highborns of the Kencyrath. But he needs the Kendar to keep his secrets, especially from himself.

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6:56 pm - Fic: That Which Creates, Part One
Fandom: PC Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath
Title: That Which Creates
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~11700
Warnings: mention of gore and torture
Summary: Tori can do anything he has to, even forge a union among the feuding Highborns of the Kencyrath. But he needs the Kendar to keep his secrets, especially from himself.

A/N: Written for teaotter for the Yuletide rare fandom secret Santa project. This was my official assignment, and I loved it! Story includes a couple of quotes from PC Hodgell's books.

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