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Jul. 6th, 2019

Saving Jack O'Neill - Chapter 3

I'm writing again for Rough Trade, and this month's challenge is to change the ending of a movie, any movie... Well, any two movies. So early July (1 - 15) is for movie 1 and later July (16-31) is for a second movie. And specifically a movie and not a TV show.

Of course, I'm working with Stargate (the original movie) as my first movie. I'm currently up to Chapter 3 and I have 3 or 4 more to go before I'll be finished. My original goal is 12K words, but if I make 10K I'll be happy.

Chapter 3 is here (with links to earlier chapters at the bottom!): Chapter 3

For folk not wanting to read a WIP, I'll make another post when it's done.


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Jul. 3rd, 2019

Locus Awards -- One of Us has Won!

Before the Internet became what it is, I used to read a lot of books. I haunted bookstores and libraries for whatever was there and always came home with a stack of books that I devoured.

Then real life hit and I had to do that working thing, but I still read a lot of books.

Now? I still read -- all the time, but it's all fan fiction... I was trying to have a conversation about reading with an acquaintance, and we had nothing except the love of reading in common... I didn't know any of the books she was referring to and she, of course, didn't read fan fiction. And when I do read the occasional book, they tend to be pro books written by fan fiction authors I follow (I buy books from them in an effort to boost sales and help a fellow writer out!). Which means they aren't mainstream and most folk won't have read them.

Which makes the list of this year's Locus awards interesting... I don't know more than one author in most of the categories, when at one point (okay, more than a few years ago) I would have not only recognized all of the names but probably have read at least half the nominations. The only names I recognize are older names who have been around for 20+ years.

That's not a bad thing, for I've come to enjoy the endless variety of fan fiction, but it's nostalgic, if nothing else.

And, the best part, is one of us has won an award. If you don't know, Naomi Novik is our very own 'astolat' (she doesn't make too much of a secret about it, evidently) and has been writing pro fiction for quite a while now. I just recently learned that, and have gone on to read her book Uprooted. (Quick review: parts of it were a slog, but it was an interesting tale of magic and finding one's own destiny; recommended) I bought an actual printed copy of her book Her Majesty's Dragon (book one of a larger series) in anticipation of some travel I'll be doing, where a real book will be better than relying on my phone for everything.

If you're doing pro writing, keep on writing and know we're out there supporting you! Otherwise, enjoy a list that might spark some of your own reading!

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Jun. 21st, 2019

Q is for Quetzalcóatl || SG-1 || G

Q is for Quetzalcóatl, by Goddess47 ([G])

Summary: Coming in hot from yet another mission gone bad.
Word count: 465
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Teal'c
Era: Classic team

For the Off-Screen Missions soup; Chain Reaction (season 4), the mission that opens the episode, where SG-1 make it back under fire and the letter "Q"

Meep! It was a year ago I signed up for this... sorry, [personal profile] fignewton! I finally got it done!

Excerpt: "Daniel, you can dial the gate any time now," Jack called patiently over his shoulder. "Voldemort is sending in reinforcements and I don't know how much longer we can hold this position."

Link: Q is for Quetzalcóatl

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Jun. 20th, 2019

Lost in Translation || SGA || PG

Title: Lost in Translation
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Rating: PG -- how did that happen?
Warnings/Spoilers: Post series
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard, reference to McKay/Keller
Words: 1,210 words
Summary: They really are twelve.

Written 8/8/2012 for [community profile] sga_saturday, week #61 - Base. This immediately came to mind when I saw the prompt, but getting it out my head was harder than I would have thought. Thanks to the mods for extending this, I wouldn't have made it otherwise!

After that last sad story, I figured I should find something happier!

On AO3

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Jun. 15th, 2019

Soccer Dads || SGA || PG

Title: Soccer Dads
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Rating: PG
Warnings/Spoilers: Angst.
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Words: 570
Summary: "Katie's been offered a promotion." Heartbeat. "Heading up the Seattle office."

This is not a happy story! Sorry!

On AO3: Soccer Dads

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Jun. 13th, 2019

Friday Five - Vacations!

Check out the [community profile] thefridayfive for this week!


1. What was your favorite childhood vacation?

When I was maybe 11 or 12, we went on a family vacation to Yellowstone park. Now. This was in the 60's and we drove from Buffalo, NY to Wyoming. Towing a camping trailer. I don't remember any of the tedious driving (probably because I had my nose in a book!), but I remember Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore (before it became a horrid tourist trap!) and the Badlands... and we were in gods-country-nowhere one night and ended up in a hotel room because my folk had no idea where to find a campground. We had never stayed in a hotel before, so that was an experience.

2. What is your dream vacation?

It's an odd dichotomy...

I want to get on a cruise ship and just go around in circles for two weeks. I don't care about destinations, I love the water and the ambiance of a cruise and can do that forever.

But I'd also like to get in a car and just drive, with only a vague destination and no deadline. So can stop at that silly roadside zoo, or stay for the local production of whatever play is going on, or browse through a local museum.

3. If you could take a trip around the world, what locations would you be sure to include?

If I could travel without having to travel (if that makes sense), I'd love to go to Paris, and on a Safari in Africa, and to Antarctica, and to visit some of my fandom friends who live around the world, so they could show me their home towns!

4. Do you prefer vacations to new destinations, to familiar destinations, or a mix?

A mix, I guess. I'm happy with re-visiting the familiar places and spending more time finding little things I've missed before. But the grand 'you must see' things can be fun!

5. What activities would you plan for a two week staycation?

Well, that's kind of my life now, now that I'm retired. But I'm thinking about a "museum day" and a "let's see the town nearby day" to make sure I don't vegetate in the house (but if I'm not home, I don't have time to write!).

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Who wants to play?

I just stumbled across this... https://fandomcalendar.dreamwidth.org/545940.html

It's a "create your own adventure" fest... and it has really low requirements -- a *total* of 5000 words and 2 different choice points...

I'm looking to do this in SGA (as a warning to my non-SGA friends), and had the initial thoughts:

The base is going to planet X (we'd coordinate names at some point) and it's the usual 'meet the locals' and there's a temple. So the first choice point would be to go into the temple (for reasons) or to not go into the temple (for other reasons).

That gives us three stories to start with.

Each temple choice would have a single choice point, to be determined by the person to pick the option... as an example, the 'not into the temple' option could be because it's a falling down wreck and it's obviously dangerous even to Rodney. But there's an energy signature within that Rodney wants to check out. There could be a learning about the temple (and it doesn't have to agree with the 'going into the temple' story!) and then the choice could be rebuilding the temple (because the locals are enthusiastic about the idea) or getting thrown in to the local jail for the blasphemy. So the last two stories on that arc would be writing those choices...

So there would be 7 stories total:

Into temple / Not into temple
Into temple events A / into temple events B / not into temple events A / not into temple events B

Well, there could be more, but we're looking to get this done... and there are at least the illusion of deadlines, but those are relatively far out. Final story is due Oct 26... but to let the A/B folk have time to work with their fic, the Into/Not into folk would have to have at least an outline by mid-late August...

Based on the 5K minimum, it would be best if each piece aims for 800-1000 words (more is more than okay!), but that keeps it finite for anyone who's worried about writing length.

To make it simple and allow for the largest participation, while I'm a McShep girl, the story would be at a PG level (allowing for language and canon-level violence) with a focus on plot and not as much on relationships; this is team!fic would be the best way to think about it. Because there's more Ronon canon, I'd use Ronon and not Ford in the base. But all other SGA characters are fair game. And, if you can fit them in, any OCs or crossover folk are welcome!

I'm going to sign up and I've already asked the mods about making sure I can put more names on the final piece. I'm assuming it'll go on AO3, so putting multiple authors on a work is simple.

I'll write the base, and be more than glad to fill in any holes as they appear.

Also, once we have participants, we should plan to use our own Google Docs to be able to share our pieces so we can write offline but where we can let others participating see how the stories are shaping up. Especially the two Into/Not into folk need to let the others see what they're working off of.

If we get more folk wanting to play, it's easy to set up another choice point. The simplest I can think of is at the Into/Not into stage, where there's another option. My initial thought is 'go back to Atlantis' (or maybe 'the wraith show up') but if someone has an idea they'd like to play with, I'm more than wide open to that. But that option should have one choice point, so there would be both an A and B ending to that option.

So? Want to play?

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Jun. 11th, 2019

Point of Contact || Teen Wolf || R

Title: Point of Contact
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Stiles Stilinski/Peter Hale
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance
Word Count: 16,000 (!)

Summary: Stiles had one job: deliver this file to Peter Hale. Peter had other ideas.

Notes: This was my pinch hit for the Steter Reverse Bang 2019. Somehow, it grew to a huge story...

Many thanks to [personal profile] green for her help with the story and her beta work!

Link to the picture is in the story on AO3.

On Ao3

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Jun. 4th, 2019

The June Something - Day 3

I got distracted by something shiny yesterday... go figure!

Based on this post. Join any time! No pressure... or just read (and occasionally chime in!)

What character do you think you would end up being best friends with? Bonus: What other character would you and your new bestie give a hard time to?

In Atlantis, I'd be friends with Chuck... manning the gate means he knows who's coming and going and knows all the *best* gossip. We'd probably give Zelenka a hard time, since he has the local betting book... so we don't always tell him what we know so we have an inside line on winning the pool!

In Harry Potter, I'd like to be friends with Minerva... she would be so cool! And she and I would gang up on Albus...

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Jun. 2nd, 2019

The June Something - Day 2

Based on this post. Join any time! No pressure... or just read (and occasionally chime in!)

If you were able to insert yourself into one fandom as your reality, what would it be? Bonus: How different would you be in that reality?

Jun. 1st, 2019

The June Something - Day 1

From [personal profile] squidgiepdx -- because we've been too quiet and need to visit more...

Based on this post. Join any time! No pressure... or just read (and occasionally chime in!)

We all have that ONE fandom, or OTP. But what would you consider your backup fandom? Bonus: Who is your backup OTP? Same fandom or different?

Not-Birthday Presents || SGA || R

Title: Not-Birthday Presents
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Rating: NC-17
Warnings/Spoilers: SAP
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Words: 862
Summary: It's not John's birthday but there's presents for everyone!

This was a pimping story for [community profile] fannish_advent -- in 2012 (!) -- a very low-key celebration of fandom -- and fandom in any form... moving to AO3 and sharing!

But it's never a bad time to give pressies!

On AO3

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May. 28th, 2019

The June Something!

Stolen from [profile] sqidgiepdx... feel free to steal and share!


So I've been really lax in being on DW/LJ as of late, from both reading and posting, and I wanted to do something about it. You know how we start out the new year with the Snowflake Challenge? Well, I'mma try to post every day in the first half of June, but I've got my own set of questions. They're below. And if you're interested in joining me, please do! Use my questions or come up with your own. I'm gonna post June 1st through June 15th.

Now maybe this'll give me the kick in the ass to post more. :)

And now, may I present The June Something!


We all have that ONE fandom, or OTP. But what would you consider your backup fandom? Bonus: Who is your backup OTP? Same fandom or different?

If you were able to insert yourself into one fandom as your reality, what would it be? Bonus: How different would you be in that reality?

What character do you think you would end up being best friends with? Bonus: What other character would you and your new bestie give a hard time to?

You get to crossover two completely different fandoms. What two shows, and why? Bonus: Give us a preview!

You get to insert your favorite OTP into a new fandom. Who is the OTP, and what fandom? Bonus: Give us a preview!

What fandom that got a series finale was that most appropriate/most satisfying. Bonus: What about it would you have changed, if anything?

What fandom that got a series finale was the LEAST appropriate/least satisfying. Bonus: How would you have fixed it?

What is a fandom that you never thought you'd get into, but did? Bonus: How did you end up getting into it?

What is the smallest fandom that you're in?

What is the largest fandom that you're in?

What is the fandom that you're in, but none of your fen are?

What fandom did everyone else get into, but you never did?

What do YOU consider fandom's "little black dress"? Is it a coffeeshop AU? Sharing a bed trope? Bonus, share your favorite example.

Some long fics used to come with a playlist. What's a song that you were introduced to by something fannish, and what was it inspired by? Bonus: Share a link to the song/music.

What is something you do today that you wouldn't be doing if not for fandom? Examples: Vacation with fellow fen, running a community, etc.

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May. 13th, 2019

How do I do this to myself?

So I've picked up a pinch hit for a Teen Wolf Steter (Stiles/Peter) Reverse Bang story.

Interestingly, for this RB, 'art' is really 'media' and one of the pinch hits I had to pass on included a playlist of songs -- none of which I knew anything about... sigh... I'm officially old! LOL...

I did end up with a pinch hit for a pic I could do something with. The original challenge called for at least a 10K word story, but pinch hits only need to write 5K since the timeline is limited. Okay, I can do that.


I'm already 7500 words into an FBI_Rookie!Stiles story and he's still calling Peter just 'Hale' in his head! Meep! But I have to finish the story line before I can fix it up -- there's too much dialog and not enough other words (but I guess it's a lot of 'showing' and less 'telling')... but it does need fleshing out... luckily, I know where it's going, but, well... it'll be over 10K before it's done... sigh...

OTOH, the Steter drabbles I've done recently get more traffic than the Sterek drabbles. It's interesting to see how that flows.

If anyone's available for a quick and dirty beta early next week (fic is due May 31), I'll take any help I can get. I'm looking for SPAG mostly, just a second set of eyes to make sure I don't have anything terribly stupid in the story.

Back to writing!

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May. 9th, 2019

Office Space || SGA || G

Title: Office Space
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Rating: G
Warnings/Spoilers: None
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay implied
Words: 900
Summary: "Do you really think we need all this space?" John asked Lorne.

Note: For [community profile] fan_flashworks prompt: Wings

Also for Bingo square "air"

On AO3

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The Friday Five -- Summer!

On Thursday this week!

Go check out the comm... [community profile] thefridayfive (on DW) and play along!

1. What made you smile this week?

Sunny days and warm weather. I got to take a lovely walk earlier in the week!

2. What ingredients make a perfect Saturday?

Well, now that I'm retired, every day is Saturday. It's decadent... ;-) But I love when I plan something to cook (sometimes, even just cookies), or we go out to eat with friends.

3. What is the best thing you ever had for dessert? Share the memory or the recipe.

4. What is your favorite memory of your mom, or your favorite thing about being a mom?

I remember when my mom taught me how to make her lemon meringue pie -- from scratch, pie crust and all... now, more often than not, I use a pre-made crust, but I still use her recipe for the filling and the meringue.

5. What are your plans for the summer (or winter, for those in the southern hemisphere)?

I've been working on losing weight and improving my mobility after my hip replacement... so I plan to purchase an 'old lady' bicycle -- fat, comfy seat, upright handlebars, and a basket! I live in a great neighborhood to ride around in, its flat and I can go quite a distance without having to deal with a busy road.

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May. 8th, 2019

A Small Mystery || Teen Wolf || PG

Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Title: A Small Mystery
Rating: PG
Character/s: Peter Hale, Stiles Stillinski
Warnings: Fluff and Humor
Submission Type: ficlet
Word Count: 650
Prompt: Full Moon Ficlet 327: Disappointment

Summary: Peter has presented Stiles with a mystery. One Stiles is determined to solve.

On AO3

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Work to Do || SGA || PG

Title: Work To Do
Author: [personal profile] goddess47
Rating: G
Warnings/Spoilers: None
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay implied
Words: 300
Summary: It wasn't the best place to work, but if he looked busy, maybe he'd get left alone. Maybe.

Note: For [community profile] fan_flashworks prompt: Note

Also for Bingo square: office

On AO3: Work To Do </p>

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May. 3rd, 2019

Friday Five - History!

From [community profile] thefridayfive on DW! Feel free to steal from me or go there and play!

1. Is there a particular historical period or event, anywhere in the world, that fascinates you?

I was a kid in the 1960's and there are aspects of that time that I think would be fun... there's no perfect time, but, boy, some folk really did have a great time.

2. Would you like to visit that time, or live in it permanently, or does the whole idea make you want to run screaming?

I'd only want to visit, I think... no internet! ::grin::

3. What's the best piece of historical writing, nonfiction or fiction, you've ever read?

I don't know if this is cheating, but "Written by the Victors" by Speranza (on AO3). It's fanfiction of a future universe written in an academic/historical style. It's brilliant for the format (and the story is cool, too!)

4. What's the worst?

I've read some dreadful historical romances over time... I read so little 'real' historical writing that I can't begin to name anything specific.

5. Is there a historical site you would love to visit?

Huh. This is harder than it looks. When I was in grade school, part of a family trip to the Western US included a visit to Mount Rushmore. I'd like to go back, but to the way it was then, since it's essentially an icky tourist trap now.

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Apr. 30th, 2019

Done! Phew!

For anyone following along, I spent the month of April writing "Shouting Down the Silence" on Kiera Marcos' Rough Trade site.

It's now as complete as it's going to be for the moment. It's pretty rough, since it's 30,000 words written across the last 30 days and posted pretty much as it was written.

Links to the chapters can be found here: http://www.roughtrade.org/category/projects/shouting-down-the-silence-stargate-atlantis/ There's no internal links to the next chapter, sorry... use that page as your guide.

Keira will be cleaning up the site, probably by late May-ish, so it won't be there forever. But I will be putting it aside for a moment, so it can simmer a bit and plan to get it on AO3 by early Fall.

The story has lots of potential for more, which is cool, so as opportunity arises, I'll be likely to add to the series.

Thanks to anyone that read along and, if you've been waiting for it to be finished, now's your chance!

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Apr. 19th, 2019

The Friday Five - High School!

Check out [community profile] thefridayfive on DW...

1. Did you enjoy your senior year of high school?

Skipped my senior year of HS. Was in a position to graduate early, so I did!

2. Did you have a senior trip (high school) and were you able to go on it.

It was a *huge* high school (800+ in the graduating class), so there were no senior trips.

3. Was graduating (from either high school or college/university) a big thing with your family or just another day?

Didn't go to the HS graduation, but college graduation was a bog thing... family came to the ceremony, there was dinner, and a night out with friends. Good memories.

4. What were you looking forward to the most after graduating from either high school or college/university?

After college, definitely looking for a job! I ended up with a professional job I wasn't good at and got canned (rightfully so!) from that. Worked in a Dunken Donuts for a bit before I found a professional job I was good at... never looked back from there!

5. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your graduating self?

I was more than ready to get out of high school early... if you're mature enough and have something to do (school, work, whatever), then don't hang around just for your friends. Take a minute to do something for you. I never regretted not going to the senior year of high school.

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Apr. 16th, 2019

LJ 20th anniversary

You can get your own card here!


Apr. 13th, 2019

April Rough Trade fic

The April 2019 challenge on Rough Trade (https://www.roughtrade.org) is to write a sequel to an existing fic.

I'm in the middle of writing a sequel to my story "Embracing the Silence" which was originally a fic for [community profile] apocalypse_kree. So I killed off everyone in that first fic. The sequel, "Shouting Down the Silence" is John and Rodney going on in Pegasus after that disaster. It's like 1/3 done (the goal is 30K -- meep!) but I'll get to at least 25K before the end of the month. (crosses fingers!)

I know a lot of folk hate to read WIPs but there's some amazing fic there that you may never see again... once the challenge is over, the site it wiped clean and it's up to the individual authors to do what they want with their stories. If they aren't folk that you already follow, you'll never get to see that story again.

Admittedly, some won't get finished... and there's a mish-mash of fandoms. There are a half a dozen SGA stories, just as many Teen Wolf, a couple Harry Potter, a bunch of MCU, and some NCIS and Criminal Minds... even a Hobbit fandom story... you do need to be a Tony Dinozzo fan, since he appears in HP, MCU and NCIS stories... and even in an SGA... there's a fascination with Tony among this group of writers. It's interesting to see what-all everyone does with Tony.

But if you're willing to take a chance on some WIPs, there's some great stuff there... I'm not getting as much written as I should because I'm reading what other folk are writing...

Go. Read! You have to join the site to leave a comment, but you don't need that to just read...

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Apr. 10th, 2019


Okay, I saw this on [personal profile] mific's and [personal profile] respoftw's journals and since I'm struggling with my Rough Trade fic, maybe this will jar something loose...

Answers all have to start with the first letter of your middle name. No googling!

Animal.............. jaguar
Girl's name....... Jane
Boy's name...... John
Color............... Jade green
Food................ Jello
Something you wear..... jacket
Drink............... jack and coke
Place............... Juneau, Alaska
Restaurant....... Jim's Truck Stop
Reason to be late..... jam in traffic (hey, 'j' is hard!)
Job title............ Janitor

Don't think too hard, try it! ;-)

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Apr. 2nd, 2019

Fansplaining Survey

If you're interested, there's a fun 'shipping' survey by the Fansplaining folk... it's about 'shipping' and what you consider ships, what shapes your interest(s) and other related questions. It's actually a good group of questions, pretty targeted and easy to do...

Survey here!

When they share the results (most likely on their podcast), I'll share that, too.

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