dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter - Rocket Launcher)
This took a really unconscionably long time, but at last! The Fandomaid story I owe to Hive! :D

With many thanks to [personal profile] templemarker for beta and to Iulia and verity and everyone else who listened to me while I stumbled in this direction over the last two months. ♥

Introduction to Goa'uld Theology (6135 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Daniel Jackson & Jack O'Neill
Additional Tags: Sharing a Bed, Monks, Oral History
Summary:

With all these gods around, there must be some theologians somewhere.

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter - Rocket Launcher)
February 4 - [personal profile] kuwdora, 3 favorite things about SG-1?

Oh man. Um. Let's see. Favorite things about SG-1.

1. TEEEEEEEEAM. I cannot get over the codependent OT4 teaminess of them, and although I place first priority on the original Jack-Sam-Daniel-Teal'c team configuration, the power of team made me love Jonas, Cam, and Vala just as fiercely once we got into their tenures. I love the way they love each other, mostly unspoken but bone deep and sure and through death and far, far beyond it. Every single episode is that thing Teen Wolf fic keeps trying to create in fic because canon refuses to give it to us: the tight-knit loyal wolfpack

--wait, sorry, now I've got Werewolf AU SG-1 happening in my brain, oh dear--

and I just, yes. This. TEAM.

2. Comedy. Not just the jokes, but comedy as a genre in the old literary sense--SG-1 is fundamentally a show set in a universe where things are going to turn out okay, and at the end everyone gets married and lives happily ever after. It's a basically positive worldview that goes well with mine, and is so, so much nicer to live in than the various crapsack worlds that some shows present.

Uh, this is possibly just turning into "things Teen Wolf makes me miss about Stargate." Sorry not sorry!

3. Extended team. Everyone outside the team who supports them and is very nearly just as far into the shit as the core team is--Hammond, Janet, Siler, Chevron Guy, this whole extended network of people who care about the team and are integral to keeping everything running. SG-1 really gave the sense of the characters existing within this wider community--there were always other gate teams somewhere else whose welfare had to be considered when something went wrong, and everyone had these networks of other relationships that affected what was going on on the show, and the extended team in the mountain really entered in to the same fierce loyalty as the team had to each other.

My favorite example of this from my recent rewatching: the moment when Jack is lobbying to undertake a particular mission and Hammond asks him how he knows it's important, and Jack tells him that Daniel (WHO HAS BEEN DEAD FOR A YEAR) told him so. And after a very little corroborating back and forth with Teal'c, who has also had a visit from Daniel in the year of his death, Hammond just says, "Okay. Good enough for me."

Because EVERYBODY in the SGC is this crazy about each other, and trusts each other this far, and I LOVE THEM FOR IT.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
So before I got around to writing, or even plotting, my Stargate SG-1 magnum opus, I really, really wanted to write a Moebius story. You remember Moebius, right? It's the one where SG-1 goes back mumble thousand years in time, and everyone EXCEPT Daniel dies, and then he's trapped alone in ancient Egypt for years until an alternate-timeline Sam, Jack, and Teal'c show up to fix the timeline, and then, reality having been repaired, that Daniel, Sam, Jack, and Teal'c are left in ancient Egypt to live out their lives.

Well, I thought to myself, this begs some questions. One was: How does Teal'c survive in a world with no Goa'uld and no Tretonin? And the answer was, he probably doesn't. Another was: How the hell does this hardened, battle-scarred, even-more-fucked-up-than-most Daniel deal with spending the rest of his life with alternate versions of Sam and Jack?

But the most pressing question was why, this time, Daniel survived when his team died. So obviously I came up with a more satisfying answer than "to defeat Ra" and it was "because he and Sam and Jack had a baby and Daniel was the parent best equipped to raise her alone in ancient Egypt, so he was designated to hang back and survive if things went wrong in the uprising."

I mean. Obviously, right?

But the idea of Daniel raising his daughter in ancient Egypt, with all the miseries and limits that would entail, was also really depressing. Ah, I thought, well. There's still a puddlejumper around somewhere--that first one that got buried in the desert, stranding the original team in the past. It's bound to get unburied eventually, and when it does, hey presto! They can all go home!

And it was that--the going home, with all the complications it would entail, all the ways it would disrupt the equilibrium they might have arrived at, Daniel raising his daughter with doppelgangers of her other parents--that I found I really wanted to write. I made several starts at it. With the Dying, my story about the alternate Teal'c dying in ancient Egypt, was one of those starts.

The next one picked up right after that and just kept going, with the shaky start of Daniel's relationship to the geek!verse Sam and Jack, and the introduction of Daniel's daughter.

Breakfast. 1500 words. )

My third try at the story was next in internal chronology, jumping forward a year and a half, to a point where Daniel and the new Sam and Jack have settled into a new triad relationship, and also more or less settled into living in ancient Egypt.

This also showcases the way ancient poetry and backstory were going to be sprinkled into the story--the title by this time had advanced from "OT3gypt" to "Out of the Unexpected", which is one of Sappho's more fragmentary bits of poetry.

Honey, I'm home. 1800 words. )

The middle attempt at the story got the furthest in terms of words written, although it spans maybe three or four hours of internal time, tops. It's set a day or two after the scene above, on a very eventful day.

Out of the Unexpected. 15,000 words. )

So, if it's not already obvious: I still love this story to tiny, team-y, kidfic-y bits. But, yeah, there's no way I'm ever writing it, so I hope that other people get some warm fuzzies from these pieces of it!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Which is to say lots, although I will cop to being slightly embarrassed by the fact that I am so bad at paying attention to audio fic that I can only actually listen to stuff I wrote myself without losing track of what's going on. Anyway.

NEW PODFIC!

[personal profile] susan_voight has just posted a 7.5-hour podfic of Jigsaw, my multi-death OT4 Stargate SG-1 bigbang fic from last year.

She also kindly reuploaded the Jigsaw playlist I made when writing, which was otherwise lost with the rest of the Megaupload goodies.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!

[personal profile] inkjunket has posted podfic of Which in Your Case You Have Not Got and When We Used to Sing, the two wolf-verse stories (so far) that are actually set during the timespan of the miniseries, in Iraq.

As inkjunket mentions in her posts, and as I think I have been remiss in mentioning before, [personal profile] luzula has also posted podfic of What to Do After Firing, the wolf-verse story about Ray and Brad, so you can now listen to about half of the existing wolf-verse stories!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
So, I have to confess, when I first started getting questions on the meme and comparing them to the list of characters I made before posting, I quickly realized that I had broken the meme. I mean, okay, in rapid succession Arya Stark woke up married to James Hathaway and then Teal'c. And Aral Vorkosigan had a past romantic relationship with Georgia Mason. It just ... no.

So I made a new list, had random.org generate a random order for me, and went again. With much less horrifying results, although there was still one totally unanswerable question.

Here's my (second) list of fifteen characters:

1. Aral Vorkosigan
2. Nate Fick (GK overview with character summaries | Picture of Nate)
3. Sam Carter
4. Konstantin Bothari
5. Tim "Doc" Bryan (GK overview with character summaries | Picture of Doc)
6. Daniel Jackson
7. Alys Vorpatril
8. Vala Mal Doran
9. Cameron Mitchell
10. Ray Person (GK overview with character summaries | Picture of Ray)
11. Teal'c
12. Gregor Vorbarra
13. Simon Illyan
14. Brad Colbert (GK overview with character summaries | Picture of Brad)
15. Walt Hasser (GK overview with character summaries | Picture of Walt)


And here are the questions!

All twenty-nine of them under the cut, including what happens when Gregor Vorbarra joins a band of space pirates, ways things could turn out better for Bothari, and which of these fifteen murders which other one. Plus assorted people waking up married and the one question I couldn't answer at all. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
21 – Sequels – Have you ever written a sequel to a fic you wrote, and if so, why, and if not, how do you feel about sequels?

Short answer: Yep! Because there was another story that I thought I would like to write that followed from the first one.

Longer answer:

So, here's the thing. I didn't start out overthinking this question, but I did start out thinking that this question had a very specific meaning. Intuitively, I read this question as meaning, Did you ever, after having written a fic and being all finished with it, then write another fic that was of roughly similar size and seriousness which followed sequentially and necessarily from that fic while also being a complete story in itself?

To which the answer is, yes, about three times, and one of those isn't posted yet. So as it turns out I have all these IDEAS about what the word sequel means.

To me a sequel is something different from a series-planned-as-a-series, in which case while each separate story is--hopefully--a sufficiently standalone story that people will not do themselves or me an injury while waiting for the next bit, the reason I keep writing subsequent stories is because the story isn't over yet. That's not the same as "the story was done and then I wrote another story that followed from the first one." So, in my head, the GK wolf-verse doesn't count, nor does The World That You Need, nor Brothelers, nor all those Hawks & Hands prequels, even if they do make me the internet's most prolific Kowalski/Gardino writer.

Speaking of which, The Future in Five Conversations also doesn't count. It's not a sequel to Hawks & Hands, even though it follows necessarily from H&H while also sort of standing on its own as a story because it's not the same magnitude of story. It's a coda, a (five years) belated epilogue tacked on at the end. If I had ever written the epic OT3-trapped-in-Ancient-Egypt story that With the Dying was setup for, it would have been the same thing in reverse.

So, as far as I can tell from a cursory look through my works on AO3, the only stories that do count as sequels in my head are:

Rumored, sequel to Unannounced (House/Wilson outside POV), and
Tell, sequel to Common Language (Stargate SG-1 Bechdel fix-its for the pilot).
Arguably also Spades, which doesn't have to be a sequel to Hunde (Spy Game, Muir/Bishop), but might as well be.

Plus, of course, The One I Haven't Posted Yet, which is a (GEN) sequel to Signals That Sound in the Dark.


All 30 questions under the cut )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Jack O'Neill - *facepalm*)
14 – Ratings – how high are you comfortable with going? Have you ever written higher? If you're comfortable with NC-17, have you ever been shocked by finding that the story you're writing is G-rated instead?

Yyyyes, I would say I am comfortable going to NC-17. I mean, there are levels of pornination I have never yet had occasion to hit, but, yes, I go all the way.

And, ahaha, no. I wouldn't say that I have ever been shocked to find myself writing a non-explicit story. I tend to have a pretty good idea which stories are which going into them.

I don't really like writing porn--I mean, I do it because I keep plotting out stories that call for it, because those are stories I like to tell, but writing the porn is frequently where I bog down to some degree or another, especially if the porn involves Aral Vorkosigan. When I was writing Jigsaw the story almost fatally stalled--in 2009--at what I fully intended to write as the first explicit sex scene. If [personal profile] iulia hadn't given me permission to fade to black the rest of the story probably never would have gotten written at all. As I worked on the rest of Jigsaw--which, if not G-rated, is certainly no racier than the show itself, apart from its array of pairings--I mostly just felt like I was getting away with something, because I didn't have to write the porn! *g*

All 30 questions under the cut. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Remember that time it took me 7 years to finish a Stargate fic? Yeah, odds are against me finishing a 30 day meme in anything like 30 days, but I will persevere. Probably.

3 – For each of the fandoms from day two, what were your favorite characters to write?

Okay, well, I listed 49 fandoms on day two, so answering this exactly as asked would get seriously out of control. Instead, under the cut, my favorite characters to write from what I semi-scientifically conclude are my top ten current and past fandoms.

Playing favorites! )


All 30 questions for your meme-repeating convenience. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter - Rocket Launcher)
Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

My last fandom-related post was the story-announcing post for Jigsaw, SG-1 teamfic, so ... I'm pretty sure I'm going to be just fine. Juuuuuust fine. And so is the entire planet. This team does not fuck around.

(Amusingly, the last different-fandom-related post before that was the one where I was all excited about Mira Grant's DEADLINE, whose protagonists have all grown up in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse. So I would have to say, if they're on my team--or rather, if I am on theirs, a Fictional hunkering down in safety while the Newsies run around dealing with the actual zombies--then I am also going to be fine. Although in that case I am kind of worried about the rest of the planet.)
dira: Teal'c, Jack, Sam, and Daniel, in shades. (SG-1 - Reflected)
The story of the story. )

AU from late season three, post-"Pretense" (Skaara is free, Sha're is dead). 66,906 words. Not explicit.
Warning: Multiple major character deaths, mostly before the story starts. Mostly.
Jack/Sam/Daniel/Teal'c, Sam/Daniel/Teal'c, Jack/Sam, Sam/Daniel, plus smidges of Jack/Daniel, Jack/Teal'c, and Daniel/Sha're.

Thanks to [personal profile] iulia and [personal profile] treewishes for beta!

Jack wakes up in the SGC to the news that his team is dead. If he weren't hearing the news from General Hammond he might not believe it--and even so it's not quite real until he sees the bodies. Once he does, he knows nothing is ever going to be the same again.

Sam wakes up in the SGC to the news that she is now the senior member of SG-1. Jack O'Neill is dead. For Sam and her team, nothing is ever going to be the same again.

SG-1 might be able to go on like this--Sam's going to keep her team together if it kills her--but a man who's lost his team is capable of anything, and Jack's about to do the unthinkable to make things right.


Deeply, profoundly fabulous and variously spoilery artworks by [livejournal.com profile] milanthruil are available at the artist's post. You can go look at them now, but go back and look at them again after you read because THEY GET SO MUCH MORE AWESOME. :D

And without further ado:

Jigsaw at the AO3

Jigsaw at my website
dira: Teal'c, Jack, Sam, and Daniel, in shades. (SG-1 - Reflected)
Soooo I'm about six days away from posting my SG-1 big bang, and I thought I'd let people get an idea of what it's actually about, courtesy of pairings, warnings, and the blurb I had to write when I turned in my rough draft:

But I still can't tell you the title because I am weird and superstitious )

And if anybody wanted the [Title Redacted] Big Bang Playlist, there it is. Forty-one songs in a mix of m4a and mp3 formats, hosted at megaupload. This is the playlist I've been using to get myself into the right mindset for writing my story (i.e. a collection of all the songs that make me go "This is totally about Jack!" and "This is totally about Sam!" and "This is totally about [redacted]!" I listen to it on shuffle, so there's no specified order (I considered trying to arrange all 41 songs into an order that reflects their correspondences to specific moments in the narrative arc of the story, and then I realized that would mean never, ever getting around to sharing the playlist).

But if you want to get approximately the right feel, I would suggest listening to "Another New World" and then "Furlough" first, and "Solsbury Hill" and "Never Quite Free" last. Also, listen to "When U Love Somebody" followed immediately by "Sax Rohmer #1" just because the juxtaposition makes me wave my hands a lot.

Mostly alphabetical track listing & lyrics snippets )
dira: Teal'c, Jack, Sam, and Daniel, in shades. (SG-1 - Reflected)
I just finished what I hope is the last round of major revisions on my SG-1 Big Bang fic, which is good because, uh, I'm due to post it two weeks from tomorrow. It grew by 8,000 words in the revision process, but is still (slightly) shorter than Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive, at least until it turns out I have 2500 more words of 'splaining to do on this draft.

Anyway, now I am going to go to bed. I may or may not have been so excited last night about the prospect of finishing this today that I had what I have decided to call Optimist's Insomnia, which is the only kind of insomnia I get with any kind of regularity. You could also call it Small Child the Night Before Christmas Insomnia, but sometimes I get it because I am super excited about ... a Monday when I finish writing something? And then I have to spend that entire Monday when I finish writing something functioning on five hours of sleep. It was almost totally self-defeating, EXCEPT I STILL FINISHED.

(PS In the interests of not being unnecessarily totally mysterious about what I'm posting two weeks from tomorrow, I have been thinking about posting the blurb I had to write and/or my perhaps a tiny bit excessive 41-song playlist (less than one song per 1500 words!) for the story sometime between now and then. Uh. If those are things people are interested in seeing in advance of the actual story?)
dira: Teal'c, Jack, Sam, and Daniel, in shades. (SG-1 - Reflected)
Someone, somewhere wrote a story, or a semi-story meta post, or something, about the extra gear various members of SG-1/the SGC take along with them on off-world missions. I seem to remember there were tampons. And I need to read it again so I know who/what I'm maybe or maybe not shamelessly ripping off paying homage to, in this bit of this thing that I am writing. Rewriting. Frantically procrastinating about writing. Etc.

Ahahahaa oh god, less than three weeks now. SOMEONE PLEASE REMOVE GENERATION KILL FROM MY BRAIN FOR THE NEXT TWENTY DAYS. USE A TREPHINE IF YOU HAVE TO.

:D:

Jun. 5th, 2011 10:42 am
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam & Daniel - Geek Twins!)
I have just had the best idea ever for this next bit of edits for my SG-1 bigbang story. What I cannot tell is whether it is the sort of best idea ever that requires a lot of forward remodeling to the rest of the story but leaves it WAY MORE AWESOME, or if it is the kind of best idea ever that requires a lot of remodeling and causes your story to catch fire, fall over, and then sink into a swamp.

ETA: I mean, to clarify, this is way closer to being actually a good idea than sending anyone to Narnia. Probably. /o\
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Amy - TARDIS)
[livejournal.com profile] quintenttsy has recorded a podfic of my Doctor Who story, "The Box Below"!

***

And in a totally unrelated development, tonight's work on my SG-1 bigbang story has taught me this valuable lesson:

Any time you think that you can simplify a story by sending Jack O'Neill to Narnia, even just for a few minutes, you should probably look down and identify the very narrow ledge you have wandered out onto, and then you should move expeditiously back to the nearest window and get the hell inside. Because, in fact, no. No you can't.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter & some dude)
Sooooo I may have mentioned I am posting a story for [community profile] stargate_summer this year. I've got my posting date-range--I'm going the last week of June. I'm not sure of the exact date because it includes the weekend of a certain bridal shower for which I will possibly be the only member of the bridal party in attendance apart from the actual, you know, bride. And groom. Probably. So there are some logistics to sort out there.

Anyway! The story is up to 58,000 words at this point in the beta process and I still have ... many more things to add and fix, and I have index cards and an outline and everything, so we all know what that means, right? Yes. Cat-waxing.

So! Here's Stargate SG-1, Season Four on the characterscount wiki, devoted to tracking Bechdel test passes/fails and in general the representation of women and people of color in TV shows and movies. There's not a lot there because you have to be a special kind of obsessive to do this much counting, but anyone can add more! If you're interested in this sort of thing, you can hook up with other people who are at [community profile] characterscount.

Season 4, as it turned out, was even more dismal than every other season preceding it for representation of people of color--it included twelve episodes (more than half!) where Teal'c was the only person of color, and we got to the twelfth episode of the season before two people of color spoke to each other at all. So, uh. *facepalm* Oh, show. What.

And now, off to find something else to do that is not working on my bigbang but also not totally giving in and allowing Generation Kill to take over my brain as it has been trying valiantly to do for the last ten days or so. /o\
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
So a few weeks ago my external hard drive--where I kept all my music--started dying. I managed to get all the music onto my laptop (and thence onto my shiny new 1TB backup drive), but this also required me to re-import everything into iTunes from the new location (which I dodged doing when I got a new computer thanks to having all the music on the external--I guess it was bound to happen eventually), and in the process I lost a few slowly-accreted playlists including my Aral/Jole playlist. I managed to remember a few obvious songs (the two all the titles come from and Jole's embarrassing country music anthem) but that's about all I've got. It's the saddest playlist ever.

So, if you've read my Aral/Jole stories, rec me a song or two that you think fits them? My SG-1 epic playlist has 38 songs, and Aral and Jole are going to start thinking I don't love them if this keeps up. *g*

(I tend to put songs on playlists of this kind because of lyrical resonance, so don't feel that you have to find something that actually sounds ... Barrayaran. Good God, now I'm trying to imagine Barrayaran pop music. o.O)


Also! In case you are interested in knowing more about my ~FEELINGS~ about any of the characters people requested, my answers to the feelings meme are linked below:

Peter Burke
Colby Granger
Jack Harkness
Daniel Jackson
Ianto Jones
Ray Kowalski
Amy Pond
Gregor Vorbarra
Aral Vorkosigan
Cordelia Vorkosigan
Miles Vorkosigan
Mark Vorkosigan
Ivan Vorpatril
dira: Teal'c, Jack, Sam, and Daniel, in shades. (SG-1 - Reflected)
Because. Yes. Obviously there needed to be fic about the first time Teal'c gets a paper cut.

Thanks to [personal profile] iulia for beta, and not forbidding me to use this title.

Team gen. Season 1. 950 words.
Warning: Graphic depiction of paper cuts.

The Tau'ri's paper was as unexpectedly dangerous as they were themselves. Teal'c raised his eyebrows, impressed.

The First Cut Is the Deepest )
dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
From [personal profile] philomytha, "Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!"

I'm up to five WIPs, which leaves me feeling almost like I'm actually writing.... )

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