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fignewton: (Fig Newton)
Thursday, August 1st, 2019 01:21 pm
Other than episode reviews and general squee about SG-1, the contents of this journal generally fall into one of three categories: fic recs, meta, and my own fic.

(Some links lead to Dreamwidth. Others lead to LJ.)

fic recs )

meta )

fic )
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Thursday, October 20th, 2016 05:23 pm
Who's up for another round of SG-1 Alphabet Soup? :)

This will be our 22nd round, and the theme, by popular vote, is Kidfic. The following types of stories qualify:

* "downsizing" fic, in which one or more characters are technologically hand-waved into children (temporarily or permanently, with or without their adult memories)

* stories set pre-series, featuring any SG-1 character during a time when they were actually, y'know, kids

* stories featuring children within the SG-1 universe; these can be canonical [Cassie, Loran, Ry'ac, Charlie (the original), Charlie (the Reetou), Shifu, or even young!Adria] or original

The following types of fic DO NOT qualify:

* next-gen featuring the children of any major character that is not canon. A story featuring an adult Cassie training Janet Wells as a member of a new SG-1 team would be fine, but stories featuring Sam and Jack's (or Vala and Daniel's) children are not.

What about alternative timelines or AU fic, in which a character was always a child to begin with? I'm willing to consider those, but the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis, and I get to be arbitrary about it. :) So please discuss it with me before you start writing!

Your story may include any character and any era (pre-series, post-series, early season, late season, whatever), as long as it's gen, related to SG-1, and fits our theme. We've had somewhere along the lines of 140 different authors contributing over the years, but whether you're a dedicated regular, an occasional dabbler, or a brand new chef, your participation is more than welcome!

This is how it works: comment below to sign up. By commenting, you are committing yourself to writing at least 100 words of gen kidfic by November 28th. In the past, signing up included claiming a letter of the alphabet; this time, I will PM you with a randomly assigned letter.

On November 28th, comment with a link to your fic in the SG-1 Gen Fic Day post, using the title as the subject of your comment (A is for Adria, D is for Developments, W is for What Just Happened, or whatever). Send me a copy by e-mail and your TOC template as well, as soon as they're ready. When all the letters have been submitted, a master post for the anthology will be posted, complete with the detailed table of contents.

For more detailed instructions of the posting process, click here. Even if you've cooked Soup before, please double-check; the detailed instructions have been edited over the years.

There are only four rules: your fic must be at least 100 words, although there is no maximum limit; it must be some kind of kidfic, however you choose to interpret the theme; the fic should be canon compliant, although it does not have to reference canon specifically and may be set in pre-series or future eras; and it should be gen. This is part of SG-1 Gen Fic Day, after all. :) You may write about any character, including original ones, that fit these criteria. You may mention canon ships - for example, Teal'c/Drey'auc or Jack/Sara - but no romance, please, and no sneaking in references to your favorite non-canon ship. If in doubt, feel free to ask.

Please spread the word - I'm always delighted to have new authors join us (just as I'm ecstatic when loyal regulars join us for yet another round.) Signal boosts are always appreciated! And if you're a newcomer signing up, make sure to mention it so I can welcome you properly. With so many different authors over the years, I tend to lose track...
fignewton: (don't say ka)
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 07:58 pm
I am immensely grateful to the few regular reccers who come back month after month after month, as well as the semi-regulars. The comm would have folded up and vanished without them. But many, if not most, of these regulars are SGA fans. (sallymn is both, heh.) More power to them, natch, but SG-1 needs some love (gen or otherwise) too!

The rules for reccing at stargateficrec have relaxed substantially: only two recs required per month, and if a story was recced in a category more than five years ago, it's okay to rec it again.

FAQ for reccing is here. Signups for September - only two volunteers so far, as of this posting, both SGA fans - is at this link. It would be lovely to see more SG-1 recs next month! I rarely have time for more than two myself, and hey, I've read those stories already... :)
fignewton: (humor)
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 03:21 pm
...Or, I suppose, the cat named after him, which may or may not be alive after the Tollan got wiped out.

(yes that was a bad joke)

Feel free to comment here with recs for fic about Sam's cat. Or the Tollan. Or reread that fic in which Daniel grumbles about Schrodinger's archeologist. Or any kind of SG-1 squee, really. :D
fignewton: (fic rec)
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 03:19 pm
Welcome to the fourth installment of my tenth anniversary reccing posts! Follow the tag if you've missed the previous entries.

Once again, I've kept it down (with difficulty) to ten recs for the twelve month period from April 2009-March 2010. There are many wonderful stories, and many authors I don't want to rec twice, so feel free to browse [personal profile] figs_sg1_rec for more!

Singing Down the Moon, by Butterfly )

Pearl in the Shell, by Matt )

One Dimension Removed, by Tafkar )

Stockholm Syndrome, by Annerb )

The Other Side of the Time Loop, by Yvi )

Just a Scientist, by Aurora Novarum )

Five People (or Beings) Who Inhabit the SGC, by Holdouttrout )

The Interview, by SG_Betty )

With the Dying, by Dira Sudis )

The Only Winning Move, by Synecdochic )

Yes, I was still writing a lot back then, even if it was all pretty short... 35 stories that clocked in at about 30,000 words. Here are some links to stories I wrote back in 2009:

Line in the Sand. Sha'uri takes the first steps on the road that will lead to Ra's destruction. This ended up a series of sorts, with both prequel and sequel.

Attitude of the Knife. Wonder Twins in classic geek mode. It's irritating when Jack can't tell if they're doing it to be annoying or just because they're geeks.

Taking Tally. SG-1 doesn't always win. It's a good thing they have each other to help pick up the pieces.

I'd love to see more gen recs in the comments, whether they're your own stories or belong to your favorite author!
fignewton: (Vala fanfic)
Monday, July 25th, 2016 09:44 pm
Welcome to the third installment of my tenth anniversary reccing posts! Follow the tag if you've missed the previous entries.

Below is a selection of recs during the 12-month period from April 2008-March 2009. I did my best not to rec a story from an author who has already been featured, which meant skipping a lot of favorites...

I kept it down to ten this time. If you want more, feel free to explore [personal profile] figs_sg1_rec's archive. There's lots there, I assure you. :)

One Forgotten Day, by Vain_glorious )

Girls (and Jaffa) Do Not Fight Fair, by Kalquessa )

Blood and Wires, by Laura Maxwell )

Learning Curve... Tilt?, by Lokei )

Beside me, singing in the wilderness, by Rigel )

Stories of Gods and Heroes, by Bratfarrar )

Determination, by Beatrice Otter )

Daniel of Abydos, by Nightspear )

As Long As It Takes, by Gayalondiel )

The God of Poets Has Two Hands, by Minxy )

I wrote 27 (!) fics in 2008, although most of them were short. Here are two of them, one angsty and one fluffy:

'Tween Weft and Warp: angst and AUs abound, as Teal'c and Daniel struggle to find the right answers in the wake of FIAD.

U is for Undomesticated Equines, a Jack and Teal'c friendship ep tag for Point of No Return.

Remember, I welcome more gen recs below, whether it's another author's story or your own.
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Thursday, July 14th, 2016 11:15 pm
Welcome to the second installment of my tenth anniversary reccing posts! Follow the tag if you've missed the previous entries.

Once again, I had to struggle to keep this down to a manageable number. I had already decided to refrain from including the same author twice - or trying, anyway - but that didn't help as much as I thought it would, although it did mean not choosing several favorites!

I find it interesting to see my own learning curve, so to speak. When I first started reccing, the "why this must be read" section was paragraphs long, often summarizing the story. Over time, I shortened both the excerpts I included as well as my explanation of why I thought the fic was worth reading. A reccer should tempt and tantalize, not give a full review!

Since I first started writing SG-1 fic myself in early 2007, I have also decided to shamelessly rec one or two stories per calendar year of my own writing. :)

Remember, I welcome more gen recs below, whether it's another author's story or your own.

A Million Years Into the Sky, by Niamaea )

Scotoma, by Rydra Wong )

Teal'c's Five Favorite Board Games, by Paian )

In Threes, by Nanda (PG) )

When Your Job Description... Is a Total Lie, by Madelyn )

Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, by Julie (PG-13) )

Paper, Scissors, Yak, by Grav )

Look to the Heavens and Number the Stars, by Minervacat (PG-13) )

Penmanship, by Salieri )

The Art of the Deal, by Littera Abactor (PG-13) )

Ciphers, by Destina )

Setting Up House series, by Redbyrd )

Till Human Voices Wake Us, by Ivorygates )

Best Laid Plans, by Emily )

And here are two of my own stories from this time period, one angsty and one fluffy:

In Search of Possibilities, parts one, two, and three. ~22,000 words. PG. Sam and Daniel (and team), post Double Jeopardy. "Are we still so far from real to you?" When a mission turns disastrous, Sam and Daniel get the chance to find out. Lots of drama and angst, with hope at the end.

SG-1, Ninja Style. ~2,300 words. PG. Team. Teal’c. Ninjas! Aftermath to The Serpent's Lair.

I was amazingly prolific back then, both in terms of writing and reccing. Eh, I was also a little younger. ;)
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Monday, July 11th, 2016 02:36 pm
So, what with the sheer happy hecticness of RL (did I mention that daughter #2 is getting married?), I managed to miss a rather significant anniversary: April 2nd marks ten years that I have been reccing SG-1 gen fic. That's over 1,000 recs, of which only 27 are not gen. Because, in case you didn't know, SG-1 fandom is pretty awesome. :)

To celebrate, I plan to make ten different posts, re-reccing some personal favorites from each 12-month period. Sadly, many of my personal favorites are no longer available online, whether it's an abandoned personal website or the loss of stargate.fan (sigh). OTOH, many of my favorites have been rescued from 404 limbo (whatever my problems with AO3, it's a great resource in that respect!). If I was intelligent, of course, I would update the links on [personal profile] figs_sg1_rec, but... well.

I hope that I will get all ten posts done during July, but since I have two unfinished series that are still lingering years after their projected date of completion, I would strongly advise anyone against holding their breath.

I hope you all enjoy this stroll down memory lane, and I would be delighted to see extra recs to your favorite gen fics added below - even if the author in question is yourself. :) And if I've messed up any links below, please comment so I can fix it.

Here's a sampling of some recs that were made during my first year of reccing, from April 2006 to March 2007. You will note that there is a very heavy emphasis on Jack and Daniel friendship at this point; that's what first drew me into Stargate, after all. Also, wow was it hard to restrict it to as few as I did. There are 16 fics below, and I had to be ruthless to trim it down. There were months in 2006 when I was reccing over twenty fics at a time! Ah, for the youthful enthusiasm (and energy) of a decade ago...

Lost in Translation, by Vathara )

Free Fall, by Eos )

Roses in December, by Rheanna )

Rock, Toilet Paper, Scissors, by Tallulah Rasa )

Been There, Done That, by Martha Wilson )

Stay in Touch, by Tefnut )

Numerology, by Random )

Euridyce Ascending, by Butterflykiki )

Ghosts in the Machine, by Surreallis )

Folsom Prison Blues, by Eve11 )

Almost a Statesman, by Katie M )

Yet Another SG-1 Adventure, by Minnow )

The Undefended Territory, by Julie Fortune (PG-13) )

Meeting of Minds, by SEF )

Eroding Away the Mountains, by Abyssis )

Once Upon a Time in Egypt, by LJ )
fignewton: (humor)
Monday, March 21st, 2016 10:10 pm
Eh, you marry off one kid and your spare time suddenly disappears...

Finally had the chance to start reading Soup fics, yay! I've mainlined the first eight and am now off to crash for the night, thank you.

If you haven't yet had the chance to read the Soup fics, go browse. They're a joy to read. :)
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Monday, March 14th, 2016 07:14 pm
As it is March 14, I bid you all Happy Pi Day!

Or pie, since this is SG-1.

Go check out this two-panel stick-figure comic from [profile] niamaea, with bonus Jack-and-Teal'c underneath.
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Friday, March 4th, 2016 09:14 am
It's up, it's good! Wheee!

To recap: Epistolary Alpahbet Soup is here. DW TOC is here. LJ TOC is here.

I will verrrry slowly go through the Soup and add more hyperlinks, but for now, everything ought to be more or less accurate. Again, I would deeply appreciate it if each author would take the time to check over the fic, the links, the html, etc. I will happily change anything, no matter how minor.

Thanks again for participating!
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Friday, March 4th, 2016 08:20 am
Welcome to the table of contents for Epistolary Alphabet Soup!

My thanks to the 21 authors who made Epistolary Soup a reality: Annieb, Antonomasia09, Carlyn7685, Eilidh, Fig Newton, Gategremlyn, Goddess47, Immertreu, Izhilzha, Jb, Jedibuttercup, Madders_ahatter, Magistrate, SallyMn, Solstice0612, Splash the Cat, Tallulah Rasa, Thothmes, Topazowl, Traycer, and Wonderland. A warm welcome to our new cook, Carlyn! An appreciate tip of the ladle to our regular contributors. And an extra thanks to Antonomasia09, Goddess47, Madders_ahatter, Solstice, and Topazowl for their multiple contributions!

I can't even put a word count on our Soup, as we've got everything from epic-length fics to Twitter-fests, crossword puzzles, and hieroglyphics. Ratings range from G to PG. Expect spoilers throughout the series, and heed individual warnings for the fics.

This table of contents lists each individual story in the anthology with a detailed story and excerpt. You can follow the links to the individual author's website, or jump to that story in the complete anthology.

this way to the fic! )
fignewton: (humor)
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 10:42 pm
::joins Daniel in dance of squee::

The TOC isn't ready yet, but the Soup itself is finally posted! You'll find the complete anthology here.

Despite my best efforts, I'm pretty sure I messed up some people's formatting (you especially, Thothmes). So please, authors, take a few minutes to scan through your contribution and see if anything is drastically off. Or even a minor error - I'll be happy to fix those, too.

I'll get the TOC done ASAP, but meanwhile, enjoy!
fignewton: (daniel hmm)
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 10:40 pm
My thanks to the 21 authors who made Epistolary Soup a reality: Annieb, Antonomasia09, Carlyn7685, Eilidh, Fig Newton, Gategremlyn, Goddess47, Immertreu, Izhilzha, Jb, Jedibuttercup, Madders_ahatter, Magistrate, SallyMn, Solstice0612, Splash the Cat, Tallulah Rasa, Thothmes, Topazowl, Traycer, and Wonderland. A warm welcome to our new cook, Carlyn! An appreciate tip of the ladle to our regular contributors. And an extra thanks to Antonomasia09, Goddess47, Madders_ahatter, Solstice, and Topazowl for their multiple contributions!

I can't even put a word count on our Soup, as we've got everything from epic-length fics to Twitter-fests, crossword puzzles, and hieroglyphics. So either browse through the TOC (up soon, really!) or just scroll down and enjoy!

A is for AAR )

B is for By the Way, Ba'al )

C is for Coded Letter )

C is for Crossword Puzzle )

D is for Daniel's Different Diary )

E is for Eternal Writing Struggles  )

F is for FAO )

G is for Let Me Google That for You )

H is for History )

I is for Imperfect and Incomplete Translation )

J is for Journal )

K is for Kryptonite )

L is for Lost Letters )

M is for Message in a Bottle )

N is for Not Your Grandfather's Paradox )

O is for Olfactory )

P is for Post-It Notes )

Q is for Quitting )

R is for Research Notes )

S is for Snapshots )

T is for Twitter )

U is for Unremembered  )

V is for Vellum )

W is for Words of Woe )

X if for X-Box )

Y is for Yesterday and Tomorrow )

Z is for Zodiac )

solution to crossword puzzle )
fignewton: (don't say ka)
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 11:57 pm
We are one letter away from having a complete Soup. I haven't coded the TOC yet, but the anthology itself is ready to post as soon as we get that final contribution!

Any cooks out there inspired by the letter F to write something epistolary-ish and gennish about SG-1?

I'm off to sleep, folks. I'd love to wake up tomorrow morning to that last contribution so we can get our Epistolary Alphabet Soup online.

(also, I am possibly never ever ever allowing embedded images in a Soup again. don't get me wrong, the entries are fantastic, but I am not an HTML expert, thank you very much.)
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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 11:26 am
I've started coding the anthology, but our stats as our follows:

23 stories already posted online.

1 author who is running late, but has committed to completing.

2 authors who have not responded to queries.

That means we still have two letters to complete before our Epistolary Alphabet Soup is done.

We need some backup cooks, folks. The letters still remaining are B, F, and L. My own Soup fic hasn't yet been formally assigned a letter, so I'll just use to take whichever letter is left over.

Please comment to tell me if you're taking a specific letter, and then again to tell me when your fic is done. Don't forget it need only be 100 words to qualify!

Thank you, and the usual apologies for the usual delay. (sigh) Wrangling 26 authors is a challenge, sometimes...

Edit: and we've had a claim for B. Yay!
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Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 10:36 am
We have 22 letters already posted, and two authors who have already been in touch to inform me they'll be a bit late. I've sent messages to the other two, and I hope to hear from them soon.

Many, many thanks to all those of you who made the effort to get your entry done on time. :) I'll keep you all up-to-date as soon as I know more.
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Monday, February 29th, 2016 10:41 pm
Written for Gen Fic Day and Epistolary Alphabet Soup, for whatever letter needs filling. :)

Letters don't always survive long enough to be read. References/spoilers for Secrets, Fair Game, and Forever in a Day; includes references to Daniel/Sha're. 1,330 words. Rated PG.

Lost Letters )
fignewton: (humor)
Monday, February 29th, 2016 09:28 am
Happy SG-1 Gen Fic Day!

Not sure what I'm talking about? Take a look at previous round-ups for Gen Fic Days and Alphabet Soups.

Comment here with links to new fic, older fic, recs, meta, picspam, icons, vids - anything, as long as it's gen and related to SG-1. Shameless self-promotion is cheerfully encouraged! The theme of the day is epistolary, although fanworks can involve any subject.

If you're an Epistolary Alphabet Soup contributor, this is where you post links to your story. If you're unsure of procedure, please take a quick look here. Don't forget to e-mail me a copy of the story and a filled-out TOC entry, too.

On Tuesday (or Wednesday, depending), I'll post a round-up of all links and (hopefully) the complete anthology of Epistolary Alphabet Soup, although that might take an extra day or two.

If you missed the opportunity to contribute and you'd like to join in the fun, there are still some letters left to claim. Go here to snag a letter. And if you're not an epistolary fan, any new ficlet you care to submit will be happily welcomed as part of general Gen Fic Day, too!
fignewton: (jack dark and stormy mission)
Thursday, February 25th, 2016 05:58 pm
So, remember that thing we have this coming Monday? The Soup? Consider yourselves poked. :)

An author or three has mentioned to me that they're looking for a beta. I can't volunteer such services myself right now, but please comment here (or on LJ) if you can do beta reading for Soup fics. And hey, if you're specifically looking for a beta, feel free to comment here, too!