quasar273: (yuletide)
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 [livejournal.com profile] 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.

That Which Creates )
quasar273: (yuletide)
Soon I will be posting my own Yuletide contributions here, now that the reveal has come. I don't like to do Yuletide recs because it really seems to be about the popularity of the fandom. But I do want to plug the story that was written for me: Entanglement, by [livejournal.com profile] adina_atl, which is a beautiful fulfillment of my rather difficult request for Sharing Knife fanfic. Thank you, Adina!
quasar273: (wicked)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Inflated Frogs, Part Four
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: borderline between R and NC-17
Word Count: ~18,700
Warnings: character death
Spoilers: Second half of Season 3, from The Return through Submersion


Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Part Four )
quasar273: (wicked)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Inflated Frogs, Part Three
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: borderline between R and NC-17
Word Count: ~18,700
Warnings: character death
Spoilers: Second half of Season 3, from The Return through Submersion

Part One
Part Two
Part Three )
quasar273: (wicked)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Inflated Frogs, Part Two
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: borderline between R and NC-17
Word Count: ~18,700
Warnings: character death
Spoilers: Second half of Season 3, from The Return through Submersion

Part One
Part Two )
quasar273: (wicked)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Inflated Frogs
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: borderline between R and NC-17
Word Count: ~18,700
Warnings: character death
Spoilers: Second half of Season 3, from The Return through Submersion

Summary: Why is the new scientist blackmailing Rodney? And why is Rodney giving in?

A/N: Some stories practically write themselves; this was not one of them. Many, many thanks to my husband and to the kind folks at [livejournal.com profile] words_count for listening to me gripe about this story almost every day for a month and a half, and encouraging me anyway. And special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oriolegirl for the beta!

Part One )
quasar273: (wicked)
Ahem. My husband was watching Robot Chicken, so I seem to have become obsessed with bodily functions.

Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Culture Shock / Deathly
Pairing: None
Rating: G (kids love this stuff)
Word Count: classic drabbles, 100 words each
Summary: All living things must, uh . . .


Culture Shock )

Deathly )
quasar273: (yuletide)
I got my Yuletide assignment, and it was great! Then I got the explanation that there had been a mistake and new assignments would be sent soon. And then I got the same assignment in the second round, yay! It was, let's see, yes I think it was my first choice fandom (although the margin was pretty small among the top three or five). The request doesn't exactly match my Vision of the story I'd like to write (okay, fine, the story I actually started a couple of years ago and abandoned and would love an excuse to get back to...) so my brain is now busily percolating on a compromise. Many, many possibilities. Oh boy!

And then there are my requests, which I'm excited about too.

Dear Yuletide Secret Santa:

I requested slash as a first choice for all the fandoms, but I really can be satisfied with gen or with non-explicit affection (one exception on that, see below). I like plot (action/adventure/case stories) at least as much and probably more than sex, so you can make me very happy with a nice little battle scene or mystery or whatnot and maybe a few fond looks or affectionate words thrown in. Or hurt/comfort -- that's always a great way to blur the boundary between slashiness and non-slashiness.

The one exception is the Bujold request. If you do go the slash route on that one, then I would love to see something explicit and maybe even kinky with weird groundsense tricks. But if you're not up for that, I could still be quite happy with an action or hurt/comfort story, maybe some unrequited lust added to poor Saun's man-crush on Dag.

On the angst-saccharine scale, I can enjoy either emo or sweet but not too far to either extreme. Cautiously happy endings after angst, schmoopiness which isn't completely out of character -- or anything in between.

I hope that's enough guidance but not too much, so your brain can find a happy compromise between your Vision and mine!
quasar273: (Default)
Fandom: Lois McMaster Bujold: The Curse of Chalion/Paladin of Souls
Title: The Sermon of the Cups
Author: [livejournal.com profile] quasar273
Rating: R for gore
Word Count: ~2200
Summary: Another task to round out a life of service.

Author's Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] sahiya as a pinch-hit for the ficathon at [livejournal.com profile] bujold_fic

The Sermon of the Cups )
quasar273: (Default)
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings (book canon)
Title: The Far Green Shore
Author: [livejournal.com profile] quasar273
Rating: G
Pairing: Legolas/Gimli
Warnings: Major character death(s)
Word Count: ~6700
Summary: . . . Then Legolas built a grey ship in Ithilien, and sailed down Anduin and so over Sea; and with him, it is said, went Gimli the Dwarf.

Author's Note: Passages in italics are by J.R.R.Tolkien. More notes at the bottom of the story.

The Far Green Shore )
quasar273: (Default)
Fandom: Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels
Title: Five Lives Changed by the Naismith/Vorkosigans in Unanticipated Ways
Rating: R for violence
Warnings: Combines extensive canon knowledge with rampant non-canon speculation
Word Count: ~2800
Summary: All human interaction has unexpected consequences . . .

Author's Note: Written as a pinch-hit for the ficathon at [livejournal.com profile] bujold_fic

Five Lives Changed by the Naismith/Vorkosigans in Unanticipated Ways )
quasar273: (SGAkiss)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Phoning Colonel Sheppard
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard preslash
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~860
Spoilers: up to and including "Sunday"
Warnings: language
Summary: Reconciling with his father causes other worries for Sheppard. Epilogue to Paging Colonel Sheppard
Author's Notes: Okay, too many people asked for a sequel, and it was past my bedtime (prime low-judgment writing time) and this just came to me. It isn't a proper sequel, just a vignette or epilogue, with inspiration from my own last conversation with my father a week before his death.

Phoning Colonel Sheppard )
quasar273: (SGAkiss)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Paging Colonel Sheppard
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard preslash
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~8000
Spoilers: Takes place during 3x10 'The Return,' so anything up to then is fair game
Warnings: language, rampant homophobia
Summary: Rodney learns that Sheppard's gift for getting into trouble is genetic.
Author's Notes: Written for the sga_flashfic backstory challenge. This version is slightly better polished.


Paging Colonel Sheppard )
quasar273: (3C273)
Fandom: Tanya Huff's Smoke series
Title: Coming the Damsel
Pairing: Lee Nicholas/Tony Foster
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~8200
Summary: Lee and Tony's first time post-'Smoke and Ashes'

A/N: Written for slashfest. I picture Lee Nicholas played by a young Joe Flanigan. Tony gets less clear description in the books, but he could maybe be consistent with a young David Hewlett.

Coming the Damsel )
quasar273: (SGAslash)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: The Taming of The Fly, Part Two
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~13,000
Warnings: M/M sex, not-quite-human
Summary: Rodney wants to regain the Colonel's trust, so he's going to help him get over that little mutating-into-a-bug problem.

A/N: Written for slashfest. I owe a debt of inspiration to Seperis's Shed Your Skin and Martha Wilson's Transition Point. I was thinking of doing something like this before I found the request for it, so the story sort of ran away with me.

Back to Part One
On to Part Two )
quasar273: (SGAslash)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: The Taming of The Fly
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~13,000
Warnings: M/M sex, not-quite-human
Summary: Rodney wants to regain the Colonel's trust, so he's going to help him get over that little mutating-into-a-bug problem.

A/N: Written for slashfest. I owe a debt of inspiration to Seperis's Shed Your Skin and Martha Wilson's Transition Point. I was thinking of doing something like this before I found the request for it, so the story sort of ran away with me.

Part One )
quasar273: (Default)
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes
Title: The Aftermath
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: G
Word Count: ~1600
Summary: The request was Sherlock Holmes/John Watson Post "The Three Garridebs." Holmes has just unabashedly displayed his affections after Watson was grazed by a bullet. What happens now? Mush or smut.

A/N: Written for slashfest because I thought it would help motivate me. My first H/W! Tamely non-explicit, because I didn't have the imagination to write sex in Watson's style. I'm ignoring Watson's second marriage; never happened.

The Aftermath )
quasar273: (wicked)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: They Also Serve
Author: Quasar
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: None
Spoilers: Through 'Misbegotten' (okay, really through 'Common Ground')
Length: 1750 wds
Summary: How I came to Atlantis and what I hope to do here...
Author's Notes: Originally posted as part of the sga_flashfic "Villains" challenge.

They Also Serve )
quasar273: (Default)
Writer's block sucks. I was almost completely blocked for six and a half years -- wrote two shortish stories and two WIPs and a lot of false starts during those years. And then I started writing in volume again last summer, thanks to the obsession of SG:A.

And now I feel like I'm falling back into it again. My last couple of stories have been a struggle, and on re-reading they seem really stiff and awkward to me. My imagined stories are getting so far ahead of my written stories that I'm forgetting what I was planning to do with that plot. I start to work on something and I think 'This sounds really lame,' and I quit after a paragraph or two. I don't want to get really blocked again, but it feels like that's what's starting to happen, and I'm super-paranoid about it because it was so hard to get out of before.

My conscience says I should get a beta. Someone to help smooth out that occasional awkwardness. Then I could be satisfied with the quality of my writing again, and that would make it easier for me to write more. But since an overloud, overcritical internal editor is such a big part of my problem, I'm afraid to risk adding an external editor on top of that. I should have shopped for betas back when I was tooling along confidently, then we would have an established writer/editor relationship already.

My baser impulses say I should get a cheerleader, or beg for positive feedback or something. But I really hate it when writers do that. And I really think it's important for readers (all readers, mine and others') to feel free to point out problems with stories. And it's a mistake to depend excessively on others for our own inspiration, right? So I end up fingering over old story comments in the hopes that will increase my confidence, and instead it just makes me bitter that I can't write as easily as I did then.

Maybe I'll try the old write-every-day-even-if-it's-crap trick. Which didn't work during my previous block, but perhaps it'll be enough to stop a downward slide if I'm not really there yet. Maybe.

Anyway, I made myself write today and finished another stiff, awkward story, so I should be happy, right? Yeah, whatever. It's posted over at sga_flashfic and will go up here once the challenge is over. And in a few weeks or a month I'll be able to tell if it's actually any good or not.

Sigh.
quasar273: (wicked)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Title: Skew Lines 6: Entr'Acte
Author: Quasar
Rating: R
Pairing: McShep
Warnings: mention of non-con
Spoilers: Through 'The Return, Part 1'
Length: 7,000 wds
Summary: Gab gab gab, atmospheric re-entry, gab gab, kiss!
Author's Note: Missing scenes for 'The Return, Part 1' and part of my Skew Lines series. Reading the previous installments in the series is strongly recommended. With this story, the Skew Lines series comes to a close resolution pausing point. I'm not sure when or how I'll continue for the second half of third season; I might call that a different series.

Entr'Acte )
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