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I'm now using this journal for posting my new stories, but older works may still be hosted on Live Journal. Stories I've published on Wraithbait are here: codemonkey

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The Sheppard family AU series (SGA)

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This is the series page for my Sheppard Family AU, introducing John's younger cousin Vincent Sheppard. The AU is set sometime during season 5 of SGA, so may contain spoilers for people who haven't watched all the shows. Read more ...Collapse )

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This page is really just for me, but I've made it public in case it's useful to anyone else who reads the journal.

This is a list of book marks for fan fiction sites, LJ communities and thematic lists I want to remember.

This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all sites and communities in the Stargate Atlantis or Hawaii-50 fandoms. The links are likely to be heavily biased in favor of my favorite pairings, which are currently John/Rodney (SGA) and Steve/Danny (H50)

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Car

Just a quick one tonight.

Picked up the new car tonight. Lots of running around getting things sorted, but it's worth it because I get to take it on my hols.

September is insane.

This week I joined a gym and decided it's time to buy a new car. Also next week I'm going for a short holiday with my parents.

I think it's safe to say that I'm not far away from a full recovery from my health scare last January.My cardiologist was very surprised that at my last MRI I seemed to have made a full recovery, apart from one small issue that was probably there before I got sick. I do need to build up my strength and stamina, which is where the gym comes in. They have a very nice swimming pool, and also the trainer has convinced me to try out some other equipment.
I've also been seeing someone about a problem with my shoulder.

I'm not finding much time at the moment to write. It may help that I've finally stolen my laptop back from my son. I can't get into the habit of writing on a tablet. Also I keep getting distracted by Minecraft and Harry Potter stories.

Actually the reason I'm struggling to finish my SGA stuff may be that I'm reading in the wrong fandom lol.
I had a visit today with Fiona, who is my personal contact with the hospital cardio team. No blood tests today, but blood pressure and heart rate are good and Fiona is happy with my progress in general.

Also I think I've finished my second project since my return to work, which will make my boss happy, although I don't think I'll be able to go live now until next week as it will need testing (think beta reading for computer programs).

Actually that reminds me, it's been a while now, but in the unlikely event I actually finish a story this month, who out of my old betas is still available?

I've downloaded a Sarah Madison book - it's the second one in her sixth sense series. I shouldn't really have bought anything else until I read the various free books I've collected from various offers and gifts, but I couldn't resist the new shiny.

I've also started reading the Harry Potter fiction - so feel free to link me to anything you've written for Harry/Draco or really anything in that fandom that isn't too dark. I can't promise to have time to read all of it though.
So I'm looking at that little animation thing on popkin's home page. It looks like a scene from the end of that episode with the superwraith - the moon they are on is all sandy and theres this one little crater with steam coming out. Suddenly I'm reminded of this really old British kids show that I doubt most of you have seen called The Clangers about these cute little piglike aliens who lived on a moon covered in craters. Or in other words my brain is now an even stranger place than it used to be.

Got a shock this morning. When I left home it was sunny, but by the time I got to the hill, it was snowing quite hard and the wind was blowing my car about. So I decided it wasn't worth the risk and turned back home. My current manager is cool about me working from home if it snows.

My son is composing blues songs on his guitar as I'm typing. It sounds really good.

I want to start writing again, now I'm not feeling so sick. I think I might get a couple more weeks where I can work part time and then they'll start increasing my hours. I had a look at my WIP folder but couldn't pick any one story. I think I'll just see if there was anything close to being finished.

Has it really been that long?

Also posted at dreamwidth:

Looking at the date of my last post, I realized it's been longer than I thought since I last posted here. I guess you've all forgotten who I am! It's going to take me forever to catch up so please excuse me if I don't manage to read everyone's posts.

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Diary of a reluctant fangirl

I'm going to write some actual fan fiction for you soon, but while I was trawling trough my hard drive I remembered this. I don't really talk much about myself online, and I wanted to tell you all a bit about how I became a writer in the first place.

See, I very nearly didn't discover fandom at all. It was all a big accident really.

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As some of you might remember, I once spent an unreasonably large chunk of my week researching Radek's back story to try and figure out whether he might have had some military service in the past.

Well, one of the highlights for me at the Chevron 8.0 was that I won a place in the Guest Encounter with David Nykl (a guest encounter is a chance for 12 fans to spend an hour with the actor and ask him questions over tea or coffee). Naturally I took the chance to ask David about my theory. He agreed that the Czech republic did have compulsory military service and Radek would have been the right age to have been required to serve. There was a choice of 2 years in the regular army, or a 3 year program in which the soldiers were less likely to end up seeing combat. He also mentioned spending time doing theatre in Prague, at which time most of the stage hands were soldiers.

I also asked if there was anything he would have liked Radek to do in the show, and he told me it would have been nice if his character could have gone off world more.

One of the other guests asked who he thought would have made a good romantic pairing for Radek and he picked Elizabeth. I've read Radek/Elizabeth before as a second pairing in various stories and I've always thought it was a good match, so maybe I'll try and write that into one of my fic?

The other highlights of the Con included, in no particular order:
  • Meeting Suanne Braun again. She's the actress who played Hathor and a favorite con guest for me.
  • Meeting Cliff Simon, who played Ba'al, my favorite TV bad guy.
  • Seeing the "three Doctors" on stage together. The two Davids and Paul are even funnier when they get together.
  • Watching Cliff Simon dealing at the casino night and David Nykl playing
  • My hug with Paul at the photo-ops
  • And last but not least in importance, reconnecting with friends I'd lost touch with and meeting new people.

Some of the old friends I met up with are from a forum I used to post on before I got more involved in writing. A lot of them don't know about my writing. I took the opportunity to test the water and come out as a mcshep writer to the group I spent the most time with. They were pretty understanding, and I managed to make a new LJ friend.

I'm thinking of hooking up my old writing on fanfic.net with my stuff here, although I don't know how many of my mcsheppy friends would actually be that interested in a few old stories I once posted? There is a series I started writing that is friendship/team that some of you might want to read... This entry was originally posted at http://mckaysmonkey.dreamwidth.org/5335.html. Please comment there using OpenID.