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Today's theme is Time and Space. I have six fic recs for The-Files, including one crossover with Doctor Who.

I had to go back and edit my first two posts. After further thought, I decided that several stories weren't focused enough on the female characters, even though they fit the day's theme. But these all pass muster, on both counts.

"The Sin Eater" is a classic science fiction story, complete with time travel and alternative history. It is also a brilliant character study of Mulder, but told entirely from Scully's point of view. Finally, it illustrates just how much Mulder would give up in order to save his partner's life. Though written in 1996, which certainly qualifies it for fandom classic status, the writing feels very contemporary. If you only read one X-Files story from this list, make it this one.

The Sin Eater by Jane Mortimer
Rated PG | 54K | Category TRA | Archived 96-05-31
Spoilers: none
Keywords: Mulder/Scully. Alternate universe.
Summary: Scully disappears into a mysterious vortex and Mulder makes an unbelievable sacrifice to insure her safe return.

If there is one author I could choose to emulate, it would be Jess M, because of her range. She could—and did—write well in every genre: comedy, tragedy, case files, smut muffins. This is her time travel fic. The summary says it better than I could.

1947 by Jess M
Rated PG | 52K | Category XR | Archived 00-07-10
Spoilers: none
Keywords: Mulder/Scully romance.
Summary: Mulder and Scully must decide whether the possibility of saving the world would be worth never knowing the other existed.

The very first sentence of "Ever After" sets the tone for this gripping story. I'd read this so many years ago that I'd forgotten the title. But the story itself was so memorable that I easily found it again with keywords.

Ever After by Jill Selby
Classification: XA
Relationship: Mulder/Scully UST
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Summary: Past and present collide, unleashing a deadly threat only Scully can see.

I found "Journey" on the time travel list at The X-Files Lost and Found. It is a little more romantic than what I usually read but don't let that put you off. Zuffy is a fine writer and this is a well-crafted and suspenseful fic.

Journey by Zuffy
Rated R | 207K | Category SR | Archived 02-11-16
Spoilers: none
Keywords: Mulder/Scully romance.
Summary: Scully and Mulder are separated by the most difficult divide: Time. Will they find their way back against the efforts of the Smoking Man?

"Lullaby For A Stormy Night" is a terrific "there is a crack in the space-time continuum" story, with gorgeous, lyrical writing, and a grownup Samantha Mulder.

Lullaby For A Stormy Night (11452 words) by Raven
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Samantha Mulder

Scully is sure this isn't supposed to be happening, and if it is, that there should be a scientific explanation.

After all of these years of reading fic, "The Flexible Concept of Tomorrow" is still my favorite crossover (and if know me, you know how much I love crossovers). I was an original Doctor Who fan. This is the fic that got me to watch new Who. While reading it, I fell in love with Donna Noble, sight unseen.

The Flexible Concept of Tomorrow (11244 words) by finisterre
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Fox Mulder, Donna Noble, The Doctor (Doctor Who), Dana Scully

Five Times Donna Noble Remembers Meeting That Bloke With The Stupid Name (And One Time She Doesn't)
Five Times Fox Mulder Remembers Meeting That Other Redhead (And One Time He Doesn't)

If these don't suit your fancy, do check out which has fics recced by fandoms and categories, including time travel, time loops, parallel universes, etc., as well as for female characters, female friendship and femslash.

Mini-Moon Day 3: Time and Space

This is an expansive one! Galactic hitchhiking, space stations, starfighter pilots, time loops, time travel, astrophysicists, archaeologists, alien life forms, time loops, and who knows what-all. The sky is not, in fact, the limit.

Day 1 | Day 2 (check out the threads on the daily theme posts, people are posting links and short fics in the comments!)

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More Multifandom Recs

It wasn't so hard to find recs for today's theme: Politics. I have one vid and three fics to rec: The Americans, Fringe, The Handmaid's Tale, The West Wing, and The X-Files.

"Five Points Down" is a brilliant fic about Elizabeth Jennings's unrelenting commitment to her cause and her country, and the toll that exacts on her and her family.

Five Points Down (23903 words) by Jae Gecko
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Americans (TV 2013)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Gregory Thomas
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Canon Backstory
Series: Part 1 of The Cost of Silence trilogy

Elizabeth Jennings, both in the early years of that name and before it.

This story has such brilliant world-building. It should have thousands of kudos by now given the popularity of the TV series. Go read it now!

Sisters of Bilhah (7428 words) by throughadoor
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Handmaid's Tale - Atwood
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con

Sisters of Bilhah is the largest registered charitable organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees who were citizens of the former United States of America.

This is a cute post-series fic for an adorable if improbable pairing. Written for the doomed ship comment ficathon at anythingbutgrey's old LiveJournal.

Red, White, and Blueberry (1123 words) by Lirazel
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The West Wing
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ainsley Hayes/Sam Seaborn
Characters: Ainsley Hayes, Sam Seaborn

Do you understand me, Sam?"

Sam, Ainsley, and an inevitable conversation.

"No One Would Riot for Less," by freyatlast, The X-Files. The vid is more than ten years old but it still gives me chills. "This is The X-Files to me. War, doom, loss, love."

Today's theme is politics. The X-Files is/was about a government conspiracy to hide the truth so I guess this fits, kinda of.

Back in 2014, tree and I hosted a party in honor of Dana Scully's 50th birthday, called scully_fest. In honor of herself, I resurrected borrowed filched the Scully in 155 challenge concept from Scullyfic. Yes, I stole it. Happy now?

Well, I am stealing it again for mini-moon!

Scully in 155 mini moon

The idea is pretty simple. Write a ficlet of 155 words about Special Agent Dana Scully. Add it here as a comment or post it as a separate entry--or both--your choice. Post it on AO3, too, if you like, and add it to our little collection. I wrote a couple of these which have not been posted here--yet. And I will try to write more but as I am the world's slowest writer, I'll be thrilled if I can write one this week.

As far as I'm concerned, you do not have to stick to the themes, but of course it would be amazing if you do. You also don't have to write original flavor Dana Scully. There is a comic reboot from IDW with two issues called Deviations: The X-Files, which you can download for the grand sum of $4.00. In Deviations, Fox Mulder was abducted rather than his sister and Samantha Mulder went on to become an FBI agent. Dana Scully is Samantha's partner on the X-files.

You know what? I should do an entire post about this alternative universe for the mini-moon. If not now, when?

Anyway. The original collection is here: Scully in 155.

The Scullyfest 155 collection is at AO3: Scully in 155.

The podfic created by idella is on LJ: Scully in 155 Anthology

Mini-Moon Day 2: Politics

The political is personal. The personal is political. For presidents or queens, for rabble-rousing activists or overworked campaign staffers, politics giveth and taketh away. Often at the same time.

Yesterday's theme post: War and Peace
(feel free to post material for previous days' themes, of course!)

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Multifandom Fic Recs

These stories don't fit into any particular theme. Originally, I intended to post them for halfamoon so I am happy to get a second chance with the mini-moon. I also intended to write incisive "why you must read this" blurbs for each fic, but today was long, the week is short, and my brain is fried. So, a generic but heartfelt "Go forth and read, you will like these fics" will have to do.

Here are five recs from my AO3 bookmarks: Interstellar, Rizzoli & Isles, The X-Files (x2) and Deviations: The X-Files (comic)

Whatever Can Happen (2090 words) by Miss_M
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Interstellar (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Amelia Brand
Additional Tags: Canon Continuation, New Planets, Memories, Dreams, Loneliness, Isolation, Hope, Relationship(s), Misses Clause Challenge, Yuletide Treat

“You can’t help the existence of hope or the lack thereof. Hope is the last thing to die, right before we do. Hoping is different. It’s an action, it can become a permanent state, and it can kill you. Beware hoping, Dr. Brand.”

No Competition (712 words) by fialka
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rizzoli & Isles
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Rizzoli/Isles - Relationship
Characters: Jane Rizzoli, Maura Isles
Additional Tags: Femslash

Sometimes just a little competition is a good thing. (exceedingly) Mild girlslash.

The Soft Embalmer (5306 words) by Scarlet
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Dana Scully
Additional Tags: Angst

It's Sunday, Dana.

Five Things That Never Happened to Dana Scully (3193 words) by anythingbutgrey
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder, Melissa Scully, William Scully
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe

Dana—and she is always Dana now—looks out the window. She has stopped waiting. Instead, she watches.

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Boq (2374 words) by chicafrom3
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Deviations: The X-Files (comic), The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dana Scully & Samantha Mulder
Characters: Dana Scully, Samantha Mulder

There have been reported sightings of a large, hirsute humanoid in northwestern Washington. Which doesn't satisfactorily explain what Dana Scully is doing in a forest at two-thirty in the morning.

This was crossposted from DW. If that's against the rules, delete the post, I guess.

Also, should a mod happen by, an interstellar tag would be lovely.

Mini-Moon Day 1: War and Peace

Some women are forged in the fires of war -- galactic, supernatural, or all too real. Some are led by their quest for peace -- outward or inward. Some, like Natasha up there, are characters from Leo Tolstoy's 1867 novel War and Peace. Whatever your interpretation, War and Peace is the theme for posting today.

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Unofficial March Mini-Moon!

Hi all! So, as you may've noticed, this challenge wasn't able to run this February in its usual time period. But as a fan of the challenge I thought it would be cool to still have something happen here this year, and so, having gotten the permission of the Half a Moon mod, I bring you:

Unofficial Mini-Moon 2018
March 1-March 8

For the week leading up to March 8, International Women's Day, there'll be a prompt/theme a day to inspire fanwork, discussion, recs, help people think of characters and fandoms to highlight, all that stuff. You know how it works. If it's about a character who's a woman in canon, it's on-topic! Here's a link to the main rules and FAQ post for Half a Moon, if anyone does need to refer to them.

I'll put up a post each day with the themes starting March 1, but the list is also here below in case anyone wants to plan ahead!

  • Day 1: War and Peace

  • Day 2: Politics

  • Day 3: Time and Space

  • Day 4: Arts and Letters

  • Day 5: Borders

  • Day 6: Sickness and Health

  • Day 7: Generations

  • Day 8: wrap-up posts and general celebration

I've never tried to do something like this, so I hope I've provided enough info! The answer to "can I post ____" questions is probably yes. Also I literally couldn't stop you because I'm not in charge of anything and I have no mod powers. I also cannot add tags. But I will, unless there's somehow just a ridiculous number of contributions, try to make an organized compilation post at the end so people can find their favorite fandoms.

Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology VII

Year seven and still going strong! This year, the Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology contains 116 stories about female characters written by 90 authors and performed by 43 podficcers, representing 65 fandoms!

This year, for the first time, we also have a theme: resistance.

cover art by [personal profile] bessyboo

Listening options:

Links to the text of the fics, where you can go to leave kudos and comments for the wonderful authors, can be found in the "comments" section in the metadata of each mp3 file as well as in the spreadsheet. Thank you to [personal profile] kalakirya, [personal profile] forzandopod, wingedwords, [twitter.com profile] bobafenwick, [personal profile] knight_tracer, and [twitter.com profile] quietellen for audio beta and [twitter.com profile] platinumvampyr for cover art beta.

If you'd like to leave feedback for some or all of the readers in this collection, feel free to comment on this post! You can also follow them to their individual AO3 accounts to find more of their work:
[archiveofourown.org profile] aethel, [archiveofourown.org profile] argentumlupine, [archiveofourown.org profile] bessyboo, [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass, [archiveofourown.org profile] cantarina, [archiveofourown.org profile] chestnut_filly, [archiveofourown.org profile] codeswitch, [archiveofourown.org profile] croissantkatie, [archiveofourown.org profile] crookedspoon, [archiveofourown.org profile] dapatty, [archiveofourown.org profile] duckgirlie, [archiveofourown.org profile] duendeverde4, [archiveofourown.org profile] exmanhater, [archiveofourown.org profile] fleurrochard, [archiveofourown.org profile] forzandopod, [archiveofourown.org profile] girlwithabubblegun, [archiveofourown.org profile] greedy_dancer, [archiveofourown.org profile] hananobira, [archiveofourown.org profile] isweedan, [archiveofourown.org profile] itsadrizzit, [archiveofourown.org profile] joyinrepetition, [archiveofourown.org profile] kalakirya, [archiveofourown.org profile] keeperofseeds, [archiveofourown.org profile] kitsune_heart, [archiveofourown.org profile] klb, [archiveofourown.org profile] knight_tracer, [archiveofourown.org profile] lattice_frames, [archiveofourown.org profile] lucifuge5, [archiveofourown.org profile] missizzy, [archiveofourown.org profile] night_inscriber, [archiveofourown.org profile] opalsong, [archiveofourown.org profile] originally, [archiveofourown.org profile] podfic_lover, [archiveofourown.org profile] reena_jenkins, rhea314, [archiveofourown.org profile] rscreighton, [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor, [archiveofourown.org profile] somethingincorporeal, [archiveofourown.org profile] sophinisba, [archiveofourown.org profile] the_dragongirl, [archiveofourown.org profile] theleanansidhe, wingedwords, [archiveofourown.org profile] yue_ix


Review Hunt Results

We've had four participants in our Review Hunt:

First place goes to elasticella with 807 points who wins a $20 Amazon voucher.

Second place goes to anaraine with 684 points who wins a $5 Amazon voucher.

Third place goes to sailorptah with 176 points.

Fourth place goes to doctorkaitlyn with 132 points.

A big thank you to everyone who took part! I'm sure you made creators happy and that makes you all rock stars in my book!

elasticella and anaraine, you'll soon be contacted about the amazon vouchers you won.

I hope you also had some fun and that we'll see you again next halfamoon!


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