Everyone has that one fanwork....

So, one of my most popular posts on tumblr is a lament about that one fic that we all have that we wish more people had read, the one that we’re proud of that just didn’t get it’s fair due.

(I’d link the tumblr post but tumblr has still got my blog flagged as adult and it doesn’t show up in search results: have I mentioned how bitter I am about that?)

Anyway, it got me thinking that maybe DW would be a good place to expand on that post and ask people to share the fic (or art, or any other kind of fanwork) that fills this space in their heart. Call it a meme and post it to your own blog or just share it in the comments below; whatever! All I know is that those works that we poured our heart and soul into deserve the chance to find a wider audience!

Mine is It Can’t Rain All The Time which is a fusion between Stargate Atlantis and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series with John in the role of the second incarnation of Dream and Rodney as the mortal he falls in love with.

I mean, I don’t know if it’s super confusing to anyone who doesn’t know Sandman (although the few do,Kent’s have suggested not) but I have this special place in my heart for this fic and I wish more people had read it. It has 520 hits at this particular time and date and I think about 100 of them are mine from rereading it!

So, what’s your “I wish this had reached a wider audience” fic?
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2018 In Fic

It's time for my yearly look at the statistics page on AO3.....

First Up, I know there are inherent issues with using the AO3 statistics page by year (any fics that were updated in more than one year show up in the year they were last updated which does affect 2018 stats for me since 'Three's Company' straddled both years) but I'm going with it for ease.

So, without further ado...here's some stats from my 2018 fics - Under a cut because this is genuinely of no interest to anyone but me!

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SGA 2018 Rec List - Part 4 (Oct - Dec 2018)

You Can Find Part 1 of this list, covering January - March 2018 here and Part 2 (April-June) here and Part 3 (July - September) here

On to the final quarter of the year:

Title:Love On The Radio
Author: ami_ven
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 2,338
posted date 08 October 2018
description:John is a Fireman-Paramedic and Rodney is a doctor (or, the Emergency! AU that nobody asked for).
why this should be read: It's adorable. Idiots falling in love without meeting face to face is everything.

Title:Stone Heart
Author: esteefee
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 17,764
posted date 20 October 2018
description:Rodney makes the strangest friends. This one has a heart of stone.
why this should be read: An instant classic with gorgeous art by mific.

Title:Acting Your Truth
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 62,537
posted date 01 November 2018
description:Academy Award winning actor Rodney McKay is cast in a new movie bast on a short story he'd written, and is cast opposite action-movie hero John Sheppard. He's not happy about it.
why this should be read: A really great Actor!AU

Title:Area 51
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 7,786
posted date 03 November 2018
description:Rodney is an FBI Agent assigned to Area 51. John is the proprietor of the local Alien Emporium. They meet when John calls in a mysterious sighting and Rodney is sent to question him.
why this should be read: Quirky and fun, just like the accompanying art!

Title:Ghost with a Beating Heart
Author: Shaddyr
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 5,283
posted date 06 November 2018
description:Forever is a long time.
why this should be read: Angsty but with a happy ending, this is beautifully written.

Title:Longitude and Other Problems
Author: mific
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 11,888
posted date 10 November 2018
description:At a high-stakes card game in unsavoury company, John tries to win so that his ship, the Pegasus, can be repaired after a storm. But Rodney is playing a game of his own, one that will change both their lives and drag them and their friends into conflict with one of the most dangerous villains in Europe.
why this should be read: The world building in this is fantastic and it's a super fun read!

Title:The Man With The Clockwork Heart
Author: danceswithgary
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 6,967
posted date 17 November 2018
description:"I must warn you. This machina I've fashioned will always beat the same, can never beat faster when he's frightened or in flight. He'll never experience the flush of desire or love - only the calm, even beat of this clockwork heart." (Never a Stargate AU)
why this should be read: This is inspired by the same art as the above fic. The fics are very different but both are wonderful.

Title:The Suite Life
Author: CartWrite
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 28,161
posted date 02 December 2018
description:But then Rodney would stand close to him, or be unexpectedly kind, or do something stupid and heroic, and John’s entire body would shout him, that one, Rodney McKay, him. Like the world was a candy store where John could just point and say I’ll have the genius with the big blue eyes and Rodney would be his with a bow on.***** John did not ask to sprain his ankle, to be reassigned to the best quarters in Atlantis, or for Rodney McKay to become his new neighbor. But that’s what happened. Post-series.
why this should be read: This just might be my favourite SGA fic of the year. It made me squal with delight and kept a smile on my face the whole way through.

Title:Once More, With Feelings
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 637
posted date 07 December 2018
description: LJ Comment Fic for Memory prompt: Stargate Atlantis, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay,
I just want to stay
I just want to keep this dream in me
You're losing your memory now
(Ryan Star)
In which Rodney starts to lose his memory...again.
why this should be read: Packs a hell of a punch in very few words - I think I've read this one about ten times now!

Title:Looking For Atlantis
Author: callunavulgari
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 4,632
posted date 21 December 2018
description: Hey Rodney, the postcard reads. Go see a movie.
why this should be read: Made me cry at the start and then fixed me whole again by the end. What more can you ask for?

Title:A Sheppard's Christmas Carol
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 7,641
posted date 23 December 2018
description: 'Twas the night before Christmas, and John is feeling miserable and hating the holiday. Luckily for him, an old friend and three unique ghosts are on hand to show him the error of his ways and give him a chance to have a Merry Christmas and a much happier life.
why this should be read: Another SGA secret santa fic that made me cry! In a good way though.

Title:Over My Head
Author: nagi_schwarz
Pairing:: Rodney/Evan
word count: 20,566
posted date 25 December 2018
description: Written for the AU comment_fic prompt: "Stargate Multiverse, any ensemble, the roadie crew for a singer or band." After leaving the Air Force, Evan joins the road crew for a band he knows nothing about. Better to not be distracted than be a fanboy. He gets in over his head with Rodney, who he thinks works for the stage crew.
why this should be read: Nagi has killed it this year but I have a special fondness for the way she writes Evan and Rodney together and this was a stellar example of how soft she makes them together!

Title:Rocks Fall
Author: mific
Pairing:: None
word count: 5,471
posted date 25 December 2018
description: On a disastrous mission, Teyla and Ronon work with Carson to save their teammates - but if Evan Lorne can't pull off a risky maneuver, all may be lost.
why this should be read: McShep still reigns supreme in SGA land but it's been an awesome year for gen fic as well. I loved the focus on a supremely capable Teyla in this one (plus, Rodney whump which is like catnip for me).

And that's it! This is just a small snap shot of the fantastic fic that was posted this year! Is your favourite on the list? Feel free to shout at me in the comments about all the amazing fic I've missed or forgotten to include! AND HERE'S TO ALL THE AMAZING FIC THAT 2019 WILL BRING!

Happy New Year 'Gaters!

As a bonus: see below the cut for the fics I wrote in the last quarter of 2018:

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SGA 2018 Rec List - Part 3 (Jul - Sep 2018)

You Can Find Part 1 of this list, covering January - March 2018 here and Part 2 (April-June) here

On to the third quarter of the year:

Title:Running Interference
Author: Liketheriver
Pairing:: None
word count: 18,409
posted date 05 July 2018
description:When something goes terribly wrong on a mission, the team learns that sometimes thing can't be fixed...but sometimes they can, if someone is willing to run interference.
why this should be read: This fic broke my heart in the best way. I LOVE LOVE LOVE fics where one person thinks the other person is dead...I have a problem.

Title:Field Trip
Author: AlephNullCats
Pairing:: None
word count: 12,598
posted date 08 July 2018
description:Part of the Science Departament sees Rodney McKay in a completely new light as a trip offworld takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
Set rather early, first season I'd say.
why this should be read: Another Gen gem, this one focussing on Rodney, which is my kryptonite.

Title:I better read between the lines, in case I need it when I'm older
Pairing:: Rodney/Ronon
word count: 5,051
posted date 22 July 2018
description:Ronon gives Rodney a Cat. Rodney, promptly and logically, falls in love.
why this should be read: Ronon/Rodney is one of those ships that I really wish more people wrote and this fic is super sweet :)

Title:What Could Go Right
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: Evan Lorne/John Sheppard
word count: 13,483
posted date 04 August 2018
description:John and Evan are a Sentinel-Guide team sent to rescue one of the SGCs top scientists, Rodney McKay. Rodney turns out to be John's soulmate, an arrangement no-one wants but which turns out to be more important than anyone could guess.
why this should be read: I love fics exploring platonic relationships and the idea of platonic soulmates really resonates with my somewhat asexual outlook on life. Plus there's awesome art by [personal profile] mific here

Title:Discreet Arrangements
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 6,911
posted date 16 August 2018
description:It was just supposed to be a way to earn enough money so that John and his daughter didn't have to struggle so much, but John's online arrangement with Rodney turns into so much more.
why this should be read: I love this fic, it's so fun! John signs up to an app for sugar daddies looking for someone to spoil and, lucky us, he gets paired with Rodney. Spoiler: they fall in love.

Title:You & Me & The Pegasus Galaxy
Author: CartWrite
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 29,047
posted date 03 September 2018
description:When John Sheppard finds Rodney McKay's very explicit ads on the Atlantis hook-up board, he feels pretty weird and kind of loses his mind.
why this should be read: An Atlantis hook-up board is such a fantastic idea and I loved the twists and turns this fic took.

Title:On The Same Page
Author: DraconisWing24441
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 34,386
posted date 04 September 2018
description:John's been in love with his best friend for years but he's never done anything about it. First he didn't dare what with DADT, then when that was repealed, Rodney was dating Keller. Now Rodney's getting married to Keller and wants John as his best man. Now John has to deal with the troubles that come with living in Pegasus and helping Rodney with wedding planning while also keeping a lid on his own emotions. As it turns out, he's not too good at that last one.
why this should be read: I actually just stopped making this list and re-read this again, that's how great this fic is. I smiled all the way through it (again) and, seriously, the bit where John finally tells Rodney how he feels....there was so much squealing. Such a feel good fic.

Title:A Wraith's Feast
Author: squidgie
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 802
posted date 13 September 2018
description: Written where Rodney was taken instead of John during the episode "Common Ground" and fed upon.
why this should be read: I'm a sucker for Rodney whump, ok? And having Rodney take John's place in this episode is one of my favourite canon twists ever. There needs to be more fic of it!

The final rec list can be found HERE

As a bonus: see below the cut for the fics I wrote in the third quarter of 2018:

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SGA 2018 Rec List - Part 2 (Apr -Jun 2018)

You Can Find Part 1 of this list, covering January - March 2018 here

On to the second quarter of the year:

Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 2,758
posted date 03 April 2018
description:When Sheppard gets dosed offworld, Rodney has to step up and take charge. But John makes it up to him later.
why this should be read: BAMF, Capable Rodney for the win.

Title:Two Worlds Collided
Author: nagi_schwarz
Pairing:: None
word count: 9,549
posted date 07 April 2018
description:Thellas and Evan are still working on recovering from Evan's terrible plans, and after two months on an incredibly rigid schedule of time divided, they start being more flexible with each other - and themselves. Including other expedition personnel's strange hobbies, the eternal Kirk-Picard debate (Janeway!), and dancing.
why this should be read: This is part of a larger series that deserves to be read. Evan shares his body with a Tok'ra named Thellas. This series really captures the struggle that it would take to accept that.

Title:hits like a drum
Author: callunavulgari
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 3,507
posted date 15 April 2018
description:“Believe it or not,” Rodney tells him, hissing in pain when one of the crystals zap him. He pokes back at it vindictively, sticking the injured digit into his mouth. He mumbles the rest around his thumb, only half squinting in John’s actual direction. “Having something with sharp teeth breathing down your neck is not actually conducive to one’s thought process.”

John barks out a loud, abrupt noise that might be laughter, his breath tickling the hairs at the base of Rodney’s neck. “I’d have thought it would be good motivation.”
why this should be read: Wraith!John! 'Nuff said.

Title:Seeking and Finding
Author: LadyShelley
Pairing:: None
word count: 6,758
posted date 16 April 2018
description:Building a new team is harder than it looks, especially when the entire base is willing to give you (unwanted) advice.
why this should be read: This is the first part of a really excellent set of season 1 set gen fics exploring the friendship of the team. I don't often read gen but this series, which is now almost 300,000 words long is really well done.

Title:Julianna: The Beginning
Author: Goddess47
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 9,027
posted date 16 May 2018
description:Of course it was both John and Rodney... it was them and Pegasus... chaos was the rule.
why this should be read: Here be mpreg people. A not so secret guilty pleasure of mine. I feel kinda like I'm cheating by reccing this one as parts of it have been on the interweb prior to 2018 but this is the first year it was all posted together so....MPREG!

Title:The Hot Phlebotomist
Author: Punk
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 3,695
posted date 26 May 2018
description:There's the usual business with the alcohol wipe and the stretchy bit of tubing, then the hot guy in the lab coat tells Rodney to make a fist.
why this should be read: Fun and cute and, come on, it's by punk!

Title:Light the Corners
Author: blackchap
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 14,253
posted date 12 June 2018
description:Set right after Trinity, and this is the usual Rodney should probably move to China story with a slight twist. I have no idea why I was so mean to John. This story has sat on the back shelf for years, but I thought I should finish it just for closure. I miss this show!
why this should be read: I'm pretty sure that the squeal of delight I made when I got the notification that blackchaps had posted a SGA fic could be heard around the world. And it's POST-DORANDA FIC!

Title:Friday, I'm in Love
Author: mattygroves
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 3,476
posted date 17 June 2018
description: Rodney begrudgingly agrees to spend a week with the Fab Five. It's not terrible.
why this should be read: It's a cross over with Queer Eye (which was one of my favourite TV shows of 2018). And it's super, super cute!

Title:Love In Four Dimensions
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: OT4 - Ronon/Teyla/Rodney/John
word count: 2,453
posted date 18 June 2018
description: AR-1 plans an offworld trip just so they can have some quality time alone together, and sexytimes ensue.
why this should be read: The comment I left Bru: "Ok, hold up.

So, not only did you give me porny OT4 but you also gave me loved, cherished and accepted ace!John?

Bru, I think I love you xxx"

Title:Schrödinger Might Disagree
Author: Skitz_phenom
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 14,046
posted date 20 June 2018
description: A mission goes wrong, the natives are a bit beyond restless, and Rodney really hates being the guy that gets hit by the projectiles. And there's definitely something about a cat...
why this should be read: A truly delightful hurt/comfort fic.

Author: blackchaps
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 20,674
posted date 20 June 2018
description: Everyone wears a collar of some color, but Rodney hates his, and he's about had enough of bowing to stupid social mores.
why this should be read: A BDSM-world AU fic with a twist.

Part 3 of my 2018 recs is here and the final part is HERE

As a bonus: see below the cut for the fics I wrote in the second quarter of 2018:

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SGA 2018 Rec List - Part 1 (Jan-Mar 2018)

As is traditional (three years makes a tradition, right?) I humbly present a rec list of wonderful SGA fics that were posted in the past twelve months.

I am still wowed and amazed by the talent that this fandom still has to give. So, without further ado:

Title:Mixed Results
Author: nagi_schwarz
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 2,012
posted date 09 January 2018
description:Written for the resolutions comment_fic prompt: "Stargate Atlantis, John Sheppard, he resolves to be a bit more forthcoming with his feelings, with mixed results."
why this should be read: This is hilarious and super cute. John's distaste of talking about his own feelings is so canon, I really can't blame everyone for the, ah, mixed results.

Title:I Know You
Author: Ellana17
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 1,669
posted date 16 January 2018
description:“So, how long did it take you guys to realize it wasn’t me?” John asked, half-jokingly.
why this should be read: It's very sweet and John's little speech to Rodney about how he would have been able to tell it wasn't Rodney made my heart melt.

Title:I Believe
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 1,603
posted date 25 January 2018
description:Rodney folded once under torture, he refuses to do it again. Not when so many lives are at stake.
why this should be read: ANGST! Whump! Brave Little Toaster Rodney! I love this (and not just because it gifted to me).

Title:World of Fire
Author: melagan
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 6,265
posted date 29 January 2018
description:In the face of an extinction level event, John and Rodney find a unique way to save the city of Atlantis.
why this should be read: Because it should have been an episode, it's just that good.

Title:What A Wonderful Bunker You Would Make
Author: McShipIt
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 50,448
posted date 10 February 2018
description:Summary in simple words: Rodney is recluse and John has a kid.

Summary in not so simple words: Rodney McKay has given up on the world, living a simple life up on a mountain devoid of people. He likes it that way, at least he did until a kid with a full head of dark hair ambled up his dirt driveway and changed his sequestered life forever.
(AU - Set during SG1 & Pre-SGA timeline.)
why this should be read: Hermit Rodney meets adorable kid and falls in love with kid's father while they're accidentally locked in a bunker together - - - it's such a fun idea!

Title:Can You Feel My Heart Beating?
Author: nagi_schwarz
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 10,030
posted date 14 February 2018
description:Written for the comment_fic prompt “Any, any/any, rings that let you feel your partners heartbeat from anywhere in the world.” Rodney McKay inherits a partner ring but doesn’t find out who his soulmate is until the day his soulmate’s heartbeat stops.

Set pre-series through 38 Minutes.
why this should be read: Beautifully written soulmate fic

Title:Husk and Howl
Author: MyDoranda
Pairing:: None - GEN
word count: 40,591
posted date 15 February 2018
description:Everyone’s disaster has a backstory.

Rodney’s had involved someone tugging on his arm. “You’re a scientist," she’d said. “Are you not curious about this?”

Well, of course.

Because Rodney had been both of those things.
why this should be read: This is a powerful fic. Heed the tags, it's not for everyone but the way MyDoranda has approached it is so unique and it deserves to be read.

Title:Unexpected Developments
Author: mific
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 14,364
posted date 18 February 2018
description: Detective John Sheppard after Vegas (S5E19). His near-fatal wound's slowly healing and he's got his old job back, but then someone turns up unexpectedly who's a greater mystery than any of the cases on John's desk, and John has to make some hard choices.
why this should be read: This was the first Vegas AU fic I read all the way through and it was good enough that I went hunting for more!

Title:Turn The Tide
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 13,651
posted date 24 February 2018
description: LJ Comment Fic for Pet-Related prompt: any, any, a world where mermaids are kept as pets

The SGC needs to establish communication with merfolk in order to have a successful expedition to Atlantis, and Rodney is the one they put on the job. He thinks the idea is stupid, of course, but as he gets to know the merman he's working with everything changes, and Rodney finds much more than he even knew he was looking for.
why this should be read: Merman!John! 'Nuff said.

Title:Reluctant Angel
Author: melagan
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 10,034
posted date 01 March 2018
description: Angel Rodney has been sent to Earth to protect John. He's never had a human body before. It takes some time getting used to.
why this should be read: Angel!Rodney! 'Nuff said.

Title:Your Face Sketched On It Twice
Author: nagi_schwarz
Pairing:: McShep, Rodney McKay/Evan Lorne
word count: 7,813
posted date 03 March 2018
description: McKay wakes in a field with no memory of how he got there or how to get home. As his memories unfold, he makes his way back, but he's not sure the place he gets to is home.
why this should be read: because it tore my heart apart and I want everyone to feel that too! Not a McShep fic..

Title:No Such Thing As Pon Farr
Author: ami_ven
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 1,992
posted date 12 March 2018
description: “Are you telling me we’ve been exposed to alien sex pollen!?”
why this should be read: SEX POLLEN.

Title:Devil at the Door
Author: Brumeier
Pairing:: McShep
word count: 1,837
posted date 17 March 2018
description: LJ Comment Fic for Poem Lines & Titles prompt: Any, any, Raw With Love by Charles Bukowski

In which Rodney gets taken off the Grandpa Killer case and has to find other ways to re-connect with John.
why this should be read: This is the second part of a series that was started in 2016 featuring serial killer John and FBI Agent Rodney. The whole series (now finished) may be my very favourite fic from 2018.

Part 2 (April - June) can be found here and Part 3 is here and the final part is HERE

As a bonus: see below the cut for the fics I wrote in the first quarter of 2018:

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