templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)


Nate and Brad arrive in Australia on a prison ship from England by [livejournal.com profile] kaneko
Read by [personal profile] templemarker

Story: PG13, Brad+Nate, >500 words
Podfic: MP3, 3:38, 4MB
Download via mediafire; permanent link at the audiofic archive.

Notes: This is like the most awesome After Eight mint a podfic could be. Promise!
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)


Ocean by [livejournal.com profile] kaneko
Read by [personal profile] templemarker

Story: Gen, Nate/Brad, 607 words
Podfic: MP3, 3:45, 3.45MB
Download via mediafire; permanent link soon enough.

Notes: Bless blanket permissions with willing authors. This is a lovely little story where a great deal is unsaid, but with Brad Colbert that's not too surprising.
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
This was originally posted to the generation_kill LJ community, but never made it to this journal or elsewhere. I was falling over in my chair laughing when I first read it. It's so charming and spot-on and funny, and I just had to read it out loud.


(Image borrowed from after action 'cos I don't have a cover for this one, mwah [personal profile] oxoniensis!)

Rudy's Guide to Auras and Fair Game Play by [livejournal.com profile] sparky77
Read by [personal profile] templemarker

Story: PG-13, gen, Rudy & Pappy (<3!)
Podfic: 16:00, MP3, 15MB
Download: www.mediafire.com/download.php?zdm40ynzvq5
ETA: Now available from the audiofic archive (thanks [personal profile] aphelant!), right click save target as for a zip file.

Original notes:

A couple weeks ago [livejournal.com profile] sparky77 wrote this brilliant story, and this week I was re-reading it and suddenly had to read it out loud. I just got back from Georgia, so my accent is really lazy, and you can probably hear me giggle, but this was fun as hell to read and I hope fun as hell to listen to.
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
Hi everyone! The YAGKYAS elves are working busily behind the scenes getting stories prepped for Sunday, December 20th, when they're revealed! In the meantime, we wanted to get some prompting and requests going for the Good Cookie post, which goes live on Friday, December 18th. What's a Good Cookie, you ask?



Good Cookie, definition: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

If you love [info]yagkyas, or you love the GenKill fandom, or you love spreading the love of Generation Kill during this holiday season, then you want to make a Good Cookie. Good Cookies are like Yuletide Treats: short (less than 1000 word) ficlets, drabbles, drawbles, mixtapes, fanart, whatever!

We'll collect prompts and requests from all who want to make them--whether you're participating in YAGKYAS or not. Then, on Friday, we'll make a post with all the requests and prompts, and you can get to giving out cookies, as many as you want! Just comment on the post with your fanwork, or a link to your fanwork, and start working up an excited froth for the story reveal!

To leave a prompt, go here. Anyone can participate, whether you're writing for YAGKYAS or not, and we'd love for you to come join us!
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)


In honour of the 234th birthday of United States Marine Corps, I propose this day a comment-heavy post full of love, admiration, and porn for our favorite Corps brethern, the Generation Kill boys. And to get it started, here's a piece from my current agentverse wip.

Nate would never be that careless if he didn't want Brad to buy a clue. )

Come forth, and share your ficlets! We can play round robin, or leave prompts, or what have you. Let's celebrate this birthday in the most awkward, awesome way possible: with porn. (Ray-ray would approve.)

[Thanks to [personal profile] oxoniensis for the banner!]
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I've been a little buried in the long story of unending longness, and by a little I mean since the end of August. Good news: halfway through. Not as good news: still halfway to go. But it's all good. Really. Probably.

[info]yuletide is open for fandom nominations, and Yuletide and I have had a long relationship. It's my favorite challenge of the year; I have ignored my family on Christmas Day in favor of reading the stories. I love it. This is what I nominated:
  • Generation Kill (tv)
  • The Middleman (tv)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles
  • Numb3rs
  • Psych
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I'm hoping GK makes the cut, crossing my fingers and other appendages; I know Leverage got a reprieve for another year, but our little fandom has generated a lot of fic since last October, and I'm hoping no one realizes it.

In other fandom news, I'll be the featured author at [info]idolmeta's Ask the Author tonight. I haven't written an AIRPS cookie since the long story of longness overtook my life, but maybe people will want to talk to me anyway. :) Even if you're not in AI, you're welcome to come by and talk to me anyway about my stories, my writing, fandom, whatever. It's open! We're friendly! I don't (generally) bite!

[info]yagkyas is under two months out from deadlines--so exciting!--and I have some plans for the hallowed day, November 10th, so keep an eye out for that. And I'll try to resurface from google docs sooner rather than later.
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
YAGKYAS assignments are out! I'm so excited, really. Thanks so much to everyone who signed up. I really hope that this can be a creative and fruitful and awesome experience for everyone.

We're starting to get secret santa letters in, and it's really fascinating to read them, because it's like a window into people's fannish perceptions. [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold mentioned that there wasn't a lot of meta in this fandom, and that seems to be true. This is kind of a wide-casting, unconnected, endlessly diverse collection of meta, in a way. It speaks to what people are thinking about the characters we all write, but seem to talk about amongst ourselves.

I'm just about to post mine--I know you're all waiting with baited breath.

I wanted to mention as well that the posting volume from the last two-three months, in terms of fic, has and will continue to drop off for awhile as I work on a couple longer projects. I'm writing a Gen Kill story that's heading towards 30 or 40k, and that's been consuming a lot of my time; and thanks to my lovely winning bidder over at the ontd_ai auction earlier this month, I've been working on a continuation of the AIRPS-Star Trek XI fusion, which will come out at about 5-6k and requires a lot of detailed thought about Starfleet. I'll try to post a couple more short stories here and there, but that's going to be my writing focus until the deadlines for the winter challenges creep up on me. Hope you stick with me! I promise, the longfic will be worth the wait.
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
So I wanted to talk for a minute about secondary and tertiary characters in the Generation Kill universe, specifically how I write them and why. This is meta! You have been informed.

The miniseries doesn't give us a lot of information about the people outside of the platoon who exist in our characters' lives; the book gives us more, but not significantly more. Nate Fick's book offers up small pieces of his life that it seems clear he'd rather not really talk about. And googling, I assume, will give you access to more information about the characters' real-life counterparts that can offer more potential "canon" for storytelling.

But I'm gonna tell you straight up, I'm ignoring about 90% of it.

This is on purpose, because I'm pretty damn uncomfortable with the line between RPS and fiction that's drawn in this fandom. That is to say--I'm writing about the fictional characters from the miniseries, and knowing too much about the real people who are portrayed on my screen is just--it's a line, and I can't deal with the other side of it.

I read Fick's book, and I had to stick my thumb over his image in the photo inserts. I couldn't even look at the photos in the GK book without kind of spazzing. And both were gripping books, well written and interesting on their own, but in order to keep writing in this fandom about these characters I've come to be fascinated by, I have to pretend that there are only the fictional people I see from the miniseries, otherwise my apparently intractable guilt complex will take over.

All this to say--I will make up new names for characters I introduce, parents, siblings, family members. I will not always respect the family trees of these guys; I will not go out of my way to have accurate information about how many kids they have, what their middle names are, etc. The more I learn about that the greater risk I run of not being able to write these characters at all, and I am willing to sacrifice my usual intense adherence to accuracy and canon for the writing.

So if you know Mike Wynn's wife's name, don't tell me. If you know people's wives names, don't correct me. If you wonder why I'm messing up the names of Nate Fick's sisters, wonder no more. It's purposeful. I'm aware of it. And I am totally not changing it to be more accurate. I'm not ashamed of writing about these dudes' fictional counterparts, and though I kind of blanch at the notion of any of this stuff I'm writing coming up in a Boolean search string for >insert name here<, that concerns me less, because they agreed to be portrayed. I'm much less comfortable with, say, Colbert's sister searching for her own name and finding this. I don't know why--I survived bandom with an appalling level of name accuracy--but I can't do it here.

Here endeth the meta. I apologise for making you witness my crazy.
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
we call it full grown
by templemarker

Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] bunnymcfoo in the Fall Fandom Free For All. Her request was: Ray/Walt. I'd really really really love to hear about Walt slowly and with great deliberation seducing the living fuck out of Ray. Here's the templemarker variation. You may not know this, but [livejournal.com profile] marcolette is the Stig.

Ray's been out for three months when the first postcard arrives.  )
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
Wiser on the Morrow
by templemarker

Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold, who asked for Colbert/Fick, hurt/comfort, first time. This is my variation on that idea. With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] marcolette and [livejournal.com profile] wynterwolf47 who let me be the squeaky wheel on their holiday; and [livejournal.com profile] oxoniensis, for her incisive beta.

The thing was, Nate broke his leg hiking. )
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
A Day of Judgement and Reckoning
by templemarker

Note: Leshanah tovah tiktavi vetichatami! Today is the first day of Rosh Hashanah, and I celebrated by writing a little agentverse cookie for [livejournal.com profile] marcolette. With thanks to [profile] callmesandy for not only listening to me talk for ages about things, but also for running her eyes over this for me. No rabbis were assaulted in the writing of this story.


I'm going to temple, Nate,' he said, pulling on his shoes. 'I told you that this morning.' )
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
a liar, a lover, a brother in arms
by templemarker

Notes: I'll admit that this is a precursor to a much larger, forthcoming, piece. But [livejournal.com profile] marcolette assures me it works independently. Colbert/Fick, post-series established relationship. Title from the Anais Nin quote, "If I cannot take you for a liar or a lover, I'll take you for my brother in arms," which I nicked from the Porn Skirmish prompt list. Available here or at the archive.

Nate was on the phone with Mike Wynn at least once a week, sometimes twice if he needed to be. Mike's wife Alice was used to laughing when Nate called, passing over the phone to Mike and saying they talked more than the Wynns' teenaged daughter did on the phone. It wasn't their fault--Nate was in DC, and Mike was happily entrenched in Texas, and they had shit to talk about. )

[info]yagkyas! [info]yagkyas! [info]yagkyas! Getcher holiday spirit! Sign up and make your fandom happy!
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
No Lack of Subterfuge
by templemarker

Notes: You have no idea how much I want to write Michael Westen, John Sheppard, and Brad Colbert playing poker and counting cards. With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] marcolette and [personal profile] oxoniensis. Read it here or at the archive.

'I fucking hate spies,' Brad said drily as Michael Westen walked into the bar. )

Obligatory [info]yagkyas pimping! Signups are open until September 22nd. You know you want to participate in bringing the joy and love of foul-mouthed, laconic grunts to the winter holiday spirit.
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
an ability to improvise
by templemarker

Notes: For the GK Porn Skirmish challenge "I thought it was bigger." Could certainly be seen in the same thread as field expediency. To make [livejournal.com profile] marcolette feel better on a bad day with dirty dirty sexin'. And because the Skirmish is over in three days. Woe. Read it here or at the archive.

'I don't know, I think it would be kind of uncomfortable to ride. With your legs all tucked up like that? I don't think it would be an hour before I'd need to take a walk.' )
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
Hope Over Experience
by templemarker

Notes: I'll be honest, a lot of this was spawned from thoughts I had after reading [livejournal.com profile] sparky77's fantastic story, Rudy's Guide to Auras and Fair Game Play and talking with [livejournal.com profile] marcolette about what, exactly, non-platonic Rudy/Pappy would look like. For the GK Porn Skirmish prompt "noble intentions." Read it here or at the archive.

'I don't know about all this gay shit, Rudy,' Pappy said without certainty. )
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
for the criticism of one (deterrence and provocation)
by templemarker

Notes: Oh, GK Porn Skirmish, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. To my trusty [livejournal.com profile] marcolette: cheerleader, beta reader, and research monkey all rolled into one. For the prompt seduction is a slow campaign. Title is a fusion of the Katherine Hepburn quote, "If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married;" and the title of Stephen J Cimbala's book "Military Persuasion: Deterrence and Provocation in Crisis and War." Never let it be said that my mind isn't a complicated place.

Read it here or at the archive.

Sometimes it was a stolen moment, a hard, bruising kiss the only promise they could make. It wasn't much. )
templemarker: generation kill: two soldiers watching artie rain on a city (when the world ends)
It turns out that this is what 6'4" looks like for me:



My roommate is 6'4", and ever since I got into Generation Kill fandom and its obsession with Brad and Nate's respective heights, I've been eyeing Roommate, trying to figure out what being that tall actually feels like. I told Roommate as much: "So what is it like to be that tall?"

"Why?"

"'Cause I'm writing these characters who are about your height."

Today we decided to do a practical experiment to block my scene. Bless Roommate. He does indulge me sometimes.

We started with about five cookbooks, which are pretty thin, and that brought me up to just over his shoulder. My mother's college Complete Shakespeare put my sightline at his nose; the Joy of Cooking brought it dead on. At that point, our heads were about five inches from the ceiling.

Roommate ran and got the measuring tape, and I was just shy of 6'4" standing on all those books. I'm 5'9 and a tetch, which is a pretty respectable female height. I'm taller than many of the lady-people I hang out with. But I don't think I really understood how seven inches of height difference changes your perspective until I was teetering around on a bunch of books, seeing the world from where Roommate sees it.

Practical Experiment in Fic Writing: concluded.
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A Moment in Unison
by templemarker

Notes: For the Generation Kill Porn Skirmish. Originally posted in three parts, combined together here for continuity. [livejournal.com profile] marcolette was involved. I'm sure everyone is shocked. *g* Thanks to the folks over at the Skirmish for running the challenge and being so enthusiastic about the responses. Ya'll are great. I didn't fix the tense bullshit between sections. But I did fix the grammatical errors otherwise! Consider this a clean version. Apart from the swearin'.


Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again. )
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Only Inaction
by templemarker

Notes: For the prompt "I like a man who grins when he fights." --Churchill for the Generation Kill Porn Skirmish. For [livejournal.com profile] marcolette, the best cheerleader the USMC Porn Battalion has ever seen. Read it here or at the archive.

Brad had always been a more than competent marksman, but he had never quite been able to compensate for his height when it came to hand to hand. )

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