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It's that time of year once more! Please join us for year four of the invasion challenge--YAGKYAS, a Generation Kill Holiday Fic Exchange.

Important dates:

Signups start Sunday, September 16th, and will run through Friday, October 5th at midnight PST.

Assignments will go out by Wednesday, October 10th.

The Secret Santa letter post will go up Wednesday, October 10th.

Stories are due on Monday, December 10th, at midnight PST.

The Good Cookie threads go up at [profile] combat_jack on Sunday, September 16th, Monday October 15th, Thursday, November 15th, and Monday, December 10th.

Stories will be made public by the mod on Friday, December 21st, and names will be revealed Saturday, December 29th.

Learn more and sign up at the enlistment post!
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Well, I have to say, this has been one of the busiest holiday times I've had in a lot of years! [info]yagkyas was just as big as last year, coordinating about 40 new Generation Kill stories through the challege. I was so delighted to receive The Right Time, a wonderful Rudy/Pappy story by [livejournal.com profile] demonic_fish. There's just not enough Rudy/Pappy in the world, and it makes me so happy that this exists!

For [info]yagkyas, I wrote two stories: first, the Haven/Generation Kill crossover Family Confidence which posits Nate Fick as Nathan Wuornos' cousin (not that kind of cousin). Honestly, I wish it could have been more fleshed out, but I'm very glad it exists and it was fun to try and figure out.

Second, I wrote Not Only the Living, a Battlestar Galactica-Generation Kill fusion that makes Bravo Two the Colonial Marines on Galactica in the show. I was ecstatic to be able to write this--I'd wanted to do a BSG fusion for a long time, and to be able to do it for [info]yagkyas was the icing on the cake. I think it should make sense to folks who aren't too familiar with BSG--just think of Bravo Two as Space Marines--but I'm also proud, because I think it was a solid fusion that showed the potential of mashing the two fandoms together.

Because I'm ridiculous, I also modded the [info]dresdenficathon, the first time that challenge had been run since 2008. Dresden Fandom poses some interesting challenges--namely, it's not really a cohesive fandom in the least--but we got 18 awesome new stories out of it, which I encourage you to check out. I didn't receive a story for [info]dresdenficathon, but I did write two stories, both about Harry Dresden and Harry Raith. The first is Trade in Kind, which is about Thomas' proclivities not being as put-upon as the books suggest (or as Harry thinks); and Facing Down, about Thomas and Harry and the stupid things Morgan le Fay's sons do. It's been fun writing Dresden--I haven't written much, so this was a great opportunity to be more active in the fandom.

I did the Inception [info]dream_holiday exchange as well, writing To Continually Descend, a Penrose steps PWP featuring Arthur and Eames, which was cute, and a lot of fun. I received Of Postcards and Love Notes, which was a beautiful multimedia story about the correspondence between Arthur and Eames over the course of their relationship. It's just lovely. <3

Also, earlier this month, I did a couple of pinch hits for [info]happy_trekmas. First, Countermeasures, a Star Trek XI story with Jim Kirk and Bones McCoy and the challenges of the holidays. I also wrote The Vertical Expression of a Horizontal Desire, a Star Trek Voyager Paris/Kim story where Tom takes Harry dancing. That was a lot of fun to write--I hadn't thought about Voyager in years.

And then there was Yuletide. I contributed 6 stories to the main Yuletide challenge this year, which I will enumerate after the new year. I was so lucky to receive two stories this year, both of them for Haven. The first, Two Men, One Woman and a Christmas Tree, is adorable and hilarious, and the second, Proverbial Trees, is wonderfully slow and nuanced with an amazing Nathan perspective. Thank you, Yuletide santas. <3

And now, well. I'm going to watch 24/7 Flyers-Rangers and try to muddle through the last few days of the year. I think I'm going to go see the Portland Winterhawks play for New Year's Eve, and I'm pretty excited for the Winter Classic on Monday. (Have I mentioned I love hockey? I love hockey. Hockeyyyyyyyy.) Mostly, though, I just want to sleep--maybe even until the new year. <3, everyone, especially [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold, my co-mod for [info]yagkyas this year, and to everyone who helped me get through the last month. It's been a trip.
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Hello to people who've come looking for an introduction to Generation Kill! I am very pleased to have incepted you thus far.

Generation Kill fandom is sourced originally from the 2008 HBO miniseries, produced by Ed Burns and David Simon (of The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street fame) as well as Evan Wright, author of the book Generation Kill which inspired the series, and in turn was developed from a feature article Wright wrote for Rolling Stone in 2003 after his time embedding with a team of men from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps.

The miniseries is comprised of seven hour-long episodes and is arguably one of the best contemporary fictional(ish) treatments of the Iraq invasion and subsequent war, and military life during the early period of American warfare in the last decade. While its source material has been subject to some controversy, the general attitude of most towards the miniseries is positive, particularly for its accuracy and detailed perspective on the spring of 2003 in Iraq.

The fandom sprung to life in short order after the miniseries premiered, and slowly grew from a handful of stories in 2008 to a bustling, much-beloved fandom by the miniseries' one year anniversary in 2009. Now, in 2011, it has been disqualified from Yuletide due to its size, and despite the limitations of closed canon the fandom is still enthusiastic and producing wonderful stories.

I personally think it helps to be a fan of the military in general to fall in love with Generation Kill and our erudite, researched fanworks, but that is most certainly not a deal-breaker. My goal here is to give you all the links and material you need to get going, so without further ado:

The [info]generation_kill community is bar none the key linchpin of the fandom; the vast majority of fanworks are located on LJ, but there are some resources available on DW as well. [info]generation_kill has an excellent list of resources once you start jonesing for more. (Most posts in this community are locked, and you need to be a member of the community to view them. I don't think membership is moderated, however, and I promise you it's worth the extra clicks. There's a funny relationship this fandom has with real people--we skirt but don't quite cross the line of RPS, primarily because the miniseries is a fictional rendering of real people. Don't let this deter you. That's why the comm locks things.)

The community periodically hosts a rewatch of the miniseries, and to facilitate that there is a comprehensive resource post specifically devoted to helping you watch this program, though the DVDs are inexpensive on Amazon and are also available on their instant video service. Frustratingly you can't stream it from Netflix, but they do have hard copies in their service. And if none of that works, shoot me a PM and I'll point you in the right direction.

I'm not going to front: this is often not easy to watch, particularly if you're uncomfortable with realistic depictions of violent scenarios. But I can't stress how worth it the program is. There's humour, and there's heartbreak, and it's cinematically gorgeous. The actors were basically put through boot camp by several of the actual Marines they are portraying, and they filmed in Northern Africa to try and render the story as fully and realistically as possible. They did so.

Maureen Ryan at the Chicago Tribune wrote a fantastic overview/review of Generation Kill when it was being aired in July 2008. If you're new to the miniseries, I would suggest reading this alongside watching to help understand what the hell is happening. It is very, very handy.

Once you've seen the miniseries, or before you've seen the miniseries, there are a couple of great books that are must-reads for the fandom (I told you we had a booklist):

"The Killer Elite" by Evan Wright (Rolling Stone 2003); I apologise for the terrible punctuation on this. I'll replace it with a better copy if I come across one. This is the original feature Evan (Reporter) wrote for Rolling Stone, and is a strong, relatively quick introduction to the story we work with.

Generation Kill by Evan Wright; after the feature, the article was optioned into a book. Evan's meticulous note-taking and long embed with Bravo Two offered ample material to flesh out the story from just before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 to the Battalion's regrouping in late April.

One Bullet Away by Nate Fick; this is Nate's autobiography of his life becoming a Marine, and his version of the story that Evan tells. Nate and Evan became friendly during the course of Evan's embed, and after Nate separated from the USMC they became good friends. Evan helped Nate with the book, though I don't believe Nate needed any help getting it published. It was one of the early (by which I mean pre-2005) memoirs of an active duty officer who had seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and holds a place of significance outside of providing more canon for the fangirl machine. (Not that it's relevant or anything.)

All pdf's, for universal use.

The thing is, this is a pretty confusing story, especially if you have limited familiarity with military jargon or, you know, the military and warfare in general. Fandom, especially this fandom and especially the dynamo that is [personal profile] oxoniensis, stepped in to help you there. After Action Report is a comprehensive website to help you figure out what happened when, who the fuck everyone is, and what the hell they said that one time at the bridge.

And so, the fanfiction. There's a lot of it. We've all been writing relentlessly for nearly three years, and the quality of fanworks is staggeringly great. (Have your tissues handy, people, you're going to need them.) [livejournal.com profile] alethialia, who holds a somewhat fixed place in my heart due to her epic awesome, has done legwork for you, me, and everyone by putting together a comprehensive GK recs list: Part I | Part II. I believe this was last updated in late 2010, so while there's a lot of wonderful stories that have shown up in the last year, this is an excellent starting point to take you through fandom's greatest hits.

I also encourage you to check out [info]yagkyas, or You Ain't Generation Kill, You Ain't Shit--which is our plucky fandom's annual winter fanwork challenge. We're gearing up for our third year running, but there's a hundred stories in there begging for your attention, and they're all amazing.

Another excellent place where you should read everything is Get Some, a porn skirmish (variation on the Porn Battle but just for GK) that was held in 2009 when the fandom was really hitting a peak. There's some wonderful, hot as shit stories in there in a hundred different combinations (or at least a couple of dozen). I still go there for prompts when I need something to trick me into writing.

And if you want a low bar of entry, first of all, you get a gold star for reading this far (no actual star available), so thank you for that. Here's five stories I unremittingly love; these are not necessarily the most epically best stories in the fandom. They're just the ones I love that I think you'll love too.

Managing Expectations by [livejournal.com profile] alethialia -- I mentioned this one on Slash Report, so hopefully you're already keen to read it. Alethia is a smashing writer with a real talent for drawing profound character observations out of a handful of words. This story, though it came out in the past week, reminds me so much of the first heady months of Generation Kill, when everything was still fresh and the fanon hadn't formed. Wonderful.

Rudy's Guide to Auras and Fair Game Play by [livejournal.com profile] sparky77 -- It is no secret to anyone who's talked to me for five minutes that I am the most ardent lover of Rudy Reyes ever there was. This story is fucking hilarious, and so spot-on for characterization and voices. I loved this story so much that as soon as I finished it, I asked for permission to podfic it. You can hear me laughing in the podfic. It's tragically amazing.

Patience by [livejournal.com profile] kaneko -- Unf, so hot. This is like all the sex possibilities of Brad and Nate rolled into one slice of heat and fire.

Strength and Guile by [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold -- This is really a story about Brad, more than anything, and about fucking with Brad's world, which is one of my favorite things ever. For context, real!Brad's next assignment after returning from Iraq was training Royal Marines in the UK, where they don't have a pesky little thing called Don't Ask Don't Tell. (AND NEITHER DO WE ANYMORE FUCKING FINALLY.)

Just One Life by [livejournal.com profile] queeniegalore -- I, quite literally, read this story four times a year. It is permanently placed on my iPad and any other device I could ever happen to be reading on. It is one of the most truthful stories about the person that's left behind in a military relationship I've ever read, and continues to inpire me to write more, and write better. Ray/Walt, fucking wonderful.

Every Marine a Wolfbrother by [personal profile] dira -- Dira has only recently come into GK fandom, but for me, personally, she saved my writing relationship with this fandom. After three years I thought I'd done everything I came to do; but then I read this and learned that I was very, very wrong. Unlike anything else you'll read in this fandom; a magical realism alternate universe that takes military culture and turns it up to eleven, which I did not even know was possible in this fandom.

Okay, that was six, but here's a bonus just because, well. Just becuase.

The Care and Keeping of the Iceman, by Ray Person, Cpl. USMC by [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl and [livejournal.com profile] bijoux -- I actually hurt myself laughing. Best read immediately after the series.

So there you go. Everything you need to start your own love affair with Generation Kill. This is a permanent fandom home for me; I am never very far away. And because no intro post is complete without some form of a plug, here's my mostly up to date contribution to the fandom as well. Comment if you have any questions, or if you just want to capslock your glee at me. Picspams also welcome. Stay frosty, kids.


Some picspams for the reference and the pretty and the incepting!

1. The glory of Brad Colbert.
2. Pic by pic introduction of the characters and show.
3. Some gorgeous caps and a lot of the amazing lines in the show.
4. Ugh, I could stare at these all day.
5. Handy Gen Kill walkthrough.

Some recs for additional pairings as well.

Also, Brad was totally scammed by the dragon and the sword:

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We're into the second week of [info]yagkyas 2011 signups! We'll keep it open until Friday, October 21st, so if you're thinking about it, head over and sign up! It's a great challenge with a lot of awesome stories--one of the most amazing small fandom challenges out there.

And in my continuing quest to charm school everyone into participating, here's another short but sweet GK vignette as participation incentive. <3


Convalescent Leave
by templemarker

Notes: In my continuing celebration of the start of [info]yagkyas 2011, a little Rudy/Pappy story for the prompt "cold medicine." Thanks to [personal profile] dira for the prompt and beta.

'C'mon,' he said. 'I need to keep warm or something, and you're the warmest thing I've got.' )
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I'm delighted to kick off [info]yagkyas 2011! Last year we had over forty people participate, and I am both enthused and mildly terrified to see if that gets topped this year! Signups start today, Monday, September 26th, and will run through Friday, October 21st.

Like last year, to celebrate and encourage people to participate, I'm going to toss up a few short stories here and there. You have no idea how difficult it was to keep from inserting a "Virginia is for lovers" joke in this one.


so vast the field
by templemarker

Notes: To celebrate the advent of [info]yagkyas, a small Brad/Nate vignette. With grateful, yowling thanks to [personal profile] samjohnsson for being incomparable, and [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold for being quick on the verb draw. Set post-series.

Nate had never particularly sought happiness; he had always believed his destiny lay more in the realm of duty, in service, in something greater than himself. But he had found it nonetheless, here with Brad, here in the life they had built together. )
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Clandestine Activities
by templemarker

Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] maribouquet in [info]yagkyas in 2010. Generation Kill crossover with Covert Affairs. Set post-series, contemporary future-fic. Thanks to my dedicated beta. Originally posted here.

The first day Brad walked into Langley, he took a deep breath of recycled air and spent twenty minutes trying to find the bathroom.  )
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the great attraction of insomnia
by templemarker

Notes: For the "sleepy/unconscious" square of my 2011 [community profile] kink_bingo card. Thank you to my awesome betas, [personal profile] samjohnsson and [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold for their patience and thoughtfulness with this bit of somnophiliac porn. Above and beyond, guys. Above and beyond.

Brad didn't shift, didn't move, and Nate smiled; maybe there was some kind of Nate-shaped hole in Brad's defense system, something that let Nate enter when all others were barred.  )
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Dreams With Open Eyes
by templemarker

Notes: This is the first Generation Kill story I've written in a couple of years that didn't owe it's existence to a challenge, and for that I thank [personal profile] dira for inspiration and the prompt off the Porn Battle for Brad/Nate, "competence" and "stranded." This wouldn't be half as good as it is without [personal profile] samjohnsson's patient editing and [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold's thoughtful review. Thanks, gang, you're the best audience a girl could ask for.

There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up.
When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.

Rene Daumal

They figured out the car wasn't going to make it about a hundred miles out of Sacramento. )
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Today is the last day to sign up for [info]yagkyas, a Generation Kill winter holiday fic exchange! We have an astonishingly awesome number of participants this year, and we welcome you to join us! Enlistment ends today--Monday, October 18th, at midnight PST. We hope to see you there!
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You have one more week to sign up for [info]yagkyas, a Generation Kill winter holiday fic exchange!

I'm absolutely floored with the number of people who have signed up already--yay all of you! But there's always room for more participants, so head on over to the Enlistment Post and give it a go.


Thanks to everyone who has read and commented on Combination of States. It took a long time for me to get comfortable with that story. Someone called it the "RealLife!AU" which is about as apt a description as I could go for. This is what I think happens in the GK future.

I have some other stories I've written over the past year that I need to collect here--I wrote in Remix and Femslash '10, and I want to make sure I've posted those stories. It's been kind of a dry spell for me vis a vis writing, though, and it always bums me out when I go from a period of massive inspiration to ... a lack thereof.

Anyway. Thanks for sticking with me.
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Combination of States
by templemarker

Notes: This story has been on my mind for almost exactly a year. It's plagued me with insecurity and rewrites and not a few sleepless nights; it's been the fodder for countless analyzations over coffee and one particularly memorable three-hour car ride in which it was dissected to abstraction. This story is but half the story I want to tell; but it is the story that I have.

With thanks to everyone who has ever listened to me go on at egregious length, including [livejournal.com profile] dine, [livejournal.com profile] thessaliad, [livejournal.com profile] marcolette, and [personal profile] callmesandyk.

This is the penultimate part of the agentverse, which is as much an expression of an idea as it ever was a plot. So, here's my suggested reading order, with the caveat that the order is thematic, not chronological, and shouldn't be considered to take place in the same linear time. You do not need to read any of the following stories to read this story.

Only Inaction
field expediency
an ability to improvise
for the criticism of one (deterrence and provocation)
a liar, a lover, a brother in arms

You can also read this story at livejournal or on my archive.

Twenty years in the service, twenty-four embracing military life, and that devotion had only ever been tested once. )
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Somewhere out there the Iceman just facepalmed, and he doesn't know why (until Ray spams him this link over and over and over...)

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(After 40 Days and 40 Nights) He Found Him In A Desert Land by [livejournal.com profile] red_handed
Read by [personal profile] templemarker

Story: R, Nate/Brad, 4628 words
Podfic: MP3, 24:42, 23MB
Download via mediafire; permanent link soon!

Notes: I tried to do Ray Person justice, but I am but a pale imitation. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] red_handed for permission.
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In Country by [livejournal.com profile] shoshannagold
Read by [personal profile] templemarker

Story: PG, Nate/Brad, 1700 words
Podfic: MP3, 9:53, 9MB
Download via mediafire; permanent link at the audiofic archive.

Notes: I love this story a ridiculous amount. Thanks to Sho for letting me record.


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