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Wheeeee-don! Joss Be Praised - Giles' Ongoing Backstory In A&F #10

Just received Angel & Faith #10 today (yeah, I know I'm behind, it was published in May 2012, but real life and then Summer of Giles consumed my attention).

A&F #10 is chock-o-block full of Giles backstory, and I love what they did!

Read more if you dare, or run out to your local comic store (or order online at like I do) and get your own copy - NOW!  If you fear not spoilers, then read on . . .

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Fic: Drink and the Demon (BtVS)

Title: Drink and the Demon
Author: chevron17
Rating: PG-13 for minor cursing and violence.
Text/Font Conventions: Italics represent emphasis.
Length: Approximately 6920 (8070 with Author's Notes)

Characters: Primarily Drunken!Giles! (of course), plus the Demon, with a smattering of Buffy and [Ethan Rayne] <(highlight to reveal at your own spoiled peril :-) ). No pairings.
Timeframe: Mid-Season 4-ish, when Buffy is running around with Riley and the Initiative, and Giles is sinking into depression. Could be a direct replacement for a certain mid-season episode, but I can't tell you without spoiling. Also, for purposes of this story, the “stevedore” conversation has already happened.
Summary: Response to 2011 Drunken!Giles Ficathon Prompt #9 by brutti_ma_buoni: “Giles Gen: Giles has to face a fearsome foe who can addle any sober brain. Therefore, Giles is drunk and in danger. But it's all part of the plan.”
Thanks To: Antennapedia for running the Drunken!Giles Ficathon each year – its such a fun playground! Cheers!
Disclaimer: Buffyverse and characters property of Joss Whedon, et al. This is a not-for-profit amateur work done with respect and intent of preserving and extending interest in the wonderful world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Warnings: Minor angst and bad language, major hilarity (at least I hope you think so). Slight bias against Riley/Initiative, nothing too terrible.

Bonus Reader's Challenge: Find five unique Library or Library Science related words disguised/ensconced within the story and report back in the comments. If you get all five, you win! (my admiration and virtual scones, that is :-) ).

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Author's Notes for Drink and the Demon

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Jingle Vamps (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Having done Stargate Atlantis to "Jingle Bells" a few years ago, I could not resist when temptation struck again for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my current bestest fandom ever in the whole wide world.  I actually had this finished well before Christmas 2011, but I couldn't figure out what community would be appropriate to post it to, and then life caught up with me.  You know how it goes.  So while I was posting for the Drunken!Giles ficathon, I thought I'd wing this up here too.

Anyway, hope it still works for you, or you can always come back next Christmas when you're more in the mood!  :-)

. . . here goes . . .

Jingle Vamps
(to the tune of Jingle Bells)

We're dashing through Restfield,
With Vampires on our trail,
Demons closing in,
Zombies start to wail.

Scoobies pull out stakes,
Crossbows set to arc,
Giles takes hold of his big sword
And Buffy flings some snark.

O, Chosen One, Chosen One,
She alone prevails.
Driving stakes through Demon hearts,
Hope she won't break a nail - ail!

Chosen One, Chosen One,
With her friends she stands.
Apocalypses always fail
When Buffy is at hand!

Author's note #1:  If you think the line about Giles' big sword is somewhat suggestive, you are indeed correct, and I have achieved my Giles'-lovin' goal.  :-)
Author's Note #2:  In regard to zombies wailing . . . yes, I know they more sort of moan, groan and occasionally growl, but hey - rhyming!
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Writer's Block: State of the Union

Who do you think would make a great U.S. president?
Barack Obama.  Takes more than three years to clean up eight years of the last guy's cr*p.

Oh, and whoever you vote for . . . at the next congressional election, don't vote in a team that will oppose the president at every turn.

Sometimes I just can not understand how we survive as a species.


Now back to happy fannish things . . .
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Atlantis Christmas Carols

The wonderful fawkesielady_ed posted some amusing Atlantis-O-Centric Christmas Carol re-writes to her journal at, and asked for us to live up to her example in comments to her post.

Being a Compulsive Rhymer myself, I could not, of course, resist coming up with one and posting it in a comment on her journal page.

I repost my Atlantis version of "Jingle Bells" (Team-Centric, w/Sheppard POV) here for your enjoyment:

Jingle Bells, Atlantis Style

We're dashing through the sky,
Wraith darts hot on our tail,
'Jumper's taking fire,
We're trying not to wail.

Alarms on dashboard shriek,
Making Rodney cry,
Another day in Peg-a-sus,
We're all about to die, O . . .

Fire the drones, fire the drones,
Get the shield up fast,
Dive and dip, give them the slip,
Or we're not going to la-ast.

Fire the drones, fire the drones,
Wraith darts crash below,
We're okay, we've saved the day,
Head home for blue jell-o!

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A Certain Closeness - Another McDex Manip

Hi All,

I just discovered grey853's lovely McDex calendar for March 2007, and that reminded me I had done another McDex manip, but never posted it. Ah, the evil interference of real life! Correcting this now.

The base picture for this manip is a screencap from 0215 The Tower. Not my favorite ep, but there was good McDex photomanip material in it. In the picture, The Team, sans Shep, is having a simple meal with the friendly villagers. The austerity of the villagers and their willingness to share what little they have with Ronon, Rodney and Teyla is set in sharp contrast to the Royals who are wining and dining Shep with gratuitous excess.

Taken out of context, though, for me this manip represents Ronon and Rodney in a primitive tavern-type establishment somewhere, having dinner. Out of frame to the left, some rough and dangerous locals have keyed into Rodney's non-warriorness, and one has said something rude or threatening to him, resulting in the tenseness/nervousness of his body and slightly downcast eyes and downturned mouth. Ronon, in response, has stopped mid-chew to fix the offending local with a natter-of-fact "you want a piece of him, you go through me first" glare-of-death.

Yep, I do so love ProtectiveofRodney!Ronon. Ah, the Plot Bunnies twitter happily!

Ronon's body is very relaxed, and he's clearly been comfortable with Rodney being in his close personal space at the table. Rodney, for his part, is close to Ronon, not just for protection in the rough tavern, but also due to his affection for, and comfort level with, the Big Guy.

Well, that's how I see it. Feel free, of course, to draw your own conclusions and backstory for the manip as desired.

Oh, and on a strictly RM/DH note, another reason I like this pic is that it is a great one for Eyelash!Porn.

Without further ado, here it is . . .

Manip in my LJ Gallery at:
A Certain Closeness
(Image is 1024x653 pixels, 646KB)

Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to grab, please credit if used. Best, chev

Best, chev
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A Little Photoshop (Elements 5.0) Goes a Long Way

Hi All,

Here is a little present for McDex devotees. It's a McDex eyef*ck maniped from a screen cap from 0316 The Game. You can see what it looks like by looking at my icon for this post. Although it is from the 2nd half of S3, it's just two guys standing together, so it won't give anything away if you are avoiding spoilers.

While I have done many photo modifications before (contrast/hue/sat/whatever adjustments and creative cropping), this is my first ever actual manipulation (where I actually cut out and moved objects around in the picture, modified the background, etc.). I'd be interested in any concrit from more knowledgeable manipers out there as appropriate.

This manip was done using Photoshop Elements 5.0 (one of my whoo hoo Christmas presents!). I've used Photoshop Elements 2.0 before and liked it a lot, but 5.0 blows that away - it's incredible, and extremely reasonably priced at US$99.99.

I chose this particular cap to manipulate because I really like the way Ronon is looking at Rodney - he's hunched down so as to have his own eyes on a level with Rodney's, to look at him more directly, eliminating their usual +/- 5-1/2" of height difference for this moment of connection. This pic will hopefully inspire me to finally finish Part 3/3 of Cave Man and move the Long Dark Road AU on to my patient beta reader who agreed to beta back sometime in November of 2006 (hi an_kayoh! [GRIN])!

Also, this is my first time posting an actual image to LJ, other than 100x100 userpics, so if it doesn't show up, or looks crazy, please let me know (and also let me know how to fix it!).

Hope you enjoy it! Feel free to grab, please credit if used. Best, chev

Manip in my LJ Gallery at:
Ronon 'n Rodney - A Moment of Connection
(Image is 1037x720 pixels, 460KB)