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Penname: Ciar [Contact]
Real name: Member Since: 18 Dec 2007
Membership status: Member
I love McShep fic, in particular first time stories, angsty stories with a happy ending, romantic stories with drama and a happy ending, adventure stories with a happy ending (notice a bit of a pattern there as regards endings?? *g*). Basically I prefer to read stories where John and Rodney gradually realise how they feel about each other, become an item, and are ultimately happy that they're together (trials and tribulations thrown into the mix, to strengthen their feelings for each other, is great too).

I'm relatively new to slash fic, and as of late 2007 I decided to try my hand at writing slash, unfortunately I'm not the fastest writer in the world :(

ETA: From 2008-2013 I had to take a break from fandom for RL reasons but I'm back now and hoping to write again soon.
Beta-reader: Yes
Reviews by Ciar

Summary: When Rodney inadvertently activates an Ancient Device he'll do just about anything to keep Sheppard from finding out.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Humour, Romance
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 14348; Completed: Yes
Updated: 01 Feb 2009; Published: 29 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
14 Mar 2009
I really enjoyed this story :) It was lighthearted but also had just the right amount of tension when necessary. I like the way you kept Rodney (and the reader) confused as to Sheppard's true motives for being 'interested' in Meredith Miller - very clever distraction and a nice plot twist!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
PDA by Madison [R]
[Reviews - 10]

Summary: Well, because he's always wanted to say it...

Mild spoilers through mid season 5, then a sharp detour in the direction of my chosing.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Challenge, First Time, Humour, PWP - Plot, What Plot?
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1719; Completed: Yes
Updated: 02 Feb 2009; Published: 02 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
02 Feb 2009
You absolute genius, you! Nice little story that encapsulates everyone's personalities nicely and gives us the mcshep we know is lurking beneath canon :)

Author's Response: Thank you! I believe I have my slash goggles firmly in place. :-)
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: His existence, as he remembered it, began eleven days ago. He knew the word day was what to call the cycle between a single span of sunlight and darkness, but he could not remember what groupings of days were called. He didn't think it mattered much.

Updated: 10 Feb 2009; Published: 10 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
10 Feb 2009
Oh God I LOVE this!! I think you are a great writing team. Not only do you have a supreme handle on the characters internal lives and motivations, you have a really lifelike way of describing them in your stories.

I absolutely love McShep amnesia-fic and this was a wonderful example. I just had to read it in one sitting and absolutely couldn't wait to get to the end, while simultaneously hoping that it would never end - that's a good sign :D

I felt it was so easy to empathise with both Rodney and John in this fic and it had just the right amounts of angst, tension, and danger in the plot. I loved the beginning in particular - it drops the reader straight into the story and gives a really good idea of how John feels with his memory loss because he doesn't know what's happening so neither does the reader. We learn what's happening at the same time as John does so it gives each thing he figures out strong importance for us too.

Thanks so much for writing and posting this, it's going on my favourites list and I'm going to enjoy re-reading it and taking in even more of the wealth of detail and sensation I felt while reading it this time around.

Author's Response: Hi Ciar, Madison and I are having trouble both being able to reply to reviews. It seems like only I have access to the respond function as I was the one who actually posted the story. Anyway, here\'s Madison\'s reply to your lovely comment, I\'ll do mine above! :) ----- Madison here - You have hit upon the two things that please me most as an author to hear: characterization and the ability to allow you to visualize the scene. Those are the things I care the most about when writing and look for in other fanfic, so you couldn\'t have said anything nicer here. Your FB here (and in even greater detail above) is lovely and fantastic--more of a critique and a review than simple feedback and it is what *every* writer of fanfic craves--specific details about the story that made you happy. :-) Thank you!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
11 Feb 2009
Hello again, I am leaving a second review because I don't think my first attempt was terribly coherent in trying to describe exactly which elements of the story affected me most.

I really enjoyed how you established and demonstrated John's self-reliance throughout this story, in particular during his time in the prison camp when he was able to use logic and his native intelligence to figure things out. You showed the capable nature that is at the core of his being and I found it fascinating and reassuring to see that being brought to the fore. It's not an aspect of John that got a lot of airtime in canon and that's a pity.

I adored the time you spent showing Rodney's devotion to John, and I was so glad that you emphasised that Rodney feels that protective of, and loyal to, John all the time and not just because he felt guilty for getting John in trouble on this planet. Rodney's guilt and horror at the thought that his John might be hurt, or gone forever, was palpable for me when I read your story. It showed that he loves John just as he is, in fact he loves him because of who he is. Rodney doesn't fall for the outward glamour, he falls for the man inside. I do love the many examples you included of the reasons for them loving each other and wanting to be together :)

I loved getting the chance to see John without his guard up - it was still essentially him but a softer him and that was nice to experience. It made me think that it was sad that John Sheppard is the way he is because of the less than great things that have happened in his life. The people he has known in his past have made him defensive and made him strive to fight his own nature. Having Rodney in his life is good for John and actually encourages him to be himself more than I think he has for a long time.

I enjoyed reading about a Rodney who actually knows John much better than he thinks he does. My heart was warmed by the fact that John had memory fragments of Rodney that brought him peace when he had no idea who, or where, he was. Their instant rapport, and John's feeling of trust for Rodney on first meeting him in this story, aptly illustrated their strong connection which then continued throughout the story and made me so happy to read on.

And finally, I loved your science and your story behind the Ancient implant and the ravening bacteria that infested the City. They both felt so plausible - in fact the entire story felt that way to me, it felt like I was watching a particularly good episode of SGA. I hope that you take that as the sincere compliment it's intended to be :D

I can't wait to read more stories from you both, either as a team or individually!

Author's Response: I can only echo Madison and say how much your detailed feedback means to us! I completely agree with you about the best SGA eps - the ones that are strong character-led pieces with the action fitting in nicely with the personal interactions - and I am so glad that our story worked for you in this way. I love collaborating with Madison and I think her John and my Rodney fit together well, so hearing that you found their relationship moving and real also makes me happy. Thank you so much for your kind words! cep xxx
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Blessed by Mithreon [NC-17]
[Reviews - 15]

Summary: John never interrupts Rodney's lesson. AU sequel to When push comes to shove

Warnings aka Read at your own risk: There are very many sick things – incredibly sick things – in this story. I assure you, this *will* squick. Just assume it will be way too much for you and you'll be on the safe side.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Other
Characters: Rodney McKay
Genres: Established Relationship, Series
Warnings: Adult themes, May squick
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: When push comes to shove

Word count: 7490; Completed: Yes
Updated: 17 Feb 2009; Published: 17 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
18 Feb 2009
I found this a very interesting story to read - really unique. I thought it was impressive how you managed to keep a completely consistent internal character voice throughout, one that contained elements of canon Rodney existing in extremis. Your writing/description of Rodney's thought processes and motivations made it possible to empathise with, and understand him, even though his behaviour and thinking was so wildly different from canon and he was rather to be pitied.

I think that your have an incredible mind for unusual plot and plot twists, you really layered on the various levels very convincingly :) I honestly did not know where you were going to go next or what to expect!

I didn't find the bestiality annoying, or particularly squicky, and I think that's entirely because you led into it with the events and descriptions of Rodney's completely submerged will and his inability to reject Simmon's commands.

Therefore, the scene in the barn was plausible and fitted within the context of this AU. This is because the relationship between Simmons and Rodney is completely exaggerated and over the top. In fact I sense that it is deliberately thus, which means that for this story what Rodney does in the barn is in keeping with his character's thought processes and the relationship's dynamic. I think it also serves as a very useful signal to the reader that this is AU (with knobs on lol) and it shows how completely caught up in his way of thinking this AU!Rodney is, it signals that he is MOST DEFINITELY NOT a Rodney that most of us would be familiar with, and that he is a Rodney to be pitied because John never found him and rescued him from Simmon's excesses.

I thought the barn scene was quite useful in shocking the reader and in demonstrating to the reader that this AU was not a happy place, no matter how Rodney's mind was twisting events to make it feel that way to him. It was a Rodney who was isolated and alone and at surviving as best he could at the mercy of this sadist - it made me quite sad for Rodney :(

I thought your use of 'Sir' to describe Simmons throughout the story was very effective in signalling Rodney's mindset and his feeling of his place in this world and this relationship. You gave very little info on Sir's thought processes or motivations and I think that, in combination with the use of the generic name/title, made it easier to imagine an OTT control freak, sadist like Simmons simply because the character was depersonalised in that way.

I think your decision to use SImmons and not Sheppard in this story was a good one. Yes, Rodney could be written somewhat sympathetically in this AU, because the reader can empathise with him and can recognise certain 'corrupted' elements of his character, but I don't believe that Sheppard could be written sympathetically in this particular dominant role within this story - it wouldn't fit with any aspect of his personality as a character and it would be far too unpleasant to read. Also, I'm a McShepper and I would have found it far too traumatising to read a Rodney/John relationship in which John had no redeeming qualities and in which he treated Rodney so badly :)

Author's Response: Thank you very much for your review! You\'re right: the story wouldn\'t have worked with Sheppard in the role of the abuser. He can be quite mean on occasion, but there\'s no way he could have pulled *this* off. As for the pity - it\'s strange. Sometimes I feel pity for this twisted Rodney, sometimes I don\'t. Rodney is fully cooperating, after all, and while the fact that he feels that he needs this makes him seem pitiable, in my mind he\'s actually, well, not happy, but at ease with his life. Content, maybe. Which, in my opinion, is more than most people can say about themselves:-)
Chapter 1: Blessed

Summary: Does anyone write love letters anymore?

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Character Study, Drabble, Established Relationship, Romance
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: The Letter Series

Word count: 1888; Completed: Yes
Updated: 13 Mar 2009; Published: 13 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
14 Mar 2009
It's such a wonderful snapshot of their relationship and their feelings for each other. It's so wonderfully in character for both of them. Rodney's description of his reasons for loving John are so touching, as are John's ways of showing that he loves Rodney.

Neither man is very likely to express positive or deep feelings easily to the other but, as your story rightly points out, that certainly does not mean they aren't feeling these things for each other - intensely!

Thanks so much for another great McShep story!!

Author's Response: Aw, thank you very much. I can sympathize with Rodney\'s ability to express himself better on paper than in person, as well as his reluctance to move forward with the information once he\'s put it into words. Thank you, again, for such lovely FB.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Laundry Day by Madison [NC-17]
[Reviews - 8]

Summary: This was totally and completely embarrassing...and the hottest thing in his recent memory. A little PWP. Set in Season 5.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Challenge, First Time, PWP - Plot, What Plot?
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3393; Completed: Yes
Updated: 25 May 2009; Published: 25 May 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
26 May 2009
Blimey, this is a hot story but it also has lots of sweetness and romance too. That's a great combination :) I love the level of detail you put into it from describing Rodney's feelings and thoughts, to his and John's actions in trying to free him from being caught and while they're having fun with each other - this made it all feel so believable! I loved the dialogue too - very true to character and very funny at times. I'm always glad to see a new McShep fic from you!

Author's Response: Thank you! I was taking a break from the monster WIP and this was only supposed to be a little drabble but it got away from me. I\'m so pleased you liked it--you touched on all the elements I was shooting for!
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Precious by lavvyan [PG-13]
[Reviews - 8]

Summary: Sil shrugged and tapped on the readout screen. "This is a tagged government ship. The broadcast is clear, the designation is on the list. It's the Aurora."

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Action/Adventure, AU - Alternate Universe, Series
Warnings: Character death
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: Dearest

Word count: 4074; Completed: Yes
Updated: 06 Jul 2009; Published: 06 Jul 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
18 Aug 2009
Yaaaay! A sequel that gives us a happy ending : :) :)

I'm so happy! And it was so nicely written - just the right level of tension and drama to make me think that things might not work out well and to make it seem perfectly plausible and realistic when they did work out well. Really good plot!

Thanks for this!
Chapter 1: Precious

Summary: Anatsuno wanted "the story where Rodney's the Librarian from Discworld. going Ook! :D"

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Samantha Carter, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Established Relationship, Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1079; Completed: Yes
Updated: 08 Jul 2009; Published: 08 Jul 2009
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
18 Aug 2009
Fantastically funny and so true to both canons- I do love these Atlantis/Discworld crossovers.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Summary: Sometimes appearances are deceptive.

Categories: General
Characters: Jennifer Keller, John Sheppard, Other, Rodney McKay
Genres: AU - Alternate Universe
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1622; Completed: Yes
Updated: 19 Sep 2010; Published: 19 Sep 2010
Reviewer: Ciar (Signed)
26 Sep 2010
Oh yes!!!! An SGA/Highlander story would be fantastic. I really enjoy Highlander (i.e. most of the films & TV series, and, definitely, The Raven). It would be great to see you intertwine the mythos of both verses together, as well as creating an exploration of the characters with new backgrounds, traits, abilities etc. Best of luck with writing more of this :D
Chapter 1: Chapter 1