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Penname: Laughing Magpie [Contact]
Real name: Member Since: 18 Mar 2006
Membership status: Member
Greetings from the evergreen (and soggy) Pacific Northwest.
I'm a veteran of many (mostly sci-fi/fantasy) fandoms over the course of many years and ATLANTIS is my current almost-obsession. One of these days, I might try my hand at fic writing again, but for now I'm content to enjoy the creativity and ability of others. It's a 'wonder-full' life. Bright Blessings!
Reviews by Laughing Magpie

Summary: Elizabeth has decided to create a bulletin board for the posting of important notices. This series of ficlets, drabbles, and other madness is the result.

Categories: General
Characters: Aiden Ford, Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Other, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Drabble, Humour, PWP - Plot, What Plot?, Series
Warnings: None
Chapters: 137 [Table of Contents]
Series: Memoranda From the Edge

Word count: 54547; Completed: Yes
Updated: 19 Apr 2007; Published: 31 Jul 2005
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
06 Jun 2006
This gave me the best laugh I've had in weeks and weeks. "Kirk Johnson"! Hah! All your stories are wonders to behold, but this series is one of the best of its kind I've ever read in any fandom. Your plot bunnies love you well. Congrats on keeping it going and many happy returns. (still snickering....)
Chapter 100: Atlantis X-Treme

Summary: If anybody was to make sure that this man would stay safe and sound, it would have to be John, if only for the reason that everybody else would kill the overconfident son of a bitch within the first five minutes.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Angst, Episode Related, First Time, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 4 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 13823; Completed: Yes
Updated: 17 Mar 2006; Published: 14 Mar 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
18 Mar 2006
The title of this caught my eye (always loved that poem) and the story certainly lives up to it. I've been 'ghosting' this site for months now, but I enjoyed this so much I decided to finally register so I could leave signed reviews to the folks who so richly deserve them. Thank you for the lovely read.

Author's Response: thank you very much! that poem is one of my favourites in all three books. :)
Chapter 1: 1/4 - Prologue

Summary: For the rest of his life, John would remember Rodney McKay in that damned Klingon outfit. (For Amezri, who wanted "John and Rodney visit a sci-fi convention".)

Categories: Crossovers > General
Characters: Cameron Mitchell, Daniel Jackson, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Samantha Carter, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Humour, Team
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 5032; Completed: Yes
Updated: 16 Mar 2006; Published: 16 Mar 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
18 Mar 2006
I've been attending cons since way back in the early days of Star Trek (TOS) and this had me laughing so hard I cried. From naturally pointed ears to Wormhole Xtreme and the Renfest-like spectators-- wonderfully, totally hilarious! On a side note: I was at a con in the mid-80s where a guy in costume was picking pockets. He was noticed and chased through most of the place, crowds and all, by two HUGE guys in full Klingon gear. They caught him and held/sat on him until the police arrived. A pic did appear in the paper the next morning, too. Thanks again for the lovely read.

Author's Response: Oh, wow! so con-goers would be *used* to that sort of madness, eh? Little did I know...Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the fic! I'm glad it tickled you. wags,springwoof
Chapter 1: complete

Summary: To Rodney it was kind of fitting that the last human being in existance, 3 million years in the future, was a trolley-boy from Liverpool. Somewhere the Ancients were laughing at the irony of it all.

Updated: 19 Mar 2006; Published: 17 Mar 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
18 Mar 2006
I don't usually read crossovers, but as soon as I saw "vindaloo", I was hooked. Don't apologize---write more! This had me laughing so hard my husband kept telling me to breathe. Looking forward to Cat making an appearance.

Author's Response: There is nothing better in life than a good vindaloo. Am currently writing more (ok in truth I'm actually re-watching series 1 of RD and attempting to write a chapter of Latin, but will be doing more tonight ... morning ... whatere:) Please breath coz Cat is coming in the next chapter YEAH!!!
Chapter 1: An Unknown Friend

Summary: A bit of holiday silliness.

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

Word count: 3188; Completed: Yes
Updated: 17 Mar 2006; Published: 17 Mar 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
18 Mar 2006
How sweet! Cute and laugh-out-loud funny, too. It flows very well and you have strong descriptive abilities. If you have other 'silly' story urges, by all means post them. Frivolity is good for the soul.
Chapter 1: complete
[Reviews - 3]

Summary: Summary: They've been here mere months and people are going missing - being abducted - by something that shouldn't even exist. Only in the Pegasus Galaxy could this happen...

Categories: General
Characters: John Sheppard, Original Character, Other, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay
Genres: Humour, Team
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1644; Completed: Yes
Updated: 05 Apr 2006; Published: 05 Apr 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
05 Apr 2006
Let me just start by saying I ADORE that opening line! Startled the doves outside the window laughing so hard (they're giving me the evil eye now.) Your stories are pure pleasure and enchanting creativity. Your name alone on the byline means I'll read it and there are several I return to over and over. Thank you for sharing your talents--they are much appreciated!

Author's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed, and thank you for your kind words - it means so much to me to hear that. :)
Chapter 1: Mythical

Summary: Just how big was that thing?

Categories: General
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Genres: Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 943; Completed: Yes
Updated: 12 Apr 2006; Published: 12 Apr 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
13 Apr 2006
I hope you always follow these charming, endearing, down-right hilarious Lepus Ficticious tracks--you write them so very well. Thanks for the delightful read! (FYI--You're one of my favorite fic writers. I pretty much look for you and read and enjoy anything you write because it's so consistently good and your sense of humor and wit come across beautifully.)

Author's Response: Wow, thank you! That's a tremendous compliment. I wish I could write funny stories more often, but in many ways they're harder than serious stories.
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: Everyone breaks.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Drama, Episode Related, Friendship, Pre-slash, Team
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 7286; Completed: Yes
Updated: 23 Apr 2006; Published: 23 Apr 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
24 Apr 2006
This is elegant, eloquent and very, very moving. A complex set of emotions told with heartbreaking simplicity and spot-on characters. I hadn't been able to put my finger on a few things that had been nagging me (much as I love the show) about Season Two and this crystalized and expressed some things I felt were lacking. And thank you so much for an ending that didn't betray the rest of the story with a perfectly sweet resolution. I'll read this over and over. Thank you for sharing!

Author's Response: So glad to hear this brought things together for you. I felt the same way - the themes of torture running through the show seemed to be unfinished because they weren't being connected. I have a feeling it's a theme I'm not finished with yet. Always nice to hear I've made someone's re-read list. Thank you.
Chapter 1: 1 of 1
In the Jumper Bay by Jen [NC-17]
[Reviews - 23]

Summary: What happens after dark in the Jumper Bay?

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

Word count: 1581; Completed: Yes
Updated: 01 May 2006; Published: 01 May 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
04 May 2006
I don't normally read slash unless it's recommended to me (as this was), and I'm glad I read this. Very original and nicely done. I personally love the puddlejumper design and the idea of them gossiping and caring about people is charming. Thank you for sharing this.

Author's Response: Thanks for trying this story out, even if it isn't one of your usual genres. I'm really pleased you liked it. The jumpers were only supposed to have a walk-on role in another story of mine (one line, if memory serves), but from that, they ate my brain and caused this. :) Thanks for commenting!
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: In retrospect, contracting a business management consultant to review the personnel interaction on Atlantis wasn't the best idea Elizabeth Weir had ever had.

Categories: General
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Steven Caldwell
Genres: Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1091; Completed: Yes
Updated: 04 May 2006; Published: 04 May 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
04 May 2006
I've often wished for a gun in some very similar situations. This was delightful! Very funny and the pacing and characters are perfect. Caldwell laughing at something Radek says is a wonderful touch as well. Somehow, I picture the consultant as somewhat Woolsey-like. Thank you for sharing this.

Author's Response: This was very much therapy for me...
Chapter 1: 1 of 1

Summary: Rodney finds himself trapped in a transporter with Elizabeth and truths come out.

Categories: Ship Pairings > McKay/Weir
Characters: Elizabeth Weir, Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst, Hurt Comfort, Pre-relationship
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 2860; Completed: Yes
Updated: 25 Jun 2006; Published: 25 Jun 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
25 Jun 2006
Oh! Oh! Oh! (bouncing eagerly and still laughing) That is one of the best opening lines, followed by a sweet, funny, well-written/structured story. Your plot bunnies love you well. I'm not the biggest McKay/Weir fan, but I am a fan of good stories and this one definitely made my day. Thank you for sharing.
Chapter 1: Transporter Truths

Summary: "You're not Kirk. You're Buck." A slashy little vignette I wrote a long time ago.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Genres: Established Relationship, Humour, PWP - Plot, What Plot?
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 564; Completed: Yes
Updated: 25 Jun 2006; Published: 25 Jun 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
25 Jun 2006
This was cute and light and funny--just the way to start a good morning. And an idea I've wished for more of, since I've had the same thought more than once. I adored BUCK myself (lover of excessively cheesy sci-fi that I am). Nice to know there are other folks out there willing to admit the same thing. Thanks for sharing this!
Chapter 1: John Sheppard in the 21st Century

Summary: Sheppard tries to explain baseball to Teyla, especially this one team on Earth with really interesting nicknames. Teyla falls for it. Rodney chokes.

Categories: General
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Humour
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1193; Completed: Yes
Updated: 27 Jun 2006; Published: 26 Jun 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
28 Jun 2006
I'm laughing so hard, I hope I can spell properly. I have this original routine on tape, and it makes me laugh so much every time I see it, I use it to brighten bad days. After reading this, I think I'll bookmark it and use your version instead. Spot on characters and a wonderful new twist to an old classic. Well done and thanks for sharing!
Chapter 1: Take Me Out
The Hair by Asturiet [PG]
[Reviews - 6]

Summary: Please do not feed the hair; it is on a precisely formulated diet. WARNING: Extreme weirdness.

Categories: General
Characters: Carson Beckett, John Sheppard, Other, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: Humour, Vignette
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 2192; Completed: Yes
Updated: 04 Jul 2006; Published: 04 Jul 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
04 Jul 2006
You know, extreme weirdness can be a very GOOD thing when it's well written and downright hysterically funny. I've been hoping for some real world interview or comment that "explains" John's/Joe's hair, but this is even better. Thank you for sharing this. It was the laugh I needed to keep the rest of the day happy.

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad I could brighten your day a bit -- it certainly brightened my wee hours.
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: "You know," McKay says, eventually, "it's a good thing I'm an old-school gentleman. Anybody else would have taken advantage of this situation." Spoilers for Pegasus Project

Categories: Crossovers > Ship Pairings
Characters: Rodney McKay, Samantha Carter
Genres: First Time
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 8868; Completed: Yes
Updated: 18 Jun 2007; Published: 24 Oct 2006
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
25 Oct 2006
I must compliment you on this! It's simply fantastic. I freely admit to a "soft spot" for well written sex (het or slash) and this is better than the vast majority of so-called professional erotica on the shelves. It's explicit, sweet, hot, funny, tender, well-worded and paced and grounded in possible realities. And oh, my the underwear countdown and the wishing she'd shaved her legs! Perfect. The dogtags and dialogue about getting to know each other. Again, perfect. And I'm not even much of a shipper of any sort--I just appreciate good stories of many different stripes. Thank you for sharing this. It's going in my favorites.
Chapter 1: /

Summary: For two weeks you were Mommy's one and only little boy again. Realization dawned on you.

Categories: General
Characters: Rodney McKay
Genres: Character Study
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 1046; Completed: Yes
Updated: 02 Apr 2007; Published: 01 Apr 2007
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
03 Apr 2007
This is a wonderfully insightful view of Rodney and most especially of Rodney and his relationship with his family. A very enjoyable read except for one thing--I would urge you to proof read this again, please. "Rush" should be "rash" and there are quite a few errors based on the word "you" that are frequent enough to make it a bit distracting and choppy to read. Thank you for sharing.

Author's Response: Yes Ma'am, up and searching for a beta, soon to be found ;) Thanks for reveiwng
Chapter 1: Hypochondriac 1

Summary: Ronon has wanted Sheppard ever since they met, he now knows that he is wanted in return but the ex-runner is not going to make the first move, he is going to make John do it.

Categories: Slash Pairings > Ronon Dex/Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard
Genres: First Time
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 2 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 2474; Completed: Yes
Updated: 24 May 2007; Published: 09 Apr 2007
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
11 Apr 2007
I have to agree with Alipeeps. Good basic idea, but very difficult to read and make sense of. If you don't have a beta, perhaps that would help? One way to avoid run-on sentences is also to read aloud and see where you naturally need to draw a breath. Hate to see this overlooked in future for what are relatively easy fixes.
Chapter 1: One

Summary: It was a teddy bear. Old and well loved...

Categories: General
Characters: Rodney McKay
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 849; Completed: Yes
Updated: 19 Apr 2007; Published: 19 Apr 2007
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
20 Apr 2007
I loved this. It struck just the right note. Bittersweet and hopeful all at once. Particularly loved the line about natural talent for alienating people and others alienating him first. Have you heard the story Kate Hewlett tells about how when he was younger her brother became mildly obsessed with a BRIDESHEAD REVISITED character and carried a teddy bear around with him everywhere he went for months? Thank you for sharing this.

Author's Response: So glad you liked it. And no, hadn't heard that story. Such a sweet image! Thanks for the review.
Chapter 1: 1 of 1

Summary: John could have spent the night on the mainland taking part in some crazy Athosian harvest festival that had promised to include lots of ale, but he'd declined in favour of playing chess. With Rodney. Who was now standing him up.

Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Carson Beckett, Elizabeth Weir, John Sheppard, Radek Zelenka, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan
Genres: First Time, Humour, Hurt Comfort
Warnings: None
Chapters: 1 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 3369; Completed: Yes
Updated: 26 Feb 2008; Published: 26 Feb 2008
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
26 Feb 2008
Cute. Sweet. And a bonus reference to BUBBA HOTEP. Who could ask for anything more? Well done as always.

Author's Response: I still have nightmares about Bubba Hotep. That movie was so awesomely awful. *g*
Chapter 1: 1/1

Summary: All he had left was their wonderful history.


Categories: Slash Pairings > McKay/Sheppard
Characters: Other
Genres: Angst, Established Relationship, First Time
Warnings: Adult themes
Chapters: 6 [Table of Contents]
Series: None

Word count: 7050; Completed: Yes
Updated: 15 Sep 2013; Published: 03 May 2010
Reviewer: Laughing Magpie (Signed)
20 May 2010
The idea of this is solid, but the execution still needs work. Do you have a beta? You have quite a few grammatical and spelling errors in a very short story. Also quite a few run on sentences and repetitions of the same words and phrases. Do you read your work out loud to yourself? That can help you catch and correct problems. Too many errors of this sort can distract the reader from what you are trying to say with the story itself. Although, some of them are funny--like the the "bowel of popcorn" in the second chapter. There doesn't seem to be much connection between the two chapters. The second one doesn't seem to be a continuation or further exploration of what happened in the first section. I'm sorry if this seems negative, but you did invite constructive critique. Please don't give up! You can't improve without practice.

Author's Response: no i don\'t have a beta. thanks for the idea for reading out loud to myself i will try it. as for the connection part it will be clear in the end. hint: the theme of the story is history. thanks again for your honest and constructive critique.
Chapter 1: Chapter 1