magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.16: Revisions
Chapter Summary:
Questions, answers, and a plan that just might work.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which the SGC rallies. )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.15: Reunions
Chapter Summary:
The Tok'ra and Free Jaffa seem to have something up their sleeves.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which allies new and old are found. )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.12: Samsara
Chapter Summary:
Nowhere is safe, no one is certain, and SG-1 splits apart from the strain.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index


In which things fall apart. )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.11: Angels
Chapter Summary:
Allies appear, and make things worse. The situation at the SGC slips a little farther out of anyone's control.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which desperation and damage darken the door. )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.10: Skirmishes
Chapter Summary:
Politics, arguments, existential crises... and oh, yes, Anubis attacks.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which everything goes to shit. Again. )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.09: Portents
Chapter Summary:
Unwelcome news, unwelcome diagnoses, a side jaunt into epistemology, and a rather odd day.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which the SGC braces for the coming storms. )

magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.08: Entity
Chapter Summary:
 Two steps forward, two steps back.  The SGC deals with one crisis, while in the background, things get worse.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index


In which communication is tentative, and translation often catastrophic. )

magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.06: Polaris
Chapter Summary:
A late night on an alien world, a frantic scrabble to make sense of things, and more raw wounds than anyone knows what to do with.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which we take a swing toward fatalism. )

magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.04: Vigil
Chapter Summary:
Medical emergencies. Silence on the radio.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which the loss is realized. )

magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
 Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.02: Machina
Chapter Summary:
 Fortifications are requested, oblique threats appear, and Carter and Daniel find that something is a little unusual about this place they've found themselves in.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

In which things that look too good to be true might well be. )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
 Title: Beneath A Beating Sun ch.01: PV1-542
Chapter Summary:
 An alien installation, an unlimited source of productive energy, and an alien species just out of range for first contact.  All in a day's work for SG-1.
Index post: [Fic] Beneath a Beating Sun - Index

Jack inhaled as he stepped onto PV1-542 – a habit he'd never been able to shake, even when on occasion the smells coming from the 'gate region were less than pleasant.  Usually it was good to take a deep breath of fresh air first thing on a new planet; most of them were untouched, or relatively untouched, wildernesses, invigorating in the absence of car exhaust and smoke and too many people.  Unfortunately, this wasn't one of those.

Read more... )
magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
Title: Beneath A Beating Sun
Rating: "T".
Genre: Drama, Action/Adventure, Angst, Teamfic
Beta: Beta radiation consists of high-energy electrons or positrons and can be blocked by an aluminum sheet. ...what's this about an editor?
Continuity: Canon until sometime season seven, after Death Knell but before Heroes. Then wildly, drastically AU.
Prerequisites: Some familiarity with Ascension and Anubis.
Summary: On an incredible world, SG1 finds a weapon capable of defeating the Goa'uld. But the price of attaining it may be too high. They may have to sacrifice one of their own.
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to someone else! Except what little belongs to me. The opinions expressed herein are the properties of the characters and not of Peter A. Sturrock. May contain small parts not suitable for children. Fiction not rated for use underwater. Questions, comments and quasars can be left in replies or directed to magistrata(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you for reading and responding!

Chapters
  DW FFN AO3*
01: PV1-542 DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
02: Machina DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
03: Deus DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
04: Vigil DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
05: Eulogy DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
06: Polaris DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
07: Attack DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
08: Entity DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
09: Portents DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
10: Skirmishes DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
11: Angels DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
12: Samsara DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
13: Redux DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
14: Escape DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
15: Reunions DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
16: Revisions DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
17: Fury DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive
18: Starlight DreamWidth FanFiction.net Archive


* I've just run the import into AO3, and there are still some formatting issues I need to straighten out.  I'm making no guarantees as to formatting or legibility on AO3 at this time.  (Though if you ask me, I'm of the opinion that it's probably more FFN's fault than the Archive's.)

magibrain: The gateway to the stars stands waiting. (Stargate)
I spent most of yesterday beating fanfic into shape, which is something I haven't done in a good long time. But yesterday was something of a special occasion: just under a week ago, I finished Beneath a Beating Sun in draft, and on Sunday, I'd finished my preliminary polishing of the first 16 chapters. (The 18th – final – chapter still needs more work, but it's done in draft, and that gives me enough confidence to move ahead.) So Sunday was the day when I went twenty rounds hand-to-hand with Fanfiction.net trying to get BaBS updated and the new chapter posted. (Among other things, FFN no longer allows you to use things like single hyphens or asterisks to indicate scene breaks. To which I say verily, what the fuck.)

But as I was reformatting the BaBS chapters to retain their line breaks, I decided to go back and add line breaks back into some of my older works, like Antipodes and Scars. And looking back on those, Scars especially, was... humbling.

Because here's the thing. Scars was meant to be my farewell to the FF8 fandom. I'd been writing for FF8 since 1999 – it was my first fanfiction community, dating back to the days when the FFGurus Forums were still going strong, and my work there is honestly responsible for a huge amount of my writing skill. It was my alma mater, in a way. And Scars was, if not precisely a thesis, still a final exhibition. At the time I wrote it, revised it, and posted it, it represented the best of my writing ability.

That was back in 2005, and when I look at it now...

I won't say it's bad. It still has its charm, and I think it still gets its message across. But I look at it now, and I can see where it should be tightened, where the pathos should be toned back, where it should be punched up, where characterization needs to be tweaked and how the tension arc needs to be smoothed out, where the description falls down or fails to set the scene. There are layers upon layers of improvements. And it's wonderful, and a little terrifying, because when I wrote that, I did not know how it could be made better. And now I do.

And the stuff I'm writing now? Oftimes, I don't know how it can be made better. And sometimes I'm afraid that I'm not going to get any better, that because I don't see how I can improve, I'm not going to. And in a way, getting over that means having faith in the past; in that what was possible then is still possible now. The stuff I write that's the peak of my ability now may look like my first-draft stuff, years from now. And I can do this. I've done it before.

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