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Fic: "Imaginary Friends" - The Stargate Sg-1 Unending Fanwork Challenge
Honouring the Finale of a Brilliant Sci-Fi Series!

User: sg1_unending (posted by wolfenm)
Date: 2008-08-10 22:57
Subject: Fic: "Imaginary Friends"
Security: Public
Tags:cam/lam, daniel/vala, sam/jack, stargate sg-1
Woooow, it's been a long time! XD Started this *last year* ....

Title: Imaginary Friends
Rating: PG-13
Genres: Romance (Daniel/Vala, Sam/Jack, Cam/Lam, a mention of Teal'c/Ishta), Humour, Angst, Drama, Friendship, Character Death (canon, as well as OCs), Female Problems -- May Squick!, and Heavy Philosophical Musings (are those last two actually genres?)
Summary: Thanks to a little holographic intervention, the forty years inside the time dilation bubble weren't as lonely as they might have otherwise been ....
Spoilers: up to and including "Unending"
Length: a little over 18,600 words -- about 41 pages; 5 chapters+Epilogue
Notes: Sequel to "A Love-Hate Thing" and "Cats, Candles, and Confessions" -- last in the series.

Reade it here
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User: tardiscalling84
Date: 2008-09-23 06:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This story was so beautiful, and heartbreaking, and so exceptionally good.

I don't have the words to convey how this story made me feel (although you did make me cry.) It's just...incredible.

Poor Teal'c.

I loved it. You are a gifted writer.
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User: wolfenm
Date: 2008-09-23 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you!! You're the first feedback I've gotten on it -- I was starting to think people hated it! XD
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campylobacter: Qetesh
User: campylobacter
Date: 2009-11-29 05:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is a difficult story to leave feedback for, considering that its emotional impact is one of tragedy, although structurally, its "happy" ending conforms to canon.

The science fictional element is what makes it remarkable; notably, that the simulacra that drained the energy core enriched existence for the flesh-and-blood characters.

The pathetic (academic sense of the word, as in pathos) elements make it an emotionally challenging read, especially since "A parent shouldn't outlive a child" is the incipient motif of the Stargate 'verse, thanks to Jack. As a fan, it rips me up to read Holo!Jack dying, as do the other virtual characters. Especially angsty is poor Vala's plight: cancer, the loss of a beloved daughter. I almost had a COW when I read this passage:

And so the ship's population blossomed over the years to twenty-five simulacra and five flesh-and blood humans.

And then one day it was only 29 simulacra and four flesh-and-blood humans.

Because SG-1 + Landry = 6 flesh-and blood humans, and you hadn't written of Hank's death yet, I was thinking you were prepping for a plot-twist where Vala had died during the operation and that poor Daniel was with a hologram for the rest of the story! I'm relieved it was a typo.

This cracked me up:

And then he would request that DanielJackson and ValaMalDoran accompany him at some point to Dakara under the pretense of looking at the ruins for clues to defeat the Ori — Dakara was serene and beautiful at night, under the moon ....

Until Tomin shows up!

Thank you so much for this:

you have to do as Vala suggested and reverse time

Because Vala deserves credit for the idea.

I ship Sam/Teal'c, Daniel/Vala, Jack/Daniel, and Daniel/Cam, (plus various threesome permutations) but I'm glad I read your story, even if it was heavy on emo-WHUMP; I enjoyed how much Landry you had in the story, because he seems under-represented in a lot of fanfic.

PS: Placing the link to feedback at the END of the story in addition to the beginning might prompt more readers to share what they think. :-D
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User: wolfenm
Date: 2009-11-29 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, thank you for all the great feedback!! I think I will have to sit down and do as you suggested, put the feedback info at the bottom of the fics too -- thanks for that!

And thanks for the catch with the population info -- that was a pretty huge goof! And I screwed up with the simulacra count too, going form twenty-five to twenty-nine? Yeah, my brain gets weird with numbers, but that's ridiculous. I also reversed the order to humans first, since Jan's loss came *after* Hank's. So now it reads:

And so the ship's population blossomed over the years to six flesh-and blood humans and twenty-nine simulacra.

And then one day it was only
five flesh-and-blood humans and twenty-eight simulacra.

I'm really glad you caught that!!

You said: "Until Tomin shows up!"

I say: ROFL!! XD

I actually have a fondness for Jack/Daniel and Daniel/Cam myself, and I can see the appeal of Sam/Teal'c (especially since Amanda and Chris saw it that way in this scenario and admitted to playing it up). Oddly, my while I enjoy certain pairings, my muses just don't seem to be inspired to *write* them! LOL

It's actually very odd for me to write a fic with such a sad ending -- I mean, I'll make the characters miserable throughout, but I always aim for a Happy Ending, cause that's the kind of girl I am. *G* So this one surprised me! I mean, it really couldn't have gone any other way and not violated canon tremendously, but I'm surprised I was inspired to write it at *all*! LOL! Still, I'm glad I did, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks very much for reading, and *especially* for commenting! :D

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campylobacter: geek-sexy
User: campylobacter
Date: 2009-11-30 00:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Regarding feedback:

I've been a hard-cord X-Files fan since 1998, and a fanfic junkie just as long. It wasn't until I joined an XF fanfic mailing list & critique community (WhyIncision) that I realized how important feedback is to fanfic authors. I'd always taken it for granted.

So now I'm making sure to publicly comment on what I read, because it not only encourages authors, but encourages lurking readers.

One day, we gotta compile a list of "10 Stupidest Reasons Why Readers Don't Leave Feedback", because I've seen some doozies! (One being "I liked the story, but it's not my OTP and my OTP wankfriends will ostracize me if they see me leaving fb for my non-OTP."
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User: wolfenm
Date: 2009-11-30 01:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Egad, that *is* a doozie! O_o I always try to leave at least a few words, even if it's just "That was brilliant!", to let a writer know that hey, someone read and enjoyed it! :D But I typically try to say more than that, pic a line I really liked or something.

Some friends have learned not to ask me for feedback, because then I tend to go line-by-line with suggestions. I guess that stems from my being a proofer/editor for Tart. Although Gaia knows I'm not perfect grammar-wise either! >_<

"WhyIncision" -- I like that! :D
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