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Recs Meme, aka WesleysGirl Enables My OCD

I don't really have OCD. But mentioning that someone could *index* something? asfghjk! There's a reason I went to library school; if I did have an obsessive compulsion, that would be it. Good thing I love her.

nashmaveric started it here, with: I'll rec three writers, pointing out two of their stories that I love. These three writers will copy/paste the list to their journal and add three more. Kinda like a pay-it-forward thing. Recs cannot be repeated so each new person must read the list and make sure they don't rec a writer that's on it. (Most of the early recs are Spike/Xander, but I don't think it's a stated rule, just a reflection of the viral transmission pattern. )

That depends on the recced writers knowing that they've been recced, of course, and on people seeing (and thus not duplicating) not only the recs up-thread from them, but the ones on different branches from them. In other words, due to (despite rumors to the contrary) everybody in Jossverse fandom not knowing everybody else in Jossverse fandom, and recs on different branches that are happening at the same time, there's going to be duplicates. There's already duplicates.

But maybe this can help at least a little, at least for as long as I manage to keep it updated? Here is the recs meme in tree form, so you can see just who recced what.

The recs are numbered in ordered-list form, which means lots of 1s and 2s and 3s instead of a consecutive numbering system as some people have been doing, but I think for this format, the indexed-numbers make it easier to keep track of whose rec is whose. ETA: Now with direct fic-links, where the reccer provided them.

Note: And that's it for me, folks. I've spent 4.5 hours updating just today (12/3), after about three days of not catching up, and... I'm done. I can't keep up with it, especially since it's mutated from 3 to 6 recs on some threads. So if anyone wants to take it over, feel free to snatch my code and go for it. Just drop me a line here and let me know so I can point people to wherever you're keeping the list.


The Big List,

now on its own page.


MP's recs, also in the main tree for threading purposes:

janedavitt is probably most famous in S/X-land for Predatory Acts and its sequel, Preying On My Mind --- and justifibly so -- but my favorites of her Spike/Xander stories are these two linked short fics: Bringing It Home and Hand to Hand. Because they don't just hit my kinks -- they hit the why of them, touch things are lodged almost too close to my spinal cord for me to have words for them.

iyalode: This is my "Hey you kids, get off my lawn!" rec. I will beat you with my cane if you have not read Kaz' Viking Series and do not immediately hie thee hence to do so. And it will not be the fun spanky kind of caning; it will be on your head. Xander really is a Viking in the sack, Spike finds out -- and, so they both discover, out of it. Hil-fucking-larious, in both narrative and dialogue, and boobytrapped with painfully touching moments just when you thought you were safe. In contrast, Water Rituals is a dark, almost hallucinatory turning story. It's just on the edge of too dark for a deathfic-shy gal like me, but there's something I can't quite put my finger on that keeps 'dark' from being 'grim' here.

minim_calibre has written Angelus/TheBeast songfic. I really think that's enough of a rec for you to go read everything she's ever put in pixels, but since I've been going with the S/X theme: The Benefits Series manages to make Spike and Xander's Season 7 living situation -- complete with soul-guilt, Anya-guilt, and the messy joys of bachelor living -- funny and hot. Of Incubi and Inversion takes the same surface situation, and squeezes it until every available drop of pain, mutual discomfort, and dirtybadwrongness has been wrung out into the carpet that Xander doesn't remotely manage to sweep this encounter under.


2004-11-18 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

:: restrains self from munging data into an XML tree for full-text search & retrieval ::

:: restrains self from metadata tagging ::


2004-11-18 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

::fingers twitch::



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2004-11-18 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

This index idea is brilliant!

::adds to Memories::

Frankly I'm shocked that no one has mentioned anniesj or automatedalice_ yet. Odd, that.


2004-11-18 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

I thought of Annie myself, but wasn't sure how much of her fic was still under friendslock due to The Troubles, though I know at least some of the S/X is at


2004-11-18 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thereby proving you are the Dorky One.


2004-11-18 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Am too!

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2004-11-18 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you for the index and the rec! I remember writing those two short fics very clearly (in July '03; hey my date list came in handy! :-))and though they didn't match what I was doing back then, they were a sign of what was to come I think.

But I'm going to be hard-pressed to find someone whose fics I love not on the list already; that's an impressive collection there...


2004-11-18 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was tempted to go out of the s/x sphere myself, just to nudge the meme out of the one limited pool where we're running out of people womeone else hasn't already named.


2004-11-18 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


You link, you file, you recap. It's like my own kinkfic except it's real.

I love your brain.


2004-11-18 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

You link, you file, you recap.

I cut and paste!

It's like my own kinkfic except it's real.

I'm your secretary!

I love your brain.

In red sauce, or white?


2004-11-18 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'd give my left big toe for some of these people to have provided actual links to the fic. You, of course, did so, because you are fabulous and wonderful. *grin*

MMM, fic.


2004-11-18 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think most of them provided links to the fic in their lj post -- it's my cutting and pasting that did away with all the links. If you click on the link to the reccer's lj, you should hit their original post, most of which have fic-links.

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2004-11-19 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh my God how much do you rock?! A hell of a lot is how much! I was gonna do this but now I don't have to. ::grins happily::


2004-11-19 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)

*grin* Look, mom, my compulsive indexing neuroses are good for something besides drawing the family tree in Flowers In the Attic from memory. Big hit at parties. Really. If they invited people like me to parties. *g*

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2004-11-19 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

This tree is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Best use of an MLS *ever*.


2004-11-21 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

*g* Ask me to catalog the document in MARC format however, and I will run screaming from the room. There's also a reason I'm hiding out in records management and not actually working in a library.

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2004-11-21 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dorks unite! (To fill the world with many baby dorks.)

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More stuff for the meme


2004-11-29 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)

There's links to some you might have missed in my entry, but for your coding pleasure I've inserted a mistake in the opening < a href = ['] so you can copy the raw code. If you're still updating that is.

lynnenne said, and totally cheated for whatever reason so damn her for messing up all the systems:
[Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('<a [...] <a>') in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]

There's links to some you might have missed in my entry, but for your coding pleasure I've inserted a mistake in the opening < a href = ['] so you can copy the raw code. If you're still updating that is.

<lj user="germaine_pet"> said, and totally cheated for whatever reason so damn her for messing up all the systems:
<blockquote>1.<a href='">Under the Bridge</a> by <lj user="nihilistbear">. This story is Spike/Angel 75 years in the future. It's a sad, touching, and ultimately hopeful look at how they deal with the deaths of everyone they love, while they are doomed to go on. Alice's writing keeps getting better with every outing.

2. <a href="">Old Ghosts</a> by <lj user="chrisleeoctaves">. Angel/Buffy/Spike. Angst/love/sex. Beautifully written.

3. <a href="">All That's Best of Dark and Bright</a> by <lj user="redbrickrose">. Angel and Spike go to visit Buffy post-NFA. The way this triangle plays out rings absolutely true with me. I adore it.

4. <lj user="romanyg"> is one of my favourite authors. She writes the best Spike voice I have ever read. Her latest effort, <a href="">Don't Tell Me</a>, is just perfect. I don't have words to describe this one. Just go, read it, and love her.

5. Shape and Space by <lj user="dodyskin">. What? I'm *so* not repeating it. :p

6. And finally, anything by <lj user="kita0610">. Not because she's my beta, or because everyone knows her, but because she's simply the best Angel author on the Net. My favorite of her stories, <a href="">Manus</a>, is one of the finest pieces of fiction I've ever read, anywhere. Find this and more at <a href="">Slashing the Angel</a>.</blockquote>

1. <lj user="glossing"> <a href="">The Book of Daniel</a> (Giles/Oz) and <a href="">Pricking the Scars</a> (Faith/Wes, Lilah/Wes). Oh, you want me to wax reckical about her? Gloss can leap tall buildings in a single bound! When she's not healing the sick or completing the cryptic crossword in four minutes flat, she lights the world with her shining <strike>behind</strike> prose. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. The things she does with her fingers, well. It's just not proper for a lady to repeat.

2. <lj user="doyle_sb4"> <a href="">A Girl Made From Sky</a> (Dawn/Cheeseman) and <a href="">Silent Upon A Peak in Darien</a> (Ethan). Doyle can move mountains! And kill you with her brain! This Irish astrophysicist believes in pom-poms and wants to work with werewolves. She's going places. Like, to the shops! And maybe even the pub. Can you resist her hypnotic eyes? Probably. Because we're all online.

3. <lj user="toysdream"> <a href="">Resolution</a> (AtS ensemble) and the other is a cowritten thing that's already been recced but Toys gets no love! Damn you all. This hoopy frood really knows where his towel is. I live in Plotless Hell and Conflict Limbo, surrounded by unbaptised scene-babies wailing soundlessly in the darkness. He's got plot coming out of his ears. I want to be his ear-muffs but he's too cool to have any. <a href="">A picture's worth a thousand words?</a> That's why his illustrated stories are so DAMN LONG!

Re: More stuff for the meme


2004-11-29 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Yup, I'm still updating it; Germaine just sneak-attacked by doing her recs yesterday, while I was at late-Thanksgiving-Dinner all day. *g*

(The missed limb part seems to have come from jwaneeta spontaneously reccing, without having a source branch. Trying to figure out where to put that in the tree!)


2004-12-03 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, bollocks. I only just found you rec'd me.

::belly grovels::

and lots of smooches.


2004-12-03 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

*g* It would not do to have the whippersnappers next generation of S/X fans miss out on Viking!Xander.


2004-12-10 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Has anyone taken over the maintanance of the list?

I got rec'd by Sangpassionne, and have myself recommended three authors. I suppose the whole thing died before it finally reached me, but I thought I'd check. :-)


2004-12-10 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Nope, no one's taken over maintenance yet. It's updated through... 12/3, I think? But after that it's incomplete.

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