McShep Match Team Peace 2009 Interview with wickedwords

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with wickedwords
Interviewee: wickedwords
Date(s): August 9, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: Team Interviews: rache: mcshep_peace, Archived version
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wickedwords was interviewed in 2009 for McShep Match.

It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.


How long have you been writing fan fiction and/or making fan art and/or whatever else (vids, knitted goods, pornographic gingerbread cookies)?

I first started writing fanfic on a Mac SE, and the first story I wrote was during season 1 of Star Trek: The Next Generation (It featured Worf/Riker). So I'd guess it was 1988, given that both of those premiered in 1987. I attended Koon-ut-cali-con in 1989, and started vidding in 1992. And I joined Fanlore, the OTW's fandom wiki, in 2008.

Wow, that's a lot of dates. Good thing I started young.

What do you enjoy most about SGA and/or SGA fandom?

As far as the show goes, I loved that it was so meta about itself and about science fiction overall. Not every episode had it, but there at the beginning, everyone seemed very aware that they were the "B" team, and that was its main strength for me.

The other thing I loved was fandom related: how many people came into the fandom from other places. We were "the sadder but wiser" fandom right from the start, and that feeling gave us a lot of freedom to play.

What are your 'tells'? How can a fic of yours be spotted in the wild? (again, go ahead and make origami out of the truth!)

Hmm. Well, I like to break people. I guess it's the sadist in me, but I like to break the characters I like the most, and I like to have fun playing with my readers too. So I write a lot of angst, h/c, and crack!fic. There tends to be some description--things seldom happen in white rooms--and there's usually dialogue. I tend to show people's faces and actions, rather than describing internal emotional processes, so it's a little external at times. Plus I love run-on clauses.

What is your favorite McShep cliché?

I really love stories that psychologically twist the knife just a bit, and power games thrill me. So Slave stories are good fun for me, as is the whole set quasi-consensual cliches: Amnesia, Aliens Make Them Do It, Bartering Body for Survival, Fuck-or-Die. Those are pretty much golden as far as I am concerned, and adding hurt/comfort to any of those doubles my fun.