McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with hestia lacey

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with hestia lacey
Interviewee: hestia lacey
Date(s): August 16, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: McShep Match: Team War, Archived version
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hestia lacey 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 started imagining in different universes when I was a kid. It never really stopped. I started actually writing stuff - just little drabbles, mind - about seven years ago. However, it's only really in the last eighteen months that I started writing for an audience that wasn't myself and my cat.

My first great fandom love was SG-1, where I shipped Jack/Daniel like crazy. After J/D and I divorced on grounds of irreconcilable differences (namely everything after season seven), I got involved with the Harry Potter fandom and the Harry/Draco phenomenon. While I have written things - itty bitty things - for both of these fandoms, I've never put them up for people to see. At the moment, SGA is still where my heart's at. I'm reading in other fandoms still (Merlin in particular), but not actively taking part.

As far as creative processes go, what type of writer/artist are you? Do you create an outline/find photo references/make maps, etc., or do you jump in and go with the flow?

Most of my fics are a reaction to a character or situation, and usually arise when I ask myself a 'what would happen if...' question. Once I have an idea, I generally start by sitting down and thinking about how I want a fic to feel to someone who reads it. This isn't always a word to describe an emotion or a sensation; more often than not it's a colour, or a palette of colours, maybe textures too. Next, I write the dialogue (if there's any) - it tends to be what the rest of the words hang off. From then, I just jump in.

As I've been finding recently, this process works just fine with short stuff, but I'm having to find new ways to do things with longer fics. It's challenging but enlightening, and I'm really enjoying it.

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

The SGA fandom, as well as being truly, absurdly talented, is the most welcoming and plain old nice fandom I think I've ever been involved in.

As for SGA, I fell in love with the whole concept from the very beginning. The place and the characters really caught my imagination and once I'd sat through the pilot I was hooked. I loved the idea that the characters were all the people the SGC couldn't find a place for, the awkward people, the misfits. And, at the end of the day, the people they wouldn't miss if it all went wrong. I like the way they're not conventional heroes; they're heroic geeks. I love the characters the writers created, even if I do (like most people) have issues with the writers themselves.

Why do you ship McKay/Sheppard? What draws you to the pairing, what do you like and dislike? Favourite scenes or episodes? Quotes? Screencaps? What other SGA pairings do you ship?

Initially, I liked the spark between them. They just lit up their scenes right from the start and I found that very hard to resist. As time went on, I got hooked on their dynamic, too. Two people with jagged edges that somehow seem to fit, though it's not always easy. By Brotherhood, and those looks John gives Rodney the whole time, the way they bicker? I was drawing hearts around the idea of them together. Later in the show, as I've said in other places, John was so obviously in love with Rodney (who was obviously oblivious to the whole thing), I just couldn't help myself.

My favourite episodes are Brotherhood (because of the arguing and the puzzle-solving and the looks John keeps flicking Rodney the whole time), Adrift (because of the way they fight, the way they work together in spite of it), Echoes (because the set-up is essentially a date, even if TPTB didn't see it that way) and The Shrine (because... GAH). I wouldn't even know where to start with scenes. There are a few moments that stand out for me though, that make my little shippy-heart all fluttery.

When Rodney flatlines in Tao, and the look on John's face. It just screams "I'm not ready for this."

The way Rodney looks whenever he hands John something that'll kill him (if it works like it should), but especially in Prodigal and Enemy at the Gate. When John grabs Rodney's tac-vest, the way he smiles at Rodney at the close of Remnants when Rodney insists he hasn't been fooled...

There are no other SGA pairings that I ship quite like John and Rodney, but recently I've found myself wanting to see Teyla and Woolsey together.