McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with kisahawklin

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with kisahawklin
Interviewee: kisahawklin
Date(s): August 4, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: online here; WebCite
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kisahawklin 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? My very first, thankfully not-on-the-internets Mary Sue fanfiction works were written back in 2000. I started posting late 2004, and posting regularly in 2008....I started in the Alexander the Great fandom; a atrange mix of actual history, Mary Renault, and Oliver Stone's movie. I wrote a fair amount of short stuff for that. I've written a few pieces in several other fandoms, but I've been entrenched in SGA since I got into this fandom in 2006.
Why do you ship McKay/Sheppard? What draws you to the pairing, what do you like and dislike? Whoa, that's a lot of questions for one number - I'm going to break them up a bit. I ship John and Rodney because they have the strongest emotional connection on the show. It's obvious from very early season one, and only gets stronger over time. I honestly think they're both a little messed up, each in their own weird way that just happens to make them perfect for each other. Their idiosyncracies seem to work together. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to date either of those men, and feel sorry for the women on the show who do/have.

I love your fix-its stories! Do you have a favourite story that fixed something in any given episode? What has been the hardest canon plot point for you to make better? Doing the tagathon for season five was exceptionally hard for me, as I was disappointed with most of the episodes, and I didn't want to write anything that would be jossed the next week. Some of it I couldn't help writing fix-its for (Teyla naming the baby after John in the season opener, for example), but wanting to keep the entire tagathon within canon for season five, I avoided any true John/Rodney hookups or Keller-dumping because I knew she'd be back the next week. My episode caps were often things I thought they missed entirely (Rodney's living will in The Shrine, for example - I may even rewrite that one, because I pretty firmly believe in it and I didn't do it justice in the short time I threw it together) or little bits of something that caught my attention (the cell in Inquisition). The thing I'm have a rough time fixing (and I'm sure I will get around to, if I want to write anything post-season five) is Rodney and Jennifer being together. I'm not a hater; I just think that the relationship is not a good one for either of them. It makes me sad that after four years of growth, with a team that loves him for who he is, warts and all, Rodney is back to making a fool of himself and trying to please someone by changing himself around. I have a problem with handwaving it away, so I can't do the one-sentence sum-up of the breakup in passing thing, and while I can see an infinite variety of ways that they break up, I've never been particularly interested in one or another to put it down in words. Someday.