[identity profile] slidellra.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] ds_team_romance
Hi! I'm [livejournal.com profile] slidellra and I am filled with glee. I love due South-style romance, I love the talent and awesomeness on this team, and I love how we're going to crush Team Angst under our sweet, loving, tender boots.

Soon, China and Sage will give us dialogue prompts, and then we'll have about four weeks to complete our stories. We're writing individually, but this is a team effort; team brainstorming, beta assistance from the team, all of us working together to make Team Romance shine.

Anybody who believes in our cause but didn't make the 17-person cut can volunteer to write backup fic. That would be WONDERFUL and very welcome, as we'd have alternate fic on the off chance a writer can't meet her prompt after all, and we can post the extra fic at the end of the challenge. It will shock you all, but, in general, I am very much in favor of more fic.

Soon we'll start brainstorming and fic-discussing, and all such discussion needs to be f-locked, because I know quite a few members of Team Angst (I am, in fact, staying with one RIGHT NOW), and I can tell you firsthand that they are sneaky, devious, and not at all above spying on our brilliant, sweet, and lovely discussions and using them for their own advantage. Shocking, I know. This means that everybody on Team Romance does need to JOIN this community.

To get warmed up, we'll be doing some getting-to-know-you stuff (leading each other around with blindfolds on, falling backwards into your team's arms with your eyes closed, the usual) and some writing fun along the lines of a drabble tree.

First, how about a slightly used inspirational picspam? I posted this mini-picspam in my journal while drumming for sign-ups a couple of days ago, but, hey, this is another case where I am in favor of MORE and AGAIN.
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I mean. WOW. This has been called "their wedding portrait" and "their prom picture." I think you can see why.

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Awwwwwwww. Small touches, YES! ♥

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Oh, yeah. I'm going to be begging hoping for some Ray/Ray romance. Also, [livejournal.com profile] mergatrude has promised to send Tim Tams to anyone who writes it. I bet Tim Tams are tasty. I think you want some of your very own.

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That dirty Mountie. He is so happy.

Second, have some questions:

1. While engaged in goodnatured team rivalry, I seem to have unilaterally decided that Dief is our team mascot. Dief the matchmaker, Dief the florist, Dief the sweet-toothed. What do you think? Alternative suggestions accepted with glee.

2. How long have you been writing in due South?

3. Do you usually write romantic fic, would you say?

4. On a scale from A LOT to OMG SO MUCH to EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, how much do our boys love each other?

5. Will we destroy Team Angst with kindness, porniness, sweetness, or humor? Will we bring them to their knees with the power of love?

ETA: Oh, and how about posting a link to your fic? Share your work with the rest of us.

Date: 2007-09-15 06:31 pm (UTC)
catwalksalone: happy grey cat surrounded by flowers (ds ray ray smile)
From: [personal profile] catwalksalone
ok. so i should probly have waited until i was more sber, but that's a looooooooooooooooong time in the future.

i reckon i've got a hicgh chance of tim-tam claimage. wooo ray/ray! *goess to happy place*

1. DIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why yes, he is a an approropriate mastcot. weeee!

2. um. on and off for about 16 months. more regularly for the last 2 or 3.

3. someestimes i'm nice. sometimes i'm naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarsty.


5. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes. to the power n

Date: 2007-09-15 06:41 pm (UTC)
catwalksalone: happy grey cat surrounded by flowers (ds team romance)
From: [personal profile] catwalksalone
6. um link = haaaaaaard


(beer plus painkillers = cat somewhere on a planet far from eartha)

Date: 2007-09-15 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aingeal8c.livejournal.com
1) Oooo yes Dief is agreat mascot.

2) Erm *thinks* about 3 years now though I cringe at my early stuff.

3) Yes, the sappier the better.


5) Yes, yes yes, and yes. The power of love cannot be denied.

Fic (http://aingeal8c.livejournal.com/tag/fic)

Date: 2007-09-15 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aingeal8c.livejournal.com
That small link uses my fic tag on my LJ since my fic is all over the place ;-)

Date: 2007-09-15 07:07 pm (UTC)
ext_3244: (ds match: vecchio w. flowers)
From: [identity profile] ignazwisdom.livejournal.com

1. I think Dief is a great mascot! Dief is totally a romantic!

2. I posted my first dS story (ficlet, really) in 2003, but I wasn't really fannish for a few years there, so ... technically, probably a year and change.

3. YES. I've done angst, too, but my soul belongs to romantic fluff!


5. Will we destroy Team Angst with kindness, porniness, sweetness, or humor? Will we bring them to their knees with the power of love?

I think we need a theme song! Huey Lewis, anyone?

Fic: dS memories (http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=ignazwisdom&keyword=%2A+My+Stories+-+Due+South+%26+HCL&filter=all) or all fandoms at my site (http://www.geocities.com/holdenesque/)

Date: 2007-09-15 07:25 pm (UTC)
ext_842: (Fraser)
From: [identity profile] etben.livejournal.com
1. dief-as-mascot works for me!

2. um. *scratches head* well, according to lj, my first dS fic was posted in january of 2006, which is almost two years ago. So. That. (I can't decide if it feels like more or less than that, honestly.)

3. Yes. I am a sucker for happy endings, and also for porn. Which - not that you can't have both of those in an angsty story, but my stories do tend towards the schmoopy. And the pornographic.

4. They love each other EEEEEEEEEE OMG SO MUCH A LOT.

5. we will kill them with KISSES. Sweet, schmoopy, ridiculously adorable KISSES. MUAHAHAHAHAHA.

and I'm pretty sure that all of my dS fic is here (http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=etben&keyword=My+fic:+due+South&filter=all)</b?. YAY TEAM ROMANCE! GO US!

Date: 2007-09-15 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etcetera-cat.livejournal.com
1. Yay Dief!

2. Since July last year. I was lurking from about February of 2006 and very definitely not writing because I am monofannish in my participation. And then I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] getfraserlaid, developed a flist with distinct feelings towards Canada, and the hive mind had successfully assimilated me. YAYHIVEMIND \o/

3. I'll plump for yes, but I'm a pretty understated kind of girl compared to some people. And about 93% less porny *woes* I do comedy, though! And Diefenbaker. Yay Dief?


5. Most assuredly. And if that fails, we spike their drinks and steal any of their porn alcohol and chocolate that isn't nailed down.

6. Uh... fic... I don't really have it all centralised yet because I'm crappy and lazy like that (and can also only battle html for a short time before I start weeping sad tears) *scurries off* Okay, so, I've just discovered that my abilities at tagging are remarkably similar to my abilities at html. *thunks head on wall* But, uh, (http://community.livejournal.com/getfraserlaid/3959.html#cutid1) some (http://etcetera-cat.livejournal.com/335362.html#cutid1) of (http://community.livejournal.com/ds_flashfiction/525993.html) my (http://community.livejournal.com/ds_flashfiction/530621.html) stuff (http://community.livejournal.com/ds_flashfiction/536343.html)

Date: 2007-09-20 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etcetera-cat.livejournal.com
Doesn't it have to be a stetson? *g*

Also: Yes ma'am! *possibly scuttles in a codewards direction, after seeing how huge her flist has gotten in two days*

Date: 2007-09-15 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mondschein1.livejournal.com
1. Dief is always good! (But so is Bob! Bob is totally going to play matchmaker at some point. Just look at MotB!)

2. Um...since the spring of '05? So, wow. Over two years.

3. No. I never write romantic fic, ever. I write fluffy silly comic stories in which romance may crop up unexpectedly, or I write needlessly heart-breaking angst that causes all fangirls everywhere to hate me. That's the way it goes. But, I am a changed woman! I feel the need for smooshiness more often than I'm comfortable admitting! So, you know. Go Team Romance!


5. Absofuckinglutely. All the boys are romantics. The only problem is they keep trying to deny it. If they'd just relax and enjoy the party, they'd just much all day, all the time...so I vote for a good deal of alcohol, yes I do. (Just kidding.)

My fic's all in LJ memories here (http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=mondschein1&keyword=due_SOUTH&filter=all), and some of that stuff's even made it into my website (http://www.ds-research.net/mondy/duesouth/). (The website's very definitely under construction, plastic orange cones everywhere. Don't judge it too harshly yet. :-))

Date: 2007-09-15 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebrocade.livejournal.com

2. I posted my first dS story 12/05 (yep, it was for ds secret santa). dS is the fandom of my heart; it's my first fandom and the fandom that accidentally introduced me to fandom and slash.

3. I think I run pretty even between angst & romance, but I'm best at humor, which seems more romancy to me, so I went for TEAM ROMANCE. wOOt!


5. Um, yes?

My fic. (http://bluebrocade.livejournal.com/106734.html)

Date: 2007-09-15 08:33 pm (UTC)
ext_1175: (Boykissage by zoetrope)
From: [identity profile] lamardeuse.livejournal.com
1. I think Dief works wonderfully as the mascot, though I would accept a side order of either car and possibly Ray K's turtle.

2. I started writing in due South in early 2003, god help me.

3. I would say yes, that I do write romantic fic. What angst there is is tempered by lots of romance, and there's always a happy ending, folks.

4. There's no limit to the love. All combinations, all pairings, bring it on!

5. I think the porn and the humour can be counted on for dealing the final blows. Above all, there were lots of laughs in dS, and if you lose that, you're losing the underlying spirit of the show.

You can find the rest of my dS work here (http://lamardeuse.dreamhost.com/ds/dsindex.html).

Date: 2007-09-16 08:55 am (UTC)
catwalksalone: happy grey cat surrounded by flowers (ds ray/ray tread new ground)
From: [personal profile] catwalksalone
I just went and reread Reset for the first time for a long time.

Can I tell you you made my morning?

Date: 2007-09-16 11:13 am (UTC)
ext_1175: (Ray & Fraser by siriaeve)
From: [identity profile] lamardeuse.livejournal.com
You sure can! :) Thank you very much.

Date: 2007-09-15 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caersmane.livejournal.com
2-Not too sure. I lose track of time easily. Maybe a year and a bit in dS.

3-Of...a sort. As romantic as I can get, I guess. I'm looking forward to giving it a better try ;)

4-SO DAMN MUCH. I am up there with EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

5-Power of love will prevail. We will bring them to their knees, with pledges of love in hand.

Most of my stuff is posted in here and other places I fail to remember.

Date: 2007-09-16 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dessert-first.livejournal.com
1. Dief is THE perfect mascot for Team Romance, and it was a crushing blow to Team Angst that you had the foresight to snag him first. (Oh, wait, that wasn't very loving of me, was it?)

2. I've been reading due South fic for years and it has long been the fandom of my heart, but I only got the DVDs for S 3 and 4 this year. Now that I've seen the boys in canon, I've posted a few things as of May.

3. I guess most of my fic is romantic. Some people have disagreed with that, though. ::cough::


5. I suspect there is a bit of a romantic in most readers in this fandom, so our supreme victory should be swift and vicious. And, uh, loving. I'd imagine the porn will be very key to winning, but even more so, the powah of love through carefully moderated, non-saccharine schmoopage. Also, humor will be the devastating secret weapon. They set 'em up, we knock 'em down. It might be helpful to discuss which fics we all find most romantic, and what made them that way.

6. Here (http://dessert-first.livejournal.com/tag/due+south)'s what I've posted so far.

Date: 2007-09-17 01:52 am (UTC)
jadelennox: due South: Fraser's leg and Diefenbaker (due south: fraser leg and dief)
From: [personal profile] jadelennox
So excited!

1. Is *anyone* cooler than Dief?

2. Only since January!

3. I write a lot of lighthearted 'shipfic, which, to me, is romantic.

4. Mere ASCII cannot express the depths of their romantic, passionate adoration.

5. I believe in the power of humor and lighthearted love. Kindess will destory their emo woe, and the porniness of love will always destory the porniness of dysfunctional, angst-ridden sex. And when we bring them to their knees, they'll be well placed to ... *ahem*.

6. My due South fic is here

Date: 2007-09-17 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brynnmck.livejournal.com
1. Dief > everything. GOOD CALL, [livejournal.com profile] slidellra!

2. Posted my first dS fic on December 6, 2006. Wow, it feels like longer ago than that. Heee.

3. Yeah, I'm pretty big with the romance and happy endings and schmoop. And humor. And sometimes pr0n.


5. We will seduce them slooooooooooowly and with great dedication, wooing them, whispering sweet nothings in their ears, teasing them with the lightest of touches, making them swoon and sigh and laugh with joy till they are quivering puddles at our feet. Also we won't be hacking off anyone's limbs (NOT THAT I AM THINKING OF ANYONE IN PARTICULAR *cough*[livejournal.com profile] nos4a2no9*cough*).

6. My fic is all here (http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=brynnmck&keyword=My+fic&filter=all) in my memories (scroll down for the due South).

Date: 2007-09-19 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] green-grrl.livejournal.com
1. Dief is the most romance-enabling buddy EVER!

2. The first DS fic I read was in April '05, [livejournal.com profile] littera_abactor and [livejournal.com profile] makesmewannadie's Spiderman2 crossover tentacle!porn crack!fic. Which I loved! (And still do.) I didn't really get hooked on the fandom, though, until February of this year, when I saw [livejournal.com profile] laurashapiro and [livejournal.com profile] pipsqueaky songvid Goody Two Shoes (which is totally and completely irresistible!) and I've watched every episode and read, like, eighty gazillion fics since. That said, I've started a handful of DS fic bunnies, but haven't actually finished any, so I'm taking this challenge as a kick in the butt to get something done.

3. I am queen of the schmoop! I'm also all about the crack and the porn and the long, slow romantic build. But the angst is haaaard, and it hurts, and I don't think I do it well because I'm so resistant to hurting my characters. *pets them and snuggles them into bed with each other*

4. (Plug your ears, okay?) *deep breath*


That much. :-D

5. The power of the romance is MIGHTY! We shall rule all we survey! Muah ha ha ha!

Er, with lovingkindness, of course.

I have a fic index here (http://green-grrl.livejournal.com/25183.html). (Mostly Stargate, but there is one Men With Brooms (http://community.livejournal.com/midsummer2007/5596.html)!)
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