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Whenever I need cheering up, there are certain authors and fics I always revisit. Kel is one of those writers and this is one of those fics.

"Angular Momentum" is a gen-ish casefile/x-file which fits into canon, has the Mulder/Scully partnership at its center, and is written by an author who likes both characters! It’s mostly vintage Kel: snappy dialogue, intricate plotting, with a side order of political/social satire. The Lone Gunmen all play pivotal roles in this story, too. Oh! I nearly left out the best part: in a memorable and luminous sequence, Mulder and Scully journey to the "lower world," where they meet their spirit guides. This would have made a great episode, with its perfect mixture of humor, murder, and mysticism.

True confession. I love this story so much I commissioned fanart for it and gave it to the writer. Obviously, I love the writer, too. And the artist, Ravenari, is amazing. Click on the link after you’ve read the fic.

Collared Peccary and Gopher Snake by Ravenari

"Angular Momentum" by Kel
FEEDBACK: ckelll@hotmail.com
SPOILERS: The Blessing Way, One Breath, Teso Dos Bichos, The Calusari
KEYWORDS: Casefile, MS Friendship.
SETTING: Season 3
SUMMARY: “I have been on the bridge that spans two worlds, the link between all souls by which we cross into our own true nature.”
– Fox Mulder, “The Blessing Way”
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I'm still going back through the older comments at the nomination post. Way back when, someone nominated "Syncopation" by Lilla Vaughan, which I wasn't that crazy about to be frank. I don't remember why. But then I remembered she'd written this fic, which I do like a lot.

In her summary Nanda writes, "I think the title speaks for itself. Oh, and there are rocks falling from the sky, too."

The link is to AO3 but this fic can also be read at Gossamer.

Read Your Platonic Relationship: An Owner's Manual
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Being in the mood for something light and fluffy, I thought it might be fun to reread "How to Fake an Orgasm" by V.Salmone aka Punk and Sab. We last visited this fic in 2008.

How to Fake an Orgasm (23755 words) by Punk, Sab
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully, Fox Mulder/Original Female Character
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Original Female Character
Additional Tags: First Time, V. Salmone, Co-Written, punkensab, POV Alternating, Thanksgiving, Case Fic

Mulder, Scully, and the other woman.

Written as V. Salmone.

I'm linking to the post at Archive of Our Own, but the story is at Gossamer under Salmone, V. if you prefer text files. It's easy to hit that kudos button, but you can leave a comment, too.

This is kind of a crazy week for me, but I'll get back to the nomination queue for next time, I promise.

Read How to Fake an Orgasm.
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Finally. She posts.

Hey now. I've been busy. With what? Yuletide, [livejournal.com profile] xf_santa, reccing for The X-Files at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van (and updating the fandom overview). And now, I have a new community with [livejournal.com profile] tree to celebrate Dana Scully's 50th birthday: [livejournal.com profile] scully_fest. Go check it out.

So. I've been looking everywhere for this story. As it turned out, the author wrote under a different name back in the day, changed it at Gossamer, then changed it again--as one does--on LiveJournal. Fortunately, she archived it at AO3, where I ran into it accidentally looking for something else entirely.

Ahem. I am supposed to be telling you why you should read this. Well, it's a funny, character-driven fic set between "Triangle" and "Dreamland". Mulder and Scully deal with the fallout from his bedside confession of love. He's caught between two realities and two women: the woman from his fantasy world in 1939 and his partner, Dana Scully. Her character voices are perfect--wherever Mulder's imagination takes him.

Read Sixty Degrees of Separation. You can easily leave feedback for the author at AO3.

If you're interested, this Chronicle X Author's interview can also be found at Fialka's Candybox.
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It's still October 31 on my coast, so I feel fine about posting a Halloween story. In honor of our dynamic duo winning the Shipper Cage Match, I am posting some "Halloween (mind) Candy." No spoilers.

Sally says: Yeah, didn't think we could pull it off, didja? No deaths, no major traumas, just some harmless fluff—flirtin' and fuckin' as my granny used to say. Weird family, I'll admit. Speaking as one who has partied in a cemetery on more than one occasion, you can't beat it—they're quiet as the grave.

The link is to AO3, but you can also read this at either author's page at Gossamer if you prefer plain txt. If you do read at AO3, don't forget to hit the Kudos button on your way out. Even visitors can leave a kudo.

Read "And Dance by the Light of the Moon."

Happy Halloween!
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This week's theme is Under the Covers Undercover. Yeah, I made that one up, but it does pretty much sum up this week's selection. Mulder and Scully are in Las Vegas, posing as a couple (duh!) to get dirt on some scumbag mafia type. This was originally posted under the moniker "Anubis," who it turns out was a small group of fanfiction writers who decided it would be fun to write stories individually and then post them under the same sock puppet. Yeah, I don't get it either, so there must be more to the story than what little I've gleaned.

Anyway, this story is funny and sexy, which is exactly what I'm in the mood for.

Summary: Not enough plot to summarize. I only wrote one story as Anubis. As for the rest, I'm not sayin'.

Organized Crime had jumped at the chance to have fresh faces doing the surveillance, and Mulder had jumped at the chance for a weekend in Las Vegas, and they met in the middle and smacked together and came down right on Scully.

Ever since she'd been lured to Vegas, Mulder had been itching to go together. Unfortunately, all the time she'd spent apart from the Gunmen was rather hazy in her mind and she hadn't resisted with as much vigor as she should have. Now that she considered it, Mrs. Franklin was a pretty pitiful excuse even for him. Mulder no doubt had some sort of dark and nefarious bet with the Gunmen involving what *he* could get her to do in Vegas.

Regardless of his true motive, he'd signed them up to do surveillance on Chip Morelli in a hotel in the ridiculous and superstitious shape of a giant pyramid. A black glass pyramid with neon coursing down the edges in case any alien spaceships needed landing lights. Mulder was in love with it.

I'm kind of in love with its ultra-tackiness, too.

You can read Anubis's other stories at their Gossamer page, and then try to guess who wrote the rest. Members, Watchers, Lurkers: feel free to come forward if you are one of the other authors!

Read Sore Luck at the Luxor at AO3. Leave feedback for the author, then let us know what you think. Suggestions are always welcome at the nomination post.
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For this week’s fic, [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 and I thought something light and fun was in order, and while there are any number of fics I could have chosen, I decided to do something truly wacky and rec a fic built on one of the most mocked fanfic premise of all time: the FBI formal dance.

Now it is possible that I’m insane, but there is method to my madness. I read this fic several years ago when it was being recced at Mulder, She Wrote as "maybe the only decent dance formal fic ever written," or something to that effect. In memory, it has all the hardcore tropiness the premise suggests, while still being written well enough to actually be fun.

There’s formal wear, there’s dancing, there’s UST, there’s miscommunication, there’s jealousy, there may or may not be intoxication (I can’t remember, but there probably is), the lone gunmen get involved, heck, even Phoebe Green makes an appearance! C’mon, try it. You might like it.

Hardball by Missy Pennington

And as usual, the recommendations page is always open for your suggestions.

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DISTRIBUTION: Ephemeral, Gossamer, please ask for anywhere else.
RATING: PG-13 for mature content
KEYWORDS: Mulder/Scully something.
SPOILERS: S7, lots.
SUMMARY: Post-ep for "First Person Shooter." "And Mulder's
falling down on his end of the deal by doing a lousy job of making
the bed; it's impossible to convince myself that this really
is nothing."

Disclaimer: 1013 owns and is sorely neglecting significant
creative capital borrowed in this story.

Author's Notes: Part of Khyber VS 7. Thanks to Mims and
Samiam for early reads. This story was posted a week ago at:
http://www.alanna.net/Khyber. I *strongly* recommend reading
"Collapsar" and "Weret-hekau" first.

3. How Gravity Works on Planet Spooky

And if you have any suggestions for fics you'd like us to read once we get back to our regular schedule, please head over to the recs page and toss 'em out there.

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I'd like to offer a salute of solidarity to all you LDW survivors who showed up, read your hearts out, and hopefully had your say. It's fics like Life During Wartime that make our fandom exceptional, and it's participation that makes the book club fun. We manage to have both, and that's pretty awesome.

For our next rec, [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 and I though a change was in order - something short and light. It was my turn, and well, Pandora's Box isn't the shortest fic ever, but it'll certainly help us shake off our apocafic blues. *blushes*

I'm uh-- a little bit embarrassed to be reccing this. I feel like I ought to change my icon to a picture of a brown paper package or something. But if PWP can be classic, then I'd say Rachel Anton had a knack for writing smut classics, and of everything she wrote, Pandora's Box might be the most classic. I have a vague theory that everyone in fandom has been recced this fic by someone at least once. But just in case you haven't - just in case you have somehow missed out on this bizarre, sometimes excruciating, funny, and hot bit of smut - I'm putting it up for us to have a crack at. Oh, and it's a missing scene/AU for Bad Blood, so you know it's going to be wacky. *g*

Pandora's Box

Remember to send feedback to the author, and that the nomination post is always open for your suggestions.

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Today's short-short is "Intervention of Elves" by Lisby. It's a two-hour improv; the genre is post-col.

Before I forget, here's working link to "Eyes Shut". That's a damn sexy story.

We just blew past 150 stories, people. I guess posting a fic every other day for a solid four weeks will do that.

Today is also the birthday of one Dana Katherine Scully, who just turned 47 years young. To celebrate, how about reccing us a favorite Scully-centric story. Bonus points if it's not about the cancer arc or Emily. Extra bonus points if it's funny.

One of my favorites is "Failure to Die" by Kel. It's not about the cancer arc or Emily. Scully gets to act like a real doctor in it, by actually being a doctor during an undercover assignment. Mulder is undercover, too. He gets to play a Richie-Rich type on parole for drugs, working as a orderly. Gee, that's a stretch. It is narrated by the one and only Jerry Luskin who gets to play a retired FBI agent, now working as chief of security at the hospital, also perfect type-casting. They are all guarding a Mafia guy who is supposed to testify in federal court, except for he's in a coma, if I recall. Oh, and the hospital is haunted. It is a hoot. And Scully is awesome in it. Go read it now.

I should probably give Kel her own tag.

Okay, so post about "Intervention of Elves," "Eyes Shut," Scully's birthday, and don't forget, a fav Scully story! I realize it is now February 24th in most of the world. I can't help it if I live in PST.
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"But, but...we just read a story by [livejournal.com profile] syntax6!"

I know, I know...but she's such a great writer and I know you'll love it. The premise is a little silly but in a really adorable way. Besides, it is a pure pleasure to watch her work, avoiding every possible misstep and keeping Mulder and Scully completely in character. As always during this time of year, I am looking for something humorous for distraction. Maybe you are, too. For me, "Mistletoe Madness" fits the bill: it's a charming, funny, light romantic comedy, increasingly rare in a fandom that thrives on angst.

Read "Mistletoe Madness".

Those of you who can't get enough of the genre can go read holiday fic at The Xmas Files. Click on "Holiday Reading." I've only read a handful of these. Anyone care to suggest a personal favorite?

Keep an eye on [livejournal.com profile] xf_santa for some new, if not necessarily holiday-themed fanfiction.

Feedback is how we give back to our writers. Leave suggestions for stories and themes at the suggestion post.

Happy Holidays!
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I've been saving, nay, I've been hoarding this nomination by [livejournal.com profile] ktds. Funny stories are rare enough in The X-Files fandom, funny stories that make me snort tea through my nose are rarer still. From the sexy, funny opening scene to the exciting, funny conclusion, Kel's writing just grabs me and never lets go.

Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. Fated to be together, but blind to
their destiny.

What did it take for this clueless duo to tumble at last into
one another's arms? A broken air conditioner and an ice cube?
A dose of ephedrine? A blizzard? Any of these would have
sufficed. One day it happened. They became lovers.

These uncompromising idealists, totally committed to their work,
decided there was room in their lives for joy as well as anguish,
for comfort as well as pain.

And then what? How would the earliest days of this romance be
anything but bizarre, awkward... maybe even funny?

I enjoy many different styles and genres, but no one has provided me with as much consistent reading pleasure as Kel.

Do send feedback to the author. I'm still hoping she'll write us something new (hint, hint). Then you can let us know what you thought of "Recycled Virgins." Suggestions for next time can be made by dropping a comment at the nomination post. Sooner or later, we will get to them all. The link is to IOHO via the Internet Archive, but you can read this and more at her author's page at Gossamer.

"Recycled Virgins"
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Continuing my unofficial boycott of all things serious, I bring you something different, courtesy of a timely nomination by [livejournal.com profile] infinitlight. This metafic by Jess Mabe is clever, funny, and offers some interesting observations about writing fan fiction. She rates the fic "R" for Raunchy "but no actual sex was harmed in the making of this story." Damn, even her liner notes make me laugh.

Although the author has left the fandom, and has no working email address, at least none that I am aware of, we would love to know what you think of her story. Please leave us suggestions for next time, too. Humor is especially appreciated by the management at this time.

Untitled Random Case File #4664
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Yes. I know, I am bypassing the queue again. I need humor, friends, and there is no humor to be found in the queue, just depressing and even more depressing story recs. It has been a long time since I've read this, but I remember it as being a very clever x-file, written by two premier writers from our fandom. And, if memory serves, it is quite funny, too.

Title: "Malus Genius, vel Hoc Lemma Nequiquam Latine Scribitur" (The Evil Spirit, or This Title Is Written In Latin for No Reason)
Category: X, R, A, H
Rating: mostly R (sexual situations, mature language, and implied violence), but there are a couple of NC-17 sections.
Spoilers: Brief episode references late in the story; no major spoilers. This is a stand-alone, with the typical stand-alone disregard for the mytharc.
Keywords: Mulder/Scully romance
Summary: What's *your* evil spirit?

Malus Genius

As usual, give love to the writers, let us know what you think and leave suggestions for next time. I swear, I will get back to them, eventually.
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I would like to express my gratitude to the members of this community who carried on and discussed "Iolokus" so brilliantly in my absence. You guys are the best. What? You didn't even notice I was gone? Even better.

Because I am in need of comfort fic, I am by-passing the queue for the moment, in order to post a story I reread any time I am feeling low. I think everyone who loves to read has stories or books or fan fiction that they turn to in times of crisis, for escape or to just to make them smile. This one does all of that, and more. Any story that can make me laugh and cry and creates genuine suspense about the case file and the romance is a classic, in my view. I remember how disappointed I was when [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore recced this fic at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van. "No," I wailed. "That's my favorite story! I want to get to rec it." So now I have.

Summary: When an investigation in the middle of nowhere opens old wounds, 2000 miles away becomes too close to home. Can Mulder and Scully unravel the puzzle before they fall apart?

Here is a link at Fugues Fiction Archive, divided into two sections: Bone of Contention

Or, if you want it all in one big gulp, here it is on Michelle Kiefer's old site, way-backed. Bone of Contention.

As always, let the authors know what you think, us know what you think and give us your suggestions for next time.
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It has been suggested that perhaps we need a break from angst, so the planned Tesla three-parter has been postponed that we may clear our heads. We can tackle it next week. This week I bring you Pasta!fic. The author says it's babyfic written to sounds of the Breeders' "Last Splash." I have no idea what that means but if [livejournal.com profile] estella_c thinks it's worth reading, that's good enough for me.

"Al Dente"

That link is "reocitied" now; if it goes down, let me know. Or you can find it at Gossamer.

Read, give feedback to the author, encourage her to move her site, give us suggestions for next time. Did I leave anything out? Oh, that's right. Was it good for you, too?

If you just have to have something else to read, try "Kinesthesia". It, of course, is not on her author's page, it's misfiled under Amy, her real name (or is that another fandom name?). Whatever. Gossamer works well until it just doesn't. It's a casefile, NC-17. Yes, of course, I'd like to know how you liked that one, too. Enjoy!
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There just are not enough funny stories written for The X-Files fandom, so when I need a humor fix, I keep coming back to the same authors (and the same reccers). [livejournal.com profile] estella_c and [livejournal.com profile] counterphobe, what would I do without you?

Even Jess's summary for Bombardier Boy makes me smile:

SUMMARY: Mulder and Scully (who else? As if I've ever written Krycek fic)investigate the mysterious deaths of members of the Russian Mafia and the appearance of a new "breed" of crime fighter.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I am not an entomologist. I hate doing research. Draw your own conclusions. This idea was my husband's, so this is dedicated to him. He is a beetle fanatic.

Thank you, Jess Mabe, this was just what the doctor ordered.

If you have a funny suggestion (or even a serious one, okay) for next time, leave a note in the nomination post. If anyone knows how to contact Jess Mabe, please tell me, so I can send her flowers and chocolate-covered Mulderclones.

Bombardier Boy: Or, The Metamorphosis of a Superhero

Jess M's fanfic (Thank God for the wayback machine)
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So... this is the first time I've posted a rec here, obviously!  I'd have backed out like the easily intimidated little fandom squirrel I am, but Wendy poked me with a (figurative) stick and asked me to post this for her, and who am I to deny our lovely moderator? ;)  After all, she asked for more humorous suggestions in a thread in the previous rec post, and I was the one who just had to jump in and open her big mouth.  I can't be sorry about that though, because either you've read this fic before (it is rather infamous) and will not be at all sorry to give it a re-read, or you never have and you clearly need to remedy that right now.

Believe me, I'm the first picky reader to shake their head in disdain when you say "genderswap" to me, especially if you do it with a straight face.  It's been so long since I first read this fic, I can't even remember what ultimately pushed me over that "NO" line and into it... I'm guessing I gave it an initial shot because I was on a PunkM kick and figured that if anyone were to do it right, this would be my one shot to see for sure.

And of course, it's done wonderfully.  Hilariously, incredibly, you've-got-to-read-it-to-understand; all that and more.  I can't help but wonder whether PunkM has ever had a dream of some sort that involves waking up inexplicably in someone else's body, because that's how it feels to read this fic, and it is all the more excellent for it.  And as you might imagine, hijinks most definitely ensue.  (How could they not?)

Flea Market Economy

What are you waiting for?  Go read, laugh like mad, come back, and discuss!  If you have a suggestion for reading, you can let us know here.  And remember, as [livejournal.com profile] dashakay is always telling us, feedback matters.
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We have reached the last of the travel theme stories. Travel theme, you are thinking? Never mind.

We are just doing humor this week, as a change up from last week's very plotty, angst-laden offerings. This week's story was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] hlbr. As I recall, in "Waiting for Agent Right," it is first season, Mulder and Scully are in the first class lounge of the "world's ugliest airport," waiting for a weather-delayed flight. Agent Mulder is getting high on free champagne; Agent Scully is not. Hi jinks ensue.

Waiting for Agent Right

For those of us with way too much time on our hands, I am arbitrarily introducing a new feature, to appear maybe every week, maybe not. I like to keep you guessing.

It's a Book Club Rerun: go check out our discussion on The Airport by the great Jess M. Have fun!

As always, go read, come back, we'll talk. If you have a suggestion for reading, you can let us know here. And remember, as [livejournal.com profile] dashakay is always telling us, feedback matters.
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This week's, or should I say, this fortnight's story is "Airport" by the great Jess Mabe. It was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] dictatorcari. I have not yet read this story, which surprises me since I loved "The Other Man." Something tells me that these two stories have little in common other than their author. Jess rated her story "Oh, NC-55, even I can't read it without feeling dirty." The genre would be "smut, smut, smut, smut." Et Cetera. Yes, MSR, too. Minors, in accordance with the Livejournal policy regarding such matters are advised to read no further. And now, a pretty link!

The Airport

Let us know what you think; let the author know what you think; and please, let us know your suggestions for next time.


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