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Recs from RS-Games, week 1

The first week of rs_games
has been great, and I kind of want to rec every entry... They all deserve recognition - read, comment, vote :D

The Electric Fizzing Prick Pistols, or Whatever
Rating: PG-13 (for language)
Warnings: language/swearing, magical realism
Word Count: ~3900
Summary: Everyone is born with Words on their arm that connect them to their Soulmate. James finds his, Sirius had everything figured out back in First Year, Peter doesn’t talk to girls anyway, and Remus thinks he’d very much just like to put his earmuffs back on and disappear.
Why you should read this: This story has everything a good MWPP story should have. It's truly funny, all of the Marauders have their own unique voice, it's got inventive use of magic, and it has sweet and romantic moments.

* Summer to Your Heart
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Angst and sex (and married!Remus having an affair, added by me)
Word Count: ~4800
Summary: They met years ago when they were young and unattached. But now that Remus is married, Sirius is only summer to his heart.
Why you should read this: This is sad and beautiful, and the mixed emotions and the bitterness is captured incredibly well.

* Le Songe
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Word count: ~5400
Summary: At first there is nothing, then there is The Dream: a jumbled, fleeting scene blanketed in the same winter snow as the boyhood memories penned in fading ink.
Why you should read this: It's a BEAUTIFUL story! The writing is gorgeous, and it captures the various stages where we meet Sirius so wonderfully. The scenes from Azkaban are truly heartbreaking - this is so worth a read. And to the R/T fans on my flist - the R/S aspect here is very subtle, so there's no need getting squicked out ;)

* (In Other Words) I Love You
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Some schmoop, probably a few clichés, and several references to one Mr. Frank Sinatra.
Word Count: ~14,000
Summary: When Sirius wakes up the morning after Frank and Alice Longbottom’s wedding, there are several thoughts vying for attention in the early morning fog of his brain. I am never drinking again, weddings are utterly insane, and fuck I would kill for cup of coffee right now are discarded, however, when Sirius’s eye lands on five inky-black letters scrawled on his forearm.
Why you should read this: So well-written, so funny, so good characterization - this is the perfect feel-good AU!

Oh, no, recs! (lol) These sound really intriguing; something to look forward to as a work break?

*scurries back off to work for a couple more hours*
Lol, I didn't mean to overwhelm you with recs :D
The fics are there if you find the time, and yes, they are absolutely great for a work break!

How are you - any hopes of less workload on the horizon?
any hopes of less workload on the horizon?

Zero Hour is just about here, heh. The first conference presentation is this coming weekend (eep), then there's an invited lecture one week later (double eep -- haven't really looked over this research project since the summer and I'll only have a week to pull together the lecture), and then two weeks after that there's another conference, although at least that's on the same topic as the lecture. So it's about a month until I'll be gasping with relief and trying to write more Kaleidoscope. ;)

Oh, did I mention the piles of student assignments that I've been slow in grading and returning because of spending lots of time getting the conference presentation together? ;P That will be my Sunday!
Oh my, looks like you have a lot on your plate these days! Makes me wonder if I would have had it in me to make the career in academics that I used to dream of. Especially in the US (foreigners coming to Norway tend to think we work very little and value our leisure time more than most...).

The bright side is that it shows you're in demand?!
I do hope you're able to take a small break every now and then (and enjoy some ice cream and a nice fic;)).

I will surely be looking for new Kaleidoscope updates when the time comes :D