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Following are the five-star recommendations for February, 2010. You can find these stories tagged on Delicious under the ***** tag, where you can further explore by navigating the tags. You can also find all the five-star rec posts on this journal under the five-star recs tag (five-star recs tag on Livejournal).

Since I've recommended a few older stories in this batch, I've split the post up into older and newer stories and also added publication dates to all the stories.

Five-Star Recommendations for February, 2010

Older Stories

It'll End in Tears by invisible-lift )

Waltzing the Bruise, the Mechanism Unspools by kayliemalinza )

From Which Come All Things by mclachlan )

Threads That Are Golden Don't Break Easily by paperclipbitch )

Current Stories

WYSIWYG by cupidsbow )

Pons Asinorum (Elefuga) by curriejean )

Dovegrey and Crystalline by jenwryn )

Madrigal dei Traditori by Nancy Brown )

The Cricket and the Bird by solsticezero )
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Following are the five-star recommendations for January, 2010. You can find these stories tagged on Delicious under the ***** tag, where you can further explore by navigating the tags. You can also find all the five-star rec posts on this journal under the five-star recs tag (five-star recs tag on Livejournal).

Five-Star Recommendations for January, 2010

At The Still Point by sam-storyteller, shane-mayhem & 51stcenturyfox )

Connected by 51stcenturyfox )

Intersection by redsnake05 )

The Justice League Of Cardiff Is A Stupid Name by sam_storyteller )

Time Management by cupidsbow )

Hearts (Hand-made): 1.50 Quid A Piece by cyus )

Hotaru No Hikari by amand-r )

The War at Home by nancybrown )
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Following are the five-star recommendations for December, 2009. You can find these stories tagged on Delicious under the ***** tag, where you can further explore by navigating the tags. You can also find all the five-star rec posts on this journal under the five-star recs tag (five-star recs tag on Livejournal).

Five-Star Recs for December, 2009

I. Jones, Author by cyus )

Ratio by solsticezero )

The Treachery of Images by curriejean )

Never Love A Wild Thing by 51stcenturyfox )
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I am beginning an experiment. While I do view my daily recs as a reading filter as well as recommendations, I also wanted to do something more than toss up lists of links. I've decided, therefore, to see about posting more extensive information and commentary for the stories I've tagged as being outstanding. I think I'll be doing them once a month, but I'll also be going back and adding (backdated) posts of older five-star recs. This is first, and hopefully more will follow.

Following are the five-star recommendations for November, 2009. You can find these stories tagged on Delicious under the ***** tag, where you can further explore by navigating the tags. You can also find all the five-star rec posts on this journal under the five-star recs tag (five-star recs tag on Livejournal).

Five-Star Recs for November, 2009

We Held Gold Dust in Our Hands by amand-r )

Something Beautiful by cyus )

A Soft Spot for Apocalyptic Fuck-Ups by julad )

That Secret Place by cyus )

Spooky Action (at a distance) by curriejean )
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Hello, and welcome to my rec journal. This is the main information post about what's here and how to find it, but the short and easy answer is to just friend this journal to get my daily rec updates and links to thematic lists. The volume of this journal is 1-2 posts per day: One post to update my Delicious recs via Twitter, and one or two thematic posts per week. I also have a monthly five-star rec post. If you want more information about what I rec and why, please read on.

I routinely look at the stories posted on [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_three, the Torchwood category on A Teaspoon and an Open Mind and the Torchwood category on Archive of Our Own. I also have a lot of older stories saved, and as I read through the old and the new I pick out the ones that I think are enjoyable and readable and bookmark them on Delicious. With lots of tags. I also include summaries (when provided by the author) and occasional commentary on the Delicious bookmarks, so if you're looking for more detail, you'll want to visit the Delicious site.

I think of my recs primarily as a reading filter, aimed at readers who might not have time to click through everything posted every day, and also aimed at new fans who might feel overwhelmed at the sheer volume of stories out there. My primary goal is pick out the stories I feel are mechanically and stylistically sound, and let the reader go on from there.

If that's too broad for your tastes, I also have a five-star tag (literally, *****) that I use for stories which I found outstanding in some way. Every month, I make a post to this journal highlighting the five-star stories I bookmarked that month, with links and commentary. These lists are tagged here under the five-star recs tag (five-star recs tag on Livejournal). I also highly recommend [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_house, a well-organized and comprehensive recommendation community.

I follow [livejournal.com profile] twgenrefinders and, as I have time and inclination, make up thematic lists based on the requests here. I re-post them here under the "torchwood finder lists" tag. (torchwood finder lists tag on Livejournal) and also under the more general "thematic lists" tag (thematic lists tag on Livejournal). You can also browse these lists through the character, pairing and genre tags on the tags page (tags page on Livejournal).

More detailed information on where to find my recs, and how to follow as I update them )

Any questions, please drop a comment.
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I've been trying to figure out a (relatively) painless method for posting my Delicious links to my journal that doesn't involve daily copy-pasting and fiddling with HTML. Delicious will auto-post links to certain blogging platforms, but not, sadly, to LJ-based journals. So, for the first time, I looked into Twitter. It's relatively easy to Tweet links from Delicious, and from there I can post to LJ and DWS. I will grant, though, that it's far from a perfect or elegant solution. My initial experimental post to Livejournal (via LoudTwitter) was not cut-tagged, the format wasn't the one I'd chosen, and the readability of the story information was less than ideal. I know, too, that the daily Twitter posts can be a subject of annoyance. But I think it might be the best way to do this, to post the links with a minimum of annoyance to those reading my journal. (And if it is annoying, please, please tell me. Really.)

The obvious question, I suppose, is why I'm going to all this trouble in the first place. The basic answer is that I seem to have gotten into the rec business via Delicious, and I would like to share those recs on Dreamwidth and Livejournal as well. The Twitter solution seems to be the best way to accomplish this, at least for now. (And if anyone has a nifty utility for posting Delicious links directly to Livejournal, please feel free to mention it. :))

All that said, if you are interested in following my (mostly) daily Torchwood recs on Twitter, my account name is dorothymarley. The Delicious links are the only things posted to that account, so don't follow it if you're interested in my cats, my knitting and/or my arthritis. :)

I should probably also mention that my definition of "rec" is fairly broad, at least for what I'm doing now in Torchwood fandom. The philosophy behind my recommendations is to tag the stories that I both enjoyed myself and that I feel other readers might enjoy as well, no more and no less. I gather stories by sorting through the daily posts of Torchwood fic (mostly via [livejournal.com profile] torchwood_three). I'm also slowly wading through the 2,000-story backlog in my Torchwood story folder and adding older stories, so chances are there will be a mix of old and new on any given day.

ETA: My apologies to any of my Livejournal friends who happened to be checking their friends-lists at around 3:30am CST. Yeah, those eight million LoudTwitter test posts freaked me out, too, considering that I sent one. I kept deleting them, and then thinking that LJ was messed up because no matter how many times I deleted the post was still there. Finally I realized that the buggers were multiplying, and that the timestamps were different. Seriously, I think it posted at least ten times.
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Right. I'm going in. Eleven days of Torchwood fanfic, waiting to be read and tagged. And because I love my mother and am currently using my Mac to rescue the files from one of her iPods, I'm even doing it without TextWrangler. Think of me fondly.
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ETA November 23, 2009: I've now stopped using the spoiler tag for "Children of Earth." All "Children of Earth" stories are now tagged with "episode:childrenofearth" and/or "torchwood:series3." You can find more information about the tags at this post.

Okay, I'm cheating, because this isn't an actual story list. Or rather, it's kind of an on-going story list.

What with the recent airing of "Children of Earth," the Torchwood fanfiction community has been--understandably--a bit overwhelmed with stories about the mini-series. In an effort to aid those readers who a) might not have seen "Children of Earth" yet or b) want to take a break from reading about "Children of Earth," I have (inspired by [livejournal.com profile] zortified) added a "nochildrenofearth" tag to my Delicious bookmarks.

http://delicious.com/dorothymarley/nochildrenofearth

These are stories which contain no spoilers about "Children of Earth," and do not take place during that time period of the series.

I've only tagged back as far as July 6th, the day "Children of Earth" began to air. If you want to read non-"Children of Earth" stories I bookmarked before then, just go to the main bookmark page and scroll/page until you get to July 5th. You're safe from there on back. :)

ETA: Playing the part of my brain, [livejournal.com profile] adina_atl has reminded me how easily the Bulk Edit function works (we won't mention that I used it to add the new tag to all the recent stories and then failed to think about the fact that it would work on all my tags at once, no really), and I've gone ahead and tagged all my bookmarks with "nochildrenofearth" as appropriate. That means that if you begin by using that tag and keep adding other tags to it (there's a list of + tags to the right when you get to the bookmark page), you will not encounter "Children of Earth" stories. Yes, it means that a huge majority of my bookmarks are tagged that way, but that's not really a problem and it does mean that readers can surf un-spoiled. I hope. :)

For those who do want to read more stories about "Children of Earth," I've tagged everything having to do with it with "spoilers:childrenofearth." I've also tagged most of the stories "torchwood:series3" and, where applicable, "torchwood:post-series3."

Also be aware that the "torchwood:post-series" tag--which covers stories that take place in the far-enough future to be unlikely to ever be covered by canon--may include "Children of Earth" spoilers even if there's not a specific Series 3 tag. In that case, there will be a "spoilers:childrenofearth" tag in place. As a final warning, be aware that some of the tags on "Children of Earth" stories may in themselves be spoilers.

(ETA September 6, 2009: It's been two months now since "Children of Earth" aired, and most communities have eased up on spoiler protection. I've thought about whether or not to stop using the spoiler tags, and have decided that, for now, I'll continue to use both the "nochildrenofearth" tag and the "spoilers:childrenofearth" tag for at least another month. It's very likely that I will eventually drop the "spoilers:childrenofearth" tag, but I may continue to use the "nochildrenofearth" one, simply because I can see where readers might want to filter those stories.)
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I am slowly plowing through stories from the TARDIS Big Bang. As I read, I'm tagging the stories I liked on Delicious, under the "tardisbigbang" tag. (This tag does cover stories from both rounds, although I haven't got around to wholesale tagging of Round 1.)

Recommendations so far )

I've also finally cleared out the 300+ stories from the folder where I dump newly saved stories, and as a result there are quite a few new Torchwood recs up. While they're skewed towards newer stories, there's a mix of older stuff in there as well.
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This poster was seeking hurt/comfort stories where a member of the team was delirious. Not surprisingly, in most of the stories I found, that team member was Ianto. This list is tagged on Delicious under storyfinder:delerium.

Delerium )

I've realized that there's often a lot of overlap on these lists. There are certain types of stories that get asked for a lot, and certain stories that seem to fit into many of those types. I suppose repetition is inevitable.
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Sorry for the spammage. I posted the last list, then realized I need to make a post about not being able to post for a while after my surgery tomorrow, then realized that if I couldn't post after my surgery tomorrow, I couldn't post the next two lists over the next couple of days, either. So, the last two lists:

This request was for stories in which Ianto felt unappreciated by Jack or felt that Jack was in love with Gwen or someone else. It's tagged on Delicious under storyfinder:unappreciatedianto.

Unappreciated Ianto )

The second request was for a specific story in which Jack and Ianto were able to read one another's minds, followed by a more general request for Jack/Ianto mind reading stories:

Mind reading Jack and Ianto )

That's it for now with the lists. As I mentioned above, I'm having my wrist surgery tomorrow, and will probably not be able to type for a couple of weeks. Wish me luck, and take care, everyone! :)
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One way I've been amusing myself lately is by tracking down Torchwood fanfiction stories on [livejournal.com profile] twstoryfinder and [livejournal.com profile] twgenrefinders. It's something I can do that doesn't involve much typing apart from copy pasta, and it also usefully exploits my bizarre habit of saving every piece of fanfiction I read.

I thought, therefore, that I'd re-post some of the lists I've compiled, for the future edification of Torchwood genre-seekers. These are not recommendations per se. If a story is on my hard drive it means no more or less than the fact that I probably read it all the way through at least once. These lists are merely that: lists of stories that fit certain criteria.

Without further ado, here's the first list, tagged on Delicious under storyfinder:backstorysuzie:

Stories that feature pre-series explorations of Suzie's character )

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