Due South author profiles

A partial list of recently-activated due South authors
There You Are
To keep this comm from deletion, and because someone might find the information useful sometime, here's a list of dS authors (and a couple of people who work exclusively in other media) I'm aware of who a) have become active roughly since I did (i.e. 2012ish-2014) and b) are currently active as I'm writing this in 2014.  This is in no way claiming to be a complete or definitive list; it's based on what I can come up with off the top of my head and by looking at participation lists from a couple of things like Seekrit Santa; it's also AO3 and LJ-centric because that's where I read.  Also, I can't always tell who's newly posting to AO3 and who's importing their fics they wrote ages ago.  Anyway, feel free to comment with additions.

Using AO3 handles here; some people have different handles on LJ and/or DW.

RC's Many Posts

OK, that was quite a lot of names and now I'm SURE I've missed out some obvious people.

ETA: Despite the usual purpose of this comm, this is not a recs post or a profiles post. Just a list of people that are out there making things. :)

not inactive!
merg - dief
[text plagiarised from catwalksalone]due to me finding out that ds_match has been deleted and purged due to inactivity, I'm just posting this so this comm appears active and will be left alone.

I'm doing to do this for the communities I mod, so apologies for the spam.

ADMIN - Sign-ups for May!
merg - dief
Thanks to exbex for profiling last month. \o/

If you want to sign up to post two profiles, any time in May, please comment here, and I'll email or PM you the template and give you posting access. :-)

author profile: SLWalker
Author:  sl_walker 
Website/link to fic:  stories archive
Fanlore page:  TBC
First DS fic posted:  2010
Full disclosure:  We are mutual flisters,  I'm a total fangirl.
Pairings:  Turnbull/Vecchio, Fraser/Kowalski
Style and Strengths:  sl_walker co-authors the Arch to the Sky 'verse and co-authors/co-mods ds_zombies with kalijean.  I am continually impressed by her attention to detail, as well as the way she and kalijean balance the magical realism present in Due South with the realities of everyday life.  Angst, darkness, and fluff all get fair play, and are balanced brilliantly.
Other ds/C6d activity:  One BSG 2003 fic crossover with ST:TOS.

Some favorites:

Fairly Certain (Turnbull, PG, 2100 words)

Sixteen-year-old Renfield figures something important out.  It's an honest and refreshing look at the way we come to grips with our sexuality.

Brutality (Turnbull, PG, 286 words)

Turnbull stands up for a classmate at Depot, and suffers the harassment after rumors fly about his sexuality.  I love the snapshot for the way it presents the duality of humanity; Turnbull is forced to suffer for doing the right thing, and his courage and fear are juxtaposed perfectly.

Despite All (Turnbull, G, 250 words)

A heart-breaking snippet with Turnbull feeling a sense of failure, it really inspires a visceral reaction within the reader.

Any Way Up (Vecchio/Turnbull, PG-13, 28,671 words)

Ray and Renfield slowly find their way to one another.  I love the piece for its natural progression and the quiet revelations of the two men, who both feel the fear, intense joy, and cautious optimism of falling in love.

Stripes (Fraser/Kowalski, PG, 669 words)

I love a story in which we get to see that Fraser's not nearly as naive as we might be led to think.

author profile: kalijean
Author:  kalijean 
Website/link to fic:  kalijean on AO3 and Arch to the Sky verse
Fanlore page:  TBC
First DS fic posted:  2010
Full disclosure:  I'm an adoring fangirl, while she graciously tolerates my squee.  We're mutual flisters.
Pairings:  Vecchio/Turnbull, Fraser/Kowalski
Style and Strengths:  Whether it's in the Arch to the Sky verse, her Due South/Harry Potter crossover verse, or the ds_zombies  radioplay, kalijean loves to peel back the layers of a character like an onion.  The results can be painful or delightful, and always worth it.
Other ds/C6d activity:  none

Some favorites:

Cinis (Vecchio, PG-13, 229 words)

A Vecchio-in-Vegas favorite of mine.  Ray atones for Armando's sins, while being eaten up by his own guilt.

Kicking the Line (Fraser/Kowalski, PG-13, 584 words)

Kowalski's spine fuses together.  Excellent introspection and one of my all-time favorite ending lines.

Turtle (Welsh, Turtle, Vecchio, G, 632 words)

We learn the fate of Kowalski's turtle and get a rare glimpse inside Welsh's mind.

Avis (Turnbull/Vecchio, G, 911 words) 

Early in kalijean 's Due South/Harry Potter verse, in which Vecchio and Turnbull are wizards living among Muggles in Chicago.  A joyful and tender piece (okay, it makes me cry every time).

Obliviate (Kowalski, Welsh, Vecchio/Turnbull, Fraser; PG-13, 2818 words)

The second installment in the Due South/Harry Potter universe.  In which Kowalski is just too good of a detective...

ADMIN: Another Round!
merg - dief
Hi everyone!

china_shop has handed management of this community over to me, so I'll be pestering you all to come and wax lyrical over your favourite dS writers, artists and vidders.

Tomorrow is the 1st of March, so I thought it might be a good time to kick off another round of profiles. If you'd like to write a profile, please comment below, and I will email you the template and give you posting access. I'd really love it if more artists and vidders were profiled!

We'll stick with the current format of two profiles a month, posted when convenient to you. Check out the index to see who's already been profiled. And for ideas, check viciouscats masterlist of authors.

Author profile: The Hoyden
Author: thehoyden
Website/link to fic: the author's fic at the AO3
Fanlore page: tbc
First DS fic posted: Probably 2004.
Full disclosure: I'm just an admirer.
Pairings: Fraser/Kowalski, Thatcher/Frannie
Style and strengths: The Hoyden has written relatively few stories, but several of them are fandom classics. The stories range from snippets to long stories, and from AU:s to stories that are close to canon, but all have delightful characterization. Most of them focus on romance, and there is no heavy angst.
Other DS/C6D activity: None that I know of.
Some favourites:

Academic Punk (long, F/K, R)

This is the author's most well-known story; an AU where Fraser and Ray K both work in the English department of a university. It's an utterly charming story, and both characters are still so much themselves despite the new setting.

International Woman of Mystery (short, Thatcher/Frannie, PG-13)

A delightful little meeting in a London alley. The Frannie POV is spot-on, and Thatcher is mysterious and makes like James Bond.

Sweet Confessions Underneath His Tongue (long, F/K, R)

This is an AU where Kowalski works in IA and goes undercover to investigate Vecchio, and it's one of those AU:s which is fairly close reworking of canon (S3-4).

Author profile: Helens78
Author: Helens78 ([personal profile] helens78)
Website/link to fic:
On Dreamwidth, as [personal profile] helensfic
On AO3, with story/content tags. The DW stories include pairing and rating only, so if you want more information about the stories before reading go with the AO3 versions.
Fanlore page: tbc
First DS fic posted: 2010!!!
Full disclosure:  We're on each others flists. And of course I'm a fan.
Pairings: Mostly Fraser/Kowalski, with additional pairings.
Style and strengths:  Kink! Bingo! Memes!
An amazingly prolific writer (she'll probably post a new story before you finish the end of this profile), Helens is a welcome addition to DS/C6D. She has written most of her Fraser/Kowalski pieces for kink memes and kink bingo, so many of them are very "I'll be in my bunk" hot. The stories themselves cover a wide range of moods, from romantic first-time, to funny and warm established relationship fics, to dark stories that are as incredible as they are painful to read. What they all have in common is insightful and convincing characterization; her Fraser and Kowalski voices are feel very in-character, even as she's exploring and pushing the boundaries of their relationship.

Other DS/C6D activity: BSG (including this excellent story involving Leoben, Anders and pyramid), Canadian RPF, Gunless, and Wilby Wonderful, plus assorted crossovers with Californication, and Shattered. And even while I was writing this, she posted a fantastic Eastwick/BSG crossover.  She also mods or co-mods a number of comms, including the [community profile] duesouth and the delightful [community profile] dreamsheep.

Some favourites:

Have You Performed At This Establishment Before? (Due South, Fraser/Kowalski, NC-17, 5153 words, written for the duesouth_kink meme)
Undercover!Ray's in a punk rock band, and gets a surprise visitor at one of the concerts. Along with being OMG-HOT, this one has some lovely roleplay banter, great Ray voice, and comes with a nice twist at the end.
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Branta Canadensis (Due South, Fraser/Kowalski, R, 1565 words) Ray's angry that Stella can remarry while he cannot. Angst, but with a sweet ending.
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I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours (Due South, F/K, NC-17, 6032 words, written for kink_bingo) The Fight Club story. The writing is so evocative that you feel every bit of the pain, during and after the fight. Her Fraser and Kowalski voices are spot-on here; you get why Fraser would be doing this, and Kowalski's desire to protect (and then help) Fraser makes me want to hug him.
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A Failure Of Survival Skills (Due South, Fraser/Kowalski, NC-17, 2390 words, written for the duesouth_kink meme) A post-breakup story, but they haven't completely ended it. Serious jealousy, anger and self-destruction here, made more heartbreaking with Vecchio there to watch it happen over and over. The final conversation at the end packs so much in just a few sentences.
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New Toys (Due South, Fraser/Kowalski, NC-17, 3626 words, written for kink_bingo) The title pretty much says it all. What I love about this story is how comfortable and confident they are exploring this aspect of their relationship. No angst in this one!
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Author profile: alex51324
Author: alex51324
Website/link to fic: the due South tag at the author's LJ
Fanlore page: tbc
First DS fic posted: March 2008
Full disclosure: I'm just an admirer.
Pairings: Fraser/Kowalski, Fraser/Kowalski/Vecchio, gen
Style and strengths: alex51324 has written several fandom classics (let me just mention the delightful otter story, which didn't make it into the list below). They feature awesome characterization (with the kind of moments that make you literally squee in delight) and are often solid casefics. There is also a wonderful sense of humor.
Other DS/C6D activity: None that I know of.
Some favourites:

You Just Have to Leap (long, F/K, R)

This is a long and satisfying casefic which also deals with Ray's insecurity issues. In addition, there's a lot of interesting Ray backstory, and there's a nice balance between serious issues and more humorous scenes (such as the hilarious bit with the swamp monster).

The Reaching Out One (52,000 words, F/K, NC-17)

I now want to use the words "long and satisfying" again. This is a post-CotW F/K quest story which feels fresh and new, which isn't easy given that so many of them have been written. In the beginning of this one, Ray and Fraser live in Chicago and Canada respectively, and meet up every year on their vacations to do a new leg of the quest.

I Coulda Been a Defendant (short, gen)

This is a flashfic which is a wonderfully funny bit of gen. It features Fraser turning himself in, and making Kowalski go along with it.

Author Profile: Denise Raymond
Author: Denise Raymond (rattlecatcher)
Website/link to fic: Fic at dueSlash and DSA
Fanlore page: http://fanlore.org/wiki/Denise_Raymond
First DS fic posted: 2000.
Full disclosure: A fan.
Pairings: F/K, Vecchio/Stella.
Style and strengths: Denise only wrote 5 Due South stories, but two of them would make a required reading list if there were a course on DS fandom. She has an uncanny ability to get into the heads of Fraser, Kowalski and Vecchio, so everything they say and think is spot-on accurate. Her Fraser/Kowalski are funny, passionate, loving and hawt, and at the same time her interpretation of Vecchio is so insightful it's had an impact on how I see the character on the show.
Other DS/C6D activity: Sadly, none.
Some favourites:

All the Comforts of Home (DS, F/K, NC-17, 300KB). Short version: Vecchio heads North to seek marriage advice from Fraser, and finds out that Kowalski's up there too, and they're engaged.

While the story goes wonderfully NC-17 at the end, what blew me away the first time I read it all those years ago was the crackling dialogue and pitch perfect POVs as the narrators shift between the three of them. Equal weight and attention are given to the three relationships here: Fraser and Kowalski's love, Vecchio and Fraser's friendship, and even Kowalski and Vecchio snarking their way to find common ground over past and current partners. This was also one of the first early F/K fics where I really liked Vecchio, from seeing how the Armando stint has affected him, to putting best friend's happiness over his own discomfort about Fraser and Kowalski's relationship.
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Chicago Tales (DS, F/K, Vecchio/Stella, NC-17, 850KB). Fraser and Kowlaski return to Chicago so Ray can settle his affairs. It ends up not being a good trip, what with all the coming out to friends and family and then Fraser getting kidnapped.

If All the Comforts of Home made me like Vecchio, then the sequel made me love him. Fraser and Kowalski are still funny and loving and hot. But the best part of Chicago Tales is Vecchio, who has to juggle Kowalski, Zuko and Armando to save Fraser, not to mention dealing with Dead!Pop, Frannie and Stella. Denise incorporated elements of the best Vecchio episodes (The Deal, North and Juliet Is Bleeding), and the result is one of great stories that you wish had been a real episode.

Oh yeah, and it also has one of the funniest scenes in all of DS fanfiction.
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Ray Saved from Drowning (DS, F/K, R, 28K). Four shorter pieces that perfectly capture Kowalski at pivotal moments: when he decides to take the Vecchio job, his first day with Fraser, the Buddy Breathing, and that conversation he and Fraser have on the way back from Sault Ste Marie (mentioned in All the Comforts of Home) where they acknowledge that there is something between them--even if they cannot agree what IT is.
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