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Hello, West Wing fans! Sign-ups for Third Monday, a President's Day fic exchange, open this weekend. In previous years, we focused primarily on fandoms related to real-world American politics and media (Fake News, Real News, and Political RPF), but this year, we're mixing things up by adding The West Wing and The Newsroom to our list of fandoms, and we'd love to have some of you join us!

The short version of the full Third Monday rules and schedule is this: From November 25-December 16, you can sign-up with one offer of and four requests for fic about characters in the aforementioned fandoms. On December 18, you'll receive an assignment that matches your offer. You'll have until February 15 to write at least 750 words fulfilling your assignment, and on February 18, you'll get a story that matches one of your requests.

There are a few days until sign-ups open, but we wanted to announce early and give everyone a chance to look over the character list so you could start planning your requests and offers (or so you could nominate any missing characters). Now is also a great time ask questions or let us know that you need an Archive of Our Own invitation either of which you can do by commenting here or at [community profile] thirdmonday.
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Looks like [community profile] fandom20in20's December round is going to have a West Wing theme.

(Short explanation of 20in20 challenges: the aim is to make 20 icons in 20 days that fit your claim.
Each round includes 10 themes (1 icon each), 1 Category (5 icons) and 5 Artist's Choice icons = 20 icons.
)

Wouldn't it be cool to have one or two people claiming The West Wing characters/seasons/episodes/relationships for this? Sign-ups
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Author: [personal profile] azephirin / abi z.
Fandoms: Black Jewels Trilogy, The Dark Knight, Inception, Iron Man, Star Trek XI, Star Wars, Supernatural, West Wing
Pairings: Josh/Donna, Kirk/McCoy/Eames, Lando/Sam, Mal/Rachel Dawes, Surreal/Girl!Spock, Tony/Pepper
Characters: Lando Calrissian, Rachel Dawes, Eames, Gaila, Girl!Spock, Jim Kirk, Josh Lyman, Mal, Leonard McCoy, Donna Moss, Leia Organa, Tony Stark, Nyota Uhura, Sam Winchester, Surreal SaDiablo
Summary: Assorted ficlets with bonus angst, porn, and crackaliciousness, sometimes all at once.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~3200
Spoilers: The Dark Knight, Inception, Iron Man II
Disclaimer: These characters are the intellectual property of various authors, creators, producers, and corporate copyright holders, none of which are me.




( various and assorted )
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Title: Two-Step
Author: abi z. / [personal profile] azephirin
Pairings: Josh/Ladies (more specifically: Josh/Donna, Josh/Joey Lucas, Josh/OFC, Josh/C.J., Josh/Mandy)
Summary: I came to you with best intentions.
Rating: NC-17
Spoilers: none as long as you know who all the characters are
Warning: consensual bondage and power play; reference to self-harm
Word count: ~2760
Disclaimer: Not mine, which makes me sadder than you can possibly imagine.



( Our flesh and blood, it ties you and me right up. )
amadi: Text icon reading: "I'm sorry Mr. President you want to answer your own question, didn't you?" (West Wing)
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Episode 1x20: Mandatory Minimums

Read the Transcript Here

IMDb Blurb:
A newly energized administration prepares to take on soft money, increase addiction treatment, and remove mandatory minimum sentencing.


Summary:Read more... )

Questions:
  1. Would you agree that this is one of the finer episodes for the women in the cast (and guest star) compared to the previous efforts of this season?
  2. Josh was in fine Lymanian form (take that as you will) but did it seem that Sam was well off of his game, especially in missing Steve Onorato's obvious baiting?
  3. Leo's stunt with the congressional aides and the press: cynical ploy, or brilliant political strategy?
  4. Okay, really, if you were Joey Lucas, what would you have said to Josh and his hand lotions and special suit?
  5. Can the President get a little daggone peace and quiet, for cripes sake?
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Because I and a few others thought it was maybe time we had one:

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Anything and everything welcome. Come and play! :)
amadi: Text icon reading: "I'm sorry Mr. President you want to answer your own question, didn't you?" (West Wing)
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Episode 1x18: Six Meetings Before Lunch

Read the Transcript Here

Pithy IMDb Blurb:
The morning after Mendoza's confirmation, various staff members are brought back to earth by difficult meetings.

Summary:Read more... )
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EvMaroon wrote a great post for Bitch Blogs about fictional political tropes. Many of these are featured in The West Wing!

(Obviously, there will be spoilers for any and all seasons.)

1. The Evil Vice President Who Can't Wait to Get a Promotion
Check. We got this in spades with Hoynes, who never wanted to be VP in the first place.

2. The Self Sacrificing Secret Service Agent
EvMaroon mentions Mark Harmon, who played Simon Donovan. But there is also Molly, the poor red shirt who dies protecting Zoey, and she doesn't even get much airtime.

3. The Loyal Adviser/Old Friend Who Cuts Corners/Turns Evil
Hmmm, I'm not sure what's meant by cutting corners. Do you think that the last season plot with Toby and the space shuttle counts here? He's not evil, but it is a betrayal.

4. The Long-Suffering Wife
EvMaroon says Mrs. Bartlett has covered this so well that no others can compare. I think so!

5.Power Hungry Politician
I'd count Hoynes here again! There are probably also a lot of guest characters and others who fit, but I can't think of them off the top of my head. Who else is there?

6. The Fake Candidate
I can't think of any in West Wing. Anyone?

7. The Non-White or Female President as Harbinger of Doom
Who knows, maybe the year after Santos is elected there is an epic apocalypse. Somehow I don't think so. This is just one trope WW couldn't cover.

Are there others not covered here? What's your favorite WW trope?
amadi: Text icon reading: "You want to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing?" (Tempt the Wrath)
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My apologies, this was meant to be posted on Friday. Better late than never? At least my next summary is already written?

Episode 1x16: 20 Hours in LA

Read the Transcript Here

Blurb from IMDb:
President Bartlet is making a whirlwind 20-hour trip to Los Angeles. On the flight he meets Zoey's new bodyguard, who assures him that she will protect his daughter from those who have been sending racist threats. Josh is excited to hear that Joey Lucas will be at the evening's fund raiser, but dismayed to learn that the host is threatening to cancel the party unless the President makes a public statement supporting gay rights. Back in Washington, Leo needs to convince Vice President Hoynes to break a 50-50 tie by voting for an ethanol gas tax.

Summary:Read more... )

Questions:
  1. Josh & Joey: adorable or a little offputting considering how much of an ass he was the only time they met before?
  2. Like "Take This Sabbath Day" this was a very politics-heavy episode (as opposed to policy-heavy). Where there was strife and pushback against the realities of the politics of the death penalty in Sabbath Day, did it seem that everyone was just accepting, with a note of cynicism, the realities of polling and fundraising and unpopular positions in this episode, except, perhaps, for John Hoynes?
  3. In the ongoing b-plot, is Zoey being cavalier about the need for protection (especially after the terrible scare her father gave her about worst case scenarios) or naive about the realities of being visible to the public?
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Lacunae (or, on AO3)
Author: [personal profile] raedbard
Pairing: Sam/Huck
Rating: R, mostly for content (warnings for: unequal relationships and a dodgy power balance, sublimated grief, character death (toby), and affection transferred in a potentially triggering way.)
Content includes: voyeurism, masturbation, grief, queer themes, and 1st person narrative
Word count: 4,800 words | set post-series | no spoilers or specific references to canon
Disclaimer: Nothing here belongs to me, and I make no profit.
Summary: It has been seven years, and neither Sam nor Huck is really over Toby's death. This is a story about what they've been doing to cope, and how those coping methods change.
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Title: And If You Try Sometime You Just Might Find
Fandom: The West Wing
Pairing: Jed/Leo/Abbey
Rating: PG-13
Word count: ~7,600
Summary: There's nothing false about his happiness. It would be easier for him if it were. Leo, Jed and Abbey through the years.
Notes: So much love to [personal profile] zulu for all the encouragement and the beta.

( And If You Try Sometime You Just Might Find )
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Toccata & Fugue in B Minor (or, on AO3)
Author: [personal profile] raedbard
Pairing: Toby/Sam
Rating: NC-17 (warnings for: light BDSM practices (slapping/spanking))
Content includes: linked drabble format, non-standard stylistic choices, a fairly lite and consensual D/s relationship/dynamics, begging
Word count: 1,700 words | set c. S1/2 / no spoilers or specific references to canon
Disclaimer: Nothing here belongs to me, and I make no profit.
Summary: Toby has a new game. Just don't say the word 'please'.
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(Yes, episodes 11, 12, and 13 are... missing in action. I am sorry, I have been too busy. If you want to help, the sign-up post is here: http://thewestwing.dreamwidth.org/2943.html )

Please leave links to fanworks related to Episode 1x09 - Take This Sabbath Day here. Any kind of fanwork is permitted: fanfic, icons, meta, artwork, picspams, videos... Also don't hesitate to link to your own work. Please label the fanworks according to type and rating (if applicable).
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Episode 1x14: Take This Sabbath Day

Read the Transcript Here

This episode has one major focus: the death penalty.

The blurb from IMDb:
A drug dealer's appeal of the federal death penalty is rejected by the Supreme Court, which upholds the death sentence with execution scheduled for the following Monday. One of the defense lawyers on the case is Sam's old high school bully, and he appeals directly to Sam to involve the president. During a weekend in which he was supposed to be in a yacht race, Sam opts to stay at the W.H. and try to convince his fellow staffers and ultimately Bartlet that the president should commute the sentence. Meanwhile Josh, after a night of heavy drinking at a bachelor party, meets congressional campaign manager Joey Lucas while is hung over. She assails him for having the DNC cut off funding for her candidate, but the decision was deliberate, as the W.H. likes the conservative nutjob currently holding the Calif. seat. Opinions on the death penalty are exchanged throughout the weekend, including those of Quaker Joey Lucas and Toby's rabbi, and Bartlet winds up calling both the Pope and his old parish priest from N.H. for counsel.


Summary: Read more... )

Questions:
  1. Did the President seem really conflicted over the advice he was given, or was he just being a politician, as he told Joey?
  2. This episode marks one of the strongest representations of the occasional intermingling of religion and the work of the administration. How does that come across?
  3. Another woman, another instance of Josh being a jackass. Was he totally over the line with Joey Lucas because that's Josh, or was it the booze in his "delicate system" doing the talking?
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Title: Anatomy of a Time of Love
Author: [personal profile] raedbard
Fandom: The West Wing
Pairing/characters: Toby Ziegler/Sam Seaborn, Andrea Wyatt, Josh Lyman, Molly Wyatt-Ziegler, Huck Wyatt-Ziegler, Sam's father, and a few OCs.
Rating: R
Summary:Boy meets boy, loses boy, may or may not get boy back again. Toby has written his book, so now it is time for Sam to write his own account. It's not what a love story usually looks like, but it is one anyway.
Warnings: No warnings.
Author's Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest 2010, to this prompt: Toby dedicates his book "For S." and nothing else. It's not a coming out story with flags and fanfare, but they aren't that sort of men.

Anatomy of a Time of Love, also on AO3.
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[personal profile] yvi
Another short one this time as it's way too warm here to think ;) and I haven't fully watched the episode yet. Which is a shame, since I like the episode.

Summary: As Christmas Eve approaches, President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) eagerly sneaks out of the White House for some last-minute Christmas shopping, while a haunted Toby (Richard Schiff) learns more about a forgotten Korean War hero who died alone on the district's cold streets wearing a coat that Toby once donated to charity. In other hushed corridors, Sam (Rob Lowe) and Josh (Bradley Whitford) ignore Leo's (John Spencer) advice and consult Sam's call girl friend (Lisa Edelstein) concerning her confidential clientele when one political rival hints at exposing Leo's previous drug problem. C.J. (Allison Janney) wonders aloud about the President's public response to a notorious hate crime while her personal resolve weakens as persistent reporter, Danny (Timothy Busfield) continues to ask her out.

Broad discussion points, in case anyone has seen the episode:

* what did you think of Toby's subplot?

* how did you like the ending? too kischy or nice?

* who else had thei heart broken by Mrs. landingham's story? :'(
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Please leave links to fanworks related to Episode 1x09 - The Short List here. Any kind of fanwork is permitted: fanfic, icons, meta, artwork, picspams, videos... Also don't hesitate to link to your own work. Please label the fanworks according to type and rating (if applicable).
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Two recent fic posts:

And We All Fall Down (or, on AO3)
Author: [personal profile] raedbard
Pairing: C.J./Donna/Josh/Sam/Toby in various combinations
Rating: NC-17 (no warnings, just fucking)
Content includes: genderfuck and drag/crossdressing, hints of breathplay, guy on guy blowjobs, liberal use of alcohol as a social lubricant, banter where there should be expositional material, and an orgy. There was meant to be a costume party, but Toby ended up being the only one invited ... ;) | Word count: ~6,000 words | No timeline / anywhere in the first three seasons / no spoilers
Disclaimer: nothing here belongs to me, and no profit taken.
Summary: Toby needs to learn the true meaning of the holiday season, Sam need some help to resolve a problem with a little crush, Donna needs a better fitting tuxedo, Josh needs some coffee, and C.J. just wants to pull a few puppet strings.

&

The Weight of the Sky (or on AO3)
Author: [personal profile] raedbard
Pairing: Toby/Sam
Rating: PG-13 (no warnings)
Content includes: a lot of rain and poetic prose. | Word count: ~ 1,100 | Post-series timeline | Disclaimer: nothing here belongs to me, and no profit taken.
A/N: Written for contrelamontre's week 2 of June prompt, 'rain'. Time allowed was 45 minutes.
Summary: Two strangers who aren't strangers meet in the rain.
yvi: Kaylee half-smiling, looking very pretty (Default)
[personal profile] yvi
Transcript link. I have caught up with the rewatch, so this week there's at least a short recap.

Read more... )

Possible discussion points:

The issues of mandatory drug testing in one of the plot lines and privacy concerns in the other plot line are tied together in one of the scenes. Did that work for you?

Interesting relevation about Leo. Did you see that coming?

Personally, I love CJ and Danny, but the whole "he wants her, she says no" thing does get a bit old. What do you think?

Any more favourite quotes?

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