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1. Black & White Icons (did not enter due to missing the deadline)




Since I missed the deadline, I didn't have to choose which ones to enter, heh. Feel free to snag, just credit me if you use them.
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2. A Haiku entry.




The Magnificent Ad

Seven Men Wanted,
Can you ride, shoot, fly, and swim?
See Mary Travis.

(4th/5th place, there was a tie for 3rd)
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3. A postcard entry.




Team Seven (SGA7)
Atlantis Expedition
Hidden Planet
Pegasus Galaxy


Dear Soon-to-be-ex-team-members,

How could you do this to me? Do you truly despise me so, resent me this much? Do you have any idea of the tortures I've endured while you lot lounge around in the lap of luxury? Let me just share a few: mud, bugs, rain, sludge, fog, a hard ground to sleep on, and unceasing complaints (according to the neanderthals, I can do nothing "right", I do not even "complain properly"). Did I mention that the mud is yellow, stinks to high heaven, and leaves stains on everything? Oh, and that the bugs are the size of Volkswagens?

I hate you all,
Ezra P. Standish

P.S. - Sheppard says you lot better be watching over Dr. McKay while you're stuck there together, and that you all better still be in the infirmary, or released on Dr. Beckett's orders, when we get back, or else.

(2nd place, yay!)
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4. Character Bookmarks (I was unable to enter them due to a computer virus).


Ezra P. Standish (anonymous quote that sounds like something he'd say) - "Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."


Mary Travis (another reading quote, it fits her well) - "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."

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5. Hot & Cold Drabbles - (set in a Mag7/Mindhunters/Criminal Minds AU)


One Down (hot)

"No! Don't - "

The unanticipated pain was secondary to the shock of the impact. The force literally knocked him off his feet. It took precious moments for his stunned mind to connect the burning in his gut to the ringing in his ears and come up with a suitable diagnosis. He had been shot. Gawd damn, but it burnt like hell. There were sounds fading in and out around him now, but all he could focus on was the tickle of fluid leaking down his side. It was hot, sticky. A thick, tacky substance that could only be one thing. Blood.

4th/5th place (there was a tie for third)

Seven To Go (cold)

"Shit! Nobody move! The place is booby trapped."

"Stay still. No, don't move, we have you. Everything will be fine, just stay still."

He'd been shot before, in his line of work it was nearly a requirement, but he was never quite prepared for how an injury that seemed to be ablaze, that felt like fire running through his veins, could lead to feeling so very cold. He'd once spent a chilly winter in the Sakha Republic, Russia's diamond center. The slow creeping freeze brought about by blood loss always reminds him of the nights he spent there roughing it.

8th place (it wasn't really a stand alone type, but part of the pair)
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6. Color Theme Icon Set (made many before choosing three to enter)




My chosen three icon set won 2nd place

And one of my icons won 2nd for individual.
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7. Finish the Phrase: Chris


Finish the following phrase: Something that you'd never guess about Chris Larabee is _____________.

1. Something that you'd never guess about Chris Larabee is that he's a closet Harlequin Romance reader. Sarah got him hooked on them during their first year of marriage. The two of them spent many enjoyable nights comparing the outrageous plot lines to Buck's various escapades. (tied 4th place)

2. Something that you'd never guess about Chris Larabee, is he has a certain fondness for unicorns. Don't ask. (Won 1st place and funniest entry)

3. Something that you'd never guess about Chris Larabee is that he can't work a washing machine correctly to save his life. There's a reason why all of his clothes are black you know. After the third pink shirt, he gave up wearing colors. (unentered)

4. Something that you'd never guess about Chris Larabee, is he hides homemade chocolate chip peanut butter cookies in the never used garage whilst leaving the mediocre store bought stuff out in the kitchen - to keep his inner baker safe from ridicule. And so he can eat them all himself. (unentered)

5. Something that you'd never guess about Chris Larabee is that he practices his glares, levels one through nine, in a mirror every morning after shaving. They will undoubtedly be needed later; especially if Ezra and Buck insist on being continually fascinated with things that go boom. He'd ask JD and Vin to steal the town's dynamite and firework's to hide away, if he could be sure they could be trusted not to join the loonies (unlikely). (unentered)
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8. Picspam Prompts: Discouraged, Danger, Playful


I chose to do a picspam fic based on the prompt PLAYFUL. THE PLAN: Diversionary Methods
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9. Achilles Scene Rewrite - (the fic was over 4,000 words, so I had to choose a part to enter that was under 1,000, this was it. The whole fic will be finished and posted eventually)


UNTITLED - 790 words

They found JD at the first place they checked, in the stable saying some last good byes to his horse. The kid really was a great horseman. It’d be a shame to lose him simply for that reason alone, no one else of the seven could handle all of their horses, even Chaucer, not even Vin could get it quite right. Of course, there were many other motives for wanting him to stick around too.

“Okay, Ez, let me try him first. See just how serious he is and how far he’s willing to go with this cockamamie plan of his, then if needed, you break out the logic and speechifying” Ezra hung back a bit, letting Buck take the lead and approach the young man first.
“Thanks, Yosemite. Take good care of him now, you hear?” The large man simply smiled and gave his assurances to the worried Easterner before nodding to Buck and Ezra and making his way past them out of the stable.

“You sold your horse?” Buck had been shocked when Ezra had told him as much, and he was still shocked now, confronted with the proof.

“Yep.” JD looked surprised to see Buck.

“Have you lost your mind?” It was the only explanation Buck could come up with for the kid selling his pride and joy, the boy loved that horse like nothing else.

“Nope. I lost Casey. Lost the town's faith in me. Lost faith in myself, but...I ain't lost my mind.” He looked sad as he mentioned his lady love, became matter of fact as he talked about the lost faith, and ended with a very JD smirk as he defended his mental faculties.

Ezra was glad to see the mischievous side of his young friend peek out, even if only for a moment. It gave him hope that JD wasn’t as lost in depression as they had feared. It also lent hope for the success of their plan to talk the boy into staying.

“Haven't lost your friends, JD.” Buck said earnestly. “I’m still here, and so is Ez.”

That was Buck for you, cutting straight to what he considered to be the heart of the matter. Ezra nodded to JD as he stepped up next to the tall mustached cowboy. “Indeed.”

“I appreciate that, Buck, Ezra. But I come to a decision. I'm gonna head back east.” The kid’s face shut down and showed nothing but grim determination. He certainly seemed to be serious about his impromptu plan. Ezra only hoped that he and Buck could persuade him to become equally as serious about staying and working through the consequences with their help.

“Hey, we need you... all right? Right, Ez?” Buck pleaded and Ezra nodded his agreement trying to look genuinely sincere, because for once, he actually was. “You just can't leave.”

“I appreciate that, too, Buck, but I'm a kid, remember?” JD scowled, then slumped. “Heck, I'd just slow you down.“

“Well, I need you. You're my friend, and, uh...what am I supposed to do...without you?” Buck was starting to look a little desperate as he realized just how dedicated JD was to leaving. He cast a quick glance over at Ezra to see if he was prepared to jump in if JD remained stubborn, even in the face of his best friend’s pitiful begging.

“Ah, you'll think of something.” JD was so busy looking down and feeling sorry for himself that he completely missed Buck’s face falling and him stepping aside a bit to let Ezra come forward.

“Before you go, if I could just have a moment of your time. I think there are a few nuances of the situation that you may not have given thought to before.” Ezra then proceeded to relate the basics of his previous conversation with Buck to JD. As he spoke, he maintained as much eye contact with the usually active kid as he could, when the young man wasn’t looking over at Buck with wide eyes that is, in order to help convey the truthfulness of his words. As he came to the end of his hastily pre-planned speech he ended with his own heartfelt request for the brown-eyed youth, who had become like a younger brother to him, to stay on and give the town another chance. “Stay, JD. This time around you will have both Buck’s and mine own unwavering support when facing the uncultured masses, including against Larabee and our compatriots if necessary. Please, give us another chance.”

“Please, JD, you’re like the little brother we never had, don’t leave, not now and especially not over something like this.” Buck added his own entreaty to Ezra’s.

JD’s brown orbs filled with tears as he prepared to speak.

TBC

(Won 3rd place)
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10. Group Wallpaper - I created a few alternate images (in separate graphics post) before I reread the rules and realized I had to use just the pics provided.



(Won 3rd place)
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11. The Collector Icons - made several images from screencaps of the episode, turned a few into icons, then chose best two to enter.



(tied 4th place)


(TNT tied 5th place, Boom unentered)


(Nettie unentered)

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12. Read All About It - an article for The Clarion newspaper entry.



DANGERS OF CHEWING TOBACCO
From the annuls of our very own dear editor.

Recently there was brought into Judge Travis's court one Lucy Smithe, a large female, charged with the attempted murder of her husband. His head was broken, he was bruised up, and had evidently been rolled in the gutter in a very energetic manner. When Mrs. Smithe was asked for an explanation, she described the provocation by which the wretched man had brought the trouble upon himself. He was given to the filthy habit of chewing tobacco, and with the usual recklessness of persons so depraved, he permitted the vile juice to soil the chest of his shirts. He had been presented with clean linens that very morning and warned against such carelessness. Within five minutes the defendant observed the filthy concoction staining the once immaculate shirt front. This proved to be too much for poor Lucy Smithe. She seized a rolling pin, and vigorously reminded him of the duty he owed to society and public decency. The Judge inflicted a small fine, considering the aggravation an unbearable one.


(won 2nd place)
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13. Scavenger Hunt - search for 15 items in screencaps, 1 point per correct pic, bonus if find all 15 items.


Answers Post - 14 points (missed the checker board)
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14. Un-Aired Episode - description for an un-aired episode set sometime during the show.



REGRET (230 words) - set in season one sometime after The Collector

On a beautiful, uneventful day, in the middle of an uneventful (slow and boring) week, Nathan and Josiah, not being needed, ride to visit the Indian Village, taking medicine and supplies out to the people, with the understanding that things are under control with Buck in the jail and Ezra on patrol. Vin and JD have promised Nettie and Casey Wells their help in fixing a busted fence, so when Ezra is late neither one is worried, letting the distracting thoughts of a home cooked meal and female company soothe their slight feelings of guilt. Chris, against his better judgment, is worried about the missing man but doesn’t want the ties that worry represents, so he ignores his gut instincts and instead joins Vin and JD in effecting repairs for Nettie Wells. Meanwhile, whilst lying flat on his back, in pain, alone, in a dark murky cave a few miles away from the dust bowl he now, wincingly, calls home, Ezra tries to remember exactly what was so great about Four Corners that it would make him do something so staggeringly stupid as to work as a peace keeper for the tiny burg. Buck, left all alone to watch over the town, goes from annoyed at Ezra’s selfish disappearance to fearful for the Southerner’s life when he gets word of a ruthless gang of cattle thieves moving into the area.


(tied 2nd place)
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15. Character Poster - made one entry, with icon, for Chris Larabee (I found a great photo to use in my creative efforts).





(won 2nd place)
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16. Jigsaw Puzzle #2 - won the 15 bonus points for fastest solution.




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TEAM TANNER WINS CATTLE DRIVE #1 - (hooray! \0/ my team kicks arse!)



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