reezy strip

*Dusts off cobwebs*

Hi all!

It's been quite a while since we've had another round of thestopwatch. I've been thinking a lot about the community lately, and I think it would be quite a shame to let the community die off as both rounds of thestopwatch has produced some fantastic Jack/Ianto fic. A lot of things have changed with Torchwood - some good, some bad, some really bad. But that shouldn't stop us from writing about Jack and Ianto and remembering why we fell in love with them in the first place.

I'm not quite sure which direction to go if a third round of thestopwatch does come to fruition. I've set up a poll to get a better gauge of who's interested and if a third round is viable, so if you guys could please fill it out, that would be fantastic. It'll also help direct me on what type of fest should be done for the next round.

Poll #1790864 Third Round Poll
This poll is closed.

Would you be interested in participating?

It depends
Probably not
Only as a reader

What type of fest should the next round be?

Go back to the beginning: fic exchange, baby!
Prompt-based a la Holiday!Bang
Team Competition/Match-up like the Snarry Games
Theme based - movies, harlequin, etc.
Other (Please elaborate in the comments)

Anonymous Posting?

No, let's keep it simple.
Yes, it worked for the last two rounds.
It doesn't matter.

When is the best time to hold the fest?

January to March
April to June
July to September
October to November

Include art?

No, keep it fic only.
Yes, definitely!
Doesn't matter.

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions that's not covered in the poll, please feel free to elaborate on a comment or shoot me an LJ message.

Thanks all!

Holiday!Bang: Masterlist and Author Reveals

Again, we (candesgirl, harwhon, and matchsticks) would like to thank all of you guys for your participation in this round of thestopwatch. A hearty thank you goes to all of our writers and their betas for all of their hard-work and creativity. Also, thank you, our readers, for your support and for reading the fics that came out of the fest. You guys make everything worthwhile. You guys rock!

The StatsWow! Like I said, you guys rock.

And, finally, we present to you:

Collapse )

That's it for this round - it's definitely been fun :). Stay tuned for further information about the next round of thestopwatch!

(We apologise in advance for any mistakes that may be found in this post. If we made a mistake somewhere, or if you notice any discrepancies, please email us at, and we'll fix them immediately. Thanks!)

thank you!

We, the mods (matchsticks, candesgirl and harwhon), want to thank everyone who's participated in this year's Holiday!Bang, be it as a writer or a beta. We've managed to post an astounding amount of 51 fics in 12 days! None of this could have happened without all of you, so give yourself a hearty pat on the back!

Also, thank you, readers. Because without you, writing fic just wouldn't be the same!

More Holiday!Bang info
The master reveal and this round's stats will be posted on Saturday, January 10, 2009 to give everyone time to catch up with the fest. Authors, you are free to post your fic to your journals or other comms after the list has been posted. Feel free to reply to any of the comments you've received after then, as well.

Though we'll try our best to edit the Author Names as soon as we can after the reveals, please give us at least two weeks after the reveal to complete the edits :).

Every fic we've received should have been posted. If you think that we've somehow missed your fic, please email us

We hope you've enjoyed yourselves as much as we have and that we'll see you soon for the next round of our Jack/Ianto fic-exchange!

Fic: A Lifetime to Be Found (1/2)

Title: A Lifetime to Be Found
Author name: harwhon
Prompt: 96
Pairing (s): Jack/Ianto, Ianto/OMC
Summary: When Jack is dropped back on earth after the events of Journey's End, he intends to pick up where he left off: with Torchwood and with Ianto. But when he finds the Hub crawling with UNIT officers, that proves to be quite the problem.
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: If only.
Warning: Set after Exit Wounds (and, obviously, Journey's End). Maybe a tiny bit of Gwen-bashing, even though I just think it's a fair bit of character perception.
Word count: 16 822.
Author's notes: A great big thanks to my beta F, for reading on such short notice and putting up with me. Thanks to cyberamanda for the fantastic prompt- I hope it's at least a bit what you wanted. Title taken from "Now My Feet Won't Touch the Ground" by Coldplay.

Collapse )

Fic: Better Late Than Never

Title: Better Late Than Never
Author Name: Anonymous
Original Prompt Number: 058
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys, Owen/Tosh if you squint maybe?
Summary: Ianto misses out on Christmas day because he gets sick. Really sick.
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I don't own Torchwood, alas.
Warnings: Nothing, really.
Word Count: About 2,500 more or less
Author's Notes: Takes place after Reset but before Exit Wounds.

Collapse )

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!
We hope that you'll all have a great time with your friends and family in this season :).

The next and final installment of Holiday!Bang will be posted tomorrow, due to a bit of technical difficulties and extremely tight time constraints on our part. We apologize for the inconvenience! We know it's a bit of a pain, but at least we can use the extra day to catch up on the wonderful fics that have been posted in the last few days, no?

We hope that you're all enjoying the fest thus far, just as much as we have.

Again, happy holidays, and we thank you for your continued support!


The Stopwatch Mods

Fic: We Too Had Known Golden Hours – A Torchwood Christmas Carol

Title: We Too Had Known Golden Hours – A Torchwood Christmas Carol
Author Name: Anonymous
Original Prompt Number: 004
Pairing(s): Jack/Ianto, mentions of Gwen/Rhys
Summary: Christmas stopped being a time of peace and good will for Captain Jack Harkness a long time ago. Nursing old wounds and growing bitterer by the day, Jack turns slowly into a miserable, old man. Christmas Eve turns around and Jack prepares to spend the night alone and indulging in self-pity. However, unbeknownst to Jack there are other powers at work that night and they are set on helping him learn the error of his ways and make peace with his past in order to look forward to the future.
Rating: PG 13
Disclaimer: There are many things here I don’t own. I don’t own the original ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, please be aware that there are points of dialogue that I have directly lifted from the text. I also do not own ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ (Oh, woe is me. D=), which also heavily influenced this story. And finally I own neither Torchwood nor Doctor Who.
Warnings: None, really. It’s safe for all. With regards to spoilers both Series One and Two of Torchwood are fair game, however.
Word Count: Do I really have to answer this? It’s long, okay? It got excited. D= Alright… If you insist, I make it… around 33,000
Author's Notes: Basically I hope that people enjoy this. I saw the prompt and thought it would be a really, really fun one to try and apply to Torchwood. I’ve tried to stick to canon as much as possible, and my justification for the future sequence that you will see is that it happened before the events of Reset and therefore at that point in time was still plausible. XD I’ve tried my best to do this awesome prompt justice and I just generally hope that you like it. <3

Collapse )