Title: Burnt Fingers and Reprisals
Characters/Pairings: Narvin, Vansell, Louis, Rigan
Word Count: 1397
Summary: The CIA have fingers in every pie. Occasionally they get burnt. Narvin and his career, in the midst of a clean-up.
Notes: Written for alexwearspants for the morepolitics ficathon, from the prompt "Some kind of crossover with Unregenerate! the BFA". A summary is below the cut, to provide some context to anyone who hasn't heard it and doesn't mind being spoiled. Many thanks to janeturenne for the beta, the help and the audio summary.
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Nicholas Courtney has died.
Something. The history and his role in it, such an important part, and gone, and I'll give up now.
Thoughts to all who knew him.
ETA: I went downstairs to tell my housemate, and ended up modifying a quote from Big Finish.
Doctors may come, and Doctors may go, but the Brigadier remains eternal.
So, I listened to Big Finish's Gallifrey IV podcast..
It is adorable and awesome and makes me slightly hopeful that it will not ruin everything (in any way other than The-Only-Way-Gallifrey-Can-Go-Is-Down previously established). I am so excited for some of the casting. However, I admit I fixated on one particular bit.
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Title: Not a Virgin
Fandom: New Tricks
Characters: Sandra Pullman
Length: 2.20 (song shortened)
Song and Artist: Not a Virgin by Poe
Summary: I don't think you wanna start that shit with me
Notes: Contains clips from series 1-7. Some spoilers, but probably only if you know what you're looking at. Made for halfamoon.
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Title: Five Hundred and Twenty, Or Thereabouts
Characters/Pairings: Rani/Clyde/Luke, Sarah Jane
Word Count: 1990
Summary: Luke, Clyde and Rani are not a triangle, and they add up to more than a guaranteed one hundred and eighty.
Notes: Written for sleepscribbling for Yuletide. Many thanks to basicare and significantowl for helpful betas! Yes, I am aware five hours may not be enough sleep to adequately prepare me for two and a half days of walking round London. Yay, field trip. I just thought I'd get this up here before I forgot again. Like all the other things I keep forgetting.
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My Yuletide fics are the best present I got this year.
I like my new pig socks from Hayley (as I should, I picked them out) and my orange cardigan (a colour I've never worn much of, but it suits me alright) and black jumper from Mum and Dad, and my new slippers from Mum and Dad (they keep my toes much warmer than my old falling-apart ones, although cream's going to get very grubby, very quickly, and I always feel like backless slippers are going to fall off and trip me up on the stairs, so I often kick them off instead) and yay for the customary shower gel (although it can't be that much of a limited edition, seeing as they bought me the same the Christmas before last) and yay for £150 from Mum and Dad that means I can actually afford to travel back to uni.
I feel guilty about not being terribly enthused over notecards, from Beth, and the DVD boxset of Planet Earth, from George. (I want presents! And I want to want the presents! *stamps foot* Um, no.)
But Yuletide is awesome! I think it would be even better if I had a stable Internet connection, and could read and read, and comment, and rec, and do Yuletide madness. I have read only the fic written for me, and only managed to comment on two so far. Actually, that's partly the connection, and partly because I cannot seem to squish my love into a comment box. I also feel guilty because I have FOUR fics for Yuletide and I wrote just one.
Anonymous wrote me a TRILOGY in the Gallifrey audios for Yuletide.
1) Five Times Romanadvoratrelundar Missed the Signs, and One Time She Couldn't Possibly Ignore Them
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Romana II, Four, Braxiatel, Leela, Darkel, Pandora, Narvin, K-9 Mark II
Pairings: Four/Romana, Darkel/Romana, Brax/Romana, Pandora/Romana, Narvin/Romana, Leela/Romana.
Summary: "The most powerful woman in the known universe has a tendency to attract admirers. She would probably find this a distinct annoyance—if she could ever be bothered to notice."
Word count: 6525 words
2) Another Time
Characters: Romana, Braxiatel, Leela, Narvin, K-9 Mark I, K-9 Mark II
Summary: "Wherein everyone takes a break from threatening Narvin to save the universe—or possibly the other way around—and it is conclusively proven that Romana's childhood nickname was absurdly ill-chosen."
Word count: 4084 words
3) A Time For Every Purpose
Characters: Romana, Narvin, Leela, Braxiatel, K-9 Mark II, Darkel
Pairings: Romana/Narvin, Andred/Leela
Summary: "Romana knows that relationships are always complicated—but being the President of Gallifrey, she thinks, gives her a far better appreciation of that fact than most people can ever imagine."
Word count: 28,163 words in four chapters
They are fabulous. I suspect I may be quite lonely in my Romana/Narvin shipping (apart from basicare, who was the recipient of my post-reveal, pre-read text message, the gist of which was :DDDDDDDDDDDDDD, and now, apparently, Awesome Anonymous), but still. I think Awesome Anonymous makes it make sense. There are arguments, psychic explorations and hatesex, along with a surprising amount of happiness. They have everyone's voices just right, there are all the interactions I love so much (Narvin and Brax's animosity, Romana and Leela's care for each other, Leela and Narvin's snarky respect, Brax and Romana's friendship, Romana and Narvin still being deeply opposed on important issues), with a side, in the third one, of Gallifreyan politics and Darkelian scheming. They made me laugh much more than once, and I have been talking about them to everyone around me since Christmas Day. Although I should point out, prompted by another comment on the first fic, that it is intensely spoilery for series three of the audios, as are the others to a lesser degree.
And, for Yuletide Madness, someone wrote me Sabrina the Teenage Witch fic.
Sisterhood Uber Alles
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Hilda Spellman, Zelda Spellman, Salem Saberhagen
Summary: "Hilda ruminates on times when she and Zelda have fought."
Word count: 694 words
It is lovely. I love them and their relationship as sisters, and this fic presents a few great glimpses of them throughout history, in wonderful Hilda voice.
So, yay for Yuletide! The amazingly awesome gifts make up about fifty times the frustrations of giving, such as the fact that my recipient was so late unlocking their Yuletide letter or the fact that they still haven't commented, and are not listed on the I'll-Be-Away post.
Dear Yuletide writer,
It's my first time doing Yuletide, so I'm hope I'm doing this right. Maybe I should say more, maybe I should say different things, maybe I'm babbling incoherently. But this is all optional, anyway, and if you want to write something entirely different, please, go right ahead. I'm sure I'll be delighted anyway.
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I hope you enjoy writing whatever! I'm certain I'll enjoy reading it. Thank you, a month in advance.
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On the subject of fic, Angela and I spent most of the day discussing a Leverage 16th century AU. See, in our Literary London module, we've started studying the criminal underworld of the late 1500s/early 1600s through contemporary pamphlets such as 'The Second Part of Coney-Catching' and 'The Defence of Coney-Catching'. They're amazing. They both relate lots of fascinating little tales.
'The Second Part''s stories are all about crimes these thieves, vagabonds, coney-catchers have carried out. My favourite was the one where this 'hooker' is trying to hook things out of this room through an open window and getting really frustrated because, unbeknownst to him, the porter is standing in the room, simply lifting anything that gets caught off the hook.
'The Defence' was amusing generally. It was purportedly written by a coney-catcher who was really annoyed that R.G was publishing pamphlets like 'The Second Part' (and the first part, and more besides) and telling all their secrets because everyone he tried to con just went 'I've read the book! You can't fool me.' It related tales of legally fine, morally rotten ripping off, complaining that their acts were much greater than anything he or his ilk did. Ready made 16th century Leverage plots!
We decided that Nate would probably be a 'upright-man' (previously a servant, skilled), Sophie a 'bawdy-basket' (comes to a house with stuff to sell and nicks other stuff), Eliot a 'ruffler' (a returned soldier too proud to beg) and Parker a Dell (young woman...curse non-specific definitions), so skilled in the Blacke Art (lockpicking) that she always plays the part of the Charme (lockpicker).
Hardison gave us some trouble. Four hours after the Literary London seminar ended, and two minutes after I had seen her last, Angela rushed out of her class to tell me (still waiting to go in to my lecture) that he could be a forger. It was okay, because the teacher wasn't there yet ;).
Last week, it was the Leverage team attempt to steal from Brax's collection. This week, 16th century AU. We do enjoy the module and pay attention during the seminar, honest.
Still no Internet, so here I am in the uni library. biichan suggested I post my entry to the Big Finish Short Trips competition so it can be linked on the Big Finish Slushpile Masterpost, so here it is.
Characters/Pairings: One, Ian, Barbara
Word Count: 1764
Summary: Time travellers aren't all that is out of place in England, 1848.
Notes: Written for the Big Finish Short Trips competition and, not having won, now posted here. Many thanks to purple_bug and biichan for their help.
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I'll put off the WIP meme that's making the rounds, because I really should go and stare at the first and only paragraph of my essay some more. 100 words down, 2400 to go!
For dinner, Angela and I made something we called shepherd's pie, but was actually cottage pie/whatever you call it with pork mince (due to Sainsbury's Basics frozen mince being a mixture of beef and pork) and it was good!
We didn't exactly follow a recipe, because they all appeared overly complicated and asked for what seemed like unnecessary ingredients, like dripping and red wine and eggs. We put onions and carrots and kidney beans in it, and flavoured it with beef stock and thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Quite complicated and advanced cooking for us!
It turns out baking potatoes are just fine being boiled and mashed and Angela did not object to putting cheese on the top, as she doesn't mind it when it's a little. After all, she eats pizza. It didn't have a chance to get very browned on top, though, because we got impatient!
Sarah was going to help us with the cooking, but she decided she was close to a breakthrough in her work, although she later felt like giving up.
And our peas were of two different colours, due to my frozen peas being of a much brighter green than Angela's tinned peas, which were closer to khaki. They created an interesting pattern.
I am proud of our achievement. :)
List all of the television shows you have on DVD, no matter how obscure or embarrassing. Even if you only own one season, list it! Let's see who has what!
The Addams Family (complete)
Ashes to Ashes (series 1)
The Beiderbecke Affair}
The Beidebecke Tapes} All included in The Beiderbecke Trilogy boxset.
The Beiderbecke Connection}
Alan Bennett: Talking Heads (complete)
Doctor Who, classic (various stories)
Doctor Who, new (series 1, series 2: volume 5)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Hogfather (I'm counting it because it was released on telly, not the cinema)
Jeeves and Wooster (series 1)
Life on Mars (complete)
My Parents are Aliens (series 1, series 2: episodes 1-3, Best of)
New Tricks (series 1-5) (Why does it take over a year to release these on DVD? Series 7 will have finished by the time series 6 is on DVD. It's not like they're stuffed with special features.)
Primeval (series 1-3)
Pushing Daisies (series 1)
The Vicar of Dibley (series 1-2)
Walking with Dinosaurs
Walking with Beasts
My videos believe this is a discriminatory meme; they wish to be included!
I can't think of any I've left at home, but I might have done.
Title: Relative Reality
Characters/Pairings: Gene/Alex, Molly
Word Count: 996
Summary: "Wake up, Bolly!" Alex's world is cracked.
Notes: Written for tiredmomof2 who bought a minimum of two hundred words in the auction at help_haiti and asked for an Ashes to Ashes fic with Gene/Alex. Set after series two. Many thanks to livii for the very helpful beta!
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I am supposed to be working on a presentation for Critical Reading tomorrow.
Naturally, I am reading fanfic instead. I just read a piece that wasn't bad, being completely comprehensible (a rarity on the Pit) and true to the character, then clicked on the reviews because I do that sometimes. One said:
this was the most heart-rending, beautiful, emotional piece of literature on this planet!
(My penchant for alliteration may one day land me a job writing tabloid headlines.)
I'm offering four fics, of at least one hundred words, over at help_haiti. If anyone does bid, they'll probably end up longer; I said one hundred in case of approaching deadlines at that time.
The starting bid is £1, $1.62. I'm over here.
Title: Moments, Arbitrarily Gifted
Characters/Pairings: Amelia Rumford/Vivien Fay
Word Count: 1645
Summary: "Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves." Sometimes time gives something back.
Notes: Written for biichan in the dw_femslash ficathon. The quoted half of the summary is taken from A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. Many thanks to strangledduck and basicare for help and beta-ing.
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"Is that all you do, then?" said Apollo. "Lie in bed?"
"And watch television."
"I'm on television," said Apollo.
"You are?" said Zeus. "Have you ever been on Doctor Who?"
"Oh," said Zeus. "I like Doctor Who. He's a god too."
"I don't think he is," said Apollo.
A split second later, Apollo found himself bouncing like a tennis ball off the opposite wall of the room.
"Yes he is," said Zeus. "He's a god."
"Sorry," said Apollo from the floor. "Of course he is. I was confusing him with someone else."
From Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips.
Today, I thought there should be a website like fmylife.com, but for all the good moments, with entries such as:
Today, I discovered that, while Maltesers float on a thick milkshake, Minstrels sink. LML.
Today, my housemate was rather premature in straining the water from the boiled potatoes. They were far too hard to mash, a fact we only discovered after adding the milk and marge. We then proceeded to boil them in milk and produced something entirely and surprisingly edible, which we called hashed potatoes. LML.
I really do love my life at the moment. Things are fun, if surprisingly busy. I only discovered that I got recced at calufrax from a review that mentioned it so thank you for the rec, livii! :D
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, hhertzof!