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  • Apr. 17th, 2019 at 9:31 PM
Pointless fluff, for the prompt: dinner. One more prompt to go and I will have a line. :)

Title/Link: Fifty
Fandom: Quantum Leap
Prompt: Dinner
Characters: Donna Elesee, Al Calavicci, Katie Beckett, Sam Beckett, Beth Calavicci, Tom Beckett
Summary: Donna plans a surprise for Sam for his fiftieth birthday.

Reading, Listening, Watching

  • Apr. 17th, 2019 at 7:38 PM
Reading: The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. I genuinely have no idea why this is on my to read pile. Someone must have recommended it but I'm struggling think in relation to what. Its kind of interesting but doesn't seem like the sort of thing I would particularly seek out - and it very much feels like an SF-reaction to Germany in 1943 (though weirdly by way of blaming the Romantic movement for everything - though, I suppose, Wagner). I don't particularly dislike it, but I'm not sure I particularly see the point it is trying to make, and it is obviously trying to make a point.

Listening: I got name-checked in the Verity Podcast (by way of making a suggestion on Twitter). It was very exciting.

Watching: A random Netflix trawl netted us R.I.P.D last night. We read the description (Undead Cops police the Undead) were, as a result, surprisingly impressed by the cast list: Kevin Bacon, Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and concluded that it might be a bit like Tremors on the strength of which supposition we agreed to give it 10 minutes. It opened with a distinctly dodgy CGI special effect and proceeded to be considerably more serious than Tremors for the next 10 minutes and we were starting to debate whether to stick with it but then Jeff Bridges turned up, the whole thing planted its tongue firmly in its cheek and off it went. I guess its sort of Tremors meets Ghostbusters and you need to be in the mood for that kind of thing, but if you are then it does more or less what it says on the tin.
1. I hiked up a mountain last weekend. It was really frickin' hard and my thighs still haven't forgiven me. But I did it. I'm kinda proud of myself. It was another one of those 'let's see if I can do this' challenges I keep setting for myself and I did it. The mountain is called Cadair Idris and it's pretty well-known in these parts. We definitely went up the wrong way, but my ankle held up beautifully. So, I think this may be one of those things that I'm going to cling to in the next few months (years?). I hiked up a mountain less than a year after fracturing my ankle and dislocating my shoulder. If I can do that, I can do anything. Right?

2. I'm about 95% committed to moving back to the states and it's still freaking me out. It's very strange to essentially be given a chance to actually be selective about what I do next. I'll be in a position where if I don't have a job, it won't be life or death and that's really, REALLY freaking me out. I actually get to be picky about what kind of job I do next? I've never had this luxury and I'm not quite sure what to do with myself.

3. Easter weekend approaches! Four day weekend! I'm pet-sitting an adorable Springer spaniel for a friend as well as house-sitting. She has an amazing kitchen, so I'll be baking a strawberry-peach pie and attempting, for the first time, to make a gumbo. Both of these dishes will be just for moi! And maybe for a friend if she gets back into town in time. No promises.

4. Other than the pet-sitting, I have no plans for the long weekend, so that means it's a perfect time to WRITE. I'm determined to finish my Black Sails epic, so that's what I'll be working on, I think. It's been a bit of a relief to think about it in terms of the whole story as opposed to chapter by chapter.

5. I keep trying to start new shows, or new-to-me shows, and then I just don't. It's really weird. Lately, I always just end up watching Midsomer Murders or Inspector Lewis re-runs. I don't get it. Although, I did watch Derry Girls and it's an absolute delight. I'm ready to watch the new season of Killing Eve, but it hasn't aired in the UK yet.

I hope everyone is doing all right! Take care out there! ♥

Night of the Doctor

  • Apr. 16th, 2019 at 9:48 PM

Paper Doll of the Eighth Doctor in his Night of the Doctor outfit
The Eighth Doctor gets shoes!


Also, I think I may be getting the hang of this (7 doctors after I decided to stop leaving white bits). Some white outlines are left, some have been removed.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster, Jeeves_P.G. Wodehouse
Word count: 1465
Characters: Bertie, Jeeves, OMCs
Chapter 7

Summary: Jeeves does as he's told. Bertie gets an unexpected gift.

Chapter 7: Party Favors
Chapter 6: Diamonds On The Candlesticks
Chapter 5: Childe Rolande To The Huge Pile Came
Chapter 4: The Soup Thickens
Chapter 3: Time For Machinations
Chapter 2: Bobby And The Terrible Idea
Chapter 1: Listen To The Mockingbird

Gratuitous Icon Post!

  • Apr. 15th, 2019 at 4:53 PM


I'm not 100% happy with it, but I definitely need to stop fucking with it. I'd hoped to have "hope you guessed my name" on there but couldn't get it to work but, meh, that was just the only purpose of taking 59 screenshots of that specific interaction, it's not like it was that important to my Artistic Vision. I've gotten spoiled by doing text-only icons for so long.

Anyway, Ye Zun says hi. and that more edits will probably happen at some point in the future if he doesn't just eat PSP first.

I Saw This Last Week

  • Apr. 15th, 2019 at 9:22 PM

A man, sitting on a bench, looking very pleased with himself, wearing a Manchester Marathon T-Shirt

This is JayManCan who cycled past me in the park one day when I was running. Strava has this "flyby" feature where you can see runners or cyclists you passed on your route and he friended me. Against all the advice of many Internet gurus I friended him back. He ran the Manchester Marathon the weekend before last and we caught up at Park Run on Saturday. I don't think he enjoyed it any more than I enjoyed my first marathon, but at least he didn't leave the T-Shirt behind on the train!

[writing wrap-up] march l 2019

  • Apr. 14th, 2019 at 4:07 PM

 

[personal profile] gracerene and [personal profile] firethesound's weekly and monthly word count wrap ups always make me want to write more. those two write so much! it's incredible! so, i'm going to start posting monthly wrap up + goals posts in an attempt to hold myself accountable.

MARCH

goals:
  • march word count goal: 4,594 / 8,042
  • YTD word count goal: 4,594 / 18,493
  • 2019 total word count goal: 6,266 / 75,000
as you can see i am quite a bit behind but i'm going to try my hardest to catch up. i got really into writing again right at the end of the month. i actually wrote most of that 4.5k over the last 3 days of the month. if you're curious about the breakdown:

march 1-9: 0 words
march 10-16: 243 words, all on the 15th
march 17-23: 389 words, on the 17th
march 24-30: 3,962 total words, 22 words on the 25th, 1702 words on the 29th, 616 words on the 30th, 1622 words on the 31st

if you want to see some of those words, here are the fics i posted in march. well, wrote in march. technically posted in april but shh.

afternoon delight. harry potter. harry/ron/hermione. 359. pg.
"i refuse to be defeated by cookies!"

distractions. harry potter. cho/luna. 301. pg.
later, when it was two A.M. and she was still trying to figure out the answer to number forty-two, she might regret this but now, with luna in her arms, feeling like warmth and safety, she didn’t regret a thing.
 
i like me better when i'm with you. harry potter. ginny/luna. 177. pg.
“you’re right. sorry, luna. i'm being silly.”

“no. you’re being you. i like it when you’re you.”
 
your body on my mind. harry potter. harry/charlie. 698. pg-13.
"is that how you think of me? as family?"

and i also posted a fest fic!
the sweetest little part of destiny. harry potter. bill/fleur. fleur & harry, fleur & molly. 1704. pg-13.
two years may seem like a lifetime to someone who wasn’t there, someone who didn’t witness the chaos of the war, who doesn’t feel the death and destruction that still lingers over everyone. but two years is nothing. not to someone like andromeda, who lost both a husband and a daughter and a son-in-law. it is nothing to harry, poor, sweet harry, who has always carried the world on his shoulders and who will never step feeling like the lives lost in the war are sitting on his conscience. or, molly, who has lost a son but is trying her damnedest to mother yet another orphaned young boy. the three of them are all trying their hardest to make the broken pieces of themselves into one whole parent for teddy.

how can she bring a child into this world and take their attention away from that?


now, onto next month!

APRIL

goals:
word count goal: 18,493

that is a lot of words but i'm going to try my hardest to write as much as i can. projects i want to work on:
  • when we were young (temporary title) drarry fic. this is a fic about harry/draco reconnecting in their 40s after having been together and split up in their twenties. i love the idea of this fic and second chance romance is a fave of mine so i think this will be a lot of fun to write.
  • secret identity drarry fic. i have a very basic outline for this. but i like the idea and i know the general gist of what happens so all i really need to do is just sit down and write it.
  • wizarding uber drarry fic. i have about 58 words/5 sentences of this one but i have a very vague outline.
  • the good place au drarry fic. i've had this idea in my head since the first season of tgp was airing and i have some notes but i need to go read those notes and turn them into actual words. i have about 621 words of it already.
  • weird dead people can talk through harry drarry fic. i have 644 words of this one.
  • the office au drarry fic. i only have two sentences of this one. lol.
  • ginny/luna tattoo artist canon divergence gift fic. this one is almost done! all i need to do is write the last scene which is the sex scene but it's giving me trouble because i usually don't go so explicit and i start doubting myself.
  • ginny/luna bookstore au fic. i have 1547 words on this one but it's an old one and while i remember a bit of the ending i wanted, i'm not sure what to do with the middle.
  • ginny/luna the west wing au fic. i have 179 words of this and no idea where it's going.
  • ginny/luna, harry/draco band au fic. i have about 75 words of this and kind of an idea of where it's going but not really.
  • ginny/luna library au fic. i've got 470 words of this and not a clue where to go with it.
  • ginny/luna domestic drabble gift fic. i've got about 197 words of this and know where i'm going with it, i think, i just need to actually sit down and write it.
  • auror bodyguard ron/pansy fic. i have about 449 words of this and a very vague idea of the story but i have the feeling that is gonna be a long one and i want to write some of the shorter ones first.
  • dean/seamus fake relationship gift fic. i have 344 words of this one but it's set around christmas and i'm one of those people who cannot read/write something set in a different season than the one it is. i can only read historical fiction in the winter because it ~feels winter-y to me. i'm gonna try to work on some of the parts that aren't obviously christmas related, though there aren't many of those.
  • kinky ron/pansy fic. i have 0 actual words on this but i do have basically the entire thing in my head. it's just straight up porn. maybe a little angst. i need to just stop doubting myself when it comes to smut and just write the damn thing.

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Battle 4/11 (The Three Lands: Breached Boundaries #4) [Patreon fiction]

The best way to hide may be in plain sight. Or perhaps not.

In order to reach refuge in the north, Serva must travel through a land controlled by the Prince of Daxis, who has already risked war in order to capture her. Outside Daxis, Serva may be able to claim the title of daughter of the King of Daxis, but here in Daxis she is merely an escaped slave, in danger from her cousin the heir.

Her escort is untested, while her own knowledge of Daxion geography is slight. Matters worsen when the Prince extends his reach to catch them on the very border of their crossing. . . .


"Even as I spoke, the man turned away."

Rated T. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

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Initiation 8/8 (Life Prison: Hell's Messenger #3) [AO3 fiction, members-locked]

In Mip's most notorious life prison, Death appears in a strange disguise.

It had seemed for a while that the plan would work: a bold conspiracy by a group of idealistic prisoners and sympathetic guards to stop abuse at Mercy Prison. Then betrayal occurs, and Tyrrell finds himself in a new life prison, with new rules to be learned. No longer is he in a position of leadership; now he is surrounded by men who question his most fundamental values.

He has new allies as well: fellow prisoners who like what they see in him, a healer who refuses to accept current conditions, and guards who may or may not provide the help that the prisoners desperately need. But Hell's messenger, Death, visits Compassion Prison, keeping his face hidden until it is almost too late for Tyrrell to recognize his touch.


"'Take care, man. Take care what alliances you make here.'"

Hell's Messenger ends with a historical note.


Rated M. Boilerplate warning for all my stories + my rating system.

All chapters in this novel.

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News


The final volume in the Life Prison series will be Justice's Hammer, which will switch back and forth between events in Mercy Life Prison and Compassion Life Prison. I'm still in the midst of writing that volume, so I don't have a publication date yet.

I'm in the final stage of editing Death Mask (The Three Lands) and was planning to start serializing it again next week, but guess what? I poked my eye again. Same eye, which had just finished healing.

The final stage of editing requires me to read teeny-tiny typefaces (*glares at Pro Writing Aid, an otherwise lovely piece of editing software which is not accessible*), so I'm going to have to delay till my eye is up to that. In the meantime, you can enjoy Breached Boundaries, which is set roughly twenty years after Death Mask and has an overlapping cast of characters.

Crack drabble

  • Apr. 14th, 2019 at 3:45 PM


...or: Zhao Yunlan, stop guilting Shen Wei for being late when you hadn't pre-arranged anything or told him you wanted him, Shen Wei may be the one who remembers y'all agreed to meet again, but that didn't come with a little note indicating the time and place and that it was for crime fighting purposes so make sure to wear the specific outfit.


Double Drabble: Bat Signal. ( words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 镇魂 | Guardian (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Shěn Wēi, Chǔ Shùzhī
Additional Tags: Double Drabble, Crack
Summary:

Shen Wei considers how to stop being late.

The Randomiser: The Web of Fear

  • Apr. 14th, 2019 at 7:30 PM
From The Web Planet to The Web of Fear: two stories which have remarkably little in common beyond the word "Web" in the title.

One thing the do have in common though (as well as the word "Web" in the title) is having been novelised early and well. To be honest, the novelisation of The Web of Fear is one of Terrance Dicks' 120 page jobs, but it is gripping and terrifying (at least if you are 9 years old). When, in 2013, all but one of the episodes of The Web of Fear were found, along with all of The Enemy of the World, it (of the two) was most anticipated and there was something of an air of disappointment once it was actually available. The memory, people felt, had in this case cheated.

For my birthday in 2013 I had a party on the 23rd November. The original plan had been to watch about three Doctor Who stories including the anniversary special, but when The Web of Fear was found I extended it earlier in order to watch this as well. To be honest, like many people, I think I was a little underwhelmed.

This time was very different. Oddly, tame layman recalled nothing of the earlier viewing (maybe he was in the kitchen making supper?) and he was genuinely gripped in the early episodes, and genuinely surprised and pleased when the Brigadier put in an appearance. Frankly the first two episodes are as gripping as my memories of the book suggest. It is difficult to tell with the third episode which consists only of telesnaps. The fourth is basically padding. There is a lot of running around shooting at yeti and a lot of the characters the story has been successfully building up are rather summarily bumped off, leaving a much smaller core group to carry the final two episodes. I suspect it is this fourth episode that is at the heart of the diappointment. It is ambitious for the 1960s but I suspect the collective imagination had built up the running fights through the streets of London into something impossible to realise at the time.

This feels eerily like a UNIT episode. I'm not sure if the producers already had UNIT in mind when creating it, but it has that feel of The Invasion and some of the early Pertwee stories, where the military have a much larger and more obvious presence. On the whole I think the story benefits from this. There is more excitement and more of a feel of realism (give or take Yeti in the London Underground, obviously) than in many Doctor Who stories.

The character work is often excellent. Anne Travers is a stand out - not only one of the show's first female scientists (a character type it was to lean into heavily for the next five years or so) but one of the better examples of the genre - able to stand up for herself, level headed, and equipped to help the Doctor. However the Brigadier, the unfortunate "Staff" (Sergeant Arnold in the novel but referred to by everyone as "Staff" here), Evans the cowardly but clever (professionally Welsh) Private, even Blake and Weams (two largely red-shirt characters) have a distinctiveness and life to them that mean you don't get the various soldiers confused with each other.

Rewatching this felt a bit like rediscovering the story. I'm not sure what went wrong in 2013. Maybe watching it all in one go was a mistake. But this took me back strongly to reading The Web of Fear at age 9 and experiencing the thrill of the Yeti in the London Underground.

New hell in security questions

  • Apr. 14th, 2019 at 2:16 PM


"What is your paternal grandfather's nickname", what the actual fuck. Even worse, I can't tell if they mean "what is the nickname his friends called him" or "grandpa".

Other highlights:
-In what city is your vacation home
-What city do you plan to live in when you retire
-What was your least favorite subject in junior high school
-What was the name of the town your maternal grandmother lived in
-What was the first name of your favorite teacher in final year of high school [have I got news for you about my knowledge of the first names of any of my teachers]
-What is the first name of your favorite cousin [hey, cousins, gather round, I need to figure out which of you I like the most! It's okay, it's just for a website's security questions.]


Plus the usual very specific ones about dating and my wedding. Gotta love all the assumptions built into these things...

Actual best part: this is a different website than this security question headache.

More porn drabbling!

  • Apr. 14th, 2019 at 12:07 PM


I had way too many problems titling this, ugh.


Triple Drabble: You Just Put Your Lips Together. (300 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 镇魂 | Guardian (TV)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán
Characters: Zhào Yúnlán
Additional Tags: Triple Drabble, ...in bed, pre-identity reveal, Blowjobs, POV Zhao Yunlan
Summary:

Zhao Yunlan wants to improve relations with Dixing.



American Gods

  • Apr. 14th, 2019 at 7:12 PM
I hate Social Media, I hate her so much.

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Random Doctor Who Picture

  • Apr. 13th, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Jamie and Victoria running away from a Yeti.

This is not, I believe, actually a shot from The Abominable Snowmen but in fact a mocked up photo-shoot for Doctor Who's Tenth Anniversary (though I could be wrong about that).

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