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Dear Rare Ship Swap Writer
Friday 25th May 2012 7:51 pm

Dear Rare Ship Swap Writer,

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. I am sure I will love anything you write with the pairing(s) I've requested, after all, they're rare and there should be more fic with those pairings in.

I'd rather no other pairings were included - the ones not listed I either don't ship or are big pairings that you see a lot and I'd prefer the fic be about whichever rare pairing you're writing.

What I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Stories that explore characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- UST (you can't go wrong with a bit of UST)
- One kiss or one touch being as sexy as a whole sex scene

What I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Crack - unless it's aliens made them do it, which I love, but having read so much of it I'd prefer a different take on it (eg what it is aliens made them do or finding a way round not doing it)
- Pet names
- Cheating/adultery
- Shipping involving the Doctor, or anyone having romantic feelings for him (except for Martha) or him having romantic feelings for anyone

Below are my prompts:

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Comic book films
Tuesday 22nd May 2012 9:34 pm

What with it seems like everyone in the world having seen Avengers Assemble I was trying to decide whether or not to see it. For a start everyone keeps calling it The Avengers, which I would like to see, but that just requires me getting my Emma Peel box set down and trying to work out which black and white episodes I haven't seen yet. Aside from that, on the one hand everyone having seen it really, really makes me not want to see it. Every time anyone talks about it, they make me not want to see it more. However, when no one talks about it I wonder if maybe it is actually good.

I've also never liked comics. That's partly because I can't work out how to read them - I know you start at the top and left, but sometimes the speech bubbles are at the top right and bottom left, so then where you do start? But also because I hate that they have pictures. If I want to read then I need words and maybe a few pictures to illustrate scenes, but they shouldn't get in the way.

Someone at work said I'd like it if I liked Firefly because it had the same humour. And then I discovered it was written by Joss Whedon, which explains that. But although I liked Buffy, Angel and Firefly, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog did nothing for me. It was all right, but not that great.

Someone else at work said that in order to understand it you need to have seen Thor and Captain America first. I haven't even heard of Captain America, I thought he meant Team America. Which I also haven't seen.

And then I found out it has Iron Man in. Now that film everyone was going on about when it came out and I couldn't understand why because I was getting it confused with Man of Iron. Why someone would be making a film out of Paul Darrow's awful Blake's 7 script, I don't know, but if it was played like it is at Redemption I'd go and see it. Once it was out on DVD I gave it a try. After half an hour I'd lost the will to live. But since a lot of people seemed to think it was good I gave it another go the next day. Another half an hour and I'd lost the will to live again, so I gave up. When I said this at work yesterday someone agreed the beginning was boring and said Iron Man 2 was better. I'm not prepared to verify that statement, though. A film has just got to be exciting earlier.

I borrowed X:Men First Class (not sure where the punctuation is in there) because I did want to see it and hadn't got round to it. I have seen the first X:Men film, which was all right and for some reason I think I've seen the second, which was boring. I watched it on Saturday night. Bit of it had potential, but the whole thing was boring - it moved so slowly. After 67 minutes I felt like I'd been watching for two hours and I gave up. I could have skipped bits and not missed much.

Apart from the slowness my other problems with it were that the mutant powers didn't make sense. When there's a bloke with telepathy and a girl who can shape shift, why was there a girl who could do both? How did a girl who was blue not attract attention sooner? And the villain was just stupidly overpowered and where's the fun in that?

I suspect, though, that my problems with the film are just general comic book things, which means that I won't like Avengers Assemble. And at any rate, I should definitely not go and see it at the cinema, where you can't do something at the same time as watching it or take breaks.

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Too much realism in dreams
Monday 21st May 2012 9:20 pm

This morning I woke up at 6am and went back to sleep, which makes a nice change. And then I dreamt. Which was fine and actually a fairly normal dream, it was the amount that I was directing it that was strange and I could probably live without.

It started with me visiting [info]selenay936's (parent's) house early in the morning. They were all asleep and I went in the back garden. But then I accidentally let the dog out because I didn't know they had a dog. Which would be because they don't have a dog (at least as far as I know). I thought I'd better make a run for it as no one knew I'd been there so they wouldn't know I'd done it. But there was a man about taking his daughter to school who said to her in a very loud voice that I was meant to hear something along the lines of 'someone's let that dog out and they were very silly, weren't they'. I realised he was going to tell Sel's parent what I looked like and from that they'd work out it was me.

So I decided I wanted to start that dream again...

So I did and it went better (the dog turned into two cats, which helped with accidentally letting it out) and I was talking to them and they asked me about work because it was 9am. So I said that it was all right and I could go in late. But then my rational self realised that I hadn't organised going in late and even if I had I was 45 minutes drive away and it would end up very late by the time I left. Not to mention the fact that Sel's hair was now long despite the photo she posted the other week showing that it wasn't.

I was quite glad to wake up at that point. If my dreaming self could stop rationalising my dreams while I'm dreaming them that would be a help. But I won't complain at the extra hour of sleep.

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Sunday 20th May 2012 8:19 pm


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After a while of not having time to crochet, I have managed to complete a granny square (the idea is that you do lots of these, then sew them together to make a blanket). The best thing I can say about it is that it's finished. Bits of it are definitely right and bits of it are definitely wrong. But for the first one I've ever done, that's not bad.

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I can’t see
Saturday 19th May 2012 2:37 pm

I picked up my new glasses yesterday lunchtime, so now the world looks all funny. Except it doesn't, I just feel funny. Usually getting new glasses means that the world looks really bright (because they're clean) and the floor slopes. The floor's hardly sloping, the world's not that much brighter but there's something wrong with it in general. I can only type when not looking at the keyboard and I can't focus on anything close up. I also have a headache, I feel like I'm dizzy, only I'm not and I can't decide if my glasses are too loose.

But I now have glasses cases in black, red, green and grey. And spare prescription sunglasses, although I'm less likely to walk into doors wearing those because I don't tend to wear them indoors much.

At least I have the same frames as before, so I don't hate the way they look, which is always a help. But I just want to skip the adjusting to new glasses period now and go straight to the part where I can see.

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Big Finish Fifth Doctor
Friday 18th May 2012 8:12 pm

The upside of not sharing lifts at work is that I've listened to one and a half of the last two Big Finish audios. Half the point of subscribing to their main range was so that I listened to the ones that I wouldn't usually buy (ie the ones without the Seventh Doctor and Ace in). While listening to The Emerald Tiger I realised that I quite like all these characters.

I generally can't get excited about the Fifth Doctor era. None of his companions are any of my favourites and I can't look at Peter Davison back then without thinking that he's Tristan. But on audio it's easier to forget - and he sounds more like Peter Davison these days. I also like the friendship between Nyssa and Tegan and the banter between Tegan and Turlough. And the writers make sure to do something with all four of them, so the TARDIS doesn't feel as crowded as it was with Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.

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Driving on my own
Monday 14th May 2012 9:13 pm

For ages at work I've been sharing lifts with someone else. Well, I say sharing lifts, but she didn't drive, so I drove and she paid me petrol money. But now she's passed her test and bought a car, so today I went on my own. Which was weird. I kept thinking I'd forgotten something. On the plus side I get to leave the house five minutes later, get home five minutes earlier and I am listening to last month's Big Finish Doctor Who release. But suddenly having to pay twice as much in petrol is less good. I worked out that the bus is now cheaper, albeit only just and does take four times as long - if I got it, I'd have to leave the house half an hour earlier and I'd get to work half an hour late. So then I'd have to stay at work half an hour longer and would get home an hour and a half later - which wouldn't be in time for me to go out to well, anything. So there's certainly something to be said for driving to work.

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Computers and work
Saturday 12th May 2012 8:40 pm

Admittedly it's been a short week, but all I've done this week is play with computers, work and be tired due to lack of sleep. I just wake up early - on weekdays it's before my alarm on weekends it's a bit later but still before 8am. I just need one night where I sleep until 10am and I'll be fine. But no, my body hates me and is determined to make me tired. Which makes me dizzy. That coupled with work being busy means I have really loud tinnitus in my left ear 🙁

On the plus side, it has finally stopped raining (at least all day every day) and it's been warm enough the past couple of days that I haven't been wearing my winter coat and have practically turned the heating off.

A bigger plus side - I have Fruit Ninja on my computer. I have found I need to hold the mouse button down to make playing it easier, but it does mean I really have no use at all for a tablet (not that I had much of a use for one anyway) and no use for a smartphone either. My new laptop works out at not much more expensive than a tablet anyway...

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Coming at you from a whole new computer
Monday 7th May 2012 9:33 pm

Today I spent pretty much the whole day installing things on my new computer and playing with settings. I had a break when I cleaned the kitchen and bathroom. It is nearly done. Currently the only way I can find any programs I want is from the Quick Launch - the Start Menu and Desktop are too much of a mess to find anything, and I haven't installed the printer. But other than that it's done.

It was very handy I have a computer running Linux. The folders with things like my Firefox profile and my RSS feeds live in folders that you need admin access to get. But this computer refused to copy them or access them from the hard drive of the old computer. Ubuntu, on the other hand, didn't care. So I copied folders from my old computer onto my netbook and then across to my new computer.

At the moment I am really struggling with the keyboard. I'm fine with typing, it's just once I need to go further right than the return key that I'm struggling. The old one had Home, End, Page Up and Page Down down the right and that was it. The new one has a number pad. Which does mean there's two of each of those four keys, but they're all in a different place, as are the arrow keys, so I keep being slowed down by having to look down and check where I am. So I have established that I like the trackpad!

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Dear Not Prime Time Writer
Sunday 6th May 2012 5:44 pm

Dear Not Prime Time Writer,

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. I am sure I will love anything you write with the character(s) I've requested. Feel free to use any other characters you'd like - there are none that I dislike in any of these fandoms.

What I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Stories that explore characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode

What I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Relationships other than those in canon - but you can never go wrong with gen

I know there are two Doctor Who-related fandoms on this list. Don't think that I'd like one of those more than the other two - I want each of these requests equally.

Below are my prompts:

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Updatey thing
Sunday 6th May 2012 5:24 pm

I now have a new computer. I have now remembered how unusable all the default settings are in Windows. Not to mention IE9, where I spent five minutes trying to find the address bar. But it has a 1TB hard drive (10 times what I need) and 8GB of RAM. It should be fast and able to cope with anything I throw at it.

Yesterday I had a party to celebrate my birthday. Which basically consisted of spending a relaxed afternoon sitting around and chatting.

Aside from the epilogue I realised it needed, I've finished the second draft of my Big Bang fic. I just need to go back and make it less boring now. And add 3500 words, which shouldn't be hard.

I'm sure there was more I meant to add, but I keep waking up early and not being able to fall asleep any earlier, so I'm tired. I'm just very glad this is a three day weekend.

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