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Wednesday 31st July 2013 8:22 pm

Some of the things I've been doing since I last posted:

- Working. There was one day last week that I spent the whole morning working on one script. Well, I say one, but it had 414,000 characters and our software only allowed 32,000 characters per script. It was splitting it up that took the time. I was a bit worn out after all that

- Trying to find an alternative for TweetDeck when it suddenly stopped working. On Windows I found I really like Janetter, which works on every platform except Linux. After an entire evening and an entire morning spent trying different programs, I eventually discovered that the best one is TweetDeck - and that's only vaguely usable. That's because in Chrome it uses Chrome's notifications which has two of them pop up for a few seconds and then vanish before you can read one. In Firefox notifications don't work at all. I can't download the Windows version because it seems to think that 4 bytes/second is an acceptable speed and I'm not sure if it works in Linux anyway. And of course there's nothing to tell you what you've read/is unread because who would want to know that sort of essential information anyway?

- On Sunday I went to the Olympic stadium for the Anniversary Games. (There are photos, of course). Our seats were amazingly not in the rain, but two rows in front of us were! We were in the sun at the end, but fortunately it wasn't out for too long. It was a great experience and we had a good view of the long jump. It was interesting to see them warm up - they put a little marker by the side of the runway and had a run up without really jumping. Then the bloke sitting by the take-off point put his finger on the board where they jumped from, so then they went and moved their marker, so then they knew where to start. They still seemed to get a lot of fouls, or so it seemed. It was interesting that the women with one leg all jumped off the blade, which suggests it has an advantage.

- Today I was only in two days, so they ended up being two days of hard work to get everything in. But tomorrow I am off on the annual windmill trip.

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Dear Fic Corner Scribbler
Sunday 28th July 2013 10:02 am

Dear Fic Corner Scribbler,

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 - some of the ideas I've put in the prompts will mean going a bit further than the books do, but generally I'd like to stick to the tone of the original
- British people using Americanisms (and American people using Briticisms)
- Relationships other than those in canon (and the exceptions noted in my optional details) - but you can never go wrong with gen

I've written more prompts for some than others, but it doesn't mean I want those fandoms more - I'd like them all equally.

Below are my prompts:

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Too hot to post
Saturday 20th July 2013 10:02 pm

It's been too hot to do anything for the past week. Last Sunday I even struggled to read or watch anything on TV that was longer than half an hour. But today it was a nice, reasonable temperature, which has been so much more pleasant. My washing still dried, but I also cleaned the house and went out and did some gardening during the day.

On the plus side, my hayfever has definitely improved. Gardening late in the evening (on the days when it's been cool enough to) hasn't helped it much, but I'm still better now than when I started taking the medicine and I've finished a bottle and didn't buy another.

I also saw a hedgehog in my garden on Tuesday! I had got back from Rotary and opened the back door and it looked as surprised to see me as I was to see it. I thought about whether there was enough light to take a photo of it and whether the flash would scare it, but I went to get my camera anyway. By the time I made it back to the back door it had gone off down the garden a bit. After a while I couldn't see it in the dark, but I could hear it scampering along the gravel. So that was a nice bit of excitement.

While gardening I've been listening to audios. I got through May's Big Finish Blake's 7 box set and I've just finished Counter Measures 2. Which has made them go by so fast. Usually I listen in the car, so it takes a few days to get through one CD, but I can't while it's this hot because I have to turn the volume up to ridiculous levels when the car windows are open - and I even have to open them in the mornings because putting a hot car in a garage heats it up, along with the sun shining straight at it in the mornings.

It's due to get hotter again tomorrow, but the week's not looking quite so bad as last week, as long as I believe the BBC's forecast and not Weather Undergound's.

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Not Prime Time fic
Wednesday 10th July 2013 9:38 pm

Now that the authors have been revealed in Not Prime Time I have posted what I wrote to my website and I can reveal that it is a Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry adventure: Votes for Women.

Just before sign-ups on this I was thinking to myself that I'd love a Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry adventure fic and then I was assigned someone who wanted that too (and picked Harry as their character). It should have been so easy to write, but I struggled for no reason that I can find.

The setting, as the title tells you, is the early 20th century because back in February I'd read Emmeline Pankhurst's book, My Own Story, which was a really interesting book to read and I thought it was something I could make use of. Plus my initial reaction to putting Harry into a time of Women's Issues seemed funny, although I'm sure he'd agree that they should have the vote, he's not quite that bad after all.

When I finally came to write the first draft it was the end of May and there was quite a bit in the media about Emily Wilding Davison, so it seemed like the perfect thing to be writing.

There are two characters in it I want to talk about the naming of, but can't do so without spoiling the ending, so I'll put that behind a more link. Read more...

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Monday 8th July 2013 8:09 pm

So that's it for another year. But it's less than two months until the US Open, although that's harder to follow being only on the radio and often during the night.

It's just as well it's over because it's harder to concentrate in the heat and impossible for long matches, but it still feels odd for there not to be tennis on.

The most exciting thing about the whole tournament was having BBC Sport on my internet TV. Well, having an internet TV at all. But it meant that I could choose what match to watch. So on Saturday morning I watched some Seniors mucking about, then some wheelchair tennis, followed by the women's singles and men's doubles finals (I was all tennised out by the womens doubles final).

I was feeling good that I'd managed to avoid Virginia Wade for the whole tournament and wondered if she was still commentating. Then we came to the mixed doubles final. I tried to avoid her by muting the TV in between points, but I'd unmute it when someone served and she'd sometimes be talking and carry on talking through the point. And not about anything at all relevant, hence my dislike of her (plus she has an annoying posh voice).

Andy Murray winning wasn't the most exciting thing (just one of the many exciting things about Wimbledon 2013), partly because there were lots of other exciting things that happened (the first semi-final was more exciting than the final, although it probably helped that I wasn't quite so invested in the outcome, even though I wanted Del Potro to win), and partly because it wasn't that unlikely that it happened at all. He has already won one Grand Slam after all.

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Another long weekend
Friday 5th July 2013 12:24 pm

This week was my last busy week of the summer, in terms of regular things I do in the evenings every week. That there's no more ballet until September is good in a way because my feet swell up in the heat and ballet shoes aren't designed to have space for your feet to grow. Not that doing ballet in socks is necessarily a bad thing.

After doing a load of overtime in June I finally managed to take a whole hour of it yesterday. So after coming home early I managed to spray the weeds, dust the house and clean the kitchen and bathroom. This morning I hoovered and am on my second load of washing. So it'll all be done before it gets too hot (at the moment it's nicely hot, but it won't stay that way).

Today I have a day off to watch the men's semi-finals. I keep missing tennis at Wimbledon due to not being at my desk during the crucial points. So it'll be good to sit down and watch it uninterrupted (aside from eating and pegging the washing out and getting it in again once it's dry).

Next week I have nothing on! (or at least not yet). I have lots of things I need to do this summer, although since it'll be hot that might be reduced to some gardening in the evening if it's cool enough and catching up on TV. And some reading. And everything else will end up waiting until the weather improves, hot computers and heatwaves not mixing well together.

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