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Actual writing
Wednesday 12th April 2017 9:17 pm

I have written something that's not for a ficathon or a fest or any sort of deadline! Well, I say written, I have finished something. Two things in fact - I started them both shortly after the Spooks film came out. One was nearly finished, one was so finished I just fixed a couple of typos and declared it done.

It's good to a) finish something on my length WIP list and b) write in a fandom I haven't written in for a while. And as a by-product I realised I had, without noticing, now got a diagonal line on my Gen Prompt Bingo card. Or I will, once I find something to fit in the wild card. And then I can get another card for the latest round, that will hopefully help me finish some other WIPs.

I did choose these two because they were the closest to being finished, for the sense of accomplishment. I do now feel accomplished - let's hope that continues on to help me finish some of the other things on my list.

The Better Bad (1156 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Spooks | MI-5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Dimitri Levendis, Erin Watts, Harry Pearce
Additional Tags: Post-The Greater Good
Summary: The reason why Dimitri wasn't in The Greater Good. Spoilers for The Greater Good.

Undercover Relationship (1256 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Spooks | MI-5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dimitri Levendis/Erin Watts
Characters: Dimitri Levendis, Erin Watts
Additional Tags: Undercover
Summary: Dimitri and Erin attempt to have a relationship, but being in MI-5 doesn't make it easy.


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Het Swap
Saturday 18th March 2017 11:54 am

Het Swap authors were revealed on Wednesday and this is the first chance I've had to talk about it since then. The whole ficathon has been kind of hilarious, in ways that will shortly become clear. Read more...


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Chocolate Box
Tuesday 21st February 2017 6:58 pm

Reveals have happened so I can talk about Chocolate Box! Well, most of it I could have talked about before, but just didn't have the time anyway.

Interestingly, it felt like most people responded to comments before reveals, so I have no idea who wrote anything. I left mine until reveals because it just feels odd to me to reply to comments when no one knows who I am.

I did comment on everything I read and liked and did manage to come up with more than just "I liked it" although I found it hard with short fics.

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Busy
Sunday 12th February 2017 3:17 pm

This week has been busy. I had one of those weeks where I was out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Monday I went food shopping and Wednesday I played with Missy until I was struggling to keep my eyes closed. So Friday I watched TV and played with Missy and that was pretty much all I had the energy for.

I have three more of those weeks between now and Easter. But this week is half term, so I have nothing at all on any evening.

An I have my hetswap fic to write. I started late because I had Chocolate Box treats to finish. I now have three first drafts of my hetswap fic - I hope the third time is the charm because if I don't get it finished this week I'll be back to having no time to do it in.

And after that, no more exchanges for a bit. I want to be able to write for myself, talk about what I'm writing and not have to have this unbreakable deadline. And work on my WIPs. I have signed up for the Doctor Who Minor Characters Ficathon, but I am writing one of my WIPs for it and it's not the end of the world if I miss the deadline - as evidence by last year when I finished my fic about six months after the deadline.


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Fic WIPs
Sunday 5th February 2017 7:03 pm

I have a whole load of half-started fics around the place, so I am hoping that [info]onedeadplotbunny might help with that. So here's a list of my WIPs:

  • 40-Love year later
  • The Librarian: Charlene fic
  • Doctor Who: Harry and Sarah and Martha
  • Hunting Venus fic
  • Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor and John Chesterton
  • Lynda Day at the Chalet School
  • SGA: Elizabeth/Ronon
  • Doctor Who: SJA & UNIT
  • Spooks: Where's Dimitri in The Greater Good
  • Spooks: Dimitri and Erin
  • Doctor Who: The Adventures of Missy and Clara
  • The Librarian(s): Charlene's cats
  • TPM denial fic
  • Enterprise: Trip & T'Pol post-Terra Prime
  • Ugly Betty fic
  • Wizards vs Aliens: Michael's dog
  • Wizards vs Aliens: Tom's sister

Some of those are more likely to happen than others. Some of them I don't even remember what they're about. I opened one, skim-read what I'd written and I have no idea where I was going with it.


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Tennis and other things
Sunday 29th January 2017 4:03 pm

I am sad that the Australian Open is now over. It was good, although people had a tendency to interrupt at work on matchpoint. At least this morning's final was uninterrupted. If only because I didn't get dressed until after it was over - it was just too exciting to miss! It was good to see Roger vs Rafa again and I wish they could both have won.

Next weekend is the Davis Cup, but it's annoyingly in Ottawa, which means it'll be in the evening and night. If it goes to a fifth rubber staying awake will be hard.

I really want to go to Wimbledon. It's been years since we got anything in the ballot - if we don't get anything this year we might just go and queue on a quiet day.

I should be spending some of the weekend writing or catching up on TV. I haven't been doing very well on that, but I have done a lot of random surfing and YouTube video watching. Which weren't really on my to do list...

My Chocolate Box fic is finished and in beta. I uploaded it then couldn't think of a title, so it's still in draft format on AO3. I have some treats I have ideas and bits of fic for, I just need to get round to writing them.

For Het Swap there are two people I can write for. I have bits of ideas for both of them, so hopefully I can make one of them into a whole idea, whichever one I end up getting assigned to.


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Dear Het Swap Writer
Tuesday 24th January 2017 9:25 pm

Dear Het Swap writer,

Thank you for writing a story for me. I've 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. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt. Feel free to write other characters in these fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms. Just because I've waffled more or written more prompts about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things 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
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry
- Fun stuff that leaves me feeling happy
- A touch being more sexy/touching than a whole sex scene
- Complicated relationships
- Epistolary fic

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good.
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Non canon (permanent) character death

For reference, here are my prompts: Read more...


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Five Things
Sunday 8th January 2017 5:27 pm

1. I finally got round to seeing which Gen Prompt Bingo squares my Yuletide fics might fit on. And I now have four lines with three squares filled. You think it would be easy to get a line from there...

2. Looking through the Chocolate Box requests I found a person who has loads of the same fandoms (and likes the same relationships) as me. I sort of hope I get matched to them, but also sort of not because how will I decide which to write? Chocolate Box is a min 300 word exchange based on relationships - but unlike Public Call it splits them into gen and ship. If anyone wants to write treats the requests are at http://archiveofourown.org/collections/chocolatebox2017/requests

3. After [info]lost_spook mentioned it, I have now watched all four episodes of Timeless that are on Channel 4's catchup. I like it so far but it feels a bit formulaic. So, for example, my favourite character is Wyatt (despite hating his name) because he's a good looking hero who's been hurt emotionally. Which makes me feel like I'm being emotionally manipulated into liking him because of this past hurt. I want to dislike it because of this, but I don't.

4. I have so many Big Finish audios to listen to at the moment. November and December were months with a lot of good releases. I saved The Avengers (Steed & Peel vol 2) for Christmas and I loved it. I like how silly they make it. I know they were based on old comics and they've done them all now, but I am hoping they'll do some more anyway.

I'm onto Counter Measures now which I love. At least now they've back to doing individual stories again. I only got into these audios because they brought the first one out as I was writing a story where Ian and Barbara land just after they left, rather than in 1965, and get caught up in the events of Remembrance of the Daleks. I'm glad I did - they might be my favourite Big Finish audios.

I also have the latest UNIT box set, which will be tough straight after Counter Measures. Much as I love Kate, I love Rachel more. Plus I don't care that much about the other UNIT characters (even Oswald - I don't like her nearly as much as the rest of fandom does).

5. So far all the Fandom Snowflake things have been repeats from previous years, so I haven't been that excited about doing it yet. I may change my mind, but going back to work last week was just so hard (but it got easier to wake up before dawn as the week went on). I usually go back to work on the first working day of the year because no one wants to work. And this year we spent most of the day chatting and talking about how unmotivated we are were. By day 2 anyone who's had an extra day off gets no sympathy.


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Dear Chocolate Box Writer
Wednesday 4th January 2017 6:05 pm

Dear Chocolate Box 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. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt. Feel free to write other characters in these fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms. Just because I've waffled more or written more prompts about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things 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
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry
- Fun stuff that leaves me feeling happy
- A touch being more sexy/touching than a whole sex scene

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good.
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Non canon (permanent) character death

(all my requests are for fanfic)

For reference, here are my prompts: Read more...


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2016 fic roundup
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 6:47 pm

Summary: I didn't write much until Yuletide and then I wrote loads. Read more...


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Yuletide
Sunday 1st January 2017 12:24 pm

For Yuletide I got another fic by Selenay (which I never guessed was her at all). The first 40-Love fic I've received!

Revelation in Three Acts (3715 words) by Selenay
Fandom: Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Debbie/Maria Fernandez
Characters: Debbie (Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial), Maria Fernandez, Original Female Character(s)
Summary: There are certain promotional appearances Maria has never been able to say no to, but it takes a conversation with a stranger to understand why.

And then I wrote 8 stories - outside of Yuletide I only wrote 7 stories, and one of those was written at the same time. So it was a very productive time all of a sudden!
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The Public Call fic I wrote
Thursday 15th December 2016 9:11 pm

I was starting to think it would be the last one revealed! But I wrote:
Tea and Biscuits (1225 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Sky Smith
Summary: Sarah Jane had seen the Doctor a few times since he dropped her off in Aberdeen. All by chance and none when he knocked at her front door. Until now.

When I signed up for some reason Eleven/Sarah was one of the relationships I didn't offer. I couldn't think why but never got round to adding it. Helpfully, though, getting [info]dbskyler meant I could write any of the requests and it was this one that gave me an idea of what to write. I actually wrote it during my very productive period while off work (on 'holiday' and ill) and got it done within about a week of getting my assignment.


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Things
Sunday 20th November 2016 4:29 pm

On Wednesday I sneezed and made my pulled muscle worse. And then on Friday it was suddenly so much better. At first I thought switching from paracetamol to ibuprofen had made the difference, but then it never got more painful after that.

I have had a busy weekend, getting lots of things done. I learnt that hoovering with my left hand hurts just as much as hoovering with my right, but hoovering with both was better. I went to the pet shop and wanted to take all the rabbits home. Especially one that came to see me when I spoke to them, and then licked the glass.

I bought Missy a toy that hangs up and has wooden things on it. It's the sort of wood she likes chewing, but she's spent most of her time with it on the string - she doesn't like hanging things, she always takes them down. It's safety pinned to the sofa, so it'll take her a little while as she can't spend the whole night working on it.

I got my Public Call fic done, which was just as well given that the deadline is this evening. I've also finished my Yuletide fic, for a given value of finished, given that I keep tinkering with it.

And I've started rewatching The West Wing. Since my pulled muscle means it hurts to laugh I had to find something that wasn't funny. And since I've been watching a lot of funny stuff on catch up, I keep using up my internet, so it had to be something I didn't need to stream. I've been wanting to rewatch The West Wing since I introduced my parents to it a few years ago and then caught an episode when I was home one weekend. I keep racing through it, partly because there's not a lot on at the moment, partly because I want to get to the bits I vaguely remember, but don't know when they are (and I am avoiding episode guides because I don't want to know in advance).

It was only after I started that I looked at my DVDs and thought that I should have considered The Bill - I have quite a few DVDs of half hour episodes from the 80s that I haven't watched. Or The Avengers - I have all the Emma Peel episodes and I've seen all the ones 'in color' but I can't remember which black & white ones I've seen. But now I've started The West Wing, I'll finish it first.

Of course this week has been tennis. I am disappointed that they won't show the doubles (of course) or the evening matches, and that Jamie and Bruno got knocked out in the semi-finals. But it is exciting that they're the number one doubles team this year. And Andy is the number one singles player this year. There's just the match in a couple of hours to decide who ends up number one in the rankings. I am hoping for a Murray victory of course, but I'd like either a decisive Murray win or a very close match with either winning. And come February there'll be another round of Murray vs Raonic when we play Canada (away) in the Davis Cup.


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Mostly about Femslash
Sunday 6th November 2016 4:05 pm

This week has been a busy week - I was out four nights in a row. Work was frustrating and having just had half term where I had nothing on any evening, it was good to get out and do something else. I had very little that I needed to get done this weekend, so I have been doing it today - yesterday I did pretty much nothing at all. It was nice for a change.

[info]femslashex all happened this week. I've been wanting to try it once and this year it was nicely timed and I just about managed to find the minimum number of offers and requests.

I got this lovely Sarah/Kate fic from [info]selenay:
The Clean Up Date (2830 words) by Selenay
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Kate Lethbridge-Stewart/Sarah Jane Smith
Summary: “It’s whatever you want it to be,” Kate said quietly, her usual note of mild amusement absent. “It can just be dinner, if you want.”

I wrote this Missy/Clara fic:
Double Desolation (2281 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Missy/Clara Oswald
Summary: Clara has dinner with Missy. Of course Missy has an ulterior motive, Clara just has to find out what it is.

It was a bit strange to write as every time I put "Missy" I think she's my hamster. Who is not too dissimilar from the character. There was a point in the betaing when Sel wrote something along the lines of "that's just like Missy" and I thought "It is just like Missy", and then realised Sel was talking about the fictional character, not my hamster.


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Still not gone out
Sunday 23rd October 2016 5:31 pm

I think my cold might finally be getting better. Although this might be because last night I felt awful. And this morning I don't feel like my face is going to explode from the pressure.

It's been frustrating - I thought this week I'd get lots of things done around the house. Maybe even get the spare room cleared so I can get to things. I did drop off a load of stuff at the charity shops, so I can now get to the curtains even with washing drying on the airers in there, which is a definitely improvement. But that's about all I've had the energy to do really. The house needs cleaning and that's not done, but since I'm the only one who'll see it, it can wait.

I had thought about going swimming this weekend, but obviously that's not something you can do with a cold (even if I had the energy to).

But it has been nice to just sit on the sofa, play on the internet, watch TV and read, and have it feel like it was endless. It's not though: I have to go back to work tomorrow.

In amongst that I've been enjoying writing. It makes a change not to be trying to fit it in around everything. The evenings that I'm in I only have about an hour free, in between dinner and Missy. So I can either write or watch TV or read forums or reply to emails etc. It's pretty much just one of those and not all. Then at weekends I try to get a lot of other stuff done. I used to sit down in the evenings and write then, but that doesn't work so well now I have Missy.

Although it doesn't feel like I've been productive, because I'm still living in a bit of a mess, I have got myself ahead on Public Call and Yuletide. If I can get them (mostly) done before things get busy in the evenings (the week after next - everything stops for half term next week) and before things get busy at work (late November, probably) then I won't have to worry about them when I don't have time to do them. And will maybe have more time for treats when things calm down (about a week before Christmas).


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Not going out
Friday 21st October 2016 7:23 pm

This week I am on holiday from work. I haven't gone away anywhere, the plan was to go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and stay home and recover/get things done the other days.

It started out well: Monday we went to Windsor Castle, which was good, but tiring. Tuesday I got a cold, but was still going. Wednesday we got up early to do a tour of the Bodleian Library (very interesting) and Oxford Castle (fun!).

Thursday my cold was worse, today it's even worse and since my friend is also ill, we ended up not going anywhere today. Being ill on holiday is crap because I'm not going anywhere and I'm not getting a lot done. But it beats working, which would just wear me out more.

Being in today meant I got some writing done. I have more words on my Yuletide fic, although some of them are: stuff goes here. I did some canon review for my Public Call fic and have written the first draft. And I finished off my DW Minor Characters ficathon fic:
At Last a Dragon (983 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Chesterton, Tenth Doctor
Summary: John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor.

(And yes, I did steal the title from an episode of Press Gang)


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Writing
Tuesday 18th October 2016 6:07 pm

I kept meaning to post, but I seem to either be busy or recovering from being busy. But I have crossed off quite a bit on my to do list.

The other thing I've been doing is writing. My Femslash fic is pretty much finished, aside from beta changes. And coming up with a title. I think the latter will be harder...

For Yuletide I got the fandom I was hoping I would. And then immediately wondered why I signed up for it because I couldn't possibly write it. And I didn't know what to write. I now have two bits of scenes and a vague idea of a plot and some notes for bits that'll come later.

But Public Call is due first, although the assignments for that only went out Sunday night. I had been looking at the signup summary to guess what relationship I might get. And then when I got my assignment, realised that I know more characters than the ones I signed up for and can in fact write a relationship I didn't sign up for. Which didn't help decide what to write... But then I woke up earlier than I needed to on Monday morning and now have a (very rough) idea of what I might write. Which is a start, at least.

And this is all much more writing than I've done all year, pretty much. It has done what I'd hoped and spurred me on to work on some of the (many) things I've started this year and next and not finished. I keep feeling like my writing is crap, so first drafts are fine, as they're supposed to be crap, but finishing things off, not so much. Even having had lovely comments on some (older) things with people saying how much they like it doesn't help. It just makes me think that I could write once, but can't any more. And by definition people can't say my current stuff is good because I don't have any current stuff that's finished.

But I have nearly finished my [info]dw_guestfest fic. It's only six months after the deadline and two months after the summer mini-round, but still a lot further than I thought I'd get two months ago. Maybe I'll even finish it...


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Ficathons
Friday 7th October 2016 7:56 pm

This is the time of year when I don't get much done. My evenings tend to be:
Monday: food shopping
Tuesday: Rotary
Wednesday: ballet
Thursday: choir
Friday: work/fall over
So my weekends are for all the other things I need to do. Plus going out and doing other things.

I have signed up for [info]public_call. There is some Classic Who in there (yay!). I dithered about my sign ups because writers can write relationships as shippy or gen. I considered only asking for ones I don't mind being shipped or only asking for ones I don't want to be shipped and putting something in my dislikes (which writers have to abide by). I ended up picking some of each and specifying for each. Hopefully people won't completely ignore what I've said and ship things I'd rather not (although if anyone ships Luke/Sky I'm going to be worried). I did discover why sometimes people write letters - it turns out that the 5000 characters you get in the prompt box is not much. At least not when you have 8 relationships and write a paragraph about each of them...

I've been dithering over my Yuletide offers. I put some safe ones in and wondered whether I wanted to write something new. I went through the tag set again and pulled out everything I knew, looked at the letters and made my decision. And when I went to edit my sign up I found that the fandoms I wanted to write most were the ones in my sign up. So I should probably not touch that then...


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Dear Yuletide Writer
Sunday 2nd October 2016 12:50 pm

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. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt.

For these fandoms my requested characters are Any. That's because I find all of the nominated characters interesting and I'd equally like to receive fic about any of them in any combinations. Feel free to write other characters in the fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms too. Just because I've waffled more about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Relationships other than those in canon (except when I've specified otherwise in my prompts - and for a certain definition of canon when it comes to The Last Leg RPF) - but you can never go wrong with gen
- Non canon (permanent) character death

Prompts: Read more...


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Paralympics
Tuesday 13th September 2016 7:52 pm

The Paralympics is on, which is why I don't really have the time for anything else. Despite there not being as much to watch as the Olympics all the good stuff is late at night, which has meant I've been staying up later than I intend to. The adverts are a pain, although I am getting used to them. But not so much that I will watch them any time before the next Paralympics.

Technically this weekend is my only free weekend this month, but since it's also the Davis Cup, I don't know how I'm going to fit all this sport in, even without going anywhere. To say nothing of needing to clean the house and do some gardening.

In other news, I got the exact fandom and pairing I was hoping I'd get for femslash. I have some ideas, I'm just waiting for the sport to stop so I have some time to write. I also did well in my assignment - there weren't many people I could have matched with but all the others had no prompt and/or letter.

There is so much on TV now it's September. I haven't watched most of it, what with there being sport on TV. But I am more used to watching TV around Missy playing in the evening (largely because her idea of playing consists of sitting in her cornflake box, but still), so maybe I'll actually catch up with some on weekdays I'm in. But since next week is my first week of going out three nights, I don't know if that'll happen...


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