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Apr. 15th, 2017 11:29 am
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Hello! If you've found yourself on my journal for the first time here's a little bit about it.

I post about anything that pops into my head. Mostly that's fandom stuff and some personal stuff, because I use this as a journal as much as a discussion place, but sometimes it's links or discussion of real world politics if I'm feeling really opinionated. Don't worry, those posts are the rarity. The fandom stuff is the most common.

My always and forever fandom is Doctor Who, but I am a fandom butterfly who glomps onto all sorts of things. Current loves include: Holby City, Call the Midwife, Supergirl, the MCU, Star Trek, Star Wars...Star anything probably. This list may change, but the SFFness of it never will.

I write fanfic and original fic. I've written gen, het, m/m, and f/f. My current main ships are f/f ones and my current WIP original novel is an f/f romance. But if you're here only for the f/f and any mention of dude slash will make you rear back in horror, you might not want to be here. Just a heads up.

I rarely post locked stuff, but when I do, it's because I'm talking about something potentially controversial (religion), or something intensely personal that I'm locking down to a select few.

I'm always happy to meet new people, so friend/subscribe/circle away! Comment somewhere and introduce yourself! I don't bite and I try to keep discussion here vibrant and friendly. Welcome!
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Not Like Drowning (Just Like Drowning) (955 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bill Potts
Additional Tags: Character Study, Episode Tag
Series: Part 5 of Collected Bill Stories (Doctor Who)

Summary: Almost suffocating in the vacuum of space is nothing like drowning and exactly the same.
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I'm going straight behind a spoiler cut today because OMG.

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A Box of Memories (1472 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bill Potts, Shireen, Harry (Doctor Who: Knock Knock), Twelfth Doctor
Additional Tags: Character Study, Episode Tag
Series: Part 4 of Collected Bill Stories (Doctor Who)

Summary: Bill had always said she didn't need stuff as long as she had people to love and memories to treasure.

Sometimes, people talked total bollocks until they learned better.
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There is nothing I can say about this that isn't spoilery, so here we go!

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This week, I went to my monthly critique group (which was held at a Mexican place where I ate the best veggie chili ever and sampled churros at last, but I digress) and the short story I'd written provoked some interesting discussions about culture and so on.

I live in Canada, but I grew up in England lived there until around nine years ago. So most of what I write is heavily influenced by where I grew up and I make no bones about happily digging into the weirdness that hides under the tourist version of England. The specific story I wrote was all about the destruction of the world, triggered by a meeting at a village fete.

And thus, I included a coconut shy, because it's one of those staples of a fete. Baking and vegetable competitions, Morris dancing, vicars benignly watching people lose their rag when they can't knock a coconut off its stand. Except it's a thing that's unknown outside Britain and my readers had to look it up, which was when we started discussing whether a story is marketable if its set so firmly in the minutiae of its culture that there are going to be references people outside that culture don't get.

And I pointed out that there are references in North American lit--including in their work--that I've had to research, but because things get American-ised, most people over here don't realise it. They're not used to having to dig in and learn. It's standard fare for people living outside North America. I mean, I cannot count the number of times I had to double check that Unspoken (by Sarah Rees Brennan) was supposed to be set in England, because so many references and terms had been shifted that it was a strange experience for me. I'd really like to read the British-published version, to find out whether it was done for all versions or if the Brits got a less confusing experience.

It was an interesting discussion, because we're not even talking about two cultures that are far apart on the surface. Same language, same racial background, our histories are tightly tied together. And yet, at times, it can feel like we're so far apart.

My conclusion was that I'm going to keep writing the way I do and throwing in references, and if readers need to look something up, hooray! Education! If editors one day want me to smooth out and Americanise stuff...I'll cross that bridge when/if I get to it, and I'll probably find the line I won't cross.

(Hint: the line will probably when someone tries to take out my coconut shy.)
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I cannot think of anything to say that's not spoilery, so I'm not going to try! Spoilers under the cut.

Cut for spoilers )
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I'm experimenting with Wunderlist for keeping track of tasks and lists and so forth, and of course it's been bought out by Microsoft and they're previewing the Microsoft version of the new software just as I start to use it. Grr.

Frustratingly, the Microsoft version includes the ability to schedule things for weekdays only (for example), which is something I really value, but not the ability to put subtasks in a task.

And Wunderlist can only manage weekly or daily repetitions, but it does have subtasks.

Argh.

So I may be using both side-by-side for a while, as I figure out what I need. I like the subtasks because it makes shopping lists and tracking my Hugo reads much easier. Having shopping lists I can tick off is something I really want, but none of the apps that are specifically for shopping work the way I want them to. So I'm trying out Wunderlist and I do like the idea of only having one app for all the different kinds of lists I need to track.

But I don't want to be reminded to close the windows before I go to work on weekends, which makes the Microsoft app useful. At least Wunderlist is going to keep running for a long time yet, probably while they port all that useful functionality over into the MS thing.

If anyone has a suggestion for an app that can do all the stuff I need in one app, and can be shared between web/iPhone/iPad, PLEASE let me know.

In other stuff...

Last night, I had a craving for scones and jam. So I made scones! I love being a competent baker. Although note to self: use the larger cutter, because these scones are very very small. The recipe is for eight. I have fifteen bite-size babies. Whoops.

I have spent most of my life thinking I don't like raspberry jam. Mum always reminds me I don't like it every time I contemplate trying it and I believed her.

Readers, I tried it and guess what? I like raspberry jam!

I will never believe Mum about these things without testing for myself again.
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For various reasons (mostly related to Space channel being useless), I've only had time to see this week's episode once, this morning, over breakfast. Usually I watch during broadcast and then rewatch in the morning sans adverts thanks to iTunes, but Space didn't air it until 4am last night, so GRRR.

(This is what you get for trying to use legit means to watch TV shows instead of 'acquiring' them.)

ANYWAY. That means this will be a brief bullet-point review rather than a full thing because if I don't do it now, I'll never do it and I'm TIRED today.

But non-spoilery reaction outside the cut was "yaaaaay" and also "OOOH CREEPY" :-)

Cut for spoilers )
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A Night Walk (1574 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Twelfth Doctor & Bill Potts
Characters: Bill Potts, Twelfth Doctor
Additional Tags: Character Study, Grief/Mourning, Episode Tag
Series: Part 3 of Collected Bill Stories (Doctor Who)

Summary: Bill had never seen anyone die until she met the Doctor.
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It's Friday and I am so relieved, because somehow it's been another week of paddling madly just to keep up.

I didn't even have time for a SHIELD post!

Tiny spoilers ahead: Cut for spoilers )

And I didn't have time for a proper Supergirl post either!

Tiny Supergirl spoilers: Cut for spoilers )

I started the edits on Huntress and I'm feeling more confident about it than I remember. Sure, it needs tidying up a fair bit and there's a soggy section in the middle that I have to fix, but structurally, it's not actually broken. It doesn't collapse the moment I poke at it even a tiny bit, and I'm quite proud of certain parts. I just need to fix the broken bits and then I can send it out to a couple of betas and see how many holes are left.

After I've done the post-beta clean-up, then I guess I have to decide what I'm doing with it. I'd still like to try for an agent, but it's an f/f fantasy romance, and one of the things I've noticed is that f/f romance of any kind is a tough sell to editors outside the small lesbian presses, which might be why so many authors go indie. So will my book get rejected by agents no matter what the writing is like, just because it's going to be hard to place?

Going indie has its appeal, for sure, but I don't know whether that's the wimp's way out. And going to the small lesbian presses also has appeal, except they're mainly US-based and they all seem to want me to edit into American-ised spelling and word usage before even sending an MS out, and UGH no.

So I'll do what I always do when I try to think about this stuff, and stick my head in the sand for now :-) The book isn't in any state to go anywhere yet, why am I thinking about this stuff already?

I booked my tickets for Helsinki this week, so it's official: I'm going to Worldcon 75 after my sister's wedding. I even looked at a map to figure out where Finland is and...look, I am bad at geography. I'd mentally put it somewhere near Denmark.

It's next to Russia.

Finland: it's further away than you think!

Fic as meta

May. 1st, 2017 10:04 am
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I was writing a fic yesterday (another Bill fic, I know, apparently I love her that much) and I was reflecting on the things that trigger me to write about a particular character or fandom. I mean, there are a lot of characters out there that I love, but I never write fic for them. Ditto for fandoms and universes. Why do particular ones grab me and make me write?

And one of the conclusions I reached is that I use fic as a way of writing meta. I'm not a person who writes meta essays particularly well. It's not my thing. So when I need to think about a character and their reactions or backstory or my headcanons for them, it comes out most effectively in the form of fic.

Sure, I'm shallow, and sometimes I just want to write a silly or fun story. I've got a fair few of those.

But a huge chunk of my ficcing is about me working through thoughts about a particular character, or relationship, or fandom universe. Even my AUs seem to stem from that.

And I think that's why I'm writing Bill fics right now, because I have so many thoughts and feelings about her and there are so many things I want to explore about her. It's the first time I've had a Who companion I wanted to write about since Donna! I loved Amy, but I never had that itch to write fic for her because I didn't feel any great need to expand on what I saw onscreen. There was nothing in her character that made me think.

But Donna? And now Bill? Even when I wrote my one Clara fic, it was actually about Bill, because it was the only way I could discuss what I was feeling about her. I have thoughts. So many thoughts. And writing them into a meta essay isn't a format I'm comfortable working in, but putting them into fics?

That's how I meta.
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Non-spoilery reaction: Frost Fair! Bill! Squeeee!

And the spoiler-laden version:

Spoilers be here )
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Three Variations on Truth (694 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bill Potts, Twelfth Doctor
Additional Tags: Character Study
Series: Part 2 of Collected Bill Stories (Doctor Who)

Summary: Over the time Bill had known the Doctor, she had learned that he had three ways of answering a question.

This week

Apr. 28th, 2017 12:01 pm
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This has been a weird sort of week, one where I feel like I haven't really accomplished much and I definitely haven't kept up with anyone and the time has disappeared somewhere, but somehow I haven't slept and I'm exhausted. Blergh.

And probably as a result of the not-sleeping, my neck went into spasm yesterday so I feel even more awful. Go me!

If I actually think about it, I haven't been lazy. I went for long walks after work on Monday and Tuesday, I wrote a bit of fic, I made good progress in my Hugo reading pile, I hit one of my milestones on the cobol replacement project I'm on at work...I did stuff! I achieved stuff! I just feel all out of sorts right now and the whole not sleeping thing is making it worse.

My Fitbit even totted up how much sleep I haven't had this week and gave me a little lecture on how hard it is to recover from that kind of sleep debt. Thanks, Fitbit. You're a pal.

Cut for wibbling about photography )

And that's been my week. I need to make bread tomorrow, but I might treat myself to pizza tomorrow evening. Cooking feels way too much like work right now.
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Only brief notes today, because work fried my brain, but I had to note a couple of things.

Spoilers here )

Okay, that wasn't actually brief after all :-)
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Non-spoiler reaction: Not quite as good as last week's, but still a lot of fun. Two thumbs up! 👍👍

Spoilers abound )
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A History in Kisses (1025 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selenay
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bill Potts/Heather, Bill Potts/Original Characters
Characters: Bill Potts
Additional Tags: Character Study, Kissing

Summary: Bill concluded, based on empirical evidence, that kissing boys was not going to be her thing.
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I still can't find a journal style that combines all the things I want (fun look, easy to read, comment threading easily obvious), which is why I keep changing it. But I will find one eventually! (If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to throw them at me.) The one I'm using as of this moment is the closest I've got yet.

It's probably around a year now until I finally move out of this gigantic house, throw the keys at my mother as my moving truck rounds the corner, and move into an apartment.

KIDDING.

I will be helping Mum to sell this house, even though I plan to move out before it actually sells. I will also be helping her to pack her stuff and move it into another apartment and hoo boy next summer will involve so much packing and moving, I'm tired just thinking about it. But that's not the point. With a year to go, I'm already starting to anticipate things that need doing. So I'm doing occasional clear-downs of junk and sorting through cupboards and drawers. Eight and a half years is a long time to build up crap!

Most importantly, I'm doing some financial reviews because the rent on an apartment will be a bit higher than the rent I've been paying on this house. Not crazy higher, but enough to make the amount available to dump into savings lower, so I'm making sure there aren't any costs I'm paying that I don't need.

So far, I've reviewed and cut down on my comics spending. I never had time to keep up with them, so I've cut my pull list down to Hawkeye, Ms Marvel, and Saga, because they're the things I *am* keeping up with.

I dumped the data plan for my iPad, because I have a cell phone with a data plan now so I don't need it. I cancelled a streaming box I wasn't using from my cable company.

I'm currently on hold with my long distance provider to cancel it, because my cell plan has all the calling I need on that side and I'm only holding onto the plan for when Mum visits and makes, like, one call to PEI. Honestly, paying a significant number of dollars a month and then spending another dollar each time Mum wants to call out of the city is ridiculous, so it's going. If she needs to make calls when she's here, she's got a cell phone, there's Skype, we can figure something out. (ETA: And apparently this wasn't in my budgeting spreadsheet, so although it's a saving, it hasn't changed the spreadsheet. D'oh! But at least now it's not an *unplanned* expense each month, so that's good, right?)

My cable provider just (yesterday) introduced a feature where I can drop some channels I don't use and replace them with ones I do, without extra charges. So I'm no longer paying extra for BBC World News, plus I have BBC Canada and BBC Earth, in exchange for three kids channels I'll never look at.

It's all little bitty things, $5 here and $10 there, but it mounts up!

Later today, hopefully, there will be fic posting. Watch this space.

(Now, do I try another journal style?)
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