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2017-04-15 11:29 am
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[sticky entry] Sticky: Introduction

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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2017-06-18 05:44 pm
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New Doctor Who fic: Of Letters Never Sent

Of Letters Never Sent (792 words) by [ profile] SelenayDoctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bill Potts
Additional Tags: Vignette, Character Study, Episode Tag
Series: Part 6 of Collected Bill Stories (Doctor Who)

Summary: She asked the Doctor once about visiting her younger self and he'd given her a two hour lecture about time and paradoxes and theories about time stability. She hadn't understood all the maths he'd scrawled on the blackboard, but she'd followed enough of it to work out that meeting her previous self was a Very Bad Idea.
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2017-06-14 03:11 pm
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Not doing Marvel Bang and that's okay

When I finished Marvel Bang last year, I said it would be my last one. I'd done it five years in a row and last year's was the first one that really felt overwhelmingly stressful, so it was time to stop.

And you know, I'm feeling really good about that decision. I was worried that, as sign-ups happened and things got going, I'd get tempted into going back to do just one more. I've really enjoyed every one I've been in (even though last year's got very stressful due to too many commitments) and it feels a bit odd not to be doing it.

Now that sign-ups are closed I've realised that, actually, nope, I don't miss it. I mean, I've got no Bang-length plot bunnies, so that definitely helps.

But I'm also facing another summer of being incredibly busy and having loads to do, and knowing I'm not trying to write a big fic at the same time is so freeing. No deadlines! If I don't want to write tonight, I don't need to! It's so nice :-)

I'm sending Hunter out to a couple of beta readers this week and I plan to let it rest for a while, so there's no editing to poke at. I'm casually doing world-building and plotting for my next book, but I don't plan to start writing until after the summer busy has finished, so I can do that at my own pace. For the first time in a long time, I've got no deadlines hanging over me during the summer and it feels like I'm free.

Which definitely demonstrates that my time in Marvel Bang is done and I've made the right choice.

Fic challenges should be fun. As soon as they stop being fun, it's time to step back and do a different thing.
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2017-06-06 05:56 pm
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Boom meme - collated favourite books

So on Twitter today, there was a meme going around where you posted a Tweet and then you posted a favourite book for every favourite that Tweet got.

Current tally is 14 books for me :-) It was a fun meme because I didn't have to commit to my FAVOURITE EVER BOOK. I could just throw out all the things I love. So I thought I'd collate all of them here and thus, you guys get to have a list of awesome books!

1) Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett - as much as I love Sam Vimes, it's the witches I really fell for and this is their best.
2) Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - my favourite of his books. It's a brilliant (and horrific) view of London and people who slip into cracks
3) The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce - the ultimate kickass warrior girl series.
4) The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan - amazing historical romance featuring a woman scientist. It's punch the air kind of fiction.
5) A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie - this is the Miss Marple book that gave me nightmares, but it's brilliant.
6) The Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling - I love Harry Potter so much, and this is my favourite in the series.
7) Doomsday Book by Connie Willis - It's tragic and haunting, but it's my favourite of the Oxford Time Travellers books.
8) Persuasion by Jane Austen. It's my favourite Austen and the letter Wentworth writes to Anne...I get weepy every time.
9) Warriors Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold - I find it hard to pick one Vorkosigan book, but this is the one that first hooked me.
10) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin - planet-wide disaster, magic, WOC author, inventive structure...this book is just brilliant.
11) Out on Good Behaviour by Dahlia Adler - hot, gorgeous f/f romance.
12) A Gentleman's Position by KJ Charles - historical m/m romance with a demi MC and Duke/servant romance dynamics that are never creepy!
13) Hurricane Watch by Melissa Good - the first Xena Uber I ever met, and the first I bought on publication. It's a warm hug in a book.
14) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - what happens after you come home from a portal fantasy? Beautifully written and it's got an ace MC!

But I had a few queued up that I didn't get to post, because I ran out of faves, but I know nobody minds MORE BOOKS, so here you go:

15) The Last-Herald Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lackey - forever my favourite Valdemar books, even though it makes me cry every time.
16) Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - it's the classic of the epic fantasy genre because it's so good and so archetypal.
17) A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane - I love all the Young Wizards books, but this remains my favourite.
18) Newsflesh series by Mira Grant - I don't normally like zombie fiction, but I love these books.
19) Prudence by Gail Carriger - I know most people go for her earlier books, but these books are such fun and I love the characters

The only rule I made for myself was no repeat authors, which is why some of my favourites aren't here: I picked my top choice for a particular author. Really, you should probably assume that anything by any of the authors I've mentioned is worth checking out.

And, you know, I'm sure I can add to this list if anyone wants to comment and ask for EVEN MORE BOOKS.
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2017-06-04 09:58 am

Doctor Who 10.8: Lie of the Land

Apparently I forgot to write a review of last week's episode (my Sunday got ridiculous), so rather than trying to make that up, I'm skipping straight to this one. Expect possible bonus commentary on last week's episode as it arises :-)

Cut for spoilers )
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2017-05-21 04:30 pm
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New Doctor Who fic: Not Like Drowning (Just Like Drowning)

Not Like Drowning (Just Like Drowning) (955 words) by [ 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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2017-05-21 10:01 am

Doctor Who 10.6: Extremis

I'm going straight behind a spoiler cut today because OMG.

Cut for spoilers )
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2017-05-14 04:31 pm
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New Doctor Who fic: A Box of Memories

A Box of Memories (1472 words) by [ 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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2017-05-14 09:24 am

Doctor Who 10.5: Oxygen

There is nothing I can say about this that isn't spoilery, so here we go!

Cut for spoilers )
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2017-05-12 11:38 am
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On writing and cultural minutiae

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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2017-05-10 11:41 am

Agents of SHIELD: 4.21 The Return

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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2017-05-08 01:03 pm
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My head is listing

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.


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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2017-05-07 04:24 pm

Doctor Who 10.4: Knock, Knock

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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2017-05-05 05:20 pm
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New Doctor Who fic: A Night Walk

A Night Walk (1574 words) by [ 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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2017-05-05 03:13 pm

Well, that was a week

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!
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2017-05-01 10:04 am

Fic as meta

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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2017-04-30 09:41 am

Doctor Who 10.3: Thin Ice

Non-spoilery reaction: Frost Fair! Bill! Squeeee!

And the spoiler-laden version:

Spoilers be here )
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2017-04-28 04:14 pm
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New Doctor Who fic: Three Variations on Truth

Three Variations on Truth (694 words) by [ 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.
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2017-04-28 12:01 pm
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This week

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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2017-04-26 05:44 pm

Agents of SHIELD 4.19: All the Madame's Men

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 :-)