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Great David Tennant interviews

Ran across a new set of David Tennant interviews on youtube which are part of something called "The Off Camera Show," and really enjoyed them. Since I know some of my flisters are also DT fans, I thought I'd share the find: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3AUS4PSeKCQ8kOiA9-1pJOlr7f85I7B3

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Yuletide update

I've been having a stressful time lately, and while I got an idea for my Yuletide fic in mid-November, and even wrote the first 300 words, I have spent the last two-and-a-half weeks diligently not working on it. As in, I would come home from work and spend the evening thinking about how I really ought to open up the file and do some writing. Or open up the file and look at what I'd written so far. Or, okay, what if I just opened up the file? I didn't have to look at it as long as the file was at least open on my computer. But then I was always too tired, or too stressed, or too something, and I put it off for another day.

Last weekend I thought I would make a lot of progress. And surely I would have, if only I had opened up the file.

So these last few days I have thought seriously about defaulting. I've never defaulted for Yuletide, and it seems crazy to default when I have an assignment I think I can genuinely write, including having an idea for it and everything. The only problem is, I'm not actually writing it.

But the default deadline isn't until Tuesday, so I decided to give myself through this weekend to see how things went. And tonight I finally managed to open up the file and read what I had written a few weeks ago. And . . . I liked it! And then I wrote some more, and as of right now, the fic is 940 words long. So assuming I can open up the file again tomorrow and Sunday, I have a pretty good shot of actually being done with it soon.

In the meantime, I got my Yuletide gift a few weeks ago, which is by far the earliest I've ever gotten it. I'm trying to decide how much I want to shake. Maybe once I've posted my own fic, I'll feel more deserving of a gift.

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Yuletide and disappointing television

I have some vague ideas for my Yuletide fic, but nothing that has really sparked yet. In the meantime I have done some canon review, I have arranged to get access to another piece of canon to review, and I just realized that some canon that I already own might also be helpful to review. Hoping that all this reviewing will help spark a fic.

Speaking of Yuletide, I'm glad I didn't request "The Good Place" this year because I've been disappointed in the current season. It's gone from being a funny show that occasionally touches on ethics to an ethics show that is occasionally funny. At least they're still changing things up enough for me to hold out hope that it will start being good again soon.

And speaking of disappointing television, I'm very sad about how much I'm disliking the current season of Doctor Who. But it looks like the next few episodes weren't written by Chris Chibnall, so perhaps at least one of them will be good.

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Timeless clips

So the recent Doctor Who episode started making me feel nostalgic for Timeless, and I went looking for clips.

Here's a whole montage of people introducing themselves in the past with modern pop culture references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvMmCTAgUU

And here's a clip where Rufus (the black pilot of the time ship) deals with some racism, which happened on the show *all the time*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZeCgOfmf10

And sure, Doctor Who had Rosa Parks, but Timeless had Katherine Johnson, and Bass Reeves -- go Google him if you've never heard of him, or better yet, watch this short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYxrU-WaKGQ -- and Josephine Baker, and Wendell Scott (Google him, too), and HARRIET TUBMAN. So, yeah.

In fact, the show was great at showcasing historical people of color and making you go Google them afterwards. They also knew how to do an infodump in a way that was actually interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_95cqpBH_4

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Doctor Who "Rosa" reaction post

So I don't know what the hell I just watched, but it wasn't Doctor Who.

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Anticipating the pronoun change

So I was randomly reading some entries about the Doctor, and happened to notice that the author used "he" and "him" even though the statements weren't tied to a particular Doctor or era. Which made me start to wonder: once Thirteen gets going, will we see start seeing generic statements about the Doctor that use "she" and "her"? Or will those pronouns only ever apply specifically to Thirteen?

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Finally migrating works to AO3

I had one of the best experiences a fanfic writer can have the other day: someone read one of my fics on AO3, liked it, commented on it, then promptly went off to read a bunch of my other fics on AO3 and comment on them as well. Obviously that only happens when the reader and I have tastes in common, and indeed, in one of their comments they happened to mention that the Doctor/Sarah best-friends relationship is their favorite. Oh, I was grinning so much, because -- me too! So then of course I became especially interested to know what they thought of my other Doctor/Sarah fic as I have written a truly embarrassing amount of it. I looked through my other fic on AO3 and . . . oh. Most of that fic isn't on AO3, I realized. I wrote it before I got an account there, and never bothered to bring it over from Teaspoon.

So, I am starting to rectify that. In some ways it's fun because the work shows up on AO3 as "new" and gets a little attention that way and hey, new comments on fic I wrote years ago! It's the cheapest, easiest way to get a small little ego boost. But it's also a bit of a pain because, as handy as AO3's import function is, I still have to go through about three iterations of correcting the notes and the tags and other random things once it's been imported. In fact, I'm wondering if it's not easier to simply post it as a new work from the copy of the fic on my computer. Of course, that means putting in all the tags and notes from scratch, but I'm practically doing that anyway.

Those of you who've done this for all of your past work -- any thoughts? Which method is easier?

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Saw the new Doctor Who trailer and was getting all excited -- more of Thirteen, and she's a woman! -- and then I made the mistake of listening to someone's analysis of the trailer, and got reminded that the new showrunner is Chris Chibnall.

I think I'll just sit here in a corner and hope he doesn't actually write any of the episodes this series.

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WIP no more!

I have finished posting my oldest WIP, and it is now a complete work! I am feeling super-accomplished, and thinking that I really should get back to writing more fanfic. Maybe I'll even try to tackle my next-oldest WIP, "Turn Again," which is only . . . (checks Teaspoon) . . . nine years old?

In the meantime, here's the official information for my no-longer-a-WIP:

Title: It's All Done with Mirrors
Fandom: Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) [1969 version]
Characters: Marty Hopkirk, Jeff Randall, Jeannie Hopkirk
Rating: All ages
Length: 26,343 words (8 chapters)
Summary: When a strange woman offers to hold a séance so Jeff and Jeannie can communicate with Marty, Jeff is skeptical, Jeannie is hopeful, and Marty is worried. But not even Marty could have guessed that this was the start of something that might end the Randall and Hopkirk partnership, forever.

Link here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15216503/chapters/35291972

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I can hardly believe it, but I have FINISHED my oldest, and longest, WIP!

I started this fic so long ago, I'm not even sure how old it is, but after poking around on my computer's hard drive, I think I began it in 2001. OMG, that was a long time ago! It's also my longest fic, coming in at over 26,500 words.

The fandom is the 1969 version of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Not many people know it -- it qualifies for Yuletide -- but even so, I am beyond thrilled to have this finished and finally posted to the world.

First chapter is now up, and the rest will be posted at the rate of about one chapter per day (the fic is 8 chapters long). If you're interested, you can find it here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15216503

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