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Master Fic List

Doctor Who

Single Chapter Stories

Third Doctor

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Fourth Doctor
Cooking with Gallifreyans (LJ)

Ninth Doctor
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Tenth Doctor
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Eleventh Doctor
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Twelfth Doctor
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Sarah Jane Adventures
A Light in the Dark (LJ)
Carbon, Earth and Stardust (LJ)

Torchwood
Triptych (LJ)
Going Out With the Tide (LJ)

Multi-Chapter Stories
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region


Sapphire and Steel

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Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Vorkosiverse

How to Gather Rosebuds (LJ)
Timing, As Always, Is Everything (LJ)

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Meta

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Dept. of Organization

Multi- Chapter Stories

Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts.



Doctor Who
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region
Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth

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Over Easy
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Sea Bound Hearts
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Redeeming the Tree
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Dept. of Saturday

 Finally, Some Relaxation

I'm sitting on the laundromat, washing the coverlet that one of the cats puked on (which is too large for our home washer), trying to dry off - it's been pouring cold rain much of the day - and recovering, not only from my earlier trip to Costco,but from two weeks of nonstop activity. 

I slept past noon today, which I apparently needed to do. Last night I went to a gathering of former (and current, of course) Pioneer people. It was a good evening; I ran into a woman who'd been an ad rep back in the first years I'd been with the company,back in 1983-84. We were both hired by Rocky, and we realized we probably went back further (farther? I can't remember) than anyone else there. I'd always liked her, and it turned out she'd always liked me; something that's always good to learn. 

I had to tell her about Rocky and Nick, while she had to let me know about the recent death of another old original, Lou Rubino, who'd managed our back shop. Getting old rather mandates those jobs, but it's always sad. I was very touched when she said she'd always thought of Nick and I as a team - perceptive woman - and that she'd respected what she called our passionate dedication to journalistic ethics. We didn't think "ad side" noticed. Silly us.

As I sit here, BB is going over the MCU/who crossover I just finished as a delayed fandom_stocking story. It topped 4,000 words because I can't do short, apparently. 

And tonight is steak, bubbly, BB, and more relaxation. 

I am grateful.



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Dept. of Sadness

Well, It Was My Own Fault

Got the last of my unpacking done, and found that I'd left my little carved wooden box with my four favorite pairs of earrings, including one pair that belonged to my mother, in the hotel room in Cleveland. I called the hotel, spoke with housekeeping, and of course it never even made it to the lost and found box.  

The worst of it is that I felt a completely unworthy anger at having left an extra tip when I left; not a lot extra, but enough that my room mate told me I shouldn't leave it, because she'd left a larger tip the day before.

I mean, what the hell, kaffyr? You can be mad that someone decided to take the box — and I will be oh, so glad to be proven wrong, if I could discover that I'd just pulled the box out of my suitcase late Sunday, and misplaced it in the house — but don't regret leaving the tip. You left the tip because you know that hotel workers don't get paid enough; whether or not one housekeeper couldn't resist taking the box doesn't change the fact that she or he should be compensated fairly, and isn't. And you should never refuse to give a tip because the person who gets the tip might be dishonest. 

All of that aside, I am very sad. That box had the four sets of earrings that I wear. Every other set of earrings in my house, with the exception of two, is unwearable and kept only for sentimental reasons. 
 I really should have listened to the tiny gut-voice that told me not to take the box this time (although I've taken it with me on plenty of trips before.) I didn't, and so I basically lost all of my earrings. And losing the ones that Mum used to wear is particularly hard.


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Dept. Of Hope

A Monday Thought That Strengthens Me

Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed. -Jan de Hartog, playwright and novelist (22 Apr 1914-2002)

This was thanks to A Word A Day, Anu Garg's wonderful site. It made me feel better, because the error is not simply common among the young. We oldsters suffer from that misapprehension as well.

It's like the Doctor said (although I wildly paraphrase); just because you can't get rid of the big pile of bad things in someone's life, doesn't mean you can't add to their pile of good things.

If you can't save the world, you save one person. If you can't save one person, you try to make their life at least a little better. And when we do those things, we triumph, even if we don't always win.

So there you go. And I may find some other good things to think about throughout the day because I think we need to remember good things as much as possible.






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Dept. of Union Stuff

I Adulted Like an Adult Thing Today

And it has made me very, very tired. 

Veryveryveryveryveryveryveryvery....

*snorts, wakes up*

Yeah, time for bed. 

*wakes up, remembers thing*

Oh, Good Thing: BB has his second eye surgery Tuesday, Hurrah!

Bad Thing: It's the same day I moved my rheumatologist appointment to. So I'll have to move it a second time. Because the next possible date for BB to get his second eye done? August. YeahNOPE. 

Good night all!
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Dept. of Extreme Weariness

And the Work Isn't Even Started Yet!

The work starts tomorrow, and I'm not sure i'm up to it. I have a confusing mandate from my Exec Dir. I don't know the people I have to lobby. And I've been up since 3:45 a.m. I'll probably feel better after some sleep, right?

And there is no more Prince in the world. Jesus. 


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Dept. of Working Weekends

 Cleveland, Ho!

Off to Cleveland tomorrow morning; have to get up at 3:45, yay. Wish me luck, folks. 

Nothing else much to say, except that I've neglected my exercises, battled mouth sores (mostly successfully) and screamed like a screaming thing last night when I felt something on my leg while I was reading, looked down and saw a huge fucking hornet. Kicked it off, screamed some more, and was very glad BB was able to kill it. He said it was on its last legs anyways; I'm not so sure. And how the HELL did it get into the house? In April?

Ah well; to bed now for a few hours.

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Dept. of Scattershot

These Things Occur to Me

It's bound to be a ... day ... when you start off by forgetting to put the top on the blender in which you are making your breakfast smoothie.


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My editor, let me praise her. She's a good editor. I really like her.

The first MCU fic is edging toward 3,000 words. I wish I could wrap it up faster than I'm going to be able to.

Have I mentioned lately that I love The Expanse? Have I mentioned how it manages to be as close to realistic hard science fiction as one can get, while still telling a multi-pronged and gripping story filled with real three-dee characters, a complicated and fascinating political plot, and thoughtful social extrapolations? I have? Well, you'll probably hear me gush over the series again. We've just watched the sixth episode in the first 10-episode season, and I am very glad that it got renewed by SyFy.

I am grateful that today I saw a cardinal (male, in all his red glory) on the greensward across the street from my window.







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Dept. of Delayed Birthdays

Oh My Goodness!

I forgot to wish 
[personal profile] lycomingst  a very Happy Birthday back on April 13. I hope it was an excellent day for you, and that your weekend is being excellent (and free from bosses who inadvertently delete important computer programs.) It's a pleasure knowing you here on the Interwebz! This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/406797.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Weird

Dreams. Go Figure.

I rarely talk about my dreams here. No, wait, I actually never talk about my dreams here.

But last night I dreamed about being in some sort of polyamorous marriage with Mark Ruffalo and Tilda Swinton, and having twins with Ruffalo, a girl named Ishtar and a boy named London. Who I had to introduce to an older boy and girl who I think must have been their half siblings courtesy of Tilda.

I ... I think I'm afraid to go back to sleep.

Ruffalo was absolutely lovely, mind you.


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Dept. of Surgery Day

Operation Get BB Back to Optimal Ocular Outlook

It's the end of the day. BB is sleeping on the couch, one eye very piratical. I will be quite fierce with him if he does anything like bend over, or try to pick up things, both of which activities are prohibited over the next day, and highly discouraged over the next week. 

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And now I must away to bed.


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Dept. of Stuff

So ... Gratitude. 

I am grateful for these flowers. They bloom for a very short time every spring in Chicago, just a breath ahead of the forsythia bushes. To me, they are spring. There are some stretches of Ridge Road in Evanston where lawns are blanketed in the bluest blue for a few glorious days. I've always told myself I'd take photos of the flowers, and I finally got around to doing so. No enhancement needed for this picture.  Happy Spring!

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Other things for which I'm grateful: 

I'm finally fic writing again. Three separate things (Chapter 26 of H&M, and two MCU tales) all at the same time. I'm not complaining - you go with what works, right?

I'm going to try to be grateful for the surgical team that will be working with BB this Thursday, but I'm not grateful to the "support" team at the surgeon's office. Incompetent twits. But this is a post about gratitude, so we'll leave that alone. 

I'm grateful for the clarity of mind that descended on me this afternoon, and which has convinced me - or nearly convinced me - not to run for Chicago NewsGuild local president. Being acting president is bidding fair to convince me to run the other way. Screaming. 

I am, as always, grateful for BB, and grateful for all of you. I hope your weekends were good, and that your week began well, and will end well. 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Happy Birthday, mizzlaurajean!

Here's a woman who's a deep thinker, a determined doer, a fantastic mother and life's companion, and someone I am very glad I know. May you have a great year, with few worries, many victories, and lots and lots of love!


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Dept. of Monday

Monday Gratitude

1. I made it through Monday!
2. I went to a meeting and came back to Rogers Park ... and found a parking spot within two minutes of getting into the neighborhood, and only 1 block away from home. HURRAH!!!!! (And thank you, Great Spider!)
3. I did my exercises, making it three days in a row!
4. I'm getting to bed before midnight!
5. I'm - whups, I used up all my exclamation points. Oh dear.  
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Dept. of Birthdays

A Trio of Birthdays

Since I managed to let these get away from me, it's time to catch them again. 

Happy Birthday to 
[personal profile] sensiblecat , who I miss seeing around LJ, and who I hope had a marvelous birthday back on March 28. Hope to see you around these parts sometime soon!

Happy Birthday, as of April 1, to sarah531, an amazing writer and someone else who I wish was around LJ more often these days. May your birthday, and your birthday weekend, have been excellent, either peaceful and joyful, or raucous and joyful, as you desired. 

And finally, a very Happy Birthday to 
[personal profile] purplefringe , who does amazing vids and is an example of why nice is never boring. I hope your April 1 birthday was a splendid one! This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/405275.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Saturday

Don't Like the Weather? Wait 5.25 Minutes ....

Over the past week, I've noted that Chicago weather has been tremendously unsettled; the old joke that's usually ascribed to whatever location the teller is in - as mentioned above - was bewilderingly accurate. For the last six days, we've had 15 minutes of sun, followed by 15 minutes of extreme thunderstorm, followed by more sun, followed by high winds and scudding clouds, followed by sun, followed by dark grey overcast, followed by, yes, more sun.  And it's left me unsettled; I like having weather that's easy to predict. That's just how I roll.

And today was weird enough to get noticed by more than me, at least judging by Twitter; blowing snow, followed by sun, followed by a full-fledged 15-minute snowstorm, followed by blue, blue skies and sun, followed by yet another snowstorm, followed by wind and scudding cloud, followed by sun ... lather, rinse, repeat.

So, rather than focus rather unhealthily on the weather (really,
[personal profile] kaffyr , it's weather), I decided to salvage whatever salvageable tomatoes from amongst the many unsalvageable ones slowly decaying in the vegetable crisper (and was there ever a more misleading name?) bin in the bottom of my refrigerator.

The end result was pretty decent, although I had to augment my tiny bit of sauce with a can of diced tomatoes, so it's not completely from scratch. I was surprised and disappointed that I didn't find a single recipe for making tomato sauce from fresh tomatoes in any of my recipe books. Not even Joy of Cooking, for heaven's sake! All the recipes made use of canned tomatoes. That ought to tell you something about the evolution of Western cooking ... So I just winged it. It's been years since I actually made a basic tomato sauce, as opposed to many of the other sauce-y things I make, but I'm pleased. Dehydrated onions, ground celery (as opposed to celery salt), salt, garlic, pepper, Italian seasoning and fresh-ground fennel, they all go together so well.

What's that you say? That I was supposed to be writing today?

Ahem.

Well, actually, I did do some editing of existing words and paragraphs. Does that count? And I think I managed to move our heroes further along their  way.

Yeah, I got nuthin. Maybe better tomorrow?


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Dept. of April

This and That

As 
[personal profile] selenak  says, April's Fool Day is a bit pointless in a world where Donald Trump has a serious shot at the White House, isn't it? In slightly better news, Bernie stands a chance of winning the Wisconsin primary next Tuesday, and appears to be closing the gap between himself and Clinton in New York, supposedly her home territory. I await those primaries with great interest.

I am so very pleased that  Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū is getting a new season. This anime, which sort of re-introduced me to the Japanese art (some consider it a minor art; I don't) of rakugo, is for me the best anime of the past season, and it may just be a tiny masterpiece. So, hurrah!

Got through this week, and I'm grateful for that!

I developed a new drink for the weekend, involving a frozen strawberry in a martini glass, over which I pour .75 shot of Sayuri brand nigori sake and 1.25 shots of gin.
I call it a strawberry blossom, and in my un-Japanese that comes out as hana ichigo. I'm having one now.

I did some more work on Hearts & Moons, but need to sit down and do more serious plotting (with a map of my setting) than I normally do. I have an ACTION! SCENE! at the heart of this chapter, and I need to know just what I'm doing - and more importantly, what each of my characters is doing - to make it read believably. I am, however, very pleased to have come up with the winning stroke for our heroes. So it's buckle down this weekend, 
[personal profile] kaffyr . (I won't let the oven cleaning come between me and my writing, although I swear to god, I'm going to get that damned oven cleaned.


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Dept. of Birthdays

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] merryghoul !

I hope this birthday is a good one for you - may you be able to spend time with people you like and love, may you have the birthday cuisine that you'd like to have, may the sun shine on your day, and may the coming year be a good one for you!



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Dept. of Birthdays

Many Happy Returns of the Relatively Recent Day ...

... to the sweetly sardonic, mordantly witty
[personal profile] robling_t , who I owe an afternoon or evening of tea and company (hey, we're in the same rough location, eh?) I hope you had the very best of birthdays on the 26th of March; I hope your Muse was polite and forthcoming; I hope the cats got along, and that all that could go well did so, and all that might go wrong was banished.

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Dept. of Schadenfreude

This Made My Day

The people, ordinary people, that could be put out of work by this potential bankruptcy are the ones I feel sorry for.  The higher-ups, and the ultimate owners?  Let's let John Prine answer that.


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Dept. of Gratitude

 I'm Grateful...

...that it's the weekend!
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DW Fic: Fashion No Show

Title: Fashion No Show
Author:
[personal profile] kaffyr
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Rose Tyler, the Ninth Doctor, Jack Harkness
Words: 1,497
Summary: The art of misdirection is a magician's best skill. Occasionally it comes in handy for galactic time travelers — but when misdirection involves costume changes, the eventual result can be ... revealing. A tale from the Ninth Doctor's time with Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness.
Author's Note: I wrote this criminally delayed fandom_stocking 2015 story for
[personal profile] jessalrynn , who likes the Ninth Doctor and Rose, and likes Jack as well. She said one of her enjoyments was in-character humor so I wrote this exceedingly silly piece of ever-so-slightly risque fluff in hopes that it would tickle her funnybone in the right way.
Edited by: my ever-patient dr_whuh
Disclaimer: Much as I wish it were otherwise, nothing in the Whoniverse, save the occasional original character, is mine. All others belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I do, however, love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

*****

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Dept. of Midweek Gratitude

Give Me an "F,"  Give Me an "A," Give Me an "N," and a "Fic"!

Sort of lengthy, I recognize, but I hope I can be forgiven. I'm so very grateful to be able to say that I finished another 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  fic today, and posted it, for [personal profile] jessalrynn ! Hurrah!

And now, I'm heading to bed ... for which I'm still very grateful. Heh.
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Dept. of Tuesday

Gratitude Can Sometimes Be Hard

But: I am grateful that I did a full day's worth of useful, reporter-type things. 
I am grateful that my poor FB will be able to get a very bad tooth taken out tomorrow night, and that the extraction could eventually make him feel better. 
I am grateful for my cats, two of who kept me nice and warm on the couch tonight.
I am grateful for another two paragraphs on my fic.
I'm grateful for the silly text conversation I had with my Sunday night dinner colleagues this afternoon.
I'm grateful for my comfortable bed, to which I now repair.
And I'm grateful for all of you. 
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