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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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The Goblin Emperor

Overhead From the Shadows (on LJ)
The Giving and Receiving of Warmth (on LJ)

Vorkosiverse

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

External Links: Ao3; Teaspoon

Meta

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Dept. of Political Thinkey-Thoughts

Post Deluge Ruminations

Some of these are gathered from comments I've made in earlier post-election conversations here and on LJ. Others I've thought about more recently.

All the bitterness, with none of the hopeCollapse )

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Dept. of Political Thinkey-Thoughts

Debate, Part Two

You know abso-damn-lutely nothing - NOTHING - about Canada's health care, says the woman whose Canadian mum was beautifully cared for in her last days, who got care both quickly and thoroughly. 

Fuck. You. 

No, unfuck you. I don't want you enjoying sex. 

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Dept. of Political Thinkey-Thoughts

Regarding the Debate Thus Far

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Dept. of Getting Back on the Damn Bike

Things I Have Done Lately

1. Obsessed over every episode of Game of Thrones, without ever watching a single episode. Yes, I've watched every scene on YouTube that YouTubers can offer me, loads of reviews and responses. No, I don't have HBO, and ... it's stupid of me. But I'm going to be so upset at the end of the season next Sunday.

2. Thrown out all the Marion Zimmer Bradley books I've had on my shelf for years. I'd thought I'd keep a couple of books of hers that were important to me because of how they shaped my love for SF&F, and for the sense of wonder they engendered in me. In the end, I couldn't keep any of them. It was a decision a long time in coming, and it was the first time in my life I have ever thrown books out. I don't believe I shall ever do it again. But for me it was the right thing to do. I couldn't stomach giving them to a second-hand store.

3. Picked up the partly empty drink cup a well-made up gym rat had left on her seat as she headed out the L train door to get to a Cubs game, handed it to her (or her friend, the even more made-up gym rat) and "asked" her to throw it away in a garbage can once she got onto the platform, since "I believe it belongs to you." She did. I am ashamed of being petty about their looks. I
should not be that way, since I support anyone's right to decorate their body in the way they see fit. I can only point to my upbringing and say it's hard to escape the attitudes I grew up experiencing when it comes to make-up. On the other hand, I am very glad I told her pick up her damn trash. Politely.

4. Became an employee of tronc. Yes, tronc. tronc. tronc.  Mother of fucking god.

5. Wrote a little more of "Hearts & Moons." Go, me.


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Dept. of Just Keep Swimming

Long Day

Long day, long week, no brain - or at least little brain - tired body (but I'm managing to exercise at least 5 days out of 7). Getting a little more gutted by Face the Raven each day, which I think shows the power of that episode. Maybe I'll talk about it tomorrow.

More gutted, by news of the Laquan McDonald tragedy and travesty. I'm the sister of a police officer, but I feel no hesitation at all in saying yes, the system of policing in this country (and probably on this continent) is built to reinforce racism, despite the best efforts of good police officers, built to maintain systemic destruction of black bodies, minds, lives, and futures. It does so in the service of a culture that does not think The Other is part of it. Each death, and each denial that it's racism - or misogyny, or transphobia, take your pick -  kills democracy just that little bit more.

Going out now for miso soup, green tea, some mackerel, and relaxation. Back later. Love y'all.


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Dept. of Rage

So. Again.

There's this. Again. Again.

3-2-1:

"Now's not the time to talk about gun control, in this moment of tragedy."
"It was just a lone madman."
"If they'd only had guns, because gun-free zones are dangerous."
"Background checks will bring black helicopters to our doors!"*
"Because Second Amendment!"
"Because Freedom!!"**
"Because Obaaaaaaaama!"
"We'll keep telling our (fewer than advertised) members to shout down opposition. They're cheap."
"We'll keep doing this while the gun and ammo companies keep paying Wayne's and our salaries."


If they like guns so much, I have a suggestion ...

... and the very fact that I just wrote that uncivilized and unforgivable sentence tells you how angry and fucking fed up I am.

Fuck. The. NRA.

And no, this is my journal. This is one of the rare, the very rare, times that I will pull rank. You want to argue about this? Really? Do not tempt me.

* Yes, yes, we know. Your safe full of guns of all types is going to help keep you free from the evil government and their jackboots. In the 21st century. The government that has tanks and drones. Right. You and your camo-wearing buddies just keep on watching "Red Dawn" and wanking off to your little 15-year-old otaku mecha fantasies. Your Second Amendment wet dreams are just that. The Second Amendment - I do not think it means what Wayne LaPierre has told you it means.
**See above.








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Dept. of Sunday Afternoon

Stress, Strawberries, Fried Rice and Fanfic

While painkillers and bossanova help me forget the incipient back spasm that is, even now, trying to decide whether it will come to stay awhile, I'll belatedly try to catch people up on life at Casa [personal profile] kaffyr

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Dept. of Aargh

 It's Tuesday and the Water is Still Cold

Just what it says on the frakkin' tin. They're coming back and they will get it right - first, by hiking the temperature. They set the heater at only 120; that's a no go.

In our building, especially if the existing tanks are simply going to be holding tanks for heated water prior to it circulating through the building, that needs to be jacked up to at least 160. Why? because that will put the reservoir water at 140, which is what we ned to have, in order to have units farthest from the heater get water that's actually at 120 degrees. The building's weird and it has even weirder plumbing. I told him this, and asked him - knowing this, do you think one heater will do the job. He said yes. I should have paid attention to his momentary hesitation. 

Hot. Water. Want. It. Now. 

FFFFFFfuuuuuuuuuuuuu
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Dept. of Evil Shit

Because Beheading's so Last Week

Fighting very hard not to say "Let's Drop the Big One, and See What Happens."

1. Take one large part teenage "oh, you're not impressed with what we did first? Well how about this?" Make sure it's buried under other layers in the recipe, because it's at the core of the dish. Very, very important to the whole thing.
2. Add a heaping helping of "It's OK to ignore my conscience, and indulge and nurture  my sadistic tendencies until they grow way beyond my ability to stop them growing further, because someone told me God will pardon me and that God wants me to do this."
3. Mix in a pinch - only a pinch, mind you, but spread it over the top, so it's the first thing everyone sees in the final baked good - of real grievances.

4. Bake.

5. Wait for the world to weep.

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Dept. of Raging Disappointment

Boosting the Signal

Just so you folks know, I sent this email to the Wikimedia Foundation earlier tonight.

To Whom It May Concern,

This year, for the first time, I donated money to support the Wikimedia Foundation, and I thought I had done a good thing in doing so.

However, the recent news that your Arbitration Committee has made a decision to permanently ban five writers and editors, in response to pressure from members of the so-called Gamergate community, has decreased my respect for, and confidence in, your organization and its policies.

I hope someday to be able to donate to your organization again. For now, however, I join other members of the Internet community in saying that, until you fix Wikipedia's systemic bias against women, you will not get another penny from me.

And please do not indulge in the traditional defense of the disingenuous and cowardly; do not say, "We are not responsible." Of course you are, because you are financing and supporting the toxic atmosphere of its administrative and cultural infrastructure.

The buck stops with you.

Most sincerely,
Kathryn J. Routliffe

With many thanks to [personal profile] kerravonsen 


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Dept. of Just Keep Swimming

Whiplash and such

My Christmas season, my holiday season, has been rather schizophrenic, in the non-medical sense of the word. The first couple of weeks were actually pretty good. I've mentioned that we got most of our Christmas presents purchased early on, and that they were things that made us feel good to buy. I also got out almost two dozen cards, something I haven't done in several years. All of those were good things.

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So, all of those things were to the good. So was the fact that I found a small goose and a small turkey that I plan to cook for Christmas dinner.

But other things have started dragging me down, and I'm struggling to fight them off.

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And last night I had a minor dissolution into tears because I abruptly really, really didn't want to host Christmas dinner. I didn't feel as if I'd have the time to put it together, I didn't feel as if we have the space to make it enjoyable for nine people, I didn't have what I consider a clean place to host it in ....

AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaauuuuughh! My Brain Isn't Being Logical, and I Am Disapproving of It!

So right now, I'm going off to the home office to see if I can get myself turned around. If I can't do that by the end of the day, I am going to risk my friendships with at least two or three groups of people and tell them that, with many very honest apologies, I can't do Christmas. It's a bit unforgivable (wait, that's like saying "a bit pregnant," isn't it?) but I think it may be a realistic mental-health option for me. I shall know before 6 p.m. or so.

Also, BB has another appointment with the endocrinologist today, and I'm going with him. The last visit was less than optimal and, although we think we'll have better results this time, I'm not looking forward to it.

Also again - nothing written for [community profile] fandom_stocking  yet. My brain isn't working. This is bad.

Fluffy bunnies, I'm just going to think about fluffy bunnies. And kittehz. Must think of kittehz.


ETA: LJ just sent me a message telling me that this post made its top 25 posts of the day. LJ is clearly lying or dying, I'm not sure which.





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Dept. of Good Damn Advice

With a Hat Tip to [personal profile] supergee ...

... who pointed out this excellent and rightly angry piece by Mia McKenzie, talking about what you shouldn't get distracted by when a black teenager is murdered. Damn. Why does this even have to be written? And why do we - and I include me in the sorry list - have to be reminded?








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Dept. of AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa

Supreme Disgust

The next time I hear the phrase "5-4" I am seriously going to start hoping that one or two of the current "five" on the Supreme Court ... aaargh; no. I can't, I can't wish for bad things to happen to someone, not even Scalia, Alito, Roberts, or Thomas - but I can and do wish to slap anyone who suggests that these miserable people have anything but the basest of political motives when they make the majority of their decisions.

And yes, this is about the
goddamned Hobby Lobby decision. I can't even bear to look at it, at least not now.

Hey, guys - thanks for reminding me how little you think of women. Oh, and how much you're turned on by sexy, sexy corporations.

You slimy excuses for decent human beings.




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Dept. of The Weekend

I Made It

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Dept. of WTF

Because Really .. WTF?

1. My brother will have having quintuple bypass surgery Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. I'm still painfully in the dark by my lights - although not by my little brother's - and wish I could just get the fuck up there. Can't, so I'll pray down here. I've talked to Mum a bit, as well.

2. I got into this here Intarwebz fandom and far more than that, through a site called Television Without Pity. That was back in 2006. I learned ... so much from the people I met there, gained so much from them, learned about myself. It's shutting down next week.  I'll write about that more later, when I'm not a scattered mess. It seems so odd that that is weighing on my mind as much as Mac's bypass surgery. The mind does weird things, doesn't it? Weird fucking things. And yes, the word "fuck" seems to be the only one I can think of using.

More. Later. Probably.




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Dept. of It Doesn't Stop

Please Send Him Good Vibes, Y'all

My brother just phoned me; he had a heart attack last night, and is in hospital in Halifax. They will be keeping him in for at least three days. He did not sound good, but insists things are fine now. There is, apparently, no need for me to come up to N.S. He asked me to tell our stepdad, Rob, which I have done, keeping the message as positive as possible. He's 87 and just lost Mum. He doesn't need to worry more than necessary.

Very selfishly, I do not — do not — want to be the last man standing in my family. He is my little brother, damn it.

He's a very good man; a fine, strong, funny, kind, tough man and I'm very proud of him for shouldering so much for the last few years. If you believe in God, please send a prayer Their way for a quick recovery, If you don't, just keep him in your thoughts, if only for a moment.




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Dept. of Welcome to the Working Week

Not Polyphiloprogenitive

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Dept. of Face Palm Isn't Enough

So: Just How Do We Fix This?

A depressing little story from Mother Jones about the obstacles medical science faces when attempting to change the minds of anti-vaxxers.

When facts fail, do we look at how we deliver them? Do we look at what makes people reject them? Do we try to see the world from the nay-sayer's point of view in hopes of finding an argument or fact that might change her mind? Do we do all of those things?

Well, that's easy, I suppose. We do all of those things. But, lord, it's depressing to realize yet again that facts won't change peoples' minds.

(And it's depressing to realize that as a human, I could easily fall prey to the same blindness in other areas. Science? Not so much; but other areas? I'd better be willing to acknowledge my own biases.)




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Dept. of Peeves

Do You Know What I Hate Pisses Me Off Bothers Me?

After having been in online fandom for (thinks a bit and is suitably croggled) almost eight years, I've had ample opportunity to hear others complain about seeing fan writers fridge some character's significant other because they want to get that character involved with another character. And because they just haaaate that character.

And more thoughts on hating characters when you write about themCollapse ) This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/293521.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa



Note To Self:


Do Not Go To [community profile] fandomsecrets  and read anything about
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Note: if you're not fond of recent Who or aspects of BBC's Sherlock? I'd advise against going under the cut. (And in case this post eats itself, like it did this morning when I tried to clarify that I was talking about [community profile] fandomsecrets  over on Dreamwidth, well that's what I'm talking about
.)

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Dept. of Diplomacy, Annoyed Division

 Labor Negotiations

They're long, frustrating grinds, for small nuggets of justice, y'all. They're RAEG inducing. Just sayin'. 

I've killed no one, though; that's something, right? Right?

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Dept. of The World Is Bigger Than We Are

Wind

We spent the first half of Sunday checking the National Weather and Weather Underground sites, weirded out by having a tornado watch for downtown Chicago. That just doesn't happen.

And then all of a sudden, it was a tornado warning and it got very, very dark outside, and they halted the Bears game and evacuated people from Soldier Field, and I watched on Twitter as the tornado tore into Pekin, Illinois, then flattened next-door Washington, Illinois, and realized that I was frightened about a tornado for the first time after decades of living at the back door of Tornado Alley, and sent out a mass email to my condo association members, reminding them that the storage basement was a safe place and to stay away from windows, and thought about how fast I could get the cats into the carriers we had close by, and realized there was nothing, absolutely nothing, that I could do to outrun wind if chance chose to have it bear down on me ....

In the end, we were extremely safe, although some torrential rain and hail fell for a short time, and the wind shoved it sideways into one of our basements, just enough to ruin some boxes of Andy's. But people are dead in downstate Illinois, and the tornadoes bounced across the Midwest and the south, and even New York City - New York City, for chrissake - had a tornado watch.

How are the rest of my friends in the Midwest?

Good thing that global warming is just a liberal hoax, she said bitterly, days after donating to help the Philippines,and considering weather-related disasters both acute and chronic across the globe. ljgeoff, you're right, you know. I just don't have the courage to plan the way you do.

I'm going to send a few dollars the Red Cross's way to help wherever they need it. I hope you all can do the same.




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Dept. of AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaa

Sweet Lord, Computers Are Infuriating

('Ware, 'ware ... here be computer neepery from someone who doesn't even know the right computer language, but has messed about)

Like I said, neepery. And wills.Collapse )
And tomorrow I go home.

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Dept. of Is It Supposed to Work Like This?

When Special Snowflakes Aren't

Back a few years, when I had an office, and when each person in the office actually had their own office, one of my reportorial compatriots had an award-winning door of pro-labor editorial cartoons. At least I thought the cartoons she put up there were worthy of awards. One, in particular, has stayed with me.

A man sits in front of a large desk, behind which sits another man, whose appearance is typical cartoon "boss." The first man says something like "What do I want out of a job? I was thinking, a small, windowless office that has enough oxygen for me to breathe while I do my work."

The boss says, "Well, you're not asking for much, are you, Mr. Prima-Donna?"

Over the years, my enjoyment of that cartoon has evolved from its original wryly bitter appreciation to simply bitter. That's because too many of us have swallowed the lie of Privilege vs Right, of Luxury vs Necessity.


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