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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 Organization

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

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Vorkosiverse

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External Links: Ao3; Teaspoon

Meta

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Dept. of Needlessly Wordy How-To's

How to Use Google Drive as a 3rd Party Image Hosting Platform

So back when the horrid surprise of Photobucket’s greedapalooza was still fresh, a lot of people were looking for third party hosting alternatives. Someone out there had a really helpful list of potentials, but for various reasons, none of them suited me. I wondered whether I could make use of Google Photos as a third party platform.

As it happened, I couldn’t. Google had very recently ended its image hosting capabilities — unfortunate timing, that — but I did some poking about and found that there’s a work-around that lets you still use Google Drive as a third party platform. At least one person (hi,
[personal profile] azriona !) was interested, so this is my attempt to tell people how to use this process.

I’m including a link to the YouTube video that taught me how to do this, which you might prefer to following my step-by-step. Here 'tis: https://youtu.be/zhwYRPImH9E.


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So you have your Google account and you’re ready to start.


  1. Choose an image to upload, possibly from your own newly-created “Fuck Photobucket” file on your hard drive. Upload it to Google Drive. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll do it thusly (and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or whatever, it will probably be fairly similar.) Click on Google Drive. Once you’re in drive, click on New, which is near the top left. You should get a drop down menu that includes “File Upload.” Hit it, and pretty soon your picture will appear in your drive. I put all my uploaded pics in one Drive folder for ease of access, along with my Permalinks record, so everything’s in the same place.

  2. Now you want to adjust the picture’s “share” settings, so that it’s “Public on the Web.” How to do that? Your trusty right click button. Don’t open the picture; just right click on the thumbnail/description in the Drive list. When you do, you’ll see a bunch of options.

  3. Open the “Share” option. A window should open up. Pay attention only to “Advanced.” Click “Advanced.”

  4. You’ll get a different window. Look for “Who Has Access.” It will probably be set at “Private — Only You Can Access.” You’ll want to change that, so hit “Change.”

  5. You’ll get three options. The one you want is “On — Public on the Web.” Make sure that button is the one you hit, then hit “Save.”

  6. You’ll then have a “Link to Share.” Copy that sucker, and head on over to gdurl.com.

  7. The very first thing you’ll see once you go to that site is a spot that says “Paste a Public Google Drive URL etc.” Put your URL there, and hit “Create Permalink.” Go down a little farther on the page, and there, under “Standard URL” you will have your shiny new permalink. Copy that permalink, along with a description of what the pic/image is, to whatever document you’ll be using to keep the information.

  8. Voila! You now have the code you need to embed your photo wherever you want to embed it! (If we’re talking LJ or Dreamwidth, you’ll have be able to insert it via the "insert/edit image" or "insert photo" icons. I do it in the rich text format.)  And, because you’ve saved the permalink and a description in a file somewhere, you can use the same code again and again!


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So there you have my extremely wordy how-to. I hope it might be of help to someone.

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Dept. of Surfacing

Happy, Happy, Birthday Wishes

Here I am again; I disappear for days at a time, largely because I can't think of intelligent or interesting things to say. I haven't wished people Happy Birthday for the past month or so, and there are so many people who I wanted to congratulate for having another natal day to celebrate.

To 
[personal profile] sunnytyler001  - I hope your day, on May 3, was one of peace. The past year has been very hard for you, I know. May it become better.

Happy very delayed birthday (May 5) to 
[personal profile] jjpor , one of the best Who fic writers it's ever been my delight to read - careful, adept with rich plot and character development, blessed with a sense of how to interweave drama and world-building. He's also a lovely person, and I'm glad that I know him to the extent I do.

On May 9, 
[personal profile] calapine  celebrated. I always enjoyed reading what she writes, when she's around. I hope the coming year is good to her. 

And to the lovely, the talented, the one and only 
[personal profile] lost_spook , my belated well wishes. You've introduced me to so many corners of fandom that I wouldn't have been able to enjoy without you, and I'm so glad you did. I hope your May 14 birthday was lovely!



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Dept. of Unasked-For Emotion

Tears of Neither Joy Nor Sorrow

What do you call the tears that come when you're listening to an entire stadium of people singing along to a song that's close to your heart, especially one that talks about love in some fashion? 

It's not sorrow, not directly. It's sure as hell not unalloyed joy, either. 

Perhaps it's one's heart wishing hard for the same sort of commonality, the same sense of shared humanity, everywhere, and knowing it won't last, but still being uplifted by the mass sharing. 

I don't know. 

Thoughts? Anyone? Bueller?

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Dept. of Sensory Obsession

I Can't Smell Anything

It's making me jittery-crazy. In all the years that I've experienced head colds, I've never experienced such a complete lack of smell. As a result, I can only sense sweet, bitter, and salt, which means I can't taste much at all. Is it stupid for me to be obsessing on this? Probably, but much of the positive sensory stimulation I get in this world is olfactory, so it's like I'm living in film, not real life.  I don't know why this particular ailment has done such a number on me, and I'm afraid that I'm a little obsessively worried that it might be permanent. (I'm telling myself that that's really silly, but I can't shake the fear.)
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Dept. of Week's End

Some Nights Just Call for Roxy Music. And Eno.

Way back in 1995, a music journalist named Rob Chapman wrote a piece on Roxy Music, entitled "They Came From Planet Bacofoil", and something reminded me of the piece, which was very good. I was pleased to see that you can still find it (without the pictures of the deliciously ridiculous early Roxy Music sartorial choices that generated the title). Here it is. 

It made me nostalgic for two ends of Roxy's musical spectrum: the dreamy sound-poems of late Roxy and early solo Bryan Ferry (when he could keep guitarist Phil Manzanera under control), and Brian Eno's early masterpieces, featuring Robert Fripp's gloriously insane work. (Actually, I love later Eno as well, but tonight I was thinking more "Baby's On Fire," to which BB introduced me so many years ago.)

So without further ado, let's start with something ... energetic: 




And then cool down with something beautifully, romantically morose.  


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31Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 31
Previous Chapter: 30, here or here
Characters: The Ninth Doctor/Rose Tyler/Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which there are, at long last, endings and beginnings.
Author's Note: I couldn't get it done in a decade, but 11 years seemed to be the magic time period. Thank you to everyone who stuck with this ridiculously lengthy WIP; I hope it's been worth the wait, despite 11 years of changing writing style and prowess, and undoubtedly some messed up plot points. (Too many years, and too many chapters, and perhaps not enough careful reviewing by Your Humble Author, to blame for that last.)
Many thanks to those who helped me keep at it, and who helped in many different ways. Thank you to 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon [personal profile] editrx  and [personal profile] ljgeoff , and always, always, always, my Best Beloved, dr_whuh (aka [personal profile] buckaroobob ). You are the absolute best, and I love you more than cookies. 
And of course, thanks and love to everyone I wrote about: to Luisa, Filomena, Nico, Hilda, Salvha and Jao, to David, to Pau and Laowhra, even to Inverno and the elder Bohlver. Thanks, especially, to the Doctor, Rose, and Jack, the OT3 of my heart. What shall I
 do without this story of yours to tell?  
Finally, thank you to cathica, whose prompt all those years ago started this journey. She's an immensely talented writer and a lovely person, and this is all because of her. Thank you!

Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I simply love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.

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Dept of Catch Up

So Where Are We Now?

We're home. We're getting better. We're grateful for all the good wishes, and the care he got while in hospital, that's where we are.

It's been a few days; I simply haven't had the energy to post. Hell, I haven't even had the energy to answer the phone - and I apologize to folks who've called, who I've ignored. It's not you, it's me, and that's not a joke.

But I need to let folks know that Bob's home. They let him loose on Wednesday afternoon, which was good, because, with well over 70 hours without sleep, he was already starting to become a little untethered to the world. He was given a nebulizer, and a list of physical therapists, and sent home. I was told that he needed to have someone with him, if not at all times, then pretty damned close to it, so I took some vacation time; I'm off all this week, and I'll be sticking very close to him, you damn betcha.

He slept much of the next day and a half, which was all to the good. It was nice having him back on our planet, and the sleep also helped his healing process. He's still weak; today was the first day he wanted to go outside. We drove over to Jarvis Beach, one of the lovely little pocket beaches on Chicago's north side, but we were only there for about 5 minutes; that tired him out, so we got him home, and he's now having a nebulizer treatment, since his oxygen count was down to about 90 percent, That's not horrible, but it's not good, either.

Despite his weariness, he got out, and the sun is shining, and we're listening to some lovely mambo music, and I'll be making a quiche for Sunday supper, and so the day is, on the whole, very good.

And thank you, everyone, for all the good wishes you sent Bob's way. They were much appreciated and needed.


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Dept. of How We Learn New Words

Human Metapneumovirus

This is what we're told Bob's got. There's apparently no magic bullet cure, just as there isn't for a lot of viruses, so the thing to do with HMPV  is apparently just ... get through it. And of course, while it's normally not serious, for kids, older folks and folks with various levels of immunodeficiency it can be really serious. And guess who fits into both slots? Bob. (I fit in, too, but I've lived with him for weeks and I'm 99 percent confident I'm not getting any serious version of it.) Once all the nurses, aides, etc. started gowning- masking- and gloving-up to come in, we figured it was nothing to sneeze at. As it were. 

Because Bob's extremely weak (like, they're not letting him sit in a chair unless there's a staff person on hand, and as for making it to the bathroom? Ha!) he's going to be in here another night. His physical therapist would like him to be sent to a rehab place for a couple of days because he needs to relearn how to breathe properly, and regain his strength in general. His hospitalist doctor (real term for a doctor whose focus is solely on hospitalized patients) told him earlier today that she'd like to get him out of the hospital, but we don't know what the upshot will be after the doc and the therapist manage to talk. 

My boss threw me for a loop, in a very positive way, when I sent him my morning email. I told him I'd try to get a story in to him before 2 p.m., and updated him on Bob's situation, which at that point didn't have a name, and was somewhat worse than it was at the time of my previous report. I said I'd take time off after I sent the story over. He told me just to take the whole day off, that we didn't need that story. I'm beginning to understand the guy a bit better, but still ... he kind of whipsaws me. 

I spent 5 hours at the hospital with Bob, which did wonders for me, and he seemed to be happy that I was there. Now I'm home; I'm going to brush my teeth, give Bob a call at the hospital, and go to bed. 


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Dept. of Very Brief Update

Still In Hospital

Still not breathing easily, in the least. (Which is doubly weird, and not a little unnerving, since his blood is very nicely oxygenated, thanks to his nasal cannula.) He has an infection, they've decided to try to deal with it with steroids. He's extremely unhappy, and I'm worried about his inability to sleep in hospital. As some of you may remember, BB+hospital+extended lack of sleep=potential hospital psychosis.

I managed to get two stories written today, which meant my boss wasn't breathing down my neck. And to be fair, he sent his wishes along for Bob.

I'm going to crash now.


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Dept. of Welcome to the Working Week

Post Weekend Fun Roundup

As Elvis Costello said, welcome to the working week - know it don't thrill you, hope it won't kill you. 

As weekends go, this past one was less than optimal. That was due to the preceding week also being less than optimal. Still, there were glints and glimmers of better things hiding in both. 

First, the most unimpressive part of the weekend. Bob's back in hospital. He started developing what we both fervently hoped was a chest cold back last Wednesday. Fervent hopes, as they often are, weren't worth the aether upon which they were wished. After increasing chest congestion, and a Saturday night during which, Bob admitted in the morning, he managed to scare himself by being almost unable to catch his breath after walking to the bathroom and back, we headed for the emergency room. The good news: it isn't pneumonia, according to the x-ray. Also good, he got admitted and into a room in only 4.5 hours, rather than the slightly more than 4.5 hours last time. Sigh. I'm hoping that he'll be sprung today, but I really want the infection (yes, they've decided that's what he has. Viral? Bacterial?  \_(' ')_/ So, more antibiotics that he might not actually need. Argh.)

This all took place against a background of, well ... my back. It's in what I think of as "moderate pre-spasm" mode. I know, as sure as the sun rises in the east but doesn't warm Chicago up, that it's stress. Last week was a better week with The Boss from Heck, and we even had a weekly meeting that was almost pleasant, but the underlying low-level tension and irritation finally presented as back fun. I'm attempting to keep it at bay, because I'm going to try to work today. 

Jerry Minkkinen's memorial was Saturday; one of my newsroom and Guild friends, Mike, came with me all the way to Farthest Schaumburg for the memorial. It was almost like old home week. A lot of hugs from Guild folks I hadn't seen in years. We agreed it sucked that we had to see each other for this reason, but it was good to see each other, nonetheless. And we got a chance to tell Jerry's son and brother how much Jerry meant to us. In fact, the president of the national News Guild flew in from D.C. just for the memorial, and he spoke, telling the family that Jerry had sacrificed much of his family life to the union. "I want to tell you that I'm sorry for that," the president said, before going on to say that their sacrifice had helped untold numbers of people, but that the apology was needed. I thought that was spot on, and not something a lot of uinion folks would have said. 

Alright, it's back to work/hospital. We here at Casa Kaffyr sure do know how to have fun. 
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Dept. of Mondays

Today Was ... Not Bad, Eh?

That's a phrase from My Home and Native Land, and it suits today. I only got one micro-managing email from The Boss From ... uh ... Heck. That's not bad, eh? I didn't eat healthily today, but I didn't go overboard on chocolate, as has been the case in recent weeks, so that's not bad, eh? (Yes, I know that chocolate is always On Point, but man, have I ever been eating a lot of it.)

I'm getting out of my awful meeting before 9:30 p.m., which is not bad, eh? 

And we're getting more than $2,000 back in overpaid taxes. That surprises me, because I was certain we'd end up owing. So ... not bad, eh?
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Dept. of Public Notice

Just to Let Folks Know

I've pinned my post about using Google Drive to host images up near the top of my page, just under my pinned fic posts. I don't know how long I'll keep it up there, but I know some people were interested in it, and perhaps this will make it easier for them to find.

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Department of Whipsawed Emotions

Boo-Yah!

Tonight, when I go to my monthly union local meeting, I fully expect my emotions to be, as the subject line says, whipsawed. 

Still mourning Jerry. Many of us at the meeting will mourn him as well. But we're also celebrating this news (it's been a long time coming), and I know Jerry would be so incredibly happy to hear this news. I'm hoping he's looking down (or up, or sideways, or from That Other Dimension of Perfect Justice) and cheering. God knows, he helped get us here. 

So on his behalf? 

BOO-YAH! 

(Yes, the union election has yet to take place, but our remarkable organizers wouldn't have announced it, wouldn't have gone public with the news — or the very sophisticated pro-union Trib newsroom employee website — if we didn't have a fairly strong expectation that we'll win this one. I'm knocking wood as I say that, of course.) 

Still ... 

BOO-YAH!
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Dept. of Goodbye

Jerry Minkkinen

One of my oldest and dearest union colleagues, Jerry Minkkinen, died Friday. I am still trying to come to grips with the news. 

He was the first Newspaper Guild official I met when I was hired by Pioneer Press in 1983. He didn't introduce me to unionism; I'd been a union officer at my previous newspaper job, and I already believed in the union movement. But he taught me so much about how to make day to day unions work for their members - for us - that it's a debt I could never repay.

Jerry combined a street fighter's instincts, with the seductive charm of a troubadour - he could hold a room in thrall, something I experienced many times - and the formula worked for us far more often than not, whether it was sitting at the table with successive waves of increasingly nasty managements, fighting grievances on behalf of individuals or the union as a whole, or giving us tips on how to fight for ourselves. He did this not just for my section of the union but for every Guild covered unit in the Chicago area. That's a lot of work for one person.

More than that, though, he was a good man, who gave his all to the union. He sacrificed health and family through much of his career, in order to help us. I am glad to know that in the last few years, he had much joy of his family.

He laughed often, was kind, was both fierce and gentle, and I am honored that we were colleagues and friends. There is so much more that I could tell you about him, but it all jumbles up in a tremendous Jerry-sized pile of stories. None of them will make up for the Jerry-sized hole his passing has left. 

I could only find one picture of him, but it's a fitting one; he was holding a union stewards' workshop. And here is a much, much better remembrance of him.  
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Dept. of Long Weekends

I Am On (Mini) Vacation

A long weekend. I start tonight, hurrah! We've ordered in some very good Chinese (sweet and sour squid, orange beef, and other stuff), I've had my first big-assed martini of the night, and we've been enjoying some hot club swing before we catch up on old and new anime.

Hurrah for somewhat middle-class debauchery!

Also? More than 2,000 words in the last chapter!


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Dept. of Birthdays

Sending Birthday Wishes Out

It's been a while since I wishes people happy birthdays, and I wish to remedy that right now. 

Happy birthday, lyricwrites[profile] lyricwrites! You celebrated on March 12 - at least I hope you did, and I hope your five-year-olds gave you hugs and kisses aplenty. You're one of the best fic writers it's been my pleasure to read, and a very sweet person to boot. (Also, folks, she writes original fic as well; if you visit here, you'll find one of her works. I'm in the process of reading it now. It isn't often that I can happily pimp someone's work in the same post in which I wish them Happy Birthday, but it makes me particularly glad to do so in her case.)

On March 27, 
[personal profile] sensiblecat  celebrated a birthday. She hasn't t been around much in the last four years, but when she was, she wrote lovely thoughtful meta about Doctor Who, talked about her family, and shared some amusing and creative thoughts. Wherever you are, I hope you're doing well, and that you celebrated in the best way possible. It would be good to see you again!

Finally, [personal profile] merryghoul  is celebrating a birthday today - many happy returns of the day to you! She is a tireless volunteer at whodaily, and a dedicated fic writer who does easily what I find extremely difficult to do; write in multiple fandoms. Plus, she likes River Song, and anyone who likes River is tops in my books. Best wishes to you!</lj> This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/692514.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.

Dept. of Cautious Happiness

I Am, She Said ...

... more than 200 words into the final chapter of Hearts and Moons. 

And I am not afraid to type those words. 
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Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 30
Previous Chapters: 29, here or here
Characters: Jack Harkness/the Ninth Doctor/Rose Tyler
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which an emperor gains a weapon and loses a criminal, while the TARDIS is close to reaching Her goal.
Author's note: I was able to add a phrase at the bottom of this chapter that I wasn't quite certain I'd ever be able to. We're now well and truly near the end. 
Edited by: the incomparable dr_whuh. What would I do without you?
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

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Dept. of Wow, Long Time, No Post

I Still Exist, Part Deux

I note that in March, I've been able to post only on the weekends, and not much at that point. I am truly eaten up by my work, since my new boss is precisely the humorless micro-managing anal-retentive not-quite-nightmare I'd been afraid he would be. But, apart from one point this past week where I was almost in tears, I've survived. Only 30 more months! Yay!

But I do still exist. And I may even have, at some point, something more interesting to say than various iterations of "I hate my boss." 


 
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Dept. of I Still Exist

I Do Indeed Exist

Although I haven't done much posting. I did manage to get another chapter of Hearts & Moons uploaded, and the next chapter is about 2/3rds done. (I'm not talking any more about "last chapter" because I don't want to be like the boy who cried wolf, which was what I was in danger of becoming. We shall see what happens over the next little while, and I shall endeavor not to jinx myself.)

Bob and I are largely recovered from what various doctors finally decided was the "bacterial flu." Whatever. If they couldn't figure out what it was, and if the blood tests didn't help the detective work, then by all means, call it what you will. We both ended up taking antibiotics. I really don't like taking them, firstly because I really don't want to be in absolute need of them somewhere down the road, only to learn that no antibiotic will work on me and, secondly, because antibiotics make everything taste weird and do unpleasant things to the necessary biota in one's body. 

Still, much better, so hurrah for antibiotics. 

I am into the third week with my new boss. I haven't killed him. Only 30 more months ....

Bob and I went to see "Black Panther" on Friday, and if you haven't gone to see it yet, try to make time for it. It's pretty much glorious. Next on my list: "A Wrinkle in Time."
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Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 29
Previous Chapters: 28, here or here
Characters: Rose Tyler/the Ninth Doctor/Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which both Rose and Inverno are comforted, then discomfited, at different times and for different reasons.
Author's note: This was to have been the final chapter. I discovered that it wasn't, much to my chagrin. However, our characters can now walk on to the final stage of this particular play.
Edited by: My Best Beloved, dr_whuh. You are the best, my dear!
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, and I thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox. 
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tbc
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Dept. of Chicago

It Is March 4 in Chicago ...

... and someone in my building has just put their Christmas tree out in the trash. 



I love my city, she said unironically. 


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Dept. of Big-Ass Birthday Acknowledgements

Birthdays, Birthdays, Wonderful People Had Them - Hi, Wonderful People!

There are a lot of you out there born in the short month of February, and I want to acknowledge you all.

Back on Feb. 5,
[personal profile] beccadg enjoyed a birthday - at least I hope she enjoyed it. She's a fellow Arslan fan, as well as a fan of Torchwood and Classic Doctor Who. She appreciates heroes in great coats, which is all that a woman of good taste needs to do - and she appreciates the wonder that is Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. I'm glad I know you, and I hope the coming year is good to you.

On February 8,
[personal profile] harvey_rrit celebrated. He and I come from very different ends of the political spectrum, but I'm always impressed by his wit, and I hope that the coming year is a good one for him. Perhaps some day we will sit down over a coffee, a martini or a decent whiskey, and enjoy a discussion that has nothing to do with politics, and a lot to do with some of our shared interests. Best of luck to you in the new year, and may you make it to Worldcon!

Another Feb. 8 celebrant is the lovely
[personal profile] scripsi , from whom I've learned a great deal more about her particular corner of the world, as well as an appreciation of good historic costuming. She shares my delight in fandom and in fanfic - and does a masterful job of writing fanfic herself. She's even lured me into some writing that made me appreciate some of the quality darkfic out there. While it might not be my cup of tea - getting me outside my comfort zone is something I appreciate, especially from someone who is as sweet as she is.

Happy birthday, only a week or so late (ahem), to that valiant giraffe hunter
[personal profile] pitry , who celebrated on Feb. 12. Not only does she brave the veldt, looking for giraffes to annoy as much as they annoy her, but she braves academe, which I happen to think is much more frightening than a long-necked mule deer. *ducks, runs*  I hope your birthday, and the 364 days that follow, are full of creativity, good pay, companionship, and not too many giraffes!

On Feb. 15, the long-silent
[personal profile] aililinnea had a birthday. She shares my adoration of Christopher Eccleston, and I hope that she celebrated her birthday by enjoying as much of that hugely talented bundle of sex on legs as she could get her hands on. It would be great to see her around these parts again some day. Until that happens, I will simply wish her Happy Birthday, and a great 2018.

The redoubtable
[personal profile] marence had a birthday on Feb. 17, and I wish her many happy returns of the day, although she hasn't been around these parts for a while. I still recall with a great deal of pleasure the afternoon we had in Chicago's Loop, drinking coffee, watching a parade of protesters go by (I can't remember what they were protesting, but we cheered them on), and talking about music. She was, and undoubtedly is, a wonderful person to get to know. I hope to see her again sometime, whether in 3D or 2D life.

What can I say about
lyricalviolet? That she's a friend that I haven't talked to in too long a time, someone I've cheered for, and someone I'm so glad has found a place, and a lover, and a child, and loads of happiness. She celebrated a birthday on Feb. 18, and whether or not we ever get the chance to talk again, I want to celebrate her - a talented singer, actor and writer, a fan I met through our shared love of Dr. Who and Battlestar Galactica, and jacob on TWoP. The world is better for having you in it, my dear; may 2018 be your best year yet.

Another Feb. 18 birthday baby is
wendymr, ex of the British Isles, now in Canada, and one of the first fic writers whose work I read. She was always encouraging, she was definitely the person to go to for a decent Brit-pic, and she shared my enjoyment of the Ninth Doctor. She also shares my belief in the union movement, and in the necessity of caring for the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. It's always good to see her comments, and I hope her birthday was a very, very good one.

Someone who has been long away from these parts is
[personal profile] misscam , she of Norwegian pride and Battlestar Galactica fandom. She is an excellent writer, with a keen eye for human nature. Her birthday was on Feb. 21. I would love to see her post again, but I hope her life away from 2D goings-on is fruitful and fulfilling, with many friends, many creatively satisfying endeavors, and at least a cat or two.

Finally, tomorrow, Feb. 25, is
[personal profile] jessalrynn 's birthday. She was one of the people I "met" early in my journey into online fandom, and I'm glad I did. She's another Ninth Doctor fan, and a fellow believer in democracy, and in the America that can and should be. She's a dreamer, and that's a good thing to be. I hope your birthday is a good one, with people around you that you love and care for, and who care for you. 







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