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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

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Vorkosiverse

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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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Dept. of Birthdays

Birthdays. Birthdays and Cats

Monday was 
[personal profile] ljgeoff 's birthday, and I can't begin to tell you how much she deserves all the birthday wishes. And, frankly, All The Things. 

She's got more energy in her little finger than I've ever had in my entire body. She also has a heart that puts the "His Heart Grew Three Sizes That Day" Grinch to shame. Put simply, she cares; for people, for animals. for strays, for anyone or anything that needs love.  Her intelligence just adds to the package.

Then, when you further add to that her amazing writing talent, bringing excellent fanfic into the world, as well as original fiction of haunting power, you've got a creative dynamo with a cheerful mien, and a fearless ability to leap into abysses of all kinds, either crossing them in one bound, or rebounding from the bottom to climb determinedly to the top. 

Many delayed Happy Birthday wishes, Lisa - and here's a picture of Vincent. (Under the cut because of size.)
Vincent Routliffe, the Big Grey CatCollapse )He's settled in quite nicely, and Opie is adjusting a little faster than we'd feared he would. We still have to tackle a couple of issues, including some remaining mats, but the vet says his knackering proceeded nicely. He's really lovely, and I'm glad he's with us. (Also, it's weird, but he has absolutely no guard hairs, only the soft under coat, which accounts for the matting propensity. It's the exact opposite of our gingers, who had and have so much top/guard hair that it was and is hard to get to the under coat.) This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/718599.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 Return

A Homecoming, of Sorts

It has been two weeks since I last posted, and once again, I'm trying to redress my absence.

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Dept. of Happy New Year

We Escaped 2018

... and I loved the Dr. Who New Year special. It solidified my feelings about this season; I loved it, for reasons that might run counter to those of other folks. 

I'm heading to bed right now, so I'll have to leave my explanation for another time. But I know what I liked, and I'll do my best to explain in another post. 

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Dept. of Classic Television

Hey, [personal profile] lost_spook !

I'm on Episode 3 of Shadow of the Tower. 

Just thought you should know. 

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Dept. of Holy Days

George and Mary

It's the night before Christmas. 

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Dept. of I Am Here

As It Says on the Tin

I'm still here. And I want to post again on a number of things, including getting back up to speed in writing fic again; my deep need to comment on other peoples' posts, many of which have intrigued me, or made me want to share a thought or two; learning that my childhood home has been saved from teardown by being moved slightly; my ambivalent thoughts on the holiday season this year; the wonderful smell of the Christmas tree we just brought into the livingroom; and my inordinate happiness at sending out 59 hard-copy holiday cards, with some electronic cards to follow ...

... but I can't get my brain to cooperate. 

Still decompressing, and still trying to figure out the whole "retired" thing. 

Back shortly, I promise, she said, more or less confidently. 
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Dept. of Joy

Thirty-Seven Years

Thirty-Seven years ago today, just about now, Bob and I were saying "I do" to each other, in a friend's livingroom.

My mother and brother traveled from Canada to be there. My mother brought me the wedding gown in which she'd married my father. It fit, and I wore it.

Friends came to the wedding; friends made the wedding possible, with livingroom, a sheet cake bought by a friend, a small buffet made by the same wonderful woman who'd lent us her home, and hammer dulcimer music by one of Bob's fellow musicians. A friend married us, and we didn't mention to Mum that he'd been ordained in the back of his cab as a tip. 

Later that evening, carolers knocked on the door, and we invited them in to sing. Bob rubbed the pot roast all over his chest. And we were married. 

It was the best choice I ever made. Better, worse, sick, healthy, always together, and better together. 

I love you, Bob. Thank you for being my husband.

And here: have a ridiculously over-sized picture of us in our long-ago dissolute youth, the same year we traveled to Winnipeg. 
[personal profile] maruad , do you recall the year? 
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Dept. of Life Changes

 Retired

And drinking a martini before going to a concert. 

Talk to y'all later.
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Dept. of I Don't Even

I've Been a Bitch All Day

Well, not all day, but certainly for the past hour or so. And a Wednesday in which I stalk to the liquor cabinet and pour myself Japanese whiskey because I'm pissed at ... whatever the fuck I'm pissed off at, I don't even ...  is not a good day. Drinking mid-week? So not good.

Yeah, I know it was about a shot of whiskey, and that's it. But yeah ... mittwoch?

Uncool.






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Dept. of Vacation's End

Holidays: Music, Cards, and the Ambiance Therein

I have to go back to work tomorrow, and the knowledge of that stressed me out so badly that my back went into spasm. Silly of me, since  I may only have 10 more days to go. As a matter of fact, after spending last night in a pain-medication-filled stupor, I had a much easier day of it today, at least partially because I remembered that. 

The weather outside is truly frightful - we're expecting 3-6 inches of snow, but apparently we must get a steady cold rain ahead of that, so that we have a lovely, glassy, break-your-head-and-or-spine sheet of ice underneath the snow. About 700 flights have been cancelled out of O'Hare already, which I think is a little wimpy, but safety is safety. 

I've set up my Christmas and holiday card list, and I managed to get 15 cards done today. I figure if I can do three or four nights of 15 cards each, I'll get most everyone. I'm going to put another post up, letting folks know that they can email me with their snail mail addresses if they'd like a card. 

And, since it's after Thanksgiving, I can happily turn on Christmas and holiday music. My taste tends to carols and quasi-religious baroque-ish and Celtic stuff. Bob's tends to secular American tin-pan alley stuff. We get along fairly well, though, by trading off days. 

But now I'm going to watch Doctor Who. That's a good way to end my vacation. 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Happy Happy Birthday Birthday!!

To
mack_the_spoonand [personal profile] namarie24 two of the finest young women, and nicest fans, that it's been my pleasure to meet both online and in person. It was a lucky day for me when we first said hello over at Television Without Pity's Doctor Who meet market (far better named LINDA.)

They're creative (I know, because I've had the enjoyment of reading some of their fic), fun, lovers of kitties and Dr. Who, dedicated to their lives' work and just in general a joy to know. I hope one day to host you again chez Casa Kaffyr, and perhaps to cook you a meal or at least order a Chicago pizza for you.

Happy Birthday to both of you!





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Dept. of Existential Seasonal Angst

Just Call Me a Yule-ish Capitalist

I have done all my Christmas and holiday shopping. Two days of research, an hour of checking with my Best Beloved for agreement on choices, one text, one frenzied 20-minute stretch online. 

Oh, and weeks of guilt over abandoning brick and mortar stores and the living they grant their employees. 

Go, me. 

How do the rest of you handle it?
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Dept. of Thanksgiving

Friendship

This year. Oh, this year. What a hell of a year - and we're still more than a month away from escaping it. 

In years like this, it's hard to find a reason to be thankful (and herein entereth the earworm Reasons to be Cheerful, Part  3. You're welcome.)

But I have you; all of you who I interact with regularly or  intermittently, here in our ephemeral but strangely strong online community. Even those with whom I interact rarely now, because they have moved on to other communities, have enriched my life immeasurably. 

You have seen me through hard times. You've hugged me, you've offered help or advice when I asked for it, and refrained from doing so when I didn't ask for it. You've cheered me on when I needed reassurance, you've laughed at my jokes and read my meanderings. 

More importantly, I think, you've offered me the chance to do those things for you. Thank you for that, because friendship can never be one-way. 

Whether your Thanksgiving is a month in the past (hi, fellow Canucks!), down here in the U.S., or in parts of the globe where Thanksgiving is not officially celebrated - may your days, and all the days to come in this year (and in the next as well), be filled with friendship. That's the true meaning of Thanksgiving to me. 
Thank you. 


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Dept. of Birthdays

People Insist On Being Born

Which is, from my point of view, a most excellent choice on their parts. It allows me to know them, and that is quite a gift to me. (I know that birthday people are the ones who should get gifts, but it seems to run in the opposite direction for me.)

Greatly delayed, as always: 

Almost a month ago, on Oct. 22, 
[personal profile] elisi  celebrated. I know she must have had a good day, because she is surrounded by an excellent family, and I know they treasure her. I met her online, through fandom; through her deep dives into the Doctor, and the Doctor's world. Her thoughts, both meticulous and lyrical, are incredibly rewarding meditations on a universe for which we both hold much love. But she's also someone who is kind, and principled, someone whose sense of humor is comfortably aligned with my own. I respect her immensely, and I'm very glad that she and I can interact. Many happy belated returns of the day!

On Nov. 8, one of the most talented writers it's my pleasure to know, cathica, celebrated a birthday. I hope it was an excellent birthday, bear-free, with lots of warmth, and peace, and time to write. We come from the same section of the world, which is what makes it that much more frustrating when I can't manage my time well enough to figure out how to meet her in 3D life. She is both brave enough and talented enough to write horror, and to do it well. I've read her stuff and it's eerie. She is also a gifted fanfic writer, as some in my circle undoubtedly know. All the best to you, starting with your birthday and going for the entire year!

And on Nov. 11, I hope that 
[personal profile] kerravonsen  enjoyed her birthday. She is creative in so very many ways - writing, creating jewelry and art, experimenting in ice cream - and I am constantly amazed at what her hands and mind have wrought. She is a dedicated union maid, something we have in common. She is a person of faith, and although I do not share her faith, nor all of the precepts in that faith, I believe that the world is undoubtedly better because she is in it. May your birthday have been a wonderful one, and may it be the start of a fantastic year! This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/714651.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 Oh. My. God.

Wut

I'm realizing how sexy Twelve is. This is not a thing of which I should be aware. 
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Dept. of Miscellaneous

Various Things Make a List

1. There are several people out there who have had recent birthdays. and if I have any brainpower left over the next 24 hours, I'll wish them proper natal salutations.
2. My company is once again planning its traditional pre-holiday layoffs. This year they come with potential buyouts. I am talking seriously with Bob about whether this is a possibility for me - as in, how desperately poor can we be and still keep the condo, and afford medications. The talk will have to be done quickly, since people have to put in for buyout consideration in less than a week. My company ... swear to god ....
3. Our remaining kitty, Opie, is driving us spare with constant vocalization. but we know it's because he's desperately lonely. We''ll be looking at the idea of finding him a new buddy sometime very soon.
4. Stan Lee has died.He had many faults, and his death wasn't unexpected but I'm still sad, because I
 fell in love with comics as a kid, with Fantastic Four's fight with Dragon Man.
5. Today is Veterans Day in the U.S. I grew up with Remembrance Day in Canada, and the relative diminution of the commemoration down here still bothers me somewhat.

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Dept. of Birthdays, Part 1

Belated Returns of the Day to the Long Absent ...

... to redscharlach, whose birthday was on Oct. 23, and whose fannish art enlivens many a fan's icons. She's long been absent from this part of the forest (I think she's more often on tumblr. I hope she had a great birthday.

... to 
[personal profile] lolmac , who hasn't posted any of her exceedingly funny Richard Dean Anderson lolmemes for about two years, and whose occasional comment is just as missed as those memes. I hope her birthday, on Oct. 24, was a good one. 

... to 
[personal profile] cosmiccoz , who also had an Oct. 24 birthday. She's long since moved to Twitter - and I need to wish her some delayed wishes over there - but I'm sure others around here know her and think of her with friendly thoughts. May her birthday, and her year to come, be so very much better than anyone could ever predict. 

... to viomisehunt, whose birthday was on Oct. 31. It's been far too long, and I hope her heart has been soothed and eased away from heartache in the last few years. It would be good to hear from her.

... to don_fitch, who I hope had another birthday on Nov. 2. When one loses touch with someone who is much older, that worry is always part of the wish. An old-time fan whose gentle mien hid pointed commentary and dry wit. The best to you, wherever you are.

... to erikvolson, he of the red hat. love of fine beer. and fannish enthuiasm. He's right here in my city (at least I think he is), and yet I haven't invited him over chez kathbob in ages. I hope his Nov. 5 birthday was a fine celebration.

This makes me sad, but not about them. I still want them to have had happy birthdays. 




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Dept. of Hell, Yeah

Can I Get An "Amen, Sister!"?

I sure as hell hope so, because this woman is so very, very correct. 

(Except the part where she says she thinks Americans are overly polite. WUT ... you crazy Britons, you ....)

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Dept. of Goodbye

Philip Cat Morrison

I'll probably be able to say more, later. Not now.
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Dept. of Inevitability

Phil

So the cancer has returned in our little black cat. Bob found two lumps along his throat, that popped up seemingly overnight, and he's been lethargic for the last week or so. Took him in to the vet. She did a needle biopsy, looked at it, and apparently told Bob that there was no need to send it to the lab. Bob said she used the word "aggressive" and I guess it won't be long. When he seems to be in bad discomfort or pain, we'll call for the same vet that eased Alex across the bridge to come.

Last September, the diagnoses we got was such that we were expecting only two to five more months with him. We got so much more than that, so I should feel grateful. We'd actually started wondering if the initial operation, to take the tumor out of his ear, had been more successful than the team told us it was. I guess not. Still, a few extra months with our most excellent pussycat. I need to remember that.

What a day. What a fucking day.


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Dept. of Contentment

Saturday, With Spanokopita

I'm sitting here, with a glass of good Japanese whiskey, listening to Nat King Cole, while our friend Josh Allard makes spanokopita for us. All we had to do, he said, was keep chatting with him. He brought all the ingredients, the lovely lad, and so we've kept chatting, and watching him make spanokopita. In a bit, after we've put that in the oven, I may have a Big Ass Martini (tm), or a drink I learned about last weekend, the Turf, which is made with gin, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and angostura bitters. We'll talk into the night, and every muscle in my body, every molecule, will relax. I hope your Saturday proceeds, or at least ends, with something as satisfactory. 
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Dept. of Awesome Thirteen

"Rosa"

I approached this one with a certain amount of trepidation. It's U.S. history, about America's particular, and particularly virulent, racism (which is not to suggest that there isn't virulent racism of various flavors damned near everywhere, but yes, this is in my wheelhouse, so I was worried that it could have been mishandled.) It's written by Brits. The story could have gone very wrong. It didn't, in my opinion. Comments that follow are both Doylist and Watsonian and are under the cut because, while I tried to keep them fairly spoiler-free and I think I was successful, I don't want to take that for granted.

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Dept. of Delayed Birthday

How Could I Have Missed ...

... the Oct. 15 birthday of 
[personal profile] brithistorian ? Many happy returns of the delayed day to someone whose omnivorous curiosity and enjoyment of everything from science fiction, Korean food and K-pop, to Doctor Who and life in general is so wonderful to watch. May you have a fantastic year! This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/712278.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.

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