dbskyler: (eleven smile)
Saw the Batman Lego movie last night, and it was awesome! It's now become my favorite Batman movie ever. Of course, it didn't hurt that it had that surprise appearance by those villains, described wonderfully as:

spoilers for the Batman Lego movie )

John Hurt

Jan. 27th, 2017 08:17 pm
dbskyler: (tardis)
Just heard that John Hurt has passed away. I hadn't realized how important his portrayal of the Doctor was to me until just now. He was absolutely brilliant in that role.
dbskyler: (Ten looking up)
Damn it, now I have to go back and watch The Good Place all over again from the beginning.

(If you've seen the season finale, you know why. If you haven't, be warned that there will probably be spoilers in the comments.)
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
Just saw the Timeless episode on Jesse James, and OMG you guys, I have seriously not screamed aloud at my TV this much since "The Pandorica Opens."

Spoilers are black? That's AWESOME. )

Downtime

Jan. 15th, 2017 02:31 pm
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
OMG you guys, so I just saw Downtime for the first time, and that was the trippiest thing I've watched in a long, long time.

cut for spoilers, if you can actually spoil this thing of wonder, which I doubt )

Timeless

Dec. 14th, 2016 04:37 pm
dbskyler: (tardis)
I just saw the Benedict Arnold episode, and OMG you guys, this show. This show. They keep upping the ante, and making it so good!

spoilers )
dbskyler: (Four_fanfic)
My Public Call story has been revealed! Not the one FOR me, but the one I wrote. I can announce because it's not anonymous -- and a good thing, too, since I'm pretty sure I signed "dbskyler wrote this" all over it in big, flashing, neon letters. Anyway, the rules say I'm not allowed to post the fic anywhere else until the fest is over, but I can link to it! So if you're curious, you can check it out here:

http://public-call.livejournal.com/41916.html

Now I just have to wait for that "Mystery Gift" that's been sitting on my AO3 page for ages to un-mystify.
dbskyler: (Four_fanfic)
Public Call has started posting stories, and I am discovering the benefit of a low number of participants: there is an almost 50% chance that the story for me will be revealed next week! There is also an almost 50% chance that the story I wrote will be revealed next week. There is around a 75% chance that at least one of these two will be revealed next week. And, there is almost a 25% chance that both will be revealed next week.

I can't even decide which one I'm looking forward to more. My favorite thing about writing fic is getting the feedback, and I want the feedback! But then, someone wrote a story just for ME, and after shamelessly shaking tags, I am tremendously excited to read it.

In the meantime, I have started writing a Yuletide treat. Not sure yet if it will be long enough to go in the main collection or if it's going into Madness, but it's very liberating to not have to care about the word count. Also, I can laugh at the default deadline, muah-ha-ha-ha! In fact, I can miss the whole thing and still put my fic into NYR when it's finished, although obviously I would like to get it in by the 25th if I can.
dbskyler: (DT and Lis)
I am really, really enjoying "Timeless." But I just read this interview with the show's creators, and was struck by how something big was missing, just sitting out there, unacknowledged. Here's a quote:

So when I was toying with the idea of doing a network show again, I said to myself, "If I’m going to do this, it needs to have a humming story engine that I know I can sit in the writers’ room and get 22 episodes out of." And so then as Shawn and I were talking, we landed on this idea of you have a different historical period every week, with a different mystery in that historical period and meeting fascinating characters within that time, in a very genre way.

22 episodes? Yeah, I'm pretty sure you can get around 50 years' worth of episodes out of that formula . . .

Calufrax

Nov. 12th, 2016 10:16 pm
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
So, the last time we got a [community profile] calufrax rec was over a month ago. Is Calufrax dead? On hiatus? Does anyone know?
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
Check out this wonderful fanvid by nancyblackett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIPHRw56j0Q

It's the Doctor's companions being awesome all by themselves -- being survivors. Watching it gives me hope that we will survive, too.
dbskyler: (tardis)
My canon review for Public Call is a little out of control. I just finished re-watching "Curse of Fatal Death," which I can publicly announce because not only did no one request it, it is not even part of the tag set for Public Call.

At least I haven't re-watched "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot" yet?
dbskyler: (tardis)
I think I finally have an idea for my [community profile] public_call fic! It'll be another day or two before I know if it's a solid idea or a "fizzler" (i.e., an idea that fizzles out on me). In the meantime, I think I should do more canon review. Such a shame that I have to re-watch this show for the sake of fic. If only I had a pile of DVDs ready and waiting for my review. Oh look, I do!

And ha, even if I end up choosing different characters than the ones I matched on, I have those DVDs, too! Perhaps I should watch my entire collection just to be safe. Then again, I only have until Nov. 20th to get this fic written, so I'll have to exercise some restraint.
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
I was flipping through TV channels tonight, and I happened to randomly come across Scott Bakula in the back of a truck with a bunch of Nazis. At first I thought it must be some episode of Quantum Leap that I hadn't seen before, but no, it turned out to be Star Trek: Enterprise. With Nazis. But not just any old Nazis. These Nazis were being led by aliens who want to change Earth's past. Yes, alien Nazis.

I didn't watch enough of it to tell you more, although I did wonder if there was a weathered Kansas farmer Time Lord* lurking around somewhere.

* An unfilmed crazy plot from Doctor Who, with bits available from a tape of Paul McGann's audition. There's a weathered Kansas farmer Time Lord, the Doctor, and Nazis. Presumably regular Nazis, not alien Nazis.
dbskyler: (fez)
So I didn't sign up for Yuletide, but instead decided to do Public Call, which is a relationship-based exchange for Doctor Who. I just got my assignment, and I had the exact same Yuletide-type thrill when I opened it, followed by the exact same "Wait, did I really say I would write this?" reaction which always seems to happen no matter how careful I am in my sign-up. I think it's the difference between the hypothetical vs. reality ("I can write this!" vs. "This is what I have to write!") But having gone through it before, I know that the nervousness will fade, and I will soon settle down to writing.

There are already a few things in Public Call that feel very different from Yuletide, though. First, it's a much smaller exchange -- according to the profile, only 15 people signed up! I mean, wow. With so few participants, I'm surprised I was even matchable, especially given the huge range of relationships in the tag set. I think most people must request and offer more than I did (I was pretty close to the minimum for both). Second, it's due a lot earlier than Yuletide, which is worrying me a little, although I think it will be good to have no excuse for procrastination. Third, the requests involve relationships, not just characters. The relationship doesn't have to be romantic, but it's dawning on me that it's not enough to write a story that simply features the requested characters; their relationship has to be centered somehow. This will be a new type of challenge for me. Finally, there's the fact that the whole exchange is based on Doctor Who. There I was, staring at my assignment, doing my usual "That's what I matched on? I know I said I can write it, but can I really write it?" when it suddenly occurred to me that look, there are a bunch of other relationships also requested, and OMG, I know those characters, too! That means if something doesn't come together for what I matched on, it's actually possible for me to switch and write one of my recipient's other requests. This is mind-blowing. In Yuletide, I have never, ever known any of my recipient's other fandoms well enough to write a request other than what I matched on. In fact, usually the other fandoms are things I've never even heard of.

Anyway, so far I am feeling pleasantly excited, nervous, and challenged. And, I'm not missing a Yuletide assignment. I think I needed a break from it this year, although once my Public Call assignment is finished, I'll definitely poke around Yuletide to see if I'm inspired to write a treat or two.
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
Flist, I am once again having trouble finding 4 fandoms to offer for Yuletide. So, I'm looking for suggestions! What should I consider offering?

My favorite thing to do for Yuletide is write humor, so I am particularly looking for humorous fandoms, or fandoms with a cracky premise, where recipients are pretty likely to be requesting something in that tone. I realize you won't know if I'm familiar with a particular fandom or not, but if you think of something, suggest it, because maybe I know it!

Basically, I'm asking: anything I might be overlooking in the tag set? Or any 5-minute fandoms out there that I should check out?

FYI, you can find the tag set here.
dbskyler: (Ten expression)
I was reading over at the [community profile] yuletide_admin comm, and someone mentioned a problem they had with one of their nominated fandoms getting categorized as RPF:

"I just noticed on my nominations page that birdsrightsactivist (Twitter) has had Real Person Fiction added to the fandom name.

I just wanted to clarify that Bird (birdsrightsactivist) is a fictional bird with a Twitter feed, not a real bird with a Twitter feed."

This makes my day, and not just because of own struggles with AO3 wanting to categorize my fic as RPF.
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
Last answer to the writing meme! Thanks for bearing with me; it was a lot less overwhelming to answer these one at a time.

[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook asked me #5 from the writing meme:

5. If you wrote a sequel to It Doesn't Go 'Ding' When There's Stuff, what would it be about?

Hmmm. Well, I would have a hard time writing a sequel with Frobisher in it because I don't really know his character -- certainly not well enough to sustain more than a brief appearance. So I'd have to go in a different direction, and instead write the Tenth Doctor in a series of vignettes where he tries to discover Zygons with his non-dinging Zygon detector. And of course, since he's terrible at it, he would fail miserably every time. He would go after more non-Zygon rabbits, and non-Zygon chickens, and there'd have to be a non-Zygon horse in there, and I'd probably throw in non-Zygon Jack Harkness just for fun. At the end he would give up, and then I'd have Zygon-Queen-Elizabeth show up to try to snog him to death with those venom sacs in her tongue, at which point someone would have to rescue him. It would probably be Frobisher, who was initially disguised as another Zygon.
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
Continuing to answer the writing meme questions one at a time.

[livejournal.com profile] john_amend_all asked me #17 from the writing meme:

17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?

LOL, oh my yes. And that doesn't even count my WIPs, which I sincerely hope are not actually discarded. I have discarded prompts, and discarded snippets, and discarded plot ideas, and as for discarded scenes, I write them all the time. I also write discarded dialogue, and discarded sentences. It's part of my writing process -- I write, and then I discard, and then I write some more. If I'm lucky, then what I keep has more words in it than what I discarded, and I make progress on the fic.

Since I keep what I discarded as it sometimes makes it way back into the fic, I have plenty of examples handy. So here, have some of what I discarded from The Spotter's Guide to the Doctor:

cut for length )
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
Continuing to answer the writing meme questions one at a time.

[livejournal.com profile] lost_spook asked me #19 from the writing meme:

19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?

Sadly, when it comes to writing, the answer is a very strong no. I am quite capable of resisting writing all the tropes, and indeed all the fic, all the time, sigh.

Also, I don't tend to be inspired by tropes. Part of it is no doubt because I'm not much of a shipper, as a lot of tropes are shipping-based, or things like "pair these two characters up and see what happens!" When I pair two characters together in my head, nothing interesting ever happens. The fic always has to be about something else in addition to their romantic relationship, assuming they even have a romantic relationship in the fic, which chances are, if I've written it, they don't. This sadly came to a ridiculous head when I was asked to write about Rani and Clyde's budding romance for Yuletide, and still had to make the fic be ultimately about something else.

Arrgh, I sometimes feel I am such an awkward writer. I don't mind reading tropes when others write them -- in fact, some of them I enjoy a great deal. But while I still don't know where exactly my muse lives, I can say for sure that it's not on TVtropes.org. (Although not all tropes are shipping-based, and probably now someone will come along and point out all the tropes that lurk in my fanfic that I didn't consciously put in or even fully realize were there.)

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