dbskyler: (Four fanfic)
I've been having a stressful time lately, and while I got an idea for my Yuletide fic in mid-November, and even wrote the first 300 words, I have spent the last two-and-a-half weeks diligently not working on it. As in, I would come home from work and spend the evening thinking about how I really ought to open up the file and do some writing. Or open up the file and look at what I'd written so far. Or, okay, what if I just opened up the file? I didn't have to look at it as long as the file was at least open on my computer. But then I was always too tired, or too stressed, or too something, and I put it off for another day.

Last weekend I thought I would make a lot of progress. And surely I would have, if only I had opened up the file.

So these last few days I have thought seriously about defaulting. I've never defaulted for Yuletide, and it seems crazy to default when I have an assignment I think I can genuinely write, including having an idea for it and everything. The only problem is, I'm not actually writing it.

But the default deadline isn't until Tuesday, so I decided to give myself through this weekend to see how things went. And tonight I finally managed to open up the file and read what I had written a few weeks ago. And . . . I liked it! And then I wrote some more, and as of right now, the fic is 940 words long. So assuming I can open up the file again tomorrow and Sunday, I have a pretty good shot of actually being done with it soon.

In the meantime, I got my Yuletide gift a few weeks ago, which is by far the earliest I've ever gotten it. I'm trying to decide how much I want to shake. Maybe once I've posted my own fic, I'll feel more deserving of a gift.
dbskyler: (Four and Sarah Pyramids of Mars)
I have some vague ideas for my Yuletide fic, but nothing that has really sparked yet. In the meantime I have done some canon review, I have arranged to get access to another piece of canon to review, and I just realized that some canon that I already own might also be helpful to review. Hoping that all this reviewing will help spark a fic.

Speaking of Yuletide, I'm glad I didn't request "The Good Place" this year because I've been disappointed in the current season. It's gone from being a funny show that occasionally touches on ethics to an ethics show that is occasionally funny. At least they're still changing things up enough for me to hold out hope that it will start being good again soon.

And speaking of disappointing television, I'm very sad about how much I'm disliking the current season of Doctor Who. But it looks like the next few episodes weren't written by Chris Chibnall, so perhaps at least one of them will be good.
dbskyler: (tardis)
So the recent Doctor Who episode started making me feel nostalgic for Timeless, and I went looking for clips.

Here's a whole montage of people introducing themselves in the past with modern pop culture references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvMmCTAgUU

And here's a clip where Rufus (the black pilot of the time ship) deals with some racism, which happened on the show *all the time*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZeCgOfmf10

And sure, Doctor Who had Rosa Parks, but Timeless had Katherine Johnson, and Bass Reeves -- go Google him if you've never heard of him, or better yet, watch this short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYxrU-WaKGQ -- and Josephine Baker, and Wendell Scott (Google him, too), and HARRIET TUBMAN. So, yeah.

In fact, the show was great at showcasing historical people of color and making you go Google them afterwards. They also knew how to do an infodump in a way that was actually interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_95cqpBH_4
dbskyler: (Sarah looking up)
So I don't know what the hell I just watched, but it wasn't Doctor Who.

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dbskyler: (dalek tea)
So I was randomly reading some entries about the Doctor, and happened to notice that the author used "he" and "him" even though the statements weren't tied to a particular Doctor or era. Which made me start to wonder: once Thirteen gets going, will we see start seeing generic statements about the Doctor that use "she" and "her"? Or will those pronouns only ever apply specifically to Thirteen?
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
I had one of the best experiences a fanfic writer can have the other day: someone read one of my fics on AO3, liked it, commented on it, then promptly went off to read a bunch of my other fics on AO3 and comment on them as well. Obviously that only happens when the reader and I have tastes in common, and indeed, in one of their comments they happened to mention that the Doctor/Sarah best-friends relationship is their favorite. Oh, I was grinning so much, because -- me too! So then of course I became especially interested to know what they thought of my other Doctor/Sarah fic as I have written a truly embarrassing amount of it. I looked through my other fic on AO3 and . . . oh. Most of that fic isn't on AO3, I realized. I wrote it before I got an account there, and never bothered to bring it over from Teaspoon.

So, I am starting to rectify that. In some ways it's fun because the work shows up on AO3 as "new" and gets a little attention that way and hey, new comments on fic I wrote years ago! It's the cheapest, easiest way to get a small little ego boost. But it's also a bit of a pain because, as handy as AO3's import function is, I still have to go through about three iterations of correcting the notes and the tags and other random things once it's been imported. In fact, I'm wondering if it's not easier to simply post it as a new work from the copy of the fic on my computer. Of course, that means putting in all the tags and notes from scratch, but I'm practically doing that anyway.

Those of you who've done this for all of your past work -- any thoughts? Which method is easier?
dbskyler: (Thirteenth Doctor)
Saw the new Doctor Who trailer and was getting all excited -- more of Thirteen, and she's a woman! -- and then I made the mistake of listening to someone's analysis of the trailer, and got reminded that the new showrunner is Chris Chibnall.

I think I'll just sit here in a corner and hope he doesn't actually write any of the episodes this series.
dbskyler: (dalek tea)
I have finished posting my oldest WIP, and it is now a complete work! I am feeling super-accomplished, and thinking that I really should get back to writing more fanfic. Maybe I'll even try to tackle my next-oldest WIP, "Turn Again," which is only . . . (checks Teaspoon) . . . nine years old?

In the meantime, here's the official information for my no-longer-a-WIP:

Title: It's All Done with Mirrors
Fandom: Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) [1969 version]
Characters: Marty Hopkirk, Jeff Randall, Jeannie Hopkirk
Rating: All ages
Length: 26,343 words (8 chapters)
Summary: When a strange woman offers to hold a séance so Jeff and Jeannie can communicate with Marty, Jeff is skeptical, Jeannie is hopeful, and Marty is worried. But not even Marty could have guessed that this was the start of something that might end the Randall and Hopkirk partnership, forever.

Link here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15216503/chapters/35291972
dbskyler: (Four fanfic)
I can hardly believe it, but I have FINISHED my oldest, and longest, WIP!

I started this fic so long ago, I'm not even sure how old it is, but after poking around on my computer's hard drive, I think I began it in 2001. OMG, that was a long time ago! It's also my longest fic, coming in at over 26,500 words.

The fandom is the 1969 version of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Not many people know it -- it qualifies for Yuletide -- but even so, I am beyond thrilled to have this finished and finally posted to the world.

First chapter is now up, and the rest will be posted at the rate of about one chapter per day (the fic is 8 chapters long). If you're interested, you can find it here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/15216503

Timeless

Jun. 23rd, 2018 11:11 pm
dbskyler: (Time Lord)
Timeless has been cancelled. I need: 1) The Lifeboat to go back in time, change the past and get it renewed (hey, they did it once!); 2) The Doctor to go back in time, change the past and get it renewed; or 3) a whole bunch of emergency fanfic writers to get going on resolving that season finale cliffhanger.

Ready, set, go!
dbskyler: (Four fanfic)
The deadline for the Be the First challenge is tomorrow, and I have a ficlet that is almost ready to post, but I am now all insecure about the fact that it's not nearly good enough or long enough to be the very first fanfic to ever be posted for this fandom. The challenge itself is totally open -- any genre, any fic length -- but I am feeling all this pressure because of being the first, which is the whole point of the challenge! Aaarrgh!
dbskyler: (tardis)
I have caught up with "Timeless" season 2, and wow! This show is back, and with a vengeance!

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dbskyler: (Four fanfic)
I have signed up for the [profile] btfchallenge writing challenge, which stands for "Be the First," and I am going to write the very first fic for Quark!

I still can't believe that there is no fic for this fandom at all, but I haven't been able to find any. I don't consider it that obscure of a TV show, but apparently it is? Anyway, I'm really looking forward to writing for it! I even have prompts from when I requested it for Yuletide a few years ago.

Of course, I'm probably the only one who will ever read it until that day when the other lonely Quark fan who must surely be out there somewhere in the world stumbles across my fic and it makes her/his day merely by existing in the first place.

Miscellany

Feb. 11th, 2018 11:23 am
dbskyler: (Bill smile)
My most recent Yuletide fic, Janet@12358W (Status = Happy), is now officially my most popular fic on AO3. I do think it's a good fic, but I don't believe it's the best thing I've ever written. I don't even believe it's the best thing I've written for Yuletide. The comments and kudos mostly exist because the fandom, "The Good Place," was a popular fandom for Yuletide last year. I never before realized how much the fandom drives Yuletide response.

Speaking of AO3, I've continued to practice my French by seeking out fanfic written in French. When I like the fic, I am now also trying to give the author a comment in French, and trying to say more than "J'ai aimé ça" ("I liked this"). Writing French continues to be much harder than reading French, and I am still relying a great deal on Google Translate, but I can tell that my French is improving, which is a good feeling.

Finally, I came across a Doctor Who version of a song from "Hamilton" on Youtube that I just have to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X67xMJx17NA
dbskyler: (Four fanfic)
I ended up writing The Good Place for Yuletide, an interesting experience because it's the first time I've ever written for a big-for-Yuletide fandom. Although truthfully, given the odds, I wasn't surprised to be matched on it, and I was only surprised that I didn't also receive it for Yuletide. But instead I got wonderful Sarah Jane Adventures fic from [personal profile] paranoidangel, which you should totally check out if you haven't read it yet: Bloomin' Aliens

I had a lot of fun writing the fic, and was really happy with my recipient's prompts. I don't know if anyone on my flist is at all interested in The Good Place, but just in case, here's the fic:

Title: Janet@12358W (Status = Happy)
Characters: Janet
Rating: All audiences
Summary: In which Janet assigns herself (status=happy).

story here )

Yuletide!

Dec. 26th, 2017 01:58 pm
dbskyler: (Sarah SJA)
There is only one Sarah Jane Adventures fic in Yuletide this year, but it is for ME (for me, for me, for me!) and it is absolutely wonderful:

Title: Bloomin' Aliens
By: Anonymous
Summary: There are aliens at Park Vale and only Gita can save the school.

Great plot, great characterizations, my favorite SJA villain, and Gita is awesome as only Gita can be. Go read it!
dbskyler: (Sarah looking up)
I just saw the second episode of the second season of "The Good Place," and OMG this show! I would say that I absolutely did not see that coming, but the truth is I absolutely never see anything coming on this show. It is continuously innovative and surprising in all the best ways.

In other news, I have a new job! I really like it so far, which is fantastic. But as I'm not sure yet how demanding it will be, I'm not sure if I should commit to Yuletide. I'm really in the mood to do it this year, though, especially as I didn't participate last year, and I see stuff in the tag set that I would like to request and offer. I guess I have another week to decide.

And, just to bring this post around full circle -- "The Good Place" is in the tag set, and I am toying with requesting it even though I have no idea how to request something that keeps upending everything you think you know about the show. Imagine if last year I had requested back story on Real Eleanor? Although she's become a very interesting character now, and I wouldn't mind back story on her at all this year, but it would be very different than last year's back story. At least, as of episode 2 . . . who knows where they're going with this whole thing? Certainly not me.
dbskyler: (Bill smile)
I'm still working on my French, and while it's definitely improved, I still have a very long ways to go. As a lark, I thought I would try to translate one of my old drabbles into French. "How hard could it be?" I thought. But wow, it was so hard! I wore out Google Translate checking translations and back-translations, and I think the result might possibly make sense, but I'm not sure. Anyway, if any of you speak French and want to check it out, it's here:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11571129

I have also been seeking out French videos to watch / listen to, and I came across this slightly terrifying one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pJMNZLw-XA

I kind of wish I had a video of my face as I slowly managed the translation and figured out what it's about.

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