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Links for Seven Years in the Desert

This is a master list for the links for Seven Years in the Desert, so you can visit this post and go to all the chapters, which are currently spread between my website and LJ.

Seven Years in the Desert Master ListCollapse )

Doctor Who: Master Fic List

Because it really is easier to find when you have everything in one place...

Doctor/RoseCollapse )

Ten on His OwnCollapse )

Ten and MarthaCollapse )

Ten and DonnaCollapse )

10.5/RoseCollapse )

Reading Wednesday

Seen around my friends list, what I'm reading at the moment:

Just finished

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Read the sample for this and immediately went back to Amazon to click the "buy" button despite it being at "hardback" prices. It was one of those books I practically swallowed whole and was sad to see end.

Currently Reading

Runemarks by Joanne Harris
Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I've only had a copy of the book for, oh, seventeen years since I got the hardback as a goody item at an RWA conference)
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe

Possibly Up Next

Artful by Peter David
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
The Late Scholar by Jill Paton Walsh (the latest in her Wimsey/Vane novels based on Dorothy L. Sayers)

and about 30 or so samples taking up space on my Kindle app

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Many Happy Returns of the Day

To the very lovely enigmaticblues.

May the coming year be full joy and blessings for you.

Stash Sock Club 2014 - January

My index cards were ceremoniously shuffled and then the husband picked this month's entry for my Stash Sock Club. And the sock of the month is....


This was the June 2012 pattern for Indigodragonfly's Smart-Ass Knitters World Domination Club and was accompanied by a lovely skein of orange merino/bamboo/silk blend that goes by the name "Bleats, Shoots & Leaves". The name of the colorway was, appropriately enough, "Baldersquash".

Seriously, I love this pattern -- the cables aren't cables, but increases and decreases, which means the socks will have more give than if you were cabling.

Aren't these great?Collapse )

I'm not casting on today -- I have another pair of socks on the needles I'm determined to finish first -- but soon, hopefully.

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It's a new year and a new day. Time for a fresh start -- even if only psychologically. As one of the goals for 2014 is getting my writing published, I need to be turning the words out every day. So, I've gone back to this:

GetYourWordsOut: Year Six!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net

I'm trying to push for this and it's the type of level I really need to do every single day, I've opted for 500K words, the Ludicrous level, approximately 41.6K words/month, 1,370 words/day. Since that will include blog entries for my professional blog (another thing that has to get moving again and stay moving for 2014), I think it's a reasonable goal if I'm looking at this as a business.

The levels are:

150K words, the Modest level, approximately 12.5K words/month, 411 words/day
200K words, the Basic level, approximately 16.6K words/month, 548 words/day
250K words, the Moderate level, approximately 20.8K words/month, 685 words/day
300K words, the Difficult level, approximately 25.0K words/month, 822 words/day
350K words, the Insane level, approximately 29.1K words/month, 959 words/day
500K words, the Ludicrous level, approximately 41.6K words/month, 1,370 words/day

Seriously, if you need a kick in the pants on your writing, think about it. Pledging is open until January 20 and they have a community on both LJ and Dreamwidth.

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Welcome, Christmas

Welcome, Christmas.
Bring your cheer,
Cheer to all Whos far and near.
Christmas Day is in our grasp,
So long as we have hands to clasp.
Christmas Day will always be
Just as long as we have we.
Welcome. Christmas,
While we stand,
Heart to heart and hand to hand.

May love and joy be with all of you this day. This year, my friends have been the greatest gift I could receive, so thank you, each and every one.

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The Stash Sock Club 2014

I've been getting all sorts of emails for delicious and intriguing yarn clubs -- none of which I can afford in the coming year. Sadly, I'm on a serious yarn diet at the moment due to finances, which is somewhat depressing because, well, the idea of lovely yarn coming to my mailbox is always a pick-me-up after a bad day.

Then I look at the stash, which, while not as large as some folks, is still quite sizeable and I could easy knit for a year or two before finding myself in danger of running low. This doesn't include the unfinished objects on the needles already, so despite not being able to purchase fiber, I still have plenty of supplies. I also have a large number of patterns that I'd like to knit. Hence, the Stash Sock Club 2014.

Take twelve patterns you'd like to knit and match them up with twelve skeins you think they would be perfect for. Some people say put patterns and yarn in an envelope that you can't see through. I set up index cards with the yarn and pattern on them. (I follow my patterns on a knitting app on my iPad, so I don't do printouts any more.) Then, at the beginning of the month, pick an envelope at random and that is your club yarn and pattern for the month!

Definitely not my original idea; there's been such groups on Ravelry and various knitting blogs for at least five years now. But this year, when I'm definitely feeling the pinch, it seems like a good idea. I know I've got several knitters out there on my friends list, so who's with me?

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So, Reign starts next week on the CW. I'm still planning on watching and snarking, but as I was acquiring Web of Fear this morning, I discovered iTunes already has a season pass available.

For $9.99.

Realize that almost every other CW series is priced at $49.99 for a season pass. For The Tomorrow People and The Originals, season passes aren't available yet, but the shows are priced at $2.99 each. If Reign is priced at a similar level, then it would take only 3 episodes before I recoup the cost of the season pass. Um, not exactly what I would call a vote of confidence in the success of the series.

Yet, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the CW has ordered an additional three scripts for the show beyond the original order (presumably the usual original thirteen). Maybe iTunes made a mistake? In any case, I snagged it at that price, so there will be plenty of snark about very pretty people wearing costumes that in no way resemble those worn in 16th Century France. And Lola. Don't forget that one of Mary's ladies in waiting here is Lola, so there are plenty of opportunities for Reign/Agent of Shield mash-up jokes.

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For Today

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Laurence Binyon, For the Fallen, September 1914

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The CW is doing a period drama. On Mary, Queen of Scots. Focusing on her as a teenager. The CW.

Excuse me while I fall over laughing.

This one is going to be so ripe for mocking.Collapse )

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CBS, Time Warner Cable Reach Deal to End Blackout

I figured they'd want to do it before football and the fall season, but I'm glad I'm not going to have to go chasing after my alternative sources for my shows.

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On Twelve

Let me say I'm pleased as punch with the casting of Peter Capaldi. I first saw him in Local Hero back in the '80s and have greatly enjoyed everything I've seen him in ever since. If you're not familiar with his work, let me recommend two items currently on Netflix: "Death in Chorus" from Midsomer Murders where he plays a very tightly wound choir director hoping to win a competition -- and a possible murderer. it's a wonderfully intense and slightly creepy performance.

The second is The Devil's Mistress, broadcast in the UK as The Devil's Whore. Here he plays a Charles I who is neither just a fool nor martyr, but a nicely nuanced character where you can see how some folks might follow him, but he's heading down the path to destruction. For that one, you have the added bonus of scruffy!John Simm. The series itself has some severe flaws (it was apparently originally six parts cut down to four by ITV when they had no money), but the performances are worth checking out.

Of course, what most people are name-checking about Capaldi is the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from In the Thick of it, which is certainly one of his most recognizable roles. I have seen jokes that if he'd been Harriet Jones' spin doctor, Ten wouldn't have had quite such an easy time with his six little words.

And that leads me to desperately want a fic featuring Malcolm Tucker and Harold Saxon (pre-reveal) facing off with one another. And which side was Malcom on when Saxon was elected?

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“Decisions are made by those who show up.” That’s not just a West Wing quote, it’s the damn truth. Why are people like the ones who tried to push through this bill in power? Because the people supporting them showed up and voted at the polls. Why is Wendy Davis in the Texas State Senate after defeating the Republican incumbent in 2008 and holding off a challenge from another conservative Republican in 2012? Because the voters in her district showed up and said, “This is who we want.”

“But my vote doesn’t count.” Bullshit. Each vote is a drop of water. One by itself doesn’t do much, but add it to other drops and the force can wear away mountains. Maybe not overnight, but you have to keep at it. You vote, and vote again and keep voting, even through defeat.

In 1920, state legislators in Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted suffrage to women. If they hadn’t, there is a good chance the amendment would not have gotten that final vote elsewhere. After a deadlock of 48 to 48, the balance was tipped by a single vote, when Harry Burn, the youngest legislator present, went against the party line and shifted his vote to “Yea.”

A single vote and a single voice.

It matters. Hell, yes, your vote matters.

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Book Dominos!

Courtesy the Seattle Public Library (who loans ebooks as well as physical books).

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ETA: I've had to lock comments on this post because I've received no less than twenty spam comments since I posted it on Friday. Grrrr.


Preview for "The Bells of St. John."

May be found on Doctor Who TV and is not region-locked.

Spoilers ahead. And a rant.Collapse )

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It has just been announced that Gallifrey One 2014 has sold out, less than two weeks after ticket sales opened.

I remember 25 years ago when the committee (a number of whom are still with the con) was worried about getting enough people to their first con. That's why I attended; I wasn't active in Who fandom at the time, but I wanted to support my friends. Funny to realize that here we are 25 years later.

And, yes, it was at that first convention that I heard John Nathan-Turner utter the line many costumers figure the celebrity judges always say: "What are we going to give the girl with the big, you know?" (Appropriate gesture accompanied the words.)

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The Show We Love to Hate Is Back

The first episode of Season 2 of Smash is available for free on iTunes and Amazon at the moment. I've just skimmed through it, but they definitely appear Dev and Ellis-free, and that this episode is setting up the fallout from Season 1 and the New Drama.

Oh, I know it's totally ridiculous, but this really is my fast food for the mind at the moment and since I've always been a sucker for backstage movies (Hollywood turned out some deliciously bad ones during the Dream Factory era), I have to confess I'm looking forward to it.

By the way, the series is supposedly based on Garson Kanin's book Smash, which was originally published in 1980 — and which I read back in the day (told you I had a weakness for this genre). Well, they bought the rights to the name and the fact the book covers the making of a Broadway musical. If I recall, there might be some vague resemblances in Derek and Eileen to the director and the producer in the book and there is much Drama, but that's about it. I remember it as enjoyable and it's currently out as an ebook in various format for $3.99. Released January 1, 2013, so whoever owns the rights is cashing in on the show. For those of you who aren't familiar with Kanin's work, he wrote films such as Adam's Rib and Pat & Mike and the brilliantly funny play Born Yesterday (though he did work on the screen adaptation, he ultimately was not the final writer). If you haven't seen his work, I highly recommend seeking it out.

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Saturday Morning Finds

Gotta love TCM on Saturday morning — except for their annual 31 Days of Oscar festival, they happily give Saturday mornings over to "B" pictures, just as one might have seen at a Saturday matinee back in the day. The films are usually not good, but they're often quite entertaining, though probably not in the way the filmmakers intended. You see some famous names at the start of their careers, working their way up through the studio system, along with character actors you've caught in a hundred other pictures.

Right now, they're running Secret Service of the Air, a 1939 Warner Bros. film that runs a brisk 60 minutes — and stars Ronald Reagan as "Lieutenant Brass Bancroft", a transport pilot who's recruited by the Secret Service to infiltrate a ring that's smuggling illegal aliens across the Mexican border. There are jail breaks, car chases, bar fights, flying derring-do and fisticuffs. And if there is anyone less suited to pretending to be a crooked pilot, it's Ronald Reagan. When he's informed that the man he fought in the bar "died" (it was pre-arranged and the man, a friend of Brass, is in hiding), he says, and I quote, "Gosh. That's a tough break."

In filming locations of interest, the Glendale Airport and Grand Central Terminal make several appearances as "The Valley Airport." It's a far less memorable role for the venerable old place than Casablanca, but a reminder how many places I pass on a regular basis are part of movie history. When I worked downtown, my commute took me past the Grand Central Terminal twice a day. The single runway is now Grand Central Avenue, the land is owned by Disney, housing several divisions, and the terminal itself was badly damaged in the Northridge Earthquake and is still consider

There were four of these made, each clearly the bottom half of a double bill. The first premiered in March 1939, the last in 1940. The cheese is strong, enough so that I might try catching the others if the cats wake me up early enough.

I've embedded the trailer because it's a good laugh. The embed's from TCM as the trailer's not up on YouTube, so there's a brief ad.

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Yuletide Fic and Silent Film Rec

I'm crawling out from under my rock to share a Yuletide rec:

A Thoroughly Stupid Thing (3552 words) Fandom: Singin' in the Rain (1952) (Cosmo/OC, Don Lockwood/Kathy Selden)
Cosmo Brown's attempts to find happiness in a Hollywood freshly wired for sound are complicated by his own insecurities, as well as the looming implications of the Hays Code.

It's a lovely, gentle story that's bittersweet because while I applaud Cosmo's choice, I can see where things will land. And it's not unbelievable, either; all one has to do is look at William Haines and the choice he ultimately made. Bonus film rec: Show People (1928) starring William Haines and Marion Davies, directed by King Vidor. Davies plays a small town girl who makes it big in Hollywood. Along the way, she falls for Billy, a slapstick comedian (Haines), but she is seducing into the life of being a "serious" actress and a star, only to discover at the end she still loves the comedian. There is the classic pie fight and Davies does a wicked Mae Murray impression at one point.

Released one year after The Jazz Singer hit the screens, this is Hollywood of the period shown in Singin' in the Rain, as silents were on their way out. There are a number of clips available on YouTube, but the best seem to have embedding disabled, but I encourage you to go have a look

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