shivver: (Much Ado)
This morning, during breakfast, my husband and I talked about Doctor Who, as is our wont. We decided to look through the episode lists of series 1-7 to see which episodes we can just sit down and watch and enjoy. Of course there are episodes we don't like and watch very rarely (if ever), but there's also a chunk of them that we don't watch for various reasons. For example, we tend to avoid multi-part episodes because of the mistaken belief that we don't want to devote that much time in front of the TV. This is stupid, of course. I will go, "Oh, I don't want to devote the time to watch HN/FoB even though it's my favorite episode, so I'll just put in Pompeii", then four hours later, after I've just chain-watched through most of series 4, smack myself for not just watching HN/FoB like I wanted to. I'm really stupid sometimes.

But I digress.

There are also episodes that we don't watch for other reasons. Despite it being my second-favorite episode, I've only actually seen "Midnight" twice because it's just too intense. Anyway, my husband pulled out his phone and read off the names of the episodes from the Wikipedia article. And then this snippet of conversation happened.

Him: Oh, "Doomsday"! That's a great episode, not even counting Rose getting punted. I mean, that was a pure bonus, but even without it, that was good!

A little later, we started talking about the ideal show we envisioned, if we could change things magically.

Me: I wish that Eccleston did a second season. I'd have him do two seasons, even if that meant that Tennant only got two, because I certainly don't want Tennant under Moffat.
Him: No, I think I'd rather insert a second season of Eccleston, rather than take one of Tennant's.
Me: But think about it. Two seasons of Nine and Rose, and Rose leaves with him, leaving Ten with Martha and Donna. That would be perfect.
Him: (thinks) That's interesting. But no, I wouldn't touch Tennant.
Me: I would.
Him: (rolls eyes)

We finally decided on an extra season of Eccleston and a second season of Ten and Donna, though I suppose by the end of that, RTD would just be a burned-out husk. Sorry, Russell THE Davies.
shivver: (Ten with specs)
A friend of ours who we haven't seen in a while contacted us on Facebook and asked if we wanted to go see Doctor Strange last night, so we did.

The tl;dr version is that it was a decent movie, but disappointing in a lot of ways, and while we eventually will buy the blu-ray, it won't be until the price comes down. (That's how you can tell how much we enjoy a movie - how fast we'll buy the blu-ray and how much we'll pay for it. Deadpool was on pre-order. Thor: Dark World was purchased after the price came down. We'll never buy Iron Man 2 or Iron Man 3, and probably will never buy Doctor Who series 8 and 9.) But I'd say see it - you'll probably like it more than I did. Be sure to stay for BOTH post-credit scenes.

Spoilers behind the cut.

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No!no!wrimo

Nov. 3rd, 2016 09:46 am
shivver: (Five in Ten's TARDIS)
I've decided to be honest with myself and not attempt NaNoWriMo this year.

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shivver: (Five with key)
Title: "Hard Evidence"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who (modern)
Characters: AU - Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, OCs
Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Donna Noble
Rating: NC-17 (explicit)
Genre: General smut

Summary: (Blue Rain AU) Jon can be quite the stubborn bloke, especially when it comes to his powers. Luckily, Donna's even more obstinate.

Word count: 4438

Note 1: I suppose this really isn't a DVD Extra - it's actually a separate story, not an extension of a scene from Blue Rain.

Note 2: Yes, I actually wrote smut.

Note 3: I apologize in advance; this is just not my forte. My husband gave me that rather timid, "I liked it" after reading it, which really means, "It's not good, but I'm not going to say that out loud because I don't like sleeping outside in November. But it's not terrible enough for me to actually say it was bad." However, he did laugh at the right spots (and one wrong spot, dammit).

Note 4: I also apologize for the title, but I couldn't resist.

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shivver: (Carver)
On my Facebook feed yesterday, there was a discussion between two friends-of-friends (I don't know either person directly) about Donald Trump: one was pro and the other was anti. It was a civil discussion, but one bit bothered me a lot.

The anti person mentioned something about Trump being racist, and in the pro person's reply, she said this: "I don't think Trump is racist, though he has made some comments that have made me cringe. I don't think he made them in a racist mindset - he was just stating his beliefs."

Is that what people think? That you're only racist if you consciously think, "I'm going to be racist right now"? Because it sounds to me like that's what this woman thinks: that when Mr. Trump makes a comment denigrating a group of people based on their skin color or place of origin, he truly believes what he's saying, that these people are inferior, but because he's not thinking "I'm racist" at the time, it's okay, he's not racist.

Maybe that's the problem: people don't think they're racist because racism is rooted in their beliefs and is not just something you do when you decide to do it. Fixing it requires evaluating what you believe, recognizing that blackness in your soul, and working to change it, and all three steps are increasingly difficult. It's so much easier to just rationalize the problem away, to convince yourself that you're not that bad because you're not intending to be.
shivver: (alec hardy 2)
Introducing my new Funko Pop! mod - DI Alec Hardy! Pic and description under the cut.

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shivver: (Five with key)
Title: "A Ghost of a Memory"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: General
Word Count: 178

Summary: A moment at a wedding, a fragment of a lost memory. (A scene fix-it for "The End of Time")

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shivver: (DT absolute radio)
Are you excited for the new Pokémon games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, coming out next month? We are! My husband especially. He just cannot wait! He was talking about it today with a coworker, and this is what he said.

"It's a brutal world. Your Pokémon love beating each other up. Supposedly, fighting until you faint increases your bond between you and your master somehow? And you have to catch Pokemon just before they "faint" (air quotes). Because apparently, you can't just pick up unconscious Pokemon and stuff them into Pokéballs. And the world they created! You know, there are no other animals in the Pokemon world. They're all Pokémon. So, yummy steak? You're eating a Pokémon.

"Every game is the same. You're a kid living with your mother, and when you're ten years old, you're handed a murder animal and leave home to go out and beat up other people's animals. You step into the tall grass and BOOM! You're attacked by a violent beast. You meet a pair of little twin girls, with bows in their hair and they have their cute little animals, and you beat them into the ground. Then, in Pokémon Silver, you can ask for a rematch. So you go back to the twin girls and you beat them up again and take their twelve dollars."

Woohoo! Looking forward to all that wonderful pre-adolescent murder and mayhem!

No, really, I am. I love the Pokémon games. I just try not to think too hard about them.
shivver: (Much Ado)
They really do.

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shivver: (Five with key)
Title: "Thirty Minutes"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who (modern)
Characters: AU - Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, OCs
Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Donna Noble
Rating: G
Genre: Fluff

Summary: (Blue Rain AU) Twenty-eight minutes of confusion and two minutes of bewilderment, and yet it's the best time of his life.

Word count: 1666

Notes: No, this isn't the promised DVD extra. I'm working on it. On the other hand, look at me, I actually wrote fluff!

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shivver: (Daughter of Mine)
...there is a guy outside our office (which is located above the town's Democrat headquarters) waving a Trump sign and screaming, "Deplorable lives matter!"

*grumble*

Oct. 12th, 2016 01:45 pm
shivver: (Carver)
I am really grumpy today, so be warned that this is a whine post.

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shivver: (Five with key)
I read this on the internet today, and it just sort of resonated with me.

"Art is how we decorate space. Music is how we decorate time."

Question

Sep. 25th, 2016 05:29 pm
shivver: (Rory)
Does Teaspoon allow AU fic? I hadn't posted Blue Rain there because I thought they didn't, but I might be wrong. I don't know why, but I'm always hesitant to post there; I think because so much of my fic doesn't qualify for their site, I have this irrational fear of being rejected by them. (I mean, like it really matters - so they say no? But for some reason now I always have second thoughts about posting there, like I'm afraid they'll find something objectionable in my fic.)

If they do allow AU fic, do they also allow long dedications like I have at the beginning of Blue Rain?
shivver: (Five with key)
Title: Blue Rain, chapter 18 (final)
Fandom(s): Doctor Who (modern)
Characters: AU - Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott, Lance Bennett, Nerys
Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Donna Noble
Rating: R (well, probably more PG-13)
Genre: Sci-fi, adventure

Summary: Original AU. A normal human in a world in which a handful of individuals have suddenly developed superpowers, Donna lives her mundane life whilst always keeping one eye to the skies to catch a glimpse of the city's new heroes.

Word count (chapter): 1881

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shivver: (DT absolute radio)
This worked so well the last time, here's another "please identify the image". Does anyone know where this image comes from and/or if there's a non-filtered and non-cut-off version of it somewhere? Thanks!

shivver: (Five with key)
Title: Blue Rain, chapter 17
Fandom(s): Doctor Who (modern)
Characters: AU - Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott, Lance Bennett, Nerys
Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Donna Noble
Rating: R (well, probably more PG-13)
Genre: Sci-fi, adventure

Summary: Original AU. A normal human in a world in which a handful of individuals have suddenly developed superpowers, Donna lives her mundane life whilst always keeping one eye to the skies to catch a glimpse of the city's new heroes.

Word count (chapter): 3425

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shivver: (Five with key)
Title: Blue Rain, chapter 16
Fandom(s): Doctor Who (modern)
Characters: AU - Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott, Lance Bennett, Nerys
Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Donna Noble
Rating: R (well, probably more PG-13)
Genre: Sci-fi, adventure

Summary: Original AU. A normal human in a world in which a handful of individuals have suddenly developed superpowers, Donna lives her mundane life whilst always keeping one eye to the skies to catch a glimpse of the city's new heroes.

Word count (chapter): 2530

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shivver: (Five with key)
Title: Blue Rain, chapter 15
Fandom(s): Doctor Who (modern)
Characters: AU - Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Sylvia Noble, Wilfred Mott, Lance Bennett, Nerys
Pairing(s): Tenth Doctor/Donna Noble
Rating: R (well, probably more PG-13)
Genre: Sci-fi, adventure

Summary: Original AU. A normal human in a world in which a handful of individuals have suddenly developed superpowers, Donna lives her mundane life whilst always keeping one eye to the skies to catch a glimpse of the city's new heroes.

Word count (chapter): 5369

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shivver: (DT absolute radio)
I saw this meme on Tumblr and thought I'd do it.

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