[sticky entry] Sticky: Fiction List

Jul. 21st, 2014 12:33 pm
shivver: (Five with key)
This is a list of all fanfics I've written, organized by Doctor or type (e.g. multi-Doctor, crossover).

Since many of my fics deal with particular episodes, they're listed by episode when appropriate. (This makes for some weirdness, as I have some fics that feature one Doctor but refer to a different Doctor's episode.)


  • Multi-chapter fics are marked as such and have their wordcounts indicated.
  • Story collections say "collections"
  • All other fics are single short stories (less than 10,000 words).


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shivver: (rain)
I'm just devastated. Gothic architecture has always been a fascination for me, ever since I started studying art history, and Notre Dame du Paris is the exemplar. I've always wanted to see it, and when I started playing Minecraft back in around 2010 or so, that's what I chose to build - the whole thing, to scale. I still have the blueprints, multiple pages of mapping out the floorplan and the levels and the towers and the spire and the buttresses, block by block. I never finished it, but I did get to about 75%. I didn't know how I would do the stained glass, because at the time, glass in the game was uncolored.

When my sister suggested we take a day trip to Paris during last year's Europe trip, I told her we would go to Notre Dame. She didn't want to go, but I insisted. And it was beautiful. Breathtaking. There's just no way pictures could capture it. It's not just the building. It's seen so much history and faith. It housed great art, as well as some of the greatest treasures of the French people.

And now this. I feel so privileged to have gotten the chance to see it in person. I'm crying. To the people of Paris and France, the followers of the Catholic Church, and the lovers of great art and architecture everywhere, I am so sorry.
shivver: (DT Red Nose Day)
Work's been a mess lately. The client company spent a year arguing with itself over what it wanted, then said, "Okay, this is what we want" - without a design, mind you - "and you have two months to make it." So we've spent the last seven weeks trying to beat a design out of them and implementing things as facts dribble in. Deadline is next week and they're still making changes. We've been working 10-12 hour days the past week, and I'll be heading in to work in an hour for another one.

I'd like to say it's the nature of the industry, to have crunch times like this, but honestly, if our own company had better processes and could set expectations for the clients better, it wouldn't be this bad. But that's not something that's going to happen - we've had this argument before and it's fallen on deaf ears.

Meanwhile, it doesn't mean I can't take the free 15 minutes I have during the day to do something fun.

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New hobby!

Mar. 28th, 2019 03:04 pm
shivver: (musicspheres)
One of the reasons I've been so busy for the past couple of months is that I decided to finally take a calligraphy class. It took a lot more of my time than I had anticipated, but I really enjoyed it and I want to continue with it.

Background:

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Images and discussion:

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And that's it. I'm now trying to keep up my skills with Uncial, experimenting with drawing knots, and starting to learn italic. (I'm particular to blackletter, but it's much more difficult than and nowhere near as useful as italic, so I'm starting there first.) I have to keep at it, because I bought so many supplies over the course of the class and it would be a waste if I didn't use them. ;) So now I have yet another hobby to take up my time. I'm also thinking about creating a blog, to document my learning and exploration, because I found, while searching for calligraphy instruction on the web, experts write a lot about what to do but have forgotten the stuff that beginners might trip over. I might be able to provide pointers to beginning calligraphers. We'll see if I get up the motivation to do that.

(Does anyone know how to take pictures like this so that they don't come out so dark? I took these with my camera, with a flash, and they're still so dark.)
shivver: (Default)
Title: "Two Quarks"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Characters: Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: Sci-fi
Word Count: 500

Summary: Tegan is disappointed in Turlough. Again.

Author’s Notes: Just a bit scene written for [community profile] who_contest.

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shivver: (drawn oh!)
Back on Feb 24, I posted how a food truck next to the place I work for exploded early on Sunday morning. No one was hurt, and the taphouse we share the building with had some minor damage (glass breakage, and the blast managed to turn all the taps on, so there was beer everywhere). We didn't have any damage other than the internet connection going off for some reason (it was restored immediately).

Since then, we've gotten hit by the first snow of the season, and it's a doozy. Nearly a foot covering the ground on Monday, which closed down the town. We normally get one snow a year and it's usually a couple of inches if it sticks (usually it doesn't), so the city only owns two snowplows. Thus, the roads don't get plowed very quickly, and the residential roads don't get plowed at all. The temperature's been cold enough that the snow didn't melt, and then it snowed another 3-6 inches last night. At least that's how much it snowed at my house; the houses in the hills are much worse off.

Lots of power outages from trees falling, and brownouts in parts of the city. I read that I-5 was backed up a hundred miles due to the difficulty in driving through the snow. The area schools have been closed for the past three days and I expect they'll be closed tomorrow as well; the schools themselves will probably be fine, but the bus routes are still not all navigable.

I'm at home working because the office has low power (brownout) and no internet, and that's kind of a sticking point for a web development company. We've been very lucky here at home to not have any power outages or downed trees (though a couple of our trees have lost branches). Sadly, my band concert that was scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled or postponed - hopefully we can find a date in March for it.

So, in a word, it's been eventful.
shivver: (Rory)
At Gallifrey One this year, the Deathmatch decided the best companion, and the winner was...

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Step 1: Cutting the chaff

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Step 2: Sifting for gold

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Step 3: First bracket

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Step 4: Second bracket

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Step 5: Quarterfinals

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Step 6: Finals

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shivver: (Default)
Gallifrey One has come and gone, and it was a wild ride. Completely awesome. Lots to tell.

Photos and autographs
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Panel bits
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The fanfiction panel
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Symposium
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Nicholas Briggs
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Catherine Tate and John Barrowman
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And lastly, the Deathmatch
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shivver: (Default)
Title: "The Opportunity to Finally Return Home"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Characters: Thirteenth Doctor, Ryan Sinclair
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: Sci-fi
Word Count: 471

Summary: The Doctor and her fam help another traveller in need.

Author’s Notes: I’m a bit late to the party, but I haven’t had the time to finish this up properly. Better late than never.

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shivver: (Time Crash)
I've been a bit lazy about writing here. Well, busy as well, as Gallifrey One's coming up and there's a few last-minute things I need to get done for it. But here's something I love.

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shivver: (Default)
Title: "The News Agent"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Characters: Wilfred Mott
Pairing(s): None
Rating: G
Genre: Introspection
Word Count: 638

Summary: A lonely man in a wooden box on Christmas Eve.

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shivver: (Ten with specs)
I'm not particularly conversant with DW series 2 as I rarely rewatch any of the episodes except "School Reunion" and "The Girl in the Fireplace". Most of the time, when we talk about it, we have to go reference the transcripts to make sure we're remembering things correctly.

My husband and I were discussing things and he said, "Well, really, Torchwood is Rose's fault, isn't it?" His point was that Queen Victoria's anti-Doctor sentiment was sparked by the Doctor's flippant and childish attitude towards her and the situation they were in, which in turn was entirely caused by his puppy-love relationship with the teenager Rose. More directly, in that episode, the disrespect they showed toward the queen was a result of Rose's "I am not amused" bet. If the Doctor had taken the situation seriously (and not just the situation, but his life and travels as well) and treated the queen with proper respect - basically appeared to be an angel instead of a chaotic devil - the queen would likely not have taken such offense and created Torchwood with instructions to defend against him.

To which I replied, "Poor Jack. Everything about him is Rose's fault."
shivver: (Time Crash)
I have had a bad headache all day, so after I had a nap, which did help, my husband suggested popping in "Human Nature" / "Family of Blood" and relaxing. So I did so, and I thought, "That's the perfect thing to talk about in for Stuff I Love today."

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shivver: (Time Crash)
I have tons of stuffed animals, more than I know what to do with. But the one I love is Snuffles. Gund has been making this bear for decades and he's definitely changed in that time - the face is slightly different (mine is cuter) and the pink is not the same.

Snuffles was a Christmas present, I think when I was seventeen, from my Auntie Ellen, my mom's sister-in-law. We weren't particularly close with that family. Though we lived in the same small town, we saw them infrequently and saw a different mom's sibling's family much more often, and a Christmas present from them wasn't particularly special or significant. I remember not being particularly impressed with the teddy bear when I got it, and probably even wondered why she gave an adult a teddy bear - as most older, un-self-aware teenagers would think.

I don't know why, but the bear came with me when I moved away to college, and he's always in my bed with me. I'm usually hugging him when I sleep, even now, decades later. My husband calls him the Gray Bear because he's more gray than pink now (I really should wash him more), and the fuzzy coating on his nose has worn away, so it's not brown anymore. Honestly, I've slept with Snuffles more than I have with my husband. (It's not difficult - we sleep in separate rooms and I've had Snuffles longer.)

Snuffles has been my constant companion for more than half my life. Not bad for an unappreciated Christmas present, huh? He's probably the thing I'd miss the most if I had to give up all my stuff.
shivver: (Time Crash)
Oh, what to talk about? I know. Here's something I've been thinking about for a while now. These are tropes that I love.

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shivver: (Time Crash)
I'm ganking this from [personal profile] thisbluespirit, because it's always better to be positive about things and share beauty. I'm using my Time Crash icon for this, because <3 Fivey and Ten. Of course, mostly I'm going to talk about DW, but today's is going to be short.



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shivver: (Ten right)
I'm not talking about actual style, what it is that makes one writer different from another. I'm thinking more about approaches to writing. (Warning: This is kind of a rant.)

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shivver: (DT snerk)
From a discussion in Slack at work:

K: Don't worry. I take all leftovers and feed them to my husband.
N: I thought you fed them to your chickens?
My husband: potato, potato

Doesn't really translate, does it? But every time he does that - types out that phrase - it cracks me up.

Of course, when he's actually saying the phrase, he instead says, "Potato, Sontaran." Which doesn't make much sense to most people, but also cracks me up.
shivver: (Default)
Title: "Legends and Lies"
Fandom(s): Doctor Who
Characters: Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough
Pairing(s): None
Rating: General
Genre: Adventure
Word Count: 5629

Summary: The story of the day the Doctor returned.

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shivver: (DT smile)
This is my first post from Dreamwidth crossposting to LJ. I've meant to do this ever since the big exodus to DW a couple of years ago but have never taken the time to set it up. However, who_contest has moved to DW and I think it's time I followed. I'm really hoping that that community will pick up with this move. I am also really hoping that I'll go take the time to learn DW's markup language soon. :D

I plan to continue reading and commenting on LJ, but will be posting from DW, at least until all of my friends cross over and then I won't need to stick around on LJ.

Okay. Gonna click the button. I hope this works. :)

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