Meme!

Aug. 15th, 2015 11:33 am
shivver: (Five)
[personal profile] shivver
All right, I'll bite. This is ganked from [livejournal.com profile] flowsoffire, [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon, and [livejournal.com profile] rumpelsnorcack.

I currently have 33 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 33 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.

Date: 2015-08-16 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shivver13.livejournal.com
#7 is A Choice of a Lifetime. It's the first in my second AU for The Actor and sets the stage for all of the fics after it.

I suppose I'm not supposed to talk about what I don't like about it, but I just wanted to note that I'm really not fond of the conflict I set up between David and Amy. I needed them to fight over a moral issue, but I don't think I handled it well, especially when giving David an opinion that he normally wouldn't have (that was the point - his changing worldview). It could really be improved upon, but I've never wanted to take the time to go back and try.

1. I absolutely loved dropping Catherine Tate into the world of Doctor Who! Well, she really didn't get to visit that universe, other than getting the chance to see inside the TARDIS, but she had to deal with all of the otherworldly things that David was telling her, and it was just marvelous.

2. I didn't get to have Ten and Eleven interact as much as I would have liked, but what little they did was great! I especially loved having Eleven "supervise" Ten while he did some techy stuff (and I left Ten's irritation at that to the reader's imagination).

3. I've had a couple of opportunities to write the transformation of an arched human back into the Doctor, but this is the first time that I've followed the precedent set in the show and made it agonizing. I, like most everyone else it seems, have always thought the reversion would be glorious and empowering, but really, it should hurt just as much as becoming the human did. Anyway, and I hope this doesn't reflect badly on me, but I loved torturing poor David physically with this. I think the scenes worked pretty well.

Date: 2015-08-16 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flowsoffire.livejournal.com
Those good points do sound pretty good! :) And eh, you're also allowed your reservations about the fic. I guess there's a difference between beating oneself up and being lucid about the things we think we could have done better ;) And that allows us to question ourselves and progress…

Date: 2015-08-15 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rumpelsnorcack.livejournal.com
19 please :)

Date: 2015-08-16 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shivver13.livejournal.com
#19 is Every Mirror, one of my favorites - enough so that I created a new userpic for this! :) It really doesn't take much for me to write something about "Human Nature" / "Family of Blood", but this one was different from my other stories because it's about Daughter of Mine, rather than John, Joan, or the other people at the school. It was sparked during a rewatch, by Son of Mine saying, "He still visits my little sister once a year every year. I wonder if one day he might forgive her, but there she is." I started wondering if he would, too. My original idea for it was that as Daughter of Mine looks out of the mirror, she watches the universe goes by and starts seeing all the things that are happening and tries to use the information as bargaining chips for her release (for example, she knows where Amy was the whole time during Series 6). What it turned into was so much better!

1. This is my only story told in present tense, and I'm very proud of how it well it contributed to the feel of it. I feel that as you're reading, you're feeling the years that Daughter of Mine spent in the mirror just crawl by.

2. This was completely unintentional, but this story gave me the opportunity to contrast Ten and Eleven without directly doing so. Here they are, in the same story and in the same circumstances, but their attitudes and actions are completely different.

3. The balloon as the symbol of her imprisonment. She was unable to let go of it, all through her time in the mirror. I probably should have mentioned it earlier in the story, but I haven't wanted to change a word of it.
Edited Date: 2015-08-16 04:11 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-08-16 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shivver13.livejournal.com
#13 is Beyond the Door. This was a quick short when I realized in mid-March that the 26th was the 10th anniversary of the debut of the modern series. I wrote it as a celebration of the show, to portray to the world what it is about Doctor Who that captivates me so much. It starts with the very end of "Rose", where she's running into the TARDIS, and ends with the first line of "The End of the World".

1. I'm very proud of how well I wrote the Doctor's distinctive speech patterns here. Nine is so hard for me to write because his accent and word choices (and thought patterns!) are just beyond me, but this came out so well. My favorite phrase is when he says that "you gotta double-check the use-bys".

2. I like that I managed to convey that Rose is still rather suspicious of this strange man and is completely willing to jump to the conclusion that he's not taking her seriously.

3. “There’s a whole universe of tales out there, great and small, and we’re going to find them! And maybe write a few of our own.” That's why I watch Doctor Who, and why I write DW fanfic.

Bonus! 4. I love the lines about the fridge under the console and the cheese discussion!
Edited Date: 2015-08-16 09:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-08-16 08:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-08-16 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shivver13.livejournal.com
#33 is A Forgotten Face. It's actually about the fifth or sixth story that I wrote, but I didn't post them in order when I finally joined AO3. I don't remember what prompted this story, other than wanting to do a Doctor-meets-Doctor tale.

1. Zoe! At the time I wrote this, I might not have even seen any Second Doctor episodes (maybe I saw "The Mind Robber"), and I remember having to do a lot of research online into Zoe's character. I was pleased at the time to find that she wasn't just a token female screamer companion, but was incredibly intelligent and insightful. I've seen a few more of her episodes and I like her a lot, and I think I did a pretty good job of depicting her here.

2. I like that the Doctor got to see himself from the companion point of view for once. That was a lot of fun to write. "So that's what I sound like."

3. The cooked egg reference. Apparently it was subtle enough that people didn't realize what it meant.

Date: 2015-08-16 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
Awesome!!

Hmmm...

#3!

Date: 2015-08-16 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shivver13.livejournal.com
#3 is Discovery, which is one of the stories for the second AU for The Actor. This one's actually a bit hard, because I'm not that fond of it. Its purpose was to introduce yet another thing that's making David's life hard, so it was more of a sequence of events rather than an actual story with a plot. I was also on the fence about whether or not to add that thing to David's storyline, and am still a bit apprehensive that it was a mistake. (Also, I actually changed the ending between posting it here on LJ and posting it on AO3. Definitely a good change though. David should never have ended this story happy.)

1. I really like the subplot about David's studies into temporal mechanics and the lesson that he needs to have confidence in himself and not automatically assume that everything he reads is true and correct.

2. I also really like David's and Jenny's relationship here. It's very obvious that they're close, possibly because they feel a bit set apart from the Doctor (who is acting more like a teacher and a father, respectively, to them, rather than a friend and family member), and this causes them rely on each other more.

3. Despite not being sure about whether I should have given David the psychic powers he has, I really enjoyed writing him using them, and I think it worked really well.

Date: 2015-08-16 09:29 pm (UTC)
bas_math_girl: Doctor Come With Me (Writing man)
From: [personal profile] bas_math_girl
#2, please. :)

Date: 2015-08-16 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shivver13.livejournal.com
#2 is One End, One Beginning. I think this story qualifies as David-whump, but that wasn't the intention. I just realized that with the way I set up David's timeline, he would have been present on Earth during "The End of Time" and fully capable of feeling the presence of the various Time Lords coming and going that morning. Also, though I haven't explicitly made this clear in previous stories, David has a very strong psychic connection with the Doctor. So, because of all this, I couldn't imagine that morning going very well for him.

1. I loved exploring "The End of Time" from a different point of view - someone who not only was able to "watch" the entire sequence of events from the outside, but also knew exactly what was going to happen.

2. I like that I tied this story back to the ending of The Actor, by having David have to remind himself that his actions in that story set up the Doctor to succeed here. That was the entire point of The Actor, and it was nice to bring it back full circle.

3. I'm such a bad person. As I noted in another answer to this meme, I seem to really enjoy physically torturing David, and I got two chances to do this in this story! *embarrassed grimace*
Edited Date: 2015-08-16 10:00 pm (UTC)

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