auroracloud: Nyssa of Traken with books, striped outfit (Nyssa reading)
Everyone's suddenly doing that ultimate trope showdown so here's mine. Not very surprising!

(Oh, and I haven't forgotten that 15 characters meme that you lovelies gave me so many wonderful situations for! I'll be posting the first batch soonish.)

1 Hurt/Comfort
2 Found Families
3 Friends to Lovers
4 Snowed-In Cabin/Isolated Together For Extended Period of Time
5 Loyalty Kink
6 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
7 Polyamory
8 Accidentally Fell In Love With The Mission Target
9 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
10 Amnesia Fic
11 'Falling For A Coworker/Teammate Is A Bad Idea' Except This Is Fiction So It Works Out
12 Magical Connection (Telepathy, etc)
13 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
14 Fairy Tale/Mythology AU
15 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Loop
The rest under the cut )

Some comments and musings )
auroracloud: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot from Classic Doctor Who, smiling together (Two & Jamie & Zoe happy)
I just want to do some fly-by gratuitous fannish posting about 1960s TV episodes, because after recovering from the attempt to watch some of the rerun of the Classic Who marathon (which I will comment on eventually, I hope, but the way it was going on was far too fast for me to catch more than a few stories here and there) I started watching The Invasion again, being the Second Doctor serial I was on when the marathon news came my way. Since it'd been a month, I started from the beginning again - it was a good decision, as I didn't remember everything, and I feel like I could watch the episodes from this era countless times! I watched episodes 1 and 2 tonight.

A few random comments )
auroracloud: Nyssa of Traken in a white top, looking away from camera (Default)
I just wanted to share with you all the Twitter hashtag UnscienceAnAnimal, because I needed it tonight, and I'm sure some of you need it as well. It's science people, zoos, nature parks etc. being silly about animals. There are pictures. Also, if you go down far enough, jellyfish are called "bowls of ouch noodles". That's all you need to know, right?
auroracloud: Nyssa of Traken in a white top, looking away from camera (Default)
I've been meaning to post entries for a while, but first I was busy with various things and last I got hit by mysterious stomach cramps, and have still been feeling totally out of sorts all day today, though the stomach is starting to settle down, at least. I suspect it must be some low-level stomach bug or other virus that I've got, since if I'd have just eaten the wrong thing, it would be acting differently.

But while I'm too tired to create much content right now, I'm going to do a meme which allows you, dear followers, to help me create some (probably silly) content when I feel better. The meme is via [personal profile] thisbluespirit. Feel free to grab it if you want!

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

(Random note: I really want to eat pizza right now. I suspect it's not really the thing my body needs, even if I do have a frozen pizza in my freezer.)


Jan. 20th, 2019 05:16 pm
auroracloud: (Nyssa Tegan blue-and-white)
What is this even, I don't get it, how did my Fandom Stocking get 20 fills? Seven fics, icons, art, recs, recipes and whatnot. I try to get to at least commenting to everyone today, but if I don't get around to reading and commenting on your fic today, forgive me for that! Thank you so much, everyone! It's so sweet and nice that so many people gave something / thought of me. It'll be a while before I have time to look at anyone else's stockings!

And all I managed to finish for other people before the collection opened was the two ficlets I wrote for [personal profile] thisbluespirit, plus a couple of book rec fills, though I do have some hopes I might finish a ficlet or two today and sneakily post gifts a day late. I'll share the fics I wrote here once I'm sure I've posted all I'm going to post for this fest.
auroracloud: Nyssa of Traken with books, striped outfit (Nyssa reading)
I never remember to do a Reading Wednesday when it's actually Wednesday, but whatever, I'll do it now because I feel like talking about my recently read things. I'm on +2 GMT, so there are still time zones when it's Wednesday. Questions swiped off [personal profile] umadoshi's recent Reading Wednesday post.

What did you recently finish reading?

Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, the third and final book of the Imperial Radch trilogy that started with Ancillary Justice. And oh, was it brilliant! I'm a latecomer to these books, but I love them and the whole strange misfit crew of characters blasting their way through an epic space empire adventure with lots of heart and meaning, and this was a very satisfying conclusion. I may want to ramble about that series at some point because I love it.

I also recently finished Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, which I hadn't read before. I'm on a roll! I originally had a hard time getting into that one, probably because my brain early this year couldn't quite handle the level of concentration required by Le Guin's elaborate prose, and it also takes some time to learn how the world works and how to read through the main character's narration. But I'm glad I picked it up again, because eventually I loved it. After several decades, it's still a deep, moving and thought-provoking book.

What are you currently reading?

Hahahaha. A shitload of books!

Well, you see, I'm basically the bookish Jack Harkness. I'm reading all the books mostly at the same time. Well, not quite, but I'm still in a constant state of book orgy, which sounds a lot fancier than just plain "I've easily got 10 unfinished books going on at the same time, and then I start another anyway". There are some actual reasons for this, such as the fact that I read a lot of nonfiction as well, and not all of it is suited for gulping down in the sort of quick intense read that many fiction books get from me. But I also read multiple fiction books at the same time, because I'm totally dependent on having the right mood to read a particular book. Also there are many books I haven't quite managed to consign to the "did not finish" pile, but also am taking time to actually get through them, for whatever reason.

So anyway, if I just look at the ones I've been reading the most recently, there's a bunch of nonfiction books, especially about history and about environmental and climate change things, such as Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction. And there's a Finnish fantasy YA book which I'm trying to get through because I generally like it, but it's not sucking me in enough to get it finished very quickly.

What do you think you'll read next?

Nnedi Okorafor's Binti: The Night Masquarade; I've got the e-book from my e-library, and need to read it before the loan period is up! I loved the previous two and had to wait quite a while for this one, but I had some issues with my e-reader when the loan period started. After that, I'd like to dive into one of the historical novels I've been carrying home from the library recently. And I'll keep going on with the other unfinished books, hopefully dwindling down their numbers a bit...
auroracloud: Nyssa of Traken in a white top, looking away from camera (Default)
I'm trying to do a few more Fandom Snowflake thingies! I'm just doing whatever I have the brain space to do now, so there's stuff in between I might yet do.

Day 6
In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts.

Well, I've already done fannish wishlists recently, over at my Fandom Stocking (you can still post fills until January 19!), and the recent Chocolate Box letter is also a nice collection of fannish wishes I have - although I didn't include everything I could have because I was too tired to write up new prompts! So anything I requested in those is something I wish to receive - I'm especially a fic reader, but I enjoy fan art as well. In my stocking I also request other things, like recs for podcast drama. Also, anything else I've requested in other exchanges and such is still wanted, even if it's not on these lists.

But here are a few other things:

1) I would love icons based on some of the fan art I recommended in the Day 2 post, in particular some of the Doctor Who Flowers series (esp. Nyssa, Martha, Vicki, Victoria) and the picture titled Velcro-Scot. And if someone wants to make me icons of some of my favourite Two/Jamie fan art, I can quickly get together a few more links!

2) I've been thinking of wanting new writing or reading themed icons, and possibly a ballet icon or two. If you know where I can get some, let me know!

3) I could use more beta readers! I have some lovely ones, but sometimes I'm writing a lot at once in the same fandom, or my betas are busy, or I write in a fandom I don't have a native-speaker beta for. I'm not a native English speaker, so native speaker betas are particularly needed, to weed out the instances where I use a word in a way that Just Isn't English, or structure my sentences weirdly. I write especially for Doctor Who, both Classic and Modern. I used to write some Torchwood but it's been dormant since I discovered Classic Who, which is way healthier for me. The rare lit fandoms I also occasionally write in include Becky Chambers's Wayfarers series, Dumas's Count of Monte Cristo, various Jane Austen works, and I'd also like to give a try to writing for the Murderbot series and the Imperial Radch series. I tend to write gen, f/f, m/m, and the very occasional m/f. I never write graphic violence, but I do sometimes write Mature or Explicit level sexual content. My AO3 page is here if you want to check out more before volunteering. You can comment to me here or send a PM if you'd like to beta for me sometimes!

4) Recommendations of historical novels or other written historical fiction. I love history and historical stuff, but I mostly find recs of science fiction and fantasy, meaning I probably don't know about many of the things I'd love to read. So rec me historical fiction you think I might enjoy! It doesn't have to be available in English, either - I'm Finnish, so I'll find out if it's translated into my language, or is written in another language I speak. I should specify a few requirements:
- Takes place preferably before the 20th century, or possibly very early 20th century or 1920's/1930's. I'm not interested in recs for fiction about either of the World Wars or post-WWII world - I get those far too easily, and my historical interest is in earlier eras.
- Preferably something other than US history, because it's so prevalent it's not hard to find recs for that. Although I might make an exception for 18th century or earlier, if it sounds tempting enough.
- I'm looking for pure historical fiction here, not historical fantasy, steampunk etc. I do love those genres, but I have a lot of recommendations for them already, because there's so much awesome SFF fan media that I read or listen to.
- I don't want to read works that contain: graphic violence, gory stuff, torture, sexual violence, or a lot of war. (War in the background for home front stuff might be okay if it's not too depressing.) Also, I generally don't want to read something that focuses much on depictions of cruelty towards women, children, animals, LGBTQ+ folks, and other vulnerable groups. Of course people being people, there's a lot of that in history, but I can't read stuff that gets really graphic or detailed about it or implies that life was nothing but that ever in the past. There are so many books that seem to be just collections of Horrible Stuff That Happens To Women In History, and I want something else. And yeah, I know I've now disqualified a lot of works - that's why I have to ask for recommendations! I've got mental health beasties that are activated and make my life very unpleasant if I read the aforementioned things, so that's why I have to be careful. If you'd like to rec something but aren't sure if it crosses the line of having too much of the thing I don't want, tell me about it with that caveat. I can look around for reviews, descriptions and such and make my own call.
- I'm not terribly interested in historical fiction that's primarily male/female romance. Doesn't mean it can't have such a romance, as long as there's enough other stuff going on as well.
- Stuff I'm especially much into: awesome women, women learning and reading, female scientists and inventors, scientists and science in general, arts and culture, LGBTQ+ stuff, people of colour, history of everyday life.
- I'm mostly not a very literary fiction reader, I tend to look more for good-quality genre fiction.

Feel free to also direct me to an already existing rec list that might help me!

5) Recommendations for good Second Doctor era genfic, or Two/Jamie or Zoe/Isobel or other Zoe femslash that's not on AO3 or Teaspoon.

6) More people to post recs in [community profile] tardis_library!

7) Crossover fics between the fandoms I love! Basically I love Doctor Who (Classic, New, some Big Finish) and then lots of rarelit fandoms: Becky Chambers's Wayfarers series, Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, Custard Protocol and Finishing School series, Martha Wells's Murderbot novellas, Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch series (I'm still reading the last book of the trilogy, but I expect I'll have finished it within a couple of days), Jane Austen's novels, Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo...

ETA 8) I knew I forgot something... Feedback for my fan fics always makes me happy, whether it's comments or kudos or recs or what. I'm sometimes a bit slow at replying to comments (I'm so behind right now) but I really appreciate them. Also, feedback for the fanfics by my friends, or the fics I've recced at [community profile] tardis_library or bookmarked on AO3.

Okay, enough! I'll do another day yet, but in a different post, because this got a bit lengthy. more tomorrow, because I accidentally deleted the other thing I'd written and I'm too tired to rewrite it now. It was shorter, thankfully, so it won't be hard to recreate it once I've slept and stuff.
auroracloud: Nyssa of Traken with books, striped outfit (Nyssa reading)
Doing things out of order a bit now, since it's late and this feels like one I can do relatively quickly, so I have a bit less catching up to do the next time I have more time and spoons to continue this!

Day 5

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.


[community profile] tardis_library. A reccing community for all Doctor Who fandoms and eras (also spin-offs, Big Finish etc.), for a variety of media (fics, art, vids, etc.) It runs monthly and seasonal challenges with various themes, but you can recommend anything any time - the challenges are just a nice extra to prompt more recs and make it easier to start posting. This month's theme is Tenth Doctor era or minor/guest characters. It's a lovely place to pick up cool new recs, and you can search the tags by character, fandom, creator, type (e.g. gen, crossover, femslash) and more. I'd also love to see more people actively reccing stuff there, because I feel like I've lately been posting a lot. Well, at least it means it's a good place to pick up recs by me! *g*

[community profile] historium A community for all historical fandoms. I'm supposed to be co-modding it and I've been awfully lazy about that, I promise to fix that after this weekend... *shuffles feet awkwardly* Still, you should go check it out!

[community profile] fffriday: a reccing community for all kinds of f/f works, whether books, movies, fanfics, short stories etc. I've been meaning to get more active at actually posting stuff.

Challenges etc.:

[community profile] public_call, an annual Secret Santa fanfic exchange for all Whovian fandoms. Another place to pick up Doctor Who fics!

[profile] femslash_ex. An annual exchange of f/f fan fiction, runs in autumns. Lovely, lovely stuff, both the requests and the resulting fics - go browse the collections of the previous years!

[community profile] fandom_stocking - currently running! Basically people post "stockings" which are fannish wishlists for fic, art, icons etc. plus you can include some extra non-fannish stuff as well (one year I requested ballet icons, for example, many people request e.g. book recs or recipes). You can usually except short ficlets and the like, not necessarily the many-thousand-word fics other challenges might inspire, except if your stocking gets stuffed by someone such as me who doesn't really know how to keep things short. (I'm improving! Sometimes I write things under 1,000 words!) The stockings are open for stuffing now, and this year it continues until January 19, so if you're looking for prompts, wishlists etc., that might be a fun place to look. (Mine's here!)
auroracloud: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot from Classic Doctor Who, smiling together (Two & Jamie & Zoe happy)
Continuing with my very-behind Fandom Snowflake challenge!

Day 2: Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

All righty! I could be at this all night, but let's try not to. First, here are a few fics, old and new, across various fandoms.

First, my Yuletide gift from this year totally deserves to be mentioned again, though I did squee about it on the day of the reveals.
An Example of Benevolent Selfishness (5724 words, General Audiences) by Alona, Jane Austen: Emma, Emma Woodhouse & Jane Fairfax with a hint of femslash. A truly beautiful, excellent and in character canon divergence AU where Emma and Jane become friendly earlier, and this has important changes for Jane and her life - I would say better than things turn out for her in the book, all things considered. Their relationship is developed beautifully and gradually and awesomely, and it's amazing and makes me happy.

Another from the latest Yuletide:

The Pelerins Progress, or a Long Wei to a Smalle Angri Islet (1220 words, General Audiences) by UrsulaKohl, Becky Chambers - Wayfarers series, featuring the characters and pairings from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. Basically it's the story of the book told in Middle English as a Chaucerian miracle tale and it's awesome. Go enjoy the uplifting adventures of the fair Rosmarine and all the other pilgrims of the Pelerin.

Then some Doctor Who fics from my bookmarks on AO3:

Gravity (4179 words, General Audiences) by kathkin, Doctor Who (1963), Second Doctor/Jamie McCrimmon. Undoubtedly my favourite Two/Jamie writer, she gets both of their personalities and their dialogue and all so well, and I probably haven't recced this one anywhere yet. A lovely fic set early in Jamie's time with the Doctor, containing awesomeness of space and the universe, things Jamie learns, and very cute Two/Jamie moments.

Precipice (1761 words, Explicit), also by kathkin, also Doctor Who (1963) and Second Doctor/Jamie, but this one has very explicit sexual content. It's gorgeous and smutty and fluffy and adorable.

I should probably rec some gen as well because I actually totally like Jamie and the Doctor simply as two touchy-feely friends, too, but when I look on the tag I discover that all the ones I remember what they're like are also by kathkin... Ah, what the heck, have Too Much, a cute little gen ficlet from the Two & Jamie & Ben & Polly era, in which the Doctor sometimes finds his companions a bit too much - or maybe not.

This one I haven’t yet read all the parts of, but the parts I did read so far are great, and I trust the remaining ones are, too. Fabulous Investigations by [personal profile] john_amend_all, with Zoe and Isobel (and Zoe/Isobel). Zoe and Isobel being awesome in several stories!

Finally, some New Who:

When She's Ten Feet Tall by Nancy Brown, a Doctor Who / Alice In Wonderland crossover in which Martha Jones is awesome. You know with all the things Martha has gotten through, she can deal with Wonderland as well!

Sub-Subliminal, by 51st Century Fox, in which Jack Harkness, working for Torchwood in 1969, meets The Silence.

Memory of Water by weakinteraction, a beautiful, stunningly lovely Bill/Heather story from the latest Femslash Exchange.

Second, here's some Doctor Who fan art, because I've recently realized that if I go to DeviantArt and type in characters I like, I have a good chance of finding images that I'm very happy to look at. And I should share! (Also, trying to not totally flood [community profile] tardis_library with my fan art recs.)

First (and I’m going to rec this at [community profile] tardis_library, too, but it’s too lovely not to be posted in more than one place) [ profile] Miss-Alex-Aphey’s Doctor Who Flowers series with various female companions from all eras of Doctor Who drawn with flowers that suit them. While the idea combining women and flowers may sound cliched and trite, it’s not so with these pictures - the characters look just as sharp and active as they are in canon, they’re all gorgeously drawn, and the flowers are vivid and awesome. Many of these are my favourite fan art ever for that character. Here are links to a few of them, and you can go on and find others:
Martha Jones
Amy Pond
wee!Amelia Pond
Nyssa of Traken
Victoria Waterfield

A couple of funny Second Doctor era drawings by [ profile] julianwilbury
Velcro-Scot. Second Doctor & Jamie. To quote the description: "There is a term used among bird owners, particularly those who own very personable, loving birds such as cockatoos that would be content to spend their whole day in their owners arms cuddling or clinging to them in any other way, in which such clinging birds are called "velcro birds.” (…) It was seriously only a matter of time would apply this to Jamie."

And here is Zoe getting nose-booped by the Doctor!

A cute drawing of Jamie, Zoe, and an iPod by [ profile] ladyyaxetel.

Finally, here’s a lovely Two & Jamie drawing by [ profile] EttelwenAilinon Safety Cling No more shippy than canon, trust me. That’s them in approximately every other scene.
auroracloud: close-cropped image of Zoe Heriot from Classic Doctor Who, smiling (Zoe smiling)
I wanted to join the [profile] fandom_snowflake challenge this year, but I didn't have the energy for it right away after New Year, so I'm catching up now. I'm doing Days 1 & 2 today, though in separate posts as they got a bit long. I'll hopefully continue with other ones in the following days, though I may do things out of order and/or skip some.

Day 1

In your own space, talk about your Happy Place—the things that give you joy, calms you or keeps you sane. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1) Without a doubt, recently my happiest of fannish happy places has been Classic Doctor Who, in particular the 1960s and especially the Second Doctor era. It turns out I adore TV being black and white and kind of slow and sometimes clumsy with special effects because 1960s and budget, but so full of heart and fun and spirit, and lovely characters with great chemistry, and willing to try out just about anything they manage and then some. The stories have a certain old-fashioned charm, and while that unfortunately sometimes also means old-fashioned values and attitudes, generally they do aim to be progressive for their time despite some unfortunate blind spots, and e.g. many of the female characters are quite awesome.

There's also such a strong found family vibe in the whole First and Second Doctor era - and to some extent through all of Doctor Who, especially Classic Who, but I feel it's particularly strong in that early era. Also, Patrick Troughton's Doctor is totally someone I'd enjoy spending time with, which doesn't go for all Doctors, but that doesn't mean he's in any way too nice - he's got rough edges and temper and will certainly stand up whenever it counts. I feel so at home with these characters and they make me happy and I can't stop thinking about them and wanting more of their adventures and imagining them in other stories. Watching something from that era will always make me feel better, more grounded and more at home with myself.

2) Another happy place for me is reading. I love books. Fiction books: modern diverse science fiction and fantasy that give space to women, queer characters, people of colour, mental health etc.; historical fiction; 19th century and early 20th century classics, especially by female authors or by such male authors who were capable of imagining intelligent and active women (Alexandre Dumas); poetry; history books; easy-to-read but not too dumbed down popularized science books, especially physics, astronomy and natural history. I love losing myself into the pages of a book and widening the world around me, and it can cut me off from anything that's preying on me, stressing me out, depressing me, making me feel lacking. Books also frequently show me a way to do things differently, be different, make a change. I'll escape into a book and emerge with more hope.

3) Finally, in terms of physical places, forests are happy places for me, as are high enough hills that you can see the landscape around you, and the shores of natural waters like lakes and rivers. Even just a few minutes in such a place washes away some of the worry and grime and stress of ordinary life, and being able to spend a an hour or two is really cleansing and soothing, and makes me feel alive. It does usually need to be real, wild nature, not just a park or a garden, though something living and growing is better than nothing, being that it's hard to find much wild nature when you live in a city.

Be back soon with Day 2!

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