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Fic writers on my flist: how many of you are on AO3? If you are and your penname is different from your LJ username, could you let me know what it is? I find AO3 much easier to read on a mobile device, and I can keep up with fic better that way...
This is like almost every single way in which I love being a nerd. Because even if the bloke in the box doesn't turn up on my doorstep, there's Neil Gaiman to write clever things.

‎No, look, there’s a blue box. It’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. It can go anywhere in time and space and sometimes even where it’s meant to go. And when it turns up, there’s a bloke in it called The Doctor and there will be stuff wrong and he will do his best to sort it out and he will probably succeed cos he’s awesome. Now sit down, shut up, and watch "Blink".

[Neil Gaiman summarizes 48 years of Doctor Who backstory]

Actually, sometimes I wonder if NG and the bloke in the box aren't somehow related. I WANT TO BELIEVE.

Nov. 27th, 2011





Aaargh! Just when I have a gazillion WIPs and one on a deadline, not to mention a cold, then_theres_us has to go and do the challenge I most want to write for: fairy tales. SAD FACE.

Bad multitasker! Down! Stay!

I am not a terribly good multitasker. Working from multiple computers doesn't help. I have, in addition to Real Life Crazies, too many projects in the cooker:

  • at least three longish one-shots for Tales, my collection of "lost Slayer" stories. One's about honor killings, one's a...blenderization? of different side-stories from the Trojan War, and one is disguised as a Sherlock fic. Yeah.

  • that thing where I accidentally killed Amy, and it looks like Rose is going to semi-intentionally save River. To which we all say...huh.

  • that thing where Rose and Ten accidentally stop the Big Bang from ever occurring. Oops.

  • all the drabble-length things that I'm sitting on, in multiple fandoms, because I have to resolve continuity issues...

  • my Sherlock-verse adaptation of A Scandal in Bohemia, which I really, really want to finish, but it can't decide whether it wants to slash or not

  • this other Sherlock thing that I'm pretty sure will have a plot, if only I can remember what it is...oh wait. There are two of those.

  • ...and finally, several posts for Geekville that are half-finished but currently stranded on the wrong computer

I did not realize--at all--how much of this stuff there is until I wrote it down just now. Dang. That there's a mess.

On the plus side, I'm headed back into a chapter of real life where I might actually have a little more time to clear my head and write. That's the hope, provided that the eastern half of the state doesn't get wiped off the map on Saturday. It looks like it'll be pretty unexciting where I am, but I hope my family out east--and up north--are battening down the hatches. I have a bad habit of watching storm maps obsessively, and with this one, I can think of a lot of places where I'm glad I'm not.

Neil Gaiman on writing for Doctor Who

If you were as entranced as I was by last week's episode (or even if you just thought it was good), you should check out Neil Gaiman's blog on finding himself suddenly even more famous and beloved. If fandom is meta-fiction (what? fandom's not fictional? someday I'll get around to explaining this little pet theory of mine), I guess reacting to fandom is meta-meta? Anyway, literary criticism aside, it's an interesting piece.

Personally I think they should get him to write on a regular basis. Where by regular, I mean a lot.

[Dollhouse Rewatch] 1.01, "Ghost"

So this hasn’t been going very quickly, mostly because December and early January are not times when I get anything done. But I was also completely daunted by the amount of time it took me to do my recap of “Echo”. Writing about “Echo,” I spent a ridiculous (really, I’m not going to say because it’s embarrassingly nerdy) amount of time trying to reconcile what may well have been the prelude to an entirely different show with the rest of Dollhouse. To put it briefly: I bit off more than I could chew. Way more.

Fortunately, for tonight’s installment I don’t feel compelled to cover the relationship of one episode to an entire show. And I am going to force myself to be brief by choosing two things to look at: the development of the supporting characters and the method of storytelling.

Onward! Spoilage galore!Collapse )

[Dollhouse Rewatch] Unaired Pilot, "Echo"

I would rather have 26 total episodes of a passionately told, challenging story that really says something than many more seasons of a fun show without so much depth.
-comments on the cancellation of Dollhouse at whedonesque.com

I love Joss Whedon shows. I never saw Buffy, Angel, or Firefly when they were on TV--I was introduced to them by friends in college. But by the time Dollhouse was announced, I had become a serious fan. So I was psyched to actually be able to watch it as it unfolded.

It wasn't quite what I expected. But then, I think that was the point. When Dollhouse premiered, I remember watching "Ghost" (the aired pilot) and thinking "Huh". At that time the only other TV show I was following was Battlestar Galactica, which was in the last half of its final season, and full of emotional charge and unexpected plot twists (ultimately not something that worked well--and NB, Moore and Eick, my idea about Starbuck is still way better than your finale). In comparison, Dollhouse developed slowly, sometimes meditatively, sometimes uncertainly.

I don't think Dollhouse is perfect by any means. I'm not even sure I would say it is excellent. But it is never what we expect. And that is, as Adelle might say, what we need it to be.

Here be spoilers! And I mean really! For the whole series!Collapse )


Sherlock KillPeople
three flowers in a vase
we shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time
-t.s. eliot

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