Sep. 5th, 2017

A celebration in the fan fiction world

The Organization for Transformative Works, which hosts Archive of Our Own, where my online fiction is located, is ten years old as of September 4. OTW is having a month-long celebration that includes visits from published authors. (I'm looking forward to the visit from OTW co-founder Naomi Novik.)

Apr. 16th, 2011

Recommended Doctor Who clips and episodes (for those of you who have never watched the new series)

All right, it's time for me to convert a few people to the Doctor Who fandom.

The Doctor Who television series is a national institution in Britain. Whenever a new actor is appointed to become the Doctor, he receives the type of coverage in British newspapers that is usually reserved for new Prime Ministers. Alas, the program isn't as well known in the U.S., though it ought to be: it has that blend of high drama and silliness which the British have perfected.

I first encountered the program in 1977, at age fourteen; my family was living in England then. Doctor Who is the type of television program where you can just plop down in the middle of the series. (Which is a good thing, because the series has been running since 1963. It's the longest-running science fiction TV series in the world.) The old series of Doctor Who (1963-1989, 1996) is cult science fiction. The new series (2005-2010) retains the best qualities of the old series but has better production values.

The Doctor is a traveller in time and space. The only other thing you need to know before watching these clips, which are all from the 2010 season, is that the Doctor has the ability to regenerate into a new body if his old body dies. Thus he has been played by eleven different actors since 1963.

Clips, recommendations, and fannish stuff )

Jan. 18th, 2010

FIC: Cold Stars (Subtext)

The prince was told that he must find himself. But what if finding oneself means losing one's love?

Parental supervision is strongly suggested for this story.

"I thought that he would return once his wounds were healed. I would never have left him if I had known this would happen."

FIC: Revenge (Subtext)

Revenge is sweet . . . unless you are haunted by dark memories of your own misdeeds.

(This story is also suitable for Main Bookshelf readers.)

He had prepared himself for the possibility of death at the hands of the enemy. He had not expected his King to die in the moment of his victory.

June 2018




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