Dec. 26th, 2014 12:27 pm
nenya_kanadka: skywriting: life + the universe + everything = 42 (HHGTTG 42)
Or, Lying Around Doing Nothing In Pajamas, which is how my professional-singer brother plans to spend his post-Christmas holidays.

Did a fair bit of it myself yesterday, aided by my three main presents of Doctor Who pajamas, a Questionable Content "Baking is science for hungry people" apron, and a book from Mucca about the Mars Curiosity rover. Which I am now about a third of the way through. It is really, really fascinating, especially how the author (chief engineer for the Mars Program Office at JPL) keeps tying in what they invented and discovered and designed for Curiosity both with the previous Mars missions (Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity) and with future plans for human exploration of Mars. Which they are seriously thinking about in concrete terms, and he goes into that.

I'd just finished a biography of Sally Ride (Sally Ride: America's First Woman In Space by Lynn Sherr) so it's really cool seeing an engineering perspective on the whole thing after reading about astronauts. The Ride book was fantastic as well. I continue to be torn between being jealous of Ride for getting to be an astrophysicist, being jealous of her later college students (she sounds like such a good teacher! aaahhhh), and being sad that she didn't feel safe coming out as bi/lesbian in her lifetime. (Though her friends knew.) And besides the obvious big things like being the first woman in space (SPAAAACE!), I love so much that Ride was openly a feminist and spent the last decade or so of her life supporting STEM education for girls in practical, workable ways with Sally Ride Science. I'm just a little sad that I'm one of the girls who fell through the cracks. But, you know: bi feminist astrophysicist in space. \o/

Other reading list:

* Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer (Rob Manning & William L. Simon)
* The Siren Depths: Book 3 of the Books of the Raksura (Martha Wells)
* Parallel 59 (Eighth Doctor Adventure #30) (Natalie Dallaire & Stephen Cole) [also about space, and interrogations of naked!Eight, oh how I appreciate this canon's dedication to my kinks]
* Sister Mine (Nalo Hopkinson)
* Triptych (J. M. Frey)
* Three Parts Dead (Max Gladstone)
Recently read:
* Stranger (Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith)
* Hostage (eARC) (Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith)
* The Prosekiller Chronicles: Rise of the Spider Goddess (An Annotated Novel) (Jim C. Hines)

Also Yuletide, including ten (:D!) Imperial Radch fics, a goodly proportion of them Breq/Mercy of Kalr (♥), and half a dozen Raksura fics (which I am forbidden to read until after I finish Siren Depths, because spoilers). But did I read any of those late last night? No, no I did not; instead I fell into the Doctor Who tag on AO3, aiming for Twelve/Gomez!Master fic but falling into some Gomez!Master femslash, some Eight/male companions, some Ace/Seven (I've not even seen Seven), and various assorted other things.

Minimum Viable Population by [ profile] yonderdarling -- Twelve and the Mistress negotiate the annoying, raging attraction they have for each other. Bloody hilarious. (6169 words)

Companionship by [ profile] Turn_of_the_Sonic_Screw -- When Rusty met Oswin, or, a few good Daleks. (373 words)

And now I shall go see about turkey leftovers.
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) ([fandom] Dr Who Eighth Doctor prettiness)
The Watch All The Paul McGann project has moved on to the Read All The Fanfic stage, I see.

The first two are pretty angsty, and the last one (with the Master, of all things) is actually happy.

Title: The Man in the Seine
Author: [ profile] binz, [ profile] shiplizard
Fandom: Hornblower/Doctor Who fusion
Pairing/Characters: Eighth Doctor, Horatio Hornblower/William Bush, Horatio Hornblower/Eighth Doctor
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4600 words
Summary: ‘Make me a warrior,’ he said. ‘Watch me,’ said the TARDIS. Prequel fic for the imaginary Big Finish audio dreamed up by the same authors.
Notes: The one where Lt. William Bush is actually the Eighth Doctor. I usually feel foolish about most characters-played-by-same-actor-are-same-person fic, but if you're a Time Lord who can canonically appear to be entirely human, well...there are unexplored possibilities there. And this fic is just bloody brilliant. Heartwrenching, like a kick in the chest, but ugh so good. I especially love the treatment of what it actually means to be a warrior, and the parallels between Horatio/Bush and Doctor/TARDIS (or Doctor/companion).

Title: Winter Garden of Our Crumbled Hearts
Author: [ profile] Isagel
Fandom: Luther
Pairing/Characters: John Luther/Mark North/Alice Morgan
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 4400
Summary: It's Mark – soft-spoken, reasonable, academic Mark North with his tweed sports coats and his bohemian scarves – who slips the handcuffs on him.
Notes: I'm not hugely fannish about Luther in general, mostly because the main character is uncomfortably fucked up. But I did wonder if there was Luther/Mark North slash, and yes, yes there is; this is probably the hottest piece of it on AO3, despite actually being a threesome with Alice. The mutual grief between Luther and Mark over Zoe is well-drawn here, but tbh I'm in this one for the scorchingly hot mental images. Who doesn't want Paul McGann tying Idris Elba to a chair? :D

Title: Cafestrovalva
Author: [ profile] x_los
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing/Characters: Eighth Doctor/Jacobi!Master
Rating: R
Word Count: 13,500 words in two parts
Summary: "You could very easily be poisoning these people. You might be attempting to weaken this time line by feeding it a steady diet of anachronisms—softening it up in preparation for a larger plan. You might, Master, be capable of anything. Or at least of anything but running a tea shop."
Notes: In which the Master seems to have retired, the Doctor doesn't believe a word of it, and they slowly come to an accommodation. In a tea shop. I love the skittishness of Eight in this, and the humour, and the way the tension is slowly tightened over the course of the fic simply because the Doctor wants to be able to trust the Master, but that has never ever ended well for him. My problem with Doctor/Master fic has always been that either it's written as fluff (which I can't believe in) or tragedy (and I like happy endings). This managed what I thought impossible: an AU for them that doesn't end in disaster. Also, tea, and someone who may or may not be Uncle Iroh.

*wanders back to watching Three ride up to space in an improbably-spacious manned capsule employed by the British space program in 1971--oh, Doctor Who, how I do love your give-no-fucks attitude sometimes*

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nenya_kanadka: Nine looking mysterious (DW Ninth Doctor)
Been wanting to read something like this for a while, and eventually decided to write it myself. :) Thanks to Porn Battle for giving me the excuse!

Title: Safe Like A Painting
Author: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing/Characters: Eighth Doctor/Ninth Doctor
Rating: Teen/Mature
Word Count: 1,785
Summary:The frock coat and the cravat are just window dressing; it’s the eyes that give him away, young and unburdened in a way the Doctor can never be again.

"So you're the one from afterward," the younger him says, and the Doctor doesn't expect the kiss.

The Ninth Doctor and the Eighth Doctor, angst and grief and sex.

Written for Porn Battle XV (The Ides of Porn), prompts contrast, curls, leather, pre-war, wrestle, wrists, frottage.

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nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) ([fandom] Dr Who Eighth Doctor)
Tidying up some Doctor Who fic to post to AO3, and holy fucking shit. It takes FOUR PAGES to get through the fics posted within the last 24 hours!?!

Also, sweet Jesus but there are a lot of crossovers.

And somebody rec me 50th-anniversary-related fic, would you, because I want to read that stuff but God only knows how I’ll find it. What tags would I even start with?


(Eighth Doctor/Ninth Doctor smut for Porn Battle, if you must know. :D)

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nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (DS9 trifecta of awesome)
I didn't sign up for Yuletide this year (though I did nominate for Foreigner, which got fic, and I read some lovely things by other people). Maybe next year. Instead I participated in [community profile] femslash12 and [community profile] fandom_stocking, the first fests I've done in ages. There was a certain amount of hair-pulling and last-minute nail-biting (see also: first fests done in ages), but all in all I had a great time.

For [community profile] femslash12 I wrote in a new fandom and received a gift for a rarepair I'd requested and not expected to have filled due to lack of canon. For [community profile] fandom_stocking I was a bit nervous, as I wasn't sure how it worked and whether I was doing enough, but it looks like all the people I did fills for got lots of presents besides mine (so, just in case mine sucked :P), and OMG, so many shiny things for me! I'm bouncing in my seat here. ♥ (Stocking here; feel free to go read.)

Presents for me:
Doctor Who (River/Oswin, Jenny/Vastra), Star Trek: DS9 (Kira Nerys), Foreigner (Jago & Banichi), Babylon 5 (Stephen/Marcus) )

Things what I wrote:
Rizzoli & Isles, Lord of the Rings (Frodo/Sam/Rosie), Babylon 5 (Jeff/Michael) )

Bounce, bounce, bounce!
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Delenn)
Day 7

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. Drop a link to your wish-list in this post. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.

Ooh, presents!

1) Babylon 5 fanfic, Stephen Franklin/Marcus Cole. I think I've found precisely two pieces of fic for this pairing, which is a shame because they are lovely and snarky together, and both very pretty, and they were even fake!married on the show. :D

(What I've read so far: Limbs and Outward Flourishes and Five Things Marcus And Stephen Did On Their Honeymoon(s))

Stephen Franklin/Cailyn James would also make me happy. Or just Franklin himself. But I'd love some Stephen/Marcus!

2) Any fanfic for CJ Cherryh's Foreigner universe, especially with Banichi in it.

I kind of want the slash AU where it's Bren/Banichi instead of Bren/Jago. Which I am probably not going to get, because Bren/Jago is pretty awesome (I ship it) and the juggernaut canon ship. And also the fandom is so small and most of the people I know in it have friended the author on Facebook, so it'd be kind of awkward. But I do want Bren/Banichi. And Tano/Algini, as a matter of fact.

3) Fic, or for that matter fanart or fanvids, for River Song/Sarah Jane Smith. They are both awesome; they are both more interesting to me than the Doctor; there's no reason at all why River couldn't have dropped in on Sarah Jane's life in between the times she hung out with Eleven. A journalist and an archaeologist with a gun fetish: I want them travelling time and space, causing and averting chaos, saving the day, flirting, and generally getting to be competent and sexy.

(What I've read: a really fun "five times they met" story, or something along those lines, which I'd bookmarked on my other laptop, which has now died taking its bookmarks with it.)

Day 8

In your own space, talk about a talent (or talents) you have. Everyone's got something they're good at. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm pretty good at puzzles, I think. Word puzzles and number puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Not necessarily three-dimensional puzzles, but that may be from lack of practice as much as lack of aptitude. I enjoy Scrabble and Sudoku and algebra.

When I was a kid, I used to say that the reason I did well in school was because I had a good memory. That might have been oversimplifying things: I have an excellent memory for things I am interested in (like fandom--I can tell you at length all about the plots and minor characters of my favourite shows or books) but will sometimes forget everyday things that I've promised to do, like write that email or take that book back to the library or pay that one bill.

I approach a lot of tasks at various jobs I've held as if they were puzzles. If I'm looking for a client file, or if I find an item that I think my coworker's been looking for all week, it's like Memory. If I move these boxes here, I can fit all the new incoming things there and it will work: just like Tetris!