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This is a list of all of the stories I've published here in my journal, with short summaries.

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The end of a journey

108812 words later, I'm finally done. The word that comes to mind for this feeling is "cathartic".

You might have noticed that I haven't written anything new recently, as in, for the last few months. There have been a couple of pieces here and there, but nothing regular, and I've completely ignored my two WIP short story collections that I do still want to finish. The reason why is that I've been completely obsessed with one idea, to the exclusion of everything else.

To be totally honest, it's not just a single idea. Those 109k words are spread over nine different stories, three of which would qualify as novellas (and one of those is just shy of a novel), but they all come from the same place. They're extensions of The Actor, from the thought that things could have turned out a lot differently in the last chapter, depending on what decision David made. Now, I know that you may not have read the story (it's long - 35k+ words - and not everyone's cup of tea), so I'll just say now that what I write below is going to spoil the heck out of that story, so if you want to read it sometime in the future, stop reading here. :)

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Ignorance

Jane Austen refused to write about anything that she didn't or couldn't have knowledge of. One of her trademarks is that she never wrote a single scene in which a woman wasn't present, because she felt that as a woman, she didn't have any idea of how men behave with each other. I'm really starting to understand this.

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You win this round...

So, my husband and I were playing Guild Wars 2, him using his thief character and I'm running my engineer, Doctor Noble, who's a great cosplay of the Tenth Doctor. We're fighting a huge fight with a lot of monsters and for some reason, I'm getting hit over and over with a status effect called "confusion" which causes you to take a lot of damage any time you do anything, which hurts a lot. Frustrated, I finally complain, "Why am I getting confused?" My husband answers, "Morals? Time vortex? Rose?"

My character died about ten seconds later because I was incapacitated from laughing.

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Physicists FTW!

Though I'm building up my library of DT works (except The Decoy Bride, which was horrible enough to make me want to voice my opinion by not spending money on it), I haven't actually watched much of it. I'm kind of finding the same problem with classic Doctor Who: I've got tons of episodes we could watch, but it seems I prefer to spend my time writing or playing Guild Wars. However, two nights ago, it was an hour and a half until bedtime, I was bored, and I noticed that "Einstein and Eddington" was 94 minutes long. Perfect!

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Forgetful

Ha! I forgot that it was David Tennant's birthday today. Happy birthday, sir! This is a week of DW birthdays - I know that there are three Doctors born in this week (one is Peter Davison), as well as David Bradley, who played William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time.

One of the things I do at work is plan out a monthly event in our Facebook game in which players have to collect themed items over ten days - you know, collect item 1 on day 1, then item 2 on day 2, etc. There's a different theme each month, and I try to include one item each time that is related to Doctor Who in some way, usually very veiled. One was a red bowtie, another was 3-D glasses, another time I had a long-handled mop. This month's theme was "Home Spa", and the event happened to start on April 18, DT's birthday, so the item for today is "Essence of Rose". :D

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Camp

In which the author summarizes the past couple of weeks...

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Answer for question 4318.

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Doctor Who all the way!

Okay, you knew I was going to say that. After that, Firefly.

But no, seriously, between the two, Star Trek, specifically TNG, which I absolutely loved. I never got to watch sci-fi while growing up (no one in my house liked it, and I remember once, my brother scoffing at me and changing the channel when he found me watch TOS), so I never really bonded with TOS, but TNG was the best, especially the later seasons. I think maybe I liked the optimistic view of the human race that was the core of TNG and Picard's nobility and interest in exploration, without the preachiness of the later series. (Hm, that's the same reason I love Doctor Who.)

I did see the original Star Wars, and I remember making my dad take me to see The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, but they never caught my imagination and they were just movies to me.

Now, can I get back to talking about Doctor Who? ;)

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Choices

Cut for angst.

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Answer for question 4308.

If you enjoy the Harry Potter book series, which book/year is your favorite and why? What are your favorite parts in that particular book? How do you think the movies compared to the books?
By far, my favorite of the HP books is Prisoner of Azkaban. I feel the story is the tightest of all of them, and with the introduction of James' three friends and their relationship with Snape into the contemporary story, we start to see the history that's shaping Harry now; after all, the events of the series are completely shaped by the events at Hogwarts 50 years ago and 20 years ago. I also feel that it's the last of the good adventure novels. JK excels at lighter single adventures with blindsiding plot twists, and her later books got either too outrageous with its insane machinations (Goblet of Fire), or too serious and talky, which she doesn't do as well.

I haven't read Prisoner of Azkaban in quite a while, so I can't really remember a favorite part of the book.

As far as the movies are concerned, in general, they're nowhere near as good as the books. Philosopher's Stone captured the wonder of the world of magic so well - and it's what drew me into the series - but that was lost in the subsequent films. Prisoner of Azkaban was pretty faithful to the book, and it flowed very well, with its seasonal scene transitions to show the passage of time. But the others, while entertaining, were nothing special. A lot of it has to do with trying to stuff the books into two hours - they really needed to extend the movies or break them into two parts. I just watched Chamber of Secrets last week, and the jerky scene switching left me actually a bit nauseous. And I'll never forgive what they did to Goblet of Fire, gutting Barty Jr.'s backstory (which was one of the only good parts of the book) and making him a one-dimensional psychopath in favor of extending Harry's genius dive-and-snatch into a multiple minute CGI dragon chase (and other fluff).