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This is a list of all fanfics I've written, organized by Doctor or type (e.g. multi-Doctor, crossover).

Since many of my fics deal with particular episodes, they're listed by episode when appropriate. (This makes for some weirdness, as I have some fics that feature one Doctor but refer to a different Doctor's episode.)


  • Multi-chapter fics are marked as such and have their wordcounts indicated.
  • Story collections say "collections"
  • All other fics are single short stories (less than 10,000 words).


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First things first. Sign up for the DW Minor Characters Ficathon! Because I said to! It's my favorite ficathon. Wait, it's the only ficathon I participate in, mostly because I love exploring minor characters but partly because it's one of the few ficathons that don't require a pairing.



In other news...

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Opinions/critiques please: "Fear Her"

I was thinking earlier today. "Fear Her" is one of the most hated DW episodes - the lowest rated on IMDB, below "Sleep No More", "Love & Monsters", and "In the Forest of the Night". My question is why?

Now, I've seen the episode twice, and not at all recently, though I did read through the transcript last month. I remember not liking the episode, but I didn't hate it. I felt that the attack of the girl's father was superfluous to the plot and that the Doctor lighting the Olympic flame was cheesy and out of character, but that's not enough to make a story bad.

So, my question, what is it about "Fear Her" that makes it a bad story (besides the two things I mentioned above)? I am asking from the point of view of a writer, because I want to know what to avoid in my own stories. Thanks very much for any opinions and insights you are willing offer!

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Meme-y mood

I feel like talking about something but not like thinking of what to talk about, so you tell me. I am making up my own meme here.

Name an episode (or episodes, as many as you like) from one of the following shows and I will tell you the following about it.

Doctor Who is of course preferable (modern or classic), but also Star Trek: The Next Generation and Firefly are fair game.

What I like about it.

What I don't like about it.

Favorite line.

Best performance.

A scene/idea from it that's particularly interesting to me.

Something I would have changed to make the episode better.

An idea for a fanfic relating to it.

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On to character

My two online writing courses - plot and setting/description have ended, though I haven't yet received my final grade. I don't think they do an ABCDF-style grading system - it's more of a pass/fail system - but I'm anxious to find out if I passed. I'm pretty sure I did fine in the plot class, but I'm not sure about the description class. The final assignment was to write the beginning of a story set where you grew up, so that the reader gets a good feeling for your "primal landscape". I had absolutely no interest in writing such a thing and turned in something that barely resembled what they wanted, so I'm sure I'm going to get poor peer reviews.

The next class in the four-class cycle is about characters. It doesn't start until next week, but enrollment started yesterday and you can start working on it as soon as you enroll. I watched the first week's lectures and I wasn't too impressed. The point for this lecture was that for a character to be interesting, he has to want something, but the lecturer was a bit rambly and she gave no concrete examples and no guidance on how to develop these desires or portray them to the reader. The professor for the plot class gave us tools such as Freytag's pyramid and the ABDCE structure for creating a scene, and then showed how they were used in familiar stories like Harry Potter. The professor for the description class explained concepts in description and setting development and then gave us readings that demonstrated what she was talking about. I came away with very little from this first class on character, which is sad since this is the part of writing that I need help with the most.

The assignment for the first week is this: Consider a show or book that you've viewed recently. Select a character from that work and describe what the character wants. Then, create a new character in that world - don't use a character that already exists. Give that character a desire, something they want. Then, write a short scene in which the two characters - the show's character and your character - talk to each other, so that the dialogue demonstrates your character's desire.

After reading this assignment, it occurred to me this class, which is a college-level writing class at a major, accredited university, not only just asked all of its students to write fanfiction, but to create an OC within said fanfiction. We fanfic writers are getting validation!

That said, I'm not quite sure what I'm going to write. My first thought was to have Martha have a conversation with a friend of hers, in which she's trying to tell her about being in love with the Doctor and being ignored by him without admitting he's an alien and they're traveling in time and space. Her friend, though, is the type that loves to steal boyfriends away, so she's trying to get info from Martha and find some way of meeting this guy. It seems to difficult to do, though, in an assignment that's max 400 words. There is also the problem, at least to my overly-analytical mind, that it won't be canon, since it's clear that Martha never returns to her contemporary time at all during series 3 except for "The Lazarus Experiment". Ah, the difficulties of being a canon writer.

Anyway, this should be a fun assignment, and who knows, it might turn into a full-blown story. I hope so. I haven't written anything real recently, so I'd love some inspiration.

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Description class, so far

As I noted in my previous entry, I'm sharing the assignments I had to write for my Coursera courses. These are the assignments for the setting and description class.

As a side note, I did take "Thirty Minutes" and rewrite it for the plot class' last assignment. I wasn't able to get it down under 1200 words, but out of the three assignments that I peer-graded, only one actually made it under the 1000-word limit. I'm pretty sure mine is shorter than the other two, and one of those was obviously above 1500, if not above 2000, so I don't feel so bad.

Description: Assignment 1

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Description: Assignment 3

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Plot class, so far

I mentioned before that I'm taking creative writing courses online, and that I've been enjoying them and learning a lot. I'm in the fourth and final week of both classes right now. I have final assignments for both of them due on Sunday and I'm pretty stymied as to what to write. For the plot class, we have to write a complete story, no more than 1000 words, using the structure devices we've learned. No idea what to do. Sure, I've written complete stories before, but any plot that has been worth the effort has been at least 4000 words. I'm not sure what I can do in one-quarter of that. I've looked through my posted stories, and none of the stories that have full plots have been short.

Hm...

Except one. "Thirty Minutes" is 1668 words, has a recognizable plot, a main character with a weakness to overcome, rising action, and a fun twist at the end. I'd need to cut out all of the references to the Blue Rain storyline and fudge in other character history, but I bet I can force it into the parameters of the assignment. Yay, I have a plan!

The other assignment, for the setting and description class, is to write the beginning of a story set in your "primal landscape", meaning the place where you grew up. This is singularly uninteresting to me. I really have no interest in trying to re-create my hometown in prose. It's not that I don't love my hometown. I do. I just don't have any interest in writing about it.

Anyway.

I thought I would share the results of the first three assignments from each class here. Today, I'm posting the ones from the plot class. I'll introduce each one with a little explanation of the assignment or what we were supposed to learn. A couple of these are DW-based, but for the most part, I wrote original fiction.

Plot: Assignment 1

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Plot: Assignment 2

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Plot: Assignment 3

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Fandom character meme

In an attempt to think about something good and wonderful instead of, well, other stuff that might be happening today, I am posting a meme that I have stolen from frelling_tralk. Name a character and I'll answer the following. Of course DW is preferred, but I welcome other fandoms if I know them.

Why I like them:

Why I don't:

Favourite Season:

Favorite episode:

Favourite Line:

OTP:

Brotp:

Unpopular opinion:

A wish:

An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen:


And to start it all off, here's one...

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Gallifrey One?

Just a question to anyone reading - are you going to Gallifrey One next month? I'm sure tkel_paris will be there, but I don't know who else. If you are, I'd like to meet up with you, so please let me know.

Also, I've been rather lazy and didn't put together any cosplays (even though I really wanted to do a Romana II to go with my husband's Four, since Lalla Ward is going to be there), but I might be willing to recycle my Donna outfit. Not sure why I'm mentioning this, but there it is. Or I can go as Five again. Or just go without a costume.

Anyway. I plan to write my handle on my convention ID so even if you don't respond here, maybe you'll see me and recognize me from that.

I'm just rambling now.

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Fluff

My friend is trying to teach me how to write fluff. I mean, really, I have no idea. I tried to write a fluffy seasonal piece this holiday and it veered off into some weird territory. Another friend of mine was very amused when I tried to learn how to write fluff by looking up definitions and examining other writers' fluff stories; I believe her phrase was, "You're trying to learn to write fluffy scientifically."

This friend, however, has come up with a great idea. She wants me to write David~Will fluff (I'm using the not-so-common convention of the tilde indicating a platonic relationship), and so, for the past two days, when I talk to her (we chat over IM while I'm at work), she's given me a phrase and I had to build a story around it within five minutes. So far it's worked. Here are the two stories I've written so far, and I'm pretty pleased with them. I'll probably post them on AO3 and whatnot after I've collected a few of them.

"Pineapples"

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"Perforation"

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