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Rambling post today

Camp Nano's still going well. I extended my wordcount target to 30,000, and I'm standing at just shy of 25,000 at the (almost-)halfway point. The story is more or less writing itself. No, that's not quite true. There are a number of scenes I'm dreading because they are going to be a nightmare to figure out, but I'm leaving them for last. I'm still well within the already-plotted, easily written part of the story. :)

The one thing that's bothering me is that I'm having problems writing one of the characters in-character. All right, it's Donna. I just can't hear her in my head. So right now, I'm just writing her lines very blandly, and then I will go watch Series 4 again and go back and edit her. I know what she would say in the situations I'm putting her in; I just can't hear how she would say it.

I'm sure most of you have heard about the huge waves that Pokemon Go has made over the past week, as hordes of gamer geeks wander the streets with their mobiles hunting Pokemon. I've been playing it a bit - I haven't yet walked out of my door with the express purpose of looking for Pokemon, but I keep the game going while I'm walking somewhere and stop to check it if it indicates there's one nearby. On the way to work, while I'm driving, my husband snags Pokemon that we drive by. (He's hilarious, by the way, screaming at the phone, "DOWN-B! DOWN-B!" In case you don't know, back when Pokemon was the big thing in 1999 or so, the rumor was that your chances of catching a Pokemon was increased if you held down the down-arrow on the d-pad and the B button.)

You might also know that I used to work at a company that makes Facebook and mobile games, but I left for my current job about three months ago, and then the company closed down our remote studio, laying off everyone. (Who, by the way, have all gotten new jobs now! We all landed on our feet.) Almost all of the people who used to work at the company play Pokemon Go, except for three people, one of which definitely doesn't play and the other two probably play but I haven't heard definitively yes or no.

Well, yesterday, Mr. Doesn't Play PGo posted the following status on Facebook: "The Zombies that are on their way have zero to worry about..never before have I seen more folks being engaged in drek..literally...folks walking around.. heads down... spending time on things that matter not.. I need to shut up and develop a "street sweeping" app .. or a "mow yer neighbors lawn" game.. "Take out the garbage and be awarded with a cute Kitty picture... or if yer lucky you could be awarded with a spooky "Crab Monster" that has many upgradable powers of ultimate awesomeness".. Anyone want to invest???"

I usually don't care one way or the other about what people post on FB, but frankly, this was really insulting, being told I'm "engaging in drek" and spending my time on "things that matter not". My first reaction was, "Who gave you the right to decide if something matters to me or not?" Then I thought, "Wow, this is really rich coming from a person who spent the last four years making dresses for a Facebook game in which the main objective was buying clothes to put on their avatars. That's a hell of a long time to devote to something that 'matters not'." At what point is one game worth effort while another is not? Personally, I think that our fashion game is rates far higher on the "drek" scale, as it was completely single-player and there was no competition in it, no required thought that would make it qualify as a "real" game. All you did was click in the game, which rewarded you with coins, and you used those coins to buy dresses. At least with Pokemon Go, you can learn a lot: geometry and spatial reasoning through tracking down Pokemon with its "hot/cold" tracking style and logic and strategy through battling at gyms. And I'm not even mentioning the exercise from walking and the possibility of socializing with other players, something that was completely lacking in our dress-up game.

But really, the thing that amazed me was that he, in one swoop, insulted every single one of his former co-workers, who I thought he considered his friends. That's really the thing that floored me. The person he was closest to at work has been the most vocal on FB about playing the game on (she's always been a Pokemon fanatic), and I wonder what she thinks, having one of her best friends calling her mindless and useless. And honestly, the guy is (was?) one of the friendliest, most supportive people I've ever met - maybe that's why this has shocked me so much.

I did notice that though he's gotten a number of likes since yesterday, not a single one came from our former coworkers.

On my feed today, I saw that paynesgrey did a ship meme, and I read through it and was fascinated by her answers - it was very interesting. On my end, though, it drove home for me how little I really understand fandom. I don't ship, at all, and it almost makes me wonder if something is wrong with me. I watch shows and enjoy the romances in the stories (if there are any), but I don't think about them beyond that, and I certainly don't imagine characters who aren't paired in the show pairing up. As an example, it never occurred to me to consider the Doctor and Donna as a couple until I started seeing fanfic with that pairing. It's just a world of thought that I don't understand.

So, the ship meme isn't particular useful to me, but there were a few questions that made me think, so I've answered them here.

3. What’s your current OTP?

I don't have an OTP - to have an OTP, you have to ship, right? But I remember thinking about this in terms of, if I did ship, who would I ship? And my answer was Ten/Jack. Why? Well, because of all the people in the universe, Jack is the only person who might come close to understanding the Doctor, and the Doctor is the one person who can provide Jack some constancy in his immortal life, at least for a few years (yes, contrary to what we might think, the Doctor is not only not immortal, but also very young for a Time Lord). Yes, when I ship, I'm actually logical about it. Maybe that's why I don't get it.

Why Ten in specific? Because, dammit, the two of them together is simply hot. ;)

4. What’s your current NOTP?

Two of them. First, Hardy/Miller. Mr. Chibnall, please, please, please do not ruin Broadchurch and that beautiful uneasy friendship by having them have a romance in season 3! Second, River/Doctor. I've never felt that River deserved any love from the Doctor or that Alex Kingston and Matt Smith had any on-screen chemistry, and "The Husbands of River Song" destroyed any romance and plausibility in that relationship.

7. How do you feel about RPF?

The idea of taking real people and creating relationship stories about them is squicky to me. I still have problems dealing with the fact that I wrote an RPF about David Tennant, and it didn't have a relationship in it; putting him into a relationship, even the one he has in real life, is out of the question. It just feels highly disrespectful, and rather peeping-tom-ish to me.

28. Does shipping come easily to you?

Hahahaha! I just had to include this question. No. I don't get shipping at all. My one "ship" is logically chosen. Wth??

33. Name your favorite fanartist(s).

I will always take any chance I can to point people at JohannesVIII at deviantArt. Second choice: halorvic on Tumblr.

38. Do you like and use ship names?

Yes, when they are well-constructed, because they identify the ship well. I wish there was a ship name for Doctor/Donna, because I talk about the two characters a lot and I have to take special care to say/type "the Doctor and Donna" or "the Doctor/Donna pairing" to be clear whether I'm talking platonic or romantic.



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Jul. 15th, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, a lot going on! I'm glad you're progressing on your writing for Camp Nano, and also very glad to hear all of your former co-workers landed on their feet, that's amazing in today's economy!

As for the one dissing Pokemon Go... eh, let it go. People will rant all they want... although I do see the irony of it.

A logical ship? I like it! I do see your point about Jack and Ten, and I agree about Hardy/Miller; they are perfect as they are, awkward friends. It just wouldn't be right to ruin that with an actual relationship!

I hate it when people list something and it appears that it's a romantic relationship, only to have one of the parties cheering the other on as he pursues someone else. You all know who I mean, so I thank you in particular for trying to distinguish between romance and platonic relationships. Even if you don't ship!
Jul. 17th, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks! We were all very lucky. It turns out that there were two different companies in town that were looking to pretty much create new departments, so they were looking for a lot of people and everyone ended up at one or the other. I'm especially happy about the one I ended up at because they have a very long-term plan for what they want to do (in the software industry, that means 2-3 years), so stability! The other company is much more of a startup and who knows where they'll be in two years.

Oh, yes, I know exactly who you're talking about, and yes, I hate it when they do that! Just list the real ship in the fic, and if you don't want to give the plot away by listing the pairing, then list the three characters separately.
Jul. 15th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Good job with the writing!

I'm not a gamer, but I'm glad to see Pokemon Go is getting people more active and interactive, and it's a lot more positive than most things people do. I just don't like hearing stories of people falling off cliffs, lured into robbery or getting into car accidents because they have to play that game. I scolded a coworker yesterday for playing it while driving, and he said "But I would have missed 5 pokemon!" I'm starting to think it's meant to thin the herd honestly.

Wow, great answers for the shipping questions. I agree about Hardy/Miller. It would just ruin their relationship if they were romantic. I love their friendship. I'm not a big fan of romantic Doctor/Donna just because them being buddies is so much more fun and enticing. Sometimes platonic ships are just better to support.

Jul. 17th, 2016 06:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's just irresponsible. It doesn't matter what the reason - PGo, or texting, or talking on the phone - it's up to the person to use their common sense.

I completely agree with you that the Doctor and Donna are best as best buddies. It's why I love series 4 above all the rest.
Jul. 15th, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we ought to come up with a name for the Tenth Doctor and Donna. How about... Tenna? Sounds like a bank note, so perhaps not. ;)
I'm sure I started to ship them properly out of pure spite because I was so disgusted by the end of Journey's End. Up until then I wouldn't have dreamed of putting the Doctor with anyone, so I can understand your reluctance to ship.

The problem is, once you start shipping, you can't seem to stop and end up with ones you feel you ought to be ashamed of. Oh well. In for a penny, in for a pound...
Jul. 15th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ashamed?! No... no shame in that. I know what you mean, though, about the Doctor not really being able to belong with anyone. He put it so well when he attempted to dress Rose down for thinking she was the only one for him. "You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can't spend the rest of mine with you. You wither and you die, and I have to go on... alone."

In truth, I think the Doctor loves all of his companions, he wouldn't have traveled with them if he didn't think they were special. It's the definition of love that people might argue about. With Donna in particular, we saw a deep deep friendship, and it was definitely love. I think they could talk about anything and everything. The Doctor could be himself with her, not fearing expressing his alienness, and she could be herself with him. They each wanted to be their best when they were together, and they were. His pleas to get Donna out of the TARDIS when it was dropped into the Z-neutrino pit were heartrending, and his dead expression when he had to leave her back at home without her memories... they had a true love, platonic or not, it was true and very deep.

Well, we can't call it Doctor Donna, can we? Donnaten? Maybe not.... let's think some more on this.
Jul. 17th, 2016 06:36 am (UTC)
How about Docna? Or is that too general? I don't see other incarnations paired with Donna, except for a handful of Eleven/Donna fics. I suppose Twelve/Donna would be great - certainly a better pairing than Twelve/Clara. ;) Then there's Donten.

It was definitely weird to think of the Doctor with anyone at all, when I first started reading fics with ships. I agree with dm12 that the Doctor loves his companions with a love that transcends human love and may not include a romantic component. Having it confined to the concept of human romantic love was odd to me at first, but now, I much prefer the maturity of the Doctor/Donna relationship portrayed in fanfics to all of the canon relationships: the teenage silliness of Ten/Rose, the destructive obsession of Twelve/Clara, and the p****-whipped Eleven/River (I could write a book on the bad taste this leaves in my mouth). (I'm not familiar enough with canon Eight/Charley to have an opinion on it.) I suppose in summary, I'm just not fond of dysfunctional relationships and don't really like seeing the Doctor in them. Donna and the Doctor, in canon, were portrayed as best friends and equals and having the utmost respect for each other, and when translating that into a ship, it's only natural that they would retain those qualities as a pairing. That's what captures my interest about them.

Edited at 2016-07-17 06:36 am (UTC)
Jul. 15th, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! You are rocking it!!

Wow...really? Why would he be such an ass?? UGH.

Hmmm...thinking shipping is a matter of preference for all. Of course, my own ships and tastes are odd (I'm highly aware of this), so I guess it gives me a more laidback perspective. Aside from all that, you are hardly in the minority when it comes to gen-fic and non-shippiness. Lot of gen writers out there. :D

Jul. 17th, 2016 06:38 am (UTC)
Really? I'm not in the minority? It feels like I am. Now, I haven't gone looking for fics in a while, but it seems most on ffnet and AO3 are ships. On the other hand, I like being out of the ordinary. ;)

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