Seriously. If they itch,
- I am going to cut them off,
- as I'm cutting them off, I am going to look at your brand name and remember, "Don't buy Worthington clothes, because their tags itch", and
- when someone months later asks what brand that sweater is because it's really cute, there won't be a tag there to tell us who made it.
Okay, I lied with number 3, because I have no fashion sense and no one ever asks what the brand is on something I'm wearing (except to learn what brand to avoid, so I suppose you've dodged that bullet), but the point still stands. Stop making itchy tags.
I've been in kind of a funk lately, and it's not due to itchy tags. I'm not really sure what it is. I've just been tired and grumpy. The last few nights, we've gotten home from work and I've just sat there, doing nothing. If I pull out a video game, I play for like five minutes and then go back to staring at the wall. I can't write. Watching TV is uninteresting. And worst of all, Gallifrey One is next week and I just don't care.
It's not like work is stressful (not more than usual). A little of it might be that every so often, I get to the point of wanting a day to myself, without my husband or anyone else, and I was supposed to have that a couple of weekends ago when he was scheduled to go play D&D, but at the last minute, he decided he didn't feel like it. This is a common thing - he's not that fond of the campaign and he actively hates one of the other group members, so they schedule a session and he plans to go to it, then pulls out an hour before. I don't think he's actually been to any of the last four sessions. This past time, I had really been looking forward to the "me" day, and then didn't get it. I think I'm still feeling the effects of that.
(To be completely fair, it wasn't entirely his fault this time. Two hours before the session, the player he hates wrote to the group saying, "I'm really sick, but I'll be there!" I don't blame my husband at all for choosing not to expose himself to disease. In fact, everyone else opted out and the only player who did show up was the sick one. The next night, he went to a friend's Star Trek trivia night at a local bar, and posted rather proudly on Facebook that he didn't win only because he was coughing too much to answer quickly.)
It was awesome pumping out a quick story for who_contest. I have so many WIPs, I just kind of pick at them without actually producing anything, so it was nice to start and finish something in the space of a couple of days. It wasn't particularly successful at what I was trying to accomplish, which was to give more of a basis to the self-inflicted uneasy relationship that sprung up between the Doctor and Martha in "Gridlock". Martha was already pining for the Doctor in "The Shakespeare Code", but it's only in "Gridlock" that she starts to demand that he "talk to her properly". Where did that come from?
To be sure, it's a valid complaint based on how they interacted at the start of "Gridlock" but "The Shakespeare Code" showed none of that, and certainly in "Smith and Jones", he is respectful. Also, I've never liked the Doctor's lines about being upset that he lied to Martha - and when she demands he treat her fairly, he apologizes for lying. The only lie he told her before that was that he wasn't taking her to see Gallifrey because it wouldn't be any fun for him. It's true that he didn't tell her about the Time War or the loss of his people, but it's not reasonable to expect him to tell her his life story in the first few hours of their relationship.
So, in my scene, I touched on her unrequited romantic interest in him, then had him dismiss her questions and then lie to her more directly, implying that there are other Time Lords existent by saying that he's the only one of them who travels. Unfortunately, I think all of that was lost behind Martha's giddy excitement and her missing the Doctor's hesitation to talk. Ah well. It's often difficult to be subtle in prose.
One thing I did realize is that I've written missing scenes between the first two episodes for both Rose and Martha now. I guess I need to do Donna now. I don't need to do Amy because TPTB already did that (can't remember the name of the webisode) nor Clara because she already did the "No means yes" thing and told the Doctor she'd join him the next day - there's really not much character development you can do with that.